Creative Money Making
Everyone Has a Skill
If you can sew, cook, clean, write, drive or do any number of common activities, you can get paid for it. You do not have to be uniquely talented to make a profit. Many people are willing to pay you to do things they are unwilling or unable to do themselves. Likewise, people will pay for unique items, fresh goods and to learn new skills. The internet has provided people with easy access to what they are looking for or want to sell, so use it to your advantage. Whether you are looking to leave your current job and start a new business or make a little extra cash, you can use your skills to make money. Just remember, any of these routes take work and commitment, you will not be an overnight success. Nevertheless, given time and continued effort, you may not have to work a 9 to 5 anymore.
Driving can be tedious and nerve wracking for those who dislike fighting through traffic or driving for any length of time. Advertise to people who want a personal driver. You can offer to use their car or to provide your own. Which ever the customer is more comfortable with. This approach works better in bigger towns and cities, so make sure you are in the right area.
Another option is to drive someones vehicle cross-country for them. They may have just moved or acquired a new car, either way some people go this route instead of the bigger car moving companies. This choice is great for those looking to travel. Not only do they do what they want, they get paid to do it.
There are also people looking for safe rides. A person drives themselves to a bar or party, and hires someone else to drive them home. Bring a bicycle or a small motorized form of legal transportation with you. Something that will fit in the trunk or bed of the clients vehicle so don't have to walk after the job is done.
For all of these a good driving record and insurance is required. If you want to be paid for handling private property, you have to prove you are up for the job. You also want to reassure your potential clients that you can replace or repair any damage that may occur.
Many people are looking for unique, one of a kind items. In a world of big chain stores that carry exact replicas of all decorations and clothing, people want things that will stand out. Handcrafted merchandise offers people a variety of choices for items that may be similar but are never a copy. If you have an artistic flare or just like working with your hands, this may be an option for you.
If you want to give this a try, here are some of the more common choices:
- Wood Carvings
This list is by no means the only things you can make, think of things you would buy and go from there. Quite frankly, just about everything can be hand made, you just need to develop the skills or prefect the ones you already have. Be creative, that is the point of doing something by hand. Experiment, just because something has always been done this way or that, doesn't mean it has to be. Above all have fun, it will show thru your work.
Start a Garden
You do not need a lot of space to start a garden, and just a basic understanding of the plants you want to grow is needed. This option has the added benefit of saving you money, save some of the produce for yourself and sell the rest at your local farmers market or flea market. People love fresh fruits and vegetables, if you provide what they are looking for, you can profit. Try making preserves and jellies with the fruit you grow. These hold over longer than the produce and are also a favorite food item if done properly.
If you are not afraid of bees, consider adding bee keeping to this. Though I would recommend doing this outside of city limits. Not only will they take care of the pollination, ensuring viable seeds, you can add honey to your business. Add to that honey bees are on the decline, and you may help in the survival of this species and by extension, ours.
Teach What You Know
People everywhere are looking to learn new skills. Run an add or search through Craigslist for jobs tutoring. A quick search through my area provided requests for tutors ranging from $15 to $60 an hour in many different subjects. You can pick who you want to tutor, when, different age groups and what subjects you cover.
If you can speak a foreign language, people will pay to learn it. They may be trying to improve their job chances, be traveling to another country or simply want to know another language. Whatever their reasons, you can and should charge for lessons.
It doesn't matter what people are looking to learn, if you can do it, you can teach it. You do not have to teach kids, many adults are looking to improve or learn new skills. Find those who have an interest in and desire to learn what you know and offer your services.
I myself love to write and just realized I could get paid to do it. A lot of people need others to help make their business profitable. Others are looking to expand what they already have or go in a new direction. Companies will pay for full time writers and/or outsource to freelancers. You can even join a site that pays for user generated content, this way you have the freedom of what you want to write. The choice is yours, pick a few topics and see what you can do with them. As I am learning, when it comes to writing, the sky is the limit.
Make sure people know you are offering a service, post adds in the newspapers in your area, and post on sites like Craigslist. Show your work, you can do this by posting images, producing references and presenting samples. Above all, make an attempt, you never know if you will succeed if you never try. You do not have to follow the "normal" approach to making money. Anything you can do, someone will pay for. All you have to do is put yourself out there, and people will come to you.
© 2014 Katrina