How To Earn Money Online In Your Spare Time
Working from home sounds like a glamorous life. It’s not. It requires discipline, self-motivation and a plan. You might not be interested in having a part or full-time career from home, maybe you would like to earn some pocket money.
For many years I supplemented the family income doing things from home that earned “pocket money”. It doesn’t seem like a lot of money each week, but often I would earn enough to cover Car Rego every six months or a night out for dinner once or twice a month.
I know a lot of women crave returning to work even though we are already doing enough raising kids at home. Technically we earn an income as a stay at home mum because going back to work often mean daycare fees, travel to work etc swallow up your whole income.
Everybody Owns A Smartphone Or A Camera
These days everybody owns a smartphone or a camera. You can put this to work for you while you are living your life. It doesn’t require a lot and I have given you a few ideas how to make this work for you.
Earn Money Writing Reviews & Travel Articles
WeekendNotes payments are much the same as RecipeYum for your articles. There are extended opportunities by writing for WeekendNotes which you will find out about if you give it a try. The better quality the review, the more likely you will receive a one-off bonus amount ($5-$10)
If you have zero experience writing, do not worry. Weekend Notes has a community vibe and although writing quality is appreciated, so is your valuable opinion of a place you have visited. It could be a local coffee shop, markets, playground or a theatre. You can write about any destination!
So when you snap a photo for your facebook remember, you could be making that photo work for you with a short (or long) review. My experience with WeekendNotes has been nothing but valuable and it gives me the opportunity to write about things I love without the pressure of creating an article that has expectations of a Journalist.
This is a great article title “Why Arent You Writing For Weekend Notes?” which puts some further points to readers about the benefits of writing about your travels.
Earn Money When You Cook!
If you prepare a lot of food at home take images of your cooking. RecipeYum is a site which pays you for your articles. Payment is in proportion to the number of people who read your articles. Basically how it works is for every viewer you will receive approx 1 cent.
This may not seem like a lot. But if you publish a Recipe today and you receive 40 viewers per day this equals approx $120 per year. If your recipe is a quality written article RecipeYum will also pay a bonus one-off award amounts ($5 – $10)
So, Imagine if you contributed 15 Recipes? You could be looking at $1800 per year. Articles can be hit and miss, occasionally an Article or Recipe will not gain traction and you may only earn a few dollars each month.
Tip: Make variations of your Recipes. For example, If I made Apricot balls I would use some of the last of the mixture to make a variation with other ingredients for another recipe which I could submit elsewhere or use later down the track.
Tip: You can get tips on how to photograph your food HERE
Source Bottle is a service that business, journalists and bloggers use to find leads. The benefits of joining Source Bottle even if you are none of these is the opportunity to be a “Paid” lead. For example, a major magazine may put a call out for someone to discuss what it’s like experiencing a certain event.
The event could be a major illness, divorce, co-parenting, losing a friend, an accident – There are so many things that I see call outs for on Source Bottle. If you check your Source Bottle newsletter a few times a week you will find occasionally some of these leads are paid to discuss the topic.
An example is Take 5 Magazine who pay up to $2000 if your story fits their call out. It could be something as simple as “Have you found love on a Dating Site” for a Valentines Day article. Some sources will not require you to offer pictures and names – it’s your choice the limit you want to put on your privacy.
VLOG Content On Youtube
This is another way you can make money – but be warned it’s not a lot. Long term it adds up and could be treated as passive income. A lot of people think they are not creative or talented enough for YouTube. When looking at making a small amount of passive income you only need to get views, you may not want to build a brand. This is about pocket money.
Video your experiences and use a Video App to edit them into a short VLOG of your trip. I do more complex videos because I have a brand, but for passive income, I make sure I upload my creative videos to youtube even if I don’t plan on writing about the destination.
Here is an EXAMPLE I did for this article to show you that Videos do not need to be complicated to pick up some income. This is a video I would have shot regardless of YouTube, I simply used an app to make the footage more creative. You won’t make a lot of money simply posting videos, you are playing the long game when it comes to Youtube.
Money In The Form Of Products
Below are websites you can take advantage of to receive products for your contributions. Products don’t pay the bills, but there have been plenty of times I have received things that I would normally buy for my children or as gifts for people.
Build A Small Social Media Presence – Money In The Form Of Products
If you love to take photos & post them on Social Media you can make this work for you. Open an Instagram & Facebook account and link them. It is up to you how much work you put into this and what you want out of it.
To gain followers you will need to post consistently and use the relevant hashtags. Something vital to Instagram is to answer your follower’s question. So if you are into “Budget Baking” for instance, you could consistently post your cheap meals, solving other SAHM budget cooking issues.
If you are into Fashion you can post about current trends, bargain prices, brands you have discovered – slowly attracting other people who are also into Fashion. You then become attractive to brands who are offering free samples and discounts. You can take advantage of an app called “Tribe” if you move up to an influencer level on Instagram ($5000 + Followers as a general rule, but opportunities are available before then)
Having a small – medium social media presence gives you better leverage when you apply to review items. An example is a Carseat I recently reviewed over $300 RRP for Mums Lounge. When you apply for a review you can pitch your social media presence and your writing experience.
If the review board who chooses participants can see you already have a small – medium social media presence this tells them a few things.
- You are experienced at public posts, less editing required
- You take reasonably good photos with a decent smartphone or camera
- You have some followers you can also share the product with
- You have presented products before, even if it’s just because you like them
Reviews don’t require you to share the products with your own followers, but marketing firms often see long term, you probably will end up with the review product in a photo even if it’s not on purpose. For example, I do a lot of review work for WAHU so of course photos as the beach will end up with Wahu products in them.
Mouths Of Mums – Money In The Form Of Products
This is one I’m reluctant to add because MOMS requires a LOT of contributions to earn a prize. I will give you some tips on this below.
Mouths Of Mums works on rewarding their “Top” contributors each month. Prizes are as high as $500. I am a former contributor, the list time I actively contributed the monthly prize was a $300 coffee machine.
How To Make Mouths Of Mums This Work For You
Keep all of your photos of arts, crafts, baking etc. Create articles using a word doc and save them all up. Once you do have around 70 articles, submit them all within ONE month. If you can only create 20 recipes a month, you will not even get a runners up prize.
But if you save all of your things up and submit them in a larger amount – you will reach the top of the ladder. Keep all of your articles basic. There is no need to put a huge amount of effort into wording as they are instructional pieces.
There are many many ways you can earn money online, these are the avenues I have trialled out more recently. If you would like to see some other ideas which require selling products in small amounts please visit HERE.