One of the ways to consistently make money is to find a product or service that people need, and that you can do cheaply. It would be even better if in the process of filling that need, you felt like you were doing something good for the planet, or for other people. Recycling wood pallets for money is exactly that kind of business. There are literally thousands of people out there with pallets they want to get rid of, recycling centers who will pay you good money for them, and you are doing something good for the environment in the process.
You can easily make $100 or more per day recycling wood pallets, and you don’t need any expensive equipment, special licensing, or anything else. In fact, they things you need are probably already lying around your house or apartment. You’ll need a good pair of gloves, a drill, a hammer and nails, and some transportation. A pick-up truck works best, but anything that can carry the load will do. Obviously, the more capacity your vehicle has, the fewer trips you will have to take to put money into your pocket, the fewer miles you’ll use, and the less gas you’ll consume.
Finding wood pallets to recycle for money is a lot easier than you would expect. Just about every business that sells inventory has them, and probably more than they want. This includes department stores, malls, convenience stores, or any retail store at all. The bigger the store, the more they are likely to have. Normally, stores keep them in the back of the building, usually near where they take deliveries. All you need to do is scout businesses in your area, see who has a pile of them lying around, and then go in and talk with the manager.
What you are offering is a wood pallet removal and pallet recycling service. None of these shop owners want to keep these pallets. That’s not what they do, they sell things. You are offering to take a problem off of their hands, and to do it for free. Lots of these stores pay people to haul the pallets away. Once you have them agreeing to let you pick up their pallets, set a schedule. Come by every week, every other week, or every month, depending on the volume they expect to have. As an added benefit, you can offer an “on-demand” service, so that if they have a lot to get rid of, they can call you and have you come sooner.
Once you have done your daily collection of pallets to recycle, you need to sort, repair, and sell them. This is also a lot easier than you might expect. But at this point, you have the key ingredient to a successful business, you have a product that people want, that you can get a consistent supply of for free, or very cheap.