You can make money with mining, with staking and also with running a master node. If you catch the crypto near its start then running a node is relatively cheap. For POS (Proof of Stake) cryptos they require the node to hold a minimum amount of their coin as collateral for running a master node.
As you will see in the chart below, some master nodes have a very high ROI even over 1,000 percent. The beauty of the master nodes is you don't have to have a $2000 miner running 24/7. Commonly you can run the master node on your cpu.
Its worth some time to do some research on running a node and if you get in at the beginning of a launch that includes master nodes you will likely be able to get a bunch of coins at a very low price to make the upfront minimum coin stake as low as possible in terms of traditional dollars.