Last year my friend Tiffany mentioned to me that she was going to a huge kids consignment sale and she invited me to go with her.  I declined.  Two weeks ago, while we were having coffee, she mentioned that it was time for the JBF sale again (JBF stands for Just Between Friends).  She was telling me how she started selling her stuff at the semi-annual sales that are held here in Orlando.  Although I clean out my kiddos closets on a regular basis, I decided to go through them again and see what I could find just to try it out and see how it works.

The picture below is of the clothing area at our local Orlando area JBF sale (Just Between Friends).  This is JUST THE CLOTHING! I couldn’t even fit it all into the picture!

Here is a picture of the Toy area which was really just FULL of name brand toys that were more than half off!  I could NOT believe the deals that were available! Again, this was not even all of it!  There was a ton of stuff behind me!

So, after spending the last week somewhat immersed in learning all about how the JBF consignment sales work, here is what I learned from my own experience.

  • You probably have all the supplies you need in order to participate.  You need internet access, a printer with some light colored card stock, tape, hangers, safety pins, etc.  There are people who say that they had to go out and spend a lot of money to get their stuff ready but I just cannot see why that would be.  I did go out and buy some shoelaces for a pair of sneakers that I was selling but other than that, really no out of pocket expense to me.
  • The cleaner the items are, the better they will sell!  I took some time to put my items together nicely and tried to package them well.  Also, make sure you have working batteries in battery operated toys, etc.
  • Volunteering pays off!  Here in Orlando, if you volunteer you get a BUNCH of benefits such as:  they waive the $10 consignor fee, you get 70% of your sales instead of 60%, you get to go to the PRE-pre-sale (first dibs on the good stuff!), etc.  Definitely worth my time!
  • You will make more money from your items than you probably would at a garage sale (yes, even after the 30-40% cut that they take)
  • If you see something you want, grab it and buy it now because it probably won’t be there when you go back to look for it!
  • There is a nice area for Mommy and Daddy things to be sold too!
  • There is the risk of theft.  Yep, I said it.  I kept good track of my items and there are four things that did not come home but don’t show up as “sold” in the system.  I have been told that sometimes if an item is manually keyed in instead of being scanned, it won’t show up as “sold” in the system but you will be paid for it if it did sell.  They have you sign a waiver before you drop your stuff off so if you have issues with this, READ the darn thing before you sign it ;-)
  • Know your prices!  This goes for items you are selling and also items you are looking to buy.  As my Mother would say, “Price it to sell it or price it to keep it!”  Be aware of the value of the items you are selling!  Ben went with me to the half-off sale they have on the last day and he got a Nerf Big Bow with some of his money.  He paid $2.50.  I looked on Ebay when I got home and the darn thing is worth $30 used on Ebay!  ACK!  I priced my items along the lines of what they would actually sell for on Ebay (or cheaper, depending on the item)
  • Even if you don’t have clothes, if you have other kids stuff to sell, go for it!  I had NO clothing whatsoever to sell! I did have two pairs of nice sneakers for sale, but no clothing, and I made some money.

You can click over to the JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS jbf website HERE to see what it’s all about and get more details on a sale near you (they are Nationwide!)

Overall, I had a VERY good experience with my first Just Between Friends sale and I will definitely be participating in the JBF sales in the future!  As a matter of fact, I have already started a box of goodies to take to the next sale! Thanks Tiffany!

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So far, on this quest to post information on legitimate work from home jobs, I have profiled 57 companies that offer the opportunity to make money.  All this time I was working off of my own list of information that I had gathered over the past year or so.  Random bits and pieces that lead to work at home opportunities.

Now, I realize that someone has done a really great job of centralizing all of this information.  While I enjoy giving my readers the information that they are looking and that can be of great benefit to them, I also know that there is no need to “re-invent the wheel”.  I would rather give you the information that you want quickly, and move on to other topics rather than drag it out for a year as I originally planned to do.  This will also enable me to go back to my typical, more random and thoughtful musings and posts :-)

With that in mind, I am going to discontinue my daily legitimate work from home job postings, and instead refer you to the all-encompassing website:  Rat Race Rebellion.

Rat Race Rebellion offers it’s readers “Free Legitimate Work From Home Job Opportunities.”  They have all the companies categorized so that they are easy to sort through and find companies that you would like to work for and that fit your skill set.

You can visit Rat Race Rebellion by clicking HERE.
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“It’s just a job.

Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.

I beat people up.”

~ Muhammad Ali

Interesting words from a truly great athlete. Also, something to keep in mind.  It’s just a job.

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Legitimate Work From Home Jobs #57

I can tell you from previous experience that focus groups are pretty fun to participate in!  Not only do they ask for your opinion on products and services, sometimes you get new products to try out before they are available to the public, meals are often provided and usually they give you money as compensation for your time as well!

There is a website called Delve that is looking for “Respondents” to sign up for their database for focus group studies.  It is FREE to sign up so that they can contact you when future focus groups open up that you might be a good fit for!  According to their website, “Typical incentives range from $50 to $200.”  To me that is definitely worth signing up for!  Check out Delve by clicking HERE!
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Legitimate Work From Home Jobs #56

A few weeks ago I profiled a website called Hundoville, where you can work from home selling your services or products for $100 each.  Let’s say that maybe you have a skill or item to sell but it’s not quite worth $100.  Maybe it is worth $50.  Well let me introduce you to FittyTown.

FittyTown.com is “The Marketplace for $40 and $50 Jobs.”  Here you can find someone willing to design a tee shirt for you or even some comic book characters!  How cool is that?!?!?!?!?  There is truly something for everyone at FittyTown.  Even if you think you have nothing to offer, click over to FittyTown HERE and look around.  Maybe you will see something that sparks an idea of something you can offer to make a few FittyTown deals of your own!
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Legitimate Work From Home Jobs # 55

If you are reading this blog post, chances are good that you know firsthand how companies are “downsizing” and how reluctant they are to hire full-time or even part -time staff and employees.  This makes it a really good time to be a freelance worker!

When you are a freelance worker, you work as projects come up.  It is not a set schedule or a guarantee of hours.  Sometimes the work will be plentiful and other times non-existent. There are new websites that have popped up that now make it easier than ever to get freelance assignments.

TaskArmy is a website that allows freelancers to list their services on their website for more visability and thereby getting a better chance at actually doing some work and getting paid for it!  It is free to join TaskArmy and then you will be able to list the services you are willing to perform.  You just go to the TaskArmy website by clicking here and in the upper right corner, in the blue box, you will see where it says “Freelancer, list your services here”.  That is where you sign up and create your account and start using the website.  I would think that the more services you offer, the better chance you have of getting work and repeat business!
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Legitimate Work From Home Jobs # 54

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional writer or just starting out, there are paid writing opportunities out there for everyone these days!  If you are good at telling people “how-to” do things, then maybe you should be cashing in on your talents!

Firehow is one of the newer paid writing sites out there.  Basically, it is a collection of how-to articles written by people just like yourself.  Signing up is free!

According to the Firehow website:

“You will earn money based on many factors, such as, but not limited to, how many views, comments, and ratings your articles receive.”
If you would like to get more information on this money making opportunity, you can click HERE to go to the Firehow.com website. 
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Legitimate Work From Home Jobs #53

With the summer coming, now is the perfect time to start planning ways to make some extra income to spend on summertime fun!  One of the best ways to do this is to rent out extra space you have in your home.  It may be a room, a couch, or even a whole house that you have available for rent, but there may be someone looking to rent just the space you have to offer!

AirBnB allows you to list your place to stay for rent.  They do not charge an upfront fee, but they do get a 3% host fee when you get a reservation and make money!  If you live in a prime travel destination, this would be GREAT for extra summer income!

You can click here to visit the AirBnB site where they explain all about how it works, safety, pricing, payments and setting up your listing.
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“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.”
Bryce Courtenay

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