Ah, spring cleaning. The warmer weather just seems to put everyone in a good mood and make them want to clean out their house and tackle those nasty cobwebs that were forming all winter long. As both vendors and consumers tidy things up and look to get rid of items that no longer serve them, this is a great opportunity to make some extra cash, and here are some ways you can do just that:
There are so many different pop-up events that spring out once a year, which make them a great place for larger crowds of shoppers ready to take advantage of this exclusive experience. An event such as this is The Historic National Road Yard Sale, scheduled for June 2-6, 2021. This huge yard sale extends for 824 miles along U.S. 40 from St. Louis, Missouri, to Baltimore, Maryland, with yard sales scheduled from dawn until dusk during the five-day run Wednesday through Sunday. Vendors can sign up to be on the list on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nationalroadyardsaleUS40/.
Sell Cleaning Supplies
Even if you are not the one going crazy with all of the spring cleaning, your customers definitely are. Every spring, sales of cleaning products go through the roof as homeowners and renters seek to purify their living areas. You can make a pretty penny by stocking up on those cleaning supplies from liquidation or closeout companies and selling them for a profit. Try to specialize in organic or all-natural supplies to significantly bump up margins.
Offer Furniture or Jewelry Restoration Services
If you happen to upcycle most of your merchandise, or are just well-versed in refurbishing old pieces, vendors can make money from customers looking to restore rundown furniture or broken jewelry. As they clean out their houses and find items they do not necessarily want to throw out, offer to fix it up for them. This is especially the time to be promoting your services across all of your social media channels so consumers know not to throw out these items and instead bring them to you to be transformed.
Buy & Sell Used Merchandise
Even if you are not a secondhand store, there is still business in buying and selling used merchandise at your booth. Everyone is looking to get rid of old items they have during their spring cleaning, and instead of just throwing the products away, they can sell them to your business for a few dollars. In turn, you can sell those items for slightly more and attract bargain hunters.
Ultimately, there are a million ways to make a quick buck from the spring cleaning season. The best option for you depends on the equipment that you have handy, your time constraints and your level of motivation, as well as finding the right hot spots to offer your services.
Spring Cleaning from Office Spaces
In a Global Work-from-Home Experience Survey launched by Global Workplace Analytics in partnership with Dr. Anita Kamouri, the organization estimates that we will see 25-30 percent of the workforce working from home on a multiple-days-a-week basis by the end of 2021. Over the past several years, the primary driver of work-at-home programs has been the attraction and retention of talent, but during the last recession, it was largely about saving money.
Organizational leaders, desperate to shed costs, found they could do more with less real estate. Since that time, occupancy studies have shown just how inefficient office space was being used. Employees around the globe are not at their desk 50-60 percent of the time, which is a huge waste of money. Because of these facts and now COVID-19, some businesses are letting employees permanently work from home that have the ability to do so.
This leaves companies with money-making opportunities to sell office supplies that are not being used, and vendors with money-saving opportunities to purchase these used office supplies at a discount. Be sure to check different closeout and liquidation companies for these office supplies, since that is where companies will most likely be selling. You can either use them to help run your own business, or sell them to consumers for a profit. Especially if they come from closeout companies, the office merchandise will likely be refurbished.