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Years ago, when I was a starry-eyed junior accountant fresh out of school, I had a conversation with a friend who told me she was leaving her nice, cushy corporate job at an insurance company to start an online business.

Back then, having a job at a recognized company after graduation was the HOLY GRAIL of student life. Naturally, I thought WTF? What does that even mean? She became “that friend” in our circle. Nobody knew exactly what she did for money — We just hoped that it was legal!

Maybe she had stumbled upon some secret after the Dot-com boom or Web 2.0 what we were oblivious to — after all, they weren’t teaching us this stuff in school. Back then, Facebook was still in its infancy, and only people with a university-affiliated email could get in.

Little did I know that over 10 years later, I’d be following in her footsteps! I’m kinda late to the party now — hopefully fashionably late, though. 😉

Turns out, being a bit behind wasn’t so bad because I got to learn from the trailblazers.

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How Can I Make Real, Legit Money Online?

*Deep breath* This is a super-loaded question with SO MANY answers.

If you’re new to this, let me tell you there’s a WHOLE NEW WORLD previously unbeknownst to you. Learning all this stuff made me “understand The Matrix“, so to speak.

You’ll see the internet differently after you understand all this! 🤯

 

 GOALS OF THIS ARTICLE: 
  • Give you a complete, high-level understanding of the online business ecosystem, based on my years of research and personal experiences
  • Help you see where you’ll best fit in based on your personality, goals, and skillset.
  • Share some of the tools and resources I’ve used in various areas of my business

This isn’t a fully exhaustive list — my focus is on methods that have the potential to earn you a living. They could start as a side-hustle or become your full-time gig.

Let’s go down the rabbit hole and explore the possibilities!

 

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SELLING SERVICES

When you sell a service, you exchange your time + labor for revenue.  Your business is based on your ability to attract and retain clients who pay you for your service and expertise.

 INSIGHT:  Service-based businesses that can be operated from your home have lower barriers to entry since there tend to be fewer startup costs compared to product-based businesses. Other service-based business models that require capital investment, professional certifications or specialized equipment usually have higher start-up costs.[/su_column][/su_row]

 

LOCATION-BASED SERVICES

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • serve customers locally in person, or from a fixed location (ie. home, office, or storefront)
  • have good interpersonal skills, necessary for providing good face-to-face customer service
  • enjoy real-life interaction with their customers and want to form long-term business relationships

This is the traditional sense of “local business”. Your online presence becomes an extension of your advertising — the internet offers further reach over magazine ads, classifieds, or handing out flyers. Your website is your virtual business card and portfolio of your work, along with testimonials from happy customers.

 

Examples — Location-Based Services:

  • Photographer or Videographer
  • Professional Coaching (ie. Business or Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Sleep Coach, Nutritionist etc.)
  • Event Planner
  • Stylist, Makeup Artist, Aesthetician, Massage Therapist and other Wellness professionals
  • Medical Practice Professional (ie. Doctor, Dentist, Occupational Therapist)
  • Home Daycare or Babysitting services
  • Dog grooming, Dog daycare, or Dog walking services
  • Uber or Lyft Driver or Delivery service
  • Realtor, Mortgage or Insurance Broker
  • Interior Designer or Home staging services
  • Renting out space in your home (ie. AirBnB)
  • Investment Property Management
  • Home cleaning or organization services
  • Contractor or other Trade Professional (ie. Plumber, Electrician, Landscaper etc.)
  • Restaurant or Catering services (actually a combination of a service + product business)

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VIRTUAL SERVICES

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • seek a location-free “work from anywhere” lifestyle
  • love to travel, but hate the commute to an office (co-working spaces are your best bet!)
  • are organized with their time, good at multitasking and managing multiple deadlines
  • want flexibility and control over how much and when to work

In a virtual service business, your potential clientele is not limited to a geographical area. Your work can be done from anywhere you have access to a laptop, phone, and internet connection, so the location of your “office” could be anywhere from a coffee shop to a sandy beach!

There are tons of online marketplaces such as Fiverr where people post their virtual services, and work with clients from all over the world.

 

Examples — Virtual Services:

  • Freelance writing (Tip: many enter into this field by starting out as bloggers!)
  • Virtual Assistant (ie. receptionist, project manager, calendar manager or concierge etc.)
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Marketing (ie. Social Media Manager, SEO Specialist, etc.)
  • Copywriting (ie. Writing website copy, sales pages, promotional blog posts, etc)
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting or Tax services
  • Financial Planner or Investment Consultant
  • Teaching English online

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SELLING PRODUCTS

If you don’t have a service to provide, then selling physical or digital products may be more up your alley. e-Commerce platforms such as Shopify provide an easy way to create your own beautiful website from which you can sell your own products. If you want to get started even faster, you can sell through a third-party marketplace such as Amazon, or Etsy.

 INSIGHT:  Product-based businesses can potentially scale more easily than a service-based business, whose main constraint is time. On the other hand, product-based businesses could be more complex to operate. You’ll have to deal with sourcing raw materials, production costs, inventory, and shipping (either done yourself or through a fulfillment service).

 

SELLING PHYSICAL PRODUCTS

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • enjoy creating their own products, or curating niche products with a unique brand identity
  • seek the potential to sell at higher volumes, and scale their businesses
  • are willing to invest time and resources into digital marketing + analytics to continually attract new customers online
  • may not want to stock large quantities of inventory on hand — consider dropshipping or third-party fulfillment

If you’re a maker, crafter, or designer who loves to create, you’ll definitely want to sell original products on your own website. Make sure you take the time to design an appealing brand and ensure your customer service experience is top-notch, as it will set your business apart from the competition. Depending on how your product is made, you may be able to achieve production efficiencies and sell in larger quantities (via wholesale).

Even if you can’t create, you might have an eye for curating unique products to sell on your own website, much like a boutique shop. This approach is best executed by appealing your products to a particular niche or demographic of customers, rather than trying to appeal to the masses.

 TIP:  When launching your own website, you’ll likely need to invest significant resources into digital marketing as a way to attract new customers from various channels (ie. social media ads, email marketing). The startup phase is challenging as you’ll need to seek ways to bring traffic to your store by promoting like crazy, and offer good incentives (ie. product discounts or free shipping) to attract your first wave of customers. Don’t forget to gather testimonials from happy customers — they go a long way in convincing new customers to trust your brand!

 

Ways to Sell Physical Products:

 

 METHOD #1:  START YOUR OWN E-COMMERCE STORE

Managing your own e-Commerce website gives you ultimate control over your products, pricing and distribution. You can sell your own products, curated products, or a combination of both

 TIP:  some product manufacturers offer the option of “private label” packaging, where you can incorporate your own branding for a seamless customer experience.

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If you’re starting from scratch, an e-Commerce platform like Shopify not only takes care of hosting, but you can also select from hundreds of website templates to assist you in getting a beautiful website up and running quickly.

If you’re a blogger looking to sell products as an extension of your blog, you can look into e-Commerce plugins such as WooCommerce for WordPress. Bluehost offers a WordPress hosting plan with the option of having WooCommerce pre-installed, saving you tons of time if you want to sell products on your blog.

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 METHOD #2:  DROPSHIPPING

This is a method where orders received on a website are fulfilled by the product manufacturer (or “dropshipper”), and are sent directly to the end customer. This option eliminates the need for you (the retailer) to handle or stock any inventory, since the goods are warehoused by the dropshipper.

 TIP:  Before working with a dropshipper, make sure you are satisfied with the quality of their products, and their order turnaround time. Keep in mind the quality of their product and service will have a direct impact on your business and brand image, and you will likely be responsible for dealing with customer service issues.

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 METHOD #3:  CREATE YOUR OWN SUBSCRIPTION BOX

Recent years have given rise to popular subscription box brands like Blue Apron, Dollar Shave Club, Barkbox, and FabFitFun. An increasing number of retailers are considering having their products featured in subscription boxes, or even launching a subscription box offering of their own!

 INSIGHT:  As a product-based business, one of the main benefits of the subscription model is creating a stream of steady and predictable sales revenues based on your subscriber list. Not only does this help to bolster guaranteed month-to-month sales, but it gives you better control over your product costs if you can estimate inventory levels on a monthly basis.

 CHECK IT OUT:  

Cratejoy is an online marketplace exclusively dedicated to serving the subscription box market. To give you a rough idea of how many subscription boxes there are out there, they’re currently hosting more than 1,600 boxes in over 80 categories!

They also offer lots of support and resources on sourcing products, and even pricing your subscription box. You can sign up to a 14-day trial to launch your eCommerce subscription site on their platform, and also get your box listed on their marketplace.

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 METHOD #4:  THIRD PARTY FULFILLMENT OF YOUR DESIGNS ON PRINTABLE PRODUCTS

If you’re a graphic designer, getting your work printed on physical products is an easy way to expand your sales revenue. There are many third-party printers that serve this space, and also end up dropshipping orders directly to your customers. This takes away your headaches related to product fulfillment, and frees up your time to keep designing!

Your artwork could be displayed in framed posters, canvases, apparel, or even home goods like cushion covers and travel mugs just to name a few! Many designers end up either selling their custom printables on their own website, or a creative marketplace such as Etsy.

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Printful is an awesome print, fulfillment + dropshipping company I’ve used to resell printables as cards, posters and canvas art. They have a large selection of paper, houseware and apparel products including t-shirts, mugs, makeup bags, and more on which you can add your own designs.

The best part is they offer automatic integration with your Shopify or WooCommerce website, so you don’t even have to lift a finger once an order comes in. Your artwork is synced with Printful’s fulfillment so that they can print right away, and drop-ship products directly to your customer in boxes branded with your logo, so your customer has a truly seamless experience!

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SELLING DIGITAL PRODUCTS

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • have interest and/or expertise in a specific area of knowledge
  • seek maximum scalability in their product — digital products can be sold an infinite number of times
  • are looking to make sales passively — many tools can help with automating delivery of the download and after-sales

If you’re currently operating a location-based service business, creating a digital (or downloadable) product like an eBook or online course is an excellent way to expand your reach to customers you can’t serve in person. Using digital products, you can sell your knowledge to customers who want to learn how to do it from anywhere in the world.

One of the major benefits of producing a digital product is this: you put in the work to create it up front, and once it is completed, you can sell it an UNLIMITED number of times for minimal incremental cost. Keep in mind that if your product is knowledge-based (like an online course or eBook), you’ll need to spend time keeping the content up-to-date and updating the materials as necessary to ensure information stays current.

 

Ways to Sell Digital Products:

 

 METHOD #1:  ONLINE COURSES

Whether you’re an interior designer, makeup artist, or financial planner, chances are you have knowledge that people out there would love to learn. Consider creating a course that solves a common specific problem that your customers deal with such as: How to Complete a Bathroom Renovation in 10 Days, Perfect Eyebrows 101, or How to Become a Master Budgeter.

Online courses are appealing to customers as they would typically be sold at a lower price point compared to the alternative of hiring a professional in person.

 INSIGHT:  It may take some time to establish credibility as a facilitator when you’re just launching your first course. You’ll have to really nurture your first group of students and make sure you document their positive results from the course as testimonials. Online courses require alot of time and energy to create, so you’ll want to make sure that the subject really resonates with your customers, in order to ensure demand.

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Teachable offers a platform to create and sell your own beautiful online course — They host your course content, and the look and feel of the sit can be customized to integrate seamlessly with your existing website. Slides, video, and documents can be uploaded and organized into modules.

What I like most about their platform is that the layout of all the modules and course materials is very neat and easy to follow compared to other platforms I’ve used. You can also create an affiliate program for your own course using their platform, which is great for increasing your sales through happy students!

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 METHOD #2:  SUBSCRIPTION SITES OR COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS

If you’ve produced a large collection of resources or an extensive knowledge base, consider hosting all resources on a membership site where users could gain access through a membership fee or subscription. Access can be limited to a fixed time period, or a set number of downloads. I’ve seen this used alot for stock image and media libraries, as well as website templates.

Content can be created by yourself, or contributed by community members. Although this can be run quite passively, you should ensure there is a constant stream of high-quality new content being added on a regular basis, or else subscribers will cancel if they aren’t consistently getting value.

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HauteStock is a great subscription site I’ve used to acquire stock images for my website. They have a few membership options with different durations. During the period of my membership, you get full access to their library of stock images and unlimited downloads.

One other element that adds value is providing access to a network of high-quality contacts or like-minded individuals depending on your niche. I’ve seen coaching businesses create Mastermind groups that offer a group of students exclusive access to mentors, or in-depth sessions that aren’t available to non-members.

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 METHOD #3:  DOWNLOADABLE FILES + RESOURCES

You can find a way to create a downloadable digital resource for just about any industry or niche! They can include eBooks, printable checklists or planners, graphics or art files, or even spreadsheets, templates or plans.

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SendOwl is a great tool I recommend for selling downloadable products. They make it quick and easy to create a customized checkout page, and automates the email delivery of your digital download. Once you launch your own product, you can even use SendOwl to create your very own affiliate program to further increase your sales reach!

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 METHOD #4:  APP DEVELOPMENT

If you’re lucky enough to possess crazy technical skills in coding or programming, many businesses are investing resources into developing proprietary apps that are meant to be used along with their products or services.

Traditionally, app development meant creating mobile apps can also be sold on the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. However, with the rise in popularity of smart-home technology, new apps and skills are being developed all the time for voice-recognition devices such as the Amazon Echo.

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WHERE SHOULD I SELL? ON MY OWN WEBSITE OR A MARKETPLACE?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to your selling strategy. How you sell will depend on whether your product is very unique, or if it’s comparable to many other competitive alternatives.

Cost is also an important factor — you can compare the cost of building and maintaining your own website and weigh it against additional transaction processing or storage fees that may be charged by online marketplaces.

In most cases, many eCommerce businesses start out by trying a combination of both approaches. It’s important in the early stages as you are starting out because it will likely take you a while to get a steady flow of traffic to your own website.

 YOUR OWN WEBSITE 

PROS 👍
CONS 👎
  • greater control over your product mix, pricing, and distribution methods

  • you own your website — no need to worry about changes to the algorithms of third-party marketplaces or apps that could significantly impact your searchability

  • ability to add customers to your own email list — they can be contacted about future promotions to encourage repeat business

  • flexibility to run promotions, offer discount codes, or create affiliate programs to drive additional sales

  • opportunity to create a stronger brand presence through the aesthetic of your website, and customer service experience

  • resources required to generate traffic and conversion on your website — most use a mix of social media marketing, SEO strategies, analytics and networking outreach

  • more time required for website maintenance and troubleshooting — work with a reputable hosting company that offers 24/7 support and resources

  • higher setup costs to host your own website (ie. monthly hosting fee + apps/plugins + website templates)

  • need to hire graphic or web design help if you’re not able to do this on your own

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 AN ONLINE MARKETPLACE 

PROS 👍
CONS 👎
  • allows you to get started faster if you don’t want to deal with setting up your own website

  • no need to make website graphics, although you will still want to make sure you have stellar product photos!

  • no need to spend on marketing costs to get traffic, as long as you associate your products with good searchable keywords in your category

  • gives your products a chance to get found by new customers who are already searching for products but aren’t familiar with your brand

  • some marketplaces such as Amazon can help you take care of fulfillment (ie. Amazon FBA) and even customer service — minimal involvement by you

  • marketplaces make it easier to compare similar products — customers are more likely to make decisions based on price

  • new sellers will find it hard to get first sales with few reviews or testimonials, especially as a reseller

  • harder to sell products with health or safety regulations (ie. food, baby products) if you’re not the manufacturer

  • marketplace will likely charge you additional fees (ie. a percentage of the sale price, or listing fee) for each item listed or sold

  • less control over the fulfillment process and customer service — not ideal for brands looking to build relationships with customers based on personalized interactions

  • difficult to establish customer loyalty with your brand, since experience is more impersonal

 

 CHECK IT OUT: 

Shopify is a great platform that not only offers hosting of your eCommerce store or blog, but they also support direct integration with popular third-party marketplaces like Amazon, Google Shopping, and even social media shopping (ie. Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram).

Having all your sales channels connected will make it easier to get a view of how you are performing all in one place. Inventory stock levels will also be significantly easier to manage when it’s tracked centrally on one platform. When a unit is sold in one channel, quantities will be updated all across the board.

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SELLING ADVERTISING

The world’s largest tech and media empires were all built on advertising revenues. As long as there are products and services to be sold, businesses of all sizes will need to promote themselves.

 

WEBSITE ADS

Useable space on your website or blog is like “real estate” on the internet. Any empty space on a sidebar or even within an article can be further monetized by turning it into an advertising space by inserting a link or banner ad.

How Do Website Ads work?

You may have seen the term “PPC” (which stands for pay-per-click). It’s a model of internet marketing in which advertisers pay a fee each time one of their ads is clicked. Essentially, it’s a way for advertisers to buy visits to their site, rather than “earning” those visits organically.

Website owners partner with ad networks (ie. Google AdSense) to offer ad space on their websites. In return, they get the chance to earn a commission per click, or a higher % commission if the click-through leads to a sale on the advertiser’s website.

 

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • want a 100% passive revenue stream on a website they own and manage
  • already get high traffic to their website (ie. over 10k views per day)
  • don’t place a high priority on aesthetics
  • need a way to monetize visitors who likely weren’t going to purchase your higher-priced products anyway

 

Drawbacks of Website Ads

To be honest, this isn’t my preferred method of monetizing for a few reasons:

  1. Ads ruin the aesthetic of your website — sites with too many ads tend to look tacky or unprofessional, and ruin the visitor experience
  2. Ads divert attention away from your core sell — visitors can get turned off from reading your content, or worse, be diverted away from buying your core products or services, which would have made WAY more money than your payout per click
  3. You need tons of traffic and to partner with a good network to make any serious money — with many ad networks paying anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per click, as a new website or blog, you’ll need tons of clicks to even generate a significant amount of revenue.

In the early stages of launching your website or blog, the focus should be on increasing your traffic, building a loyal following and ultimately selling your core product or service. There are better ways to monetize your traffic over ad revenues. Therefore, the drawbacks tend to outweigh the benefits.

 

Of course, there are always exceptions!

An example of a situation where it makes sense to monetize through ads is a business that buys and sells domains. Have you ever come across a great idea for a company name, but when checking for availability of the .com domain name, were disappointed to find it was already taken?

On it was likely a less-than-appealing landing page with banner ads. Think of this like a “For Sale” sign on a plot of empty land, waiting for the right developer to come along and buy it. These businesses have built a portfolio of desirable domain names that already get a good amount of traffic. While they wait for a potential buyer to come along, they’re monetizing their cold traffic through ad space.

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AFFILIATE MARKETING

According to online marketing expert Pat Flynn, affiliate marketing is the world’s most untapped source for generating passive income.

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting another person’s (or company’s) product. Products exist in your target market right now (that people are probably already buying) and if you can become the resource that recommends those products, you can generate a commission as a result. Pat Flynn

 

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • genuinely enjoy serving their audience as “content creators” in their niche topic or industry
  • are passionate about the products or services they’re already using in their businesses — detailed reviews, testimonials and how-to content tend to convert best, since it gives your audience some insight into the product before they buy
  • are actively engaged with their potential customers on social media platforms
  • are methodical and strategic about their marketing approach — a clear strategy will help you decide what activities to focus on (because there are SO MANY little things to do), and gradually turn affiliate marketing into a passive income stream

 

The secret to success in this realm is that you can’t be focused purely on the act of “selling”. Rather, you need to approach this strategy as a “content creator” whose primary purpose is to serve your audience with high-quality information to improve their lives or solve a problem. To build trust with your following, you should only recommend products or services that you’ve personally used, so that you have genuine first-hand experience to back up your recommendations.

As an online entrepreneur, you can create content in many forms including: a blog, a YouTube channel, a podcast, or building a following on social media. Once you’ve established an email list or subscriber base on your preferred content platform, you can insert customized links to your promoted products to track your referrals and start monetizing.

 TIP:  ALWAYS add the appropriate disclosures anywhere you post affiliate links on your own website, emails or social media platforms. Not only is it good practice to be upfront with your audience, but a basic disclosure statement is required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who sets the rules and regulations for affiliate marketing in the U.S.

 

 MY TOP AFFILIATE MARKETING TOOLS: 

  • Bluehost — my recommended web hosting platform for WordPress. They include a free domain, 1-click WordPress install, and 24/7 support — it’s the easiest way to start a blog!

  • ConvertKit — the email marketing tool I use to manage email subscribers for my blog + food business. The best feature is the ability to create automated email sequences that are customized based on the signup form, and also the ability to segment my subscriber list based on tags, so that communications could be directed to some or all of my list. As your list grows, automation is KEY!

  • ShareASale — an affiliate marketing network I’m a member of — they manage many of the affiliate programs I’m participating in, plus thousands of other companies that are selling products or services online. I like that I can see the performance of many affiliate campaigns from one central dashboard, and it’s easy to search and apply for new affiliate programs on their interface.

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BECOMING AN INFLUENCER

What does an Influencer do?

Becoming an influencer is essentially a form of affiliate marketing that extends outside the traditional methods of blogging or email marketing. Many influencers started out as bloggers who gained a large subscription base over time, resulting in a large social media following (typically on Instagram or YouTube). These individuals utilize the relationship and trust they’ve built up with their followers to make recommendations about brands, retailers or products, which then “influence” their purchase decisions.

 

Best suited for entrepreneurs who:
  • have outgoing personalities, and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there on camera!
  • are actively engaged with their potential customers on social media platforms
  • have a talent for creating visually appealing content — Popular influencer platforms like Instagram and YouTube rely on compelling visuals to attract attention.
  • are passionate about the products they’re already using in their daily lives — detailed reviews and how-to content tend to convert best on YouTube, while lifestyle photos do well on Instagram. Short video testimonials that are more raw, candid work well for Instagram Stories and IGTV.

 

How does Influencer Marketing work?

Brands who partner with influencers track their redirected traffic through a special link or coupon code. The influencer will be paid a commission for each successful conversion (ie. purchase). Successful influencers who have large followings often go on to sell their own physical or digital products.

Influencer marketing is becoming more widely used by brands because influencers have demonstrated their ability to create compelling visuals in the form of beautiful, stylized photos or video. An influencer’s unique personality is injected into their content to cultivate a personal relationship with their followers, so promoted content feels less “salesy”.

 

Some niches are more popular than others

Influencers are seen predominantly in the fashion, lifestyle, and fitness niches due to their visual nature. However, you can become an influencer in almost any niche, as long as people are regarding you as an authority, and trust your recommendations.

With the rise in popularity of various social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat, it’s now possible for people to reach “influencer” status even without their own blog, as long as they’ve gained enough of a following.  Success could happen very quickly if you produce high-quality content that ends up going viral.

However, not having your own blog may NOT be a good long-term strategy because you’d be subjecting yourself to the risk of getting affected by any changes made to the algorithms of the social media platforms. In an effort to improve user experience, the social media platforms are making changes all the time that affect how content shows up on the feeds.

 

 INSIGHT:  As an influencer, pricing for the value of your services could be tricky. As a general rule of thumb, the larger your following, the higher price you can command since your content will have a greater reach. Brands typically look at the demographic of your followers, and check to see the level of engagement (ie. comments, likes, follows). While a high follower count matters, the engagement you have with your followers may even matter more! You’ll be more successful as a smaller influencer with a highly engaged following, instead of an influencer with lots of followers but little to no comments on their posts.

 

Ways to Make Money as an Influencer:

  • Receiving compensation to write sponsored blog posts to promote a brand’s product or service
  • Partnering with brands to do sponsored posts on Instagram — these are usually indicated with the words “paid partnership” below the IG handle, or hashtags #sponsored #ad
  • Working with advertisers to do a paid feature on a podcast or YouTube video promoting their products
  • Receiving free product from brands in exchange for a detailed review, testimonial, or how-to YouTube video — Free product can be a nice incentive in certain niches like
    • Technology — those products tend to be pricier! Technology influencers also get the advantage of being one of the first to get their hands on something new in the market.
    • Travel & lifestyle — some free product could include hotel stays or even airfare, which is a nice cost saving towards your vacation!

 

 TIP:  If you’re serious about making money as an influencer, you should also make sure that you have an updated Media Package which details out your following and lists your past work and features. This is like a digital résumé you should make available on your website or have ready to send out, because you never know what opportunities will come your way!

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TRUTH: None of these things are “easy”.

Even today, the concept of “making money online” is still negatively perceived by skeptical people as some kind of “get-rich-quick” scheme for those who are too lazy or incapable of stick it out in a traditional 9-5 job in the corporate world.

 TRUTH:  If you want to make even a little bit of money online, you have to put in the work.

Each of these areas have their own nuances, and are better suited for people with certain personalities and strengths.

You have to go on a learning shred. Read more. Spend time on social media (to learn, not just to troll). Invest in a course to speed up your learning. Test out different strategies and learn what happens. Reach out to movers and shakers in the industry. Become friends with people who are doing the same thing, and LEARN from them.

See how many times I said “learn”? They didn’t teach this stuff in school, so you have loads of real-life, hands-on LEARNING to do.

 INSIGHT:  If you ever come across a course or product that advertises how “EASY” it is to make loads of money online without any “REAL work”, my recommendation is to steer clear of it, and fast! They’re lying to you.

Nothing happens overnight, and success never comes easy for anyone.

 

Remember: Change = Opportunity

The awesome thing about the online business world is that things are CONSTANTLY changing, and change = opportunity. You could be at the top of your game one day, and go back down the next day because Google, Instagram, or some other social platform has changed their algorithm.

Every time change happens, you need to analyze and adapt. Nothing works forever. This is true for business in general, so accept it and embrace change.

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If not, which ways do you think will work best for you?

 

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Crazy Simple Business Plan - FREE Template

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Finally, an easy 8-Step Business Plan template that focuses on the no-fluff important stuff! You'll get an instant download of my FILLABLE PDF to get you started fast!

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