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  1. cashpileI don't know if it is the chaos of Christmas – new toys, a house full of decorations – or whether its the prospect of a new year – new beginnings, BUT January always makes me want to spring clean. Spring cleaning is great but what do you do with everything once it's cleared? We sorted lots of stuff from the children's room, books, toys clothing and then it was in a big box in our room!! Not helpful! So here are my top 10 tips to make money from your unwanted items.

    1. Children's toys, clothes, books and DVD's can be sold in one hit at a nearly new sale – try Little Pickles Markets, your local NTC Group and schools – the price of a table will vary from group to group but on average it's £10-£20. Organise everything neatly in age, sex, season and price accordingly to make it easier for potential buyers.

    2. Facebook– this is a relatively cheap way to sell. There are lot s of local based groups. You start an album list add photos and prices – you can sell almost anything but just check the group rules. If someone wants to buy it they will collect from your home. Always private message them your address don't put it on a public forum.

    3. Gumtree also allows you to sell (or buy) individual items – buyers will come and collect from your home.

    4. Ebay– you can sell practically anything on Ebay but you will have to pay fees – listing fees to Ebay and paypal fees. So do look out for offers – free listing weekends etc.

    5. If you have tried Facebook, Gumtree and Ebay had no luck but still don't want to give them away for free then try We Buy Books - they actually take books, CD's and DVD's. You type in the ISBN or bar-code number into the box if they take it they will give you a price you can reject or accept. The maximum total sales is £15. I found a 10% code on Google+ which increased each books price by 10%. Free postage – what more can you ask for! There are a few other similar sites I just liked this one as it took a variety of items.

    6. Any unwanted books from We Buy Books take a long to your local Book Exchange – Moo took a pile of books we've grown out of along and was given £5 of in-store credit. Which he spent £2 of on information books about castles and pirates.

    7. Pre-loved clothing boutique's You sell on your designer children's clothing to them or if you want to squeeze a few more pennies out your t-shirt sell on commission – so they hang in the shop and if they don't sell at the end of the season you get them back.

    8. Been to nearly new sales, tried the pre-loved boutiques and listing like mad but still unsold clothing left over? Try Cash4Clothes – they only pay 50p per kilo so for me it was a last resort.

    9. Any left over toys and baby/children's equipment (pushchairs, beds etc. ) find out if you have a local Toy Exchange – much like the book exchange you receive in-store credit.

    10. Do you have one of those draws? Mine is in the kitchen where you find the oddest things? We found 4 yes 4 old mobiles, one didn't even have a battery! I loaded the details on to a comparison site and then sent free post the phones to the best offers. One of the phones I chose to have an Argos voucher instead which gave me a slightly higher price.

    And finally if you have tried and failed on all of the above … take it to the charity shop!! You gain space and a charity makes some money win win!!

    I've been putting all the pennies away in a money box as I'm saving up for a special surprise for the Moo's. But I hate to admit that I am still finding an abundance of unwanted items!! Oh the joys! I'd love to hear what you do to make extra cash from your unwanted items.



  2. I spend a lot of my time writing, speaking and training small business about the benefits of business blogging. The majority of the time the question I am asked the most are regarding “time”. Where will I find the time? Is that good use of my already limited time? Will people even read a blog? And the answer is always YES!

    How do I know? Well with I am dedicated and organised. I regularly mindmap topics, spend time writing and scheduling posts for a month sometimes more and have a marketing plan for my blog. With Charlie Moo's I do none of the above and the result is a sad, lonely, neglected blog. I even posted a competition in November and had a grand total of 0 entries. In comparison over at every post I write is shared, commented on and enjoyed even months later.

     Blogging for Business

    Right so the plan (EKK) is to get Mummy Moo's Blog back on track.

    • Mind map topics for the next few weeks – being a product based business opens up seasonal (Valentine's, Easter, Mother's Day) product plugs as well as discussions about stock changes/new products/best sellers.

    • Make a list of all the outstanding reviews (whoops sorry!!!)

    • Start writing! doesn't have a drafting facility so this will need to be old school either pen and paper or word. If I use word I'll be able to hyperlink sections ready and thus just cut and paste onto Mummy Moo's Blog.

    • Write posting dates in my diary – I check my diary daily but more importantly on a Sunday to know what the plan is for the week. Which means I can ensure I am aware of days I will need to upload/cut & paste the posts onto Mummy Moo's Blog.

    • Start entering blog carnivals and Silent Sunday etc … in order to promote my blog and encourage new traffic.

    • Socially share blog posts by using interesting comments relevant to the post rather than “check out my blog”
    • Make sure I don't schedule posts on the same days as so I have enough time and energy to share and promote. 

    All of the above are highly achievable and will make a dramatic difference to my blog and ultimately sales on the website. – the only thing that will stop me from reaching my goal will be motivation. I have to harness now the motivation, drive and ambition that keeps ticking over like a well oiled machine.

    Wish me luck!