Interested in starting a side hustle? Want to earn extra cash while you sleep?
Poshmark is a great way to do that. I earn on average between $20-$40 a week from listing items from thrift store hauls or from my own closet! Realistically, you may bring in anywhere from $50-$300 a month from this little side hustle. For others it can be much more! It’s simple and fast, and they deduct shipping and taxes from your sales for you automatically. There are other tools and unique seller features that Poshmark offers but today we will focus on the basics of getting started!
First you want to download the Poshmark App! This will allow you to receive notifications when someone likes one of your items or when you sell an item. It’s also easy to list items right from your phone!
After you set up an account and download the app on to your phone you’re ready to sell! Find good quality items from your closet or from local thrift stores or auctions that are preferably popular name brands.
Take your photos in natural lighting, preferably near a window or brightly lit area of your home or bedroom.
Pro Tip: you really want to be sharing items from other closets and listing your own weekly, if not daily. This will get your items seen more and others will be happy to share items they like from your closet as well.
It’s best to list items that are in great condition, new with tags (NWT) or new without tags (NWOT). Make sure you are very descriptive in your description of the item(s) and be sure to list if there are any defects or flaws. You don’t want to get a poor rating from a buyer, however sometimes things can be overlooked and mistakes happen. Just be sure to thoroughly look over the item before listing it. I once almost listed a sweater from a boutique and realized it had a hole in it. I could have easily overlooked this flaw if I hadn’t thoroughly looked it over first.
When you make your first sale: Woo Hoo! Congrats on that first sale! If you want to pretty much guarantee a 5 star rating you need to put a little extra thought in packaging your item. It doesn’t need to be expensive or snazzy, a simple thank you card or note such as “Have a great day!” or “Thank you for your purchase!” My favorite part of the process is shipping an item. I make a point to wrap each item carefully and add a personal touch, a free little gift or surprise, or a personal thank you note. It really goes a long way and again, it doesn’t involve spending money on cards….get creative and have fun with it! A little jute twine and tissue paper can go a long way! 😉
Check your email account for a sale confirmation email. Attached to that email is a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label that you can print out for your package. Remember, the postage has already been paid for! This part is important! Make sure you’re using the correct box. If you are using a USPS box (which I encourage because they are free!), they must be Priority Mail boxes (also includes Priority Mail Flat Rate or Priority Mail Regional Rate). Express Mail boxes are NOT allowed. Any standard brown box will work too! I order my priority mailers directly from the USPS website and they deliver them directly to my doorstep.
Another pro tip: save yourself a trip to the post office and schedule to have your packages picked up! Again you can do this on the USPS website.
Next week I plan on making a blog post for side hustles and businesses on Mercari and Etsy. Let me know if you have any questions on Poshmark or drop a comment below if you have some great tips of your own to share!
Fair Minded Mommy