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11 creative ways people have made $1 million

Business Insider Logo By Hillary Hoffower of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 12: 
  
    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.

  
    Read more:
    11 outrageous ideas that made
  people ridiculously rich
  

  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.

  Alyson Shontell and Kathleen Elkins contributed to a previous
  version of this article.

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.

Read more: 11 outrageous ideas that made people ridiculously rich

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.

Alyson Shontell and Kathleen Elkins contributed to a previous version of this article.

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