1.22.2018

Finding income around the house

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We would all love to have an extra bit of cash in our pockets, and many people are sitting on near-goldmines without even realising it. Our homes are full of items, toys, books, and appliances that may not be of any use to you anymore, but there is always someone, somewhere who will be willing to pay cash for it, no matter what it is.

Searching around your home for things you may have forgotten even exist is an excellent way of finding quick cash. But it isn’t the only option. There are a plethora of possibilities to making extra money on top of your regular income that don’t even require you to leave the house. A treasure trove of passive income techniques awaits.

COLLECTABLES

Growing up in any era, from the 50s to the 90s means that there is probably some sort of collectable that is hidden away in the attic. These can range from classic diecast model cars to stuffed animals or records or comic books.

There are so many things to collect that there will no doubt always be somebody looking to buy. If you have boxes full of classic comics, for example, consider researching services such as Dylan Universe Comics which will take your old comic books and give you money back on them, depending on rarity and condition.

Additionally, while Beanie Babies didn’t become the jackpot everyone expected to, old toys from classic lines is something else. Typically, they will go to people who are itching to complete their collection or wanting to share their childhood with their own children. Finding anything from Lego to video games and everything in between is a surefire way to possibly make a large amount of money for little time at all.

ART

If you have a passion for art but have so far treated it merely as a hobby to pass the time, you might be surprised to discover that you can carry on enjoying your hobby as well as making money from it, too.

While you may not consider yourself talented enough to find any buyers (not with that attitude, anyway), you will never know until you try. Platforms such as Etsy and Facebook or Instagram can provide you with the ability to showcase your art and, as long as the prices seem fair, you might just find someone willing to splash out and give you a bank account buffer.

The same goes for photography. People are always looking for interesting snaps of everyday life, and not-so-everyday life, for use on their websites, their leaflets, or merely as something to hang in the living room. Like painting, you may be able to find someone who wants to use your photography, as long as you get paid for allowing it.

ELECTRONICS

Technology is evolving every day. Smartphones and tablets and music players that were once considered revolutionary just two or three years ago are now outdated. However, that doesn’t mean that they are worthless.

While most people might only want the latest Samsung or iPhone, there are some people who don’t care what sort of model they have, as long as it works. Selling your old electronics, from TVs to CD players, or even refrigerators and freezers, can bring in a hefty wedge of cash for something that might just be collecting dust in the garage.

A lot of the time, this is used to supply the less fortunate with a reliable piece of equipment where they don’t have the money to splash out on the latest technology. Not only will you be able to free up some space and make some money, but you will also be able to help those in need.

CLOTHES

Many people grow out of their clothes and donate them to charity or give them to a younger relative. However, if you feel that your ever-so-slightly out of season dress or jacket is still worth something, then researching places that will pay cash for clothes - so long as they aren’t torn or stained - is another option.

Typically, these places can be found around town or at local shelters. This is particularly true in the winter months, where you can sell old jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats that will then go to the homeless or at-risk individuals who maybe cannot afford to buy brand new.

While it is perhaps nobler to merely donate, there is nothing wrong with getting money back on your investments. Don’t treat it as a charity, but instead look towards the bigger picture. Some people are too proud to accept charity as it is, and so just knowing that your unneeded clothes will be put towards a good cause, or even recycled, should be good enough.

BOOKS

If you are someone who loves to read, you almost definitely have a house full of books that you have read once and never touched again. It can be hard to get rid of books, as often they hold sentimental value, but with the amount of availability of books nowadays, you can always buy another copy if need be.

Selling your books on Amazon Marketplace or similar platforms is an excellent way of making money as books, particularly college textbooks, will always be in demand, no matter how obscure they might be. You could have an authentic first edition lying somewhere, and you don’t even know it. The type of person who wants that edition is also the type who will pay top dollar (or pound or euro or peso) for it.

Furthermore, providing books for others is nothing but a brilliant thing. You get to inspire them with the same stories you grew up reading; they might just have their lives changed by what they read in what you sell. Everyone needs a good book in their life, so selling ones you won’t look at again is a fantastic idea.

Going on a hunt throughout the attic and in boxes that have been stacked away out of sight and mind could very quickly lead you to finding something that can bring in just a little extra cash. We’ve all spent a lot of money over the holiday season and so finding ways to get your finances back on track is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. 

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