8 Creative Ways To Make Money Today


It takes less than you think to start your own business. Actually, most of the time, it’s your passion, dedication and time that are needed more than anything else. And the best reward of all is not the gobs of cash you could make (although that’s a sweet return), it’s the awesome and wonderful feeling of being your own boss!

Here are some businesses that aren’t too costly to start. And the best thing about these is that you probably already own much of the equipment needed.

Mixer or job fair… depending how big you want it to be, this is a way to help other people and make some cheese at the same time. Rent a hotel suite or small ballroom, or you may even have access to your church’s basement. Set up a networking party of sorts. Maybe it could be a job fair or a learn-how-to event. The point is to connect people who need something with people who can provide it. Many of the things that you may need you already have, such as a phone, computer, printer and database software. Depending on your budget, you can hire a speaker or expert. You make your money by charging an admission fee. And once you grow a reputation, you can even get sponsors!

Researcher… other entrepreneurs often need help generating leads and finding information. What if you used your computer and your noggin to do that for them? Charge by the hour to research things on the Internet. For example, Lily sells real estate, but she doesn’t have time looking for properties because she’s too busy showing the ones she has. You can go online for her and find available condos, homes and more. Your biggest investment up front will be marketing your concept.

Freelance assistant… some business executives don’t have an assistant to make travel arrangements for them, set up appointments, update databases. They need someone to be their assistant on an as-needed basis. Charge by the hour or by the job type. Again, a lot of the equipment you may need you already have, such as a phone, computer and Internet access.

Gifter… this may not be for everyone, but it certainly has its possibilities for those who think they have any kind of sense of style or decorum. Executives especially often don’t have time to choose gifts for everyone from their spouses to family members and colleagues. Set up a service where you will put together a gift basket for anniversaries, birthdays, illness, etc. Spread the word with flyers and networking at your church, office building lobbies, etc.

TranscriptionistForbes magazine reports that the medical transcription business is a multi-billion dollar industry. Doctors will pay you to transcribe their audiotapes into transcripts that are easily reviewed and referred to. You need to be a pretty good typist and you need to have a really good spell check program on your computer. Also, you will need to invest in a quality headset. Charge by the hour, and once word is out about what you are doing, you can pretty much make your own hours.

Shredder… A document shredder costs less than $50 these days. Put out the word that you will safely shred business’s excess paperwork and dispose of it as well. You can even be mobile! Considering the high rate of identity theft in this country and concern over the security of information, the list of possible clients is endless: from lawyer’s officers to restaurants!

Pet Taxi… People love their pets, but they often don’t want them in their fancy cars. However, dogs and cats need to go to the vet’s office or to get groomed, or sometimes the pet owner is traveling and regular taxis won’t allow the pet inside their vehicles. And a lot of folks that live in the city don’t have cars anyway. Maybe you do and know your way around town. Charge a flat rate plus so much per mile. And having to use a pooper-scooper is extra!

Messenger Service… Got a car? Know your way around town? Underprice the big boys (Fedex, UPS) and you can probably pick up more business that you can handle. Spread the word to local businesses that you can deliver their packages overnight or even within the hour!

These types of businesses aren’t going to become global phenomenons, but they can give you a head start on becoming your own boss!

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  1. Diane says

    Love your ideas, when I read the title I really thought this may be another one of those list where you either have to know someone or already have some cash these are really attainable.

  2. Michele Allen says

    Thank you! These business opportunities sound fabulous and easy to start. Again, thank you for sharing your wealth making tips and ideas.

  3. rzar says

    THANKS! Chuck D’s ‘quote’ …got me Again! These types of jobs are easy to do, and I love my freedom. And of the second quote, myself, I have many ideas. It’s not easy for me to answer, I’m undecided to whom I’ve married…lol !!

  4. Terri Ann says

    The Freelance Assistant is a great idea! Never thought of it but I know I would do very well at that. As a matter of fact, I will start the ball rolling on that today! New acronym, Independent Assistant for Hire (IAH) :-) LOVE IT!! Thanks much Dr. Farrah for the life changing tip! Now on to designing my business card, next a website. Really appreciate it! (Another 2014 professional venture)

    Terri Ann

  5. LaTishia says

    I’ve been researching the mixer and job fair idea all week! I’m going for it. I’ve been out if work for a year and my husband and other family members are willing to invest with anything I need. Thank you so much for the idea.

  6. says

    Thank you so very much!!
    As a Massage Therapist, it can be feast or famine sometime. Love your creative money making tips. I will certainly try the messenger service and possibly mixer event soon.
    Keep those clever tips coming.

    Valerie B.

  7. kelly says

    Some of these ideas sound really easy to start-up, and make decent money with. The up-side is not having to put alot of cash up-front. I have started my own cleaning service about six months ago, and It takes time to get any little business off the ground, but in the end you do what you love, and make good money while setting your own hours! Great tips:)

  8. says

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he actually ordered me breakfast simply because I found it
    for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your website.

  9. says

    It’s only taken me 20 years to realize .you that I have always had the skills I needed to start my very own business in Transcription. It’s a slow start but I’m also working full time and finding it hard to market my business. Thanks for the awesome tips!

  10. Sammie samba says

    Great business ideas for those who are not LAZY. Anyone can make more money asides one’s full-time business. Thanks FARRAH for sharing these working tips.

  11. Sherry says

    I never thought about it as a business, but I have a gift for picking out the perfect gift. It’s usually something the person wouldn’t have thought of asking for, but when they get it they are so surprised & delighted. Recently my friend & I had our birthday. I have always struggled with his because no matter how much time, thought, and effort I put into it he never seemed to like it as much as the 1st gift I ever gave him. At Christmas I came close with a Lord of the Rings book box set, but for our birthday I didn’t want to go all out, since this was going to be our last bday together, but I had to do something. I chose something simple that I knew he wouldn’t throw in a drawer, a box of mini Slim Jims. You would have thought I gave him a kingdom, a dragon, and the moon for all the joy that was on his face. He was still grinning days later over it. His heart grew 3 sizes that day and I went back to my very 1st gifting lesson, “listen to them in little ways, not yourself and not the grand gestures when it comes to giving gifts.”

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