By Holly Reisem Hanna
From a very young age, I was motivated to make money. I’m not sure if this was ingrained in me genetically or if my parents just taught me well — either way, I’ve always found creative ways to make money.
If you’re looking to increase your bottom line – here are some methods I have used throughout the years.
1. Making Money With Nature
One summer, I decided to collect salamanders from our backyard to try and sell them to pet stores. After finding nine salamanders, and storing them in a five gallon bucket with food and water, I went to the yellow pages and started calling pet shops. I remember I called a lot of stores, but after numerous attempts, one pet store owner agreed to purchase the salamanders for 50 cents a piece. Thrilled to find a buyer, I asked my Dad to drive to me to the store to make the sale – he did (thanks Dad)!
Yes, I only made $4.50, but that’s not the point. The lesson here is … if you think outside the box you can find creative ways to make money. While this salamander example isn’t going to translate well into a business today, there are people who make good money forging for wild food. In fact, here’s an interview with a guy who is making $30 an hour selling wild foods to restaurants – pretty impressive! (more…)
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