Over the following months, I kept a close eye on what he was doing and it was easy for me to see that he was messing up the paid campaigns that I had built, but was still clearly making a ton of money. The search engine optimization (SEO) work to help him rank higher on Google for a number of popular searches ended up helping him for a long time until his website one day disappeared. I estimate the work I did for him made him at least $5 million, but I still made a little over $200,000. Still a super solid return on my time.

If you're interested in online marketing, setup email software and create a lead magnet that you can use in your sales funnel. Then, build up that list. It's often said that you can expect to earn about $1 per subscriber per month. If you have a list of 10,000 subscribers, that means you can earn roughly around $10,000 per month. You will need to deliver value and not pitch them on every email, but it is a very achievable goal in a short period.

Bonus tip! If you like the idea of tutoring online, but English isn’t your thing, Course Hero is currently recruiting tutors in fields such as business, maths, psychology and more. You don’t need to be a qualified teacher but you do need a degree. You log on to answer student questions as and when you have availability. The average tutor apparently earns around $300 (£240) per week! 

Bonus tip! If you like the idea of tutoring online, but English isn’t your thing, Course Hero is currently recruiting tutors in fields such as business, maths, psychology and more. You don’t need to be a qualified teacher but you do need a degree. You log on to answer student questions as and when you have availability. The average tutor apparently earns around $300 (£240) per week!
It doesn’t pay much, but if you’re a healthy person and want to make a bit of extra money online, the AchieveMint app will reward you for doing things like walking, tracking your food, or taking health surveys. AchieveMint works by connecting to fitness apps you might already be using like Fitbit, RunKeeper, Healthkit, and MyFitnessPal and then giving you points for certain actions. For every 10,000 points, you earn $10 with no limit on your earnings.
Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.
And you know what happened? Yup, I crushed it and ended up selling over $2.5 million in headphones in that 6 month period for the owner and my cut of the profit was $200,000. Not bad for 6 months of work that didn’t really take much time. Unfortunately, even though I crushed it for him, the owner didn’t end up renewing my contract. He thought he could do what I was doing. I was so pissed. I’d made a rookie mistake when I was excited one day and showed him how part of the campaigns worked.
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.
Every year, hundreds of millions of documents are notarized in the United States: wills, mortgages, citizenship forms, handgun applications. While for decades, this has all been done in person, there is a budding crop of sites that allow notaries to take their services online. If you’re already a notary, you can sell your services online. Or, if you want to get started, check out the National Notary’s checklist for becoming a certified notary.
Competition is stiff, but if you are a savvy designer, this is a good way to pick up extra dollars. Even better, if you are an artist, this is a good way to make your art skills pay off. Consider that every design will need to have a reason why the customer should buy the book or follow that person on Twitter to have a real impact. Twitter backgrounds, in particular, are in hot demand right now. For measurements and caveats of Twitter backgrounds, read “How to create your own Twitter background.”
Over the past seven years, I’ve helped sell over 50 different types of products online by providing marketing services. I’ve marketed and sold so many things for people online, including master’s degrees for universities, headphones, travel experiences, hats, sports memorabilia, prefabricated homes, insurance, legal services, real estate services, dental services, and even supplements. In all of these cases, I was getting paid by someone else to sell their products online – none of these were my websites or my products.
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