This is certainly something you will have considered in the past if you have ever been in a tight spot, or you are just keen to make sure that you are making some more money. Truly, most of us could make a lot more money simply by taking a look at what we have lying around at home and selling it on – and today, such a practice is easier than it has ever been, thanks to the internet and the likes of auction sites and so on. If you are keen to make as much money as you can selling old belongings, however, you will need to have some kind of an action plan for doing so – otherwise it is just much less likely that you will be able to make it work as well as you would hope. So what should you do to make this a much more profitable venture?
Honestly – first things first, clean your house, especially if it is particularly untidy at present. It is only by having a truly clean and tidy house that you can then start to look around and see what you’ve got, what you don’t really need anymore, and how much of it there is. You might be amazed at the amount of stuff you can gather together which you want to get rid of once you start doing this, and while you are cleaning up you can begin to build an inventory in your head of the kinds of things that you are likely to want to sell. If you prefer, you could of course write this down as you go along – or you could simply pile it all together in one place while you are tidying. In the meantime, it doesn’t matter too much if you have one room dedicated to just those items. They’ll be gone soon enough.
Once you have cleaned your house, you are going to be in a much better position to start selling your old belongings. You might be amazed at how much you can gather together in this way, so it is definitely a good idea to try it, and don’t knock it until you do.
Choose Your Channels
Depending on what you find that you would like to sell, there will be many different potential channels which you might want to consider for doing so. You might find yourself feeling that Ebay is going to be the best – and while it is often a good place to start, it is not the only channel that you should be considering. This is especially important if you find that you have come across items of a particular kind, perhaps items which belong to a specific industry or interest, which you know there is probably a specialist marketplace for somewhere other than Ebay or Amazon. If you happen to know of such a marketplace, great. If not, it’s time to get researching.
This research should not be too difficult these days – in most cases, it will be little more than a google search or a phone call, or a combination of the two. But you should remember that your goal is to make as much money as you can, so you should look at the kind of prices you can expect from that marketplace when you do find it, and compare it to what you can get elsewhere. It’s only sensible to go for the one that is going to offer you the most.
It’s important to remember that there are going to be costs involved in sending out your belongings to sell, most notably in the area of packaging, labelling and postage. You should consider that when you are quoting prices for people, or you can merely put the cost on the customer, as is pretty typical and standard. You can also lighten the load a little by being picky about which courier you use to send a parcel – some are considerably cheaper than others, and as such you will of course want to focus on those in particular if you are keen to keep your costs down. Keeping your costs down means making more money, so this is important.
Finally, remember that it is often going to take a long time to be able to sell your belongings at the price you want. You should therefore be careful to develop some patience as you go along, so that you don’t become too upset or annoyed by the process in question. In time, you should be able to sell what you like for a decent price, even if that means compromising a little.