15 Crazy Ways People Made Money Proving Anything Is Possible

People throughout the ages have found fascinating and ingenious ways to make money. These 15 stories prove that where there’s a will, there’s a way, and a savvy business sense can turn any idea into a profit-making machine. 

Tumble Weed Sales

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One genius found a way to make money from the annoying plants rolling around desert highways. He collected them, brought them to Hollywood, and sold them to studios needing authentic props for their movies. 

Niche Imports

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If, while visiting one country, you see them all enjoying something super cool, why not buy a bunch and sell them in your own country? People make tons of money importing niche products, ranging from handicrafts to trampolines. Be sure to check your country’s rules on customs and importation before diving in. 

Horse Sculptures

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An artist makes a full-time living creating full-sized sculptures commemorating a horse’s big win. He doesn’t need all the owners to bite. Just a few per year is enough to pay for all his expenses. 

Rewrapped Candy

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Make extra money by buying candy, then rewrapping it with special occasion designs. Make custom wrappers for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays. Don’t unwrap the candy, though; just replace the outer packaging. 

Pick a Name

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Some Asian families want English-sounding names for their kids, so they pay people in English-speaking countries to help them pick a name. 

Residential Upkeep for the Wealthy

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Rich folks own multiple homes and vehicles in numerous cities and countries. They can’t be everywhere at once, so they pay people to do simple tasks, like flush toilets and drive their cars, while they’re away. 

Rich College Kid’s Junk

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Rich college kids just throw stuff away at the end of a semester. The scrappier folks roam the neighborhoods during moving-out time, grabbing all the treasures rich kids discarded and reselling them on Facebook Marketplace and eBay. 

Medical Studies

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If you don’t mind being a human guinea pig, you can participate in medical studies. Sometimes, you need to meet specific criteria, but other times, they do psychological or physical studies and just need bodies to experiment on. 

Tire Inflation

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One guy realized that companies don’t do a great job with fleet maintenance, so he convinced many area companies to let him check their tires regularly. He made millions checking tires. 

Panning for Gold

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You can still find real gold and precious metals in the wild. If you know where to legally look, you can make good money rock-hounding. 


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One woman got hired to sleep at an office. The owner wanted someone there at night in case first responders needed to stop by. They never did. 

Video Game Characters

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People will pay good money for a well-crafted video game character. Some games are more fun after the grind, and people too lazy to do the work will pay big bucks for special items and a ready-to-go build. 

3D Printing

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If you have a 3D printer and know how to make complex designs, you can make a significant income. One person pulls in thousands monthly by selling 3D-printed model train cars. 

Jars of Air

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People buy all sorts of crazy things, even air in jars, in the right circumstances. Industrious sellers made money selling “Irish” air, “Hurricane” air, and even human-made air. Don’t ask. 

Working 40 Hours a Week for 40 Years

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The most common way people make money is actually one of the craziest if you think about it. Most of us give the majority of our time during the best years of our lives to a company so that we can afford to live. That’s madness. 

High-Paying Jobs Earning Far More Than They Should

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Why do we pay some people so much money? These professions earn big bucks but they’re not worth the high cost

12 Surprising Jobs That Pay Well

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You may be surprised at how much money certain positions pay. These 12 jobs pay more than you’d expect. 

Make Your Own Job with Passion Fire

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Tired of working for someone else? Use Passion Fire to forge your own path

Turn Your Hobby Into Extra Cash

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Want to make extra money on the side? These fun hobbies easily transform into money-making ventures

Earn 100K by 30 with These High-Paying Careers

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If money is your goal, consider one of these careers that will have you earning 6 figures before you tu

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