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How to Make Money Online for Beginners

In our previous post we covered 6 ways to make money fast, in today’s post we’re going to talk about how to make money online with 3 super simple resources. You may have a plethora of things to sell at a garage or yard sale, but you may not actually have a garage, or yard, much less a neighborhood that would be ready and willing to stop and shop. That’s when you decide to sell things online, because there’s always the possibility that they might have more value than you could get at the local Good Will or Salvation Army.
But how do you start to make money online? Well, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few websites you can avail of to list your treasures.

Sell on eBay

eBay is an old classic, but you have to know how it works. Depending on what you have to offer, there are times when customers will get into a bidding war over your item and the price continues to soar until time runs out and the item is sold. Then there are times when you post the lowest asking price and it sells for just that; $0.50.

You can’t necessarily predict what you’re going to end up getting for anything you post. However, this is a great site to use for selling collectors’ items, such as unopened Action Figures or first edition Pokemon cards. You can usually start the bidding prices for these higher than you would for your scarf collection.

Sell on Etsy

You should sell on Estsy if you have anything handmade to sell. If you make your own key chains or clothes or well, anything, you can make money online by posting it on Etsy. There is no better place to sell your creative talents, as people are always searching for something new, different, unique, and quirky.

Vintage (20 years or older) also sell on Etsy. If you have vintage items though, be careful how you price. Don’t hide any imperfections on your vintage items. In fact, take pictures of the product from every angle, and especially close up on the imperfections. It will most likely still sell, but by being up front you won’t have any trouble with product misrepresentation because you’ll have proof that you displayed everything ahead of time; the missing button, the small stain, or the broken stitches.

Sell on Amazon

Almost everyone loves to buy things on Amazon but what does it take to sell on Amazon? The first key to making money online is knowing your target market. One group that’s easy to target on Amazon is students. Students love to use amazon, and not just for their student discounts. If you have books, and especially textbooks, that you’re willing to sell at a cheaper price, Amazon is the place to do it. This is the first place students will look to find the books they need for the upcoming semester, and they’re not afraid to buy used.

Selling on Amazon is not just great for students but anyone who works hard also plays hard, so it’s also a great place to sell any used DVDs, Blu-Rays or video games of any kind.

Indoor Yard Sales

Be aware that when you’re selling things online, you may have to wait a little longer before the cash is in your hands. However, social media sites like Facebook have facilitated the advent of local indoor yard sale groups. Find one or two close to you and you’ll have access to a group of local people who respond quickly and are willing to pick up their items (and save you the hassle of shipping) and pay immediately for them.

Groups like this are great forums for advertising gently used clothes, old furniture (old and shabby or fairly new, post it and see!) and unwanted décor. You’d be surprised what some people would consider a “need to have” on these sites.

Advertise your items on any and all social media sites you belong to and maybe your friends will pitch in share for you. Just remember to keep your prices reasonable and to ship efficiently for good reviews. Be sure to ask your customers to leave positive comments on your seller profiles. This will boost your reputation as a trusted seller and people will be more likely to buy from you in the future without hesitation.

And finally, if you are not shipping your item, no matter who you are selling to or what you are selling always put your safety and the safety of your family first. Where possible don’t invite customers to pick up at your home, especially if you’re alone – consider meeting in the parking lot of a busy store. If that’s not possible, have friends available to hang around until the purchase has been picked up and the customer has left.

What are some of your favorite ways to make money online? Do you like selling things on craigslist or other classified sites? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Secrets of a Successful Yard Sale

The weekend is almost upon us and for many people that means one thing, YARD SALES! Whether you like making some extra money by putting on your own yard sale or you are a collector looking for that last piece for your collection the whole sub culture of yard sales can be exciting.

In this post we’ll focus more on the aspect of using yard sales as a tool to make some extra money. When it comes to getting money fast there are several options whether it’s putting on a yard sale, putting some items on eBay or getting a short term loan like a payday advance. Yard sales can be a great way to make some money because they are free to put on and can help you clear up some of the clutter from around the house.

To some extent, a yard sale that sells a single item can be considered successful. You could have just thrown it away. Instead, you got something from it. Even a purchase of fifty cents is more than you would have gotten from throwing away your old junk. That’s a win.

If you’re holding a yard sale than your purpose is two-fold: get rid of your junk first, and make some money while you’re at it second. Here are some tricks of the trade to make sure that you fulfill both purposes.


Advertise your event in any way you can. Post on social media. Find affordable classified areas of news agencies to get the word out. Post several brightly colored posters on light poles. Grab their attention at the main roads surrounding your house and then guide them through the neighborhood to you. Believe it or not, there are people that drive around in search of yard sales. There are even more that are glad to drop by when they come across your poster. Draw that audience in with posters.

”WOW” Them

Once you draw them in, present them with a full yard. If you’re going to be holding a yard sale, make sure you pack the yard with diverse merchandise. The passerby is far more likely to drop into a yard sale that is overflowing with things to sell. A small event is easily scanned and passed by. A sale knee deep in old possessions is likely to have a treasure for everyone, and people stop for that. Have a yard sale when you have an excessive amount of things to sell. If needs be, invite your neighbors to supplement pieces for their own sale.

Organize, Organize, Organize!

Organize your property by type. All of the electronics should be in one area, all of your clothing in another. Furniture should have its own space; entertainment its own box. Organize the property into sections and label them clearly for your visitors. The better organized your event, the more success you’ll have selling.

Separate the clothing by gender and size. If you make your merchandise more easily perused, you make it easier for your customers to find what they’re looking for. If they don’t find it, then they don’t feel like they’ve wasted their time looking through piles of clothing only to come up empty handed. Perhaps they’ll move on to another section and buy something else.

Provide an extension cord for potential buyers to test out the electronic equipment you sell. They’re far more likely to buy it if you can show them that the machine works.

Get every member of the family involved in this sale. Passersby are more interested when there are more people at the sale. You can set your kids up with a lemonade sale out in front while the older ones are out greeting visitors and patrolling the area. Potential visitors are more likely to drop in when they see that the scene has attracted a good sized group of people. This is where it especially helps to have other families in the neighborhood involved. Higher numbers will tell passersby that there’s something special about you.

Smart Pricing

Set reasonable prices on your items. There’s a difference between what you would spend on your product and what you would like to make off of it. Lean towards the price you would be willing to spend on it if you were the customer. You’ll more accurately price your property that way.

Be willing to come down on initial prices. Remember that your primary purpose is to get rid of old things. You were going to throw it away anyways, earning you nothing. Getting any offer may be the best thing you get that day. What this means is that you should be willing to consider lower prices for your items. You’re going to have to be willing to barter with a customer to get rid of some of the higher priced items.

Carry plenty of change. If you can manage it, accept credit cards as well. There are plenty of devices you can rent that will allow you to take credit card payments with your smart phone or tablet. The more versatile you are with your payment methods, the more merchandise you’ll sell. Not everyone will have cash. Not everyone will have a card either. Carry both to be safe.

With the proper planning, advertising, and bartering, you’ll do well in yard sale. You’ll get rid of your old junk while earning a bit of extra money at the same time.

6 Ways to Make Money Fast

Sometimes people just need some quick ways to make money. Whether its money to pay some bills or to cover unexpected medical expenses we could all use some quick money making ideas every now and then. In this post we’ll talk about some of the fastest ways to make money that can help stretch your finances until your next payday.

The first ideas that we mention on this list such as getting a payday loan or a title loan are the ones that we recommend the most, not simply because they’re the services that we offer but because you can get the money quickly and don’t have to sell any of your personal belongings to get the money you need. With all the items on the list however you should be able to get money in anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

#1: Make Money on eBay

If you’re willing to put a little more time into selling your items you can usually squeeze out a few extra dollars by listing your higher end items on eBay rather than selling them at a garage sale or on a local classifieds. The downside is the fact that the best performing auctions usually run for 7 days, so this is another technique that won’t work the best if you are in a hurry to make some money. Also, there are fees associated with selling items on eBay such as listing fees and payment processing fees if you collect your money through PayPal. To be able to list an item on eBay you’ll need something to sell, an established eBay account, and a PayPal account so that you can get paid. There are other ways to get paid through eBay such as credit card or cashier’s check but PayPal is by far the easiest way.

#2: Have a Garage Sale

If you have some items around the house that you are looking to get rid of and depending on how quickly you need some money, and how much money you need, a garage sale might be a fast way to make money that could work for you. It’s important to keep in mind that the best days for garage sales are usually Saturdays and Sundays because people have the day off work so if you’re needing money earlier on in the week to avoid an overdraft fee or are at risk of having your power turned off, you’ll most likely want to use one of the methods we mentioned above. The nice thing about garage sales is that as long as you have stuff to sell they are pretty simple to set up. Advertising for garage sales is usually free all you need is some cardboard and a marker to make some signs or if you want to go more high tech you can put a listing on Craigslist.

#3: Get a Payday Loan

Getting a payday advance or an online payday loan is one of the quickest ways to get money. If you’re not familiar with how payday loans work, payday loans are when you can take out a loan and use your next future paycheck as collateral. Guidelines vary from state to state so the amount of the loan as well as the fees associated with it will be different depending on where you live but usually you can get a loan for $200-$1500 and the fees usually end up being around $15 per $100 that you borrow.

These loans aren’t intended for long term borrowing but if you need to pay some bills immediately or are trying to avoid costly over draft fees from your bank, payday advances are the perfect option. You can get a payday advance by either visiting one of our convenient Check City locations or by applying online.

#4: Title Loans

Another great option if you need money fast is getting a title loan. If you own your car outright and have the title in hand you can get a title loan for it. A title loan is similar to a payday loan or payday advance only with a title loan you are using your vehicle as collateral rather than your next paycheck. Title loans are available at any Check City location and all you need to bring in is your vehicle, the title, spare key, proof of insurance and registration, photo ID, proof of residence, and proof of income. Once you’ve provided that information all you need to do is fill out an application and you can be driving away with cash in hand that same day. Title loans typically last 30 days.

#5: Sell on Craigslist

If you are planning on having a garage sale you can usually “cherry pick” some of your nicer products and list them on local classified sites like Craigslist. In addition to Craigslist most local news stations have a classifieds section on their websites, here in Utah the most popular one is KSL Classifieds. Some items that seem to sell well on local classifieds are electronics, furniture, and baby items, and gardening products (depending on the season). Listing these items can not only get you some money faster than having to wait for the weekend to have a garage sale but if you are planning on having a garage sale as well you can put the address and time of the garage sale at the bottom of each of your ads and mention the fact that they can come take a look at the item at the garage sale.

#6: Pawn Shop

If you’d rather not sell your stuff, you can head down to your local pawn shop and take out a loan on it. For those of you that aren’t familiar with pawning, when you pawn something you’re essentially taking out a loan against something that you own. For example if you have a stereo, you can take it into a pawn shop, they will appraise it and then give you a loan for a fraction of the amount that they think they can sell it for if you end up not paying the loan back.

For some people this is the best option, especially if they are looking for a smaller loan. The average length of a pawn is around 30 days which puts it between a payday loan which is usually around 14 days and a bank loan which will usually be longer term. The downside to a pawn is that if you don’t pay back the loan, plus interest within the allotted time frame the pawn shop has the right to sell whatever it is you used for collateral, whether it’s your stereo, collection of Nintendo games or even your wedding ring they will sell it off. Another downside to using a pawn shop is the atmosphere. While most people don’t want to talk about it, pawn shops are oftentimes an easy way for thieves to off their stolen goods so those are the type of people that you’ll have to be around when you go into a pawn shop.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need some extra money we recommend using any of the methods above. If you still wonder which of these options is best for you visit a Check City location near you and they will able to help you find a financing option that best fits your needs.

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