Tutors can make money. Serious money.

Tutoring is one of the 51 Alternatives, in the book.  Here are two articles that are over-the-top:

South Korean Tutor Makes $4 Million A Year. Can You?

Meet The Guy Who Makes $1,000 An Hour Tutoring Kids Of Fortune 500 CEOs Over Skype

I know some people just want to make a few hundred bucks a month, just to make ends meet.  That is fine. I’m all about diversifying revenue streams and minimizing risk, a la mutual fund concept.

But you can go bigger, if you want.  These two tutors are making a lot more than the average tutor makes per hour/year.

How big are you dreaming?

Make Money Writing Books?

Check out this article: How to make money as a politician? Write a book

I’ve made money from my books. What I like about this article is that it tells you how much each of these people made from their books.  The money isn’t overwhelmingly impressive, but you can see how they make money, and on what topics.  I’m not suggesting you need to be a politician in order to make money as an author… you can do better than these guys have.  But this article gives you an idea of what you might be able to expect, financially.

Sometimes, you just gotta get that book out of your mind, even if it has nothing to do with money. But heck, if the money is there, why not work towards it?

Here’s something else: you might not make much money from your book(s), but the money might come from speaking, consulting, etc.

Following Your Passion: Summer Strings Adventure Camp

Carrie Young is the mastermind behind the Summer Strings Adventure Camp in Layton, Utah (just north of Salt Lake City).  I love how she combines her passions and allows others to benefit. This looks like a wonderful fit for someone interested in music, youth, etc.

She says she wants people to know:

  1. The summer camp is for any child with 1 year experience, up to high school, and
  2. The concert is a free concert open to families with children of all ages to the community that is interactive, full of costumes, well known music, and fun activities for the kids, and
  3. There is a year round program for anyone interested in taking classes, being in a beginning orchestra, or wanting to be in a more advanced tour group not restricted by age and very affordable!

This website tells more about the camp, and has pictures from past years: Summer Strings Adventure Camp

This website shows the program objectives for the Orchestra Adventures: Orchestra Adventures

What are YOU passionate about?  Is it something that other people want (for themselves, or their loved ones)?  Can you appropriately put a value on it, and give the customer a terrific experience?

It looks like Carrie is doing a great job with this!

James Altucher: 40 Alternatives to College

I love James Altucher’s work. Here is a very interesting slideshow he did titled 40 Alternatives to College.

It’s cool to think about all of these things, but as a dad of a girl who’s not that far away from college I’m not sure I’m behind all of them (at least, not for her). But many of these receive an enthusiastic AMEN! from me :)

Selling Tumbleweeds: Seriously??

Yes, seriously.

Many years ago, at a previous company, I hired an I.T. intern to do work for me in Idaho.  Mike was a cool guy, and I learned he and his wife would go to a local restaurant weekly to make animal balloons for tips.  I thought it was cool, and he had a bit of the entrepreneurial bug.

His entrepreneurial journey took him on an interesting path… read about it here: West Jordan man selling a comical nuisance at $40 each

I think it’s awesome.  Here’s his website: Curious Country Creations

Yeah, crazy, huh? What crazy idea do you have?  Don’t let the label “crazy” keep you from moving forward on something that could be a significant revenue stream!

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Energy Bars: nuts, sweet stuff…cricket powder! #Chapul

Of course grinding up dead crickets and adding that to food, specifically an energy bar (a too-crowded space, right?) won’t work.

Or…. wait… maybe it will work.

Check out this article: Utah entrepreneur makes energy bars from crickets

Pat Crowley is the person behind making this happen.  He didn’t come up with the idea of eating crickets (which is down around the world, and has been done in my own backyard by my son and his friends a few years ago :p), but he executed the idea.

Sometimes we just need to take a crazy, crazy idea and make it happen.

Kudos to Pat, and the Chapul team, for moving forward on a crazy idea that is helping get crickets into the mouths of more people!

 

Plastic bottles -> oil: awesome

I hope that Priyanka Bakaya and Ben Coates become billionaires.

They have taken two huge global problems: overabundance of plastic waste and “shortage of” fuel, put them together, and are working towards solving both.

Read the entire, awesome, inspiring story here: Utah firm making crude oil from discarded plastic

Okay, so she has degrees from MIT and Stanford, and he is an engineer… and maybe you don’t have any of those credentials. But this isn’t about credentials – it is about finding solutions to problems.

Who’da thunk that two people would have the audacity to be on the path to solving to huge global issues, and creating wealth in the process?

Learn more at their website.

Here’s some cool press in Forbes.