Researchers have listed the most frequent items on peoples’ bucket lists. The most popular are traveling in all shapes and forms, writing a book, inventing something that changes peoples’ lives, learning to play an instrument, starting and running a dream business, running a marathon and becoming a millionaire.
The study also shows that only few dreams ever are fulfilled. The main reason–people don’t have time and money. They have to spend their time in a day job to save for those few dreams that are affordable.
Becoming a millionaire is a nice dream that would allow one to fulfill all other items on Bucket list. If we skip earning million, then almost the only option to fulfill the dreams of life is to merge daily job and income stream with the dream. Here are few tips on how we can fulfill our dreams and earn income from them.
If traveling for a longer period, you can rent your apartment at home. You can do ordinary jobs while traveling. If you are creative, street art might become your source of income. Being a street musician is both a romantic and quite well-paid solution. You can teach your native language or take telecommuting jobs with you. You can write for magazines and teach anything you are good at. You can use the advantage of the season and take seasonal jobs like fruit picking, waiting and summer camps for kids. You can become a sport instructor, a translator, or become a freelance writer. You can sell travel photography. If your traveling is a long-term occupation, you can combine almost everything above mentioned and make your own travel blog and earn with it.
Write a book
Writing a book requires 2 resources–time for writing and investment for publishing. Up until now, most people were stopped by the enormous prices publishers are asking for publishing a book. Now the situation has improved. We have “publish on demand” options (which might have lower margins) that can give some valuable feedback on whether people would like to read the book. The second variable‒time‒should not be a problem if the dream is real. Publishing the book without cash investment allows you to sell it after it is finished, thus ensuring some time for writing the next book.
Invent something that changes people lives
We are facing bigger or smaller problems every day. While it is probable there is already a solution for them, but there is quite a significant possibility that nobody has solved the problem yet. It is a matter of finding out and then deciding what to do next. Most ideas don’t turn out into inventions and businesses because there is a lack of knowledge and/or resources.
Learn to play an instrument
Learning is an experience. When you learn, you go through some particular emotions, techniques, or maybe you change teachers; regardless, you find your way. This is a great resource you can explore. There are many people around you going through the same thing, and they would be glad if you shared your experience, your tests and trials. Turn learning an instrument into a blog or a book or perhaps become a mediator between teachers and students and earn with this.
Start and run a dream business
If you own an entrepreneur’s gene, you will be dreaming about your own business for your whole life. There are several reasons why people don’t start a business: it requires investment; it takes a lot of time; it is harder than one imagines; you fear to fail; there is stiff competition; you don’t have a good idea; or you are insecure or fearful of the unknown. Many businesses at their initial stage are unprofitable, and it takes a long time for them to become a secure source of income. What if we considered the dream business as a short-term project? With today’s communication possibilities, we can easy build nice pop-up businesses–cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries. You can try and test with small “model” version to find out how it works and whether you like it. If it turns out to be a great success, you can turn it into long-term business. And if not–you have fulfilled a dream and enjoyed it.
Run a marathon
Did you know that there is such a thing as GymPact? It is an application with a community behind it that both helps you to keep your promises on a gym or workout, and pays you some money if you don’t miss it. The money isn’t big, but still–it will keep you focused, will help not to skip your workout and will pay some money.
Can you think of more ways to make money by living out your bucket list? Let me us know in the comments!