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101 Ways to Make a Living was first published in the September 2011 edition of the South African magazine,
ZA Difference. 101 Ways to Make a Living's authors are Teresa Schultz,
a work at home mom, Ann Juli James, a writer/researcher at ZA Difference,
and Theresa Muller, the CEO and Editor of ZA Difference. Visit the
ZA Difference website
101 Ways to Make a Living
To make a life...
...When there are no jobs
Make your own things to sell
Find a book on arts and crafts at your local library. Or start with these:
Hand-weave chunky mats from strips of scrap material or from plastic grocery bags and sell them. Don't worry
about many knots as the chunkiness adds to the unique appeal.
Knit or crochet small items.
Even though you can sell larger items like jerseys and blankets for more money, smaller items are quicker to
knit or crochet, so start with beanies, scarves, bed socks and baby booties and blankets.
Turn old coffee tins and bean cans into lanterns or candlestick holders. Use a hammer and different diameter
nails to nail a pattern into each tin can. Let the tins rust for a natural, rustic look.
Weave baskets and bags.
Go to your library and get a book on how to make a basket. Use reeds, vines or green grasses.
Homemade greeting cards.
Make tiny or large homemade greeting cards. Make square, round ones or triangular ones. Write fun greetings
or leave them blank. Decorate with natural objects or recycled materials.
Gift bags and gift-wrap.
Simple cheap brown paper bags can be turned into really attractive gift bags by adding decorations such as
glitter, sisal, coloured string, ribbon, coloured card, twigs or dried flowers. For gift-wrap, use the
same decorations on plain brown paper.
Teenagers love inexpensive brightly coloured beaded jewellery. Create your jewellery range from inexpensive
A wide variety of things can be used to weave flat wrist or ankle bracelets: embroidery cotton, string,
raffia, old shoelaces, strips of leather, etc.
Stylish bookmarks are always popular. Make bookmarks from cloth, leather, bamboo, wood, paper or wire.
Cloth books for toddlers.
Buy cheap cloth or baby blankets with words and pictures on them. Cut equal size rectangles or squares and
sew along one end to create a book.
Handmade hair accessories.
Buy plain hair clips and alice bands cheaply and glue ribbons and pretty buttons or sequins onto them.
Gift baskets and hampers.
Make gift baskets and hampers for birthdays, patients, Christmas, Easter, Mother's day, Father's day or
Valentine's day. Include items like sweets, chocolates, biltong, dry wors, fresh fruit, dried fruit
and a small bottle of champagne or wine. Buy the contents in bulk and at sales.
Ever popular as functional decor items, cushions are quick, simple and inexpensive to make. Make a basic
cushion that needs a cover and also sell a range of covers in trendy patterns and designs.
Create paper Mache decorations.
Mix one part flour with three parts water. Stir until it becomes a paste. Dip torn pieces of newspaper into
the paste so that the pieces of newspaper are thoroughly drenched in the paste. Layer these strips of
paper over the basic shape you want to create, i.e. an old cardboard box or a balloon or simply squeeze and
pinch the paper mache into the shapes you want to create. Paint the item once it is thoroughly dry. You can use
paper mache to make items like bowls, jewellery boxes, business card holders and, once you get the hang of it, more
sophisticated things like masks.
Ever tried to ignore the little sweets and snacks at the checkout point in any shop? Those tasty temptations
could be yours: homemade fudge, coconut ice, Turkish delight or peanut brittle. If it's good, it will sell and
store-owners will want it.
Things to provide from the comfort of your home.
Here are some ideas:
Prepare school lunches.
Buy healthy, natural ingredients to make sandwiches for schoolchildren in your neighbourhood or at
your child's school. Add a fruit, yogurt and a healthy snack to the box. Provide options, i.e. wholewheat
or white bread.
Bake bread, cakes and things.
There is always a market for freshly baked breads, delicious homemade cakes, cupcakes and biscuits.
Many people just don't have the time to do everything that needs to be done. Make it possible for them to
drop off and pick up their clean laundry on a once-weekly basis. Charge per item or per load.
Many professionals would love to get home after a long day at work and simply open a delicious, nutritious,
homecooked meal - at least a couple of times a week. If you know your food is good, then you don't have to
go out of your way to create fancy menus and many options. Just offer what you make for your own family. Make it
a rule that if the order is in by 10 am, then the food will be ready for collection by 5. 30 pm on the same day.
Work against advance payment. As soon as the deposit is depleted, let the person top up. This will allow you to
buy the ingredients you need without having to wait for payment at the end of the week or month.
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MAKE EXTRA INCOME! SELL ZA DIFFERENCE MAGAZINES!
Either buy the "Business in a Box" - and get 100 magazines for yourself and others to sell - or start off by
buying and selling just five at a time until you can afford to buy the "Business in a Box". Look in the
ZA Difference magazine which you can buy at some CNA's, some Spars, and some Exclusive Books stores, or
visit the ZA Difference website
page about the business-in-a-box