5 Interesting Ways to Make Money
By Eric Hammer - 2011
With the economy being what it is, more and more of us are
looking for interesting ways to make money. Ideally, we want
ways to make money which don't involve working for next to nothing
and which instead allow us to build up our income without having
to do much additional work. Here are five interesting ways to
make money which don't necessarily require a heavy amount of
work (or at least they offer the chance to make more than meets
Kill Two Birds With One Stone
One of the best ways to make money is to do it while also
doing something else. For example, a security guard who basically
sits around all evening long watching monitors could easily make
extra cash by writing articles and other content for websites
in between rounds. After all, simply glancing at the monitors
while you're working is enough to ensure that you do both jobs
Another great way to do this is to write reviews for third
party websites of popular products where you can include an affiliate
link to a product you review. So for example some websites may
ask you to write a review of a book as part of their content.
However, this same thing would also allow you to include an affiliate
link for the same book (just be sure to check with your employer
that it's acceptable to do so).
Creating a Crazy Website
One of the most bizarre ideas we've ever heard when it comes
to interesting ways to make money is to create a weird web page.
One of the strangest is the Million Dollar Home Page. The owners
of this page had the idea of selling each pixel on the page for
just $1. The page sold out the entire million pixels within a
year and today it is considered a kind of "tourist attraction"
on the web. While a copycat probably wouldn't do nearly as well
(if it made money at all), the concept of the million dollar
home page shows that a crazy website can make money.
Stick an Ad on Your Car
There are a number of companies which allow you to make money
by simply putting an ad on your vehicle. The ads generally are
created using a wrap around technology which can be removed once
your contract is over without the requirement to paint the car.
There are some catches to this deal though not everyone
qualifies and it helps if you have a "cool looking,"
newer model car in an urban area.
Note: Be careful with this one. There are legitimate
companies which do this, but there are also scams like the one
detailed here: Get
Paid for Ads on Your Car?
Become a Professional Packer
People move all the time and moving companies charge a veritable
fortune for packing up a home, not to mention for purchasing
a box (try $10 for a simple box which can be bought at Office
Depot for $2-$3). Without a doubt, one of the more interesting
ways to make money is to become a professional packer. You can
offer your services to help someone pack up their home for moving
and charge them a third of what they might pay for the moving
company to do the same job.
Become a Kosher Inspector
This definitely does fall into the category of interesting
ways to make money. There are actually two sides of this. Orthodox
Jews often get jobs as kosher supervisors where they ensure that
food products are kept kosher (in keeping with Jewish dietary
laws) in industrial kitchens and factories. However, beyond that,
New York State employs professional "kosher inspectors"
whose job it is to ensure that the public isn't getting ripped
off. Rather than supervising whether food is kosher, these people
inspect the credentials of those who certify an industrial kitchen
or factory to ensure that they are qualified to do the job.