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10 Smart Money-Making Ideas for 2012 and Beyond

Updated on November 30, 2012

10 Smart Money-Making Ideas for 2012 and beyond

Despite the poor state of the economy, some people will make lots of money in 2012. You need to remember that not everyone these days is impecunious. What can you sell to people who still have money to spend? What service or product can you provide for them? Although some traditional money-making ideas may not pay off well in 2012, here are a few time-proven, affordable, and practical ideas that may prove to be exceptions:

1. Start and operate a useful club. The goal is to come up with a unique idea that provides benefits people would be willing to tap into. Possibilities include a food/personal products co-op, a self-defense/personal safety coalition, a board game competition club, a travel-for-less-as-groups association, etc. Clubs allow people to meet new friends, get products and services at lower prices, travel less expensively, and enjoy special privileges available only to the members. The club makes money by charging annual membership fees, selling its exclusive products & services, getting the support of corporate sponsors and from fees paid for special events, competitions, and activities.

2. Become a “picker.” Thanks in part to the now-popular TV show “American Pickers,” more people are considering this always-interesting, open-to-anyone profession. Ironically, used-stuff businesses fare better during harsh economic times. For buyers, it means saving money on things they might not otherwise be able to afford; for sellers, it means a steady source of products, customers, and, if done right, profits. The trick is to sell for more than what you pay.

Start and operate a useful club

3. Hunt for precious stones and gems. There are quarries and mines throughout the country where you reside (as well as caves, underwater caverns, and abandoned sites) where you can look for valuables. You pay a fee for the privilege of digging but usually get to keep anything you find. This idea requires that you educate yourself on the different stones and gems that may be found, keeping in mind that they generally look different when first unearthed than they do in jewelry store shelves.

4. House-sit for empty property. Buildings, condos and houses for sale (or for rent) may have to stay unoccupied for long periods of time. While unoccupied, empty property can easily become subject to arson, vandalism, illegal occupation, and burglary. More prevalent during bad economic times, burglars break into empty property to steal built-in appliances, electric fixtures, wiring, pipes, water heaters, paneling, flooring, central heating/air conditioning units, etc. You can help prevent this by moving into such property either rent-free (saving you money) or for a flat, agree-upon fee. Considering how bad the real estate market is, the rent-free option is probably the most realistic.

5. Become a blogger. Even people who never thought of themselves as “writers” have been making good money by blogging on the Internet. By writing short, informative, and entertaining articles/blogs for websites, electronic newsletters, landing pages, and the e-versions of established hardcopy publications, you can provide a much-needed, in-demand service.


Very creative and funny idea

6. Invent or create something new. Do you have an idea for a new type of food, a new recipe suitable for mass production? Maybe you or someone you know has an original recipe for a delicious cookie, pastry, pie, cake, sandwich, etc. Or maybe you can improve a product that is already out there. Apply for a patent for your idea, if you can afford the fees; otherwise, there are companies that will help inventors make their dream come true for a percentage of the profits.

7. Help people clean up, re-arrange, and get rid of old items in garages, basements, and attics. During hard economic times, people often want to get rid of extra “baggage.” Such emptied places may then be turned into rooms people can rent for storage or even to live in. You can also offer to run a yard sale on behalf of the client, either at their place or yours—the proceeds can either be shared or be counted toward the fee to be paid to you for the work you did. If you have handyman skills, you can also offer to fix, renovate, or upgrade the places you just cleaned up.

8. Run errands on an as-needed basis. Most people would love to have a personal assistant who can run errands (pick up clothes from the drycleaners, grocery shop, take children to sporting events, drop off packages, type up important letters, make calls, drop you off at the airport, answer your emails, be your personal answering service, etc.) for them, if they could afford it. You can make it affordable for them by charging one flat, per-hour fee, in addition to reasonable mileage fees if driving is involved. You can be available on a 24/7 basis (even though they only pay you for the time they use you), for a low fee being their chauffeur, secretary, answering service, shopper, researcher, delivery person, etc.

9. Get a good digital camera and put it to use. There are many Internet sites, publications, and individuals who are willing to pay good money for unique, special topic, well-taken, clear, and attractive photos. Ask professional paparazzi, if you have any doubts. A picture taken of celebrities (especially if they are where they are not expected), for example, can be worth a small fortune. Fortunately, though, other subjects/topics can also be profitable, especially if you can capture something rarely seen, amazing, useful to someone, or particularly beautiful to behold. The idea is to keep your camera with you at all times. Learn how to master it. Also, familiarize yourself with businesses/sites that buy photographs, paying close attention to their standards, photo-taking guidelines, and submission requirements.

10. Get a metal detector & go treasure hunting. This is perhaps one of the best all-time money-making opportunities. You will need to learn how to use your equipment well and with ease (which may require several months of on-the-job use); you will have to learn about and abide by laws governing this activity (making sure to always ask permission from property owners before digging on their premises); and you will have to invest lots of energy and time. The good news, though, is that there are metal detector models to fit every budget, there are always more things to find buried all around us, and there will always be land that no one has searched for buried treasure. Some of the things you can find include lost jewelry, old coins, Civil War relics, Native American paraphernalia, buried buttons and bullets from previous centuries, and hundreds of other now-valuable items.

Ten smart ideas that you can realistically put to good use, provided that you are willing to put in the necessary hard word, learning, and commitment needed!

Whatever you do, May 2012 be the year of success, happiness and prosperity for everyone!


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      Taniatravels 5 years ago

      Very informative hub! These are great ideas! Starting you own recipe club sounds like my kind of thing! Great hub, The ideas outlined here are not only interesting ways to earn money but fun as well! Thanks for sharing!

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      Good tips, maybe you could do a hub on each one of these topics in more detail such as what sites buy photos or where you can dig for gems. I enjoyed it very much.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks Tania , a recipe club is a good idea for people who enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by and the email, I appreciate it.

      Hi cyoung35, That is a great idea, and on my next hub I will do just that! In the mean time , I'm glad you enjoyed this, Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Dale J Ovenstone 5 years ago from Wales UK

      Some great ideas there you have.

      Nicely written article

      Regards Dale

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Great ideas... I really like the idea of the different types of clubs. About a year ago, in the area where my son lives, someone started a poker something (don't know the name) they travel to different parts of the city every night of the week and people come in droves, I understand. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas. Voted up and useful.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Inspired to write, thanks for stopping by and the kind comment. These are some great ideas that do work. A friend of mine actually house sits and make a pretty good living with it!

      Dee aka Nonna, the clubs are an interesting way of actually bring people with the same interest together. There are many different types of online clubs that one can create! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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      Kadmiels 5 years ago from Florida

      very useful and well thought out ideas thanks

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This hub contained lots of interesting ideas, that many different people can put to use. Great job!

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      FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      These are some great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Now for the motivation to get started.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Kadmiels, homesteadbound and FaithDream, thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

      There are now hundreds of ways to make money- whether it be online or getting out and do your thing. While some of them are never going to make us wealthy, they can offer a good way of getting extra cash and even building your experience in an area of work you’re interested in. I love multiple income streams! And of course motivation!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These are great ideas, with many that are new to me. I especially like formulating a club. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi alocsin,

      Thanks for making your way to my hub, I appreciate it. I am with you 100% on formulating a club, which is one excellent way to get people who share the same interest. I'd like to start a car club- only 1960s type of cars. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      Fortaleza 5 years ago from Fortaleza, Brasil

      Thanks for taking your time and sharing these great ideas. I would start a recipe club as I enjoy to cook and invent new Brazilian recipes. I most times try to find new trending ideas, this is a general point, always to think outside of the box! Up and Interesting.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Fortaleza,

      Sounds like an interesting Idea having a Brazil recipe club. And you're right about thinking outside the box, when it comes to ideas and making money. Thanks for dropping by, much appreciated.

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      Maximizer 5 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      Great choices! I've been freelance writing for blogs and websites for nearly two years now, so I can personally attest that the blogging idea works. Thanks for SHARING

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Thanks for the ideas, it's very inspiring. Thanks for SHARING.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      You must have really had the creative juices flowing to come up with these 10 unique money-making ideas. Thanks for sharing them; now you have my creative juices flowing.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Maximizer,

      I think writing is a great way to earn money. It does take time and patience like anything else in life we undertake, but well worth it.

      Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!

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      Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      hey... great ideas you got there.. i thouroughly enjoyed this hub. I'm voting up and SHARING =)

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Very well written hub with great information. We are seeing food co-ops springing up where we live and they are doing very well.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi peoplepower73, thanks! These are great ideas for anyone who is willing to try to are determined enough. Thanks again for dropping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      @ L.L. Woodard , thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it. There are many other ways as well but I thought I'd mention 10 for this time.

      @Ana Teixeira, thank you very much for stopping by and for sharing. I appreciate.

      Hi mljdgulley354, It is a very interesting idea to have a collectively owned food co-op . Awesome for its members to get the best value on items! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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      Adam Finan 5 years ago from Worldwide

      These are some very unique and interesting ways to make some money!

      Well done..

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      momatheart1 5 years ago from Maine

      Awesome article! I think you are very right in being creative this year when it comes to making money. Thanks for the great tips!.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Adams-ebooks, yes they are a little unique ;) Thanks! I appreciate your the kind comment.

      Hi momatheart1, thank you so much! that is very kind of you. We need to get creative and think outside the box sometimes! Thanks again for stopping by, much appreciated.:)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      What a great idea you got here! I will go for the club idea. Very useful.Voted up!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi urmilashukla23, a club is a fantastic idea, and as mljdgulley354 mentioned above in one of the comments, food co-ops or anything similar would be a great idea and would benefit all its members to get discounts! Thank you so much for stopping by, and for voting up, I appreciate it.:)

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Great ideas! I like #6: invent or create something new. I have about 30 ideas, but I do not know anyone I can trust. Thanks. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks Levertis Steele! Inventing something new or taking something and making it better would be very satisfying. I have my own list on some ideas! You need someone who can access the materials to aid in the prototype making. There are many interesting company's out there who will help, for a percentage of the profits! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      peramore20 5 years ago from Turtle Creek, PA

      Great ideas. Thank you for sharing. I've noticed a lot more people blogging for cash then ever before. I'm not quite sure if that's a bad thing or a good thing. As for you're other ideas, you provide information on some really interesting ways to make money.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi peramore20, thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! Writing is a good way if your looking to make some extra money- and you are right- many are getting into it. But like anything else in life, we must dedicate and be motivated enough. For me, writing on Hubpages is the best platform for such a goal. Although blogging is another interesting way as well and have some pretty decent results with it. It takes time, but as the saying goes 'Rome wasn't build in one day'

      Thanks again for stopping by :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Nice ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

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      lbfitness 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the useful information! A few of these methods I hadn't considered and will research further.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks jainismus, very nice of you to stop by, I appreciate it. Thanks for the comment.

      Hi lbfitness, a few of these methods are not ideas that usually come to mind when it comes to making money. But they work and are fun to do at the same time! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Casey Strouse 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Checkout Lending Club (lendingclub.com). Investing in notes here can earn you some pretty good truly passive incomes. Adjust the notes that you buy according to your risk tolerance.

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      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      nice ideas... i like the passive income ideas you have.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Loved the list of ideas some that are practical for most people and enough out there ones to push you too thinking maybe I could do that one. Great hub!

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      Rasna Aisha 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      What I like the most is your tips # 5 and 9. I always want to be an expert photographer. :) and the same time get some passive income from those what I love.

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      harishchamakura 5 years ago from HYDERABAD

      yes these are good ideas but success lies in implimenting keeping to work... lets have more ideas.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Casey Strouse, thanks for stopping by and for providing another way to earn! I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      @ MeanGreen , thank you! Passive income is extremely vital in any wealth building strategy! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

      @ CZCZCZ , thank you so much, that was very kind of you. I appreciate it. Wish you all the best!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi aisha91 , I always carry a digital camera on me wherever I go. Just in case I capture something rarely seen! There are also many sites that will pay for well taken, clear, and attractive photos. I wish you all the best in becoming an expert photographer! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      bmukherjii 5 years ago

      interesting hub. I like those ideas you shared with us :)

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thank you bmukherjii , Glad you stopped by to read, much appreciated. :)

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I have digital camera that wasn't use for any commercial gain. I now have to change that. Thanks for giving me that idea.

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      E Padro 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub with great ideas to make some extra cash or a lot of cash. Thank you for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful day!

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      smiileyfacexo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      awesome hub. Thinking outside the box!

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      Worldofwow1992 5 years ago from Michigan

      Terrific Hub! I would love to get into photography. Camera's are quite expensive! Maybe I'll start a photography club instead. haha. Thanks!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      @ greatstuff, thanks! Having a camera on you at all times is a good idea. You just never know and, could witness something rare or unexpected. Websites, newspapers etc will pay good money for them! Especially if you're the only one who captured/possesses such a rare photo! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks E Padro! Great way to make extra money, It works! I appreciate you stopping by.

      @ smiileyfacexo, thank you, that was very kind of you.

      @ Worldofwow1992, thanks! Photography is a very lucrative business. That's a great idea, starting a photography club. Maybe picture sharing or trading among its 'members'! For a small fee, more members can join in and get unique photos only available through the club! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      Evankovach 5 years ago from Northern New Jersey

      Interesting Tips! Thanks for sharing!

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      veracruz 5 years ago

      I am amazed at how much money there is to be made from being a "picker". It looks like fun but you really have to know what you are doing to make a living at it!

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      hayjay 5 years ago from Bremerton, WA

      These are all great ideas! I especially loved the mining, picking, and the metal detector racquets. I have always wanted to purchase a detector and try my luck, but haven't found the room in my budget for one. As for the picking, I love it! Can't stop watching storage wars, and would love to find myself in a similar business. Amazing Hub, thank you very much.

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      gforganesh1 5 years ago from Coimbatore

      gud one! thnkx for sharing

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      @ Evankovach, Thanks!

      @ veracruz, It is pretty interesting at what's out there and the tools available today to make money! The unique ideas or concepts that are popping up everywhere are amazing. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      @ hayjay, Thanks friend! Mining and picking or using metal detectors, especially on the beach to find rare or interesting items is Adventurous. I love treasure hunters! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      Thanks gforganesh1!

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      dBrian 5 years ago

      Good tips, blogging is def. the way to go :D

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi dBrian, Thanks for dropping by to read, I appreciate it.

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      rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi

      Great ideas here. I have done some freelance writing and did make a little money with that. I like the photography idea a lot. Always enjoyed taking pictures. Thanks for sharing these useful ideas! :)

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Very interesting ideas. The photography idea is the one I have been doing. Thanks for the hub

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      Few were impracticable but 3 were highly attractive like opening a club, photography and Blogging. Thanks for encouraging me Jangaplanet!!!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi rls8994, Thanks! Freelance writing has become pretty popular these past few years, surely it is one of the many smart ways to make money today. As a result, many are starting to take up this online opportunity. I know plenty of people making hundreds if not thousands of dollars through freelance writing jobs! Of course like anything in life it takes determination, time and consistency, but well worth it. Photography too.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, much appreciated. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi AnnaCia, thanks! Photography is really great, especially for those who are passionate and do it as a hobby, they can actually give serious thought to turning that hobby into a money making online business. It's exciting to know that you can get paid for taking photos. Or capturing rare unique shots because one happen to be there at the right moment.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I love when I get at least one new idea. You have expanded my "to do" list exponentially.

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      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      So many busy people wish for someone to pick up the slack and/or run errands because they simply do not have the time. These are great ideas and very timely. Voted up.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi samadaslam, Thanks! glad to hear it was useful. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi lpanfil, thank you so much for the comment! Ideas we think of are all worth to try! We just never know how lucky we can get. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.:)

      Hi Athlyn Green, Thank you! Running errands for others is big business! All you got to do is figure out what service you want to offer. Running an errands business can cover many services! The trick is to specialize and choose something unique so you will be able to set yourself apart from other businesses in the area you reside in. Gifts and grocery shopping errands are popular these days!

      Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      Geraldnduru 5 years ago from Kenya

      great stuff.Opportunities are always there the challenge is to find them

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Geraldnduru, that's very true! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      attitudeforsucces 5 years ago

      Hi.. very informative and interesting hub.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi attitudeforsucces, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the hub on making money in 2012! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Grace D. 5 years ago from Missouri

      I never thought about making a profit by starting a club. That is a clever and fun idea. Thanks!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Grace D., thanks! Starting a club is a very good way. Of course like everything else in life it requires some dedication, but most importantly motivation.. but worth the effort! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it! :)

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      These are great tips! Some of them I've never considered until after you brought them up here! I might have to take some of them up as "hobbies."

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      mikeydcarroll67 thanks, I am glad you enjoyed the hub on making money. Sometimes hobbies turn out to be our bread and butter! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Good Hub!

      Never thought of operating a club for profit. I'm going to have to do some more research on that one. Great idea about the errand service but don't know if I'd want to be available for 245/7 that could get pretty intrusive depending on the client.

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      Erica Martin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information, thanks for sharing.

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      wiserworld 5 years ago

      Interesting tips on how to make money. Now if only I lived by a beach where I could hunt for coins with my metal detector haha. The photo tip could be worth pursuing though...

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great tips :) Voted up and useful!

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      Interesting hub, thanks for sharing your ideas!

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      Very useful ideas, thanks for sharing voted up and useful I think I'll share it on Pinterest

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      Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Thanks, Janga

      I had actually thought about the personal assistant angle but hadn't thought to market it under that "role". Somehow "errand runner" didn't sound as effective or attention getting. Thanks for the idea. I like some of the other ideas as well and also the idea of you writing hubs on each of these ideas sounds great. Voted up and interesting!

      Lisa

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      Singaporean 5 years ago from Singapore

      This is both informative and funny! *Like*

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      very informative...............thanx for sharing such tips and expects more such hubs from you in future....

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      Reve 5 years ago from Dhaka

      Pretty useful hub. I guess my preference would be blogging ;)

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      Jenny Calender 5 years ago

      Yep, dying to put my new camera to use - -good ideas here!

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      Blogurl 5 years ago from Connecticut

      You have some creative ideas! I like the hunt for precious gems idea. I am always out hiking and will have to start looking closer at the rocks. Maybe I will find something!

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      juicerexperts 5 years ago from Mysore, India

      Awesome article about some fun ways to make money. Blogging is of course at the top of the list, for me.

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      networmed 5 years ago from SPL

      Fantastic tips here Jangaplanet. I'm actually interested in Tip#5 :)

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      delaxshi 5 years ago from Toronto

      Definitely some cool ideas presented here for how to make some extra cash. Your ideas are very creative and you can tell that you were definitely thinking outside the box, which is quite refreshing. I voted up!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      GoGreenTips, emartin74, wiserworld, Chris Achilleos, GDiBiase, gogogo, Lisas-thoughts101, Singaporean, taw2012, Reves-diary, Jenny Calender, Blogurl, juicerexperts, networmed & delaxshi.

      Thank you all for stopping by, and your kind comments! All the best to you all.

      If you have any other suggestions on how to make money in 2012 please don't hesitate, share your interesting ideas! It would be awesome to learn and hear about your money making ideas! Thanks once again for stopping by, much appreciated.:)

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      Kebennett1 5 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      You have some interesting and good ideas. I hope they work for you and I just might try one or two myself :) Great hub!

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      farru 5 years ago from Lahore

      Great Article with great ideas! I am a freelance and earning handsome amount from freelancing.

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      Some great ideas here!

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      radmicheal 5 years ago from Marseille, France

      Thanks!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks radmicheal!

      Peace!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Kebennett1, glad to hear you're going to try some out!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

      Hi farru , freelance writer! what a great way to earn. There is such a huge demand for this sort of thing!

      Peace!

      Hi Talullah, thanks for the kind comment, and for dropping by to read on 'how to make money in 2012 and beyond'. I appreciate it. :)

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      seesmokie 5 years ago

      Cool ideas :) thanks for the tips :)

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      seesmokie thanks! There's lots of ways to generate income outside the 9 to 5 grind but, as with anything in life, some dedication is always required.

      My favorite of course is - Hubbing or blogging, because the one thing everyone is looking for when they go online is – information! And if we can supply it- we will earn for doing so, which could lead to a whole new career as a web writer. :)

      PS: I also love photography and operate a useful club!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I agree very good ideas - That's thinking outside the box! Voted up and everything.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Well thank you so much RealHousewife. :) Thinking outside the box is the perfect formula for creating new ideas, concepts that are original, which may actually start a new trend- open up a new way!

      Thanks again for stopping by and your vote, I appreciate it. :)

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      jollyjump 5 years ago from Columbus, GA

      Great tip, will use!

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      dbialecki 5 years ago

      Nice hub. Good tips here. Will definitely try some of these out this year.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi jollyjump, thank you so much for dropping by, I appreciate it!

      Hi dbialecki, As I always say: the internet is a great place to earn and learn new ways of making money and with a little bit of dedication and patience, it can bring independence and freedom!

      Thanks for stopping by the hub to read, much appreciated.

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      generalbrat 5 years ago from california,usa

      Love to learn new things thanks it was use info...

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi generalbrat, thanks! There are many resources and choices out there today that offer new and exciting ways to earn money.

      Thanks again for stopping by, much appreciated! :)

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      HarperDavis 5 years ago from Midwest

      Lot's of great ideas here, thanks!

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      vickiturner 5 years ago

      Really inspirational. I'll have to find some good ways of making money. I doubt I'll get rich solely by writing Hubs!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      LOVE this hub, especially the one about metal detectors! I really would like to try that! My daughter is employed by a person who buys all that stuff!

      Thank you so much for your great suggestions! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Voted up! and and Pinned @Pinterest. Well done!!

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      Jyoti Kothari 5 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi,

      Something new, really! Rated up!

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      leros003 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      These are fantastic tips! I definitely will be using some of these to save/ gain money!

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi HarperDavis, you're very welcome. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!:)

      Thank you vickiturner! Writing is actually a good way! Including selling photography! Most people have seen excellent results with starting an only member's club. Anything you're passionate about. The Possibilities are limitless, from recipes, which can include food/personal products co-op, personal safety coalition, a board game competition club, a travel-for-less group association.

      Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Thank you barryrutherford, that is very kind of you! Glad you liked the Hub. Thanks also for your vote, I appreciate that!

      Hi JYOTI KOTHARI, Thanks! sometimes it's the things no-one really would consider doing that bring in the best results.

      Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Sparklea, Treasure Hunting! how fun is that! And metal detectors don't really cost all that much. I love the idea of hunting for buried treasure! so Adventuress.:) You can make good money at it as well!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Absolutely leros003, thanks! And what better way to save money than house-sitting for empty property! Either rent-free or pay a small fee while you get to live in it.

      Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it.

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      Donna Wallace 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great tips on saving money in 2012! It's a very delightful article as well.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi DonnaWallace, thank you so much! There are ways to earn money, if we know where to look. All that's required is a little motivation though! Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)

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      fyyonn 4 years ago

      well written and useful article

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi fyyonn and thanks! There are plenty of interesting ways out there to make money! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      Number four is great. I work for a real estate investor, he has many houses he rents out. Sometimes a house becomes empty, and thus becomes a concern. Empty houses are targets for theft, mostly of the copper pipes out of the walls. He pays someone to house sit the empty house until it is rented because it is cheaper to pay someone to watch the house, turn lights on and off and make it look lived in, than to repair damage.

      To make money you could try calling the owners of any vacant houses in your area and striking up a deal to keep an eye on it until it is rented, for a fee of course.

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      Carrie Terry 4 years ago from golden, colorado

      Wonderful ideas. voted up

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Loved this! Thanks for giving me more ideas on how I can make money from home! Voted up. Take care, Kelley

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      TheMMAZone 4 years ago from Kansas

      I think your choice number 2 is not for the faint of heart. I don't think someone can just become a picker that will actually make a profit without years of experience. Being a picker and making money at it is different then having a hobby or collection of things.

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      popup 4 years ago from Kullu, India

      Interesting ideas! Some of them are really great to make money in 2012.

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      am301986 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Good number of ideas. I will try to pick one. Thanks for sharing.

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      lioneeladams 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub you got there! I have learned a lot.. Thank you!

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      Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Nice sentiment, good trashie topic, well written and fun to read. Gotta follow your lead. Voted up Cheers F.

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      Adrian Smith 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the ideas - some really different and creative ways to make money. I am already blogging and thinking about housesitting in future too.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Bedbugabscond, Thank you! Asking for a fee to look after the vacant home is a fantastic idea! Thanks for adding that. When house sitting I was thinking more along the lines of a rent-free option or paying a flat, agree upon fee! There is lots of theft! You'r right about those copper pipes. It would definitely be cheaper for the owner to pay someone to house sit than to have it broken into. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thank you Carrie Terry, I appreciate it. :)

      Hi kelleyward, that's very kind of you, thanks! There are so many unique ways to making money nowadays! Thinking outside the box!:)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi TheMMAZone, to a certain extent yes. But try to specialize in certain items and learn about them at first, you can become an expert in no time. The used -stuff business is big business! Many are getting into it, but of course with any type of business you have to put in the necessary hard word, *(learning)*, and commitment needed! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi popup, thanks!

      You're welcome am301986! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      Hi lioneeladams , thanks! photography, blogger, picker, house sitting, treasure hunting, running errands! There are so many interesting ways to earn! Thanks for stopping by , I appreciate it.:)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi Felina Margetty, thanks for the positive feedback! I appreciate it.:)

      Hi jasmith1, Blogging is fun! Buildings, condos and houses for sale or for rent will always need to be looked after, and this is an excellent way to earn, and turn it even into a full time business! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.:)

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      idratherbe 4 years ago

      very informative and interesting hub!.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi naimishika, There's good money by blogging on the Internet. By writing short, informative, and entertaining articles/blogs for websites, electronic newsletters, landing pages, and the e-versions of established hardcopy publications, you can succeed! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      RichardKarera, I wish you all the best my friend! Whatever you do, May 2012 be your year of success!:)

      Thanks idratherbe, glad to hear! :)

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      noenhulk 4 years ago

      Great tips but I rather try photography. It is fun and I enjoy taking photos.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi noenhulk, Thanks! Photography is a pretty good way to earn money, if one enjoys snapping photos! You can easily turn this hobby into profit! Stock photography is on rise and sites like ShutterPoint, iStockPhoto, Dreamstime and many others will help get your photos in front of buyers, searching for the right photo! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      TheOracleKing 4 years ago

      Wow! this is huge list of ideas on how to make money online. Truly this is a great help especially nowadays,money is all we need. Thanks for posting your ideas in here Jangaplanet!

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      luvintkandtj 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub! I would think that world is filled with pickers not that the show airs on the history channel. I know people that have been picking for years. I remember one of my friends' parents would go into the "rich" or upper class neighborhoods on trash day. She would get all of the old furniture and toys and repair them. She would then turn around and sell them in her flea market shop.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thanks, TheOracleKing. There are plenty of interesting ways how people make money - in today’s economy! And what makes it even more interesting is that it has spawned some really successful businesses along the way! Thanks for stopping by , I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi luvintkandtj, thanks. It's really a smart way to make money. I agree with you! Many have been doing this for years. You would be surprised how some have found the best things, even in yard sales, flea markets, and antique fairs -where people just want to get rid of their stuff. Most time you pay next to nothing for these items, and sell for a great profit.

      Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      AyselNabivi 4 years ago from Daejeon, South Korea

      Great ideas, I like that. Thanks for sharing :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi AyselNabivi, Thanks! I appreciate it.

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      James Wassinger 4 years ago from Untied States

      Great hub! Hey, if you combined 2 and 7 a person could have a gold mind there. Help someone clean and rearrange some house space that's service number 1 Then when you're done just initiate service 2 by saying, "Hey, I was cleaning out the garage and noticed you had [insert antique item here]. Would you want to sell it?" :}

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      These ideas are wonderful. Thanks for the ideas about photography. Great hub!

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      luvintkandtj 4 years ago from USA

      James, I agree. I have an associate that made a business cleanin and sorting the homes of horders. Theninxe a month he will the take some of the unwanted items and host a yard sale. They split the profits with th hoarders.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi jameswassinger, thanks! That's true! I agree as well. Combine it by helping people clean up and get rid of old items in garages, basements, and attics, and you might just find some interesting treasure! Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thanks Ruby H Rose, much appreciated. Photography is huge business.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      luvintkandtj that's an interesting idea! as jameswassinger pointed out. Unwanted items. As the saying goes: One man's junk is another man's treasure! You could make a business out of it. And many are making lots of money from this!

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      Jyoti Kothari 4 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi,

      Some of the ideas very good and some are funny. Thanks for a great hub!

      Rated up and funny!

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      TotalHealth 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Nice hub. People can also save money by walking more and or using mass transit instead of paying $4-5 per gallon of gasoline. Thanks!

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      pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

      Hey, some great ideas and very interesting to read. However, as a medic, I see something medical that would be in high demand in few years time, which is treating 'social media addiction'. I am sure there would be thousands who would seek such help in the future :) voted up!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi JYOTI KOTHARI, thanks. Some idea's listed here might sound foreign to what most would consider 'conventional thinking', especially when it involves money, job, work or business. We could even say some ideas are funny, because in a sense- they are. Most are indeed out of the ordinary. But it's the unique, and even 'crazy' ideas (thinking outside the box) that create new businesses and earn money. I'm working on 3 out of this list. Thanks for stoppping by, and the vote, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi TotalHealth, I totally agree! Thanks for adding that! I appreciate it.:)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi pandula77, Thank you! Social media use is surely changing how we interact with people in real life. I understand completely, as I notice many (including I) posting status updates during dinner, or texting our friends who happen to be standing across the room us, lol. Thanks for stopping by, and adding that, I appreciate it.:)

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      mj2991 4 years ago from Pehawar

      nice info dear thanks its amazing keep hubing

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thanks mj2991, glad you enjoyed the hub:)

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      Iamsam 4 years ago

      Very interesting and informative hub. I like the 5th one.

      It is easy and can be done at my convenience.

      Thanks for sharing the tips.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi Iamsam, Thanks for taking the time to comment:) Just about anything can be monetized, and blogging is one of them! I've been doing it for years! Surely like anything in life, we gotta put in some energy and dedication, but definitely worth the time and effort. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Wonderful ideas! I never knew about that house-sitting deal. That's a neat way to earn extra money. Or save money.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hey thanks Nicole S! House sitting is interesting because it can either save us money or earn us money, by staying in and looking after the property, till it's sold, or you can charge a fee for simply looking after it ,in case of any burglars. Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      AndriyR 4 years ago

      Thank you, Great ideas! Especially the one about moving into the houses!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Welcome AndriyR, glad you enjoyed reading the hub. Thanks for dropping in, much appreciated! :)

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      reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      I think blogging is something most hubbers can do since they have the ability to sit and write in front of a computer and finish a thought or two.

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      Viviannie 4 years ago from Timisoara, RO

      Interesting ideas! I think starting a club is a very good idea because similar people get together.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi reagu, There are many different options when it comes to writing. You can write for magazines or other print media. What I like about blogging is that it teaches and prepares many to write for magazines, while at the same time earn money. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hey hi Viviannie, thanks! I Absolutely agree. Starting and running a club is profitable! :)

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      JLClose 4 years ago from OreGONE

      These are fun ideas! My husband is an "inventor" in that he's always thinking up new ideas and new ways to do things. One of these days, he's gonna make us rich! haha. :0)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      That's just amazing JLClose! Every one has ideas and dreams of making it big! If you can develop a clear model in your head and then build it, go for it. There are companies that will help anyone with a great idea for a percentage of the profits. Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      Jasmin85 4 years ago

      I loved each and every idea. I think that if everyone put at least two of these to use, poverty levels would go way down.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hey Jasmin85, thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it! Even in the best of times, one of the most frequent questions we ask ourselves, “How do I make extra money? There are so many ways! :)

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      eric-carter 4 years ago from Fulham, UK

      Great ideas indeed, nothing else to do but to vote up and wish you luck! :)

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      Coding staff 4 years ago from Belarus

      Jangaplanet, Hi! Thanks for very interesting post! It is really good that it is in top hubs.

      To speak about these point I fully agree with the statement blogging. Now every person can start it own blog in the niche he is good at. My mother has a blog about cooking and without any SEO has more than 500 people a day and earn money. Not much, but it is only the beginning

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thank you eric-carter, I appreciate the vote! :)

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      Himanshu Sharma 4 years ago

      Great Ideas.Thanx

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Welcome Himanshu Sharma!

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      comparejuniorisa 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Really useful ideas, with the actual economical crisis we have to be opened to save and earn as much as possible.

      Thank you!

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      Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Woah .. Talk about a timely topic ... Great ideas ... Thanks !!

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      luse 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      These are some great ideas that you don't typically come up with when thinking of different ways to make money, especially housesitting empty homes! I enjoyed reading your hub, jangaplanet!

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      Kimberly Shelden 4 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you for writing this hub- great idea, and well written!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      comparejuniorisa, Thanks! In difficult economic times more businesses are started than any other time, most people are driven to find ways to make extra money to supplement their income. These ideas work great! Thanks again for dropping by , I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thank you Ugly Honest, much appreciated. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi luse, thanks! House-sitting is definitely a smart way of saving money, or making extra income. And the best part: you sometimes end up staying in interesting places. It's simple, stress-free job. And with just a little marketing, and getting yourself known in your area, you then can create a very interesting, one- of- a- kind- business.

      A live-in house sitter has several choices to set his/her services apart from other competitors. A great way to do this is to leave a small gift at the end of each job. For example, you can leave a bouquet of flowers or a batch of cookies ect, and place them in the center of a table. People love seeing this type thoughtful gesture and could use your service again, and spread the word. It's a very effective branding strategy. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      You are most welcome k2jade31 :) Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Very informative hub. Giving constructive ideas in bad times is very credible.Voted you up for this.

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      Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Definitely I believe blogging is the ultimate way to make money. I am earning good income from blogging and I expect the income to multiply by a tenfold by the end of the year.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Vegas Elias, thanks! Hard economic times also present new opportunities, new ideas, concepts that work. Even if we're lucky enough to have a job, we will always worry that we might just lose it, at any moment! It's smart to create multiple streams of income! Thanks for stopping by, and voting, I really appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi

      afriqnet, and thanks for commenting! I absolutely agree and can testify to your assessment that blogging is another powerful way to generate income. We only need to stick with it, and have some staying power...not be defeated by minor setbacks (like in any other business). Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate you adding this comment.

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      johnakc 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Yes nice ideas, but these are also not a cakewalk. One will have to work hard to implement these.

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      danny 4 years ago

      thanks your ideas really helped

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      Interesting hub! Along with making some money, these ideas are also good for developing new and fun hobbies.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi johnakc, everyone requires an extra source of income, whether through a job or a part time venture. These are ideas that work, You do have to implement it… like anything in life..and learn a few things, and have fun doing it! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      Hi danny, You're most welcome. Thanks for reading.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi tipstoretireearly, thanks. We really owe it to ourselves. During hard times...trying new things, can give people a new outlook. And you'r right? develop new hobbies, or turn our hobbies into money making ideas/profit! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      jenp123 4 years ago

      Really fun hub! Thanks for this. I like that you brought up the idea of becoming a picker. You could also suggest buying storage units or left baggage like they do on Storage Wars and Baggage Battles :) I'm too scared to spend money on these things because I'm not an expert, but I know a lot of people that make a lot of money this way!

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      gin300d 4 years ago from florida

      Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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      stephen kalu 4 years ago from Nigeria

      It is one thing to give someone a fish and another thing to show the person hpw to catch fish. This hub indeed shows how one can actually catch a fish,see you at the top.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks ever so much! Board Game Competition Club, here I come!

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      MichaelOlsen 4 years ago from Michigan

      Good tips! I'd love to get into digital photography, but it is quite an investment and wouldn't even know where to begin making money!

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Great Article! I was intrigued by the running errands idea! Some people are still making good money and working, and those that are working need help with limited time to do errands. Especially career moms! GREAT IDEAS!

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      umakeit 4 years ago

      Good ideas. It is always ways for us to make money if you are creative even the environtment is very challenging. Thanks for sharing.

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      T.B Whitt 4 years ago from the Philly area

      Great blog,with a bevy of tips. I like the picker idea. I know people who also use thrift stores to find items to sell

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      Jamie Jensen 4 years ago from Chicago

      Yeah for Blogging! *Woop Woop!*

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      bibleguidejo 4 years ago from India

      Interesting article. Could you explain a bit more on "landing pages" under blogging.

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      cityalice 4 years ago

      Making money online or as a blogger is definitely a good way to make money in this age. The internet has really changed the job scope.

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      Coding staff 4 years ago from Belarus

      I'll repeat again! Blogging is the best way to earn money!

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      T.B Whitt 4 years ago from the Philly area

      Somebody explain how you make money blogging

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      jgefm 4 years ago

      Very useful hub. I just signed up on Hub pages, so it was encouraging to read this today. Thank you.

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      cammyshawn 4 years ago

      I enjoy a hobby of nature photography. How profitable would that be?

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      Glo L Bernadas 4 years ago from Philippines

      Unique, interesting, practical and doable in this very challenging times. Voted up.

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      tabbykern 4 years ago

      I actually know someone who is a picker. A husband and wife team. The husband travels the country picking up antiques wherever he can, and she sells it in an antique store. It seems like a fun business to run!

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      axakor 4 years ago

      Awesome Hub...

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      creativespirit63 4 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska

      In my experience (very limited) it's important for pickers to have a market for the treasure they are buying or they end up being more like a hoader. Some good ideas! Thank you

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      cherylvanhoorn 4 years ago from Sydney

      Awesome ideas here, Bud, I will chase some of them down with as much gusto as possible. Who isn't looking for a way of making money in this day and age?

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      BritInTexas 4 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Great advice, and some unusual, but very real, tips! Looks like I'll be investing in a metal detector!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi jenp123, you are most welcome, and thanks :) I understand what you mean! Most of us are not experts, but we learn.To make anything a success in life, we must be keenly focused and a self-starter, along with the discipline to get things going. Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it :)

      You are most welcome gin300d. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed reading the article.

      Hi Stephen Kalu, thank you so much for the kind comment. :)

      You are most welcome Dancing Water. Board Game Competition Club! Fantasitic Idea! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      ramerican 4 years ago

      i love the idea of hunting for precious gems --that sounds really fun, too. does anyone know if there are these open quarries all over the USA?

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      johnsmitht 4 years ago

      House sitting sounds like a fun way to make money. ; )

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      masmasika 4 years ago

      Interesting hub. These are all very unique and creative way of earning an income. Great share and voted up.

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      superpipoy 4 years ago

      Interesting and helpful hub. Now i have new ideas on how to make extra income. Thanks.

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      Interesting ideas I would have never thought of. I will select at least one of these to do. Great article.

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      Amit Mittal 4 years ago from Patiala, India

      interesting Information , As i'm a student i will be trying to get some money by blogging.

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      Nicky Starr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Good ideas. Too bad my work schedule does not allow for any. Very informative nonetheless

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      John R Wilsdon 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Very informative, especially the suggestion about helping people organize their garages. I don't know anyone who doesn't need that! Voted up.

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      iefox5 4 years ago

      It is important to know more methods to make money in this bad economy, thanks for sharing.

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      myfbags 4 years ago

      This idea looks pretty good……

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      superpipoy 4 years ago

      Another idea of making money through online is affiliate marketing. If you are really adept in writing and have a can really convince other people then you have an edge.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi superpipoy, thanks for adding that. I have not tried as of yet, but I've read somewhere that a staggering amount of money (in the billions) is paid out each year through online affiliate marketing, to bloggers and website owners alike. It is very interesing. Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      I appreciate you all stopping by, and taking the time to read and comment. I want to opologize for not replying individually to many of you who have left these kind comments. Some have also asked for additional information. I am sorry that I could not go deeper into the sub-content of this article and explain the details. I hope to get a new article up soon to answer some of those questions. :)

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      superpipoy 4 years ago

      Oh.. That is nothing. Actually I have been earning already on affiliate marketing. It is my other source of income aside from google adsense. You can find a lot of information about affiliate marketing on my website, but I think it is not proper post my affiliate website URL here on your hubpage. The best thing that I can do is share about my experience and knowledge about affiliate marketing. Again, affiliate marketing is also good to make money online which is an additional information about your hub information. 2 thumbs up with your hub. I hope you can share another great information in the future relating about this hub. Thanks. :)

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      tenthingz 4 years ago from somewhere in middle America

      Some interesting and unique ideas. Thanks.

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      Felix J Hernandez 4 years ago from All over the USA

      Nice. Commencing mind expansion. I tend to think at times I got it all covered then someone unique like you comes along. TY.

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      isaga 4 years ago

      Nice and interesting hub.

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      Nikki Major 4 years ago

      GREAT HUB !!!

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      Chen Suen 4 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Great hub and ideas! None of them require a ton of monetary investment. You need some personal drive and a bit of luck to be successful. I personally like the camera idea, but the competition out there must be crazy considering everyone has a camera on their phone. Thanks for the information!

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      johnakc 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Really Very Nice Tips for Money Saving.

      According to me everybody should save at least 15 to 20 percent of his income.

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      Time2Spare 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      This is a really great hub. Enjoyed reading it till the very end. You have given cool ideas and tips on saving money. In this expensive era, we do need something very useful to help us control our expense.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Great ideas to inspire. Thanks for great thinking!

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      kumar24894 4 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

      point 7 was awesome. i love to follow it. awesome ideas !!!

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      Veronica 4 years ago from Indiana

      I was trying to pick one that I liked the best but they were ALL great ideas. On the "picker" note people can re-sell their stuff on eBay or Amazon and make quite a bit of money as well. Items that weigh 13 ounces or less including packaging weight are the easiest to deal with.

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      bezy b bezy 4 years ago

      Great idea's and a great Hub!

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      ThussaysNanaMarie 4 years ago from In my oyster

      Really good ideas. Well done! I feel that in every situation somebody prospers. Where there is an epidemic or war the undertakers make a lot of money. When Lady Diana died, the florists sold out. It's just to get the right idea at the right time and not just joining the band wagon but being innovative.

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      whowas 4 years ago

      Slightly whacky, fun, enjoyable and informative hub. Maybe a club for people who want to sell secondhand photographs of gems they found whilst out on a group expedition?!

      Also, I had to look impecunious up in the dictionary, so it was educational, too!

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      Max Zvyagintsev 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hunting for precious stones and gems in lost mines and caves sounds pretty good.

      Great hub !

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi all, thank you for your great comments!

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Nice tips. At the time of recession these suggestions will certainly work.

      Inspirational and informative hub.

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      superpipoy 4 years ago

      Yes. That is true!

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      Green Dog VT 4 years ago from chester,vt

      Being a contractor myself ny new money making ideas are welcome. I think the days of working hard and thinking everything will work out are over its all about the next new idea and finding something to set yourself apart from everyone else. Thanks for the great hub it makes people think about filling a market to set them apart from others

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi anupma, thank you. It is always a good time to launch or expand a new business idea. Whether it be in a recession or not. Many people have accomplished extraordinary feats in the most difficult of times. : ) Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it.

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      moneytoplist 4 years ago

      It seems many people like your idea to make money using metal detector. I have traveled around many countries in Europe and I have seen a lot of people who use the metal detectors on the beaches to find some coins.

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      You have done an eloquent job putting into words some great ideas for producing income. Thanks for sharing.

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      lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      We are all looking for ways to make more money these days, thanks for your ideas.

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      mrqice 4 years ago

      Great tips!! Definitely blogging will be for me. THanks for sharing.

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      Samugit2 4 years ago

      Writing can earn you a lot of money by one has to be patient. I think freelancing is a good way to go.

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      denism 4 years ago from Sweden

      Very informative hub and practical during this challenging year 2012

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      Rod Elmore 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great Hub. Thank you.

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      Sranunta Lamduan 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I like your ideas!! :)

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      marketingbloke 4 years ago

      Becoming a blogger is the one that probably appeals to most here =]

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      Jason Smith 4 years ago from Bastrop, Texas

      Great hub, you are detailed which is something I can appreciate. I participate in some of the money making ideas you have suggested. I also do other types of odd jobs as well. I would like you to take a look at my hub and tell me what you think.

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      Ingenira 4 years ago

      Wow, some creative ideas you have here.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      You are most welcome Green Dog VT. In today’s economy it can be somewhat tough to make money, but at the same time, many people are achieving success and making impressive amounts of money. And they’re doing it in some crazy new way (thinking outside the box). A conventional business will not always succeed in today's economy (not for now at least). Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi moneytoplist, thanks. I love Europe, I have seem many on the beach, I agree! Metal detectors are very simple to use. It's interesting and fun at the same time you can make some pretty decent money finding old coins, artifacts Gold, Jewelry, and Lost Treasure! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

      You are most welcome nancynurse. Thank you so much, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi lupine, thank you. In today's economy we are all looking for new ways to stretch out budgets!

      You are most welcome mrqice. Thanks!

      Hi Samugit2, Thanks! Freelancing can be the perfect way to earn money in a struggling economy! I agree!

      Hi denism, thank you, much appreciated.

      You are most welcome rodelmore. Thanks for dropping by.

      Hi kesinee, thank you! :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi marketingbloke, One of the truly great things about blogging is that they're a means of self-expression. You can then earn money through it, if you dedicate yourself to it. Thankd for stopping by, much appreciated.

      Hi claudedog1234, thank you! Money making ideas are goods way to invest in yourself. Tough economic times also present interesting money making opportunities! New ideas, new concepts! It would be my pleasure to hop by your hub to read! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      Thank you Ingenira, I appreciate it. :)

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great hub Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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      Surecome 4 years ago

      Very interesting tips pointed out here. I like the part with hunting for precious stones and gems. :)

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      umeraziz 4 years ago

      helping people to get rid of old things is good idea.. scrap business industry is billion dollar industry..

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      monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

      I've made a lot of money blogging over the last few years. It's still a great way to make money!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      You are most welcome nancynurse. Thanks! :)

      Thank you Surecome, It is very interesting! Hunting for precious stones is not only profitable, but also a fun and rewarding adventure, for both children and adults alike. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      Hi umeraziz, I've never tried it, but what I can say is that the scrap metal business seems like a very lucrative and attractive way of earning. Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Hi monicamelendez, It is interesting! I really enjoy blogging on my free time. The most important thing to remember is that it takes patience and a little effort to make money from it. But like any other business, we have to work at it, but defenitly pays off! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      Great ideas here for anyone looking to make some extra cash! I've always been of the mindset to try and learn new things because you never know when it might come in handy.

      My grandmother ounce told me during a visit that I was "good at making something out of nothing," this was after she watched me make a parachute toy for my son from a Kleenex a string and a small action guy he'd brought along to play with.

      Creating one of kind items is a big hit these days too! Voted Up and Useful!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      That's great Green Art! Thank you so much for mentioning this! In today's economy, we should always try new things. It's interesting! Craftsmanship, or creating one of a kind items is a passion for many. If you're good at making something interesting (creating something out of nothing) or visually stimulating, then your hand-made objects/items could even become store-bought ones (or you can sell them online). Thanks for stopping by, and for the vote. I appreciate it.

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      Shane 4 years ago

      I have looked a lot for some original $ making tips, and this list is by far the best!

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thanks Shane!:) The limit to what we can do to make extra income is our imagination and determination. Whether we live in a big city or a small town, money-making opportunities are all around us. But! like anything in life, we need to work at it to make it happen!

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      MYWIKISTEP 4 years ago

      Great ideas, a good start to rethink ... 2013.

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      Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

      good tips - i'll be sure to try some out in 2013. Anything that generates the extra money is better than sitting around watching TV.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thanks, Mywikistep! 2012, 2013 and BEYOND! :)

      You are most welcome, Zubair Ahmed. There are literally thousands of ways that you can make money! Everyone is looking for a money making idea nowadays. Although times are tough, many are becoming more resourceful in the ways they earn money. And that’s a good thing.

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      Phoenix Picker 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I started #2 Become a Picker in 2012 and to be honest, it's still going strong into 2013. With the way the economy is going, I don't see any relief in the near future. Picking has really brought in some needed extra cash. It's easy to start, you just need to find out the secrets. Head to Google and type in Phoenix Picker or even in YouTube. You will come across me and many other pickers that share our tips on how to be successful in the world of picking. Great article with many different choices. I know at least one definitely works, so I can confirm!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Great ideas... and sometimes unique ones, like going gem-hunting. I only wish our location has a cave near our home. Some of these tips sound really fun, like treasure hunting.

      Up, useful and interesting. :)

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      A James Di Rodi 4 years ago

      Thanks, iguidenetwork!

      Gem hunting really can be anything depending upon the way one chooses to define it. For some people, it could be strolling down the sanded beach with a metal detector, hunting for gold rings and other valuables buried in the sand. While for others, it might be going to a Civil War battlefield with a shovel and sieve looking for old buttons or Civil War artifacts. And still to others, it's as simple as stopping at a roadside flea market, or a yard sale, which can be found just about anywhere. Hunting for valuables is defined in so many different ways. There really is no one solitary definition for treasure hunting! Thanks for stopping by and for the votes, much appreciated!

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      Michael P. Hatton 3 years ago from Michigan

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      DR RUZA 2 years ago

      GREAT

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