If you’ve ever come across a time in your life when money was tight, but you had a lot of time on your hands, and were left helpless for a way to make money, then have no fear! This article is going to teach you some RAW, easy to accomplish, entrepreneur skills you can use to make it through rough times.
When it comes to having money for food, hygiene, rent, your vehicle, gas, and other items you ABSOLUTELY NEED, now you’ll know how to fill your spare time making money by doing work that almost anyone can do. Even during times of stress and worry, these foolproof ways to make money can save your life!
Preparing Food For People At Home (Food Service) – Cooking foods to store in people’s freezers (chocolate syrup, onions, potatoes, bananas, eggs, green peppers, mushrooms, grated cheese). Making homemade recipes along with instructions on how to make them.
Cleanliness is VERY important, especially when preparing food for others. If someone gets sick from the food you prepare, word spreads fast, and you’d find yourself with zero customers, lots of trouble, or worse! ALWAYS make sure your cooking surfaces are disinfected and clean. You can take orders for many different foods, so learn to prepare them, and know how to store/freeze them for pickup by the customer.
Here’s some easy food ideas that even a novice can do :
Helpful Tip – Be sure to break up frozen masses of cooked food AS IT’S FREEZING to prevent “ice block” type food disasters!
Baked Potatoes – Wash the potatoes, dry them, and then poke 2 holes in each, all the way through. Set the oven to 425 and bake as many potatoes as you want for 55-60 minutes. When done, transfer them to a 3 gallon plastic bucket and let them cool for about 45 min. Then, take a pair of scissors and “snip” them into 1-2 inch pieces. Transfer to gallon ziplock storage bags and freeze. Care should be taken to break them up as they freeze so there’s no frozen solid mass disaster.
And one more thing, prepare for your kitchen (and house/apartment in general) to get VERY hot. Have a couple box fans in the windows and plugged in before you start baking the potatoes to reduce the heat level.
Onions – Onions are totally easy. Depending on the food you want to prepare with them, or per the customer request, you can choose to cut them wide and big, or diced. Cutting them is easy, and when transferred to a ziplock bag, they freeze easily.
Scrambled Eggs – Recipes with scrambled eggs are easy! Simply break the eggs into a blender, add your spice preparation of choice, and blend until smooth. From there, it’s always best to cook scrambled eggs with the least “agitation” possible. This results in much bigger chunks (preferred) and less tiny pieces.
Bananas – This is a frozen food item that requires a bit of prep to make them turn out right. Start by pre-freezing the bananas with the peels on. So the whole banana/bananas, put them right in the freezer for about 5 hours. Then take each bunch out, one by one, peel them, and chop the bananas into 1-2 inch wedges.
Then, transfer all the wedges to a ziplock bag and into the freezer. During the freezing process, in order to ensure the bananas don’t smoosh together and freeze as a solid mass, you’ll need to break them up as they become frozen enough to tolerate it. And not just one break up session, you’ll need to do it multiple times to prevent “solid banana mass” freezing.
Grated Cheese – Using a food processor, or a hand grater if you’re in “dire straits”, makes perfectly grated cheese you can transfer to a ziplock bag for freezing.
And many more! Cooking is a much needed service in the world we live in, and lots of people are willing to pay a fair price for prepared food when they need it. Here’s a link to go along with it : Great Mason Jar Salad Recipes
Create Plastic Can Liner Bed Sheets – This money making trick is quick and easy, and during times when people need to clean their homes, but can’t, a can liner bed sheet provides a clean surface to sleep on.
Also, can liners cut into specific dimensions can fit over items to keep dirt and grime emanations/releases into the air at bay. You can cover couches, recliners, cushions, and anything else by using scissors to cut the liner(s) to size. The resulting single sheet lays flat, and can be taped together with clear tape to provide a larger dimension of coverage.
The cost for 200 plastic can liners from Inteplast is only $30. They’re 35 lb lift strength, 55 gallon size, and .43 MIL strength. A single can liner is big enough to fit a single size bed, and you can charge .75 cents for each prepared “sheet”. That means 200 bags would net you a total of $150 dollars in cash, when you’ve only spent $30 for the box of can liners + the time to create the bed sheets.
Create Do-It-Yourself Zote Dish Soap – Creating low cost dish soap using a Zote laundry detergent bar is easy! 1, 14.6 ounce bar is enough for an entire gallon of dish soap! All you need is a blender, the Zote bar(s), a stove, and tap water!
And you can sell it at a discount that’s much lower than the lowest priced retail competitor. Palmolive, for example, which is one of the cheapest retail dish soap options, costs nearly $5 for a 3/4 gallon bottle.
The cost of two bottles of Palmolive is $10, and you’re only getting a total of 1 1/2 gallons. For this same price, you could buy 10 bars of Zote, prepare it, and have a whopping 10 gallons of ready to use dish soap to sell to the highest bidder. And if you decide to scale up, to say 100 gallons or more of prepared Zote and water (and other ingredients if you’re savvy), you’re looking at much higher profits! You can also add additional ingredients that customers request, and provide a “full service” dish soap service.
You might even consider an outdoor Solar Cauldron you can make from solar panels, a solar compatible rechargeable battery cell, a cauldron, and heating element to melt the soap to save on costs!
Create Do-It-Yourself Zote Laundry Detergent Mix – 1 tablespoon is all that’s needed for a full load of laundry, and everyday people waste hundreds of dollars on overpriced laundry detergent every year. Using just Zote, Arm And Hammer Washing Soda, Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, and Borax, you’ve got a highly potent way to wash laundry that can make you money!
Here’s the basic recipe that’s universally accepted as the standard laundry detergent mix to use :
1 – 4 lb / 12oz Box Of Borax– Find it in the detergent aisle – $4.17
1 – 3lb – 7oz Box Of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda– Find it in the detergent aisle – $4.17
3 14.1 oz Bars of Zote Laundry Soap – Find it in the detergent aisle – $3
1 (4 lb) Hospitality Baking Soda– Find it in the cooking aisle – $2
This results in about 15 lbs of laundry detergent when you mix it altogether. And when compared to retail powdered laundry detergent, you’re saving a ton! For a family of 4, 30 lbs of laundry detergent (double the above recipe), is enough for years of use! And the total cost is only $26 dollars!
And if you want to use different ingredients to “jazz things up”, you can add OxiClean, common table salt, and there’s also a powder laundry detergent that’s quite cheap for a 40 lb pail, called Boardwalk HURACAN40. Check out the review score, 4.5 out of 5 stars, everyone seems to love it. The 40 lb pail is only $35.68, and 2 tablespoons per load is recommended. It sure would mix VERY well with the Zote detergent bar recipe above!
And for great money making tips, check out the second article in this series, Easy Ways To Make Money At Home And Survive Tough Times – Part 2
As a Digital Marketeer and Entrepreneur, I have been fortunate to have learnt from some of the best of the best. That is what I believe is critical to ensuring anyone’s success. Take what has worked for successful people and make owning it, knowledge first and then applying what you learn by taking action. Persevering on that path will bring about sure success, simple but effective formula.