Michael Stelzner is founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner, the world’s largest online social media magazine. He is author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers and the man behind large events, such as Social Media Marketing World (held in San Diego and a topic we’ll cover today) and Social Media Success Summit, the world’s largest online conference. If that’s not enough, he is also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast show, which is a iTunes Top 10 marketing podcast.
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.
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.
That “urgent” email from a wealthy Nigerian Prince who claims to have a fortune with our names on it, to the blaring online video by the latest rambling internet marketer who swears we can get rich by using their system, to the late-night infomercial that beckons us to try a simple system that countless others have used to get rich, we’ve just about seen it all, haven’t we? 

I remember being a teenager and getting a rush from the sound of AOL dial-up connecting. I chatted with other kids via IRC and learned HTML. By 18, I was pushing pictures through the Internet, and guys would ask me to tease them. They started paying me, sending money through PayPal, as long as I was willing to talk dirty to them. Every few nights, the same people would jerk off to online conversations with me via Yahoo Messenger. I started making a lot of money, and it turned into a career, with me charging $5 or $6 a minute to talk online.
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.
On a related note, during my research I came across this great post over at Budget Blonde called The Truth About Side Hustling, which I thought was fantastic. I especially loved point #4 – you’re the only one who can force yourself to get started. For a long time, I thought there just weren’t any side hustles I could succeed at, and this past month I’ve realized that is definitely not true. Even more, researching this list led me to a new one scheme that I’m cooking up right now – so hopefully I’ll have some updates on that in a few weeks too.

I think you need to update this post. Some websites are defunct, ShareMagnet sounds cool, I’ll check out the Gig Walk, but some seem iffy-especially if they don’t recognize my zip code? I think you should double check. I do use Swagbucks. Gazelle does NOT accept devices after a certain age or a certain “level” so sometimes, unless you are selling your 6 month old computer, ain’t worth it.
MemberPress is a feature-rich plugin that will enable you to turn your WordPress blog into a fully functional membership site. Depending on how you want to run your membership site, you could have a mixture of free and premium membership plans. Premium plans could include no adverts, free downloads, access to extra content, membership forums, and much more. However, it is important to remember that if people are going to pay to view your content then it must be high quality. Otherwise your members won’t renew their subscriptions when the time comes.
With active income, you’re actively working to produce those wages. So if you work for someone else and you’re earning a per-hourly fee or you have clients and you’re working for yourself, you’re still engaged in active-income employment. However, if something were to happen to your ability to work, for example, you would be unable to produce an income. This could be anything from an injury to an illness or disease, and everything in between, when you can’t work, you can’t earn. 

If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re promoting your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.


Paypal – Paypal is one way for you to accept payment for your website, goods and services. It's very easy to set up. FYI – You can donate some of your hard earned money to me for producing this helpful and free guide for you. Paypal accepts all major credit cards, to make a donation you do not even need a Paypal account. But you will likely need to open a Paypal account to receive payments.
But don't make the mistake of thinking this will be a passive source of income—you're on call whenever you have a guest and you'll always need to keep the place clean for incoming visitors. On top of just renting on Airbnb, consider offering your guests paid add-ons, like Lauren Gheysens', Royal Day Out in London, England—where she gives visitors a local's only tour of the city, complete with bespoke 18th century costumes.
So be wary. Ensure that you learn from the pros and don't get sucked into every offer that you see. Follow the reputable people online. It's easy to distinguish those that fill you with hype and those that are actually out there for your benefit. Look to add value along the way and you'll succeed. You might find it frustrating at the outset. Everyone does. But massive amounts of income await those that stick it out and see things through.
Domain Registration – A domain is the name of the website. For example: The domain name of this website is boldanddetermined.com. A domain can be .com, .net, .org, .us, .info etc. Domain registration is the act of purchasing a domain name. Domain names are quite cheap if they are not already taken by another person or company. A .com domain name will run in the neighborhood of $10 for a year.
I think you need to update this post. Some websites are defunct, ShareMagnet sounds cool, I’ll check out the Gig Walk, but some seem iffy-especially if they don’t recognize my zip code? I think you should double check. I do use Swagbucks. Gazelle does NOT accept devices after a certain age or a certain “level” so sometimes, unless you are selling your 6 month old computer, ain’t worth it. 

Sign up with sites like Rover.com or Wag! to walk dogs or care for pets and earn some extra cash. Sign on at your convenience and help out local pooches whose owners are stuck at work or out of town on business. If the apps don’t service your area, contact local grooming and boarding to let them know you are available for pet sitting or dog walking.
#3. Almost zero expense to start. You can open your account with Robinhood, for example, and trade stocks for free. Almost zero expense to open an account and zero expense to trade stocks. Of course, you will need some capital to fund your account. I know. You can start with a small capital just to test the waters. Compare that to blogging, affiliate marketing and drop shipping which may require some up-front expense to start, in addition to your capital.
Webinars On Air is a powerful webinar tool that will enable you to create professional webinars for your viewers. Harnessing the power of Google Hangouts, this all in one solution will take care of all the technical aspects of hosting a webinar, including payments. Also have a look at our guide to the best webinar software, both free and paid options.
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. 

Most people who want to make money on the side pick generic services that have lots of competition — general writing, fitness training, and computer repair for instance — then wonder why nobody notices them or buys from them. Meanwhile, other businesses are super-specific and deeply understand their clients and their problems. And they never have to worry about competition or lowering their prices.
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