10 Creative Ways to Make Money

by Josh Champagne on June 6, 2012

Just about everyone I know has experimented with a variety of creative ways to make money. Here is a list of 10 creative ways you can make money starting today!

1. Busking – Street Performance

Do you play an instrument exceptionally well? Maybe you’re a master juggler. Or maybe you have some other performance skill that is so unusual, people are compelled to stop and watch you. Why not get paid for it? Some of my musically talented friends did this in New York City recently and collected $300 in just 2 hours for their music school fundraising efforts. You can also read The Subway Diaries to discover the stories of musicians in NYC who do this full time.

2. Youtube Busking

You’ve probably never seen those two words together. Simply take our first idea of a compelling performance and bringing that experience online. If you impress people enough, they’ll share the video with their friends. Who knows? You could be the next viral video hit. I can already hear someone asking, “but where’s the money in it?”. Simply sign up for a Google Adsense account and every time someone views your video and is ‘forced’ to also see an ad, you make money. There are some folks who make a living from this. My favorite is a father and daughter team that sings pop music covers and posts them on Youtube. Here’s their cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep with… drum roll… 23 MILLION views as of this writing. :)

3. Etsy

A list of creative ways to make money would be incomplete without a mention of Etsy. In my mind, Etsy is like a hybrid creative version of eBay and Amazon all rolled into one chic website. You can sell just about anything hand made, handwoven, handspun, personalized, unique, chic, adorable… you get the picture. When my wife and I were looking for decorations for our wedding theme, Etsy was one of the first places we looked. We quickly found someone who was willing to make a custom personalized version of a product they were already selling just for us. No commercial wedding supply store can come close to the level of service we received. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and start selling your creations!

4. Wedding Planner

Why not combine your love of decor and design with your love of all things wedding? Most brides-to-be need a helping hand to plan their wedding. You could be that help. Start with your friends and after you have a few weddings under your belt and some great references, move on to planning larger venues for other folks.

5. Designing Greeting Cards

Do you love making something beautiful with glue and scissors and bits of colored paper? There are many people out there who are willing to pay for hand crafted greeting cards. When you’re first starting out, you can try marketing them through your local book store or party supply store. This is a great first job for kids. No experience necessary and you don’t even need a resume!

6. Event Videographer

Are you the family historian trying to catch on video every major milestone? Why not take that hobby and turn it into a profitable side gig? If you have a good enough camera and some decent video editing skills, you can market yourself as a wedding and event videographer. Before you take the plunge and charge for your services, you might want to try being a ‘second cameraman’ at a friend’s wedding, birthday party or barmtizvah. Once you have a few events under your belt, you can create a little video portfolio to show to prospective clients. Another idea is to specialize in specific types of events. I know someone who makes a living as a horse show videographer filming horses as they are put through their paces; then selling the video to the owners after the show.

7. Blogging Consultant

There are thousands of folks with industry knowledge from real estate to bee keeping who would love to start a blog. Most of them are unfamiliar with the finer points of blogging, though. If you’ve been blogging for a few years, why not offer your design and consulting skills to these folks? Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net is a great example of a successful blogging consultant.

8. Short Story Writer

Since the dawn of time, man has loved stories. There are extreme examples of ancient stories such as Beowulf, which may have been shoved down your throat during a high school literature class. But, we’re not talking about writing a novel or series of books here. Just a short story full of intrigue that can be published in periodicals or magazines. I have a close relative who did this as a teenager after taking a brief creative writing course. She didn’t get rich, but the extra money helped pay for things she needed. She enjoyed writing anyway. Might as well get paid for it!

9. Article Writer

While we’re on the topic of writing, we can’t overlook one of the best creative ways to make money online. Content is king because original, quality content can’t be mass produced. It has inherent value because it is hard to generate. You can cash in on this value by writing as a freelance paid blogger,  or write articles for knowledge repositories such as eHow or Squidoowhich share advertising revenues with you.

10.   More Money Making Ideas from Around the Web:

  1. The $100 Startup – Inspiring true stories of every-day entrepreneurs.
  2. Weekend Entrepreneur: 101 Ways to Earn Extra Cash
  3. 150 Jobs You Can Start Today
  4. How to Make Your Income More Passive at Frugal Dad
  5. 15 ways to make $200 quick at Christian PF
  6. 25 Ways to Make Money Today at WiseBread
  7. Multiple Income Streams: 10 Ways to Earn Extra Income at The Dough Roller
  8. 5 Ways To Make Some Extra Money at Bible Money Matters
  9. Five Ways to Create Passive Income With Little or No Money at Genius Types
  10. 11 Great Ways to Earn More Money at Free Money Finance

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Josh June 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Great article! Would like to point out that the girl on youtube doesn’t make money from adsense since she does copyrighted material. I know because I have the same problem!


Josh Champagne June 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

I wasn’t aware of that fact. In the past, I think Youtube removed videos of people singing or playing copyrighted material, but everyone’s doing it now.


Peter Fox November 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

The great thing about Youtube is that all you need is a video camera and imagination. The video camera is the easy bit! Now if anybody created a training course that was really effective on how to dream up the craziest stunts that person could make a fortune.


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