I apologize for taking forever to write another post, I’ve been pretty busy. Here’s a short update:
- My sister just moved into her own apartment, so I’ve been busy organizing the bedroom we were sharing. (I will have a video about that up on my Youtube Channel sometime, so stay tuned!)
- I have discovered the world of animation (using Adobe After Effects) and I have been working on a little sketch that I will hopefully have finished sometime.
- I have rejoined Roller Derby and I’m currently going through the Fresh Meat Course (pun not intended)
- I have another coloring book I’m making
- A Children’s chapter book that I’m working on
- and of course, my novel…
- and a YA fiction book…
Basically, I’ve been pretty busy.
Anyway, I wanted to drop in and give you guys a few ideas on how to earn some money from home, whether you use all of these together (like I’m doing), or just choose one and build on it. Whether your goals are to supplement your income or work from home full-time, I hope these can help get you started.
1) Affiliate Marketing
This is one of the best ways to earn money because most affiliate programs are free to join and all they require you to do is put links everywhere you can, write reviews, do videos, promote products you use and love however you can.
I haven’t personally earned too much from this yet, but I’m earning some now and learning a lot about which products to list.
I am using Amazon’s Affiliate program because
1) I love Amazon
2) most people love Amazon
3) it’s recognizable and people trust it.
To sign up, just click here and follow the steps. It’s really easy, but before you sign up, think about your niche, research and watch some videos and figure out a “game plan”. If you don’t have a blog you can get a free one from WordPress or another site (see: 4 Tips on Starting a Blog) or even just simply promote products on a Pinterest account.
How it works:
Basically, you sign up with an Affiliate program and the company pays you a small percentage to advertise for them. You share your links and write reviews on your blog or video and tell people how much you like *insert product here* and if they buy it, you earn some money from it.
*Something to note is that at least with Amazon’s program you have about 90 days (I believe) to actually sell a product before you’re 100% accepted. If you don’t sell anything you will go inactive and have to rejoin. I had to do this like, three times because I was signing up, popping on a few links and not doing anything else. So after I started doing research and really figured out how to do this a bit better I started selling some stuff. Not a lot, but it’s growing.
If you are artistic at all, you could make some designs and sell them on shirts, mugs, stickers, etc. and if you don’t want to worry about printing them onto your own products there are plenty of websites out there where you can upload your design and have them print and sell them for you.
I only use Redbubble so far, but there are others out there such as:
and many more.
I’m still learning how to promote on there and what designs people are going for, but it’s fun. I love to create art and coming up with ideas and trying to guess what people are going to like is a fun process.
3) Create a book
Even if it’s just a short “how to” ebook on Amazon, if you can get some people to read it and leave a review you will start earning some extra income from sales without a whole lot of work.
Fun Fact: The reason having reviews is important is it helps Amazon’s algorithm and your book will rank higher on the search results. The higher you are, the easier it is to find your book and the more people will be interested in purchasing it. I lucked out with my Fun Facts about Alaskan Malamutes coloring book because there are only a few coloring books about malamutes out there so I’m already in the top results (and yes, I did just shamelessly plug my affiliate link to my coloring book in my blog post about earning money online…you getting some ideas now?)
The first month my book was out I earned about $30 and I have already earned some this month as well. It’s not a whole lot of money, sure. But it’s way better than nothing and the more books you get out there the better!
This one is a little trickier, because Youtube recently changed their policy and you need at least 10,000 channel views before you can monetize your videos, BUT, even if you’re just starting your Youtube channel you can mix and match these ideas to your benefit. Youtube monetization is only just one way to earn money on Youtube, you can do video reviews for products and put your affiliate link in the description so people can check it out, you can link to products you use in a video whether the video is specifically about that product or not, you can promote shirts your selling on whichever site you have them on, you can promote your books you’re selling. There are a bunch of ways you can use a Youtube account to get the word out about whatever you have going on. The sooner you start, the more you interact and the more consistent engaging content you create the fast your channel will grow and then you can monetize your videos. Just give it a shot! you could be surprised.
None of these are quick and easy, they all take a lot of time and dedication. Some days you are going to feel discourage, like it’s taking way too long to get anywhere but the key is to not give up. I’ve been doing this for a bit and learning about it all for even longer, some days I feel like I don’t have enough to show for it, but then I look at what I have accomplished and even if it’s not super impressive, it’s more than when I wasn’t doing anything and wondering what on earth I should do. At least now I have a direction and I’m not giving up.
That’s all it takes. Entrepreneurship is more about character than earning money, in my limited experience. You have to get out of your head and puzzle through every obstacle, stick to the plan and just keep going. Ignore hateful/ignorant comments about being a bum/not wanting to get a “real job” or deigning to dream of something more than a typical 9-5 for the rest of your life. If you stay dedicated and you keep plunking away, you will get there. Perseverance is key in everything. You’ve got this!