If You’re Willing To Work, You CAN Make More Money

by Ron Haynes

Looking back at some of the most successful people in history, I’ve found that they all had three characteristics:

  1. An incredible work ethic
  2. Persistence
  3. Knowledge of their business

Success doesn’t require a college degree, it doesn’t require a fat bank account to begin with, and it doesn’t depend on having an incredibly creative one-of-a-kind idea. It simply requires a willingness to work hard (and smart), willingness to persist in the face of difficulty and a good foundation of knowledge of your chosen business.

Those three factors are like the three legs of a table – lose one and success becomes geometrically more difficult. What good is knowledge and persistence if someone won’t work? What good is knowledge and a work ethic if someone gives up in the face of a challenge? What good is persistence and hard work if someone doesn’t know what they’re doing?

All three are choices we make every day. We decide if we’re going to persist, or if we’re going to work hard. We also decide if we’re going to acquire the needed business knowledge to achieve the success we want. Personally, I believe that many people are willing to put in the work and face up to any challenges, but they just don’t know where to start. They don’t know what kind or type of business to start so they can enjoy the fruits of their labors as entrepreneurs.

Does that describe you? If so, check out these online courses on several solid REAL businesses you can start for only a little bit of cash outlay. Yes, these courses do require a small investment but any business worth its salt usually does. Do you have to sign up for these courses in order to start a business? Of course not, but if you’re wanting to be as successful as possible and one of these businesses appeals to you, why would you NOT want to gather as much information and knowledge as possible?

1. Clean foreclosure properties for banks.

Banks have foreclosed on thousands of properties and they need to clean these homes in order to sell them. This online course helps you start a business catering to that specific need. It will give you the confidence to approach the right people in the right way in order to get paid (and paid very well) for bringing a piece of real estate up to standards.

Cost: minimal
Market: banks and mortgage companies
Potential: very large for anyone willing to put in the work and market their own business

2. Buy and sell used cars for profit.

With the economy in the doldrums for such a long time, people are more interested in purchasing their vehicles used and if you have the proper knowledge of this niche market, you can easily generate a substantial income for yourself and your family. Do it correctly and you could profit $300 to $3,000 per transaction.

Cost: your first car could cost between $500 and $5,000
Market: almost anyone
Potential: very high

3. Stage homes.

Homeowners, realtors, builders, banks, and mortgage companies all need their homes to sell and a home that’s properly staged usually sells much faster and at a higher price than a non-staged home. As a result, these groups will pay good money to someone who knows how to decorate an empty house and make it look more like a home.

Cost: minimal (you will need to demonstrate your decorating abilities via a portfolio)
Market: primarily realtors, homebuilders, banks
Potential: moderate, though for anyone who knows the secrets, the potential could be massive

4. Start your own daycare.

Starting a daycare is more than just keeping some kids at your home. To truly turn it into a profitable business, you’ll need to have the right certifications and insurance. The great thing about starting a daycare is that you probably already have the building! With more and more people needing to find good daycare for their children, you could clean up if you operate a well run, nurturing environment for kids.

Cost: moderate
Market: working parents
Potential: quite large since you can keep multiple kids

5. Cater business meetings and events.

Love the idea of starting your own restaurant but don’t want the headache of having a building and having to deal with employees? Love to cook and entertain? Catering could be right up your alley. But there’s more to catering than just popping some canapés in the oven, putting them on a tray and setting them out for a party. Catering is an intense business that requires precision and organization … two of the issues addressed in the course linked above.

Cost: minimal
Market: other businesses, homeowners, sales reps who want to provide food for an office they’re trying to impress
Potential: moderate – you won’t get filthy rich but you could earn a great living

6. Install  Christmas lights on high end homes.

Work three months — earn 12 months of income! I’ve literally heard of people who make six figure incomes simply by decorating the homes of people who compete with their neighbors for the most decorated home. Setting up those lights is a pain in the neck and people will pay good money to impress others. Cash in on that …

Cost: moderate – you need to purchase the lights, decorations and equipment
Market: small – mostly it’s in the upper income subdivisions and neighborhoods
Potential: quite large since you’re dealing with people who DO have money

7. Start a salvage and recovery company.

We live in a throwaway society but you can learn how to profit from it. This online course teaches how to recover gold from thrown out electronics, how to salvage computer equipment, and what to look for when a building is being demolished. A former boss I had once saw a mill being torn down and bought the 100 year old lumber from it. He sold it to a flooring company for over 1,000 times what he paid for it. The wood? It became heart pine plank flooring!

Cost: moderate if you have to purchase a vehicle to haul away product or arrange for shipping on materials too cumbersome for you to handle
Market: for gold – large … for the other products – pretty small. They’ll probably all be niche items so you’ll have to find the market on those.
Potential: quite large

8. Start a pest control business.

Yes, you read that right. With the proper training an knowledge, you can start a highly profitable pest control business and this course shows you how to get everything right – from the legalities to the marketing.

Cost: moderate (mostly equipment and legal)
Market: massive
Potential: very large

9. Start a wedding decorations company.

If there is a recession-proof business, it’s weddings. People seem to throw budgets out the window when it comes to getting hitched! If you love the idea of decorating for a wedding, this could be the very business you’ll succeed in.

Cost: moderate – mostly to purchase decorations and some marketing
Market: massive
Potential: very large

10. Clean businesses and offices for profit.

It would probably blow your mind to find out how much businesses pay to have their offices cleaned. With a couple of good connections and your willingness to ask for the business, you could make a very good living by simply dusting, vacuuming, emptying the trash, and other general cleanup. The key is knowing what you’re doing – cleaning a business is different than cleaning your home and this online course explains why … and how.

Cost: moderate (mostly equipment and legal)
Market: massive
Potential: very large

Again, you don’t have to utilize the experience and information offered in these courses, but if I were considering a startup, my FIRST step after deciding which business I was interested in would be to gather as much information as knowledge as possible.

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 987 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.