A Nickel for Advice: The Architect is IN

Most of you will probably remember Lucy’s famous booth in the Peanuts comic strip, where she gives Psychiatric Help for 5 cents. Well I just heard a cool story about an architect who used the same concept to build his business after losing his job. With the economy being the way it is, and new construction almost at a standstill, it has been difficult for architects and everyone else in the building trades to stay employed. An architect by the name of John Morefield got very creative and set up his Architect Advice booth at the local Farmer’s Market. I heard his story in a Podcast titled The $100 Startup – Interview with the Author, on 48 Days.com.

When the normal process of job hunting doesn’t work, we need to come up creative alternatives to finding work. John Morefield did! When he couldn’t get hired by any firms, he set up his booth and gave out inexpensive advice to people about their projects at home. Before long he was booking work and making money. Even though he didn’t make much money at the Farmer’s Market, he made contact with many people that were potential customers. There was good word of mouth advertising, and it turns out that the exposure he received from this creative idea produced some significant income.

This idea could work for you too. I can think of several types of businesses that could do this type of marketing. Certainly a licensed architect could do this since it has already been done. However, what about someone who is a skilled web designer and is trying to grow some business? This could be a perfect way to get your name out there. People always have web questions, and some of those could be the 5 cent kind to build some loyal followers. Another similar type of business that would also be good for teens and college students would be a Social Networking business, where you coach people and businesses on how to improve their social networking presence.  Many business owners would like to pay someone to make this happen rather than spend the time to do it themselves. Perhaps you could be that professional.

The point is that any area of experience, expertise or passion could potentially be advertised at a place like the Farmer’s Market. So set up your booth, get out your coin jar and start giving advice!

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!