January 31

018: FAQs on Being a Professional ‘Craigslist Flipper’: Everything You Need To Know

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)



018: FAQs on Being a Professional ‘Craigslist Flipper’: Everything You Need To Know To Make Money Flipping Things

Getting Started with No Money, No Time, and No Skills (Editor’s Pick of the Year)

The Flipping Ninja’s Weekly Listener Q & A offers highly-focused, non-theoretical, no-nonsense Q&A.

This Week’s Questions:

  • How much time do you require to spend on flipping for you to make a profit?
  • How much money do you need to invest for you to be successful?
  • If you have tried flipping before and failed, will this time be different?
  • Can flipping work where you live?
  • How can you stop living from paycheck to paycheck and start living in abundance?
  • What is the best way for you to list things on eBay?
  • Did you know that you can make money from home without necessarily being a computer guru?
  • I want to get into flipping but have no money. Can I still do it?
  • I’m interested in flipping and heard about how profitable it can be if you do it right. I just don’t have time. How much time does it take?
  • Will this work for me where I live?
  • Listing Sony VHS tapes on eBay – Auction or Buy It Now?

On this Week’s Episode you’ll also discover:

  • You don’t need to work 40 hours a week for you to run a successful flipping business. The amount of time you should spend on flipping is wholly dependent on you.
  • With $0, you can comfortably start your flipping business and grow it into a six-figure business. All you need to do is head to Craig’s list and look out for charity items.
  • With flipping, you can make long term and fast income.
  • As long as you live on planet earth, there is no reason for you not to start a flipping business.
  • You do not need to be a computer guru for you to become a flipper.



“If you see something that you know that is going to give you a high return, you have to have the guts, the confidence, and the belief in yourself that it’s going to make you money. It’s going to make you better.”

“You learn the process one time, and you will continue to go up hill. Your momentum will start, and you will just multiply.”

“You don’t have to be some super talented business person, some savvy marketing machine. Some like techno, or the technological savvy person who can make a ton of money doing this. It’s all in the process. It’s all in learning the process. Once you have the process, you can go crazy with it.”

“It doesn’t matter what your situation is. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student entrepreneur, a full time nine to fiver, a retiree, a stay at home parent, you’re super busy, introvert, extrovert, or an artist. Even if you’ve never flipped a thing in your life. The beauty of flipping is, it’s so simple and flexible that you can make it yours.”

“Once you learn this skillset will give you not only long-term income but fast money as well.”

“You don’t need money to get started. You don’t need money to make money flipping.”

“Everyone can make money outside of the typical paycheck.”

“It’s totally up to you how much time you want to put into this. Just know that the return on investment will always be worth it. “

“The less time you have, the more you’ll love my approach to flipping because not only was it made with you in mind, but it will give you more free time than you’ve had in a long time.”

“My belief is that every person, every individual, every American should have the ability and skill set to be able to make their own money when they want, where they want, and how they want without having to rely on an employer.”

“The moment you flip your first item and make money, you are officially in business. You are your own boss. The moment you do this, you’re an entrepreneur. You don’t have to wait for someone to come and knock on your door and say, “Okay, NOW you can be an entrepreneur.” You don’t have to wait for permission to become your own boss.”

“The moment you flip your first item, you’re in business.”

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Full Episode Transcript

Do you want more control over your life, more freedom, and more confidence? Do you want to set your own rules and steer your own ship? Are you sick and tired of the nine to five grind? It’s eating away at you and robbing you of all your time, barely getting you by. How about a new way? A new side hustle, a side income you can use now to do things like pay off debt, buy a new car, wipe away credit card bills and student loans, remodel your home, take exotic vacations, fancier dates, buy your friends around a Drakes. Send a nice gift to your family and without an emergency fund or even a down payment for a house and so much more. Welcome to the flipping Ninja podcast where we teach you how to take charge of your life and make your own money flipping things on your spare time. Sound complicated? We’ll cover it all from what to buy, where to look, marketing and selling tactics that create demand and bring you top dollar research, pricing, creating ads that sell like crazy and even powerful principles on the inner game of success. So if the idea of being your own boss is exciting, you’re in the right place. Now here’s your host, the world’s leading authority on flipping AJ from the flipping ninja.com unplugged and unleashed.

Hey guys, welcome to today’s flipping podcast episode Flipping Ninja Q and. A. So today I’m super excited about today’s podcast because we’re doing some awesome Q and a questions. So every week I usually try and do one podcast where I literally take all of the emails I get all the most common questions that people have about flipping, about making money, about marketing, about reselling, buying and reselling about side hustles, about sales marketing, even personal development and persuasion or in business or whatever your questions are. I want to take the time to answer them because I know when I first started, I didn’t really have anyone where I could, I didn’t have like a direct mentor and I was able to go to and just ask questions.

I mean, it’s kind of learned it all on my own so it’s really helpful having someone there to be able to bounce your thoughts and ideas off of and have them answer your questions for you. Someone who’s experienced someone who has maybe been down the path that you would like to go down. So with that being said, we’ve got so many good questions today. I can’t wait to get through all of them. This is definitely one of the best Q and A podcast episodes we probably will ever have. It’s definitely a writer downer, maybe you’ll want to listen to this multiple times because there are some really, really powerful questions that we’re going to get into today. I’ll even go as far as say, this is probably going to be a life changing episode for you. Okay, tons of gold in this episode. So first thing is if guys don’t know who I am just to give you a quick intro, my name is AJ, also known as the flipping Ninja and I started a website called the flipping ninja.com.

So the flipping ninja.com is a website that shows you where I train you, how to make money flipping things. So buying things low, sharing around and selling them for a profit, so there’s so many people who do this flipping things all around you. I mean, there’s thousands, probably even millions of people all over the world. But the thing is, unfortunately, there are also a lot of people who are struggling. They’re struggling with money; they’re struggling with maybe their job. They’re struggling with finances, with bills, maybe so, and maybe a lot of people, they’re just not the money they’re making from their day job is just not cutting it. So they’re looking, they’re seeking out an additional, an extra way to make money on the side, right. A side hustle and there are so many options out there, right? I mean, you can work more hours. You could pick up a part time job, you could drive Uber or you could do what I teach you and do what I do and do what I’ve done to accomplish so many amazing things in my life by simply flipping things.

And if you don’t know what flipping is a quick refresher, flipping is basically when you buy something low. So you go to a thrift store, you jump on Craigslist, on eBay, you go to garage sale, a pawn shop, you buy an item low, doesn’t really matter what it is, a piece of furniture, a jewellery piece, clothing, shoes toys, totally random. It doesn’t really matter what, fitness equipment, sports equipment musical instruments, it doesn’t even matter what it is, right? So you buy something really low, you take it home, you make it pretty, you make it sexy, you clean it up a little bit, refurbish it if you have to, and you take really nice pictures of it, create a really nice ad and you sell it for more than what you bought it for. That’s literally all flipping is you make money doing that. So the reason why it’s one of the greatest side hustles that I recommend everyone who is looking for an additional income stream get into the reason why it’s one of the greatest is because it’s the most profitable.

So it’s one of the most profitable side hustles that you can get into and when I say that, what I mean is its not unusual. It’s not unusual for someone to make anywhere from 400 or 500 or $300 in less than an hour. I mean, the thing about the flipping business is, would you believe me if I told you that you can go out after work, let’s say you just got off of work, you’re driving home. You can literally on your way home from work, stop at a thrift store, spend maybe 15, 20 minutes looking at things, having fun for that matter looking at things, browsing at random items, buy something, go home, turn around and sell it for a profit and end up making 100 bucks, 200 bucks, even 300 bucks, sometimes even more, right? Would you believe me if I said that you could do that

I mean, imagine making three or 400 bucks in an hour or less, or even if you made three or 400 bucks in two hours or three hours or that’d be worth it. Or let’s say, let’s say you’re just starting off. You have no idea what you’re doing and you ended up making 50 bucks for one hour’s worth of work. I mean, who here makes $50 an hour from their day job, right? So would that be worth it to you? So not only that, the beauty about flipping is that it’s one of the greatest moneymaking side hustles that you can get into where one, you’re making a lot of money and very little time with very little work and two, you’re your own boss. You have total flexibility, you have total control. You call all the shots okay? Not to mention it’s super fun. I mean, you have total freedom. You have total control; you have total flexibility over your time, your schedule.

You don’t have a boss or someone you have to answer to or look up to or any of that. I mean you basically; you do it when you want so it’s kind of like the best of both worlds. I mean, you’ve got this awesome flexibility. You’ve got so much time, you got total control, and you’re your own boss. On top of that, the profits are insane once you actually become competent and skilled and learn the simple process of this high income skill-set. Another thing about flipping is the moment you flip your first item and make money, you are officially in business okay. You are your own boss. The moment you do this, you’re an entrepreneur, okay? I don’t care how you don’t have to wait for someone to come and knock on your door and say, okay, now you can become an entrepreneur. Now you can say, I’m, you’re your own boss. You don’t have to wait for permission. The moment you flip your first item, you’re in business.

You’re literally in business, right, so if you are someone who wants more freedom or wants that independent, wants to be independent and be your own boss, this is perfect for you. So that’s what flipping is, so I started the flipping Ninja because flipping has allowed me to do so many amazing things in my life. I’ve used flipping to get out of debt. I’ve used flipping to buy cars, premium car, cool premium luxury cars because I really like luxury cars. So I’m a premium car type guys. I really like luxury cars like BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche. I’m not talking like brand new 80 $90,000 cars. I’m talking used, used cars are still nice but they’re used, I mean you don’t have to buy an $80,000. I mean I’m not going to make a claim that’s not true by saying something like oh this is $80,000 or this do you know, I mean, so the point is basically flipping has let me buy for example, a Porsche and a BMW and a Mercedes.

I’ve driven all those cars, are super fun but flipping has also been a vehicle for me to be able to come up with a huge chunk of down payment money very quickly to buy my first house, okay. My own house; I bought my first house with flipping money. Now if it wasn’t for flipping, I would not have been able to do that. Okay what’s cooler is that, because I learned this simple skill set where you literally buy something, you clean it up, make it pretty, you turn around and you sell it for a profit; the simple act of doing that because I learned that I was able to buy this house and then on top of that, what happened was really cool. I actually ended up turning that house into a rental property, so I rented out two of the rooms inside of it. There’s two people paying me every month rent so it’s like if you think about it, flipping is so versatile and flexible and dynamic. I mean, you can use it to take you anywhere you want, right? I mean there’s the people from all walks of life get into this, right?

You don’t have to have big ambitious goals or be some kind of, people from all walks of life do this. People, like students, entrepreneurs, full time worker is nine to fivers, people who are retired and have all this time in the world and just want to fill their time with something that’s fun. Something that’s productive, something that’s profitable, so there’s all sorts of people, stay at home, parents, people from all walks of life for doing this. And there’s a reason why okay. So like I said, people have used flipping, you know, buying and selling things to do all sorts of things like fund weddings for example right? I mean, imagine that fully blown, like imagine it’s your wedding day. You’re there with your special someone and you’re just literally there and you’re looking around you and you’re just like that magical moment. But then you stop and you’re like, oh my God, this is kind of weird. This feels weird. I used flipping to fund this whole wedding. What the heck?

And it’s weird to think about, right, but the point is that’s the type of power in potential that learning this skill-set has, right? I mean, developing this skill-set and ability and doing it, you have, you can do what you, you can use it. It’s so flexible. You can use it to do a lot of cool things in your life right? So that’s what flipping is in a nutshell. So I’ve done really well flipping after a while, I decided that this is such an awesome skill-set I’m super passionate about it, that I just got this inspiration to teach other people how to do this so that they can benefit their life, right? So they could benefit their income and to be in charge. Okay so you might be thinking, oh, well, if you teach other people how to do this, aren’t you creating competition? Well, know if you’re coming from a place of false thinking, inaccurate thinking. No, it does not create competition because first of all, there’s an abundance of opportunity of deals, of money out there in the world. Not to mention I’m just one person, one individual with 24 hours in a day just like everyone else has.

I physically do not have the capacity to be able to go worldwide in literally, I can’t even all the deals just in my, within a 15 minute radius of where I live alone. Even if I spent 24 hours a day flipping, I still wouldn’t be able to do all of it because there’s so much, so no, absolutely not there. So it’s my personal mission. It’s, it’s my brand, the flipping ninjas, personal mission. My belief is that every person, every individual, every American should have the ability and skill-set to be able to make their own money when they want, where they want, how they want without having to rely on an employer, right. I’m not saying you have to use this skill-set all the time, but at least you should know how if you have to use your skill-set, if you have to make money quickly or you have to get creative or you want to buy some cool toy and you don’t want to use your own money for it, you’d rather use flipping to pay for it quick, then you should have the ability and the skills and the knowledge to be able to make that money on your own, to fund the cool toy or fund that vacation you want to go on with your family, right?

So that’s why it’s my mission to help 1 million people earn at least $1,000 a month on the side flipping things, okay? And $1,000 a month is actually really easy to do flipping. And once you learn how to do this, once you get into it, and if you’re someone who already does this, you already know this. You already realized the truth about what flipping can do. So if that’s you, I mean you already know the types of profits you can make flipping things. I mean, sometimes you’ll make $1,000 in a single day, right? I mean it’s common place in this business. So that’s my mission to help 1 million people learn this skill set so that they can make $1,000 per month flipping things minimum.

Okay so like I said, if you don’t know who I am, my name is AJ, also known as the flipping Ninja and this week’s Q and A podcast episode is going to be jam packed. Okay. So let’s get into some of the most common questions that I get. We’re going to crush those and then at the end I’ve got a very special message for you, so make sure to stay till the end. So let’s get into some of your most common questions you guys have. So the first thing is a lot of people, I notice a lot of people ask if there’s, they’re like, how much time does this take? How much time does flipping require? How much time does it require for me to actually make a profit? Now time to me, this is the biggest challenge of all. See a lot of people think AJ, I don’t have time. I don’t have the time to do this. I’m a student, I’m a mom, I’m a, I work full time. I’m all of those things at once, et cetera, right? So as you continue to listen to my podcast, as you continue to go through my stuff and my trainings, you’ll discover and keep an eye out for people like Mario who while working full time made this work okay.

Mario worked, Mario works 50 hours between two full time jobs. He not only made it work, he made $2,500 working eight hours per week, past three months. So he was totally just doing this on the side and he made $2,500 just eight hours a week. And even then, he’s like flipping a super fun and I want to start doing it more. Now, my time on earth has taught me that people are either good at making money or good at making excuses, but they’re never good at both. Okay so pick one. I understand that you find yourself most likely in a situation today where time is not a premium. In fact, the less time you have, the more you’ll love my approach to flipping because not only was it made with you in mind, but it will give you more free time than you’ve had in a long time, and that’s the thing with flipping people think, I don’t have time to do this. If you don’t have time, then you should especially be doing this when you don’t have the time.

That’s when you’ll find it’s the best time to do this, to get into flipping, right. I mean, just to give you some perspective, usually my mornings look something like this. I wake up, I take my time, I stroll to the kitchen and I start making my coffee. I have this cool coffee machine, this small coffee machine. I use it like pretty much every day, so I literally wake up, I go there, I make some coffee. Then I gracefully walk over to my power recliner where I pull out my phone and take five to 10 minutes to jump on Craigslist that jump on Facebook marketplace. And I literally just browse items. I look at everything. It’s like shopping, but you’re getting paid to do it, so I grabbed my coffee, I see a deal, and bam, I go pick it up, I take it home, I turn it around and sell it. Literally make money before most people have even showed up to work.

Okay, what did I spend five 10, 15 minutes browsing through items and picking something, right? So I totally get your concern about the time thing. Most people don’t realize, and here’s the thing, when I first got into making money outside of my day job, years back, something on the side, I was looking for something on the side to increase my income and make more. I didn’t really care what it was. Now I want to tell you something. When I first, before I knew any of this stuff right when I first started, I was determined to do something. There was no doubt about it. I was, I was going to find something. I didn’t really care or I didn’t even know what it was going to be. So amongst everything out there, why do you think I chose flipping? Can you guess? Just think of why do you think I chose flipping out of all the different things out there as a vehicle to making more money? Well, the answer is because I’m lazy. Okay, well scratch that. I’m only half kidding about that. I’m not lazy. I just don’t want to waste my energy and time on doing something I don’t want to do and something that isn’t really worth it.

I mean, I do like being lazy. That’s the thing. It’s okay to be lazy, but if you’re going to be lazy, do it the right way. Question for you, would you rather work hard or smart? I’d rather work smart because when you work smart, you don’t have to work as hard. See, I’m not interested in being one of those guys who spends their life like picking, right. Oh picking and doing this like as a lifestyle and hobby and like, obsession like TV shows of these people like Oh, picking, they’re just like, it’s weird, right? I mean, yeah. Once you see how much money you can make doing this, I mean at first they kind of, you’re totally going to jump into it full blown. But when I first started, before I knew anything about any of this, I just wanted something that was actually worth my time. Okay, I want it to find the one thing that I can do just here and there on the side that can make me the most money in the least amount of time, okay, making the most amount of money with the least amount of effort in the shortest amount of time possible.

And very quickly I discovered that flipping was the best. I mean, the whole point was I didn’t want to work in a quote unquote dollar for hour world where you’re trading your time. I wanted control okay. I wanted freedom of time. I mean, it isn’t that what we all want anyway. So I quickly saw how flipping beats so many other things. I mean, what are your other options? What are some other things that you can do as a side hustle to make some money on the side, right? You’ve got Uber, you can drive Uber. I know some people who got into driving Lyft or driving Uber and I was doing the math on some of this for Uber drivers. Did you know that Uber drivers actually reported earning $15 and 68 cents per hour? But since, but since the drivers are also responsible for gas and maintenance and depreciation, that number is likely less. I mean most Uber drivers end up earning less than advertised.

And one of the biggest complaints that I hear is they’re not making enough money, right? I mean, I just got an email from one of my students a couple of weeks ago. They’re making $2,000 a month, working around 10 hours per week. Now, who can do the math here for me for that, okay? So hey, let me take my calculator out right now. So if you’re making 2000 let’s see if you’re making $2,000 per month in 10 hours divided by 10 that’s $200 okay? Okay seriously, just imagine this for a sec. That’s $200 per hour. If you were making $200 per hour, would you just be working 10 hours per month? If you were making $200 per hour, would you work 10 per month and that’s all or would you be like, oh my God, Holy shit, I’m going to put in double that and make $4,000 or $3,000 I mean, I don’t know. It’s up to you. It’s totally up to you how much time you want to put into this.

Just know that the return on investment will always be worth it. When you know what you’re doing and you follow the process, flipping is the best vehicle. If you don’t have time to do it, if you’re thinking, AJ I’m already super busy. I work a full time job or I’m a full time student or you just don’t have a ton of time and now you want me to learn the process of flipping, like I said before, we’re not doing work. You’re not choosing flipping in itself because you love flipping, although you will fall in love with it. The truth is, like I said, I didn’t really care what the, the vehicle was. I was just interested in making the most amount of money in the least amount of time. I don’t care what’s involved, I don’t care. I didn’t care if I believe I can make a lot of money using it with just a little amount of effort and I can find out very quickly in a very short amount of time that I’m willing to at least try it and take a look.

So my question is, would you be open to something like that specifically if you could do it in just a few minutes a day, right. So that’s the first thing that you should ask yourself. If you feel like you have little time, then you should especially do it because you’re going to make the most out of it right, which also leads me to money so a lot of questions I get from people have to do with money. Not how much money you’re going to make, but how much money do you need to start doing this and learning, flipping, how much money do you have to start with? People ask me this all the time. Even close friends of mine who finally decided they want to get into it because of how profitable it is. They’re like, well, how much money do I need to start flipping or how much does it cost to get into this stuff? Yeah, I’m interested, but how much do I need to start? See, a lot of people think it takes money to make money and if that were true, I wouldn’t have got as far with flipping as I have. I mean, I wouldn’t have been able to buy a fricking house with flipping.

I wouldn’t have been able to buy a Porsche. One of my dream cars is a Porsche cayenne. I wouldn’t have been able to buy a porch with flipping money if it took money to make money. Yeah, obviously having capital, having money can help serve you. That’s obvious, but the beauty of this business is as you’ll find out as you learn more and more is you don’t need any money to start. You can literally start with $0 million and start growing very quickly. Okay. There’s ways to access the free section of Craigslist, right? Like one of my students, Carolyn did a, when she found a table on Craigslist for free and she flipped it the next day for $50 okay. Here’s what Carolyn says. Carolyn says, I feel like this information is a hidden secret that if more people knew about and tried, would be living their dream lives and realizing that everyone has the ability to make money outside of the typical paycheck. I’m so thankful I found the flipping Ninja. What age a teacher’s changed my life opened my eyes to how much money is around me and it feels great to know that I have a way to make extra cash and rely on myself instead of on my nine to five when I need to right.

She says my first flip was an eight by 10 carpet. My second was a free table and I found a Craigslist. My third was a clean side table, dresser combo, which was also free from these three flips; Carolyn made $245 in profits in less than three weeks. Okay. This was her first time. You don’t need money to get started. You don’t need money to make money flipping, okay? For example, you can literally start from the free section of Craigslist. I actually wrote a blog post that shows you how to do that, which is called, I think it’s a, it’s on my website, I think it’s called, how to make money from the free section of Craigslist. Go check that out. It walks you through literally the whole thing. Okay? There’s so many. Here’s the thing. There’s so many items that you can get for free and sell. Even if you don’t find free items, or even if you don’t go that down that path, it doesn’t take a lot to get started.

You can easily get started with 20 to $50 and quickly turn that into 150 to $300 a very quickly and easily. And even if you’re in the worst financial situation, you can imagine right now, even if you don’t have the resources, I’ll show you why it’s more important to be resourceful and do this and get started. So if you think your current financial situation puts you in a position that prevents you from moving forward with this and just giving it a shot, I urge you to think again. Okay, so and not just that. Another common question that I get from people is a lot of people are wondering, aging; I’ve got bills to pay now. I have to pay my rent, now I need money now I don’t have the time. I can’t wait. I need money now and here’s the beauty of that flipping. Once you learn this skill-set will give you not only long-term income but fast money as well. Okay? Flipping is extremely fast. You don’t need to spend five years learning the skills.

You don’t have to like, like in college you could freaking go for your college degree if to wait four years and then you get to use it. Maybe with flipping you can S you can make money from day one. Right, and one of the, one of the top things I also get from people has to do with ability. You might be thinking a, what if I’m just not up to the task technically speaking. What if no matter how hard I try, it’s too hard for me to learn. I get it. You might be wondering whether you can or you can’t do some of the things that I teach you, some of this flipping, buying and selling stuff, which that’s a valid concern because what you’re really wanting to know is this, will this time be different? Well, you finally get the solution you’ve been looking for all this time. I got an email from someone the other day that’s like; I just came across your site. I came across flipping. I’ve been on so many webinars and I’ve been trying to find a way to make money on the side, so I totally get it. Especially with today, there are so many side hustles available out there.

Now, I’m not going to downplay the learning curve here, but as you continue listening to these podcasts episodes, as you keep learning about this flipping and just kind of internalizing my stuff, simply ask yourself, I want you to make note when I show you something, simply ask yourself, do I feel like I could do this? Can I actually see myself doing this? Like as you’re listening to this, the trainings I have and the podcast episodes or whatever it is, just ask yourself, can I see myself doing this? I believe you can, and as you continue to learn more, you’ll discover how my approach seems to work for all different people from all different backgrounds, especially if you’re a newbie, like, if you’re completely new to this, I got an email from someone not too long ago who just started and made $3,500 her first month. She’s like, I’m new to flipping.

I’m diving headfirst into this though. I am trying to build this into a business so I can leave my current job. I made $3,500 profit last month. $1,000 was reinvested into equipment, et cetera. Can you imagine that making $3,500 profit your first month? I wasn’t even making that when I worked my day job, which was 40 hours per week full time. Okay so like I said, the most common questions, types of questions that I get have to do with time, money, ability and all that stuff. But it’s like, it doesn’t matter what your situation is. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student entrepreneur full time nine to five, a retiree, you’re someone who’s retired, you’re a stay at home parent, you’re super busy, introvert, extrovert, artists. It doesn’t matter. Even if you’ve never flipped a thing in your life, that’s the beauty of flipping. It’s so simple and flexible that you can make it yours.

I don’t care if you have no knowledge about Craigslist, eBay buying and selling, how to make an ad, any of that period. None of that matters okay? What matters is, can I see myself doing this? Okay? You have to ask yourself all the results that I hear from other people, all these things that AJ mentions about what he does and how he does it, it’s cetera. Are these people gifted with the ability and talent, or was it more in the process? Well, here’s a hint. It’s more in the process, okay? You learn the process. Look, I’m not a genius. I’m lazy. I dropped out of college and I did terrible in high school, okay? I’m the last person who, like, I’m not smart by any means from a standpoint of book smarts or it’s cetera.

I’m lazy and maybe you’re, I’m probably lazier than you are, okay? I want to do the minimum amount of work and make the most. That’s just literally how I am. I think most human beings in general; it’s in our human nature. That’s how we are, but at least I admit it. At least I know it. But anyway, that’s proof alone that you don’t have to be some super talented business person, some savvy marketing machine. Yes, some like techno, the technological savvy person who can fricking make a ton of money doing this. It’s all in the process. It’s all in learning the process. Once you have the process, you can go crazy with it. I don’t care what you do; you can do anything you want with the money. Okay, so the next question is one of the most common questions I get from people, which is actually a great question, is will this work for me where I live?

Okay. If I want to learn flipping, if I want to get into this phone and buy stuff low and turn around and sell them for a profit where you know, will this work for me where I live now, these techniques, a lot of the techniques that I share and that I teach have one caveat? Okay. They don’t work for everyone. This only works for people that meet the following criteria. You live on a planet that has other human beings on it, okay? If, if you happen to live on a planet that has no human beings on it, then this will not work for you. This doesn’t work on dogs. This doesn’t work on cats. This doesn’t work for aliens from other dimensions, yet human beings have been buying and selling for thousands of years and will continue to buy and sell. So as long as you live on planet earth plus with the technology you have at your fingertips, which people are so ungrateful for, where you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to.

And you can do this 100% online with sites like eBay, Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, you know, apps like offer up and more. There’s a high degree of certainty that this will work for you and you will make lots of money when you start doing it and you follow the process. So put that aside for now and let this wash over you. And then at the end you’ll know more if this’ll be the perfect thing for you to get into and make money with it. Give it a shot. Now, having done this before a few thousand times, I can tell you the odds are largely in your favor and once you learn the process, it’s all uphill from there. You learn the process one time and you will continue to go up Hill. Your momentum will start, will start and you will just multiply. Okay, so let’s go over some emails that I got here from you guys and see if we can answer some of your questions. So I got an email from Hunter. He says, hi AJ, my name is Hunter. I found your podcast today and it led me to check out your website as well. I currently live paycheck to paycheck.

The reason I became interested in flipping is to pay down my credit card debt and eventually create a cushion to break the paycheck to paycheck cycle. I’m really excited to see what happens. That’s awesome Hunter. That’s super cool. So many people get into flipping they get into it and they start and they’re currently because they’re living paycheck to paycheck and they want to get out of it, right. I understand. It’s painful. Sometimes it’s painful. When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, your options are limited. Your choices in life are limited. It’s a sucky place to be so that’s really cool. Flipping is a perfect vehicle for you to create that cushion because you could do it literally outside of your day job on the side, and you can quickly build that cushion up. So being, so living paycheck to paycheck won’t last long once you learn how to do this so that’s super cool. That’s super exciting and Hunter, here’s another thing.

A lot of people get into flipping because they want to quit their day jobs. You don’t have to quit your day job. Okay, a lot of people learn this. They get into it because they simply want to upgrade their lifestyle. They’re tired of feeling like they’re broke all the time. They’re tired of having credit card debt. They’re tired of having an old car. You don’t have to quit your main income source. If you have a day job, start doing it a little bit on the side and upgrade your lifestyle. Wipe out your credit card debt, do it a little bit. Wipe out all your student loans or wipe out pay your bills with it. You don’t have to make this your full blown career in life. Do it on the side. Buy yourself another car, right? So it’s not, so you don’t have to necessarily quit your job. If you want to do this, let’s say you want to buy, you know, there’s this really cool piano that I want to buy. It’s $2,500. That was true. Traditionally working a day job, paycheck to paycheck, it would have been kind of a bitch to do that.

Okay, it would have been hard to save that much money, but with flipping, I could literally do that in a couple of weeks. Boom! New piano, $2,500 fully paid for, right. So that’s really cool answer. Thanks for, I appreciate the email. Next question is from Robert. He says, how do I list on eBay? I don’t think I should use, I don’t think I should use the auction part in my, right. Well Robert, it depends what’s the item you’re trying to sell on eBay? He says, I just picked up an eight pack of Sony blank VHS tapes free. Okay. So for something small like Sony VHS tapes, I would not use the auction part because I, if I recall, I believe that that’s something that would sell for less than 20 bucks.

So there’s really no, I mean you could totally use the auction part, but for something like that, I would just literally post it outright as a not an auction and just buy it now price for like 20 bucks or 15 bucks, however much it costs because it will more, it’ll sell that way and it’ll sell for, it’s a true asking price. So don’t post that as an auction, just post that outright for sale. And then the first question you had was how do I list on eBay? Well first thing is you want to sign up for an email or for an eBay account, which you can literally just go to ebay.com and sign up and just kind of go through. You can literally just Google how to post stuff on eBay. How do you know it’s, there are millions of tutorials on how to list items on eBay. I cover it in my training as well. I cover how to create all your accounts, like all the accounts that you’re going to be selling stuff from and getting paid and making money from. My training covers literally step by step how to set up.

You’re basically creating your moneymaking quarters so to speak, so how to set up all your accounts but yeah, like I said, otherwise just simply Google it, right? Just Google how to list on eBay step-by-step follow it. Boom! You’ve got your item listed, somebody buys it, you get paid, so next email we got from Tara let’s see. She says I’m a stay at home mom. I have four kids, I have four. She says, I’m a stay at home mom. I have four kiddos. The oldest is 18 and starting college. The rest are 14, six and 10 months. I’ve been grateful to have been able to be home with my kids and home school preschool, but money’s becoming exceedingly tight. I don’t have much or any business knowledge and I’m not the best at computers. So attempting to find a way to make money from home over the years has been hard. I spent the last month pouring over multiple webinars for different things. This caught my eye because my father in law does.

This has been for years. He’s tried to give me tips but he sticks to vintage and collectibles. He seems to have this sixth sense for knowing if something has value like a postcard or I don’t know a button. Its second nature to him and hard to teach that in a short amount of time, I guess the main thing I look for in this is the selling side. I can post up on the Facebook marketplace or eBay all day but it won’t mean it will sell or even be seen. My drive to keep going is the freedom of being with my kids money to live a good life with my and to get my husband back because financial stress has stolen him. So here’s the hoping and yes, the work needed to make it happen. So that’s really cool. Tara, you sound positive. You sound like you’re ready to do what it takes to learn this and I would love to help you do this, right? Actually, Tara signed up for the flipping Ninja blueprint shortly after this. That’s my training course where I show people how to make money flipping things.

So I’m really proud of her. I think she’s going to do very well because a lot of her concerns, for example, not having much business knowledge. I covered that pretty extensively in the blueprint. So if you don’t have business knowledge don’t worry about it. You’ll still be able to make, be successful and make money doing this. You don’t need to be some type of business person at all right. Her second thing is I’m not the best that computer. So attempting to find a way to make money from home over the years has been hard. So you don’t have to be the best at computers. You just have to do a few things, sign up for a few accounts. Just like you sign up for an email account when you know, if you have an email address, if you have a gmail.com you had to go to Gmail, you have to sign up for an account, right? Similarly, you do the same thing so those things are fully covered. And then my favorite thing she says is I guess the main thing I look for in this is the selling side.

I can post stuff all day on eBay and Facebook, but it won’t mean it will sell or even be seen. And that’s the difference between- see that’s what I like to teach people how to sell your stuff for as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time. Now, in order to do that, you have to know how to market an item in such a way that will one grab attention immediately. It’ll stand out from everyone to really sell the item better than anyone else’s selling it. So if you have a cool purple antique charity that you bought for $10 most people will buy that, turn around and sell it for 100 bucks, right, basic photos, basic ad description, and basic title. I will take that $10 chair and sell it for $500 successfully. The same chair, why? How is it I have some? Is it because I have some type of talent or natural gift or super power I was born with?

No, it’s because I know how to write a compelling ad. I know how to sell in such a way that will close the deal and you know, not only sell it fast, but get tons of calls about it with people happily wanting to pay my asking price. So you’re going to learn how to do that. You’ve already signed up for the blueprint. So you’re going to learn how to do that. So your concern of how to sell in things, you know, getting things seen that will be totally taken care of because I cover that fully in the blueprint. So, and she says, my drive, my drive to keep going is the freedom of being with my kids money so yeah, totally. You have, Tara is someone who is going to be successful doing this. I can already tell she has a positive outlook. She has a powerful why. She has a powerful reason why that’s keeping her going and she knows how to make decisions.

She knows how to invest in herself. And that’s the thing; part of flipping is knowing when to jump on something. Okay when you see an opportunity that is going to bring you a greater return than you ever thought imaginable. Or even if you see something that you know that is going to give you a high return, you have to have the guts, the confidence, and the belief in yourself that it’s going to make you money. It’s going to make you better. It’s going to, so that alone, the fact that Tara has invested and made that decision, I already know she’s going to be successful flipping and I’m going to make sure that she becomes even more successful as we continue to go through this. So I think that’s enough for today. As far as questions for you guys, I’m answering guys’ questions.

If you have a question that you want answered on next week’s flipping Ninja Q and A episode, make sure to send an email to aaj@theflippingninja.com let me know what your questions are. I will try and answer all of them on a podcast episode because I know when I first started I didn’t really have anyone I can go to. I could read stuff but I didn’t have anyone I can go to. I could actually ask them questions somebody experienced who’s been through over $300,000 in flipping, right? So whatever your questions are, look, I want to help you. Where there was once confusion. I want there to be clarity for you. I want you to be successful. I’m actually passionate about this. I love, I love seeing people transformed, okay? I don’t want to just share information. I don’t want to just provide information. I want to provide transformation. So it’s really important that you send me your questions because I do want to help you get successful in this and make money. I want to help you make all the money in the world flipping, and you can do this because there’s an abundance of money.

So here’s the thing, people think, why are you teaching people this stuff? Why don’t you just create more competition? Keep this knowledge to yourself so that you can go out and get the deals and here’s why. There are major flaws in that thinking. The first thing is that you’re coming from a scarcity mind-set. You’re coming from a place of loss. You want to hold on to it. That’s not going to serve you. You’re not going to make a ton of money when you’re coming from a place of fear of loss and scarcity, you’re worried. Second thing is there’s literally so much money out there that there’s an abundance of opportunities and deals that I literally can’t do all of them, even if I want it to, I don’t have enough time in the day to do it. If I spent 24 hours a day doing this, flipping it like I don’t have, like it would take me thousands.

Well to make, do you know what I mean? Like I literally don’t have the capacity to, there’s so much opportunity and money and deals that you can tap into. I can’t go out and do all of it. And not to mention, look, you probably live in a different state or a place than I do. I can’t fly to Chicago and get all the deals there and then like go to New York and get all the deals that like, do you know what I mean? There’s, there’s literally a million opportunities right outside of my house in my neighborhood that I’m busy with flipping and buying and selling stuff here. Do you know what I mean? So there is no fear of competition is inaccurate thinking you don’t have the, it’s the wrong data. It’s the wrong, now it’s, there’s an abundance of opportunity. So it’s like, yeah, if I could help people, if I could help someone who’s 500 miles away from me or even local, it doesn’t really matter around the world. Of course I’m going to, why not?

Right, I mean, there’s enough to go around. There’s so much money out there that even if every single person got into this, even if every single person started flipping things for money, there still would be so much that it would just never end right. So there’s so many deals and opportunities, so like I said, one of my goals, one of my missions is to help 1 million people earn $1,000 per month, at least flipping things on the side in their spare time, so with that being said, if you could leave a review, great. If not, that’s also fine as long as you got value from this episode I’m happy and to wrap things up, like I always say, remember you’re always just one flip away from freedom. I’ll talk to you guys next time.

This has been the flipping Ninja podcast from the crew@theflippingninja.com we believe that all Americans should be able to make their own money without having to rely on a job. If you’re ready to ditch the nine to five visit the flipping ninja.com and join our flipping Ninja blueprint master class where you’ll discover how to earn a reliable side income of 1000 to $5,000 a month flipping things with just five to 10 hours a week. See, we’re on a mission to help 100,000 people earn $1,000 a month on the side. Flipping things, working professionals, students, parents, men, women, artists, techies, entrepreneurs, introverts, total newbies, you name it. Be a part of the revolution and blast out of living paycheck to paycheck once and for all at www.theflippingninja.com. Until next time, remember, you’re just one flip away from freedom. Want to make a difference? If you enjoyed today’s show, please pay it forward and head over to iTunes. Give us a rating and leave a review so others just like you can benefit and take charge of their financial future.


AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

Hey there, I'm AJ, also known as 'The Flipping Ninja'. My flipping journey has been transformative, allowing me to buy sleek cars, indulge in exotic vacations, and even purchase my first house at 24, which I turned into a passive income source. With over 3,000+ items flipped and sales surpassing $300k, it's not just about the numbers. It's about the freedom and empowerment flipping brings.

After years of experience, my mission is to share this life-changing skill. I believe flipping is a powerful side hustle for anyone, from college students to working professionals. Ready to transform your life with flipping? Let's embark on this journey together.

Interested in my full journey? Read More about how I became 'The Flipping Ninja'.

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