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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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      DR RUZA 2 years ago

      GREAT

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      Michael P. Hatton 3 years ago from Michigan

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      MYWIKISTEP 4 years ago

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

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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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      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 5 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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      Green Art 5 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 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      monicamelendez 5 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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      umeraziz 5 years ago

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

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      Surecome 5 years ago

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

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great hub Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      Wow, some creative ideas you have here.

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      Jason Smith 5 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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      marketingbloke 5 years ago

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

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      Sranunta Lamduan 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I like your ideas!! :)

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      Rod Elmore 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great Hub. Thank you.

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      denism 5 years ago from Sweden

      Very informative hub and practical during this challenging year 2012

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      Samugit2 5 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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      mrqice 5 years ago

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

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      lupine 5 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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      Nancy McClintock 5 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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      moneytoplist 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      Green Dog VT 5 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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      superpipoy 5 years ago

      Yes. That is true!

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

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

      Inspirational and informative hub.

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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi all, thank you for your great comments!

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 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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      whowas 5 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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      ThussaysNanaMarie 5 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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      bezy b bezy 5 years ago

      Great idea's and a great Hub!

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      Veronica 5 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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      kumar24894 5 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

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

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Great ideas to inspire. Thanks for great thinking!

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      Time2Spare 5 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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      johnakc 5 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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      Chen Suen 5 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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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      GREAT HUB !!!

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      isaga 5 years ago

      Nice and interesting hub.

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      Felix J Hernandez 5 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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      tenthingz 5 years ago from somewhere in middle America

      Some interesting and unique ideas. Thanks.

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      superpipoy 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      superpipoy 5 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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      myfbags 5 years ago

      This idea looks pretty good……

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      iefox5 5 years ago

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

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      John R Wilsdon 5 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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      Nicky Starr 5 years ago from Florida, USA

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

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      Amit Mittal 5 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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      nmdonders 5 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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      superpipoy 5 years ago

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

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      masmasika 5 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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      johnsmitht 5 years ago

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

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      ramerican 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      BritInTexas 5 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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      cherylvanhoorn 5 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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      creativespirit63 5 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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      axakor 5 years ago

      Awesome Hub...

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      tabbykern 5 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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      Glo L Bernadas 5 years ago from Philippines

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

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      cammyshawn 5 years ago

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

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      jgefm 5 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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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      Somebody explain how you make money blogging

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      Coding staff 5 years ago from Belarus

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

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      cityalice 5 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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      bibleguidejo 5 years ago from India

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

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      Jamie Jensen 5 years ago from Chicago

      Yeah for Blogging! *Woop Woop!*

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      T.B Whitt 5 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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      umakeit 5 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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      Keeley Shea 5 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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      MichaelOlsen 5 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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      Dancing Water 5 years ago

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

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      stephen kalu 5 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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      gin300d 5 years ago from florida

      Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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      jenp123 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      tipstoretireearly 5 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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      danny 5 years ago

      thanks your ideas really helped

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      johnakc 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

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      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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      A James Di Rodi 5 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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      Joe Njenga 5 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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      Vegas Elias 5 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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      A James Di Rodi 5 years ago

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

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      A James Di Rodi 5 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 5 years ago

      Thank you Ugly Honest, much appreciated. :)