The number one reason that people tell me they struggle with when it comes to achieving their dreams is money.
They say they simply can’t afford the things they want. End of story.
Whether you think it’s cheesy or not, I’m telling you that you must banish “I can’t afford it from your vocabulary” if you want to become a dream wrangler.
Every time you utter that phrase it’s like screaming a big, fat “NO!” to the universe. You’re shutting down the possibility without even exploring it.
I want you to entertain your desires, to dwell on them, savour them, and allow yourself to almost taste them without worrying about where the money will come from.
Trust me, I know what it’s like to feel broke all of the time. For everyday purchases, like going out for drinks or buying a new dress make everything feel tight and restricted.
But the fact is, when we want something badly enough, we dedicate ourselves to finding a solution.
I have a friend who launched the charity he’d dreamed of starting by spending a year as a “professional guest.” He’d stay with someone for a couple of weeks at a time rent-free in exchange for performing some task for them, whether it was cooking, cleaning, or coding their website. He saved money on rent so he was able to work less and pursue his passion. And another friend successfully set up a crowdfunding page to fund the start of her writing career.
All across the world there are stories of people going on epic adventures, launching businesses, filming movies, and funding other enormous dreams without any startup capital. It’s not necessary to have a massive savings account or even have extra income coming in, if you’re willing to get creative and believe that funding your dream is possible.
When you shift from a scarcity mindset to a place of abundance, you begin to look for solutions to your money dilemmas and you trust that you’ll have enough for everything you need. While it might not feel like your savings is filling up by drips and trickles, with a bit of trust, intention, and creativity, you can make sure you get to your goal.
In The Daydream Revolution, everyone gets training and one-to-one support to create a fundraising strategy that's unique to their situation and dream. At the end of 8 weeks, each participant will have a detailed action plan for every step of making their dream true and a clear picture of how they’re going to afford it.
Below are 65 ways to get creative about making and saving money, so that you can afford your dream. I hope they'll inspire you to think about your finances more creatively (and optimistically!).
- Clear out your closet and sell the best pieces at a consignment shop.
- Have a yard sale.
- Start a crowdfunding campaign. Ask each of your friends to donate their talents so you can offer some really kickass rewards.
- Sign up for ClickWorker and do some data entry work in your spare time.
- Think of something you know how to do that other people would want to learn (bake a lemon meringue pie! file your income taxes! edit photos like a pro! french braiding! cutting your own hair!) and host a mini course from your house.
- Or you can get people to pay you for that service if they don’t want to do it themselves.
- Collect all of your spare change in an empty soup tin.
- Start a side hustle and take on some freelance work.
- Give something up in the name of your dream and save every penny you would have spent on it.
- Take instant photos (with a Polaroid or Instax) of tourists on the street for $10 a pop.
- Package one of your services in a new way and have a limited time offer.
- Ask a loved one for support.
- Sell CDs, DVDs, and video games on Music Magpie.
- Sell old electronics or gadgets you don’t use.
- Throw an event and charge a small ticket fee. Lots of pubs or bars will let you use their space for free if you have a cash bar. Ask up-and-coming musicians and poets who are looking for exposure to perform. Create a theme and find fun ways to make it a complete experience.
- Rent out your spare room or offer your apartment on AirBnB when you’re away.
- Review products through a company like ciao.co.uk or sign up to be a mystery shopper.
- Recycle your old phone for cash.
- Sign up to be a life model at your local art college.
- Take on some pet walking or babysitting work during evenings and weekends.
- Sign up for Zaarly.com and find odd jobs that match your skills.
- Host a mini bake sale at a local fair or on your front lawn.
- Figure out what you can make yourself (fancy coffees! cocktails! lunch at work!)
- Mend and make do. You don’t always need the newest, best, and brightest.
- Pitch your services to someone who needs them.
- Sign up for Eat With and host supper clubs for travellers visiting your town.
- Perform at children’s parties! Dress up a clown, a princess, or any other fun character. Bonus points if you know magic tricks.
- Take on some cleaning or personal organisation work if staying tidy is your jam.
- If you have any old furniture, appliances, or bits and bobs gathering dust around the house, list them on Craigslist or Gumtree.
- Are you a great cook? Sell frozen dinners or ready made lunches to the busy bees in your life.
- Teach a class online with SkillShare.
- Write a short ebook or video tutorial on one of your area’s of expertise (think about something you could teach people how to do) and sell it for a few bucks a pop.
- Create a subscription service around something you like to make (cookies! paintings! jewellery! poetry!)
- Revamp or mend thrift shop finds and sell them on Etsy.
- Take all of those empties back to the beer store.
- Host a themed cocktail party and charge a small premium on the drinks you serve your friends (let them know what you’re saving money for and I promise they won’t think it’s tacky!)
- Join Lyft and get paid to taxi people in your car.
- If you’re academically inclined, try tutoring students. You’ll make an excellent hourly rate! Look into advertising in local schools or get in touch with parents you know to see if their kids need any help with their studies.
- Become a Direct Sales Vendor (with a company like Usana or Avon). You’ll make a commission on everything you sell and also get some great freebies.
- Ask for overtime. Will your boss let you work some extra hours?
- If you have a van, offer junk removal services.
- Waitress for a catering company. The work is ad hoc, so you can take on weekend jobs as your schedule allows.
- Look for promoters in your area who will pay you to distribute leaflets and put up flyers.
- Rent a Friend literally allows you to be a friend for hire and in addition to an hourly fee, you can end up being someone’s plus one to swanky events.
- Look out for movies and TV shows being filmed near you, and see if you can be an extra.
- Set yourself up with a typewriter in the park and write poems for a fee.
- Is there something you DIY for yourself? Maybe it’s beauty products, cleaning solutions, vanilla extracts, Filofax printables, infused oils, or anything else. Make an extra big batch and sell the extras to your friends, family, and coworkers who are always jealous of your homemade goodies.
- Bust out a musical instrument and busk in the park.
- Be a language tutor online with iTalki.
- Become a “professional guest.” A few years ago, when my friend Dave was starting a new project, he put a post on Facebook offering his services as a professional guest on Facebook. In exchange for cleaning, cooking, writing, babysitting, or doing other tasks around their home, people gave him free accommodations in their house for a few weeks or even a few months. He was able to save all of the money he would have spent on rent and poured into his project.
- Compile your favourite recipes into a short ebook and sell it for a few dollars on Gumroad.
- If you have a blog, sign up with an agency like Nuffnang and you might get paid to write a few sponsored posts.
- Sell your photographs online.
- Set up a Patreon page and allow people who believe in your dream to become your monthly patrons.
- If you have a large Twitter following, see whether you can pick up some sponsored tweets with PaidPerTweet.
- Clear out your wardrobe and sell the clothes you never wear on Depop or Ebay.
- Move in with a family member to save on rent while you work towards your dream.
- 58. Would the cost of your dream be lower if there were more of you doing it? See who else you can get on board!
- Offer a service on Fiverr.
- Students can sell their class notes on NoteSale.
- Create a font using your handwriting and sell it on Creative Market.
- Assist a wedding photographer on the weekends. It’ll mean a lot of schlepping gear but you’ll learn a lot in the process.
- See whether there are any salons or hair schools in your area that pay for hair models.
- Some banks offer a “save the rest” program where your purchases are automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar or $5 increment and the difference is deposited in a savings accounts.
- Use BookScouter to see who will pay the most for your old books.
This list is meant to get your creative juices flowing and demonstrate that there are many ways to save and earn extra money. There will be some that are unique to your dream and I’m certain that you’ll be aware of opportunities that I’m not.
Today, brainstorm a list of every single way you could make your dream happen. Don’t worry about the practicality of them at first, just start exercising that idea muscle and see what comes up. If one of them inspires you, be sure to share it with us in the comments!
And if you want the support and training to figure out exactly how you're going to afford your dream, consider joining us in The Daydream Revolution.
Sending you lovebeams across cyberspace!