A few years ago I used to supplement my income by online bookselling on Amazon. Although I no longer do this I thought I would offer a few tips in case anyone else is interested. Some are also probably relevant to general online trading. I am now a poacher turned game keeper and help at a local charity shop and I sometimes spot items they can sell on Ebay.
Most people start by selling their old books, often college textbooks but then need to look for replacement stock. The first thing I realised was that online selling is more about the ability to source quality stock cheaply than brilliant salesmanship. Continue reading “How to sell books online”
Earning money while helping with academic research
Since retirement one of the most interesting ways I have found to supplement my pension is by helping with academic research. When I was working I used to enjoy mentoring students and I am pleased to still be able to get involved with university studies.
I first started mystery shopping last summer. I retired in April at the age of 65 and decided that I would try to replace some of my lost income by working from home. Thanks to web sites like the money shed I have been dipping my toe in to the world of secret shopping.
My first surprise was that a lot of shopping could be done at home. So far jobs have included ordering groceries on line, phoning up to enquire about insurance, receiving letters and even a tweet to enquire about disabled access at a railway station. In fact so far mystery shopping has involved very little actual shopping. I am suprised at the variety of jobs offered and it is interesting to compare my findings about a brand with newspaper reports.My favourite jobs have involved visiting local stately homes. Continue reading “How to earn money as a mystery shopper”