Learn How to Make Money the Fun Way
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Everybody wonders how to make money other than working a 9-5. So whether you’re looking for a side hustle or a way to make a full-time income, you’ve got options. This post will walk you through some of the best ways to make money. Who knows, you may even find something you fall in love with that’ll bring you some extra income. Now what’s better than that?!
How to Make Money the Fun Way
These ways to make money are all pretty fun, and some can eventually be a substitute for a full-time income. Now I’m not saying every money making idea on this list is guaranteed to replace your full-time job. However, if you put in a lot of hard work, dedication, and it’s something you’re passionate about, you have the potential to quit your draining job and do something you love. So here’s how to make money and actually enjoy what you’re doing!
1. Start a Blog
When I first learned that blogging can earn you a full-time income (or become an awesome side hustle), I was shocked. It just seemed too good to be true. But ever since I stumbled upon Michelle’s blog, Making Sense of Cents, I realized that it’s possible. For those of you who don’t know, Michelle has been blogging for a few years now and earns over $50,000 A MONTH. Realistically, she’s earning $90,000+ a month. Yes, every single month. And she gets to travel the world and live debt-free.
Of course, blogging requires A LOT of work. Trust me, I started a few months ago but haven’t gotten serious about it until this month and it’s been challenging. But as with Michelle, and many other successful bloggers, if you put in the time, work hard, and don’t give up, you can have your dream job and live a much happier life.
Now you’re probably wondering how bloggers make money. Well, there are a few ways this can be done. Here are some of the most common:
• Placing Ads Throughout Your Site
By placing ads throughout your website, you can earn money when someone clicks on the ads or in some cases, just if someones looks at the ad on your blog. Many newbie bloggers start out with Google Adsense, as there isn’t a certain amount of page views necessary to use it. Once bloggers get more page views, they generally try and apply for better paying ad companies, such as Mediavine. Silas & Grace over at Chasing Foxes made almost $15,000 in August just from ads. Of course, they get a million+ page views a month, but it’s still impressive.
• Affiliate Marketing
Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is the master of affiliate marketing. I took her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing a few weeks ago and am working on implementing what I learned. And boy is there a lot. Now for those of you who aren’t familiar, affiliate marketing is essentially when a person promotes a product or service and gets a commission whensomeone buys said product or service because of their promotion. Generally, affiliates get special links to products from their affiliate company and place them throughout their blog. These special links are tied to the affiliates account. If someone clicks on the link and purchases something, the affiliate with be given a certain percentage of that sale. The best part is that it doesn’t cost the person buying the product anything extra – the commission is just the companies way of saying thank you for referring customers to them. It’s awesome, and it’s something that can make you money for years and years – Michelle has made over $300,000 just from one blog post, and that amount keeps climbing.
• Guest Posts
Sometimes, bloggers get paid for writing content to display on another bloggers website. The benefit of this obviously is getting paid, and also getting more eyes on you, which can increase your own blog traffic.
There are lots of other ways to make a living blogging, but these are just a few of the main ones. Clearly, there are several different avenues to take when monetizing a blog, and it can pay off big time.
2. Start Freelancing
A freelancer is someone who works for several different companies at a time (or maybe just one). However, you can work from home AND set your own rules. Some freelance jobs are: web design, graphic design, become a virtual assistant, internet marketing, and writing. There’s really no limit to what a freelancer can do, so if you have any special skills, give freelancing a go. You can find some jobs here.
3. Become a Virtual Assistant (VA)
Virtual Assistants (VA) are essentially online business administrators. Some common tasks include sales, writing, accounting, marketing, website development, and administrative support. This is a job that can be done pretty much anywhere. You can find a more in-depth explanation of the VA job description here.
4. Become a Captioner
If you’re looking for a job that allows you to work from home AND keep to yourself (hello, introverts!), you should look into becoming a captioner. A captioner is exactly what is sounds like – someone who captions videos aka creates subtitles. You can signup to become a captioner through Rev.com. During the application process, you have to figure out your typing speed, watch some videos about captioning rules, and caption a video. Once you’ve completed that and are approved, you can start captioning and earning money! Captioners get paid every week as long as they’ve completed work.
Just yesterday I applied to become a captioner on Rev.com. All I have left to do is caption a practice video and see if I’m accepted. I will update this post once I become a captioner and let you know how it goes.
5. Start a FBA Business
FBA stands for Fulfillment by Amazon and it seems to be a decent way to make a living. The Selling Family is great proof of that. Their first year of starting their FBA business, they worked 20 hours or less a week and earned a 6 figure income. Needless to say, you shouldn’t rule this out.
So the way it works is this: you buy items, preferably popular and at really low prices, and ship them to Amazon. Amazon packs, ships, and handles customer support for all of these items once they are purchased, and you get paid. Obviously, there’s more to it, but that’s essentially how it works.
If this is something you think would be fun, you can head on over to The Selling Family’s website for more info!
6. Open an Etsy Shop
If you’re talented in the arts & crafts department, can make website themes, or pretty much anything else that can be found on Etsy, you just might have a job. And a fun one, too! A while back I read a post from someone that sells printables on Etsy. Want to guess how much she’s made selling those? $30,000. Just selling printables (i.e. calendars, planners, graphics, etc.). Christina from Christina CEO is another Etsy seller who made over $100,000 in 2016.
If you have any special skills, this is something you should definitely look into. Again, it’s hard work, but if it’s something you love and you can make a living from, what are you waiting for?
7. Use Cashback Sites
If you do ANY kind of shopping, you should 100% be using cashback sites. They are such a great way to earn money back for buying things you already plan on buying. It’s as simple as going to the cashback website(s), clicking on the link for the store you want to shop at, and completing a purchase. After that, you just sit back and watch the money roll in.
A few great examples of how easy it is to earn cashback:
One website had a link to The Honest Company, which was having a BOGO sale. When using the websites link to shop at The Honest Company and buying something from their BOGO sale, you would earn $35 cashback. Yes, it’s that easy to earn cashback.
Another instance is the first time I used ibotta (you can learn more about this app in my Top 3 Cashback Sites post). All I did was add some rebates to my account, buy groceries, and redeem the rebates. I got $4.50 in rebates and another $10 for redeeming my first rebate.
As you can see, it is super easy to earn cashback and it’s totally worth spending an extra minute or two to do.
8. Take Surveys
Taking online surveys is a great way to earn a little extra cash. I started doing this and have already earned some money. I’ve seen posts from people saying it’s possible to make hundreds of dollars a month per survey site. Personally, I feel like that’s a lie, but I guess anything’s possible if you put your mind to it. Nonetheless, survey sites can earn you some extra cash, and here are some I recommend:
9. Rent Out Your Home on Airbnb
Many people have made a quick buck renting out their home through Airbnb. You can choose to rent out as many rooms as you want, or you can rent out the whole thing. This is especially great if you have a summer cottage you aren’t using 3/4 of the year or a winter cabin you only use for a month. Either way, you can earn money renting out spare bedrooms or your whole house, and you can make a pretty penny doing so.
10. Drive for Lyft or Uber
If you have a car and are good at driving, you can become a driver for Lyft or Uber. I know some people who do this in their free time and earn a little cash at the same time. And if you’re a people person, you can talk to people AND get paid. You can get a $250 signup bonus through Lyft after your first 100 drives. It sounds like a lot, but those drives will go by quickly and you’ll be $250+ richer!
11. Become a Runner / Shopper
If you don’t mind shopping or picking up other people’s takeout, you’re in luck. As with Lyft or Uber, you will need a car in order to do this type of job. There are a few options that you have when picking a company to “run” for.
UberEATS is an online meal ordering and delivery company. It’s essentially Uber for food. If someone is hungry, they can order food via the UberEATS site, pay, and you will deliver it to them. You can signup here to become an UberEATS driver today.
Favor is a Texas-based food delivery company. Once someone places an order, you are matched to them as their personal delivery assistant. If they forgot to order something, they can message you to let you know to get it and then you deliver it to them. Super simple, super easy.
Shipt is a little different than UberEATS and Favor, as you’ll be shopping for someone’s groceries and delivering them to said person. You’ll be given a grocery list with exactly what you need, you’ll pick out those items, and then deliver them. Signup here to become a Shipt Shopper.
12. Become a Nanny or Babysitter
Nannying and babysitting are very rewarding jobs, especially if you love kids. You can use a service such as Care.com or ask friends and family for a nannying or babysitting job. It’s a fun way to make money and you can still have time for some homework.
I found out you’re more likely to get job requests if you do a background and vehicle check through care.com. People want to know you’re safe and trusted, and I don’t blame them.
13. Walk Dogs or Pet Sit
If you’re an animal lover, then I’ve got great news for you! You can get paid a decent amount of money for walking people’s dogs or pet sitting (or both!). This is great if you’ve got some extra time in your day and are looking to make a few bucks, or if you just want to do this all the time. You can find business using websites likes Rover or Wag. You can also post your services on your Facebook page or through Facebook groups.
14. Sell Your Old Stuff
There are several different ways you can sell your old things. This is completely viable if you have things you no longer use or need and could use some extra cash. Ian and I were able to earn over $3000 this summer selling stuff we had laying around.
Here are some ways you can sell your old stuff to earn extra cash:
As mentioned earlier, we were able to make over $3000 selling things we had laying around, all thanks to Craigslist. That money was made within a month, and it was very easy to accomplish. All we did was create (free) ads, have people come to our house to look at the items, get paid in cash, and help them load everything.
Now I know many people are hesitant about using Craigslist. I know I was at first. But if you know how to use it and are smart about meeting people, you shouldn’t have any problem. Take a look at my related link below to help you navigate Craigslist and smart practices for buying and selling online.
• Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are amazing. I joined some last year and I use them to sell things I no longer need. The groups I’m part of and I recommend you joining are local groups so you’re selling to people near you. This way, you or the person you’re meeting won’t have to drive far to meet up.
Using Facebook groups is very easy and I have run into no problems with them. There are group admins that monitor everything and some only allow certain people to join. Once you’re accepted into a group, you can create a post.
You simply create a post listing your item(s), the prices, and add pictures. People either comment on the post or they message you directly via Facebook Messenger. I have had good luck with these groups, and if you’re unsure about Craigslist, I highly suggest trying these out.
Poshmark is a very common app used to sell clothing. It is highly reputable, as it’s easy to use and they guarantee your money back if the clothing you buy doesn’t match the pictures.
• Plato’s Closet
Plato’s Closet is another place you can sell your clothing. All you have to do is bring your clothes into any Plato’s Closet and they’ll give you money for them. Because this is a business where they resell your clothes, you won’t be getting top dollar for them. However, it’s very convenient and there’s no shipping involved.
I hope this list helps you find an awesome new side hustle or full-time job. Happy earning!