As a full time college student, I haven’t been able to work a “real” job for several weeks. Adding single-parenthood into the full time student equation makes things even scarier, causing doubts to surface now and then regarding the ability to continue education. Thankfully, I’ve been able to be a substitute paraprofessional one day a week to supplement the alimony I receive each month.
I used to be a home school mom up until four years ago, though I hadn’t taken the time to sell my homeschool resources because of my crazy schedule. I had previously balanced two jobs while attending college but decided that subbing once a week was all I could handle with taking four methods classes and student teaching. That said, there was a month’s gap between beginning student teaching and when my subbing began. I was unemployed for one month and wondered what to do about it. Yes- single parents work extra, double hard to balance and improve their lives, often growing tired. Don’t ever hesitate to encourage the single parents around you. 🙂
I wracked my brain regarding how I could make a little money, and realized my office was still stacked with homeschool curriculum and books I’d never use again. eBay soon came to mind. It had been several years since opening my eBay and Papal accounts, so everything was already set and ready for me to update. Thanks to an accurate scale, I haven’t needed to question the amount of postage paid online for Media Mail. I can quickly print postage labels, package the items, and then drop off my packages at the postal counter without waiting in line (pre-paid postage packages means no waiting in line). The above photo of books & misc. is all that is left to sell now!
Selling on eBay has been fun, and I’m steadily getting rid of all my old homeschool materials! I will now make better use my office!! Yay!!
Even though it has sometimes been a challenge making it to the post office after school (causing stress! lol), selling online helped me to nearly replace the income I would have made at my previous campus job. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to continue finding valuable items to resell, whether that means visiting garage sales, Salvation Army, or thrift stores. Yes, selling online means seller fees with both eBay and PayPal accounts, but only a small percentage is taken out of what is sold. In my opinion, it was well worth my time and money.
Are you thinking of selling online too? All you need is the following:
An eBay account
a PayPal account
Link the above accounts together (this process is pain-free & easy)
A trusty scale for calculating postage
Mailing envelopes of various sizes, boxes, bubble wrap, packaging tape, other packaging material depending on the items you sell.
Remember that when selling online, you build a reputation by the feedback buyers leave for you. Treat selling online as a real business and put your customers first, use honest descriptions, specific conditions, and fair pricing.
A couple more tips for selling:
Before listing your item, browse through eBay to see what others have listed their own item for. Look to see where Amazon has the same item priced, and then set your own price.
If you don’t like the risk of an auction, choose the “Fixed price” option while listing your item. Click the “Best offer” box that gives you the option of accepting or declining offers. I discovered that going this route is cheaper (no fees) than choosing price limits within the auction setting.
I also found that choosing the settings for customers to pay their own shipping works best for most items, especially items that may only end up selling for a few dollars. You might choose to include the cost of shipping within your selling price for an especially expensive or large item. It depends on how much you think you can sell your item.
Be sure and do a search on what others are listing the same item for. Taking the time to research prices is the key to fast selling!
Yay! I hope to see you on eBay soon!