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Did you ever think that you could stay at home with your children - and turn your children into a profit? No, I'm not talking about selling your children on the black market! But your kids likely have a large amount of clothes that they no longer fit in to, old toys that they no longer play with, and other gear laying around the house that is just collecting dust. If you ever catch yourself complaining about the clutter of toys that your children never play with, or wincing at the amount of almost brand-new clothing sitting in your children's closet that they never wear, it's time to turn your children's old stuff into a home business.
Using eBay, you can create a home business that allows you to stay at home with your children, and get rid of the clutter around your house at the same time. To get started selling on eBay, simply sign up for a seller's account with your current username. Enter in your personal information, your address, and your bank account or credit card information, and within minutes you can get started with selling on eBay.
Once your account is ready to go, have your children round up all of their old clothes, toys, and games. Check each item to make sure it is in good quality condition. Then, use a digital camera to photograph each item. For toys and games, you may want to enlist the help of your children to show you how it works. Then, you can take photographs of the item in use, giving your bidders a better idea of what they are buying.
When your photographs are ready to go, it's time to start listing! You can list as many items as you want on eBay, but you may want to start with just ten or twenty until you get the hang of selling. Make sure to list everything about the item that you can think of, and specify the quality of the item. If it is used, make sure you let your bidders know this. If the item is missing parts, has stains, or doesn't come with all of its original pieces, make note of this in your auctions as well. It's always better to err on the side of caution by offering your buyers too much information, than to accidentally leave an important piece of information out and have an unhappy buyer.
As your children get older, you will continue to have a steady flow of clothes, toys, and games that you can list on eBay to make some of your money back. While you may not be able to make a complete profit, or even break even on the things you have previously purchased, you will certainly be able to make more money than you would at a garage sale or consignment shop. And, if it was just laying around the house, it wasn't doing you any good, anyway. So why not use your children's old toys and clothes for something profitable, and start selling them off on eBay?
About the Author
If you want to make money on eBay while still raising the kids, visit http://AuctionPaydayKidsPlay.com to find out how. Vickie Sayce teaches others how to get started on eBay, and has been buying and selling on eBay since 2001. She has written a very informative book on starting an eBay business to make money from home while raising the kids.