Over the last 10 days I read all the posts in this thread, that has been going for over 4 years now. Many good ideas were posted, some hilarious ones, and some dubious/illegal way of making money.
First some observations:
All cruisers need money to survive:
some have it before they start
some have money that works for them
some make/earn this during their travels
parttime and work in between shorter cruises
- It has been noted that very few successful money making people listed their skills here……. They are keeping quiet. And thank you to those who shared!
- Very similar thread on CF has been started, see post # 942 … how does one insert a link?
If nothing else read these posts: # 44, 98, 166, 352, 505, 563, 665,697, 738, 821.
Over the last few months this thread was dominated by a discussion between Delfin and Certeza (mainly to do with Commodities spread and MRCI as I understand it). If you do not know what this is, please read the posts, or google
it. In short how to make money in investments. Quite in depth
, but as others already said: not suitable for all of us (cruisers).
Over the years a few contributors have summarised all the ideas (post #505 comes to mind), and maybe another one here:
1. By all means target fellow cruisers for an income
by providing one of these services:
Welding, bending pipes
Rigging and splicing
Boat name stickers
Pet services: grooming, sitting etc
Boat minding for absent owners
Refrigeration A/C mechanic
Cooking (ie delivered to boat): bread, pizza, cold beer
, dinners, waffles
WiFI access point provider
But be very mindful of this kind of work because:
You may not have a working permit
in an overseas country
Locals might get upset, and dob you in
Cruisers are generally a tight lot, short of money as well
Generally this kind of work does not involve money exchange, it's rewards are often a drink or a feed. “What goes around comes around” and “ karma” has been mentioned.
Other sources of income
are also boating
related but targeting others than cruisers themselves:
Again and even more so, you may need a work permit
, licence, insurance etc. etc. to work as above. If not you might find yourself certainly on the wrong side of the law.
You have some artistic skills:
Painting (the artistic kind)
Street acts, ie puppeteer
Writing (see more under ’internet’ }
Photography (again under ‘internet’)
The first 4 are at times tolerated without much trouble, the others can be done anywhere anytime.
Drugs (if one is stupid enough)
Or just providing transport for various wares (excluding smuggling)
Most of the above would be illegal if not declared, taxes
paid etc. Then often the incentive to trade
disappears as the profit goes down to zero or below that. It seems that there is little income to be gained in this area.
Skills already present, provided to locals:
Any of the skills/trades listed under point 1.
Medical: doctors have often enormous obstacles to get accredited in a foreign country, may take 6-18 months.
Nursing, as above but a lot easier
Teachers maybe possible (definitely in some East Asian countries)
Again, workpermits, taxes
, licences all need to be in place, unless you want to risk your freedom (jail) or loss of your boat.
Internet, services and sales via the Internet seem to be most in favour to make money:
Writing: website, blogs, copywriter, travelguides, product, boat or marina reviews
or for magazines
Income can be direct from a paying customer or indirect from ads on the blog/website
Photograhy/video: postcard making, educational
Travel agency either free standing or using one’s own boat/assets
IT, ie programmer, webdesign etc etc.
Sales, whatever you have, can make, can source, can supply
Crowd sourcing accurate charts
Contribute to weather
All the above require a regular good internet connection, in many cases being IT savvy.
Working your money to make money. Money you already have, used for investment:
Stockmarket, future trading, options, foreign exchange etc. etc.
8. Items that did not fit the points above, some hilarious, some left of centre ideas or others outside the law (in no particular order):
Rape, marriage counsellor
Sell carbon credits
Printed T-shirts, or/and embroidery
Gay nudist cruises
Pole dancing (around the mast
Trawling for floating debris
Rum quality control inspector
Smuggling anything else
Invent wind generator noise
Setting up own religion
Fred Hollows clinic (but a profitable one)
Off shore Botox clinic
Weaving palm leaves
Repairer of inflatables
Opening a local business: like marina…. Hmmm not really cruising anymore
Paid jobs which can allow you to cruise
a large part of the year:
Sorry for the lengthy post, and the formatting is not optimal