Whether you’re short on cash or are looking for ways to establish your home-based business, you’ll be excited to learn that there are tons of products and services out there that you can sell in order to bring in that additional income you want. However, no two recommendations are going to apply to everyone. What you decide to sell is determined by what you currently have in your home, what you’re willing to invest in that you can flip later, and what types of skills or talents you currently have.
If you’re ready to bring in some extra money by selling things you can easily find in your home or online, here are 45 ideas to help you get started!
Unless you’re someone who buys clothes consciously and makes sure to wear everything in your wardrobe, chances are that you have a few pieces in there that rarely see the light of day. Rather than letting them stay in your closet, clear out some space and make a few bucks along the way by selling them to someone who does want to wear these pieces.
If your clothes are still in good condition (selling used clothing that shows signs of wear will be difficult to pull off), you can use a platform like thredUP to find interested buyers and cash out once a sale has been finalized for one of your pieces. If you have a few luxury items from designers like Gucci, Versace, or Chanel, you could always used a platform more tailored to your needs like The RealReal. No matter what you may have in your closet, there are plenty of people looking for high-quality, affordable pieces that they can add to their own.
Speaking of clothing, related accessories like shoes, purses, and jewelry can also fetch a great price if you find the right buyer. Items like shoes and purses, especially designer, can sell for quite a bit of money online and locally. Making sure that you do your research, base your asking price on the quality of the piece and its condition, and writing up an excellent pitch for potential customers will make sure that you can easily find a buyer.
With jewelry, there are two routes you can take. If you have some stunning pieces in your collection, you could always try to sell them online or locally as they are. However, if you can’t find buyers, you could always sell to an online or local business that buys precious metals to get money for your gold and silver. For rings and necklaces, you may even be able to sell your gems as well. Just remember that you may not get the same price you wanted if you were to find buyers for the jewelry by itself.
Although e-readers have offered avid bookworms the ability to conveniently store all of their favorite titles in one place, there are still quite a few people out there who love to have softcover and hardcover books at their disposal when they want to flip through the real pages of a physical book. If you have a relatively large collection of books, you can use a website like BookScouter or Deluttr to see how much your books are worth and determine whether or not it’s worth selling them.
If you happen to have any textbooks lying around, these are often worth far more money than the average book. Just make sure to look out for any books in great conditions that may be first editions or a bit harder to find. The last thing you want to do is sell a great book for less than it’s truly worth.
As with the introduction of the e-reader, the creation of streaming platforms and MP3 players as well as music streaming platforms have made owning CDs and DVDs far less common than it used to be. However, that’s not to say that there isn’t a market for it. There are still plenty of people that collect CDs and DVDs for personal reasons or even because they prefer to own their copies outright rather than buying or renting them on various streaming platforms.
As with the previous suggestion, websites like eBay (if you’re looking to connect directly with interested buyers) or Decluttr (if you want to sell your physical CDs and DVDs to a company instead of having to deal with buyers) are some great places to turn to if you have a ton of CDs and DVDs that you no longer have room for in your house. Just make sure that your CDs and DVDs have been kept in great condition and that the new buyer will experience no issues when they go to play it for themselves.
Video games are fun, but we don’t always have as much time in our schedule as we’d like to for exploring each and every digital world at our fingertips. If you have older consoles like a Wii or a Playstation sitting around and some games that are in great condition, consider bundling these items together and selling them online to a child who wants to start their own video game collection. If you have a newer console, you may be able to sell this on its own and sell the video games separately.
If you have something that’s super rare, consider doing some research to see how much it will currently sell for and whether or not it’s worth holding onto for further potential profit in the future.
There’s a lot of great kitchenware out there, and some of us have a tendency to buy way more than we need simply because we believe we may need it in our homes. If you have a nice collection of plates, silverware, or glasses, list them online and look for buyers who are interested in some of the items that you currently own. If you plan on shipping these items to your customers, make sure that you understand how to carefully pack these items together to avoid any of them breaking on the way to their new home.
You don’t necessarily have to sell everything in your home in order to make some money. In fact, some people will take a look at local yard sales, online postings, and estate sales to find items that they would be able to flip with relative ease. One such item that you should consider selling is appliances.
Small appliances like microwave ovens, coffee makers, and food processors are just some examples of discounted items that people who need something quick may be looking for. Of course, if you have the skills and the ability to transport larger items, you could always purchase some larger appliances and fix them up. Then, when someone goes looking for a new washer, dryer, or dishwasher, you will have some inventory that they can buy from. Although high-quality appliances may be a bit harder to find, they’re certainly excellent products to sell if you can properly fix them up and market them to a local audience.
Do you have a lot of your children’s clothes and toys stored somewhere in your home? Are you not planning on having any children any time soon? If so, there are plenty of current or prospective parents that would love to be able to purchase some of the items that you have lying around. If you have a ton of extra stuff, you can make the process of selling it all easier by breaking it down by size or age.
Then, when you have everything organized, you can begin selling items individually, selling them together (such as cute baby outfits that you have planned out for your own children), and trying to get rid of some of the larger items like your baby cribs or high chairs. Given that there are plenty of people with children around you at any given time, these are items that are never going to go out of demand, making them perfect items for you to try to sell.
There’s a lot of great art in the world, but not a lot of empty wall space to hang it on. The problem is that some great pieces can end up in our garage collecting dust. Equally problematic is the fact that we’ll often scoop up some excellent frames that we might use later for some prints we pick up or some family photos that we may wish to hang later. Unfortunately, we can’t always get all of our favorite items up on the wall.
If you think that some of your elegant frames or captivating pictures or posters would make some other buyers very happy, you should try selling some of your prints. Art can be a little trickier to sell as its value depends on how others perceive it. However, if you list your art, make sure that you regularly refresh your postings to keep it in front of potential buyers, and stay patient, you’re likely to make some sales on your favorite pieces and related art items.
There are quite a few common-sense items on this list that you would start selling immediately once you’ve decided that you want to make some extra cash. However, some items may not be so obvious. Take, for example, cardboard. There’s actually a pretty big demand for items like used toilet paper rolls, which can be used as organizational tools, fun items for crafting, and even gardening.
Another cardboard item that can help you earn some cash on the side is cardboard boxes. If you live close to those looking to move, you can make some money selling to nearby buyers who may not want to travel to any of the stores where they can get moving boxes. These types of items may not make you a millionaire, but these items are easy to collect, and every penny counts!
Recycling is something that we do daily in order to improve the environment. However, some of the things that you throw into your outside bins may actually be able to make you money instead of waiting for trash pickup. In fact, many plastic and glass bottles, as well as aluminum cans, can be given to your nearby recycling plant. They will give you actual cash for the collection that you have accumulated so far.
Keep in mind that items like cans may only give you around $0.10 per can, so it’s important to collect over time and make a single haul over to your local recycling plant when you have enough to make some real cash. If you have enough space in your backyard, get a bin each for aluminum, plastic, and glass items (check with your nearby recycling plant to see what types of items they accept in advance). Then, fill your bins up, tie the bags off, and start over until you have a significant amount of cans and bottles to trade in!
There are a lot of gift cards out there that may have gone unused over the past couple of years. For example, if you received a gift card to your favorite restaurant and were unable to use it because of the pandemic, it may still just be sitting somewhere in your desk drawer waiting to be used. Of course, not everyone may like using gift cards either. Sometimes, we receive gift cards to places we never go to. No matter your situation, your gift cards don’t have to go to waste.
Platforms like Raise and CardCash make it easy for you to sell your unwanted gift cards so you can receive real cash that you can put into your bank or spend for something that you do want. The most important thing to know is that you won’t get the exact cash value. However, if you didn’t buy the card for yourself, you will still get some money in exchange for selling your card. You can even sell some of your gift cards that you weren’t able to spend all of if you have these sitting in your wallet still.
Tools are a big investment for anyone planning on tackling some home improvements or those working in a field where they need to purchase their own tools to serve their clients. Buying a new tool on top of dealing with renovation costs or other factors may not always be the answer for someone in the market for new tools. If you have tools that you may not be using anymore, you can make some good cash selling these back to people who do need them.
Just a few ideas of what you can sell include whole toolboxes, wrench sets, or even extra drill batteries that you may have no use for. Whenever you have something that isn’t getting the use it should be, it’s likely that you can find a buyer who does have an immediate need for it and is willing to pay you for that item.
When the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms were one of the first places to close and stay closed for a while. In response, some people may have purchased their own full gym systems or exercise equipment in order to stay in shape until gyms were relatively safe to enter once again. Now that they are, you may want to clear out your exercise equipment to make more space in your home.
Exercise equipment can range from very inexpensive to products that may help you make back a substantial amount of your initial investment. Some smaller products that will be easy to sell include yoga mats (disinfected and in good condition), individual dumbbells, and items like used exercise clothing or shoes. Meanwhile, whole exercise systems like your Peleton bike or your Bowflex home gym can sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Since your item will be discounted because it’s used, more people may be likely to buy it since it costs far less than having to buy a new one directly from the manufacturer.
If you have a gym membership again, make some extra money by clearing your space of any exercise equipment or items you won’t need moving forward.
Laptops these days are no longer as inexpensive as they used to be. Chromebooks have taken up the lowest price point while basic laptops have moved to at least $600 or $700 for something you can use for work or school. This price hike has only been worsened by the supply chain issues and chip shortages experienced during the pandemic. Put simply, laptops are a big investment these days. This is why your laptop can be a great item to sell right now.
To make your laptop a more viable sale, clean it up, give it a full factory reset, and make sure to note any issues that could affect its performance (shorter battery life, etc.). Then, take some high-quality pictures of it and make a listing for it on sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or OfferUp. If you’re not up against a lot of other laptop sellers, you will likely get some offers coming in pretty quickly. Then, let the person try out the laptop for themselves so they can see that it works and give them the necessary charging equipment and any other items that came with the laptop when you first purchased it.
If you aren’t able to find a buyer in your area, you could always turn to a company like Decluttr or Gazelle to help you get rid of it and make a bit of money in the process.
Laptops aren’t the only things that you can sell from home. There are a wide variety of electronics that people in your area or online may be looking for, especially if it helps them drive down the price and stay within their budget. Some other items that you may be able to sell if you flip them or own them include TVs (these can be a little more difficult as you can’t always gauge the quality or how much longer they’re expected to last), computer monitors and speakers, Bluetooth keyboards, phones, and tablets. As per our previous suggestion, you could either sell directly to others or find a company that will gladly take your electronics off of your hands and resell them for a profit.
If you’re moving into your first apartment or moving from your first apartment to a single-family home, one of the most essential things you will need to make your new space your own is furniture. While items like plates and shower mats are inexpensive, a new couch or coffee table isn’t always cheap. Many will look for used furniture online as a way to cut down on expenses while still getting furniture that’s decent quality rather than having to try to find items on the side of the road.
If you have some furniture that no longer suits you and you plan on going furniture shopping anyways, consider listing your couches, bookshelves, and other items online to make a bit of cash that you can use towards your next purchase. Of course, if you simply have too much furniture to begin with, this means having some extra spending money in the bank!
There are some instruments that are so widely used or are now offered digitally that it’s not hard to find a good instrument at a great price. Two excellent examples of this are electric keyboards and acoustic guitars. However, instruments like high-quality woodwind instruments can cost hundreds of dollars if you want to buy them new. A lot of these items are out of many parents’ budget and finding alternatives like renting an instrument isn’t always the ideal way to go.
If you have high-quality instruments that you or your children no longer play, you can easily find people looking for the instruments you have and don’t need. Items like guitars and keyboards can be sold as-is. However, if there are any products that required direct contact with your mouth to play, give them a good scrub and disinfect them so that they’re safe for the next owner.
Recreational vehicles are expensive when they’re first purchased and will still be expensive when you decide to sell them later on. At the top of the pyramid, we have vehicles like motorcycles. A motorcycle that has been well-maintained and was high-quality when you purchased it can get you thousands of dollars in return when you finally list it. Some other recreational vehicles or ATVs that people typically look for include dirtbikes, and four-wheelers, just to name a few.
Sites like Craigslist are great for these types of items if you’re looking to sell these like you would some of the other products on this list. However, if you’re looking to reach the niche audience who’s specifically looking for these types of vehicles, your listing may be better suited for a website like ATV Trader or dealership websites with locations near you.
It seems like we recycle old trends every few decades, and one of these trends is listening to vinyl records. Those who love vinyl records attest to the higher quality of audio that these massive discs provide. With the development of technology and the rise in vinyl sales, anyone can get their hands on a record player. Now, they just need the records.
If you’ve had no idea what to do with the box of vinyl records sitting up in your attic, now’s the perfect time to break them out and see how many of them you can sell. If you have some popular records that are in good condition (no scratches, dusted, not warped from being stacked vertically) there’s a good chance there are some vinyl lovers who would love to add these to their collection. Not all of your records may sell, but it’s better to have some cash for them than for them to continue sitting in storage where they don’t get used and will only get thrown away sometime later.
Trading card ads may seem few and far between in today’s world. That being said, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a demand for them or people willing to pay top dollar for cards that are much more difficult to find. Some of the card collections that could yield unexpected gains include:
- Magic: The Gathering
- Baseball cards
If you have an old binder of cards that you collected back when some franchises first came out, see if there are any in there worth thousands of dollars that you can sell online.
Comic books have always been in high demand as they give us a reprieve from the stresses of day-to-day life and help us dive into the world of the fantastical. Some of these comics have achieved little fame in our society while others have defined entire movie franchises like the Avengers. Those famous lines likely have a few rare comic books that certain collectors would like to own for their own collection.
Set aside some time to dig out your boxes of comic books, look online to see how much they sell for, and check if you have any copies that are ultra-rare and not likely in circulation. Although collectibles may be a bit harder to sell off as they don’t have any inherent use, there are still people out there willing to invest their money in copies that they simply must have.
When you think of the term “collectibles” what do you think of? Perhaps you think of the trading card games we mentioned above. Maybe you think about comic books and certain figurines of popular characters. For some, collecting may be applied to items like coins and stamps. As with any other collectible, there are rare coins and stamps that the right collector could pay thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, to get their hands on. The only extra steps you may need to take is to get your collectibles evaluated or graded in order to make sure that they’re the real deal and to give them the stamp of approval needed to make a successful sale. The last thing you want is to accidentally ruin your items along the way or sell someone an item that’s not authentic.
There are a lot of items in the home that we consider selling almost immediately when we’re trying to make some money. But the inside of your home isn’t the only place where you can find some great items to sell. Your backyard is another treasure trove of goods you simply may not need anymore. For example, if you’re undergoing some renovations and will inevitably need space, clearing out any items like old backyard furniture, unused grills, and various decorations may help you fill your pockets in the meantime.
Certain backyard products are naturally going to decline quickly due to exposure to the elements. You might as well get some money out of the deal instead of having to throw them away years from now!
Crafting is one of those activities that we really get into, only to decrease the amount of time we spend on these hobbies. When we’re really into crafting, it’s also quite easy to end up accumulating a lot of materials that we anticipate using in the near future. The reality? Not all of our tools or our craft materials necessarily make it to the final vision that we see in our heads.
However, there are a lot of regular crafters out there that do want these materials and tools to make sure that they’re able to complete their own projects. Better yet, if you live close to some of these crafters, you may offer them the convenience and prices they can’t find at certain craft stores near them. Whether you bundle multiple things together or have some more expensive machines you can sell alone, crafting materials are great items to sell online and locally.
We’re all taught that it’s rude to not thank someone who’s giving us a gift. That being said, not all gifts that we receive are going to be gifts that we find a use for. Some gifts may still be unboxed somewhere in our homes. If you have any gifts you don’t use or don’t anticipate using, you may be able to sell them to others who do need them or want them. While the amount you will receive depends on the gift itself, it’s better to give it to someone who wants it rather than recycling it as a white elephant gift.
Some brides and grooms may wish to hold onto items like dresses, tuxedos, and wedding decorations in fond remembrance of their big day. However, others may simply be satisfied with having their partner with them for the rest of their lives. If you fall into the latter category, you can sell the rest of your wedding items that you’ve hung onto to a wedding party that needs it. Many brides are on the hunt for the perfect dress that they can make minor alterations to, and many brides are looking for affordable wedding decorations that will help them create the perfect setting.
If you have some wonderful wedding items you don’t feel the need to hang onto, why not use them to make someone’s day special?
Old doesn’t always mean good, but there are some vintage items that may have gone unnoticed if you haven’t sorted through your old storage areas in a while. Whether you have some stunning lampshades, old art pieces or decorations like vases, or even antique children’s toys, take some time to look through your items to get a full scope of what you have and what may be worth some money.
This isn’t an idea that’s applicable to everyone reading this list, but it’s a great idea nonetheless. Do you have a vehicle that you planned on fixing up or one that you no longer drive around? If so, this is an excellent way to make some good money without having to do much work. Older models that are loved by car enthusiasts and new models without much use are going to fetch the most online and locally as this is what most car shoppers may be looking for. However, you could always see how much it might go for you if you take the parts from it rather than selling the car as a whole.
Many kids grow out of their sporting equipment and accessories as time continues, which means that a lot of their stuff gets lightly used. Additionally, adults may not do as much camping, fishing, or hunting as they wish they could. All of these items are perfect to sell off if you no longer do these activities or if the products you have no longer work for your family. For example, products like smaller tents, coolers, fishing poles, sports balls, and related items are all perfect for those taking a last-minute trip somewhere or those who need a quick, affordable solution rather than traveling to the nearest sports store. Just get everything together, advertise it, and sell it!
Not all of the things you can sell from home are tangible items that you own or those that you find and flip. In fact, there are a wide variety of intangible items that you can sell as well. One such example of this is your services. The digital economy has grown substantially over the past few years, making it possible for skilled professionals to reach clients and take on projects from the comfort of their own homes. Some of the freelance services you can offer include:
- Writing and editing
- Virtual assistant services
- Graphic design
- Digital marketing
- Social media marketing
- Voiceover services
Even better, you get to set your rates so that you make as much money as you need. If you have some marketable skills you can apply to client projects, consider selling your services.
Digital goods are a great way to share your expertise on a subject or entertain an audience while making money doing it. Although these types of products will take some time to create, they’re well worth the passive income you make from recurring purchases. Once your digital good is finished, you can sell it again and again. Some of the most popular digital goods to create include printables (templates, worksheets, etc.), online courses, and e-books.
Homemade goods are quite popular, especially if someone is looking to buy a high-quality, unique gift that they can’t get elsewhere. For some, this may look like making items such as candles or luxury soaps for customers. Others may choose to create homemade furniture that offers a better quality and build than most sets you can find in larger retailers. Regardless of what calls out to you or what you’re talented in, you can create these goods and sell them on a platform like Etsy to interested customers.
The issue with opening up your own t-shirt store is that you’re responsible for launching your website and marketing your store, dealing with the creation of your products, and managing your inventory. This is a lot for a new business owner to manage on their own, and not everyone has the space for this. If you’re not interested in doing all this on your own, you can use a print-on-demand service where you upload your design and the company that hosts your website manages the fulfillment process. This saves you time and makes it so that you only have to worry about advertising.
Another idea you can pursue is starting your own dropshipping business, where you advertise products and the manufacturer fulfills any orders that come in. No matter what it is you want to sell, there are plenty of opportunities available where you don’t have to handle any of the inventory along the way.
Freelance writing is a way for you to make money selling your services. However, you could always just sell your writing instead. Writing marketplaces like Constant Content allows you to write articles that are in demand, post them up for sale in the marketplace, and wait for someone to purchase them. If you’re looking for ways to vary your income, you can sell articles and write for clients together.
A lot of us create art for ourselves as a hobby. That being said, you can always try to see if your artwork appeals to others by trying to sell some of your favorite pieces online. Websites like DeviantArt allow you to list your favorite physical art, digital art, and photography so that you can develop an online following and tap into some potential to sales. All you have to do is upload your visuals or scan, promote your new art on social media, and see if you can find some buyers for prints that someone loves.
Unlike freelancing or full-time work, the gig economy gives you the ability to determine when you work and how long you work for. Most gigs work to where you can jump online when you feel like it and take on as few or as many jobs as you want. Some gig economy opportunities worth looking further into include food delivery apps (Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash), ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft), mystery shopping, handyman services (TaskRabbit), and more.
No matter what you’re experienced at, there’s likely a way for you to pick up a job and sell your services. Some of these may require you to leave your home, but there are home-based gigs in things like writing and virtual assisting as well if you really want to stay home the whole time.
In this guide alone, we’ve identified several ways to make money off of your vehicle. However, this either means renting it out by offering a service or selling it altogether. But what if there was a third way? Selling space on your car is another excellent way to make some money without having to put any effort in. If you live close to the city where you pass by hundreds of people daily, research car wrap companies who would be willing to pay you to place ads on your car.
Car wrapping doesn’t pay a ton of money. But given that you only have to add these wraps to the body of your car to make some extra cash, it’s a very simple way to bring in additional income without having to go through some of the items we’ve listed previously in this guide.
Photography is one of those skills that require a lot of financial and professional investment to get to the point where everything you take is a work of art. Once you get there, you have a ton of opportunities to make your money right at your fingertips. Arguably one of the easiest ways to make money off of your photos is to sell them as stock photos. You can become a contributor on a platform like Shutterstock and list your photos for sale, making money each time someone decides to purchase them and use them for advertisements or other purposes.
You may even be able to build your own photography business from home if you live in a zoning area where you can have a home-based studio and plenty of room to use that space for wedding photos, senior pictures, and similar services. If you love taking pictures, you’re guaranteed to find ways to monetize your passion.
Some people invest in real estate, while others invest in digital property. If you’re interested in the latter, there are two paths that you can take. The simplest path is to invest in domain names and seek out interested buyers who need that specific domain name. Domain names are just the names of websites that businesses are interested in using for their websites. With a deep knowledge of the industry you’re targeting and a knack for picking up the right names, you can make more than what you initially paid when someone comes to you with an offer.
If you have marketing and design experience, another option is to build an entire website from scratch and flip it for a profit. This may take a longer time to accomplish as you will need to build your website, publish content regularly, and develop the traffic and income needed to make it a viable investment in someone else’s eyes. However, once you do this, you can often make two to three times more than what your website is currently earning. Both domain name flipping and website flipping are some great ways to make money from home right on your computer.
We don’t often think of games as a way to make money. However, there are quite a few people out there who use online games as a side hustle. MMORPGs like World of Warcraft are one way that you can collect rare or essential items used in gameplay and sell them directly to other players who need them. Even new blockchain-based games allow you to invest in real crypto collectibles and make some money. For example, Gods Unchained is a trading card game where you can sell some of the cards you’ve purchased on their digital marketplace to earn some Ethereum. Similarly, CryptoKitties gives you the ability to purchase your own unique cat, breed them, and then sell them on the marketplace. If you’re a fan of online games, in-game items give you the potential to start your own online side hustle.
Some people were born with the ability to make delicious desserts that beat out anything you can find in your local supermarket. Are you one of these people who loves baking? One way you can make money doing this is to make a ton of your mouthwatering creations, set up a digital storefront, and ship your baked goods to those who appreciate your art and your concoctions. If you start to become too big, you can always lease a building in your area and expand your business later on.
Having the flashiest house on the block during the holiday season isn’t the goal of every homeowner in every neighborhood. In fact, some people may have toned down their decorations a bit since they first start decorating. If this is you, you may be able to find some buyers during the holiday season who are looking for specific decorations that either aren’t available or are already sold out in stores near them. With a bit of persistence, you can find a home for those lights, decorations, and accents that you no longer use.
Not everyone is interested in selling their things. Some people who may be in a rush to move or who simply don’t want to hassle to find a buyer may list their items for free on Craigslist or leave them on the curb. If there are some high-quality items available, this gives you the opportunity to pick the item up and flip it for some extra cash. This gives you the full profit from the item rather than having to buy it and flip it. While this may not be the most sustainable way to make money from home, you will likely find some gems here and there throughout your journey.
There are plenty of people looking for crafts that they can use for certain activities rather than the raw materials needed to produce these crafts. One amazing finished product that’s become quite popular over the past few years is slime. However, you may also want to make crafts for children like fun DIY puzzles and games. If you’re crafty and know you can create some of the finished crafts people are searching for online, use that box of craft materials to make a marketable product instead!
Some people look for things to sell to make a bit of extra money during months where money is tight. However, others may be looking to sell products or services from home as a way to start their own side hustle or business that gives them more financial security and freedom. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, the 45 ideas listed above will give you ample inspiration to help you find the best way to make money selling products or services from the comfort of your own home.