So many of these silly little penny pinching blogs seem to target me with their ads on Facebook. They post a lot of the same type of content, but it all has a really similar theme to them. Many of these ads feature “great”, I use the term loosely, way to make money on the side. The problem with these methods is that most of them completely suck.
So I have come up with some other methods you can use to make real money. They’re not foolproof, but they certainly don’t include filling out hundreds of surveys for a few dollars or selling your email address to advertisers so you can get gift cards.
1. Create a YouTube Channel
It’s not extremely easy, but if you have talent and can create quality content than you can create a strong following on YouTube. Having a great following on YouTube can allow you to make a nice amount of money. Many people even turn this side hustle into a full time income. Wouldn’t that be just amazing?
So my suggestion for doing this is simple. Find something you enjoy doing, create a channel on YouTube and start spreading your videos on other social media networks, online forums, and other places people would be searching for your content.
Once you can get yourself a decent following you can make money in a variety of ways:
- YouTube Monetization via Google Adsense
- Get brand deals with companies.
- Sell merchandise or a product.
- Collect donations
- Participate in affiliate programs.
This is a really broad subject that I’ll cover in more detail later on. For now, try to come up with a subject, a plan, and some content that you can gain a following on social media. Your best bet is to pick something you’re good at and enjoy doing.
2. Sell a Service on Fiverr
Fiverr is an online marketplace where users sell services to others for a set rate. It’s called Fiverr because products can be as low as $5 starting out. This solution is fantastic for someone with a good technical skill such as graphic design, web design, transcription ability, voice over acting, and more.
Take something that you’re skilled in and browse Fiverr to see if it’s a good fit for their site. Chances are it will be because the site has so many categories on there. If you believe that you have something good to offer than sign up and create a “Gig” to get started.
Once you create a gig and price everything Fiverr will let you know when you’ve made a sale on it. Complete the gig to the satisfaction of the consumer and you’ll get paid. Fiverr keeps a portion of the money to cover it’s costs ($1 for every $5 you make) and the rest can be paid via direct deposit or PayPal.
3. Flip Products on eBay
Hit up Yard Sales, Flea Markets, and Craiglist looking for some good deals on products. Check to see how much they’re selling on eBay and pick up anything that seems like a good deal. I would suggest sticking to products you might have an expertise in.
Keep in mind that eBay has certain fees and PayPal does as well. So be sure you find a good deal and consider these fees or else you may end up on the losing end of this one. Despite the risks when done properly this side hustle can really make you some cash.
4. Start a Blog
It’s so easy to create a WordPress today. You can have a blog up and running in a day. I personally have a WordPress and a .Com registered with HostGator. It’s a simplistic process that requires no coding knowledge.
Post articles about a topic you’re interested in and submit these links to places like Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc. If your articles gain traction you can get a lot of good organic traffic for your website. Once you have your traffic there are a lot of great ways to make some extra money:
- Google Adsense
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sell Merchandise or services
- Accept Donations