13 offline Home Business Ideas (Work at Home)

Work at Home
13 Offline Home Business Ideas

I know that I champion starting home businesses that are solely run online, but I am also aware that a variety of skills could sometimes mean that one does not have the passion or skill to pursue an online business. That is where the offline Home business comes into play.

While you can start a Home Business that is basically offline like the ones I will mention below, you cannot afford not to market it online. This because marketing your business online and giving it an online presence even if its just a FaceBook page or an Instagram page will ensure that you succeed.

You can start these businesses at home but they require more local work with individuals or going to other locations with your home as the base. These positions are often just as lucrative as the online businesses but require a little more infrastructure or hands-on work.

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Here are 13 businesses you can do as an Offline Home Business.

-In-Home Childcare Provider – If you have a big enough home you can use a portion of it to provide childcare. You can make from 100 to 200 dollars per child depending on your location and the age of the children. You will need to get a license for your state before you start. The good thing about child care is that once you provide good services, you can make more money because word travels about your business and provides you with recurring income.

-Event / Wedding / Party Planner – If you like planning parties from birthday, to weddings, to anniversary or other events, you can make a good living doing it. You’ll need to make connections with caterers, bakers and others who can help you with the parties. You’ll manage everything and put it all together and make sure nothing goes wrong.

-Music Teacher – If you are good with music and know how to teach people to play an instrument, sing, or perform you can become a music teacher from your home. You may need to get a background check to work with kids if the parents are going to leave.

-Soap Maker / Jewelry Maker / Knitter – Making artisan soaps, jewelry, knitting, crocheting and selling the creations at your local farmer’s market, thrift store and even online at a store like Etsy.com is a great way to earn more money in a business of your own. If this is your passion and you do not know how to start an Etsy shop, read my post on Guidelines on starting an etsy shop

-Public Speaker –Do you have a motivational story to tell, have you achieved success that you can help others achieve? If so, you might consider becoming a public speaker. You can get on various speakers lists and make quite a good living speaking. This requires travel, so it’s not working “at” home but your home can be your base.

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-Seamstress – If you can sew, you can create a business in a variety of ways from making custom-made clothing or purses to alterations. You can sell online and locally to custom shops by offering a percentage of sales to local boutiques.

-House Cleaner – It might not be romantic but there is a lot of money to be earned in the housekeeping business. People need help due to their busy lives and you can provide that help. You’ll go to their location to do the cleaning, of course, but you can run everything else from your home office.

-Backyard Gardener – If you have at least 1/2 an acre, you can start gardening as a business. You can grow salad vegetables, herbs and more and sell them to local restaurants and even some grocery stores, or set up a stand at your local farmer’s market. If you live in the right location you can set up a stand right there.

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-Pet Groomer – If you love pets, you can clean them and groom them so that they look good. You can do this right from home if you create a little grooming shop in an extra room. Check your local laws to find out the rules of regulation.

-Personal Chef – Do you like cooking special meals? If so you can do that for people in their homes. You shop for the ingredients, cook them in the client’s house, and then freeze them in labeled containers for the client to heat up later during the week. If baking is your passion you can take a look at my post on how to start an online baked goods business.

-Furniture Maker – Have a knack for building things with woodworking equipment? You can create new items from scratch or you can refurbish and then sell older items. This business can be quite lucrative and start as a hobby. if you like to refurbish old furniture and resell it, you may find that eBay is your best bet for selling your refurbished items. often you will find that you may find old and discarded furniture which you can repurpose and sell for a profit. Take a look at my post to see places where you can re sell used items.

-Landscaping Services – Got a lawn mower and some equipment you can start a landscaping business. Even if all you do is mow lawns and edge them you can earn a good living during the season. You can easily make 30 to 40  dollar an hour.

-Interior Decorator – If you have a way with color, staging furniture and making a house feel like a home you might want to start an interior decorating business. You will earn money based on the total budget so you’ll need to be good at getting discounts from suppliers. Another interesting thing about this line of job is that you can earn money from designing the Home and picking our the materials needed while you outsource the main job of actually implementing the design to someone else.

That way you are able to get more time to put into your creative passion of designing the concepts.

If you want a good place to get very good decorative pieces for your home design projects then consider looking at Amara a business that deals with Home decor accessories, they feature different categories of Home fragrances, Lighting, bedroom kitchen, and other decorative accessories that make a home look beautiful. They have great goods that are currently on sale. you may want to check it out here.

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Want to learn about 10 more business Ideas for the fall season, click on this post.

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Hopefully, these ideas helped you think of something you can do from home. Being a mom is a difficult job but if you can do something to earn money as a work at home mom it will make everything a lot easier. No need to commute to work, buy expensive clothing, and in some cases, you don’t even need child care.

At the very least, you’ll be able to work around your children’s schedules so that you can have a better-balanced family life.

Do you have any more Ideas for offline home business ideas, leave a comment below?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Holidaymakers 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 to 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.

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

5 Steps to starting an Online Shop on Bonanza

Online Shop On Bonanza Marketplace
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I have this passion to see stay at home moms or anyone who desires to stay at home with her kids to be able to do so without financial restrictions that is why I am always advocating starting a home business to support your lifestyle. You can call it a Lifestyle business if you want. Today I will be writing about how to start an online shop on Bonanza

While researching online platforms that allow you run a business from your home.I ran into the online selling platform Bonanza and since then I took interest in checking out how its platform operates. I actually came to know about this platform when I was writing the article on how to resell used items as a business. Please read that post if you have a lot of stuff you would like to resell or you want to start selling used stuff as a business.

One of the things that struck me about Bonanza is that it does not charge you anything until you make a sale meaning that there are no listing fees. I was really intrigued about it hence I went foraging for more information about this unique marketplace and what I found really amazed me hence my decision to make a post about it.

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In this post, the online shop is the same as Booth, they can be used interchangeably here so do not get confused. Okay let’s get to it

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 Steps to take  to start an Online shop on Bonanza

1)Register on the Bonanza Platform:

You have to register on the Platform to be a seller for free, with your registration all you have to enter is your name and email address, an email is then sent to your email address to confirm its really you, after that you can then confirm your registration by clicking on the link that will be sent to you, the link then takes you back to the registration page in other to continue with setting up a Booth.

2)Setting up your Booth on Bonanza

Now Bonanza is quite different from some platforms I have seen out there because you have two options for displaying your shop. The first is the Booth, for the booth to be set up you will be required to get a store and username, your username is what will appear as the icon on the booth you have set up.

The second is the web store. The web store is the paid version where you get to pay before you can start using it, while the booth is free to set up, the webstore is not. You are only given some free days trial before you are charged for setting up the webstore. The good thing about the webstore is that you don’t pay any listing fees after you make a sale.

-The webstore is like your average standalone online shop which you can create online, the difference is that you are creating one via Bonanza, you can use your own URL or you can use your Booths URL. The only snag with webstores is that you are going to have to drive your own traffic to it, unlike when you have a booth that you get to use their various adverts options.

Webstores give you the opportunity to create your own brand and customize it as you wish. It also gives your overall ownership of the store and you get to do what you feel with it.

Having itemised the differences between a Booth and webstore, I will advise that as a Beginner you start with a Booth and when you have established your self you can determine if you want to get a Webstore or not.

To complete the setup of your booth before you can list your products, you will be required to fill out the following necessities.

Credit Card information: Now some people may balk at this information but Bonanza collects this information because they do not deduct their fees before passing on the rest to you like some selling platforms will do rather you get billed every month that you make a sale. So the credit card information is held just in case you fail to pay up your bills they can then charge the card. They are quite sincere and open in the way they deal with their sellers so I should not think there will be an issue with that.

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-Phone Number confirmation: Because the online marketplace is changing so fast, Online selling platforms are now requesting for phone numbers so that they can get in contact with sellers should there be a dispute that can not be handled by email alone. So you are required to verify your number before your booth can be updated. If you are uncomfortable with displaying your personal number in a public place, you can make use of Google Voice. A free service from Google for forwarding calls to your local number.  Another option is to make use of Virtual number operators.

After getting all these niceties tidied up, you can then head back to your booth to put some certain things in place.

Choose a Banner: the Platform provides you with different kinds of free banners that you can use for the header section of your Booth. I will advise its best you choose a Banner that goes with what you want to sell on their platform. This will make it easier for your Booth to be optimized and come up during searches.

For example, if your Niche is fashion jewelry, ensure that in choosing your store name and username you get to insert Jewelry in it to make sure that it fits in with the products you are going to sell on your booth. The good thing is that they have a lot of free banners which you can choose from so you don’t necessarily need to create one if you don’t want to.

Fill in your Shop Policies: In this section, you get to put the policies that will be guiding your shop sales, this includes your shipping policy, return policy, refund policy and also your various discount policies.

-Fill in your Profile details: People like to buy from people they can identify with. So it will be nice to provide your shop with a profile picture they can identify with, this way people know where to contact you and what you stand for. In your profile page, you get to write about your shop and what ideals that your shop identifies with.

-Social Profiles: You also get to fill out your social profiles this includes, your Facebook, twitter handle etc.

Bonanza online selling platform

3)List your Products:

This is the best part of having a shop right, displaying your goods, that is what listing is in the online marketplace. I like this aspect because you get to display or showcase the goods that you want to sell to your customers. In listing your products in your online shop on Bonanza, here are things that you need to do:

Choose a title for your Product: This is basically what comes up when people search for your products, so you have to provide description of what your picture display looks like, the good thing about the Bonanza platform is that it gives you different marks for the different sections of your listing steps so you know how well you are doing. A good description makes it easier to sell your products.

Upload your Pictures: The second part is to upload the pictures, pictures are the new product samples in the online marketplace, without pictures people, won’t know what your product looks like so they won’t buy. Therefore if perhaps you are selling your own physical products which are to be fulfilled by you then you have to invest in a good camera with a good props and lighting options to ensure that your products come out looking like the real thing on the pictures

If however, you are drop shipping the products you are selling then it’s easier to do because you already have the pictures from the product manufacturer so all you have to do is copy and upload them on your booth.

Product Description: In this aspect, you get to describe your product via the various categories that are available, this makes it easy to classify your product. In this section, you get to give correct details of your product like if it’s real gold, karat number or if it’s a vintage product when it was produced. All these details are essential to give a buyer a feel of what your product is made of and what they should expect. The quality and what kind of material it is made of. This makes it easier for buyers to make a better decision.

I suggest you take on the mindset of a buyer when describing your products, this is also where a keyword research will play a big part because you store will come up via keywords that people use in searching for a product. So a keyword research is in order before you commence listing of your products

Shipping Options: In starting an online shop on Bonanza, you get to set your general shipping policies but you have to also choose what shipping options that will be available to the buyer and what shipping rates you will be offering or if you are offering free shipping. This section provides you with all the countries that you will be able to ship to should you choose to or restrict your shipping to a specific country or continent.

Setting your Price: In this section, you get to choose the selling price of your product. You also set whether that price is negotiable or not. All these boxes will be properly ticked before you can then upload your item for sale.

Because the Platform assigns different scores for the different aspects of the listing process, it’s always better to ensure you get a 100% score on your listing score in other to ensure maximum exposure of your online shop on Bonanza

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4)Advertising your online Shop on Bonanza

The good thing about selling goods in your online shop on Bonanza platform is that they offer you different paid options of advertising your products on the different platforms. For example, they have a plan in which your products get advertised through bonanza affiliates, Bonanza organic traffic, and google shopping. They also have other options for listing your products on eBay so as to increase your options of selling.

They also have different paid packages for attracting traffic to your shop. I love the fact that you are not left all on your own to do your marketing but you are helped to succeed via their different marketing packages. Of course, you will have to read up on the offers to know which one suits you.

5) Sell via the following Methods:

Drop shipping Via Aliexpress:  You can drop ship other peoples product via Aliexpress in the online shop on Bonanza. I have written about drop shipping before, if you would like to read about my first post on drop shipping please read it here

-Feature your own products whether handmade or by someone else

-Import your other products from other platforms such as your own online shop, Ebay Etsy, Amazon.

Features of Bonanza Online Selling Platform that are quite Unique and Cool

-You can import your already listed products from other platforms you are using such as Amazon, Etsy, Ebay or your own online Shop.

-You can list your goods for free, you only pay for your listing and advertising when you  make a sale

-You can drop ship on the platform from Aliexpress

-The platform is easy to navigate for anyone that is a first timer.  There rules and guidelines are written in a friendly way that makes you feel like you are reading stuff made for you alone.

-It was voted the  best online selling platform by over 50,000 people in 2016

-It has the lowest selling fees compared to Amazon and Ebay, take a look at the picture below:

Photo credit; Bonanza Online selling Platform

-It has flexibility when it comes to selling on other multiple platforms, meaning that your product can be advertised on other selling platforms depending on the advertising package that you choose.

-Its endorsed by many organizations such as CNN, Mashable, Time Magazine, Bloomberg Newsweek.

-The last Cool thing about this platform is that I opened an online shop there, you can check it out by clicking here: Eleora Fashion Store

Categories that are featured on Bonanza Selling Platform

-Men’s Fashion

-Women’s Fashion

-Home & Garden

-Health & Beauty

-Handbags

-Jewelry

-Others: This includes sporting goods, toys e.t.c

-Collectibles and Arts.

Do you have other ideas on how to start an online shop on Bonanza ? drop your comment below

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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

Disclosure: There are affiliate links associated with this post, if you purchase from any of these links, I make a commission which does not in anyway increase your cost of purchase but helps me to keep this blog running.

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.