Turning your Cants into Cans: A guide to funding your 2018 goals

We The Pvblic

2018 has just started and we’re pretty sure that you’re already looking forward to many exciting events – dream getaways, artists’ concerts, shopping and more. Fulfilling these goals means having the funds to realize them.

cansIt’s no surprise that saving money remains a top priority for Filipinos. While saving is important, there are many things you can do to earn extra cash – one of which is selling online. This doesn’t require too much time and effort if you use the right tools.

To help you out, here are some tips on how to fund your goals this 2018 with Carousell.

Declutter for extra cash

As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

(PH) Top Products to sell to fund your 2018 goalsFrom preloved clothes to accessories to old books, you can turn your unused stuff into cash by selling on Carousell. According to Carousell’s internal data, an average user in the Philippines earns up to 24,000 PHP in a year.

No idea where to start? According to Carousell’s search data, here are the top items users search for in the top categories.

● Preloved fashion
Filipinos love high fashion brands like Zara, Topshop and Nike.

● Gadgets and electronics
“iPhone” was searched for 400,000 times in 2017 and the most popular model is the iPhone

● Health and Beauty
The top 10 items that received the most offers were all makeup products. Trending brands include Colourpop, Maybelline and Benefit.

● Books
Most popular authors are Lang Leav, Nicholas Sparks and Jenny Han

Set a goal to work towards


Failing to plan is planning to fail.

While you may have many things you’ll like to achieve this year, you’ll need to prioritize. Goal setting helps you stay focused on the short-term and motivates you in the long-term. It can be raising funds to buy what you want or to support your needs like Gyanna Yumping (@gyannabelle), an Advertising Arts student and Carouseller who use online selling to fund her Fashion Thesis and move to California.

“Having my goals makes me more decisive on what I need to let go and what I should keep. I also have a timeline to move to California, so this gives me a great sense of urgency to sell my stuff.”

Sell before you upgrade

Let’s face it – trends evolve and change every year. There’s always going to be a new gadget or hot item on the market. You may be tempted to spend, however, you don’t need to burn holes into your pockets for the latest trend.


Take a cue from student and entrepreneur Nehro Jacovf (@qualitygadgetsonline) who uses Carousell to sell his old gadgets to buy new ones. He started by selling his secondhand smartphone and till date, he has sold more than 60 phones and earns up to PhP 20,000 a week.

Turn a hobby into side-income

Wouldn’t it be nice to do what you love and earn from it?


Don’t let your passion and talents sleep throughout the year. Wake it up and use it to earn extra cash. It can be your artwork just like Nikki Tiam-Lee (@inkspiredbynikki) who started selling hand-lettered works on Carousell. She has received an overwhelming number of requests that helped her earn extra income aside from her full-time job as a designer.

ink“For two months now, I’m glad that Carousell became a platform for me to still pursue my passion in lettering. As much as I enjoy my job as a designer, I know that a part of me still wants to do lettering. What I learned from this is that you can actually do both. It doesn’t mean that if you have a day job, then you can’t pursue other interests anymore.”

Find a niche market

Have a niche interest like collecting books, toys or vintage items?


Find your fellow hobbyists on Carousell. Sell or trade items with like-minded people in the community, just like how Eunice Aguilar (ojo_ichiro) found her crowd of book lovers.

“I loved reading books. But every time I finished a book, I ask myself – what’s next? Carousell was the perfect solution. I’ve had so many customers since I started selling books.”

Better now than never

It’s never too late to start on setting your goals.

This 2018, achieving your goals is as easy as snapping a photo, listing and selling on Carousell. This is the perfect opportunity for you to clear out your things to make room for meaningful experiences.