Building wealth often takes smart saving strategies, but there are creative ways to achieve millionaire status more quickly, too.
Some people get there by going viral, while others get there by selling uncommon things in new ways.
We took a look at 11 different ways people creatively made $1 million.
Getting rich is a long-term game ... for the most part.
While your best bet to accumulate wealth is to curb your spending, start investing, and develop "rich habits," there are some less conventional ways to make millions relatively quickly.
Consider those who took advantage of social media and launched their own YouTube channel, like PewDiePie, or created a viral meme, such as the founder behind "I can has a cheezburger." Some also got creative when starting their own retail business — one kindergarten teacher sold lesson plans online, one woman sold secondhand clothes on an app, and one college student sold pixels for advertising space online.
There are plenty of means by which you can grow your bank account if you think outside of the box. No guarantees these strategies will work for you, but here are 11 creative ways people achieved millionaire status.
Creative ways people have earned $1 million
Creative ways people have earned $1 million
Scott DeLong launched a personal blog that was generating major income within eight months.
She's not the only one making millions publishing Kindle books. Bob Mayer and Jen Talty built a seven-figure indie publishing house in just two years, which they detail in their book, "How We Made Our First Million on Kindle."
PewDiePie launched a YouTube channel and built a huge following.
Making money on YouTube is no easy task — stars with half a million subscribers can sometimes struggle to make ends meet— but if you can crack the system, create compelling content, and build a strong following, it can lead to a lucrative career.
One such successful YouTuber, Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, reportedly made $12 million in 2015. He became the most successful YouTuber, defined as the owner of the YouTube channel with the most subscribers, but his rise to fame has not been without its fair share of controversy, too.
Peter Dering designed a gear company and funded it through Kickstarter.
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are crowdfunding sites that let people submit ideas for projects or inventions. If the community likes the ideas, they can contribute money to the cause to help it come to life.
Million Dollar Homepage "sold out" just four months after it went up in 2005. After the site began to gain media attention and all ad space was bought up, he dropped out of college and began a career as a serial entrepreneur.
Since then, he co-founded the newly billion-dollar unicorn startup and meditation app, Calm.
Alicia Shaffer opened an Etsy shop where she sold sock, scarves, and headbands.
Starting an Etsy shop isn't uncommon, but earning $70,000 a month on said Etsy shop is. That's how much Alicia Shaffer made from her Etsy store, Three Bird Nest, according to The Penny Hoarder.
Three Bird Nest has since left Etsy to focus on its boutique website, but at its height, it was selling more than 3,000 socks, scarves, headbands, and other items. It was also the second-best-selling handmade store on all of Etsy.
Eric Nakagawa created a cat meme that took off.
A viral meme can spin off into a stream of projects — and a stream of income.
Eric Nakagawa created the viral meme, "I can has a cheezburger," featuring an open-mouthed, overweight cat asking for a cheeseburger. He and Kari Unebasami co-founded humor site Icanhascheezburger.com, which featured follow-up photos of the cat getting a cheeseburger. In 2017, they sold it for $2 million to Ben Huh. Just three years after, it was receiving more than 35 million hits per month.
Since then, Ben has created multiple sister sites and landed a book deal that was a New York Times Best Seller; book sales alone helped the company make half a million.
Suzanne Canon sold her used clothes online.
Suzanne Canon began selling her old clothes on Poshmark, an app where people can buy and sell clothing from boutiques or their own closts. What began as a way to "make a little money on extra clothes," turned into a full-time job running her own label, Infinity Raine, with her business partner, Tiffany Kroeger.
Canon is the first seller on Poshmark to earn $1 million in sales. So far, she has generated $400,000 in sales from Infinity Raine and around $700,000 from her closet and thrift-store sales.