Invest in Parking Lots — The R.O.I. is better than you think.

Jamie Hoffman
4 min readSep 30, 2021


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As a Samurai Investor, your goal is to find a fief or a money-producing asset, and then pay others to manage the fief for you. While many investors go a more complicated route such as real-estate or franchise investing, there’s a more for simpler option out there. It’s a far simpler operation with a very good ROI. (return on investment) and it’s called the parking lot.

Let’s look at the numbers real quick. Say you find yourself with the opportunity to purchase a dilapidated party store near a bustling downtown. The asking price of the store is currently $100,000. The store and parking lot are located a few about a mile away from a nice shopping and entertainment district. So you decide that rather than restore the party store, you’re going to demolish it, and put up a parking lot.

According to Hometown Demolition, the average cost to demolish a building is around $30,000. Although in reality, costs may be quite lower as many cities will offer incentives for investors to tear down unusable property. But for our example, We’ll say that it will cost you $30,000 to demolish a party store.

The Initial Investment

Dilapidated Party Store: $100,000

Demolition costs: $30,000

Repaving of the site: $5,000

Total Initial Investment: $135,000

So you’ve demolished the store and repaved the site. You now have space for 20 cars on your new empty lot. So you decide to offer monthly parking spots for roughly $150 per month per car. These spots are available exclusively for people working Monday — Friday in the downtown district. You have them sign an official lease stating that they may park there during the weekends, but that the spots will only be available on a “first-come, first-serve basis.” And the rate of parking will rise on the weekends to $20 a day per spot.

Monthly Revenue

20 Monthly Renters X 200 per month

= $4,000 per month.

Weekend rates $20 per day X 20 spots = $400 per day X 2 Days = $800 X 4 weekends a month

= $3,200 per month

Spots filled after Hours: $20 per spot X 20 Spots = $400 day x 30 days

= $12,000 per month

Total Monthly Revenue: $15,600

Total Yearly Revenue: $187,200 *

(Assuming your parking lot is full 365 days per year. )


Parking lot employees 4

Hourly Wage: $10 x 40 per week = $400 x 4 weeks =$1,600 X 4 Employees = $6,400 Per month x 12 = $76,800.

$187,000 — $76,800 = $110,400

Total Revenue: $110,400 per year before property Tax.

Total Profit after 10 years: $1,104,000

As we can see from the math, owning a parking lot can be an extremely profitable venture. A Samurai will pay off his initial investment in roughly two years’ time and can enjoy the profits for years to come. A Samurai can become a millionaire in less than 10 years, simply by owning a piece of empty pavement and doing absolutely no work. Although it would be highly recommended that the Samurai then purchase a rental property to add in another Fief into their crest.

Exercise: Check the math on a local parking lot.

For an exercise, find a parking lot in your area or town, and complete the same math as listed above. Find out how many spots they have, how much they charge monthly, and figure out their monthly profit. Then find out if they offer weekend parking at a premium, or if there are any other special rates for weekend parking. Then once you come up with a basic guesstimate of their monthly profit, multiply that by $12. Then you will have an idea how much the lot owning Samurai is making off the parking spot.

Also, if you live in a small town or a city that owns the majority of the parking spots, do the same exercise again. Figure out how many parking meters there are in a given area, and then figure out the hourly rate, and multiply that by an estimation of how many people park there daily, and for how long. That will give you a rough estimate of how much your city or town is earning from people parking there. And you will be a wiser investor for it, as it will give you insight into how money flows in your particular town.



Jamie Hoffman

My name is Jamie Hoffman. I am the founder of Invest Like a Warrior. Our platform seeks to make Investing & Personal Finance Education accessible to all!