I’ve got six side hustles that can easily replace your day job and the best part is that none of these side hustles require you to have a college degree. And they’ll likely pay you significantly more money than your day job ever will. Not many intros, let’s get reading.
6. REAL ESTATE BIRD DOG
First up on the list is a side hustle that can be so lucrative, it’s going to make you wonder why you’re even working a nine-to-five job in the first place. A real estate bird dog is someone who looks for investment properties, either by searching for them online or just by walking or driving through neighborhoods.
Basically, you’re just looking for houses that need a lot of work and can present great Fix and Flip opportunities. You then present these deals to Real Estate Investors who will either pay them a flat fee or a percentage of the deal. On average most investors are willing to pay between $500 and $1,000 per deal.
Let’s just say that you found three properties in one day, and all those properties turned into actual deals. Well, you just earned yourself between $1,500 and $3,000 in one day with just a few hours’ worths of work. It’s also worth mentioning that you do not need a real estate license and you don’t need any money to start doing this, so you can literally start with nothing.
How to Find Such Properties
To find these types of properties, bird dogs can explore foreclosures, absentee owner houses, short sales, or even MLS listings. All of these are public records which means you can find them either online for free or at your city’s local courthouse. Also scouting Craigslist, local marketplaces, auctions, or online ads are also all great ways to find Properties. Also, you can simply get in your car or on your bike and ride around looking for distressed or vacant houses in your neighborhood.
Being a bird dog is 100% legal because you’re only being paid a finder’s fee, you’re not actually involved with the selling of the property which would require you to have a license. Now I’m sure you’re probably wondering at this point “well, Prince, once I find these houses who exactly do I give them to, to then earn my money?” Well, you want to give them to Real Estate Investors, either people who buy and flip houses, people who buy and hold houses as long-term Investments, or real estate wholesalers.
How to Find Buyers
You can find these people in a variety of different ways, first, you can go to local real estate meetups or real estate clubs and let people know who you are and what you do. Real Estate Investors are always looking for people to help them find deals. If you didn’t want to attend meetups in person, nowadays you can simply join real estate Facebook groups or make connections on LinkedIn.
Your goal should be to build up a big list of investors that you can reach out to, who will pay you money for the deals that you find. This way if one of the investors that you reach out to on your list is not interested in the property that you found, you still have several other investors on your list who likely will be interested.
How Much You Can Make
So how much can you truly make as a real estate bird dog? Well, as I mentioned earlier, the average finders fee is between $500 and $1,00 or more for every property that you find, which the investor then closes on. And so depending on how much time and effort you put into this side hustle, you can easily earn between $500 to $10,000 per month just doing this.
For example, if you found just five properties per month that investors actually bought and closed on, well, that’s up to $5,000 or more in extra income from this side hustle. Also, once you’ve been doing this consistently and you’ve been able to build up a good reputation in your area for finding good deals, you’ll be able to make a lot more money much faster than you did at the beginning, allowing you to quit your day job if you wanted to.
Overall, this is definitely not the highest-paying side hustle on this list but it is extremely profitable. It requires no college degree and you can easily quit your day job doing that. And so for that reason, I’m going to give it a 4 out of 10 on the money scale.
5. MATTRESS FLIPPING
Because of the popularity of bed in boxes like Casper, Nectar, and Purple over the past few years more people than ever are purchasing mattresses online. As a matter of fact, sales have risen nearly 106% in nearly three years. And many of these mattress companies have very generous return policies that allow customers to return the mattresses even after sleeping on them for several weeks.
And so what exactly happens to all those mattresses that are slept on for several weeks but then returned by the customer? Because these mattress companies aren’t just like folding these mattresses back up and then selling the mattresses as new. But they also aren’t just throwing the mattresses away.
I want to talk with you guys about mattress flipping and how by becoming a Rep for a company we’ll talk about in just a second, you’ll be able to pick up these unwanted mattresses and resell them making upwards of $8,000 to $10,000 per month.
This side hustle requires no experience and no degree, and you can get started with either a pickup truck or a small trailer that you can use to haul the mattresses. Even if you don’t have a big heavy pickup truck, I would still recommend you check the towing capacity of your current car, because even most smaller cars and mid-size sedans have towing capacities of up to 3,700 pounds which is enough to carry 50 plus mattresses.
What you’ll do is go to this website called sharetown.com, and then you’ll scroll to the bottom of the website, and then click on where it says to become a Rep. You’ll then begin filling out your application with your name, address, and other information such as confirming that you’re over 18 and have no previous DUIs.
Next, you’ll enter your vehicle information and just confirm that your vehicle can haul heavy mattresses, and then you’ll just complete the additional information, submit your application, and you’re done. Then once you become a Rep of ShareTown, you’ll be notified of mattress pickups in your area.
How to Sell The Mattresses
Now, how do you actually go about selling the mattresses once you have them on hand? Well, let’s just say for example that you picked up a Casper mattress, perhaps the customer slept on the mattress for a couple of weeks but then realized they just didn’t like it. Therefore they want to return it but the mattress is basically in perfect condition.
After cleaning the mattress and taking pictures of it with your phone, you basically just list it on sites like OfferUp, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or wherever you think it’ll sell and then you just wait for it to actually sell.
How Much Yo Can Make
On average, depending on the actual size of the mattress like if it’s a twin size or a California king, it’ll sell anywhere between $500 and $800 or more. This means that after you pay ShareTown their cut, you can expect to earn anywhere from $200 to $400 or more for every single mattress that you pick up and then sell. Many SherTown Reps have reported earnings of up to $8,000 or more per month by selling mattresses easily replacing their day job, and allowing them to earn over six figures per year.
The global mattress Market is expected to grow from about $35 billion in 2021 to 43 billion dollars in 2024. And the fact that currently half of those sales are coming from online mattresses and are expected to increase means that a lot more people are going to be returning mattresses, which means more earning potential for you.
Overall, this is a great side hustle that can earn you a lot of money without a college degree and it should not be slept on. And for that reason, I’m gonna give it a 5 out of 10 on the money scale.
4. ANSWER QUESTIONS
All of us use the internet daily to search for answers to questions that we have. In fact, there are over 63,000 searches happening on the internet every second. JustAnswer is an online question-and-answer service that connects millions of people to experts in various subjects. The categories include legal, medical, technical, home repairs, pet care, and so on.
How it Works
You make money from this website by becoming an expert and it works like this; when somebody has a question that they need an answer to, they’ll pay a fee to ask that question on this website and this fee can range anywhere from just $5 to$100 or more per question. Now I know that some of you are thinking “well, why would anybody use this website and pay money to ask questions when they can simply use websites like Google or YouTube to search for the answer for free?”
This is a very valid question and the answer is actually very simple. It’s because a lot of people prefer to actually hear answers to their questions from actual experts instead of random strangers on the internet.
To get started, simply go to justanswer.com and tap on Expert. You’ll immediately be directed to an application where you’ll enter your personal information, this is also where you’ll provide any certifications or licenses if relevant to your category. But just keep in mind not every category is going to require you to have a license or certification, but then once your account has been verified, you can start making money right away.
How Much You Can Make
In terms of how much money you can make with this side hustle, you can expect to earn anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 or more per month. This of course depends on how many questions you actually answer on a daily basis, but if you’re doing this full time there’s no reason that you can’t earn several thousand dollars per month.
Plus as I was doing some research on this side hustle, I found some real-life examples of people making over twenty-five thousand dollars per month answering questions. For example, an ex-mechanic answers questions during his lunch hour and is paid $20 per question he answers, and he answers around 300 per week.
Since more people than ever are looking for answers to questions online, this side hustle is a legitimate way to make money online and potentially even replace your day job. However, I do understand that this side hustle is not going to be for everybody because not everyone has specialized knowledge in a particular area and for that reason, I’m gonna give this side hustle a 6 out of 10 on the money scale.
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3. RENTING DUMPSTERS
The dumpster rental industry is currently valued at over $500 million and is expected to continue growing over the next few years. Imagine, I want you to imagine for a second that you can capture even just a small fraction of this growth and make upwards of $20,000 or more per month without ever going to college or without any experience.
The dumpster rental industry has no intention of slowing down especially since remodeling and construction projects are on the rise. Now, I’m going, to be honest with you guys and just let you know that a small investment is going to be needed to buy some of the equipment to actually do this side hustle. But the return on investment from this side hustle is going to be well worth it. We’ll talk about that in just a second.
How it Works
First, how exactly does dumpster renting actually work? Well, both construction companies and homeowners need a very simple and easy solution to get rid of their waste for their projects. And the way that most of them do this is by renting out dumpsters.
The customer schedules a dumpster and then it gets dropped off at their location where they then fill it with their trash. The dumpster rental company will then pick it up and properly dispose of this trash. And this is an important point to consider when starting this side hustle, how exactly are you going to dispose of all the garbage?
In most cases, it’s as simple as dropping off the garbage at your local landfill, and in most states landfills will charge anywhere between $20 and $50 per ton of trash that you drop off.
Let’s talk about some of the upfront costs associated with this side hustle. The first thing that you’ll need clearly is a dumpster. You can find used dumpsters ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per dumpster which I know it sounds very expensive. But trust me when I say it, renting out this dumpster for even just a week will pay for itself.
You’ll also need to invest in either a roll-off truck or a roll-off trailer to actually move your dumpster around. This is where the main investment for this side hustle is going to come into play. Okay, so a used roll-off trailer is going to cost you anywhere from $10,000 to $15 000 keep in mind though that you can purchase this with a bank or business loan, a small business administrative guaranteed loan, government grants, crowdfunding, or even loans from friends family or business partners.
How Much You Can Make
Now again, I know that sounds very expensive, but trust me when I say it, this side hustle is super lucrative and you’ll be able to pay off that loan in no time. For example, depending on the size of the dumpster, the average cost to rent one of these out is between $300 and $1,200 depending on how long it’s being rented out for.
Something else worth mentioning is that this side hustle is very scalable. You see because to get started all you need is just one roll-off trailer, but as time goes on and you start making more money you can start investing in more of these trailers and have as many dumpsters rented out as you possibly can working for you 24/7.
For example, imagine that instead of owning just one dumpster that earned you let’s say a thousand dollars every five days, you own three dumpsters that pay you three thousand dollars every five days or ten dumpsters that pay you ten thousand dollars every five days. At this point, you’re making over sixty thousand dollars per month.
Now, dumpster renting may require an investment which is why I placed it at number three on this list. But based on how profitable this hustle can be without needing a college degree, I’m going to give it a 7 out of 10 on the money scale.
2. JUNK REMOVAL
And while we’re on the subject of trash I want to talk to you guys about this next side hustle, and I’m not kidding when I tell you guys that you can earn life-changing money with this side hustle. I mean we’re talking up to potentially a thousand dollars or more per hour. Sound too good to be true? Well, I thought so too until I did some research and I found some very interesting things.
Basically what you’ll be doing with this side hustle is removing other people’s stuff from their property that they no longer want. This can range anywhere from boxes of old books and Furniture to cars or even farm equipment. The fact that you need very little at the beginning makes it that much better.
How to Get Started
To get started with junk removal the only thing that you need is either a car, a truck or a van. Preferably the last two so that you have more space to fill your car with junk. Now I could already hear people in the comments section saying “Prince, this is ridiculous, you can’t start a junk removal company with just a car”.And because I knew that you were going to say that, I did some research and I found a real company that you probably heard of that did exactly this.
College Hunks Junk Removal was started by a 21-year-old whose mom owned a furniture store, he realized that customers receiving new furniture were willing to pay to have the old furniture removed before the new furniture was put in place. And so he used his mom’s van to go and pick up this old furniture and he charged a fee to do so.
20 years and over a dozen corporate employees later, College Hunks has serviced over 10 million satisfied customers and is consistently voted as one the top five best chunk removal companies in the U.S.
To get started, you’ll need to start advertising your business for free on sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other social media platforms. You could even take it a step further and use sites like Canva to create flyers for your business and then pass them out to neighbors or businesses who might specialize in things like moving, hoarding cleanup, or even real estate remodeling.
How Much You Can Make
In terms of how much money you can make doing this, well it depends a lot on the size of the job. For example, the average junk removal service will charge anywhere from $150 to $275 per job. And so let’s say, for example, that you only did three jobs per day and only worked five days per week. This means that you would make upwards of $3,000 per week or even closer to $4,000 if you worked on the weekends.
You can also turn your hard work into extra cash and begin selling a lot of the stuff that you pick up with this side hustle. As your business continues to grow, make sure you check to see if you need any special licenses or certificates such as a waste carriers license or a CDL if you plan on purchasing larger trucks.
But given the relative ease of this side hustle and the fact that you can make a lot of money with no college degree, I’m going to give this a 9 out of 10 on the money scale.
1. AMAZON COPYWRITER
If you consider yourself to be a good writer or you’re willing to learn how to become a good writer, then you have the potential to make up to $200 per hour from the comfort of your home without a college degree with this next side hustle.
There’s no arguing the fact that Amazon is the most popular way to shop online nowadays. In fact, Amazon gets over 2 billion monthly visitors in the US alone and accounts for almost half of all online e-commerce sales, and this number increases every year.
With all these products selling on Amazon, this also means that there are a lot of product descriptions that need to be written. The goal of an Amazon copywriter is to write product descriptions in such a way that a customer feels like they need that product because it solves a problem for them.
They know that a lot of customers will experience joy and excitement when trying to decide on what product to purchase. And so in a way, they help to sell the product by playing into those emotions through the copy. This is exactly the reason why companies are willing to pay such good money for a good Amazon copyright because your writing could literally be the difference between the products selling or not selling.
How to Get Started
To get started, you can search for Amazon copywriting jobs on sites like Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr. Now, it will take some time to build up your profile and get some positive reviews on these sites, and you may even have to settle and get paid a little bit less for this job at the very beginning to help build up your reputation.
How Much You Can Make
Now in terms of how much money you can make doing this, you’re not going to like this answer because I know you guys want something very specific. But it really depends, you can make as much money as you possibly want. On average though, once you’ve built up your reputation and have a good clientele, you can expect to earn as much as $200 per hour with this side hustle.
Expand that over the course of a year, and you’re able to make over $300,000 per year without a college degree. Considering that anybody can learn how to be a great copywriter online for free, and this job can easily earn you well over six figures per year, I’m going to give this a 10 out of 10 on the money scale. Peace and Happy Hustling!