1) Schedule a carrier pick up through USPS.com
I’ve been utilizing carrier pick up for the last 2 years and it’s a HUGE time saver for me.
It saves gas and mileage on your car. I’ve heard sellers say things like “It’s not a big deal, the Post Office is on my way” or “Mileage is a tax write off anyway”
I used to think that way too, but since I gave carrier pick up a try, I wouldn’t do it any other way. Even though it just takes a few minutes to stop at the Post Office, using carrier pick up means one less thing to do that day. It gives me an extra 15 minutes in my day. Even though mileage is tax deductible, I can think of better ways to accumulate tax deductible mileage (like treasure hunting road trips )
2) Utilize stamps.com for international packages
Here I go again with stamps.com, but really if you haven’t tried using them for your international shipping, give it a try.
It saves time. You never have to go to the Post Office, there’s no forms to fill out or sign, you just print out your label and customs form all on the same 1/2 sheet label, and you’re good to go.
3) Order your shipping supplies through USPS.com
Even after I started using carrier pick up, I’d stop at the Post Office once in awhile to pick up priority boxes and mailers. Since I started ordering them through USPS.com, I haven’t stopped at the Post Office since. My shipping mailers come straight to my door saving me time, money, and gas. Time I can spend on listings, shipping more items, or with my family.
4) Purchase items online to resell
Here’s a great way to save time and gas.
Find items on eBay and other online selling venues at low prices and buy them to resell. They get delivered straight to your door, and you make a nice profit.
Many times great items are listed for sale online that have misspelled words in the title, improper keywords, bad pictures, errors in the listings, etc.
The other thing I’ve done in the past is purchase items for sale on eBay that are being sold in lots, and then split the items up and sell them individually to make a profit.
5) Stop at Thrift stores while you’re out running your regular errands
Instead of making a special trip to go treasure hunting, plan your errands for the day around your favorite thrift stores, and kill 2 birds with one stone.
The fewer trips you have to make, the less gas you’ll use and the more money you’ll save!