$$$ on the Side: Here’s How to Sell Online (Using Amazon)

This is how you sell stuff online using Amazon’s Sell program.

Student debt is something that virtually everyone around you is worrying about. It’s become somewhat of an accepted part of studying, like remembering to set your alarm every morning or having to buy new stationary every year. It’s an integral part of being a student. But what if there was a simple way of reducing your debt?

Why would you optionally don a checked apron and say goodbye to your weekends when you could make some money easily enough from your room?

We’re not talking millions here (unless you’ve got some hidden treasures hiding under your bed that your roommate hasn’t become aware of yet). But there is a way for you to earn a bit of money on the side of your education, without spending hours serving up burgers at your local fast food joint.

Think about it. Why would you optionally don a checked apron and say goodbye to your weekends when you could make some money easily enough from your room? Amazon’s sell program means you can do just that. It’s straightforward enough. Just sign up and make an account and you can get started straight away.

Once you’re signed in, you’ll have to click through the seller agreement and terms and conditions. For the time being, you’ll want to set up an Individual account, rather than Professional. Who knows, a few months down the line and you could have a fully-fledged business plan going, but for the time being, let’s start small.

Unlike your standard student part time job, it’s easy to be productive and make a lot of money in a short period of time.

Add your card details and verify your address by clicking through the simple steps. It’s a lot easier to get it out the way now, rather than have to fiddle around once you’re halfway through selling. After you’ve done that, it’s as simple as ABC. Use the search tool to add a description to your first item, or make this even faster by using the ISBN number (or equivalent) if you’ve got one.

Unlike your standard student part time job, it’s easy to be productive and make a lot of money in a short period of time. Amazon, very helpfully, will give you an estimated selling price, and will also tell you what other people are selling the same item for. This means you’re less likely to waste your time and list an item, which probably won’t sell – and also means you probably won’t undersell yourself, either. Amazon will give you recommended prices for a new or used item, as well as for collectibles, all from the comfort of your room.

Some items require a Professional account on Amazon, to ensure authenticity and the high standard required for the site, but there’s barely a limit to what can be sold straight away with an Individual account. Things like electronics, books, musical instruments and sports items can all be sold immediately – so it’s never been easier to get some money back from your old iPhone.

The website will easily let you flick between what’s been sold, what hasn’t sold quite yet and what needs posting.

So, what next? Now you’ve simultaneously cleaned out your uni room and listed all your pre-loved items, you can check the progress on them by going to your inventory. The website will easily let you flick between what’s been sold, what hasn’t sold quite yet and what needs posting. You can update, delete or close listings, too, just by clicking on the tabs on the right hand side.

You don’t even have to worry about losing money from shipping costs—Amazon will set them for you automatically based on the item you’ve sold (if it’s a book, DVD, music item or video) or will give you default shipping rates for anything else. These can be edited, if necessary, so there’s no fretting about losing any profits from sending a whole, heavy boxset.

To ensure you get your money quickly, always make sure you’ve added a valid tracking number to the shipping and confirm the order as soon as possible. Your first payment will be as early as 21 days after your account was made. After this, for further sales, it can take up to five business days for the money to appear in your account, after Amazon has initiated payment. The money will go straight into your bank account, so there’s no need to transfer between accounts or wait for money to appear from one to the other.

Georgie Darling

Georgie Darling

Georgie Darling is a student journalist at the University of Sheffield who enjoys travelling, photography and writing. She is currently working towards achieving her NCTJ, BJTC and PPA accreditations and is eager to start her career as a journalist.