If you got no money

If you got not money
If you got not money

If you got no money… get some.

Seems obvious, right?

Well, it’s not. You see, getting money requires work–work that might not be the work you enjoy doing. You could try to start your own business. However, doing that is all trial and error and frustration because the crazy ideas in your head don’t include an easy-to-build Ikea manual. Dammit!

So where do you start?

The easy answer is this: get a job.

It doesn’t matter what it is. Get any job and get a taste of money in your bank again. Work at McDonald’s. Become a door-to-door salesperson. Bust tables at a bar. Just do something and use it as a short-term solution to your “I ain’t got no money” problems.

Wait, just a second–what do you even need money for?

If you’re spending hundreds of dollars per month on drugs and alcohol. That’s why you got no money.

If you’re spending thousands of dollars per year on name brand clothing and products. That’s why you got no money.

If you’re spending more money than you earn… Well, ain’t it obvious why you got no money?

Here’s my golden rule when it comes to money:

Never spend more than you earn and never take loans or visas you can’t pay back in a year or less.

[You might want to get that tattooed on your forearm if you think you won’t remember.]

If you’re struggling with money, you may want to take a look at your lifestyle and discover why your money is gone. Find a way to make your money spent to be less than the money coming in. You’ll thank yourself later when you take the time to evaluate your state of wealth-being.


Well-being: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

Wealth: an abundance of valuable possessions or money.

Wealth-being: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy by acquiring an abundance of valuable possessions or money.


If you got no money, let’s look at the 4 ways money can come into your life:

  1. Work a job;
  2. Sell a product or service;
  3. Inherit money from mom, dad, or a dead relative;
  4. Commit a crime.

(Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments.)

Work a job

The first way money comes into our life is if we work a job. We’ve already discussed this briefly in the beginning, however, let’s go a little deeper.

Jobs are pre-established opportunities with pre-determined wages. This means the value of your time and effort is based on the company or employer providing the work. Often, these companies and employers are cheap and want to spend the least amount of money for the most amount of return. In some circumstances, companies and employers that want access to quality talent may offer higher wages and benefits to attract and retain such talent.

This is the game we play when we’re going for school, trying to get good grades, then competing in the job market for top-paying positions.

So, if you plan to work a job your entire life–focus on a career path you would enjoy doing while perfecting your talents to get the best-paid position possible.

Inherit Money from Mom, Dad, or Deceased Relatives

The third way money can (potentially) come into our life is if you got lucky at birth. Your parents or relatives worked their asses off (maybe) and put your name down in their will to inherit their wealth.

Truthfully, I don’t know anything about this, so let’s just carry on.

Commit a Crime

The fourth way money comes into our life is by committing a crime. Need examples? Fine. Stealing, mugging, selling drugs, extortion, and so on.

I refuse to go into depth on this topic and if you are hell-bent on acquiring money in this way, I sincerely hope you enjoy your punishment when you get caught. Cheers.

Sell a Product or Service

Did you notice I skipped the second way money comes into our life? Well, there’s a reason why I did this.

Adopting an entrepreneurial lifestyle, selling a product or service, offers unlimited potential to earn any amount of money you desire. That’s a fact.

Back in 2017, I traveled the world while only earning $8000 CAD. In the not-so-distant future, I’ll go in complete detail as to how I pulled this off. However, the short version is: that was all the money I wanted and needed.

To my Indonesian readers, you might be thinking, “Whoa! You had 80 000 000 rupiahs! That’s a good living in my country.” And, for any westerner reading this, you’re reaction might be, “Dude! You’d be in complete poverty if you were in my country.”

Let me tell you something: money is easy to earn.

When you sell a product or service, you have the ability to choose how much you want to make. Once you establish your goal, there’s a bunch of attitudes and actions you must adopt to sell your products and services to as many people as possible.

That’s easy?

It is.

Whether I’m making $8000 CAD in a year or $80000 CAD* there are a few things you can do to build a future of unending income.

So if you got no money and want to learn some money-making trick, stay tuned for the next post and I’ll explain.

Until then.

Jef van de Graaf
Strategic Copywriter & World Traveler
Business | Travel Blog | Connect

*FYI: That’s my money goal for the end of 2019…. Go ahead and subscribe to see if I achieve it (I’ll share exactly how much I earned and how in January 2020):


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