May 20 2011
Oh, you want to make money on the internet, you say?
And you don’t want a scam? AND you’re willing to put in some work?
Excellent. Then, let’s get started.
A little bird told me you needed to make some extra cash this month so you can
- Quit the job you hate.
- Work from anywhere.
- Pay down your debt.
- Buy some happiness.
I hear you. So, I thought I let you in on a step-by-step formula you can use to make $2000 this month without any cash on hand. (Granted, if you have a couple of hundred dollars, you’ll be ahead of the game.)
Starting right this second, you are working towards making this $2000. Using the resources at your disposal right now. No excuses allowed.
First things first.
There are approximately a billion and a half ways to make money on the internet. The key to making more than a pittance is finding a way that resonates with you.
Here is a short list of what you can do, complete with links to help you get started, learn more, and begin blasting through the first steps.
Also, I actually know something about these, because at one point or another, I have done them all in some fashion. (Although I do have yet to use Etsy specifically, so if I have an expert on the Etsy shop around, do speak up!)
Feel free to post any and all questions in the comments, and I will get back to them asap. I am convinced you can make some cash once your feet hit the pavement. If you get stuck, get help! If you know the answer to a question, you can answer, too! It’ll be fun. Anyway.
It’s time to start making some cash.
Step one: Decide which way(s) you want to make money
1. Sell your crap
How: Roundup stuff you don’t want anymore. Price. Watch your home magically become clutter free – plus hear some change going jang-a-lang in your pocket.
Use: eBay, Craigslist, Amazon
Estimated Income: Varies on amount of crap
Help worth the investment: Sell Your Crap by Adam Baker ($47) comes with step by step guides to selling on Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon.
1a. Sell crap you find
2. Sell your art
How: Make stuff, including jewelry, crafts, paintings, pottery, clothing, baskets and more! Ask around if you need supplies. (P.S. Little old ladies will do anything if you’ll hang out and be crafty with them.)
Use: Etsy, attend bazaars, farmer’s markets, etc.
Estimated Income: Varies. Remember, smaller stuff sells more frequently, but one large piece will hit your $2000 mark instantly.
Help worth the investment: Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts ($16) is a guide by a popular, successful artist who built up an excellent online business in addition to creating incredible art.
3. Write an ebook.
How: Explain step by step how you sell your stuff, make your art, run your business, make purses to hold tiny rat dogs for wealthy women, etc. Someone wants to know how to do what you do. (Hint: Especially powerful when combined with a niche site.)
Use: A word processor and Adobe Acrobat. (That’s all I used for The Minimalist Mom.)
Estimated Income: Varies on quality, topic, audience, etc. If marketed properly, you can easily make $2000 in a month with this idea alone.
4. Sell a premade business plan.
How: After you’ve done it and know all of the tricks, write about how you did it, whatever it was.
Use: A website (Get a .com and hosting here), niche site, etc.
Estimated Income: Depending on how in-depth it is, you could sell one of them for $2000.
5. Become an affiliate and sell awesome products
How: Find products you love, then sell them anywhere you can think of.
Use: E-junkie, Amazon, Ebookling
Estimated Income: Varies based on traffic, sales pitch, and affiliate know-how. Once you get good at it, you can rock 2 G’s every month.
6. Write articles
How: Find someplace that needs content. Write what they ask you for. It’s that simple.
Use: eHow, Associated Content, Helium, eLance
Estimated Income: $20/article (average) x 100 articles = $2000.
7. Make YouTube Videos
How: Record your cat/baby/fish/neighbor being hilarious. Post online. Sell t-shirts, ads, etc.
Estimated Income: Videos generate income via ads and offers you receive/pursue like a madman. A friend of mine just made this video for a smooth $1000. (Plus, I got to have a proud mama moment.)
8. Sell your services
How: Choose something you know how to do. Put a price tag on it. Market it. BOOM.
Use: A website, blog, your phone, your mom, eLance, or basically anything that will get you a referral. See Marketing below.
Estimated Income: This is a lucrative one, baby. From $12/hr for VA work on up, you really can’t go wrong with offering a service, online or off.
9. Build a small niche site
How: Pick a topic. Do keyword research. Write useful SEO copy and content. Add affiliate links. Sell ad space.
Estimated Income: If you get traffic going fast? $100-$300 your first month.
10. Actually make money with your blog.
How: Combine your services, products, passive income streams, and realize you’ve started a small business and the idea of “monetizing a blog” is total bullshit.
Use: Your brain.
Estimated Income: It all depends on you, how bad you want it, and how hard you’re willing to work to get it.
Step Two: Market it.
- Email everyone on your email contact list.
- Post on your blog about what you’re doing
- Send a message to your Facebook friends
- Tweet it – Refines your USP(s), too.
- Pitch some guest posts on it.
- Do things differently.
- Make an actual marketing plan.
- Start an email list.
- Create relationships with your fans.
- Link back to other people’s stuff
- Ask for testimonials from people who love your work.
- Then ask for referrals.
- Send thank you cards.
- Send free review copies.
- Create a Facebook fan page.
- Trade reviews with someone else.
- Send out a press release.
- Have a contest.
- Tell your friends.
- Make a funny video about what you’re doing.
- Submit articles on your topic to Ezine Articles and the like.
- Have a launch party.
- Give stuff away for free.
- Make your affiliates fall in love with you.
- Try some guerilla marketing tactics.
- Make banners online and off. Place everywhere.
- Give away for free 10 times what they pay for.
- Put up flyers.
- Up your traffic.
Step Three: Keep marketing it
Rinse and repeat. Marketing means more leads which – theoretically – means more closes.
Step Four: Invest in your business
How: Find a product or service that will make your life and business 100 times easier and more clear. Ignite your inner light. Take a course that’ll rock your world.
Use: Me. (For best results, add bright red shoes and a sprinkle of fairy dust.) Or you could buy a great book on getting the guts you need to reclaim your dreams. Or maybe get moving on your business idea. You know, something to teach you and inspire you to new heights.
Estimated Income: Well, I’ll double what you spend on me in the first month. (It’s a promise, sweetheart.) As for other courses and books, if you do your research and ensure they are great programs run by real experts, you’re going to get what you paid for and then some.
How does two thousand dollars sound to you?
It sounds like my bills are paid for two months. Or a nice swipe out of my student loans. Or maybe that trip to Italy on my mind.
Et tu? Are you willing to let a chance like this pass you by? There is no better time then right now.
Hopefully, this was the ass kick and the eye opener you needed. Let us see your project roll, sugar. Then come tell us all about it. (You never know. We might want to buy your frozen cookie dough sculpture of Darth Vader. At least, my boyfriend does. *facepalm*)
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