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Who Put the Money in Moneymaking?

Sep 1, 2008
In the past some people would use beads for currency. Others would use crops. Doctors were often paid in livestock. There was value in commodities. While this remains true today that value is often reassigned to the denomination of currency. If a cow is sold at auction the farmer does not want a 1978 Camaro in exchange - he wants money.

The role of relegating everything to a fixed rate of currency can often allow individuals to more fairly compare the value of a product or service. You might struggle with an offer to trade your skills as a painter for two goats and a chicken named Earl or a stack of lumber and a box of nails.

Knowing the value of money, even in cases where the buying power of your currency of choice can fluctuate, does allow you to better manage the needs of your home. You don't have to think about how much corn you need to give the banker to cover the cost of your car payment or how many cut flowers from your garden will buy a pound of butter.

It can be fun to watch reruns of Little House on the Prairie to see Caroline Ingalls bartering with the Olesons with a basket of eggs. There were always disagreements on the quality of the eggs, but if hard currency was used it was always a much easier transaction.

There are still some companies that utilize the time honored tradition of barter, but for the most part those who perform a task or supply a product remain most interested in cash.

If you are developing a money making idea then the very term 'moneymaking' indicates you are interested in a currency transaction for your efforts. Currency is the motivation for the purchase of a dream home, a boat, a diamond ring or a college education. Money is most useful in paying bills and buying goods. It has simplified transactions and is often conducted using electronic funds transfers between the accounts of buyers and sellers (especially online).

When you develop a wealth enhancing idea your mode of thinking is radically different than any pioneer predecessors. You think of the value of the job in terms of currency and what that currency will allow you to accomplish. You do not think of trading goods for goods. In times past this was done if only because there was little choice, there was just not enough money to go around and not enough people to allow you to refuse to do business with them.

Today the art of making money has allowed many business owners to participate in acts of philanthropy. These individuals give out of a sense of either abundance or genuine charity to benefit others. By centralizing commerce to the exchange of currency much more can be accomplished.

When individuals discover a means of enhancing personal wealth they can provide something better for their families. They can offer assistance to those in their sphere of influence and they can enjoy the benefits of dreaming big dreams - all made possible though the development of a common currency.
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