I wanted to get rid of a paint sprayer and decided to make some quick money on eBay. I listed the item last week and sold it within a week. It was too heavy to ship, so a local sale was the only option. Fortunately, I live in Chicagoland and with over 8 million residents (city and suburbs), finding a buyer was likely.
The process was simple, I went with the auction option, and a starting price of $100. Two or three days after the initial listing, I received a request for more photographs from a potential buyer. I supplied 4 more pics, one from every side.
The buyer got back to me a day or two later and offered the $100. I took it, and since he lived 20 minutes away, he picked it up. This was the easiest $100 cash I ever made. He was a professional painter and I needed the money. Win-win.
The process is simple and easy. If you want to make money, list something of value on eBay or similar, provide details when requested, and collect the money.
This doesn’t work every time, of course, and I still have a set of 12 handmade crystal water and wine glasses that people like, but I can’t sell. I’ve tried Etsy, Craigslist, and now eBay. No dice. No value to anyone at this time. No surprise – crystal glasses are not a hot holiday item.
But the paint sprayer – quick money on eBay. Works for me.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I published a new eBook called 50 Ways to Make Money with Part-time Jobs. It is available on Smashwords. Amazon and Google. The latter two are called 50 Ways to Make a Buck, all are under my name.
To whet your appetites, I wanted to give you another snippet from the eBook, both with possible job options:
Freelance audio transcription
A company sends you an audio file that you type out and send back. Simple. This could be medical, legal or other professional industries. Websites to look for these jobs include:
If these aren’t your thing, how about this:
- CPR or first-aid instructor
Teach others to save a life. Hold classes at community centers in your area. Below are the steps you’ll need to take:
Step 1: Obtain Basic-Level CPR Certification.
Step 2: Take the Red Cross Pre-Instructor Exam.
Step 3: Complete the First Required Course.
Step 4: Complete the Instructor Course.
Step 5: Teach a Class.
Step 6: Re-Certify as Required.
Check out the American Heart Association at www.heart.org for details
Interesting? The eBook has 50 separate jobs and a bunch of listing from Flexjobs too.
Best of luck in your job search!
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This has been a productive week. I released an eBook on blogging, based from my experiences with Homepreneurs over the years. A Guide to Blogging Better is available on Amazon and Google. In the next day, I will release another eBook, called 50 Ways to Make a Buck or More. Here is a snippet from that second eBook and what you can expect from it.
50 Ways to Make a Buck or More has no affiliate marketing, MLMs or other iffy business opportunities. It lists 50 legitimate ways to actually make money from part-time jobs, on your time. It will also be available on Amazon and Google.
Here is the promised snippet:
Sell gently used clothing on these 6 websites. Sorry, gentlemen, but these websites are usually for women’s clothes. Children’s clothes for some, too.
You can make $200 to $300 per month and potentially save lives with your plasma donation. Potential donors will fill out medical screenings and the process takes 90 minutes to 2 hours.
http://www.donatingplasma.org/ for more information and to find plasma centers near you.
Do you want the latest iPhone 6s? The bigger iPad Pro? Some other iStuff? The new Apple TV looks nice… I know, you’re stuck with an iPhone 5 or 4s or an iPad Air. You can make money from that older iStuff!
Instead of throwing out the iPhone or iPad, what about trading it in or reselling it for money?
The steps you’ll want to take before trade-in of your iStuff are back-up, disable, and delete data and personal information.
This is done through iTunes or iCloud. Connect the device to another computer and synchronize or transfer data by backup.
Before you erase an iOS device, you must first turn off Find my iPhone. Disable with these steps:
- Open Settings
- Navigate to iCloud | Find my iPhone
- Turn the Switch for Find my iPhone to the OFF position
Don’t do this until you’ve backed up and disabled.
Follow these steps:
- Open Settings
- Navigate to General | Reset
- Tap Erase All Content and Settings to totally erase your device. You’ll need to confirm this process by entering your passcode, since it will erase all content from the iPhone or iPad.
Trading-in your iPhone or iPad
Most of the major carriers have trade-in programs. Examples follow:
AT&T (iPhone 5c) $80-$85
(iPad Air) $140
Sprint (iPhone 5c) $120
(iPad Air) $165
T-Mobile (iPhone 5c) $70
(iPad Air) $135
Want more options?
Gazelle (iPhone 5c) $70
(iPad Air) $150
Apple (iPhone 5c) $65
(iPad Air) $145
Apple pays with Apple gift cards
Also possible are charitable donations and giving devices to military veterans. Run a quick Google search to find other options.
Passive income through eBooks is great. Write an eBook, let it sit on Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks or Google play and reap the royalties, month after month.
I have somewhere around 10 eBooks available in non-fiction and fiction categories (under various pseudonyms). No new eBooks in 2015 and most published between 2012 to 2014.
From eBooks, I receive royalties when purchased. The eBooks are available on various platforms, including: Amazon, Smashwords (iBooks, Barnes and Noble, et al.), and Google Play Books. Amazon and Google pay monthly and Smashwords pays quarterly. Below are my recent earnings from Amazon and Google as directly deposited into my account:
This is not much money, I concede. However, none are newly published, most are priced at $0.99 USD, and I did not market or “sell” them. Nothing I’ve written and published is especially memorable or innovative. Readable, yes, and entertaining or useful, yes. Great prose or enlightening substance – no. The eBooks sell though, and I am forever grateful to my readers.
My point is that you can make money from eBooks for months or years and supplement your income. Put some effort into the work and market it (I did not) and you may make much more. The best part? I wrote these eBooks at home, once, and make money every month from sales of the original work. Did I mention that eBooks are a perfect home business idea?
Once again, if I can do this with some success, so can YOU!
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