How to make $1000 a week selling used clothing on ebay!

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How to make a living selling used clothing on Ebay

Do you have a passion for fashion? Are you obsessed with clothes and your closet is bursting at the seams? Just admit it! You are a clothes hoarder! I am a self confessed hoarder of clothes and I’m going to show you how you can turn your obsession into profit! Learn how you can actually make a living selling used clothing!

I’ve been selling ebay on and off for over a decade and I have learned a lot of tips and tricks along the way, so many in fact I wrote an e-book about selling ( and few tricks on buying) on ebay here’s a link if you are interested.

http://amzn.to/1OGGgIR

Let’s just jump right in

1)Find your niche. Narrow your focus. This is a mistake I made in the early days and I’m sure a lot of other sellers do too. Are you selling baseball cards, shoes and watches?! Stop right there, re-direct your focus. This will save you time and money. I used to frantically be calculating postage or finding huge boxes for larger items. It got stressful and very confusing.  What do you know about? What products do you find yourself buying the most yourself? Stick with what you know and love because chances are you will know price points, stay focused, intrigued and which will allow you to be a lot more successful.

2) Decide how much you need to make and the time you can invest. If you only have a couple hours a week to dedicate to ebay then you most likely won’t be able to make $1000 a week or even a month, well unless you find the right niche. More on this later.

For me, my niche is women’s name brand clothing. I have always sold name brand clothing, because, well I love clothes, if I started selling baseball cards for example, I would get bored and burned out quickly since it’s not my specialty or my expertise and I would probably lose money simply because I wouldn’t know how much the cards are worth, which would be detrimental to buying and selling these items.

3)Buy low and sell high. How low can you go? This is the name of the game! If you remember nothing else from this article, remember this phrase… BUY LOW, SELL HIGH! This is something that you will understand and learn about more through trial and error. In my genre, name brand clothing, I try to find things at the lowest price to make the maximum profit. Some of the best places I’ve found for finding re-sale items are yard sales, thrift stores, rummage sales, etc. I’ve had the best luck with church rummage sales because you can usually get things for $1 or $2 a bag on the last day of the sale. Same goes for yard sales, on the last day people really just want to get rid of stuff so they are much more willing to negotiate. Don’t be afraid to tell the sellers that you are a reseller, I find that being upfront and honest about your intensions for the items can help…sometimes. You really just have to weigh the situation and know when to talk and when to keep it zipped. If you frequent a certain store chances are you will get to know the owner or workers and it will eventually come into the conversation. Sometimes this is a very good thing because once they know you are kind of in the same business they are more willing to negotiate. One thrift store owner I know gives me a deal and free items every time I go in. Like 50 an item. I recently went to a school rummage sale on the last day, it was a half hour before they closed. I saw a ton of good name brand clothes that I knew I could flip for a profit. I asked the sellers , “could you make me a deal if I bought a whole box? I’m an ebay reseller.” The lady running the show said, “absolutely! How about all of them for $20”! So I literally bought all of the clothes left, now keep in mind not all of these clothes were ones I was wanting, but I didn’t have time to sort through them, I had my two boys in the car and I figured I could sell some, give some away and donate the rest. Always be on the lookout for deals like this.

4)Know you market and your buyer. Who is your customer? What is your customer into? What are the current trends this customer would be interested in? Let’s take for example, teens. There will always be a market for teen girl clothing. Most teen girls love to buy clothing. Study what your customer would be buying. Research on google and ebay, look at all the current fashion magazines, research key words and think like your targeted customer. Study, learn and grow daily. Be a sponge and learn as much as you can about this industry. I also watch videos on youtube. Youtubers like Pickin’ Profits and Resale Rabbit are good examples of ebayers that know what to buy and how to sell.  Dedicate an hour a day to learning the business. Even if that is just reading a few blogs.

The good stuff: So how much can I make?

Let’s talk for a minute about money and unfortunately there will be some math involved in this equation, yes some math humor, I tried. I really hate math, not gonna lie, so I will try to simplify it as much as I can.

How much is your time worth? Only you can answer that question. One person’s time might be worth $10 while anothers time might be worth $100. If you spend one hour on this business how much do you need to make in order to make your time count in that one hour?

Let’s say you make $15 an hour at your full time office job. If you are selling on eBay you probably want to make close to this amount for your time. Now you have to calculate expenses, like how much it costs to buy the items, shipping costs and packaging supplies, as well as ebay and PayPal fees. So here’s a scenario to break things down for you a bit.

You buy a pair of jeans at a rummage sale for $1 you decide they are worth about $30 on eBay after doing a few minutes of research and seeing what other sellers have these jeans listed for you have your price point.

After the cost of the jeans is factored in you will be left with $29. Let’s say $1 for packaging supplies and then $5 for fees. So you are left with $23 so for me that is worth my time.

Now listing a pair of jeans only takes about five minutes so what if you could list 12 pairs of these same kind of jeans or items? Could you do this in one hour’s time? It’s very possible, especially if the jeans where nearly the same you can copy listings to save time.

So if all of the jeans you sold were sold for $30 12x $23= $276. So how’s that for an hour’s worth of work? In my opinion enough to quit your job and make a full time living with ebay. Just think about having five hours per week or even five hours per day.

$276 (one hours work)

$276 x 5 (one week) =$1,380 Could you find five hours a week for an extra $1,380?

My guess is yes!

What if you had an extra five hours a day? You could generate an extra $6,900 a month, probably enough at that point to quit your day job right?

The trick is finding the right items, finding them for the lowest price and consistently listing, the more listings you have going at all times, the more money you will generate.

My advice is start with 100 items on a buy it now auction. Even if you found $10 jeans and they all sold on a buy it now auction that is $1,000 generated (before fees and cost of items) even if you have 100 items that sell on a 3 day auction for the average price of $5 that’s still $500 generated. Can you list 100 this week to make an extra $500? Or even if you do 25 listings a week you would still make $500 extra a month (minus fees). That’s still not bad for a few hours worth of work right?

Even if you are an eBay newbie, this platform is so easy to learn, I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn about selling online. Even if your business outgrows ebay, this is the perfect and simplest platform I know of to get you started and teach you the ends and outs if the business. From sourcing items, to pricing, packaging, shipping, postage, marketing, etc. There are so many invaluable lessons I learned by starting on eBay over ten years ago. I was in my early twenties, 22 I think when I listed my first item. A college textbook, which sold for $53

I’m at the point in my life were I value my time more than money. It’s not that I don’t value money, it’s that I realize my work is worth more, I guess I value myself and my skills more, I’m older and wiser than I was in my twenties, and to be quit honest going through a divorce recently toughened me up and changed the way I work and value my time. When I was in my twenties I was ok with making $10 an hour at a 9 to 5…here’s the thing I learned over the years though.You have to find a way to work smarter not harder. I think a lot of us don’t learn this until we are older and we also decide to start making our money work hard for us rather than working so hard for our money. More on this subject later. This is something that Dave Ramsey teaches. I highly recommend his financial advice and books for anyone struggling in this department.

When deciding to go back to work as a mom, or really anyone going back to work, you really have to focus on the amount it costs you to work for that _ an hour, for me I just interviewed for a seemingly great job part time for supplemental income after realizing they start @$10 an hour, it wasn’t so appealing anymore. I can’t take a job making $10 an hour if I know I could make three times as much or more at home. Here are some factors that I factored in to decide if I could take this job or not.

The number one factor. Childcare. One son will be in school (in August) for summer I would have to pay for two. For one child in my area it’s still $100 a week. The job only pays $250 a week. So just after childcare I’m left with $50, now let’s think about things like gas, food, clothing and taxes.

I would actually be in the red about $100 a month I calculated by taking this jobChild Support. I would be losing about half of this income by taking this job.

All things considered I would be actually making around $4 an hour. Do you think I can make up the difference and bring in an extra $4 an hour? The answer is yes! And you can too!

I’m sorry but isn’t that sad? I wonder how many other moms are in this same dilemma, they want to work outside the home but can’t because they make more money staying home. I guess it is sad but true. This is actually the person I write for, the moms that are in this situation. But that’s ok, because there is hope. There are ways around this problem. Work at home! You can follow my work at home blog bringingmomshome.wordpress.com for more tips and advice.

Just a little food for thought for anyone thinking about going back to a “traditional” job.

More on this subject later, I really feel like this is an important topic!

 

 

Hustling Housewife Series:#3 Another stream of income: Etsy shop

 

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We have all heard about etsy right? For those of you that don’t know, etsy is a handmade website for creative’s and artisans all over the world. You can find everything from a dog tutu to a blog templates, wait, what? Yes, you can even sell digital products! More on this later but this is a very good thing. Omg, did I just channel Martha Stewart on that one? Ok, back to business.

If you are creative in any way you may want to consider starting an etsy shop. If you have even ten hours a week to dedicate to it. You can get it up and running in no time.

Here’s how I got started with etsy. I was at a really hard place in my life, I was struggling with infertility. I came to the realization that I probably wouldn’t be able to have kids after ten years,  three surgeries for endometriosis, and with the third ending in the removal of one ovary. I needed a distraction, something to throw myself into full force to get my mind focused in something else. I thought about it for awhile, then stumbled upon etsy, it was perfect. Finally a place to sell the things I had been making for years. I started sewing when I was 8 years old and I loved it, I even considered going to the Fashion Institute of San Fransico in high school, but after I graduated I followed my boyfriend( who later became my husband, now ex) to Oregon, to get out of my mom’s house really.

I started sewing again when I was around 20 years old. I started spending a lot of money on the supplies needed to make all the things I was crafting. The main expenditure being fabric. So it was either stop sewing or find a way to save on fabric. I ended up upcycling old clothing, sheets, pillow cases, really anything that had a large amount of usable fabric. I then started making quilts, dresses, purses, hats, even dog clothes, anything I felt like making. I ended up settling on women’s clothing.

I then started my shop earthangelclothing.etsy.com and it actually did pretty well, I ended up starting another shop, which is now closed, to expand my customer base. I was selling things like custom swimsuits for upwards of $120 each. Times sure have changed and now it seems like everyone and their grandma has an etsy shop, it’s a pretty staturated market now, and etsy started allowing other items that were manufactured into the market place, which was a bad mistake. There is just no way to compete with manufactured items when you only make handmade items. Something handmade just can’t be sold for the same amount or you wouldn’t make any money. So that’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news. You can still open a shop and be successful but it takes a very strategic plan. You need amazing lighting, great pics and a great presentation. I even recently invested in a full size mannequin to boost my sells.

 

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This is the best deal I have found online for full sized mannequins

Here is the link to this one.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDOOMM6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00EDOOMM6&linkCode=as2&tag=mommfrugfind-20&linkId=SFHGK5XEFW4TGGAJ

 

After presentation, the next thing to do is market your  items on all social media outlets like, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and above all Pintrest. You need to analyse your competition and see what they are pricing their items at that are similar.

Another  important tip. Keep your expenses low. You really don’t need to invest in much from the get go. You can take pics with your iPhone or android phone, you can find supplies at thrift stores, yard sales, or even go through what you already have. You can even find crafting supplies at the Dollar Tree. I’ve seen everything from glue, floral items, felt, paint, plaster, modge podge. Think outside the box, I’ve even got some good ideas by going to my local hardware store. There might be something you could use there. Cut pipe cut for bracelets, washers painted and used for jewelery, use what you have and what you can get cheap or even free. Maybe even repurpose things like milk jugs you could cut them and use them for something. You could save baby food jars and make bath products and decorate the jar really cute. The sky’s the  limit.

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Here’s a handmade bracelet cuff.

*More on etsy to come. Also, check out Renae Christine on youtube. She’s an Etsy guru. She helps launch etsy businesses and gives tips, tricks and ideas on getting started and being successful with your handmade business.*

 

 

How to make $100-$200 extra income every single week using one free website!

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Kids these days! Am I right?! My 2 year old knows how to use my Kindle to watch youtube videos,  while my 5 year old son keeps wanting a cell phone and a laptop. I remember being happy with barbies and dressing up my cat when I was little. Times sure have changed. If you have a child that’s computer savvy and likes taking pics, you can get them on board to help with this way of earning. It’s a great way to learn how a business operates and helps to promote creative thinking and how to think outside the box. For me I hope that I can teach both my kids to think this way and inspire them to see other ways of living and ways to promote self reliance.

This method of earning is one that I have done so many times I could do it in my sleep. I actually figured this out really because I got lazy about doing this the way I had been doing it years ago, I was still earning money but it was very time consuming. I thought to myself. What if there was a way to do the same thing, earn the same amount,but simplify and streamline the process. Here is what I did and why this works.

I started selling on ebay in 2000. Ok, just say it, I’m old. I turned 38 this year, time flies. So anyhoo, I have learned so much from this website. I learned the value of my time, how to work smarter, not harder. How to take great pics (a picture is worth a thousand words right?) How to deal with customers, how to under promise and over deliver! How to print labels, pack and ship, how to mark up at least 40%..so many amazing things that have laid the foundation for the way I think today, independently. Yep, I’m a bit of a free spirit. oK maybe a little stubborn, but I like to think of it as determined. 😉

So here’s the million dollar question for you? Do you have free 2-5 hours a week? If so read on. If not, this might not be for you and be sure to check out my other posts.

So how can you make $100-$200 a week with only 1-2 hours of time? After all time is money right? It’s all about trading your time for money. But what if you could trade less of your time for more money, would you be in?

Of course you would. Who wouldn’t?

This is the simple process….

You will be selling…drum roll please…clothing lots!!!!

What are clothing lots?

Clothing lots are a group of clothes sold together. This is a time saver for so many reasons.

#1 Less pictures to take and upload

#2 Less listings to complete, this is a very tedious process for those of you that are new to this.

#3 Less packages to ship

#4 Less annoying emails, questions and customer service work involved.

#5 One consistent product

You have to first figure out how to get these clothes at the cheapest, most rock bottom price to maximize your return.

Now some math, I know I hate math too, but this will be easy and lead you to a great profit so it’s worth it.

Let’s look at selling baby clothes as an example, you can sell any you kind you want, kids, womens o r mens, but this is just an example.

Think about this. On  ebay each piece of baby clothes goes for about .50- $1 in a lot so you need to find this stuff for .10-.25 a piece to make it worth your while. I find mine for around .10 a peice.

If you have 100 pieces of name brand baby clothing for example you could fetch $100 for this lot. If you sell them for .50 each @ 100 pieces this lot is $50. Easy right?

Here’s what a typical transaction looks like.

100 pieces $10.00 cost out of pocket

Sell for $100-$10.00=$90 profit minus ebay and paypal fees about $15

so I’m left with a $75 profit on one box..not too bad. Now if I sell two a week that’s an extra $150

$150 x 4=$600 extra income. You might have to sell between 4 lots a week to make it to $200. Which is totally reasonable. Only four-eight boxes to pack and ship. And USPS comes and picks them up if you ship priority.

So where do you find things this cheap?

#1 Frequent rummage sales. I always look on craigslist. Either under garage sales or community. The best ones are church ones. I love bag days because you can get bags of clothing for $1 or $2 each. If you go on the last day, they just give you stuff a lot of the time because they want to pack up and go home.

#2 Garage sales. These are probably one of the best places to buy used clothing since you can get things so cheap. If I see something in a box and I know I could re-sell the whole box I will just make an offer on the whole box instead of going through everything. I’ve gotten full boxes of name brand clothing it way for $15-20. The downside to this is most yard sales and garage sales happen on the weekend so you might have to give up a day each weekend or at least the morning.

#3 Thrift stores. Most thrift stores have a discount day. Even goodwill has these days. Sign up for newsletters and sale alerts. A thrift store in my area has dime day once a week where everything downstairs is a dime, clothes, household items, shoes, kids clothing, tons of stuff. This place is a rare find and how I get most of my re-sell items.

#4 Make thrift store owners you new BFF. Be friendly, ask questions. find out when the best stuff comes out. Ask what they do with stuff that doesn’t sell. They might either give it to you or give it to you for a huge discount. Let them know you are a re-seller and you are basically in the same business. It helps to network and connect with others in the same business. I have a good friend that owns one thrift store down the street from where I live, he basically let’s me have first dibbs on things that come in or he will hold something for me that he thinks I would be interested in.

#5 Start with what you have. If you have kids I’m sure you have a bunch of stuff they outgrew just sitting around. Why not start with this as your foundation. Sell and now you have some money to use to buy some clothes for you next lot. A great way to start free!

Now some tips.

You need a scale (you can buy on…you guessed it ..ebay for about $15 free shipping)

Use calculated shipping based on the persons location. Make sure to not over look the shipping. Since this is a large, heavy package going out, you need to calculate this right or you could lose your loot quickly.

Make sure to inspect for rips and stains. Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t want to receive yourself.

Always wash everything and dry with some good fabric softener. I always include a dryer sheet in the box so when the customer opens it everything smells fresh, I think customers really appreciate that because they know things are clean and ready to wear.

Go the extra mile. Include a little thank you note saying how you appreciate the business and how they are helping a stay at home mom.

Make sure the pics look nice and everything is folded.

Take several pics and highlight the main best items in some close ups.

Natural lighting works best. If you can open a window and take in front of a window this works great.

Let me point out. I haven’t done this consistently, i.e. each week for a month like this because I have had so many other things going on lately but I will try to do this for one month consistently and show you profit vs. costs and time etc.

If you like this post. Please leave me comment and let me know. I plan on doing a lot more of these so stay turned.

*helping moms build (real) multiple streams of income at home, on the cheap!*

How to start a home based business on a shoestring budget

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How to start a home based business on the cheap!

Do you want to start a home based business on a shoestring budget?

There are a lot of businesses you can start at home for literally no investment! Most of us already have the main components of a home based business. A home for one (just kidding), a computer/ printer, workspace, closet, corner or whatever, you see where this is going right? You are really half way there. Now to decide what kind of business you should start….

My moment of clarity came when I started selling on eBay over a decade ago…It was what some call an  “ah-ha” moment, it was the moment I got my first paypal payment for a mere $19 dollars and realized, OMG I really can make money online! I actually have been researching work at home opportunities for a long time. Even in high school when I started babysitting for a lady that sold Amway, who did really well I might add. Just taking a babysitting job when I was 15  really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities of starting a business ( and I haven’t stopped obsessing over it since), and not only starting a business, but growing a successful work at home business. If you are looking for a way to either stay home with your kids, earn a little extra for a vacation, or just be able to build up an emergency rainy day fund, look no further. I’m here to help you start a business with either no money or very little money.

Ask yourself these questions. I know right? A test?! Trust me this one will be an eye opener and will lay the foundation for a successful start….

 

First, think about your skill set. What are you good at? Are you good at sales? Marketing? Are you good with graphic or web design? These are all skills that are valuable when starting a home based business.

What kind of jobs have you had in the past? Did you work in the medical field? Maybe you could get into transcription.Or take inbound medical questions for a call center.Real estate? You could do this at home no problem What about banking? Start a financial consulting business. Try to stick with what you know.

What jobs did you like? If you liked admin. work then a home based virtual assisting business might be your cup of tea, if you liked working at a clothing store then maybe you could get into re-selling designer clothing.

Which jobs did you absolutely dread? You know the ones right? The ones where the count down is on, and you watch the clock every five minutes. Or you absolutely have no motivation to go there everyday and find yourself dragging your butt in every morning.

How much money are you willing to invest? Most of us could find a hundred or two hundred dollars to invest in a business that could make you a full time income. With any business you will eventually have to invest a little money, whether it be on business cards, hosting or shipping supplies, a new computer or software.

How much time do you have to invest?This is a biggie, the less money you have to invest, the more time you are going to have to devote to your new business. Simply because time= money. If you can’t hire anyone for a while then the bulk of the work falls on your lap.

Answering these questions should help you identify the kind of home based business you should start. Here are some ideas…

Zero investment

Ebay. I love ebay for so many reasons. Ebay not only allowed me an extra income when I needed it the most, when I was going to school full time and my husband (now ex) lost his job, it also allowed me to take a vacation to see a long lost relative, but it also gave me the mindset that I could really make a real sustainable income at home. Ebay taught me so many invaluable business skills;  packing, shipping, inventory, postage, dealing with customers and customer service issues, to printing labels and packing slips, finding merchandise to sell and pricing it right. Ebay was the perfect start for me and I think it could be a wonderful first step in learning  the ropes to running a successful home based business. I learned so much, and it was all free training and free to set up. Even if you don’t stick with ebay, set up an account and sell a few items you no longer need to get a real feel for running a business a home. One thing you need to keep in mind is you will need a space to store your ebay and shipping items so if you live in a New York City studio, this might not be the best business for you.

Etsy. If you do any kind of crafting like sewing, crocheting, painting, ceramics or even making soap, you should start a business on Etsy. Etsy is like the ebay of handmade items. It’s really easy to set up a shop. You can set one up in literally minutes. Take some awesome pics, write a great description and your off and running. Link to your PayPal account (like ebay) and you are off and running.

Blog. You can start a blog free. I think if you have a great idea and you love writing why not start a blog? A blog is like a launching pad for many different business ventures. There are so many things you can do with a blog. You can sell items for another company, do product reviews, generate income through affiliate marketing or even create your own products like ebooks and courses. Blogs are more popular than ever, when I first started blogging five years ago, no one knew what the heck a blog was, now everyone has a blog, from authors to stay at home moms. There’s always room for more bloggers. I personally read dozens and I also have other lifestyle blogs. I started my first blog mommiesfrugalfinds.blogspot.com on Google blogger, which is a free platform anyone can use to start a blog. Mine started as a coupon and money saving blog, while I still have this blog my passion is helping other mom’s become successful and self sufficient….at home. You will eventually want to invest a little money if you want to get serious about blogging though and that’s the downside. I tried to do it free and it didn’t work, when I got serious about blogging and put in a little money things started happening. I think starting on a free platform is good though because what if you don’t like it, or have no time for it. No money is lost,…on to the next adventure. You can also start in wordpress too, which is a little more complex, but if you know blogging is for you then by all means start in wordpress. If you have any questions about either if these platforms I would be happy to help (btw this blog uses a free theme right now), I only paid for domain registration for this blog which was around $12, through godaddy.com the always have specials to for .99.. Speaking of that, I paid for a .com but someone else ones it so it’s pending….for now it’s a .org.

Craigslist flipper. Yes, you can start a business using this free website. Millions use this website everyday, why not you? There are several ways you can use this website to start you business. You can buy and sell items or you can sell services. You could get free items like furniture, you can find, re-paint and flip. Put that sucker back on craigslist or drop off at a local consignment store. This is something I’ve been doing for years and its fun! You can also sell services. Are you good at graphic design? Can you write resumes, prepare taxes, are you good with QuickBooks(yuck), can you fix a computer? Or set up a website? If so sell your services.

Free freelancing websites.

Fiverr

ifreelance

Task Rabbit

Odesk

Craigslist

People per hour

guru

outsource

Problogger job board

 

$50-$100

Direct sales

 

Linen World

Selling much more than their name implies, Linen World sells linens, toys, home decor, organizational solutions, kitchen products and much more. Absolutely FREE to join. Earn 20% commission on all sales.

Avon

Rated the number one direct sales company in the world, with net sales reaching over 11 billion in 2011 alone. Avon sells old time beauty favorite like Skin So Soft and new and exciting skincare products like the ANEW product line. Only $15 to get started.

Jewelry Candles

Sells candles and soaps each with a hidden jewel inside. Startup cost is just $10 and consultants can earn 20% to 25% commission on sales.

Country Gourmet Home

Sells gourmet soup mixes, seasonings, dips and more. The advanced consultant plan is $9.95 plus the cost of your kit (ranges from $6.75 – $69.00). Consultants earn between 20% to 45% commission.

Fuller Brush Company

Sells household and industrial cleaning products, personal care items, and more. Consultants can earn 20% to 46% commission on retail sales. The basic business building kit starts at just $14.95.

Simply Fun

Sells board games, family activities, brainteasers, puzzles, and puppets for all age ranges. Startup cost is just $19 and consultants at this level earn 15% commission on sales.

Bella Branch

Sells personalized photo jewelry. Affiliates can earn 25% commission and the initial startup fee is $19.95. There is also a monthly fee of $12.95 for your website. They currently have a deal where you can earn $5 for joining and an additional $10 for each new affiliate who signs up under you.

Longaberger

Sells handcrafted baskets and other home decor items. Startup costs run between $19 for the Easy Starter Kit, or $49 for the Business Basic Kit. Active military and their spouses can sign up for free.

doTERRA

Sells essential oils, diffusers, and other wellness products. Get started for $35. Consultants earn 25% commission on all retail sales.

JR Watkins

Sells natural home care cleaning supplies, gourmet foods, personal care products, and apothecary products. Startup cost is $39.95 and consultants can earn between 25% to 39% commission on sales.

Team BeachBody

Sells the grueling P90X workout system as well as workout programs, shakes, supplements, nutritional bars, and fitness gear. With a low startup cost of $39.95 and a monthly recurring fee of $15.95 – this could be a great home-based business opportunity for the fitness enthusiast.

Latasia

Sells jewelry and undercover wear like pajamas, lingerie, and body lotions. Just $39.95 to start and consultants can earn 25% commission on retail sales.

Mia Bella

Sells gourmet candles, melts, soaps, as well as a skincare line. Startup costs are $39.95 per month and are open to both US and Canadian residents.

Gold Canyon Candles

Sells candles, scent pods, warmers, diffusers, home cleaning products, and more. Just $40 to get started with next two payments of $42.50 for a total kit price of $125. Or you can get your Business Builder Kit for free if you sell $600 in your first 45 days. Consultants earn 25% to 36% commission. Available for both US and Canadian residents.

Rodan & Fields Dermatologist

Sells revolutionary skin care products backed by science, business opportunity starts at $45.

Juices Plus

Sells juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. Startup starts at $50 and consultants can make 6% to 22% commission on sales. Affiliated with the DSA and the Better Business Bureau.

Jafra

Sells innovative, quality skincare products. Business opportunity starts at $57.

South Hill Designs

Sells custom lockets and jewelry. Startup kit starts at $59 and consultants can earn up to 40% commission on sales.

Looking for more home-based business opportunities — check out the best products to sell at home.

 

 

Direct sales list courtesy of The Work At Home Woman

18 Home Businesses You Can Start For Less Than $59

I highly recommend this website as a great resource for starting a work at home business

 

There are so many home based businesses you can start for very little money. If you would like a personal skype consult to find out which business opportunity would be best for you contact me directly Sandi@ 530shasta@gmail.com

I’ve tried out and tested a lot of work at home companies, I have done extensive research on this topic and I can tell you what works for me, what doesn’t and even help you set up a blog.

Wishing you home business success!

 

How to make the most of your time when you work at home

mom with three crazy kids shoppingTime is money right? You either have enough money and very little time or you have an abundance of time, but lack money. The trick to living well is finding a balance between these two things: time and money.I really feel like working at home is that balance we as moms need. It just makes sense. If you kids get sick, you have an appointment or need to run errands, you can. When you own your own time it becomes so much more valuable and you become so much more productive.

I wanted to show you how I make things work as a stay at home and work at home mom. It’s not always easy and some days I feel like there are not enough hours in the day, ever feel that way?

I have two boys, one is in pre-school, which has weird hours. Hello, 12-4? This might be the weirdest school schedule ever, but we make it work. My other son is 2 1/2 so he is home all day. I also have my own school work to do (finishing my B.A. in Business/finance). So here’s a break down of how I make it work. This may or may not work for you, but it might help give you a general idea of how you could work around your daily life.

Typical day

Wake up at 7 (sometimes a little later depending on how my night went and how long I worked)

funny coffee cup

*****must have coffee*****

Then (assuming boys are still sleeping) I get to work. I jump online. I check both email accounts. Check on my blogs, check ebook sells. Jump on Pintrest look for some pins. Check my other social media accounts and work on some posts and writing assignments.

lady with computer

Apply for freelance work, send emails, add affiliate links to websites, work on ebook, Ebay, Etsy (a couple times so week depending on how busy my shop is), do some listings, check fiverr (I sell gigs on here and I hire exclusively on here) super cheap work done like editing or graphic design. I do all my own writing as of now. Which is getting difficult and time consuming but I won’t hire out for this unless I have to.

(two hours work)

I jump online for about 2 hours then I get ready, make breakfast around 9-10. This is when boys wake up. We eat, get showers, get ready for the day, come back down stairs and then I will jump back online for a few minutes and boys will watch cartoons. (2-4 hours work done in morning)

I then drop of my oldest son at son, then run errands, if I have packages going out I mail those, go to the grocery store ( about twice a week),go to the Dollar Tree ( I find myself there a lot for office supplies, cleaning supplies or things like paper towels, shampoo, etc. or even snacks. On Mondays I try to make it a habit to going thrifting for re-sell items (more on this later)

about 12:30 -1 make lunch, or my youngest son and I grab lunch on the run if we are in a huge hurry (I know I get the mother of the year award for that one right? Eating in the car). Ideally my younger son lays down for a nap for a couple hours when we get home. (two hours work)

I clean up the kitchen, straighten the downstairs then work on up-stairs, run a load of laundry then I get back on the computer to get more work done.I just started a youtube channel so I will do videos a few times a week. At some point I find time to edit them….eventually. Some of the videos I do are Dollar Tree and thrift hauls, I make money making videos about re-selling, home business ideas as well as parenting, lifestyle videos, beauty products hauls and reviews.

Then around 3 I start thinking about what I’m making for dinner and maybe desert. I will go ahead and prepare some of it, then do a few things like put away laundry and straighten rooms and wipe down bathroom, take out trash, etc. Then I go pick up my other son at 4. I get home, finish up dinner, we eat and during the summer we go for a walk on the trail near my house or the park. We spend some time as a family watching a movie or playing a game or work on homework a few nights a week.

After the boys go to bed,which lately has been the most challenging part of my days.I swear if I had half the energy they have I could get so much done, do kids this age ever get tired I wonder?

So about 10ish I will work 2-4 hours. Sometimes from 10-12 or even til 2 sometimes. I love this period of time because there are no distractions like the phone ringing or mom I need___. No knocks at the door or mail deliveries, just peace-and-quiet.

So that’s my typical day seven days a week. I should add that twice a week I have to work on coursework too so at night I have to put work aside and do school work about four hours a week. Which isn’t too bad….I make it work.

Looking at this is eye opening because I am putting in more time than ever. About 50-55 hours a week but I have never wanted to work so much. Working for your own cause and your own dream makes you more motivated than ever. A lot of what I’m doing now is to building passive income. Knowing later I won’t have to work as hard and my family will have a good foundation to build on makes me keep going! More on making passive income later and why it is so important to your future (and breaking free of the paycheck to paycheck cycle) in a post to come.

I make less money now and no money from this blog as of yet, but I also have less expenses than when I was working so financially it makes sense. My monthly income is around $1700- $2500 when I factor in everything like tax refund, financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc. I feel like I’m living reasonably well, my expenses are only around $1300 so it works.

Since I’m home more I spend about $200 less on gas (I now spend $50 a month on gas) and I eat lunch at home most days, so that saves about $100 a month. I don’t have to buy special clothing so that saves about $100 a month and I have coffee at home. I was spending about $5 a day on lattes. This saves another $100.

So $500 right there saved by working from home.

Could you find a way to make an extra $500 a month to be a stay at home mom?

More on this subject to come.

I might do a youtube video on this subject soon. Be sure to follow my youtube channels…mommiesfrugalfinds and mommas2monkeys

Frugal fashion: How to save hundreds per year!

 frugal fashion pic

 Don’t impulse buy If you see something you love in a store and can’t seem to live without it, but maybe the price tag just doesn’t sit well, do this. Take a pic of the item and brand. When you go home do some comparison shopping. Once you get home you might even forget about it and that will save you a whopping 100% buby not even buying it. Shop online if you would be willing to buy it used to save up to 80% off! I know I would. I like to compare prices. You can even use a price comparison app like shopsavvy to see if the item is cheaper online or you can even check out Amazon or websites like swap.com and threadup.com. So that $100 jacket from Macy’s could be $40 online…that’s a pretty big savings. Bonus: Look for for coupon codes at websites like retailmenot.com for percent off and free shipping codes. Also, re-set your browser to a website like swagbucks to make money back on items you purchase online. You can get free gift cards for Target, Starbucks and more!
Shop with a plan You make a list when you grocery shop. Why not shop with a plan when you shop for clothes? Go through your clothing and inventory what you have and what you need. Piece together outfits in your closet to see what you are lacking and what you have in excess. This will help you see what you really need. Then make a list to keep in your purse and check things off the list as you go.This will save you big and will allow you to buy only what you need.
Shop at consignment stores Consignment stores area a great way to find very gently used items for up to 80% off or more. Most of these stores only take the best items that are in style and in good used condition, clean, free of stains, rips and tears.
Yard Sales Don’t over look yard sales for clothing. You might be looking for something else like a bookshelf or lamp, but think outside of the box and look for clothing. $1 shirts and purses? Yes please! I’ve found all kinds of name brand items for pennies on the dollar. Tips: Shop early, the early bird get’s the worm right? This applies to yard sales too, beat the crowd and get first pick. Map your route to hit the most yard sales without wasting gas driving in circles. Negotiate, why not ask for a discount? Sometimes I will come across a box of boys clothing and instead of rooting through a huge box I might make an offer for the whole box. I might offer $20 or so depending on the brands, etc. I get it home, sort through it, take what my kids will use and sell or donate the rest.Also shop the last day of the sale, usually Sunday. By then people are more willing to negotiate, or want to unload free items just to get rid of the yard sale leftovers.
Learn how to sew. Sewing is not just for grandmas. I love to sew and I can honestly say this skill is invaluable. If you have a zipper that breaks you don’t have to throw out your favorite skirt or if you need to replace a button, no biggie. You can find that great designer piece that no one wants, that was once loved but maybe has a rip in the seam, why not repair and wear? You can also make clothing for your kids, make costumes, sew home decor items like curtains or make pillows. You can even make a business out of it by making custom items or doing alterations.
Ebay Ebay is an often overlooked place to buy clothes these days with so many online options I think a lot of us don’t think to use ebay anymore. I recently bought a pair of American Eagle jeans on here for $4.99. I’ve seen some amazing deals on clothing, if you aren’t squeamish about buying used it’s a great way to get designer clothing for at least 50% off or more.
Ross I love Ross! Ross is my go-to spot for last minute event dresses. I have been able to find super cute name brand dresses for as low as $8.99. I’ve seen tanks and summery tops for as low as $2.99. Be sure to have some time on your hands because you will need to sort though a lot of items to find the goldmine. Be sure to shop early for best selection. When swimsuits first come out now get them! By your summer stuff now for the best selection. When it’s 100 degrees outside you won’t be able to find shorts or swimwear and will probably end up over paying at another store, just to find what you need. Plan ahead!  Always check out the clearance sections of the store too. You can find some amazing deals for very little cash.
Craigslist Ever think to shop Craigslist for clothes? Craigslist is a good resource for all things used. I’ve seen bags of clothing sold as a lot of here for as low as $20-$30 or even kids clothing and shoes. It’s a great place to unload your unwanted clothing items too. Just group sizes together to get the most bang for your buck. I don’t know about you but I can’t spend time taking a bunch of individual pics. Sell as a lot! Takes far less time and I would rather get $30-$40 for my effort, than deal with phone calls and emails for $5 items. I don’t have time for that. I just fold the clothing up nicely, take a few pics from different angles and list. No fees and a time saver!
Thrift Stores I love thrift stores! Every time I go I feel like a kid on a treasure hunt. It’s so amazing what you can find, for basically pennies on the dollar. Here’s a tip: Never judge a book by it’s cover There’s a thrift store in my area that I would often drive by but never stopped in because from the looks of the outside, I didn’t think it was my kind of store. It looks old, cluttered and nothing outside looks appealing. Well, one day recently I decided to go in and I was blown away by the things I found! How about nice designer shirts for .50. Some of the shirts were a size up but I’m going to alter those (see where sewing skills come in handy?). I also found a brand new bed set with all the pillows for $30. I was able to negotiate and get it for $20, it’s doesn’t hurt to ask right? All they can say is no! I also found a set of old fashioned malt mugs for .50 each and some Toms glittery shoes for $1. That retail for $40. See my hauls on youtube. I have two channels mommas2monkeys and mommiesfrugalfinds. I do Dollar Tree and thrift hauls as well as money saving and money making tips and more.
Dollar Stores What?! I thought this was about saving on clothing you might be saying to yourself! It is. Here are some clothing items you can find at dollar stores. Socks, Slippers, Flip flops, Plain basic t-shirts (perfect for projects too) Nylons, Tights, Scarves, Bra and panties (some dollar stores like .99 stores) Leggings, gloves, hats, etc. Think outside the box. Stores like the .99 store even have jewelry.
Buy off season Buy when the price is right and the demand is low. I just bought my boys Teva’s for summer for $9.99 and $7.99 on ebay. This retails for around $50. I bought a size up for both. I’m just going to put them away for warmer days ahead. They will get a ton of use out of these this summer I’m sure. These are so versatile. I have one pair I’ve had for about 10 years and they still look new. And another that are more rugged for camping and hiking. If you buy quality items.you can get a lot of use out of your clothing and shoes.
There are so many ways to save on fashion. I recently discovered swap.com as well. I spent $45 and got two pairs of jeans four shirts and a pair of shoes, plus found a free shipping code for new customers. Not a bad deal in my opinion.
I also love to alter clothing, check out my test shops
Earthangelclothing.etsy.com
And
Endlesssummerfashion.etsy.com
For some inspiration. I also have another blog on just unicycle projects
Earthangelclothing.etsy.com
More fashion ideas to come.
I hope this helped give you some ideas of ways you can save hundreds on clothing every year! More articles like this to come as well as thrift, yard sale and ebay haul videos.