5 More Fun Money-Making Ideas!
I like Sarah's post about fun ways to make money, and I thought I'd add to that list. These are more "turn your hobbies into a job" type posts, and I don't suppose that they are all viable for everyone, but with a little creativity, they can be parlayed into part-time gigs. (See also: Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way)
If you live in an area that harbors lots of invasive species, like ivy or blackberries, a small herd of goats may be the answer to gardening problems. Goats will eat anything, so why not rent a couple of them out for people who want sustainable weed-control?
As burlesque shows make a comeback around the country, I say it's time that men started taking advantage of the nude mood and make a buck by taking it all off for loud crowds of screaming women.
Women have really led the way in this field, so they might be a lot more successful at it. I've been blown away by the shows that gal pals have dragged me to over the past couple of years, but one particularly tipsy girl friend told me at the end of a long strippy evening, "You know what? If a guy got up there in overalls? With a piece of straw in his mouth? And took them off? Maybe with a tractor onstage? I'd [redacted] [redacted] his [redacted] and then give him a big fistful of cash."
Hobbies = Cash
Are you decent at your hobby? I've got a friend who was really good at gardening, and makes a bundle selling potted flower arrangements at the farmer's market on weekends. My sister makes and sells skirts on an online store for indie artists. Other people have made extra cash doing holiday-specific stuff like wreath-making and putting together seasonal gift baskets. You ever see how much they charge for those candy bouquets? I always liked the idea of selling customized greeting cards, with messages like "Really sorry I barfed in your car last night." Dream big.
Craigslist Is Your Friend
A drinking buddy once bought a lot of quality, brand new office chairs from a Craigslist ad posted by a company that had just gone under, and resold them individually at a profit of $5K. I've found free stuff on Craigslist and refinished or repainted it, then resold it for a small profit (usually larger pieces, like armoires and dining tables).
I know people who pay over $100 a week for a dog walker. Since you can do this at lunch, rent out your services to someone who lives near where you work. There's ultimately zero overhead, and think of how many credit cards you can pay off with an extra $400 a month! Plus, you're getting paid to exercise.