Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are stuck for ideas of things to sell and you need to make money from home right away.
Perhaps you need to make rent money and it’s the 29th of the month.
Perhaps there’s a birthday party you’ve been invited to and you can’t just show up empty handed, but your bank account just gasped for air…there’s nothing left in there.
Whatever the reason may be that you need to make money fast, please know that I’ve been there (several years ago, I was homeless and within one year of blogging, I was making $10,000/month! Now, my sixth year blogging, I have multi 7-figure businesses online!!!) and that I’m praying for you on your journey as well!
Several years ago, I was homeless. It’s too painful to go into details, but the jist of it is that my ex-husband abandoned us and I had been a stay-at-home-mom all my kids lives. He took my debit card and left me with no gas while I called the church to help me get out of the physically abusive situation.
I’d go on to place a restraining order on him, he’d break it several times and I’d stand there to watch the most horrific sight I’ve ever seen in my life. Him thrown against the back of his car, handcuffed, and put in the back of a police car in the parking lot of Walmart…yet another reason I hate that store. Here’s why you should never shop Walmart if you want to scale up and have a better life.
Sometimes, life throws tomatoes at you, I get it. Please know this, it can only get better from where you’re at now.
You’re already at the bottom, feeling like you can’t go any lower. The truth is that you can’t. It only goes up from here! So be encouraged by that!!!
Whether it’s using your time or some creative tangible goods, here are 40+ things to sell right now to make money from home.
This was my FIRST step after getting out of the homeless shelter to rebuild my life, so I’m all for figuring out creative ways to be home with your family!
40+ Things To Sell Right Now to Make Money From Home in 2023
Creating and selling your own printables can be SUPER lucrative. It’s something that I stumbed upon many, many years ago and do really well in my Shopify store. The point is to build a newsletter list where you give something new and free each and every month (something really good). This keeps people on your email list and then you can sell them other things (think: courses, affiliate links, etc.) When you offer them something free, they also poke around in the shop and buy other things. They leave reviews and this helps other people buy who are coming directly to you store (from say Google or something). It’s a fantastic way to earn money. Definitely one of my favs!
This would be my other favorite way to make money online. Sell what you know! EVERYONE can start up a course and sell it. This is the digital age and everyone wants to learn something. I’d be willing to bet you know something that someone is willing to pay to learn. All you have to do is start creating your own courses site.
Your kids old toys and clothes/shoes that no longer fit them
Reselling kids stuff on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist is an AWESOME way to make money. Kids grow so fast, who wants to pay brand new prices?!
Things around the house that you no longer need
I’d be willing to bet if you scout around your house, you can find a TON of things to sell. Go through your home and start organizing and decluttering. What would someone else be willing to pay for? You’ll not only make for a happier, cleaner more organized environment, but you’ll make some quick side cash while you’re at it!!!
Books / DVD’s / BluRay’s you have that you never watch or read
Media items can get you a lot of money. Think about things like that old Disney Infinity set your kids don’t play anymore. Each character is worth $10+ and some are a good $50! Check it out. Any games, gaming systems, books, DVD’s or BluRay’s (especially Disney) are always great to sell.
Recycle your old phone or docking station you never use
Upgraded to the new iPhone or iPad? Awesome! Resell your previous model!
Clothes you can’t fit into anymore
Come on, admit it…I KNOW you have clothes in your closet you’ll NEVER wear ever again. We all do, right?! The cool thing is, someone else CAN. Try to sell them in lots (making outfits is best) but individual lots too like 10 shirts and 10 pants types of things. People dig that! You can sell them on ebay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, consignment shops, Poshmark, Tradesy, or ThredUP.
Photos that you’ve taken
Have you considered starting up your own Shopify store and selling your photography? Or maybe you want to add your photos to places like DepositPhotos, BigStock, 123RF, or Shutterstock. Those are all great places to make money with your photography, art, vectors, and more!
Your ideas and unique perspective of brands in surveys
Have you thought about taking surveys for extra cash? It’s something I did very successfully after I got out of the homeless shelter and really helped me get free stuff and make some side money. Here’s the top 25 best survey companies (that are LEGIT and won’t scam you!)
Like sewing? Love crocheting? Enjoy making stuff? You can create crafts and sell at bazaars, craft fairs, and even on Etsy.
Your collectibles you have somewhere out in storage
Maybe it’s that old tea set your mom left you that’s in the garage collecting junk. Or perhaps it’s that coin collection you have. Maybe when you were a kid, you collected postcards from around the world. Maybe your kids have a HUGE Littlest Pet Shop collection. All these things could be valuable to other collectors, so get out there and sell, sell, sell, babeee!
Your couponing stock
If you’re good at couponing, you have a couponing stock. You can resell the products you got for dirt cheap for around 50-75% off retail and make some money!
Things in your storage unit
I was always taught that if you’re paying to store something, it’s not serving you. Don’t pay to store stuff. If you don’t have the room to keep it, sell it. Then at least you have the cash for it and someone else is putting it to good use. 🙂
Babysit friends kids
Maybe it’s a single mom down the street or something in your church that needs a babysitter. You can babysit children to make some side cash.
Mow a lawn
Know anyone in your neighborhood that needs their lawn mowed? You can put up door hangers in your neighborhood to get started. It’s a great way to make money. Right now, lawn companies charge $40-$80/week to mow, edge, and blow all the grass away (depending on the size of the lot). You could charge 25% lower and get the sale. Plus, if you offer to mow every OTHER week instead of every week like all lawn mowing companies require, it’ll save the owner money and grass doesn’t really need to be mowed every single week! Even if you charged the same amount as lawn companies but did it every other week instead of every week, you’d still save the homeowner money.
Walk a neighbor’s dog
Maybe a neighbor is going out of town or maybe you know someone who wants you to dog sit. Offer your services and have fun!
Clean someone’s house
Love to clean? Cleaning companies can charge an arm and a leg. I remember when I first moved to this house and I got a quote. They wanted $1,000/week to clean it. Are. you. out. of. your. dang. mind? No way. I mean, it was just way over the top. So, I have my daughter clean our house and I pay HER for it, and I DON’T pay her no $1k either! 😆 Good money, but not THAT good. Anyway, you can make some money cleaning other people’s homes. Check around at church, there are probably some ladies who’d hire you!
What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Maybe you love to type. You can type reports for others and they will pay you to do it. Maybe you like to sew? You can sew for other people and do some light mending and repairs. Whatever you’re good at, figure out if there’s a way to make money from it.
Tutoring kids in school
Lots of kids need tutors, especially right now with homeschooling more prevalent in our society now. You can teach piano, math, social studies, English, ESL (English as a second language), all kinds of topics! There are a lot of local homeschooling groups on Facebook, so check there and offer your services!
Do virtual assistant work
Lots of bloggers need help running their blogs. We can’t do EVERYTHING, there’s just so many things to attend to. You can work for a blogger and gain experience and income! The best way to get involved is looking on Facebook groups and following your favorite bloggers. They sometimes will run an open call looking for help in their newsletters! 🙂
Handcrafted items on Etsy
What do you like to make? You can sell whatever it is you make on Etsy for some extra cash. I used to know a lady who made baby wipe covers. She’d sew them and emboidery the baby’s initials on it. It was SOOO cute. They went for around $20 at the time. Do some research about what sells on Etsy and what you think you could create.
Facebook groups are great to find bloggers to write articles for. This is a good thing to get into if you love to write. Bloggers can pay anywhere from 3¢-8¢ per WORD. Imagine a 2,000 word post! You could make $60-$160! Imagine writing 15 posts a month! Now you’re talking $2,400!
Resell a domain name or create a website and then sell it
Blogging is not the easiest thing to start up, especially if you’re not technical. There are some good places you can go to create a website, set it all up, and resell it. This is something I’ve thought of doing because selling them, you can get like $30,000 believe it or not. Depending how much time you’ve put into it and how much traffic/stats/income it has. One of my friends sold her blog years ago for over $100,000! It’s a lot of work, for sure, but it’s not chump change. Here’s a couple places you can sell (and buy if you’re interested) a blog already set up: Niche Investor, Flippa, and Empire Flippers.
Be a workout buddy with someone trying to get in a habit of exercising
Help someone move in or out (you can get around $25/hour). Offer your services on social media and to friends.
Outdoor patio furniture or outdoor kids toys / bikes they no longer use
Your baking. You and your kids could make cookies to sell around your neighborhood
Become a taxi and drive friends around or delivery groceries to house-bound people
Test out websites for money.
Teach a class – chances are there’s SOMETHING that you can teach someone else that they’d be willing to pay to learn.
Christmas items you no longer need
Outside furniture – things like a grill or patio set
Shoes or purses that are just collecting dust
That formal dress you’ll never wear again
Return your past purchases that you don’t want that you haven’t used
Recycle scrap metal, an appliance like a stove, fridge, or car
Recycle your cans and glass
Gifts that you didn’t like and won’t use
Your coin collection
Artwork you have in your home
Sporting equipment to Play It Again Sports
Create a course on Udemy
Pick up free things on Craigslist and resell them back on Craigslist
5 Ways that Make the >>MOST<< Money
I’ve been making money from home for 21 years now. These are the things that make the MOST money from home that I’ve found. They do require a more long-term building strategy, but the amounts that you can make, are well worth the energy and time to build them up.
1) Sell printables ($7 million/year)
When I first started my blog, I was making pretty good money on ebay ($18k/year), enough to survive. But life isn’t JUST about money. I wanted my life to matter! So I started blogging to help people. That rolled into multi 7-figure businesses.
On Shopify, where I sell printables, I currently make over $7 million/year. Can you believe that?! I love printables, as you can see from this post. 🙂 They’ve organized my life like no other. It’s amazing how much one simple printable can do.
Each month, I give my audience a free binder in my binder of the month club, and they leave reviews. Others come along from Google and social media and purchase the binders because they see so many love them and that’s how I make my money.
My audience also purchases my printables and with so much traffic and the nurtured, healthy email list that I’ve built over the years, it’s really a fantastic way to earn income.
That brings me to my second 7-figure empire, something you can absolutely do as well!
2) Sell courses ($1 million/year)
I started selling courses on Teachable 9 months ago (now on Kajabi). Within my very first two weeks, I made $97k. I assure you, I thought it was a fluke. lol. But here I am, 9 months later and I feel like I’m just BARELY getting started and I’ve already hit, yep, you guessed it 7 figures. I don’t run any Facebook or paid-for advertising at this time (I hope to start soon, but haven’t as of yet). It’s all just my email list and word of mouth.
Listen, I love what I do, and I’m telling you right now that there’s a goldmine of income you can make online and you can do it in just about any way you want. I’ve been making money online for 24 years! I made money when I first started way back then, I make more money now. Point is, you can absolutely make money online.
Will it be easy? No. Anyone who says it’s easy, is a liar. Unfollow them.
It IS real work, but listen, I work less than part-time each week, and my assistants work 10 hours a week and I make $5.1 million dollars a year right now. I have my dream life and I love teaching others how to do it too. So I hope you stick around, because I have a wealth of knowledge inside me and each week, I’m pouring out my heart and life to help others do exactly what I’ve done over the years. <3
3) Do virtual assistant work ($10/hour)
This is a really great one. In order to run my business (I’m a single mom here, I can’t do it all by myself!) 🙂 I need to have help. Currently, I have one girl who helps me proof articles, so I write all the posts like I’m doing now and then she comes in and proofs them and finds the spelling errors/grammar mistakes, etc. that I’m known to do. haha.
I have another girl do my Pinterest account. She’s really amazing and great at helping my account grow.
And I have another girl who helps me with a lot of random stuff + my emails. She’s FAN-TASTIC at keeping my emails at zero. Never seen anything like it before. It’s just so awesome knowing it’s all taken care of and relieves so much stress off of ME, so I can do what I’m BETTER at: writing.
The emails she can’t do or that need to be answered by me (mostly course stuff), I do them. It just works so brilliantly.
I pay my assistants $10/hour to start and give them great special perks and bonuses. I absolutely adore my team. Each person plays a vital role in my business.
YOU can BE THAT for someone else.
There’s a lot of Facebook groups that you can find a job as a virtual assistant in. Let me give you a few I know about that I’m a part of and are good:
- Virtual Assistant Savvies
- Blogger Resource Room
- Faith Based Blog Content & Services
- Virtual Assistant Buy & Sell Content & Services
You can create things like recipes, how to tutorials, printables, offer blog writing posts, create videos and all those sorts of things and offer them for sale in some Facebook groups.
You just create things like say a recipe and sell your pictures and recipe to bloggers for like $60! No kidding. It’s a really great way to make quick money.
Some time in my blogging career, I would create roundups (collections of posts with a collection picture) for other bloggers. I would gather 25 links and have a collage of pictures and sell it for $30. You can look into Facebook groups to see more of that, but I used to do that for a while, while I was getting my blogging income up.
It’s a fast and easy way to make money. Think about it. Bloggers can’t do it all. They NEED help. They NEED honest, genuine, loving people like you to help them and this is a perfect way.
4) Write articles ($25-$30 per article)
This is also something I did, again in the Facebook groups, but also to bloggers I knew, friends, or people who would ask me to write for them. At one point, I was putting out so many articles, that I had a writer for ME. haha.
I hired my mom and she’d write posts on things like gardening (stuff I know nothing about) and I’d sell it for her on the Facebook group. We’d split the profits or I’d pay her like $10 per article. I’d ask $25 but I’d do the picture for it too.
I also had an assistant helping me and she’d create roundups for me (again, those are a collection of posts all in one post) and there were too many to put on my own blog so I’d sell them. I paid her $10/hour and it took her one hour to do it. I’d sell the article for $25-$30 and make a profit.
As a business owner, those types of things are business expenses (people who work for you), so you don’t have to pay taxes on that money you pay. It’s the same thing when you buy something to resell it on ebay or something, like I did with Littlest Pet Shop toys. You don’t pay taxes on your expenses, which is cool.
So writing articles for bloggers can really help your income pretty quickly.
The one comment I hear a lot with this is that people think they might want to start their OWN blog and are afraid of giving out too much information and just GIVING it away.
I’ll tell you, from experience, just give it away if it makes you money and you’re starting blogging. Because listen, there’s so much inside you that you don’t even know and over the years, you’ll learn even MORE!
Your knowledge never stops and who cares even if there ARE two articles on the best ways to save money on food. Like, this is the internet. There’s nothing new under the sun. Somewhere, someone else has the same ideas and it’s fine. As long as you’re not copying anyone else.
Please note, if you ARE a scammer and copying other people’s work online and passing it off as your own, we know. Bloggers use a very inexpensive tool called CopyScape Plagiarism Checker to make sure there’s nothing scammy going on and to protect ourselves. 🙂
5) Resell a domain name or create a website and then sell it ($54,000)
One of my BEST FRIENDS is an online blogger and here recently, she got sick and is not able to blog anymore. She sold her blog for THREE TIMES her blogging YEARLY income. Yes, she’s had the blog like 8 years, but there is a lot of people who buy a domain name, fill it up or write a bunch of content and then flip the sites for sometimes, tens of thousands of dollars!
It can be pretty lucrative. I’ve been tempted to do this myself, but decided to just build my own platforms and that’s been the best route for me personally, however, again, it can make you a whole lotta money, so not anything to sneeze at.
10 >>EASIEST<< Ways to Make Money
If you want the absolute EASIEST ways on how to make extra money, you’ll want to check out this article here all about it!
Be sure to print out one of my free printable checklists below also, so you can check off what you’ve done and what you haven’t. There’s five different designs, so you’re sure to find one you like. 🙂