Everyone can do something. I promise you, there is something you can do to raise money.
-Make things, whatever type of things you want. Jewelry, crocheted or knit items, hand sewn plushes, drawn bookmarks, painted or stenciled shirts, all of these things are fairly cheap to make and can be sold at reasonable prices to work out a pretty decent profit
-Sell things you already have: old books, old clothes, old board games or toys. Chances are you have some stuff around that you don’t wear or use anymore. If you have a lot of stuff, yardsale it. If you have a few things or decent value, ebay or craigslist works too.
-Write or draw on commission: offer to write drabbles or full length stories or draw or sketch fandom-y or original things for small donations
-Have a bake sale in your area. Everyone likes baked goods and they’re cheap to make.
-Host a poetry slam or acoustic performance of songs you’ve written. You might be able to get a room for free or cheap at a church, library, bookstore, or other location in your community. Charge a small admission fee.
-Offer a class on a skill you have, teach people to cook, write, crochet, whatever. Advertise with flyers or a small newspaper ad and charge a fee per student. Find a free or cheap room as above.
-Host a car or pet wash in your community, wash cars or bathe, brush, and dry pets
-Put together themed gift baskets and organize a raffle where people can buy tickets to enter to win each basket.
-Petsit, housesit, or babysit
-sell seasonal baked goods or run a gift-wrapping booth around holidays
-run a hotdog or lemonade stand outside of a local business (with permission)
-put together and sell care packages to be mailed to college students or get well or other packages for general use, sell the packages and offer to mail directly to the recipient.
-Offer pet, baby, family, or other photoshoots. Supply images on a disk directly to clients to easily manage costs.
-Host a pancake breakfast or spaghetti dinner in a town hall or rec center
-Offer to scan and retouch old photographs and supply them on a CD for a fee
-Make or buy pizza and sell it by the slice
-offer to mow or rake lawns or water plants for a daily or weekly fee
-host a bring your own supplies craftbook workshop where you help attendees to design pages and offer supply swaps between members for unused materials.
-Make and sell smoothies, snowcones, or sundaes on a hot day
-organize and internet class for adults to teach how to use popular websites, share photos online, etc, charge a small fee per student
Simple savings things (that can add up):
-If you can, put any change you get from transactions during the day into a savings jar. You’d be surprised how quickly this can add up.
-Get water instead of drinks when (if) you eat out (this can save around $2-3 per meal).
Good Luck, potential Leaky-goers.