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TxGal:
Many of the ideas I think would be good in my area are things I don't have the skills/physical abilities to do. I'm trying to think outside the box.

I'm unemployed. My husband is disabled and unable to work.
I live in rural Texas in the middle of nowhere. It's more than an hour to any large town.
I'm computer savvy and can use many software programs, including create websites using Wordpress.
I consider that I'm very good with researching on the Internet.
I have a degree.
I can cook with healthy ingredients and have lots of knowledge about nutrition, but no certification in this area.
I can sew well.
I have a garden.
I have chickens. I can hatch some to sell.
I have cleaned a few homes to earn some cash.

I'm really struggling now financially and using my stash/savings to put food on the table.
I've cut every bill down to the minimum and can barely survive financially (unless I can make an extra few hundred dollars each month)--it's very tight!

There are few/no job openings in my area. I really want to find SOMETHING I can do other than low hourly wage. :(

TexasGirl:
TexGal,

Hatching chickens is a start, and something that can be done concurrent with other projects.  While physical business may be limited to your area (like selling the chickens) having internet virtually allows you to turn out work from home.  It's really hard to advise someone as to what they should do as a business venture, without knowing their love or passion areas of interest, and if a business in their favorite subjects would be doable where they are.

One longer range plan might revolve around nutrition/cooking/thriftiness.  If you could write an ebook about cooking, planning, storing, low cost quality meals... how to feed a family simply and well on the cheap, and sell it in a place like Amazon for $2.99, I think that would work.  A blog that gave tidbits out for free to get exposure (blog can be concurrent to writing the book) and then a little viral marketing (like Heavy G did with 299 days) to boost it off.

There are many who can't cook, they might never have been taught, or never needed to before, but with times changing, they need something better (and less $) than Hungryman or Stouffers.

You would need a clever marketing angle, title and such, something that grabs people and pulls them in.  Spirko, king of marketing, might can help you with that once you map out a direction.

Cheap ebooks sell well, it's a lot of work up front, but later you can do other things as the books sell.  I know someone who writes little "prepper porn" survival stories (I'm even mentioned in one) and sells them for $1.99 ea.  He writes a new one every few weeks, and it nets him about $2,000-$2,500 a month now.  Seems like he makes just over $1 each.

~TG

TxGal:
Thanks TG. I appreciate your feedback.

TxGal:
What is "prepper porn"? ???


--- Quote from: TexasGirl on February 22, 2014, 12:27:44 AM ---TexGal,

Cheap ebooks sell well, it's a lot of work up front, but later you can do other things as the books sell.  I know someone who writes little "prepper porn" survival stories (I'm even mentioned in one) and sells them for $1.99 ea.  He writes a new one every few weeks, and it nets him about $2,000-$2,500 a month now.  Seems like he makes just over $1 each.

~TG

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TexasGirl:

--- Quote from: TxGal on February 22, 2014, 12:50:58 AM ---What is "prepper porn"? ???

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They are fictional short stories, usually a collapse scenario where people try to get from point a to point b thru some sort of chaos, have certain cool things, or do cool things along the way.  It's a prepper/survivalist's version of a paperback romance novel.  Like "gun porn" it doesn't really have to do with human sex-type porn.

~TG

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