Flipping used workout equipment on craigslist
When I was younger, in high school and before that, I was a fat kid. Not super fat, but fat enough to feel shame (which I shouldn't have). After high school, I was determined to drop pounds! So I did. I started at about 225 and ended up weighing about 150 pounds about a year later. (Gained it all back, plus some since then :)) It was a lot of work, and that was a hustle all it's own. But the point of this blog is to point out my non-detailing entrepreneurial ventures - because I don't know of anybody who starts any sort of business without any sort of desire or experience to do so.
While working out and dropping weight, I fell in love with workout equipment and different home gym setups. I pieced together a garage gym in my parent's garage while I was living there. I had a nice power rack with a nice adjustable bench and bar, and Ivanko rubber coated olympic plates. My equipment was top notch! I learned a lot about the right kind of equipment from the bodybuilding.com forums. There I learned that most of the garage gyms there were built for free, by buying and reselling underpriced used equipment on craigslist. I learned what to buy and how much something should sell for. I was making daily trips with my 2001 Honda Civic, filling it with weights and dumbbells and squat racks - people were amazed how much I could fit inside that car.
One month I made a "profit" of like $1500, which to me at the time, living at my mom's house and having nothing to buy but cigarettes and fast food, was enough to keep me content. I didn't work that hard. It was just about checking in regularly on craigslist, swooping in as the first one interested, picking up the equipment, cleaning it up a bit, taking way better pics and writing way better, optimized sales copy, then waiting for the buyers to pick up that day or the next. It sounds like a lot of work, but I was putting in a few hours a week minus drive time and looking up deals. It was fun for me.
Selling rap beats
When my kids were first born, and my wife and I were in our first apartment, we were struggling mightily. I was working for 10 hours plus commuting 2 hours a day, my wife was working a 9 to 5, and her boss's wife had to watch our kids during the day. We were desperate, so we ended up trying a few things to earn extra money.
I was a somewhat skilled music programmer, spending years of my teen-aged youth making rap beats for fun. So I put a little bit of effort and money into equipment to get that going - you know, selling beats. I had sold some in the past, so I figured that this could be something that could get us out of the struggle we were in. I spent time after work, headphones and speakers filling the apartment with pretty awesome music. I ended up selling a few beats to a rapper I used to know in Sacramento, CA, that ended up becoming a Christian rapper. (Who knew I would end up being a Christian a few years later?) But honestly, making music was more of a hobby. I didn't put all the resources I had nor did I put all my effort into making that venture work, so I sold all of my equipment.
Selling knockoff products at the flea market
One other thing we came up with was to sell stuff at the local flea markets. Somehow, I ended up finding the chinese website, AliExpress, and bought up a bunch of knockoff Diamond Supply Co. snapback hats, and NBA hats, and crappy fake Beats by Dre headphones, etc. It seemed like a good idea at the time, because I had no idea that selling these hats and headphones was as illegal as it was.
The first Sunday, we ended up selling a promising amount of hats and headphones! We were pretty excited that this venture was actually going to work for us. The hats cost us about $4 bucks a piece I think, and we were selling them for about $10. We were even making a bigger profit on the headphones. But the following weekend, thankfully we ended up setting up shop, next to a veteran flea market seller, who was concerned for us. He warned us that there were these guys, going around to all the spaces and booths, taking pictures of all the knockoff goods, and the people that sold those fake goods ended up never coming back (perhaps in jail?). We took heed of the warning and packed up shop quick! All it took was one look at our baby boys and the thought of the both of us (my wife and I), to be thrown into jail scared us off completely.
Hi! This blog is written by Detail Pros' very own, Ken! I am the owner and detailer at Detail Pros in Yuba City, CA, which is a smallish town between Sacramento, CA and Chico, CA. Thanks for reading!
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