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I think most people would agree that the Internet is mankind’s greatest invention to date. The world wide web has provided us a whole slew of opportunities that never used to exist. New ways to communicate, buy, learn, work, and some downright creative ways to make money from home.
I mean, things that generations before us can’t even fathom. Seriously — I’ve tried countless times to explain to my parents how I’m able to work from home. They just don’t get it.
And while working from home full time is a perfect fit for me, it’s not the only way. If you work a full-time job or just want to make some extra cash, there are so many ways to make money without ever having to leave your home. All you need is a computer and Internet connection.
Creative Ways to Make Money with Your Words
For those of us who have too many thoughts and opinions not to share.
1. Start a blog
Did you know there are thousands of people who make money blogging? I know because I’m one of them (though there are plenty of bloggers who make much more money than what I have so far).
Blogging is one of my favorite ways to make money online. I get to partner with brands I love, meet awesome people who share my passions, and create content that [hopefully] makes a positive impact on peoples’ lives, and I don’t even have to leave my couch to do it.
But there’s so much more than making money when it comes to blogging. My blog has also given me a ton of new opportunities that I would never have had otherwise, like a side hustle doing digital marketing for other online content creators. I’ve also met some amazing folks, including bloggers and people who read my humble little website.
It’s not an easy business or side hustle to make money from, but if you’re willing to put in the work, blogging can come with some huge monetary rewards. Some bloggers make upwards of $100k per month(!!!).
I’m so jazzed about this creative way to make money that I created a tutorial to help you start your own blog.
2. Freelance Writing
If you were a literary nerd in school (like me) or have too many things to say and not enough people to listen, then this could the ideal creative way to make money online for you.
And if you’re thinking, “Oh, but starving artists…” think again. There are a bajillion (yes, that’s an accurate statistic) articles published online every day. This provides ample opportunities for people like us to leverage our creative minds for cash.
Holly Johnson discovered this while working full-time at her old day job. It wasn’t long before she realized that she could make more money writing online content than working the 9-to-5 job she hated. So she got to work building her freelance writing business and within a couple years she was making six figures as a freelance writer. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself.
3. Publish an eBook
I can’t write a book. No one would even read it!
People write and successfully sell ebooks about everything under the sun. If you have something to say, you have something to write.
It can be a how-to guide, a short piece of fiction, self-help, technology — anything you’re knowledgeable enough to speak on.
And self-publishing has never been easier! If you already have a website, all you need to do is create a PDF version of your ebook and start promoting it on your site. Otherwise, there are a ton of places to sell your ebook: Apple iBookstore, Amazon, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, just to name a few.
Think about it — if you spent the next 30 days writing your ebook, then sold it for just $10, 10 buyers per month would be an extra $100 in passive income.
Creative Ways to Make Money by Teaching
Some people have a gift of taking difficult information, processing it, and then sharing it in a way that other people can understand. It’s a gift that not all teachers share, but the good ones do. If you were born with this amazing talent, here’s how to use it to cushion your bank account.
4. Create and Sell Online Courses
Just like with writing an ebook, you may think you don’t have anything to teach. And everything you do know has already been written about or taught before.
Trust me, I get it.
I’ve had that same thought process. But did you ever realize that no matter how many self-help gurus there are out there, new ones seem to be popping up all the time? Same with personal finance, business coaches, and, well… everything.
That’s because these people realize that it’s not about what’s been done before, it’s about what you can add to the mix — your own unique perspective and experience. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true!
Just take this personal finance blog for example. I made this site in 2017. Do you know how many personal finance blogs existed before I made this one? Um, a lot. Like, thousands and thousands.
But that didn’t stop this one from being successful (also still a work in progress, but mostly successful). That’s because some demographic of the world’s population can relate to my story and my writing. And those people choose to read my personal finance blog over the hoards of others out there.
Do the same thing with your teaching! Inject your wit, humor, charming personality, life experience, or whatever it is that makes you different from others in your niche. The people who relate to you will choose your stuff (courses, ebooks, whatever) over everyone else’s.
I’m creating a course on Teachable right now and I love their platform. It’s clean, intuitive, and easy to use. AND they provide free training for newbie teachers like me. Check out their workshop 7 Steps to Launch Your Own Profitable Online Course.
While Teachable provides a great product, they leave out one critical piece of the puzzle: marketing. If you don’t have a website or just don’t want to take on the task of getting your course in front of people, Udemy might be a better option.
They have a system for marketing your course on autopilot. Convenient, yes. The tradeoff is they get a cut of your course price for generating sales.
5. Teach English Online
I started teaching with VIPKID in February of 2017 and I absolutely love it. The children are amazing, the money is good, and it’s so rewarding.
Plus, the lessons are already made for you. What teacher doesn’t love that?!
The way the pay structure and incentives work, even the lowest-paid teachers can easily make $18 per hour.
All you need in order to teach with VIPKID is a Bachelor’s degree and classroom experience (as a student) in American or Canadian schools. The lessons are based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards and take a flipped-classroom approach to teaching.
Basically what that means is the students have already seen the material before they get to you. So they know the concepts, they pretty much just review them and practice their English with you. And you correct any mispronunciations or things they don’t understand.
There is no minimum number of hours to teach with VIPKID, so you can set your schedule however you want. Teach at night, in the mornings, or on the weekends. It’s up to you!
If you decide VIPKID is a good fit for you and you’d like to use my referral link, I’ll gladly coach you through the interview process! 🙃 👩🏻🏫
6. Tutor Any Subject
Tutoring is one of those things I did for free in college when, looking back at it, I could’ve been making a decent amount of money.
With platforms like Wyzant, you don’t even have to leave your house. (Super ideal for this introvert.)
Online tutoring sites like Wyzant let you set your own rates at up to $50 per hour. According to the website, some tutors have made $50,000+ per year. That’s quit-your-day-job money!
Other Creative Ways to Make Money
So you don’t like writing or sharing your knowledge. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other creative side hustles for you.
7. Freelance as a Web Developer
Careful, there’s a difference between a web designer and a web developer. I didn’t know this until I started making money on the side as a freelance web developer.
Turns out I’m pretty okay with the coding side of things, not so much with making them look pretty.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a tech guru to have a nice little web development side hustle. Like any other job, it’s sort of a learn-as-you-go kind of thing.
Same thing with college. Everyone feels like that degree will prepare them with all they need to know. But as soon as you walk into that first job, it’s back to square one.
It took a lot more research on top of that first course to learn how to solve people’s problems, but it’s definitely doable, even for a newb!
8. Assist People Virtually
This is one of my favorite things to recommend when people ask me about ways to make money from home. The need for virtual assistants is real.
If you haven’t heard of them before, businesses hire virtual assistants (VAs) to help with all sorts of tasks they don’t have the time or budget to do in-house. VA tasks may include email management, writing content, creating sales pages, email marketing, customer service, and a number of other oddball things.
Really, it can be almost anything related to running a business.
As a virtual assistant, you can offer many different small tasks, or you can specialize in a few high-demand areas. For example, email marketing is something every business owner should be doing, but most of them don’t want to do themselves, or just don’t know how. The importance of it for businesses makes it a high-paying skill for VAs.
9. Manage Social Media
You can offer social media as part of your virtual assistant repertoire, or you can differentiate yourself as a social media manager.
All businesses use social media, but most people would tell you they have no idea what they’re doing or how to use it actually acquire new leads. Social media managers fill that gap. Specifically, they create marketing strategies specific to a business and their needs, then execute that strategy to bring in new business.
That includes setting up profiles, scheduling social media updates, finding great content to share, responding to messages, reporting on social media performance and traffic, etc. Pay for this type of work varies, but it has the potential to grow into a six-figure business!
10. Become an Influencer
Or make your pet one.
(I’m actually trying this right now with my dog, Benny. Just waiting for his big break.🤞🏼 Feel free to follow on Instagram at @bennyboobordercollie. 🐶 #hescute)
Some people fall into this gig by pure luck, while others set a goal to make it happen. Becoming an influencer probably isn’t as hard as you think, it just takes time and perseverance. These things usually don’t happen overnight.
Your best bet for making it as an influencer is to first decide on a niche and how you’re going to stand out, then choose a platform and just create a bunch of great content. Easy, right? Hold on, there’s a catch.
You have to get that content in front of people, which goes back to #9. Word to the wise, if you haven’t picked up on it already, there’s a lot of money in social media right now.
There are so many creative ways to make money online and from home.
Thank you, Internet. No matter your situation or skillset, there’s something out there for you. And if all else fails, figure out social media and I’ll hire you to manage my accounts. 🙏🏼
What are some creative ways you’ve made extra money?
I’m a financial coach and author + owner of Goodbye to Broke. I love all things personal finance, money management, and healthy living. And I talk to my dog way too much, if we’re being honest.