If you want to clear some space out in your house and have a big stack of books you’ve been holding onto for too long, you can make money selling your books and textbooks online. Stores like Half Priced Books and others will give you cents on the dollar for each of your current books while you can check what your book is worth by simply entering the ISBN number on Book Scouter.
You know those top-down cooking or craft videos you just can’t seem to get away from these days? There are people out there making a living from them. 78% of B2C companies depend on user-generated content, like those videos, for their marketing campaigns. You can sign up as a creator on a site like Darby Smart and potentially work with brands like Nordstrom, Mattel, and BarkBox. Or, use them to build your YouTube following and monetize through ads and views.
Take a few dollars and a pair of scissors into your local copy shop (many big box office supply stores will do this for you as well. If you don’t have scissors, just borrow them from the store shelf. Just be sure to leave them in the store so they don’t accuse you of shoplifting). Give the clerk at least 4 two dollar bills (it’s more efficient that way because you can get multiple copies on one sheet) Ask for double sided color copies. Should they give you any grief just say it’s just play money for your kid. They’ll probably think it’s fake money anyways since it’s a two dollar bill.
For social media and messaging support, consider LiveWorld. You can work part-time and get involved with non-sales conversations. Instead, you might respond to social media comments or answer questions through online chat or messaging apps. If you enjoy having a conversation while helping people, LiveWorld can be more rewarding than other chat support opportunities.
When I lived in Colorado, I took a break from exploring the mountains to write a little ebook about ultralight backpacking. I wrote it in a few days, which is possible when you write about a subject you know and love, and then published it on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform (KDP), along with a few other ebooks I had written. Having once self-published a print book for $850, I liked the zero-cost aspect of going this route.
Unlike in the real world where people can come into your real building, shake your hand and look you in the eye, people establishing a business online need to develop trust another way. This is usually referred to as “social proof.” Social proof is the condition of creating a psychological sense of importance or credibility for a brand based on the ideas and opinions of others.
More and more companies and startups especially are embracing remote work—where you use online collaboration and communication tools to do your work from wherever you want. And you don’t have to be a 20-something hotshot designer or coder to reap the benefits of working remotely. Many remote positions are for customer support positions or other customer-facing positions that don’t require specialized skill sets.
Join a startup accelerator: Another great option is to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, 500 startups, or TechStars, where a group of investors will help coach you, connect you with potential partners, and provide startup cash in return for a small stake in your company. The competition is tough to get into these, so don’t rely on them as your only path forward.
With drop shipping, you’re effectively partnering with a manufacturer or wholesaler to sell their products. This way, you don’t pay upfront costs to buy inventory, aren’t sitting on unsold items taking up expensive warehouse space, and don’t have to deal with shipping the products yourself. You simply create your site, fill it with drop shippable products, and drive in customers, with almost everything else done for you.
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.
The specific plan I teach is designed to make you $5,000 per month in passive income earnings, based on 10 websites, with each website having a targeted earnings level of at least $500 each. Once you understand the process though, you can decide to build 20 of these websites, or 100! When you stop is up to you (and yes, there are people making tens of thousands of dollars per month on the Internet based on these concepts – they just love the work and don’t ever stop building new websites or expanding their current ones!).
Find your niche partners, collaborators, and champions: As you’re creating your course, look for notable people who are also creating content in the space. Look att how their businesses operate and incorporate that into your own plan. You can also reach out to any influencers and make them affiliates for your own course. This way, they’ll be incentivized to share your content with their own audiences (which can be a major way to generate your first sales—it helps if you're using one of the best CRMs for small business—and start building your own community!)
Some other parts of the book echo advice found in other bestsellers, with the section on how to create a lean startup being reminiscent of Eric Ries’ advice in Lean Startup – this by the way is one of the biggest lessons I think people new to the world of passive income need to realize…you can get started this week, with just $50, and still be on a level playing field with people who have a ton of money behind them (well, almost).
To begin, you need to convert your book to the proper format. Amazon supports a few different file formats and published a handy guide to creating ebook files. Some file types allow more flexibility, like being able to link to chapters from the table of contents. Several authors recommend converting to Amazon’s mobi file format, but you can always try different file types to see which work best for your purposes. As for my preferred method, they say, “Microsoft Word with limited formatting translates well to the Kindle device.”
Every year, hundreds of millions of documents are notarized in the United States: wills, mortgages, citizenship forms, handgun applications. While for decades, this has all been done in person, there is a budding crop of sites that allow notaries to take their services online. If you’re already a notary, you can sell your services online. Or, if you want to get started, check out the National Notary’s checklist for becoming a certified notary.
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re promoting your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.
A person’s data is important to their well-being and security both online and offline. Selling or even obtaining such data such as credit card information, social security numbers, and addresses without their permission is a crime and is an infringement of an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights. Just because we are in an era of free information and open source technology does not give anyone permission to hack someone’s accounts, purchase others’ private information, or sell this information for any reason. The only way to legally obtain information including emails, addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information is to have the person ‘sign up’ and give you this information with full knowledge when they purchase your product or sign up for your offers. The FTC takes this a step further and states that you may not keep or archive financial information on any server or device either unless the person opts in to save their data when ordering with a secure server that encrypts and protects it.
However, like anything else truly worthwhile, apps require a significant investment of your time or money upfront. If you don't have the skills, then you have to hire someone who can assist you in creating a great app. But first you need to come up with an idea that will sell. Do the proper market research and analytics to come up with the right app.
Chat Hosting is a work from home job specifically for women over 18 years of age. The only way for women to earn as a Chat Hostess is to be “very friendly” with their clients. They have to chat with them about anything under the sun and that’s the gist of the job. What kind of online company will let you work from home by chatting with their clients? The company is called FlirtBucks.
Autoblogs are blogs with bots. In other words, they are set up using 100% automation software and designed to put out blog articles on a specific schedule that can be controlled by you ahead of time. While this may seem like an interesting way to put our fresh content, this is often done using tools such as WordPress’s Autoblog feature which pulls articles from other sources. This is dangerous for some reasons. First, people will be able to tell that it is not your content. Google may drop you in the rankings due to duplicate content. But worse, you could be accused of copyright infringement which is a federal crime that carries a penalty of $250,000 for one offense! If it is clear that you are not saying the posts are yours, you might get by with showing others’ content, but this practice could be perceived as claiming the content as your own. Do not risk this!
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Just because you are self-publishing doesn’t mean you want it to like an amateur did it. Hire a graphic designer on a site like Fiverr.com to create a good-looking cover based on your direction and input for not much money. They can also lay out the interior pages too. Just because your book is self-published doesn't mean it has to look and feel that way.