Ways to Make Money
By Steve Gillman
Exactly how many different ways are there to make a profit
or a paycheck? There are exactly 4,346,296 -- and 301 of those
were invented today. One of those methods was to use bogus statistics
to create this page (and yes, I do make money with these
But seriously, there are thousands of ways to make money.
We give preference to the more unusual ways here, in keeping
with the theme of the site, but if there is a new twist on a
traditional business or job, we'll cover that as well. Here we
gather together most of the best pages for your convenience.
Ways to Make Money - The Pages
As they are added to the site, the newest pages are added
to the top of this list, so be sure to check back for more.
to Make Money Freelance Writing - I offer some tips based
on my own experiences.
Making Ideas in San Francisco - Discover the easiest way
to make money as a street performer.
These for Real? - Or are these unusual oportunities all scams?
I look at a half-dozen interesting ones.
to Find Unclaimed Property - See if you have an account you
forgot about or a check that never got to you.
Inspiration - Making Money From Nothing - There are true
stories and cool ideas here to get you motivated.
Fame to the Dead - You might recall the sale of the crypt
above that of Marilyn Monroe's...
Entrepreneurial Ecuadorian - True stories from another continent...
Notes - Emails with comments, questions, and stories. The
latter include snow dumps, dumpster-diving, and more.
to Make Money in a Small Town - Look at some of the ways
people do it in a small town in Colorado.
and Save Money Around the House - Raise some cash today.
to Lose Money Selling Earrings - This is a personal story
about how I was introduced to rack merchandising.
Money Stuff - People will kill others for how much? That's
one of the items on this page of miscellany.
Metal Detecting Secret - Treasure hunters know that there
are times when treasures reveal themselves...
Unusual Money Ideas - Interactive cameras that users control
online, fetal greetings and more...
Things Away to Make Money? - Several ways are looked at,
including some that I have used.
Brainstorming Techniques - A couple of my favorite ways to
dream up ways to make profits and products.
Market Investing - Thoughts from an Unsual Ways subscriber.
You Make Money in a Casino? - It is possible if you have
self discipline and are willing to do the math.
Referral Service - A low-cost business you can start and
run from home.
Unusual Ways to Make or Save - Several ways you may not have
Businesses - Several good examples.
About Weird Ways - Not necessarily recommended jobs, but
Your Own Money? - Here's how it's done.
Odd Ways to Make Money
- A few selections from our other site.
Using What You Know - Ways
to monetize your knowledge both online and off.
Money Mindset - How to think
about making money if you want to actually do that.
Make Money From Death - A profitable
new business for one company.
Start a Worm Farm - Start with
very little investment and build it into a decent income.
High Prices - How they can
indicate an opportunity to make big money.
Make Balloon Animals -
Where to get supplies, what sells, for how much, and where to
Loan Money - There are some
methods you may not have considered here.
More Strange Ways
- Paid to let people break things? That's one way covered here.
More Strange Jobs - People
packer, drug tester, and more, including a fun look at jobs of
Make Extra Cash This Week
- Some of the usual and not-so-normal ways are found here.
Puzzles for Sale - Make
puzzles to make money, as in this true story from a newsletter
Money News - Some interesting
news and notes for 2012.
More Odd Jobs - Our latest page
on weird ways to make money.
5 Unusual Ways to Earn Extra
Money - Join a focus group, be a surrogate mother or...
How to Have Business Ideas
- Use this method for profitable brainstorming.
Run Errands for Money
- Use the new online platforms to get started.
Revenue Sharing - You write,
they do the rest of the work.
Making Honest Money Online
- How to decide how far to go.
Four Ways to Make Money Online
- Some basic approaches.
Income Opportunities - Definition and examples.
Ways - Links to contest entries.
Buy and Sell Furniture
and More - A survival business example - a true story.
Cow Grooming - For cash, of
Make Money With a
Camera - At a basketball game.
Selling Football Memorabilia
- More money potential than I would have thought.
Child Entrepreneur -
Starting little businesses in youth.
Land Contract Sale -
What it is followed by a true story.
A Quick Way to Make
Cash - Turning $25 into hundreds of dollars.
Selling Mortal Kombat Codes
- A true story.
Make Money in South
Africa - A few good ideas from a contributor.
Make Money with Pay to Click Sites?
- Yes, says this contributor.
Killing Japanese Beetles
- Another subscriber story.
Reasons to Quit a Job
- A subscriber's story and my own thoughts.
Sandwich Board Sign? - $20
per hour in 1979 was pretty good...
A Few Thoughts - With examples.
Money Making Websites
- Answers to subscriber's questions, based on my experience.
- Questions and answers.
How to Make Money
Writing Online - Do you want a job or business?
How to Get Rich Online
- I'm not there yet, but...
A Few Creative
Ways - Low risk methods too.
Website - A Residual
Income Opportunity - Automating an income stream.
Business Opportunities - Two kinds and a bit about each.
How to Make Money - Some
important principles to understand.
The Juggling Street
Performer - His hat was filled with bills...
Treasure Hunting - Have
you heard of these ways?
Make More Money - Two dozen
I Was a Repo Man - And they were
an angry mob.
Making Money on
the Internet - Twenty ways.
Ways to Make Money
Fast - More than a dozen of them.
How to Win at Roulette - I watched
him win $80,000.
How to Get Rich Today - Is it
possible? Sort of.
Ways for Kids to
Make Money - Unusual ways for kids to make cash.
Easy Ways - Are
there easy ways to make money? Maybe...
Waking Sticks - Here's
how I made them and sold them.
Hobbies - Make money
doing things you enjoy.
Making Things - Create extra
income with your handiwork.
Using What You Have -
Use the skills, things, and situations you have.
Playing With Money - Have
you ever wanted to be a loan-shark?
Ways - My contest page; win prizes for true stories
Real Estate Investing
- Not just the usual ways, of course.
Residual Income - What
it is and why you want it.
Create Wealth From
As you look through the list above and explore the pages,
you might notice that there are only a few basic approaches to
making money. You can work for others and collect a paycheck.
You can work for yourself by starting a business. Then there
are investments, which get your money working for you. We have
examples of all three of these basic approaches here.
But some of the more interesting methods don't fall neatly
into one of these three categories. For example, treasure hunting
is not quite a business. Buying, fixing and selling boats is
both an investment and a business. Repossessing airplanes is
a job, but is often done on a commission basis, making it more
like a business. Begging, which we recently covered in the Unusual
Ways newsletter, is something else altogether, but apparently
can be profitable if done in the right places and using the right
In any case, that is why we so often refer to "ways"
rather than just jobs, businesses and investments.