Small Business Optimization

Make money doing what you enjoy

Everyone seems to be looking for the next million dollar internet idea. Stories abound about the 19-year-old kid who created a website and is worth billions upon billions of dollars. That sounds amazing, but if you're anything like me you don't need 100 billion dollars. In fact, you don't even need one billion.

What I need, and what you might also desire, is a few hundred dollars supplementary income every month  earned without having to pump gas during the evenings and weekends. If that few hundred dollars turns into a few thousand dollars then hey, all the better.

One small way I've begun making additional revenue that (and this might sound crazy) doesn't involve internet marketing schemes is by purchasing sunglasses at wholesale prices and taking them to flea markets on the weekends. I buy them for $3.00, sell them for $6.00 and walk away with anywhere from $100 to $300 in my pocket after "working" for about 4 hours. It's kind of hard to argue with a $50 per hour job where I sit around in the sun and read a book or listen to my Ipod.

If you're looking for get rich quick internet schemes this might not be good advice for you. There are plenty of products promising exorbitant results for little or no effort, and they'll only cost you $97 of the hard-earned cash you have in the bank. There is a lot of great information for free out there about ways to make money on the internet, too. Some of it's good, some of it's bad. 

I should not allow myself to seem so condescending, as I do believe the internet is a great place to make money. But great opportunities are often blurred by snake oil salesmen who sell you false hope without offering tried and tested theories.

If you don't feel like obsessing over SEO optimization or back linking, however, I suggest you grab a good book and some sun tan lotion and head out to the local flea market, set up shop and try to remember what it was like when people traded physical cash for physical goods.

If you don't have a wholesale product (like the sunglasses I used as an example) don't stress out. Why not start with the things you already own and have no use for any longer? Start in your house and go from top to bottom. Baby cribs, toys, picture frames. You would be amazed at what people will give you money for. Treat it like a garage sale. Hey, there is another idea! Frequent the local garage sales and look for items you think you can turn a profit on.  It will give you a way to spend an afternoon and it will keep your entrepreneurial juices flowing.