In today’s internet economy, you don’t have to leave the house to make money.
It doesn’t matter if you only want to make $50 once or replace your current full-time income, people from all over the world are selling things from home online and making money.
The best part is that you can earn your first dollar today by selling something you already have!
Selling online is one way my wife and I make a little extra cash each month so we don’t rely entirely on our regular job income to pay the monthly bills.
In This Article
- Reasons to Sell Items From Home
- Top Items to Sell
- 1. Antiques
- 2. Arts and Crafts
- 3. Baseball Cards
- 4. Books
- 5. CDs, DVDs, and Video Games
- 6. Clothing and Jewelry
- 7. Dinnerware
- 8. Domain Names
- 9. Dropship Products
- 10. Electronics
- 11. Essential Oils
- 12. Furniture
- 13. Gift Cards
- 14. Freelance Skills
- 15. Musical Instruments
- 16. Online Courses
- 17. Paid Surveys
- 18. Photos
- 19. Shoes
- 20. Test Websites
- 21. Toys
- 22. Tutor Online
- 23. Woodworking
Reasons to Sell Items From Home
There are many reasons to sell products from home, here are few common reasons:
- Supplement our ordinary income
- Make money on unwanted items instead of throwing them away
- Earn extra cash to accomplish our savings goals sooner (i.e., saving for vacation, new car, computer, etc.)
- Build a side business our children can manage
- Alternative to a part time job
There are so many different physical products, services, and ideas to sell online that you may have never thought of before. This guide is broken down into different item categories so you can immediately start selling and increasing your cash flow.
Top Items to Sell
This guide is separated by alphabetical order–not by how much you can make per sale. So, browse through the entire list and see which items you can begin selling today!
There might be several antique stores in town, but that doesn’t mean they will give you top dollar for your collectibles. Selling antiques online can give you more money because demand greatly affects the price of an antique.
Collectors in your local area may not be interested in what you are selling, but somebody a few states away is and they’re willing to pay shipping to build their collection.
Ruby Lane is probably the most well-known antique and collectible marketplace online.
You will open up your own shop to sell some of the possible items:
- Fine art
- Vintage jewelry
- Furniture and jewelry
Sell anything that you would sell at a brick-and-mortar antique shop online at The Internet Antique Shop. It doesn’t matter if it’s jewelry, books, home decor, dinnerware, advertising, or anything else.
Most likely, any antique you have can be listed on TIAS as many others have done since 1995. Your items will also list on eBay and Google for additional audience reach.
2. Arts and Crafts
All of us use arts and crafts to decorate our houses for our own personal taste. Selling your own crafts can be a great way to enrich the lives of others with your creative designs.
You can sell the following original work on ArtPal:
- Handmade jewelry
When you make a sale, payment is instant and ArtPal passes on an impressive 95% to 100% of the profit and there aren’t any membership fees.
You can sell original pieces and ArtPal offers print-on-demand as well.
Etsy is the largest online handicraft marketplace that lets you sell the following types of arts and crafts:
- Clothing and Shoes
- Home and Living
- Wedding and Party
- Toys and Entertainment
- Art and Collectibles
- Craft Supplies and Tools
Handmade at Amazon
As long as the crafts you sell are handmade, hand-altered, or hand-assembled, Handmade at Amazon can be one of the best ways to scale your arts and craft business. You can even offer custom products to further diversify your income stream for a one-of-a-kind design.
Handmade at Amazon lets you start for free when you sell less than 40 items per month!
3. Baseball Cards
If you have some valuable baseball cards–or football and basketball–you can make some money from selling your sports cards collection. You might consider getting your cards graded for quality so you can price them accordingly.
For starters, you can sell your cards on eBay, but The Cardboard Connection is also worthy of your consideration.
Books can be one of the easiest items to sell because so many people love to read. My wife and I sell a few books each year to thin our library from books we never plan to read again.
With this idea, you’ll also find out how to make money by self-publishing an ebook or audiobook.
You pick the vendor, ship your items for free, and can get paid by cash or gift card.
List your rare and vintage books on AbeBooks. First editions and books signed by the author are popular sellers on AbeBooks too. And, you can also sell vintage magazines, comics, and periodicals too!
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Self-publishing a book has never been easier than with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. It’s said that we all have a book inside of us and you can upload your book to the Kindle Store for the world to read.
Self-publishing your Kindle eBook is free, but it is a good idea to hire a small team of freelancers from Fiverr to create an appealing book cover, proofread the manuscript, and maybe even advertise your book launch on social media.
Besides print and eBooks, you can also publish your own audiobook using Audible.
In our busy worlds, listening to an audiobook might be the only way some people “read” books as they listen to the audio version during their work commute, running errands, or relaxing at home.
The next book they listen to can very well be yours!
5. CDs, DVDs, and Video Games
Selling our used our old movies, music, and video game collections are a popular way to make money fast. There’s always a demand and shipping is cheap because the packages are small and lightweight.
While you might try selling some items locally or in a bundle to fetch a higher profit, these sites can also be worth checking out.
The Old School Game Vault
If you own retro games from video game systems from your childhood, you can also consider selling them on a boutique site such as The Old School Game Vault.
To avoid the shipping charges, you will need to sell at least $50 worth of games at once. All payments are made via PayPal or check to U.S. residents.
As the video game world goes digital, networks like Steam host games that are entirely cloud-based. That means you can’t mail a physical game disc or cartridge because there isn’t one.
PlayerAuctions connects you with other buyers to sell your gaming account. Once you beat a game, you can have more than bragging rights amongst your friends because you get paid for your hobby.
GameStop is the most extensive national retailer of new and used video games; you might even have a store in your city!
You can sell your old games to GameStop and maximize your profit by receiving store credit that can be redeemed online or in-store.
Although the payment is smaller, you can also opt for a cash payment that can be spent anywhere.
6. Clothing and Jewelry
If you want to declutter your closet, sell clothing your children outgrew, or flip items you find at a yard sale or consignment sale for a profit, clothing is one of the easiest items to sell because we all wear a new set of clothing on a daily basis.
Poshmark is one of the largest platforms to sell name brand clothing that you no longer wear or clothing you buy at a discount locally and call sell for profit online–retail arbitrage— to declutter your closet and maybe even start a side hustle.
When an item sells on Poshmark, you will receive a printable prepaid shipping label and put the package in your mailbox for pickup.
Enter code DHAYES8282 to get $5 off your first order.
ThredUP accepts used clothing for men, women, and children, plus shoes and handbags. You’ll receive a “clean out” bag and keep up to 80% for each item. You can also use their selling calculator to predict how much you will make by selling to ThredUP.
Sell customized t-shirts, phone cases, home decor, drinkware, and wall art at CafePress. You upload your designs and CafePress takes care of the rest when a sale is made.
With more than 60 different product types, CafePress is one of the most diverse ways to sell your creative talents online without physically making and shipping each product.
Redbubble is another print-to-order site similar to CafePress where you only have to upload the product design and Redbubble prints and ships the sold items.
In addition to the more common clothing products, you can even sell stickers at Redbubble to help your customers express themselves beyond the clothing essentials.
Another reason to consider selling on Redbubble is that you get paid by PayPal after each sale.
Merch by Amazon
Amazon Merch is a relatively new selling platform to sell customized t-shirts. When somebody buys one of your designs, Amazon will print and ship the shirt.
All you need to do is upload an eye-catching design and tell Amazon where to send your royalties.
Out of Your Life
It can sometimes be challenging to sell fine jewelry and rings from an old relationship. But if they have value, you can still get cash if you own these goods.
Out of Your Life accepts the following types of jewelry:
- Engagement rings
- Diamond wedding rings
- Fine jewelry
You can request your free, postage-paid “break up” box to ship your unwanted jewelry. Once Out of Your Life receives your box, they will send payment within one day via PayPal or mailed check.
Sell Your Wedding Dress
For one reason or another, you may wish to sell your wedding dress for cash. Other sites let you sell your wedding dress as well, but you might earn more from a specialty shop like Preowned Wedding Dresses.
As you might have paid a few thousand dollars for your dress, the cash might be worth more than the memories.
You can also sell your accessories, bridesmaid dresses, and Mother’s dresses at Preowned Wedding Dresses too.
You only pay a small listing fee of $25 per wedding dress and $5 for other items, plus shipping if you don’t make the buyer pay. You can receive payment via PayPal or Venmo when your dress sells.
For upscale dinnerware, glassware, flatware, and fine jewelry, you can contact Replacements.com to sell your valuables.
Collectors from all across the country might be looking for individual pieces to complete a collection or replace damaged items.
If you have family treasures or found another family’s old dinnerware at a garage sale for cheap, you can clear a sound profit by selling to Replacements.com
8. Domain Names
Some people like to flip houses, but what about buying domain names and websites? With Flippa, you can do just that and make a little pocket change in the process.
If you can predict the most popular domain names and internet trends of tomorrow, go ahead and buy a domain for a few bucks and hold it until you can find a buyer willing to pay a premium.
9. Dropship Products
When you don’t have your own products to sell, you can also sell others’ products by partnering with a company and promoting their product on your website and other online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.
This income stream is called drop shipping and here’s a quick example.
You find a drop shipping supplier that sells shoes and they charge you $25 per pair. You can sell them online for $50 and profit $25 per sale without physically seeing the product.
Even though the buyer makes the purchase from your Shopify store, the shoe manufacturer ships them from their warehouse.
You will have to handle any customer service issues, but this can have a more immediate paycheck compared to building a site that relies entirely on affiliate marketing.
When you have unused electronics and smartphones, you might be able to get cash for them if they are still in good working order. Now can be an ideal time to clean out that desk drawer of old electronics that are merely collecting dust.
Decluttr makes it easy to sell your old electronics, CDs, DVDs, video games, and Lego sets with their barcode scanning app. You never pay to ship any item you sell, and Decluttr offers next day PayPal payment!
With a 4.3 out of 5 Trustpilot rating, Decluttr can be one of the first places to consider selling your used electronics.
Bulky electronics can cost too much to ship. If that’s your case, Facebook Marketplace is another local selling option to find buyers in your local community. It’s also entirely free to sell on Facebook which means you won’t pay any listing fees or sales commissions.
Another online resale site to look at is Gadget Salvation. You can sell your old laptops, Mac computers, iPhones, tablets, and other gadgets. Gadget Salvation lets you sell your electronics online or text message which makes the selling process extremely convenient.
11. Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to treat ailments and various aches and pains. A growing trend is to use essential oils instead of buying commercially-produced products that can cost more or aren’t as effective.
Some essential oil companies let you sell oils and receive a commission for each sale.
Young Living is probably the biggest name in the essential oils industry. As a Young Living member, you can sell their oils and even receive a discount on your own purchases with wholesale pricing.
In addition to selling your oils online on your personal blog, you can also host Young Living parties at your house to sell locally too.
doTerra is another leading company and you can make money selling their essential oils. You may consider joining them and Young Living as both sell many of the same oils, but you might prefer their exclusive scents and products. If you enjoy using doTerra personally, you can also enjoy discounts for the products you personally use.
Even for large furniture, you might be able to ship it across the country to a buyer depending on which website you use. Or, you can always advertise your furniture online and offer local pick-up.
Craigslist can be a good starting point to sell online, but these websites cater to buyers with more selective taste.
Chairish accepts high-end furniture, art, mirrors, and lighting. If your piece needs to be shipped, Chairish coordinates the shipping with white glove pickup. For smaller items, Chairish will send you a prepaid UPS label for easy mailing.
You also keep at least 80% of the selling price by selling with Chairish too, which can be more competitive than selling locally.
13. Gift Cards
You might have a drawer full of gift cards that you have received from family, friends, and co-workers. Even though you have no idea what to do with that Starbucks gift card, you can sell it to somebody that does.
While you will be selling the gift card for a discount, some cash is better than nothing at all, right?
Gift Card Granny
Gift Card Granny is a one-stop gift card marketplace because you can get a quote from multiple gift card resellers with a single click.
With the Granny Rewards program, you can also earn rewards points for buying and selling multiple gift cards to earn points that can be redeemed for free gift cards.
You can even trade your gift cards for ones you want and potentially sell for a higher cash value too.
Raise is one of the largest gift card marketplaces that lets you sell digital and physical gift cards which means you have a good chance of selling a gift card within 24 hours of listing it.
I have used Raise a few times to sell and have never waited long to sell a card. When a card sells, you can request payment by PayPal, direct deposit, or check.
14. Freelance Skills
The 21st century “knowledge economy” is looking for smart people to complete a host of online-based tasks. Whether you like to write, create graphics, manage websites and blogs, or develop programs, your skills are in demand.
As long as you have a reliable internet connection, you can work from home or become a “digital nomad” and work as you travel the world.
Every word on this page was written by a freelance writer who wasn’t an English or Journalism major in college. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any previous writing experience, you must only be able to write effectively to become a freelance writer
If you’re a wordsmith, write for other websites about the topics you’re passionate about. There are multiple avenues to start your writing career, but two places to consider first are Fiverr and Upwork.
Become a Proofreader
Maybe you don’t enjoy writing, but you like editing and proofreading. If you can quickly spot the smallest typo, sentence fragment, or wordy article, you fit the ideal description of a content proofreader.
You can proofread blog posts, books, whitepapers, court transcripts and medical transcripts from home.
Most website visitors don’t realize that every great website most likely has a virtual assistant that keeps the gears turning. Some might argue that virtual assistants make good websites into great websites.
Virtual assistants perform many tasks, and you can do some of the following:
- Schedule blog posts and social media campaigns
- Manage social media accounts
- Data entry
- Customer service
- Technical assistance
- Graphic design
Every website has different needs so your workload may or may not include all of the possibilities mentioned above.
While you can certainly get paid to sell your photos, artwork, and customized clothing online, digital graphics is a very wide niche.
Fiverr is a freelance platform that lets you offer the following graphic design services:
- eBook covers
- Logo design
- Social media graphics
- Banner ads
- Photoshop editing
If it requires an image, you can get paid to make digital products on Fiverr. Gigs start at $5, but you can charge more for complex jobs.
Freelance computer programmers are always in demand to build apps, databases, programs, website themes, and anything else a business needs to satisfy their customer’s needs.
Create a Blog
Building a website is another idea that lets you earn income through three different income streams:
- Products and services you produce and sell
- Recommending others’ products (affiliate marketing)
- Advertising revenue
In addition to selling on the many online marketplaces mentioned in this guide, you can create your own website to sell products that you create and keep a higher percentage of the sale.
You can also use your website to point visitors to the online platforms to buy your product too.
If you don’t have any products of your own to sell, you can recommend products with affiliate links that pay you a small commission when a visitor purchases through your link.
15. Musical Instruments
If you have musical talent and can sell unused instruments or refurbished instruments, consider selling them online. If you can play the instrument, include a brief recording so the buyer knows how the instrument sounds.
Video increases the chance of making a sale, but it can help you earn more for a high-quality instrument.
16. Online Courses
Do you like to teach? If you’re an expert in any field or hobby, you can create an online course and get paid for each student that enrolls in your course.
Many people don’t have the time to pay for an actual class to learn a new skill, but they can take a video-based course in their spare time.
It doesn’t matter if it’s computer programming or yoga for beginners, people want to learn from you!
Another global learning site is Udemy where users buy each course. You can charge upwards of $200 per course to reach Udemy’s 20 million students.
Courses can be as short as 30 minutes or several hours for a more complex topic. Udemy offers 24/7 support if you have any questions when trying to build your course.
Lynda is owned by LinkedIn and is an online learning site geared for businesses, higher education, and government employees. You can create a course for one of the following genres:
You will need to complete a questionnaire and be invited by a content developer before you can begin creating courses.
Your Own Website
You might be able to reach more people by selling your course on one of the learning sites listed above, but you can also sell a course on your own website to attract more traffic.
17. Paid Surveys
Sometimes you don’t have the time to sell physical products, but you can still get paid to sell your opinion. We all have opinions on a variety of topics and companies will pay to hear your two cents.
What makes surveys an excellent income stream is that it only takes 15 or minutes less in most cases and you can usually take more than one a day.
The top survey sites will pay you in cash or credit card and will ask your opinion on a wide variety of topics.
Survey Junkie is one of the largest online survey sites that asks your opinion on consumer brands and marketing campaigns.
You will receive daily survey invitations which make Survey Junkie a top recommendation if you want consistent earning opportunities. Once you earn $10 in rewards, you will be paid via PayPal or gift card.
You can also voice your opinion with Opinion Outpost for cash and gift cards with a minimum balance of $5. For every survey you complete, you will also be entered into the quarterly $10,000 cash sweepstakes.
It’s free to join Opinion Outpost and you might enjoy their invitations as they will ask your opinion about non-consumer topics too.
While you might enjoy making money from surveys, sometimes you want to do something else online for a little variety. The best site for surveys and other online micro-tasks is Swagbucks.
Besides surveys, you can also get paid to watch videos, shop online, and playing games. When you’re ready to get paid, you can redeem your rewards points for gift cards and PayPal cash.
From the world’s largest media outlets to the smallest blog, websites need stock photos and videos to make their content “pop.” If you’re skilled with a camera, you can sell your photos online for extra cash.
DepositPhotos allows you to sell the following digital media:
- Vector Images
There is a tiered payment system and you will earn more per sale as your monthly sales increase. This is one of the largest stock image sites on the internet and accepts pictures that are based on current events and “timeless” scenes like a desert panorama or action shots.
SmugMug lets you sell digital prints and physical prints that SmugMug will print and mail to the buyer. You will pay a monthly subscription to sell on SmugMug, but you get a 14-day free trial and unlimited photo uploads.
Right now, you can get 15% off when you sign up with SmugMug.
Selling your athletic and designer shoes can also be a good income stream. From a buyer’s perspective, we all have at least one pair of shoes in our closet and they eventually wear out.
When they wear out, it can be cheaper to look online than buy from a store.
Sell your designer heels at buyMYheels. With each listing, you take four pictures of the pair and don’t even have to pay a commission.
You can expect your heels to sell for a quarter of the original purchase price. If you have multiple pairs to sell, the income can rack up quickly.
If you want a dedicated marketplace that exclusively sells sneakers, look at Kixify. You can sell men’s, women’s, and children’s sneakers. They also have an Android and iOS app for quick listing!
20. Test Websites
Do you enjoy testing new websites and apps or looking for programming bugs? You can be paid to become a website tester on a part-time or full-time basis.
Once again, you are selling your knowledge with this income idea. If you do find a bug, some places will even pay you to fix it.
Testing websites and apps can also be a fun and exciting alternative to online surveys too.
UserTesting accepts testers that don’t have any prior experience. As long as you can verbally communicate your thoughts as you test a website, you can make $10 for a 20-minute test.
Each test provides you a series of tasks that you complete and you express your experience–positive and negative– as you interact with the website.
Children’s toys and games can also be sold online for cash too.
You can have collectible toys, handmade toys, classic board games, and toys that your children play with but are still too good to throw away or donate to a thrift store.
Swap accepts children’s clothing, but you can also sell used toys and games too. You can redeem your Swap credit for other items on Swap that are more age-appropriate for your family or you can also take a PayPal cash payment if you have enough clothing at home already.
You can send your unwanted items into Swap for free and they will give you a quote once they process your package.
Have you ever heard of a toy party? Discovery Toys lets you host an online toy party with your friends and you keep a portion of each sale from the party. These toys are educational and can engage the five senses.
Toy parties can be hosted in Canada and the U.S. and this can be a fun way to start a home business while sharing your favorite moments of being a parent.
Maybe you have collectible toys that you have been accumulating over the years and are ready to collect the returns on your investment.
Neatstuff Collectibles is one online outlet to consider selling your collectible toys as they collect the following collectibles:
- Comic books
- Old and new toys
- Old and new video games
- Sports memorabilia
They will even travel to you and pay you cash on the spot for your collection!
22. Tutor Online
Do you like to help students of all ages learn and grow? Tutoring can be a fun and rewarding side hustle and you don’t have to meet your pupil at the public library to help them with their questions anymore, although that’s still an option too!
Teach English Online with VIPKID
Teaching English online is becoming a popular way to make cash if you like to interact with people via webcam.
It can be an excellent income opportunity if you have teaching experience but cannot commit more than a few hours each week to teaching.
Chegg has a reputation for being a textbook and tutoring resource. You can start earning $20+ per hour and get paid weekly for your efforts.
The best tutors are making over $1,000 a week; becoming a Chegg tutor can easily replace your current day job that you commute to!
Tutor.com is looking for tutors for many different subjects. Your potential student can be in kindergarten or even an adult student–literally students of any age–depending on what subjects you want to tutor.
You pick the hours that work best for you as you can tutor 24/7 and even connect with students from different countries!
Woodworking takes many shapes and forms as you can make some of the following products:
- Chainsaw Carvings
- Chess Sets
- Shadow Boxes
If you can make it out of wood, you can sell it online. For bulkier items, you might consider selling to local buyers that can pick up from your house.
It doesn’t matter if you have an idea or a physical product that must be mailed, you can sell anything online from home to make some extra cash.
The next time you declutter your house, are thinking of a new side hustle idea, or start a home business to replace your current day job, these suggestions may spark the “inner entrepreneur” inside you.