But when it comes to actually doing some of the things I think about, well, that’s another story (let’s just say being a lover of sleep and television doesn’t help).
Oftentimes I’ll think of a way we could make money, then immediately discount it because I know it wouldn’t fit into our schedules.
Below is a list of such discarded ideas. Maybe one of them will work for you.
1. Be a coder for hire.
This is where I would pimp out my husband’s web coding abilities. Often on Twitter I’ll see someone asking for coding help for their blog. I feel a rushing urge to sweep in and be their web-coding superhero-to-the-rescue.
Then I remember, I can’t code…but my husband can! We could set up shop and be the go-to place for all things web language. I’d find the customers on Twitter and reel them in. And maybe we’d charge them five dollars to fix their problem.
Unfortunately, husband A-Rob barely has enough time to do coding for me, his very own wife, so this idea is shelved for now.
2. Make apps. Lots of them.
Aside from Plants vs. Zombies, I’m not much of an app person. I find most iPhone apps are too clunky for my taste.
That being said, I have a dream of becoming an app developer. I would make the kinds of apps that I would want to use. The ones I curse the app store over every time I search for them and they don’t exist. And since there’s bound to be other users like me, I bet we’d have a market.
3. Be a weekend cabinet refinisher.
New cabinets can be expensive, so people often opt to paint their 1980s golden oak cabinet doors a crisp modern white instead. It’s an easy way to update a kitchen or bathroom on a budget.
Those who aren’t keen on getting paint under their fingernails might hire a professional to paint those cabinets. I could be that professional.
I could swoop in on a Friday night with my electric sander, return on Saturday morning for a fun-filled day of priming and painting, and then do the finishing touches on Sunday.
It would kill an entire weekend, but I could probably earn around $800-$1000 per kitchen.
4. Answer questions for ChaCha.
ChaCha is like Google for people who are impatient and/or not tech savvy. Users can go there and ask any question, and ChaCha will answer it.
If I were a really fast typist and loved searching the Internet, I could try my hand at being one of those people who answers questions. ChaCha pays per answer.
5. Make homemade doggy biscuits.
Not too long ago I was talking to a friend about how she and her husband were planning to adopt a child. At the time she was doing a lot of little things on the side to earn extra money for their $15oo adoption fee.
It turned out that one of her biggest money-makers was selling homemade doggy biscuits. Using a recipe she’d found online, she baked and sold them in batches to coworkers and neighbors. She even developed regular customers.
This is one of those things that works better when you have a noble cause you’re raising money for. I’m not so sure my coworkers would be jumping to buy biscuits to help me pay off debt.
6. Be a corporate artist.
I considered majoring in art for about five minutes once. If I had majored in art, I most certainly would NOT ever have considered becoming a corporate artist – someone who makes meaningless art that hangs in doctors’ offices and hotels. True artists see it as a way of selling out.
But since I didn’t major in art, I would totally make pretty pictures for waiting rooms. Who says art needs to actually say something?
If ever I was given the dream scenario of having six months’ worth of living expenses to buy me the time to forge a new path in life, I would give serious consideration to starting a corporate art business.
So with that statement, I’ll end this brainstorming session by asking you the same question.
If you were given six months to build your dream career from scratch. What would you do?
For more money-making ideas, see these past posts:
- A Ton of Ideas for Making More Money
- 10 More Ideas for Making Money
- 10 Ways to Make $10 or More This Week
- Steal These Ideas for Businesses I’d Never Run
This post is a part of Women’s Money Week 2012. For even more posts about making money, see womensmoneyweek.com.
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