6 Ways to Make Money Online (Selling Stuff You Already Have) - Elizabeth Stapleton
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6 Ways to Make Money Online (Selling Stuff You Already Have)

Selling stuff you don't use or no longer need has got to be the easiest way to make some extra cash. Some of this stuff you may even be able to come by for free. Here are 6 ways to make money online selling stuff you already have. 


Seriously, there is a guy that makes money selling fall leaves and snow.  Even more surprising? People actually buy it, because some locations don't really get seasons and they like to experience a taste of it. I know what it's like. I grew up in southern California and saw snow shipped in on occasion for kids to play with. 


I use stock photos all the time as do many other websites. Website owners just typically don't have time to go out and take all the necessary photographs for their site. This means there is an opportunity for photographers to sell their photos to stock photo sites to make some extra money.

PhotoWorkout has created The Ultimate Guide to Selling Stock Photos to help you make the most for your photos. 


Not everyone can afford to buy a new phone but buying a used cell phone can still be an upgrade from their old phone. 

You can learn more about how to make money selling used cell phones over at Debt Roundup.


Ebay is probably the most well known website for reselling goods. Having not done much selling on eBay myself, I asked Jason of The Butler Journal to stop by the site and share best practices so you can Make Money Selling on eBay. I also highly recommend Jason's Free 5 day Thrifting Challenge


If you have been holding on to old discs and are looking to clear off your shelves, you can use sites like Decluttr and FYE to make money selling your old DVDs and CDs.

Check out my post on how to get the most for selling and donating your stuff


I absolutely love using Bookscouter to help me clear off my bookshelves. I have a rule that if I don't want to reread the book or I've had it for more than a year and have not read it then it gets sold. Bookscouter works to find out who will pay you the most money for your books. Just pull up Bookscouter and enter your book's ISBN and it searches tons of sites for quotes.

Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top

Whether you make money taking advantage of the weather near you, or start cleaning out your house of old electronics or books you're never going to read again, you are sure to find something you could sell online for some extra cash. 

Which way will you give a try to make extra money?


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Hustle tools & resources i recommend

GRAMMARLY (BE A BETTER WRITER) I use Grammarly as a second pair of eyes to help me clean up and proofread my writing/typing. The best part is that it is free to use. You can install an extension on your web browser and it will check any writing you do online. While there is a paid premium version, you can get by with the free version for a long time. I only recently upgraded. If you want to know more about Grammarly, you can read my review.

30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success (to start freelance writing) Personally, I found the course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success extremely helpful to get me started with freelance writing. It breaks down everything you need to do, step by step, so that by the time you get to pitching for jobs, you are prepared and successful. For me, the course paid for itself when I got my first freelance writing job. I now earn between $2,000 - $4,000 per month (check out my income reports) with freelance writing.

Lyft (to make money driving) Driving with Lyft is a great way to earn some extra cash. I love how easy it is to just turn on an app when I feel like driving and make some money. I wrote an entire post about driving for Lyft. It includes what you can expect during the application process, what it's like to actually drive and the many perks of driving with Lyft.  Get started driving for Lyft.

BookScouter (to make money selling your books) BookScouter allows you to enter your book's ISBN number and it compares the prices it would get from various sellers, making sure you fetch the most money possible for selling that book.

Contena (for Finding Freelance Writing Jobs) I used Contena when I was working my 9-5 and getting started freelance writing. It made it easy to find freelance writing jobs to pitch. While it's not a cheap Contena is definitely worth it if you don't have a ton of time to spend looking for freelance writing jobs to pitch. Contena pulls together pretty much all of the available freelance writing jobs out there into one place and will  notify you via email of ones in your niche. 

Rover (make money hanging with dogs) Rover is a website that connects pet sitters with pet owners. I did a video tutorial on how to use the site as pet sitter and the accompanying post goes over what makes Rover a great side hustle. Read and watch the post or get started petsitting.

Quickbooks Self-Employed (for managing Hustle Money) I use the QuickBooks Self Employed (BTW you'll get 50% off with my link) app to calculate my quarterly taxes so I know how much to set aside. Though keep in mind it only keeps up with federal taxes and you will need to set aside an additional amount for your state taxes. 

About the Author Elizabeth Stapleton

Elizabeth Stapleton is the founder and voice behind Less Debt More Wine and ElizabethStapleton.com. She is a Pinterest marketer, online entrepreneur, and recovering attorney whose writing has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, Budgets Are Sexy, Credit Sesame, and Magnify Money. Additionally, she has been quoted in articles on Business Insider, Student Loan Hero, and Nerd Wallet.

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