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In 2020, the Corona-virus pandemic has surprised us with its impact on our lives personally and in our work. It has changed the way we live, work, study, socialize and earn money (being impacted the most). But it has also given us chance to explore more ways to earn income. Read further on 10 ways to earn an extra income. And contrary to popular belief, HUSTLE is NOT required!
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We are living in over-connected “always-on” world. This world thrives on gig economy. Everyone of us is connected to the internet more than we need to. Why not use internet to earn an extra income in 2020? The only condition is you need to have a steady good internet connection and a laptop or a desktop. 2.4 GHz or less will do. 5G is not required.
What skills do I need to earn side income?
Surprisingly, technology has made it easier to earn income from more ways than ever possible in the past. Anyone can start earning a side income from simple online jobs in this gig economy.
Remember, you do not need any special skill to increase your income. Start with what you know and where you are. But once started, continue trying for a few months and never give up.
You will need only a desire to learn, patience to follow through and discipline to master the skill of your interest. Few hours every week or few minutes very day is good enough to get started. Of course, if you have basic understanding of computer, internet and marketing, you will be a few miles ahead. But even that is not a requirement. I have seen 60+ year people break the barriers of internet marketing and are rocking their internet businesses, at times better than millennials. My favorite two people are Melody from PLRofthemonth.com, and Steve Dotto.
I love Melody because she keeps learning new things and share it with others freely. When most people retire from their full time job and depend on social security, she is empowering herself and others in her age group as well as younger people to start making money from low content books. Check out her website and PLR planners to get a glimpse on how she makes easy planners, journals and printables.
Melody also collaborates with her creative entrepreneurs often and brings the best of trainings, tools, and products to make your own products. Check her latest collaboration Homeprenuer’s Adventure Bundle. It contains more Than $2,000 In Courses, Products and Services from my favorite bloggers, content creators and designers!
1. Sell your stuff on the selling platforms
The most common way you can earn a little side income is by selling the stuff you already have lying around your home. There are many selling websites or apps that let you sell your gently used or unopened stuff for a small commission fee. Mercari is a good example for selling household stuff, books and event arts. For all those fashion nerds, Poshmark is another good option. Best is you only spend a couple of minutes listing your products on these platforms. They are up on the platforms, until they are sold. So you earn money while sleeping. You get paid only when you ship the item sold and buyer gives you rating.
Ebay, Facebook Marketplace and Etsy are also another options for selling your stuff and making money from it.
2. Promote your favorite products on social media
First of all, if you have been reading this blog for long, you know that I do not promote spending your hard-earned money on frivolous things that do no matter to you.I’m a promoter of conscious living, which includes conscious consumption of necessary resources. So, I recommend unsubscribing from all the promotions from marketers as much as possible.
Still, we, the consumers are the drivers of the economy around us.
We all buy stuff when someone recommends it to us. When you like the product you use, you tell your family and friends about it. It’s word of mouth advertising. Marketers have been relying on it for the longest time known to us. That is why reviews, ratings and testimonials are so important for every business. Consumers are getting smarter and they know that marketers are doing every possible trick in their books to lure consumers to buy more. Since the age of internet marketing began, marketers have improved their word of mouth campaign strategy by rewarding their consumers by affiliate promotion income.
Now, I’m not saying go on the affiliate bandwagon and sign up for a bunch of markers promotion campaigns to earn easy money. If there are certain products and services you love and appreciate, why not register for their affiliate program? This acts the same way when you leave your honest reviews on Amazon and other online shops. The only difference is you get paid for recommending the said products/ services to your family and friends. When you sign up for the affiliate program of the manufacturer / marketer, they assign you a dedicated affiliate id. This id can be shared on the social media, emails or text messages. If someone from your family or friends decide to purchase it via your affiliate link, you get a small commission from the manufacturer/ maker as a special thank you.
Just make sure you only promote the products or services you genuinely love and enjoy. These products must solve the need of your friends/ family. If you just keep promoting stuff that you do not even value, it just doesn’t leave a good taste for your friends or followers on social media. I personally love Ultimate Bundles and I love promoting it to my family and friends.
No matter if you are a beginner or experienced in affiliate promotion, Ultimate Bundle is for everyone including homemakers, crafters, students, business owners, people doing full time or part time job(s). I love that they believe in educating their readers on varied field of interests from money saving, making money with your crafts, blogging, home making, homeschooling, health and wellness, homeschooling and many more.
Their education bundles usually include 40-100 + products such as ebooks, courses, printables, workbooks whose retail values together easily exceed thousands of dollars if bought separately. These bundles are run for short period of time, usually for a week. During this week, the bundles are marked down heavily up-to 90-97% for the benefit of people who are on budget. Most bundles are priced between $27- $97 and they also offer payment plans for high value bundles. All bundles come with 30 days of no question asked money-back guarantee.
They train their affiliates on the marketing and basics of promotion. Best is they believe in ethical promotion. What I also love is you can contribute to their bundles by sharing your creative projects, ebooks, courses etc. When you do that, you earn 70% on personal sales as a contributor to the bundle.
I personally have been purchasing their bundles for Herbs, wellness, essential oils, blogging and stay at home survival bundle for years. But when I discovered that if I become their affiliate, I can buy these amazing books and courses at 40% discount, I jumped and signed up for their affiliate program. Learn more about them and become their affiliates. It is one the fastest way to earn passive income.
3. Sell simple ebooks, printables, workbooks
If you love lists, to-dos, planners and workbooks for your home and work, you will enjoy this gig.
All you need is a basic computer, a Free canva account or a basic Microsoft work or a google drive where you can create simple printables and workbooks. I personally like the free google drive since Microsoft started charging people for their Microsoft Office 365 product every year.
I have created simple printables using Canva in under 20 minutes. Check a few of my printables below.
Once you sign up for ultimate bundles, you can also start selling your digital books, printables and workbooks via their bundles.
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4. Earn a side income from your blog
If you are reading this blog, you’re familiar with the world of blogging. It is nothing but a digital diary, except you share it with the world. But do you know, you can also earn a decent side income with basic blog? With little more effort and smart strategy, you can also a full time income from a profitable blog or a website.
If you think blogging is getting outdated, don’t be. Every day new blogs or websites are created. It is one of the smartest way to create your digital asset and earn returns from it with well thought-out vision and action plans.
Like I mentioned earlier, your blog is your place to sell your ebooks, courses, journals and planners. This year, I started learning how to make easy planners for my busy readers. I met so many helpful creators who trained me on making these planners in a very short amount of time. Most of these creators and teachers are participating in a Virtual Homeprenuer’s Adventure bundle.
To get out of debt, sometimes it’s best to earn extra income in addition to your full-time job. There is only so much saving you can do. After all, we all have daily necessities and responsibilities. The best way to earn an extra $500 and more is to make low content books such as coloring books, printables and sell them on your blog, ETSY shop or Shipyfy. . You do not need special skills or reinvent the wheel. All you need is inspiration and some basic tools. See how people are earning a full-time income from these low content books. Homepreneurs adventure bundle has come with an incredible bundle of courses, ebooks, tools, and Done-For-You planners. Check them out below before the bundle goes away on April 30,2021.Learn more
5. Become a Virtual Assistant for Part time Income
DO you have in-demand skills like proofreading, writing, teaching English, or just designing book covers on Photoshop? You can offer these skills and charge for them for a good side income. You do not even need to leave home or your current job for these side gigs. Find out excellent work from home opportunities from Angie Nelson. She has been helping women find the realistic work from home jobs from last few years.
Why you need another income source?
- If you have just one source of income, it’s prone to surprises even if it has been your steady source of income for years. Growing economic concern has made it tough for small, medium and big businesses to stay afloat.
- The economy is so dynamic. Depending on the industry you work in, there may not be the demand for this industry in future as much as it is now. Think about the print media. It is still present but now it is heavily shifted to print-on-demand. Companies are entrepreneurs are looking for ways to cut the costs and reduce the waste. I personally consulted many entrepreneurs and businesses how to improve efficiency by focusing on essentials. So, it is all the more important now to explore alternative sources of income. Keep learning new skills that are in demand now. And learn to make money from them.
- When you keep learning new things, it improves your cognitive ability. The days are gone when our parents and grandparents had taken just one degree and worked in their chosen field for their entire lives. We are constantly asked to upgrade our skills at work. More skills means more money.
- The monotony of same old job hampers our creativity. Some of us love routines and the security we get from those routines. But some of us are craving for new beginnings, more creativity, more living and less stress of routine jobs. We call can learn few skills easily and earn from them while doing our current job(s).