And while it will take time to build up a big-enough audience to attract advertisers and other ways to make extra income from your podcast, the opportunity is there. John Lee Dumas interviews entrepreneurs seven days a week for his podcast Entrepreneur on Fire and now makes more than $200,000 a month from it. In fact, John publishes all his income online and showed that he’s made almost $13 million since launching in 2012.
Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.
KGB is a mobile text service through which chat agents answer requests sent in to them by different online users. The directory assistance service is considered to be a leader in the United States and is outsourced by many companies to work on their behalf. However, residents of Canada as well as the Philippines can also apply for positions as support agents. Payment is between three cents to ten cents for each question answered.
It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how much people love t-shirts. And with the right niche, marketing, and tools, you can create an online t-shirt business that makes you extra money online while you sleep. (Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who've done just that.) Services like TeeSpring make it easier than ever to create a t-shirt drop-shipping business where they handle the sales, printing, and shipping, and you’re only responsible for design and marketing. For more tips, check out this simple guide to launching and marketing an online clothing store by my friends over at Selz.
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.
Teaching and tutoring English as a second language is a great way to make money online, not to mention open some doors for you to travel the world if you'd like. While full ESL (English as a Second Language) accreditation is recommended, as long as you’re a native speaker and have the ability to teach, there are people in countries such as Hong Kong or the UAE who are willing to pay upwards of $25/hr for you to tutor them English via Skype. Check out Indeed, Learn4Good and Remote.co for remote english tutoring jobs or sign up on a specialized site like VerbalPlanet or Chegg Tutors.
While the “get paid to chat” jobs often serve students from Asia, Cambly seems to draw from an even wider geographical base. In addition to Asia, it has students from South America, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, South Korea and others. It seems like a good way to get paid to share your language and culture while learning a lot about other cultures too.
Walk around your neighborhood or town and I’m sure you’ll see tons of great local businesses with terrible design. However, with increasingly easy-to-use tools like Adobe Illustrator, Venngage, Stencil, and Visme, just about anyone with a creative mindset and a good amount of motivation can start making money online by being a graphic designer for local companies.
But I will temper that opinion, by saying getting your name in print can be great for achieving expert status for use in later ebooks/membership site promotions (your really money spinner), and for gaining new fans that your own distribution efforts can’t get. For example, Ferriss pulled this off pretty well, using a book to drastically grow his online following / blog readership.
Here’s a good example of how lead sales can work in real life: My second website, Life Insurance by Jeff, brings in a ton of traffic from people who are searching the web to find answers to life insurance questions. While I used to have the website set up so I could sell these people life insurance myself, it was a lot of work to process all the different requests and clients. As a result, I started selling the leads I gathered instead.
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.
Upwork is a popular platform for budding freelancers starting a side hustle. You can search for online chat jobs with part-time or full-time hours and place a bid. Speaking from personal experience, only apply for jobs from clients with a “Payment Verified” status. Most listings with unverified payments are scams and they will try to send you a virus-embedded document or (even worse) not pay you for the work you do.
I would suggest that if you are just doing this for some startup capital, to not disclose the exact method and get as many orders as possible.The basis of this method is to “write” articles that are “unique”. If you have ever bought articles from Fiverr, you know just how many gigs there are claiming that they will write you a unique article in such and such amount of time. I have been asked before why you would want to go into this writing niche if so many others are doing it, aka saturated. By using this method, you are going to be able to give clients unique articles which only take a few minutes of your time. Because of this, you will be able to provide more articles than your competition giving you a more competitive edge.
Starting a podcast, like making a YouTube channel or blog, comes down to telling interesting stories and building an engaged audience. I’m probably sounding like a broken record by now, but you need a niche that you’re interested in and there’s already a demand for. Come up with a list of topics you’d like to talk about and then search iTunes charts, Google Trends and other podcast research sites like cast.market to see what’s currently out there and popular.
Use video-sharing networks to make money from ad revenues. Websites like MetaCafe.com will pay you $5 each time your video is viewed 1,000 times, at the time of publication. To upload your videos on the website's server, you will need to register an account with them. Click on the "Upload" button located on the homepage. Provide your personal information in the appropriate text fields, and press the "Create Account" button when you're done.