You could be the next big do-it-yourself, bootstrapping success story all while pursuing your dream of travelling the world or staying home to raise kids. Seriously, with a little dedication, you could make enough to live on and possibly enough to save. See our examples below and let us know creative and untraditional ways you’ve made money.
1. Sell goods on Etsy, ebay, and Local flea markets
If you’re willing to carry your knitting needles, jewelry supplies, paint or what have you in your luggage then you could set up shop on the road. And of course if you’re working from home, you can set up an entire home-based factory. Get your handmade candles, jewelry, paintings, etc. online and you could be the next big , Three Bird Nest (photo from their look book is pictured above) an Etsy star seller that makes over $65,000 per month (yes Sixty-five thousand not six thousand five hundred) on the international platform.
2. Design for your own roster of Companies and Small Businesses
Sites like Elance and Freelancer make it relatively easy to complete projects in everything from graphic design to programming and get paid from anywhere you have a computer and the internet. As a freelance you set up a profile detailing your experience and your pay rate and businesses that have projects that they need outsourced link will reach out to you depending on their needs and budget.
3. Teach Your Craft
Whatever your passion there are sure to be others around the world that are into the same thing. Give classes on your craft and the income could help support your travels. Many creatively skilled freelancers offer music, yoga, dance classes wherever they travel by linking up with local studios or publicly advertise classes online and at cafes and schools.
2. Make You Tube Videos
It’s no secret that videos that go viral can mean big bucks for creators through Youtube’s revenue-sharing program. It has worked for reality comedian Jenna Marbles, sales clerk- cum- millionare media maker Jamal Edwards, and quite a few others. How can anyone forget Matt Harding, for example, badly dancing’ (his words!) his way around the world for 14 months while gaining worldwide attention from his YouTube videos and sponsorship from Stride gum and Visa. And of course the viral explosion of gangum style song and dance craze created by Psy, not only was gangum Style the most watched video in 2012, it earned the Korean entertainer an upwards of US$8.1 million in total revenue from combined sources. Many vloggers, bloggers, and amateur video producers are whipping out their iPhones and uploading their own video content on everything from hair tutorials to video diaries and are cashing in.
5. Teach a foreign language.
If you’re looking to teach English, after and intense 4 to 6 weeks of coursework, you can receive your CELTA or a Trinity CertTESOL teaching certificate and have the credential to teach pretty much any accredited school. Alternatively, you can contact local language teaching schools wherever you are traveling and see if they are looking for native speakers to teach courses. No matter what your mother tongue is (Portuguese, English, Spanish, etc.) there are always people looking to master a foreign language from a teacher with a clear native accent. In the beginning, you may not make as much with a language school as you would if you had official certification, but once you gain experience you can get your own students and set your own prices.