Discover Creative Ways to Earn a Living
One of the top questions on everyone’s mind is “Can I earn a living doing what I love?”. Nobody wants to drag themselves to work every day for a mediocre job that is not mentally, emotionally, or physically fulfilling. Yet, that is what most of the population does day after day just to get by.
Well, believe it or not, with a little discipline and a plan, it is not only possible to make a living doing what you love. The opportunities are limitless.
These opportunities do not have to be your run of the mill “dream jobs,” but can be as creative or counterintuitive as demanded by the market.
The steps to Getting Rich Doing What You Love could be as simple as finding a demand in the market and learning as much as possible. Here are three counterintuitive ways to make a living and the people who have been successful in these fields.
If you know how to use a sewing machine, you already have a leg up from a lot of the current population. Everyone needs clothes to wear, but you could also sew bags, purses, storage compartments, anything you can think of.
Try your hand at following a pre-made pattern, or make one yourself, and determine who you want your audience to be. Is your target audience kids, women, people who are into physical fitness, or the military?
John Willis, the owner and founder of Original Special Operations Equipment (S.O.E.) Gear is just one example of many men who earn a living by sewing.
He identified a niche in the market that had yet to be addressed and is now one of the go-to companies for military and law enforcement tactical gear. Many of the products are sewn by him personally. His company now brings in several million dollars every year.
According to Step 4, in How to Get Rich Doing What You Love, just because something, like sewing, is usually done by a certain type of person or in a certain way, does not mean that could, or should, be the only way to do it.
Craftsmanship is another trade that has seemed to go by the wayside as of late. But if you have the knowledge or drive to sell the things you build, you could make a pretty comfortable living.
Many people desire the beautiful craftsmanship that goes into building something by hand. They will usually hand out a pretty penny for it, but don’t want to or can’t make it themselves.
Women who make a living as a carpenter are usually a pretty rare find for the same reasons that it is hard to find successful men who sew. Historically, doing things a certain way, i.e. men working men’s jobs and women working women’s jobs, was productive, so why not keep doing the same thing?
Doing things counter intuitively, can not only help you make a living doing something that you love, but could also create a lucrative niche that may not have existed before.
April Wilkerson is a woman from Texas who had never picked up a power tool until February 2013. She could not afford to buy the things for her home that she wanted, so she decided to build them.
April filmed or wrote a tutorial and posted it on YouTube for every project that she tackled.
She did not set out to earn a living by building things for her home, but she now has a very successful YouTube channel and blog and is sponsored and supplied by several different tool companies.
According to The Woodworker’s Journal, April’s motivation is not to make things for other people, but rather to build things that she needs or wants and then to show others how to make it for themselves.
3. Snake milker
While sewing and woodworking are trades that definitely have different levels of amateur and expert, they do not require a college degree. If you do happen to have a college degree in biology, biochemistry, or herpetology, you could become a snake milker.
Snake venom can be used in antivenoms and medicines. Somebody has to collect the snake’s “milk” in order to make the medicines and antivenoms that can save lives.
According to jobmonkey.com a snake milker could make $2,500 per month on average and potential employers include universities, laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies.
Business Insider studied Jim Harrison, the owner and founder of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. They learned that he had been studying and milking snakes for more than thirty years.
Harrison actually refuses to take a salary, but still makes a living by extracting snake venom and helping to save lives.
There are many options to find counterintuitive ways to earn a living. Find your passion and determine how you can make that passion fit a demand in the market.
Whether it is by sewing, woodworking, milking snakes, or something only you can come up with, let your passion drive what you do and make a living doing what you love.