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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118014189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118014189
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Don't like working a boring 9-to-5 grind, sitting at a Dilbert cube desk under buzzing fluorescents, managing paper, or being a cog in a big assembly line machine five days a week? Then don't! Hundreds of thousands of nonconformists are earning a living in the niches oftoday's lousy economy with fun, unusual, and even weird money-making methods you never knew existed. This book will get you started on a path you'll enjoy: making money in fun, little-known ways with little cost or little training needed." —Danny Welsh, Internet entrepreneur, RealDealCommunity.com

Drinking on the job, stealing cars, and mopping up blood and guts might seem like terrible ways to make a living, but there's plenty of profit potential in brewing beer, repossessing automobiles, and cleaning up crime scenes. Smart, creative people have already made millions of dollars chasing geese off golf courses and selling virtual real estate. A master of many weird trades, Steve Gillman shares his secrets for turning strange jobs into moneymakers.

Using interviews with unconventional entrepreneurs, the author's own wide-ranging experience with weird jobs, and extensive research, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money reveals fun, sometimes dirty, occasionally dangerous, yet incredibly profitable jobs and businesses. If you're looking for work that suits your independent spirit and frees you from bosses and corporate cube farms, this book delivers 101 alternative ventures along with the keys to making them wildly successful.


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The book was an interesting one to read.
Anthony Miller
I can vouch for some of these weird ways to make money because I've tried them and they really work.
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Most of these are not what I would consider weird.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan P Greve on July 30, 2011
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Steve Gillman does a very entertaining job of stimulating the reader's mind with some great ideas on how to make money that are of out of the box, fun, and potentially very profitable. I really like that he wrote this book out of his personal experience which he shares in the introduction. He's not somebody that just compiled a list of "weird ways to make money." He has--at one time or another--personally made money using many of the ways that he discusses in this book. As one of my mentors says, "There are a million ways to make a million bucks." I don't know if everyone of these ideas is a million dollar idea, but many of them could be if you decided to make them your focus, and as Steve says, some of these ideas will lead to bigger and better ways to make money as you implement them. If you're fed up with the 9-5 grind and not afraid to think outside of the box, read this book. You'll be glad you did. All great businesses start with an idea, and I guarantee that this book will serve as a catalyst in finding the right idea for you.
As a side note: If there are any TV producers reading this, I think this book would make a great idea for a TV show...Thank me later!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard Mathena on October 5, 2011
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As a retiree who still has a lot of energy, I found this book to be fascinating. Although not all of the jobs are to my liking, I am surprised that so many of them are so easy to start up!
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Hayes on July 30, 2011
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Many of the "unusual ways" are ones I have heard about before. Unfortunately, even the ones I hadn't thought of have very limited information about them in the book. Which means I still have to do a lot of research on my own if I want to learn about the ideas. I guess I had just hoped for more than a quick overview. I would have prefered more in-depth information that I couldn't find elsewhere even if it meant fewer ideas overall. Sometimes, less is more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roch on November 10, 2011
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This book is so fun to read. Each of the 101 sections is an entertaining read; like short stories.
We purchased it thinking our son could use one or more of the ideas presented in the book, but after reading a few chapters we decided to keep it for ourselves. It currently lives in our guest bathroom as a treat for our guests. We need to get him one of his own copies, which I think will be beneficial to him as he searches for a career. I love the way Mr. Gillman presents so many different jobs and thoroughly covers them from starting at the beginning and giving good advice on how you might advance to make more money. I also like the way he gives expected income ranges. I would recommend this book for its great entertainment value even if you aren't looking for a job, but definitely if you are searching for job opportunities you must get this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BBP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 14, 2014
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101 weird ways to make money does not mean 101 reliable or useful ways to make money. Yes, while the ideas in here are certainly unusual, many of them are downright impractical and none of them are particularly well thought-out, each consisting of about 2 pages of text, with links to internet sites for you to obtain further information. If you're looking for a hobby to generate some money on the side, then maybe some of these ideas are worth looking into, but the same results could be gotten from simply Googling "business ideas with low startup costs". If you're looking to quit your day job and get rich quick with little effort, I have bad news for you.

Many of these ideas require a substantial amount of upfront investment in time, training, money, and labor, not to mention licensing and other overhead. Many are also seasonal. Some are downright dangerous or plainly stupid. Take Christmas Tree Seller. His advice? Buy a truck of cut trees... then sell them online, or rent out a lot somewhere. You could also rent live trees to people. What? If it isn't immediately obvious, 1) buying a truckload of trees and renting a lot/obtaining a street permit would require a substantial investment up front of several thousand dollars. 2) Then you'd have to deal w/ transporting the trees, retailing them, storing any unsold trees for the day, then repeating the process until all the trees are sold, or the holiday season is over. 3) doing it online would save you the cost of a retail space, but who buys trees online? Mailing a tree would negate any profit from selling it. 4) I've never heard of anyone renting a live tree. Would the cost of returning the tree be worth the hassle and expense for anyone?

Chimney sweep - dangerous, outdated. Is this 19th Century England?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Yeager on November 6, 2012
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I found this book to fall really short on solid information. If you just want someone to throw some ideas at you to see if any of them stick, well, then this might be the book for you. Also, is "seems" that for many of these businesses with "little" competition, are pretty much sewn up solidly by the people already doing those businesses. I mean, really, how many maggot farms are going to survive if the started today? Yes, maggot farming is a business recommended in the book. I'm only giving it 3 stars because it was a fun read. For actual usefulness I would like to have given it 1.5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mark mason on November 23, 2012
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This book was in great condition as advertized, but it wasn't the best use of my money. A lot of the ideas in the book have regional applications.
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