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Ready to make some extra cash online?
Before we dig in, let me first start off by saying that the topics listed below are not a “get rich quick” scheme. It will take hard work and determination for you to be successful within the path you take. What you put in is what you get out. As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. Like learning how to play an instrument, it takes practice, practice, and more practice.
Originally, I had planned to put together a long list of ways to earn extra income online. Then I thought, I would personally rather read more detailed explanations of each topic than a few vague sentences. Here we go!
Before I started Climb to Million, I had little knowledge about the blogging community. Or, “blogosphere” as I recently learned. For some reason, my mind always pictured blogs of food and travel, nothing else. Turns out, there’s a blog for anything you can think of. If you don’t believe me, check this out.
The good news is that if you can successfully provide content for a specific niche that others would want to read about, you have the potential to make money from blogging. Like I mentioned above, the dollars don’t start pouring in as soon as you buy that domain. It takes time and effort.
To make a long story short, if you provide links to products or services offered through a business’s affiliate program, you’ll make money. But first, you need people to come to your site so those links can be clicked. How do you get people to come to your site? Well, you need content. Once you have those two boxes checked off, it’s time to start looking at some affiliate programs:
These are just a few and you’ll need to do some digging yourself. It’s important that you find an affiliate program that aligns with your niche. You don’t want to be linking fashion items on a personal finance blog, for example. There are also guidelines for including these links within your blog, such as providing disclosures.
Google AdSense is a free service, offered by Google, that allows you to monetize your blog by placing ads within your pages. The setup progress is very easy. However, you must have enough content on your blog in order for your application to be approved. There are plenty of websites and blog posts out there that have detailed “How To” guides for setting up an account, tips and tricks on where to place your ads, and how much money you can expect to receive from the ads. Here’s a great “Newbie Guide” from ShoutMeLoud.com.
Once you have a rock solid blog, filled with extremely useful and beneficial content, it’s time to start looking at digital products.
I’ve been in sales for 10 years and have taken a lot of training classes throughout my lifetime. That said, I know a thing or two when it comes to “value selling”. People will only buy something from you if they see the value in what you’re selling. If it’s something that can be easily found elsewhere for free, chances are, they’re not going to buy your product.
I was looking for dropship suppliers one time and came across a website that had a list of 25 suppliers that they know, for a fact, are legit companies. It was a comprehensive list, including the company name, website, and the type of products that they offer. However, they had more than just the 25 I saw. They offered a list of 100+ suppliers, tried and tested, and they were selling this full list for ~$200. Since it can be difficult to find dropship suppliers, this list was definitely valuable to anyone looking to start a dropship eCommerce store.
Do you have a unique skill or talent? If so, someone will probably pay you for it.
Upwork allows people or businesses to post projects that they need to be completed. Then, freelancers view these projects and submit proposals. If there’s a skill or talent that you have, there’s a good chance that there’s a project on Upwork that will be right up your alley. Once your profile is setup, you can start submitting these proposals. There’s a wide variety of projects, such as web development, designers, writers, sales & marketing experts, accounting, any much more. It’s tough you give you an expected range of payouts. Projects could be something simple as data entry that may take an hour or two, or a full-time gig that requires 40+ hours each week.
Fiverr is similar to Upwork, but instead of people posting projects that you can apply for, the freelancer posts what they can do, and the businesses will buy it. All posts start off with “I will…” and you fill in the rest. Looking at their landing pages, here are a few:
- I will record a great one minute voiceover – $5
- I will draw simple childrens book illustrations – $15
- I will design a Professional RETRO Logo – $5
- I will create a natural or professional video testimonial – $10
The work won’t come pouring in after you set up your profile. You need to separate yourself from the crowd. Fiverr put together an article that helps with that “How to Make Your Fiverr Profile Stand Out”.
3.) Graphic Design
When I was younger, I took a few graphic design classes in high school and college. There’s something about creating your piece of digital artwork that I found very soothing and enjoyable. At the time, Photoshop was expensive so I never followed through with it. Now, you can get up and running with Photoshop CC for $9.99/month. If you’re confident in your ability, you can earn some side income by selling your designs.
Before you start uploading designs to the internet, make sure that you’ve done your research. There are a ton of copyright laws out there that prohibit you from taking images you find online and selling them for profit. Meaning, it’d be awesome to take a logo of your favorite sports team, toss it on a t-shirt, and sell it to the public, but… that’s illegal.
I came across Redbubble the same way you’re reading about it right now, in a blog post. Basically, you take a piece of artwork that you’ve created, upload it to Redbubble, and print your design on the products that they offer:
- Phone Cases and Skins
- Wall Art
If someone picks out your design, Redbubble prints it on the to the product and dropships it out to the customer. You’ll earn a cut of the sale (which can be manually set by you). Their about page has a pretty cool video that explains the process.
I spent 2 hours on a Saturday coming up with this design that I posted to Redbubble. No sales yet, but I haven’t done much marketing for it.
Society6 works similarly to Redbubble. I haven’t used them personally so I wouldn’t be able to talk much about my experience with them.
It’s becoming easier and easier to start up an online eCommerce store. You can either create the online store yourself (which may take a little extra work) or partner up with an eCommerce company, such as:
Where do you find the products to sell? This one is completely up to you. There are two ways to go about this. Buy the products yourself and keep the inventory on hand or partner up with a dropshipping company. I’d weigh out the pros and cons of each to determine what’s better suited for you. If you’d like to take the dropshipping route, here are a few companies to look at:
Believe it or not, you can make money from taking surveys online. I haven’t personally completed any online surveys, but I do have two survey apps installed on my phone, Google Opinion Rewards and Surveys On The Go. Every once in a while, I’ll get a notification that a new survey is ready. It takes anywhere between 1-10 minutes and the payouts range from $0.10 – $2.00. After you complete a Google Opinion survey, it adds the money to your Google account, which you can use against movie rentals (or paid apps). Not a bad way to save a couple bucks on a $4.99 movie rental.
If you’re looking to complete some online, take a look The Penny Hoarder’s article, “The 10 Best Survey Sites to Make Extra Money (+How to Earn $250/Month)“.
Have you found success with any of the ways I’ve described? Do you make money on the side through a different venture? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!