In my quest to support moms who would like to stay at home to take care of their kids, I have often encouraged moms to start a home business that suits their lifestyle. While that is my main passion, I cannot say that I am not aware that there will be moms who do not and would not want to start a home business.
Not everyone has the strength to pursue and invest their energies in starting and running a home business in addition to taking care of their kids, hence there will always be those who may just want to get a work at home Job
In today’s post, I will be listing some reputable sites who offer work at home job options. I do know that some sites are prone to scams, it’s the duty of anyone reading my post to take time to research your options before acting on them.
Some of these sites provide other types of full-time jobs in addition to remote job options while some are solely remote job sites or work at home Job sites
I hope you do find what suits you by going through this list, let’s get to it
Working Nomads is predominantly a Job site that curates job openings that have work at home job options, they make it easy for you to apply because all you have to do is register on their site and you get to choose the different categories where you had like to work in.
Once you do that, you can then choose how often you can receive the emails for Job openings from them. Enter your email address and you are registered, you have to confirm your email address though before you can start applying, registration is free.
Flexjobs is an online Job curating platform that offers an opportunity to those looking for part time jobs, freelance jobs, telecommuting jobs and work at home job options. They are amongst the highly rated Job platforms because they take the time to scan the employers to be sure they are no scams.
Flexjobs is fitting for anyone who wants flexibility in their job schedules and also would love to work from home or telecommute. They cater to people from different levels of career from low-level jobs to professional career jobs. In accessing their job sites they promise, professionalism, the legitimacy of job offers and flexible work options, that’s why they are called flexjobs right?
Flexjobs is also named amongst the top ten sites that provide work at home job options. To access the site you have to pay a fee, their fees range from 14.95/month to 49.95/ year. The good thing is if you are not satisfied you can ask for a refund.
Flexjobs caters for parents who need flexible jobs due to child care, to retirees who want to work on their own schedules, and also spouses of military personnel who have to move at any time, people looking for second work options to supplement their income. Stay at home moms who want to utilize their skills in other ways. Click here to see current listings.
Skipthedrive is an online Job portal that lists work at home job options, they do not require registration of any sort and they do not also collect any fees from their users. They offer a ton of resources for work at home jobs and also makes it easy for you to begin your search. They also offer Job application tracking.
Amongst the Top companies that hire them are Amazon, Aetna, Apple, Google, Xerox, American Express.The platform is categorized into different career groups for ease of search and use. Click here to learn more
Virtualvocations is also an online job curation platform that offers telecommuting job options or Work at home Job options, They tout to have hand screened all their offers to ensure that you get a real work at home job without scams. Registration is free but they also have a paid option if that’s what you seek.
Top companies using them include VIP desk, Red visions, Appen, Lionbridge, Linode. Click here for currently open positions.
This is an online job platform that offers remote and Work at home Job options to people around the world. Registration for those seeking for jobs is free. It’s a platform that gives the opportunity to start up companies to find great talent around the world for free.
They feature about 180+ countries. If you are looking to use their platform all you need to do is to sign up and create your profile on the platform and wait to be discovered or you can apply to actively open positions and set up an interview with the companies. Once hired, you get paid and you keep 100% of your pay, you don’t pay any commissions for the job you get.
They provide interactive communication features between the remote workers and the companies they use via instant chat messages, live video interviewing platform, direct emails, and voice messaging.
Indeed.com is an online Job site just like the above-mentioned ones, the only difference is that it’s not solely dedicated to Work at home Jobs. It has a section that is dedicated to that aspect though, you will have to type in the keyword work at home for you to find what suits you.
Glassdoor is an online Job portal where people can search for jobs, however, it is not dedicated to work at home Job options or remote Jobs alone. If you desire Work at home Jobs, you will have to diligently search for it. The good thing about the site is that you have a ton of resources to help you make a decision; from salary ranges for your job type to resources concerning what is the average that your state pays for that job, that way you are better able to make an informed decision while negotiating our pay.
Through their company review system, you can see which companies are the best and which one is not doing so well. A good thing to note before you accept an offer.You need to register with the site to be able to use their site. They have tons of info that will make your search worth it.
Remotive is an online platform dedicated to connecting companies to Talents who want work at home Job options or work remotely, it offers a variety of options in the job search. In checking out their various available jobs I found that it indicates if the Jobs being offered are for the US only or otherwise. That way people who are international searchers will refrain from applying. You may need to register with the site so as to get good job leads every week.
Remote Ok operated much like remotive, they feature lots of opportunities that are solely dedicated to those who want to work from home or remotely. They are able to categorize their jobs into different industries to make it easier for you to apply.
This also an online Job site that charges the employers who will like to list their jobs so as to keep it free for people looking for jobs. They post jobs that are not restricted to a specific location so as to make it easy for employees to apply. Majority of their Jobs are Tech jobs just a fees are nontech so keep that in mind while applying.
Do you have more ideas about work at home Jobs? leave a comment below.
If you are a follower of my blog you will know by now that I am someone who is passionate about starting home businesses from the comfort of your home. In my older posts, I have explored different ways you can give expression to the Idea of starting a home business. You can check my post on Drop-shipping if you are interested in reading more or my post on how to start an Etsy shop.
While I have always recommended starting a shop, nothing beats the flexibility of online marketplace. It gives you the opportunity to stay at home and showcase and sell your products to the whole world. I have delved into the individual online marketplace like Bonanza and Etsy but today I am going to be exploring the 10 different online marketplace you can sell on in other to have a thriving and successful home business.
I know that many people know the online marketplace giants like Amazon, Ebay and Etsy I will leave it and go to the less known but also popular and unique online market places this will make it easy for you to make a decision as to which one you would like to start with. As you read through, you will be able to make a decision based on the online marketplace you like most.
Rubylane is an online marketplace where you can sell Vintage, Handmade , Antique, Artisan or Upcylced items. They feature different categories like Jewelry,Dolls, Fine art,Furniture and lighting, Glass decors,Porcelain and Pottery, Vintage fashion. Etc.
If you are someone who loves to hunt for vintage and antiques that you will like to resell, then this may be the ideal place to open your online store and sell such items. When you open the online marketplace you will notice that their items are quite pricey, of course it denotes the quality of what they have to offer so you can judge how to position your shop. It costs about a 100 dollar for the first time set up fee, they also charge various fees for the different categories of items. Click here for further details.
The good thing about this online marketplace is that they enforce MAP(minimum advertised price), this means there is a threshold to which you can price your products, this prevents unnecessary price wars and helps ensure that every one has a good price fro their products.
Wanelo is like your average shopping mall,you know the Macy’s of this world, only that it is online. It is an online marketplace where people can apply to sell their goods, it features basically fashion items and has about 350,000 stores on it.
The good thing about Wanelo is that you have independent sellers and also Fashion brands who open stores on their platform. Wanelo was opened in 2012 and has listed about 30 million products. Millions of shoppers use Wanelo as their place to shop for items they love without having to set foot in a brick and mortar shopping mall. They can shop from their different brands and combine all into one shopping cart. Kind of like your regular Polyvore without having to visit each shop independently.
You can apply to sell on Wanelo by installing their sales channel, this costs you nothing. Your shop is then sent in for approval, once approved you can begin to upload pictures of products you wish to sell. The Wanelo systems charges you 15% commission for every order fulfilled and will also help you sync your products from your shopify store in case you already have one before you went to sell on their online marketplace.
Zibbet is an online marketplace that features basically handmade items, it is like an alternative to Etsy if that suits you. They have different categories like Jewelry, vintage items, soft furnishings, supplies, home and living, kids, photography, Fine art. Zibbet online market place is unique for the following reasons
-zero listing and sales fees
-standalone shop front
-Easy set up and seamless integration
-Offer promotional tools and also have effortless and seamless order fulfillment options
-They offer advanced tracking analytic and can also import your Etsy listed items
-You can have your own custom domain name and they also offer multi currency support.
If you are a stay at home mom who love handmade and crafted goods, you may consider this as an answer to your prayer of getting your goods out there for others to buy. They offer you the easiest way out with listing of unlimited items for no fees. Its something one should consider. It’s a good alternative to Etsy if you feel that Etsy is so big that your items will not be noticed if posted there.
Zibbet has about 54,000 online stores currently on its online marketplace.
I know when you think of sears you are seeing a brick and mortar shopping mall, scratch that sears is online and is currently offering individuals who want to sell an online marketplace where they could sell their products just like Amazon does. It also offers fulfilled by sears, just like you have Amazon currently doing.
All you have to do is sign up in their online marketplace and you are good to go. Sears takes its payment after you have made a sale. You can read up on this on their page, if it interests you.
Artfire is an online marketplace where crafters and sellers of handmade goods can showcase and sell their goods just like you would on Etsy. It features different categories of items like Jewelry, kids, wedding, home and living , clothing and accessories and also entertainment. It’s a great alternative if you seek to showcase your goods on a smaller platform where you feel your goods will gain more buyer attention. One of the good thing about this platform is that it has no listing or selling fees, it also features a well developed online community forums, because people who visit Artfire are looking for specialty items, they are more likely to buy from the shops on the platform.
Flipkart is an online marketplace that is founded by Indians and available for all to sell on. Gist has it that the founder was refused an immigrant visa in the US after schooling there hence he went back to his home country and founded Flipkart. It’s a billion dollar eCommerce giant much like Aliexpress and Amazon. It helps people who want to showcase and sell their products especially to emerging markets like India to do so.
Jet.com is a new online marketplace as compared to others that are listed above but it is making waves especially since Walmart said it will acquire it. So if you want to tap into a market place that will have the backing of Walmart retail giant, then now is the time to open your online store on jet.com.
It features different categories like Grocery, appliances, home decor, furniture and lots of other features which you can find on their online marketplace. Just picture your average Walmart store and you won’t be far from the truth.
You can start your online shop on this platform by applying and once your application is approved you will be allowed to set up your retail portal on their platform.
Benefits of this platform is that its that they help you manage your competitiveness and profitability via their search engine optimization.
This is an online market place which is a bit new but has the opportunity to list your items for free and pay a commission after you make a sale. The commission is usually about 10% of your total sale.
Tripleclicks.com is an online marketplace that operates much like ebay because you can sell there, and also bid for items if you are a buyer. The fun part is that you can also play games and win prices on the platform. The listing fee is free and you can sell unlimited number of items
This is an online marketplace where you can sell things for free, there is no listing fee and they have the advantage of featuring your items on Bing shopping, Google shopping , Thefind and Shopwiki. Your products also gain exposure through their RSS feed and other social media button options that they provide to make sure that millions of shoppers find your products.
Do you have an idea of any other Online Marketplace where you can sell, please leave a comment below
I started my Blogging Journey after I read a book written by Anik Singal of Lurn Nation Inc, that book is Circle of Profit. By this time last year, if you had told me I would be blogging, I would have laughed in your face. I knew what Blogging was but I didn’t understand how it worked. I never knew I will be writing about Newbie Blogging but here am I.
Fast forward some couple of months into the New year, and I read this Book (circle of Profit) that changed my life, that was when I decided to be a blogger. I purchased my domain name and hosting on the 26th of Feb 2017 but I couldn’t put down my first post because I just had a Baby in January. But then came March and I was able to.
Technically my Blog is about to clock 8 months old. In these 8 months, I have had my highs and lows, I have wanted to quit sometimes but I have kept at it because I knew it was something I wanted to do and because of the impact I am making on stay at home moms who would like to start a home business.
In this 8 months, here are the hard knocks that I will call the Ultimate cheat sheet points for Newbie Blogging
Your content Matters:
I have written various Blog posts since I started, in fact, my earlier posts are a joke because I didn’t know what I was doing or how to write a proper Blog post. I purposely left those posts because I want to see how far I have come since I have started.
The content you put out on your Blog post matters because without a good content you will not be able to attract your Niche market. I know because I have written some wishy-washy posts that only attracted me the writer Lol.
As time went on, I have learned to research my Blog posts keenly and be sure that I have enough information that will keep my audience wanting more. Without much information on your Blog post, people will be wondering why you are writing in the first place.
People( Your Niche market) are searching for a solution so when your page turns up you better provide it or they are off. The online world, unlike the real world, does not have time for you to persuade them that you will still provide what they need, people are so busy they barely have up to 5 sec to glance throughout your Blog in search of a solution.You have that much time to get their attention and keep it, where you are not able to keep it you lose them.
How do you know that you are loosing your Niche market? you can check your bounce rate from your stats, if you have a high bounce rate then chances are that you are not able to hold the attention of the people that read your blog post. Bounce rate is the percentage of the amount of time that people spend on your Post. Where it is high, its often an indication of not enough quality content or your tags are attracting the wrong people to your pages.
Cultivate your Market:
Except you are blogging for pure pleasure and don’t have any need to monetize your Blog that is when this second point won’t make much sense for you. But if you are planning to monetize then the sensible thing to do is to cultivate your (niche) market. Take the time to plant the posts that they desire and take time to nurture your audience, they are the customers to your business, if you do not nurture them, the Blog won’t grow and your business won’t grow either.
Cultivating your market in Newbie Blogging may mean continuously giving out good content for a while without asking for anything back until your audience can trust you enough to want to pay for content when you ask them to.
In the blogging world, you have to give first before you get so it takes time and energy to keep doing what you are doing until your rewards start coming in. Some people ask how soon can one monetize a blog?, I say it depends on your audience. if you already built an audience before you launched your Blog, then you perhaps may be able to start immediately but if you just started out with zero credibility, then you have to take time to build it.
Sometimes the reason why people like to blog is that they feel they can just hide behind a computer system and just type away. Again you can only do that if you have no interest in making money from your blog. If you do have the intention to make money then you have to get out from behind your computer and connect with other people.
That’s how you will get to understand what works and what doesn’t work. You will also learn a ton of stuff from the discussions especially if you join Facebook groups that are important. In these groups, you will be able to see opportunities that will help you grow your blog.
Through networking, you will also increase your chances of gaining access to sponsored posts opportunities that you will literally not have been able to get on your own.
Promoting your Content:
Okay fess up, I have written about promoting your content before in another post but it’s a point that is worth reiterating because people make the mistake of writing a great content and then waiting for the world to discover them. I mean they sit on their behinds and wait but all they hear is crickets.
In this age where attention span is just a flash, for Newbie Blogging, you have to be out there promoting what you have got or you never get discovered. That’s why you can’t even start a blog without having your socials (I am talking about Facebook, Twitter Pinterest, and Instagram) set up. These 4 social networks are the most basic which you must have before you go anywhere else. I believe its good practice to start engaging with your audience on these platforms even before you launch your blog.
I made that same mistake and I regret it, my socials are not well built up today because I waited too long to start a socials page for my Blog. Then I only even started Facebook and I never had a share button installed on my Blog until someone pointed it out to me.
You will think that should be something I could have figured out so easily but I didn’t since I am not a blogging pro. I believe that setting up your social pages and installing your share buttons should come first before you launch your blog post. This is because even when people visit your page and they would like to read it later, the only way they can save it is by sharing on their own social page which gives you more exposure. If they can’t-do that you have lost that opportunity of getting your content out there.
If you had like a free printable social Network description for a New Blog click here
Research the Niche of your Newbie Blogging and Then go find where they Hang out:
I never understood how powerful the word Niche could be in Newbie Blogging until I started my Blog. When I decided I wanted to blog, I had no idea what my blog will be about.
It took me days of researching and trying to fit my experience and skills to know what I wanted to blog about. I had to then decide what niche I was going to play in. it was quite a tough one but I nailed it when I was able to marry my interest and burning passion with the people that needed it, that’s how I came about blogging about helping stay at home moms start a home business to support their lifestyle.
This was the aspect I struggled a lot with and I also know that a lot of Newbie bloggers still struggle with. Sometimes It takes a whole lot of time and perhaps even practice before you are able to narrow down to what really works for you.
In my own case, I knew that my ability to have a home business helped me a great deal to manage the issues of having kids and still earning a living. I then decided that Blogging and its related business will serve me well and also help my audience achieve their main goal of staying at home with their babies while also growing a business. I may not have the typical audience that is easy to sport just like you have maybe Football lovers but I do know that there are millions of women who struggle daily with having to leave their jobs to become a Stay at home mom and also those who want to become one but can’t afford to because they need the income they make from their jobs, still I press on in finding them through the forums and groups I visit and belong to in other to pass to them the help that they need to get to where they want to be.
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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
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 of 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.
-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.
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
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
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.
-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.
-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. 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
-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.