Sales

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Sales

Salespeople from the Anhui province in China, pose for pictures in front of a pink sedan, an award for the best sales team, during the Mary Kay China Leadership Conference.

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Do you have an old baseball card collection lying around, collecting dust? Or have you knitted an entire collection of sweaters you don't know what to do with? You could earn extra income selling them online.

Here are a few home sales possibilities:

  • Sell your homemade jewelry and other crafts on a Web site like Etsy. You'll pay a small fee to list each item, plus 3.5 percent of the final sale price, but you'll have access to people around the world who want to buy exactly what you're selling. Art Fire is another online artists' marketplace.
  • Start your own eBay store. You can sell just about anything on eBay, from collectibles to cars. You just need to post the item and ship it once someone buys. When you sell with an online auction like eBay, it's important to provide excellent customer service. The more positive feedback you receive, the more likely prospective buyers will be to purchase your items.
  • Go to work for a direct marketing company like Mary Kay, Avon, Lia Sophia, CAbi, Amway or others. These businesses cut out the brick-and-mortar store, letting you sell directly to your friends, neighbors, colleagues and relatives. Direct sales are ideal for people who are motivated, hard-working -- and have an established network of potential buyers.
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