This blog is a re-posting of a blog I wrote back in January, with updated information. For some reason no one has done this yet, so I am offering it again. You can read the original here.
Business Plan: You fix my bathroom window, I pay you.
Business Description: The bathroom on the third floor of my house has a window. The frame of this window is rotted, and does not allow the window to close properly. This allows me to hear conversations from my neighbors who are outside my house arguing loudly even though it is raining, cold, and late at night.
If you can fix it, I'll give you ten dollars. I estimate that you will need to buy about four dollars worth of lumber for this job. That will give you a $6 profit in addition to the rotted wood, which I will let you keep as a reader appreciation gift. You will also need a 40 foot ladder because the rotted frame is inaccessible from the inside of the house, and an umbrella because it is raining. You may also need to hire an assistant to hold the umbrella for you. I estimate that it will take you about an hour, (longer if you fall off the ladder, which I will not help you keep steady) which comes to $6 an hour. Not bad. Many people in China in 1000 BC never even heard of six dollars.
Six dollars can buy you a child bride in Iran, (creepy, not recommended) a house in Zimbabwe, (made of giraffe poo, not recommended) or six "Show your love" poems to any people you name. (Recommended)