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- 👷 Pallet Flipping: A legit side hustle that can make you money
👷 Pallet Flipping: A legit side hustle that can make you money
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GM. This is Work "After" Work, the newsletter that sifts out all the sand, leaving you only with the gold.
It’s Friday, let’s boogie:
👷 Pallet flipping
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To the 103 new readers since my last email - Welcome to the WAW fam! 😊
Today I’ve got a simple and gritty side hustle that I never knew existed - flipping pallets. And no, not those mystery pallets with a bunch of stuff on them (because those are all scams).
I’m talking about just plain old pallets. These things:
I spent the week researching all about pallet flipping and besides some crazy facts (like 60% of all the lumber in the world is used to make pallets) it turns out this could be a really good way to make an extra $100 to $500 a weekend.
Another fun fact: businesses will give you their pallets for free or even pay you to take them because they would otherwise have to pay a disposal company to come haul them away.
Particularly, big box stores always have a huge pallet problem. Inventory comes in constantly, it gets unloaded, and pallets get set aside.
They do that again, and again, and pretty soon these big box stores look like they’re playing a full-scale game of Jenga.
That’s where this opportunity lies.
Provide value to these stores by taking pallets off their hands. No more disposal or recycling expenses. Take these pallets and flip them to businesses that actually need them.
Go wherever you see pallets. This could be stopping when you see them on your way home from work (if you have a truck) or renting out a trailer on the weekends.
Check out construction sites, furniture stores, and small business warehouses. When you come across some, ask who’s in charge and if you can take the pallets off their hands.
Who can you sell them to?
Pallet yards are a go-to for making a quick flip. To find one use this directory and it will give you pallet companies in your area. Or simply search “pallet buyers near me” on Google.
When I do this I see Cardinal Pallet Co. is a family owned pallet business in the Chicagoland area.
I’d call them up, ask if they’re looking to buy pallets and how much they’re willing to pay. Maybe it’s 4, 5, 6, or even 7 dollars a pallet if none are broken and are in good condition.
One good weekend of renting a trailer (that costs $19 for 6 hours) and gathering 100 pallets could make you anywhere from $400 to $700.
(5×8 is what you’ll need)
How I would go about this
First call around and see who will offer you the most money per pallet. This way once you find pallets you know your buyer and what they’re willing to pay. If you do have to pay for a pallet, you know your spread.
Next, I’d scout around my neighborhood.
Go on reddit or facebook groups to see if others and talking about businesses that have loads of pallets. If you drive to the back of a lot of businesses you’ll see if they have overstock.
If you find one, go ask if you can take the pallets for them. Maybe they’ll try to sell them for cheap. That’s okay as long as you’re making more from the businesses who are buying them from you.
It’s a simple side hustle but it’s providing real value to businesses and will make you money from day one.
Be smart about how far you’re driving and how much you’re profiting per pallet and this side gig could pay for your whole grocery bill every month (or half considering bacon is now $7 a package 🤦♂️)
And that’s all I got. Let me know what you thought below!👇️
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That's a wrap ladies & gents! Enjoy the weekend :)
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DISCLAIMER: None of this is financial advice. This newsletter is strictly educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any assets or to make any financial decisions. Please be careful and do your own research.