7 Best Things To Sell To Make Money

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If you’re looking for a profitable side hustle, start by looking at what you already have. One of the best ways to make money from home is by selling or reselling. You can sell things on your own schedule to bring in extra cash without taking too much time out of your busy day. This guide will walk you through a few popular things to sell to make money, plus tips on how to turn a profit.

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What Can I Sell That’s Profitable?

The key to making your business a success is to do your research and commit to an idea that works for you. A profitable business takes time and effort. Knowing who your competition is, what the best pricing could be and where to market your products are all essential.

However, that doesn’t mean your side hustle requires the commitment of a full-time job. With a little research and creativity, selling items online can help you earn some extra cash without sacrificing too much of your time.

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Start your own business selling things. Some things that don’t require much overhead but could turn a profit with enough dedication include:

1. Clothes

Selling clothes — old ones you don’t wear anymore or thrift store finds — can be a good way to make money. Designer goods or infant/child fashions could be the most profitable since they tend to be in high demand. You could search for additional clothing items to sell at thrift stores or discount retailers. Look for items on clearance that you could make a profit from if you resell them.

Where To Sell:

One option for selling clothes is to create your own website with a service like Squarespace. Or, if you don’t have the time or budget to build your own site, you could list items on popular reselling sites such as eBay or Poshmark.

2. Crafts

If you have a crafty hobby, you could create your own business selling handmade goods. There is an online market for handmade pottery, glassware, stickers, T-shirts, furniture and more. Once you pick your niche, you can promote your crafts on social media to find your audience and build a customer base.

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Where To Sell:

Etsy is a well-known source for millions of sellers who have unique items to offer. You can also create an online storefront on Shopify to sell your handmade goods. Pricing starts at $39/month, but the company is currently offering $1 a month for the first three months to help you get your business off the ground. 

3. Video Games

The global gaming industry is on the rise in 2023. Trendy vintage games can for $500 or more depending on their scarcity. Research which games are trending and see what you can find at second-hand stores, online or in your own basement.

Where To Sell:

You might find a buyer for your video games on generic reselling sites like eBay, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. For high-value or obscure games, you can try more niche sites like Decluttr or GameFlip

4. Furniture

If you enjoy refurbishing furniture, you can create a home business reselling it. Start by picking up free or cheap furniture at garage sales and thrift stores, then paint or update them with a fresh and modern look.

Where To Sell:

Depending on the size and weight of the furniture piece, you may prefer to sell locally and have interested buyers pick up the item. Facebook Marketplace is a good place to find local and out-of-town buyers.  

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5. Electronics

Individuals in need of an affordable phone, tablet or laptop often seek electronics second-hand. If you know a little about electronics, repairing or refurbishing used tech can be a great way to turn a profit and offer people a more affordable alternative to buying new. Refurbished electronics often sell for around $100 or more.

Where To Sell:

Decluttr and Gizmogo are both good platforms to find buyers interested in electronics. Or, depending on how much time and effort you want to invest, you could create your own website to showcase the used electronics you have available for sale.

6. Wedding Supplies

If you recently got married, reselling your wedding décor, signs, lights or even outfits can be a great way to earn some extra cash. A used wedding dress can sell for up to $1,000 depending on its condition and original cost. Even if you don’t have wedding supplies of your own to sell, you can turn a profit by collecting or making wedding décor. 

Weddings are more expensive than ever in 2023, so there is definitely a market for used, handmade or discounted supplies.

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Where To Sell:

Consider posting your wedding items on Facebook Marketplace or joining a local brides’ group online. eBay and Poshmark are also good platforms for wedding supplies, especially wedding gowns and veils. 

7. Clearance Items

If you can snag new goods at a steep discount, you can resell them for a profit. Consider browsing going-out-of-business sales, flash sales or Black Friday deals to find clearance items. Another method is to buy clearance items at the end of a season — for example, Christmas decorations after the holidays are over — then sell them once the peak season rolls around again. 

Where To Sell:

Consider becoming an Amazon Reseller. If you have less than 40 items per month to list, you can sell them for free. However, if you plan on selling more items, you’ll need to pay $39.99 per month, plus transaction fees.

Tips for Successful Online Sales

To get the maximum profit out of your online sales, keep these tips in mind:

  • Find the right platform: Take your time researching the best website to sell your items. Some sites are better for tech, whereas others are great for furniture or vintage items. 
  • Take good pictures: A selection of clear, appealing photos of your item will go a long way to help it sell. 
  • Be descriptive: Describe your item in detail online. Why is it worth the price you’ve listed? What makes you different from other sellers? Don’t be afraid to promote yourself. 
  • Be honest: Don’t try to maximize your profit by hiding defects or issues. Be honest in your descriptions and to maintain a good reputation as a seller. 
  • Stay on top of trends: Do your research and know what’s trending. Certain colors, items and designs come in and out of style, so keep an eye on what’s popular and compare similar items before you set your prices.
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Takeaway

There are plenty of things to sell to make money — all depending on your interests, skills level of commitment. Be sure to do your research, know what’s trending, and find the right platform for what you want to sell. With a little creativity, reselling can become a profitable side hustle.

Cynthia Bowman contributed to the reporting for this article.

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