Have you wanted to take on and try a new hobby?
It is commonly spoken of among financial idols that in today's economy, it is almost essential to create an additional income for yourself. This page will explore some ideas further. And no, I am not talking about Multi-Level-Marketing.
Flipping is an easy, fun and budget friendly way of creating some additional income. No, I am not necessarily talking about flipping houses, but the sky is the limit!! Try thinking a little smaller scale. What are your talents? What are your skills, tools, workspaces? With these in mind, keep a keen eye on Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace and even the sidewalk of Aberdeen neighborhoods. If you spy an item that you may be able to fix up, repair, or even completely remodel then pick it up! Some ideas could be repainting old furniture, re-purposing wooden structures into custom cat trees, repairing broken electronics, even simply buying unique, eye-catching vintage finds from secondhand stores for reselling at their market value. This is an opportunity to educate yourself on vintage comic books, furniture, toys, even clothes. It's your own at-home episode of Storage Wars!
The beauty of flipping is that you don't need any money to start, just keep your eye on free online pages & your neighbourhood corners for furniture that is calling for new life.
Kamloops is home to many, many thrift stores across the city. You could spend a whole weekend on a thrift crawl!
Some free ways to get started are to start watching youtube videos of thrift hauls to better know what items to look for or of vintage clothes alterations to improve your wardrobe skills. I recently discovered this ebook that gives you some ideas on unique items that may be of value including what brands to seek out. The beauty of flipping is that you don't need any money to start, just keep your eye on free online pages & your neighbourhood corners for furniture that is calling for new life.
Once you have a collection of items of value, it's time to create a small shop online. You can use different platforms depending on what you are selling.
Ebay is a great platform for selling almost anything, but it is also very helpful for research purposes. A trick for researching the value of an item to sell, search a description of the item you are trying to find, hit "Advanced", and find the box "Sold Items Only". Each listing will now show up in green, symbolizing a past transaction of that item that you can use as a reference.
Etsy is a great community of artists & vintage lovers alike. If your item is customized, or vintage - at least 20 years old, then it can be sold via a shop on Etsy.
For heavier, bulkier items it is often easier to resell using online forums such as Kijiji, Craigslist & Facebook Marketplace.
This online E-book by The Green Room called 100 Amazing Items to Resell was a great introduction into random items that I had no idea had value. This gave me a better outlook when shopping for items to resell.
Local Non-Profit Thrift Shops
Second Chances Valleyview
Proceeds go to Kamloops SPCA
168 Oriole Rd.,
Kamloops, B.C., V2C 2B4
Sunday - Closed
Second Chances North Shore
Proceeds go to Kamloops SPCA
1211 – 8th St.,
Kamloops, B.C., V2B 2Y3
Sunday - Closed
Proceeds to go to Habitat for Humanity
1425 Cariboo Pl #28,
Kamloops, BC V2C 5Z3
Flutter Buys Thrift Store
Proceeds go to Snowden Memorial Hospice Home
1800 Tranquille Rd #14,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3L9
Sunday - Closed
Simply the Best Thrift Store
Proceeds go to Inclusion Kamloops
662 Seymour St,
Kamloops, BC V2C 2H2
Sunday - Closed
Proceeds to go to Royal Inland Hospital
146 Victoria St,
Kamloops, BC V2C 1Z7
Crafting; Needlepoint, Sewing, Cross Stitching
The potential is limitless when it comes to sewing. You can make linen, clothing, upcycled clothing, curtains, pet toys, and so much more. Through a keen eye in thrift stores across town, you should be able to find a decent modern sewing machine for around $40 to get you started. There are countless Youtube videos on how to sew, hem, and flip.
Needlepoint & Cross stitching are historically passtimes of women, therefore there has been very little appreciation or artistic value in this art medium since it's time. With the feminist movement and more empowering art potential, making a career out of a needle & thread is become so much more within reach. Many artists create their own work and sew it into fabric, others use patterns to make very intricate designs and pictures. There is even this webpage that allows you to upload a photograph to be turned into a cross-stitching pattern!
The concept of cross-stitching is so simple that nearly anybody can do it. Some tips I learned were to master how to anchor the thread first, use three strands of thread at a time, and always have good lighting to ensure the best outcome for your eyes. You can get creative by making your own designs, creating your own portraits or quotes.
House-Sitting & Pet Sitting
If you are somebody who enjoys house-sitting, plant-sitting, and looking after animals you might want to consider doing this on the side. By simply making up some online ads and community posters, you are creating an opportunity for you to earn additional income while getting all the animal therapy you could ask for. Try to think of some qualifications that make you stand out from other house-sitters such as being willing to clean, or having experience in animal care already. Try placing an ad on Kijiji or using the app called __dog sitter app__ to secure a clientele in the dog-walking business.
The need to maintain cleanliness in one's life will never go away, which is why there is some security in developing a side-gig in house cleaning. You are already probably pretty good about house cleaning given that you live at home yourself, so perhaps there is fun in cleaning another's house. Check out this guide of chemical combinations that could be lethal. Further, check out these resources on green cleaning supplies
Write An E-Book
Instructables is an amazing community of people who want to create, learn and share DIY projects! This can be an amazing resource for learning how to do at-home repair projects, at-home upcycling projects, and so many DIY projects. You can spend hours on this website and find yourself full of creative inspiration and ideas!
Skip the Dishes, Door Dash & Mitche's Delivery
There has been an increase of delivery services and rideshare options in recent days. This has many people are turning to these services for additional income. Some companies such as Amazon, Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats and DoorDash are up & coming delivery services that are frequently hiring in the area. Another local service is Michie’s Delivery which allows you the opportunity to support local. Ridesharing options are only brand new to Kamloops, only just being introduced in some areas. In the coming months/years there will be an increase in these services across BC with hopefully a surge in hiring too. The sign up process for these companies is very easy and user friendly, and they often have a mobile app associated with them.
e-book, rebubble, crafting, needlepoint, planters, sewing
Rideshare, skip the dishes, doordash,
House sitter, pet sitter
Platforms: Etsy, Instagram, farmers markets, facebook, redbubble
Surveys, google rewards, amazon surveys, caddle, redbubble