A mum’s side hustle earned her £7,000 for just 4 hours a week of working on her phone.
Traveling to the United States weekly as a Qantas flight attendant meant Meagan was never short of opportunities to shop up a storm.
But when that well-paying job suddenly came to a halt in March 2020, the Australian mum-of-one was left with nothing but a wardrobe brimming with the clothes, shoes and accessories she had hardly ever worn.
“It put me in a financial hole…it’s definitely a trap you fall into,” the 40-year-old told Kidspot.
As she quickly found 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 second-hand clothes and accessories.
The time-starved mum says it took her less than five minutes to pull an item from her wardrobe and get it ready to appear for sale on her profile.
“I just take a quick photo with my phone, type in the price and description and the app tells you what my earnings are – minus the fees – then it lists.”
While her first sale, a pair of her pre-loved Adidas Dragonball Z hi-top sneakers, lasted longer than she expected – the end result was better than expected.
“I sold them for $180, more than I paid,” the savvy seller says.
“I was thrilled. Once you sell one thing, you just want to sell more and more of it.
As she began to understand what shoppers wanted on the platform, Meagan set her sights on local and online charity stores, picking up unique finds and selling them for a handsome profit.
“I pick things up for a few bucks and resell them for 60 bucks.”
Her top-grossing items are a beloved Zara Disney jacket bought for $25 – which she sold for a whopping $199 – and a What Jordy Wore fur coat bought for $75 from an online charity store that she bought. she sold for $250.
Although Poshmark takes 20% of its sale price in fees, Meagan says she is better off on the app than on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree because of the type of buyers the app attracts.
“Buyers must pay for the item once it’s sold, and funds aren’t released until three days after you receive it, protecting both seller and buyer.”
At press time, the scammer had sold 362 items, raising more than $13,000 in just 12 months – and it’s only four hours a week that she finds time to work on when her six-year-old child years old, Ivy, is at school.
The impressive result catapulted Meagan to become one of Poshmark’s top Australian sellers and an official ‘chic ambassador’ with a surprising 460,000 followers his more than anyone.
“I never had any ambitions for it – I never imagined it would be as profitable for me as it did.”
Surprisingly, Meagan has also been rewarded for her sales efforts by the e-commerce platform, receiving a $5,000 “heart and restlessness” grant that she will spend on growing her online business.
Although her Poshmark income isn’t steady enough for Meagan to quit her supermarket job just yet, she aims to sell the 850 items she currently has for sale – and won’t be considering getting back on the air now that she found something that is much more family-friendly.
“Now that I’ve seen what’s possible, I could see myself doing it full time if it pushes hard enough,” she says.
“I still have a wardrobe full of stuff I’ll probably never wear – so there won’t be a shortage of things to sell.”
As for her own clothes, Meagan now has a “try not to buy anything new” motto that does wonders for her family budget and the environment.
“I get a compliment on a top and say, ‘Thank you, that was a dollar! – I still love my labels but now I find them in op stores rather than stores.
This was first published in Kidspot and has been reproduced with permission.