It’s now the 21st century and let’s face it- the world that we’ve come to know has undergone tremendous change in the digital space. We now have a car that drives itself, Same day delivery via drones, and you can now access most musical albums from all over the world for free (obviously except for Taylor Swift’s).
Innovation and the growth of technology has given us access to information like never before and that access has opened up so many opportunities and different ways to make money online.
If you have a computer, a skill or a talent, and the drive of a hustlepreneur, here’s a list of 10 things you can do RIGHT NOW to make money this year, starting TODAY.
10. Sell something on Etsy
Etsy is an online marketplace for artists and collectors to sell their vintage goods and/or their own creations (often handmade). Whether you can creatively carve orange peels or create beautiful paintings, Etsy is a great place to start selling your handmade products. Etsy store owners have reported making as low as $0 a month to as much as $7,500 per month.
9. Take online surveys
We all have a bit of extra time here and there, why not use it to make some extra money. There are a lot of research companies willing to pay you $100’s of dollars to take surveys online. While it’s not my favorite thing on the list, it’s very popular amongst college students.
Here’s a list of companies that will pay you to take surveys.
8. Sell your old electronics online
Do you have an iPhone 4 laying around somewhere? Or maybe you have an older Samsung Galaxy in a box somewhere? There are tons of companies out there like Gazelle.com or Usell.com that are willing to buy your old phone or other electronics. The process is very simple and you can get paid in as little as 24 hours from when they receive your products.
7. Drive others around with Lyft
Remember college, when you were the only person with a car in your group of friends (those days were brutal)? Remember that ‘friend’ that always wanted rides from you but never offered to fill your tank (some friend)? Well, college is now over and if you have a car that you either drive a lot or is just sitting in your garage, why not put it to good use and make some money driving people around. Whether you’re heading to your local mall or downtown in your city, Lyft allows you to pick up nearby passengers headed the same direction as you, while giving you the chance to make a few bucks during your trip. Lyft drivers make up to $35/hr.
Sidenote: I bummed when I heard about Lyft because I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while– can you tell I was ‘the guy with the car’ in college?
6. Rent your home on AirB&B
Next time you’re home, do a full walk-through, and ask yourself “can I fit another person in here?” If the answer is yes then AirB&B is for you. If you don’t mind filling up an extra room in your house, you can fill up your wallet with some extra green.
AirB&B is a startup that allows people all around the world to rent their home, room, penthouse, boat, etc to travelers from around the world.
AirB&B hosts have reported making over $30,000 a year from renting their extra spaces.
5. Teach a class on Skillshare
This is where skills really starts to matter. Are you a great illustrator, web developer, marketing strategist, creative writer, public speaker… person? If so, you can make some extra money this year teaching a class on Skillshare. Skillshare is a great platform that lets anyone teach a class on the things they’re good at. There is an approval process so be sure to only apply to teach the things that you’re truly skilled at.
Teachers on Skillshare have reported netting over $100k a year.
Sidenote: I will be launching a class on Skillshare in the near future, sign up here to find out when it launches.
4. Write for companies like Scripted & Examiner.com
If teaching is not your thing but you’re an amazing writer. Then it might be best to take a peak at websites like Scripted.com, Examiner.com, and a few others.
Get paid thousands to write anything from website copy and blog posts to white papers and even books. Sign up here.
3. Sell your unique abilities on Fiverr for $5!
Maybe writing or teaching is not for you. Instead, you have a great movie voice or can create an eye-catching whiteboard animation, then Fiverr may be your best option for making money online this year. Fiverr is a marketplace where people from all over the world sell their talents for $5. It may not seem like much but if you’re good at your craft those $5 will eventually add up.
2. Start a YouTube channel, become a creator
YouTube is responsible for the success of many of the celebrities that we know today. Let’s look at Soulja Boy, for example, or Justin Beiber. They both got their start on YouTube and look at where they are today… well not Soulja Boy, but you know what I mean. In recent years, YouTube has made it even easier to start building your career through their platform’s partner program.
Ever heard of PewDiePie or Smosh? They both represent just a small percentage of the YouTube creator community. PewDiePie and Smosh both earn over $5 million creating videos about the things they love: video games.
It works like this:
- You realize that you have a talent or an interest in a specific area, let’s say sports.
- You begin creating commentary videos about sports and posting them on your YouTube channel.
- After a few months of posting videos about sports, you start seeing an increase in your views and subscribers. The more subscribers you have, the more videos you want to post.
- You then reach the point where your videos are averaging more than 1,000 views each.
- You decide to apply for YouTube’s Partner program.
Once you’re approved, YouTube starts paying you $5 – $7 each time 1000 people watch an ad at the beginning one of your videos. Let’s look at a real life example: PewDiePie averages 5.4 billion views a year, even if only 5% of viewers actually watch the ads… you do the math!
If you don’t think it’s possible, PewDiePie, Smosh, and many other creators should show you over 5 million reasons why you should start a YouTube channel.
1. Start a Blog
Ironically, it was this month in 2014, that I bought the domain name JacquesBastien.com and started this blog. Unlike everything on this list, my intention was not to make money (hence the lack of ads on the side of the page). I spent the past 6 years (most of that was in my dorm room) learning and growing my social media agency, boogie. Throughout that time, I’ve learned a lot of valuable things and made a lot of mistakes that has helped me grow more and more each day. With real-life experiences in human resources, design, project management, sales & marketing, writing, and more, I decided to start writing this blog to help entrepreneurs learn vicariously through me.
Throughout the year, however, many companies (and people) contacted me, interested in sponsorship and advertising opportunities. While I wasn’t quite ready to monetize the blog then, it definitely became my focus in 2015. Learn more about my other 2015 plans in my 2014 Year In Review.
When it comes to blogging, there are a lot of options for monetization: selling display ads, creating native content for sponsors, product reviews, and much more. Publications like Inc Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, all survive using the monetization options listed above.
So if you have something valuable to say, start a blog (and if you need help getting started, shoot me an email). Or use a compound effect: start a YouTube channel to complement your blog and the content you’ll be posting there. Then when you’ve written pages of blog posts and are ready to share your skills with other people, get in touch with the folks at Scripted and get paid for your writing. But wait, you’ve never written a whitepaper before and you’re not sure if that’s your calling, so then take your skills to Fiverr and write ad copy or catchy taglines for $5.
Once you finish exploring the various platforms where you can monetize your writing skills, you will have enough experience to create a class on Skillshare and call it Creative Writing 101 or How To Start a Blog in 2017.
The world has changed and we need to change with it. I challenge you (yes, YOU), check out the items on this list and start with one thing, for now. If you need some accountability, email me, and I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re sticking with it.
Don’t forget, as long as you’re always hustlin’, you’ll be alright!