Being a stay-at-home-mom can drive some women crazy. I am one of those women. I miss working so much! I miss having that sense of purpose. I miss making my own money! That’s why I am going to share some ideas with you on how to make some honest side cash.
I have sold quite a bit of things on eBay. The first thing most people do is wake up really early on a Saturday and go scout some garage sales. They buy anything they think is cool. Once they have purchased some items, they take pictures of the item and post it onto eBay. It is fairly simple, but damn that is super time-consuming!
It can be a pain taking pictures, thinking of a description, and doing your research to find a good price. If it were my eBay business, I wouldn’t do that… Here’s what I would do: I would contact wholesale vendors and buy [example:] 200 $5 coffee makers. Then sell them for $10-$15! Buy in bulk, then sell for more. It would take a lot less time than writing out descriptions/ editing pictures for a bunch of different items. This way, if all the items are the same… copy & paste! BOOM… THRIVING!
Suggestion: Get a shed for all of those coffee makers!
Maybe I am biased, because I enjoy woodworking and building things with my hands. Construction costs a bit to start depending on the tools needed, but you could make items as simple as signs or as complicated as dog houses! You could create tons of items with just: wood, a saw, and a drill. For less than $100 in tools, you could make awesome creations out of wood, plaster, cement, or PVC pipe! I personally wouldn’t sell anything large on eBay. Maybe try Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to sell your creations.
Maybe while you are constructing, make an Instagram account for your creations, use some filters and tons of hashtags, and get a following going!
Selling things that you create is a great way to express yourself, and also a great way to make some side-money from the comfort of your home. You never know, it could also turn into a legit business for you! I am going to give out some examples, but they are going to be geared towards me and my abilities. Let’s see here…
Crochet. I’ve honestly thought about opening an Etsy Shop for my crochet creations. I can crochet really well actually. I have taught other people how to crochet and they currently make money from their creations. Although, it’s not something I particularly enjoy doing. It doesn’t take-over my thoughts constantly. I started with Coffee Cozies when I worked as a Barista. I never sold them, but I made them for my favorite customers.
Sewing. You can learn to sew from a YouTube video. I was lucky enough to learn in High School! I remembered the basics, when I stumbled into a volunteering opportunity. It was a funny story actually. I was purchasing an item off of Craigslist, and my dyslexic-self walked into the wrong house. What I had actually walked into was a house full of ladies making quilts for kids in crisis! I asked about their group, and they encouraged me to bring my machine over for a bit of a refresher. I ended up volunteering with them a few times.
The only problem I have stumbled upon with sewing, is close family members will go to you with all of their sewing needs. It doesn’t sound too bad, but man… it’s annoying! My family has had me make them: multiple sheets for a dog’s bed, curtains for a window, and curtains for an RV. It’s always last minute too and they don’t pay me… I have just started to learn how to say “No” if I can’t or don’t want to do it. That’s usually when they start talking money.
Printables! Selling organizational printables was actually a really good idea! I go more into my printable selling journey here. The greatest thing about making & selling printables is: you make one file and sell it countless times. You also don’t have to ship anything out and the customer gets the product instantly! The problem with my printable shop is that Etsy is so overpopulated with well-known printable shops already. I just wasn’t getting many sales. In the end, I decided to use my printables as a way to drive traffic to my blog.
Blogging / Vlogging
That brings me to blogging! I don’t really have a profitable blog as it is, but let me give you some advice (LOL)! If you enjoy writing and think people could possibly be interested in what you have to say, GO FOR IT! Why not? What have you got to lose? Even if your blog goes nowhere, you are creating memories. I will be able to look back on these posts when I am much older and read my own words. Blogging is basically a public journal. You don’t need money to blog. You don’t need to purchase a domain or anything to start a popular blog. Shit, you don’t even need your own computer or internet connection! Write your thoughts down on paper, and create a blog using the computers at your local Public Library!
Vlogging is going to probably require your own computer with certain editing softwares and lots of time! You don’t HAVE to edit your videos, but it beats re-recording. Vlogging is fairly simple. Literally ANYBODY can point a camera at their face and talk about their day, but the struggle is advertising yourself, obtaining views, and being personable (if you aren’t already). If any serious YouTuber is reading this, I’m sorry I offended you.
No matter what you decide to do, you can be successful as long as you follow these three rules:
- Make a job, out of your job.
Set a schedule! 8AM to 1PM? 9AM to 5PM? What works for you? Set aside a certain amount of time that you don’t do anything except for drink coffee and work on what you want to do. I have kids, I know how difficult it can be to find time. Some times, my kids wont let me just work on my blog. Those are the days where I find myself at my laptop at 11PM! Other times, I can sneak away for an hour while my daughter is at school and my son is watching a movie.
Just in the few months that I have been blogging, I have noticed a HUGE improvement in my writing. I enjoy it just as much as when I started, but now I don’t cringe while rereading. It is much easier to write a post now and I feel like the words just come out. It’s almost like I am documenting a conversation I am having with myself in my head… If that makes any sense.
- Don’t give up!
Never. Ever ever ever! If you stop, you will certainly fail. If I don’t feel like writing, I don’t. I just figure out some other thing to do to better my blog. Whether that be brainstorming, editing photos, or marketing myself. If you like doing it so much, why would giving up even cross your mind?