One of the big focuses for me this year is more video content. I love making videos (sadly my camera broke and I’ve been scrambling for a replacement since). But making and sharing Youtube videos can be a good way to not only teach what you know, but if your audience is large enough, you might be able to use it as a marketing channel for your own creative ventures, or even to generate sponsors or ads to help out.
This is the oldest website monetization trick in the book and plenty of dating sites still choose affiliate networks as part of their overall strategy. In most cases, the CPA (cost per action) model is preferred by both dating sites and affiliates, but sometimes CPC (cost per click) can work as well. Increase your odds of success with affiliates by displaying deals from businesses relevant to the dating industry such as florists, jewelers or candy stores. If your dating site is niche, consider working with affiliates that cater to that niche.
Inkd is a site for professional-quality materials — business cards, brochures, letterheads and envelopes all feature on the site. An account is free to create, and the Inkd team has to approve your design before it is available to sell. The designer gets 20 percent of the total retail sale, minus tax. Right now, there’s no exclusivity limitation, but in the future an exclusive option will become available, netting designers a better share of the revenue. Most products on Inkd run around $30, so a design would only net designers around $6 per sale.
Well, you need to have a very popular website to make really good money from it and I don’t think it’s a great idea to fill out your personal blog with tons of affiliate links or ads. People may stop trusting you and you’ll be redirecting all the traffic away from your own website (you may do a better job by recommending your own products instead).
Partnering with Tee Spring is like crowdfunding with T-Shirts! It's 100% free to design your shirt. Simply use the online designer to create your product by either uploading your design or using clip art from the site. You'll have to set a sales goal or tipping point, which is the minimum you need to sell in order to have your shirts printed. Then share your campaign via email, your website, or your favorite social media networks. Your customers won't be charged unless your campaign reaches the tipping point. Once your campaign ends, shirts are printed and sent out, and you'll be sent a check for the profit.
Johns’ system is a series of homemade notebooks. He carries one with him at all times so he can capture his ideas on paper whenever inspiration strikes. He says, “I might be in a lineup at a coffee shop, on the bus, watching TV, or putting the kids to sleep. I’ll overhear a conversation, see some quirky gig poster, spot an interesting pattern, or think of an odd combination of objects, and I’ll pull out a sketchbook and get the idea down on paper.”
If you live in an area where Uber or Lyft operate, why not become a driver? If you're looking to make some short-term cash, you can definitely rake it in by working for one of these popular car-hire apps. As long as your vehicle fits within the specifications of their program, and you have a clean license, you could do this on the side, especially if you're in a crunch for cash.
Now, if you don’t know people who might want your coaching services, there are a number of online tools and communities that make it incredibly easy to find clients and teach, on just about any topic area you can think of. Community driven platforms like Savvy.is, Clarity.fm, and Coach.me provide you with a network of potential clients to interact with, as well an integrated payment solution.
But don't make the mistake of thinking this will be a passive source of income—you're on call whenever you have a guest and you'll always need to keep the place clean for incoming visitors. On top of just renting on Airbnb, consider offering your guests paid add-ons, like Lauren Gheysens', Royal Day Out in London, England—where she gives visitors a local's only tour of the city, complete with bespoke 18th century costumes.
Did you know you can get paid to draw simple pictures? If you have simple drawing skills, then you may have an asset that you can turn into additional cash every week. Most people don’t realize this, but there are certain markets where drawings are very much in demand, and where the demand often exceeds the supply. If you can fulfil that demand, then you are in a great position to make money.
There’s a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there’s no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art? They’re entrepreneurs, too. How does one go from creating art to getting paid for it?
If you have experience with marketing, SEO, or a knack for getting people excited about the products and services you use on a regular basis, think about refining your skills and putting them to work making money online as a small business marketing consultant in your region—especially if you can become a local SEO expert and can help local clients rank higher in their search results.
Some sites give users access to basic site features and offer access to extra tools or content for a small fee. For example, let users pay for a “boost” to show up in more searches or have them make a small payment to see more information about potential matches. Fair warning: this method will only be successful for your site if you make it easy for users to make micropayments. If you choose to go this route, be sure your payment gateway can tokenize and store card data for repeat purchases; your users will not want to re-enter their payment information for each transaction.
Now, making money online should seem like a pleasurable activity. Why wouldn't we do just about anything to see things through, since it would be a major source of pleasure, right? Wrong. In the beginning, like anything else, we might get really excited about it. We might also set our hopes very high. But that all comes crashing down when we begin to fail.
Do you constantly come up with witty one-liners? Do you dream of the days of Mad Men-style advertising? If you’ve got some branding chops or just come up with imaginative copy, there are lots of opportunities to make money online through company naming and slogan contests. If you think you have a knack for names check out namingforce.com and squadhelp.com. If you dream of coming up with witty copy, try coming up with company slogans on Slogan Slingers and Get a Slogan.
Stickers are a fun type of physical good that you can add to product orders (if you’re feeling generous) or sell outright as standalone products. Just make sure the margins work for you because doing small print runs isn’t always that cost-efficient. Take a look for some Shopify or Etsy creators who have made stickers work and see if it’s possible to work for you.
I’ve been reading and following up on several of your blog / emails – your work is consistently thorough. I second MyfrogTee’s June 5th 2017 suggestion of updating this article. For instance, I’ve seen grumblings about CafePress too (mentioned here in replies); and the pinkytee.com site seems stale – nothing on the home page, and the last news post is dated December 26, 2016 … as Benny Hsu efforts clearly shows, it takes a good number of failures before making it. That’s certainly true for internet businesses as well.