101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs With Big Upside and Not Much Competition Paperback – Jul 26 2011
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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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