February 3

001: The Greatest Side Hustle In The World: Flipping Things For Cash On Your Spare Time

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

001: The Greatest Side Hustle In The World: Flipping Things For Cash On Your Spare Time

There are so many ways to make money on the side…

You got Uber. You got picking up a 2nd part-time job. You got Freelancing services. And a million more.

But why is flipping the greatest?

This episode will give you the full scoop on flipping things for profit and what it’s all about.

Most people who start flipping and start making a little bit of money QUIT… and this episode will tell you exactly why. Don’t let this happen to you.

In this particular episode you will learn:

  • What flipping actually is
  • The #1 reason people quit
  • How flipping is different from your typical “9 to 5” type gig


“You’re no longer working in the traditional, trading-your-time-for-dollars hourly world. You’re no longer getting paid X dollars per hour.”

“Suddenly, you’ve flipped the system on its back. The moment you get into flipping, the moment you get into the business of buying something low and reselling it for a profit and realizing you just made $500 in literally 30 minutes of work…”

“The moment you realize how much money you’re making in how little time… At first, you’ll think it’s ridiculous. You’ll just think it’s completely crazy…”


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Full Episode Transcript


So the big question is this as hard-working Americans like us, ones who weren’t born rich, what side hustle can we do that will give us more control, more freedom and more confidence in our lives. How can we make our own money when we want, where we want and how we want, while being our own boss and calling all the shots. What can you do right now that quickly, simply and easily banks you an extra $1,000 to $5,000 a month? That is the question and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is A.J. and welcome to the Flipping Ninja podcast.



Hey guys, welcome to today’s podcast. This is A.J., The flipping ninja and I’m here to show you how to make $400 to $800 per day, flipping things on your spare time.



Now, for some of you guys who are new to this podcast, you might be wondering, flipping these, what do you mean by flipping? What does that mean? Like house flipping or just like what does that mean exactly? So the type of flipping that we’re talking about, the type of flipping that you’re going to learn while you continue to listen to this podcast is the simple art of buying something low, buying an item cheap or low at a garage sale, a thrift store, craigslist, eBay, wherever it is, wherever you can acquire an item, buying it low, taking it home, refurbishing it, cleaning it up, fixing it up and improving it and just simply turning around and reselling it for a profit. So you buy something low, you refurbish it, clean it up, take new pics, post a new ad, and then you sell it for more money than you got it.



You sell it at a profit and that’s literally what flipping is. That’s literally how you can make money flipping on your own time. Okay, so some of you might be wondering, well for a lot of you guys are just looking for a way to make money on your spare time, on the side. You might be working a day job, you might be an entrepreneur, you might be a student, you might be a stay at home parent, you know, whatever. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Flipping is a skill set that is so flexible and so profitable that anyone can and will benefit from it. Okay, so there’s so many side hustles out there, right? Who can think of a side hustle that exists out there that you can start doing to make money on the side? Okay, flipping is just one vehicle out of hundreds of different ways to make money, right?



For example, you’ve got Uber, right? You could drive Uber and you’re making, you know, that’s your side hustle. You’re making money on the side. You’ve got picking up a part-time job, right. Picking up my extra job, there’s another income source you could get. You know, you could make extra money from that. You got freelancing services, you’ve got whatever it is, right. There are so many different ways that you can make money, in your spare time, on the side, right. But I’m here to tell you with full confidence and full conviction that no side hustle out there in existence, no side hustle with you know, this much of ease of entry is even close to as good and as profitable that flipping is.  Why, you know, as it sounds like it’s a bold claim, isn’t it? Well, the reason is that when you’re flipping, you know, when you’re buying things low and reselling them for a profit, you’re no longer in the world of trading your time for dollars.



You’re no longer working in the traditional, hourly working, getting paid x dollars per hour. Okay, suddenly you flipped the system on its back. The moment you get into flipping, the moment you get into the business of buying something low and reselling it for a profit and realizing that you just made $500 in literally 30 minutes of work. The very moment that you start to, you know, do that and realize how much money you’re making in how little time. At first, you’ll think it’s ridiculous. You’ll just think it’s completely crazy. When a lot of people start flipping and they start making ridiculous amounts of money very quickly and it’s such a shock to them that there so psychologically hooked to the regular employee, you know, trade your hours for dollars mindset that they actually subconsciously move backward and they stop flipping.



Can you believe that? I mean, just think about that. Imagine you could get into some, you know, some side gig, some side hustle because you know, you’re thinking, I want to just make, like $500 per month extra, I would be happy. I don’t need to make a ton of money. I just want to make $500 so I could pay off my car. help with, rent or whatever it is. Okay, most people start with that intention. So most people start, they get into it and they’re thinking if I could just make $500 per month extra, honestly I’d be super happy, right, But here’s what happens. They get into it. What did I say before? I said, the moment you enter flipping, your whole world is flipped in this amazing way and the reason why?



What was the reason again is because now you’re working in a sales and profits world. Okay, a marketing and profit world. Now, what does that mean? That means as I said, you’re not trading your time for money. You’re working in a world where you start to see the effects and the benefits of it that you, you’re like, first of all, it’s weird. Like I said, most people start, they have, high hopes in their mind. They realize how fast they can make money flipping. They realize their first, a lot of times people make, you know, they’ll wake up on a Saturday morning and make $500 on a Saturday morning or $1,000 even on a Saturday. Once they start to experience that, they get scared. You might be wondering, why would you get scared? That’s frigging awesome. That was, why would you get scared of, you know, making that much money?



Let me tell you why they get scared. They get scared because they’re not used to it. Okay, they’re not used to it. And they have to train their minds to get to basically to accept that, oh my God, this is a real thing and this is actually making me this much money. Why did I not start this sooner? Does that make sense? So they get scared. A lot of people, not all of them, get scared and they don’t know what to do because it’s like this brain hack. It’s like suddenly waking up, and I’m using an analogy here, but it’s like, imagine if you’re living in a small apartment your whole life and then you suddenly wake up and you just live in this mansion. You’ll be like overwhelmed. You’ll be like, what the heck is this, this is weird.



I’m not used to this, that it’s not going to be pleasant for a lot of people. It’s not going to be pleasant. And then they just end up stopping. Okay, so now that I got that out, the way, the reason flipping is one of the best side hustles, one of the best side gigs and even full-time gigs for a lot of people is because you’re in a profits and marketing world. That means things are different. Okay, you’re selling stuff, and you’re presenting stuff, to people in such a way that they will pay you triple, double, quadruple what you paid for it. Okay, so do you know what the funny part is with the flipping business? The funny part is that you’ve got so many side hustle options out there today, right. Especially with the internet, with Google, with all these Amazon stuff, you know, you see all these Amazon ads stuff, do whatever.



What a drop shipping stuff on the Internet, all these money making opportunities and in every corner, you see them everywhere. Yet the funny part is that flipping is the simplest, the most foundational, oldest and simplest way of making money and doing a business of all time. I mean, think about it. You buy something low, you refurbish it and cleaned it up, tidy it up, and then you post it for a profit. You just post it for more and you sell it. It’s so simple. There are three steps. That’s all it is. It’s the simplest. Yet people are still looking for other ways. There’s still looking for shortcuts. And the funny thing is that there are no shortcuts, okay? You know there is, flipping is not some get the rich quick scheme. Yeah, you can make a ton of money doing it, but you still are going to have to work your ass off.



Okay, there are no free lunches in the flipping business. Okay, and some of you jumped on this podcast, you guys saw this podcast, you’re like, oh, make money flipping things. You see the words make money and you’re looking for the shortcut. Okay, so the people who are looking for a shortcut or looking for something, you know, get the rich quick scheme. This is not for you; you might as well just turn this off right now because you are not the ones I’m talking to. The ones I’m talking to are the ones who definitely understand the common sense of what flipping is. They get it. It’s super simple, right. There is, it’s not rocket science. You buy something; you cleaned it up and sell it for profit. You know the people who get it, this is for the people who understand that they’re just looking for knowledge, they’re looking for guidance on how to be massively successful at doing that.



And it totally makes sense, right? It’s like, just because you understand the theory of it, you know, there’s so many, like the main principles of flipping are extremely simple. Okay, but the thing is if they’re so simple if it’s so easy if it’s such an easy business model where everyone knows about it, I mean your in-laws know what flipping is. They tell you about it or they’re like, oh yeah, we watch those house flipping show. Like if it’s so simple, why are there so many people who are not succeeding? And then why are there so many people who struggle? Why are there so many people out there who hear of flipping? They decided to give it a shot. You know, nothing really happens and they just completely give up. They completely quit. They completely just stopped and they feel bad.



They feel discouraged and it’s a really bad feeling. I mean the feeling where you’re excited about something, you started it up and it just doesn’t work out. I mean, we’ve all experienced that feeling in some way or another, right. So the reason I decided to create this podcast is simply to help you. I want to help you guys, the folks who are serious about wanting to, you know, start a side hustle and start making their own money on the side. The people who are serious about that and are ready to work and just need some guidance and pointers and coaching to get there and you know, be successful fast. That’s who this podcast is for. Okay, so like I said, my name is A.J. I started the website, the flipping ninja.com and that’s my website where I teach thousands of people all over America, all over the world actually, how to make money flipping things.



Okay, how to make 400 to $800 a day buying things and selling them for profits on craigslist, eBay, garage sales, thrift stores, anywhere and everywhere. Okay, so if you’re someone who is looking to get into that and involved, then you’re at the right place. So I teach people how to do that. And the purpose of this podcast, as I said, is I literally want to give you as much value in tips as possible. Okay, and you might be wondering, oh well what’s your experience A.J.? What’s the deal with you? So the deal with me is, a quick background on me is back when I was in my early twenties I was working a full time nine to five job. Long story short, I hated it. I was miserable at it. I mean, I got paid pretty well. After a few years, I just was like, this is really starting to get a little soul-sucking.



I don’t know if I can continue to do this, I don’t know how long I can do this for. So I was just miserable. Okay, and at the time, that’s when I started looking just completely randomly for ways to make money on the side outside of my day job, right. So then what happened was, it all started with this one digital piano. I had this digital piano that I think I had bought it for like 80 bucks or something because I play piano so I bought it for 80 bucks and then like months later I ended up selling it for 100 bucks I think. And I made $20 on accident and I’m like, wait, I was kind of confused. I was like, it was weird cause I’m like normally you know when you buy something new when you sell it, you sell it for less because it’s used, right.



I don’t even remember why I posted it for $20 more. So it just kind of hit me randomly and I’m like, I just made $20.  And then that was kind of it. I mean, it was not that obviously $20. It was like nothing compared to the stuff I flipped now, but at the time something just clicked and I’m like if I can do this with this and I accidentally made $20, what else can I do that with? What else can I buy? And just, you know, sell for more and see what happens. So I started to do that again and again and again. And then long story short, I started making $500 per month on the side and it was awesome. Like regularly. And this was very soon. This was very quickly too. I started making a $500 a month on the side flipping and then, you know, fast forward, I continued to flip stuff, right.



And there’s a secret lesson for you in this story that I’m telling you and it’s right here. And that secret lesson is that the thing with flipping, the beauty of learning this skill-set is that it’s not something that you learn once and you’re done. Okay, when you’re hired at a job, say you get hired at, $15 an hour, typically you stay, no matter what, even if you’re working the job for, you know, 10 20 years, they’re either going to keep you at 15 per hour or they’re going to bump it up a couple of dollars, right? But it’s pretty much the same. The key, the beauty of flipping, and this is how I scaled so fast. So the beauty of flipping is that the more you do it, the longer you do it with everything, every item that you successfully flip and make money on and make a profit on it, you get better and better and better.



And that experience that you get accumulates, it accumulates, it multiplies, it triples and doubles, it quadruples and it doesn’t stop. That’s the thing. It doesn’t stop. It keeps going. So imagine if you got started flipping right, you just jumped in. Even if you’ve never flipped a single item in your whole life, you just jumped in, you started doing it and let’s say you had, you know, you had a baby flip, you got totally got lucky and just didn’t even put in that much energy or effort. You flipped something for like 40 bucks, right? You made 40 bucks and you might think, oh this is like nothing. Or actually, it’s funny because $40 is not such a big thing, you know, side note here, $40 when I first started was a huge gain. But the thing is like I’ve gotten so desensitized like my flips became so higher ticket that, the smaller profits, it’s almost like I don’t even blink, I don’t even give it attention anymore, which is kind of bad honestly.



But it’s like once you, once you start making 200 to $400 profits per flip, you know, your perspective changes. But anyway, so back to what we were saying, let’s lower it. Let’s say you flip something and you make $5, right? You made $5 I mean, yeah, it’s like chump change, right? Or whatever, but it’s you flipped something, right? Here’s the thing, the next time you do it, the very fact that you’re going to continue to put energy and effort and struggle towards trying to do it again. You’re exercising your skill-set, you’re exercising what you know, you’re exercising basically your superpowers. Okay, with every single flip, you get better. And if you’re constantly getting better, what does that mean? That means how much you’re making is constantly going up. Okay, so back to my story. When I told you that I successfully, started making $500 a month flipping things on the side with just like a couple of hours per week.



What happened was I started making $1,000 per month and then $1,500 per month, and then I was making $2,000 per month on the side, like I said, guys, 5 to 10 hours per week. Okay, the number of hours didn’t change because my skill-set increased, my skill set improved. I gained more knowledge so I was more valuable. I could make more and the same amount of time, right.  And that’s what happens when you skill up. You know, when you continue to skill up, that’s just what naturally happens. So I was making $2,000 per month and then I was making $2,500 per month flipping. Okay, and then what happened was I got to this point guys where I started thinking, I was like, oh my God, I think I could actually like to quit my job if I wanted to.



Holy Shit! Like the things started shifting and it was crazy. I was making all this money flipping things. So since then, I’m going to try and speed this up because I don’t want this podcast to be just all about me. But since then I ended up quitting my job because of flipping. I ended up, you know, flipping and selling. I’ve, I flipped over 3000 items. I’ve created over 3000 ads. I ended up coming up with the down payment money to buy my first house because of flipping. Okay, think about that guys, I imagine some of you are homeowners already, some of you are not. Like I said, I was in my early twenties you know, nobody in my whole family has ever owned or bought a house. Growing up, we never bought a house. We always rent it.



I had no idea what it was like. Okay, so because of flipping, I was the first one in our family to buy a house. I mean, you know people always talk about this homeowner like American dream thing, you know, maybe your definition of the American dream is different from mine, but I mean the fact that this whole, you know, home ownership thing is considered the American dream to a lot of people. I mean, you know, in a sense I was like, oh my God, this is kind of, this is sweet. I’m like; in my early twenties I was single at the time I bought my first house. I’m like; this is crazy guys, right, so all of this happened because of flipping. And the reason I’m telling you all this is because flipping has helped me so much. It’s helped me so much through good times and through bad times.



I’ve used it to pay off bills; I’ve used it to take exotic vacations. I took this fully paid for vacation to Thailand two years ago and it was just completely paid for with flipping money. Okay, the house that I bought with flipping, I completely updated all the kitchen appliances to stainless steel all through flipping. Okay, so the reason I’m telling you guys this is that simply put, I was a dude who just wanted to make some money on the side, you know, just like a lot of people. I was looking for ways to make extra money to pay off debt, you know, save some cash and just, just for whatever, right. For whatever I wanted. So I just discovered flipping, super simple business. You know, you go to a thrift store, go to craigslist, go to eBay, super simple business, and you just buy something low and you sell it for profit, right.



So I learned how to do that. I got really good at it and then I decided I want to help other people learn what I learned and I want to help, you know, as I said, every American, everybody on this planet needs to know how to make their own money, okay? I’m not saying, it’s bad to work a job. I’m not saying it’s bad to work for an employer, but what I am saying is that it’s your responsibility. It’s your duty and obligation. You should know how to make your own money. If you had to, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want, but you should at least know how. I mean, if not for you, for your family, for your kids, for your partner, your spouse, whoever it is you, you know, your community, you should know how to become a person of value, who can generate income with your own specialized set of skills.



Okay, so I’ve made it my mission to try and help 100,000 people earn $1,000 per month flipping things on their spare time. And that’s why I decided to create the flipping ninja.com. That’s why I decided to start flipping ninja podcast. Okay, I don’t care about making it pretty, I don’t care about making it some professional type, you know, podcasts or site or, you know, record, you know, whatever it is. I’m just trying to talk to you like a friend. I want to talk to you like a close friend would, you know, like a buddy who’s just calling you up and looking to help you out. Basically, I genuinely want to help you and for you to get the most value, you have to continue to listen to the podcast, continue to try and be actionable.



So I’m going to be giving you things, actionable tips. You know, I can give you all the secrets and tips and pieces of advice in the world, but if you’re not going to take action, then you’re really doing a disservice, not only to me but to yourself. You know, if you’re not going to take action, I honestly don’t want you to listen to this podcast. And the reason why is because I don’t want you to waste your time, okay.  If you’re going to listen to this and not take action, you’re wasting your time. And I would rather prefer you just do something else that you enjoy, whatever that is. But if you are going to take action and if you are going to implement the things that I say, then this podcast is especially for you and you guys are the ones who are going to help me hit my mission of helping 100,000 people earn $1,000 per month flipping on the side.



Okay, so I’m going to wrap this one up. This was basically just like a welcome type podcast. And moving forward we’re going to continue to get into things like mindset, things like strategy, things like tactics, things like where to look, what to buy, how to buy things, how to sell them, how to create ads, how to take photos that sell and so much more. Okay, we’re going to cover so much. Okay, selling, marketing techniques, psychology stuff, you know, it’s very important, especially when it comes to creating ads and taking photos. It’s important to understand a little bit of psychology and how people think so that you can create ads that sell like crazy.  So that you can create ads that sell for double, triple; quadruple what everyone else is selling things for. Okay, so you have to know, you know, the psychology of influence, persuasion, and just what it takes to be, to make way more than you could be in this flipping business. Okay, so go ahead. I want you guys to do me a favor and just go to iTunes and go ahead and rate this podcast. If you got any value from this podcast or maybe you know, you heard some new ideas or something I said, kind of just made you think about something in a new or different way, please go and leave a review so that I can, try and reach more people so I can help more people. Until next time, and remember, you’re always just one flip away from freedom.


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 theflippingninja.com and join our flipping ninja blueprint masterclass where you’ll discover how to earn a reliable side income of $1000 to $5,000 a month flipping things. We’ve 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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