There are times when all of us suddenly find ourselves needing some extra cash. Maybe you work a freelance job, or maybe you lost your job entirely. (In which case – I’m very sorry to hear that. There aren’t many things as stressful as that. During this pandemic, there have certainly been more job losses than ever before.) Or, maybe you’re a student whose student loan is not stretching as far as it needs to. There are many, many situations in which a person just needs a little extra money! And sometimes, you need to earn some cash right away.
Today, we’re going to talk about five easy ways to make money from home. Of course, all of these ideas are completely legitimate and don’t cost YOU a penny! Please leave your ideas for quick, easy and legit money making ideas from home in the comments section. We love to hear from you!
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Dog walking – If you have friends or family who work full-time and are dog owners, well – you may have found the solution to your low-cash problem! Let your friends know that you’re available for dog walking. Or, you can even go around your neighborhood with a few flyers you print up on your computer. It might turn into a regular side gig for you.
Sell your stuff! (Locally) Selling your stuff online is super easy, and you have a bunch of options. There’s places like https://kijiji.ca or Craigslist. These allow you to list items for sale, and then you meet up with local people to exchange the goods for cash. Please always be careful when completing these transactions. Police departments often recommend meeting potential customers in a public area – or even right in the parking lot of the police station to feel extra safe.
Sell your stuff (Globally) – You can also earn money quickly by offering something you own – let’s say a guitar you never use – online on eBay. eBay now has many more selling options, allowing you to enter a ‘Buy it Now’ price, so that customers immediately buy and pay for the item. Yay, that is just the cash infusion you need! This means you can earn some money TODAY instead of waiting a week for an auction to end. Just be sure to set your price carefully. Research what other similar guitars have sold for, ensuring that you get a good amount for your old guitar. But, price it competitively enough so that customers want to buy it quickly! When customers pay via Paypal (and most do), you will get a quick payment that you can use right away. Hurray! Also research how much shipping will cost you. You don’t want excessive shipping fees to eat up all your profit!
Return something – If you need money fast, you can return something you’ve already purchased (with the receipt) to get a refund. That money then is returned back to you in the original form of payment – onto your credit card, or if you paid with debit – right back into your bank!
Do a freelance gig on Fiverr– Fiverr is a game changer for creative types. Why? It is an international marketplace to find gigs. You can provide writing services, create graphics (such as logos or even entire websites), or even do voiceovers! While the site is called Fiverr (meaning that small gigs on the site used to start at payment of $5) – the assignments you get NOW can earn you far more than that! We’re talking $30 and up. If you’re a writer, graphics designer or other type of creative genius – then you might be on to a real winner here. The more assignments you complete the more you’ll end up earning, as your reputation improves in the Fiverr community.
Don’t stress about needing money – take a deep breath, and put that energy instead into selling something you have to earn some money right now, this very moment! You can also offer services like dogwalking, or you can sell old junk you have sitting around your home. (I’m looking at you toaster oven that still resides in its box.) OR, you can share your digital creative skills and earn some quick cash. It just takes a little effort, and your sadly empty wallet will soon have a little more weight to it.
Whether you call it a side hustle, a work from home opportunity or just a hobby it all means the same thing: extra money made from the comfort of your own home. eBay is an awesome place to earn a bit of extra money, because it’s easy to start selling – today! But, to start selling, you need stuff to sell. That’s where we come in to help.
10 Best Places to find stuff to sell on eBay
At home – Of course, we want to find FREE stuff to sell as much as possible! If the item was free to begin with, then after we take off eBay’s fees (for listing and for selling) we are left with a lovely, large profit. Rummage through your closets, shed, garage, storage areas, office area, kitchen, dressers and drawers. You’ll be amazed by what you can find to sell online through an auction. And hey, you’re also decluttering at the same time – the ultimate win, win!
Find Freebies in your local area – We happily live in an apartment. My husband and I are so NOT the kind of people who want to shovel snow or tackle an overgrown lawn with a mower. But, one handy benefit to this is that sometimes our friendly neighbours leave goodies out that they don’t want to throw away, but no longer need themselves. Case in point? I myself have left out some really nice dishes that I just didn’t have the space for, and didn’t want to be bothered selling. And, just today I found an awesome new-looking hardcover book about the American Revolution. The price on the back? $38.99 Canadian!! I plan to let my Dad have a go at reading it, and then I’ll pop it onto eBay to sell. (Curious about it? It’s this book right here.) If you live in a house, you can find freebie piles in the front of your neighbours’ homes, especially in the spring when people are spring cleaning. Ca-ching! Did you hear that? It was your eBay sales replenishing your Paypal account. Woohoo!!
Ask around – Sometimes, you just let to need your friends, family and workmates know that you’re starting up an eBay business. Instead of having to cart their boxes of extra stuff, they might be very glad to let you come pick it up instead. It helps them get rid of junk, and at the same time gives you some cool items to sell online.
Yard sales and garage sales – These are yet another opportunity for you to find some goodies to re-sell. Near the end of the day, some people slash the prices on items just to get rid of them or even put out a FREE box. Yard sales are a great place to find kids’ clothes, toys, dishes and cutlery, home decor items and just about anything you can think of! And, a wee bit of bartering is expected – so try to barter the price down a little. It’s quite satisfying to get the item for less.
Clearance sections – Sometimes, a supermarket, drug store or mega store like Walmart will clear out items that haven’t sold well or are being discontinued. But, discontinued items sell really well on eBay! So, even if that shade of lipstick or hair colour looks sort of odd to you, you may find that it’s a little money maker! (You can pop online while you’re still at the store and see how those exact items are selling on eBay. Discontinued haircolour can fetch incredibly high prices.)
Local Kijiji ads – https://kijiji.ca can be a great resource for finding items to sell online. I’ve found entire sets of dishes (no, not the ones I got rid of earlier, I promise!) for $50 that originally were worth 10 times that. And, the beauty of eBay is that you can just sell things individually, allowing for a greater profit margin.
Local Facebook groups – My dear friend Sara, who is a Mom, is always finding amazing lots of kids’ clothes and toys on local Facebook groups. She gets them for her boys to wear and play with, but this is an awesome spot to keep your eye open for goodies to sell, too.
Thrift stores – Have you checked out your local Goodwill recently? Stuff that might seem sort of lame may actually sell well on eBay! Again, a little research ahead of time will allow you to know what does and doesn’t sell. You can even do a quick eBay check while you’re in the thrift store, just to make sure you’re not wasting money on items that will just linger for months on your eBay listings. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that! As long as it eventually sells,it’s a win – but a quick selling item is obviously preferable. We want to boost up our Paypal accounts pronto!)
Local auction houses – This is not something I’ve ever tired personally, but I see ads in the newspaper for local auctions. These can include very large items like furniture, which obviously wouldn’t be easy to sell on eBay. (Unless you’re willing for people to pick the item up, and you only sell locally.) But, if you can snag a good deal on a box of kitchen gadgets, jewelry, or books – then maybe it’s worth a try!
Outlet stores – Outlet stores sometimes keep marking items down until they’re gone. Even high end stores like Nordstrom have their own outlet stores (theirs is called Nordstrom Rack.) I’ve heard from friends that places like that, or even Winners or Homesense can be a great place to find brand name merchandise that will sell for more online.
eBay Inventory – All Stocked Up
We hope you’ve discovered some wonderful places to replenish your eBay inventory, and have fun while doing it! (Seriously, looking through thrift stores and clearance racks gives me a very odd kind of joy.) Happy hunting, all!