Earning Extra Income: How to make extra money from home with eBay

This week we're taking action for you and giving you some ideas to earn extra income from home.

We found out something popular people are doing is selling things online. 

We spoke with Suzanne A. Wells, an eBay seller, who turned selling items online into a career after losing her job in 2003.

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She told us she started selling things around her home just to make ends meet but realized how profitable it could be. Soon after, she made it her full-time job. 

"You want to start off on stuff around your house that you can sell for $10 or $20 and just learn the process, learn how to ship things and learn how to use the eBay message system and learn how to message customers," Wells said.

It sounds like a daunting task, but Wells shared some things to look for around your home to get your start: 

  • Start in the kitchen.
    • Things like random blades for a food processor you no longer have, sell great. 
  • The bathroom is another great place.
    • Look for unopened razors or cosmetics you've never used. 
    • Look for samples that you may have received on a bigger purchase. Perfumes you don't use anymore are also good items to sell. 

Wells stated you can also find items at thrift stores and list them on eBay. 

But, she says to stay away from selling things like cell phones, designer handbags and high-end jewelry because they're all high scam items so you may end up losing money. 

Wells told us it's a process that can sometimes take 6 months — so don't expect things to sell right away.

If you'd like to learn more about selling things online, check out Suzanne's website by clicking here
 

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