Use Online Marketplaces to Sell Items Locally
Your home could be a treasure trove of items you don't want but others are willing to buy. An easy way to make money online is by using websites and apps to sell belongings locally. That way, you can avoid the hassle of shipping things to buyers.
You can use online classifieds, such as Craigslist.org, Backpage.com and Recycler.com, to list items for sale and target buyers in your community. Or use a free app, such as Offerup, to snap a picture of the item you want to sell, post it and connect with local buyers. It also has a safety feature; you can see profiles of buyers, view their ratings (based on past transactions) and use the app's messaging system to communicate with them.
Items that sell well on Offerup include furniture, small appliances, bags, suitcases, jewelry and accessories, Stephenson said.
"Our data team found that china cabinets sell for an average of $247, and the dresser that's taking up space in your attic can earn you around $163," she said. "That juicer you bought to support last year's New Year's resolution can easily earn back an average of $51 on OfferUp."
To get the best price on items you're trying to sell, start by researching what similar items are selling for, Stephenson said. Your price needs to be competitive, but you should highlight qualities or advantages of your item to get the highest rate. Include the item's measurements in the description and take well-lit photos from different angles to increase its likelihood to sell, she said.
If your item isn't in great condition, highlight the fact that it can be improved or transformed with some DIY skills. "A creative eye will see past cosmetic flaws," Stephenson said.