You’ve probably never thought about making money through begging, but when you look at how successful others have been using this method, there’s no doubt that it’s possible to earn a lot of money. One of the most popular and successful beggars is Alex Tew, of The Million Dollar Homepage. In less than a year Alex Tew earned one million dollars by selling pixels on his website, to pay for college and life expenses.
Alex isn’t the only one whose had success begging online, Karyn Bosnak created a very simple website exclaiming she was broke and was over $20,000 in debt. She ended up with donations of over $13,000, and even wrote a pretty successful book on her experience.
These success stories aren’t just online either, there are actually people who dress as homeless people and panhandle for a living, or just some extra money. A study found that a successful panhandler can make $20, $30, and even $40 an hour. So if you’re looking for a career change, and have no shame, you might want to try your luck as a beggar.
What Does it Take to be a Successful Beggar?
Believe it or not, there is a strategy to becoming a successful beggar. Whether you’re targeting an online audience or the streets of Chicago, you have to have a game plan before you start panhandling. Of course your tactics are going to be completely different depending who you’re targeting.
Being a successful online beggar. You could try posting on yahoo answers, Facebook, and other social bookmarking sites asking for donations, but more than likely you’re the only thing you’ll receive is criticism. If you want to make real money you should create your own website, with two possible strategies.
You can either create an extremely simple website like Karyn Bosnak or you can create a unique idea like the million dollar homepage. Once you’ve designed and create your site, you need people to visit it. The reason Karyn and Alex were so successful is because the media picked up on their stories and started reporting on it. This drove in tons of traffic to their websites and led to their overall success. Don’t try duplicating their methods though, as many people have tried recreating the success of the million dollar homepage with almost no return at all.
Being a successful panhandler. One of the most obvious aspects of being a successful panhandler is dressing the part. You can easily find homely looking clothes at shops like good will, or you can take your clothes and dirty them up a bit. Make sure you have a good reason why you’re on the street, as some people will probably come and talk to you. Panhandling in higher traffic areas will give you more potential suckers *cough* I mean donators, which will lead to more profit for you. Make sure you hide any significant earnings that you accumulate, as people are less likely to donate if they see you’ve already made a lot of money. ALWAYS thank anyone that donates, as they might turn into recurring donators.
Begging might not sound like a career, but it’s certainly possible to earn enough money to be considered one. If you’re in need of money, you should consider a career as a beggar. Just be prepared with the criticism and shame that comes with it.