Six Ways You Can Make More Money to Buy More Preps (or just pay off your bills)

I get thousands of emails each month (usually over 3,000 to be exact) and the one problem that I see mentioned over and over is a lack of money to prep, and while I try to keep the advice given on the blog to low-budget preps, it still takes some money to do it, after all it takes money to live, and by prepping you’re insuring that you live through and after a major disaster or social upheaval.

So to prep, even on the most basic level is  going to cost some money for gear and food supplies, even if you just put together the most basic bug out bag you’ll need a few extra dollars. But let’s face it, if all you have is a bug out bag, then you’re not really very prepared, and as I’ve said before bugging out to the woods is one of the worst survival strategies under most circumstances.

So to get extra money for preps you either have to spend less on everything else or make more. We’ve covered many ways to save money on the blog already so today we are going to look at ways to help you make more money.

Wood working – if you’re handy with tools (you need to learn if you’re not) this can be a great money-maker. Pick a several products and learn to make them well and then start selling those products. Depending on the products you sell, you might only need to put a small ad in your local paper to have customers come to you, or your could set up a local swap meets / flea markets or even sell through local or regional retail outlets.

While researching for this article I came across several good how to programs  for starting and operating a wood working home business but one of the most complete that I’ve come across is “Jim Morgan’s Wood Profits. Well worth looking into if you’re interested in starting a crafts or wood working business.

Sell Crafts – not long ago the only way to sell crafts and wood working items (see above) was to sell locally, but with the internet that’s no longer the case. With the internet your market is nation or world-wide if you choose. One of the best how-to-do-it books that I’ve read on the subject is “Craft Business Power: 15 Days To A Profitable Online Craft Business“. If you’re interested in selling your homemade crafts over the internet, then this book is a must. It’s hard to beat a business where you work at home, sell and never have to actually meet or sell to anyone face-to-face.

Start a Blog – Starting a blog is one of the slowest and most uncertain ways of making money. Most blogs start-up with enthusiasm and then the owners “burn out” after a few months of having no readers, no interaction and no profit for their many hours of work. But if you’re still interested in giving it a shot (hey, a few make it work) then I’ve written a whole article to get you started – How To Start A WordPress Blog – Create Your Own Website Today.

Service Business – This can be anything from auto repair, gunsmithing, home repair, to locksmithing. A service business is quick to start if you already have the tools and skills, but you’re limited as to how much you can make, because you only have so much time to work and that amount of time determines your income potential. Granted you could always expand by hiring employees, but if you’re like me you would rather not deal with the hassle.

If you’re interested in a service based business then this book “Seriously Selling Services: How to Build a Profitable Services Business in Any Industry” will help you to make the most profit from it.

Teach – If you have a skill (I hope that you do) than you might be able to get people to pay you to teach them that skill. If you have a background in something like outdoor survival or self-defense with proof, references and good credentials than teaching what you know could be the perfect business opportunity for you.

If you have a teachable skill but don’t want to deal with teaching face-to-face in a classroom environment then maybe you can write what you know and sell it as an online course or kindle eBook on – you can make huge profits by teaching your skills this way and best of all you only need to do the work once, but can sell it for years.

Become a Firearms Dealer – When most people think about being a “firearms dealer” they automatically assume that they need a big brick and mortar shop with lots of inventory, and while that is one way to go, there are other less expensive ways to get started. Over the years I’ve known several people who have bought, traded and sold used guns at swap meets and flea markets and it’s all 100% legal in most areas.

But you can make even more money (and buy stuff for yourself at dealer prices) by getting a federal firearms license (FFL). Getting a FFL isn’t all that difficult – here is everything you need to know about running a profitable firearms business.

Well that covers the basic ideas for making extra money, or even having a full-time business, that will help you buy more preps, pay your bills and have a better life. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  1. Jay in Kansas says:

    In a word…chickens. Sell the eggs, accumulate process and sell the fertilizer, and when the times comes, sell the meat. Granted, you’re not gonna run Tyson Farms out of business, but it’ll put a little extra cash in your pocket for a very small outlay of money.

  2. Really good ideas. I knew a couple that made a lot of coins selling wood crafts at the large regional flea markets. They usually went to one or two per month and seemed to always have a pocket full of money. One particular pic of them, the wife was fanning herself with a fist full of hundreds. I couldn’t count them all but it was over 20, and that was back in the early 1980’s. They usually worked two or three days cutting out the pieces and painting them,one day to pack it all, then one day or so of travel ( depending on where the event was being held). At first his parents called him nuts but after seeing how little effort and the large return, they too quit their full time jobs to join the venture.

  3. One of the benefits of living close to an over consumptive, clueless, shallow mid-sized city is that there are lots of people willing to pay for almost any unpleasant task to be done by someone else.

    After the recession I kept seeing a guy and his son with a sign on the truck for cleaning BBQ’s. Thought it was funny at the time, Why would anyone pay someone to clean a BBQ, until I ran into him and chatted a bit. He lost his job and was scrambling for anything to make money. A friend of his, trying to help I think, asked him to clean his BBQ and patio furniture before storing it for the winter. The guy said it was a light bulb moment.

    He now has a full blown business.

    Another one I see often now is a “pooper scooper” truck. Yeah, kids don’t pick up after the dogs, probably considered child abuse.

    Figure out what people don’t want to do and go from there.

    I love Dave Ramsey’s line about making extra money…be a leaf blower…rich people are afraid of leaves:)

  4. I don’t have a job, haven’t for over 5 years. I have a small marketing business, work gun shows, and do other small things that add up to enough money to not need one. Would more income help – YES! But I am not physically able to stand for more than 30 minutes, nor lift much over 30 pounds. And since there is no driving need, I choose not to.

    • PrepperDoc says:

      When you say you were gun shows, do you mean you buy and sell?

      • Buy, sell, consign, trade. I have a table full of used accessories, some ammo, and a gun or two. I have not lost money buy once, that show was at a distance we no longer go. I’ve made some good deals. It also keeps me connected to a different set of people than normal.

        I am not an FFL dealer. The guns I sell are either for someone else or one from my collection that I no longer want/need. I have been trying to consolidate calibers for a couple of years, divest myself of some of my “hobby guns” or ones I thought were “cool” at the time. Now I’m looking for specific used guns for my grandsons.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          JP I like you haven’t had a job in years (like 15) and find the freedom wonderful.

          One of the worst things you can do to a person is to give them a high-paying job. It kills creativity and thinking as the boss thinks for you and tells you what to do. It also enslaves you to a life of debt as most high-paying jobs leads to buying things like crazy and turns you into a person that can’t do without every hour of work the job can give you. I know people (my brother) that make a LOT more money then I do but no money to speak of because it all goes to service debt. There is just not enough money to be made by my brother to ever be able to take a day off. A sad way to live…

          • I think that situation is the truth far more often than people realize. The old saying make more spend more has truly become a reality. I took this new job for the pay. And I have decided to use this as a springboard to becoming debt free. I have a plan weather it’s a good one or not I don’t know but with any luck I can be free of everything but the mortgages in less than 2 years.

            • Hvaczack:

              Excellent plan. The way I looked at my last 3 raises was “I was doing okay before I got that money. I can do without it now.”

    • Linda Spradling says:

      Your situation sounds like mine. Had to quit work a few months ago due to back issues. I am a nurse would like to use my knowledge in some way to make a little money. I am glad you were able to make this work for you

      • Anonamo Also says:

        Linda, When my parents were both down, I used someone like you to give me a break on sunday and one other day during the week as money allowed. Sometimes it was 2-3 hours, and sometimes 5,…I tried to make sure the “hard things were completed before I left, to lighten the load for one left alone with both of them… But I trusted this person and her abilities as a nurse to handle any emergencies while I was gone.and they did happen, a sudden mucus plug, a near fall….always had a phone on me. Then there were hours, all she did was watch them sleep, even thru the day, or warm up food and talk to them while they were eating.
        You might want to be alert for such a position.The pay is often out of pocket, so pay could not be what I wanted to pay, and can easily get beyond the ability to pay., but it helped me get thru a difficult time and helped them get thru a very low income you might want to look for a couple of different situations, and set them up for different days of the 4 hour shift, not a lot of money, but will buy groceries for a week… three or four will pay a light bill,

        • Linda Spradling says:

          Yes you are on the right track I have thought 9 this already a very good idea thank-you for your input

          • Some nurses do nothing but paperwork in this new and improved system being forced down our throats!


      • Anonamo Also says:

        Linda, I typed a similar response a few min ago, and it disappeared, (so don’t think it even went into moderation). During the time my parents were down, I used a nurse who was unable to work, for the purpose of safety..just to have someone with them while I had sunday services or went to take care of outside chores.. I used her for 7-20 hours a week, depending on her ability to come and my ability to pay. I made sure that all forseen circumstances were covered before I left the house , so many times all she had to do was watch them sleep for two hours and give them a pre -prepared plate of food and talk to them while they ate. You might want to check with a couple of caregivers and see if they need a relief day, and possibly offer a flat rate for x amount of time. ( you set the amount you are willing to accept, and remember this may well be a repeat gig) those x amounts can be enough to pay bills and buy groceries. a couple of situations one day a week for 5 hours could easily give you enough to make a difference. The closer to your home, the better…less gas and travel time…and easier for you to Fill in in an emergency… just sayin’

  5. Schatzie Ohio says:

    I know some one that makes pet toys and sells them at select Craft shows in the fall season.
    A service business that I wish was around here is some one to clean mini blinds and windows at my home. I had this service when we lived in California.

  6. PrepperDoc says:

    I can’t guarantee that this idea will be $1 million, but the investment sure is minimal: I bet there is a market for programming these $27 boefang ham radios, which are really software controllable radio computers. The average person may not be able to easily figure out the CHIRP (free) software programming till, nor gather up all of the frequencies that this radio can access: FRS, GMRS, MARINE, NOAA WEATHER & MURS as well as every repeater within 100 miles of The customers home base.

    I will gladly give most of that information and plenty of advice to anyone who wants to take this up. You’ll need a computer, a five dollar programming cable, and I would suggest charging around 10 bucks+ shipping. Buyer has Amazon ship the radio directly to you, you program it, slap the customers address on it and mail it back to them.

    understand, I am not an entrepreneur, so I’m only guessing what to price this, it may be worth more! Takes about three minutes to program a radio, more time if you have to look up his repeaters, probably 10 minutes for that, so you might charge an extra charge for that, but you have to have your wits about you and be able to check for errors. The reason you are valuable is that doing it the wrong way will turn the radio into a lifeless lump of plastic. That is not hard to fix, however Joe blow might not know that.

    My expertise comes from programming a fair number of Baofeng radios in my area for people, and for a radio course I’m teaching. I understand the same software and cable will program other ham radios, and other cables will reach an even larger number of manufacturers.

    I think this could be a great service to preppers and hams, and I’d be happy to help anyone who wants to get started at it.

    • PrepperDoc says:

      I didn’t mean to imply that this radio could reach out 100 miles (!) , I meant you would probably want to have it programmed with the frequencies of every nearby repeater in your neck of the woods, so if you got near them you could use them. Depending on terrain, your antenna, etc., these radios typically reach 5 to 15 miles to repeaters.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Dock I don’t see programming Boefang radios as a money maker at all. Ham radio is a very small market that is getting small every day. And the number of hams that would buy a junk radio (and honestly a $30.00 new radio is junk) is even smaller.

      Every money making project should be cross examined to understand if there is a market for doing what you want to do to make money. And one of the hard-fast rules of trying to sell something is to not fall in love with your own work. Always look at the market to see what will sell.

      I just don’t see it with these radios. I know lots of hams and not one of them has one of these and has no plans to buy one. I would buy a used Icom or Kenwood for $100.00 over these radios, and I’m not alone in doing that.

      • PrepperDoc says:

        Hi, thanks for your input. Didn’t think this would be a full time occupation! I was curious just how big a maker Baofeng is….
        Baofeng 2014 Sales: (USD) $61.8 million. I think they only have one major product: their VHF/UHF radios. If we assume a high guess at a wholesale price of $20, they probably had sales in excess of 3 million radios.
        JVC/Kenwood 2014 Sales (USD): $2,654 million. While that is many more $$ than Baofeng, JVC/Kenwood (JVC bought Kenwood) is a huge entertainment manufacturer, so only a fraction of those sales are ham radio units.

        The ENTIRE estimated sales of Heakthkit 5-band transceivers was once estimated at about 30,000. Baofeng in one year may sell 100 TIMES the entire Heathkit manufacturing run…..

        Yes, they are cheap radios. Therefore, I have six of them! Two will be dedicated to being an emergency repeater. I have 27 sitting in my living room for the upcoming introductory Technician class I’m teaching. There is probably only a tiny market for programming them, but among PREPPERS, it might be a profitable sideline….or not! Dunno. People spend $500 on one firearm. Unclear if they will think to spend $27 on a radio that can get FRS/GMRS/MURS/MARINE/NOAA/FM….. I completely agree with you that you must NOT fall in love with your own work….. we’ll see.

        • Christian Gains says:

          Hi Doc! Just a note concerning BOTH the $$ value of the BAOFENG “Handheld” HAM radios AND the Company’s new attraction: “BF-F8HP”, AND it’s USEFUL VALUE.

          This model goes at $38 plus Tax, for the BASICS,(Radio, Battery, charger & cord, and hand carry cord attachment). Has an 8 watt output, AND, is MUCH improved over the original, (ESPECIALLY the training Manual! Whew! THANK GOD!). AND has adaptability, PLUS the obvious mobility value.

          Also, it’s RAPIDLY becoming the “Have to Have” “Preppers”, [etc.], COMMS system…and, (with a coaxial cord, and some innovation), you can have a REAL TIME, long range, (remember, it’s a HAM…not JUST a “Handheld” {FRS, GMRS, }, short range “rig”), COMMS system.

          And, quite frankly, you’re VERY WISE to suggest this “rig”, as it’s QUICKLY getting to the point, (the WHOLE reason for your post), that “expensive” isn’t necessarily indicative of capability & value. For us “Poor Richards” out here, “VALUE” is measured in REAL CAPABILITY & REAL USEFULNESS. Not just “show off, “boys toys”…THANKS for your help!

          BTW, wifey & I haven’t had a “full time”, “job”, for over 10 yrs. We sell 4 separate “Medicinal, Essential Oil Products”, which, (if you can find MAIN suppliers), you can begin an “in Home”, as well as a “Trade shows”, business!

          Takes some doing, but it’s REALLY WORTH the effort & work, AND, is a LONG lasting venture that has LOTS of “renewals”, because the products WORK so EFFECTIVELY! AND, (you end up gaining ‘sales personnel), because your clients often sell your product for you, by the MOST EFFECTIVE & FAMOUS method: “WORD OF MOUTH / BY SATISFIED CUSTOMERS”! Just a thought!

          • PrepperDoc says:

            Wow, you’re finding a much better price than the $80+ that Amazon is sporting. From what I read, this is still a good deal. I am enticing completely new people into the hobby, so the ability to get the original UV5R at $27 is very helpful. My city has several very accessible repeaters. Thanks for your encouragement!

            • Christian Gains says:

              Doc, you should PROBABLY go to the BAOFENG site: BAOFENGTECH.COM (I THINK, [my manual is down stairs, in the “Faraday cage” I made for it, but $80 is too much. Keep “enticing”, we NEED more folks capable of distance “COMMS”, for every emergency you can name! HAMS have been the “PLAN B” for such COMMS for the Emergency “first responders” for YEARS!

              God bless!

      • I am an amateur radio operator and own two baofeng uv5r’s. There are a lot of hams that use baofeng radios. Sure, they aren’t the best radios made, but they do work. The radio can be programmed to pick up local police, ems, fire, etc. so it would be easy to program a new one and sell it to someone who just wants an inexpensive scanner.

    • Hi PrepperDoc,
      I’d love to talk with you about this. I just purchased an FTDI cable and downloaded Chirp. Would love some info on frequencies!

    • Grammyprepper says:

      PrepperDoc, I think that’s a wonderful idea…I’d love to have someone program mine, LOL…

  7. Chuck Findlay says:

    The best way to make money is to invest in yourself, learn new things so you can do more things. Being self employed is the way to turn new skills and new tools into money. Even if you work for someone else you can still do extra things to make money and also build a way to make money independent of a boss or regular job.

    I buy old tools, refurbish then (wire brush, clean up and repaint them) sell them. Or use them to make money. Rigid pipe wrenches are $2.00 at a garage sale and once cleaned up and painted like new they sell for $25.00 as a new one is $70.00. A good deal for the buyer and a good deal for me.

    Buy what people discard at garage sales and resell the items. I do a lot of this. I buy digital cameras, MP-3 players, GPS units for $3.00 and less and sell them for $15.00. I buy a lot of small consumer electronics and resell them. Most times they need little to get them working right. Lots of things have no power cord and with the cord they sell fast. I have an electronic bench set up to repair electronic items. Not that everyone is going to learn about volts, amps and ohms, but you can surly figure out how to put the right power cord on something that doesn’t have one as almost everything is marked as to what power it needs. There are several videos on U-Tube showing how to set up a repair bench.

    At garage sales I always buy extra power cords to have on hand to use for electronic items that don’t have them.

    Find out where the local flee markets are and start getting a stock of items to sell there. For the rest of your life never go by a garage sale without stopping to see if there is something you can flip.

    I pickup a lot of old furniture and repair it and sell it at a flea market.

    I make small wood stoves out of propane tanks and sell them at a gun shop to sportsman (people that ice fish) to use to keep warm in the winter.

    Figure out what you can do (or learn to do) and start getting the skills, tools and supplies to do it. And this is the important thing, actually do it. I know someone that got interested in herbal meds the same time I did. But he just read about it, watch U-Tube videos and bought a few books. He never really did anything but get some knowledge that isn’t being used or applied. He doesn’t have hardly anything herbal wise because it’s too easy to just sit in front of the computer and watch videos or read blogs. I jumped in and did what he did plus bought a lot of herbs, made several on my own meds with them and am using them. He has nothing herb wise and I’m running out of room to store what I have and use. You have to move to action, not just think about it. U-Tube is wonderful, but it doesn’t replace doing things, it just shortens the learning process.

    I make a lot of wood projects and sell them.

    I have a handyman business and every new tool I add turns into money almost right away. When you are self employed and you offer a new service it generates money the first time you do it. When you work for someone else you have to hope your boss will be willing to pay you more when you do more. But most times it just doesn’t work that way. A few years ago I bought PEX plumbing tools (a few hundred dollars worth) and in under a week I had the tools paid for with one job. I can’t tell you how much money those tools have made me in the last few years. If I worked for someone else and they bought new tools to do a new job I’m sure it would have made me little extra money.

    I just bought a Craftsman Lathe to make money with. Not sure how I’m going to do it, but I have no fear that it won’t make money for me soon.

    I can’t think of all the little things I do to make money, and while most of them only make a bit of money, when added up I do OK with all of them.

    We all can do something others will find value in to the point they will pay us to do it. We just have to put some effort into it.

    And don’t expect to get it right the first time or every time. Keep going even when a project doesn’t produce the results you think it will.

    And don’t fall in love with your own work, always look at what you do from the customers viewpoint as they are the one that is going to buy what you do. It may be that some things are not going to pay for the time invested. But you need to understand it’s not like your job in that god or bad work you still get paid. When self employed you cut through all the BS and really find out if people are willing to value what you do by buying stuff from you. Most people just don’t understand how this works, it’s a good idea to figure it out now pre-SHTF then post-SHTF.

  8. Another service is tax preparation. If you prepare more than 100 returns during tax season then you have to apply for an EFIN number and offer (encourage) e-filing. This is what I am working on right now. I have been doing taxes for many years now, but always as an employee.
    I am also planning to start a blog. I have been writing down ideas about what write about.
    DH and I are both looking at crafts we can make and sell. I am learning how to make soap and other stuff to sell. We have a lot of plans for this next year!

  9. Chuck Findlay says:

    We are a country that has let wide-range skills go and we have become a country of specialist. What I mean. This increases production of the given task and it makes the business more money and therefore the employee makes more money. The employee can do his job fast and with greater skill. The bad thing about this work method is that many of us go to a job that pays us well to do a very limited scope of thing and we end up with a country full of people that can’t do even basic things that in the past everyone could do. It’s easier for modern people to pay someone else to fix or repair things or just buy new. This works great for the repair people as they have an income. I do well with the modern way of doing things as I repair and build almost everything in homes.

    But it also is dependant on the specialist that hire me having a job so they can pay me. I think there will always be a way for me to make money as most people refuse to learn how to maintain the things in their life and are not willing to invest in the skills and tools to do them.

    What all of us need to do is to start learning how to do the things we normally hire others to do.

    Another important thing is debt, modern specialist lifestyle has given people a lot more money to spend. And counter to logic when someone makes more money they normally don’t really have more money. They allow their expenses to go up right along with the higher pay. In fact they allow it to pass their income by a great amount through debt. The industrial revolution did not free up people like we are told, it enslaved us to a life of debt because it flooded the market with lots of things to buy. And the income one makes can never buy all the things the eyes see. As a manufacturer and seller of things, how do you solve this money shortage and get your piece of the pie. Debt is how you do it. But debt is slavery for the person in debt, sure it’s a pleasant jail cell as you have lots of toys to play with, but no less it’s still a jail cell.

    When you decide to be self employed, and you should decide to do so rather then having it hit you with a job loss as a result of an economic crash or downturn. You will find self employment a lower paying situation then working as a specialist for someone else. When you make a lot less money and still have high debt it’s not going to end well! Getting out of debt is a priority in survival. It takes a lot of stress and fear off of your shoulders.

    Another thing that differs when you are self employed is you are the one that has to buy tools and supplies to do the job. This cost can be a lot and be almost impossible to do if you don’t prepare for it ahead of time. I do handyman / home repair and if I had to buy all the tools and supplies at one time and just after I suffered a job loss I would not be able to do it as I have thousands of dollars in tools.

    And you need backup tools and supplies for the time when your tools break or are stolen from you. When you work for others and a tool breaks you tell your boos and they get a new one or repair it. But being self employed you are the boss. And trust me things break all the time, and usually at the worst time. You make a large purchase eating up all your extra money and the engine in your truck goes, the power washer pump bites the dust. What do you do when you must have an item or tool and the money just isn’t there. With a truck engine you have to buy a new (new as a good junk yard engine) one and put it in. But with smaller things like drills, pressure washers, saws it’s good to buy spares and put them away for the time when they will be needed. And trust me, they will be needed!

    You can’t expect everything you do to make money, there are going to be times when hard work will not bring in money right away or sometimes not at all. When you work for others a days work always results in a days pay. It just doesn’t work that way when you do it all yourself. You need to prepare for these times. And a big part of that is being debt free.

    A job that I think may be worth doing is hardening homes to keep them from being broken into. I do this now as several of the people I work for have suffered a break-in and don’t want it to happen again. For the last few years I have been buying extra locks, deadbolts and things to secure a home.

    An extremely simple way to break into a home is through the electric garage door. Look on U-Tube to see how easy it is to do. I can open almost anyone powered garage door in 45 seconds with a coat hanger. Learning how to defeat this is easy to do as U-Tube has videos on it. A person could show customers how easy it is and offer to correct it by downloading the videos on a laptop and or tablet and showing it to the customer. And if you learn how to harden other entry points in a home you may be able to make a few dollars as the security person in your area. It doesn’t take a lot of skill or even a lot of tools. Check out U-Tube.

    • PrepperDoc says:

      GREAT ideas. (HA! The computer says that wasn’t an “useful” comment!)

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        (HA! The computer says that wasn’t an “useful” comment!)


        • PrepperDoc says:

          Chuck, I at first wrote only “Great ideas” and the web site rejected it–said the comment had to have more words, or it wouldn’t be accepted….so I added more words.

          I think I understand how you break in using a coathanger, and thanks to that great piece of knowledge, i’m going to adjust my pull cord!

          • Chuck Findlay says:

            OK I didn’t know there was a word level threshold for post. Now I understand your post.

          • Chuck Findlay says:

            PrepperDoc it’s not only the pull cord that’s a problem, most times the coat hanger hooks on the metal latch the cord is tied to and pulls it down. Even without a pull cord on the door I can still open it in 45 seconds.

    • Our garage door was not secure. Not electric, but the manufacturer’s lock was so easy to open that we did it by accident. We used a garden tool for a while to slide into the hole in the rail near the bottom of the door. We now use a long padlock.

    • that is a good you tube chapter…my screw drive makes it a bit tougher, but popping the latch & a couple long shanked scroogies make me secure….also a good idea to sleep with car keys/fobs near….all the car alarms goin off @ 1 time will get noticed….

    • Christian Gains says:


      We’ve been rather “off the grid” since 1971, and EVERY BIT OF ADVICE you give is ABSOLUTELY correct!

      My wife & I were Foreign Field Missionaries for nearly 30 years, (and lived basically, the same, while “IN COUNTRY”), and we BOTH had to learn to “make do”…OR, (learn to “MAKE IT DO”), and it’s been a blessing to our lives!

      IMPROVISATION is an ESSENTIAL ABILITY; ESPECIALLY when you NEED, but do not HAVE…or worse…have a NEED, that you cannot afford! THEN, you’ll just have to “IMPROVISE”!

      “I WILL NOT QUIT!” “I can do ANY thing I want, I just have to FIND the way to!”

  10. Genealogist58 says:

    We have the land so some of my extended family has moved here in travel trailers, three families so far . Is it the best situation ? Absolutely not, but each family has their space and they know the grim situation that surrounds them . We share only a occasional meal together and we are taking this ordeal one day at a time.

    • Christian Gains says:

      A few lessons we’ve learned, under similar circumstances:

      “Love thy neighbor AS THYSELF” is the ORIGINAL version of the “Golden Rule”. Mt.5:43; 19:19; & 22;39;

      Believe you me, UNITY comes from TOGETHERNESS, sharing…communicating REGULARLY…listening AND responding…and, ABOVE ALL, SEEKING to learn from others;

      An ORIGINAL North American; (aka: “Indian”) counsel: “NEVER judge one, till you’ve ‘walked a year’ in their Moccasins”… (another bit of counsel: “LOVE is best translated: ‘OUTGOING CONCERN FOR OTHERS'”) …

      I pray these help to ease your tense conditions.


  11. Draq Wraith says:

    I find these ideas evolve the one skill I lack the most salesmanship.
    I am not a salesman.
    I am a deaf guy who cannot sell him self to a business to make a better paycheck

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      I’m was not a good salesman either, but I bought a very good ($1,200) marketing program for a business I use to do in the 1990’s. It worked well, the first day of using it, it made me $300.00 on one job, I had it paid for within 2-weeks. I now apply that program to any marketing I do for any service I do and it produces results.

      If you want a free marketing program it’s easy to get. All you have to do is look for someone selling marketing programs on the net for and ask for more info in the mail (not through e-mail, don’t give them an e-mail address, make them send it to you in the mail) they will send you info to entice you to buy from them.

      Here is the free part:

      About 70% to 80% of their program is used to hook you. They send the sales-pitch info to you and you then craft it to your prospects. There are critical things they leave out, but there is more then enough to get you a lot of business. They will market to you over and over for a year, save every bit of marketing in a folder and mix and match to build up a sales flyer or marketing piece. Also almost all junk mail can be used in the same way. All you have to do is decide you CAN do it and work it up on a desktop publishing program.

      I can whip up a good flyer to deliver to homes in a day.

      A good direct response marketing program is well worth having, but if you are on a budget you can use the above method and do well.

      You also need to understand direct response marketing. Direct response marketing, if it’s good marketing it will give you 1/2 of 1% response. To non marketing this sounds way too low to make any money, but you can live well on it. Because I bought a very good marketing program I pushed that to 1.5 to 2.5% response and one time I bumped it to 7.5%, but the 7.5 didn’t last long, but I had so much work I was going crazy.I marketed to people by printing flyers and then hand delivering them to their homes (there is a whole science to doing the delivering part) I was delivering (mostly hiring people) to deliver 1,000 flyers a week. But I only did it every 3-weeks because I was a one-man business and could only do so much. And people kept the flyers for months so flyers from 3-months ago were still doing their sales job.

      There is a whole lot of science to marketing in that a one-word change in a flyer full of words can kill it or make it work great. You need to test it with a run of 100 or so before you have 5,000 of them printed.

      Another very important thing to cultivate is referrals and re-pete business. Doing a good job is an important part of this, but asking for referrals and a post work flyer telling the customer about your other services (given to them with the bill.) will get you more work that cost you no expense other then a day to make the info sheet and hitting the print key on your computer.

      So don’t tell yourself you can’t sell because you don’t need to sell. The flyer will be the salesman.

      • Berean Betty says:

        What was the product(s) you were selling that involved hand-distribution of flyers?

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          It was a service business, Carpet Cleaning.

          But really any service business preformed on-site can use flyers to get the message to a potential customer.

  12. Chuck Findlay says:

    Draq Wraith not sure if you are saying you are deaf and can’t sell / talk to people, if so the sales flyer (in my post above as soon as moderation limbo goes away) method above will do the sails if you let it. If you are married make and deliver a flyer to your intended market and have your spouse answer the phone and book jobs.

    • Draq Wraith says:

      I’m saying I am deaf people find it too challenging to talk to me.
      I have never been able to sell myself to an employer that pays my bills.
      Instead I get take this test take that test pass a pee test. I don’t do drugs and I generally don’t like hanging out with people who do.
      Its the BS groups that say you have to be able to hear. That what stops me. Not having skills good enough for these jerks. I tried flyer ads I succeeded at making sales that were good but keeping the game running well that flopped because the store cheapened the product too much.
      Its hard to compare 90s sales tactics to today’s. Watching today’s ads I swear they are failing to appeal to anyone.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Draq Wraith you are right, you can’t sell anything. I know this to be true because you keep saying you can’t do it. But if you decided you could sell things you would find out you can sell things. You put limitations on yourself, not anyone else.

        My guess is that you have a job now, if the world at large is stacked against you so much how did you manage to get the job you have? Try this, do whatever you did to get your current job and apply it to making extra money. Only do it better and with an uplifting attitude.

        Sell things at a flea market, put price tags on everything and make a sign saying you are death and that everything is priced. And smile, people like to be around and interact with happy people. This solves your problem, that is if you really decide you want to solve it.

        The family that lives next to me has both parents death (but not the kids) and while we don’t talk he barrows tools every few weeks and we manage to do OK. And no he doesn’t bring his kids along to tell me what he wants when he knocks at the door.

        And as far as my 1990″s marketing program being outdated, go re-read my post where I said I still use it’s methods today and it still works. And the junk mail we all get in the mail every day is full of marketing ideas that all of us can use if we have an open mind.

        Quit complaining about how you can’t do something and figure out how you can do something. The world at large doesn’t care about you, me or any of us, if you don’t want to make extra money OK then don’t, but don’t expect me to think it can’t be done by anyone if they put effort into it. If you don’t care about your money situation enough to try to fix it, don’t expect anyone else to care.

        As far as not having skills good enough for people you are calling jerks. Learn more, develop new skills, build a side business outside of these so called jerks. But with your defeatist mindset you are showing here the jerks just may be right in that you don’t have the skills they want or they can feel your mad-at-the-world mindset and see limited value in you.

        Right now the situation is fairly calm and nice and your mindset as bad as it is still works, in that it gives you some income. But with your defeatist mindset you are going to be in a lot of trouble come SHTF.

        I know I’m a mean person because I won’t hold your hand and say it’s OK. But do you really expect to get that come SHTF? If you do, your future is going to look even darker then it does for you right now.

        Very few of us here have not had a trouble free life, we all have been knocked down, but we get up, start again and build a good life and have a good outlook.

        What you need to do is to become a happy uplifting person and the go to person (a problem solver that your employer turns to) where you work and you will find prospects for your future much brighter.

        Or just keep wallowing in your own misery.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          Deaf not death

          Me bad, I’m dyslectic and mix words, letters and numbers up at times.

          • BlueJeanedLady says:

            I translated, Chuck! I am not dyslectic but I’m notorious about thinking faster than I can type and I can type at a very high speed to boot, yet not with perfect accuracy . . . so I “get” internet posting errors. No problem!

            My spelling (spell check doesn’t correct a real word that was actually not the correct word to use in the first place either) and grammatical errors in posting on any given site occurs for me because I can’t seem to accurately proof read my words as I can only see a few lines at a time in a comment section (versus a full page) before posting the entirety of my comments on most forums.

            Of course, my own errors jump out at me like a Las Vegas neon light when (after posting) as I can see the “errors of my ways” clearly in a full page format. But alas, after hitting the “post” or “send” key on almost any internet site my mistakes are forever embedded in the internet universe . . . and so it goes! I assume others posting have their own quirks, too, so no harm, no foul, Chuck.

            Thanks for the clarification, Chuck, but these types of posting errors are exactly why I try to never act the resident “grammar / spelling” police woman! Ya’ll take care! Okay? Okay!

      • BlueJeanedLady says:

        Hello Draq Wraith. Well, where do I start?

        I’m not sure if you are writing here because a) you want to complain and are seeking others to commiserate with, b) if you are using your deafness as a crutch because you are legitimately fearful / anxiety ridden of going out on your own business-wise, or c) if complaining is the only way you currently understand how to ask for advice so that’s they way you are proceeding. I’m honestly not sure of your intentions at all but would certainly like to understand, better and honestly wish you the best.

        So . . . I’m going to jump out on a limb, take a leap of faith, and believe you are actually wanting the opinions, the gathered wisdom(s) of the real life experiences of others, the advice and well intended suggestions of other participants on this site to help you – help yourself – for seeking, starting, running & finishing the race 90-to-nothing towards a more fulfilling career & lifestyle.

        I’m going to lecture you a bit, tell you a short story, and then give you a pep talk. Bottom line, some of what I write might irritate you, some might bore you, but my hope of hopes is that some of it makes clear sense to you and helps you, in the long run, to find the successes you are ultimately capable of achieving . . . just ‘cuz I’m wired to act accordingly and, again, sincerely wish you well.

        First of all, – – – this is the lecture part – – – Chuck Findlay (from his comments above) is correct – if you say you can’t sell yourself or sell a product then you obviously can’t and won’t ever be able to sell anything as long as you hold on tight to that negative attitude. You are defeating yourself before you even try to run the race. Stop it. Stop it now if you really want to compete.

        Second, as you claim that because you are deaf, “people find it too challenging to talk to me,” you are being just as stereotypically biased towards hearing people as you claim hearing people are towards you. Seriously, Draq W., so every hearing person finds you too challenging to deal with? Of course you don’t believe that, do you? Then why did you state so, Draq? Why the theatrics? Get real and deal with the issues at hand, not all the “what ifs” & “I’ve been stopped before” issues that often are nothing short of false starts.

        What’s at fault here doesn’t seem to be your deafness, Draq Wraith. What’s at fault, IMHO, is your apparent, closed-mindedness. Luckily, being close-minded is something you absolutely have the complete & total power & control to change – if and only if – you have the will & the courage to accept that challenge and run the damn race, full speed ahead.

        Enter the race, Draq.
        “Runners up . . . ”

        Contrary to popular, often misguided belief, a person doesn’t need to physically “hear” or physically “speak” to be a salesperson. What he/she needs is to be able to literally “communicate” (to successfully sell themselves or a product or a service with a multitude of methods, not just hearing skills) – – – After all, most professionals will tell you that simply “hearing” something is of no use unless one is actually “listening” to the underlying message.

        You can “listen” by learning to watch and interpret body language. You can “listen” by reading and writing clearly. You can “listen” by being aware of how others react to your own body language and adjust accordingly. Again, please remember that excellent salesmanship is about clear communications, not just about being able to hear noise!

        You can obviously “communicate” as you’ve done so on these typed pages . . . Why not start by carrying a pen & pad of paper and when you sense any discomfort from others that don’t know sign language & are unsure as to how to effectively communicate with you, why not politely ask them to write down their questions / comments?

        I can guarantee that the “good & decent” folks would / will be thrilled that you offered them that option because it demonstrates that you are eager to make a challenging situation less challenging by stepping up to the line showing your willingness to participate in helping to relieve their personal uncertainties as they don’t really understand how to work with your specific needs; As long as you don’t use your disability as an excuse to not communicate clearly, Draq, your employers / customers / clients / won’t see you as someone they can’t work with, either. The rules are really that simple, Draq.

        Yeah, yeah, yeah, Draq W., you will always and forever encounter jerks here on planet Earth (even those without any physical or mental disability &/or challenge) encounter jerks on a routine basis. But that’s just life, Draq . . . disability(s) or not! It’s called, “dealing with the human condition.” As the old yet still accurate saying goes . . . “S#!t happens.” (And to get even cruder . . . everybody’s s#!+ stinks so learn to hold your nose & deal with it!)

        My adult career work history involves participation in private business & industry, public service, and small business entrepreneurship / ownership. Over the years, I’ve been on the bottom of the work totem pole, in middle management, and the top dog of my own business(es). Let’s just say I’ve a good grasp on the landscape so I’m not communicating my points to you blindly.

        I’ve dealt with rational people, irrational people, rational people just having irrationally bad days, and once in awhile even irrational people having uncharacteristically rational moments. It’s rarely a perfect scenario and ‘kind & clear, even if unconventional, communications’ is the only common denominator with the ability to address a situation with the potential for all to proceed well.

        So, Draq, don’t pretend to give me any grief about not understanding that you think you are different and/or special because you can’t hear! Of course I can’t tell you I completely understand your challenges nor will I do so intentionally, but don’t you try to ignore me or others because you haven’t walked in our shoes, either. Just sayin’ that most paths go at least two ways.

        Visualize the race, Draq.
        “On your mark . . . ”

        In one particular work place there was a new client – an Ethiopian (yes, from Africa) man, visa granted college student, that several of my co-workers would avoid dealing with routinely. He was a wonderfully nice & friendly young man that knew the English language well, but his “foreign to us” Ethiopian accent was so thick that understanding his English spoken questions and concerns was challenging beyond belief. For some of my co-workers it was simply too frustrating to take on. (Their loss, my gain!)

        I had assisted him a few prior times with simple requests (most of which he used his hands to help describe his word usage as we both laughed when I figured out what he was trying to convey) so I was never one of the employees to avoid him. One day, however, he had a very complicated inquiry and I was clueless as to what he was trying to ask. Again, he was polite and kind (as I was with him) but the conversation was going absolutely nowhere. Nowhere. And it was going nowhere, fast.

        (Here’s the kicker . . . he could understand my “midwest, American accent” clearly. It was me – me, myself & I – that was unable to understand his accent – again he was even speaking proper English – at first.)

        Finally, shaking my head & shrugging my shoulder, I just grinned at him, handed him a legal pad and a pen and asked if he minded writing down his question(s). He gladly took the pen & pad, took a minute or two to write out his multi-layered question(s) and gave me back the pad with a smile on his face. His first line? “Thank you. Writing down my questions will help us both understand each other better!”

        The guy remained in town for a couple of years and also just happened to work part time at a local grocery story I patronized. I finally came to learn & understand his “accent” much better and it was always a pleasant experience & light-hearted exchange when we ran into each other at either my work place or his. We both still laughed at each other when he didn’t understand a word or phrase I used and/or when he accidentally mispronounced something that left either of us reaching for some paper and a pen.

        Then, one late spring afternoon we saw each other at the grocery story and again (he was always so perfectly proper & polite that it was almost comical) he actually asked permission to privately talk to me about a specific subject for a minute or two! I had paid for the groceries and was about to walk out the door when he told another “grocery store sacker” he would like to help me to my car with the groceries.

        As we got to my car, both of us ‘small talking’ during the short trek, he drew a deep breath & solemnly stated, “I just wanted to let you know that I will graduate from college next week and will be returning to Ethiopia shortly there after.”

        I congratulated him and thanked him for letting me know – wished him good luck and honestly told him I would miss seeing his friendly self. I was getting a bit teary eyed – again, ‘cuz I’m wired that way & hate goodbyes – but told him I was so glad he wanted to tell me of his new adventure with his new degree.

        “Oh, no, no, no. That is not what I wanted to tell you. Well I did want to tell you about my graduation and my journey home but I have something more important to tell you.” (Of course I’m paraphrasing his exact words after all these years.) “I wanted to let you know you were the first, very nice friend I made here and in the future when I think of America I will always remember how you made me feel the most welcomed in this country.”

        I will remember him fondly, always and forever, too. To this day, I still get teary eyed recalling this lovely memory & his freely given kindnesses. 🙂

        Okay, Draq, that was “the story” part.

        Did you get the moral of such? If not, here it is; “Don’t close yourself off to people that don’t communicate as you expect them to do . . . take a chance and offer a solution that could work for both of you to “communicate” pleasantly. You might just meet someone you will never forget, too.”

        Take on the race, Draq.
        “Get set . . . ”

        Now for the pep talk . . .

        Draq, you mentioned sales success with flyer type ads. That tells me you’ve got a knack for promoting (selling) a good product. Take that success into your own chosen side business. Does you no good to keep pursuing such with employers that have an obviously flawed product(s) this days. You can blame them all you want for their inferior product(s) but why not put that energy into your own projects and/or services on your own time and just keep working well for them until you can afford not to?

        If your own product / service is good, better, best don’t worry so much about your own perceived salesmanship skills that your jerks of employers (past or present) seem to put so much emphasis on and put some faith into word of mouth advertising and printed (in well designed sales flyers and/or a well designed web site and some business cards that “you deliver / disperse” plus a flyer or single page, three fold brochure describing your product / service business.

        Ask satisfied customers / clients if they would be willing to give you a written testimonial you could incorporate in your flyers / brochures / web pages. Keep the comments short (1-3 sentences at most) and offer to use only a first name if they are unsure about broadcasting their full names. Hand a few extra business cards out to your satisfied customers if they are willing to pass a few along.

        If you can’t take inquiries and or appointments by phone, you don’t even have to mention you are deaf, simply state in you flyers and businesses cards that all inquiries or appointments must be made by email, text or fax. (Then again, do people still use fax these days? Ha, ha, ha!) If anyone asks why you don’t have a phone number simply tell them you are deaf as nonchalantly as you were telling them you have blue, brown or green eyes. Again, the good and decent ones will work with you and you don’t need the headaches of dealing with the jerks so just forget about the jerks.

        Run the race, Draq.

        Good luck and best wishes. Take care.

  13. MsBlindspot says:

    Sewing…such a needed skill and one that’s going by the wayside in our “throw-away”, cheap-China-made-goods society. Having a good machine and knowing how to use it, as well as having hand-sewing skills is a great way to make money. Provide mending for your community,..especially single men and single mothers…as well as ironing. Small income, but adds up. Then, one can make goods to sell…simple, useful, needed things to start… aprons is a good one; quilts next. Once you start, word spreads, and people will come.

    What ya need:
    – Sewing machine…look at garage/estate/yard sales and flea markets; also look online…Craigslist and local Freecycle sites for a cheap or free machine. And/or ask friends and family if they have one you can use/have.
    – The skills to use and maintain a machine …info abounds on the net, and if you’re lucky, the machine will come with a users manual that explains a lot.
    – Sewing scissors…the best pair you can afford/find. The older metal style is the best. Perhaps an elder family member has a pair you can use/have.
    – Thread…again: find at yard etc sales as well as seasonal store sales
    – Material…yard etc sales and seasonal store sales, as well as cheaper store, like Walmart.
    – Patterns. This can be simple to start…patterns can be made from things you have. When a shirt I liked wore out, I took it apart and used it as a pattern. A quilt can be made using simple squares. Then, as the money comes in, patterns can be bought. Look for sales in the stores as the trends and seasons change; can also look online…many available there for little money.
    – An iron and board
    – A place to lay out material and patterns

    Later on, one might need buttons, zippers, pinking shears, and other things (and the skills to use them), but to begin, the above is all that’s needed.

    I found a machine online for free, got 2 pairs of good scissors (needed sharpening which I traded for), and some material and thread at an estate sale, made a pattern out of an apron I had and got started. I let residents in the community know I do mending and ironing, and they come.

    PS: don’t forget bartering for what ya need. I know this article is about making money…making money to buy preps. One can sometimes trade services and things, with no cash involved, for what’s needed. Always my preferred way.

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      MsBlindspot (and others), sewing is indeed a dying art & science (and yes, science is involved) and the best news is . . . if one is already a skilled seamstress / tailor, he or she probably has all the necessary tools and equipment to start a basic service – – – therefore – – – little to no initial investment needed to begin! Can’t beat that!

      I would also suggest that anyone starting this type of venture also prepare a generalized printed price sheet (different fees for different projects which takes into consideration that some projects will require more of your time and more of your expertise to expertly complete) before even beginning to offer this as a regular service. This price sheet (go over such with each client for each project) can serve as a basic ‘estimated cost proposal’ for the customer & the particular project, too, and will go far in helping keep the client(s) and the service provider on the same page, financially, so there are no surprises to either party when the bill is presented and paid. 🙂

  14. grandma bear says:

    If you are able cleaning houses! People will pay good money to not clean their own home! Sitting with an elderly person and doing light housekeeping, huge need here! On the other end watching the little ones before and after school. If you are physically able and have people skills this may be for you. You can pick your schedule to a certain extent and provide a valuable service!

  15. I sell whiskey barrels on the side…

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      Are the whiskey barrels empty or full? If the whiskey barrels are full – – – may I respectfully ask, exactly what they are full of? (Sorry Rick – ha, ha, ha! I couldn’t help myself concerning these follow up questions!) Just funnin’ with ya! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. i like Dave Ramsey’s FPU…. sell unessentials – ebay craigs or garage sales; take extra job…..gotta wanna!

  17. Great ideas everyone. The comments are as good as the article. I’m just shocked a bot hasn’t posted how to make $3,500 a week from home by simply clicking on a link. As bogus as those are, it would almost be appropriate for just such an article.

  18. or signing up for bill gates fortune disbursement….

  19. I like to short sell silver. It makes me lots of money. When silver prices are low I go to my local coin store and buy coins. Silver prices tend to parellel gas prices (I do not know why) but when gas prices are low (like now) I go and buy as many coins as I can afford. Not only are they a hedge in case SHTF but rest assured the prices WILL raise within 4 months of you purchasing. Then just return to the store with your silver and cash it in! The last time I did this I spent $280 on coins and 8 months later turned it in for $520. I made that money doing NOTHING and I spent it on preps! I’ll be returning sometime this month.

  20. You can make more money at home as soon as you quit voting for Democraps.

  21. A care giver, house sitter/cleaner, dog walker person that is dependable & trustworthy can make a few on the side. Handymen are always in demand…..these are not high paying, but can be cash oriented. My son uses my big snowblower periodically for a few beans. Hafta squeeze gas money & mtce costs outta him, though. A good self propelled walk behind mower (not cheap) will get one started in landscaping. Bought a Honda for small areas 15yrs ago! Customer wants mulhcing mower- extra charge. Bagged- extra$. A pick up & ramps Good exercise & vitamin D to boot. Look @ bulletin boards @ markets to see what services are provided, you may have/enjoy that skill. Stress cash basis, file as irs desires. 10-15 lawns @ $20/ea/day….hmmm. Don’t neglect mtce on your equipt. If svc grows, get commercial or backup gear. If customer a pain, move on.

  22. BlueJeanedLady says:

    Great ideas in this post and a few that I’ve successfully done (house keeping / cleaning and sewing services to name a couple) plus a few more ideas that I’ve done on an occasional basis (house sitting and pet sitting / walking) and a even a few more I’ve tinkered with the possibilities considering my own personal skill-sets . . .

    Private piano / musical instrument lessons –
    Private swimming lessons –
    Dog training (for the dogs) and pet parenting recommendations (for the ones whose dogs I train) –
    Individual tutoring services (insert your own strengths, here) in any subject well versed in –
    Offering such knowledge based skills in a classroom setting as a paid instructor for home schooling co-ops –

    Granted, not all of these ideas will work in very small communities or even in larger communities after a SHTF scenario, but by starting any one of these (or other also mentioned ideas in this thread) before things get worse (and they will get worse, IMHO) anyone’s positive learning curve of a productive work ethic today will help build & grow business / service oriented experience(s) and confidence(s) for tomorrow.
    And . . . confidence in positive skill-set utilization and sharing is always, always, always a good thing to build upon for self sufficiency!

    Great article MD and wonderful comments, too, packmates. Thanks for the wealth of inspirational suggestions & ideas.

    Good luck and good thoughts & prayers for all & ya’ll keep taking care, too! Okay? Okay!

  23. mom of three says:

    Make sure you check your city law’s too some job’s need you to be licensed and bonded. A guy, we hired to do demo work, he took our mobile home down for the scrap metal, plus he took our Suburban, in trade we also gave him $100.00 in cash. Was it worth it? Yes and No. He just put the trailer pieces just dumped them in with out any rhyme or reason, and we ended up with three dump load it should have been two, he did not remove the windows, so we had broken glass all over the place very messy and dangerous! He did not come back for the rest of the scrap, and scrap is going for .29 cents a pound so we dumped the rest when we finished cleaning our property. In hind sight you do get what you pay for ! Would I do it again? No we would hire a crew that
    was licensed and bond to do the job, the job would have taken less time with less mess. Guess what I’m saying don’t take on something you can’t do either, we like helping those that help themselves, but we needed the job to be done more professionally done.

  24. Overwatch says:

    If you live near any decent sized city and have a reliable, economical car, you can sign up with a courier company to do same day deliveries. It’s a 1099 job but you set the hours of availability and deduct the mileage from your pay. You can earn quite a bit. Just don’t get dependent on the GPS. Use maps and street atlases too. Some guys I know are pulling down a grand a week up in Boston.

    • Draq Wraith says:

      Do you still see bicycle couriers?

      • Overwatch says:

        Sometimes. They can do okay too. The big money is in long distance runs. Say you pick up a package in city A and drive 300 miles to city B. You’ll earn $300 (roughly) and only 42% of that (roughly) is taxable. Then you deduct your cell phone, maps etc. Do you see how nice of a deal this can be?
        Some of the best drivers work for Uber and Lyft too.

  25. Chuck Findlay says:

    I would think a person with even an old backhoe and a trailer to carry it around would be able to make money with it now and post SHTF.

    Having recently dig down 6-feet to get to a leaking water pipe I can say it would have been worth paying someone to use a backhoe to dig it. I couldn’t use one because of the confined space and it made the job a lot of hard work. People will always have the need to push dirt around.

    I’ve seen old tractors with a backhoe attachment on Craig’s List for $2,000.00 and less. Yea they are old, but it could be a business and with good pricing for your work it should generate work.

    Another thing I sell is wood cutouts of wine bottles and glasses out of 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 inch plywood. These are like the yard art you see in yards only small enough to hang in a home. I cut them out and paint them black with craft paint. I sell them at a flea market for a few dollars each for the small ones and $15.00 for the bigger ones. I use free wood I have left over from working on repair jobs in homes. I use a scroll saw, table saw and a band saw, but all it really takes is a jig saw, sandpaper, a paint brush and a quart of black paint. If you want to do this and want free wood, people are always putting out furniture on trash day and it works for all kinds of small projects. Or the furniture probably can be fixed to sell at a flea market.

    I have a van and pickup truck for moving things around. But if you are thinking about setting up at a flea market a small trailer (look on Craig’s List or Freecycle) would be needed if you don’t have a truck.

  26. oldalaskan says:

    The summer of 1986 I worked nights as an aircraft mechanic for a major airline. One afternoon the Ice cream truck came down the neighborhood and my two sons wanted an ice cream bar. When I saw the price I almost said no. When I got back into the house I started doing some investigation and I soon was the proud owner of a peddle ice cream tricycle from “Worksman Bikes” and I was in the Ice Cream business. I was making money almost overnight and had my investment paid in a month. (The Dipper is a good monthly magazine). I then bought an old mail truck and replaced the engine and painted the inside white, the outside white with pink pin stripes and cut a door in the right side and had my investment paid off in a little over 2 months. I then bought an old motorhome and converted it into a mobile food truck and it paid off in two special events.
    In 1990 I went to auctioneer school and for the past 15 years this was my sole income to support my family. I now sell mostly defaulted storage units and our main buyer base is people who buy for resale. One of my buyers has a 5,000 sq. ft. store with 3 full-time employees and several part-time employees. One day the wife confided in me that she hasn’t bought toilet paper, bath soap, laundry, dish soap and many other products from a store in years. From time to time she shows off a gold & diamond ring or bracelet, watch or other high value jewelry.
    I make a good living auctioning defaulted storage and several people make a good living buying and reselling the items that they find in storage.
    I once wrote an article on buying at storage auctions for this blog and what I got in one unit I bought two summers ago, a Mossberg 500, Viper Copperhead crossbow, fishing gear and other stuff for $300.00 I sold some of the other stuff for $$$$$ and kept some stuff.
    This summer I roto tilled gardens for $$$$ and sold produce from my garden at a farmers market.
    One thing about learning a skill is the government cannot take your knowledge or skills from you.

  27. Most of these comments point to one thing–whoever owns the means of production is the one who makes the money. Have tools for whatever you want to do now and especially later.

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