A MUM'S side hustle has earned her £7k for just 4 hours a week of work on her phone.
Jetsetting to the US on a weekly basis as a Qantas flight attendant meant Meagan was never short of opportunities to shop up a storm.
But when that well-paid job suddenly ground to a halt in March, 2020, the Australian mum-of-one was left with nothing but a wardrobe bursting with clothing, shoes and accessories she had barely ever worn.
“That got me in a bit of a hole financially… it’s certainly a trap you fall into,” the 40-year-old told Kidspot.
While she was quick to find a part time job in a supermarket Meagan looked for other ways to earn extra income.
In February last year, she joined Poshmark, an e-commerce website and app where users can buy or sell used clothes and accessories.
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The time-poor mum says it took her less than five minutes to take an item from her wardrobe and have it ready to appear for sale on her profile.
“I just take a quick photo with my phone, input the price and description and the app tells you what my earnings are – minus the fees – and then it lists.”
While her first sale, a pair of her pre-loved Adidas Dragonball Z high top sneakers, ook longer than she’d anticipated – the end result was better than expected.
“I sold them for $180, which was more than I paid for them,” the savvy seller says.
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“I was elated. Once you sell one thing, you just want to sell more and more.”
As she began to understand what buyers wanted on the platform, Meagan set her sights on local and online charity op shops, snapping up unique finds and selling them for a tidy profit.
“I would pick things up for a couple of dollars and sell them for $60.”
Her most profitable items are a pre-loved Zara Disney jacket purchased for $25 – which she sold for a whopping $199 – and a What Jordy Wore fur coat bought for $75 on an online charity shop which she sold for $250.
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Despite Poshmark taking 20 per cent of her selling price in fees, Meagan says she’s better off on the app than on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree because of the type of buyers the app attracts.
“Buyers have to pay for the item once it’s sold and the funds only get released three days after they receive it, so it protects the seller and buyer.”
At the time of publication, the side hustler had sold a whopping 362 items, raking in more than $13,000 in just 12 months – and that’s just from the four hours per week she finds time to work on it when her six-year-old, Ivy, is at school.
The impressive result has catapulted Meagan to become one of Poshmark’s top Australian sellers and an official ‘posh ambassador’ with 460,000 followers – something that’s surprised her more than anyone else.
“I never had any ambitions for it – I never dreamt it would be as profitable for me as it has.”
Amazingly, Meagan has also been rewarded for her selling efforts by the e-commerce platform, receiving a $5,000 ‘heart and hustle’ grant that she will put towards growing her online business.
While her Poshmark income is not regular enough for Meagan to quit her supermarket job just yet, she’s set her sights on selling the 850 items she currently has for sale – and won’t be considering getting back into the air now that she’s found something that’s far more family friendly.
“Now that I’ve seen what’s possible, I could see myself doing it full time if it grows enough,” she says.
“I still have a wardrobe full of things I’ll probably never wear – so there won’t be a shortage of things to sell.”
As for her own clothing, Meagan now has a “try to buy nothing new” motto that’s working wonders for her family budget and the environment.
“I’ll get a compliment on a top and I say, ‘Thanks, it was a dollar!’ – I still love my labels but now I find them at op shops instead of stores.”
This was first published in Kidspot and has been reproduced with permission.
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