10 Legitimate Ways to Make Extra Money

“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice” -Oprah.⁣
If this is the year you said you will hustle and paint your own canvas, below I give you 10 legitimate ways you can make money online. Now with the internet you can be in your home making money online. If you love natural hair you can sell natural hair products online, you can blog, become a VA, etc. So many opportunities if you are willing to put your skills out there.

Here are 10 ways you can make money online now.

1.Create a Product.

Create a physical product and sell it. I love afrocentric clothes and products so usually I get people asking me where I got my head-wraps or jewelry. So I started Sahara Vogue an online boutique on Etsy. Etsy is a website with millions of vendors.  I also sell wigs on Etsy. I started this store when I did a YouTube video review on a wig. Immediately I noticed my video was getting a lot of views I quickly setup an Etsy shop and have since sold several wigs on the store. Whatever you love most likely someone else will love it too and want to buy it from you. If you love natural hair sell natural hair products. It is so easy to start a store and actually sell your products and make money online.

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2. Drop Shipping Business.

Drop shipping is a retail fulfillment method where you own a store for example on Etsy or Shopify. You do not keep products in stock. Instead, when your store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and the third party has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, you as the merchant never see or handles the product. You only pay the third party when someone buys. You can sell anything from beauty products, tee shirts, etc. There are days when I get several orders from my store, those times I wish I had drop shipping where I didn’t have to park and go to the post office.

3. Coaching and Mentorship.

This is one income idea I absolutely love because I help someone else start their dream. If you have experience in anything, you can teach someone else. I use my experience having owned a Boutique, Salon and Spa to teach other entrepreneurs how to start a beauty business.

4. Virtual Assistant.

You would not believe how many entrepreneurs out there need help with managing their social pages, like Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Being an entrepreneur can be time consuming, so if you can come in and help save time. Currently I have 1 entrepreneur that I help with their Pinterest account. How do you become a VA and how do you find jobs? Join entrepreneur Facebook groups, most entrepreneurs in these groups often will advertise that they need a VA. You can easily apply by showing what you have done for someone else or what you have done for yourself. I had no experience in Pinterest but because I was able to show the client that I built my own Pinterest account to now over hundred thousand views a month within a a few months. I got the job.

5. Become a Freelancer.

This is a good passive income idea for anyone now with a computer. You can easily put a profile that you will create any digital item on sites like Fiverr. You can create logos, Newsletters, etc. Currently I make lead magnets for beauty businesses. A lead magnet is an incentive that businesses and bloggers offer to potential buyers in exchange for their email address. I create PDF documents, checklists, and eBooks. I used to think Fiverr was only for people that worked for $5. I charge $100 to create a 2 page document which takes only a few hours. Also, I love the fact that Fiverr does not charge you anything until a client pays you. Fiverr fees are also very low. This is really an easy way to make money online if you have the skills to design.

6. Sell Digital Products.

Which is similar to number 5 but this time you do not work for anyone or have deadlines you simply create the items and sell them. These can be digital products like Ebooks, Planners, Photo editing Presets, stock photography, SVG files. The beauty about digital products is that you can sell the same item to several people. You do not have to create another product and also it is instant download which means you do not have to ship anything. These days everyone has a cell phone so any product that someone can easily download is a good idea to sell.  

The following ideas I describe next are more passive ways to make extra income.

Passive income means you get paid after the job is done. You do it one time then get paid over and over.


7. Start a Blog.

Blogging is easy because you get to just write and get extra money.  Once I write a blog post I get paid for the ads on my blog. I have a blog post on my blog where I give a detailed tutorial on how to start a WordPress site. Do not run and set up a WordPress.com site which is free. On this free WordPress.com you can’t put ads on it. You can put ads on WordPress.org.  I know it can be confusing but follow my easy tutorial to start.

10 ways I make money online
10 ways I make money online

8. Affiliate Marketing.

You can do affiliate marketing where you get commission by putting links in the description of your video, blog post, Pinterest, Facebook anywhere. When someone clicks on the link and buy something, you get a commission for directing the customer to the retailer.  You can apply to become an affiliate for all sorts of products and stores. I am an affiliate for Macys, Target, Carols Daughter, Amazon and Etsy. The beauty of affiliate links is that someone does not necessarily have to buy the item you recommended or linked. For example, if I a friend of mine has an affiliate link for a shampoo I click on the link it takes me to Amazon but on amazon I decide to buy a $1000 camera instead. Guess what because she directed me to Amazon, Amazon will pay her a commission or percentage of that camera not the shampoo. Whatever I buy she get a percentage from amazon. When I look at my affiliate report sometimes, I see products that have nothing to do with beauty or natural hair.

9. Start a YouTube Channel.

This is so easy and can earn you a lot of money provided that you are consistent and provided that YouTube does not change the rules again. Just after a month after I I put up my first hair video, I started making money. Recently YouTube said you need over 1000 subscribers. It is so hard getting subscribers. So please go subscribe on my channel.  How exactly do you get paid on YouTube? Firstly, you get paid by YouTube when someone clicks on the ad that plays on your video. Secondly, you can talk about your own product and direct customers to your store. YouTube is how I get customers for my wigs and you do not need thousands of subscribers for your own product.

10. Brand Sponsorship.

Brands will contact you or you can also contact them to showcase their products to your readers online or listeners. Brands will pay you per post to post on social media or anywhere you have an audience.

These are my top ways you can earn extra money online. I especially love the passive income ideas because it is like someone just paying you just because. I hope these ideas help.  If you need help on starting any of these income ideas let me know.

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