Panhandling is like many other lines of legitimate work. Success in it demands understanding its dynamics and how to do fast course correction when there's trouble, e.g. the usual begging spot is declared off-limits by concerned citizens or official law enforcement. Here are some tips by eHow.
Given that lawyers are analytical, by nature and education, the odds are with them that they could make a go of this growing career path. Estimates of earnings vary greatly. It is likely beggers doing the best will be circumspect about what they bring home.
Articles on revenues from regular begging indicate that for those who have a good handle on this way of making a living can generate enough income for a middle class lifestyle. Here is one piece on earnings from Yahoo.
What I do know is that a neighbor who panhandles six days a week can pay his rent in a middle-class apartment complex here in Tucson, Arizona. Regularly he carries into his apartment sacks of food from the grocery store, not a soup kitchen. He never has hustled any residents for a few bucks to get by until ...
His prop is his dog. Every panhandler needs a prop. Ones for lawyers could include free consultations about over-education, law books placed strategically around the collection basket and/or a chart of student loan debts versus income from practicing law.
Should lawyers offer entertainment? That could represent added value. For example, they can enact snippets from classic courtroom scenes. But they have to check out if zoing laws and other regulations allow performance art.
From anecdotal evidence, beggers who are clean and well dressed earn more per day. That could be because they are approachable. Those looking like Charles Manson scare us. We hurry by.
It could be a plus to be willing to lisen and engage in conversation. Too many people are lonely. They welcome and will reward the opportunity to connect in person with another human being.
How to dry run this approach to economic survival? Exit familiar locations. Research local ordinances about panhandling. Case out locations for competition. Experiment with a variety of approaches, ranging from attire to props to level of gregariousness. It has been claimed that a smart panhandler, like a in-touch waiter, can bring home $500 a night. Perhaps more.