The purpose of this blog is to provide the motivated person with a variety of ways to make some quick, easy money with very little initial investment. There are hundreds of sources of income lying around your house, or on your property right now. There are hundreds more available for free in your community, if you are willing to talk to people and do some leg-work.
If you have already heard about this blog, the temptation is going to be to skip right to the Appendices, but do yourself a favor and resist the urge. You need to have a basic understanding of how to handle your business and how to effectively process items and materials before you start latching onto your swag.
You should learn how to identify good targets on your own, before limiting yourself to the 520 items that I have found for free and sold. After reading this blog, you will be able to immediately spot good sources of free money. When you see broken electronics, lamps, grills, vehicles, and bikes along the roadway, you will know the value of the parts and where to sell them for maximum profits. You will also know exactly what to look for at garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets.
There are many ways to make extra money, and different avenues appeal to different people. I would suggest that you find a combination of sources that you find interesting and pursue them.
This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. However, you will save yourself and your family money, and have an opportunity for a secondary income using the information in this document. If you are willing to work harder than your competition, you can also start your own small business with very little investment.
Some of these materials can be sold without internet experience, BUT if you want to maximize your profits, you must at least be able to research information online. If you are willing to do some surfing, you will maximize your profits and find many new and exciting sources of free items to sell.
This document provides real-life examples of opportunities that I have taken advantage of in twelve years of selling discarded items for profit. This document’s primary goal is to provide many different avenues for profit, and provide background knowledge that allows the reader to decide which sources of income are right for them.
We will discuss many different items and materials to sell, the easiest and most profitable places to sell your finds, and some tips for enhancing your profits and creating your own niche.
The reader will take a “virtual” trip to a scrap metal dealer, where I describe in detail how easy it is to sell scrap metal for the first time by yourself, with no training required. You will also learn the painfully easy process for selling almost any material on the internet at eBay, and on the Amazon Marketplace.
Perhaps most importantly, the reader will learn where to go to conduct their own research and find even more sources of income. Being able to effectively research income sources is the most important aspect of a growing small business. The reader is also provided with a number of links to internet sites with invaluable information on a variety of topics that you can use to make money.
Many of these internet sites were created by businesspersons with decades of knowledge on their particular subjects, and many have made at least six figure incomes in their niches. These sites have outstanding explanations on locating and selling free (or almost free) materials for profit, and most of the sites provide detailed images of what to look for.
If you are a visually-oriented learner, you will be using the hyperlinks provided in this document frequently to refer to applicable internet sites with images, in order to visualize the meaning of the text descriptions in this blog.
Also provided to complement this document are appendices that contain over five hundred individual items and materials that you can find anywhere for free (or almost free), and details where to sell them for profit. These printer-friendly lists are broken down into categories: Usable Items, EBay Collectibles, Organic Items, and Items with Defined Values.
To use the eBay category numbers provided within the appendix lists, simply type or cut-and-paste the number into the category box when making your auction on the EBay or Auctiva (an auction listing website discussed later in the document) listing page.
I also provide you with free sources to advance your knowledge base with further reading on the internet.