12 Ways to Make Money Online From Home

– You know money isn’t
the key to happiness, but it doesn’t hurt. Hey everybody, this is Roberto Blake of RobertoBlake.com, helping you create something awesome today. Having a little bit of extra money and being able to monetize
your personal brand or things online is
amazing and it can actually relieve a lot of anxiety and stress. I know it’s made a significant
difference in my life, so today I wanna tell you 12
ways to make money online. If you’ve watched my content before, you know that my preference
is to usually focus on things that I’ve actually done and have experience with, and in this case that’s gonna also be true. I’m gonna be focusing on 12 ways that I’ve either made money online, or services that I’ve paid
for from other people. So it’s literally how
I helped other people make money online because I hired them. So we’re gonna go ahead
and jump into my top 12 ways to make money online. This will be a mix of both passive and active income
activities, so if you’re more interested in ways to make
passive income online, I have a couple of videos about that, I will link to them in the
description down below, and also in the info
card wherever that is, I have no idea, but let’s go ahead and jump into the first
way that I want to help you make money online. One of the first ways I
ever learned to make money online was when I was much younger and I was focused more on
digital art and graphic design, and it was with on print
on demand products. Print on demand products
are pretty straightforward. It’s things like posters
and mugs and tote bags and things like that, that you can put either characters or
artwork or graphics on, typography, those kind of things. And as somebody who had
a background in Photoshop and digital illustration and Adobe, that was a lot of my focus at the time, and I actually was able to make
some decent money doing that with sites like DeviantArt
and Zazzle and Cafe Press. So these are websites
that let you make these print on demand products,
they cost you nothing upfront, and you make what’s called royalties. Royalties are a form of passive income, and again, once you’ve
done the initial work, you continue to reap the
benefits long after that. So making products in
as many of these digital websites as possible is
actually really lucrative. In fact, most YouTubers, myself included, still do that with merchandise. I do that with my create awesome and always be creating
t-shirts, and my other merch. So that’s definitely a route you can go. For that I use Spreadshirt.com
and that is a place where you could actually
do that if you are an online content creator
or a digital artist. So it’s definitely one I’d recommend. Another option is
Teespring, and even Amazon has something called Amazon Merch. So again, these are all places where you can sell things
in terms of print on demand products online, and
it’s just one of the ways you can make money if you
happen to have that skillset. As you guys know, I’m a
creative entrepreneur, so a lot of these are gonna
focus around creative skills, but not all of them will. But this next one does
too, and it’s selling stock artwork and photography. One of the things that
I do constantly for this YouTube channel is I wanna
improve the visual branding and the aesthetics, and what that means is sometimes I have to get stock photography or even stop motion
graphics or stock audio. So there’s a great opportunity
if you are a musician, an illustrator, a
designer, a photographer, to make money from marketers
and content creators who just need more assets for their brand. And so you can sell on
places like Adobe Stock, Can Stock Photo, iStock Photo,
or the Envato Marketplace, or Creative Market. These are all great
websites that will let you sell stock resources to
people who need them, people like me. And so this is one of the
ways that you can make money online. I used to do some of this. I don’t do it as much now,
as I just spend money on it and put money in other people’s pockets. Actually I have a great success story that I wanna tell at
some point about someone in this community who in four months did like $125,000 by selling resources and stock templates in
the Envato Marketplace. I will save that story for later though. Maybe you’re not a creative type like me. That’s okay, tip number
three is for you then. One of the ways you can make money online is by being a virtual assistant. By being a virtual assistant,
you don’t necessarily have to be a great photographer
or a great illustrator or artist, you could actually
be doing some data entry. You could be doing
copywriting, you could be doing any number of tasks. You could be doing social
media, you could be doing productivity, there are so many things that we hire virtual assistants to do. It could be literally
managing someone’s inbox for them, I know that’s
something that causes me stress and anxiety. It could be taking appointments,
it could be scheduling people for podcast interviews. There are so many opportunities
in sites like Upwork for example, to be a virtual assistant and to just take on some of those tasks that a business or an
entrepreneur might need. So I would look into that
and see what skills you have that might be in demand. I know that a lot of people don’t feel that the rates in these
freelance sites are that great, but if you’re needing a few extra bucks or you’re not making any money right now, I don’t see the harm. It’s something that I
go to, to hire out for, so I use Upwork for that,
and I think that for non-creative, skilled
task that there’s actually a really great opportunity there. For creative skills, often
I usually hire people directly as freelancers,
but when I need something that’s not necessarily that
complicated or technical, then I’ll go to a place
like Upwork and I’ll hire somebody to do virtual
work for me remotely, and it works out pretty good. So if you’re somebody who has the skills that might be more technical, or might be something that’s not that involved, then maybe this is a good place for you. Tip number four is
something that just about anybody can do, probably at any age, and that is sell Amazon and eBay stuff. If you go to Amazon and eBay, you can sell used products. If there’s something
that you aren’t using, it’s gathering dust on your bookshelf, you have some old camera equipment that you upgraded from,
you can just sell it on eBay or Amazon and
you can make a few bucks. If you have a hobby that you quit, you quit Magic the
Gathering, you quit Yu-Gi-Oh, you quit Pokemon, guess what? You can sell that stuff
to people who are still in the game, and you can make a few bucks. I did this even throughout
high school and college, and on occasion, whenever
I’m doing spring cleaning, it’s something I still do. So I would just take a look
at selling stuff online with eBay or Amazon, even
Craigslist if that’s your thing, just do it in a public place. Don’t go to people’s houses or anything. And I think that that’s
actually a good way for you guys to be able to make some money and requires no technical skill at all, it just means you have
to be willing to get rid of stuff that you don’t wanna use anymore. The next tip is using the
YouTube partner program. Being a YouTuber is
awesome, and there is an opportunity for you to make
some money online with this, usually in the form of passive income through YouTube ad revenue,
but if you don’t have YouTube ad revenue enabled yet, because it does take having
at least 10,000 views on your channel to do
that, and your content has to be advertiser friendly, then you can make money
off of YouTube Red, which is basically a
pool structure from their subscription model, where
based on watch time, all of us get at least a little something. So you can make some money there. Also, if you have at
least 1,000 subscribers, if you do livestreaming, you can enable what’s called YouTube Super Chat, and through that people
can donate money to you in any amount that they want, and so there’s an opportunity there. I actually do pretty okay
whenever I do a livestream, as far as Super Chats, and so it is a lucrative opportunity. Not everybody gets rich being a YouTuber, not everyone makes a
living being a YouTuber. I make enough money
off of YouTube directly where I guess I could
have a comfortable living. I prefer to build actual businesses, that’s just me though,
and I like diversity of revenue, I like diversity
in a lot of things. I just feel less anxiety that way. So there’s at least three
ways for you to directly make money from YouTube itself, and obviously you can
monetize with other things. So let me give you another
way to make money online that is kind of specific to YouTube, but this’ll work if you’re a podcaster or if you’re on Instagram
or Snapchat as well, and that’s take online sponsorships. Online sponsorships mean you
have to have a little bit of a following in a content
or social media platform, like YouTube, or host a
podcast, or a popular blog, or have a significant
following in Instagram or Snapchat, some
platform where you are an influencer will allow
you to be able to get sponsorship opportunities with brands that want to reach your audience, and you can make a really
decent living on sponsorships. A lot of YouTubers and
Instagram influencers and Snapchat influencers
make their majority of their money in this way. One of the things I recommend you do if you want to make money as an influencer is one, know your numbers cold, know what to ask for,
and maybe put together a media kit of some kind. If you want more advice on this, let me know your questions
about influencer marketing in the comments section, and how to become an influencer, and how
to work with sponsors. I’ve also done a couple of
other videos on the channel specifically about that
if you are interested. If you’re not an influencer,
but you are an expert, there are plenty of ways for
you to make money online, especially if you’re a
practitioner of something that is technical in
nature or very difficult, say social media or marketing, or maybe something in the
computer sciences field. There are a lot of things. It could be anything, even
helping with personal development or health, or fitness, those
kind of things do very well in a lot of areas. Obviously you can write
eBooks and you can sell eBooks online, especially
through Amazon and Kindle, and iBooks. This is a very lucrative opportunity. Andy Weir who wrote The
Martian had to go directly to online Kindle publishing because he was turned down by publishers who said no one would buy the book. And apparently people
wanted to buy the book, in fact so many people
that Miramax then decided to buy the movie rights. So you know, you never
know what happens there. You can go direct to market
and the people will decide, the market will decide. The gatekeepers don’t really
have the power anymore. So I would recommend you do that, there’s also the opportunity
to publish audio books directly to Amazon as
well, and that’s another lucrative way to make money online. In fact, I think technically
you can charge more and get better margins on the audio book than on both the print and the eBook. So just kind of keep in
mind that audio books are performing better than ever. In fact, a lot of my favorite books for building online
businesses or taking care of finances or marketing,
most of those are audio books and I’ll recommend a few of them that might actually help you
down in the description below if you wanna check that out. I’ll also link up to an offer for Audible, where you can get two free eBooks, or sorry, two free audio books, because audio books are what I listen to when I’m traveling, and I just find that that’s more practical for my time than reading the eBook most of the time, or the physical book. So maybe that interests you. One of the books that I’m
definitely gonna recommend you listen to is Crush
It by Gary Vaynerchuk and I’m also gonna recommend
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, these
are probably just two of my favorite books and
they’re the kind of thing that motivates me to, well, work harder than I’ve ever worked. If you’re an expert in
something or a practitioner, another opportunity for
you to make money online is through paid membership groups. This is something that
has been very beneficial for me on multiple levels,
and you can do this in a lot of different ways. I talked about specifically
how to do paid membership groups in a previous video,
you’ll definitely wanna check that out, I’ll link
it up in an info card and in the description down below, but what I used to build
my membership group is a website platform called Kajabi, that is one of the more expensive ones, but I like it for the features, I like it for the ease of use, I like it for the speed,
but there are other options out there like Teachable and Thinkific if you need something that is free. You could also use any of these platforms to develop online courses around the thing that you’re an expert in. I really think that fitness entrepreneurs have a really great opportunity when it comes to developing
both membership groups and online courses, and
it’s definitely something that I think more people should explore. I think it could be great for
a lot of different people, I think that even people
who are experts in coding and web development and app development could help teach a whole
new group of people if they actually pursued
doing it in this way, and I think it’s a great alternative for people who may not be able to afford to go get this information in college or don’t have the patience to hunt through a million YouTube videos. I think that these things
are very practical, and I’ve seen that people
are willing to pay for them. They’re things that even I
have paid for in the past. So that’s just something
that I would recommend you look at as another
way of making money online if you have something that
you’re a practitioner in, or that you feel that you
have a level of expertise in. One of the last things I’ll talk about for the experts out there is, ultimately, you should look at consulting
and online training. I think you should look
at doing potentially free and paid webinars, and
try and use those things, grow your email list, obviously. But I also think paid
one-on-one consulting could be very lucrative for you. Many of you may not realize this, but paid one-on-one coaching consulting is actually one of the
biggest, ultimate parts of my revenue stream in my
online business ventures. It’s probably the thing that I think, more or less consistently every month, probably makes me more
revenue than anything else, whether it’s YouTube advertising, whether it’s sponsor deals,
in terms of a single source of revenue, I think it
outperforms everything. However, it is a harder
thing to be successful at, because you actually
have to be able to prove your results, your body of work, have great recommendations,
have a strong brand behind you, and you have to know
how to price the things that you’re doing appropriately. You also have to be able to put together the right presentation materials, you have to have a system,
and there’s a lot of cost intitally in terms
of what it takes to keep that business up and running. There are a lot of online services and things you have to
do, there’s accounting, there’s invoicing, so it’s
not necessarily for everybody and it may not be practical
for the far majority of you, but I thought it was
important to highlight it because it is an active income stream that is service based, that
is very challenging for some, but very lucrative, and it could be the thing that is best suited
to some of you out there, that will make you the most money. So, just putting it out there. Another great opportunity,
especially for those of you who work from home is
to do online copywriting for publications, and
also for what are called content mills. Essentially these are websites
where you do ghost writing and that one’s not nearly
as lucrative sometimes, but again, if you’re looking
for some extra money, it’s better than zero, and
if you get the opportunity to write for publications that you like and that you enjoy that
fit a niche or a thing that you’re good at, then
it’s actually really good. I have had this kind of relationship with a few great publications,
and it’s done very well for me, and it’s also
helped me with exposure for my own personal
brand, so I think it has multiple benefits to it. I don’t necessarily know
that all of you could make a living at it, but
if your passion is writing, I’m sure you could find a way to do it, and I think beyond writing
for other platforms, I think that blogging and
doing online advertising and building your
personal brand around that could have multiple
opportunities for you to use some of the other ways we
talked about making money and loop it back to your content. I know that there are
several great blogs out there that do six figures in revenue
by doing these methods, so it’s something I would look at. I actually did okay with my blogging stuff in terms of making some ad revenue, the better part of that
later came from doing sponsorship stuff related to that and bundling it with other things. I’m also exploring those
opportunities with my podcast now, so beyond copywriting, I
would say online content creation as a whole has a lot
of different opportunities for you to monetize. One of my favorites is
one of the last things we’ll talk about, which
is affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is
something I’ve managed to do very well across multiple
affiliate websites and deals and platforms. It’s not just Amazon guys,
there are so many opportunities out there for you to
do affiliate marketing. Obviously you know affiliates
that I’ve worked with in the past, you know that
I’ve done affiliate stuff with Bluehost, and Wix, and HostGator, and also with Tube Buddy
and even for the sign up for Kajabi, there’s an
affiliate link down there, and it also gets you
guys 15% off if you wanna build a membership site or
build your online courses there. There’s so many great
affiliate programs out there, there’s ClickBank, there’s
Commission Junction, there’s ShareASale, and
I’m sure there are other websites out there that
have 10 and 20% or better affiliate deals for you. Even with things I’m doing
with future online courses will have affiliate deals,
and so these are opportunities where if you can’t make
a product of your own, or you don’t have the time for that, if you use something and
you wanna review it anyway, and you believe in it, primary example, all of my camera gear,
all of the gear used to make these YouTube videos
and all of my content, it’s linked down in the description below. If any of you want to use
the same gear I’m using to produce the same results I’m getting, then you guys have that opportunity. It costs you nothing extra,
but I get a small commission for that, and that’s great
for everybody involved because it encourages
more people to be honest about what they’re using
and why they use it, and give away a little
bit of their secret sauce, but they’re getting something
compensated in return, and you guys as viewers
are getting to know a little bit of what’s
behind the curtain here. So I think that if you do it well, and you do it from a
place of authenticity, that affiliate marketing
can be great for you guys for making money online. Just don’t pedal crap that
you don’t actually use or actually like. I think that that’s really bad, and that’s scummy, and a lot
of people try to do that, but when I think it works the best is when people know that,
well this is what you use every day for your work or your business or your content, and
so if you’re using it, yeah I kind of wanna use it
because I want similar results. So I think that that’s just the best way to do affiliate marketing. One of the practical
things I would say to do is if you do affiliate marketing, do reviews of what you’re using and then provide some actual use case for how you used it, and I think that that goes a long way to
just demonstrating the thing very well, representing the brand well, and if you’re smart, what you can do is, you can do that and then
you could actually promote or tweet it and let the brands know, and the best part is, maybe
they become a sponsor later. So there’s again, multiple
opportunities here. I think you guys should
explore all of these ways of making money online and see which ones work best for you. Again, me, I do a lot of the things here, I diversify my income, and
that ultimately has proven to be the most successful. I brought up the Amazon Affiliate program, but there’s so many ways
to make money on Amazon and similar to Google AdWords, which also works for YouTube
for the AdSense program, I would say that you
could do Amazon native ads on your content and blogs,
and I would especially look at doing that if you’re a podcaster. The reason is that you can
actually kind of control the CPM rates there a little bit, and that’s actually really interesting, because it helps you kind of determine how much money you can make. You can’t raise it to
something astronomical and expect ads or things to show up, but it actually, I think
actually financially, is better to have Amazon
ads on your website or blog than it is to have Google
ads on your website and blog at this point,
and then I prefer to use obviously Google for the
YouTube advertising side. But between doing affiliate marketing with image based banners from Amazon, and also doing Amazon’s native CPM ads, I think that those are
some of the best ways, if you’re gonna focus on
written content and blogging, for you to make money. I think later you combine that
with some of these methods like I talked about, you
diversify as much as possible, and then I think that’s
what ultimately helps you to get a little bit
more financial freedom, make a little bit of extra money. There’s no overnight success here, there’s no get rich quick. I’m just telling you
the things that I did, and that all of them combined
added up really well, and that there’s something
that you can explore. This stuff doesn’t take a
lot of money to invest in, some of it costs zero to invest in. The main thing is just to educate yourself about as much of it as possible, and I provide you some of that information here on the channel. Anyway guys, I know this was a long one, but I wanted to give you 12 great ways to make money online, and I
wanted to give you some context. I didn’t want this to just be some stupid list video where it’s just, oh do this, do that, with no actual
practical way to apply it and so I hope this was helpful to you. If you still have questions,
definitely let me know in the comments section down below, let me know if you want
more videos like this, let me know if you want
some dedicated videos on how to use some of these
methods of making money online. And so, maybe I can do
those, or do like a tutorial or a walk through. I just wanna see what would
be the most helpful to you, so let me know in the comments section. Remember, I’ve got links
to a lot of the resources I talked about down in
the description below, also some other videos that
might help you link up. Remember if you specifically
wanna focus on passive income, I have a great video about 10
ways to make passive income online, it’s probably
the best performing video on this channel still. Anyway, like this video if you like it. Don’t forget to subscribe. Check out the other awesome
stuff on the channel. As always you guys, thanks
so very much for watching and don’t forget, go out there, create something awesome
today, and maybe it’s something that you’re able to monetize,
get a few extra bucks. Take care. (upbeat music)


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