Selling used books online is a great way to earn side income. Finding and selling used books can be a great way to supplement your income. It can also be a stepping stone to building a passive income towards earning $300 per day.
Selling used books online requires you to have a source of quality used books. There are several ways and places to source quality used books.
Sources for Quality Used Books
Library Book sales – Most local libraries have book sales once or twice a year. The used book sales are a way for libraries to clear out some space in their racks of books that haven’t been checked out in a while. Often times you can pick up quality hard cover books, many of them out of print, for just $1 or $2 each. Often, on the last day of the book sale, in order to clear out space, libraries will often sell books by the bag-load for just a couple of dollars.
Goodwill or Consignment Stores – Goodwill and other charity and consignment shops get lots of donations of books. Books can be found at Goodwill from less than $1 to a couple dollars each.
Garage Sales, Yard Sales & Tag Sales – Whatever they’re called in your part of the country, garage sales can be a great source of lots of books for very little money. People that are selling books at garage sales are usually happy to give someone a great deal on the price if they are buying multiple books or the entire book collection.
Be sure to also check out flea markets and other places in your area that may sell used books.
Selling Used Books Online
There are different ways and places to sell used books online. There are booksellers that will buy some books from you outright for a fixed price. These include Cash4Books.net and Valore Books.
These websites ask you to put the books ISBN numbers or barcode numbers into an online form. The websites will then generate a quote for the books that they will purchase and what the prices will be. It helps to check more than one site for different books because they will offer different prices for the same or similar book titles.
Other places to sell used books online, where you become the retailer, include ebay.com, half.com, and Amazon.com. Each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. For example, selling books through Amazon.com will list your books on their site alongside the same title that they are selling as a product available from an alternative seller. Amazon also allows you to see prices that your book titles are selling for so that you can set your price accordingly. Oftentimes, out of print books can sell from a huge premium on Amazon.com.
I believe that finding the right locations where a lot of ink cartridges and toner are used are the critical factors in building a successful side income from ink cartridge collection. In my earlier post on the topic I talked about location placement with medical offices and law offices. In many areas, medical offices are often grouped together and I still believe placement in these locations is a great idea. Building relationships with the office managers is important.
Another great location placement idea for building a passive income business recycling ink cartridges is in or near schools. Schools make massive amounts of copies and printouts. Schools have all sorts of printers and copiers that consume a wide variety of ink cartridges and toner cartridges. Establishing locations in or near schools to collect ink cartridges provides numerous benefits, including:
Positive environmental impact by recycling ink & toner cartridges that would normally end up in a landfill
Placement in schools can provide a teaching and learning opportunity for teachers and students to learn about the benefits of recycling and reducing waste
Establishing a partnership with one or more groups or programs within a school that will provide them with a financial benefit for partnering with you (more on this below)
There are many opportunities to partner with schools to build your ink cartridge recycling business. Any type of school that prints anything can make a good partner and provide an ongoing passive income for your business.
Local School Districts
Traditional public schools in your community will usually have computers and printers in all of the classrooms. Even a small elementary school may have 20 or 30 printers. Often times there will be a single person or office that is dedicated to purchasing within a school or school district.
In other cases, introducing yourself to groups and the people that run extra-curricular activities at a school can be the driver for getting access to their ink cartridges. You can easily create a financial incentive for school groups to help you. Propose to them that you’re willing to donate a portion of the proceeds that you earn from their collection of ink cartridges to their program. Most school programs will dive at the chance to bring in extra money just by placing an ink cartridge collection box near their office. It’s also important to encourage them to notify the parents of the students in their program that they are collecting ink cartridges for recycling and they’ll make money from the effort.
Partnering with a school program like this can be a lucrative operation. Between the ink cartridges that are used by the school and any that are brought in by students it can add up quickly. In my experience with partnering with the music programs at three local middle schools and two local high schools I collect on average of around 100 ink cartridges per month during the school year. Since I’ve found a couple of different companies that are paying me around $3 per ink cartridge, I’m able to earn around $200 for myself and donate $100 per month towards the schools music programs. It’s a win-win for both of us and it only takes me a couple of hours per month to pick up the ink cartridges and sort them for recycling.
Colleges & Universities
Another place that I have found that is a great placement location for ink cartridge recycling collections is local colleges and universities. In particular, student dormitories.
Using a similar approach as I have with local public school music programs, I have made partnership with residence hall directors that provides a donation in exchange for putting a e-waste recycling collection box in the lobby area of the dorm.
Most dorms have hundreds of students and all of them are constantly printing papers and projects for their classes. Each of the locations that I have partnered with in the dorms of a local university provides me with around 50 to 60 ink cartridges per month, per location, and they’ve been increasing every month since I started placing them there. So far at one local university I have four dorm locations and it only takes me about an hour or two every month to collect the ink cartridges and sort them for recycling. From these locations alone I earn around $600 per month for just a few hours work and donate back around $150 per month to the dorms.
As an added bonus, a couple of students have put old cell phones and batteries in the collection boxes. I have been able to resell the cell phones for a few extra dollars each and the batteries have been added to my scrap metal collection.
Start up supplies
There are a couple of things that you need in order to ensure successful ink cartridge collection this way. Each location needs a sturdy collection box that is clearly labeled with what you’re collected. I’ve used both cardboard boxes and plastic containers designed for e-waste collection. In my experience the plastic containers cost a little more but last longer. The plastic bins also look more professional and can easily handle being located in a busy corridor.
All together, through my partnership with local schools and universities, I’ve been earning around $1,200 per month in just a few hours work collecting and sorting ink and toner cartridges. Most of the locations continue to grow month after month. Most of the time I will stop by and do the collections while I’m out and about running other errands nearby.
The author of this fantastic ebook has updated for 2016. The updates include improved and increased ways to market your firewood products, creation of high-margin, high-profit firewood products and much, much more. This book is a must read if you’re looking for a way to earn consistent side income while doing some hard work. Start a firewood business
Craigslist is a bountiful source free firewood. Whether it be from trees that had fallen during a storm, or that a homeowner recently had cut down by an arborist. An arborist will charge a homeowner for hauling off and processing trees that they cut down.
Often, a homeowner will opt to have the arborist leave the wood where it lay rather than pay for it to be hauled off and disposed of. Usually this wood is cut into 2 foot or 4 foot sections. These sections are easily processed into firewood that can be resold to customers for a profit.
To acquire the firewood, just keep an eye on in your areas “free” section on craigslist. In the New England area, there are often as many as 6 to 10 new listing for free firewood every week. Many times this wood is in the form of hardwood logs from fallen trees. Occasionally, you will stumble on an add for free firewood that has been cut, stacked and seasoned.
Of course, you will need a pick up truck or a utility trailer to be able to pick up the wood. You will also need the ability to split the wood, either with an ax or a log splitter. And you will need a place to store the wood in preparation for sale. If the wood is fresh cut, you will need to let the wood sit split and stacked for at least 6 months to season it before you can sell it.
What’s the best way to market and sell your new firewood products? Well, craigslist of course? It’s easy and simple to create an ad on craigslist advertising your firewood product.
If you’re taking college classes and already writing essays as part of your class load Cash4Essays.com will pay you to upload them to their website. Cash4Essays.com will pay your $2 for each essay that you upload and they accept.
Cash4Essays.com accepts well-written lab reports, annotated bibliographies, detailed essay outlines, etc. — basically, writing that would be assigned in typical high school or college courses. They don’t resell your essays so you don’t need to worry that your essay will be reused by someone else for their assignment.
Essays must be at least 225 words and must be original material. Cash4Essays.com won’t accept plagiarized material.
There are many opportunities to make money reselling used books. Although more and more books are becoming available as e-books, there is a still a growing demand for traditional books. This is especially true for both college textbooks as well as any regular books that may be out of print.
The obvious places to sell books online is through the Amazon.com Marketplace, eBay, or the eBay company Half.com. While there is definitely some pros and cons to using these sites, the process for selling books, managing your book inventory and following the special shipping procedures required by Amazon and eBay adds extra work and effort and minimizes your profits and ability to turn items around quickly for a profit. There is also a lot of competition selling books through Amazon and eBay and in order to sell your book quickly you may have to drop your selling price to such a low price that you lose all potential profit.
Fortunately, there are a number of other websites that will purchase your books outright and even pay the shipping. Some of these websites only deal in college textbooks, others deal in traditional books as well.
Whether you buy your used books from your local library annual sale or from the bargain bins at your local Goodwill store, these three online merchants will provide you with the best prices and fastest turnaround times for you to get your cash in hand.
Valore Books To sell your books to Valore Books you will need to go on their site and enter the ISBN numbers of the books that you want to sell. If Valore Books is interested they will make an offer for your book. The turnaround time from when you get a price quote from Valore Books until the time you get paid can be a few weeks to a month, sometimes longer depending on the shipping times. Once Valore Books receives your shipment they evaluate the books that you send and will send your payment. Valore Books pays you with either a check or via PayPal.
Book Scouter is an aggregator for multiple book buying vendors and is one of the more popular book buyback websites that has been around for many years. Their process is similar to others. You first enter the ISBN numbers of the books that you would like to sell and they will present you with a list price quotes from various vendors for your books. You select an offer from a vendor and are taken to that vendors website to complete the sell back transaction. Book Scouter also has a smart phone app that allows you to quickly and easily scan the bar codes from the books that you want to sell.
Cash4Books.net Cash4Books promises fast cash for your used textbooks. From the Cash4Books website you can enter the ISBN numbers of the textbooks that you want to sell and they will give you an instant offer for what they will pay you for each of your textbooks. If you accept the offer from Cash4Books you can then print out a shipping label, put your textbooks in a box and schedule the shipment for pickup. Cash4Books will pay you either via PayPal or check, depending on your preference, after they have received and inspected your books. The Cash4Books process is simple and straight-forward. The average turnaround time from when you ship your books to Cash4Books to the time you receive your payment is typically 13 days. The turnaround time can vary depending on the shipping method that you use. Cash4Books also has a smartphone app that can be downloaded for easy ISBN scanning on the go.
While there are plenty of other sites that will buy back your used books and textbooks the top three represent the most seamless process, highest payouts and the fastest turnaround times.
There are a lot of websites out there that make the claim of making quick and easy money but the amount of time and effort that you would need to spend to meet their minimum cash out levels is off the charts. Neobux fits into that category. Is Neobux a scam? I don’t think so, but it’s as close to it as you can get.
When I signed up for Neobux the offers that were available to me all paid about one tenth of a penny per offer. So even I were feeling energetic and twitchy and could click on all of the possible offers that they had presented to me as quickly as possibly I would need to click on at least 3,000 offers per hour in order to make $3.00. Add to that their stepped minimum payouts and someone would have to spend several hours per day over the period of weeks or months just to make a couple of dollars.
I recommend that you avoid Neobux. It’s a waste of time.
Rewarding Ways offers consumers several different opportunities for making money online. Rewarding Ways offers paid surveys, paid trials, and other opportunities for earning. They have a low cash cash out of $1.00 and allows you to transfer funds to Paypal, Skrill, Bitcoin and Payza. Rewarding Ways claims that you can easily earn $20 per day through their portal in just a short amount of time everyday. Their offers are typical low paying surveys and click through offers for other companies. Some of their offers require a trial signup for a partner offer.
With their low payouts and frequent offers I can see how spending a few minutes a day on the Rewarding Ways website can add up. While you’re probably not going to be earning $300 per day from Rewarding Ways the rewards they offer and quick cash outs will help things add up quickly.
Batteries are something that we all rely on everyday. Whether it’s to get our car started in the morning, keeping our laptop’s powered throughout the day, our cell phones connected, or even getting our lawn tractor started, batteries are all around us everyday. Over time, a battery becomes less and less effective at holding a charge and keeping a useful charge. Eventually, all batteries die and a dead battery is not only expensive, but inconvenient.
Most people dispose of batteries when they fail. Often times, they are just tossed in the trash along with everything else. Occasionally, they are recycled or in the case of car batteries, returned to the auto parts store for the “core” charge. When taking a battery to a metal recycler they will give you cash for the battery based on the weight of the metals inside the battery, typically $5 to $10.
What if there was a way that you could take dead batteries that people are disposing of and recondition them and give them a new life? It’s possible to take an otherwise dead battery, refurbish it, then resell it for a huge profit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about battery reconditioning
Is Reconditioning the Same as Recharging Your Battery?
No, reconditioning is very different from recharging. Importantly, in contrast to recharging a battery – which will restore its charge for just a limited time – when you recondition it, you can restore it to its full original capacity.
What types of batteries can be reconditioned?
All types of batteries can be successfully reconditioned, from deep cycle/gel types to the usual 12V car battery. Even the newest car batteries available can be restored via standard lead acid battery reconditioning techniques.It is worth investing a little time to better understand the various battery types out there and how they are best handled to improve battery life to give you valuable background info before you take the next step of reconditioning.
How much money can I earn reconditioning car batteries? It depends. A new car battery costs somewhere between $60 to $120 depending on the type, size, capacity and manufacturer. Some speciality automotive or industrial batteries can cost as much as $500 to $1000 new. The amount of money you make from reconditioning a battery is going to depend on the size, type and capacity of the battery. But on the low end you can wholesale refurbished car batteries to local mechanics for $25 to $35 per battery. Depending on the types of batteries you are reconditioning, you can easily earn a few hundred dollars per day with just a few hours of effort.
The key to building long-term wealth and being able to sustain $300 per day is to diversify your income sources. Having multiple streams of income provides you with the security that if one of the income streams stops producing you still have other income streams that continue to bring in revenue.
Diversifying into multiple streams of income also allows you the opportunity to test new programs and develop new systems to increase your income over time while minimizing the risk of failure. Not every attempt at building a passive stream of income will be a success, and finding the right niche that you can develop doesn’t happen overnight.
The key to success is to keep trying and trying until you achieve the results that you want.
CashCrate.com is another consumer online survey company that promises big payouts for people that sign up and participate. A lot of people wonder if CashCrate is a legitimate way to make some extra money, or is just a waste of time?
When I signed up for CashCrate in 2016 I was given a $1.00 bonus for signing up and then an addition .50 for completing a basic profile.
Completing a basic profile is what survey companies like CashCrate use to identify, segment and target paying surveys to consumers on behalf of the companies interested in doing market research. So it’s important to complete your profile if you want to get more lucrative surveys that may be offered.
After completing the basic profile section, CashCrate offered me two pages of bonus offers, but in my experience, they are just mechanisms for them to share your personal information with other people so they can make money off of you. More often than not, you, the consumer, gets little to not value from the promises of these “bonus offers”.
The initials offers to make money with CashCrate were consumer surveys that are typical of sites like this. They payments for each survey varied from 80 cents per survey to as much as $17.50 for a 10 minute survey. There were plenty of surveys with payouts between these ranges. There were at least four of five pages of surveys available for me to participate in.
Most of the surveys have estimated lengths of time that each should take. The average seemed to be around 10 minutes for a payment of around $4.50, which works out to around $27/hour. Some offers had multiple surveys available and two or three of them were available every day.
CashCrate has a minimum payout of $20. Payments are made by check on the 20th of every month and are for any balance over $20 accrued through the end of the previous month. For example, if you have a balance of $35 in your CashCrate account at the end of September, CashCrate will send you a check on October 20th.