2020 has been a rough year for a lot of us financially, and the holidays are approaching, so I thought now would be a good time to lay out some ways to help you fund your upcoming purchases!
Closet & Home Clean Out
Being bored at home is a great time to go through your closet and think about the items you truly wear. This would also be a good time to go through other items in our house as well such as electronics, books, and decor that are outdated. For items that you don’t love, there are some great online options for selling. I personally use eBay, Poshmark (aimed at clothing sales), Mercari, The RealReal (for luxury designer items), Vestaire Collective (for luxury designer items), Curtsy (clothing sales), thredUp (clothing sales), Nextdoor app (for local sales) , and Facebook marketplace. For Facebook sales, you can join groups for certain brands and types of items that have people specifically looking for those items, which makes it easier to make a sale. With Facebook sales, I always use PayPal for customer payment so that I have peace of mind and can ship easily. A USPS tracking number can easily be generated straight from PayPal and the cost is typically less than it is at the post office. Keep in mind that you will fare better on the above websites if the clothing you desire to sell is brand name. However, Plato’s Closet and other local consignment shops can be helpful if you have trendy clothing that is not brand name.
When selling items online, make sure to take good photos and post the item at a competitive price. You can always search the item and see what price others have it listed at. If you need cash quickly, you post the item at a price lower than what other have it listed for because this will drive a sale quicker. Also make sure to stay active on the apps that you are selling on in case potential buyers ask any additional questions about your item.
While clothing, shoes, and handbags may be your first thoughts on items to sell, keep in mind your jewelry items too. A lot of us have jewelry that has been handed down from other family members that quite frankly looks a bit outdated. Items like this can be turned into cash quickly at local companies that buy precious metals such as Chapes JPL in the Atlanta and Stone Mountain area. They buy gold, silver and platinum jewelry and you can even have your item quoted online with their image upload feature before you head over to the store location. This is probably the quickest way in this post to make some extra cash because you don’t have to find a buyer like you do with clothing sales. Places like Chapes JPL are already interested in purchasing from you!
Find a Side Hustle
In recent years, many opportunities have come about for you to make money on your own schedule so that you only have to work when you want to. Check out driving for DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, Lyft, Grubhub, Uber, and Amazon Flex. These opportunities only require driving in your free time. There are also shopping opportunities at Instacart and Shipt and a wide array of help needed on TaskRabbit. I myself have done tasks on TaskRabbit before when I was saving for something and I particularly like this app because there are so many different skills that you can use for tasks. From deliveries to cleaning, there’s a task type that everyone can do. I am an accountant and accounting is even an option on there for people that need tax help!
Also, since kids have been in online school for a couple of months now, virtual tutors are needed now more than ever. You didn’t have to be the smartest in your class to be a good tutor. Sites such as Tutor.com, TutorMe, and Studypool could all be great places to use your extra time.
For those of you that create items such as jewelry, stickers, and t-shirts or know how to do skills such as embroidery, you may want to think about selling your product and talents on sites such as Etsy! I know multiple people who started creating items for purchase on Etsy as fun side hobby and it became their full time job!
Get a Seasonal Job
The holidays are approaching, so guess what that means! It’s almost the busiest shopping time of the year, which means many retail locations are currently hiring for seasonal positions. For those of you that have reduced work hours or have been furloughed because of the pandemic, applying for a seasonal job would be a great way to ensure some steady income through January. I have seen many local stores hiring on LinkedIn! Make sure to filter the jobs section by your city, so that you can see local opportunities. The key to getting a holiday job is to apply early enough, so why not apply today?
If you guys have been doing any other things to earn money during this hard time, please let me know! My readers and I would love to hear more ideas.
All outfit pieces that are still available have been linked above under each photo.
This post has been sponsored by Chapes JPL, but all opinions are my own.