I’ve recently started selling more on eBay and in particular, I’ve been reselling. I’ve always sold our personal items on eBay and I had a store linked to eBay for my online fashion boutique, but only recently did I become a reseller. It’s very early days, but I’m already selling some of my resell items and over time I hope to increase how much I stock. I absolutely love making money online and selling things so it seems a natural progression for me to become an eBay reseller. I also love eBay which helps!
If you’ve also considered flipping items on eBay for a profit, but you’re not quite sure where to source these items from, you’re in the right place. Today I am sharing with you the best places to source items to sell on eBay for a profit.
Once you’ve made a bit of profit, or if you have some cash to start out with, you can check out online clearance auctions and buy stock in bulk or sometimes singularly. You’ll often find batches of redundant stock from businesses at a fraction of their usual cost. As you’re bidding on the items you can bid for only as much as you want to pay. If no one else is bidding then you’ll get the items for even less than anticipated.
Shopping the sales in regular stores is a great way to bag a bargain, but shopping in the outlet stores themselves is even more profitable. In outlet stores the clothes are already a fraction of the usual RRP and if you shop in their end of season sales, well you’re going to get an even bigger reduction.
If you can hold on to the end of season stock until that season rolls around again you’ll be able to sell more stock for a higher profit. But don’t underestimate out of season stock. There are always people going away for winter sun who can’t find summer clothes in store, so they turn to eBay to do their shopping.
With a bit of searching you can really find some gems in charity shops. They often have designer gear and popular High Street labels at tiny prices. Plus their stock changes constantly so you’ll find something new on every visit.
I used to think it was slightly immoral to buy stock to resell from the charity shops, but now I think it’s a win-win situation. I get to make money to support my family and the charity shop makes money. The more I sell, the more the charity makes. Plus, I’d rather buy items to resell for a more sustainable world and support a charity, than buy new wholesale items from China.
This is the place to find some of the cheapest items for sale. Some people sell at a car boot to make a profit, but most are regular people having a huge clear out who want to make a bit of cash, but are really desperate to just get rid of the stuff and not take it home!
Get your haggle hat on and grab some bargains!
We’ve used Facebook marketplace to sell items quickly and locally when moving house or if we need to get rid of something quickly. Often items are sold within a few hours. If you have the space to store some furniture to resell, this can be a great place to pick something up nearby and haggle the price.
It’s not just furniture though, there are all sorts of things for sale, you just need to be able to collect them.
It’s entirely possible to buy items from eBay to sell on eBay! There are a lot of job-lot and wholesale bulk listings where you can purchase several items in one go and then sell them individually making a profit. You could also get really lucky and purchase a single item for 99p in an auction and sell at a profit.
I often check the sold listings and see the same second hand designer shoes, for example, sell for 99p and £20. If you have the patience to wait for a little more money when selling something, then it’s always worth waiting. Starting an auction at 99p when selling isn’t always the best move, but it’s great if you’re looking for these items to resell. You could just get lucky and bag some designer gear for pence.
You may also find bargains when people have misspelled listings or taken really unclear pictures that others simply scroll past. Items listed in the wrong category or ending at an undesirable time can also be great for getting the best deal on a price.
As you know I love making money from home by blogging, reselling on eBay, my online fashion boutique, matched betting, and many other money making ventures.
But did you know there are also ways to win money for free?
I take part in various free online lotteries. These are lotteries that cost nothing to enter and I could win a cash prize!
Some of them are very small, say £5 or £10, but some are often around £500!
You’ve basically got nothing to lose, so you may as well sign up and give it a go. The only commitment is to check the sites each day to see if you are a winner. All these sites send a daily reminder email, so you don’t even have to remember yourself. You have to claim the prize on the day if you are the winner, so make sure you do check your emails or you could miss out.
How do they make their money for the cash prizes? From us visitng their sites every day through ad revenue.
I’ve not won anything yet, but for a few seconds of my time each day it’s worth checking. I’ve seen another blogger has won twice on one of the free lotteries!
Here are the lotteries I take part in and links to where you can sign up too. Some of them are referral links so I may get some extra points or something. Many of the sites offer points for each day you visit to check which can increase your win or the members with the highest points can win a prize. It’s slightly different on each free lottery, but generally they are all pretty similar.
Your postcode is entered into a daily draw. The main prize is usually around £500 every day. There are some smaller bonus draws too. Plus, every day you check an extra 1p is added to your prize fund. Sign up here: https://freepostcodelottery.com/?ref=862218
Emoji lottery is great fun! Pick five emojis and they’ll be entered into a daily draw. So far I’ve seen prizes from £5 to £20. Sign up here: https://emojilottery.com
Enter your mobile phone number into three draws. A daily draw for £20, a lucky dip for £10 and a mega draw with prizes of up to £1000. Don’t worry - your exact phone number isn’t shared if you win! You’ll see your username if you’re a winner. Sign up here: https://www.luckyphone.co.uk/home?refer=12117
The Street Lottery
Though it’s called The Street Lottery, it’s actually your username that is added to a pool from which winners are picked at random. Daily prizes are around £10. Sign up here: https://thestreetlottery.com?ref=6169
I’ll let you know if I have any winnings. Good luck!
Welcome to my new MEGA monthly income reports where I share the exact amount of money I make from home each month from my blog and home.
I was sharing a home income report and a separate blog income/stats report, but now I’m going to combine the two!
I share these to show how much money can be made from home by a normal mum of two (ages 2 and 5) around mum duties and with some hard work and dedication. Before realising I could make money online and from home, I had little idea I could really make a full time income from my online activities. I believed my only options were to return to my previous job after my first maternity leave or to be a stay at home mum. I had no idea there were other options available to me.
I won’t lie. It’s not been an easy ride to get to this point and I also have no idea if it will continue. The lack of security is one very off putting thing for most people with being self-employed, but there are so many money making avenues nowadays I believe anyone can do it. I’m working on diversifying my income nowadays so I have more than one stream. That way, if one lets me down for a month, another should fill the void.
My target was £1500 for October and it will be for November too. £1000 would be my minimum. That’s a bit more than I could earn working five nights a week or about the same, depending on how many hours I worked. Only problem with working all those evenings in an employed job is I’m exhausted the next day and miss out on family time.
I gave up my last part time job in May 2017 to concentrate on earning from home and make money from blogging. Once I’d earned more than my employed wage for six months I decided it was time to chase my dreams and go for it! In my last job I worked from 5-8.30pm every evening Monday to Friday meaning I dashed out during dinner time, missing our family meals every evening, returning home after the children were in bed meaning I missed every bath time and bed time. It also left me no time to work on my own business in the evenings unless I stayed up really late and then felt tired every single day. My original aim was to make £1000 per month from home. In my best month this year I was able to make over £3000 from home!
Reuben is now in childcare 18 hours a week and I’ve upped that to 21 hours from next week. This gives me some dedicated business time without kiddies around. This helps me so much now and means I don’t have to work every evening as I know I have some time in the day. It is still difficult sometimes as I really need to be working 8 hours a day to get everything done and not 5.5 which is the maximum I get. Once Reubs starts school (two years to go) I’ll be able to have a much more normal working week.
Blog & Home Income Report: October 2017
This is my total before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else. Here’s the breakdown:
Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway
LR shop sales
Top Cashback (2 accs)
Over £2000 which is fantastic. Read on for a full breakdown!
Blog Income £1760.13
If you’re returning, scroll down to see the income report and stats. If you’re new, read on to see why I share my income and how much I really work on my blog!
‘If you’re wondering how much money I make from blogging, read on. I share all with you in my monthly blog income reports. These are a great resource for me to look back on and also for anyone who is interested in what I earn from blogging or what can be made.
It’s not to show off, but to show how much money can be made online from a blog. It’s important to note this is my full time income. I left my employed job and I work on my blog all the time. Like, ALL the time. It’s my passion and my focus. I have no personal social media or any distractions. I also have no social life, or very little! I devote all my spare time to my blog and website. It’s my obsession.
If I am on my phone or laptop, I am always doing something blog related. I put in 30-40 hours a week at the moment whenever I can. I sacrifice evenings with my husband to work on my website. He is now used to me not listening to him as I’m so engrossed in my laptop or phone! Once both my children are at school then I’ll work out a better work routine if my blog is still making enough money. I hope to then work in the day only and have my evenings and weekends back, if possible!’
One thing I never mention is how long it took me to monetize my blog. I always get asked how long it takes and my answer is really ‘how long is a piece of string?’
I didn’t monetize mine for three years. It was a part of my original retail business and I never knew about making money from it. I could have made money a LOT sooner if I’d have known, but I was chasing the dream of being a shopkeeper and not a professional blogger. I didn’t even know pro bloggers existed. Once I found out I changed my game plan!
That doesn’t mean it would take someone else three years.
Many bloggers set up with the sole purpose of monetizing and they make money within a couple of months. I’ve even seen bloggers share income reports after one month!
It also depends on your dedication.
If you’re going to only work 1 hour a week on your blog, you’re probably not going to make money as fast as someone who works 100 hours a week.
Monetizing a blog means your blog is a business. It takes just as much hard work as running any other business.
It also depends how many opportunities you apply for and how many you get. You might need good stats to apply for some which can take a few months to build. I actively look for work EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s my job. It’s my income. It’s my only income, so I need the work and I need to be on it finding those opportunities.
Blogging definitely isn’t for everyone and running a business by yourself also isn’t for everyone.
I do often get the impression people think I don’t do very much and the money just magically rolls in, or that’s what many people think of bloggers in general.
My favourite quote goes along the lines of ‘entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hours to give up working 40’
It fits the life of a professional blogger very well too!
So here is my blog income for October 2017:
Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway
Blog Posts £1679.40
Not my best this year, but not bad! I charge for all blog post collaborations, even if it’s a giveaway or review. Many bloggers don’t charge for all these, but I put in just as much time and effort as any other blog post, so I charge.
Don’t work for free! I get emails daily from companies expecting me to offer my services for free. It’s taken me five years to build up my audience and it can take more than a couple of hours to write a blog post. If I accepted all these offers of work for free then I’d not make any money! I personally think it’s a bit cheeky of large companies to expect access to all my hard work without putting any value on it at all.
I also have some money in my Awin account, yippee! But it hasn’t been paid yet, so this may be in one of the next income reports. I really need to make more of them and spend time applying to brands. I have won £200 from a competition they ran once and also got a sponsored post by advertising my services in their market place.
Not too shabby, my stats are remaining pretty steady for the year. I had been dedicating a couple of hours or more of my time daily to my Instagram and Twitter, but I’m going to chill a little. It can get so overwhelming trying to keep on top of it all every day. I don’t want to get obsessed with the numbers and maybe just let the accounts be. I’ve no idea if they really help me that much anyway as I mostly work on sponsored posts which care about my DA, not my social followers.
A pretty poor month, I was hoping to reach £100. I would have if I’d have concentrated a bit more. I lost out on two free bets at the start of the month. One day it was Monday and all of a sudden it was Thursday and my free bets only lasted 48 hours. I was just so busy and every week felt like it flew by. It’s best to check matched betting every day so this doesn’t happen as many offers/bets have time limits. I was gutted I missed a couple. But oh well. Last month I made over £200! I’ve also made over £3000 this year in total!
It’s a great way to make extra tax-free cash from home if you can spend a little time most days checking the offers and completing some. You’ll need to be organised too and keep a record of all the offers you’re completing and your profits.
I highly recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner. They have so many guides and walk you through the whole process in the first few offers. If you are stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you. They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything.
I’ve only done a tiny bit of mystery shopping. I have earned a bit more, but I’ve not cashed out, so I’ll only include the figures in my income reports that have actually hit my bank balance. I’ve been concentrating more on eBay and the blog so ignored a lot of tasks.
Apps I use are Streetbees, Roamler, Task360 and BeMyEye.
A few sales in my online fashion boutique this month which is great news! There are lots of new scarves in stock and great Christmas present ideas. Check out my Special Offers page to find a discount code!
Personal eBay £111.17
Time to declutter and get rid of the children’s summer clothes as they’ll not fit them next year. I continue to have 200+ items on eBay and a clutter free house!
I’ve only listed 38 resell items so far since September and I’ve sold 11 so far in total, this month I sold 7. Imagine if I could 10x the amount of resell stock I have! I just need to find a dedicated day/time to go to the charity shops to source stock and up my game!
I decided to try something new last month as I love selling on eBay and online, so it seems perfect to resell. I bought a few items from the charity shop and I’m selling them on eBay.
I used to think it was a bit immoral to buy things from charity shops and then profit from them, but I’ve had a change of view. I think it’s a win-win situation. The charity shop makes money and the more I sell, the more I’ll return to buy more things.
Plus it’s more eco-friendly to reuse goods. The other option would be to only buy new stock from wholesalers and line their pockets instead. I’d much prefer to support a charity.
Top Cashback £8.13
I LOVE Top Cashback! I check it for everything we buy.
Here are a few things I’ve got it on: Formula One MOT, gift cards from Zeek, Holiday Inns booking, our First Choice holiday, Very shopping, Car insurance, comparing car insurance, eBay, photo books, supermarket shopping, Flybe flights, car hire, home insurance.
As you can see, you can earn cashback on so many different things. Not just online shopping. I even got over £2 just for doing a comparison search for car insurance.
In 1.5 years we’ve had over £600 back on our normal household shopping.
Did you know if your flight has been delayed for three hours, or more, you could be entitled to up to £540 in compensation? I didn’t know that and I bet many other people don’t either. There are even companies who will do all the paperwork required to claim your compensation on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, so you don’t have to deal with any of the legalities or stress. If your flight has been delayed by 3 hours or more, you’ve really got nothing to lose. Using the flight delay compensation calculator at Flight Delay Claims 4 U, you can easily see just how much money you could claim.
Delayed flights really are quite frustrating. It’s frustrating for us as adults on our own, but throw some kids in to the mix and stress levels are set to elevate! Luckily we have never been delayed for three hours or more whilst sat at one airport, but I can only sympathise with those who have. We did once have a diverted flight in Germany which added a fair few hours onto our journey. We had to wait for a coach back to the original airport we were supposed to land at as that’s where our car hire was arranged for and they couldn’t change it. With two young children in tow who are bored and tired, it’s not much fun!
If you’re travelling with kids, here are my top tips in case of a flight delay:
Pack more snacks than you’ll think you’ll need – it’s better to have too many than not enough. Plus you’ll never know how long you could be delayed for.
Take some money for food and drinks – you can’t take liquids through security, which means you can’t take drinks through. If you have a baby you can take bottled milk through. You’ll just have to drink some yourself at security to prove it’s not anything else. Make sure you have enough money to buy some drinks at the airport. If flights are heavily delayed you may also need to buy lunch or dinner depending on the time of your flights.
Fill the kids’ cabin bags with entertainment – don’t think the kids won’t need any hand luggage. Instead, make the most of theirs by filling them with their snacks and entertainment. An iPad or tablet with lots of games on can keep them entertained for ages. Colouring books and pencils are also ideal. A few small world toys and books to read kept our kids entertained when delayed.
Take a change of clothes and lots of wipes – you’ll also never know when your child decides to be sick! Reuben wasn’t sick at the airport on our last holiday, but he was sick all over the hire car on our first day. He’s never sick so we were totally unprepared. Make sure you have some spare clothes, underwear and lots of wipes for unexpected illness, sickness and accidents.
Don’t forget to also check the airport for children’s entertainment. On our last flight to visit family in Germany our flight was delayed by approximately one hour. We arrived the recommended two hours early at the airport and whizzed through security, so had a whopping 3 hours to entertain the kids. Bella, age five, is a little easier to entertain. Plus she understands to sit still and behave. Reuben, on the other hand, is only two years old and does not understand (or want) to sit still. He was clambering all over the chairs, using us as a climbing frame and even said hello to the man next to us at the top of his voice. This man did not seem very child friendly didn’t acknowledge him and quickly changed seats! It can be very stressful trying to keep a child like this still when they don’t want to and as a parent you feel like all eyes are on you! Ben took Bella to toilet and discovered there was a children’s room just the other side to where we were sitting, full of interactive screens and games. Doh! This would have kept them busy the entire time if we had known. Make sure you look around the whole airport or ask if there are any dedicated children’s areas.
Have you ever had a flight delayed? Did you know you can claim if it was for three hours or more?
I love saving money on my car insurance. Ben does too. He just recently did his and I’m gutted I didn’t know about mustard.co.uk a few weeks back as we could have beaten his cheapest quote! Mustard have a ‘Cheapest Price Guarantee’ where they promise to beat any online quote you receive, providing it’s a basic annual quote. That’s what I always go for, so by the sounds of things they’d promise to beat any other quote I find online.
Some more good points about Mustard:
You can get a quote over the phone. If you’d rather call them, or you’re not sure about your answer, then speak to a real human being.
As you can talk to them for real, you can get a quote tailored exactly to your needs.
They are independent and want to help motorists to save money. They can do this by guaranteeing to beat any other basic annual online quote you receive.
I’ll be renewing my car insurance early next year, so I’ll definitely be trying this. Have you ever used Mustard? I’d love to know your experiences and if they really did beat another quote. Let me know in the comments below. I didn’t want to wait until I do my quote to share this with you as you’d be waiting a long time!
Did you know you can also receive a couple of pounds just for comparing insurance quotes? If you search on Top Cashback for ‘car insurance’ a comparison site will come up giving you cashback JUST for doing a quote. How amazing is that? You don’t even need to purchase a policy, but simply search. It’s restricted to three searches a year so the cashback incentive is not abused. We used it three times for each of our cars and to check insurance for a potential purchase.
There’s definitely money to be made and money to be saved when choosing new car insurance.