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

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-26
  • Publisher: Wiley
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The book will cover dozens of fascinating and creative#xA0;ways to make money in business with very little competition, as an employee, in business, and (occasionally) as an investor.#xA0; Using true stories, the author's own experiences, and extensive research, readers will be introduced to unusual and sometimes dirty jobs and businesses, many of which they have not heard of or read about previously.#xA0; The approach will be to provide entertaining information along the lines of the Discovery Channel television program "Dirty Jobs," but there will be two distinct differences.#xA0; First, the emphasis will be on ways to make money which are accessible to the average person. The jobs and businesses in this book will be possible and practical for most people.#xA0; Second, emphasis will be placed on how to make good money. It may be easy to start a business cleaning up dog droppings from homeowners yards, and it may be entertaining to read about a business like this, but that's not enough. In this case, for example, the reader would be introduced to the concept of eventually scaling up and hiring employees, then contracting to clean out animal shelters. A "Where The Money Is" section will be included at the end of each selection, to suggest ways to make more than a little extra cash or even more than just a living.#xA0; Sample jobs include: Crime-scene cleaning business Part-time street vending Septic cleaning industry Selling podcasts online Setting up surplus goods sales

Author Biography

Steve Gillman legally stole cars in the middle of the night while working as a repo-man. He has made money dealing blackjack, renting out rooms in his house, installing restaurant equipment, playing chess, selling mobile homes, assembling muffler brackets, hawking used stuffed animals at flea markets—and the list goes on. Eventually finding his entrepreneurial niche online, he has been writing for years about unusual jobs and businesses.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part One

Chapter 1 Stealing Cars for Fun and Profit: Auto Repossession 5

Chapter 2 Drinking on the Job: Specialty Beer Brewer 7

Chapter 3 Creating Beauty and the Beast: Makeup Artist 9

Chapter 4 Count to Twenty-One: Casino Dealer 11

Chapter 5 Magic Money: Part-Time Magician 13

Chapter 6 Exploding on the Job: Demolition Worker 15

Chapter 7 Maybe It’s Not So Funny: Rodeo Clown 17

Chapter 8 The Business of Chasing Criminals: Bounty-Hunter 19

Chapter 9 Hilarious Income: Niche Comedian 21

Chapter 10 Juggling Burning Bowling Pins: Street Performer 23

Chapter 11 Digging Up Old Coins: Metal Detecting 25

Part Two

Chapter 12 Have Fun Frightening Geese: Golf Course Bird

Remover 29

Chapter 13 Killing Small Trees: Christmas Tree Seller 31

Chapter 14 Swimming at the Golf Course: Golf Ball Recoverer 33

Chapter 15 Medicating Maple Trees: Tree Surgeon 35

Chapter 16 Chop Wood, Make Money: Specialty Firewood Seller 37

Chapter 17 Wintertime Profits: Rooftop Snow Remover 39

Chapter 18 Paid to Exercise: Bicycle-Taxi Driver 41

Chapter 19 Your Product Cost Is Zero: Worm Grunting and Farming 43

Part Three

Chapter 20 Jiminy Cricket!: Cricket-Farmer 49

Chapter 21 Mopping Up Brains: Crime-Scene Cleaner 51

Chapter 22 Pumping Poop: Septic Cleaner 53

Chapter 23 Traveling Grease Monkey: Mobile Oil-Changer 55

Chapter 24 Another Pooportunity: Diaper-Cleaning Service 57

Chapter 25 Preparing the Way for Santa: Chimney Sweep 59

Chapter 26 CapturingWild Animals: Animal-Control Specialist 61

Chapter 27 Clean Up with This Dirty Job: Garbage and Junk Hauler 63

Chapter 28 Work in a Sewer: Wastewater-Treatment Worker 65

Chapter 29 Perhaps the Stinkiest Job?: Maggot Farmer 67

Chapter 30 Blood-Sucking Profits: Leeches 69

Part Four

Chapter 31 A Laptop in Bangkok: Selling Writing Services from Anywhere 75

Chapter 32 Get Rich with Unreal Estate: Virtual Worlds 77

Chapter 33 Give It Away and Make It Pay: Profit from E-Books 79

Chapter 34 Automatic Profits from Writing: Auto-Responder E-Mail Newsletters 81

Chapter 35 Paid to Write about Feet: Niche Blogs 83

Chapter 36 Be Master of Your Domains: Internet Names Buyer and Seller 85

Chapter 37 What’s Your Opinion Worth?: Online Product- Reviewing 87

Part Five

Chapter 38 Green Death: Environmentally Friendly Funerals 93

Chapter 39 Sleep on This Idea: Recycling Mattresses 95

Chapter 40 Computer Garbage Man: Electronic-Waste Recycling 97

Chapter 41 Be an Oil-Tank Tycoon: Old Fuel-Tank Remover 99

Chapter 42 Cash from Catalytic Converters: Scrap Metals Salvager and Seller 101

Chapter 43 Solar-Roasted Coffee: Unique Green Foods and Drinks Seller 103

Part Six

Chapter 44 Be a Home-Based Slumlord: Room Renter to Friends 109

Chapter 45 Driving Home Your Profits: Used Car Seller from Your Yard 111

Chapter 46 Making People Pay: Judgment Enforcer 113

Chapter 47 Big Money in Metal Houses: Mobile Homes Flipper 115

Chapter 48 Judging a Book by Its Cover: Used Book Seller from Home 117

Chapter 49 Sell Your Dating, Design, or Dog Expertise: Specialty Consulting 119

Chapter 50 Staying Home Monday Morning: Virtual Assistant 121

Part Seven

Chapter 51 Handicapped Kids and Other Day-Care Niches: Specialty Day Care 127

Chapter 52 The Life of a Traveling Bartender: Drink Server 129

Chapter 53 Professor without a Degree: Noncredit College Teacher 131

Chapter 54 Coming into the Closet: Home-Organizing Consultant 133

Chapter 55 Students Pay You $50 per Hour: Specialized Tutor 135

Chapter 56 Prepping Grandpa’s Condo: Senior Services Provider 137

Chapter 57 Paid to Travel the World: English Teacher

Overseas 139

Part Eight

Chapter 58 Hooking Up Lady and the Tramp: Dog Breeder 143

Chapter 59 Making Pets Beautiful: Mobile Pet Groomer 145

Chapter 60 Paid to Visit Animals: Pet Sitter 147

Chapter 61 It’s a Walk in the Park: Dog-Walker 149

Chapter 62 Managing Noah’s Ark: Animal-Boarder 151

Chapter 63 A Car Full of Animals: Pet-Taxi Service 153

Chapter 64 Sit, Fetch, and Roll Over: Animal Trainer 155

Chapter 65 Caging Wild Kittens: Cat Enclosures 157

Part Nine

Chapter 66 Bird-Poop Earrings: Unique Jewelry 161

Chapter 67 You’ll Like the Sound of This: Voice-Over Work 163

Chapter 68 Paint Yourself a Profit: Mural-Painter 165

Chapter 69 Putting Antlers on Dogs: Gadgets and Gifts Inventor 167

Chapter 70 A Burning Desire to Create?: Aromatherapy-Candle Maker 169

Chapter 71 Carving Out a Niche: Walking Sticks 171

Chapter 72 Profits from Painting People: Temporary Tattoos 173

Part Ten

Chapter 73 I See Dead People Profits: Estate Goods 179

Chapter 74 Their Loss Is Your Gain: Storage Unit Auctioner 181

Chapter 75 The Middleman Always Gets His Cut: Liquidation Broker 183

Chapter 76 Barber Chairs and Other Opportunities: Used and Unusual Furniture Seller 185

Chapter 77 Finding New Owners for Old Shirts: Used Clothing Seller 187

Chapter 78 One Man’s Trash: Antique Treasure Hunter 189

Chapter 79 A Little Here and a Little There: Rack Merchandiser 191

Chapter 80 A Store with No Overhead: Flea-Market Dollar Store 193

Chapter 81 Profiting from the End Times: Survival Supplies and More Seller 195

Part Eleven

Chapter 82 Sucking Up Dirt: Specialty Carpet Care 201

Chapter 83 Get Paid by the Banks: Foreclosure Cleaner 203

Chapter 84 The Money Is in the Details: Auto-Detailing Niches 205

Chapter 85 Cleaning Up after Trash Collectors: Garbage-Truck Washer 207

Chapter 86 Cleaning Up after Carnies: Event Cleanup Worker 209

Part Twelve

Chapter 87 Be a Human Guinea Pig: Medical Research Subject 215

Chapter 88 Deep-Fried Butter: Unique Food Concession Businesses 217

Chapter 89 Secretly Watching People: Surveillance Worker 219

Chapter 90 The Parts Are Greater Than the Whole: Junkyard Business 221

Chapter 91 You’ve Got Their Number: House-Number Curb-Painter 223

Chapter 92 Playing with Plastic People: Mannequin Business 225

Chapter 93 A Sweet Job: Chocolatier 227

Chapter 94 Putting It All on the Table: Tabletop Advertiser 229

Chapter 95 Small Cracks Equal Big Profits: Mobile Windshield Repairer 231

Chapter 96 Driving Other People’s Cars: Contract Chauffeur 233

Chapter 97 Making Room for More Stuff: Shed-Installation Business 235

Chapter 98 Rugs for Students: Necessities Renter to College Students 237

Chapter 99 Beating the House: Gambler 239

Chapter 100 What to Do with an IOU: Note-Broker 241

Chapter 101 Animal Poop Coffee Anyone?: Rare and Unusual Foods Seller 243

Index 245

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