10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

 

Home Business Ideas in Fall season/Autumn
10 HOME BUSINESS IDEAS FOR THE FALL SEASON

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It’s the Fall season and everyone is gradually winding down from the high’s of the summer vacation for those who were able to go for it, I wasn’t. But then Fall season kind of heralds the coming of the cold season and we have to prepare for that season. The exciting thing about the Fall season is that we will soon have winter and the Christmas holidays on hand. As a business person who wants to start a business from home, you may be wondering what business ideas will suit the season we are in right now.

You might even be that person that loves to take advantage of a seasonal business in other to make some extra income for your home. You don’t have to worry again, yours truly went to town and researched business Ideas that start within this Fall season. That’s where I came up with this 10  Home Business ideas for the Fall Season.

Benefits of Running a Seasonal Home Business

-You get a lot of sales coming in because it’s the season for that product or service, for example, once the weather gets cold, there will be a rise in demand for winter accessories or clothing. You are carried along in that tide hence your little marketing efforts will produce much yield because there is a demand.

-You cash into peoples emotion to make a quick sale, the Christmas season is when people are willing to buy gifts and send to family so you can easily get a gift packaging and wrapping service ongoing that will bring in a tidy amount.

-Though it’s within a short period you can plan to make the most of it by researching for a moving product or service and making a good amount of profit. For instance, if you start preparing for the Fall season early enough you can buy goods at slashed prices and sell for a tidy profit when it’s in demand.

-Its the season for that Product or service and people cannot do without it.

Having mentioned the above benefits, here is my Top 10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

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1 Sale of Winter  Fashion accessories & Clothing

One of the reasons I  love Fall is because it comes with its own Fashion accessories and Clothing that connotes its own style and are really beautiful to look at.

Because the season presets winter, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping so there is a rise in  demand for fashion accessories and clothing like : Scarves, (knitted woolen scarves) Shawls, mufflers, Ponchos, Hand Gloves, socks, Tweed Jackets, winter jackets, Hoodies, Leggings, and Tote handbags for carrying all that extra stuff especially if you are a mom. All these are accessories and clothing that will make the Millennial person rock the season. You can tap into this huge market by either Drop-shipping such items or selling your own handmade products on Etsy or you can also sell on online sites like Bonanza and eBay. You can read up the underlined posts in this paragraph to get a more in-depth knowledge on.

Did I mention that it’s important to do your research properly to know what range of fashion accessories and Clothing are currently trending, dive into that trend and you will be making your profit.

2 Gift Shopping, Wrapping and Delivery Service:

As we enter the Fall season, we usually call it the “ember” months in my local parlance, it seems like the days begin to gallop in anticipation of the various holidays that will be coming up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing day, Hanukkah etc. All these festivities portend the exchange of gifts and delivery too, hence a seasonal business that does Gift shopping, wrapping and delivery will be a good combo that people will be willing to subscribe to.

Think of how busy people can be that they soon forget to get their loved ones gifts until the holidays arrive. This is often the reason for the mad rush at shopping malls during festive seasons, in fact for me I think that that mad rush often adds to stress for anyone going through it. Instead of enjoying the holiday you are busy scurrying around for the best gift for a friend or a family member. Starting a business that takes that stress off families can make a whole lot of difference.

3 Sale and Rental of Winter equipment:

In this aspect, I will like to include both types of equipment for removing snow and winter based sports equipment. I deliberately added sales and rental together because not everyone will like to buy an equipment for a season.

You have the opportunity where you can either sell or rent such equipment then you can have two streams of seasonal income. Example of such equipment for winter sports includes snowboards, skiing equipment, and accessories, Skating boards etc.Secondly, you have the snow removal equipment like Snowplow, Salt spreaders, Liquidisers and Pushback blades. These are heavy machinery though so you have to understand the business before you go into it.

4 Home Winterizing services:

This is a must need for homes during the winter period so as this period arrives, there is a high demand for services like this. Last year, I think it was in December my Kids couldn’t go to school for a whole week because a  Pipe had burst, that one tragedy cost their school a whole lot of money and lost revenue. They were shut down for a whole week and they had to rebuild about 3 classes because the burst pipe had damaged the floors and caused a lot of havoc, plus they had to have an inspector in-house to make sure they were ready to resume activities. I bet that if they had taken time to winterize the facility, they would have reduced the chances of what happened.

Services like this can mean a lot of saved finances down the line so you can understand why such a service will bring in the needed cash during this season. Winterizing services can include, closing drafts on windows, doors and anywhere that has a loophole to reduce the loss of warmth hence reducing your energy bills. Weatherproofing your pipes to prevent bursting due to icing. Having general instructions placed in strategic places to remind house owners on how to ensure that their homes remain weatherproof for the season. Offering on-demand repair services where there is a need for it during the season.

5 Holiday Home decorating service:

Who doesn’t love the decors that you see on homes during the festive season, Christmas lights anyone? those are what makes Christmas what it is , but then it’s someone’s business to put it up right? That’s where you can start a seasonal home business that will help people decorate their homes for the season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or Thanksgiving.

Starting on time to make your services available and getting people to pay monthly before the day arrives ensures that you have the number of homes you can handle on the ground before the 1st of December arrives. Early booking means you are sure of your income and you can do what is necessary to deliver when the time comes. I love those lighted Reindeers on the lawns, they make Christmas so endearing.

6 Baking Holiday Treats:

If you are someone who loves to bake, this may be the time to monetize your baking skills by offering packaged holiday cookies and all types of treats to friends and family and also others who may be interested. Once they have tasted it and it’s worth the amount you are offering, they will surely be willing to pay for you to bake and deliver to their homes during the Christmas holidays.

It sure will beat buying from the stores and they have the opportunity to customize to their tastes. For more on how you can start a home-baked goods business that you can sell online, please read my post on How to start an online baked goods business

7 Party Planning and organizing for the Fall Season:

During the Fall season, we get to start the preparation for all kinds of Parties that will take place during the holiday season from office parties to Thanksgiving dinners to children’s Christmas parties, wedding anniversary parties and you just name it. If you have a knack to organize and throw a great party,  now is the time to begin to put together a plan on how to turn your talent into a business that you can cash into in this season. Getting your client at this time will ensure that you have a long time enough to prepare for the events that will hold. If this is a home business that suits you, it can become an all-season thing though you will find that most of your sales come during the Winter and Fall season.

8 Christmas Tree Rental:

The season of Christmas is a season that everyone wants to have a tree with all those lights on it and the gifts wrapped under it. Starting a Christmas tree rental service can be a great way to cash into the season to make some income. You can throw in decorating the tree as an extra service if people want to pay for it. I know most families love to decorate their Christmas tree themselves I mean where is the fun of having a tree if someone else decorates it for you?But then there are those who might just like a tree put up for them because they can’t decorate it themselves.

For example, the elderly who may not be able to hang that lighting anymore. There are also people who don’t like to decorate a tree at all. Offering that service of decorating the tree could be an add-on which they will appreciate.

During the Christmas of 2015, I did my Home Christmas decoration and tree decoration with the help of my sister, it was still a lot of work. After all the décor, my daughter who was about one year plus kept plucking the shiny balls that I hung on it, she taught it was a fruit. Before the Christmas day arrived. We only had decoration at the very top where her hands could not reach. Talk of having Christmas Tree with sparse hangings, it was very funny.

9 Holiday Home Service:

Do you have a free room or spare room in your home that you are not using? now is the time to set it up for and rent it out for Holiday makers who may not want to go to the average hotel. You can rent it via Airbnb to make some money. The beautiful thing about holiday home rental service is that you have the opportunity to meet diverse people and make new friends while still making money out of it.

10 Holiday Shopper :

Anyone that can relate with Holiday shopping knows the hassles and stress it can bring to anyone who has been through. Remember the long lines and queues in Walmart and Co, you can save some busy people the hassle and stress by taking on their holiday shopping for them. All that Turkey buying, food shopping and also clothing shopping can be done by you while the person relaxes at home and watches TV or whatever they need to do during the holidays.

I have always been one to simplify my life hence why I like Blue Apron and the services they offer. You get your ingredients and recipes all done for you so all you have to do is follow instructions and cook. Don’t know if there are other Blue Apron  type moms like me but I value the time I spend on my business or family, I don’t like to waste it running needless errands or getting stuck in shop queues.

Do you have any other Home Business Ideas for The Fall Season? leave a comment below

Get Your Family and your Home Business on board like a pro.

Your Family and Your Home Business
Get your Family and Home Business on board like a Pro

There are a lot of myths about starting your own business, and even more about working from home as a mom. One of which is that it’ll be easy to always spend time with your family and your business will just run itself.

While eventually, you can set up a situation where that seems true, at first it might be a little tricky. As long as you go into it with your eyes wide open you’ll be able to create a business that works with your family situation. You really can have it all when you have your own business, but maybe not all at the same time. Just find a way to make it work, and you’ll be glad you did.

Whether you start a service-based business or a product based business working from home can be the answer to many of life’s problems associated with lack of work-life balance. You won’t have to miss parent-teacher meetings, family night, game night or anything else ever again if you have everything in place and your spouse on board with your idea.

Are you still thinking about how to choose the right work at home business that suits you, then you need to read my post on how to choose the right work at home business for you.

Here are some tips to help you run your business without jeopardizing time with your family and how to overcome obstacles that might arise.

-Rid Yourself of Guilt – One of the most important things you can do is let go of any type of guilt you have associated with working. There is nothing wrong with wanting to and needing to earn a living. It doesn’t matter if you start a business or work in a job, most of us have to work today and the children really will be alright.

-Be Realistic – Trying to work with a nursing baby can be hard in any circumstance. It’s best to schedule your work realistically around your family than it is to try to expect your family to accommodate you. There are times work has to come first, but if you set your schedule realistically you’ll find fewer times of having to juggle.

-Get Help When You Need It – Whether it’s an au pair, a nanny, a VA, or a housekeeper, get help when you are able and when you need and can afford it. There is nothing wrong with putting 2-year-old  in part-time preschool either. If you really want your business to succeed you will take the steps necessary to see that it does.

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-Create a System – When you determine what you’ll be doing for a business from home, it’s good to create a system just like you would if you worked at a job. Have a system in place that helps you keep track of what you need to do each day in order to earn the income you want to earn.

-Have a Plan B – Sometimes emergencies happen so it’s good to have a plan B. If you thought you were going to put in 4 hours of work the day your three children come down with the flu, then you’re obviously going to have to put that off. If you build in extra time to every deadline you create you’ll easily be able to create a plan B.

-Schedule Everything – Use a good calendaring system to schedule everything including work and family time. If you want to have lunch with your girlfriends on Tuesday at 2 pm for a couple of hours, you must schedule in that time including travel time. If you want to spend the morning with your daughter watching movies, schedule in.

-Date night with your husband, schedule it. Everything from cooking meals, to laundry, and all that you do – schedule it in and add in some extra time to make up for errors.

-You’re Not Martha Stewart – Guess what, it’s okay that you’re not MS, in fact she’s not even MS; she has an entire staff to help her be amazing. If you don’t yet have that staff let some things go. Perfection is not necessary to be successful at spending time with your family and making your business work.

-Take Time for You – One of the most important parts of the happiness equation is to always take time for yourself. Just like you put the oxygen mask on yourself first in the airplane if something goes wrong you must take care of your needs before you take care of everyone else’s wants.

-Keep Your Focus – Avoiding shiny object syndrome is important when you work for yourself at home. It’s easy to get your mind turned onto the next big thing instead of focusing on the business you decided to start. Make it a practice to only devote about 5 percent of the time you’ve set aside for working on new ideas outside of your niche.

-Get the Family Involved – Having a home business can be hard on the family too sometimes. This is especially true when you spend long hours in front of your computer creating products and performing services. Your family wants to be involved. If they can’t help you directly with work, ask them to help with household duties. You can pay your children a larger allowance now that you are earning an income.

-Accept Your Children’s Ages – When children are under 4 years old it is much harder to schedule time for working a business without childcare help of some kind. Whether that is your spouse chipping in more or hiring a teenager to help is up to you.

-Make Your OfficeChild-Friendly– You can’t expect your children to stay out of your office at all times. It’s just not realistic for a family. Instead, make the office child friendly by making it safe and also friendly. For example, you might put a playpen in the office with toys for your toddler to play in safely while you work.

-Take Time Out – Young children cannot focus on one thing for too long, so asking them to be quiet for an hour might be too much. But, you can set a timer for quiet time, set up a movie, and then when the timer goes off spend some time jumping around and playing directly with your child. They’ll soon understand that if they’re good when the timer is on they get one-on-one time with mommy when it rings.

-Expect Sick Days – Be prepared when you or your children get sick. If you have deadline focused work, build in extra time and never put off work when all is going well to stare at the TV or play on Facebook. When you have a family you need to work when you can so that when something happens you can be there for them.

When you set an intention to do something and to make your business work you will succeed. Don’t just leave it all up in the air, instead, create a plan of action and follow through.
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Change the Way You Think

To be successful in blending your family with working from home in your business there are many ideas you may have had that you’ll need to let go. There are many different work from home myths that you may realize aren’t really true as you work toward changing the way you think.

-Let Go of Pride – Never be afraid to ask for help from your family and friends. If you need some quiet time to get some work done you’ll need to ask your family to do it so that you can get the work done for the sake of your business.

-Let Go of Even Stevens – You’re not going to spend 50 percent of your time on your family and 50 percent of your time on your business. It doesn’t work that way. Some days you’ll spend more time with your family and others more time with your business.

-Let Go of Self-Sacrifice – You don’t have to put yourself last to have a successful work from home business and a successful family life. You need to put yourself first when it has to do with your needs. Some needs are exercise, nutrition, socialization, and alone time. If there are issues that you struggle with as a stay at home mom, then read this post on 6 things that a stay at home mom struggles with. You will get ideas on how to overcome such issues and get to the place where you are giving your best to your family and business.

-Let Go of Traditional Schedules – In most cases, when you have a work from home business you don’t have to work traditional hours of 8 to 6, instead, you can work full-time around your life.

-Let Go of Traditional Ideas of Work – When you start a work at home mom business the work that you will do may vary, you might earn as a blogger, a YouTube star, or as a fitness coach. The sky is truly the limit and only your imagination can keep you from making money online in your own business. Sometimes learning that a combination of different ways of making money online will help you to achieve your financial goals. For more on this read my 5 posts that teach you how to make money online

-Let Go of Distractions – When you first start working from home it’s difficult to let the distractions of home fade into the background so that you can get some work done. But, if you practice doing it every day it gets easier to accomplish. Just do it every day and before you know it, it becomes a habit.

-Let Go of the Idea of Overnight Success – While you will experience success quickly if you craft a plan of action and stick to it, it won’t be overnight. For example, it can take one to three years to earn money as a blogger, shorter to earn as a service provider such as a graphic designer or virtual assistant. Many people combine both types of business to get started fast. if you want to learn how to combine various options of business in other to get a successful business, learn how I did it by opening an online store right after I started my blog.

You can’t let any of the myths stop you from working your home business and becoming successful. Just because you won’t become super successful overnight, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to be as successful as you want to be eventually with the right plan of action.

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Getting Your Spouse on Board

Sometimes the biggest impediment to starting a work at home mom business is your spouse. Try to understand that your spouse may not have been exposed to the information that you’ve read and may only know about the myths of working from home and not the realities.

They may see it as just a hobby and not enough money to provide the family with what they need and that might scare him. It’s up to you to get your spouse on board with your new venture in a good way so that you have the support you need to be successful.

-Schedule a Serious Meeting with Your Spouse – The first step to getting your spouse on board is to set up a meeting without distractions. You can go out to dinner to a place that is easy to talk and has wireless, or you can do it during a time the kids are sleeping or with the grandparents. However you do it, you need to avoid distractions.

-Remember, Timing is Important – Don’t hit your spouse with a business idea when you’re in debt, when things aren’t going well for him at work, or when the timing is all wrong. Talk to them when they’re in a good mood and ready to listen.

-Secure Financing – For a home based business you’re not going to need as much money to start your business but you will need some. Get the numbers down on paper so you can explain to your spouse how you’ll accomplish your goals.

-Compile the Research – It’s important to do your research in advance and know exactly what type of business you want to start before approaching your spouse. Put it all in a PowerPoint slideshow so that you can show him how serious you are and exactly what you need to get started and the projected income.

-Put All Your Cards on The Table – Explain to your spouse how much money you can make, how many hours you will need to work, and how this will affect your family exactly. If you lead with doing it for the kids, and for the family, you may get him onboard faster. Some spouses get on board faster when you show them the money first though. You’ll need to be the judge.

-Plan Together How To Make It Work – When you get your spouse on board you can plan together how to get the business going in the early days. Perhaps he’ll take care of after dinner baths and bedtime while you get some work done.

-Set Priorities Right From the Beginning – The entire point of starting an at home business is having more family time, yet earning enough money to support that goal. Ensure that you and your spouse are on the same page regarding family time and the importance you place on things like childcare and housework versus quality time together and earning money.

When you come to your spouse with a realistic idea, set goals, and the financials all in place they’ll be impressed enough and take you seriously enough to give it a shot. You must be very precise about what you need to make it all work. Don’t take it all onto yourself to get the new business to work without any help from your spouse. Do it right from the start and you won’t regret it.

Working at home can be very rewarding and lucrative. You have to be realistic, but you should also dream big. Make big goals; keep them super specific, and then craft a plan to make it happen. Schedule it all in your calendar, then stick to the plan and soon you’ll be a very profitable and happy work at home mom.

 

 

 

 

Secrets to running a successful Re-sell of Used Items Business

Secrets to Running Re-sell of Used Items business
Secrets to running a successful re-sell of used items Business

Selling used item is one way which a stay at home mom can earn extra cash while staying at home raising her kids, however, this post will be dedicated to writing about secrets that any stay at home mom can use to make a living from successful re-sell of used items. if you have been considering starting a home business but don’t know how to choose the right business then consider reading my post on how to choose the right home business for you

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Used items which command fair value is a market for people who want to shop close to originals without having to pay the price of brand new items. We often times buy stuff which we may not end up using or there may be items that the useful life has passed by in our own time, therefore, we need to sell it off in other to declutter our homes.

For anyone wanting to start up a business in buying and reselling used items, I would recommend to start with your own stuff. You can start by getting organized and sorting out those things which you no longer use and then categorize them into different niches and check which one of them you have good knowledge about.

For example, if you are a stay at home mom that has been having kids for some time, it’s inevitable that you will already have knowledge of baby gear that comes with that territory.  Before I had my first child, I needed a breast pump that I will use, so I went and bought a particular brand which I liked so much because of its brand appeal, after I had my baby, I assembled the pumping gear and tried using it but it didn’t work for me.

My breasts were still engorged after attaching it and using for some time, so I had to return the pumping gear which was quite expensive by the way, the next one I bought was way less expensive and It worked. With that, I learned that brand may not always be the thing to consider when buying baby stuff.

Because I have 3 kids, I have gathered some invaluable knowledge about baby gear which I believe will be of tremendous use to me should I choose to start a business of re-sell of used items. For you, it may be something else, but whatever it is, it is always better to start with a niche you are knowledgeable about since it’s a new business, that way you can grow steadily.

Facts to consider before starting the Re-sell of used items.

-Start with a Niche that you are already knowledgeable about:

I have already written a little about it above, choose a niche that you are much more comfortable with and which you have a good knowledge about, this will enable you to pick winners in the business of re-sell of used items.

-Buyers want a good value for the money they pay for items even if it is used:

Most people who shop for used items are those who are usually on a budget but have good quality taste, just because they are shopping in the fairly used market does not mean they will buy any trash available. Therefore your knowledge of that product will make it easier for you to know the likely places where there are scuffs on a product and avoid buying stuff that will be hard to re-sell.

For example, people will want to buy an almost new baby stuff, remember because it’s baby stuff, their emotions may be involved so if you are selling such stuff, make sure that in buying from those who are selling to you that you buy items that are almost new, this will make it easier for people to purchase.

When I had my last baby, I went to a garage sale to get some items for my baby, It was going to be my last baby so I didn’t want to buy baby stuff that I will end up giving away in a few months to come.

So I got there, and saw this beautiful baby play pen, I purchased it and when I was about to leave I saw an almost new baby mattress because it was almost new, I purchased it too. I guess if it had been weather beaten I wouldn’t have considered it.

The reason I bought it was because I could fit into the Play pen and make a baby bed with it. It solved the problem of buying a brand new baby bed and mattress which will have cost me more.

-Shopping in the high-end neighborhood  and mobile areas will give you better margins:

In the business of re-sell of used items, shopping in a high-end neighborhood is a must. it’s always better to go to areas where a lot of rich people live, this is because they tend to acquire stuff that they no longer use in a short time and will be willing to offload from their garage to make space for more.This means you get good quality of products from willing sellers at a low price.

The second option I talked about earlier is that you are likely to get a load of free stuff to re sell from areas where there is a lot of moving and resettling going on.

You find this in places where there is a high number of rentable apartment buildings, this because most people that live in apartments are either there for the short time or are young people who often move with a short notice. Because they don’t want to incur storage costs or transportation costs, they often throw away valuable stuff, from furniture to electronics.

If you are someone with a good eye, scoring that kind of area can give you free stuff to resell for a profit.

-Check for the ongoing price of Goods before you buy:

The reason you are in business is to make money, this means it will not make sense to spend all your time running around to get goods that will just occupy your garage space without moving.

Hence be sure to check the price of the goods you are about to purchase for a re- sell before you pay for it. The easiest places to check is Ebay. That’s one of the oldest platforms for re-sell of used items. Ensure you know the going rate for that product you want to buy at the flea market or garage sale before you buy it. It pays to do your research at home before moving out, that way you are more focused on what you want to buy, how much you are willing to pay for it and how much you will make from selling it.

-Shop on heavy discount days

With re-sell of used items, the lower you can keep your costs, the better, that is why it’s advisable to shop on discount days when you know that thrift stores will be trying to empty their stores in other to make room for new ones.

It’s not only in thrift stores that you will find such deals even real stores sometimes sell unused items at ridiculously low rates because they need to clear out their stores for a new season. Therefore having this in mind and taking the time to research when it will happen will help you attain some good deals which you can flip later for a good price. Unused items with their tags on is always a winner because people will like to purchase it given that it is still new.

-Beware of shipping costs:

Most times in our rush to buy used items for a little amount with a good re-sell profit we forget that we have to ship those goods, ensure that you factor your shipping costs into your sale price before you start purchasing. A low-cost item which is heavy may not be a good deal at all when you find the shipping cost alone will take almost all your profit if not all.

Categories of Used items you can re-sell

-Baby Goods: e.g baby clothing, toys, strollers e.t.c

-Clothing and accessories: Designer wears, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, hats etc

-Furniture: Bed, couch tables, chairs, wardrobe.

-Gadgets: Games consoles, phones, camping gear.

-Crockery and ware: Dinner plates, cooking pots, pot stands, grill gear

-Electronics: Tv, Radio, speaker, etc.

-Antiques: Rarely seen items that had value, vintage items that are no longer in production.

-Books

-Tools and Hardware.

In this next section of this post, we are going to deal with how to start off, where to get your goods from and the tools you will need for your new business.
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How to start:

As I always reiterate, start from what you have, at the beginning of this write-up, I mentioned how you can start with selling your own used stuff. Looking at all the categories above, there are hardly families which do not have some unused stuff in some if not most of these categories, so you can start by organizing your own garage sale in other to test the market and see how buyers who buy from you are likely to behave. This will give you a good idea of how your intending customers will look like and what are their most likely buying habits.

If you find that you don’t have enough used stuff to sell, please tell your friends and ask if they have stuff they want to dispose of, you can go collect it from them and see how you can sell it. If you tell them that you want to do market testing with it, am sure you will likely get if for free from them. Remember that if your business starts succeeding you may not always get it for free. So be ready to start bargaining with them the next time you want their used stuff.

 Places you can get goods on sale

Garage sales: you can scout for garage sales that take place around your area and know when they are likely to open so you can go check out their stuff. There are a lot of apps you can use to check for garage sales that are in your location, some of them are: Garage sale finder, varage sale, Vendu, Glicking garage, yard sale treasure map, these ones are mainly for Android phones, if you have an iPhone then you may consider these ones: Garage sale rover, garage sale by map, Yard sale mapper.

Consignment stores: consignment stores are shops where people go to keep their stuff for some amount until it sells, so you can also find good deals there

Flea market: Flea markets are absolutely the place to hunt for treasures because you can find goods which you can re- sell at a very good price. I believe the apps above also apply to flea markets too. To add to the list above you can check these apps out Listia, 5miles, carousel. The good thing about these apps is that it’s a two-way thing, you can buy from them and sell somewhere else or you can also sell on it.

Community market sales : sometimes you can go to a community market and get a good bargain which you can re sell online for profit, the key is to look out for good quality products that are being sold at very low prices because of change of seasons, you can re sell such when a new season arrives.

Thrift stores: Thrift stores are also a major place where you can get a good item for sale.

Friends and Family: Sometimes you may have some friends who have a lot of stuff lying about in their garage which is occupying space for years. You can ask to go through them and see the ones that are of good value which you can re- sell for a profit.

Rented apartment Buildings: I made mention of the fact that sometimes people who are mobile are often reluctant to pay to ship furniture that they have lived with when they are moving, so they often dump them.

If you look carefully you may sometimes find very good furniture thrown away which you know will command a fair price in the market. Taking them up and cleaning them can give you a good amount of money when sold, The cost of acquisition being perhaps your transport and cleaning costs.

Walmart:( Look for sale items only.): Seriously one wouldn’t take me serious when I say that you can get a good quality stuff at Walmart for a sale price. I have once bought a nice kids pants for a dollar at Walmart amongst their sale items which I knew I could re –sell for 6-7 dollars when the season for that clothing type comes around.

Places to Re-sell your Used Items.

The good thing about all that apps that I mentioned above is that they are two functional, you can buy and sell on them.But to give you more options for online sales, here is a list of places you can sell your used items

Ebay Like we are going to miss this one out, it’s the king of market places where used stuff is sold. People make a living from selling on eBay once you understand how it works. I will do a post on this one one day.

Varage sale: Varage sale is an app that allows you to buy and sell locally. I had try this if I am just starting out on selling used stuff, that way you might save on shipping costs for your goods.

Ebid; This is also an online marketplace for buying and selling that has been around since 1999. The good thing about this platform is that there are no listing fees and your selling fees will range from only between 0-3 percent of your final sale amount. This means that if you list a product and it does not sell. you don’t have to pay anything.

Decluttr : A place to sell your used phones, CD’s, game consoles, DVDs, books. If you had like to sell your stuff to them click on the icon below to get to their website.



 

 

Bonanza : This is also an online marketplace that features different kinds of categories from women’s fashion to home and décor too. They were named America’s best entrepreneurial company in 2016.

Etsy: Etsy is a marketplace for handmade goods, they are quite popular and people do make a good living selling stuff on Etsy. I believe that you can sell used stuff there that are handmade.

Facebook marketplace: The Facebook marketplace is also the go-to place to sell your stuff, there is hardly anything we can sell or buy or market without Facebook so get at it and use it for your business. The good thing is that you don’t have any listing fees involved.

Offer up: This is an app that makes listing goods for sale by sellers very easy, it has an integrated messaging system that helps the sellers to manage multiple messages from buyers. It’s been rated well by the iPhone users as very good.

Online shop: Finally if you are willing to put in the work of building your own platform for your Re-sell of Used items business, you can start an eCommerce store using  Shopify an online e commerce platform that enables you to sell goods from anywhere in the world.

This last option is about the best of the above options because you have your own platform and you control what happens there. The only snag is that you have to do extra marketing to drive traffic to your site, but in the long run, it pays off when you establish your business securely and you are earning a steady income from it.

Of course, there are scores of other market places and apps that you can use for your selling, but this few above should help you get started.

Tools you need for this business

-A laptop

-Camera for taking pictures you will use for listing your stuff

-Phone and internet connection( if you have an iPhone, the better because some of the apps mentioned above are available on iphones alone.

Do you have any other ideas on how to turn Re-sell of used items into a good business, please leave a comment below.

 

How to Choose the Right Work at Home Business

How to choose the perfect work at home business for you
How to choose the right work at home business

How to Choose the Right Work at Home Business for You

Creating a work at home business is a great way to balance your family life with your need to earn money. But, you need to seriously sit down and figure out whether you want a product based business or a service based business.

Both product and service based business sell a product but in one case the product is tangible and in another, it’s a skill. In order to determine that let’s look at some differences between a product based business and a services based business.

Product Based Business

When you sell a product it’s usually a tangible item but with the advent of the Internet and digital products, the lines are being blurred. Today, you can offer digital products, courses, books, blogs, videos and information as your product as well as products you can touch like jewelry, art, and so forth. Don’t get tied up in thinking you must create the products. You can become an affiliate or reseller for the right products. To learn about affiliate companies that will easily accept you when starting out, read my post on affiliate network that will accept a newbie blogger.

Services Based Business

When you deal in services the client puts their faith in you and perhaps your staff to perform the services they hired you to do, depending on your skills and experience. These are things like bookkeeping, architecture, legal services; virtual assistance, graphic design and coaching services are all service based business.

You can combine both a service based business model with a product based business model on the Internet and have the best of all worlds. For example, you can promote a book and a course as a life coach offering your coaching services as your higher priced product over the books and courses.

In order to determine what services and/or products you want to promote in your work at home business take the time to do your due diligence.

-Make a List of Your Skills – It’s important to do an inventory of your skills. The first thing you need to do is to write down a list of what you already know how to do. Do you have computer skills, people skills, and knowledge that you can share with or teach others?

-Determine Who You Want to Work With – Do you love a certain group of people and what they do or what they stand for? For example, perhaps you are currently a paralegal at a law firm and you enjoy working with attorneys and helping clients who are dealing with divorce. You can still do that with your own work at home business. It’s important to identify the exact audience you want to work with whether you’re going to promote products, a service or both.

-Make a List of Things You Can Do for Your Audience – Once you have your skillset and audience determined now you can start figuring out how to solve their problems. Identify their pain points of the audience you chose, narrow it down to two or three pain points and then figure out how you can serve them.

-Match Your Skillset with the Services – A key in choosing products, creating products, and offering services is to match your skill set with what is needed to solve the pain points of your audience. When you take the time to do this you’ll find that your work at home business is going to be more successful.

Finally, once you’ve chosen your audience, and your niche within that audience and whether or not you’ll have a product or service based business (or both) you’ll have some other things to work out too. Ask yourself the following questions.

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How Much Startup Cash Do You Have?

The type of business you choose will be affected a lot by how much cash you have to get started. Service based businesses are a lot less expensive to start, depending on your skill set.

Digital products don’t cost much more to develop either, again depending on your own skills and whether or not you’ll need to outsource some of the work such as website design or product creation.

You can start a work at home business for relatively little money compared to a bricks and mortar business. You don’t have the high rent, utilities and so forth to pay for like a bricks and mortar business. Therefore, your startup costs can be a lot lower, but you still have startup costs.

-Business License Fees – You need to get a business license in most states and counties in the USA to run a business from your home. Usually, the cost is very low, so don’t allow yourself to be afraid of finding out the costs and rules in your area.

-Technology Costs – You may already own a computer and the technology that you need, but you may need to invest in some extra software too. Today you can “rent” software on a monthly basis which makes it a 100 percent write off like other direct expenses. For example, it costs $9.99 a month to rent bookkeeping software through Go Daddy. That is a cost you can write off as an expense.

-Contractor Fees – You may need to hire help such as marketing professionals, virtual assistants, web designers and others to help you get started and maintain your business.

But, there are also deductions you can count on when running a business from your home. If you can set up an exclusive area of your home to be the home office you can get quite a large home office deduction that makes everything even less expensive when starting a home business because these expenses you can deduct won’t go up, such as utilities, electricity, internet and so forth.

Another way of determining how much it will cost you to start up is by writing a one-page business plan. You can read how to go about that in my post: you don’t need a 100-page business plan to start one. In that post, you get a free template you can use to write your plan down.

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Do You Like Being Upfront or Behind the Scenes?

Some people love the idea of their work at home business being all about them. They name their business with their own name, they are the business. This is common with life coaches, public speakers, and even doctors. They are the expert and the name behind their business. Others prefer to be more behind the scenes and not be a household name.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this. What matters is that you are happy with your choice. Don’t try to push yourself into a position that you don’t like because it will make it hard for you to want to work your business each day. Be honest with your assessments about your tolerance for publicity.

Do not think that if you’re an introvert you can’t create an amazing home based business, you can. The Internet is the perfect place for that. Some very famous introverts are J.K. Rowlings, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. While they didn’t directly start an “internet based” business they all started at home.

How Much Time Do You Have to Devote?

Another important factor is the time it takes to do a business. A service based business essentially trades hours for dollars so you’ll need to have enough hours at a high enough rate to make the money you want to earn. With a product based business, you may be able to earn more without considering the hours as much.

However, with a service based business, you can earn money faster which is why combining a product based business with a service based business is a good option for many who need to start earning faster. For example, you can start with a book, and then offer a service described in the book. This works great with life coaches.

Answering these questions will help you identify what you can realistically do as a work at home business.  Once you identify the niche, your resources, and narrow down what you’ll do to earn money in your work at home business.

In addition to these questions, it’s important to understand what goes into the business you want to start and that you have the skills necessary to do it.

Do Your Due Diligence

It’s important to check your facts before you get your heart set on any one business. Once you’ve matched your skills with your audience and identified their pain points now you need to dig in and do some more research.

-How Many People are In Your Target Audience? – This is an important question to answer because if there aren’t enough people in your niche to be profitable then you may need to choose a different audience. If you need to earn 100K a year, you need to know how many people you need to sell to.

-What Price Point Can Your Audience Afford? – In addition to how many people are in your target audience, you need to know how much they can afford to pay for your potential products and / or services. What is your offering worth to them and can they afford to buy them?

-Can You Earn the Profit You Need? – Based on the numbers can you become profitable? This is such a huge issue when starting any business. You have to perform an analysis, called a S.W.O.T. analysis, which stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Don’t leave a stone unturned in your research to choose the right work at home business. You need to know the good and the bad of each choice that you make before you even get started with your work at home business. While doing your research, consider making use of my Resource library.

Other Things to Consider When Starting a Work At Home Business

There are so many things to consider when choosing a Work At Home business to start. Because you don’t just want to start, you also want to earn a living at it. Outside of the logical things to consider mentioned above there are some emotional factors to think about.

-Do You Feel Passionate About Your Niche? – When you have your own business you have to be willing to live it and breathe it. If you don’t like it, and don’t have a true love for doing it, whatever it is, you will not be happy doing it and you’ll likely not devote the time and effort needed to make it successful. Ensure that your choices come down to something you feel strongly about enough that you can envision yourself doing it every day 40 or more hours a week, happily.

-Does It Match Your Value System? – You may not realize that you even have a value system. But, when you start thinking about the type of people you’ll work closely with in the new business, and their values and moral code, you’ll soon realize that it does make a huge difference. For example, let’s say you want to start a paralegal business from home. Do you want to work with lawyers who defend criminals or who help people through a divorce? If either of these ideas goes against your value system you won’t feel good about it.

-Is it Viable Long-term? – A huge issue with any business is determining whether or not it’s a short lived fad, or a trend, or whether it can hold up long term. There’s nothing wrong with cashing in on a trend, but you want your main business to stand the test of time and last for the next ten or twenty years.

-What’s Your Exit Strategy? – When you work for someone else, you have an exit strategy built in. You pay into social security and usually a company retirement plan and that’s how you live when you stop working. But, when you have your own business while you do pay into and can collect social security, you’re 100 percent responsible for the payments and setting up your own retirement plan. If you create your work at home business right, you can actually sell it for retirement. It’s a real, viable business and you should think of it that way.

Developing a profitable home based business takes just as much work to start as a bricks and mortar business. You still have to do the work by the numbers, and meet the requirements of the law. Plus you want to actually like what you’re doing in the end. After all, it feels good to go to work if you like it, right?

Otherwise, it’s just going to feel like another job that causes stress in your life and makes you want to run away. If you do the work necessary to choose the right business for you, you’ll love it, feel motivated every single day, and end up happier in the end. You’ll have true time and money freedom with the right work at home business.

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Be Honest About What It Takes

When you start any business it’s important, to be honest with yourself about what it takes to get things done. Keep track of the time, money and resources that you use so that you can project your future needs. Keeping the books balanced will help you keep your business on track.

-Time Freedom – Knowing how much time you’ll really need to spend on your business is important. If you only have 2 hours a day to spend, you’ll need to ensure that you pick the right business to be in.

-Money Freedom – Keeping track with a bookkeeping system is important because if you don’t have money to pay your taxes and expenses you’ll go out of business.

-Personal Freedom – One of the best things about a work at home business is that you can adjust the time you spend on your business so that it works better with your life. However, sometimes you have to put the business first. If you always choose family and friends over your business, your business will fail.

By understanding the myths about working at home, you know – the sitting on the beach with your feet in the sand while your business magically generates millions of dollars is a fantasy.  Now you can set up a more realistic business model that will be successful for you.

Marketing Matters

No matter what type of business you choose to run from home, don’t be shy about it. Once you make the decision, be proud of it. Tell everyone you know about your new business. Teach other people about your working hours so that they respect your time, project the type of professional image that you want people to see you as, and don’t hide. For doubters, show them the money.

-Website – Home based businesses even more than bricks and mortar business need a website. That is your storefront. You need to create an awesome storefront to market your business.

-Business Cards – Make some business cards to help you get the word out in person and locally. You can put business cards on tables, bulletin boards and in the hands of people you meet every day.

-Networking – Don’t forget that you can network online too with social media groups and forums. You don’t have to walk up to someone in person; you can instead engage people online to network.

Running your WAH business can be very satisfying if you go into it with your eyes wide open. Determine the best business for you based on facts, not myths. Craft a plan of action to get your business up and running and be proud that you’re a WAH business. After all, if you plan it right, you’ll have the business of your dreams plus the time to enjoy your life.

If you desire to learn more about different work at home business ideas why not read my post on 5 posts that teach you how to make money online

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