Unemployed or Under Employed, You Can Still Make Something

by Bill on February 1, 2012

I was reading through the news via Google, as I’ve started doing on a regular basis lately, and came across this story from the DesMoines Register.

Unemployment claims rise, but so do orders for durable goods | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com.

And after reading the story, it got me thinking. If someone is either unemployed, or under employed, how can they take advantage of the fact that durable goods are still selling? Simple, you build them.

Okay, now, before we all go “huh??” let me get through some definitions and crap so you can better understand my point.

What are durable goods? Anything that doesn’t get used up in a single use can be considered durable goods. Most often things like cars, appliances and machinery are considered under this category. But, what about smaller items, furniture, toys, some types of clothing or bedding. These can also fall under durable goods since they are not meant to be used once and tossed aside.

See where this is going now? If you have a skill at making something, anything (other than food items), can it be considered a durable good? If so, you can make use of the whole durable goods thing and maybe make a dollar or two.

Here’s a few ideas –

Bedding and Clothing
Quilts, pillows, sweaters

Blocks, trucks, trains, dolls, puzzles, chess or checker pieces and boards, balls, chew toys

Tables, shelves, cabinets, crates, beds, lamps, chairs, benches and so on.

Now, let’s not also forget about the recycling aspect of all things. Yes, I’m a big fan of recycling things. But how about these ideas –

Clothing repair
Windows made into mirrors or artwork
Stained glass
Tote bags from old cloth or jeans

And the list goes on. But you get the idea. No, it will not replace the money you made from having a job; nor will it provide the money to get you out of debt right now – but it will provide an income from part-time work. If you already know how to do it, why not make use of it?

Okay, but how to sell your stuff? That’s the next question I hear.

Garage sales (i.e your front lawn or side walk occasionally)
Flea markets

And when you start earning a few bucks from it, consider placing ads in local shoppers, papers, and maybe a hobby magazine you subscribe to. What the hell, you probably paid for the subscription so why not use the tool you have before you?

So yes, you should still be looking to get work, or get a better job, to gain income or reduce debt. But you still have time in the day. If you spend time doing a hobby why not consider adding that to the income as well?

Which brings me back to a point I made about creating a debt paycheck in this post. Use the added income to pay down your debt; its an added expense you do not need. In the same post linked above I also said to invest in yourself – this can also work with the added income should the money start increasing. Getting higher income is a direct result of investing in your ability, the tools you have to gain the income and the work you can do with the ability and tools. And who knows, you could find out that little side hobby might be what you wanted to do for income in the first place.

So what can you make to take advantage of the situation?

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Lorilee February 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

great stuff. The world isn’t just about going out and getting a job now, it is much more about how you will create your ‘income stream’. I have to say I like the changes 🙂
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Bill February 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

People have talents they just don’t use Lorilee. The old thinking of “gotta have two more part-time jobs” to make it just isn’t true anymore. They’re just not there. You have to turn inward, see what lays there and then utilize what God or Fate or whatever has provided you for use.

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