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Thread: Could I start a small job finding lost rings?

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    ca
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    Could I start a small job finding lost rings?

    Hello! What do you all think about me sending flyers in my area for finding lost rings for people? I was thinking of charging ten bucks for searching their whole lawn and then f i find it charging another 15. what do you guys think?
    Always check rabbit holes when metal detecting... you never know, there might be karats down there.

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    Lost?Mind

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    Don't quit your day job. Ha ha
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    Charge nothing to search. If you find it then ask for permission to search the whole yard and any other property they have. Creates Goodwill and will get some premium ground for metal detecting.
    Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. - Tribe Unknown. Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. - Blackfoot

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    Your time is much more valuable!!


    If someone is contacting you for a lost ring, they have a couple hundred dollars USD to get you to find it
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    ca
    Semi-precious rock and gem collecter, classic book reader, horse lover, metal detecter gal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinFetcher View Post
    Your time is much more valuable!!


    If someone is contacting you for a lost ring, they have a couple hundred dollars USD to get you to find it
    What would you charge?
    Always check rabbit holes when metal detecting... you never know, there might be karats down there.

  6. #6
    ca
    Semi-precious rock and gem collecter, classic book reader, horse lover, metal detecter gal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marion moore View Post
    Don't quit your day job. Ha ha
    I found a ring on my neighbours lawn in like, 20 -30 mins. If I found someone's ring in even an hour... 25 bucks is way way more then I find in clad in several hours of hunting!!! Plus they might let me keep the coins I find which might have a few silvers because I've found several in near by playgrounds.
    Always check rabbit holes when metal detecting... you never know, there might be karats down there.

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    Only boaring people get board

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    check out https://theringfinders.com/ might be worth it...
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    I let them decide what it's worth for me to conduct a search, within reason of course. If you leave it on a reward basis, you'd be surprised how generous some people can be. Naturally, if the search is out of town, or you need to pay for gas, tolls, parking, hotel, etc, that would be extra, and up front. Also, if the search area is huge (like a 1/4 mile of beach or several football field size lots) where it might take several hours or days, an hourly rate wouldn't be out of line.
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    I would probably focus more on posting on Craigslist or social media. Out of 100, how many people have lost something they need help with, 1 or 2? Your odds with flyers are probably not great.
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    ive never taken a reward for finding and returning any jewelry or for finding other things such as property markers, sunglasses, keys, or septic system or water or gas shut offs
    I did an article years ago stating that you could make money at offering to find all of the above and more
    i was told that alot of gas and water companies charge a lot if they have to send out a guy to find a valve or shutoff - up to $80 and hour
    Im sure if you advertised you would do it for half or less you would get some work - septic is the same - as well as property markers - I know a guy that works for the town
    assessors office and he charges a pretty penny if he has to hire a guy to go out and find a properties markers - i did it for him for free a few times cause the property
    was over 100 yrs old and told him only payment would be my getting to hit the rest of the property
    4 out of 5 times i have found and returned a ring - i have found another gold one either right after or the next day - and i have returned quite a few
    there is a site called ring finders that you can subscribe to and they put you in a directory - you explain where you will go and what you require for gas or travel
    and for time spent and reward - i know handful of guys that make a few bucks doing that - one guy only excepts baked goods as a reward so what ever
    floats your boat
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    Well along with the above items Casper mentioned... I have assisted in finding everything from buried family valuables to ordinance removal.

    I actually did make money over my life finding things both with and without a detector so yes it can be done... IF done correctly.

    I started finding things for people at a very young age without a detector... I spent many years growing up on marina docks and water in general... and for a tip or agreed bucks I would find anything dropped overboard... the Beeper days were good days for me... and anchors were my best friends at 20 bucks.
    Anything and everything fell in the water... mainly right there at the marina and always whilst someone was boarding or un boarding a vessel.
    Expensive glasses ... keys... wallets... being the top three in which people had to get back.

    I am sure if I still did this that cell phones would be on the top of that list now days.

    SO... I know for a fact... IF you do a proper "flyer" and "get the word out" via self promotion... AND you are professional at what you do... you can do anything.

    FOR... there is a need for... and a shortage of... "finders of things."

    It can be done.
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    CASPER

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  13. #13
    ca
    Semi-precious rock and gem collecter, classic book reader, horse lover, metal detecter gal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    ive never taken a reward for finding and returning any jewelry or for finding other things such as property markers, sunglasses, keys, or septic system or water or gas shut offs
    I did an article years ago stating that you could make money at offering to find all of the above and more
    i was told that alot of gas and water companies charge a lot if they have to send out a guy to find a valve or shutoff - up to $80 and hour
    Im sure if you advertised you would do it for half or less you would get some work - septic is the same - as well as property markers - I know a guy that works for the town
    assessors office and he charges a pretty penny if he has to hire a guy to go out and find a properties markers - i did it for him for free a few times cause the property
    was over 100 yrs old and told him only payment would be my getting to hit the rest of the property
    4 out of 5 times i have found and returned a ring - i have found another gold one either right after or the next day - and i have returned quite a few
    there is a site called ring finders that you can subscribe to and they put you in a directory - you explain where you will go and what you require for gas or travel
    and for time spent and reward - i know handful of guys that make a few bucks doing that - one guy only excepts baked goods as a reward so what ever
    floats your boat
    I read your article. very good ideas. however i have to wait till i can drive before i can try most of them because my mom cant always take me. i only wanted to try my area where i could walk to... i know chances are slim but hey, its worth a shot and ive already found a ring on a lawn next door that they let me keep. thanks for taking the time to help!
    Always check rabbit holes when metal detecting... you never know, there might be karats down there.

  14. #14
    ca
    Semi-precious rock and gem collecter, classic book reader, horse lover, metal detecter gal.

    Aug 2018
    Winnipeg MB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    Well along with the above items Casper mentioned... I have assisted in finding everything from buried family valuables to ordinance removal.

    I actually did make money over my life finding things both with and without a detector so yes it can be done... IF done correctly.

    I started finding things for people at a very young age without a detector... I spent many years growing up on marina docks and water in general... and for a tip or agreed bucks I would find anything dropped overboard... the Beeper days were good days for me... and anchors were my best friends at 20 bucks.
    Anything and everything fell in the water... mainly right there at the marina and always whilst someone was boarding or un boarding a vessel.
    Expensive glasses ... keys... wallets... being the top three in which people had to get back.

    I am sure if I still did this that cell phones would be on the top of that list now days.

    SO... I know for a fact... IF you do a proper "flyer" and "get the word out" via self promotion... AND you are professional at what you do... you can do anything.

    FOR... there is a need for... and a shortage of... "finders of things."

    It can be done.
    wow that would be a fun way to make money! my uncle used to go out with my grandpa using a magnet on a string and go to a drain in the cement and pull out anything they could for fun. they didnt find much but they had fun
    Always check rabbit holes when metal detecting... you never know, there might be karats down there.

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    Practice finding planted rings might help first.
    Something about looking for particular lost items with a detector gets interesting.

    An example from me would be , being the second detector looking for a land owners wifes particular thin gold chain lost on the possible site of a barn (soil floored and straw bedded , down a path and through a yard somewhere.

    Lots of signals. Which one is a thin chain's whisper?
    I struck out too. But it was a learning experience of hunting a very specific item in a large area. IF it was there. Ignoring things not a thin chain was normal hunting wracking.

    Had another gal describe a spot in sight with a diamond ear ring (studded) in it.
    High trash long strip. In between businesses.
    I've not tried it.

    A ring in a farm field long ago I was up for , but did not get a ride to the site and showing me the possible spot from the person who wanted it recovered as per my agreement.
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