Real Estate Wholesaling

The 5 Best Side Hustles for Investors Growing Their Wholesaling Business

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When you're starting out in real estate, typically when you jump in full-time, you need a little extra cash to cover your bases as you grow your business.

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I know it can be extremely hard to figure out exactly how to generate that income while busy pursuing real estate, so I wanted to help. The first year I worked in my wholesaling business, I had to work a second job in order to make it all happen, and though it was tough, it was way worth it!

For today’s post, I thought I’d go over my top five choices for “side hustle” income. This means money you can make with very minimal time and effort to support you, while you pursue your real estate dreams.

So with that, let’s do it!

The 5 Best Side Hustles for Investors Growing Their Wholesaling Business

1. Driving for Uber


Did you know that some Uber drivers can make upwards of $200+ per day? It’s crazy! Now, it totally depends on your area, but if you live close to a major city, chances are you can get signed up with Uber and drive one to three times a week and make all you need to get by as you grow your real estate business!

This is great time for you to check out the latest BiggerPockets Podcast episode and educate yourself with audiobooks. It’s flexible, and if you’re in the right city, you can make really decent money.

2. Freelance on Upwork


In real estate, we develop many business skills like sales, marketing, organization, social media, etc. Did you know that you could get hired on your own terms with that knowledge?

Freelancing is an AWESOME way for you to make extra cash on the side. Almost any skills you have with business or technology can be used to help someone out there!

Sometimes, you may even find other real estate investors on there who, in exchange for work, might be able to mentor you! It’s definitely worth checking out.

Related: 7 Sharing Economy Side Hustles Real Estate Investors Can Use to Earn Extra Cash

3. A Job in Real Estate


Next would be to get a job in real estate, preferably with a real estate investor. A lot of established real estate investors are looking for ways to grow, scale, and outsource their business. So, if you can find someone who needs something you can provide, you’ll be getting paid to learn your dream! Can’t really get better than that.

4. Sell Stuff on Craigslist


Another option would be to sell things on Craigslist, but not only your personal items. Depending on the market, you may be able to find a lot of highly valuable stuff in the “free” section on Craigslist, pick those items up, and then turn around and sell them back on Craigslist!

Someone who works at my company had a pastor friend out in California who used to make $3-4,000 extra a month doing this! You may have to get creative. But even if you invested some capital to go to a few thrift stores or garage sales to pick up inventory, if you play your cards right, this could be a very cool little side business.

Related: 5 Ways to Make Enough Side Money to Eventually Quit Your Job

5. The Dreaded Part-time Job


Now, I saved this one for last because it’s probably the least popular. There is no shame in working a part-time — or even full-time job — while growing your real estate business.

It’s tough, but it can be done. Delivering pizza or working at Starbucks may not be glamorous, but if the sacrifice gets you to where you want to be, it is SO worth it!

Are there any other “side hustles” you’d add to this list?

Share them in the comments section below!

Brett Snodgrass is CEO of Simple Wholesaling and has been a full-time real estate investor for 10+ years. He specializes in wholesaling, wholetailin...
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    Ann Bellamy Lender from Tyngsboro, MA
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Uber drivers could spot empty/abandoned houses while they were driving, too.
    Brett Snodgrass Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Good point. I’ve also heard of real estate agents driving as a way to pick up business.
    Kim Martin Rental Property Investor from Wenatchee, WA
    Replied about 4 years ago
    I have also participated in market research opinion studies for extra cash. It’s fun and interesting.
    Lisa Bryant from Washington, District of Columbia
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Hey, Brett! I was smiling as I read your article. I know the HUSTLE! When a person believes in what they are doing, they use wisdom, to make things happen. It is hard work and sometimes it takes longer than you initially, thought, but when you know that God has given you something…you keep putting the work in and go the extra mile. Great article and thank you, for keeping it real! Learn, Apply, Produce!
    Haasim Grant Investor from Rio Rancho, New Mexico
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Brett , Sometimes us as new investors forget about the fact that there are multiple ways to create revenue. When it whiffs of a 9to5, it can be a bit of a turnoff to some, not saying i view it in that way, to say the least. I view it as a means to an end, more positive in my approach as I can see the finish line well enough to know that it may be temporary. Being a “newbie” can sometimes cause us to lost focus on other streams of Income to help further our startups l, like those mentioned in your discussion. I find this perspective incredibly helpful. Thank you much
    Tyrone Townsend
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Hey Brett! Just wanted to comment on the hustle. I am new to Wholesaling and realized early that my J.O.B. wasn’t going to be enough to make my business grow so of course I added another old school hustle to the mix. And that hustle is part time landscaping. I’ve picked up a few tasks that can and will help in pushing my business forward. We don’t have to break our backs doing it as it is just some light work around other people’s houses. Plus you get to see areas of your local community that you otherwise wouldn’t be in. Another plus is the conversations you get to have with homeowners which in turn gives you the stage to talk about your business as well as possibly getting referrals!! It sounds like it’s a lot of hard work but for the love of God, family, and friends it’s all worth it!!!