May 17, 2016

Work Was Never So Much Fun AND Profitable

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

You’ve never had so much fun at work.

Learning how to make money buying, selling, and flipping things on Craigsilst, eBay, and Thrift Stores can be one of the most fulfilling, and FUNNEST things you’ll ever learn.

What job gives you this?:

Total Variety:

You never know what treasures you’ll find each day. Part of the fun of doing this is that it’s not some repetitive thing. You’ve got complete freedom. You’ve got complete options. You have the chance to explore new niches and expand your pipeline every This is one of the few businesses that lets you expand into new areas at any moment. You can’t get bored.

No Borders:

You can do it from anywhere. Even when I’m travelling, I do deals. ALWAYS doing deals. On Craigslist, Thrift Stores (always an added bonus – you get to explore thrift stores all over and this may lead you to other cool places to see and explore) And it’s also fun because — different locations usually have different markets. When I travel to LA, I’m ALWAYS on Craigslist looking for watches. One time I spent $400 on an LA trip in watches, came back and sold them for like $800 total. So it’s almost like you’re getting paid for your vacation/trip. You’re constantly making deals and making money, even while ‘on vacation’. on my LA trip, before I jumped on the plane, I posted For Sale ads there for 2 of my watches. Twenty minutes after landing at the airport, I met a guy who gave me $500 bucks for 2 of my watches (we had planned it out/scheduled it perfectly).

Solving Problems:

I see myself as a problem-solver. One person has an item they want to get rid of; another wants the item…delivered! When I put together packages, I try to be a one-stop-shop for someone trying to put everything together…plus free delivery!

Love Learning:

This is the best kind of learning, because it makes you money immediately! Forget the stinky classrooms or libraries, you learn wherever you are, instantly, by doing your research. If you already like learning, you are going to be in freakin heaven. What other kind of learning pays you to do it?

Meeting People:

I’ve known flippers who never liked meeting people before they started their business. This is different. Doing deals, focusing on the big picture and making money changes your attitude to meeting people. Yeah, you’re gonna run into the dweebs, doofuses and a few nuts, but it’s a DEAL, not a date! I love meeting all kinds of people now – you can learn from them, too (about your niche, new negotiation ideas, etc.). And, if you get on with more than you don’t, you can build a network of repeat business from some of them.

The networking potential here is limitless and will surprise you. I’ve made a lot of close friends in this business who started out as customers and have built solid networking relationships. One buyer ended up doing some website work for me. Another buyer was the owner of a large driving range (golf) and gave me his number and told me to stop by anytime and bring all my friends for free golf lessons on the house! Another time I sold a complete weight system/squat rack to a guy who was looking to get into lifting weights. He ended up purchasing my training system ( several months later and we’ve been in contact since!

Group Fun:

Once your family and friends see how much you’re enjoying it and making money, they’ll be interested. Even if you just have someone along to help move items or as support, you’ll have even more fun. Also, what I discovered is that when you’re traveling with friends or family, they suddenly see you as some kind of Money-Attracting magnet and are in awe. The confidence you’ll gain – while you’re having fun – will change you. Those closest to you will be impressed.

The Possibility of Creating Jobs for Others:

This may be something you haven’t really thought about, but I recently realized that in this business, you can create JOBS for others, which always feels good! I’ve hired moving help several times, and even hired a college student regularly for moving help and paid him cash – allowing him to create a second income stream for himself! Always a plus to be giving opportunities to your fellow man/woman.


This is yet something else that came to me one day as I was driving. Very creative way of thinking. Say you want to give back. To the community, to charity. Obviously if you don’t have money, you can’t give money. But what you do have is creativity, time, and energy. Most people don’t know how to turn creativity, time + energy into money. But the other day as I was driving, I thought about this. You can do this for charity.

I thought wow, if I just made $150 profit on a flip that took me about an hour, that means I can for example, dedicate one hour of my time per week to give to charity. Meaning for that one hour, it will strictly be for charity. So I could use that $150 (which essentially, although it’s cold hard cash, I got it by simply using brain power and a bit of time and creativity) and now I’m in a position where I CAN give back, or donate this to whatever cause I want… Interesting, next-level thinking that hit me hard recently.

Or the same goes for a family member or kid who maybe doesn’t have the skill or means to do this flipping stuff… and they’re struggling and needed $500… you can “donate” your time for their sake, and make that money because of the skills you have now. Etc.



And this can be EVERY FREAKIN DAY! Why would you not want this job…and bring along your friends!

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featured image by: Andrei Stahovskiy


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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