Alternative income sources

So, lately I’ve been thinking about income. Specifically, are there any ways for me to bring in more income that doesn’t involve working overtime at the County. Y’know, start my own side business for fun and profit.

Here’s the brainstorming list I came up with. It’s a work in progress.

  • Credit card arbitrage
  • Stock market
  • Writing magazine articles / short stories
  • Technical writing
  • Publishing a novel
  • Blogads or similar on my website
  • Running a webhost or server
  • Computer consulting
  • Teaching night classes
  • Playing online poker
  • Book scouting
  • Online surveys
  • eBay
  • Digitizing pictures/videotapes
  • Being a driver for strippers late-shift entertainers
  • DJ-ing
  • Selling artwork; photos, paintings, etc (my own or others’)
  • Laying out resumes or flyers for others
  • Movie reviews / music reviews

When brainstorming, I didn’t censor any idea, so some of those may seem a little shady. I’m not saying I’m going to do all of them. And almost none of them would be enough to completely replace my current job, at least not in the next year or two, I think.

But if I could combine several of them and get a steady income from them, I could string them into a satisfactory replacement for the 9-5 grind, and regain some of my independence.

And maybe this list will give ideas to any of my readers who are out there looking for work. If you’re in business for yourself you have much more control over your time and focus. The downside is that any benefits have to be provided by yourself, too; but it would be money to tide one over until they landed that awesome corporate job.