Make Money Without a Job
By Steve Gillman
This page is example number one. There are many ways to make
money without a job, and this is one of the best if you can get
it to work. I write about topics that I have an interest in and
(I hope) make some money from affiliate product commissions and
advertising revenue that comes in once I put my writing online.
This has worked for me for eight years, but I can tell you
it is getting more difficult all the time. So let's look at some
alternatives which do not involve using the internet, including
some 'fast cash' plans. Full-time businesses will also not be
included in this collection of ways. If you do want to start
a business or do something on the internet, see one of the following
indexes for all the pages related to those possibilities:
Good Businesses (37 pages)
Online Profits (25 pages)
Make Money This Week
So you are without a job, you don't have the time or money
to start a business, and you want some cash coming in soon. What
can you do? Here are a few possibilities.
Posing for Art Classes - At a local college where I
used to live they used to pay twice the minimum wage to just
about anyone who would sit still for 90 minutes while students
painted them. It could be chilly work, since you had to do it
without clothes, but you got cash that day. Check with any art
schools or colleges which have art classes to see if there are
any openings near you.
Dumpster Flower Sales - I have seen this done in several
different cities, and the cash will be in your hands tonight
if it works for you. Check the dumpsters behind flower shops
in the early evening, and collect whatever looks salable. Many
good flowers and bouquets are thrown out because by the next
day they will be getting a bit old, or because there is a bad
flower or two in the bunch. You can pick through to get the good
ones and make them into bouquets, then sell them in the street.
Try couples who are sitting outdoors at restaurants. Sell them
cheap for fast sales and satisfied customers.
You can supplement this with sales of wildflowers too. For
more about that, see the following page: Collecting
and Selling Common Wildflowers
Sell Your Blood - For more on this see the page; Donate Blood for Money
Mushroom Hunting - My friends have made more than $100
per day collecting and selling morel mushrooms in northern Michigan.
They tell me that restaurants were ready to buy all that they
could find, and they paid cash upon delivery. Morels and other
mushrooms that can be easily sold have a limited season, and
you have to learn where the best harvesting locations are, but
if it happens to be the right time as you read this, and you
live in the right area, you could have a handful of twenty dollar
bills in a few hours.
Give Rides - If you live in a busy city and own a car
you can probably make some money offering rides to people for
less than the price of a taxi. It is done all the time in New
York. Typically, with this kind of service, you pick up additional
riders as you go, to maximize the revenue. As long as they get
to their destinations in a reasonable time customers are usually
okay with this--as long as you cost less than traditional taxis.
One note; you might need a healthy disrespect for the law to
make money in this way.
For really fast ways to pocket some cash, see; How
to Make Money in an Hour
More Ways to Make Money Without a Job
Here are some plans that won't bring in the income quite as
fast, but they still do not require getting a job or starting
a formal business.
Street Magic - This one takes some practice, unless
you are already a magician. But the books you need to study the
craft are available for free at your local library, and there
is a ton of information online as well. You have to learn to
"work" an audience and ask for those dollars in your
hat. You might also try buying or creating the most outlandish
costume you can, so you can charge a dollar or two for people
to have their photo taken with you. Work busy city centers and
events. I met a street magician who claims to have made $2,000
in during the week of the Strurgis Motorcycle Rally.
Junk Picking - People are always throwing away perfectly
good things. You can look through their dumpsters, but it works
best if you do this during city-sponsored spring cleanups, when
everything is just put out by the curbs. Gather anything that
seems salable (even if it needs cleaning first), and have a rummage
sale. You might also sell individual items by way of advertising
on Craiglist or to local pawn shops.
Invest in Your Friends - If you have friends who have
the right knowledge, and you have access to money (even if only
through credit card advances), you can buy and sell things for
a profit. For example, if a friend really knows about lawn tractors,
he might be able to find one for sale for $200 that could be
sold for $800. Provide the money and let him "flip"
the item for a $600 profit that you split between you.