Do you know what a kiwiberry is? It’s a new GMO thing which allows you to eat a kiwi the size of a nickel. You don’t have to peel it off — it’s already ready-to-eat, and you can just munch on them as if they were sweets. There are two statements which are true for kiwiberries. One, they seem incredibly delicious, and people will surely be ready to throw thousands of dollars at them. Two, they are completely unnecessary (we’ll skip past the fact that they’re entirely unnatural as well).
The point is, there are countless opportunities for you to spend money in today’s market, and as members of a consumer society, we’ve learned to think of a lot of things as necessary. Usually, it isn’t so. It’s hard to keep your budget in check with so many distractions around. As WC Fields put it (a quote which has become a popular gambling meme today), we spend money on gambling, alcohol, and wild partners — the rest is a waste.
So how to increase your profits today, when you’re already busy doing your regular job? Well, you should turn to the online world. Nowadays, thousands and millions of people make their living on the Internet, so why wouldn’t you join them? Here are five best ways you can deepen your pockets when you’re already pressed for time.
1) YouTube Channel
Apart from Google, YouTube is the most visited website in the world. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll bring people to your website. The crucial thing to building a successful YouTube channel (which is the case for pretty much any other online business model) is remaining patient. You won’t start making money right from the get-go. However, the key is being consistent and uploading videos regularly. You need your audience to create a habit of watching your videos.
So whichever niche you pick — vlogging, gaming, makeup, comedy sketches — you’ll find people interested in it. Just don’t give up.
With people getting bombarded with so much information every time they go online, they’ve become lazy. Recent years have seen a shift towards visual content, as users are more and more impatient to read through articles. Nevertheless, this is still the most prevalent form of making money online. Make sure that your articles offer genuine value and that everybody will get out of them exactly what your titles suggest.
When blogging, the way you earn cash is by advertising, so your goal is to optimize for search engines and maximize the number of website visitors. The great thing about blogs is passive income — you still get revenue from people reading your old articles. All in all, this accumulation can bring you a lot of money.
3) Affiliate Marketing
Irrespective of whether you’ve started a blog or a YouTube channel, you can increase your profit by joining an affiliate program — or several of them. The way this works is you partner up with a brand which you promote on your website/channel. In return, you get a commission for every purchase made by your audience.
However, the important thing is not to accept just any opportunity that comes your way. You need to pick only those you personally find value in. The reason why your audience listens to you is because they trust your judgment, and they’ll be able to tell if you’re only using them to get money.
As a freelance writer (or provider of any other service — programmer, for example), you can work from home or join a team for a single project. You don’t have to worry about building an audience and whether the project will be cost-effective. You just have your part of the job on your mind, and once it’s done, you move on. Freelance writing won’t get you as much money as owning a successful blog would, but it’s less stressful, and you don’t have to work as much. That is perfect if you’re already employed.
5) Stock Photography
First things first — no, owning an iPhone does not make you a professional photographer. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about stock photography. People use stock images to add visual value to their own content, be it a webzine article, a blog post, or a video. This is a mutually beneficial system, as website owners don’t have to hire photographers, and you can get royalties from multiple customers.
In the beginning, you can join one of the established stock photography platforms where you can already find interested people. And once you create a hefty portfolio, you can start your own website and advertise your work over there.
Go Get ‘Em, Tiger!
Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s something you are genuinely interested in and passionate about. After all, you need to dedicate your free time to this, so pick something that won’t feel like a chore.
You can make extra money online so that you don’t have to tighten your belt and wait for the first of the month any longer. Just remember, you only get as much as you put in – the more time and energy you commit, the more lucrative your income will be.