Is lack of funds stopping you from starting your business? I know it takes a little bit of money to make some money. However, “the lack of” or “a limited amount” of funds is just a temporary mental roadblock. I know of a few ways to help get rid of those mental financial blocks. Plus you can declutter your home at the same time. You can’t live a laptop lifestyle lugging around too much stuff.
3 ways to stack your coins to
start your business
Sell your old/use gadgets
Gazelle will buy them. Before you get all excited some of your items may not have any value depending on how old it is. When the site asks you about the condition of the item, be very honest. They have the right to give you less then the estimate value if their inspection finds something you did not mention.
You can get paid with a check or through PayPal. PayPal is faster. You do not have to worry about shipping because they will send you a prepaid shipping label. They want your items fast so they can get you your money even faster.
I have used them in the past and received the full estimated value every time. Of course everyone will have his or her own experiences. However, I can say the following:
- Well taken care of gadgets will get more money then “Good” or “Broke” condition.
- They will recycle your non-valued items for free. So you can declutter and save the world at the same time.
- Newer gadgets will get you more money. When companies release something new, they want your “old item” right away.
Got other items like CDs, Books & more?
Try selling on eBay. I also used Amazon in the past but mostly for old college textbooks and other type of books. My advice for using eBay is to be patience. Also take good photos and give an honest description of your items.
Here’s another great tip, you want to put as much information on your listing as possible especially when it comes to the shipping. Go out and buy the envelope or box you need to ship the item in.
The post office provides free priority shipping supplies if you want to go that route. Some locations have a self-service station that can buy stamps and pay for shipping without waiting on the long lines.
If you have access to that use it to weight your items and this way you will have a better idea of how much shipping will cost. Remember you are not trying to go broke, just trying to raise a little seed money. You want to price to sell but as well as make a profit.
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Make money buy shopping online
Oh how I wish I knew about Ebates a long time ago. If you don’t know Ebates is an online cash back program. You make your online purchases through links on their website and once they have confirmed everything you earn a percentage of your order back. Once you have earned a certain amount of money then you get a check in the mail.
I highly recommend you use that money to start or invest in your business. You can open up a bank account for your business, deposit that check so when you are ready to start working on your business and getting everything set up your will already have some seed money.
Which is good thing when it comes to trying to get a loan for your business. They love to see that you have personally invested some of your own money as part of your startup capital.