A poll of 3,000 adults found 67 percent love trading their second-hand wares.
Nearly One In Three Brits Have A Side-Hustle
Almost one in three Brits selling items online claim to have a ‘side hustle’ – trading goods to the tune of nearly $250 each month.
A poll of 3,000 adults found 67 percent love trading their second-hand wares, and send or receive an average of seven packages per month.
At the same time, 27 percent claim selling online is their main source of income.
And the small-business love is real, with 47 percent saying they support side hustlers and independent businesses more than any other online retailer.
Clothes, books, and electronics are the most popular products shoppers and sellers are exchanging across the United Kingdom.
Of those who sell, just under half feel a sense of achievement when they ship a package off to its new home.
While 36 percent of buyers claim it puts a spring in their step when their package arrives, with 32 percent describing a package delivery as the highlight of their day.
Nick Landon, chief commercial officer for Royal Mail Parcel Collect, which carried out the study to celebrate surpassing six million items being collected since its launch in 2020, said: “It’s wonderful to see the nation’s entrepreneurship blossom and grow.
“We are delighted to play a pivotal role in making that possible – supporting the nation’s small businesses and side hustlers to distribute their precious cargo up and down the country – from doorstep to doorstep.
“We are proud to be an enabler of everyday people, looking to pursue their dreams amid the cost-of-living crisis.
“We aspire to make our services as convenient as possible so everyone can manage their business from home – removing the need to trek heavy parcels [packages] to the local drop-off point whenever they make a deserved sale.”
The study also found eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Etsy were the online marketplaces that respondents use most frequently, with one in five using Vinted.
The top reasons for using online platforms like these are: saving money (42 percent), and enjoying the thrill of hunting down the perfect item (35 percent).
Others like allowing someone else to enjoy something they no longer need (35 percent) and giving items a new lease of life (31 percent).
Environmental factors also play a role with a third using online marketplaces because it’s better for the environment, and 28 percent want to set a good example to their kids about buying and selling items, rather than buying new.
The OnePoll study found sales are going so well for 41 percent, they have plans to develop their side hustle into their main source of income.
People age 65 and over are most likely to have plans already in place (60 percent), with Londoners leading the charge (58 percent) versus six percent in the east of England.
Nick Landon added: “We know how important the nation’s parcels are. Getting them to their new homes, in good hands, is our top priority.
“Our Parcel Collect service is part of our ongoing commitment to create innovative and convenient ways to collect and deliver precious parcels from our customers’ doorsteps, every day.”
Holly Tucker, a long-term partner of Royal Mail and founder of notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, said: “It’s impressive to see how entrepreneurial we are as a nation, and how many of us are selling and sending parcels across the U.K., from handmade wares through to second-hand goods.
“With many of us juggling side-hustles and full-time jobs, it’s important to be efficient with our time when it comes to running our ‘shops’, tapping into the tools and services available to support us.”
Holly Tucker’s time-saving tips for sellers and side-hustlers:
• Grab a notebook and scribble down everything that springs to mind for your creative rituals, your ordering system, customer service and marketing. Then identify the low-hanging fruit (the things you can change now) and the slow burners (the things you need to work on in order to change them). Try and tick a few things off each week, from both lists.
• Each day, pick the three key tasks you need to prioritize. These are the jobs that will move the dial and tackle them first. I like to dedicate the hour before anyone wakes up in my house, to this special and highly important list. Dedicating yourself to moving the business forward is not only great for the business, it’s brilliant for your mental health.
• New technology is launching all of the time, allowing you to automate your least favorite tasks and time-consuming processes within your business – there’s a real beauty when you streamline your business.
• Outsourcing can save you time and allow you to focus on driving your business forward in the areas you are most confident in. There’s no shame in reaching outside the business and asking for advice and help from others. The small business community is a vibrant and loving group, and if you don’t have the skills or knowledge, I can guarantee someone else will or will know exactly who to turn to.
• Instead of trekking to a drop-off point with arms full of packages, have you considered having your post collected from your doorstep? Look for couriers which collect from home and wave goodbye to the effort and aggravation of having to go out. Simply coordinate a collection time from your doorstep instead.
Produced in association with SWNS.