How to Sell Your Stuff Online and Make Good Money Doing It

Think of the internet as an online garage sale that never ends.

In other words, any time your house starts to fill with clutter you don’t have to throw a ton of things away. You can sell it online. You can make some cash, and you don’t even need to stand outside all day.

Or perhaps you’re looking to the internet as a way to supplement your income. Maybe you’re looking for a bit of a side gig. Well, selling your stuff online is easier than ever. You just gotta do it right.

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Technology online banking money transfer, e-commerce concept. Happy young man using smartphone with dollar bills flying away from screen isolated on gray wall office background.

These guidelines will make sure that your laptop starts displaying dollar signs before you can say E-bay’s your new-bae.

1) Know Your Items and Know them Well

No matter what you’re selling, make sure to write about it well. Know its story. Maybe give it some history. Make it seem important.

If you’re selling something either new or high-end, make that bold and extra clear to the reader. It’s also super important to know how to price your items.

2) Make it a Family Affair

Got any kids running around? What about roommates? Make a fun day of going through the house looking for items to sell. You’ll bring up great memories, and get some free labor thrown in there for good use.

Make sure that while gathering, you’re only planning to sell items that are in a good enough quality that someone would actually want to buy it. That being said, people buy the darnedest things.

3) Photos. Better Quality. More.

Make sure you take a whole bunch of high-quality photos of an item for a listing. Make sure the photos are taken with a good camera, in a flattering light.

If you want to go the extra mile, stage a photo. For instance, if you’re selling a knife, maybe sell it looking super clean next to a fanned out cut tomato on a rustic cutting board. I’d buy that.

4) Use a Service to Help You Go the Extra Mile

Use a service that’s designed specifically to enhance your eBay listing. These services provide tools to help save time, checklists, and ebay html templates.

Not only do these templates make your listing look totally pro-league, but they remind you to include every bit of information a seller needs.

Sidenote: Using a template ensures your listing is responsive, aka it displays well on a smartphone. That gives you a crazy edge. Trust.

5) Build a Reputation

Much like other online services, eBay users are rated after each transaction – both as a buyer and as a seller. Do whatever it takes to get an awesome rating and people will trust you. Trust is huge when it comes to eBay.

Also, if you’re selling a specific product- let’s say it’s bath goods- you may want to create your own little “store”. Give yourself a catchy name. Start to attract a reliable customer base.

And of course, after every good transaction ask the buyer if they’d be willing to rate you, and maybe even write a few kind words about your transaction. Again, all of this builds trust with future customers.

Whether you’re looking to go all in on this semi-new frontier or if you’re just looking to unload some clutter from the home and make a nice quick buck doing it, these tips will absolutely bring in some extra cash. The bottom line: Know what you’re selling, sell it well, and folks will keep coming back for more.

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