A Few Creative Ways to Make Money
By Steve Gillman
We were always looking for creative new ways to make some
money when we were children. My brother collected golf balls
from the bottom of a pond at the edge of a golf course, and sold
them (I wouldn't recommend doing that here in Florida, but in
the north there are no alligators or poisonous water snakes).
I sold candy from a hollow book to classmates, and ran casino
and carnival-style games for my brothers and friends. We collected
driftwood, sea shells and other natural items, gluing them together
to make artistic items that we sold for a few dollars.
But what creative ways to make money can we use as adults,
to generate more than just a few dollars? The following are some
ideas that I have found in my research and from my own experience.
Carving Walking Sticks
This is one I have tried. Using trees cut near where I lived
I made hundreds of walking sticks, some with gems inset on top,
others with designs wood-burned into them. Most had handgrips
made from strips of leather cut from used leather jackets I bought
for a few dollars each. I spent a summer selling a couple hundred
of these for prices ranging from four (wholesale) to twenty dollars.
Some artisans target the high-end of this market, with walking
sticks that start at $40 or more. Those ones typically have more
detailed carvings, and they sell best at art and craft shows
(we sold mine mostly at flea markets - not the best place).
Selling the Moon
One company sells plots of land on the moon, and they get
about $29 for a small lot, or more for larger parcels. Will the
titles hold up legally in the future? Who knows, but customers
get a deed they can display on their wall, and a map showing
the precise location of their lunar property. This company has
reportedly sold millions of dollars worth of these lots. Now
that's a creative way to make money.
Old Clothes Made New
A few entrepreneurs out there are making old clothes into
new ones. How? Start with used shirts and pants that are in good
condition, then add ribbons, beads and other decorations to make
them into something new. Dye them or splatter them with bleach
to create patterns as well. The resulting artistic creations
are sold at craft shows and online.
More Creative Ways to Make Money
( A few quick ideas)
- Have "foreclosure tours" for real estate investors,
taking them on a tour of the latest foreclosed homes in town.
(Since first writing this in 2007 I have seen this concept used
- Create a mobile recording studio in a van or panel truck.
Take it from town to town and charge people to produce a CD of
their singing, which they can buy for a novelty or to send out
to agents and record labels.
- Make a mobile "pet photo" business that you run
from the back of a van and charge people for photos of their
pets taken in their home or yard - or against the backdrops in
your mobile studio.
- Sell outdoor enclosures for indoor cats (we built our own
8-by-8-by-8 foot one for $110 in materials). These are sometimes
called catteries or catiaries, and allow cats access through
a cat door from inside.
- Create an article on creative ways to make money, then use
it to promote a website where you make money off the advertising,
as I first did with this article.
- Reuse the article as a page to generate more traffic (and
revenue) for the site.
Note: For more creative ways to generate extra income,
check out the creative
work page on the website EveryWayToMakeMoney.com.