Cashing in on What People Throw Away: Making Money from Junk

December 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Cashing in on What People Throw Away: Making Money from Junk
Junk is what people throw away. Perhaps, all of us have some amount of junk lying around the garage, the closets, at the backyard and somewhere around the house. At some future date, we shall ultimately dispose of these (well, ideally) to make way for a new set of more junk.

Many people have a lot of junk and everyone wants to get rid of them. Very often, they even hire people just to dispose of those junks for them. Have you gone around your neighborhood lately? If you did, you must have passed some television sets lying outside someone’s door or front lawn, maybe a baby’s crib, or maybe a box of old toys, an old drawer or cabinet, and many other items marked “Free”. If you drive behind some retailing stores and shopping malls, you can also find disposal bins filled with perfectly good corrugated cartons and old newspaper. All you need to do is to pick up the items and they are yours.

This simply means that there is a big opportunity to make a decent living by helping people get rid of their junk and/or collecting what they throw away.

How to Get Started Making Money from Junk

Initially, you can set yourself a perimeter of operation. You do not have to go very far.

You can start within your neighborhood. Distribute some small flyers saying that you will haul away any of unwanted items or you will collect their old newspapers on a specified day of the week. You may also offer to clear garages, basements or attics for a fee. Then place these flyers on houses door-to-door, or on the windshields of cars. A door-to-door approach is much better, as it gives you the opportunity of talking with the homeowners personally, and making you familiar with them.

What You Need to Know:

making money from junkYou will need to find a place for the junk you collect and remove. Find out where local landfills are located and know their policies. There might be charges or fees for bringing your stuff in. You may also need dumping permits in some areas, so check with your city and county offices.

It is a good idea to learn about dumping regulation. Some items are more difficult to get rid of than others. For example, you cannot just dump a refrigerator or an old stove anywhere. Old tires are another hard-to-dump item. There are specific places for specific items. However, if you have a big space in your location, you can keep these items for refurbishing and stock them for your junkyard operation.

There is a big market for many items that many people want to get rid of. So, explore the option of sales to second-hand stores or establish your own. In fact, you can collect other people’s junk on the weekdays and open your own junk store only on Saturdays and Sundays-right in your front yard. You can sell the items in flea markets, or your own garage sale!

Now, all that is left for you to do is to get busy.

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Jenny Fulbright

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