Earn £100 a week from home through simple side hustles, and by Christmas you will have made £1000. No, this isn’t an advertisement or scam. Blogger Emma Drew has created a free 10-week challenge which she promises can earn you a side income, reports Siofra Brennan in the Daily Mail. All the things she recommends, you can do from the comfort of home or work into your schedule, such as being paid to watch videos [and here we’re doing that cyberloafing in office].
Emma would know. She was able to quit her job last year after earning £100,000 from online money making schemes, and is literally passing on the exceptional ideas.
Speaking of ideas, listen to Side Hustle School. Extraordinary travel hacker and author Chris Guillebeau’s fantastic podcast features a different online/ real world side hustle in every episode. As Chris says, “If you’re trying to make a big change, a hustle can help you build a foundation to move on to something else. If you love your day job, that’s great too— the hustle will provide a creative outlet and a backup plan.”
The online world offers many opportunities to make serious dough from anywhere in the world. A little bit of imagination, basic tech-savvy and a fast wireless connection will bring you an income thanks to the wonders of the internet. Yes, there’s more to the internet than bingeing on Netflix and checking Facebook feeds. Here are 5 of the many ways you can make money in the digital world.
1 Record podcasts
Tech nerds, musicians and wannabe radio hosts have a legitimate avenue to earn a healthy living — the Apple iTunes store. Podcasts are the latest rage in the infotainment business, and don’t require too much gadgetry to record. This blog’s personal inspiration Timothy Ferriss himself hosts a hugely successful podcast, The Tim Ferriss show.
You could release a series on indie musicians, record your original songs, interview interesting people or dole out gyaan on business in weekly or monthly podcasts on iTunes.
2 Amazon Associates
This one’s for bloggers and those who have a website of their own. The Associates programme by Amazon will display a search tool on your website to find products and services on the Amazon site. It’s showcased in the form of a digital billboard. Every item purchased through the link brings you a commission, either by crediting to your Amazon account, cheque or direct transfer to your bank account.
3 Make YouTube videos
As recently as five years ago, YouTuber wasn’t even recognised as a vocational title. The interconnectedness of the web and the DIY maker culture which flourished through it, have given rise to this subset of amateurs and pros whose income is their YouTube channel where they dish out on advice and tips on everything from cooking to makeup to fitness. All you need is 10,000 real subscribers and you could become a full fledged YouTuber.
As far as being a DIYer is concerned, expect the unexpected. The sleek video might get fewer views than a candid vlog so upload a mix of videos.
4 Become an Etsy-preneur
Those art and craft classes you took in school (and continued as a hobby into adulthood) can make you an entrepreneur. Enter Etsy.com
There are plenty of artists and craft people running successful side businesses on Etsy. It’s the marketplace people the world over log on to for beautiful handcrafted knits, clothing, crochetwork, paintings and home decor. Get a seller’s account and set up a virtual store on Etsy with as few as 5 items.
5 Kickstarter project
Looking for funding to fulfill a lifelong goal? Kickstarter might help. American actor Zach Braff used it to fund his movie. Come up with a killer pitch and you might just attract the crowdfunders to your project.
Stop killing time scrolling through your friends’ social media feed and get cracking on your money-making side venture, guys.
Are you running a successful venture online or got more ideas for a side hustle? Email me