If you’ve been online long enough, you’ve probably seen quite a few products and blog posts about how to make money online. The problem is that the vast majority of the information you find talks about replacing your 9-to-5 job and making a complete living from your online income.
But what about if you have a job you love and only want to earn a bit of extra income to remove some of the financial stress in your life or just to have a bit of money for fun?
What I plan to do, with this post, is to guide you through some of the ways you can begin to earn extra income using your existing skills; we’re not creating a business here – we’re building some additional cash on the side.
First: Get in the Right Mindset
You need to get into your head that there is no real “instant money makers” on the web nor are there “systems” that is going to fit everything you want to do. There’s no a push button system or software that magically pours money out of your computer screen.
What you need to tell yourself, realistically, is that in order to make extra income, you need to put in the time and resources toward your work just like your everyday job.
Once you’ve realized that it’s going to take some time, you’ll be ready to properly move forward with putting together your own strategy for earning some side money. You don’t want to overload yourself with a ton of information in the beginning; it’s more important to understand what works for you above anything else.
My Three Suggestions for Extra Income
I’ve done a lot of crazy shit to make money online over the last few years from those stupid pay-per-click websites that earn you pennies a day to trying to sell LED flashlights on Ebay. What I’ve found is that focusing on my existing skills, I was able to finally earn the extra money I wanted (and needed) so I can relax a bit and not feel so stressed out about my job.
In all, I’ve found three things that I believe anyone just starting with earning extra income can wrap their heads around (if they’re willing to put in the time).
- Freelance Writing Online – This one is a no-brainer; if you can write and article, you can begin earning money online. I would suggest starting off with Paid-to-Write websites such as Helium, Hubpages or Squidoo. Learn these platforms the best that you can with the information already existing on the websites. Tap into their monetization (money making) methods such as revenue sharing with Adsense, Amazon Associates (earning commissions from products on Amazon) or taking the leap to affiliate marketing by finding great products to write about on Clickbank. In time, move on to writing for clients which you find through sites like Craigslist or setup your own website that advertises your services.
- Blogging – Believe me, blogging takes a shitload of work. Once you get your blog up and running (I recommend going with you own domain, hosting and WordPress), you need to become a content machine just like you would with freelance writing – you need to be creating fresh, engaging content to your readers. Find a niche that works for you such as basing your blog around a hobby you love or a few interesting things you found enjoyable in school or throughout your career. Don’t reinvent the wheel, figure out what you’re great at and bring that to the online world. In time, you can begin to make extra income off the traffic to your website through Adsense, Amazon Associates, affiliate marketing, donations, direct advertising and a lot more. The most important thing to do is get started today because every day you waste is another opportunity lost to others that are probably launching blogs in your domain of expertise.
- Sell Stuff Online – You probably have hundreds of items sitting around your house that are going to complete waste because you’ve purchased them over the years but completely left them behind once new items caught your eye. Not only are all these unused items a waste of space but it’s messing with your mentality because you’re cluttering your mind just keeping everything in check. Get rid of your crap by selling it on sites like Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, Craigslist and other online sites. Believe me, once you get the hang of selling your first item online – you can take that skill to basically any other platform because they’re all essentially the same. Sell off your crap and pick up some extra income; start small and then move your way up, it’s easy.
If there’s anything you should have picked about these methods is that if you can create content then you can pretty much earn extra money online. Writing isn’t some magically skill that people have; it takes practice like anything else – the more you do it, the better you become.
Likewise, you need to get off your ass and try out a few things without the feeling that you’re going to screw it all up. Everyone makes mistakes but by completely avoiding doing things mentioned this post you’re going to be a failure at them anyway so say ‘screw it’, bite the bullet and get started.
It took me nearly 4 years to begin earning enough extra money to leave my job but I’m young, I don’t have a lot of expenses and I know you are looking more toward picking up some extra money to have fun or pay off a few bills instead of turning this thing into your main source of income.
What matters is that you try something … anything.
You could wait another day, shove your thumb up your ass and mope about not being able to do anything or you could create a fun little hobby of freelance writing, blogging or selling crap online to pick up some extra income – it’s you choice.
Don’t be intimidated by all the information you find out there; remember that a lot of it speaks to people that are already doing this stuff so start with the basics, understand the fundamentals and just head off and do your own thing instead of trying to find some “system”. Do it today, ya lazy ass.