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Make Money From Zero

They say that it takes money to make money, but is that really true? Sure it would be nice to start out with a huge nest egg, but that is not the only way. For those of you who want to learn how to make money from zero, keep reading.

There are many ways to make money when starting out from zero. Here are some of the easiest ways to earn some extra cash.

Sell Some Free Stuff

Wouldn’t it be great to have a never-ending supply of goods to sell on Facebook Marketplace. Stop dreaming and start taking advantage of a great opportunity to make money starting from zero.

What you need to do is take advantage of “free” listings and curb alerts. These are all over Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, you just have to be ready to grab them. Believe it or not, people make great side incomes from simply grabbing other peoples trash and selling it. And, while this might seem like a sneaky way to make money, everybody wins. People want their junk gone and you want to make money. It really is a great arrangement.

The trick to making money this way is to be ready to go in a moments notice. Free stuff goes quickly and the higher the value, the quicker it will go. Check online classifieds often and when possible, set up alerts so that you get notified the minute a listing goes live.

Once you have your goods, clean them up and simply relist them. If you are worried about offending someone who gave you something for free, work cross platform. If you get it from Facebook Marketplace, sell it on Craigslist and vice versa.

So, how much can you expect to make from this method? While there is certainly an upper limit to how much you can make from something like this, your profit will really depend on your ambition. Reasonably, you can expect to be able to pick up 50 dollars a day in “free” items with minimal time invested. If you do this twice a week, that adds up to 400 dollars a month. Do it five times a week and bring in roughly 1000 dollars. Not bad money for part time work.

Sell Your Own Stuff

While you are at it with selling other peoples free stuff, why not do a little selling of your own. Use the money to pay for your expenses or as seed money to start another business venture.

If you decide to go this route, make sure that you are not selling something that you would just need to purchase a gain in a few months. Also, make sure that you choose the right platform.

For selling furniture, household goods and hard to ship items, Facebook Marketplace is the best option. With the messenger service, you can instantly talk to buyers and if you price something well, it will often sell the same day. A similar option is Craigslist, but you have to be careful about scams. Scams are on Facebook as well, but they do not seem to be as prevalent.

Cellular phones and electronics like iPads will yield the highest return on eBay. If you do not have the time to wait on an auction, use a service like ecoATM to get cash the same day.

Clothing and fashion accessories can be sold at high end resale shops. The catch is that they need to be in good condition and they must be a high end brand.

Make Some Plasma Donations

If you want to know how to make money from zero and do some good at the same time, it is plasma donation.

Plasma is in high demand because it is used to make life saving and therapeutic treatments. Unlike with whole blood donations, the companies in this business are in it for profit and see your plasma as a commodity. What this means for you is that they are willing to pay you for it.

If you are okay with needles, plasma donation is a great option because it involves little work and little time. Simply show up at a donation center and catch up on Facebook while making your donation. It takes about an hour a time and since you can donate as much as twice a week, you can make some pretty good money.

With new donor bonuses, it is possible to earn as much as 900 dollars in your first month when you donate twice a week. For the 8 to 10 hours invested, it is a return that is hard to beat.

Do Some Recycling

Wait, you can make good money from recycling? Absolutely, as long as you look past aluminum cans.

Scrap metal is big business because it costs far less to recycle metal than it does to mine and produce new metal. With metal recyclers in most major cities, this gives you an opportunity to make money from zero. In fact, you can make as much as 2 dollars a pound  for scrap metal. While this might not sound like much, you have to consider that this stuff is heavy. A used water heater alone can weigh in at over 50 pounds.

So, just how do you go about earning from recycling. The trick is finding the metal and that is not as hard as you think. Simply take a drive through some neighborhoods on trash day and you will find all sorts of scrap just thrown to the curb. Collect it and take it to the closest scrap yard and cash in.

Start A Free Website

You might think of building a website as a pricey endeavor costing hundreds of dollars, but it really is not. Even if you go the paid route, hosting can be had for a few dollars a month and you can use one of many free website builder apps.

If you want to make money from zero however, there is still a way to make and profit from a website. What you need to do is take advantage of a free website building platform such as WordPress or Blogger. Then, pick a niche that you are knowledgeable about and like to write about. With a little luck, you could start getting traffic to your website within a few months.

But how much can you make from a website? It depends. Top website bloggers can pull in 6 figures in a year, but this is not common. A more realistic goal is making a few hundred dollars a month by using affiliate links and/or Adsense. Still, not bad money for what will eventually become nearly passive income.


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James Car is a finance, loan and budget expert based in the United States. After attending Brookhaven college, he went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He now enjoys writing articles that help people save and make the most of their money.

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