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12 Ways to Make Money from Beachcombing
Why Make Money from Beachcombing?
If you live close to the beach you can start to make money from beachcombing for almost no cost. If the beach is within walking distance, and you already have some useful items at home like glue, wire, paint, and string, your first efforts to make money from beachcombing may even cost you nothing at all.
Imagine being able to earn some extra income or even start your own little home business with very little startup cost, or even with no startup cost at all. Well, it's possible with beachcombing. Materials that you could use to make a delightful array of beach craft items are just waiting for you on the beach. Think of seashells, pretty pebbles, pieces of driftwood, and pieces of sea glass as money just lying on the beach - money that you don't have to feel a little guilty about when you say "finders keepers."
Another good reason to make money from beachcombing is that you'll be out and about on the beach, getting some fresh air and exercise. Depending on how many times you bend down to pick up or to examine something interesting on the beach, you could do a lot of squatting in just one beachcombing outing, and hardly even realise that you're exercising.
Many Ways to Make Money from Beachcombing
If you think of all the beach craft items you could make from your beachcombing efforts, you should be able to think of at least 20 ways to make money from beachcombing, if not 50 or more, especially when you consider the different items you could find on the beach.
You can use seashells to make your beach craft items, or you could use beach pebbles, pieces of sea glass, or many different sizes and shapes of driftwood. You could also use a combination of these beach treasures to make your beach craft items.
There are also other things to find on the beach besides seashells, pebbles, sea glass and driftwood. You may find lost pieces of jewellery, fishing hooks, nylon, rope, and pretty pieces of dry seaweed.
List of 12 Ways to Make Money from Beachcombing
For those of you not too keen on making beach craft items, I do include a few other ways to make money from beachcombing too:
- Offer a beach photography service - check with your client if they have any specific preferences and then visit a beach or two, and take photographs specifically for your client. If you deliver or send the photos to your client on a disk, you don't even have to pay for printing.
- Take beach photographs and sell your beach photographs in digital format so that you don't have to pay for the printing of the photos yourself. You'd need a place to display your photos - even a free Blogger blog would do.
- Take beach photographs, print and frame your photos, even decorating the photo frames with seashells, pebbles or sea glass, or even making the photo frames yourself (use driftwood) and sell your finished product.
- Buy or make photo frames, but instead of adding a photo, add a beautiful seashell, piece of driftwood, some sea glass or other item you have found on the beach, like dry seaweed. The seashells or pieces of driftwood that you use in your frames should be fairly flat, but of course you don't even need to add glass to your photo frame, so you could also use chunkier beach finds too.
- Sell photo frames with nothing displayed in them, but decorate the photo frames (whether they are bought or whether you made them yourself) with paint techniques, seashells, pebbles, sea glass, or tiny pieces of driftwood.
- Sell your beachcombing finds "as is." If you can find enough pieces of sea glass, pack about 8 small pieces together (in a little box, bag or packet) and do the same with tiny pretty shells. If you're lucky enough to find some medium-sized pretty pebbles and medium-sized pretty seashells that aren't broken, sell those "as is" too.
- Sell beach crafts craft kits - offer a selection of small beach finds in a little box, bag or packet, and add some string or wire
- Make and sell jewellery - even a small smooth pebble can look so pretty if it has wire wrapped around it creatively, and if it is attached to cord as a necklace pendant. Make necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
- Use seashells, sea glass, pebbles and small pieces of driftwood to decorate a wide variety of inexpensive items or items you already have at home. Sell the finished products. Some items to decorate could include candles, pot plant holders, glass bottles, hairpins, bags, or wallets and purses. You do not necessarily have to cover the items with your beach findings - simply attaching a small seashell or pebble to an item with wire or string can be very pretty too (have the beach finding dangle at the end of the wire or string.)
- Make miniature items. Use seashells, pebbles, sea glass and pieces of driftwood to make cute miniature furniture items, miniature creatures and miniature people, suitable for dolls houses, for using in miniature garden creations, or for simply proudly displaying in one's home.
- Make items for the garden. Make cute driftwood signs for the garden. Paint on cute little messages, or use a woodburning tool to burn in the message. Make garden ornaments using driftwood, wire and sea glass (or pebbles or seashells) or make wind chimes and garden mobiles.
- Take videos at beaches and upload the videos to Youtube. Monetize your Youtube videos with ads or include a link to your site in the first line of the description beneath the video - to a beach related site that you may be monetizing with ads, or that you may be using to sell your beach craft items from. The videos don't just have to be of the beaches that you visit or close ups of the things you see on the beach - you could also video the beach craft items that you've made, or give a tutorial in your video, on how to make a particular beach craft item.
Selling Your Products
A flea market or craft market is probably the best place to start selling your beach findings and beach craft items, as this gives you an opportunity to advertise your little business for free. Advertising is important in that even if you have fantastic products you're not going to make any money if nobody knows about your products. Advertising can be costly, or if using free or cheap methods of advertising, advertising can take up much of your time.
Once many people know about your products, it will be eaiser to sell your products from home only, and you'd also have some income to perhaps start a website and sell your products from your site's online store too.
There are certainly many ways to make money from beachcoming. If you stay close to a beach and need some extra income, then use the opportunity.
Some tips and things to be aware of:
Some beaches are dangerous if you visit them alone. Share your beachcombing hobby with a friend or two, or do not go beachcombing when nobody or hardly anyone else is on the beach.
Beachcombing is fun, but do not get so involved in looking down that you don't notice an approaching wave behind you (never turn your back on the ocean) or so involved that you don't notice a dangerous person walking up to you.
Make sure you have old newspapers or plastic in the car, to protect your car from anything spilling out of your beachcombing bag on your way home.
Keep well hydrated and protect yourself from wind and sun.
Try collecting more than just one item of something particular that you find, because finding beautiful things on the beach can become such an addictive hobby that you may want to keep all your beach findings to yourself. You need to sell your beach findings (or what you make from them) to make some money. Looking for beautiful pieces of sea glass can be particularly addictive.