Have you ever wondered how to make good money without getting a real job? Well, by “real” job, I mean our classic 9-to-5, 8 hours a day, Monday-through-Friday desk job.
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Unless you win the lottery or strike oil in your backyard, you can’t really live without an income. As most of us are working at home these past weeks, we might be able to replace our day-to-day with more flexible side jobs and create a new way of getting income.
Whether you’re unemployed, college student, disabled, a stay-at-home parent, retired or simply want some extra cash in the pocket, here are 3 ways to make money without a real job.
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Be a Freelance Writer at Home
If you have writing skills and a creative talent to make words flow beautifully, it’s also possible to get paid to create online content. Writing great content that creates appeals, wants, desires or even incentizes people to get excited is a great way to make money. I don’t do this as much as I used to, but I am very aware of how viable this income really is. It’s fairly easy to get your toes wet on starter writing jobs on websites like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and iWriter . These place are visited by thousands of writers worldwide everyday.
And here is the reason why—writers can choose the projects they love the most, work on appealing texts, and get a fair amount of money, all while working at your own pace. However, you must keep in mind that every task has a deadline that must be respected, so you’ll need to practice self-discipline to make sure you get everything turned in on time.
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If you’ve visited any website, more than likely you’ve came across a Google ad. These ads are everywhere, and for good reason. Not only are they easy to set up on any basic website, but they can be lucrative once your website starts bringing in a steady amount of traffic.
One of the cool things about Google AdSense (That’s the name of the Google Ad platform) is that it’s so easy to get set up. If you have a blog or website, or even a Facebook account, you can sign up for a free Google AdSense Account. From there, Google will give you a unique code that you will paste onto your website. Google takes it from there, tracking your page views, traffic, and earnings on your behalf. There is no upkeep or maintenance to get this thing going, which makes it a no-brainer if you have a website already.
How much will you make? I think my best month with Google AdSense was almost $5,000 over the last ten years. That amazing month blew my mind since it was actually near the beginning of my blogging journey. When you go from making zero to $5,000 in a month, that will rock your world. For me, it also got me even more excited because I knew there were other ways to monetize.
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While the publishing industry used to be heavy in print, you can complete the entire process of writing, publishing, and marketing a book online. Websites like Create Space will let you upload and take your book to print without getting a formal publisher involved, and you can even get your book on Amazon.com so people can buy it there.
A blogger I know named William McGlo has a thriving book publishing business. William has written several books he has published online to create an ongoing source of passive income. He says he averages about 685 books sold per month to bring in an average of $1,857 in revenue. Not bad, huh?
If you think you could write a book people would want to buy, this is a smart strategy to consider since the start-up costs can be minimal and you probably already have a computer table, a computer and word processing software anyway.