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Updated on March 24, 2011

How to make money

As I sit here looking at my computer screen on the various sites that I have joined, I am overwhelmed by the amount of  How to make Money Online phrases that are used.  It seems like no one has anything to say or ask other than How can I make money.  Now that is either a sign of the times or something else.

There are so many ways to make money, yet it would seem that people are waiting for opportunity to knock on their door.  I was always told as a child that “If Opportunity Knocks you still have to get up to answer the door”.  We can turn our misfortunes into Opportunities if we just look into the future.

I live in a state that happens to be in the double digits of Unemployment and we are told that as of April 1st the extensions for Unemployment are going to run out.  I know some people who have received benefits for the maximum amount of time allowed, which it seems is now 44 months.  For those of you who don’t want to do the math, that is just 4 months shy of 4 years.  

More to the point, when these benefits run out, some folks are just going to have to take those jobs that they turned their noses down at almost 4 years ago.  They made more money on Unemployment then they would at a job.  So what does this mean?  It looks like one of two things are going to happen.  Either those low paying jobs will be taken or people will get creative and make new jobs.

There will be a few who take those jobs just some quick money with the hope of advancement.  Personally I feel that there will be many more who get creative and make work for themselves.  How?


Since we are in an age of computers, there are those who do some serious computer repair at home. This could turn into a lovely business! Even if it’s just cleaning out the dust! Some folks are afraid to take off the cover and do this.  Other's don't even know how to defrag their computer.


Spring is here, which almost always turns into summer (gotta keep the humor). People will want to do some gardening, not everyone has a rototiller. I do not, if someone were to come by and ask me if I wanted some ground turned over I’d be more than happy to pay them! Heck if I seen a flier I would surely give them a call. All they would have to do is turn my earth until I could work it, then maybe come back 1 more time during the summer and at the end of the season. I would be willing to pay for that, just so I could have a garden. I am only 1 person, think of all the people who would be wanting this!

Yard Work

Elderly people want flowers, maybe planting flower beds for them could turn a tidy profit. There is painting to be done.  Weeds to be pulled.  Lawns that need cutting.  Trees that need trimming.  Houses that need washing.  Yards that need raking.  Windows that need washing.  Wood that needs to be chopped for next winter. Spring cleaning to be done.

Trade or Barter

People are willing to trade or barter items for such work as well.  It may not put food on the table per say, but the items they are wanting to trade could be useful.   They could be sold for a profit or used to make a profit.  You never know what someone has to offer unless you give it a try.

I would say scrapping at this point but the amount of money to be made on scrap has went down drastically.  There is always curb surfing.  Where you drive by on garbage day, find something useful clean it up or repair it and sell it.

Not an Outdoor person?

What if your not an ‘out of door’ type person?  What is there for you to do?  LOTS!!

There are an awful lot of young mom’s who have to work at those low paying jobs just to keep the medical insurance for their children.  Open your doors for babysitting, there are a few things you’ll have to do if you want to be registered within the State you live in.  But if not, that’s ok too, just a few kids and take the payment the mom’s can afford.

Cleaning? Driving?

Can you clean?  Maybe having a house cleaning business is your cup of tea.  How about driving the elderly to the grocery store, or the bank?  They like the company and it gets you out of the house too!  Maybe they are recovering from an injury and need you to run to the store for them.  Now this isn’t going to net you a ton of money, but word gets around.

Build things?

Are you a builder?  Can you build items?  Maybe crafting things for people is your niche`.  Building birdhouses or feeders could turn a nice tidy profit.  There is a growing need for items such as dollhouses, doll beds, doll furniture.  All made from scraps of wood, so you’re not out of pocket.

Building furniture, such as bunk beds can turn a tidy profit!  We paid $600 for 2 sets of bunk beds about 12 years ago.  This was well before the recession.  These didn’t include mattresses either, just the pieces of the bed, we had to put them together!

All you can find at the stores today are cheap paper covered end tables, coffee tables and dining room tables, nothing seems to be made from real wood anymore.  What I wouldn’t give to find some Real wood end tables and a coffee table!!

Are You Muscial?

Do you play an instrument?  With the amount of parents home schooling these days music is suffering.  Are you able to teach music?  Go for it!

Can you Cook?

Can you cook? Maybe you could cook for families nutritious meals a week at a time. Because I am a fairly good cook I have been asked to do this for people. Busy Mom’s and Dad’s don’t have time or the energy to cook a nutritious meal so they end up running through the drive thru. All you’d have to do is figure out how to package it up for easy heating!

Selling jams and jellies roadside can turn a tidy profit as well!!

Car repair?

How are you at car repair? Do you have the tools do to oil changes, brake jobs, change spark plugs? Word of mouth travels fast with this kind of work. Treat your customers right and you will have so many you’ll have to keep a calendar!

Just keep in mind that everyone is having a hard time so keep your prices affordable. If you are trying to charge the prices that an insured shop has, you aren’t going to get the customers!

Trade for Advertising!

Always keep the customer in mind, word of mouth will get around.  Either you will be commissioned to do more work or you will be bad mouthed.  No matter what the job is, keep your prices fair and your work the absolute BEST, be kind and of course be honest.

How can you advertise?  Well that is where the barter comes in.  If your not computer savvy, find someone who is.  Trade them what you can do, for fliers, business cards, selling on e-bay or Craigslist.      

Open the door - Opportunity is knocking!

Do your best to see these times as an Opportunity rather than hard times.  It is your opportunity to get away from that boring job you really didn’t like into something you love to do!  Turn your hobbies into a business!  This is how you make money!

Have I given you an opportunity?  Well it’s up to you to get off that couch and open the door, to see who is knocking!  There are plenty of ways to make money, it may require some work on your part, but it’s there for you to earn. 


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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm still writing, but not always on here. I have a few irons in the fire, working on a crusade and a couple of book ideas that I have going. Money? Sure, of course this is called residual income. As long as the site is open and in good working order the money will always be coming in!

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      tom byrne 6 years ago

      hey hi im tombyrne a new hubber im a slow starter but great when i get going everything im reading by you is 4 months old are you still writing and are you makin any money out of it

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      Hubpages Hubber 6 years ago from USA

      Fantastic Article and Very Well Explained. Voted as "Useful" and gave a "VOTE UP". Thanks for sharing this useful article and your thoughts, tips and ideas and keep up the good work.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      You are most welcome! I'm glad I was able to give you a few ideas..

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      dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Thanks so much for this hub.

      Thanks for sharing the great information.

      Continue your job and provide the great information to one another.So thanks once again

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Joe Sunday - It is a little hard to go knocking from door to door at first. all you really need is for one person to say YES, and you're on your way! Just a little bit of encouragement will kick those gears in motion!

      @ AllSuretyBonds - I really try to see the positive sides to life. I've spent my life learning how to make lemonade from the lemons life has tossed to me.

      Thank you both for stopping by and commenting!

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      Great Hub with some awesome ideas. I really like the quote you mentioned. It's very true. “If Opportunity Knocks you still have to get up to answer the door”. We can turn our misfortunes into Opportunities if we just look into the future.

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      Joe Sunday 6 years ago

      Sweets, there you go again, you never stop inspiring folks.This I say is AWESOME! and to add to it, I sincerely think the challenge people face is not knowing how to come out of their comfort zones. Only sheer courage and a little bit of an attitude of 'who cares what others think or say anyway, this is my job now!' Keep inspiring us sweets.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Leighsue - Hard work is what it takes...

      @ chim4real_2006 - I try!! Thanks for recommending it!!

      Thank you both for stopping by...

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      chim4real_2006 6 years ago

      Sweets, i like reading your work. You always has something to offer at any time. Really, i recommend your works in this hub pages.

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      Leighsue 6 years ago

      Hard work helps to make money.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I can honestly say I don't like missing meals... I had to learn to avoid those types of things, or at the very least a solution to the problem.. Making money = eating... Yep, works for me.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi sweetsue,

      I think your hubs about how to earn money are priceless and so does everyone else I think.

      Thanks for sharing

      Take care


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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      As a person whose been surfing the net for quite a few years I have to agree with you!! I have always hated finding those sites that basically tell you nothing other than click here and sign up for this or that, you end up with a mailbox full of junk mail!

      I learned to do a little of this and a little of that to help out around the house. My sewing has improved as well as my needle work, so if I choose I can make a few dollars selling those items as well!! The stay at home mom is a dying breed, but we have a wealth of skills at our fingertips...

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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      chaunatye 6 years ago

      Love it! I am a stay at home mom of four, we realized that if i were to go back to work it would ultimatly hurt us more than help, so I am always looking for extra things to do to make money. You have so many great ideas here and it was really refreshing not to see those same old links to the various pay per click and scam work at home jobs.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Too, one must have a desire/drive as well!! Nobody is going to get rich off of my ideas, but they could use these as a starting point, give them a little bit of confidence to move forward..

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Courage and fantasy are the ingredients for make money. An add of ideas and tips can make it real!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      So glad you stopped by!! Yes, I only touched the tip of the ice burg with this... There are so many more ways to earn!! Just step outside of your comfort zone and think. I understand that the panicky feeling some people get when the bills are due and the pockets are empty... Maybe that's why I'm here, to teach them to breathe first, then think..

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      Angel Caleb Santos 6 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Great hub. I like those ideas that you've shared. There are ways to make some money and this hub shows it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I have confidence in the people! I believe that maybe just a little nudge will get those who need it, going..

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Susie, a well needed bit of inspiration at a time when we all need it! Thank you!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes it is, sometimes it just takes someone to give a little kick start, I hope I have been able to give it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Giovonia 6 years ago

      It's hard to think outside the box when you have been out of the loop. You are an inspiration. Thanks.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I think you hit it on the nail, willingness to try something new. The fear of failure is very strong.

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      NrwegnGrl 6 years ago from Nevada

      Great information! There are so many ways for individuals to make extra money, but it takes time, people's willingness to try something new and think outside the box, and risk. During these times, it is essential for people to consider new opportunities for making money and making money online and realize that it is possible, but that it won't happen overnight.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Speedbird - I wouldn't necessarily say they are lazy, they just need to be reprogrammed... You kind of get set in your ways at a good paying job and forget to think for yourself. I am so glad you gave me an Up and Awesome!

      @ L.L. Woodard - Yes! It's not a end all to the solution but a darned good jumping off point! Maybe once people start thinking outside the box again we can pull it together in this country.

      @ tebo - Isn't it great! My friend has been very successful in her endeavors with this. We have also worked temp. jobs delivering phone books. With 2 or 3 people you can bring in a good chunk of change in a short time. It's hard work and your sore at the end of the day, but it is a very satisfying feeling to know that you've earned it!!

      @ cardelean - The hardest thing that people are having to realize is the pay for the future jobs is not going to be anywhere near what they have been used to. Those $30+ an hour jobs are going to be few and far between. Once they are gone, they aren't coming back... But that doesn't mean we can't earn great income!! You are absolutely correct!! The greater your imagination the greater your income potential!!

      Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Lots of great ideas. Since we share that wonderful state with such high unemployment, I know exactly what you are talking about. My husband is actually one of those people. He does odd jobs as well to bring in some extra money like blowing out sprinklers in the fall and trimming trees. The greater your imagination, the greater the income potential. Nice job!

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      tebo 6 years ago

      Lots of good ideas. I quite like the idea of garage sale buying for people who are looking to make a little extra cash especially if you know what to pick up and re sell.

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Lots of good ideas here and many of them are great jumping-off points.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great hub, there are many ways to make money. The fact is that many people are just lazy or give up at the slightest hint of not getting money quickly. voted UP and rated AWESOME

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Absolutely!! You've heard it many different ways I'm sure but ultimately it's all up to the individual.. Money doesn't grow on trees and the world doesn't owe you a living... I think too it means more to have earned it yourself.

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      Jenny 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I agree with you. In life you have to make things happen. Nothing is served on a silver platter.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks! Well I am a Jill of all Trades and there have been many things that I do that can turn a profit! I have a great imagination and love sharing my ideas! Hope they were helpful in some way!

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      Chirose 6 years ago

      Awesome hub Susie. You seem very skilled in a lot of things.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ moonbugster - Thanks! Hope it gave you some ideas..

      @ drbj - Thanks - Yes, fleas markets, garage sales etc.. are great places to earn a few extra dollars.

      My friend goes to storage auctions usually can get the entire unit for under $100, she hauls it off, goes through it and sometimes makes 10 X the amount she paid for in on her yard sales alone! She also has an ebay account that she sells this stuff on!! My friend has not had a 'regular' job in the 15 years since I have known her. She is determined to spend as much time with her children as possible so she takes the oddest of jobs!! But she makes a darned good income at them. She is making more money now that we are in a recession from the areas of work she does!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Lots of really neat ideas here, susie, to make extra money. You did a lot of folks a favor by sharing them.

      For people who like to 'curb surf,' (love that name) they can also sell their 'treasures' at flea markets and swap meets - especially if they price stuff realistically.

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      moonbugster 6 years ago from Big Spring, Texas

      Excellent ideas! Great hub!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      No I didn't know that you sing. Maybe you could hire yourself out for weddings, birthdays, and yes even funerals... My mother had a specific song she wanted sung at her funeral, so we got someone to do it.

      It is possible you can write for those who need proposals? College kids needs help writing essays, reports etc... They may have great ideas, but can't quite put them into the words needed to get the good grades.

      With your cooking - Can you prepare a weeks worth of meals, package them up and freeze them, putting heating instructions on the package? Maybe you know some young families that would appreciate your cooking skills and be willing to pay for them. It would save them having to go to the grocery store and give them good nutritious meals all in one step.

      How are you at growing things? Do you have a green thumb? Maybe you could make starts of plants and sell them!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Susie: you know that I sing. I can cook. I can write. I'm very skilled in labor relations. I am willing to work and work hard for a fair wage.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Dave you are 63 not dead.. is there anything in my list of things that you can do? Create a job? Tell me what you are good at and I will see if I can help you turn it into a profitable income. e-mailing me is fine. I am an idea person, I come up with GREAT ideas... Even just some extra income for those times when you need some extra cash.

      My Hubby and I did work when we were both laid off, we made enough on odd jobs to make car payments ($512) house payment ($337) and lot rent ($315) all in 2 weeks time. Unemployment didn't pay enough to pay our bills... BTW we have since downsized...

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Times are truly tough susie. as you know, I'm 63 and I've been out of work for 3 years now. I've been forced into early retirement like it or not. Well at least it's an income, but not much of one. I've looked all over, have 4 different "Online" employment agencies helping me look but employers don't want someone my age. I've checked out some of the "Quick earn computer schemes" that's what they are schemes, scams. So I guess I am to old to be re-employed.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks! You are most welcome, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Kindblink 6 years ago

      Hm! Good Information Thanks for sharing.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Sharon! So glad you stopped by! I had to think outside the box a few times in my life. We didn't get rich for sure, but it certainly did pay the bills and put food on the table.

      @ Becky - So glad you enjoyed it!

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very good ideas for generating income here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon 6 years ago

      Great ideas! It just shows that if you put your mind to it, you CAN make extra $. Lot's of times people don't think outside the box. Hopefully, they can take 1 of your ideas & make the extra cash they need!! =)