When I found Poshmark I was 24 and tired of putting part of my already-low paycheck into my student loans. I was working part-time as a writer for Bustle, freelancing the other part-time, and volunteering as well. I knew that there had to be a way to earn a side income that was actually fun. That’s where Poshmark came in. I downloaded the app and started listing items that I had in my closet. Fast forward two months later, and I was using Poshmark to pay my student loans each month. Here’s how I started out.
With any app comes a plan of attack. It’s not a random chance that some people are getting tons of likes, sales, and comments, while other people struggle to get any. Whether it’s Poshmark, Instagram, or Facebook, every site has a different algorithm. Each one is constantly changing, but the key to doing well on a site depends on how well you know what you need to do to be successful.
The first step to selling on Poshmark is to know how the app works. Of course, anyone can get on the website and try to sell. The good news is that the app doesn’t cost anything and there’s an even playing field. There are ways to make sure your posts get noticed and the right users see your listings.
I was one of the people that figured out the algorithm early on and began making money extremely fast, None of it happened by accident though. I had the pleasure of asking the CEO of Poshmark Manish Chandra a few questions about the app. There was one thing he said that has helped me make all of my sales.
“We built this platform to allow shoppers all over the country to connect, learn and have fun, so engage with your fellow Poshers just as you would on social media — spread the love by liking and sharing their listings, and they’ll do the same,” Chandra says.
They don’t call it a side hustle for no reason. You need to put the work in to be successful, just like anything else in life. I can’t do the work for you, but I can tell you what has worked for me. Here are some tips that I’ve followed that have worked out in my favorite. Because, like I said before, it’s no coincidence that some people do extremely well on the website and others don’t.
1. Know the app.
You need to know the website you’re on to do well. I’m stressing this first point a lot, because it’s the most important one. You have to share, like, and interact with people in order to do well on Poshmark. It’s as simple as that. I’m not saying that you have to join parties and be on the app every second of every day, but you do have to check in throughout the day.
2. Post regularly.
You should also be posting new listings every day. Even if it’s just once a day, people need to see that you’re active in order to be boosted to the top. I’ve found that most people are active at night. I like to post first thing in the morning, share throughout the day, and then add another listing at night. But, really, any tactic that you decide to use for listing is better than not listing at all.
3. Take your time with listings.
Unlike other online clothing selling apps, everything from the photo to the listing name is up to you. That means that you’re going to have to put in the work to be successful. Take your time with photos and listings.
The clearer the photo the more people will want to click it. The more information that you share the more people will trust you. It’s as simple as that. I like to think to myself, “would I click on it?” I will only upload the photos that I would be comfortable buying. You just can’t expect to make money with no effort.
4. Know what you’re selling.
I love to go thrifting and sell things that I find. It’s a great way to recycle clothing and make money at the same time. But you have to know what you’re selling and be fair. I see way too many people that overprice their items. Don’t price things for sentimental value. If it means that much to you, just don’t sell it. That being said, don’t be afraid to decline lowball offers, when you know it’s worth more. Simply put, be fair.
5. Share, share, and share some more.
Consistency is key when on Poshmark. If you share people’s posting, they will share yours. Just like any other social media site, you will find people that regularly support you, if you support them. As someone that is extremely introvert, I love that aspect. That being said, you also need to share your own listings. The more people that see the post, the better. There’s no shame in sharing your postings every single day — even if it’s the same handful of items.
Have any questions? Let me know in the comments! I want to see you be successful at Poshmark and make money. It’s such a good feeling to make money for what you love. Any way that I can help out, I would love to!