This isn’t to scare you off. I simply want you to know that this guide is going to focus solely on ways to make real, sustainable extra income online. Not just a few bucks. I want to share all the mistakes I've made that got me to where I am now so that you don’t have to go through them, and can build a successful online source of income for yourself.
Mechanical Turk: Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a resource for doing human-intelligence tasks, or as the site commonly refers to them, HITs. You get paid a very small fee for any given HIT and you'll need a good deal of volume to make a substantial amount of money. But it is a resource you can use in your spare time to generate a small income online. 
When I started Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, I had no idea about all of the resources available to make money online and offline with this site but it has been a blessing!  Now, I am in no way advocating that you only start a site for the purposes of making money.  Especially in personal finance.  You will fail miserably because it will come through in your writing.  Pick a topic that you are truly invested in and start there.
“That blog has a number of income streams. I initially monetized it with AdSense and Amazon affiliate promotions, but after a couple of years added other income streams including using other ad networks, selling ads directly to advertisers, affiliate promotions of other people’s photography eBooks, courses, and software and then creating my own eBooks to sell.

This isn't about off-the-shelf solutions. You need to really convey something illustrious and beautiful, then fill it with incredible MVP content. Over time, this will become a thriving hotbed of activity for you, where people will come by and check-in repeatedly to see what you're talking about and what value you're delivering. Keep in mind that this won't happen quickly. It will take years. Yes, I said years.


I actually just wrote my own blog post about this very idea. People think SEO is free, and while it’s true that you don’t have to invest in any software if you don’t want to (there are plenty of free tools available), you have to remember how many hours it takes to create a successful SEO campaign. Just optimizing your site can take several weeks. Link building could easily be 15-20 hours a month, a few hours a week is devoted to just straight writing (never mind promoting your content). You have to manage all your social profiles, build relationships with other bloggers and so forth. There are a lot of tasks that take up a lot of time each day and time = money! 

Dan Kennedy is one of the leading marketing experts in today’s industry. This entrepreneur extraordinaire is based in Phoenix, and is currently enjoying the recognition of being “The Millionaire Maker” not only in the United States, but internationally as well. He has helped and influenced a lot of entrepreneurs, all of whom claim that taking his advice was what made all the difference in their lives and in their businesses. Want to make the same difference in your life and in your business? Then he is one of the people that you should definitely not hesitate and think twice about emulating.
However, people can still do webinars without all of that. For example, you might have a sizable social media following and you train them every week on something to do with social media. But you will need a product to embed and sell at some point. Don't worry about it in the beginning. And by far, the best webinar platform out there is certainly GoToWebinar. Hands down, there isn't even another platform that comes close.

Internet marketing is a number of things. And true success in the field involves an immersion into several skill sets that are required if you really want to succeed at the highest level. That's why I knew I needed to go the top of the food chain of online marketers to get an understanding of what this actually takes. And it's important to note that while there are many hyped-up gurus out there, there are also genuine individuals that aren't just looking to extract money from you.
This is also about expectations. Anyone that tries to sell you a get-rich-quick scheme is selling you short. There is no such thing. You have to put in the time and do the work, adding enormous amounts of value along the way. That's the truth of the matter and that's precisely what it takes. Once you understand that it's all about delivering sincere value, you need to understand where the money comes from.

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.
If you have an eye for design and some experience of creating websites, then you could offer your services as a freelance web designer. You will need to create your own stylish website, and have a few other projects that you can show potential clients to demonstrate your skills. You will also need to initially spend time emailing businesses to promote your services and find work.
And this is the rub: Does the success of MyGirlFund tell us something rather profound about how society's changed? Stefan Patrick says yes: "You've hit on a very interesting point that I think deserves more discussion. One trend we've noticed is that young women who grew up on the internet are comfortable carrying on virtual relationships with strangers. They're pros at sexting and don't mind sharing racy photos of themselves, but they have never worked — and will never work — at a strip club, a webcam site, or in the adult film industry.
Edward Dale the creator of The Challenge and co-founder of MagCast. These are systems used by thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide to get started online and build their successful digital businesses. Over the past 10 years we’ve helped over 300,000 people worlwide get started online through The Challenge program. Over the past years, I’ve been fortunate to experience “Million Dollar” product launch days using the exact same strategies I teach in our programs. However, there is nothing that compares to the awesome feeling of helping others “Make it”, quit their jobs and build successful businesses.
I actually just wrote my own blog post about this very idea. People think SEO is free, and while it’s true that you don’t have to invest in any software if you don’t want to (there are plenty of free tools available), you have to remember how many hours it takes to create a successful SEO campaign. Just optimizing your site can take several weeks. Link building could easily be 15-20 hours a month, a few hours a week is devoted to just straight writing (never mind promoting your content). You have to manage all your social profiles, build relationships with other bloggers and so forth. There are a lot of tasks that take up a lot of time each day and time = money!
Next, you need to set up and build your YouTube channel. Your YouTube channel is your homebase for all your content. If you already have a Google account for Gmail or Google Drive, then you can use that to log-in to YouTube and start setting up your channel. Pick a username that works for you and is memorable (if you’re using an existing Google account you’ll have to edit your username in Google+).
I get spoiled by my fin-dom submissives and can be so lazy sometimes. But why not? These guys make it easy to not work very hard. One of them randomly sends me $500 or $600 and I never actually hear from him. That’s his thing. He doesn’t even need direct contact from me. I blog or tweet about receiving his money, and the recognition excites him. I post, “Next time, pig, send me more.” That turns him on. In fact, the more I brag and the more I show off money, the more excited people get. It just keeps working in my favor.
Great list! Another suggestion would be transcribing. Transcribing really requires very little skill or capital to get started. You can sign up with companies like Elance and Odesk to find jobs OR reach straight out to producers of audio content to see if they need help. With the huge trend in podcasting a great place to start would be by perusing iTunes for podcast shows that may need help turning their audio podcast episodes into text for their website or “show notes.”
The overwhelming impression that comes across is that the success of this site is just a sign of the times. As SunsetStarLola puts it, "Personally I think the stigma attached to speaking to strangers on the internet has come a long way. Initially it was deemed as totally unsafe and all 'weirdos' but that's totally turned around. I believe people feel more at ease exploring their sexual fantasies with strangers, especially if it's one they don't necessarily deem the norm."

The freelancing sites such as Upwork, Freelancer, Guru, Peopleperhour and Fiverr played a huge role in introducing the freelancing lifestyle globally. However, the freelancing doesn’t necessarily inclined to above-mentioned networks. Freelancing is a business as well as a lifestyle. I know ample of people who do freelancing without these websites, for some it’s generating personal relations with the buyer and then selling the services however that’s a different story and I will explain it later in the post, for now let’s stick to our topic.
And this is the rub: Does the success of MyGirlFund tell us something rather profound about how society's changed? Stefan Patrick says yes: "You've hit on a very interesting point that I think deserves more discussion. One trend we've noticed is that young women who grew up on the internet are comfortable carrying on virtual relationships with strangers. They're pros at sexting and don't mind sharing racy photos of themselves, but they have never worked — and will never work — at a strip club, a webcam site, or in the adult film industry.
While employed at architecture firm in 2007, Pat Flynn noticed that no one in his department was taking advantage of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The reason? The exam was extremely difficult to pass. Pat realized this opportunity and created a blog to help people study for the exam. Pat has since championed “passive income,” with 12 websites and an accumulated 100,000 email subscribers.
If you are a fast reader and have a good grasp of grammar and language then editing may be a good freelance role for you. Editing is a great way to quickly make money online, and there are always editing jobs available on the freelance job sites. Editor’s usually get paid per word, so the faster you can check through work the more money you will make per hour.
“That blog has a number of income streams. I initially monetized it with AdSense and Amazon affiliate promotions, but after a couple of years added other income streams including using other ad networks, selling ads directly to advertisers, affiliate promotions of other people’s photography eBooks, courses, and software and then creating my own eBooks to sell.
Great list! Another suggestion would be transcribing. Transcribing really requires very little skill or capital to get started. You can sign up with companies like Elance and Odesk to find jobs OR reach straight out to producers of audio content to see if they need help. With the huge trend in podcasting a great place to start would be by perusing iTunes for podcast shows that may need help turning their audio podcast episodes into text for their website or “show notes.”

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
So when I responded, I flipped it around as if I was clueless as to what to ask for (which I was) and said “Hmmm… I haven’t given it much thought. What did you have in mind?” I was preparing for her to strong arm me into saying a number. However, she was nice and gave me a figure; $35,000. My response (as if Ramit was talking to me in the other ear): “I think we’re in the right ballpark and we can work from that number.”
Whether it’s an important consumer application, a specialist app to solve a particular niche problem, or even a time-wasting game you can play on your phone, you can create a massively successful business if you build software that helps people. (Look at the rise of Slack—the team communication software that went from side project to billion-dollar company in just 2 years.)
Thank you for writing this. I have been LURKING for years, never commenting, but enjoying and sharing the content. Everything you said is true, I have been writing, blogging, started a Youtube Channel (800 videos now), and Instagram. Funny thing if you share food, workout pictures and motivational stuff its crazy popular. Love the blog, believe more folks would be happier working for themselves if they can keep debt under control or expenses low. Energy levels super high now that I started green smoothies everyday and adding weights to my workouts.
If you're looking to address some immediate financial needs, then the app economy is likely right for you. Thanks to the global sharing phenomenon, launched in part by our smartphones and ever-burgeoning global connectivity, you could easily opt for some quick active income by using well-known apps. From ride sharing to deliveries and even quick tasks, there's an app for that today, as the saying goes. 
Now this one is unique and different. What you need to do is to follow others, follow successful people, their journeys, read online case studies of different people, search for different working methods for earning money online and just replicate them. People are doing this for years and you can do the same. Just copy their strategy, add your twist in it and start doing it.
First and foremost, when it comes to marketing anything online, it's important to understand how money is made and earned. In my phone call with Sharpe, he identified several items that were well worth mentioning. Once you understand where the money comes from and how the industry works, you can then better understand how best to position yourself and your offer so that you can reap the benefits of the making-money-while-you-sleep industry.
Any definition of internet marketing needs to come along with a definition of things associated with it such as affiliate marketing, network marketing, multi-level marketing and so on and so forth. Some of these are less legitimate than others. For example, affiliate marketing is a tough nut to crack unless you have a massive following or you understand how to build excellent squeeze pages and effective sales funnels.
I’m always happy to tell my readers that making money online takes time and a lot of hard work. I think this post excellently sums up the difficulties of making it online, but also the benefits if you can stick with it and make a success of it. I know from experience that the hard work is needed, but I’m now starting to see the fruits of my effort.
When you're selling information, you aren't really in the business of selling information. You're in the business of transforming lives (doesn't matter what your niche is, the end result is to inspire your client to act on your advice, even if you give advice on landscaping) - and charging high prices is one way of making sure that a higher percentage of people will benefit from your advice and value it more.
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.
My team and I have spent over 10 years refining our money-making systems so you can get results faster. It won’t happen overnight, and it will take work (never trust someone who promises instant results without work)… but you’ll have the exact roadmap so you can quickly join thousands of students who’ve used my systems to learn how to make more money, get more freedom, and more fun for the rest of their lives. 

Excellent post, Jon. I agree with every word. In the 90s I ran a successful print ad agency out of my house. Made six figures a year for about a decade. Now I’m a regular working stiff who’s getting his toes wet online. No monetizing, but I’m building a framework for an online business that will hopefully take me into retirement! Thanks for the great advice. I’m passing this post on, believe me!
You're already sharing your favorite products and services on social media, why not get paid for it?! Here’s how Share Magnet works. Companies create “magnets” for their goods and services on Share Magnet. Individuals create an account and browse the available magnets and share which ones that interest them. Each magnet has a certain monetary value assigned to it, ranging from .02 cents to $2.00 per share. Once you find something you like, you share it on one of the various social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. So what kind of businesses are advertising on Share Magnet? I found sites like Sitter City, Hudson Jeans, Zulily, and Working Mother Magazine. While you’re not going to get rich sharing magnets, it is a fun way to earn some extra pocket cash from home, and it’s free to join!
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. 

And why would that surprise you? While I think it’s not merely your intention – this blog can come across as with some anti-woman sentiment, and I think some of your readers subconciously see it that way (hint: why have many of them not clicked on this article?). Most of your readers are young, immature, ignorant, and easily impressionable. I have noticed they are easily influenced by what you say. I am a young man, but not impressionable or immature, I can think for myself and critically.
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. 
I actually just wrote my own blog post about this very idea. People think SEO is free, and while it’s true that you don’t have to invest in any software if you don’t want to (there are plenty of free tools available), you have to remember how many hours it takes to create a successful SEO campaign. Just optimizing your site can take several weeks. Link building could easily be 15-20 hours a month, a few hours a week is devoted to just straight writing (never mind promoting your content). You have to manage all your social profiles, build relationships with other bloggers and so forth. There are a lot of tasks that take up a lot of time each day and time = money!
Active income requires your time and you can only produce as much money as your time allows. For example, a doctor or a lawyer who charge high per-hour or per-consultation fees and make exorbitant amounts of cash are stifled by the amount of time they have in a day. We all have the same 24 hours. Not one person on this earth gets more time than the next. It’s the greatest equalizer in life. When the time you work directly correlates to your income, it’s called active income.

I remember talking to someone I met at a Toastmaster's event. She was making a typical $60,000/year from a corporate job. She spent over $10k buying info products, going to marketing seminars/conferences etc. The started a few projects that never got anywhere. She understood that she was buying the "dream". For her these products where entertainment.

Best article I’ve read in a long time. I’m be traveling to Kiev on Monday so I’ll miss your webinar – but I’m sharing this with lots of folks who should listen in. Your point on technology is SO important. We learned way more than I ever thought we would on front-end, back-end and everything in between. There are so many people out there willing to build you a website – it’s important to know what you’re getting and what you own and that it’s original work. It’s amazing how many people don’t know how important these issues are. Thanks Jon for the inspiration this morning.

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