About 99% of making money methods we’ve covered so far on this site have something to do with a computer or the internet. Today I thought we’d take a look at the options available to you if you are interested in making money with a van.
The reason for this is that a good friend of mine recently purchased a rather scabby van for an extremely low price. He bought the van without thinking about it resulting in several of us sitting around a bar table coming up with ideas for earning money with a van.
Turns out there were quite a few impressive suggestions…
Earning Money With a Van
I’m not going to beat around the bush here because I’m relatively positive that most of you are here for suggestions ( instead of reading the ramblings of a website owner! ).
1) Roadside Bounty
This is probably not for everyone but it came up as one of the suggestions that night due to a retired local making GOOD money out of it!
It basically involves driving around and picking free stuff up off the side of the road. A simple daytime drive around a couple of local neighborhoods will uncover untold amounts of bounty.
In this day and age when people don’t want something in their house and are sure somebody else will make use of it they simply leave it on the pavement outside their house!
This is where you start to think outside the box and make a little green stuff…
Simply pick up as many ( decent condition ) items as you see fit and then sell them on online. There are thousands of sites that will allow you to do this and 99% of them are FREE to use.
Don’t forget that most of these buyers will travel to you to pick up the item so you’re onto a right winner!
You may only get about $10 – $20 for each item but it’s free money and it soon adds up – the more you pick up and sell the more you make!
Look for sites in the same ball park as Craigslist or GumTree – I promise you there are a LOT of these out there ( if you don’t mind paying insertion fees simply use eBay! ).
2) House Clearance
The most popular way for making money with a van – by far! House clearance services are constantly required and supply the van owner with a tidy ‘cash in hand’ sum.
Ideally you would have some spare space somewhere if you take on this sort of job because a lot of what you ‘clear out’ will have some sort of value.
From here you can either sell the items online or set up a boot sale stall or garage sale – the possibilities are endless as long as you have a dry storage space.
I know of a handful of gentlemen that use this process to set up small stalls in antique centers – you’d be surprised at the quality of some of these clearance items ( and we all know the prices rich idiots are willing to pay for something they deem as being antique! ).
3) Mobile Billboard
This is one of the more diverse ways of earning money with a van but man can it make you some money!
During our beer filled conversation that night one of my mates mentioned that he had spotted a small box van travelling around with billboards each side of it.
Now these billboards were probably not that cheap but they were impressive – they changed advert every 10 seconds. I’m told this type of advertising board would coast upwards of $250 but man what an investment that would be!
It’s sort of like Google Adsense internet marketing for the side of your van! People will pay to have their advert displayed there for a set amount of time/hours and you do the driving.
Think about it – you could be earning money as you pick up the kids from school ( as long as they don’t mind sitting in the back of a van on the way home LOL ).
You could offer to drive around in rush hour traffic for clients giving them a huge amount of eyes on their adverts!
This job can easily be pulled off using a car but a van obviously has more space so more scope for larger items.
If you do a lot of driving, why not see whether someone needs a package delivered en-route? It’s a pretty easy and laid back way of making money right?
This brings me to a site that was mentioned during our conversation that night – Stuff2send.com. Now I was not at all familiar with this site before hand but after looking into it I was more than impressed.
This site is completely FREE to use for people advertising jobs and couriers looking for them. When you become a member you are able trawl through the job archives looking for items that need delivering in your area.
Find an item you would like to deliver, bid on the job and wait and see! If you’re not that greedy you will easily get more than a few bids accepted.
It’s important to remember to factor the price of your petrol into the deal when you are finalizing with the ‘sender’ – you don’t want to be doing jobs for free after all.
This site really is a little goldmine especially if you live in a city or urban area ( more jobs on offer usually ). If you have a van you would be mad to miss this!
Get Out There!
We did come out with a few other ‘ideas’ for making money with a van but to be honest – they were getting more and more ambitious by the minute ( sensible discussions usually start to go downhill when beer is involved! ).
The four options I have included here in this article are what I deem to be the most interesting and the most effective. If you have any ideas for making a quick buck with a van please join in the conversation and leave them in the comment section below.