selling http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10360/all en-US Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clothing_store_owner_000085125681.jpg" alt="Woman using retail pricing secrets to earn more" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to move product like a boss in the retail arena? Implement a few of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys" target="_blank">pricing secrets used by consumer giants</a> (even if you're a bit player in the online game) to see an uptick in sales.</p> <h2>Use a Colored Tag System</h2> <p>Help your customers easily discern what's full price and what's marked to move with a color-coded tagging system. Home Depot, for example, uses white tags to indicate full price items and yellow tags for clearance merchandise, says <a href="http://smatterist.com/6388/secrets-retailers-dont-want-you-to-know-about-their-price-tag-codes/">Smatterist</a>. This, of course, only works if you have physical items and buyers you can watch, but you'll definitely see what customers gravitate to if they can easily decipher what's on sale and what isn't.</p> <h2>Place Clearance and Sale Items in the Back of the &quot;Store&quot;</h2> <p>Placing clearance and other marked-to-move items in the back of the store is an industry best practice. How do I know? Because I'm conditioned (and you probably are, too) to head straight to the back of the retailer's setup to discover the can't-be-beat deals. Another reason this strategy is attractive to so many retailers is that you have to walk past all the new arrivals and full-priced items along the way &mdash; and they're hoping you'll find something you like there, too. If they put the sale stuff up front, you likely wouldn't venture past that section, and neither will your customers.</p> <h2>Offer Discounts on Damaged Goods</h2> <p>Recently I was shopping at West Elm to furnish a new home I purchased. I had a good idea of most of the items I wanted, but I also took a look around the store for items I knew I needed but hadn't yet settled on from other retailers. In the front window of the store and also in a corner on the second level were items designated as &quot;floor models&quot; that I was told were discounted heavily because they needed to make space for new-season arrivals. As such, I scored a dining table for about $500 off the original price, and two large area rugs, for 50% and 70% off, respectively.</p> <p>These items aren't without their flaws, mind you &mdash; the glass tabletop has a small scratch on it, and the rugs have been walked on by other people &mdash; but everything was still in great enough condition to overlook the minor damage considering the excellent price.</p> <p>If you have stuff that's still perfectly good, but marked by use, drop the price so it's still attractive despite whatever imperfections it may have and make those flaws a feature. If the customer feels like they're walking away with a bargain, those little dents and dings won't matter a bit.</p> <h2>Establish BOGO Deals if You Need to Move Inventory</h2> <p>If you have an abundance of inventory &mdash; maybe you came upon a surplus of items from a recent treasure hunt &mdash; consider offering a buy-one-get-one promotion to get the product out of the store and, thus, money in your pocket faster.</p> <h2>Price Your Items Higher With Room for Negotiation</h2> <p>Whenever I sell items online or at a yard sale, I price them for what I'd like to get for them &mdash; and that's typically higher than what I reasonably think people will pay for the items. And it's all very carefully planned out. I price items this way, because I know people will haggle. Considering the arrival of the eventual bargain hunter, then, I'm putting myself in a position to lower the price to one that they can handle and still walk away satisfied that the final price was one with which I can be happy.</p> <h2>Undercut the Competition</h2> <p>I run a couple businesses myself, though admittedly none of which deal with physical merchandise, but my strategy is always the same: Undercut the competition. If you have a quality product or service and your prices/fees are below the competition, the customers will come. Just don't slash your prices so low that you don't make any money. That's the best way to go bankrupt, which is definitely not this strategy's endgame.</p> <h2>Earn a Little More From Shipping and Other &quot;Fees&quot;</h2> <p>If you're an avid online seller &mdash; eBay, for instance &mdash; you already know that shipping fees can add a few extra bucks to your bottom line with each transaction. All of us have become accustomed to paying these fees when shopping online, so there's not much danger in turning the customer off &mdash; especially if you're a small, mom-and-pop-type retailer. But you want to make sure these fees are proportionate to the product and remain affordable. What I mean by that is if you're selling clothing, you can't charge $20 for shipping like you could an item with more weight, like sports equipment. Just be insightful enough to keep the fees acceptable so there's no red flag from the customer's side and you'll walk away a winner.</p> <p><em>What tricks do you use to help move your stuff faster?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping eBay negotiating pricing secrets retail sales strategies selling Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1691582 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Best Objects to Pawn http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_pearl_necklace_000007828524.jpg" alt="Woman finding best objects to pawn" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Strapped for cash? You might be interested in pawning a few items &mdash; that is, providing something of value as collateral for a monetary loan &mdash; when you're in a bind. What's some of the best stuff to pawn? Peep this list of popular items that bring home the big(ish) bucks.</p> <h2>1. Scrap Jewelry</h2> <p>Jewelry, especially gold and silver, intrinsically holds value &mdash; so long as the market dictates, and people like shiny things. And pawnshops are always on the lookout for a potential payday on your precious-metal rings, bracelets, and necklaces.</p> <p>&quot;This is most true with scrap jewelry,&quot; says Kurt Heckman, president of vCalc, an online calculator for determining the real value of jewelry. &quot;Whether it's an old necklace from a past boyfriend or girlfriend, or something you've inherited from an aunt, even the ugliest scrap jewelry can have significant value.&quot;</p> <p>I can personally vouch for scrap metal bringing in a decent dollar amount. When my grandmother died, she left me one of her wedding rings. Considering that I'm married to a dude and not interested in having children, I didn't really have much use for the ring &mdash; and I don't believe in having something just to have it. Thus, I sold the gold and kept the diamonds so that I can have them reset into another reminder of my grandmother that I can actually wear and cherish.</p> <h2>2. High-End Electronics</h2> <p>Higher-end electronics, including relatively large LED and LCD TVs, new gaming systems, digital cameras, tablets, laptops, and more, are promising pawn items. The value of these items at the pawn shop is similar to what they're going for on sites like eBay. Just make sure your item is complete and in excellent condition to get the most value from it. Missing cords, controllers, and even packaging material &mdash; particularly for Apple products &mdash; can reduce the value considerably. Also, make sure that the devices are fully charged before going to the store so the attendant can test the items quickly and efficiently.</p> <h2>3. Gas- and Battery-Powered Tools</h2> <p>Believe it or not, there's a huge secondhand market for power tools, both gas and battery powered. Like your high-end electronics, you'll want to make sure that all of the components (cords, accessories, etc.) are with the item for maximum value, plus charge them or fill them with gas before bringing them to the shop so you can demonstrate that they work. As these items have a propensity to get dirty, taking a soapy garage rag to them to before showing them off isn't a bad idea either.</p> <h2>4. Coins and Currency</h2> <p>Perhaps one of the surest bets at the pawnshop is coins and currency. Collectors frequent pawnshops to find rare currency for their collections, so the market is strong. Plus, since we're dealing with money here, you'll almost always get face value (but hopefully more). Ideal pieces to take into the shop include U.S. collectible coins, gold coins, silver dollars, half-dollars, American Eagles, proof sets, silver certificates, Federal Reserve Notes, and rare paper money. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-surprisingly-valuable-uses-for-a-penny?ref=seealso">15 Surprisingly Valuable Uses for a Penny</a>)</p> <h2>5. Musical Instruments</h2> <p>A story on NBC News a few years ago revealed that musical instruments are <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/29762007/ns/business-consumer_news/t/whats-hot-pawnshop-these-days/#.VstQpSmBJNF">popular pawn items</a>, much to the delight of parents everywhere whose elementary-school children quit violin lessons after four weeks. Guitars and amplifiers are among the most coveted items, however, most likely to the chagrin of parents whose high-school children dream of garage-band stardom.</p> <h2>6. Guns</h2> <p>It probably comes as no surprise that gun sales are big business for pawnshops given the political climate in which we live. Gun sales are tricky, though. For starters, you must be the registered owner of the gun that you're trying to pawn, and you have to find a shop that accepts your type of weapon. Some shops will only accept antiques, or they might have restrictions against automatic weapons. Plus, gun-control laws are getting stricter, and policies are changing all the time. These items may start to become scarce in pawnshops in the near future.</p> <h2>7. Rare Collectibles and Items With Historical Value</h2> <p>Ever watched <em>Antiques Roadshow</em> in amazement (and a little bit of jealousy) at the seemingly ordinary items that people bring in that have an astonishingly high appraisal value? You might have some of those hidden treasures in your own attic, basement, or displayed prominently in your house. The value will increase if your item is a rare collectible or has historical value. If you have a hunch that something may yield a big payday, research it online first to see what you're working with and go from there.</p> <p><em>Have you ever pawned anything? Was the outcome what you expected? Let's discuss in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping">7 Money Lessons I Learned From Thrift-Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Extra Income appraisals collectibles pawn shops scrap selling thrifting tools Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1668457 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Questions to Ask Before You Sell a Stock or a Fund http://www.wisebread.com/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-sell-a-stock-or-a-fund <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-sell-a-stock-or-a-fund" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_using_tablet_000057362770.jpg" alt="Man asking questions before selling stock or fund" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Legendary investor Peter Lynch said it best: &quot;In stocks, as in romance, ease of divorce is not a sound basis for commitment.&quot; A clear majority of investors agree that stocks provide the highest average annual return of most common investments, as long as you're willing to hold them for a long period of time (from 1964&ndash;2014, U.S. stocks provided a 2,300% return!).</p> <p>However, there are times that it is indeed worthwhile to bid farewell to a stock. Here are 10 useful questions to ask yourself before you sell a stock or fund.</p> <h2>1. &quot;Why Did You Buy the Stock or Fund?&quot;</h2> <p>Depending on how long ago you acquired the shares, you may not even remember why you bought that stock in the first place. If you call yourself a student of value investing (meaning that you measure the fair value of a stock based on its future earnings power), and you already want to liquidate your holdings after just three months, you're not being consistent with your original investment objective. Most successful investors agree that consistency is essential, so revisit your original reason for buying the stock and determine whether or not it's really time to sell.</p> <h2>2. &quot;What Is Your Risk Tolerance?&quot;</h2> <p>Every investor has an unique approach to wealth management and is comfortable with different price drops. As mentioned earlier, the key is to be consistent and avoid eliminating your positions due to emotions. Remember that the stock market goes up <em>and </em>down. Follow the advice of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan: &quot;The market pays a premium to those willing to endure the angst of watching their net worth fluctuate beyond what Wall Streeters call the 'sleeping point.'&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-pearls-of-financial-wisdom-from-alan-greenspan?ref=seealso">3 Pearls of Financial Wisdom From Alan Greenspan</a>)</p> <h2>3. &quot;How Is the Investment Performing Against Its Benchmark?&quot;</h2> <p>Learning that the price of your stock dropped 3% may make you nervous, but finding out that its benchmark dropped 6% over the same period puts things in perspective. Just like having an investment strategy and determining your risk tolerance, establishing a benchmark is essential to evaluate the performance of any investment. Financial advisers often suggest using an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks an index, such as the S&amp;P 500 or the <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?d=t&amp;s=%5ERUT">Russell 2000</a> as a benchmark. Depending on the sector of your stock, other ETFs or indices may be more appropriate. For mutual funds, consider reviewing the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3020-lipperindx.html">Lipper Indexes</a> of funds with a similar investment style.</p> <h2>4. &quot;What Is the Weight of a Stock or Fund in Your Portfolio?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't sweat the small stuff! It's one thing if that your stock represents 2% of your entire portfolio, and quite another if it's 60% of your portfolio. If you did your due diligence, you selected a variety of investments so that the positive performance of some investments neutralizes the negative performance of other investments. Putting all of your eggs in one basket is never a good idea when it comes to investing, especially with your nest egg.</p> <h2>5. &quot;Do the Shares Have a Vesting Period?&quot;</h2> <p>In the event that you're thinking about selling stock that you received as part of an annual bonus, you may be out of luck. For example, your employer could have awarded 250 restricted stock units that vest over time, such as 50 units every year for the next five years. If you're on the third year out of those five, you may be able to sell 150 out of those 250 shares. To find out the vesting period and the list of applicable rules of your company stock, contact your HR department.</p> <h2>6. &quot;What Is the Total Transaction Cost of the Sale?&quot;</h2> <p>Remember to include all applicable fees in your transaction cost calculations. Among the many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-out-for-these-5-sneaky-401k-fees">sneaky 401K fees to watch for</a>, the back-end load (also known as redemption fee, exit fee, or contingent deferred sales charge) is the one that you have to pay attention to during the sale of mutual funds. While you can technically sell your shares of a mutual fund right after having loaded them into your portfolio, you may have to pay an extra fee by not holding the shares a minimum period. Back-end loads range from 0.01% to 2% and are triggered by sales within 65 days, on the average.</p> <h2>7. &quot;What Is the New Asset Mix?&quot;</h2> <p>The sale of shares may dramatically affect the asset mix of your portfolio. For the long-term retirement savings of young investors, most financial advisers recommend allocating 90% of funds to stocks and 10% to bonds. Under this scenario, by selling a large holding in your portfolio, you may decrease your stock allocation significantly! To get your asset mix back on target, you would need to exchange the old stock or mutual funds shares for some new ones. If you're planning to exchange shares within the available options of a 401K plan or investment account, watch for potentially <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-sneaky-investment-fees-to-watch-for">applicable sneaky investment fees</a>, including exchange fees and front-end loads.</p> <h2>8. &quot;Do You Keep Your Current Schedule of Charges?&quot;</h2> <p>On the other hand, if you decide to liquidate your holdings and cash out entirely out of your portfolio, beware the ranges of the schedule of charges of your investment account. By reducing the size of your investment portfolio, you may forfeit benefits such as reduced fees and expenses. When cashing out is a must, your financial institution could allow you to keep your current schedule of charges by signing a letter of intent to reach that threshold again within a specific period of time.</p> <h2>9. &quot;What Are the Tax Consequences of the Sale?&quot;</h2> <p>On top of any associated fees from liquidating your shares, you also face applicable income taxes on capital gains. The IRS treats capital gains from the sale of shares held for less than a year as ordinary income, but provides a tax break on sales of shares held longer &mdash; typically a <a href="http://time.com/money/2794895/do-i-pay-taxes-when-i-profit-from-a-stock-sale/">15% tax rate</a>. And if you make the mistake of taking a distribution from your retirement account for the amount of the sale before age 59 1/2, you would trigger an additional 10% early distribution penalty.</p> <p>In the event of a capital loss, remember that you have to follow the IRS' &quot;wash-sale rule&quot; to be able to claim the loss for tax purposes. The rules state that you can't buy the same or &quot;substantially identical&quot; security within 30 calendar days before or after the sale.</p> <h2>10. &quot;What Is the Opportunity Cost of the Sale?&quot;</h2> <p>While you shouldn't become a victim of paralysis-by-analysis by overthinking too many &quot;what ifs,&quot; make sure to consider the opportunity costs of liquidating your stock or mutual holding shares.</p> <p>For example, for individuals younger than 50, the annual contribution limits to a 401K plan and IRA are $18,000 and $5,500, respectively for both 2015 and 2016. Let's assume that you are age 40, plan to retire at age 65, and have an expected rate of return of 6% for your IRA. If you were to liquidate an entire $5,500 from your Roth IRA, you would forfeit an extra $23,605 of income at age 65.</p> <p>By figuring out the opportunity cost before you sell a stock or fund, you begin to understand why Warren Buffett's favorite holding period is forever.</p> <p><em>What are other questions to ask before you sell a stock or fund?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-sell-a-stock-or-a-fund">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-spring-clean-your-investment-portfolio">4 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Investment Portfolio</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-how-to-invest-with-these-5-stock-market-games">Learn How to Invest With These 5 Stock Market Games</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stocks-to-invest-in-during-the-holidays">10 Stocks to Invest in During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-deliciously-profitable-food-and-beverage-stocks">10 Deliciously Profitable Food and Beverage Stocks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-4-best-investments-for-lazy-investors">The 4 Best Investments for Lazy Investors</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment annual returns funds hold risk selling stock market stocks vesting period Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:30:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1661853 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000023241641.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Extra money is great. At a minimum, extra income is more change in your pocket. Beyond that, it can diversify your income sources and make your finances less vulnerable to a disruption.</p> <p>There are many types of non-salary income, but one way they're often divided up is passive versus non-passive. Consider these 12 sources of additional income.</p> <h2>Passive Income</h2> <p>Passive income tends to be investment income: Money you get for letting someone use your money or your stuff. Here are the classic categories of passive income. (By and large, this whole category is only available if you have money to invest.)</p> <h3>1. Interest</h3> <p>Interest is money you get from something like a bond, CD, or savings account, where someone pays you to use your money.</p> <p>Not so long ago &mdash; before the financial crisis &mdash; there were plenty of reasonably safe interest-bearing investments that paid 3%, 4%, or even 5% over inflation. Those days are long gone. Now, CDs or bonds can barely beat inflation, and that's only if you're willing to tie your money up for a long time. Still, interest income can serve as a secondary income stream, and the opportunities are likely to get better in the near the future. (So, be careful about locking up your money for the long term at current rates.)</p> <h3>2. Dividends</h3> <p>Dividends are your share of the income earned by companies in which you own stock, and are also earned from baskets of investments that hold stocks, such as ETFs or mutual funds. Unlike the interest earned on a bond or CD, dividends can rise or fall unpredictably, depending on the success of the firm or the fund. Although some risky companies can pay high dividends, stable companies tend to offer modest returns, typically under 5%.</p> <h3>3. Rents</h3> <p>In theory, rents can be pure investment income, like interest and dividends, but in practice, being a landlord is more like taking on a second job &mdash; you have to find tenants, accept rent payments, keep the building maintained, deal with broken appliances, and so on. You can hire a management company to do that work, but that's an extra expense &mdash; and the income still isn't purely passive, because you still have the work of managing your relationship with the management company.</p> <p>Still, rental income can be an incredibly flexible second income stream. Airbnb, RelayRides, and similar companies now enable individuals to rent out things like spare bedrooms, vehicles not in use, and earn extra income with less effort.</p> <h3>4. Royalties</h3> <p>Royalties are money that you get for letting someone make more limited use of something that you own. If an oil company operates a well on your land, they'll pay royalties. If a publisher sells a book that you wrote, they'll pay royalties. The possibilities are vast, and in essence include anything people can use &mdash; land, books, photos, patents, trademarks, etc.</p> <p>It's worth noting that most people who sit down to write a book don't end up getting any significant income from it. That's probably even more true of people who sit down to invent something. Still, books, online stock photography, and even less-successful inventions can all generate extra income and diversify your earnings.</p> <h2>Non-Passive Income</h2> <p>Non-passive means you have to get out there and hustle up this extra income in your spare time. Some take a lot of hustle.</p> <h3>5. Working Another Regular Job</h3> <p>For someone working for wages, a second (or third or fourth) job is a classic source of extra income. If you're working for a salary, you'd probably be breaking your employment agreement to work another job, but there are ways to work for pay without breaking the rules. Check with your employer to determine your company's specific policies.</p> <h3>6. Working at an Irregular Job</h3> <p>Not all jobs require a regular time commitment. Some can be done on an ad-hoc fashion, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Casual labor, like a handyman, house painter, gardener, house cleaner, or dog walker.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Freelance work (usually skilled or semiskilled labor done outside the range of regular employment), such as a web designer, photographer, adult education instructor, bicycle messenger, etc. Many occupations that fall into this category require special training, certification, or even licensing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Seasonal work, such as a department store Santa, sheep shearer, etc.</li> </ul> <h3>7. Service Something That Makes Money</h3> <p>The classic option here is a vending machine. Your investment is modest &mdash; the cost of the machine, and the cost to stock the machine the first time. Your labor is modest &mdash; visiting the machine to restock it and remove the cash.</p> <p>Vending machines used to be a great way to make a modest amount of money, especially if you knew someone who would let you put a machine in a reasonably high-traffic area either for free, or for a piece of the action. You could start small and then buy more machines. Back in the day when coin-operated video games were a thing there wasn't even any restocking needed &mdash; you just went as often as necessary to take out the money.</p> <h3>8. Running a Small Business</h3> <p>Running a small business can be a great way to make money from a source other than your salary. The range of options for small business are infinite. Just for starters, virtually all the &quot;irregular job&quot; items from the previous section could be just as easily arranged as a small business. Instead of painting houses or walking dogs, you start a house painting or dog walking business. Plus, running a business may confer certain tax advantages (deductions, anyone?) which can make it an even healthier secondary income source. The next two ideas can also be structured as small businesses.</p> <h3>9. Sell Something You Make</h3> <p>The list of things you can make and sell is endless &mdash; jellies and jams, soaps, jewelry, garden produce, baked goods, maple syrup, pottery, scarves, etc. I wrote a bit about the line between hobby and small business in my post <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a>.</p> <h3>10. Sell Copies of Something You Made</h3> <p>This is a variation on the point above about royalties. Instead of letting another company sell copies of something that you've created in return for royalties, you can sell the copies yourself.</p> <p>The classic case is self-publishing a book, but there are a lot of other possibilities that fall into this category. For example, If you know how to do something, you could create a video teaching how to do it, and then sell it on DVD.</p> <p>This option really lends itself to digital sales, because the cost of production is zero &mdash; ebooks, online video courses, phone apps, etc.</p> <p>It's tough to make much money this way, because there's so much stuff out there already, often for free. Sales are likely to be low, and unless you have a very narrow, very focused niche, you're going to face a lot of competition.</p> <p>Still, this can be a win, especially if you want to create something for your own reasons &mdash; a phone app that does something you want a phone app to do, a drawing that speaks to you, etc. If you're making the thing because you want to, the extra effort to sell copies is quite small, and will probably bring in a little money.</p> <h3>11. Sell Something You Gather</h3> <p>There are still places where it's legal to collect things and sell them &mdash; mushrooms, pine boughs, sea shells, rocks, insects, etc. Success requires access to a place where you can collect, and usually requires more than a little skill in knowing what's worth collecting, and how to sell it.</p> <h3>12. Sell Something You Buy</h3> <p>If you can buy something cheap and sell it for more than it cost, you can make money on the markup. To make a reasonable profit, you usually have to add value in some way. The two classic ways are: Import the item, or repackage a cheap, bulky item into smaller units.</p> <p><strong>Importation</strong>: Say you find something sold overseas that you really like &mdash; a clothing item or a gadget or a tool &mdash; that just isn't a thing in the U.S. You can find the manufacturer, buy a modest quantity at wholesale, import them into the US, and sell them at a markup. Your added value is the capital to buy the stock and the effort handling the complexities of importation.</p> <p><strong>Repackaging</strong>: Almost anything is cheaper in bulk, sometimes a lot cheaper. My wife buys a brand of quilt soap that's good for washing wool. She can get it in 8-ounce bottles for $8 or $9 dollars &mdash; about $17 a pound. The stuff has a single ingredient: sodium lauryl sulfate, the detergent in baby shampoo. If you buy by the barrel, sodium lauryl sulfate costs less than $1 a pound &mdash; highly profitable, even after paying for bottles. Anybody can do the same thing with anything that's cheap in bulk but can be sold for more in reasonable quantities.</p> <h3>13. Teach a Class</h3> <p>If you have some skill &mdash; and if you also have some skill at teaching &mdash; you can make money offering classes. Where I live, people can arrange to teach classes through the park district, recreation center, the local library, YMCA, community college, and at least two different senior organizations. Many of the stores that sell arts or craft supplies also offer classes with local artists and craftspeople as teachers. And if you're adequately entrepreneurial, you don't need to teach under the auspices of some other organization at all. You can find your own students and teach out of a location of your choice.</p> <h3>14. Put Ads on a Website</h3> <p>Creating a blog or static website and putting Google Ads (or other affiliate programs) on it can generate extra income &mdash; just how much depends on the traffic and ad clicks your site generates. It's a competitive space, but if you can produce a quality site with adequate traffic, it may provide a regular source of additional income.</p> <p>If you have some sales skills, you can also market your site to individual companies and get them to buy ads for a lot more money. That's another piece of work, however. It would make your income a little less passive, because now you're a salesman on top of everything else.</p> <h3>15. Create a YouTube Channel or Podcast</h3> <p>If you like making videos, this can be a source of modest income. If making videos seems like a lot of work, you're going to quit before you make any money from Google Ads on your YouTube channel. Still, if you make videos that go viral, there's the potential to make quite a bit of money. Some YouTube stars derive significant income from their videos.</p> <p>Podcasts are a little more complex to monetize, because you don't have the option of just putting ads on the page somewhere; you actually have to include the ad in the podcast itself. On the other hand, the ads are worth more, because the listener is pretty much stuck listening to the ad from beginning to end.</p> <p>There are podcast networks that offer tools to help with creating and making them easy for listeners to find. Some of them also have ad networks, although you'd probably make more money if you did the work of selling your podcast to sponsors.</p> <p><em>How do you earn extra income?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-retirement-jobs">6 Great Retirement Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-smart-way-to-budget-on-a-freelance-income">The Smart Way to Budget on a Freelance Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income freelancing investments non-passive income passive income selling side jobs Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:03:04 +0000 Philip Brewer 1615339 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU! http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_laptop_000046474410.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to make amazon pay her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's face it, Amazon is brilliant at making it incredibly easy for you to make a purchase. This is especially true with their one-click purchasing via their mobile app, and their tempting free shipping offers. Wouldn't it be nice, for a change, if you could figure out how to make them pay you on a regular basis? Here are six ways to make the online retail giant do just that.</p> <h2>1. Join the Amazon Affiliate Program</h2> <p>If you own a website, blog, or even moderate a discussion group, you have the opportunity to join the&nbsp;<a href="https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/">Amazon Associates program</a> and earn revenue by directing visitors to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">Amazon products</a>. Depending on the product, you'll earn anywhere from 4%&ndash;10% if the click results in a qualifying sale. It works by Amazon giving you a unique referral url that you post on your site or blog. Then when someone clicks on the embedded url, the referral is tracked, and results in you getting paid if it ends in a purchase.</p> <p>As with any affiliate program, your mileage will vary depending on how &quot;ready to buy&quot; the people you send to Amazon actually are. The key is to provide value on your site or blog and a reason to make a purchase. For example, if you run a blog dedicated to photography, start by doing a weekly in-depth product review of new digital cameras and accessories and include Amazon referral links in your review. The review should always be an honest assessment and provide content that is better than anything else on the subject. If you oversell, or come off as fake and commercialized, your readers will see right through the facade and click elsewhere.</p> <h2>2. Sell Items on Amazon &quot;Handmade&quot;</h2> <p>The braintrust at Amazon recently launched&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/handmade/b/ref=topnav_storetab_hand1?ie=UTF8&amp;node=11260432011">Amazon Handmade</a>, a service that allows you to sell your handmade wares to the Amazon audience. Currently, for a 12% referral fee, you can sell your handmade jewelry, home products (artwork, baby bedding, bath, bedding, furniture, home décor, kitchen &amp; dining, lighting, patio, lawn &amp; garden, storage &amp; organization), party supplies and stationery on their platform. While Amazon hopes this new service will eventually become an Etsy killer, it currently offers artisan sellers a large number of potential buyers for a reasonable cost. If production capabilities have you concerned, don't fret, as you can set your own production time (up to 30 days) on every product you make. Also, it's worth noting that product UPCs and professional photos are not required to get started.</p> <h2>3. Publish an eBook</h2> <p>By registering for free with&nbsp;<a href="https://kdp.amazon.com/">Kindle Direct Publishing</a>, you can have your ebook published on the Kindle platform within five minutes and appear in Kindle stores worldwide within 48 hours. Gone are the days of cut-throat book publishing where rejection letters are the norm. You can now publish your novel or amazingly helpful &quot;how-to&quot; guide online and earn up to a 70% royalty on your sales. Plus, you get to keep complete control of your publishing rights and have the ability to set your own pricing. Amazon will even help you format your ebook to optimize it for Kindle users. Also, you can opt into the Kindle Owners' Lending Library so Prime members can borrow your ebook, and in turn, help you gain even more exposure.</p> <h2>4. Become a Third Party Seller</h2> <p>If you shop at Amazon regularly, you've probably noticed that while the majority of items are fulfilled directly by Amazon, some items are actually sold by third party sellers. If you have a niche product for sale, or perhaps are an artist and have artwork you're trying to move, becoming a&nbsp;<a href="http://services.amazon.com/selling/pricing.htm/">third party Amazon seller</a> provides an excellent opportunity to reach the masses.</p> <p>You have the option of signing up for the individual plan, which is great if you plan on selling 40 or less items per month, or the professional plan if you plan on selling more. With the individual plan, you pay a flat $0.99 selling fee per item sold, plus a referral fee in the 8%&ndash;15% range of the product's selling price. With the professional plan, you pay a flat $39.99/month with no per item selling fee, but still have to pay the referral fee.</p> <p>While the 8%&ndash;15% referral fee may seem steep compared to other online selling programs, the large customer reach you'll have by listing your items on Amazon can easily make up for the higher fees. If you really want to step up your game, you can have Amazon&nbsp;<a href="http://services.amazon.com/fulfillment-by-amazon/benefits.htm">fulfill all of your orders</a> by having them store, pick, pack, and ship on your behalf. This is a fantastic way to let potential customers utilize Amazon's customer service department as well as have your items become eligible for Prime two-day shipping.</p> <h2>5. Sell Your Original Content</h2> <p>Another smart way to get paid by Amazon is to sell your original content like DVDs, books, MP3s, CDs, and video downloads directly on their site. This is done via&nbsp;<a href="https://www.createspace.com/">CreateSpace</a>, an Amazon-owned company, and it works by paying royalties whenever your product is sold on the Amazon platform.</p> <p>For example, if you've produced your own music and designed your own artwork to go with it, CreateSpace will turn it into a &quot;retail-ready&quot; CD with full-color inserts, jewel case, and printed disc face. They'll even assign a free universal product code (UPC) to your CD and sell it directly on Amazon.com, which means it'll be eligible for Prime two-day delivery and incredible consumer exposure. Royalties vary by product category, and range between 40%&ndash;60% of the retail price.</p> <h2>6. Get Paid for Small Tasks via Mechanical Turk</h2> <p>By completing small online tasks via&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome">Amazon Mechanical Turk</a>, you have the potential to earn a decent chunk of change. Examples of popular tasks include looking at an image and describing it in 10 words or less for a 10 cent payment, and a semi-detailed product review for a quick $2.50. While many of the tasks are low-paying, they can add up fairly quickly if you have the patience to wade through the riff-raff to find the better paying tasks. If you work at a job that has regular short delays &mdash; a customer service rep jumps to mind &mdash; Turk could make for a great way to fill those breaks with tasks that pay.</p> <h2>7. Score Discounts for Amazon Reviews</h2> <p>Another cool way to essentially let Amazon pay you is to create an account at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.snagshout.com/">Snagshout</a>. The site is completely free, and works by giving you access to a large marketplace of extremely discounted Amazon products, in exchange for an honest review of the discounted products you buy. We're talking discounts that range from 50% to 90% off the original retail price. Surprisingly, some of the items are actually free or only cost 99 cents. You simply shop like you normally would, then after the item arrives, you'll be asked to leave an honest review of the product. By doing so, you'll gain access to another plethora of highly discounted items. If used correctly, you'll be getting &quot;paid&quot; via huge discounts on items you'd hopefully be purchasing anyways.</p> <p>While some of these tips require more up-front work than others, they all have the potential to be lucrative. This is especially true if you have a blog in place and can incorporate affiliate links into your content, or have inventory ready to sell directly to Amazon customers. In any case, the time has come for the folks at Amazon to start paying you on a regular basis.</p> <p><em>Have you used any of these tips to earn money from Amazon? Did we miss any?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-surprising-things-you-can-rent-for-extra-cash">13 Surprising Things You Can Rent for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income affiliate program Amazon earning money eBooks mechanical turk selling Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:15:27 +0000 Kyle James 1601139 at http://www.wisebread.com Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_halloween_000075821055.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter carving pumpkins and making cash " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there's ever a time of year that we could use a little extra padding in our pockets, it's the holidays. So try adopting a different approach this year by taking on a side hustle. All you have to do is get up, get out, and make a commitment to staying in the black with just a little creative thinking. Take a look.</p> <h2>1. Offer Pet-Sitting Services</h2> <p>Dogs and cats can get pretty lonely when Mom and Dad are visiting family or on holiday vacation. To ensure their furry best friends are well cared for during this time of year, many pet parents opt for a sitter. Services like <a href="https://dogvacay.com/">DogVacay</a> and <a href="https://www.rover.com/">Rover</a> help regular people like you and me earn extra money by providing a safe, loving environment for pets to spend time while their parents are busy. I'm a dog sitter on DogVacay myself, and I can tell you firsthand that it's a decent way to put a few bucks in your bank account. It's also a lot of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-it-costs-to-own-a-dog">fun to have a dog</a> (I'm not a cat person) liven up your home.</p> <p>Once vetted by the service, you can set your sitting fee and have fun for the weekend, or even the week, with a loving pet. Both DogVacay and Rover also offer insurance, 24-hour support, and other services that make pet sitting easy and fun.</p> <h2>2. Open Up Your Home to Travelers</h2> <p>If you have extra space in your home &mdash; a guest bedroom, or even pull-out couch &mdash; you can &quot;micro-sublet&quot; (fancy word for a short-term rental) your digs on sites like <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> and <a href="https://www.roomorama.com/">Roomorama</a>. I've been a micro-subletter for the better part of a decade now, and I can honestly say it has enriched my life. Not only by providing an additional source of income, but because of all the people I've hosted over the years with whom I've interacted and often befriended.</p> <p>Micro-subletting will only be successful if you're a people person &mdash; nobody wants to stay in the home of a Scrooge &mdash; but if you can make it work, you could potentially pay for all your holiday expenses and then some. No joke.</p> <h2>3. Host a Real or Virtual Garage Sale</h2> <p>I'm hosting a yard sale this month to get rid of too much accumulated junk in my basement and to pull in, ideally, a couple hundred bucks. Of course, there's not much time left to host an outdoor sale, but wouldn't you know that the Internet has solved that problem.</p> <p><a href="http://www.varagesale.com">VarageSale</a>, founded by a wife-and-husband team, is a social, local, and mobile online marketplace for families who want to sell their unwanted items to people in their neighborhoods. Once approved for a community, members can sell (and buy) everything from children's clothing to cars at a fraction of the retail price. As an added bonus, members can meet and develop closer ties with their neighbors &mdash; if that's your thing.</p> <h2>4. Clean Out Your Closets for Cash</h2> <p>Why not turn your closet clutter into some extra holiday cash? <a href="https://www.tradesy.com/">Tradesy</a> lets users safely, securely, and easily sell or rent their clothing, shoes, handbags, wedding dresses, and more. They handle the transaction from the time a photo of the product is uploaded to its delivery to the purchaser's door.</p> <p>Parents can also get in on the clothing resale action with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.totspot.me/">Totspot</a>, a parent-to-parent mobile marketplace that allows moms and dads to buy and sell gently used (or brand new) children's clothing and accessories. TotSpot boasts more than 150,000 active users today, and users often buy and sell just in time for the holidays.</p> <h2>5. Sales Referral Programs</h2> <p>If you have a robust social media following or a website that gets a lot of traffic, you may be able to take advantage of sales referral programs. If a customer buys an item as a result of your advertising, you get a cut. You can find these opportunities from large companies, like <a href="https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/">Amazon</a>, and even some mom-and-pop merchants.</p> <h2>6. Social Media Influencer Programs</h2> <p>The number of sites that will pay social media users for promotion of products is increasing, and you don't have to be a Twitter or Instagram superstar to participate.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.getswayd.com">Swayd</a>, which connects micro-influencers (defined as anyone with a couple hundred followers) with brands, is creating a marketplace for these people to connect.</p> <p>Instead of paying Kim Kardashian $100,000 for an Instagram or retweet, Swayd is paying 100,000 micro-influencers a dollar apiece to tweet. It's working with brands big and small, and if a campaign matches a profile, the influencer can see it and choose to accept the offer to post to their social media. Swayd will allow the market to define what a social media post is worth and allow influencers to show that even though their numbers are small, their engagement is strong.</p> <h2>7. Sell Unused Gift Cards and Merchandise Credit</h2> <p>If you've received gift cards for which you don't have much use (hey, it happens), or you've got merchandise credit to a store you don't particularly like, sell it to&nbsp;<a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=368971.3&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Raise</a> for cold, hard cash.</p> <p>Raise is an online marketplace that sells unwanted gift cards or store credits for real money. On the platform, consumers can choose their selling price and once the gift card sells, they have the option to be paid by check, PayPal, or direct deposit. Easy as that.</p> <h2>8. Become Part of Your Local Holiday Event Activities</h2> <p>Everybody thinks of being a mall Santa or one of his festive helpers, but there are lots of other opportunities to become part of your local holiday event activities, especially for Halloween. <em>Someone's </em>got to be the monsters in the haunted houses!</p> <h2>9. Entertain Kids With Scary Stories at Halloween Parties</h2> <p>Just like a magician or clown entertains at kids' parties, you too can read scary stories in costume to add a spook factor to local Halloween bashes.</p> <p>&quot;Dress up like a scary character and read books to kids,&quot; suggests<a href="http://www.sharronsenter.com/products/attract-customers-to-your-business"> marketing consultant</a> Sharron Senter. Your ideal target audience is parents hosting Halloween parties. You could easily get the word out by [putting flyers in] mailboxes and posting to online community portals. You could also pitch your entertaining services to small independent retailers who have a customer following.&quot;</p> <p>Taking this one step further, perhaps you could even become a regular reader at your local bookstore. Never hurts to ask.</p> <h2>10. Run Errands for Busy Holiday Shoppers</h2> <p>Some lucky ducks have assistants to do all the things they can't accomplish in a day, but what about the rest of the world? They often need help, too, and there's a possibility that folks in your area are seeking someone to run errands &mdash; like shop for meals, buy gifts, or other tasks. Post your errand-running service on Craigslist, <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/">Task Rabbit</a>, or mention it to your <a href="https://nextdoor.com/">NextDoor</a> community to get started.</p> <h2>11. Provide Gift-Wrapping Services</h2> <p>For many folks, gift-wrapping is the bane of their existence. You know who they are in your family because your presents look like they were kicked all the way from one house to the other. Likewise, there are plenty of people out there looking for someone with the handy, crafty skills of Martha Stewart to turn their gifts from drab to fab &mdash; and they're willing to pay for it, too.</p> <h2>12. Help Decorate Area Homes for the Holidays</h2> <p>I'm completely able-bodied, but after it took me 11 hours to decorate the exterior of my home last Christmas in the freezing cold, I'm not altogether opposed to finding someone on Craigslist who's willing to assist me for at least part of the day. If I'm looking, others are looking, too.</p> <h2>13. Start a Small Fall/Winter Yard Work Business</h2> <p>When I was a kid, I made a good amount of holiday (and post-holiday) spending cash by shoveling snow from my neighbors' walkways and driveways. The best part about this prospect is that you can totally start your own fall and winter yard work business (which can also include raking leaves and other tasks) the old-fashioned way &mdash; by walking door-to-door. The easiest way to capitalize on this tactic is to wait until a weather event, like a snowstorm, to make your move. Some of your neighbors would much rather pay someone to do that grunt work for them, and that's money in the bank for you.</p> <h2>14. Carve Pumpkins</h2> <p>Fancy yourself an artist? Offer to carve pumpkins in your area for those who like to get in the holiday spirit, but don't want to get their hands dirty.</p> <h2>15. Sell Baked Good and Cooking Services</h2> <p>If you know your way around the kitchen, and your baked goods taste like they could be in a professional bakery, there's a market for your skills. To build your business, start with the people you know &mdash; friends and family. Let them know that you're taking orders for holiday events, and that you'd love to supply the cakes, cookies, pies, and pastries. Also, if you're a decent cook, you can offer your services to cater a small party or prepare a holiday meal for a small group of people. There are a fair amount of overwhelmed hosts out there who'd be happy to pay your fee to free up their time and ultimately stress less.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to make cash from the holidays? Let me know some of your ideas in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-festive-frugal-ways-to-spruce-up-your-home-for-the-holidays">6 Festive, Frugal Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0">Effective eBay Listing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-holiday-lighting-hacks">10 Easy Holiday Lighting Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Extra Income AirBnb Christmas decorating Halloween Holidays making money selling Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:15:40 +0000 Mikey Rox 1597145 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shoe_collection_000039290234.jpg" alt="Woman discovering what should buy and sell on eBay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt that eBay has become a go-to place for anyone looking for a deal. But whether using traditional auctions, or the more popular Buy It Now option, what should you be going to eBay for first? And, what should you be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">selling on eBay</a> to ensure you get the most money for your items?</p> <h2>What to Buy on eBay</h2> <p>For all this stuff, eBay is the place to shop.</p> <h3>1. Personalized Items</h3> <p>Back in the day, a personalized item (whether for yourself, or as a gift for a friend or loved one) was something that cost quite a bit of money. Nowadays, thanks to eBay and international sellers, you can get some truly awesome items for a fraction of what you would expect. I recently used eBay to find a Ghostbusters nametag for my Halloween outfit this year, finding someone willing to custom embroider my last name, in the exact font and colors used in the movie, for $10 including shipping. I was astonished &mdash; it was great quality, too. I've ordered nameplates, shirts, hats, monogrammed pens, and so many other items for almost the same cost as it would be without the personalization.</p> <h3>2. Anything Vintage, Rare, or Hard to Find</h3> <p>If you can think of it, you'll probably find it on eBay. If you're into Star Trek comics from the '80s, or souvenirs from Alcatraz, there will be someone out there on eBay selling it &mdash; it's why I always go to eBay first when I'm looking for something nostalgic. I've found old TV shows that regular stores won't carry, original Xbox games, action figures from my childhood, and crazy shirts and suits from the 1960s. The best thing about eBay is that you can shop for all of these items in one place, add them to your cart, and do one checkout. Your payment will be sent to the multiple sellers separately.</p> <h3>3. Used and Refurbished Tools</h3> <p>Great tools can be very expensive. Of course, cheap tools may save you money in the short term, but they will break, or worse, cause an injury. But, you don't have to go to the hardware stores and pay top dollar for top tools. The selection you'll find on eBay will stagger you, and will always come in cheaper than those you'll find in stores near you. From power drills and sanders, to wrenches and garden tools, eBay has everything you want &mdash; most of the time with free shipping. Just don't wait until the last minute to order something.</p> <h3>4. Jewelry</h3> <p>Provided you know your size (and many places online will let you <a href="http://images.zales.com/images/popups/zales_ringsizer.pdf">download a sizing chart</a> for free anyway), you can get some insane deals on all kinds of jewelry, from high-end valuables, to $10 rings and necklaces. The selection available on eBay will dwarf anything at a brick-and-mortar jeweler, and you can benefit from eBay's buyer guarantees. I have a bunch of very large, intricate skull rings that I found on eBay for between $10 and $20 apiece. They all came with free shipping, and are made of surgical steel. Would I have liked silver? Maybe, but they look exactly the same and cost 10 times less. I get comments on them all the time, and when people ask which store I got them from, I always say eBay. Most people seem surprised.</p> <h3>5. Automotive Parts</h3> <p>Make no mistake, if you are looking for parts to replace the broken ones in your car or truck, the last place you want to get them is the dealership or specialist supply store. In every case (unless someone would like to prove otherwise), you are going to be paying significant markups, as these places have to support a large staff, building costs, and all the other overhead. When you shop on eBay, you have access to hundreds and thousands of parts from both licensed sellers, hobbyists, and people who find parts at wrecking yards. As always, you'll be protected by a guarantee from eBay, so if the part is not exactly as described, you can get your money back. Just remember, if it's a used part, you want to inspect it very carefully before having it installed.</p> <h2>What to Sell on eBay</h2> <p>For the most part, if you want to be rid of it, someone else wants to buy it.</p> <h3>6. Your Good Quality Shoes and Clothing</h3> <p>When the time comes to clear out the closet in spring or fall, most of us take those clothes and shoes to the local thrift stores. Not so fast. Take a look through your pile and see what you have.</p> <p>Any high-end name brand clothing and footwear in good condition can earn you a significant amount of money on eBay. An old track jacket that you don't like, or have outgrown, can earn almost all of its money back. Sometimes, you can make more than you paid for it, if the item was a limited edition, or was worn by someone famous in a show or movie. A case in point&hellip;the Black Sabbath T-shirt that Tony Stark wore in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Marvels-Avengers-Two-Disc-Blu-ray-Packaging/dp/B0083SBJXS">The Avengers</a>. Before the movie came out, it was a $5 tee. After, people were paying big money for it, until the stores caught on and issued a reprint. So, next time you clean out the closet, make two piles &mdash; one for thrift, the other for eBay.</p> <h3>7. Fabrics, Curtains, and Sheets</h3> <p>Mark this one down as another category that most of us think is worthless. Or, at least not worth the hassle of selling. Actually, you'd be surprised. In particular, old curtains that may not suit your current décor could be highly prized by someone theming out their apartment or office, particularly if they have a very distinctive or &quot;dated&quot; pattern. What is out of style to some is very chic to others.</p> <p>The same goes for sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, and all those fabric remnants that you have left over from craft projects. You can even sell fabric and upholstery scraps, and I mean the smallest off-cuts. Right now, a pound of leather scraps can sell for $20 including shipping; that's $20 you were about to throw in the trash.</p> <h3>8. Legos</h3> <p>It doesn't matter if you have a complete set, a set missing a few pieces, or a random bucket of assorted Lego bricks &mdash; they will all sell quickly on eBay. And, you may be surprised at how much money you can get. I recently found a Lego Star Wars Imperial Destroyer at my local thrift store for $10. It was still in the box, but was clearly not all there. After doing a count, over 30 pieces were missing. I figured I'd throw it on eBay to see what happened, and it sold for over $100. Some of the figures from these sets can sell for $5&ndash;$10 each!</p> <p>What you have to remember with Lego is that the pieces you have may complete sets other people desperately want to build, and they will pay for it. Lego is also expensive to buy new, and that will never change. So, grab your Lego pieces and bag them up. You can sell them by the pound.</p> <h3>9. Anything Collectible</h3> <p>Whether it's rare baseball cards, signed hockey jerseys, vintage vinyl, or a prototype of an Apple computer from Steve Wozniak's garage, these items will fare way better from the auction-style listings on eBay than a fixed priced listing on Craigslist, or even a garage sale. You also have the chance to reach a worldwide audience, which makes the bidding war international. Something you may have gotten $50&ndash;$100 for may get you ten times that amount on eBay, if you find the right buyer at the right time.</p> <p>A prime example of this is the vintage Denver Nuggets jersey I recently sold on eBay. I was planning to list it for $25 on Craigslist, but instead I started it at $15 on eBay. It was a risk, since I could have gotten $10 less than I wanted. In the end, I got $162 for that jersey. Even after eBay takes their percentage, it's still a much better deal.</p> <h3>10. Cell Phones, Tablets, and Other Tech</h3> <p>When you replace your cell phone, you may be tempted to do a trade-in deal. Don't do it. You will get a rock bottom price for it from the store, because they plan to sell it for a profit. Instead, gather all of the accessories, the charger, and hopefully the original box, and sell it on eBay. The thing that attracts people to used smartphones is that they are not tied to a contract. With a little digging, you may also be able to unlock your phone first, making it suitable for any carrier. A phone you may have gotten $50 for from a store could sell for over $200 on eBay, and it's as simple as taking a few photos and creating a listing.</p> <p>The same thing applies to tablets, smart watches, laptops, and other technology. Even old, broken, and irreparable technology will sell, as it can be dismantled for parts. Do not simply throw these things out until you have first searched eBay for current prices.</p> <p><em>What items have you bought or sold on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping buying eBay online auctions selling Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:20 +0000 Paul Michael 1500624 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things in Your Garage That Have Serious Re-Sale Value http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-in-your-garage-that-have-serious-re-sale-value <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-in-your-garage-that-have-serious-re-sale-value" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gargage_sale_000000601779.jpg" alt="Things in your garage that have re-sale value" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can't fit your car in the garage? It might be time to do a deep cleaning. Before anything hits the trash though, take a step back: there are probably a number of items you have stowed away that could earn you some impressive cash. Check out the ideas below, and feel free to share your tips of the trade in the comments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value?ref=seealso">6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-sale Value</a>)</p> <h2>1. Big Ticket Items</h2> <p>A brand new generator might set you back between $200 and $2,000 from my latest survey of prices at a popular home improvement chain. My dad has a portable generator he bought when my parents lived way out in the country. Now that they've moved to a more central location, it gets little use and he wants to sell it. Sound familiar? Consider the value. I searched &quot;used portable generator&quot; on eBay and discovered around 75 hits with prices ranging from $50 to $2,400 for items in good condition.</p> <p>Other big ticket sellers might include snow blowers, ride-on mowers, and even motorcycles or cars. The trick is assessing a fair value and finding the right place to sell. Kelley Blue Book is always the first place to check with vehicles. For the rest, try looking at similar listings in your local paper, Craigslist, eBay, or even on <a href="http://satruck.org/donation-value-guide">donation valuation charts</a> (as a loose guide). When we bought our house last year, the couple who lived here planned to downsize. They sold their snow blower in two days for $350 by simply placing it outside the garage with a cardboard sign.</p> <h2>2. Camping Gear</h2> <p>We have a whole shelving unit full of camping stuff in our garage. There's anything and everything from lanterns to tents to portable cooking devices to cots and much more. Other frugally minded outdoorsy folks would surely appreciate the care we've taken to keep our gear in working order, so we might try to sell a few things this year. In fact, we bought our large family tent used for a couple hundred dollars &mdash; so we know the system works.</p> <p>If this arena interests you, try sites like <a href="http://www.geartrade.com/browse/tents/1">GearTrade</a>, where you can buy and sell camping wares or just get insight on appropriate pricing if you'd rather sell yourself. Some items in &quot;excellent&quot; condition attract up to 99% of their original value. There are also a couple area camping groups on Facebook I might contact about larger things to avoid shipping.</p> <h2>3. Hand Tools</h2> <p>Let's face it, most of us aren't super handy. But that doesn't stop the hand tools from streaming in as gifts from well-meaning friends and family. Rather than hold onto a tool waiting to be inspired, try selling it. Take this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HUCUGGE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HUCUGGE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FOGMV7GLPFEU62XS">Bosch 18-Volt Hammer Drill</a>, for example. It retails at $219, and a few days ago I found a used one on eBay for $150. This number accords with the $131 average price for <a href="http://www.statricks.com/blue-book/rough/hammer-drill">used hammer drills</a> listed on Statricks. And it would make a solid return (a little over 55%) on something you might not have touched in over a year.</p> <p>Keep in mind that certain brands of tools resell better than others, including DeWalt, Bosch, Ridgid, Makita, Milwaukee, Hitachi, Porter-Cable, Skil, and Delta. In other words, that entry-level saw you got a great deal on new might not seem as appealing on the used market. Along with quality, your buyers will be inspecting these tools for wear and tear, so check for any crimped cords or other issues and price accordingly.</p> <h2>4. Building Materials</h2> <p>Most of us have bought and sold on Craigslist, but have you heard about <a href="http://www.diggerslist.com">DiggersList</a>? Those of you into DIY and home improvement might want to take a look. You can sell your surplus building supplies (or find some to purchase) and get a good portion off the original price. Anything back is better than waste, right?</p> <p>You can sell your doors, pavers, flooring, wall tile, appliances, circuit breakers, and much more. If you'd rather not list online, try taking out an ad in the classifieds or contacting a local carpentry club. Then consider donating anything you don't sell to a <a href="http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx?place=us">Habitat for Humanity ReStore</a>.</p> <h2>5. Outdoor Toys</h2> <p>Children outgrow their playhouses and other outdoor toys quickly, so they clutter garages like crazy. Not only can you earn back a good portion of what you paid (depending on the condition) &mdash; but the used toy market for items like these is refreshing with each generation of kids born into the world. Before having a yard sale, try local Facebook groups, Craigslist, and even re-sale stores like <a href="http://www.onceuponachild.com/">Once Upon a Child</a>.</p> <p>I recently sold a sand box my daughter didn't use much for $30, which is 75% of what I paid for it new. Not only that, I found an eager buyer in less than fifteen minutes on a Facebook mom group. I also took a whole bin of old toys (including a bike, wagon, and other outdoor ride-on) to Once Upon a Child and walked out a half hour later with $121.</p> <p><em>What old junk in your garage have you turned into serious cash?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-in-your-garage-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays">Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff">15 Things You Can Do With a Credit Card Besides Buy Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks garage HomeGoods re-sale selling values Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:00:29 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1454556 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_playing_000044876558.jpg" alt="Child playing with common household item that you can sell on eBay " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems that nothing is too head-scratchingly weird to be placed up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">for sale on eBay</a>. But what if I told you that you could earn some extra cash on eBay by selling common household items that most of us toss without a second thought?</p> <p>This is definitely an example of one person's trash being another's treasure. Selling what is typically considered garbage can net you a few hundred dollars a year from eBay and have you rethinking what you throw away. Did you know that you could make money selling:</p> <h2>1. Paper Towel and Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tubes</h2> <p>I know, right? Who would have thought that people would pay money for the cardboard tubes of spent tissue? The people who are selling them on eBay and making money, that's who! It seems that these recyclable goodies are popular for arts and crafts projects.</p> <p>To cash in you'll need to stock up before you sell, saving at least 35 empty tubes. So grab a bag, toss in those tubes, and let them add up. Depending on the size of your family and how quickly you go through rolls will determine how often you can sell on eBay. It's not uncommon for<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=paper+towel+cardboard&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty cardboard tubes</a> to sell for $10, $20 or $30. That's pretty good for something that is literally tossed in the recycling bin.</p> <h2>2. Empty Egg Cartons</h2> <p>To think I felt good about myself because I made a point of placing my empty egg cartons in the correct recycling bin for trash pickup. Who knew I could give them new life and bring people joy (and earn some extra cash) by selling them on eBay?</p> <p>Like the cardboard tubes above, egg cartons seem to be wanted by the arts and crafts crowd. It's not uncommon for a stack of<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=egg+carton&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty egg cartons</a> to sell for $10 to $20, and it doesn't seem to matter if they are cardboard or foam. They are easily stackable and won't take up much space while you collect enough to sell. By saving my cartons (and taking my parents' empties), I should be able to sell a few stacks a year.</p> <h2>3. Coupons</h2> <p>How would you like to make $5 to $10 for selling one coupon? Sounds crazy, right? But there's a market for these recyclable bits. Some coupons seem to sell at a premium. For instance, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=pottery+barn+coupon&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">15% coupon from Pottery Barn</a>, or other high end stores, regularly sells for $9.99, and a $25 coupon sells for $14.99. Coupons for many other retailers like Macy's, Target, Home Depot, and more sell well too. The beauty of this is all you have to do is wait for them to show up in the mail and sell what you're not using. Doing this once a month could probably net you an additional $50&ndash;$75 a year.</p> <h2>4. Magazines</h2> <p>After being convinced that I needed to part with some of my beloved magazines, I jokingly implored my husband to check on eBay to see if anyone would buy them. I was surprised to find out that I could make money selling my old issues, and I started cleaning house!</p> <p>Which magazines sell? The specific magazines and the prices they will sell for vary. For instance, one back issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray sold for $5, while a group of 11 magazines from 2008 to 2011 sold for $19.99. We're not talking rare or vintage stuff here, just regular issues that people are selling after reading them. Spend a few minutes on eBay looking up your magazines and you could be ready to sell and make some money too!</p> <h2>5. Old Computer Software</h2> <p>If you have software for computers you replaced years ago, you may be able to sell them for extra cash on eBay. That's exactly what I did when I discovered a bunch of old software in my junk storage drawer. Think no one is interested in your <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=microsoft+office+2003&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">2003 Microsoft Word software</a>? Think again. That'll sell for $15 to $30 on eBay. And that's just one example. The amount of software out there is vast, so it's impossible to provide a lot of specifics for what will sell. However, it doesn't take long to check. Seriously, it's a potential gold mine. Pull out those old disks and check away.</p> <h2>6. Empty Makeup Containers</h2> <p>Specifically, the empty makeup containers of a specific high end brand, M.A.C., are in high demand. They are popular because of the retailer's &quot;Back to M.A.C.&quot; rewards program where customers can exchange six empty M.A.C. makeup containers for a free lipstick. At $16 a pop, people are looking for ways to get their pricey lipstick for less. <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=MAC+makeup+container&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">Empty M.A.C. containers</a> sell anywhere from $5 to $40 depending on the number for sale and the cost of shipping. If you use this brand, it's an opportunity to score some extra cash. If you're looking for a way to get your M.A.C. for less, well, here it is.</p> <p>So there you have it, six examples of common household trash items that can be sold on eBay for a few hundred dollars per year. I'll be looking for others because I'm sure there are more. That's my type of recycling.</p> <p><em>What crazy items do YOU sell on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0">Effective eBay Listing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-business-of-ebay">The Business of eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income eBay junk recycling selling trash Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Kim Owens 1416919 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_purse_000015265096.jpg" alt="Woman selling items from her house with serious re-sale value" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's spring cleaning season. But before you toss your old stuff on the curb or schlep it to the donation center, consider selling it for extra cash. These days, there are a number of places you can sell your things online and in-person, and all it takes is some time and effort. You'd be surprised at the resale value some of your old &quot;junk&quot; holds. So, let's take a look!</p> <h2>1. Furniture</h2> <p>If you comb Craigslist or your local Buy/Sell group, you're bound to see a lot of furniture for sale. It might seem like there's a glut, but a lot of these pieces move &mdash; and fast. We have had great success selling desks, dressers, bookcases, and even a couch during moves. And we've made hundreds of dollars doing so.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://www.splitwise.com/calculators/furniture">Splitwise Furniture Calculator</a> to figure out fair asking prices. For example, we bought a couch three years ago for $900 that didn't fit in our new space. Taking into account the age, price, and condition (fairly good), the calculator estimated we could ask $420, or nearly half our original purchase price. We listed it for $450 and settled on $425 with the buyer doing all the heavy lifting.</p> <h2>2. Electronics</h2> <p>Sure, old electronics depreciate at a fairly rapid rate. At the same time, how many of us have last generation cell phones, eReaders, televisions, digital cameras, and other tech devices just taking up space in a closet or drawer? I'm raising my hand here, and I'm positive many readers are joining me.</p> <p>Let's take a look at the Apple iPhone 3G. We have two of these guys in our junk drawer because our cell plan just allowed us to switch phones for free. We actually got the 3Gs for free to begin with (same plan promotion), and I used <a href="http://worthmonkey.com/#/Apple%20Iphone%203G">Worth Monkey</a> to figure out a fair asking value: $30 for each. I also have an old Nook Color that I've stopped using since we got an iPad. I could get around $34 if I choose to sell it. It's better than collecting dust.</p> <h2>3. Designer Duds</h2> <p>Do you have any true investment pieces in your wardrobe you no longer wear? Certain luxury brands hold incredible resale value, including Givenchy, Victoria Beckham, Charlotte Olympia, and Alexander McQueen. If so, you can go the consignment route with sites like <a href="https://www.therealreal.com">TheRealReal</a> and make a mint &mdash; up to 70% of the sale price (and most pieces sell in just three days).</p> <p>For the rest of us, consignment stores, thrift shops, and even online second hand shops offer tons of opportunities to sell your old wearables, purses, and shoes for cash. Usually clothing that holds the best value is in good condition (no holes, rips, or stains), within a few seasons, and from popular labels. Try your local shop or check out thredUP (here's&nbsp;<a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.727442&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">how it works</a>), where you'll send your clothes in a postage paid bag and earn money to spend on the site or cash out.</p> <h2>4. Kid Stuff</h2> <p>My local mom group has a Facebook page entirely dedicated to selling baby and kid gear. The minute something is listed, it's claimed (and often with a bidding war). Things like play houses, slides, water tables, strollers, bikes and scooters, baby swings, and clothing are all hot items. Don't feel like listing on your own? Check out resale shops, like <a href="http://www.onceuponachild.com">Once Upon a Child</a>, and get paid on the spot.</p> <p>And if you walk around your neighborhood during yard sale season, you'll see these things picked over quickly. Better yet, you can charge higher prices &mdash; even 100% of your initial purchase &mdash; since most gear gets minimal use. My advice? Consider advertising your sale on Craigslist or Facebook with a photo preview of what you're selling. If people see you have a play house they've been seeking, for example, they might camp out and buy it straight away.</p> <h2>5. Cloth Diapers</h2> <p>Furthermore, cloth diapers &mdash; yes, used ones &mdash; <a href="http://live.happybottomus.com/cloth-diaper-resale-value/">hold a surprising value</a> and resell like crazy. In fact, you can recoup up to 64% of your original investment if you keep your diapers in good working order. Add to that the thousands of dollars cloth diapering saves over disposables, and the extra effort with washing diapers seems totally worth it.</p> <p>Keep in mind that certain brands and types of diapers sell better than others. FuzziBunz one-size and bumGenius 3.0s are two popular brands and styles that sell particularly easily. And unique prints or speciality diapers may even earn back more than their original purchase price. To keep diapers fresh and in good condition, always follow the manufacturer's care instructions.&nbsp;</p> <h2>6. Tools and Garden Supplies</h2> <p>As far as yard sales go, some of the bestselling items are those for the home and garden. You can list a circular saw for up to $36. A lawn mower might earn you $137. Use a guide like <a href="http://www.statricks.com">Statricks</a> to help find the &quot;Blue Book&quot; value of whatever it is you're looking to sell. There's also some cool data on this site: Did you know a Craftsman vacuum is <a href="http://www.statricks.com/blue-book/other/455189-craftsman">listed in local classifieds</a> about every 40 hours?</p> <p>Garage sales are a lot of work, however, so if you have tools and home maintenance stuff you're looking to unload &mdash; try online. eBay has long been a great option for selling second-hand items. Their home and garden section is bursting with great brands at fair prices that attract buyers from all over the world. Just register for a free account, take photos, write up a description to list, and get paid.</p> <p><em>Where do you turn to transform your stale stuff into fresh dollars?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-clothing-items-that-will-last-forever">16 Clothing Items That Will Last Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-in-your-garage-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">5 Things in Your Garage That Have Serious Re-Sale Value</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-bad-craigslist-seller">How to Be a Bad Craigslist Seller</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks consignment craigslist resale selling value Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:00:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1400967 at http://www.wisebread.com The Easy Way Teachers Can Earn Passive Income http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_teacher_grading_000044942756.jpg" alt="Woman teacher trying to earn passive income" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Teaching is a noble profession. However, for all of the important work that is done and the countless young minds that will benefit from their knowledge and passion, it doesn't usually pay so nobly.</p> <p>But teachers don't need to be the educational equivalents of starving artists. Especially now that they can make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-generate-passive-income">passive income</a> with something called Teachers Pay Teachers.</p> <h2>What Is Teachers Pay Teachers?</h2> <p><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/">Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT)</a> is like Etsy for educators. It's an online marketplace for buying and selling original educational materials like lesson plans, games, activities, assessments, and more. It's a wonderful resource for those looking for quality, proven materials to use with their own students, and an awesome way for teachers (home school educators, or really anyone who has great curriculum development skills) to earn extra income.</p> <h2>How Does Teachers Pay Teachers Work?</h2> <p>Simply create an account, list the educational tools you wish to sell, and earn money when someone purchases one of your items. Creating a Basic Seller account is free and for every item sold, you earn 60% of that item's selling price (TPT takes a 40% cut). Once you're earning some decent money, you might consider upgrading to a Premium Seller account, which comes with a $59.95 annual fee and bumps your profit margin up to 85% of the price of each item sold. TPT uses PayPal as their default payment system and pays out once a month.</p> <h2>Can You Really Earn Passive Income With Teachers Pay Teachers?</h2> <p>Yes, it really is possible to create a passive income stream with TPT. The top seller has&nbsp;<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/About-Us">earned more than $2 million</a> and there are others who have earned $50,000. Now, that's not the norm of course, but many educators earn enough passive income to nicely supplement or even surpass their annual teaching salary. That possibility is exciting, right?</p> <p>TPT has more than 1.6 million teachers registered and receives over 90 million visitors per month. However, there are many teachers who never sell one thing because of fear of the unknown, fear of technology, thinking there's no time, and so on.</p> <p>The hardest part is getting started because like most things worth doing, it takes some time and effort to make it work. The good news is if you've been teaching for a while, you probably have stacks and folders full of lesson plans, curricula, worksheets, games, etc., which means you're already more than half way there. Below are a few tips to help you get started:</p> <ul> <li>If you find it hard to do on your own, seek out a group of teachers who would also like to make some extra money and set up an accountability group. Gather all of the educational resources together and help each other sort, categorize, and select the best of the best to start selling. Establish a timeline and schedule deadlines to meet certain goals. The accountability and mutual support can help you break down what might otherwise seem overwhelming into smaller, doable steps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't know what to sell or what sells best? TPT to the rescue. Their site offers a lot of information to help you get started.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Feel you're lacking technical know-how? The truth is, it doesn't take any special skill or technical know-how to format your products and upload them. There are helpful tutorials available if there is something new to learn. If you're still uncomfortable, find someone to help you get your items ready and list them. Heck, if you have teenagers, they'll probably be able to do it in a flash.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Feeling insecure? Don't. Spend some time on the website reviewing popular items and reading the stories of other teachers. You're sure to have that &quot;I can do that&quot; moment.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Be active in the TPT community. Utilize the resources at hand. Subscribe to their newsletter, read their blog, and follow their Facebook page. The more familiar you are with what works best, the more you improve your chances of creating a best seller which could significantly boost your income.</li> </ul> <p>Like all good passive income opportunities, being successful on TPT takes work up front to reap the rewards. But the beauty here is that it is specifically geared towards teachers, which means you don't have to learn a new skill because you're already an expert. Why not try it now and earn your &quot;A?&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you used TPT to earn extra income? What was it like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-smart-way-to-budget-on-a-freelance-income">The Smart Way to Budget on a Freelance Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income educators freelance selling teachers teachers pay teachers Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:00:09 +0000 Kim Owens 1399041 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Writing a Craigslist Ad That Sells http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-writing-a-craigslist-ad-that-sells <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-writing-a-craigslist-ad-that-sells" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-5108684-small.jpg" alt="laptop" title="laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on writing a Craigslist ad that sells, things to spend your money on other than gas, and breathing life into stale bread.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/13/13may20c.cfm#.UZuoA4Xi6UM">Writing a Craigslist Ad That Sells</a> &mdash; To write a Craigslist ad that sells, make sure to list the condition of the item up for sale. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/51-things-to-spend-your-money-on-other-than-gas/">51 Things To Spend Your Money On Other Than Gas</a> &mdash; Instead of spending your money on gas, utilize public transportation so you can buy a new pair of running shoes. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Stale-Bread-28321824">13 Ways to Breathe Life Into Stale Bread</a> &mdash; Did you know you can use stale bread to clean your coffee grinder? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/applying-for-a-job/">5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Yet Another Job</a> &mdash; Before you apply for a job, stop and ask yourself whether or not you are overqualified for the position. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/05/college-and-cost.html">College and Cost</a> &mdash; When your child is choosing which college to go to, cost should definitely be a factor in their final decision. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/uncategorized/6-summer-job-ideas-for-college-students-0613/">6 Summer Job Ideas for College Students</a> &mdash; College students should look into positions as lifeguards or servers to make money during the summer. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/5-tips-buying-quality-jewelry-cheap-0">5 Tips for Buying Quality Jewelry on the Cheap</a> &mdash; It is important to know your metals when trying to buy quality jewelry on the cheap. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalzeitgeist.com/turning-your-hobby-into-a-real-business/">Turning your hobby into a real business</a> &mdash; If you want to turn your hobby into a real business, you must brand and promote it. [Frugal Zeigeist]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2013/05/14/clutter-free-home-4/">How to Get a Clutter-Free Home for Super Busy People</a> &mdash; To get a clutter free home, simply try to ditch five unnecessary items each day. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/hilarious-infant-sleep-advice-from-an-exhausted-new-mom">Hilarious Infant Sleep Advice From a New Mom</a> &mdash; One of the best times for new parents to sleep is when their baby sleeps. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-writing-a-craigslist-ad-that-sells">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-bad-craigslist-seller">How to Be a Bad Craigslist Seller</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income ad best money tips craigslist selling Wed, 22 May 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 974239 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-mistakes-to-avoid-when-selling-your-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-mistakes-to-avoid-when-selling-your-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3687555021_dc1e3b8c08_z.jpg" alt="Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home" title="Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on mistakes to avoid when selling your home, changing your life for the better, and revitalizing your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/4370/5-mistakes-to-avoid-when-selling-your-home-egbirken/">5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home</a> &mdash; When selling your home, don't make the mistake of letting emotions get in the way. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Change-Your-Life-Year-26709448">30 Moves To Change Your LIfe For The Better This Year</a> &mdash; To change your life for the better this year, consider volunteering or taking a class. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/personal-finance/12-month-plan-to-revitalize-your-finances/">A 12-Month Plan to Revitalize Your Finances</a> &mdash; Revitalize your finances this year by maxing out your retirement savings in January. [The Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartonmoney.com/the-real-cost-of-identity-theft/">The Real Cost Of Identity Theft</a> &mdash; Identity theft costs $50 billion and affects 15 million people each year. [Smart on Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dollarversity.com/5-highly-promising-degrees-for-undergrads-to-consider/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DollarVersity+%28DollarVersity+%3A+A+distinctive+voice+standing+out+from+the+crowd%29">5 Highly Promising Degress for Undergrads to Consider</a> &mdash; Biomedical engineering and nursing are two highly promising degrees undergrads should consider. [Dollarversity]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/01/09/the-most-important-decision-you%E2%80%99ll-make-about-your-portfolio/">The most important decisino you'll make about your portfolio</a> &mdash; One of the most important questions you will consider when it comes to your portfolio is how much risk you are willing to take. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/01/08/financial-lessons-learned/">Financial Lessons Learned</a> &mdash; The idea of getting a degree in four years is getting replaced by the reality that it may actually take up to six years to get a degree due to the concept of supply and demand. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/01/bank-or-credit-union.html">Bank or Credit Union?</a> &mdash; Credit unions can offer you high interest checking accounts while banks make it easy to transfer money. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/why-we-dont-act-in-our-best-interest/">Why We Don't Act In Our Best Interest</a> &mdash; Sometimes we don't act in our best interest because we give ourselves too many options. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-natural-ways-to-beat-the-winter-blues">6 Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues</a> &mdash; To beat the winter blues, get some exercise! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-mistakes-to-avoid-when-selling-your-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-tips-for-first-time-home-buyers-learn-to-trust">Best Tips for First Time Home Buyers: Learn to Trust</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-ready-for-home-ownership">Are You Ready for Home Ownership?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/think-you-can-afford-more-house-in-the-exurbs-think-again">Think you can afford more house in the exurbs? Think again.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-a-first-time-home-buyer-needs-to-buy-a-house">Everything a First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Buy a House</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-cities-with-rent-control">The 3 Best Cities With Rent Control</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Real Estate and Housing best money tips home house selling Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 965656 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Hundreds When Selling Your Car http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-hundreds-when-selling-your-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-hundreds-when-selling-your-car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4590152576_7de027c644_z-1.jpg" alt="Save Hundreds When Selling Your Car" title="Save Hundreds When Selling Your Car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving hundreds when selling your car, saving for a home down payment, and managing your time in college.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/sneaky-ways-to-save-when-selling-your-car/">Five Sneaky Ways To Save Hundreds When Selling Your Car</a> &mdash; Save money when selling your car by selling it with an empty tank of gas. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/save-for-a-home-down-payment">How to Save for a Home Down Payment</a> &mdash; Before you buy a home, work on having a good credit score. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenpandatreehouse.com/2012/09/back-to-school-how-to-manage-your-time-in-college/">Back To School: How to Manage Your Time in College</a> &mdash; To manage your time in college, set realistic goals for yourself. [Green Panda Treehouse]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2012/09/simple-frugal-pack-lunch-for-kids/">5 Simple &amp; Frugal Tips for Packing Kid's Lunches</a> &mdash; Make a meal template to follow when packing lunch for your kids. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/avoid-identity-theft-scams-prevent-online/">How You Can Avoid Falling for the Latest Identity Theft Scam</a> &mdash; To keep yourself safe from the latest identity theft scam, destroy any old or expired credit cards you have. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyhelpforchristians.com/low-risk-options-cash-lump-sum/">5 Profitable Low Risk Options for Investing a Lump Sum of Cash</a> &mdash; Consider investing your lump sum of cash in bonds. [Money Help For Christians]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/transition-to-full-time-freelancer/">4 Tips For An Easier Transition To Full-Time Freelancer</a> &mdash; When becoming a freelancer, make saving your #1 priority from the getgo. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalportland.com/2012/09/20-things-to-do-and-not-do-before-2012-ends/">20 Things to Do (and Not Do!) Before 2012 Ends</a> &mdash; Before 2012 ends, volunteer at the humane society. [Frugal Portland]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cool-Upcycling-Projects-24338804">94 Upcycling Projects That Will Blow Your Mind</a> &mdash; Use an orange and some olive oil to make a candle. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-ways-to-work-on-abcs-with-toddlers-and-preschoolers">6 Ways to Work on ABC's With Toddlers and Preschoolers</a> &mdash; Teach your little one the alphabet by having a letter of the day. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/09/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-0">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/calendar">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-hundreds-when-selling-your-car">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-drop-collision-coverage-on-your-car">When to drop collision coverage on your car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dead-car-battery-give-it-a-glass-of-red-wine">Dead car battery? Give it a glass of red wine.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-bank-of-gasoline-0">The Bank of Gasoline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/did-your-car-break-down-check-for-recalled-parts-and-fix-it-for-free">Did your car break down? Check for recalled parts and fix it for free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-good-reasons-to-keep-your-clunker">5 Good Reasons to Keep Your &quot;Clunker&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation best money tips car selling Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954746 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6474737849_27a0207f89_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" title="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540333"><em>Autumn</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540448"><em>kristina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540047"><em>Tom</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. Some people take the time to sell stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale while others either donate or throw away their unwanted stuff.</p> <p><b>How do you get rid of your unwanted stuff?</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Do you sell it on Craigslist? Have a garage sale? Donate it? Or do you just throw it out?</span></p> <p>Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? 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