When you hear “metal detecting” what comes to mind? Most of you would probably imagine a retired man at a beach wearing shorts and sandals, swinging a metal detector in front of him. Are you a metal detecting enthusiast? Metal detecting is a hobby for most, but for some, it can be a job that brings in income. It can be a moderately lucrative business in four ways.
1. Start twisting knobs and swinging. Get started learning about how to use metal detectors. First, you don’t need an expensive machine to find valuable objects when you can get one at a low price at pawn shops or from someone who is selling theirs. Metal detectors can be bought used for $100. Also, you need a digging tool and some kind of bag to put your finds in. The best way to learn about them is to practice using them. Most detectors are different, but easy to use once you get the “swing”. Some are more advanced than others. You can even buy one for underwater hunting for at least $300, or one that exclusively searches for gold for $700. For now, stick to the basic, cheapest one so you can practice learning how to find objects.
The best way to learn how to use one is to just turn it on and start swinging until you hear a “beep”. Dig a circle around the sound and open the “plug” you made. If you find a coin, congratulate yourself; if you find a bottle cap, don’t worry. The wonderful fact about finding metal objects is there are a lot of places to search for valuables, such as: coins, jewelry, artifacts from the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars. You will always find junk, like bottle caps, modern ammo cartridges, cans.
To be successful you need a lot of time to research areas where many people congregated in the past. You can search for sites where wars were fought, or popular beaches and swimming holes. The list goes on.
2. Teach classes on using a metal detector. Once you have mastered using your metal detector, you can advertise to teach others how to use them. You could set up a community class and have each student pay a fee you set.
3. Start a “Lost and Found” Service. People lose items all the time in many locations. Sometimes they lose jewelry or other items that were very meaningful or personal with them. You can advertise to find peoples’ treasures and charge them a fee for helping them. Of course, your client would have to know the general area where the object might be located. Finding their precious item is not only rewarding to them, it gives you an emotional lift and a financial one too!
4. When you become extremely knowledgeable about many types of detectors and how each brand specifically operates, you could conceivably become a dealer with your own metal detecting shop, selling and renting metal detectors with all of the tools a person needs to dig and set their finds aside. Of course, you would need experience with operating a business to make it run smoothly.
Making a career out of metal detecting is a full-time job. At first, you need to know how to run a basic detector and use it frequently to find some valuable objects. Most of the time, you will get a lot of junk, but to find anything of value, you have to do a lot of research to find the best possible locations. Later you may include a service for helping the public locate their precious objects, and you can start your own community class. Of course, it’s important to do as much metal detecting as you can to, not only find valuable treasures, but to gain as much experience with different types of detectors and equipment as possible.