You really can make a living selling second-hand books

By Sharon Fussell, September 19, 2013

I am often asked by friends and family if it’s true that Clive and I really do make a living from selling books online.

It appears to them incredulous that it’s possible.

I do have a little smile, when I tell them it really is true.

The driving force behind us working for our selves is the thought that we would be forced to become employees again, and we do not make good employees!

For many people the thought of working from home, on a self-employed basis, is scary. I understand this, really I do.

Times are hard, mortgages to pay etc. Working on a self-employed basis is a big step to take.

That’s why I would not recommend you just leave your day job – secure income and all that – to just start selling books online.

However, I do believe every little bit helps and one way to make extra income is to sell books online.

I don’t really know many ways of making extra income without spending thousands of pounds first to set up a business.

One of the great things about selling books on Amazon is that it is an entirely scalable business model: you may only want a few extra bob to make a difference; you may be looking to change your job and work from home; or you may be looking for a sustainable part-time second income…

It’s all down to how much time and effort you want to put in.

At first I used my own unwanted books from around the house and when that first sale came through I got such a buzz!

In my first week I sold seven out of the 12 books listed and that really inspired my to go out and buy similar types of books to list on Amazon.

I soon realised that I could buy books for pennies in my own high street and sell them for pounds.

Now I sell thousands of books every year, and my husband and I work full-time from home selling books online.

In order to start a business you need to make that first move and invest some time.

I know it’s not always easy, especially if you have a day job and a family to support.

I decided I would stop watching TV soaps and used the time I would normally spend watching junk TV to list books on Amazon.

I steadily built my inventory and the rest ‘is history’.

The best thing about using online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay is that for very little outlay you can quickly and easily be on your way to making that extra income you crave and start making a real difference to your life.


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