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Ways to Make Money without getting a "real" Job

Updated on January 27, 2013
How to make money without getting a job
How to make money without getting a job

Sometimes you want to make a little cash without working for someone else. Maybe you just can't find a job in this economy. It may be that finding a regular job is not an option. Maybe your location prevents it, or maybe it's because of family responsibilities. Perhaps you have a disability that limits when and how you can work. Or maybe you just have that entrepreneurial spirit and want to try your hand at working for yourself. As with any business, your returns will reflect the time and effort you put in. Nobody becomes rich overnight. If you want to get rich overnight, buy a lottery ticket. If you want to find a way that with passion and hard work you can eventually replace your current income, then read on.

Become an Online Writer


Anyone can start writing online and make money from doing so. Websites like HubPages offer the opportunity to write online and make some money. To earn a decent amount of money you will need to put in a significant amount of work over a long period of time.

I personally believe that you can make a living wage writing on HubPages after about three years of solid daily work. You will start out in the beginning making a few pennies a day if you are successful, and you can watch those pennies grow into nickles and into quarters and into dollars over time and continued work of one to two hours a day.

How do you make money on HubPages? You write articles and people read them by finding them on google or through HubPages itself. You can earn some money through the HubPages AdProgram just by getting people to read your article. You can also earn money through Google AdSense if your visitors click on their ads. If you also use Ebay and Amazon you can earn money when a visitor clicks on the ad and then goes on to make a purchase.

This kind of writing can be profitable, but it's not going to happen overnight and it's not going to happen without a lot of work. So if you are ready and willing to put in some work for a long term goal click on the link below:

There are other places where you can write to make money online. Ehow, Squidoo, or if you have your own website or blog you can make money from those also, you will just have to investigate and see which will work best for you. Many people choose to write for several online locations, and some find that their online writing has lead them to some freelancing jobs.

Freelance Writing

There are several websites where you can write articles for others and get paid for doing it. Websites like Constant Content allow you to set your own price per article. Websites like TextBroker will have a lot of orders that pay about 1 cent a word. The bad thing is you lose all the rights to your writing. The good news is it's pretty easy to make $50.00 in a day if you spend a few hours working on it.

Make Something and Sell it

Many people have something that they could make and sell. Off the top of my head I have many suggestions, cookies, cakes, jewelry, crafts, artwork, photography, soap, bath products and clothes. Come up with an idea and get to work.

With work like this there are a million ways to market your product and make money. A Facebook friend of mine has a cookie business and sells them through a Facebook group. She just started this, but she's taken 6 orders in the past 24 hours. Exceptional. So you can market your product on social networking sites, on Pinterest, on Etsy or on Ebay. You can create business cards and hand them out at local businesses, and you can probably sell your goods at craft fairs and possibly farmer's markets (fresh breads and baked goods are very popular).

Once again, you are not going to get rich overnight, but you can probably earn yourself a living wage with a lot of time, effort and marketing. Remember though, just like a job, if you don't do the work, you won't get paid.

Become a Farmer

I live in farm country and so this is a natural thought for me. Most people around here grow Corn and Soybeans, although some raise Hogs and Cattle. But there are a lot of forms of farming that require a smaller investment. You can raise nearly any type of animals. A local guy raises Elk another one raises Buffalo, but you can raise and sell dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, anything. You can also grow and sell any type of fruit or vegetable imaginable. I dream of one day being able to have a berry farm/ apple orchard. If you have a smaller amount of land (say a backyard) turn it into a big garden and raise produce and sell it at farmers markets.

I once read about a small lavender garden where the lady would make soaps and perfumes and other goods from her home grown lavender. Over the years she has grown to have lavender fields and a million dollar a year lavender farm. When you dream, dream big! And the money can come rolling in! You can money without EVER working a regular J-O-B.

Start your own Business

You can start your own business, this usually takes a greater investment, but it doesn't have to be a huge investment. A small investment in DJ equipment and you can earn yourself money for years to come. You can start a catering business, or you can go big and open a restaurant or a franchise. Open a snack shack near a local hangout, or start a local grocery store.

Follow your passion and find a business niche! You can work for yourself and be your own boss.

The Money is out there - Go earn it!

The truth is that nobody HAS to work for someone else, that's the biggest misconception in life! Anyone can make money without a job, but you have to be self-motivated to make money. You have to be willing to work at least as hard as you would at your regular job. Most people have to keep their day job while working towards their ultimate self-employment goal. Expect to start small, and slowly work your way up. You can start by making birthday cakes for friends and family, but as word spreads you could wind up with five bakeries in three counties! This may mean you are putting in 8 hours at your day job and another 6 at your home job but if you deam it, you can achieve it, IF you work for it!


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      Chalisa33 4 years ago

      Well I love your hub but you forgot to mention surveys they ain't real job. No I know it's hard to find legit survey sites but I have been doing surveys for 2 years now....from cashcrate and they have been rewarding.

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      Bethaleg 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I understand what you are saying, but disagree with the title : ) Writing online is definitely a job! In fact, it can sometimes be more demanding than a job outside of the home...