Simple Side Hustle to Make Extra Money on the Side

Brian Winch | September 25, 2017


If you’re searching for a way to make extra money on the side, you’re certainly not alone. Many people need a side hustle to generate a second income these days. Whether it’s to pay off debt, increase your savings or eventually work for yourself, a side hustle might be exactly what you need.

Some people look to part time employment to make extra money while others see an opportunity to start a business from home on the side. In either case, try to find an activity you enjoy that makes use of your skills to make extra money on the side.

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Do you like going for early morning walks? How would you like to learn a way to make extra money on the side that’s almost as easy to do as going for a walk? I’ve been doing it since 1981 and can show you how to do the same.

Consider becoming a parking lot litter removal contractor. The work is simple to do and there’s no need for any costly equipment. It’s also an ideal side hustle to make extra money on the side as the service is performed late at night or early morning so it won’t conflict with your day job.

How it Works

Parking lot litter removal is an after hours service performed on foot using inexpensive hand tools. You simply walk the exterior property of any commercial property when the businesses are closed and sweep litter into your collection tool. When your tool is full, empty into an on site waste dumpster.

You can clean up litter from the sidewalks, parking lot and any surrounding landscape areas almost as fast as you can walk when using these litter collection tools. Cleaning a property is possible in one-third the time it was taking me with other tools such as lobby pans, grabbers and bags.

This is the selling point. You can provide a more thorough daily litter removal service for less cost to your customer than what a power sweeping contractor, for example, charges for one thorough sweep. You’re not expected to sweep up any dirt or gravel. Power sweeping will still be required to sweep up this material, but no longer to sweep up litter on a frequent basis.

How I Got Started

I was working a full time job at a sporting goods store in 1981 when I realized I wanted to make extra money on the side. I needed a simple, low cost way to make money that I could work outdoors. My father had cleaned up litter from a shopping plaza nearby and occasionally enlisted my help with the work. It was easy work, so I decided to see if there was much money to be made providing this service.

I worked at my day job from 2 pm – 10 pm. I marketed my business in the mornings before work and used my time after work to clean up litter. I started with three properties to make extra money on the side. I quit my job when I started making more money from this simple side hustle than I was earning from my full time job. I now manage an operation that routinely bills out over $650,000 a year and you can do the same! In fact, I know people who are making an extra $20,000-$50,000 a year working only part time – just by cleaning up litter outside commercial properties.

How to Make Money

You can make extra money on the side cleaning up litter from all kinds of properties – small to medium size retail, office and industrial developments. Look around your city. Each of these properties needs to be maintained litter free. This is where you come in.

Commercial property management companies are contracted by property owners to manage and maintain their properties. They’re your best source for business as they also typically manage several properties. All you need to do is contact them to explain how you can help them.  Find more marketing tips and step-by-step instructions in the book I wrote on how to start and operate a parking lot litter removal business.

People Always Litter

I’ve been in this business since 1981 and can state from decades of personal experience that people’s attitudes towards littering haven’t changed. If you’re as old as I am you might recall the old public service commercials that aired on television many years ago; the animated, “don’t be a litter bug” or Keep America Beautiful’s, native American on horse looking down upon trash filled streets and “tearing up”. We could use these tools of education today.

I see the results of smokers tossing their cigarette butts with no regards to a nearby ashtray. Drink cups, candy and fast food wrappers are dropped to the ground because people don’t care or have the attitude that someone else will clean up after them. Bylaws and fines for littering have increased over the years yet we still have a litter problem.

You can turn this into a profitable side hustle to make extra money on the side. Start out part time while keeping your day job and then grow your client base as you please. Work just a few hours a day or expand to a full time business as I did. The choice is yours.

Perks of the Job

I enjoy working outdoors, getting my work done then having the rest of the day to do as I please. I’m proud of the “green” service I’m providing and how it makes a positive environmental impact in my community. I enjoy the lifestyle my business provides and my job is never boring.

People can be careless with their belongings. I find articles of clothing, cell phones, wallets and purses. I do what I can to return items of value. I occasionally find paper money bills outside restaurants or bars. Imagine your reaction if you found several bills scattered on the ground. First, you’d look around to see if anyone was watching you. You’d wonder if someone was playing you for some social experiment like the TV show, “What Would You Do?” Then you’d realize that someone’s careless loss has turned into yet another way for you to make extra money on the side.

I’ve been offered free coffee and food from employees working nights at 24 hour convenience food stores. I’ve been offered free pizza when the various pizza businesses close for the night. Hey, they throw it out any way!

I make money going for walks. It’s a great way to stay in shape. If you’re looking for a simple, low cost way to make extra money on the side, with extra benefits, then this side hustle is for you!

Order my book, Cleanlots, for an easy-to-follow manual that details how to start and operate America’s simplest business. I even provide FREE support from my 35+ years experience. Turn litter into your profitable business.


Brian Winch is the author, founder and owner of Cleanlots, America’s simplest business. He’s been perfecting this business for over 35 years and now he wants you to benefit from his experience.

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6 responses to “Simple Side Hustle to Make Extra Money on the Side”

  1. Chris Gorman says:

    I’m very interested in this. In the book will it explain on how to give an estimate to the customer?

  2. Brad says:

    I live in Long Beach, California. Is this area already saturated?

    • Brian Winch says:

      Hi Brad, No. There is a lot of opportunity there due to the many commercial properties.

  3. C. says:

    I am interested in this idea also Brian – I am in Canada is there an opportunity here – I would love to talk to you – I will go purchase your book so I can connect with you thank you more than you know