1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Population of 50,000+ try the BUM + Water Hustle

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by NichePazloe, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. NichePazloe

    NichePazloe Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    44
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    East Coast
    Home Page:
    Hello friends,

    I am a notorious entrepreneur, both on and offline. This little number here is what I call "the bum+water hustle." Some of you might know this one already-for those who do not..YOU'RE WELCOME!

    When I was twenty years old I wanted to get a jet ski for the summer months to use at the Jersey shore(No, I'm not Italian). I pulled this hustle off successfully for three weeks and made a killing. If you live in a medium to large city with at least 50,000 people then you can make some decent money with this. This works best during the spring and summer months. Any day will work fine but weekends are best for this hustle because there are more people out.

    First thing you need to do is go to costco, BJ's, or any big bulk store in your area. If you don't have a membership to any bulk store..DO PUSHUPS NOW! You can get a guest pass or call a friend or relative-use their membership. Grab two shopping carts and head over to where they keep the bottled water. You're looking for the same water you would buy in a convenience store/gas station/quickie mart for $1.25

    Buy several cases of 36+ bottles per case! They usually cost like $3 bucks a case. Make sure they fit in your vehicle-duh this should go without saying but you never know these days. You should have a cooler at home. If you don't-DO PUSHUPS! Where the hell do you keep your beer man? Get a decent sized cooler to hold at least 36 bottles of water, plus ice.

    Next thing you do is find a homeless person or two and take them out to lunch. You need to invest a few bucks to make alot of bucks. This is business 101. Hopefully you knew this lesson..If you didnt...yup you guessed it-PUSHUPS!

    Don't just give the homeless person money and say god bless- actually take him/her out to lunch and conversate. You are looking to find out if they are at least semi-trustworthy. Also, find out where they hang out and where they sleep. This is good to know because they will be selling the bottled water for you and if they skip out with the money, you will at least have an idea of where to find him/her. Bums are usually not hard to find, and I have never been double crossed by one.

    Ask the homeless person if they like money-duh! They will say you betcha-and you say great lets go make some. Introduce him/her to your cooler full of ice and bottled water. Work out a deal to pay them $15-$20 dollars for every 72 bottles of water they sell. You can pay them less if you want but I am not a douchebag-so i pay them well. The water sells best at $1 each. Some parts of the country will tolerate $2 like NY and California.

    Now here is the MOST IMPORTANT PART of the hustle. Find a busy intersection, off ramp (with a traffic light at the end of it), or shopping center traffic light and place homeless person there with the cooler. Take the wheels off the cooler so they are less tempted to simply leave with it and hide from you.

    Check back with him every 90 minutes to see if he has sold out-bring more ice and water bottles for the cooler. Bring him a snack too as he will be hungry. Treat your employees right, its just good karma. Keep doing this for 8-10 hours. At the end of the day, collect the money and give homeless person his cut of the pie. They will usually ask if they can keep working with you-setup a time to meetup the following day and repeat the process again. It is a win win situation for both of you.

    Cost of 180 bottles of water= $15
    Cost of 5 bags ice = $ 5
    Cost of cooler(if needed) = $15
    Cost of 1 Bum employee = $15 (Average)
    Cost of Food for Bum = $10
    Total Expenses ____________
    $60 (or $45 if you have cooler already)


    My bum averaged 150 waters sold PER DAY. At One dollar each = $150
    Leftover water was carried over to next day.

    NET PROFIT in my pocket = $100 usd($5 went towards gas)

    YOU CAN SELL THE WATER YOURSELF but I have other things going on so this was not an option for me-the profit will be much better if you sell the water yourself. It is your choice but the profit is nice either way.

    You may also setup two bums on seperate intersections and do very well for yourself. Simply double the numbers above-it is more work and driving for you but hey you will clear $200+ per day! Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!

    I have tons of these quirky hustles that I have personally tried and successfully pulled off. Maybe I should write a book? Hmm.. see ya later.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 7
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  2. 7878

    7878 Executive VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,382
    Likes Received:
    7,864
    I lol'ed. :D
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
  3. IntensE

    IntensE Power Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    771
    Likes Received:
    656
    Occupation:
    Cashing in
    Location:
    thugz mansion
    this is actually quite interesting, i'm interested in more stuff like this, could we have a chat ?

    Also how you manage with the police ? here in europe, or at least in my country when you sell something on the street, in max 30 mins there is the police asking you for an authorization.
     
  4. NichePazloe

    NichePazloe Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    44
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    East Coast
    Home Page:
    Yikes! Not sure about Europe, but here in the states(especially in large cities) the police are just glad that bums aren't simply begging people for money. They appreciate the fact that they're actually earning money.

    You could go to your local municipality and tell them you're trying to raise money for local homeless shelters. Make a quickie sign to hang around the homeless guy's neck and the authorities will give you a permit for no charge! He may even sell larger quantities of water since it is attached to a charitable cause. Then offer to volunteer at a homeless shelter every now and again and you should be golden!
     
  5. Starcodes

    Starcodes Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    135
    this is very wrong i cant see my self using the situations of poor people to gain profits:confused:
     
  6. lawton

    lawton Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Messages:
    317
    Likes Received:
    580
    Occupation:
    little bit of everything
    Location:
    US
    I can't see myself buying water from a bum!
     
  7. Starcodes

    Starcodes Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    135
    why not its bottled up what your better than them?:confused:
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  8. moostangdude

    moostangdude Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2010
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Texas
    Other than that same poor person is making more money, working providing a service of selling water to people who want it. Beats pan handling.

    Wouldn't this work better on a hot beach? $1 water in a tourism type setup is a bargain. Like a not prime beach where the bum wouldn't get hassled by beach PD.

    Just thinking.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  9. nethead01

    nethead01 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Messages:
    424
    Likes Received:
    229
    if the bum was smart after the first or second day he would buy his own cooler, ice and water...

    how did you get around this? do you have to find the dumbest bum or what?
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  10. Starcodes

    Starcodes Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    135
    if i was homeless i'll do this to get back on my feet i hope that homeless dude has enough sense to do this him self n b on the beach balling lol:beach2(2)
     
  11. NichePazloe

    NichePazloe Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    44
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    East Coast
    Home Page:


    Obviously this would be a home run- but where there is heavy tourism the laws are almost always stricter. There is a lot of red tape to get through when you're talking about tourism business. The beach PD will almost certainly demand you get a vendors license and all necessary permits.

    OOoh but this would bring in so much bank!! Its definitely worth exploring further.
     
  12. NichePazloe

    NichePazloe Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    44
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    East Coast
    Home Page:
    I dont want to generalize but the homeless people I have come across have an addiction to drugs, gambling, or alcohol.

    Sure, the bum can save up to get his own water hustle going, but we won't because the same day I pay him-HE SPENDS IT on CRACK!

    It's tragically sad, but at least they are working to feed their addiction, and not simply begging or stealing.
     
  13. bookmarc

    bookmarc Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,052
    Likes Received:
    480
    good one! i must try it some day
     
  14. homenet

    homenet Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Messages:
    790
    Likes Received:
    338
    Location:
    Dimension X
    If the bum was smart, chances are he wouldn't be on the streets in the first place (with a few exceptions of course).
     
  15. JesusBack

    JesusBack Executive VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,159
    Likes Received:
    1,284
    Occupation:
    Almost done :D
    Location:
    {calm|cool|collected}
    it's kind of like outsourcing... you just gotta find a good bum that won't run away with your shit/methods after they get paid.

    So you'll have to look for stupider bums. Also; give your bums some clothes or else no one is going to buy from them.
     
  16. NichePazloe

    NichePazloe Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    44
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    East Coast
    Home Page:
    Females seem to sell more than males.. Maybe its because they're less threatning when walking up to peoples cars.
     
  17. eochoa8

    eochoa8 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2010
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    City of Angels
    Dude, you're awesome!

    Thanks for sharing this hustle! -- Summer is almost here, so I think I'll try this! :)

    Big thanks! :)
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011
  18. BluRoze

    BluRoze Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2011
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    USA
    Nice one. I wanted to put in my two cents.
    If you don't like the idea of hiring a homeless person, a responsible teenager is a good alternative. There are plenty of young kids who want to earn a little pocket change. Get their parent's permission first.

    Along with that suggestion, I personally don't like to break laws while earning money. In my town, you've got to get a permit to sell anything on public property. If you sell the water yourself or get a teen to do it, why not partner with a locally owned business that has lots of customers and sells no beverages? A charitable one is a good idea, since you can state at your table or whatever that xx% goes to that organization.

    Just talk to the business/organization owner, let them know the deal, then set up your table and make that money! Be honest with the biz owner and give them their share. You could also hire some teens or tidied-up homeless folks and copy this method at other businesses. Later, you could expand to local parks, sporting event, festivals, etc.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  19. jaerehan

    jaerehan Elite Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,500
    Likes Received:
    1,504
    Occupation:
    Time...Time is on my side..
    Location:
    EU
    This is a good method, i've seen it in a few places.
    Here is a twist that i used to see a lot, its a bit funny but working for them too:
    Similar busy intersection, one dirty window cleaner.
    And if the homeless is looking bad enough, the drivers give already $1-2 when they see them anywhere near their car :)
    Ofc sometimes the drivers look agressive enough to scare them away :D
     
  20. nubbers

    nubbers Newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    4
    I am going to try this. I live in South Florida so finding bums is not hard. Also if you don't want the bum to steal your money/stuff just offer to take them to a liquor store and buy them a cheap bottle of booze, instead of offering them money. I got my fence painted for a 20$ bottle of vodka...lol
    The reason I say don't offer to pay them cash is because most true bums wont accept your money because they will get jumped for it and they know it.