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Would you stand in line to make $1000?

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM
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How one man makes 1,000 a week by standing in line

Business Insider
By Maggie Zhang2 
 
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Robert Samuel, founder of SOLD Inc, waits in line. (Twitter / sold_inc)

Good news: You may never have to wait in line for Shake Shake, Cronuts, or iPhones, ever again.

Robert Samuel, New York-based founder of Same Ole Line Dudes (SOLD Inc.), will wait for you.

Samuel is a "professional line sitter." He waits for anything, from sample sales to Saturday Night Live tickets. Samuel charges $25 for the first hour and $10 for each additional half hour. In one week, he can make up to $1,000.

Samuel got into this business two years ago, when he lost his job as an AT&T sales representative and needed a new way to make extra cash. When the iPhone 5 came out, he put an advertisement on Craigslist offering to wait in line for it for $100.

Hours before he purchased the iPhone, Samuel's original customer cancelled on him, but decided to pay him anyway. Samuel was ready to leave the line, but decided to resell his spot.

By 8 a.m. the next day, after 19 hours of waiting, Samuel had earned $325 from selling his spot, inviting his friends to come down and sell their spots, and selling milk crates for $5 a piece to people who were tired of standing.

Samuel found this venture so profitable that he put a name to it and started SOLD Inc. in December 2012. It's not his full time job - he also works as a concierge for a luxury building in Brooklyn - but it's been a venture that he's hoping to grow.

Samuel's friends have even chipped in to help. "[They] have turned into my employees, and they pretty much do a great job," says Samuel. When he gains a new customer, he now sends a mass text out to about a dozen friends to see who wants the job.

One dedicated friend-turned-employee waited in line for a whopping 43 hours for a Shark Tank audition in Denver, earning the company $800.

More high-paying gigs like that began to roll in when the Cronut craze started last summer in New York City. For $60, Samuel and his line waiters offer to pick up two of the delicious pastries and deliver them straight to their clients. From this service alone, SOLD Inc. can make upwards of $240 per week.

Surprisingly, not all of Samuel's clients are rich. "It's all everyday people," he says. "Sometimes I get a customer who can't get out of work on time to wait for a movie premiere, or somebody on the Upper East Side who really wants a new Xbox but doesn't want to stand in the cold for seven hours before it goes on sale. It's a whole medley."

Even if Samuel isn't hired to wait in line for a big event, he will still go, just to hand out business cards. "I'm very grassroots," he explains. "When there's a line that goes around the block, I go and work the line." When he approaches people, he asks them, "Are you hot, tired? Don't want to do this again? I'll do it for you."

Would you do this?

by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM
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Hannahsmommy816
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:53 AM

hmm interesting, not for me lol

deccaf
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Not for me. But there is nothing in willing to stand in that kind if line for.
LoveMyBoyK
by Bronze Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Not something I would do because waiting in line drives me bonkers ... but good for him for seeing a need a making money by filling it!!
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Stevensmomma
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

That's awesome for him I could personally not do it I have no patients for waiting for hours but that's great for him 

Wish2Be
by Michelle on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

You better believe I would sit in line !

lapcounter
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM
No, I have better things to do.
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Apr1l
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM
Funny
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louannwilkins
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I think he's pretty smart actually!  lol  Don't know if I could do that.  I think the boredom would drive me crazy

momkaribg
by Kari on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM
That's very smart but I have no patience so it wouldn't work for me
lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I would....lol

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