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Learn how to sell anything on line -- baked goods, textbooks, gold jewelry, used toys, handcrafted items, photos, artwork, alcohol -- with these Howcast tutorials. Check out the tips for buying stuff online, too.
You Will Need
- PayPal account
- Post office box
- Reason to beg
- Thick skin
- Advertisers (optional)
Set up a website
Set up a website explaining why you're asking for money. Choose a catchy domain name that's easy to remember.
Set up a PayPal account
Set up a PayPal account so visitors can make donations directly into your bank account. Open a post office box for checks and money orders so you don't have to post your address.
Make it visually interesting
Make your site visually interesting. Entice donors to check in regularly by illustrating how people's contributions are helping you reach your goal.
Update it regularly
Update your site frequently; it helps keep supporters invested in your cause. Keep the postings light; funny, self-deprecating briefings seem to be more successful at eliciting donations than serious ones.
Develop a thick skin
Expect to receive nasty messages. Asking for handouts invites a certain amount of abuse, even if your cause is sympathetic.
Don't expect miracles
Don't expect a huge windfall. Internet panhandling is now so pervasive that few cyber-beggars rake in big bucks.