“Every penny counts.” That’s what my father said to me the first time he handed me a piggy bank. For a lot of people that still rings true as they grow older. Even for me, I am always looking for ways to maximise my savings and increase my income but as a single mother things can get busy. So here are a few quick and time efficient ways of making a little bit of money because who doesn’t want a little bit extra cash?
The first thing I would recommend is to sell old clothes. If you’re trying to make money one of the most passive and easiest ways to do that is to sell your clothes online. There are many apps you could do it on such as; vinted, depop, ebay, grailed and many more. The first thing you want to do is to take some simple and nice pics of your clothing. They don’t need to be fancy just a clean photo that shows off the item. The next thing you want to do before you post it is do a little research. If you know the exact name of the item of clothing, check how much it goes for on marketplaces now. How much has the highest one has sold for? How much has the lowest one sold for? With this information you can gauge a fair price for it.
The next and final step is to simply post it online. If you really want a piece of clothing gone I would recommend opening accounts on multiple platforms and posting the piece of clothing on everywhere. Most places will confirm the sale of a piece to you so you won’t have to get worried about multiple people buying one item. By doing this you’re simply maximising the amount of people who will see it. Finally all you do is wait for someone to purchase it. The time it can take for an item to be sold can vary per piece so be patient with it.
Another simple way that a lot of us forget is cashin in on old electronics. Most people seem to have old and outdated electronics in their house and don’t seem to realise they’re sitting on a decent profit. The best way to sell old electronics is to probably go to an electronics store and simply ask if they would buy it. There are many of these types of places around so I’m assuming you won’t find any issues when looking for one. But what if all my old electronics are broken? Don’t worry you can still sell them to people for scrap, whilst the profit may be smaller you will still be able to make a little bit of money from it. The key here is to sell as soon as you can as the older the gadget the more likely it has depreciated in value.
If you’re a bookworm like me, old books can also be used to make money. Many bookworms have piles upon piles of old books sitting about, not knowing that by selling these they could make a decent profit. The easiest way to do that is online. I would recommend using an app called Ziffit but I’m sure there are others just like it. What you can do is use your phone camera to scan all the barcodes of the books that you have.
You do this one by one and on the app it will show you how much each book is worth. At the end of your scanning rampage the application should show you how much all your books together are worth. They will then ask for your details and send a box to your house the next available day. You put your books into the box, ship it off and the next thing you know you’re paid! The money gets put directly into your account so you won’t have to worry about waiting around for a cheque or converting vouchers.
Having a little bit of extra money in your pocket is never bad and hopefully with these methods you can make a little bit more. Whilst this isn’t going to make you a millionaire or pay off a mortgage it should help out and possibly even allow for other streams of income to come in. I know that a lot of people can make a decent amount of money selling clothing and if you get really good at it you could even open up an online store for your second hand clothes, books and electronics. The sky’s the limit. So hopefully these tips help out and make your life just a little bit easier.