Is there anything in the world you can’t do to make money? Since money is simply the exchange of value do you think that people are willing to pay you for almost anything? Do people value everything? I’d argue that you can make money doing nearly anything since there’s such a vast array of personal preferences and tastes along with a huge amount of disposable income. With the creation of the internet the world has literally become the marketplace so you can become super specialized. Your imagination is the limit on how you can make money.
For the basics… Can you get paid to eat and sleep? I don’t see why not… you can get into competitive eating. Did you ever see the skinny Japanese dude who holds the world record for 53.5 hot dogs in 12 minutes? If you don’t want to stuff your face you could become a food critic or start your own niche website about a particular type of food, kinda like this site. Or maybe you could become a food critic and even start your own online cooking show.
Sleeping may be a bit harder, but I’ve heard that researchers are willing to pay you for sleeping experiments. In fact, there are examples of it here and here of people making thousands of dollars… you guessed it… to sleep!
Why You Can Make Money Doing Anything
If you’re a modern day Tom Sawyer, instead of selling your friends to paint a fence you could tell them that a pet rock might be a cool gift idea. If someone can make money selling rocks with eyeballs glued to them, you can make money following your passion! You could talk about your hobby, you could cry about Britney Spears, or you could maybe jump out of planes for a living. The reason you can making money doing anything is because people have disposable income. Therefore people who have disposable income will spend it on anything above and beyond their basic necessities. As long as it entertains them or makes them feel good they’ll spend it on your business or you specifically.
There’s only a handful of things you probably couldn’t make money doing, however I can’t think of any. As I was thinking about things you couldn’t make money doing killing people came to mind, but oh wait… you could become a professional hit man or join the military. I’m stumped and can’t think of anything really that you couldn’t find a way to make money doing it. With enough creativity and a desire to take a chance you could be making money doing the things you enjoy as well. However, I advise against being a hit man.
Things I’d Like to Make Money Doing
There are a couple unconventional things I’d like to get paid to do which include: playing the piano, scuba diving, and talking to people about achieving their dreams… oh wait… that already happens via this site 😉 For piano I could create and sell MP3’s, I could perform on the street here in Waikiki (which I actually plan on doing within the next year for fun), or I could try to book gigs. For scuba diving I could become an instructor, create a chartering business for rich clientele, go into photography, sell scuba related products, or create websites about scuba information and sell affiliate products. One person who has my dream scuba job is the editor of Scuba Magazine. He gets paid to dive and write about diving… how sweet is that!
Degree Sold Separately
My point is… you don’t need a standard career to make money, you simply have to find something related to what you enjoy doing and find a way to provide for people who enjoy the service or product you enjoy. This is the way entrepreneurs think, and this is the way I recommend looking at the world. A degree and career is not required to make this possible. Only the choice to mix what you enjoy with a way to make money doing it.
What kind of things do you want to get paid to do?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard someone get paid to do?
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