My nephew, currently a college student, once asked his mother to buy him a video game he wanted to have. He was eight or nine at the time if I remember correctly. My sister-in-law, wanting to teach him about the value of money and working to get what you want, told him he would have to earn the money to buy the game. He seemed okay with that and after he went off to play, she started thinking about various chores and projects he could do around the house to raise the money he needed.
A little while after that, she received a phone call from one of her neighbors, telling her how cute her son was. When she asked why, the neighbor explained he had just knocked on her door and offered to sing her a song for a dollar. My nephew came back home a few minutes later with a pocket full of money. At the time, my sister-in-law was horrified that her son had gone busking door-to-door. Everyone else saw it as endearing and completely worth a dollar for the honor of hearing him sing.
When she asked her son why he’d done it, my nephew said he was thinking about what he was good at and came up with singing. Everyone in the family said he was a good singer but he knew they wouldn’t pay him. He decided to see if the neighbors would pay him for a song. Turned out, they would.
I remembered this story while I was cruising around a site named Fiverr. If you haven’t been there, basically, it’s a site where people list what they will do for you for $5.00. Maybe you want your message tweeted to 15000 people, maybe you want a 60 second voice over recorded, or in my case, maybe you want a Romanian bunny named Freddy to eat a piece of lettuce that says happy birthday to your best friend. (Best $5 I have EVER spent.) It’s all listed on Fiverr. And as a way to waste some time, it’s an absolutely brilliant place to see what creative ideas people have come up with in pursuit of your $5.00. Are people going to get rich on this site? Maybe one or two if something goes viral. But you can’t deny, people have some really nifty offerings up there you can’t get anywhere else.
So my point, if I have one here, is that you never know what’s going to work until you try. Maybe it seems completely ridiculous at first. That’s okay. Sometimes the ridiculous is just wonderful enough that people want it. And if they pay you a little something for it, that’s just icing on the validation cake. Go for the ridiculous and see what happens. If nothing else, you’ll have a little extra fun in your life and who couldn’t use that?