‘Side hustle made me £18k in 9 months – I sell old furniture while watching TV’

‘Side hustle made me £18k in 9 months – I sell old furniture while watching TV’

A woman has made more than £18,000 by reselling old furniture – and she can do it while watching telly.

Claire McCann, 27, started the side hustle when she was moving house.

Selling a desk was her first success – as it went for more money than she purchased it for.

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She then went on to make a £190 profit on a table and chair set.

So the school psychologist, from San Francisco in the US, realised there was a huge market for second hand furniture.

She invested in a lock-up and started flipping furniture in her spare time.

In just nine months, Claire has sold more than 200 different items.

She's made an impressive $22,500 profit (around £18,000).

The savvy seller said: "The biggest impact for me is it's allowed me to pay off some student loans.

"But further than that it's just impacted my confidence and I've surprised myself. I never thought I'd be able to do anything like this.

"It felt so great to be able enjoy and treat myself in things that were important for me, but my big target was empowering women that they can have more control and more financial freedom.

"I've made so many mistakes along the way and I've lost money on things that I definitely thought would sell. It was a lot of trial and error.

"But I try to target really trendy and stylish pieces. I'm always on the trends and seeing what people love and looking for that sort of stuff online and scooping it up.

"Buying in bundle has helped me a lot as well. Going on Craigslist and scooping up a bunch of things and offering people a deal for a bundle.

"You have to have a third eye too. The first 100 pieces were big trial and error."

Claire is able to fit her second job around her full-time work.

She said: "I wake up at 6:50am and see if I have messages from potential buyers.

"I spend about an hour seeing what's been posted overnight.

"I go to work and then on my lunch-break I keep searching for stuff.

"And then after work I go back and answer questions for people and look at what's trending.

"I probably spend about five or six hours a day on this.

"You can do it as you're watching TV, it's not like having a side hustle like delivering stuff."

So what advice does Claire have for those who want to follow in her footsteps?

When shifting second hand items, it's important to make them look as appealing as possible.

To achieve this, the furniture seller spends a lot of time creating a nice set and taking high quality photos.

Her other top tip is to be friendly to customers – even if they can be a bit snappy at times!

Claire added: "The set up makes the most difference to a good sale.

"People want to see things set-up in a neutral background, or a trendy rug underneath.

"You're showing people how it could be styled but not alienating too many people.

"When I first got the garage, it was tough to figure out why things weren't selling and it was because people don't want to see it on a concrete floor so I got some wallpaper and a nice rug and then things began to sell.

"Staging is super important but I find people can pretty blunt on these online marketplaces so what I try and do is give good customer service.

"I want them to feel like they're getting as good as or even better than what they'd get from a store."


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