How to Sell Stuff for Extra Money–Quickly and Easily!

How to Sell Stuff for Extra Money -- Miter Saws and Mary Janes

 

When it comes to boosting your income, one of the easiest things you can do is to sell stuff for extra money. Most everyone has extra stuff lying around the house that isn’t necessary. By taking that stuff and selling it for extra money, you can reach your financial goals even faster. Plus, it feels great to purge!

During a recent move, I took the opportunity to significantly pare down my belongings. It’s remarkable how quickly stuff sneaks up on you if you’re not aware of what you have.

I have a lot of tools for my house flips, a ton of outdoor gear, and plenty of household items. I took the opportunity to thoroughly examine everything I had before I packed up. It was liberating to get rid of so much, and I was able to sell stuff for extra money pretty easily.

Sell Stuff for Extra Money: What to Sell

Pretty much anything can be sold for extra money. If you’re looking to sell stuff for extra money, take a walk around the house. Open the closets, raid the basement, get into the garage. Anything you’re not using is a candidate to sell.

I was able to sell appliances, clothing, home decor, and furniture before I moved. You can easily sell antiques, electronics, books, and even unopened cosmetics. If you spent your money on the item, chances are someone else will do the same.

How to Price Your Items

Price will first depend on how you plan to sell the item (more on that below). If you’ll be working with a consignment shop, they’ll provide the price range. Keep in mind they’ll also charge a commission on the final sale, so be realistic about what you can sell this way.

If you opt to sell an item yourself, do your research. I usually always sell stuff for extra money myself, so I look online and in local classifieds to get an idea of what something may sell for.

You’ll need to find a comparable item if you can’t find an exact match. You also need to pay attention to the condition of the item. Try to find something similar on sites like eBay, Craigslist, etc. Then see what those sellers are charging.

Finally, don’t forget that just because an item has a certain price doesn’t mean that’s what it will sell for. Pay attention to recent sales and see what the final number is. This will give you a better idea of how to price your own items.

Sell Stuff for Extra Money: Where to Sell

As mentioned above, you have options when  you decide to sell something. Online, offline, and hands-off are all viable ways to sell stuff for extra money. I usually opt to list my items online. Here’s a list of places to start when you decide to sell your own things:

Facebook: I love, love, love the Facebook private groups! I usually join the online yard sale groups where I live, and I periodically peruse the listings. I’ve sold plenty of things simply by posting to the private groups. Often, my posts, if written well, end up being shared so someone eventually buys. You can also simply post on your own feed and ask friends to share.

eBay: eBay is a global marketplace, so you can literally sell things around the world. Pay attention to potential shipping costs and make sure you’re accounting for those in your price. Additionally, you can always calculate the shipping after the sale and eBay allows you to adjust accordingly.

Craigslist: Scams aside, Craigslist is a wonderful way to sell stuff for extra money. It’s free and easy to post. I’ve sold appliances, furniture, and home decor this way many times. Just be smart about who you’re corresponding with, never list your address and contact information publicly, and conduct transactions in a public place if possible.

Hold a sale: Garage sales still hold appeal for many people, so don’t discount their ability to help you make extra cash. Advertise your sale online and be prepared to have people try to bargain with your prices. A garage sale is a quick, easy way to unload a bunch of things you no longer need/want/use.

Best Practices for a Successful Sale

Selling your stuff for extra cash is simple if you adhere to a few rules. Even if you’ve been unlucky in the past, it is possible to close a successful sale with the following tips:

Pay attention to the description. Your description is your chance to really sell the item. Just like a blog post, the title of your ad matters. So does your inclusion of any brand names or special features. The length of your description is proportional to the item’s value. A boat is certainly going to need a longer description than that old skirt hanging in your closet.

Photos are everything. Your photos will really make or break your sale. Pay particular attention to lighting and composition. Your goal is to showcase the item as if it were in a store. You want to entice the buyer, so make sure to take appropriate photos of all angles of the item. I say appropriate because you obviously won’t need more than a few with that skirt, but you will need more to showcase the boat!

Timing is key. Selling a convertible in the winter? You probably won’t have as many interested buyers as you could have during the summer. That snowboard collecting dust in the garage? Sell it right before or during the ski season to maximize your chances of completing the sale. If using eBay, you have to assign the auction timeline so be sure to choose appropriately.

Show all flaws. If there is any damage or wear to the item, make sure to disclose that in your description and photos. Nothing is worse than a person refusing to buy based on a negated flaw. Be honest upfront and save yourself time in the long-run!

Be smart. As I mentioned above, scammers are out there. Be smart about how you conduct your sales. When I sell stuff for extra money I always try to conduct the transaction in a public place. I rarely give out my home address, and I never go alone. A few simple precautions are all that’s necessary to safeguard yourself and your belongings.

Have you ever sold stuff for extra money? Share your tips and success stories below!

 

 

How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

 

How to Start a Blog--Miter Saws and Mary JanesStarting a WordPress blog is easy and today I’ll show you exactly how to get your site up and running using WordPress and Bluehost. I have negotiated special pricing with Bluehost so you can cheaply start your blog–plus you’ll get a free domain name!

Read on to learn how you can get your own WordPress blog up and running in less than 10 minutes.

These prices are subject to change to don’t wait too long. Start making money from your own blog today!

If you’re looking to make more money, eliminate debt, invest in real estate, or even travel the world more, blogging can be a very lucrative way to achieve your goals. Blogging has allowed me to make over $10,000 each month simply by doing something I love!

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Starting a WordPress Blog is Easy

A lot of people seem to think it’s impossible to make money from their blog. While it’s definitely hard work, it’s not impossible to radically change your finances and life through blogging. Plus, it’s extremely easy to get started!

Follow the steps below to launch your own blog. I personally use Bluehost and WordPress, and I can say nothing but good things about both services.

How to Start a WordPress Blog --Miter Saws and Mary Janes

How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

Starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost is as simple as following these 3 easy steps:

  1. Register your domain name
  2. Purchase hosting for your blog
  3. Install WordPress on Bluehost

Register Your Domain Name

Your domain name is essentially your online identity, so take some time to think about exactly how you’d like to name your corner of the Internet.

I chose Miter Saws and Mary Janes because it’s a combo of my favorite power tool and my favorite type of heel. It’s fun, memorable, and something that reflects a bit of my personality.

Remember, through my special Bluehost link, you can receive your domain name for free (yes, free!), so don’t spend money if you don’t have to!

How to Start a Blog --Miter Saws and Mary Janes

Purchase Hosting for Your Blog

To get the most bang for your blogging buck, I highly recommend purchasing a 12-month plan.While you have to pay for the full 12 months up front, you will save significantly more money than if you sign up for a month-to-month plan. You can purchase hosting for as little as $3.95 per month by clicking on my special link.

Additionally, with a 12-month plan, you’ll receive your free domain name, you won’t have to worry about credit/debit cards expiring and causing your blog to go down, and you can focus your efforts on providing fantastic content for your readers instead of worrying about paying your hosting bills.

Bluehost offers three well-priced plans but you can do everything you need to make money blogging by purchasing their Basic Plan.

How to Start a Blog--Miter Saws and Mary Janes

Install WordPress on Bluehost

Direct from their Bluehost’s site, here are the steps for installing WordPress on Bluehost:

This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do. They use the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress (and other applications).

MOJO Marketplace

In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the icon One-Click Installs.

WordPress: MOJO icon in cPanel

You will now be on a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.

This will open the installation window. Click on Start a brand new installation. This is going to start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps:

WordPress: Install WordPress

Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next click Check Domain, which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.

Step 2: Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. It is recommended to use a different username than ‘Admin’ and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically Create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database that you have already setup and want to use.

WordPress: MOJO installation, advanced options.

Step 3: Check the box saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click Install Now.

You will now see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your Site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure you keep it in a safe place.

WordPress: Installation Process

Now you can log into your WordPress site, by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click Log In. You will now be looking at the WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.

And that’s it! In less than 10 minutes, you can be on your way to making money online. If you have any questions or are confused by any of these steps, please email me; I’m happy to help you work through this process and get your blog live so you can begin making money!

WordPress Tips

When you first log into your new WordPress blog through your admin account, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the features you’re able to edit. Don’t worry–it’s actually very easy to navigate! Within a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to creating blog posts and pumping out content for your readers.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • To design your blog’s theme, you can use the free templates provided by WordPress. Just click on “Appearance” on the left navigation bar, then “Themes”
  • Managing your footer, header, and widgets is also done through the “Appearance” tab
  • Creating new posts is as simple as clicking on “Posts” and “Add New” (you can do the same for Pages)
  •  Plugins will help you do everything from change the color of your text to safeguard your blog from comment spammers
  • By clicking on the “Media” tab, you can upload photos to add pizzazz to your posts

After you start you blog, take a look at some of my other posts to learn even more blogging tips and suggestions: