If you live in a rural area or even if you live in an urban area that is near a rural area you could possibly start your own side gig selling firewood. Forget the fact that you don’t personally own any wooded lots, large expanse of property or any of the tools needed to harvest the wood.
This type of business is not gonna work for everyone, there are some things that have to line up properly in order for it to be a good fit. One of the hurdles is that you must live somewhat near a hardwood processing mill. This is where you will purchase your slabs of wood that you can cut down to more manageable lengths for sale to people in the surrounding cities. Depending on the wood that you purchase, you will still be able to charge much less than the wood people find in stores and also make a nice little profit at the same time.
The slabs that you purchase from a mill are the slabs that are cut off of the outer edge of the tree log. The portion in the center is usually cut into boards for sale but that outer edge that includes the bark really has little commercial value so you can usually pick it up for a very reasonable price. Sometimes you may even get it for free if the mill owner is starting to run out of space in his racks. You will want to be smart about what type of wood that you purchase though as different wood has different value and when people buy firewood they will not pay a premium for logs just because the wood has the potential to be milled into hardwood flooring.
The great part about this little side business is that most of the truly hard work is already done. What I am getting at is that you don’t have to be a lumberjack to make this happen. You will probably need at least a small pickup truck or work van but that is true with a lot of businesses. Some times you might not even need a truck though. If your customer is close to the mill then a lot of times you can have the wood cut and delivered directly to the consumer and you just keep the profit while sitting at home in your pajamas. Sounds good to me.
Just like any other business…. you won’t get rich over night and you won’t even make money if you don’t hustle and work hard but if you are looking to maybe supplement your income by working through the weekend then this might be a decent option for you.