Do you have a pleasing personality? Do you like
to meet the public? Are you a good organizer, and
persuasive? If so, there are many, many ways for you
to make extra money through the use of your typewriter.
With the typewritten message you can sell
yourself and your ideas to people. Your typewriter
becomes a factor both in conceiving and applying
your venture, and is indispensable in keeping the
"ball rolling." Personal contact is also required—it
is necessary that you get around to see people frequently.
Nevertheless, the typewritten message paves
the way. It explains your proposition, creates good
will, and gives you a professional head start. Thousands
of women, men, and young people are discovering
that the typewriter earns its small cost over and
over again through its great money-making helps.
Razor Blade Service
"Ouch!" He cut himself with a razor blade while
shaving; it was dull and he had neglected to buy new
ones that day. But it was a lucky cut, for it stimulated
a clever plan of how he could build up a lucrative
part-time business. He launched a razor-blades-by-mail
How It Works
He reasoned that many people, like himself, were
constantly forgetting to get new blades, causing scars
and sundry annoyances. But what if they could secure
a weekly supply of blades through the mails,
regularly, much like receiving milk at the door each
day, or books through the mail each month! This
would solve their problems, constitute a great convenience
to them, and a substantial source of profit
to himself. He typed out explanatory postcards offering
such a service at a specified monthly rate, securing
names from his local city directory. The idea
fascinated men, and he secured a large percentage
of responses. He purchased blades through various
wholesale sources at minimum prices. Organizing a
card-filing system of his customers, he supplies them
with a quantity of razor blades each week.
He averages some 40 per cent profits after deducting
wholesale cost of razor blades, cost of postage,
etc. The charges are $1.00 a month for twenty blades
each month and he now has some 165 customers.
She was the life of the party, and adept at planning
clever stunts that would guarantee the enjoyment
and success of all affairs. This talent led to the profitable
money-earning side line of selling party stunts.
How It Works
The party stunts she created were novel and called
for the participation of all present. For example, one
such "stunt" consisted of a "Newspaper Party" complete
with 12 invitations, four novel games and
stunts, and unusual place cards—all prepared in
journalistic style. Another party plan was entitled
"Ye Merrie Olde England," and the invitations were
illuminated scrolls, conveyed by a boy dressed as an
English page. She secured customers by typing letters
to a select list of prospects, and subsequently, by
placing an advertisement in her local papers. A
printer co-operated with her in printing the invitations,
etc., which were included with these party
She sold each of these party stunts for $5.00 for
the complete set. After deducting printing expenses,
she netted $3.00 on each, and since she now has
about 50 steady customers, is earning a sizable income.
Occasionally she is asked by her customers to
work up individual ideas, adapted to their particular
parties, which she does for proportionately higher
rates, depending on the amount of work required.
Barter And Exchange Circular
"It is human to swap things," states an enterprising
young Texas housewife. "Then again, practically
all of us would like to dispose of 'white elephants.'
With these thoughts in mind, I organized a 'Barter
and Exchange Bureau' and issued a weekly typewritten
circular describing the many articles that
people in and around my town wanted to exchange,
and for what.
How It Works
"I secured my first listings through personal contact
among my friends. One man wanted to trade a
banjo for a rug; a woman offered 20 jars of homemade
jam—for what?—And so on. I then sent sample
copies of the circular to a general list of prospective
customers, and it wasn't long before I had many subscribers
and listings. Everyone seems to be fascinated
by the opportunity of bartering things. My expense
consisted of paper and postage only, since my typewriter
produced the circular.
"The circular sold on a subscription basis
$1.00 a year. A fee, based on the value of articles,
was set on all sales and exchanges made through its
columns. I thus profited in two ways. It is also possible,
as your circular grows, to charge nominal rate
for each listing."
Church News Pamphlet
"There were always many events and activities
taking place in my church, and I felt that church-goers
would like to be kept posted on them. This
inspired the idea of a weekly church magazine which
has increased my regular income, and requires only
a few hours work each week.
How It Works
"I approached the minister of my church with this
plan and he shared my enthusiasm. He agreed that
the magazine would weld the interests of his congregation.
He also offered me the use of the church
mimeograph machine. I then secured from him a
report of future activities and news of past events,
including a description of these affairs and the names
of the persons in charge of them. I typed up this
material preparatory to the mimeographing, and
subsequently issued an eight-page magazine. It was
distributed free to the church members each Sunday,
as they left the church. I then proceeded to interest
several local merchants in advertising opportunities
of the magazine. These efforts were rewarded by
two full pages of advertisements.
"My advertising rates were $10.00 a full page,
$6.00 a half page, and $4.00 a quarter page for each
issue. Where they contracted for several successive
issues, the rates were proportionately reduced. I
averaged $15 an issue, above the cost of materials."
"I am a stenographer in a concern within a large
Chicago office building, in which about 1,000 persons
are employed. It struck me as odd that few were
acquainted with those working outside their own
office. On the other hand, I was sure that they'd like
to know about each other—that they'd be interested
in information about the girl working in the lawyer's
office down the corridor, about the genial chap employed
with the engineering concern on the floor
above, and many others. Thus did I get the idea for
a monthly office-building magazine which has
yielded me a very nice extra income.
How It Works
"I told my plans to the building manager, and he
enthusiastically added that the magazine would be
splendid advertising for the building. He also suggested
that restaurants, cigar stores and other stores
within and near the building and catering to its
tenants would be glad to place advertisements in the
magazine. We then arranged that I should gather
news material and type up articles for the magazine,
and that he would solicit the advertisements and
have the magazine printed on the building printing
press. We would share fifty-fifty on the proceeds.
During noon hours I secured social and business
information and names of office workers in the
building by interviewing the office managers of the
various concerns. I then neatly typed the information
on my typewriter in readiness for printing.
Meanwhile the building manager had sold three
all pages of advertisements.
"I had no large expense, since printing was provided
free. The advertisements were sold for $25
per page, so that we averaged $30 each month from
the proceeds of the magazine, Not bad—considering
it was work done in spare time and required only a
few hours of pleasant work each month."
Public Relations Counsel
A flair for promotion . . . a typewriter . . . and a
nose for news . . . have enabled one Ohio bookkeeper
to augment his income in his spare time, by representing
merchants, politicians, inventors, and others
in his community as their public relations counsel.
How It Works
His duties consist of planning and composing
desirable publicity articles for release to newspapers
and magazines. Glossy photographs are included
wherever possible. He secures clients through explanatory
typewritten form letters, and then studies
their personal and professional characteristics for
proper publicity angles. No matter how commonplace
their work seems, it often has publicity value.
For example, your neighborhood shoe cobbler, established
20 years, has interesting recollections on
changing shoe styles, may have cobbled his 100,000th
pair of shoes (equal to the population of Rockford,
Ill.), or has a customer who wears size 15 shoes.
These are all interesting news "tips" which most
newspapers are glad to print, and which will bring
good publicity to your client.
The young man writes: "Some of my clients pay
me a retainer fee, normally $40 a month, which
covers all the publicity items composed around
them. Others pay by the column inch, usually
around $2.00 for each inch of publicity secured."
Rural Products Sales
Residing in a rural community, a farmer's wife
has capitalized upon her typing ability by writing
sales letters for the many farmers in her town, offering
the sale of their farm produce to nearby city
people interested in the purchase of these "fresh
off the farm" commodities.
How It Works
The kinds of farm products salable to city people
include maple syrup, hickory nuts, preserved and
fresh fruits, eggs, honey, apple cider, etc. She lists
these items and works up a persuasive sales letter,
which is typed up and sent to a selected list of prospects,
purchased from name-list companies. Small
advertisements within the city newspapers constitute
another means of securing customers. These products,
received direct from the farm, constitute a rare
treat to city people, and many orders are consequently
Her compensation is derived first from payment
for her sales letters and general typing, and second,
from a 5 per cent commission from the proceeds on
all products sold. She nets some $18 weekly from
this work, and has built up a permanent local business.
Personal Conduct Counsel
We know that advertising concerns will plan programs
designed to stimulate business and assure the
success of business firms. An aggressive California
woman has varied this procedure; she "campaigns"
for individuals, helping the unsuccessful or dissatisfied
person to become a success.
How It Works
She operates the same as any advertising agency, but
instead of studying the products or organization of a
business concern she studies an individual's character
and personality. She makes complete notes about
that person, the reason for past failures, his basic
abilities; she subsequently works up a "campaign"
of recommended future conduct. Knowledge of psychology
is helpful in this work; however, one may
secure much of the necessary information by a study
of psychology books in the library. The "campaign"
is submitted to the applicant in neat, typewritten
form. Customers for this service are secured through
a short advertisement in the classified section of the
Rates vary according to the character and extent
of the work. Some consultations pay a minimum of
$5.00, while more extensive ones will net her from
$15 to $25. She is averaging about $30 weekly from
"$875 clear profits every football season cannot
exactly be called 'peanuts,' yet it is through peanuts
that I have been able to clean up this sum and establish
a profitable business for myself.
How It Works
"In attending the various college football games—with
their umpteen thousand attendance—I noticed
that almost half the people would buy peanuts in
neatly-wrapped white bags. 25,000 or more people
at one game or 150,000 during the five home games—what
a splendid 'circulation' for an advertiser to
reach. An idea! I interviewed the business department
of the university concerning the purchase of
the 'concession' on the peanut bags for advertising
purposes; the novelty of the idea appealed to them,
and they quoted me a very low price. Then I went
to prospective advertisers—such as taxi companies,
movies, night clubs, and others. Since people attending
football games are usually in a mood for entertainment
and to spend money, their ads reached a
splendid customer class. It didn't take long to get
two advertisers, one for each side of the peanut bag.
"I pay $15 each game to each stadium for the
privilege of leasing the concession on the peanut
bags. I sell each advertisement for $50 for the
An enterprising stenographer is enjoying a nice
supplementary income by bringing together prospective
travelers and car owners who travel. They
share expenses, and thus reduce traveling expenses
How It Works
Many car owners—such as salesmen—are constantly
traveling along specific itineraries. She secured their
names, and the approximate dates and routes of their
travels, by explaining her service in a newspaper
advertisement. Another advertisement in the "travel
opportunities" column of her local paper brought
her in contact with prospective travelers desiring
rides on a share-the-expense basis. Gradually, as she
became well-known, she was constantly phoned by
car owners or travelers for arrangements, and has
thus built up a flourishing business.
She secures payment on a brokerage basis—10 per
cent of whatever charge is made by the car owner
Her earnings exceed $25 weekly.
She loves children, she is fond of books, and she
is a good organizer. These constituted the personal
ingredients that add up to substantial part-time
profits for one small-town woman in Indiana. She
has organized a juvenile library and playroom in her
home for local children.
How It Works
By consulting her local librarians, she was informed
as to what books were most favored by children,
and then equipped herself with a supply of
books at a small cost from a second-hand book store.
She also equipped this 'library' with children's
games, such as erector sets, sculpturing materials,
chemical sets, jig-saw puzzles and similar games so
endearing to the child. The place has become an
ideal rendezvous for the tots when their mothers
attend their bridge clubs and is a social meeting
place for all the local children.
She charges $3.00 a month for each child and with
30 members, nets about $75 a month for pleasant,
interesting, part-time work.
"Tell your local theater owner that you will supply
him his weekly programs free of charge—in most
cases he'll jump at the idea. It's saving money for
him, and likewise will make substantial part-time
money for you.
How It Works
"Let us say some 2,000 programs are distributed
weekly by the theater. I secured a sheet of paper 10"
by 15" and folded it, each page measuring 10" by
7½". I ruled each page lengthwise in three columns,
which made each column 10" long and 2½" wide. I
then allotted half this space for his theater program,
and the other half for advertisements which I intended
to secure from neighboring merchants. Getting
the ads was easy, since most merchants realized
that they were buying tremendous advertising value.
I secured most of my customers by sending persuasive
sales letters in typewritten form. The complete
four-page folder now contains 60 column inches of
"Selling the space at $1.50 a column inch brings
me a gross of $90 for each program or $360 a month,
and more than half of this is profit. In many cases,
advertisers have signed up for annual contracts, so
that I can run their ad steadily for a full year."
"Living in a large city with many hotels which
are visited daily by buyers from large concerns
throughout the country, it occurred to me that I
could profitably put out a 'visitors' bulletin' announcing
the arrival of these buyers, which would
be useful information to manufacturing concerns
interested in selling their products.
How It Works
"I compiled my information, listing the name of
the concern each buyer represented, the products
he commonly purchased, and the hotel where he was
stopping. This data was secured through the clerks
at the hotel; they were glad to supply the facts,
since it meant publicity for the hotel. Most buyers
reserve their hotel rooms in the name of their concern,
and the hotels thus become familiar with the
companies they represent.
"I sell some 50 of these visitors' bulletins weekly.
They sell for 25 cents each, while my expenses for
mimeographing them was 5 cents each. I thus
earned some $10 weekly for this part-time work."
One young man, residing in a city of 250,000
population has established a splendid part-time business
publishing a regular "town directory," giving
names and addresses of important institutions, locations
of various streets, description of transportation
facilities, and other important facts.
How It Works
The book lists all public institutions, such as
police and fire departments, hospitals, railroad and
bus stations, etc. It includes, in addition, names of
streets and their location; further information describes
local transportation facilities and how they
may be used most efficiently. After compiling and
classifying this information, he then got in touch
with merchants with the plan of selling them advertising
within the proposed book. Such advertising
has definite value, since the reader interest is constant,
and the directory is thumbed regularly. A
local printer agreed to finance the printing, pending
receipt of proceeds through sale of the booklet and
payment for the ads.
The books sell for 15 cents each, and cost only
5 cents each to print up in large quantities. In addition,
advertising yields a substantial revenue, selling
for $25 a page because of its year-round value. His
proceeds amount to $500 a year on the book, which
is revised regularly.
A farmer's wife is contributing to the household
income by reserving a portion of her home as showroom,
exhibiting and selling home-made produce,
such as canned and bakery goods, prepared by her
How It Works
She reached prospective exhibitors by personal
visits and typewritten letters. Upon receiving products
offered for sale, she arranged them attractively
in a well-lighted space in her home, usually the parlor.
Subsequently she sent out sales letters to a
prospect list, advising the prospects of the products
to be purchased within her home exhibit. Townspeople
became accustomed to bringing their commodities
to her home for sale, and she has established
a permanent business.
She secures a commission of 15 per cent of the
proceeds on all articles sold through her home, and
is netting $8.00 weekly in her spare time.
"Planography" is an offset printing process similar
to mimeographing, enabling the reproduction of
photographs and copy without the preparation of
costly cuts. The copy in a planograph job is done on
a typewriter, thereby eliminating the expense of
setting type. These facts inspired one enterprising
housewife to earn part-time money doing planography
How It Works
She solicited the substantial merchants in town
for their planography work, which includes circulars,
catalogs, bulletins, letters, and many other types
of advertising literature. She performs all the necessary
typing for this work, consisting of price lists,
tabulations, letters, etc. The typing must be clean
and careful (through a carbon or silk ribbon). A
local planograph concern informed her as to the
more technical phases of the planographic work,
such as presswork, composition, reproduction of
pictures, etc. Additional work that she secures consists
of pasting, some hand lettering, and simple
Rates vary from $2.00 to $10.00 each for typing on
different jobs, plus miscellaneous charges for general
work. In addition, the planograph shop paid her
a commission for giving them the work which she
$525 in two months! That's what an enterprising
Washington housewife earned through writing up
a premium booklet of interest to "just married"
people, and selling advertising space to various concerns.
How It Works
"First I wrote up my editorial matter. This consisted
of recipes, household hints, notes on home decorating,
etc., which would interest such newlyweds.
Armed with a 'dummy copy' showing this material
in an attractive book layout, I visited prospective
advertisers, such as dairy companies, furniture concerns,
laundries, real-estate firms, etc., and secured
ads. My next step was to get names of newlyweds by
searching court records and checking newspaper
columns. Over a period of two months I compiled
a list of 1,500 such names. Upon the printing of this
book, it was sent free to all these newlyweds. A
printer agreed to finance the printing, because of my
advertising contracts. Some 20,000 of these books
were printed and distributed."
"The advertisements sold for $50 each page. Merchants
were glad to pay this amount because of its
large circulation, and the fact that it reached people
in the market to purchase their products or services;
in addition, the book had permanent readability. I
netted some $525 after paying the printer."
Town Fair Pamphlet
"I wrote up and published pamphlets in connection
with the frequent affairs, celebrations, and
jubilees held within my city, county, and state, and
have, as a result, netted good part-time earnings.
How It Works
"Almost every town has its regular fair or other
celebration, attracting townspeople and outsiders.
An historical pamphlet concerning the town is therefore
appropriate and possesses definite souvenir
value. I included full information concerning the
growth of the town, its residents, its business people,
its outstanding politicians, and its industries. I found
little difficulty in persuading local merchants to insert
advertisements within the pamphlet, since it had
permanent reader interest. The booklet was distributed
at the Fair through a special booth.
"I first typed up the material, then rented a mimeograph
machine to publish it in the form of pamphlets.
The advertisements brought a price of $15
per page, while the pamphlet itself sold for 25 cents."
Organizing a friendship club, and promoting
pleasant inspirational associations among cultured
persons of similar inclinations, has provided a splendid
part-time income for a young Chattanooga stenographer.
How It Works
"I reflected on how nice it would be if I could
correspond with some congenial, responsible men
and women living in other parts of the country—sharing
thoughts, viewpoints, and ambitions; that's
what first inspired me to found this friendship club.
It grew on its own momentum, it seems. I first organized
some of my friends, who secured some of their
friends, and within a short time had a thriving list
of members. And everyone voiced his enthusiasm
about the great advantages conveyed by this 'club.'
Soon I advertised in local and out-of-town newspapers,
gaining more and more members.
"Each member pays an initial fee of $1.00, which
entitles him to the name of two members of similar
occupation and interests with whom he or she might
correspond. Since there are now some 800 members
in the club, the profits are indeed substantial. Earnings
may exceed $35 weekly."
"While reading the travel section of my local
newspaper, I thought how thrilling it would be to
receive letters from world travelers describing
places visited, and the highlights of their trips. My
friends agreed, and this gave me the idea of a Travel
Letter Bureau, which is bringing me excellent part-time
How It Works
"Scanning the newspapers, I secured names of
persons planning extensive trips, and upon interviewing
them, secured their promise to send weekly
letters describing the details of their trip. Among
my friends, and through an advertisement in the
newspaper, I received 12 subscribers, all wanting to
receive original weekly letters postmarked with a
foreign stamp! Each subscriber was put in touch
with a different traveler, thus individualizing the
service. When I travel myself, I send detailed letters
of my experiences to all the subscribers.
"My charge to members is 50 cents a letter, and
with some 50 members now in my bureau, I average
about $10 weekly through this fascinating venture.
Travelers are compensated at the rate of 25 cents for
Local Handicraft Exchange
Observing that many local hobbyists in her town
produced a variety of fascinating items in weaving,
sewing, sculpture, ceramics, etc., a college girl in
Madison, Wisconsin, organized a local handicraft
exchange and sales bureau, which yielded her exceptionally
How It Works
She got in touch with all those who made such objects,
obtaining full information concerning the
items they made. She then listed descriptions of
the various handicraft products, typing them out
neatly and sending these bulletins to townspeople
whom she believed would be interested in the purchase
of these items. The handicraft objects were all
fascinating and useful, and constituted a valuable
asset to the home or person—either as wearing apparel
or home furnishings. She sent out a new,
currently revised handicraft bulletin each month.
She receives her profits in the capacity of broker,
collecting 15 per cent profits on the proceeds from
all sales. Her earnings reach as high as $200 monthly.
Residing in a town of some 50,000 population, a
young woman talented in music and promotion has
established a lucrative business through organizing
and selling the services of a local entertainment
How It Works
She got in touch with local people talented in
various forms of entertainment, such as musicians
playing orchestra and band instruments, ventriloquists,
dancers, etc. Organizing a group of these
entertainers, and identifying them with a snappy
name, she had letterheads printed and sent typewritten
letters to prospects, offering the services of
this group for various social affairs. She specializes
in co-operating with clubs, churches, and charitable
organizations, and offers them a share in the proceeds
of the entertainment in connection with their
fund-raising programs. As a result every member of
these clubs became a salesman in her behalf, seeking
to sell the tickets around town.
She received a commission of 15 per cent for her
services in securing engagements, and has been netting
some $25 weekly, part time.
Newspaper Promotion Page
Earn $300 and upwards by promoting special
feature pages in co-operation with small town newspapers,
or with neighborhood newspapers if you
reside in a larger city. Here's how one alert Chicago
woman "cashed in" on a Mystery Woman page idea.
How It Works
"It was my plan to have an unknown woman, described
as a 'Mystery Woman,' appear at stores of
local merchants (advertising on that page) and give
valuable awards to shoppers then in the store and
carrying a copy of that paper. Visiting my local newspaper,
I reserved the purchase of a full page in their
paper, for advertising purposes, to cover a period of
four issues. Obtaining blank pages of their paper, I
ruled it off as a 'dummy' copy, allowing one fifth for
editorial material in explanation of the Mystery
Woman, and apportioning the balance for advertisements
of varying sizes. Equipped with this material,
I solicited local merchants for their advertisements.
Their advertisement on this page meant that
the 'Mystery Woman' would include their store in
her itinerary . . . which was a strong incentive for
shoppers to appear at their store. I secured substantial
advertising as a result. Promotional pages, such
as the above, may also apply to such topics as community
events, historical celebrations, entertainments,
and other timely events. Most newspapers
everywhere are glad to co-operate.
"I accepted advertising at the standard space rates
of the newspaper in which it was to appear, adding a
15 per cent charge for my services as promoter and
'Mystery Woman.' "