To Start Flipping items online has been Tarah’s favorite thing to do since I first met her 4 years ago: flipping items online on their sides.
Her job as a flipper had always given us extra money for trips, gifts, and unexpected bills.
It wasn’t until I was at home with a newborn and a toddler that I took up the idea of flipping items online for extra money to make extra money.
During this time, I worked as a personal trainer for a company that didn’t pay for maternity leave. I loved what I did, but they didn’t pay for it.
After taking six paid weeks off, I planned to start training again.
It wasn’t until week 4 that we started to feel the financial strain of not having enough money to pay for things like rent.
So, I’m going to start selling some of our things on Facebook Marketplace and on eBay.
I set up my own eBay account and started taking pictures and listing things, so I could sell things.
I could even make lists while I was rocking other things. I was able to make a few hundred extra dollars to help us until I could start training again.
And to my surprise, I actually found it fun!
I used to make fun of Tarah because she was so excited about finding things to sell, but once I tried it, I completely got it.
This is a simple way to make extra money – and it’s also fun!
It used to be that Tarah and I used to flip things part-time and help other people start making money by flipping.
When you look for ways to make money from home, flipping items from your house, thrift stores, or clearance racks is always at the top of the list.
You don’t need a lot of money to start, especially if you like to look for good deals! But how do you start making money by selling flipping items online?
I knew that we had to hire someone who knew a lot about this.
You flip things over. This is what you do. You go to a yard sale, flea market, thrift store, local app, or something else and buy something that isn’t worth much.
Then you sell it for a profit in another market. eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp are the main places we use.
Having an eye for a deal and some practice can make a lot of money when you flip things.
Here are five simple steps you can follow to start making money by flipping items online.
1. Clean up your space
First items to flip should come from your own home.
In the first place, it lets you organize your space and make it look nice.
Cluttered living space has been shown to make people more stressed, less productive, put on weight because
of stress hormones and other things, and make them more anxious.
Second, it lets you start flipping items without having to spend any money.
When you start out on eBay, you want to build up that feedback as quickly as possible before you start spending money on things to flip.
It makes it easier for people to get to your store faster.
Third, it lets you make money from things that were just sitting around your house and not doing anything.
Decluttering your home or office is one of the best ways to start.
People who want to donate, sell, or throw away things should get four boxes. They should be marked Yard Sale, Donate, eBay, and Trash.
You can start with a closet, bedroom, office, or garage. Touch everything in that space. A place or a box is where it should go.
In this case, it can’t be put in another pile to be sorted at a later time.
Throw away the things you don’t need, give away the box you don’t think you can sell, and list the things
worth more than $10 on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Offer UP.
Move on to another part of your home when you’re done with one area, like getting rid of the trash and donating things.
2. Take Pictures of the Items in Your “Sell” Box
Then, when you have a box full of things to list and sell, you’ll need to take pictures. The camera, background, and lighting aren’t important to start.
Don’t let social media make you think that you need to take perfect pictures to show your friends and family.
All you need is a smartphone, a clean, light-colored background (like a wall in your house), and maybe an extra lamp if you don’t have enough natural light at home.
Taking pictures of the whole thing, as well as its branding and labels, is important. You also want to take pictures of any flaws the item might have.
If you want to make the pictures look better, you can use your phone editor or an editing app to do it. Make sure you don’t change the color of the item.
3. Put Your Items on Sale
Often, we like to sell our items on more than one site. We usually sell about 85% of our items on eBay and 15% on Facebook Marketplace, but we don’t always.
It’s also possible to sell on sites like LetGo, Poshmark, and more.
Everything you need to sell your things is easy to get from the app store. You can do this whole side job from your phone.
There are a few things you should do when you’re getting ready to put something on sale. Compared to other items, what are they for?
Similar items have sold for how much in the past. (You can look at items that have already sold on eBay.)
Sometimes the prices are higher than what the item will sell for.
Try to put your product up for sale at a price that isn’t too low, but don’t sell yourself short!
4. Sell items and ship them
This is where it gets fun! When you make a sale on eBay or get money in your hand from a sale on Facebook, it’s exciting and a little bit addictive.
When you start making money, you want to keep going!
if you sold the item on eBay, Poshmark, or Mercari, you’ll have to send it to the new owner.
It’s not as bad as people think it is. It was even scary for me when I had to send things out. As a bonus, I’m married to the king of shipping!
If you do this yourself, you won’t be so afraid. I had to do it.
You should use eBay’s platform to figure out how much it will cost to ship your items.
People who buy items on eBay can enter the dimensions and weight of the box when they place an order.
Then, eBay will charge them the correct amount.
A flat rate for shipping has been added. We now figure out how much it will cost to send a product from us to the farthest state away.
We will either charge the flat rate in addition to the price of the item, or we will build it into the price and list the item with free shipping.
We will do this one of two ways: Items that don’t have to be shipped often do better.
5. Repeat Process
Here we go: It’s time to get rid of some more clutter or start shopping at thrift stores or yard sales or using apps on your phone to find more great finds!
People should look for a lot of treasures because there are a lot of them out there. A lot of people give away and even throw things away.
We find $20, $50, and even $100+ worth of things that people throw away all the time.
In the past, we have found a Dyson vacuum cleaner and a hard golf travel case in someone else’s trash.
We took them out of the trash, took some pictures, and put them on eBay.
There were only a few weeks, but the vacuum sold for $100, and the golf case sold for $70.
How much does this cost? It costs $160 for about 45 minutes’ worth of work.
It’s important not to let the fear of the unknown stop you from starting this side job.
I know it might be scary at first, but like anything else, once you start and get some experience, things get easier.
And don’t say I didn’t tell you about how the cha-ching can be very addictive, either!