A big part of our mission here is to help you land a fulfilling career that will earn you a decent living. However, while your applications are out there and you’re waiting for your dream job to land in your lap, we also like to offer you ways to make a little cash on the side while also building skills that will increase your employability to potential companies. Just like we showed you how to Make Money Pulling Up Carpet,¬†we are going to show you the basics of installing epoxy floors so that you can earn a few extra bucks on the weekends.

Homeowners love the sleek, sexy look and industrial durability of epoxy floors, especially for their garages, basements, and kitchens. Professional companies, such as Epoxy Flooring Nashville, typically charge anywhere from $1500 – $4000 for a job like this, so you can easily undercut them by charging just $1000. Even if you only land one client a month, you’d be making a pretty darn good bit of spare cash. That’s enough to cover most of your mortgage no doubt.

Step 1: Prep the Floor

Start by clearing the area of items, furniture, and rubbish. Basically, you need a completely empty surface. Next, thoroughly clean the surface using a commercial cleaning product. If there is any sealant or paint already on the floor, you’ll need to sand it away before cleaning.

Step 2: Apply Primer

Epoxy flooring primer can be purchased at most home improvement stores like Home Depot. Applying it is just like painting, but since it’s on the floor your arms won’t get nearly as sore! Be sure to plan your path appropriately so that you don’t paint yourself into a corner (literally!). Be sure to follow the directions on the primer container, and then let it dry for about 8 hours.

Step 3: Apply the Epoxy Finish

The finish is the stuff that you’ll actually see once the job is said and done. It will give the garage or other room a professional shine that you won’t believe you were able to create so easily. The finish is just as easy to apply as the primer, just be sure that the primer is completely dried before applying this final coat.

And that’s it! You’re epoxy flooring install is just that easy. All you need now is to start finding clients (though we recommend trying this out on your own home or a friend’s first). Craigslist, facebook, and Google+ are all awesome free places to pick up jobs. Just take a few photos of your own completed job, share them on social media, and include a message that you’ll do the same for at least $500 less than most professional companies.