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My first memory of cashing in on junk is from 5th grade. We had this weird competition with multiple schools.
Whoever collected the most valuable junk won a school field trip to the recycling plant. Of course, me and my neighbor went a little overboard.
I mean — go big or go home? We created a song, “Trash collectors, trash collectors”, to the tune from the Soccer Boppers commercial.
(It’s cool, just go with it.) Then we got out our red wagons and went from house to house on our rural road collecting odds and ends.
We ended up winning the class field trip. You’re welcome fellow 5th grade classmates. So it’s true, you may not be in the running to win a totally rad field trip to the recycling plant. However…
You Can Earn Money from Spring Cleaning
Because… Spring cleaning = getting rid of excess stuff. Excess stuff = cashola.
I have a few cool things I want to share with you today that can help you get paid for stuff you no longer need.
Thing #1: My good friend Jason Butler is an eBay guru.
He’s karate chopping through student loans and credit card debt by selling items on eBay, selling t-shirts, and freelancing writing.
The kicker is… He does all of this while holding down a full-time job (and traveling a lot which I’m quite jealous of.)
The cool thing about his eBay side hustle is that it’s something that doesn’t require a special skill and he makes a few extra hundred dollars from it every month.
Seriously, anyone and their mom can list stuff on eBay to earn money.
(Speaking of which, Mom I know you’re reading this so yea… *wink, wink*.) Anyway, to get you started, Jason created a mega list of 100 things you can sell on eBay.
Grab that list here. Use it to get your creative juices a-flowing and eyeballs a-looking for things in your house that you can sell.
Thing #2: Flipping Cheap Goods is Another eBay Strategy.
Jason dabbles in this, too. It’s when you go to thrift stores, garage sales, or the dollar store to buy stuff that you flip on eBay for a higher price.
If you can’t find anything at home to sell (or you’re feeling ambitious), this is a way to take the eBay side hustle up a notch. Gary V is one of my faaaavvvvvvv motivational entrepeneurs.
I won’t bore you with why because he tells his story much better than I can ever do here in a Youtube video about how he grew a multi-million dollar wine business. (Possible curse word warning in the video. Put your headphones in if you’re at work.)
He understands that side hustlers likely can’t grow this type of biz overnight.
In this radio interview, he explains how flipping items from the dollar store on eBay is something anyone can do to get started making extra money on the side.
The eBay stuff starts at the 7:05 mark. This interview is on a radio show, so all curse-y words are edited out. Gary V is spirited. If you like his style though, he’s an awesome person to follow for business tips.
Thing #3: How to Sell on eBay
Got you covered on how to sell, too. Kristin over at Believe in a Budget has an entire tutorial on how to set up your account and sell stuff on eBay step-by-step.
Check out that tutorial here. Boom!
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