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How to Start a Mattress Flipping Side Hustle

These days, it can be difficult to support a family on a single or even dual income, let alone put any money away into savings or invest in property. Plus, if you’re supporting a family while in debt, making ends meet each month can be even trickier.

That’s why many adults are turning to side hustles to increase their monthly earnings in small pockets of time.

A side hustle is any additional source of income that you perform in your free time outside of your main profession. There are many different ways you can earn extra income on the side, with some requiring little to no skill or experience to get started.

If you’re looking for a side gig you can jump into right away that’s simple yet lucrative (and you have a pickup truck at your disposal), look no further than mattress flipping. 

What Is Mattress Flipping? 

Mattress flipping is a common side hustle that just about anyone can do successfully. It involves hauling furniture (gently used or like-new mattresses) away from their old owners, storing the mattresses in a clean, dry location, and then selling the mattresses to new owners in your community for a profit.

 When consumers buy mattresses and have them delivered, they arrive vacuum-sealed and reduced to a fraction of their actual size in a cardboard box. Mattress companies call these “bed-in-a-box” mattresses.

Once the mattress is taken out of its packaging, it can’t be put back into the box it arrived in, even if the customer decides to return their purchase for a refund or exchange. This is where mattress flippers come in.

There’s a huge market for like-new mattresses that have only been slept on once or twice but can’t be easily returned to the manufacturer due to their size. As a mattress flipper, you can provide the service of hauling, storing, and transporting these mattresses to new owners for a price that you think is fair for your time and effort. 

How to Become a Mattress Flipper 

If you’re interested in getting into mattress flipping, you’re in luck: this side hustle requires very few materials and very little skill to get started. Plus, you can completely scale your mattress flipping business to boost your monthly income by a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on how much time you have to dedicate to it.

As a mattress flipper, you’ll be an independent contractor. That means you won’t have to work on anyone else’s schedule, and you can keep all of your profits.

The most important tool you’ll need to start mattress flipping is a pickup truck or similar vehicle that can handle bulky, heavy items. It’s also important to have a clean, dry space in which to store mattresses between pickups and drop-offs, as well as a smartphone with which to find and contact customers. 

Become a Sharetown Rep 

Interested in mattress flipping but don’t have the time to seek out customers? Becoming a Sharetown rep is the perfect compromise for you.

With Sharetown, you can rest assured that you’ll still be working as your own boss on your own schedule – we’ll simply help you find flippable mattresses, get connected with customers in your area, schedule pickups and drop-offs, and build up your business from a casual side hustle to a serious money-making venture. 

What Do You Need to Start Making Money Flipping Mattresses? 

As long as you have the few items needed to get started in the mattress flipping business, you can tap into this lucrative market and start earning hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month during your free weeknights and weekends.

If you put in the time and effort, you can even turn mattress flipping into your full-time job and support your family by working on your own schedule. 

Keep in mind that a can-do attitude and the drive to work hard are crucial to making the extra money you need by flipping mattresses.

Ready to get started? Here are the two main things you’ll need in order to see success mattress flipping:

A Way to Transport Mattresses 

To haul mattresses away from their previous owners and deliver them to your customers, you’ll need a little more than just a pickup truck – you’ll need the physical strength to do so without causing yourself physical injury.

If necessary, you could enlist the help of a friend or family member to aid in your mattress flipping business and make sure that each mattress is picked up and dropped off safely.   

A Place to Store Mattresses 

The deeper you get into mattress flipping, the more mattresses you’ll need to store for days at a time between haul-away and drop-off at different locations. Very rarely will you be able to transport a mattress directly from a seller to a new buyer, which is why a secure location for mattress storage is crucial. 

Having the ability to safely store multiple mattresses at once will allow you to scale your business faster, in addition to improving your customer ratings as your mattresses will always be delivered in pristine condition.

For this purpose, you can use a secure garage or even spare room in your home – just make sure that wherever you keep your mattresses, the area will always remain dry and free of too much humidity or dust buildup. 

Is Mattress Flipping the Right Side Hustle for You?

For many families, a side hustle is the difference between comfortably making ends meet each month and struggling to get the bills paid.

If you’re interested in making some extra money on the side but aren’t sure where to start, consider whether mattress flipping might be a lucrative side gig for you based on items you already own and skills you already possess.

Learn More About Sharetown 

Sharetown aims to make sure that all of our reps feel completely supported in their mattress flipping businesses while helping them make extra money on their own schedule. Ready to start your side hustle mattress flipping or selling furniture? Learn more about what it means to work with Sharetown as a mattress or furniture flipper today.