OK......we find ourselves at Day 3 of our search for ways to make money at the age of 55 without resorting to a return to the corporate treadmill. Hopefully some of you have found a couple of ideas or intellectual nuggets over the past few days that are helpful or thought provoking. If not yet, then let's keep trying.
If you don't already know by now, my Mantra this week has been
"Think Outside of the Box"
or for my Latino friends
"Piense Afuera de la Caja".
Today we are really going that way. Let's talk about some interesting ideas to make money that will force you to develop your inner creativity.
Would you ever think that you could develop an income by designing T-Shirts?
Companies such as CafePress.com encourage people to design and sell their T-shirts for a cut of the profits. According to the company's website, some users earn over $100,000 a year. Yep, you heard me…six figure income baby!
But it's not always easy.
Here's a typical example of what you can expect. Jen Goode, who earns enough through CafePress.com to pay her mortgage each month, found her success after a year and a half of long, sometimes 16-hour days. Her time is spent creating designs and then uploading them. She has uploaded about 2,500 designs, many of which are cartoon oriented, including the popular penguin-series. For her, she says, the secret has been to make many different images that are steady sellers, as opposed to creating one or two mega hits. Now, she says she doesn't need to put as much time into her shop because she has such a large inventory of designs.
Don't you have some crazy, thought provoking, government bashing, funny word playing, and/or eye catching ideas that you thought belonged on a t-shirt? I know I have.
Glenn Pieper, 45, teamed up with DemandStudios.com (owned by Demand Media, along with eHow.com), to produce Spanish language videos. He earns $3,000 to $4,000 a month working around 40 hours a week. He says he didn't have a film background, but learned by practicing. "It's always a different subject, and I enjoy the freedom and creativity," he says. Plus, Piper adds, "There are no deadlines, no stress, and the pressure just comes from myself. You can't get laid off."
What is the most popular form of internet entertainment now-a-days….......that's right the viral video. Once again, almost everyone has had unique ideas on creative subjects that can be turned into short videos for air on popular websites like YouTube, Cracked.com or Metacafe.
Or maybe you have a talent for instructional videos on subjects that you are an expert in (health, beauty, religion, sports, etc.) that would be wildly popular on websites like EHow.com, Livestrong.com or Vimeo.com.
OK, maybe your talent or passion doesn't lie in writing, design or movie making. Maybe you have an eye and talent for buying and selling art, antiques and knickknacks. You have seen the shows on TV like American Pickers, Picked Off, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters. Ya, these are TV shows and probably staged for entertainment value (who would have thought) but it is possible to develop a healthy income stream while having an enormous amount of fun at the same time.
Here I go giving away my dirty little secrets again but that's the commitment I made to you guys. I live this life but not in such a grandiose fashion as you see on TV.
It is virtually impossible for me to pass a Thrift store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Antique Store or St. Vincent de Paul resale store without spending at least a half hour searching through their inventories of household goods, books, clothes, pictures, electronics, knickknacks, doodads, trinkets, curiosities, souvenirs, curios and donated novelties.
Would you believe I have found autographed pictures of Roger Daltrey of the Who, Meat Loaf and sports legend Ernie Banks.
My passion is vinyl record albums and I now have autographed albums from Johnny Mathis, Katrina and the Waves (this one has me "Walking on Sunshine") and Susan Robinson from Sesame Street fame in my collection.
Once, in a Hollywood Goodwill, I found 2 Hugo Boss Suit Coats that fit me perfectly that were props from a Martin Scorsese film.
The "wealth building" doesn't stop there. You can find artwork and prints, silver & gold, sports logo clothes and hats, appliances, furniture, books and jewelry that folks have donated for pennies on the dollar.
There is always the trusty EBay for your national auction type sales.
You can sell in your own specific metropolitan area through Craig's List.
There are even group forums in your own specific neighborhood popping up all over Facebook where you can turn a dollar with your neighbors.
Who said making money isn't fun.
You can do them in your spare time to supplement your income.
You can work at them full time and make a six figure career out of them.
Heck, you can combine two or three of them, make significant income and make your life as interesting as you want.
But, as I have stated many times already, make your decision and make it now!
Carpe Diem !!!
More money making ideas tomorrow.
Stay tuned and Thanks for joining me !!!