Have you ever stopped to consider how many different ways you’ve made money over the years? Even if you got as little as $1, it counts as a money making scheme.
You probably have a wealth of ideas for making money at your fingertips and you didn’t even realize it!
Before we dig into today’s post, this is the final day of the 30 day money challenge I call Secure Your Savings and Find Peace in the New Year! If you didn’t keep up with the series, there’s no reason you can’t read this post on its own. But if you like the idea of having extra money, I suggest you check out this post for a whole list of money saving tips and ideas for bringing in extra cash.
If you’ve stuck with me for the whole series, thank you so much! I appreciate all of my readers. Writing a post every day for 31 days has been challenging, but I’ve learned a lot. I hope you have, too.
Now, let’s talk about how to brainstorm some money making schemes.
This is fairly simple.
First, I want you to pick up a piece of paper and a pen. Write down every single way you’ve ever made money. Even as little as a dollar.
Jog Your Memory
Here are some questions to help you consider your past money making schemes:
- What was your first job as a child?
- How did you earn gas money as a teen?
- What small side gigs have you done to get gas money?
- How did you get through college?
- Have you ever sold items?
- Who were your bosses?
Write it all down!
This exercise will jog your memory about the skills you have that you can put to use to make some extra cash.
To help you out, I decided to publish my own brainstorming list here. See if any of these ideas apply in your own life. Or maybe find a new idea to try!
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Every Way I’ve Made Money
- selling livestock
- cleaning houses
- seasonal gardening work
- part time government job
- part time grocery store cashier
- teaching flute lessons
- working at band camp
- substitute teaching
- hostess at a restaurant
- working at a book store
- teaching music lessons
- playing my flute at weddings and events
- full time music teacher
- selling Avon
- selling Pampered Chef
- yard sale
- selling on Ebay
- selling on Craigslist
- selling eggs
- small tasks online
- general transcription
- mystery shopping
- market research
- medical research (nothing invasive!)
- freelance writing
Use That Diving Board
Now you have a list of proven ways you have made money. Look over the list. Are there things you could do again to earn some cash? Is there a more grown up version of a childhood chore? Can you grow any of these tasks into a business?
If you notice a recurring theme (for instance, mine seems to be music), try writing up a web of ideas stemming from your strength. Use your talents to get paid. If you don’t mind doing a job that others hate to do, take advantage of that.
Solve a problem in a big way and someone will pay you for it. Don’t expect to be paid a lot of money for washing a sink of dishes. It needs to be a big problem, a big job. Think big thoughts!
Take These Steps:
- Brainstorm your list of previous jobs you’ve had.
- Use that list as a jumping point to make a new list of money making schemes.
- Save the money in your account.
This was the final day of the Secure Your Savings and Find Peace in the New Year series. Go to the bottom of this post to find all the money saving and money making posts in this series!
Brainstorming money making schemes isn’t as tough as it seems.
Pull those lists together and start scheming!
What money making scheme was your favorite way to earn so far?