How To Earn Money For Your Future Service Dog
Look around your house and determine
whether you could sell anything you might not
really need. Or, if you enjoy doing so, you can
go to yard or rummage sales where you can
buy stuff very cheap and re-sell some of it on
E-bay or Craigslist.
You just have to be organized and be able to research the prices that certain
things are selling at. I think that's the tough part. So, in order to succeed,
choose items you know about and that stir some level of passion inside of
you, or you'll just end up with a bunch of junky stuff cluttering your life. I
met a woman the other day at the Post Office who routinely turned a profit
on E-bay. She said that she made between $50 and $400 a month, but it
did require work and knowledge. She explained that she would pick up a
"box of mixed stuff" at a rummage sale that included at least some things
she knew she could itemize and resell. I asked her what sort of stuff she
sought. She said that she recently picked up a box of "general household
stuff" for $10 that contained another box of dozens of buttons for clothing.
Once she itemized and photographed them, she put them up at Ebay. I
don't know a thing about sewing or what people want in that regard. So, I
would never choose that project for myself. But, this woman was into sewing
and she knew that people were always looking for specific buttons. Who
knew? She turned a $10 box of stuff into about $35 worth of profit on the
Of course, if you aren't into sewing or buttons, that would be the wrong
project for you. But, everyone is passionate about something. Type your
passion into Craigslist or Ebay and see what comes up! If you don't know
what your passion is, start paying attention to the articles or books you read,
or the types of television shows that you watch.
SELL YOUR TIME & EXPERTISE
If you are good at organizing thoughts you can sell
that skill to folks who can use your talent.
At Craigslist you can sell your service of searching
for items that someone is struggling to find, or who
doesn't have the time to find. For example,
someone who is looking for a "used leather sofa"
may fail to do the search for "couch." Some
people refer to a sofa as a "couch." If you know
that and someone else doesn't, you can find items
that a person would miss in her own search. You
can use www.thesaurus.com as a guide when
someone asks you to find a specific item, or do a
quick google search to see how it may also be
You can charge a small percentage of the
product's cost. You hook people up with things
they want but are unable to, or unwilling to find for
themselves. It’s a win-win situation!
Use PayPal to get paid. You can have clients all
over the country, or even the world. The more you
do that sort of work, the more you increase your
own awareness of the whole realm of Craigslist
and how to negotiate it, which, in turn, develops
your talent and makes you more efficient at
DON’T FEEL TRAPPED
Having a disability doesn't have to mean you are trapped or unable to be
productive. Even if you cannot leave your home, or work "normal" hours, in
today's world, if you have access to a computer you can make some money. If
you don't have a computer, your local library does. So, if you can get to the
library, you may partake in the opportunities that abound. If you don't have a
computer and cannot get to the library, someone you know may have a portable
device that you can use. Many people are able to access the world through an i-
phone and nothing more. If you don't want to use the vastness of the internet,
read below. There are always things that you can do to make extra money to
acquire your Service Dog.
Today, your gift, your special talent can be shared with the world and you can get paid for offering it. And, you don't even have to
create something. You can just use your organizational skills or other analytical aptitudes to help someone who will be happy to
pay you for the service. Some people have more money than time. Others have more time than money. If you can spare some
time, you can offer a service or a product to someone who will find great value in what you can provide.
Here are a couple of good places to start. If you don't find inspiration on these lists, just type "how to make money" into the search
box at Google or Yahoo to get additional idea.
SHARE YOUR HOMEMADE ITEMS
To make some extra money, you may want to sell something that you make by
hand. A great place to do so is at www.Etsy.com What I love about Etsy is that
everything must be home made to sell it there, so people who buy there feel good
about the purchase, if they value supporting the “little guy”. What’s great is that you
can also purchase the articles which may be required to make the handmade items
on Etsy. So, if you want to make jewelry, you can buy the raw materials (like beads,
feathers, clasps etc…). Then, you can assemble your products at home and sell
your custom earrings or bracelets on-line. There are even people who make
money creating the "e-stores" for people who want to sell on Etsy. They sell the
"fashion" look of the "storefront", which is just graphics, of course. If you are good at Photoshop, you can even sell that sort of art to
people who want to open a shop at Etsy - all without ever leaving your home.
I have purchased organic dried fruits, shortbread cookies, jams, fudge, home-made dog biscuits, parrot toys and a few other things at
Etsy. I love that site. I also purchased 70% of my Christmas presents off Etsy. I like the feeling of sending my loved ones something
that you cannot purchase at a normal retail shop.
Making pet toys is very easy, and very lucrative. If you know parrots, they pretty much destroy any toy you offer them, and, in fact, that
is the whole reason parrot owners give them toys - so, that they can shred things like they do in the wild. So, good parrot owners are
always buying new toys. You can buy the pieces of leather, wood and rope to make parrot toys on any number of internet sites (just
google it). Sit and watch TV while you assemble them into cute sizes and shapes, which you can mimic (no pun intended) just by
looking at other toys. Go to Ebay and type in "parrot toy". All the stuff you would ever need is right there. You can sell a nice parrot toy
for $15 that cost only a couple dollars to make. It takes little or no skills, just a wee bit of creativity. But, do your research and
purchase only food grade food coloring to "paint" the objects and refrain from certain metals and other toxic products to keep them safe
for the parrots. You can find all those items for sale at Ebay.
I saw some very simple cat toys made of "recycled faux fur" at Etsy for $8.00 each. They could not have cost more than a dollar to
make. There are also hand made crocheted pet toys that are very cute, some that have been stuffed with catnip. According to the
APPA (American Pet Products Assoc), in 2012, Americans will spend $20 BILLION on their pets.
I just don't think that, in today's world where we can access people all around the world to buy from and sell to, with things like PayPal
and shops like Etsy, there's any reason that a person cannot give their gift to the world and get paid to do so. If those funds go to
secure your new Service Dog, everyone will be happy.
You can write free-lance articles (including about being disabled, or your journey to get a Service Dog) for dog training magazines
or other more general blogs or magazines. You could write a book and sell it at Amazon.com. Today, you don't need a publisher to
tell you whether you have the right to offer your information to the world. You don't need to submit a hard copy, perfectly formatted
copy of your manuscript to some big publishing company in New York that may or may not send you a reject notice. You just need
to write a helpful article, story or non-fiction book.
hardcopy of your book that you can sell at Amazon.com or any other vendor (if you purchase the
$25 extended distribution option that will market it to places like Barnes and Noble). Or, you can use
Kindle Direct Publishing to create a "Kindle" e-book version, only. Go to those sites and look around. If you want to pay for
special services like proof reading, editing or cover creation, you can. But, you don't need to spend any money, at all, to get
published at either of those sites. People are writing books and even small pamphlets on hundreds of topics. Do you have
something to say to the world? Do you want to be paid for sharing it? You can even create a blog and sell paid subscriptions to it,
if you are interested in writing just a little on a daily basis, rather than waiting to finish a whole book. You can decide the price you
want to sell your e-book, anywhere from 99 cents up. Do you have hundreds of 3 x 5 cards stuffed in a drawer that contain great,
old recipes? Publish a Cook Book!
Use social media, like Facebook and Twitter to market your products to the world. The great thing about publishing with
createspace or amazon kindle direct publishing is that they publish on demand (there's no need to hold inventory), so you have no
cost, at all. And, when someone buys your book, they will handle the sale and ship the product for you at no cost. Once a month,
you will receive a royalty check for any books that were sold off their site. Let the world know what is on your mind and get paid!
SHARE YOUR WORDS WITH THE WORLD
OPTIONS THAT DON’T REQUIRE ON-LINE ACCESS
Even if you don't want to entertain the idea of using cyberspace to make a little extra money,
there are other things that you may be able to do in your own neighborhood to earn some cash.
You could run errands for the elderly or offer to make them a hot meal that you deliver.
If you have a car, you can offer to drive people where they need to go. Where I live,
there is a local Mennonite community who still do not use vehicles. There are folks
who have large passenger vans that offer them rides to town, when they need to do
Wash and/or iron clothes for people. When I was a kid my mom took all my dad's work
shirts to "the ironing lady". She did it out of her own home. My mom took clean, but
un-ironed shirts to her, and she returned them neatly pressed on hangers, that my
mom took along with the shirts.
Care for your neighbor's pets when they are on vacation (or work long hours), or offer to
walk their dog during the day. If you cannot walk long distances, offer to go to the neighbor's
house and let the dog outside and to play with it for 30 minutes, instead. If you charged $6 for a
pet visit and went Monday - Friday for 30 minutes/visit and you had
three clients, you could make $90/week x 4 week = $360 in one
month. In six months you would have $2,160 (which would cover the
tuition for Phase One of the T.E.A.C.H. class), and you would only
spend 1.5 hours per day "working" plus the time it would take you to go to and from your
neighbor's house. If you could work 3 hours per day (and have 6 clients) you'd have over
$2000 (the tuition plus $320 for your travel expenses) in just 3 months!
Taking on the responsibility of earning the funds for your Service Dog puts you in
control and can also be fun as well as rewarding. If you let folks know what
you are doing (”I'm selling these items to earn money for my future Service
Dog”), some people may even be more generous than the fee you set for your
goods or service.
People love to help people who are trying to help themselves.