Alex Greene

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300+ ways to make money

Glad to see you’ve found this post; I was just going through all the clutter in one of the apps where I store my notes and ideas and came across a list I made a while ago. I quite literally sat down and thought of several hundred ways to make some extra money. By no means are these genius or revolutionary, and in fact, some of them actually have a better chance of losing your money, but here they are nevertheless – enjoy!

note: I had started writing descriptions for each idea, but I ended up giving that so most of the ideas are just listed.

develop websites for local businesses:
Go around to small business in your neighborhood that still have no online presence. The reasons for this are either because they have no idea how to make a website or they were quoted hefty prices by ‘professional’ web designers. As long as you stick to simple static designs, you can charge a few hundred per website and make some respectable earnings. The key is that you need to offer these small business inclusive hosting for their site, because most will have no idea what web hosting is. You can subscribe for reseller web hosting from nearly any web hosting provider. You can store all of your client’s sites on that one account. Host your customer’s websites and domains for a yearly fee, and earn even more passive profits!

develop and sell a smartphone app:
A few years ago, the Apple App Store was proclaimed on a daily basis as a gold rush opportunity. That’s not exactly the case anymore, but with hard work and a decent idea, you can make some good money. You’ll need a Mac computer, an iOS device to test your app on, and a developer license ($99 per year). This is just for making iOS apps, which is what I would focus in, because there is more money to be made there. Do your research to see which apps sell well, and consider your skill level. You’ll either have to start learning the computer language, Objective-C, or hire someone else to develop the app for you- which can cost a lot of money. You’ll also need a decent interface design for your app, which can be done in Photoshop, or outsourced to a designer. Find a problem you want to solve and start thinking about how it could be solved through an app. Make sure you are passionate about solving the problem, because you will find yourself spending many hours workin on readying your app for the public to download.

resell social media followers/likes:
To a certain extent, social media is the lifeblood of one’s online presence. If a business can engage many people through a Twitter account or a Facebook page, they can acquire more customers and therefore increase their sales. As a result, many brands and individuals looks to increase the number of followers and fans they have amongs all of their social media accounts. Those not willing to grow these numbers through hard work often result to paying others to do so in obscure methods. There are place online where you can buy thousands of (fake) followers, likes, and views for just a few dollars. Even though buying fake popularity is completely useless, there is no shortage of people looking to do so. You can find people who want these services, charge them tens or even hundreds of dollars, and outsource the work to websites like fiverr.com for just a few dollars. To find customers, you’ll need to do a bit more work. You can advertise your services, built a website and promote that teas, or even browse CraigsList ads. I once found a music artist who was trying to make a name for himself and posted on Craigslist that he wanted to buy followers and views for his music videos. Over the course of just a few months, I made hundreds of dollars while paying much less to outsource the work.

resell wholesale lots on eBay:
If you browse wholesale websites that offer products from sellers overseas, you can find many different things to buy in bulk. Find an interesting item that you think is interesting could sell well. Make sure there is not a lot of them listed eBay already, or the competition will hurt you profits. Once you receive the shipment, relist the items on eBay with considerable markup. Make sure to get product samples before you make large wholesale purchases. It would not be good if you recieved a shipment of unsellable goods because you were not cautious enough. The two options are to sell many items of lower value or fewer items of higher value. The former can take a lot of time, especially in shipping out the items, so stick to easily shipable items when you start out. The latter may be a better option.

hold a yard sale:
find everything around your house that you don’t want, and put it in your driveway for a day or two. You’ll have more room in your house and you may end up with a decent amount of cash. Make sure to post flyers all over your neighborhood, especially on high traffic street corners. You also want to post about your sale a number of times on craigslist. Just make sure you don’t sell anything you might regret selling later on.

shovel snow after a snowfall:
This works especially well in cities where shoveling your sidewalk is required by law. If you live in area that doesn’t have enough snowfall to justify having a snowblower, or if you’re neighborhoods has a large number of elderly people, you’re chances of doing well are even greater. Make sure you invest in a good shovel with a curved handle that relieves stree on your back. Bring lots of water with you so you’re hydrated throughout the day. When thinking of what to charge, consider the size of sidewalk; are you also going to shovel their walkway and driveway? Is it a corner lot with twice as much sidewalk? The hardest driveways to shovel are the ones that are on a downward incline towards he garage door. Remember, you can always negotiate with the owner of the house, and don’t be afraid to quote a higher price for your work. $50 may sound a like an unreasonable price, but if they have a super long driveway or a walkway that works like a maze, you may even feel you could’ve charged more.

offer yard cleanup after a big storm:
Similar to shoveling snow after a snowfall, offer your raking and cleanup services after a windy day or a big storm. It might be more difficult to find work if the neighborhood predominantly hires a lawn care service, but if you post your offering on craigslist or on flyers around town, you might find some people who are more than willing to pay. On another note, starting a lawncare service might be a better idea.

sell your services on Fiverr.com:
if you have a skill that want to offer to others around the world, consider posting it on Fiverr.com. You can offer the service for $5 and be seen by thousands of people. If you want to charge a bit more, you can have your customers pay for extras that will add up to respectable earnings. The most successful gigs on Fiverr are the ones that take little time for the seller to fulfill and have a high demand. Sellers make a good amount of money offering logo design, video testimonial, and advertising services- just to name a few.

resell services listed on Fiverr.com:
If you find a gig on fiverr that you think is very cool or is priced lower than what it’s worth, try reselling it to other people for more money. You can build an attractive website that offers the service, and simply outsource the orders to Fiverr as they come in. An easier but less profitable option is to resell the Fiverr gigs on eBay. You will not be able to have much markup, but it will be easier to sell them because of how many people browse eBay. However, be careful selling digital goods on eBay, because without proof of shipment, buyers can back out and claim refunds with no hope you getting your money back.

offer music lessons:
Do you know how to play a musical instrument well enough that you can teach others how to play? People are always interested in learning how to play popular instruments like guitar or piano and many parents will pay a lot of money so that their kids can learn. If you find more clients than you can handle, you can hire your friends who also know how to play and begin a music teaching business. Teaching others often improves your own skills, so you’ll get better the more you teach!

tutor students:
Are you particularly good in a certain subject of material? Offer your tutoring students to students in your area. If you live near an elementary school, ask the school if you can advertise your service to parents. Elementary school subjects don’t require much knowledge for an older student to teach, but if you want to earn money tutoring students in your own school, you should probably make sure you know the material like the back of your hand.

offer SAT/ACT tutoring:
SAT and ACT testing is one of the most important and stressful times of a student’s high school career. Parents therefore, are willing to pay quite a bit of money so that their children are prepared with the hopes of highs cores and prestigious colleges. If you scored well on these tests and think you can teach some helpful skills and strategies, offer one on one tutoring or even classes if you have enough demand for your services. Make sure you offer your tutoring in a wealthy area where parents are willing to pay anything to help their child get into a good college. Alternatively, go to less wealthy areas and offer your tutoring at lower prices to attract more clients.

sell class notes:
If you take excellent notes in your classes, you might be able to sell them to your classmates. Offer your notes just before a test and you might see some surprising profits. You could also sell hem online so students all over the country can take advantage of them. You might even get students who personally ask you to take notes for them.

sell SAT/AP/SAT II study guides:
While you are studying for these tests, write down your strategies, notes, techniques, and any of the tips you consider when taking the test. Compile a guide or even just a laminated sheet of paper full of notes and strategies. Sell them at your school and online- I wouldn’t be surprised if you got a bunch of orders just before the tests are scheduled- so long as you offer a good guide.

post affiliate links online/blogs:
If you have your own blog or website, you can post affiliate links that will earn you money when your readers/audience clicks them and buys something on the following page. You can start a website specifically to advertise one of these links, or find links related to the content you already post.

sell ad space on your blog/website:
a better option than affiliate links is sometimes plain advertising. If your website or blog has a decent sized audience, you can post Google Adsense ads that will earn you a few cents every time a reader views or clicks on the ads. You could also sell ad space directly to an interested company for a weekly or monthly rate- this is more difficult if you don’t have a large audience.

sell in-post mentions/ads on your blog/articles/writing:
Rather than having viewable ads, you might also be able to get advertisers to pay you to mention their product or service within your website or blog. This might seem like a bit of a sellout to your readers, so be careful how much you allow this.

sell featured channel or banner space on your YouTube channel:
If you have a YouTube channel with a decent amount of viewers, you can earn some money featuring other channels on your own. There is a place on every YouTube channel that allows the owner to list other channels that they like. You can have other people pay for you to put their channel there. If you are a ayouTube partner, you are also allowed to put a banner image on your channel. In this case you can feature advertising within the banner. This does require that you put some time into growing your audience, but it is another idea to monetize.

sell video shoutouts or description ads on YouTube videos:
Another way to monetize your YouTube channel is to sell shout outs within your videos. You can also have advertisers pay you to post their links in the description of your videos.

monetize your Twitter account on SponsoredTweets:
If you’re good with Twitter, you can make some good money selling your tweets! SponsoredTweets lets you register your account with your Twitter account and advertisers will pay you to tweet their message. You get to set the price depending how much you think your tweet is worth. The key is growing viral Twitter accounts that have tens of thousands of followers. Fake followers will not fool advertisers, so you’re going to have to put your thinking cap on to figure what accounts people will want to follow. I made $150 one summer from an Twitter account that was followed by nearly 10,000 fans of a popular books series. If you developed the skills to do this over and over again, not only could you make good money on SponsoredTweets, but you could probably sell the Twitter accounts for lots of money as well!

grow and sell online accounts:
Can you start Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and post interesting and unique constant that collects thousands of followers? If so, you can sell these accounts to buyers online for good amounts of money. This is a difficult skill and will take much work, however.

sell snacks in/near/outside movie theatres:
Do you enjoy paying for snacks at the movie theatre? Well not many people do. As long as you’re sneaky and keep a low profile, you could make some good money selling snacks outside of a movie theatre- maybe even inside the theatre! I’ve never tried this and should probably add that the theatre wouldn’t be too happy if they caught on to what you were doing.

sell bicycles bells/lights/accessories:
If you live near a bike path or bicycle heavy road, you could try selling simple accessories like lights or bells.

fix bicycles locally (mobile repair service):
If you live in an area where a lot people ride bicycles, you can start a mobile bicycle repair business. Get a trailer for your bicycle and fill it with tools and spare parts. Advertise your business around your neighborhood and city- when you get a call, ride over to the person house and repair their bike on location.

flip bicycles on Craigslist:
This is something I’ve had fun and made some good pocket cash doing. The idea is to buy a bike for less than its worth and resell it for a higher price. The trick is to figure out what sells best in your area- road bikes, mountain bikes, beach cruisers? Once you know what’s worth your time, search through all of the bicycle listings on your local Craigslist. Find listings with bicycles in perfect condition or only in need minor repairs like fixing flats or replacing the chain. If the wheels are bent or the tires are rotten, it will often eat up all of your potential profits. Look for bicycles that will require more investment in terms of time rather than money. Removing rust is not too difficult, and polishing the handlebars is all too simple. When buying a bike, figure what you can safely get for it and make sure you can make enough profit to make it worth your time. For a bike worth $150 on the Craigslist market, try and invest $75 total.

restore vintage/antique bicycles:
Similar to the above idea, if you can instead buy old bicycles for low prices, invest some time and money in replacing bad parts and removing rust, then you can sell them for a nice profit. Often it’s not a good idea to reprint a vintage bicycle and you will even ruin the value by doing so. Alternatively you could completely take bike apart, give it a custom paint job, colored tires, and sell it as a custom bicycle. You might be able to even work out a deal with a local bike shop owner to sell your bikes in their store for a share of the profits.

Sell custom motorized bicycles:
You can easily buy bicycle motor kits online for little over $100. Buy a sturdy yet simple cruiser bicycle, customize it and reprint it if you want, and then install the motor. These motorized bicycles get great gas mileage and can be a great and stylish form of transportation. Sell them on Craigslist- just make sure they’re legal in your area before you start building.

make and sell handmade phone sleeves/folios:
As long as there are phones and tablets, there will be a demand for cases and sleeves to store these devices. Take advantage of this by making your own phone and tablet sleeves. All you need is a sewing machine and som material to makem out of. You can sell them to your friends, online, or even in local shops. If they sell well enough, you can have them made in bulk to be sold in larger stores.

invest your money in the stock market
As long as you accept the level of Fisk involved, there is money to be made investing in the stock market. Make sure to do your research and understand the companies you invest in. I make sure that I know how the company makes money, how other investors feel about the company, what news is for the market and the company, etc.

sell cheap but cool sunglasses when sunny outside:
If it’s a super sunny day, go to the beach, or even just down the street- maybe even a flea market- and sell cheap sunglasses. You can get neat ones online for less than $2 a pair, sell them for $5-$10. I bought 50 pairs and made half my investment back after just selling a few of them.

sell other people’s things on eBay for them:
Many people have things they would like to sell and part with but have no idea how. Offer to to sell these items for them as long as you get a cut of the profit. Find these people and sell their items on eBay for a cut of the sale. Make sure you charge them for the eBay fees and the shipping costs. To make the most of your time, try and stick to higher values items that will yield the most for you to keep.

sell water/drinks on the street when it’s hot outside:
When people are stuck in traffic on a hot summer day, they’ll be more than happy to pay a buck for a bottle of water. Make sure you check the legality, then buy water bottles in bulk, a cooler with ice, and see how much you can sell in the heat of the day!

sell sled/snow toys at local hill after it snows:
The theme here seems to be taking advantage of the weather- if you find your local hill covered in snow, take a bunch of sleds and sell them or rent them to kids you want to have fun sledding. Tip- try and demonstrate that your sleds are the fastest on the slope!

charge $ to make YouTube demos/reviews :
Another way to make money through YouTube is to create product/software review or demo videos. Companies want publicity for their products and are often willing to reward you with free sample of their product or even money if you have a large enough audience. Make sure you make your reviews 100% honest or else your viewers will become less interested.

make $ as a YouTube partner:
Quite simply, the easiest way to make money on YouTube is just to allow Google to put ads on your videos so that you get paid when people watch your content.

car wash:
If your street has good exposure, put up noticeable signs advertising a car wash in your driveway. Charge a fair price and do the job quickly so you clear up your driveway space. A better option might be to rent out a corner of a parking lot for a few hours and hold the car wash there instead. Check the legality of this in your area first. Anther idea is to run a mobile car wash. Have customers call you and travel to their house to wash the car in their own driveway. Use their hose and bring your own bucket, soap, and sponges. You can even offer to wax their car. As long as you stick to the neighborhood, you can rise your equipment around on a bicycle trailer to save money on gas.

collect soda cans for recycling:
You might feel like a hobo when you go to turn them in, but it’s easy to do and doesn’t take that much time. Make sure your family never throws out cans or water bottles. Save them all in garbage bags. When you’ve filled up enough bags to make the trip worth it, bring them down to your supermarket and put all the bottles and cans in the recycling machines. You’ll probably end up with only $5-$15, but it’s still money you didn’t have before. If you’re in need of more, you can always collect cans around the neighborhood by either asking neighbors to save up,cans for you to recycle, or by (illegally) picking out of their garbage bins). Make sure to take off all the can tabs because once you have enough of those you can sell them on eBay for a few bucks too!

make your own jewelry:
If you enjoy crafting and have an eye for fashion, you can make some money by creating your own jewelry. My sister makes colorfully patterned string bracelets in her spare time and sells them on consignment at a local gift shop. She checks in once a month and usually has $50-$60 waiting for her especially during months when there are a lot of tourists passing through. It’s good money for something she only spends a few hours on every now and then. If you’re a bit more serious, you can sell your jewelry online or even do custom pieces.

win the lottery:
Hey, you never know… although really this is not worth the gamble.

online poker:
Yes, poker is gambling, but there is skill involved. If you practice enough and get very good at winning hands, you can earn some pocket money playing online poker. Just make sure to understand the risks involved. I wouldn’t rely on this for income if you’re just starting out, but it can turn into income once you’re experienced

set up a phone charger in the park and accept donations:
Here’s a crazy idea- go to a popular park or even a bus stop, anywhere people are waiting, and set up a phone charger either by solar or battery power. Let people plug in while they’re sitting down and let them put some change in a tip jar if they’re feeling generous.

sell a list like this:
People love lists, and if you have good ideas to share, people may pay to see them.

search for and sell scrap metal: if you have a pickup truck and a scrap yard nearby, you might be able to go out hunting for scrap metal. You can look for metal thrown in the woods, put on the curb, thrown in a dumpster. Spread the word that you’ll pick up for free any scrap metal the Pete want to throw away. The earnings will depend on what type of metals you find.

find treasures with a metal detector:
metal detecting may be more of a hobby than an income, but there’s always the chance you maybe come across something valuable. If you have fun doing it, anything you find is better than nothing.

sell flowers on Mother’s/Valentine’s Day:
Just as I advised to take advantage of the weather, you should also take advantage of any and all holidays. On the days leading up to and on Mother’s Day, sell flowers on the side of the road or on Craigslist. People always wait till the last minute, so you might be able to do so,ex good business if you make it easy for someone driving by to purchase some flowers quickly.

social media services for local business:
In the same way many small businesses don’t have a website, many don’t have any social media accounts. Even if they do, they are often ill kept and unattended to. Offer to maintain these accounts for a monthly fee. Keep their customers interested with regular pictures, facts, promotions, and more.

sell old magazines on eBay:
I recently discovered that people buy old issues of common magazines for descents amount money on eBay. I knew that collectible magazines were popularly sold online, but depending on the magazine, you can take a bulk lot of old magazinesand watch it sell for a few bucks over the cost of the flat rate USPS box that it fits into. It’s just a few bucks, but it takes just a half hours worth of work. You could promote your idea around your neighborhood and have neighbors save old magazines for you rather than throwing them out. Many people save issues of a certain magazines for a while and then throw them out when the pile gets too tall. You’ll see them tied up in a bundle and put out on the curb. You can take the bundle just as it is, list it on eBay and stick it in a flare rate box.

set up a pinball route:
Pinball is slowly coming back and many people are still having a hard time finding places to play. Invest in a few fun to play machines and put them on location in bars, restaurants, corporate offices, and anywhere you think they would do well in. Split the revenue with the owner of the establishment. It will take a while to earn back the cost of the machine, and you’ll have to know how to repair the machine in case it breaks down. Make sure you choose good locations and fun machines that will attract the maximum amount of players. Instead of pinball machines, you could also set up a vending machine route or arcade machines such as the claw machine. I would stay away from retro video game machines like Pacman and Asteroids. They might look cool and are inexpensive, but people can play them on their consoles and phones and are not willing to put quarters in anymore. Gumball machines are also a tough sell nowadays

Collect and resell corks and other ‘craftsy’ materials on eBay
Repair and resell broken/damaged pinball machines
restore antique vending machines/junk finds
Flip cars, motorcycles, mopeds, dirt bikes, boats, atvs, etc
Part out old things that people are throwing away anyway
Go picking!
Graphing calculator buy/sell/repair business
Fix/repair smoke detectors
Shoe shining
Buy bulk school supplies and sell them at the beginning of the school year
Be a tour guide
Resell yard sale, estate sale, thrift shop finds on eBay
Buy lots on eBay and resell on eBay/Craigslist
Buy out clothing from people and sell on eBay
Sell bodily fluids
Medical testing
Mystery shopper
Surveys and share your opinions
Sell door-2-door flyer services
Offer bicycle messenger services
Mow lawns
Landscaping, flower planting services
Deliver and do people’s grocery shopping
Offer market research/survey collection services
Babysitting
Clean houses
Clean windows
Pick from trash and resell (dumpster diving)
Sell ice cream at the beach/park
Clean out houses/estates/garages
Offer dog-walking services
Pet sitting (fish-feeding,etc)
Rent out fish feeders
Buy/sell books
Buy/sell textbooks
Be a DJ
Photography services
Sell [anything] door to door
Report crimes for rewards
Post ads on your car
Sell fishing bait and (homemade?) tackle
Rent out tools/equipment
Rent out GoPro cameras; follow someone around w/ one & make personalized vids
Make and sell furniture
Make and sell jewelry
Rent out party equipment
Rent out bicycles
Unicycle lessons (or any skill that is uncommon but interesting!)
Lock picking services
Buy out storage lockers
Run estate/tag sales for people
Offer antique appraisals
Sell t-shirts at events (or just custom designs)
Invent something and sell it
Be a personal trainer
Be a handyman
Sell subscription goody boxes
Buy and flip wristwatches/pocketwatches
Offer clock/watch repair or watch battery replacement services
Sing a capella for birthdays/inside jokes/etc.
Sell your artwork or photography
Offer ski/snowboard lessons
Offer modeling services
Phone repairs/customizations
Build software for other people
Create and manufacture your own card/board game
Build and sell bicycles from scratch
Do other people’s laundry for them
Make homemade dinners for people w/o the skills or time to do it themselves
Offer computer repair services
Give computer lessons to elderly
Attract people to stores/businesses (hold a sign, etc.)
Rent out your driveway/garage
Rent out out your yard/driveway for garage sales
Offer subscription delivery for toilet paper, towels, etc.
Keep a bike pump by local path/trail and accept donations
Clean windshields at gas stations
Offer rides in your car on long trips in return for gas $
Good old fashioned lemonade stand
Beta test products/services/software
Review products for free, then resell the products
Trade up/ barter for better “stuff”
Help people move
Offer van/pickup truck services
Sell firewood you can get for free
Teach people how to make money on eBay (or anywhere else really!)
Teach people a skill you know well
Help people form business plans
Offer design services
Sketch out app ideas for people
Rent out parking lots for flea markets
Take advantage of referrals (physical and links)
Offer aquarium setup/maintenance for offices
Proofread essays
Sell your essays
Post your essays online and earn revenue
Grow vegetables/fruits/etc. in your garden and sell the results
Buy broken skateboards at skateparks and fit the trucks with new decks
Take aerial photos and videos with RC helicopters/planes
Make custom flash drives
Flip domain names
Sell websites/apps on Flipps
Make poster print designs and sell online
Offer ski/snowboard tune-ups
Offer bicycle tune-ups
Be a personal shoppers
Become a part time auctioneer
Start a podcast and sell ad space
Have sports cards graded and then resell them
Send away for TTM autographs and then sell the results
Sell custom gameboys
Get free stuff from Reddit.com and sell it
Boat naming service
Sell the fish you catch
Harvest and sell mushrooms
Sell your carvings
Collect/sell boxes/envelopes
Clean storefronts- sweep sidewalks, clean windows
Pack search at target,etc
Case break sports cards and resell
Look for lures/fishing tackle on shores and sell
Buy cards and other things on forums and resell it on eBay
Buy out of stock items and resell
Do consulting for something you’re good at
Make video tours of colleges
Rent out popular video games
Revise Craigslist listings for other people and hope they reward you
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Sell your hair (though you should donate)
Scalp tickets
Set up a roadside vendor stand
Pick up money you find on the ground
Use Swagbucks
Buy/resell gift cards
Rent out your car
Write freelance
Resell pizza
House-sitting
Make and sell extravagant and high quality Halloween costumes
Lunch delivery
Bake cupcakes/cookies/cakes for parties
Get character costumes and do birthday parties for little kids
Rent out your apartment/room (on AirBnB?)
Become a brand ambassador
Download apps
Complete tasks, scan barcodes
TaskRabbit
Do/Teach calligraphy
Sell advertising space on… yourself
PTC – click on ads
Sell your music
If you have a band, play at restaurants and bars
“Win” trivia contests
Data entry…
Draw caricatures and sell them at parks
Make/sell greeting cards
Take advantage of sign-up bonuses
Learn/do magic tricks at events/parties
Collect/buy boxes and headphones from people with new iOS devices and resell
Sell Christmas trees
Let people camp on your property for a small fee
Clean pools
Do signs for restaurants/businesses
Restore antique [bicycles] w/ custom designs for restaurants/businesses
Teach a foreign language
Web hosting service
Make and sell clothing
Land money, make interest
Make lamps/clocks out of interesting objects
Pet grooming services
Pet-poo cleanup in backyards
Make scrapbooks/albums for other people
College essay critique
Clothing repair
Virtual assistant
Decorate houses for Christmas
Decorate trees for Christmas
Street performer/musician
Furniture assembly
Rent out generators during power outages
Farm animals, eggs, fish, etc.
Golf caddy
Sell targeted email lists
Sell targeted twitter lists
Paper route
Transcription service
Interpreter
Rent out space in your yard for storage
Recycle printer cartridges
Sell a book/eBook
Enter and “win” contests
Sell ad space in your yard
Stage homes for sale
Paint street numbers
Sell solar power
Flip houses
Sell website/Wordpress templates
Draw cartoons
Develop and monetize online games
SEO services
Sell your video game accounts
Become a ChaCha guide
Cut people’s hair
Ump/referee at sporting events
University part time job
Make balloon animals at parties
Compost
Carve watermelons/any kind of food art
Pan for gold
99Designs
Help advertise an event/business
Mail people’s holiday cards for them
Resell stuff college kids throw away at end of year
Upcycle and sell!
Coin roll hunting
Design store window displays
Help people turn their hobbies/interests into businesses
Start an arcade in your driveway
Help people clean out storage units
Moving service for storage units/auctions
Sell morning coffee/paper subscriptions to offices
Sell umbrellas when it rains
Sell no soliciting signs
Clean gutters
Be a film extra
Take advantage of Craigslist gigs
Print placemats/menus for diners for free w/ ads
Make a neighborhood newsletter with ads
Design YouTube banners/icons/intros
Offer app promotion services
Sell real app store reviews
Buy games from people about to sell them at Gamestop
Take pictures of people with instant film
Buy food in bulk and resell
Serve cotton candy at parties
Paint fences
Sharpen knives
Deliver tacos
Build/install sheds
Find seashells by the sea shore
Farm crickets
Resell boat fuel from gas station to dock
Rent out water sports equipment
Design maps for small tourist towns
Drive kids back/forth from college
Create promotional videos for businesses
Reserve parking spaces for people in traffic heavy areas
Create instructional/demonstrational videos
Enter car shows and “win”!
Sell in-game objects in video games
Paint custom skateboard/longboard decks
Participate in psychology and research studies
Take advantage of rewards programs and sell the rewards
Sell newspapers on the side of the road
Sell pumpkins for Halloween
Carve pumpkins for Halloween
Help people write their resumes
Help high school students apply to college
Jury duty
Sell Santa hats during the holidays
Grade essays and tests
Clean offices
Do people’s taxes for them
Set-up and install electronics
Build/sell birdhouses, mailboxes, etc
Edit videos/podcasts for content producers
Manage social media accounts
Moderate boards/forums
Electric car conversions
Golf cart repairs/customizations
Tailor clothes
Frame pictures/prints/artwork
Get sponsored for your athletics
Pack and ship boxes for people
Convert film pics to digital, etc.
Decorate offices for different holidays
Beekeeping
Set up carnival games at fairs and flea markets
Mine Bitcoins
Exterminator
Write/sell/perform jokes
Take product photographs for businesses
Create radio/voice commercials
Advertise on boxes you ship stuff in
Help people name their business/domain
Take pictures/videos for real estate companies
Help people prank their friends/families
Help disabled motorists in hopes of them rewarding you
Get your video shown on America’s Funniest Home Videos
Earn interest in your savings account
Win money in a lawsuit

Security or Privacy? (my thoughts on the NSA privacy scandal)

This past week, most of the top news sites have been plastered with non stop updates on the NSA privacy scandal, and for good reason. But it’s become difficult to tell how much of these reports are fact and how much is inference. It certainly doesn’t help that the authorities behind it all seem to be downplaying the chain of events and/or not telling the American public what they need to hear. Obama did release this statement, however:

I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 per cent security and also then have 100 per cent privacy and zero inconvenience,”

President Obama, I believe that is certainly true. At the same time, it would be impossible to have any one of the three, so that’s not saying much. You are putting words in our mouths if you claim we expect to be perfectly secure or perfectly private. We know there are dangers, both foreign and domestic, and we know that our lives are becoming less and less private every day. Please don’t forget, there is a middle ground- there is not only extremely safe and  incredibly unsafe. That put aside, what I know you should be trying to say is that the American people need to understand that they will have to sacrifice some of their privacy in order to make the US more secure from any number of threats. The question is, how much should be sacrificed?

First let me review what I believe is the case with this recent NSA situation, based on articles I have read, one of which has direct quotes from a former NSA official, as well as some lackluster statements made by government officials.

  • The NSA has one or more massive data centers that are highly guarded and top secret. 
  • The NSA has commissioned the construction of some of the worlds fastest computers in order to help break encrypted files.
  • The NSA has been collecting phone data for years.
  • The NSA has access to large amounts of data from some of the top tech companies in the country. It is not clear how much access they have nor how much the companies are aware of this.
  • The NSA does not seem to care about collecting only suspicious data, and has ignored suggestions to help build such a system to do so.
  • The government claims that data is managed with trust by the NSA, though they seemingly have access to as much as they can get their hands on.

Now let me tell you why this is wrong, Mr. President.

The case for American security is that the government needs access to personal information in order to catch criminal activity. This makes sense. If you can catch a plot before it goes down, you have a chance to save lives, and protect America from harm. But there is a limit to what is acceptable.

But data requests from phone providers and large data harvesting technology corporations need only be fulfilled on a warrant with suspicion basis. Having access to the entirety of America’s personal data can only do harm. As far as I am aware, the American people have never signed over 100% of their privacy to the government, so I call it unconstitutional. What’s worse is that I’ve learned there are secret courts where these matters are discussed. I’m not a whiz on American government, but how is it acceptable for America’s constitutional rights to be discussed by courts that have agreed to take them away?

You say that the government is not listening to the calls of American people, but statements from officials from your secret government seem to disagree. Calls (and emails!) were examined - and private conversations were listened to. Nevertheless, you don’t dispute the fact that the NSA is sifting through all of our information. It is then safe to say that the NSA has a shit ton of data on everyone, not just suspected terrorists, not just foreigners, not just interactions between Americans and foreigners, but everyone.

Data provides power, Mr.President, and power can be abused.

The constitution is in place to keep government and American liberties and freedoms in check, but it seems you and your government are ignoring this. There is no longer a check on the NSA, and they now have the power to provide the rest of the government with information that can feed corruption and bias. The people have been given no say in their personal liberties in this matter.

A common retort seems to be, “if you have nothing to hide, why should you care?”. In response I say this- if the American people have no reason to be concerned about the overbearing power of your program, why have you been hiding it from us?

In the 21st century, so much of our lives depends on technology, and more recently, the cloud. We put trust in software and programs that make our lives easier and more manageable. We trust companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Sure, people hate their phone bills, but they put trust in phone companies too. Most of us are fully aware that these companies have large amounts of data on us. We know that much of this data is sold to advertisers, yet we give in to it everyday. We let games and apps access our Facebook accounts, we carry around smartphones made by these large companies that can provide our locations to apps that request it from us, and most of the time, we give in.

Why do we give in? Why do provide our personal information to large corporations? Well, sometimes we don’t. That’s one reason. While some information id collected from us whether we like it or not, we are often in control of our data, or at least under the illusion that we are. We are happier to hand over our lives to companies and organizations that give us a choice. Sometimes we feel that providing our data is beneficial to us. We know that many of these companies are innovative and while they care most about profits, they will hopefully do good with our data. Sure they’ll make money off it, but it will often be beneficial to us- we often trust these companies know how to handle things better than the government could.

The NSA’s unlawful collection of data from the companies we trust has ruined much of this trust. The companies that keep America innovating have now been shown to violate our trust, possibly thanks to government bullying.

please note that I am not an expert on government, these are just my thoughts to share

Hello Stanford!

Gigaom just wrote an article about my app!

Wow, Huffington Post… I’m quite speechless at the moment.

The Stanford Daily

Hello Stanford,

If you’re reading this, I’ve probably contacted your admissions department to provide this URL, so thanks for stopping by! It’s been a number of weeks since I submitted my undergraduate application to attend your school, but I wanted to add one thing that I think you may enjoy! I built an iPhone application to show how much I would love to attend Stanford, and I’d like to show it to you. I couldn’t wait to show you, so I made a video demonstration of the application for your viewing pleasure!

I don’t want to give it all away- so take a look!

Thanks for your time,

Alex Greene
alexgrn7@gmail.com

5 ways to generate new ideas

Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and all those with creative personalities usually have too many ideas to handle. “Should I work on this project or that one?” or “I made that design already, but I just thought of something that might work better” – both are often heard from these people. But sometimes, no matter how creative you are, you run short of ideas. You hit a drought, per say, and you have nothing to work with. I’ve just gone through one myself. Here are some tips to help get your creative mojo back on:

1. Doodle on a piece of paper. Sometimes I like to take a clean sheet of paper, draw the first thing that comes mind and then go fro there. Don’t think about what you’re drawing, just sketch it out, whether it be a cube, a tree, or any bizarre random thing that you never thought you’d be drawing. While this probably won’t directly provide you with the next huge idea (who knows?), it will definitely get your creative juices flowing. Along the same lines, if you know your way around photoshop, just try and design random objects. Look around the room, choose something interesting you see, and recreate it in Photoshop.

2. Browse for inspiration. I regularly visit sites like Forrst, HackerNews, and Quora for different perspectives. I also like to look at peoples websites and portfolios. If they’re really good, you can learn from them. If they aren’t you can think about how you’d improve upon them. There are tons of places to search, just find sites that interest you. If you’re an app developer, feel free to stalk the app store, that’s what I do sometimes. As long as you don’t spend too much time browsing other people’s creations/ideas, I find it to be a valuable technique.

3. Forget about brainstorming. In my opinion, brainstorming is meant for expanding upon an existant idea, or a seed idea. If you just had a ‘brain blast’ for a great new product, that’s when you would brainstorm to expand upon that idea. But I’m stuck without any clue on what to work on next, I find that trying to think of an idea is least effective in giving me an idea. You’re much better off going outside for a walk and forgetting that you’re stuck.

4. Take a break, dive into other hobbies. I just mentioned it, but I’ll go into it with some more depth. Sometimes taking my mind off things works wonders. If you have any other hobbies, delve into them and have fun. You might encounter a problem while doing so and be motivated to solve it. After all, the best ideas would come from an area you are more experienced in.

5. Revise someone else’s idea. Sometimes you see a project that’s really cool and wish that you’d been the genius behind it. If there’s a problem or flaw you see in their approach, why not fix it? Sometimes we are put off from building certain ideas because “that’s already been done”. I’ve said it to myself a million times. We look at successful entrepreneurs and think of how amazing they are for making something new or original, but many times they’ve just taken a different approach to a problem that had already been tackled before. They just saw a better way to do it. If you’re really interested in a space and think you have what it takes to put something cool out there, don’t be deterred because something else is already there.

Hopefully some of these tips help you get back to building awesome stuff. If you think I’ve missed something- let me know!

 

Flipping Journal: Update #4

Due to school and college applications, I haven’t had much time to post updates on my flipping experiment. However, I have still been making slow progress. I’m not going to list out all of the transactions here as I usually do, but I did sell the rest of the McCovey card lot, and acquired a vintage bicycle for free and spent $60 fixing it up.

I will be posting updates on this experiment at the end of each month, instead of each week. Rest assured, after this semester of school ends, I will have much more time to work on this project!

EDIT: I’m ending the flipping journal in order to focus on other projects. I’ll still be flipping every now and then, but I won’t be posting regular updates. You can check my progress here.

Flipping Journal: Update #3

Third week of flipping is over, and it was a bit better than last.

SOLD:

1952 Bowman Enos Slaughter – $13.65 after eBay fees and shipping costs (sold for $15.50)

Matchless Clubman vintage motorcycle poster – $25

 

PURCHASED:

2011 Topps Tier-One Dimaggio bat relic /399  - $26

Schwinn Cruiser Extreme – $100

 

Happy to get rid of that motorcycle poster. It looked rally neat and all, but I’m trying to move some of the yard sale items. It seems the yard sale items get me a higher profit, but take much longer to sell. The ammo can is hopeless at the moment. I was really hoping to get $20 at the least, but I suppose I can put it down to $15 if nobody grabs it after I repost the ad one last time. The lunchbox is even more hopeless, I can’t ven get it to sell for a couple bucks. Maybe I’ll try and trade it for something else of slightly higher value. That would be a first for this experiment. As you can see, I did lose money on that 1952 baseball card. I thought it would sell for at least $20. Maybe I should have tried selling it on a card forum first- if it weren’t for the eBay fees, I would have broken even with a few pennies left over- which is much better than losing almost $2. I suppose the motorcycle poster made up for that loss, however, bringing in $21 profit! I picked up another card off of Blowout Cards Forum for I guy who needed PayPal. With all my bad luck with baseball cards, I don’t know why I keep on putting my money back into them. This DiMaggio card is really nice though, the Yankee market is huge, and it seems they are going for $35 on eBay. I might be able to make a few bucks. Maybe if the Yankees don’t screw up this ALCS the value will go up. I’ll list it as Buy It Now and wait for someone to make an offer. Another card I have listed is the Miguel Cabrera card. I said last week I hoped to get an offer this week, and I got two! One of them was too low, I might have broke even, and another might’ve made me $2 profit. This might be a good card to hold on to, but I need more cash for this experiment. I think it will go up in value over a long period of time, but I’m already sitting on the Jackie Robinson stuff, so I don’t want too much money tied up. I’ll see how well Cabrera and the tigers do in the postseason. If the move on to the World Series and possibly win it, then I’ll sell it. If the Yankees beat them in this series, I’ll sell it sooner and I’ll be happy that my team is moving on. Wow, this a long post. With as well as I’m doing with the bicycles, I decided to pick up a new-school Schwinn Cruiser, probably mid 90′s, for $100. It had new whitewall tires, but I switched them out for the red cruiser tires I had from another project, which I didn’t factor into the price, because I figure the tire sets were of equal value. They look great with the red brake cables that were stock on the bike. I cut off the black foam padding on the handlebars so you can see the nice chrome bars now, and using my eBay bucks (from all of my baseball car spending), I purchased a pair of comfy red handlebar grips. The bike looks sick! I figure I can net $199 max, but wouldn’t take less than $150, which is what I might get considering it’s the end of the season. After all of the selling and buying, my total is only $43.88. However, I figure the conservative value of my inventory is about $383. So I’ve done okay so far. Hopefully once I get my cash total up, I can buy some higher value items that will get me some better profit. I’d like my flipping to get a bit more consistent.

(note: I did buy a GT Outpost bicycle, but couldn’t include it because I didn’t have enough money from this experiment to do so. I bought it for $60. It will be listed in my bicycle flipping post once it sells!)

Flipping Journal: Update #2

The second week of flipping is over, but was quite miserable.

SOLD:

1970 Topps #65 baseball card 1969 Home Run Leaders – $1.86 (card 1/15 from McCovey card lot)

Topps McCovey Sporting News baseball cards 1969 #416 1970 #450 – $2.72 (cards 2/15 and 3/15 from McCovey card lot)

 

PURCHASED (pictures coming soon):

3 comic books – Flash #136,137 JLoA #50 – $4

 

Once again, the prospective buyer of the ammo box is hard for communication. He reminded me he is interested in the box, but hasn’t replied to anything else. The sad thing is, he is the only one interested, so unless I want to lose money, I have to waste my time trying to bother him until he buys. Another flop this week has to do with those three comic books I bought. After looking at the craigslist ad, I matched the cover of one of the comics shown in the ad with a listing on eBay and soon found it was going for hundreds of dollars. I biked over quickly to snag the comic and two other for a small sum of $4. After arriving at home, I realized it was not the same issue. The covers looked nearly identical and anyone in rush, like myself, could easily have mistaken them. Now I’ll be lucky if I can find a way to make my money back. On the positive side, three of the fifteen Willie McCovey baseball cards I bought have sold, though the profit is small. After my experiences with baseball cards the past few weeks, I think it’ll be much more  efficient and rewarding to buy lots of higher end cards that I know will sell. To have to spend so much time listing these small value cards to make a dollar profit, if that, after shipping and fees is just not worth it. In addition the McCovey cards, I listed the Cabrera jersey card with a BIN price of $29. It already has one watcher, and as Cabrera has won the triple crown and will most likely bring his team to the ALCS, I’m almost positive someone will make an offer in the next week or two, hopefully above $23. I also have a few bicycles I’m looking to pick up, though at my current $ total, unless I can sell a ton of stuff in the next two days, I may only be able to include one of them in this experiment. Bicycles have made me good money from my experience with them (for the most part…), and they are fun to work with. Hopefully this week will be much better. Thanks for reading!

Flipping Journal: Update #1

The first week of flipping is over, and I made a little progress.

SOLD:

1987 Schwinn World Sport Womens road bike – $125

Sector 9 longboard – $25

 

PURCHASED:

Lot of (3) movie posters (Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, Star Trek) – $0.75

 

1952 Bowman Enos Slaughter – $15

 

Matchless Clubman vintage motorcycle poster – $4

I had hoped to sell the ammo box, but the buyer won’t respond all of a sudden. That’s what I don’t like about Craigslist. So much spam, and even when you do get a buyer, the chances that they have intentions of actually going through with the purchase are not so great. I listed the McCovey and jersey baseball cards on eBay, so hopefully someone bids on them by next weekend. If not, I’ll relist them each for a dollar less. And if that doesn’t work, I’m going to have to rethink my baseball card flipping strategy. I’m not sure what to do with the lunchbox. I can hold onto it for another yard sale, or I can just try and sell it for $5 and make a $2 profit. I’m also not sure about the movie posters, but at least my risk is low, at a quarter under a buck-  the batman poster is pretty cool, I just have to find the right buyer, even though the profit will be small, though large relative to the investment. All the other items I am pretty confident about, I am just thinking I should aim to sell quick rather than tying up money in investments like the Jackie Robinson items. It may be good in the long term, but not when I need the money for this experiment to buy more stuff and grow. And seriously, if you’re taking the time to read all this, thank you, and I hope you find this enjoyable and/or useful.

Flipping Journal

I’d like to start a logbook/journal of everything I flip and see how far I can go. For those who don’t know, flipping is when you take buy something, sell it for more money, and have a nice profit. For this experiment, I think my main focus will be on baseball cards and bicycles, as I’ve demonstrated interest in both through my last two posts. However, I won’t limit myself to anything- I can flip stuff I find at yard sales or good deals on eBay, anything really, just as long as it will turn a profit. I think this will be fun, and hopefully I’ll have a bunch of money to put towards college (and more flipping!). The only rule is that I cannot invest anything more than what I start with.

I’ll start out with the following things that I bought with intentions of flipping anyway, just to get the ball rolling:

Lot of (15) 1960′s Willie McCovey Topps baseball cards – paid $15.12

 

Lot of (5) 2009/2010 Upper Deck jersey cards – paid $3.99

 

2012 Topps Triple Threads Miguel Cabrera MVP jersey card #34/36 – paid $15.73

 

Jackie Robinson business card – paid $10.95

 

1950 Sport Life Jackie Robinson magazine – paid $19

 

 

Topps 1955 Jackie Robinson baseball card – paid $59.05

 

Harry Potter Quidditch Cup TCG booster box (36 packs) – paid $18.50

 

Vietnam-Era 30 caliber ammo Box – paid $3

 

Dennis the Menace lunchbox – paid $3

 

Schwinn Women’s 17″ World Sport road bicycle – paid $70

 

Sector 9 Longboard – paid $0 (someone was throwing it out!)

 

So technically, I started with $218.34 worth of goods. I would have started with a lower amount just to make it more challenging, but I was planning in flipping these items anyway and would like to keep one definitive list of my flipping transactions. Let the flipping begin!

EDIT: Rather than having the whole log on this one post, I’m going to break it down into smaller update posts, just because this post would get way too long. For example, once I’ve had a few flips/transactions, I will make a post titled “Flipping Journal: Update #1″ and so on an so forth.

How I plan to make money buying and selling baseball cards

Recently I’ve regained interest in baseball cards. I had a Yard Sale last weekend (which was very successful) and I had my baseball/Pokemon/harry potter cards up for sale which I’ve collected. I sold a binder of baseball cards and a binder of Pokemon cards, and it wasn’t until after the sale that I regretted it. They were pieces of my childhood, and the Pokemon cards especially defined my childhood. But what’s done is done, and I can always buy some more on eBay and try to rebuild my collection.

As per the baseball cards however, I still have a ton left, and will hold on to them (though most of them are worthless 80′s cards because of the baseball card bubble).

I looked on eBay a few days ago and found that there are tons of lots of baseball cards up for grabs, but the ones that are the best values are the vintage cards. Cards from the 80′s and 90′s are worthless, but anything from the 70′s and back could be worth something. I started researching baseball cards on eBay, and other sites to see if it was possible to invest in baseball cards. It certainly is, as long as you know what you are doing. Going to Target or your local store and buying a pack of cards is a waste of money. Your chances or making a profit are slim to none, and even if you get an autograph or jersey card, sometime they are barely even worth the price you paid for the unopened pack.

So I’ve probably spent about $200 so far on eBay. The items I’ve purchased range from lots of vintage cards to Jackie Robinson memorabilia to modern day autograph/insert/jersey cards.

You may be thinking, goodness, this kid wants to get back into baseball cards and so he spends $200 on eBay? Baseball cards aren’t even popular anymore!

But like you always should, I did my research and I know what I’m getting into. I spent the past few days looking at completed auctions on eBay to see what certain cards were going for. I made sure that when I looked at an interesting lot of cards up for grabs, I looked at each card I could see and look up the going price for just that card alone. When I did that for as many cards as possible for that lot and added up the total (minus shipping and fees), I would have the estimated value of the lot if each card was sold individually. Then I would determine how much profit I thought would be reasonable based on the cards and the time and effort I would have to put into reselling them, and come up with a max price I would pay for the lot. The most important thing is to NOT go over this number. Although bidding is fun, you will end up wasting time and money and may just break even if you aren’t careful. In any regard I personally find it more exciting to scout different auctions on eBay and search for the best deal, not just bidding on the first one that seems good.

Now I have certainly bought a lot of cards, but none of them have been shipped to may yet- many of them will be arriving this week and into next week. Worst cases scenario, if all my cards spontaneously burst into flames, I’m out $200. But I will have gained experience, and learned a lesson. Otherwise, if I find selling them isn’t worth it, I will have a nice collection of baseball cards to keep/show off/hope they increase in value. But for the most part, based on my research, I will be able to turn a modest profit doing something interesting and fun.

As per reselling them, I could obviously resell them on eBay. The advantage to this is that many collectors scout eBay, so they will snatch up higher value cards. The disadvantage is that they know when a card is worth a lot less, even if it appears rare (such as a jersey or auto card). My plan to take advantage of this is to resell the higher value cards (worth > $10) on eBay, and then keep the lower value cards and sell them at yard sales, on Craigslist, or just keep in case the player suddenly becomes really popular. There are also a couple card shops and consignment shops nearby that might take them and sell them for me. This way instead of getting $1 per card for the auto/jersey cards of lesser known player, I might be able to fetch $5-$10 minus the shop’s percentage.

I also mentioned I picked up some Jackie Robinson memorabilia. Remember how I said it was possible to invest in baseball cards? For example, I am thinking about picking up a couple of Derek Jeter rookie cards. They are very expensive (some are nearly $100) but he is most certainly going to make the Hall of Fame and the prices of those cards will skyrocket. This morning I watched a trailer for the upcoming movie “42″ due out in April. It is basically the life story of Jackie Robinson and looks like it’s going to be a fantastic movie. Not only is the trailer super high quality, but the movie will have some big stars, including Harrison Ford. This means that the movie will have baseball fans and non-baseball fans interested. Upon watching the trailer, I thought it might be smart to invest in some Jackie Robinson items, with the hopes that value will increase around the time of the movie release. More interest in Jackie Robinson means higher prices, and this movie looks like it’s going to garner some huge interest in Jackie Robinson. Most importantly, the trailer is just a few days old, so prices for Robinson items haven’t gone up yet, meaning I got decent deals. I bought a 1955 Jackie Robinson baseball card in good condition for $60. I bought a 1950 magazine featuring Jackie on the front for $15 and I paid $11 for a mint condition original Jackie Robinson business card. I may not hit it big with any of these items, but I’m hoping that I can double my money.

I’m not sure how many of you are interested in baseball cards, but if you aren’t this same tactic could be put to use for any multitude of items. There are a ton of general ideas here that can bring you profit if you resell/invest smartly. Here’s a more general outline of what I’ve said that can be applied to different products/interests:

(1) Buy in bulk and sell for profit. The larger the quantity, the cheaper the price per item, and therefore higher profit margins. However, if you invest in a risky product, higher quantity will give you more risk. Nevertheless, “no risk, no reward”.

(2) Read the news, study trends (google.com/trends works wonders) and research when an item will have the highest amount of interest. Inversely, find when it will have the least. Buy the product during this time. Optimizing these times will make you the most money, but it will also take more time and research. Seasonal items are a great, simple example – buy Halloween costumes after halloween and through the rest of the year, and then sell them in September and October.

(3) Invest in something that interests you. For example, baseball cards are something I am interested in at the moment. For as long as I have fun and can make a decent amount of money relative to amount of time I spend, I will continue flipping cards for profit. However, I have other interests that will be more profitable, so I will reserve time for those as well. The key here is to enjoy what you are doing. Don’t try and flip surfboards if you are afraid of the water; don’t try and flip cars if you don’t know how to work on cars.

(4) Consider if it’s practical. Baseball cards are easy to sell in terms of process- they are small and can easily fit in an envelope. I might need to insure more expensive cards, but otherwise it will take relatively little time to ship out cards. This is great because I still have school to worry about and I especially hate spending lots of time and money shipping larger items. That said, if you can get a bunch of perfectly sized boxes and perfect the shipping process down to a science (which is entirely possible), go for it! Just don’t start trying to sell surfboards on eBay if you’ve never shipped anything before in your life. It will be a nightmare.

(5) I thought it would be really nice to have 5 tips, but I managed to pack it into four. Therefore, leave a comment down below if you have an idea or suggestion for tip #5!