Online gaming, shopping, chatting with friends, the internet is great for a lot of things, but my newest internet hobby has been using it to make money. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel here either; you can do a lot of the same things your parents did to make some extra income, just with a modern update.
Garage Sales – the internet way
Ah the classic garage sale, post a sign in your neighborhood and make money from the things you no longer use. However, this is not the best way to get the most money out of your unwanted possessions and therefore the most money from your time. Instead of a garage sale, try using Ebay first to post specific items to customers who will pay for it. For example, at a garage sale you may be lucky to find someone willing to pay 5 bucks for an old vinyl record. But by posting that same record to Ebay, you reach a larger audience, an audience with someone looking for just that record! And willing to pay for it. I had an old Nickelodeon alarm clock from the 90’s just taking up space in my closet, I was about to bring it to Goodwill before moving.
I did a quick search on Ebay and found people were selling it for up to 80 dollars! It’s not hard to post on Ebay either, and certainly worth what effort it does take. Ebay does not have a monopoly on the resell game either. There may be a site that specializes in what you want to sell. Site’s like Swappa focus on tablets and smart phones. The site’s reputation makes it a go to marketplace for electronic devices. So next time you upgrade your smart phone, before taking a deal from your service provider, check out Swappa to see if you can get a better offer.
Ad in the paper – updated
People used to post ads in the local paper’s classified section for their services. However, newspapers’ readership across the country has dropped considerably. And in its place are sites like Craigslist. If you have a marketable skill like a foreign language, you can charge for lessons to teach others, and reach those people by posting an ad on craigslist. You can also find odd jobs and sell your items. When selling things on craigslist, it’s best to focus on large items that would be too costly to ship. Think of Craigslist as the internet’s newspaper.