If you have a pickup truck, you have a rolling business. If times are tough, there are things you can do to earn extra cash. When they cut the overtime at work, I took the time I would have been working extra hours at my job and put them to use collecting metal. Aluminum, copper, tungsten and other metals are worth money to scrap metal dealers, and most people just throw out metal scraps. I did not even tell people I was hurting for money. I just asked every family member, coworker and neighbor to keep aluminum cans and other metals for me. For people close by, I just picked them up. For coworkers who lived farther away, they brought them to me. I told people at work to just toss them in the back of my pickup truck.
I asked all my neighbors if they put out scrap metal for the trash if it would be okay if I picked it up. Some people call that garbage picking. I call it free money. As I said, I did not tell anyone it was for income. I did not deny it if asked, but I just mentioned the recycling aspect of it and how they could easily do their part. I had people give me scrap copper wire, aluminum cans and much more. Steel is not worth much, but it can be sold to scrap metal dealers too. Tungsten is heavy for its size, and it goes for about five bucks or more per pound, depending on where you live.
There is scrap value in most things people throw out. If you have specialized scrap dealers that want certain things in your area, you can focus on just those things. I like to deal with easy to find metal such as aluminum and copper that people throw out. People throw out a lot of aluminum. It is used to make cans, pots and pans, gutters, storm doors, outdoor furniture and more. Every ounce adds up to cash in your pocket.