How To Come Up With 50 Dollars

A few minutes browsing through YouTube will show how many people have used the following methods to come up with some extra cash. These aren’t get rich quick schemes, and it may not happen over night, but they are proven methods. Some of these ideas might produce the full sum all at once, while others require the accumulation of several sales, gigs, or items. What’s cool is that there’s something for everyone. Happy hustling!

How to come up with 50 dollars:

1. Scavenging scrap – electronics, garbage, up-cycle crafts, cleanup and removal

2. Turn over items – books, bikes, furniture, random items online

3. Garage sale – pretty self explanatory

4. Art – sculptures, paintings, drawings, poetry, crafts

5. Writing – copy, filler, blog, magazine,

6. Services – windows, cleaning, yard work, handyman, babysitting, pet care

7. Teaching/tutoring – music, math, English, software, yoga

8. Space for rent – storage space, car, yard, internet

9. Mobility – carpool, haul stuff from place to place,

10. Security – house sitting, installation of home security stuff, varmint duty,

11. Maintenance – simple car, outdoors equipment, yard, electronics

12. Repair – electronics, house interior, furniture, appliances

This is a pretty general list, so if you want more specifics or just more ideas shoot me a comment and subscribe for more!

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Why 100,000?

I want a better car, one that gets better gas mileage and has four-wheel drive. I’d like a nicer apartment, eventually a nice house. Girlfriends can be expensive I hear, not to mention marriage and a family. I like my laptop but what if it crashes or gets stolen? How about some nicer clothes, my old ten-dollar hoody is getting a bit frayed and I’m embarrassed to where it in public. But it’s better than my last one, which I wore while working as a welder’s assistant, I get embarrassed wearing that even in private. A mobile device with WiFi would be nice.

These are some of the more frivolous reasons that I came up with. But these hardly generate enough drive to get me to do what it takes.

Favorite pastimes: I like to fish but a fishing license is pretty expensive. I would love to be able to buy some nice fishing equipment and maybe even go fishing in Alaska. I like to play the guitar. I’d like to get really good, but to do that I need practice and who has time to practice the guitar when there are bills to pay? Spare moments are spent learning useful skills, not dinking around with something that requires all your time to actually get good at it. I’d also really like to have a shop where I could build or create whatever I come up with. I would like to have the means and materials to dream up something and make it a reality. I might even be able to solve some problems.

I served a mission in Mexico, and met a lot of great people there. I made a lot of friends and became quite attached to them and their families. I’d love to visit in person rather than Facebook messaging and Skype. But such a trip also costs more money and time than I can justify spending.

Something else that I value is education. A couple of things which keep me from learning about some interesting subjects (aviation for example) is the cost of instruction and cost of time which in normal circumstances would be dedicated to work and living expenses. I also would like to be able to help others to afford the opportunities to educate themselves, including my children.

Hobbies would be nice to be able to spend time on but I imagine that even if I did find time and means enough to work on them I would probably use most of it developing the security and well-being of my family instead. I would like to reduce dependence on other organizations and sources as much as possible. Being financially independent is a huge factor.

Another point: can I be so selfish as to spend my life worrying about myself and my own interests? I had never thought about poverty as selfishness, but someone mentioned it in a blog and it makes sense to me. See http://wp.me/p3d0bn-8

I’m not sure how much money all this would add up to, maybe more, perhaps less than the 100,000 dollar mark. But if I can achieve this goal it would be very significant to me in itself. It would give me an idea of what I am capable of doing. It would prove to me the power of desire and dedication. I would have validated my ability to realize my own dreams. And having stretched myself to win such a sum I would not only have learned many valuable lessons about how to do it, but know that I could do it again.

So in summary, what are my leading motivations?

  1. Family
  2. Education
  3. Career
  4. Giving back
  5. Personal Validation

No You Can’t

Just for a minute I want you to think negatively.

Think of something that you do automatically, you don’t think about it you just do it, like driving, walking, cooking, riding a bike, talking. Think for a minute how many things could go wrong. Imagine just how hazardous it could be if you didn’t do it right or you failed.

You never know what is going to happen. You may have done it before but this time you might not be able to respond the right way. How dangerous is getting in a vehicle that could get out of control and kill you or others? Shrink from it, don’t be the one responsible for the pain and trauma caused by such.

Even speaking has its risks. You never know if something you say will offend someone. What if you lose a friend or certain people in your life start to think badly of you? So many things can go wrong.

Is it worth the risk? You don’t have to do it you know. You can avoid doing those things. There are others who can do it better, that have more experience. Leave it to them. You don’t have to stretch yourself or go beyond your comfort zone.

Now, if you’ve had enough…

Remember how you could do it. Remember that you have done it a thousand times and never had a problem. Remember how you handled situations that could have been bad but your reflexes saved you, and you moved on with a triumphant laugh. Think about how you have done new things, failed and tried again to succeed. Who criticized you? Who says you can’t try again? Why not?

There is a first time for everything. Now we do it, and we can’t imagine not being able to.

Now think about those things that you would like to do but haven’t yet found the courage. Imagine you have already done it many times before. Remember how smoothly you do it? Remember how good you feel when you do?

You can do it. You will get better. It will get easier. Just start. Think big, and do it.

Case study: Divine Comedy

Divine Comedy has gone from simply a club of comedy loving students putting skits together for their own diversion and entertainment of others, to a syndicated TV show called Studio C.

These few students got together and did what they loved to do. They did it well and produced great value, they published it on YouTube and became known far beyond their imagined limits. They gained so much traction that stopping was out of the question. Even as their years at school came to a close they continued to rise in popularity and demand. Divine comedy will never be the same as new students take their places. There is a weight and a presence left.

They have become celebrities, and their new medium, Studio C, is a major asset to byutv.

All because a group of like-minded kids came together to do what they loved to do.

Is there something I love doing that has that kind of potential?

Am I Crazy?

My goal is to make 100,000 dollars in under two years. Is this crazy?

Is this impossible? No. But is it plausible?

             …why not?

I believe that wealth does come in direct proportion to effort. I just need to find where to apply the effort. Just like a boulder can be moved when we apply the right kind of leverage.

100,000 dollars is a lot of money. But what is it, really, that impedes an individual from making that kind of money? I believe that time, effort and education are essential ingredients for monetary success, however, I don’t believe that there is only one recipe.

I am taught that I should be getting a job and going to school so that I can support myself. I agree that this method works, however, I feel like this is not how I will reach my goals in life or realize my potential. I know there is another way. Not because I’m a cop-out, I am no stranger to hard work. But because I feel that there is another way to accomplish the same thing that will bring more than just monetary gain. I don’t believe in working only for the money. I have done plenty of that, the returns are hardly worth the effort. I say that because I have no obligations to provide yet. If I had a family to feed then the returns would be very different. But since I am still very flexible I plan to get myself to a more advantageous position so that when I do have that responsibility I won’t have to live that way. It is a leap of faith. I am leaving the known and recommended path for one that offers no promises.

This is not some get rich quick scheme. This is an assertion of freedom as well as an experiment. Though it has been done before I pioneer the way for myself and leave a journal for others who feel as I do.