10 Creative Ways to Make Money.

Via Tanya Lee Markul
on Jul 22, 2011
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Come to your own rescue while helping and inspiring others.

Break boundaries and norms…what if everyone defined their own measure of success? What if we broke the chains that force us to rely on establishments for livelihood but instead put our support into each other and our passion, our creativity, our individuality?


Fear (and the instilling of it) is THE obstruction to the realization of our truest potential and purpose.

1. Start your own business: it can be anything (but make it something you really enjoy – get creative). Bike delivery, babysit, dog walk, cat sit, run errands, pull weeds, wash cars, be a computer helper/consultant,  mow lawns, clean houses, help people un-hoard, help the elderly…

“The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.” -Thomas Dreier

2. Be a life coach/tutor: be a muse, an inspiration. Help people of any age study and prepare for something they are trying to achieve…if you ask me, you don’t need a license or certification to do this, just the compassion and drive to want to help others manifest their own positive truths

3. Become a facilitator/host: bring people together.Host a single’s night or a session for single parents, foreigners, pregnant women, people with pets, post war veterans or any sort of support group…

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

4. Offer classes in something you know and love: yoga, meditation, pranayama, alternative health, juicing, diet and nutrition, sewing, massage, a dance style, a foreign language, how to play an instrument, knit, crotchet, paint, tennis, ceramics…

5. Host a little seminar/be a public speaker: become an inspiration, wow people with the unknown. Invite others to learn about something you are passionate about, flowers, trees, birds, sustainability, compassionate science…

“Know thyself.” -Socrates

6. Freelance: succeed by helping others succeed by offering your consultative and creative services and advice especially to small and privately owned businesses. Help build resumes, make websites…

7. Make stuff to sell: why not share and sell what you love? Food, recipes, custom t-shirts, articles, clothing, crafts, decorations, paintings, drawings, photography, music, books…

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here for the sake of other men.” -Albert Einstein

8. Support the arts in every way: host amateur everything and anything night and get the local community involved. Do it in your city, zip code, neighborhood, garage or basement. Make it for everyone, all ages and see what happens! Performances, plays, poetry readings, art shows, choir, dance, theatre, you name it…

9. Sell what you don’t use anymore: minimize your life and make space. Perhaps with less stuff, you feel less stressed! Sell stuff at a flea market, e-bay, craigslist, garage sale, yard sale, your local classifieds or pawnshop. And, if you still have the receipt, return it!

“Don’t ask what the world needs, do what makes you come alive; because what the world needs most are people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman

10. Recycle: if you are living in a place that pays for cans, glass bottles, scrap metal, do what you can (and recycle anyway, perhaps the more we recycle, the more facilities we will need and perhaps that would create more jobs?)

I DO NOT recommend going to the casino, placing hope on the lottery, selling your body parts, signing up for scientific testing or taking out any payday loan that could put you in any amount of debt or further debt.

It is possible to exist by doing what we love and are passionate about without fear and the expectation that there always needs to be more. We all just have to want it and want the best for everyone else. There is enough to go around – with a little more consciousness and belief in our selves from each and every one of us, we can change the quality of life for every life form on the planet. We are not powerless.

Never allow any machine devour the great qualities of being human.

“It is better to follow your own life mission however imperfectly than to assume the life mission of another person however successfully.” -The Bhagavad Gita

What do you think?


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About Tanya Lee Markul

Luring the magic of what is natural back into our daily lives, Tanya Markul is a freer of creativity, of inner beauty + power, and an enthusiastic igniter of the wild spirit! She re-writing the wild flower sutras, and offers a refreshing & badass view on spirituality, wellness & authentic living. Sensitivity is her tree trunk, flower stem, and nucleus. It is her belly, and her heart. Tanya is an artist of life, a faery of trees, a wanderer of the dark, a writer of heart, a misfit yogini, and an Urban Priestess apprentice. She believes in the power of your personal weird, quirky, magic, and that only path toward inner freedom & light, is through the dark — eyes closed, heart open. Tanya is the creator of The Urban Howl, Yoga Write Now & Waking Wild. Join her free forum for monthly yoga & writing practices here. Join her free forum for 30 days of exercise for 30 days here. Join her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & get her free weekly & quirky newsletter here.


27 Responses to “10 Creative Ways to Make Money.”

  1. Hey T, This post came at exactly the right moment for me to read. I'm just giving up the security of managing a studio to teach, teach, TEACH and write more. Thank you for eloquently saying what I need to hear: That I am anything but powerless. Much love, ~T

  2. tanya lee markul says:

    Hi Temple! 🙂 Thank you so much for your comments!! I LOVE that you are following your passion. You ARE an inspiration!! Keep breaking free! I'm glad you are out there. So much love to you. xoxo

  3. Well done, Tanya.


  4. tanya lee markul says:

    Thank you 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for this post! I am an artist and was laid off in January. After many years of jobs working for other peoples dreams (both thankless and not) I am at a place where I am trying to live my own dreams. I am creating art and selling it on etsy, and I'm doing my first yoga teacher training in the fall. I am surrounding myself with options that the outside world couldn't provide and it feels awesome. Sometimes I wonder about those jobs, but then I think better of myself and go make something instead…

  6. also I love the images you used for this esp. the arm wrestling one!

  7. tanya lee markul says:

    Hi Katherine, thank you so much for sharing! Sometimes it's hard to believe that it can happen, but it really can. I LOVE that you are following your passion – keep going! Your energy is an inspiration! And, the idea of surrounding yourself with options that the outside world couldn't provide – love it! There is another world that exists. So happy you're out there. 🙂 🙂 xoxo

  8. tanya lee markul says:

    Thank you!! 🙂 🙂

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  10. Steve says:

    debt is misspelled.

  11. tanya lee markul says:

    Why, thank you! Not anymore! 🙂

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    I like number 4 especially, this is what I will try to do more and more. People should value their skills and make their small trade a little but rewarding business!

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    I'm glad that one resonated with you! I think about this all the time, especially when I think of my friends. Each of them have something so different and special to offer and I learn something from them all the time. All of us have this something. 🙂

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  21. bhagat_singh says:

    Yo, Temple and Tanya – I'm in the same space, Temple. Just resigned being COO of a fairly large Yoga business, simply to teach, teach, teach. Yesterday, during a class, I had the most affirming clarity – "I have no idea how I'll afford to do the 'things I want to do', but I'm doing the thing I want to do!

    Thanks, Tanya, you've made it feel real; I'm doing about 50% of those things right now, and you rang a few other bells! LIBERATION – don't have to die to achieve it!

    Thanks and praise!

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  25. Richard says:

    I am possibly on the other end of the spectrum. 17 years as a self employed artist running my own studio shop. And I just am not able to meet my families needs. Things are just getting too expensive. It is making me very sad that I might have to close.