Ghoulish! Can you profit from some one’s death?
After someone dies their family is left with the accumulated possessions of a lifetime. After selecting the items that have particular meaning or value to them, they must find a way to sell the items so the house can be sold or the apartment cleaned out and rented. Usually they will hire an auction service to run an estate sale. This means that everything gets sold but some things will be sold very cheaply.
So how can you make money? To get started, buy the cheap remains from the auction service directly or at a rummage sale they may have after the auction. Once you know the market and business well, you can approach families to buy the entire contents of the home of the deceased.
Where do you sell what you have bought? Furniture is best sold locally, through consignment stores, Craigslist, or directly sold to used furniture stores. Items that are easy to ship can be profitably sold online. There are eBay sellers who have sold thousands of used items.
To get started – attend a few estate sales and take notes on the asking prices and the sales prices at auctions. Look up identical items on Craigslist and eBay. With a little education, you can start buying and selling. Check out: www.auctionzip.com for a listing of auctioneers in every state. Another resource available as a book or for Kindle is Estate Sale Prospecting for Fun and Profit with Craigslist and eBay, by John Landahl. This is a business that can be started with very little money and done from home.
Fear! Profit from people who are preparing for disaster!
Surviving a disaster! More and more people are preparing themselves to survive natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc) as well as the end of civilization. This growing market is looking for survival kits, knives, preserved food, and information on making weapons in the wild, edible plants, and wilderness survival.
So how can you make money? You have a number of options. You can sell survival supplies: preserved food, knives, water purifiers. If you are knowledgeable, you can arrange and present survival seminars or use your knowledge to create websites and blogs to provide information and then monetize your sites with affiliate product referrals or pay-per-click advertising. Producing e-books and paid newsletters will increase your sales and your traffic.
To get started – an informational website or blog is the most inexpensive way to enter the survival market. Once you have some tips and have written some good articles, you can link to affiliate sites to earn commissions. If you want to sell supplies, before investing in a fully stocked web store or brick-and-mortar store, experiment with sales of items on eBay and other auction sites.
Need to learn more about this market? In paperback or Kindle, there is How to Survive the End of the World as We Know it: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times, by James Wesley Rawles. www.dollardays.com offers survival gear. Type “survival gear” in the “What do you want to search for?” box.
Blood-Curdling (actually anti-curdling)! Raise or catch or import vampires leeches for fun and profit
OK, they are not quite as “In” as zombies and vampires but leeches sell for as much as $12.00 each or for as little as 20 cents each.
First used in medicine 200 years ago and then abandoned as a form of treatment, the little blood sucking “vampires” are making a comeback. Leeches are used in microsurgery to reduce blood coagulation and to stimulate circulation in reattachment surgery. Since the anticoagulant hirudin found in leeches can’t be harvested efficiently, there is a market for medicinal leeches.
The sale of medicinal leeches is new and there are many regulations. Most US hospitals buy their leeches from certified breeding facilities overseas. If you want to sell medicinal leeches, the way to go may be an importation and distribution business. www.leeches.biz is the website of a Canadian leech seller and has information on medicinal leeches.
You can also sell leeches as fishing bait. Not as profitable but much less regulated. Learn how to trap leeches on YouTube. Search “leech trapping.” There are several good how-to-videos.
Have some Halloween fun year round as a magician. It’s a fun, low-risk, business you can start part-time. You can work at children’s parties, office parties in restaurants, or as a street magician. You can train yourself very inexpensively, buy some props and maybe a costume (don’t forget the hat) and begin by volunteering at a few parties. When you’re asked how much you charge, it is time to start booking the paying gigs.
Get started with Magic for Dummies by David Pogue or The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Street Magic by Tom Ogden. Start learning some tricks at www.mrmagician.co.uk and learn more about magicians at www.magician.org: The International Brotherhood of Magicians. www.the-restaurant-magician.com describes how to make money as a magician$
So keep the Spirit of Halloween throughout the year with a weird business that you can start on your weekends.