Making Money Using What You Have
By Steve Gillman
Sometimes you don't have to look very far to find new ways
to make money. You can start making money using what you already
have. Consider carefully what you can do to profitably use the
things you own, the situations you are in, and the skills you
have. How can you make some money from these? Here are a few
suggestions to get you started...
We've made tens of thousands of dollars over the years renting
out bedrooms, even when we were living in a mobile home at the
time. We charged a weekly rate that included all utilities, making
it very convenient for students and single people. I've also
known of people renting a spot in the yard to somebody to park
their R.V. and live in it. I once converted a shed into a bedroom
and rented that out too.
Find everything you don't need (maybe half of your possessions)
and have a sale. We find it better to simply take it to a flea
market. The fee for a spot is usually cheaper than an ad in the
paper and you are guaranteed some customers if it's a good flea
market. If you enjoy the process, you can start accumulating
more stuff to do it all over again.
Closet Grocery Store
I used to make a little money running a "grocery store"
out of two shelves in a living room closet. My room renters paid
regular retail for cereal, soup, etc., which I would buy during
half-price sales. Also, selling cold pop out of the refrigerator
for 50 cents was a regular source of income for years.
Neighborhood Taxi Service
I used to pick up three or four fellow employees on the way
to work at a charge of one dollar each way. Recently a neighbor
paid us $30 to take her 12 miles because the cabbies here don't
speak Spanish (I speak a little and my wife is from Ecuador).
It may not be legal without a taxi license, but go ahead - I
won't tell. There are regular newspaper ads in some areas of
Ohio and Pennsylvania offering rides to the Amish residents,
because most Amish will ride in cars but will not own or drive
Selling Your Knowledge
Do you know a lot about something? I regularly pay acquaintances
who know cars to help me find a good deal. It saves me money
and makes them money. Do you know how to fix computers, or shingle
a roof? Let people know.
Do you like to walk?... Take along some dogs at a few dollars
each. This isn't all that unusual, but people in some towns still
don't have this service available.
Using What You
Have - This is a whole site full of ideas on using things
you already have in new and creative ways -- and many of the
suggestions or ideas are about making money.