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How to make extra money as a reseller in 2023, from 3 people who turned their Poshmark and Facebook Marketplace side hustles into valuable income


Jacob Zinkula

  • Many Americans are looking for ways to make extra income, and online reselling platforms have helped.
  • Insider spoke with three women who have found success as resellers.
  • They shared their stories, as well as advice they have for others looking to get started.

As the New Year approaches, many people are making financial goals for the year ahead. Some looking to earn an extra buck may consider joining the crowd that has figured out how to use reselling as a low cost way to effectively start businesses of their own.  

As inflation continues to erode bank accounts, many Americans have explored work outside the traditional 9-to-5 to generate income. US workers filed over five million new business applications in 2021, the most since 2005. A recent Upwork study found that 60 million Americans — or 39% of the US workforce — had performed freelance work full-time or part-time over the prior 12 months. Others have ditched college for trade schools or apprenticeship programs. And some have embraced reseller platforms like Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace to earn extra cash or become full-time resellers. 

Insider previously spoke with three women who have found success as resellers. They shared their stories, as well as advice they have for others hoping to follow in their footsteps. 

A mom of three made $735,000 last year reselling on social mediaMona Mejia

Mona Mejia

44-year-old Mona Mejia made $735,000 last year selling new and used clothing, home goods, and toys on social media. 

She said she’s never invested a single dollar out-of-pocket into her business. 

In 2015, Mejia’s family was in need of additional income to supplement her husband’s pay. It was a “really hard time,” she said. “You don’t know where you’re going to eat.”

When her sister introduced her to the reseller platform Poshmark, she began selling a few items from her closet. It wasn’t until roughly a year ago, however — when she started selling on livestreams through Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, that her business really took off. 

Mejia said she thinks anyone can find success as a reseller but emphasized that it takes hard work and commitment.

“A lot of people see where I’m at right now. And they’re like, ‘Oh, I want to do that right now,'” she said. “Yeah, it’s going to happen eventually, but it’s not just going to happen overnight. So I would say don’t give up and just keep listing, keep sharing your closet, be consistent.” 

Read more: A 44-year-old mom of 3 made $735,000 last year from a reselling business she launched using just the clothes in her closet

A 27-year-old makes extra money selling other people’s trashSarah Scott

Sarah Scott

27-year-old Sarah Scott works full-time as a digital marketing advisor but made an additional $37,000 this year selling other people’s trash on Facebook Marketplace

Scott was driving home one night in January 2020 when she noticed there was “a ton” of furniture and other household items left on her neighborhood’s curbs.

On a whim, she decided to pick up an “entire car load” — including a coffee table, a bookcase, and a broken lawnmower. Within 48 hours, she’d sold it all on Facebook Marketplace, a section of Facebook where users can buy and sell goods, often to and from people in their local area.

After her surprise initial success on Facebook Marketplace, she decided to dive in. 

“I realized, after doing it the second night just within my own town, that this was going to be very lucrative,” she said. 

Read more: How selling neighborhood ‘trash’ on Facebook Marketplace for 5 hours a week landed a 27-year-old an extra $37,000 this year

A mom quit her toxic job to become a full-time resellerCandice Murray

Candice Murray

Candice Murray said her 2016 decision to leave what she called a “toxic” and “emotionally and mentally abusive” work environment changed her life. The 48-year-old New Yorker now works full time selling clothes, shoes, and bags exclusively through the reseller platform Poshmark.

The Poshmark life isn’t an easy one, however. She made roughly $23,000 last year, and said the work of shopping, sanitizing, photographing, listing, packaging, and shipping could make it feel like a “24/7 job.”

Still, Murray said the extra income has been huge for her family.

“This is not play money for me. It’s helped me put two kids through college,” she says. “Electric bills, phone bills, this is very serious for me, and it helps my husband tremendously. 

Read more: A mom of 3 quit her toxic job to be a reseller on Poshmark. She loves it but warns it’s a ’24/7′ commitment.

Read the original article on Business Insider