Okay, guys! Let’s talk about money. More specifically, making money online. That’s right. The green that makes the world go round can be found from the comfort of your home… or van. This is especially true if you are looking into an alternative lifestyle that you will likely need to fund with a passive income.
We made a huge decision when we chose van life. One of the biggest aspects to consider was money. Giving up a stable income was why we ALMOST didn’t take the plunge. I mean, we both have really good jobs with benefits that give us consistent cash.
Not to mention, my husband has basically started his career that he plans to put on hold to travel full time. Call us crazy, but we’re looking for something different, and we found it in van life. Thankfully, we also found quite a few ways to make money online!
That coupled with major budgeting made the decision for us. Check out how we make our travel budget here!
But you don’t have to sell everything and move into a vehicle to pursue passive income. Maybe you’re looking for a way to supplement so that you can get your business off the ground. Maybe you’re tired of the 9-5, or maybe you just want to find a side hustle to get that new car you so desperately need.
Regardless of the motivation, there are tons and tons of ways to make money online!
That’s why I have compiled 6 ways you can make money without the effort of a forty hour work week. Let’s dive in!
Make Money Online With Stock Photos
Have you noticed all of the photos online? If not, open a new tab and look through your Pinterest feed or the last thing you searched on google. There are pictures galore! They have to come from somewhere… Or should I say, someone!
Do you have some really awesome shots that you captured on your last vacation just taking up space in your phone? Why not upload them to stock photo companies and make a commission off of them?
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to submit stock photos, and you don’t have to have a fancy camera. Bloggers, Instagrammers, and content creators everywhere need images, and you’ve got them!
I think this is especially great if you have an eye for photography. Just snap a quick picture with your Smart Phone and send it off to one of the countless companies that want to pay you for your pictures!
Make Money Online With Ebooks
If you have a hobby like knitting, skateboarding, making films, or basically anything else, you should consider writing an ebook on the subject. Seriously, you only have to write it once and publish it through Amazon Kindle to make recurring money off of it.
I get it. Writing a book seems like a big undertaking, but if you write about something you are passionate about it will come naturally to you.
Think about it this way, if you write anywhere from 500 to 1000 words a day, you could have your Ebook done in less than a month and be making money online before you know it!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Don’t I need an editor, a publicist, or an agent to write a book?” Those are all great questions, but the answer is no.
Unlike an actual novel, you can do things all on your own when writing an ebook. There are so many resources online to get you going in the right direction. For example, I use Grammarly to edit all of my content and school assignments, and I always get feedback about how strong my grammar is! And it’s free.
There are several things to consider when self-publishing your Ebook though, and you can check those out here! Happy writing, guys!
Start a Side Business
Did someone just say Etsy shop? After you have finished your Ebook on knitting, go ahead and start that Etsy shop for all of those adorable scarves that keep piling up.
People make enough passive income to sustain themselves entirely from selling goods and services online, so why shouldn’t you?
The possibilities are basically endless when it comes to what you can accomplish with a good website and a small amount of knowledge about marketing it.
If you are the go-to person for hair and makeup, website development, event planning, or anything else, consider capitalizing on it.
You can even market your goods and services on Facebook, where all of your friends hang out. It takes one good customer experience to build another, and then another.
If you’re planning on selling something physical, then I do recommend Etsy.
Starting an Etsy shop is pretty straight forward. Marketing is a whole different ball game. Don’t let that intimidate you, though. Find out the best strategies to get those goods sold here! Let me know how much money you make online with Etsy!
People make a real passive income from blogging. And I’m not talking about just a choice a few. I am talking hundreds of people are making money by sharing their opinions, advice, reviews, and experiences on blogs all over the world.
This niche is especially popular with stay at home moms, and let me tell you, they are all killing it!
You can too! I will be transparent will you all and call out the obvious. My little baby blog has not made any money yet, but the upside to that is that I am learning with you!
You can blog about anything and everything. Do you love technology? Start a blog about the latest and greatest tech. Are you a mother of four? Start a blog about the challenges and perks of juggling your kiddos and your career, or all of the amazing things that come along with being a stay at home mom!
One of the best resources to learn about everything blog related is Pinterest. Subsequently, it is also the best place to market your blog.
Remember when we talked about starting your own business? Market it with a blog! Better yet market that business with a blog on Pinterest! You can also use your blog to promote that Ebook we were talking about.
It’s pretty obvious that I am an advocate for blogs, but you already know that since you’re reading this on my blog.
Truly though, with all biases aside, blogging is a profitable endeavor if you work hard enough. And I know you can!
Wow. The first time I heard those words I was like… What? The term sounds a little sophisticated and potentially like you need a degree in business to pursue it, but it’s actually super easy!
Affiliate marketing is simply a partnership between your social media platforms and a business that uses those platforms to promote their product or service.
Have you ever seen one of your favorite influencers repping some of their favorite brands? Chances are they’re getting a commission off of that.
There are tons of affiliate marketing programs out there. One of the easiest would be Amazon’s affiliate marketing program. You have the ability to make money online steadily with affiliate marketing.
We use Amazon’s affiliate links for this blog and our YouTube channel!
If you have a strong Instagram, YouTube, or even Facebook following, you should consider signing up for affiliate marketing programs that would love to show your tribe their latest and greatest thing. And you make a profit for every click or purchase made from your site!
I personally think that you should only market products and services that you believe in. Your audience wants the authentic original you, so stick with things you like!
It’s a win-win, really. Check out how to get started here.
Okay, so this one probably requires more work than the others but can be just as lucrative in terms of passive income. Making YouTube videos can be fun, and it’s a great way to document your life or teach others.
My husband Joey and I make videos about our van conversion, and I will say that they take time and effort to produce. On the other hand, it is so rewarding to go back and watch everything we have accomplished so far with our van build.
If you want to check out our YouTube channel, we would greatly appreciate it!
YouTube is the second most popular search engine and plenty of vloggers sustain themselves financially through their videos. It does take time to build up a following, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Some people will tell you that you need state of the art tech to be successful on YouTube, but that’s not the case. Some YouTubers have a huge following from making videos with nothing but their iPhone and earbuds.
The easiest way to make a profit from YouTube would be Google AdSense. Google AdSense will insert ads into your videos from Google and give you a commission depending on views and clicks.
You can also promote any affiliate marketing that you are involved with as well as merchandise or products and services that you provide.
Finding the right passive income for you may take time, but don’t give up! There are so many ways to make money from what you love! Let me know if you have used any of these methods in the comments!
Happy travels, friends!