I do appreciate your hard knocks approach. Not convinced if there is any good in making everything as “easy!”. In regards to the comment above from Ryan about being positive: I think we all want it to be fun, cheery, easy, quick, etc. etc. But the reality is that the facts and knowledge, applied wisely, is much more useful than some cheery motivational speaker. Thanks for keeping it real, that is what is going to be what helps us achieve success in the end.
If you've developed valuable skill sets or picked up certifications within your industry over the years, offering your consulting services to local business owners can be a lucrative way to make money online. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant from Karyn Greenstreet and then use my guide to crafting an effective cold email to convince them to hire you.
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I don’t think the reserves should be on the list as a side hustle because as a former active duty sailor and reservist I have been called back to full time active duty, so what you may think of as a side hustle may cause you to have to leave your family, your home and your job, and if you are in the lower ranks you may end up bankrupt because you have to leave a higher paying full time job when Uncle Sam comes calling. This should only be done if you really love the military or need to meet active duty contract obligations.
Mark Schaefer is the author of The Tao of Twitter, Born to Blog, and Return on Influence, which was named “an essential book” of 2012 by the American Library Association. He is a marketing faculty member at Rutgers University and his blog {grow} is among the top marketing blogs in the world. He specializes in social media strategy/training and clients include both start-ups and global brands such as IBM, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, and the UK government.

High-ticket consulting or coaching: You could sell your own high-ticket consulting or coaching products from your website. You'll still need a website, merchant account, sales funnel, lead magnet and many other items. But you can easily earn a substantial amount of money from each individual customer, making it well worth the arduous setup required. 
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.

She tells me she's met someone on the site "who I'm sure will be a friend for what I hope will be a very long time." Likewise, PrincessKiss, who's 23, from the North, and enjoys "What most young women do, spending time with friends and family, shopping, clubbing, reading true crime and watching horror movies," tells me: "I have made a good few friends on here, they can tell me anything and I can tell them anything." She adds that's she is totally herself on the site – in part because she can be more open with her sexuality, which she couldn't be on other sites where her family and friends are watching.
GigWalk is a mobile workforce of individuals using their smartphones to connect, explore, and earn a second paycheck as they go about their day. Simply register, apply for an assignment and then complete the task (usually verifying roads and street signs, geographic landmarks, transportation options or store inventory with your smartphone’s camera). According to their testimonial page, one gig Walker made $1,200 in a week; more realistically it looks like the average assignment pays between $3.00 – $50.00. Jobs are available in the main cities across the United States. Membership is free.
Well That’s great you grossed $2,000 but how much of that? $2,000 is going on taxes Well I don’t know what the tax rates are in the united states But here in canada where I live in the province of Nova Scotia out of that 2 grand Self-employed or not even with all the write offs I get from things like rent or Internet or cell phone or anything else that I can claim as a business expense Even when all those write offs I’m still probably going to lose about 40 to 50 percent of that money Because I’m self-employed and I live in Canada which is a socialist country With very high tax rates so out of that 2 grand I need to take anywhere from 800 to a thousand dollars of it, and I need to put that aside to pay taxes immediately Maybe I’ll get some of that back at tax time Maybe it won’t but I have to put that aside So now my 2 grand has already become one grand Also now I need to reinvest 30 percent in order to get that Other two grand so ever that remaining thousand dollars
Multi-vendor marketplaces, like ThemeForest, can be very successful. Chose a niche and create a vendor website for it. Your marketplace could be anything, from a platform for local artists to sell their work on, to an online digital product store. Once set up, invite people in that industry to sell their products on your site. You take a percentage of their profits when items sell.
Fiverr: Israeli-based Fivver was started in 2010 by Shal Wininger and Micha Kaufam. It's a great resource for selling just about any service online. You can offer gigs as low as $5 but also get paid much more for upgrades and add-ons. There are plenty of providers earning 6 figures on Fiverr so it's definitely a worthwhile cause for generating a healthy income. Just ensure that you provide some serious value.  
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