Believe it or not, you can make money from taking online surveys. Yes, you read that right. Now when I say make money, I mean $50-100 or more per month depending on how many surveys you take a month. The more the better when it comes to making extra income. Don’t expect to become rich from taking surveys but you can supplement your income while you are watching tv with your family.
I’ve always been skeptical about people that say they make money online. These are two legitimate companies that I have used to earn extra cash online.
- American Consumer Opinion
I love taking surveys because it is an easy way to make my gas money for the month without leaving my couch. In addition, American Consumer Opinion is a super reputable company that has been around for a while. Click here to try them out for yourself. I recently learned about Swagbucks but it has all been good so far. They specialize in helping you make money by doing things you do every day like surf the internet. They are offering a free $5 bonus for signing up right now. Click here to try them out.
Are you a good writer? Do you like to write? If so, you can turn your freelance writing skills into your next side hustle. You’d be surprised at how many companies and bloggers hire freelance writers to help them with their websites, brochures, and books.
The best thing about freelance writing is you don’t have to have a journalism degree or be an expert in grammar. Just start writing! Practice makes perfect. In addition, a free app called Grammarly will help you with the grammar. Click here to try Grammarly for yourself as you are looking for freelance writing work or even just to proofread emails!
Starting a blog is a great way to get your writing portfolio in front of a larger audience. In fact, I landed my first freelance writing gig through my blogs twitter account!
Finding your first freelance writing job can be tough. Although there is plenty of work out there, you have to work to find it. You can send cold pitches to sites that you know accept work or check out job boards for opportunities. Check out the two sites below if you are looking for freelance writing jobs:
- Problogger Jobs
- Morning Coffee eNewsletter
GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN
Did you study graphic or web design in school? Or have you picked up skills along the way through courses and experience? Either way, there are plenty of people that need your help!
Entrepreneurs, small business owners, bloggers, and even larger companies will pay big money for your expertise. Similar to finding freelance writing jobs, it can be difficult to find your initial graphic or web design gig. The site, Fiverr, is a great resource to those starting out. In fact, I hired someone on Fiverr a few months ago to help design my business cards.
Similar to many of the other opportunities listed in this post, you don’t have to have a degree or certificate to make money from graphic or web design.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners typically need help. The help could range from accounting work to social media management, and even replying to emails among many other tasks. Instead of hiring a full-time employee, many will opt for a virtual assistant.
That is where you come in.
This is your chance to show off your expertise to someone truly in need. The best part is if you do a good job you will likely land yourself a longer-term online side hustle. In addition, it could result in referral business from other entrepreneurs.
Virtual Assistants in America typically get paid between $15-75 per hour. $15 on the low end for someone just starting out and $75 for someone who is experienced and can possess special skills. Yes, you read that right. A virtual assistant can make $75 per hour for administrative work.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT
Are you good a social media? Although social media may seem easy to many millennials, there are many that struggle with building a dedicated social media following. In addition, social media strategy and management comes down to more than just posting pictures.
The first way to sell your social media skills is through social media strategy. Social Media Strategy involves creating a strategy for another company to implement. Basically, you tell them what they need to do and they will work to implement your strategy. This may also involve initially getting their social media accounts set up.
On the other side of things, once you create a social media strategy for a company or blog you can manage the social media platform for them. Of course, this is more intensive; however, there are a variety of free social media tools that can help you manage.
If you are good at social media and can show your skills, this can be another lucrative online side hustle.
Once you have started your own blog, you can even help others by getting into blog management. Blog management includes handling the day to day activities for another person’s personal or company blog. Tasks range from writing posts (i.e. freelance writing) to responding to commenters and producing social media comment. Each job is truly unique.
Blog Management jobs could last for a week or two while a blogger is on vacation or needing a break. Or the job could be more long term.
Starting your own blog is a great way you can show off your skills to potential clients. In addition, as you are connecting with other bloggers in your niche, you may run into someone that needs some help. Click here to get started with your own blog by getting hosting through Blue Host. The hosting is on sale for $3.95 per month instead of their normal $7.95 per month.
Did you know you could get paid for your large social media following? Most bloggers, podcasters, and other social media influencers use affiliate marketing as a way to make passive income.
You don’t need your own blog to get into affiliate marketing (even though your own blog may help). Do you have a large social media following? If so, companies will pay you to be a brand ambassador. Basically, you promote their products in front of your audience and they will pay you.
Instagram users who have more than 100,000 can earn $700-900 per photo! If you have 500,000 followers, then you can command between $2,000-$3,000 per photo. Certain extremely popular fashion-focused Instagram users are able to get $8,000 per photo.
If you have a large social media following, then you may be considered an influencer in your niche. As an influencer, your social media following will buy things that you promote and brands want to cash in on that.
I recently took a course on affiliate marketing by Michelle. Michelle makes over $50,000 per month on affiliate marketing! Yes, you read that right. I am totally in awe of her success and the fact that she helps other people pull in extra income through affiliate marketing by way of her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I ended up taking the course and within the first month, I doubled my affiliate marketing income which made the course worth the investment in itself.
EBOOKS & COURSES
Another way to make additional income this year is to sell an ebook or course. Although it may seem daunting, selling ebooks and courses are a great way to make passive income. First of all, you aren’t trading your time for money. By that, I mean once you crease the product once you can sell it to multiple people on a large scale. Secondly, it is a way to get your message out to a large number of people. If you have the knowledge, then someone else needs it and they will pay you for it.
There are a variety of ways to sell ebooks and courses. If you have a website or blog, then you can market the products to that established audience. Another way would be to use a platform like Udemy. Udemy will allow you to post your course for free; however, they want 50% of the profits.
Photography is a huge category. There are so many ways to make extra income using photography. You will need a decent camera, knowledge of lighting and special events for most of the ways listed below. However, I have seen some awesome photographs taken from cell phones. Here are just a few ways that you can earn extra income through photography:
- Taking portraits
- Creating stock images
- Selling prints
- Photography nightclubs, bars, and other parties
Many online businesses will pay big money for stock images and believe it or not, you may be able to create stock images right from your cell phone camera! In addition, small businesses will pay big money for updated photos. Just recently I was looking for someone affordable to take my photos in order to update my website.
MEAL PREPPING FOR CLIENTS
Meal prepping has been all the rage on social media lately. If you aren’t familiar, meal prepping is where you cook meals for a week on one day in order to save money and time later in the week. Most meal prepping services focus on healthier food to make it easier to make good food choices. However, there are some people that just want a home-cooked meal.
Food can be a major line item in every budget; therefore, meal prepping has the potential to be a lucrative business as long as you price your service correctly (cost of food + time cooking + delivering food). If you are looking to get start meal prepping for others, start by meal prepping for yourself. Post your pictures on social media and others will request your services.
In 2018, there are so many ways that you can make extra income by selling apparel. One of the main ways that I have seen those around me make extra money is by selling t-shirts. There are even companies that perform drop shipping. What that means is that once you design a t-shirt and upload it to their website, they will take care of the rest. They will accept payment and ship the item to your customer. Your main goal is to generate sales by advertising the t-shirts.