One way to get money is to have a yard sale and sell items that you are getting ready to toss away because you don't want them any longer.
You can always gather shells at the beach and polish and turn into jewelry.
Get cash surrender from life insurance policy.
Paint faces on rocks and sell as paper weights.
Go to a pawn shop and pawn some jewelry.
Borrow from a relative.
Go get welfare pay or food stamps.
Dig small trees from woods and sell to homeowners.
Learn names of wild plants and plant in pots for sale.
Roll newspapers up in logs, tie, dye and let dry... then sell (fireplace).
Cut up old shirts and dresses and make pot holders out of them and sell.
Cut square towels out of old tossed out clothes and sell as wiping rags.
Gather driftwood from the beach areas and sell to craft shops.
Paint old used wine bottles and sell as hand painted vases.
Go house to house and paint house numbers on curbs for a fee.
Take the lawn mower house to house to mow lawns for a fee.
Offer to dig or spade gardens for local neighbors for money.
Offer to sell fishing (earth) worms as bait - dig in garden to get the worms.
Paint house exteriors in spare hours. Charge prevailing rate.
Gather pine cones and sell to craft shops.
Turn pine cones into useful jewelry, etc. and sell to shops or houses.
Spray old building bricks gold, sell as "Fort Knox Rejects" paper weight.
Paint bricks a vibrant enamel and sell as toilet bowl displacements.
Fill coffee cans full of plaster, paint all over and sell as door stops.
Gather vegetables from your garden and sell at road side stand.
Walk pets for your neighbors for pay.
Babysit for profits.
House sit for vacationers, get extra by upkeeping grounds.
Make fudge and sell house to house.
Do typing for fellow students or fellow workers for a fee.
Type menus for restaurants for a certain amount per menu.
Read books and do reports for a fee for students.
Research any subject (in library) for $25 a page.
Paint scrolls and designs on plates or make birthday plates, charge $19 each.
Teach people to do calisthenics, charge $2 an hour and have 10 at time.
Teach dancing and charge $2 an hour, and have 10 at a time.
Learn to do juggling and clowning, put on shows for pay.
Rent out as a clown to birthday parties, affairs, etc.
Get good at telling jokes and rent out to night clubs.
Sing for money at night clubs.
Make crafts and sell them at road side yard stand.
Teach others to make crafts ($2 each) and have 10 at each class.
Bake fruit pies and sell house to house (or in stores at holidays)
Make Christmas wreaths during holiday season to sell, using discarded boughs from your own and neighbors' Christmas trees.
Make Christmas candles from paraffin wax and sell at Christmas time.
Polish shoes for office workers by going office to office once a day every day and charge 50 cents a shine - lawyers best bet here. Also see all accountants, clerks, insurance agents, etc.
There are hundreds of opportunities in the service arena offering low-cost start-ups and high profit returns. Almost all can be run from home.
If you have a garage or work building and are willing to learn a craft, upholstering, re-upholstering and/or furniture refinishing would make an excellent home business.
Order 5,000 3 x 6 commission circulars from your printer selling $1.00 items that you earn 50% commission on every order you receive. Have your name printed on them - it will save you hours of stamping time.
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