I am always looking out for creative ways to make money to report on for my websites. I recently found a fun one in a great little true story, written by a man who had certain survival talents and decided to demonstrate them. He was dumped in the middle of a large city with no money on him. Soon he had a nice hotel room and some cash. The things he did deserve the warning, “Don’t try this at home,” but they’re good examples of the possible.
He first went to the drive-through windows of a few fast food restaurants to collect the change that inevitably drops on the ground as it is passed from cars to cashiers or vice-versa. When he had a dollar in various coins, he went to a store and exchanged it for four quarters. With those he bought a newspaper from a coin-operated paper box, but when it was open he took all sixteen papers. I should note that he claims to have repaid the newspaper company in full after this experiment in survival.
Hawking them on the street, he sold the sixteen papers at full retail of a dollar per copy. He then took his sixteen dollars to a bar he already had in mind and ordered the cheapest beer available, and started a conversation with the bartender. After his first beer he made what is commonly called a “bar bet” with him for the next drink. Although I don’t remember which trick he used, there are many that can be learned from various books. You can make a nickel go through a hole in a piece of paper the size of a dime, for example, without tearing the paper, and there are the usual card tricks that can be learned with a bit of practice.
He won the bet, got his next beer and then got a few of the other people in the bar interested in his tricks (he knew a lot of bar bets). After a ten dollar bet or two, which he naturally won, he found other “targets” who were willing to bet even higher amounts. That evening he had enough to pay for a nice hotel and still had $5 or so in his wallet.
Some Other Creative Ways to Make Money
Perhaps you heard about the man who turned a paper clip into a house. This was a few years ago. The paper clip was apparently large and colorful, and he traded it for an antique door knob. He traded that for something else, and so on, doing a little better on each exchange. A year later he had traded up to a house, which was his goal. He meant to use it as his home, but he certainly could have sold it, making this a very creative way to make money. Here are some others.
A co-worker of mine, years ago, cut cows out of plywood, painted them and sold them from his front awn.
When I was having trouble selling an ebook I decided to give it away by email a chapter at a time, making money off the ads on the website pages where the chapters were hosted. I made four times as much income from the book doing this.
A pet detective recently started using trained tracking hounds to locate lost pets for people.
In Boulder Colorado we watched a man who juggled burning bowling ins and other things while riding a unicycle downtown. The collection he took from the audience looked to be about $50 after his twenty-minute performance.
A recent news item reported on people who are getting old clothing from thrift stores for a dollar or so per item and selling them on Ebay for up to $40. They use dyes, sequins and more to “dress them up” into something interesting.
I know of a man who discovered that he can sell old books by adding his own commentary or other content and converting them into Kindle downloads (a type of e-book). He works with books that no longer have a copyright, and sells them cheap, getting 35% of each sale made. Anyone can become an author or publisher for free in Amazon’s Kindle program.
I could list many other creative ways to make money off the top of my head, and then there are all the ones I haven’t heard of, so why not choose one or invent your own and start having fun?