Are you the one person in your group of friends and/or family, that just so happens to own a pickup truck? If so, then there’s probably a good chance that you’re seen as the handyman, the mover, and the one they call for a quick favor …along the lines of say, “Hey, so I need to move this washing machine from my mother-in-law’s house. Can you give me a hand, since you’ve got a truck and all?”
If that’s the case, then you’ve done a lot of freebie work for people with your pickup. And while that’s wonderful of you to do that for the folks, why not brainstorm some ways that you can actually make money with your pick-up? To get you started, here are a few ways that you can raise a grand in greenbacks using your noggin, some elbow grease, and the old trusty pickup truck in your proud ownership.
The 3Gs of Fast Truck Money
It is true that you’re going to need special loadouts for some of these jobs, but first, let’s get outfitted with the things you’re going to need for basically all of them. That way, if you wanted to handle more than just one of these truck money suggestions, it will be a great deal simpler of a process. You can basically sort this out into 3Gs:
- Grit – First thing’s first, if your truck doesn’t have the horsepower and torque to get the job done, then you might put far more wear and tear on the pickup than what you bargained for. The last thing you want to do is spend more money on repairs than the money you make on the job itself, so be sure to know what your pick-up can handle before accepting a project. Knowing your truck’s towing capacity is a great place to start, if you’re not sure.
- Gear – Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you have the right safety and hauling gear at the ready. Here’s just a quick checklist to begin with (however, this list is by NO means exhaustive)…
- Personal safety equipment, such as work gloves, eye protection, and sturdy footwear.
- Appropriately rated tie-down equipment, such as bungee cords, ratchet straps, cargo netting, tarps, and of course, ropes. Also, it would be a good idea to learn how to tie a trucker’s hitch, while you’re at it.
- Plan ahead on the gear specifics pertaining to the task at hand. Your mileage may vary (pun intended).
- Gasoline – Next, you should know what fuel is going to cost you by calculating the cost per mile. You’ll have an exact idea on what the fuel overhead is going to be to run your small business venture by simply looking at your odometer reading.
- Bonus tip: while you’re at it, go ahead and track your miles, since you can use that as a tax write off when April comes around.
Alright, with those pointers out of the way, let’s get down to business.
#9 – Garbage Money
This kind of project might not seem all that appealing to most, but remember one thing: you get paid more for what fewer people actually want to do. If you don’t mind hauling trash, then you can actually make quite a few dollars doing so in a relatively short amount of time. By the way, if you also don’t mind sifting through that trash, you might even be able to pick up a few extra dollars from the value of raw metal material in the truck bed. Also, make sure you’re accounting for the cost of legal trash disposal.
#8 – Hook Up the Snow Plow
When the snow falls, you could make a thousand bucks in a single weekend, especially if your truck is fitted with a snowplow. Depending on how many driveway owners you’ve shaken hands with, be prepared to work punishing hours in short notice. However, if you don’t mind that, then make sure you keep an eye on your local weather reports, so you can time your plowing operations appropriately.
#7 – Truckload-O-Food
If you live in an area with quite a few community events, then outfit your truck to serve food right from the bed. Just make sure you get express permission from your local authorities and event organizers and you can be in business in no time.
#6 – DJ Handyman
Being a music-savvy DJ is one thing, but that takes equipment—heavy, bulky, and expensive equipment—which is perfect for a pickup truck biz. While you may have literally zero experience in the event entertainment industry, these guys still need to get their giant sound boards and speakers from one place to another and back again.
#5 – Running Antiques
Just like the DJ Handyman biz, this too will require proper moving gear (especially blankets). You’ll also need to make sure that your truck bed is large enough to handle antiques of above-average size. But, if you can move a piece from point-a to point-b without a single scuff on the huge French wardrobe cupboard …thing… then you’ll likely have quite a few willing clientele awaiting your services. Give your local antique dealers a call, because that’s where a lot of your business is going to be coming from.
#4 – Moving Dirt
In suburbia, we all seem to have dreams of the perfect lawn and garden, but at the same time, we also mostly have sedans. So, why not offer to move and dispose of unwanted dirt and debris from sedan-driving homeowners’ lawns? There are plenty of places where you can properly dispose of mounds of compost without saying goodbye to your own backyard.
#3 – Business-to-Business Delivery
One of the biggest strengths of business-to-business delivery is the fact that local brick and mortar industry is always in motion. It’s where you’ll get the best pay and the most work, and the only difficult part is picking up the contract to start with. However, much like the antiques biz that I mentioned above, shaking hands with local businesses in general is a great idea…
Simply because they always have stuff that they need to be moved and/or delivered.
#2 – Rock the Trailer Hitch
Boats, RVs, and trailers all have one thing in common: you need a truck to move them from one place to another. It is true that most people who own these things will also own a truck, but that’s not necessarily always the case, which translates to money in your pockets.
#1 – Home Mover Pickup
Moving is always a difficult task, and while there are lots of people who can afford professional movers to haul their stuff, that’s not the case with the majority of us. Especially if you live in a college town, or inner city area, then you might have a great deal of opportunities lined up. The trick here is that you’re looking to move the large objects that the 23-year-old college grad couldn’t haul in his coupe.
We’d love to hear your ideas. What other ways have you used your pick-up to make extra cash? Tell us in the comment section below.