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10 Easy DIY Employment Opportunities

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Business, Conscious Living, Thrive with 2 Comments

Jeffrey Green | Activist Post 

My kids are obsessed with watching gamer channels on YouTube. At first I thought these YouTubers must be deadbeat basement dwellers until my kids showed me that they have billions of views. I later found out that some of them make up to $8000 per day from Google ads alone!  If teenage gamers can make more money than their parents by using free technology to do what they love, anyone can do it.

In the U.S., 102 million working-age Americans are unemployed (41% of this age group). This statistic seems horrible, and it surely is for some, but a good many are voluntarily unemployed — like stay-at-home moms, homeschooling parents, or self-employed people working in the gray market. Heck, I'm considered unemployed according to official numbers, but I still pay my bills.

If you are involuntarily unemployed, this expanding gray market now offers unlimited opportunities to end your dependence on the job/public-assistance paradigm. The gray market is essentially the economy that happens without permission. In other words, it's made up self-employed people who don't formally register a business but transact in legal products or services.

Free technology opens a global marketplace to anyone who's willing to endure the learning curve to gain the necessary skills. And it's never been easier to learn because of countless “How To” videos on YouTube. All you have to do is define something you're passionate about, identify the market, and locate the tools to make money from it.

Technology has made it so simple to turn your passion into a living income, it's almost inexcusable not to. You owe it to yourself and all others who will benefit from your participation in that arena.

Here are 10 of the easiest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) real employment opportunities including the tools needed to succeed:

Vintage dealer – Are you an obsessive collector of vintage items? Clothing, jewelry, coins, antiques, toys, etc.? Well, why is that not your business? Between moving sales, storage auctions, Craigslist and  eBay you could be getting paid for doing what you love. No excuses.

Chef/Cook – Good, passionate chefs rarely have trouble finding work. However, the restaurant business has grueling hours. If you love to cook but hate working in restaurants, services like EatWith  connect you with customers who want a homecooked gourmet meal with a more personal setting. You can now get paid to cook a few meals per week for small groups of people on your terms.


Reporter – Are you a wanna-be reporter or just a loud mouth with an opinion?  Why aren't you making money from that? There are many freelance profit-sharing platforms like Examiner or  DigitalTrends. Plus, setting up a free blog website has never been easier.  Professional website templates exist for free platforms like Blogger or WordPress. Monetization with Google adsAmazon and other affiliates are a breeze to set up. Additionally, learning to set up and operate a blog is vital to every professionon this list. Consider it your new business card. Get a good DIY guide to blogging and get it done.

Novelist – If you loving writing fiction, your dream of making money from it is frictionless in the digital age. I scarcely know anyone who reads fiction that doesn't use a Kindle-like device. Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing makes it easy for you to publish books, series, short stories, informative pamphlets; whatever, and sell them through Amazon. Then you promote them through blog posts, interviews, and writing reviews for, and networking in, your genre. Simple formula.  If you produce good content, you will make money.

Professional Foodie – Food prices are exploding, especially for quality food. This presents huge opportunities for organic gardeners or animal lovers to make a living from the food revolution. I have a doctor friend who just bought a milch cow due to the high demand for grass-fed raw milk in our area. At the current price per gallon, he will make his money back in 4 months if his family was the only ones using the milk, 2 months if he sells some of it. I buy his milk, and I also buy sprouts from a guy who grows them in his apartment, pastured broiler chickens from a family who raises them in their yard, raw honey from local beekeepers, and when my personal production of organic fruits and veggies and free-range eggs fall short they're easily found locally. I found them on Craigslist, LocalHarvest, and at my local farmers markets. These products cost about double what their factory-produced alternatives cost, and I and many others gladly pay it. In fact, demand is so high there are often waiting lists to get these foods! Produce it and they will come.

Driver – Do you have a car, time on your hands, and enjoy meeting new people? UberLyft, and other ridesharing services are simple platforms to connect you to paying customers who need a ride. (Even if you don't have a car, you could offer walking tours of your town or city to introduce newcomers and tourists to the local sites and businesses.)

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  1. indichas@outlook.com' Chas says:

    Although I like the message of this post, not every passion can translate into a means of making a living. Hollywood is full of bartenders and waitresses that didn’t pass the audition. Not everyone is an Earnest Hemingway- many a manuscript sits at the bottom of the trash bin. It isn’t as easy as snapping your fingers to make it happen.

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