A Creative Way to Make Money

rockensock_3D (2)As teens and college students head back to school this Fall, some are looking for a creative way to make money. This is an idea from my e-book, “Top 10 Low Cost Business Ideas”. While not everyone will be able to do this exact thing, you may think of something like it and do that instead. At the end of the post, I link to an article that may inspire you further.

There are many Farmer’s Market’s that are full of produce, fruits, vegetables and crafts this time of year. Why not take advantage of those huge sales opportunities and set up a booth, or table, of your own? This idea has been used by many people in my home town and there is room for more.

Canned goods are probably the second most popular thing to be sold at the Farmers Market. I recently met a couple that sells jelly, jam and other canned goods. This is something that they really enjoy doing, they work on it together and they can do it in their spare time. Most of the produce comes from their own land!

Customers really enjoy the varieties. For example, they not only made the standard Strawberry-rhubarb jam, but Blueberry-Rhubarb (blubarb), Raspberry-Rhubarb, and even Banana-Rhubarb (Bananabarb) jam! While the Jam sells the most, they also sell homemade salsa and homemade pickles. If they have extra produce from their large garden, they sell those items during harvest season as well. It is not uncommon for them to sell out of the items they brought. They regularly have sales of $200 or more on a Saturday morning.

What seems to set them apart from other vendors that are selling the same things is that they offer free samples so people can try their different varieties. Finding a way to make yourself slightly better, or just different, than your competition is a good thing. Combine this with bright and cheerful attitude and you are likely to do well. If you like to cook, can and garden, this could be a perfect business for you.

jam & jellyNow it would take some work to make this into full-time income, but maybe you are just looking to supplement your current wages. If you are a teenager that has learned some of these skills, this might be a good source of extra income. Sometimes that is all we need to get us to the next step of our life. Earning an extra $100 to $200 a week is decent money for a teen, especially if you are creating the source of income yourself.

I recently read an article about a woman in Iowa that makes a living by selling pies, teaching classes about baking pies, and by writing. She has taken the skills she has learned over the years and created a platform for generating income. While this is a little different than canning vegetables, or making Jelly it is still using the same idea of creating a product that people will buy, and then doing a little more with it. You can read more about what she is doing at Country Woman Magazine.

If you liked this idea or would like to see more ideas, I encourage you to sign up for a free copy of “Top 10 Low Cost Business Ideas”. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • There’s something special about eating homemade, homegrown preserves. I like Iowa’s example of generating income from various skill sets and sharing her knowledge with others. Another inspiring post – thanks for sharing!

    • Rocky

      Thanks for reading Heather! I think I will write a post about the lady from Iowa. Her name is Beth Howard and she has a really cool story. The only problem is I get hungry when I write about the pies she bakes!!!

      • LOL..I can totally relate Rocky, pies get the better of me too. Yes, do write a post about Beth as I’m keen to hear more. I live in a smaller rural city where work is hard to come by these days. People come into the area to do fruit picking seasonal work.

        Your blog posts have been a source of encouragement to me to think creatively when it comes to generating income. I like hearing success stories from the average Joe Blog. There are a lot of people out there that can benefit from reading your blog.

        • Rocky

          Thanks Heather! You made my day!

  • RoseGauss

    I love to garden, and to eat fresh fruits & veggies! Canning is a LOT of work, but I suppose it would be fun. There really are a lot of creative ways to make some extra moneys. Aren’t there? Thanks for the info!

    • Rocky

      I love fresh produce too! But I also agree about the work part of canning. It would not be my thing. I am impressed though, at what this couple earns on a Saturday. They keep telling me that this is work they would be doing anyway. They have a great attitude and they sell a ton. They found something that works!

  • Reading this article reminded me of when my brothers and I took our sports card collection to the local flea market. We made enough money on a Saturday to buy our first Nintendo Game Boy AND re-stock on more sports cards. Fun times for sure and I learn how fun creating your own money through your own efforts can be.

    • Rocky

      That’s an awesome story, Jonathan! I think students can gain a lot of confidence if they attempt something like you did. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • tawnyak

    I love it when people at farmer’s markets offer homemade items. I don’t see it much. But it’s a great idea.

    This article emphasizes the importance of connecting your skills/products with another arena in order to gain a new audience or market. Sort of like if your blog is about creating a small business, writing a money-making article for a farmer’s market or flea market website.

  • Antionette Blake

    This is great idea and would also be a wonderful opportunity for High School Seniors for their Senior Project.