One of the ways I supplement income is by selling off old stuff on Trade Me. I have plenty floating around the house to be rid of, and on the odd occasion I sell something I find in an Op Shop for a small profit but its rarely enough to sing about from the rooftops.
One thing many people are afraid of in little old New Zealand is selling on eBay. We are so used to Trade Me it becomes our automatic “go to” but a much wider range of customers can be reached via eBay or Etsy.
I have a small store on each. I don’t sell a huge amount but I can see the potential there. Its amazing when you dig a little on each site to find other New Zealander’s on there who have taken the plunge. Its really not too hard though and there are Facebook groups that make it a whole lot less scarier and give you an idea of what kind of items are in demand. International postage is actually easy and if you haven’t tried it, New Zealand Posts online system for sending a parcel internationally is awesome. You literally just put in dimensions and weight of a package and print out a label on a regular printer and stick it to your package. Done! If you’re not sure what you might have that is worth selling start by taking a look at any old collections you might have. Old toys from the 80’s are popular, or linens your grandmother might have passed down. There really is a collector for everything. I sold some old Marvel comic pin badges recently that sold like hotcakes.
One of the things my husband and I are working on now is setting up businesses so we can actually try and make a living from our endeavours. This is where business plans come in but I find this a little daunting and have no idea where to begin really. I think its important though before any huge efforts are made to make money through all these kind of sites to make the plunge from being a regular Mum and Dad seller to being a profit making business.
Today is Mother’s Day but I have a bunch of packages to wrap up of some little things I have sold. It’s a great way to make money from junk you have floating around the house you don’t use anymore. One thing I don’t intend on listing is my new fitbit I got for Mother’s Day. I am trying to stay active despite working from home and this should keep me going!