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101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs With Big Upside and Not Much Competition [Paperback]

Steve Gillman
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July 26 2011
Find creative ways to make money in businesses with little competition

Using interviews with unconventional entrepreneurs, the author's own wide-ranging experience with weird jobs, and extensive research, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money reveals unusual, sometimes dirty, yet profitable jobs and businesses. Whether you're looking for a job that suits your independent spirit, or want to start a new business, this unique book shows you moneymaking options you haven't considered.

Most of these outside-the-box jobs don't require extensive training, and are also scalable as businesses, allowing you to build on your initial success.

  • Jobs and businesses covered include cricket and maggot farming, environmentally friendly burials, making and selling solar-roasted coffee, daycare services for handicapped children, and many more
  • Each chapter features a "where the money is" section on how to scale-up and be profitable
  • Author writes a popular website and email newsletter on unusual ways to make money

Whether you're seeking a new career, an additional revenue stream, or a new business idea, you will want to discover 101 Weird Ways to Make Money.


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"Don't like working a boring 9-to-5 grind, sitting at a Dilbert cube desk under buzzing fluorescents, managing paper, or being a cog in a big assembly line machine five days a week? Then don't! Hundreds of thousands of nonconformists are earning a living in the niches oftoday's lousy economy with fun, unusual, and even weird money-making methods you never knew existed. This book will get you started on a path you'll enjoy: making money in fun, little-known ways with little cost or little training needed." —Danny Welsh, Internet entrepreneur, RealDealCommunity.com

Drinking on the job, stealing cars, and mopping up blood and guts might seem like terrible ways to make a living, but there's plenty of profit potential in brewing beer, repossessing automobiles, and cleaning up crime scenes. Smart, creative people have already made millions of dollars chasing geese off golf courses and selling virtual real estate. A master of many weird trades, Steve Gillman shares his secrets for turning strange jobs into moneymakers.

Using interviews with unconventional entrepreneurs, the author's own wide-ranging experience with weird jobs, and extensive research, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money reveals fun, sometimes dirty, occasionally dangerous, yet incredibly profitable jobs and businesses. If you're looking for work that suits your independent spirit and frees you from bosses and corporate cube farms, this book delivers 101 alternative ventures along with the keys to making them wildly successful.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Jan. 25 2012
By Eli
Format:Paperback
If a homeless guy put together a book of the ways he could rustle up some change and other crack pot ideas that are hopeless and ridiculous, this is the book I would expect. This guy is the cheapest bum I have ever heard his ideas are really bad unless you are into making really low amounts of money and or doing incredibly odd / disgusting things. I'm embarrassed to say I bought this book. Shame on me and anyone else whose wastes their money. I got scammed by a grifter
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining and Thought Stimulating Book July 30 2011
By Jonathan P Greve - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Steve Gillman does a very entertaining job of stimulating the reader's mind with some great ideas on how to make money that are of out of the box, fun, and potentially very profitable. I really like that he wrote this book out of his personal experience which he shares in the introduction. He's not somebody that just compiled a list of "weird ways to make money." He has--at one time or another--personally made money using many of the ways that he discusses in this book. As one of my mentors says, "There are a million ways to make a million bucks." I don't know if everyone of these ideas is a million dollar idea, but many of them could be if you decided to make them your focus, and as Steve says, some of these ideas will lead to bigger and better ways to make money as you implement them. If you're fed up with the 9-5 grind and not afraid to think outside of the box, read this book. You'll be glad you did. All great businesses start with an idea, and I guarantee that this book will serve as a catalyst in finding the right idea for you.
As a side note: If there are any TV producers reading this, I think this book would make a great idea for a TV show...Thank me later!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine --- easy money! Oct. 5 2011
By Richard Mathena - Published on Amazon.com
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As a retiree who still has a lot of energy, I found this book to be fascinating. Although not all of the jobs are to my liking, I am surprised that so many of them are so easy to start up!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book is just okay-I guess I expected more July 30 2011
By Laurie A. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Many of the "unusual ways" are ones I have heard about before. Unfortunately, even the ones I hadn't thought of have very limited information about them in the book. Which means I still have to do a lot of research on my own if I want to learn about the ideas. I guess I had just hoped for more than a quick overview. I would have prefered more in-depth information that I couldn't find elsewhere even if it meant fewer ideas overall. Sometimes, less is more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 Fun Quick to read Stories Nov. 10 2011
By Roch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is so fun to read. Each of the 101 sections is an entertaining read; like short stories.
We purchased it thinking our son could use one or more of the ideas presented in the book, but after reading a few chapters we decided to keep it for ourselves. It currently lives in our guest bathroom as a treat for our guests. We need to get him one of his own copies, which I think will be beneficial to him as he searches for a career. I love the way Mr. Gillman presents so many different jobs and thoroughly covers them from starting at the beginning and giving good advice on how you might advance to make more money. I also like the way he gives expected income ranges. I would recommend this book for its great entertainment value even if you aren't looking for a job, but definitely if you are searching for job opportunities you must get this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't quit your day job June 14 2014
By BBP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
101 weird ways to make money does not mean 101 reliable or useful ways to make money. Yes, while the ideas in here are certainly unusual, many of them are downright impractical and none of them are particularly well thought-out, each consisting of about 2 pages of text, with links to internet sites for you to obtain further information. If you're looking for a hobby to generate some money on the side, then maybe some of these ideas are worth looking into, but the same results could be gotten from simply Googling "business ideas with low startup costs". If you're looking to quit your day job and get rich quick with little effort, I have bad news for you.

Many of these ideas require a substantial amount of upfront investment in time, training, money, and labor, not to mention licensing and other overhead. Many are also seasonal. Some are downright dangerous or plainly stupid. Take Christmas Tree Seller. His advice? Buy a truck of cut trees... then sell them online, or rent out a lot somewhere. You could also rent live trees to people. What? If it isn't immediately obvious, 1) buying a truckload of trees and renting a lot/obtaining a street permit would require a substantial investment up front of several thousand dollars. 2) Then you'd have to deal w/ transporting the trees, retailing them, storing any unsold trees for the day, then repeating the process until all the trees are sold, or the holiday season is over. 3) doing it online would save you the cost of a retail space, but who buys trees online? Mailing a tree would negate any profit from selling it. 4) I've never heard of anyone renting a live tree. Would the cost of returning the tree be worth the hassle and expense for anyone?

Chimney sweep - dangerous, outdated. Is this 19th Century England? I don't think I need to elaborate. Rooftop snow remover: dangerous, requires investment in equipment. You also need to be licensed and insured.

Pedi-cab driver: dangerous, hard work. The going rate for a pedicab is about $3-4 a minute in NYC. That's about $240/hr before you factor in license fees, permits, equipment, insurance, etc. The fee is about $190/yr. NYC requires a minimum insurance coverage of $100,000 for personal injury and $50,000 for property damage. Do you want to be out in the hot sun and battling NYC taxi cabs? Low competition? Hardly. I work in midtown Manhattan and see pedicabs everyday. They are usually empty. Very few tourists will spend $3-5/minute for a pedicab when they can spend that same money on a guided tour bus or taxi.

He has part-time magician, but interestingly, no part-time face painter. At a recent kids' birthday party, there was a face painter. My friend said he paid her $300 for about 2 hours of work. The investment is very low in materials (probably $200 for the paints, brushes, sponges, and other materials). But you also need some degree of artistic ability (or a lot of practice following templates). Practical? Quit your day job? No. The artist at the party has a fulltime job during the week. Some of his other ideas require special talent: rodeo clown, street performer, comedian, casino dealer..

Brewing beer for fun and profit: Not practical for most people. Beer making is not as easy as it sounds and requires a substantial amount of learning, equipment, and experience. Oh, you also need a professional license to sell it. Most of the things you want to do are actually illegal. Read this book: Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front.

Read this for laughs if you must. But this is merely a random collection of hare-brained ideas, most of which can be gotten from the internet for free. If you're any kind of savvy entrepreneur, you already know not to fall for these cheap tricks and better ways to invest your time and money, like buying and selling stocks, or even eBay. But then again, he wouldn't be able to market his book, as these ideas are not "weird".
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