What is the most profitable criminal activity that is doable by an amateur who is just starting down on this path?

Some of these answers left by others paid no notice of the “amateur” potion of your question. However, they offered some viable answers, even if some of their information was incorrect. I am going to refine some of their answers as well as give you some more.

Hitman - risky, yet doable. Finding a steady stream of clientele here is difficult. Especially considering some individuals looking to hire a hitman are looking to have someone close to them killed, in the event suspicion falls on them, the chances they roll on you are high. Also unless dealing with clientele met through the dark web in wh

Some of these answers left by others paid no notice of the “amateur” potion of your question. However, they offered some viable answers, even if some of their information was incorrect. I am going to refine some of their answers as well as give you some more.

Hitman - risky, yet doable. Finding a steady stream of clientele here is difficult. Especially considering some individuals looking to hire a hitman are looking to have someone close to them killed, in the event suspicion falls on them, the chances they roll on you are high. Also unless dealing with clientele met through the dark web in which bitcoin is the method of payment offered to you dealing with the money and paper trail left by the money can be the reason you end up getting caught. Also, a simples hit is not going to make you 10k. A more likely payment is in the realm of 5k when dealing with an easy target/simple hit. Gang members local drug dealer types may also offer less (2,500–3,000), higher paying jobs are more difficult targets to reach or are going to require some sort of message be left by the hitman (decapitated head/severed limbs) these are things which for an amateur increase the likliehood forensic evidence tying you to the crime is left.

Drug dealing while it can be profitable is risky when you throw in variables like undercover officers/dope fiends rolling on the dopemen to shorten their sentence, gain leniency with the judge, or even the desperate heroin addict tipping off the cops for the $50-$100 they pay for the tip that he can use to buy dope from dealer B. Growing marijuana is a time consuming process requiring a lot of land or a large indoor grow facility, the overhead associated with a large scale grow operation is going to render the first 2–3 harvests of your crop doing nothing but paying for initial overhead costs (lighting, land/facility, CO2 generators, fertilizers, the clones you initially purchased [good weed comes from a high quality clone, not just random seeds from your average Mexican brick weed]) also drug dealers get robbed. Low level heroin dealer that carries 3.5 grams to an ounce is a good target for a 2–3 man team of dopesick heroin addicts with pistols or baseball bats. I know a few people that rob dealers.

More viable options for you are being a private escort. It’s slightly more high class than being a street hooker, down through electronic communication initially rather than a street corner drive by. You are less likely to be targeted by law enforcement since you aren’t standing on a street corner making the religious old woman have a heart attack when she drives by. If you are a male there is a market for you to be an escort as well. However, unless you are built like s Greek god and have the face of a model it’s much more likely you will deal with an almost exclusively male clientele. Hence the saying “gay for pay” if you are willing to engage in sexual acts with a man this option may be for you. I mean a man’s asshole/mouth feel the same as a woman’s and if you close your eyes a dick may be no different than a lollipop, as for getting nailed in your hind head you might want to practice some meditation and try to learn to disassociate your mind from the physical sensations you are encountering. That option is not an option for me and I am guessing not one you are fond of.

This leaves us with small time financial crimes. Casing houses is an option. Robbing folk at gunpoint, if you run up on someone at night, put a gun to their head, take their phone, and tell them to empty their bank account at an ATM, you’ll make a couple hundred dollars (depending on your victims financial standing, choose your victims wisely here, notice their clothing, phones, speech patterns, vehicle they drive, this may mean the difference between $1200 or $20) if you stay out of sight of the atm camera or wear a mask and park your getaway vehicle a couple hundred yards away there will be no video evidence that can link you to the crime and you have up until that person finds a phone to get away, gloves are very important here as you will have to hold their cell phone in your hands before smashing it to take away their ability to call the police. You can also take purses from old women as they tend to carry cash. You can rob drug dealers but this is not a solo option and may require the willingness to actually pull the trigger. No one will risk their life for the contents of their bank account but the dope dealers have been robbed before and have a different philosophy about what is important and how to live their lives, they may shoot at you over $20. So if robbing dope dealers you may need to actually shoot your gun if you don’t like that idea stick to hanging close to ATM’s at night

Rob small businesses. You know, the local ice cream shop with one college kid in charge of closing the place down, the low level manager that is 20 years old. The drawer will only have 200–600 dollars in it. But park the car a ways away, go in right before closing, masked up of course (gloves too), hold the kid at gunpoint, take the money, take his phone, smash it, and lock him in s supply closet or restroom. Giving you time to get safely away from the crime scene before he can call the police, as long as a round wasn’t fired and preferably if you can threaten to use your gun without having it seen in the security video footage the police will take a statement and never look into it again three hours after the report was filed

or the easiest of all, petty theft. Look in parking lots of major retailers for receipts, once you collect a few sort them out, throw away credit/debit/check receipts. Keep the cash receipts. Go in and steal the merchandise on the receipt, the description should be enough to lead you to the right aisle and types of products, the number on the receipt for the item will match UPC codes, check item UPC and price against those on the receipt, take the item to the return desk (quite often you never have to actually steal the item and leave the store, you just go take it off the shelf and go to the customer service desk with it, when you have the receipt no one thinks that you may have just walked in, grabbed an item,and gone to return it, this actually removes most risk as when security guards see you “shopping” then going to customer service they assume you are checking out and or doing something else with the store, not that you are returning something you didn’t purchase to receive its cash value. This has a small layout but if you hit a couple of stores and manage to get some mid to high value items you can make a couple hundred dollars in a few hours.

I personally “know” people who have sold drugs, weapons, ran weapons/drugs across state lines and trafficked them on a large scale (heroin to cocaine to automatic assault rifles) every act of theft, burglary, retail, credit scheme imaginable, mugged, robbed folks, done everything and I have met people who have been involved in prostitution as drivers, escorts, street hookers, pimps, and everything in between as well as people who have killed for money and I can say your best bet for low risk is the ATM robbery at night, for just a few bucks the returning merchandise scheme, or robbing the little ice cream shop. Highest reward is the atm or local ice cream shop, lowest risk is the returning stolen merchandise. Everything else requires tome, effort, contacts, a deeper knowledge of the criminal underworld in your city and prices of various narcotics or other services and items people want or a lot of balls (hitman/armed robbery of dope dealers)

This hypothetical, right? Or to satisfy a fantasy of yours?
I figure growing or selling drugs is pretty profitable, and low risk. The profit margin is massive. your overhead is very low. You do business thru middlemen who take the risk of getting caught with it on the street.

Easy to get into: growing pot.
You need a plot of land suitable for it in a remote area. growing good pot is hard, you'd have to be a horticulturist. but growing pot that makes people high... easy. it's practically a weed. give it sun, give it water and some fertilizer, it'll grow.
pot's worth $8,000 a plant. you can d

This hypothetical, right? Or to satisfy a fantasy of yours?
I figure growing or selling drugs is pretty profitable, and low risk. The profit margin is massive. your overhead is very low. You do business thru middlemen who take the risk of getting caught with it on the street.

Easy to get into: growing pot.
You need a plot of land suitable for it in a remote area. growing good pot is hard, you'd have to be a horticulturist. but growing pot that makes people high... easy. it's practically a weed. give it sun, give it water and some fertilizer, it'll grow.
pot's worth $8,000 a plant. you can do it pretty small scale, maybe 20 plants. In a remote area you can grow it outside no problem, just fence your land off from trespassers and don't do anything suspicious. If you have a well on your land you can eliminate the two big giveaways of drug farms: high electrical use (grow lights) and high water consumption.

If you grow, care, and harvest it yourself you have virtually no overhead.

Probably won't get $8k per plant but you'll get like 2-3k. it's not bad, and it didn't take that much effort that it is to grow any other plant. I knew some people who grew it in their house. they'd average 2-4 harvests a year. if you have 20 plants, get say 2500 per plant, and have 3 harvests a year, that's $150,000.
Ok, so you're not swimming in money, but considering how little effort was involved it's really not bad.
This could be a stepping stone to cocaine or moonshine operations which are more lucrative but carries more risk. I probably would get into that eventually, most likely at the same time too. at some point i'd move it all underground.

I'm a paranoid person, of remarkable intelligence and disregard for violence. Not getting caught is easy if you carefully censor what you do and say, go to great lengths remaining secretive, and of course quietly disposing of anyone who gets too close.
It also helps if you play the role of a crazy paramilitary doomsday survivalist... that'll explain the guys in camo and carrying rifles, and truckloads of stuff coming and going, the fortified house, bunker building, barbed wire fences, etc.

The other one is to be a hitman, I heard it pays well and if you know your stuff, it has no risk. But not many people have what it takes to kill people for money.

I don't encourage this and I think you are extremely stupid for even spending time thinking about this road but purely for HYPOTHETICAL PURPOSES:

1) Fake door to door charity
-print a charity's logo and stick it onto a name tag and go door to door asking for donations
-income potential of around $50-300 an hour
-getting caught= years in jail and large cash fine

2) drug dealing
-this is an obvious one.. everyone knows Heroin has one of the highest margins of any business and you get guaranteed repeat customers
-find yourself a reliable supplier, but it cheap in bulk, chop it up and sell it
-ge

I don't encourage this and I think you are extremely stupid for even spending time thinking about this road but purely for HYPOTHETICAL PURPOSES:

1) Fake door to door charity
-print a charity's logo and stick it onto a name tag and go door to door asking for donations
-income potential of around $50-300 an hour
-getting caught= years in jail and large cash fine

2) drug dealing
-this is an obvious one.. everyone knows Heroin has one of the highest margins of any business and you get guaranteed repeat customers
-find yourself a reliable supplier, but it cheap in bulk, chop it up and sell it
-getting caught in some provinces has a minimum 5 year sentence just so u know

3) amateur hitman
-if you're okay with murder, you can make north of $10k for each hit
-do a few hits a week and that's 1mil a year
-death sentence if caught

so as you can see, there is no good future for anything related to criminal activity.

So go start a legal business instead if you want any long term money.

Very interesting question for a hypothetical discussion. Of course, I should add that I have in no way any experience in this field, so I'm just speculating here. But you should definitely look at the question of supply and demand. And I think there is no bigger demand than financial services for criminals.

I have a feeling becoming a Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad) type of guy would be very profitable. There are a lot of criminals who make a lot of illegal money, but they can't really use it unless it's laundered. You could become the guy who specializes in laundering money, establishing business

Very interesting question for a hypothetical discussion. Of course, I should add that I have in no way any experience in this field, so I'm just speculating here. But you should definitely look at the question of supply and demand. And I think there is no bigger demand than financial services for criminals.

I have a feeling becoming a Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad) type of guy would be very profitable. There are a lot of criminals who make a lot of illegal money, but they can't really use it unless it's laundered. You could become the guy who specializes in laundering money, establishing business trades and "knowing guys who know guys". Become a great "business consultant" for criminals and they'll pay you good money for your services. As a bonus, you're not directly involved in criminal activities. You're just a mediator who takes a fair cut. So usually you're never at the top of "most wanted" lists.

So in short: you wanna make a lot of money in crime while still keeping a low profile? Better call Saul! :)

Honestly probably car hopping with a ski mask and quick set of feet or breaking into a low security cash register after hours. Use your head ofc. This is about the best thing for ameteurs. You could also watch a wealthy housholds patturn for a month or 2 weeks and break in when every one is at school or work with a mask, gloves and discretion (dont get seen with your car). And sell some shit too the pawn shops. Pretty much the only profitable crimes you could do with no skillsets off the top of my head. Then use the money u got from the pawnshops and barcode your cloths in dressing rooms.

Become an (Associate) hit man,non criminal strictly covert, albeit (contractual).Of coarse this will require professional physical and psychological conditioning.A requirement to know several various (disabling/lethal) techniques in martial arts and earning a Master level Black belt degree is imperative.You will also need fluentency in several languages. To attain seemless proficiency and knowledge regarding the function and handling of various firearms including edged weapons is critical.You will also be required to endure physical and mental discomfort similar to Navy Seal (BUDS) training.Th

Become an (Associate) hit man,non criminal strictly covert, albeit (contractual).Of coarse this will require professional physical and psychological conditioning.A requirement to know several various (disabling/lethal) techniques in martial arts and earning a Master level Black belt degree is imperative.You will also need fluentency in several languages. To attain seemless proficiency and knowledge regarding the function and handling of various firearms including edged weapons is critical.You will also be required to endure physical and mental discomfort similar to Navy Seal (BUDS) training.The upside is you will (when mastered and successfully completed) know how to (without a doubt) handle yourself,feel secure and confident regardless of where you travel and achieve enough wealth to carry you,your children and grandchildren through any and or all financial dealings for years to follow.

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress".

- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
Mark Twain

Take money from people in exchange for promised salvation. Make sure to scare them and shake things up from time to time... damn heathens will stray if you don't herd them.

Don’t get involved in anything illegal. Eventually you’ll get caught, and maybe spend time in prison. Too many people think money will be a cure all when, in fact, it isn’t. I’ve known many rich people, and few were happy.

Religion is lucrative business.

Indian politician seems popular -- Lok Sabha is the pro move, but start off in a backwater municipal corporation. Bribe the regulators and muzzle the press. Extort entrepreneurs and transit duties.

Very high return, very little risk.

Here are some common activities

1.Drug Dealing

2.Boosting (Robbing then selling the items)

3.Contract killing

4.Hustling

5.Pimping