It’s not the sort of online money making opportunity that’s covered in glory, but everyone needs a set of eyes to make sure the numbers add up at the end of the year. Every business and most individuals need someone to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. The Income Tax School provides an array of training programs that'll certify you with tax prep in as little as 10 weeks, and once tax season rolls around you'll be able to charge an average of $229 per return as a freelance tax preparer with this side business idea, reports CNBC.
Therefore, the system is a form of affiliate marketing. Even though you do not have to set up any business platform like some internet marketing places, you will be required to pay a $47 fee to purchase the program. You also required having a computer and an internet connection if you plan on trying to make this thing work. Seems like common sense but I just want to make it clear because it has been asked.
Similar to a YouTube vlogger, if you have a large following on Instagram then you could become an Instagram Influencer. You will be paid to promote products in your photos, from wearing certain clothes to action shots of you using particular merchandise. As your Instagram following grows, you may start out simply receiving freebies in return for a picture of you with the item in the shot. However, for those with followings running into millions, you can expect large payments to display products in your pictures. Use sites like Hype Factory to help connect you with companies prepared to pay for your influence.
If you get stuck at any point along the way or have any questions, use Google or your own experimenting to figure out a solution. This will help you out a lot more than simply getting an answer from me and will help you develop the most important skill for any entrepreneur: problem solving. Every single problem you will encounter has been encountered by lots of people before you and there will be documentation online on how to solve it (plus additional information so you fully understand why the solution works). My background is in Finance and I had never built a website until after I graduated from college; everything I've learned I've learned through Google. Use it to your advantage!
At one point he shows the Youtuber Casey Neistat as an example, not a lot of people know him as an affiliate marketer but John does make a good point of showing that he actually is. There was one moment here though that got my attention. That was when he said that the link to Beme (he pronounced it wrong) in the video description was an affiliate link to a product Casey was promoting. He said that Casey would make a buck or two if you downloaded it but I know that Beme was actually a fully fledged technology start up Casey co-founded that used millions of dollars of investor money. It’s not an affiliate product Casey was promoting for a “buck or two”. This just shows the confidence John has to sometime’s spout out stuff he knows absolutely nothing about.
Re-selling web hosting will enable you to make money hosting your own client’s websites. Large hosting companies like HostGator allow you to white label their hosting services. You could start your own hosting business or, if you are a web designer, include hosting into your web design packages. And the best of it is the hosting companies take care of the hosting for you, so all you need to worry about is selling.
Now if you were to go it alone & try to figure things out yourself with paid ads then I’d definitely 100% recommend against it… But that’s where John Crestani’s Super Affiliate System comes into play as not only is he himself a paid ads expert, but he’s teamed up with 2 others to create the course (Tim Burd & Ronnie Sandlin) so the concept is that they’ll be able to help you avoid the pitfalls & see success from the off.

2. InboxDollars – InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks, since you’re going to be taking surveys, shopping, etc., so if you want to maximize your return, sign up with both websites. They also offer a search engine that pays you (like Swagbucks) and you get $5 just for signing up.  I won’t continue to list survey sites one after another down the list, but if you want to get paid to take surveys, also check out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys and Survey Club.


It’s true, you can absolutely make money online fast. Many others have done it. Take, for example, the guy who started the website ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com. He started that site in January of 2014 and the site went viral on social media shortly after launch. He made 10’s of thousands of dollars, then sold the site for $700,000 just a few short months later. 

Now you’ve got many different options to start earning online. If you saw something that really interests you, try it out and learn more about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time income online, you need to be dedicated to learning how to do what you want to do. There are tons of free resources out there. You just have to search for them!
Your CTA should be the catalyst from a good sales page. However, sometimes a simple landing page with just the CTA can also work out pretty well. The best way to do is to test what works for your audience. After testing, don’t be afraid to change your text. This along with writing a marketing copy for your course could take a while. Your call-to-action can always be improved and provide better conversions at a later time.
No website (or Facebook fan page, etc.) is complete until it has a sign up form to collect email addresses (otherwise, you’re leaving money on the table). Every business in the world should have an email list, as well as a newsletter they send out on a regular basis. No matter what kind of online website you have (business website, personal blog, etc.), get a sign up form on there and start collecting emails immediately (even if you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re going to do with that mailing list yet). One of the most common regrets of anyone with an online presence is “not having started collecting emails sooner.”
It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how much people love t-shirts. And with the right niche, marketing, and tools, you can create an online t-shirt business that makes you extra money online while you sleep. (Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who've done just that.) Services like TeeSpring make it easier than ever to create a t-shirt drop-shipping business where they handle the sales, printing, and shipping, and you’re only responsible for design and marketing. Or you can even buy into well-established franchise businesses like Rhea Lana that sell fashionable, affordable kids clothing and get the backing of a proven organization to fuel your online sales. For more tips, check out this simple guide to launching and marketing an online clothing store by my friends over at Selz.
When creating a membership site, always offer different plans and pricing tiers to appeal to your different categories of audience. Access to specific types of content is then dependent on the plan selected by a member. Membership fees can be a one-off payment or a repeat subscription. And you can even sell products on your membership site to boost your income.
Blogging is something that requires patience, persistence and discipline. It may mean writing everyday for over a year before you really start to see any money from it. There are exceptions to the rule, but from my dealings with other bloggers, it seems to be pretty common to spend one or even two years building your blog, your brand and your authority, before making any serious amount of money.
A good sales page should have a heading at the beginning of it with large and bold text that gives visitors an idea of what they will find on your page. For a course sales page, using just the title of the course won’t suffice. A better approach would be to briefly state significant benefits that the potential learner can receive when joining the course.
Join a startup accelerator: Another great option is to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, 500 startups, or TechStars, where a group of investors will help coach you, connect you with potential partners, and provide startup cash in return for a small stake in your company. The competition is tough to get into these, so don’t rely on them as your only path forward.
As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things.
Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).
If you have graphic design skills then you could make money online by creating and selling your own design elements, like templates, fonts, graphics, and other assets. This is a great way to earn extra money and build up a portfolio of work, which could lead to you picking up freelance graphic design jobs. Websites like Envato Elements pay you a fee per element sold, which can become quite profitable if your work is popular.
Hi Derek, thank you for this very uplifting blog post. There are particularly two points that went straight to my mind- no 4. Why you should NEVER worry about “not being expert enough”. That’s my problem. I have been doing SEO and digital marketing for great brands for the last 8 years (with really good results), but there is always that thought- “I could be better!” “There are so many reputable experts”. “Am I good enough?” I hate the doubt so much! It’s good to know that I am not alone in this thinking, so I have to change that! And then no 5. I think it is also about the fact that we like to be guided. Free information out there can be a bit overwhelming and chaotic, whilst a designed and nicely structured course is easier to digest! Thank you for this post, it took my worries away (at least a little bit;)

There is a lot you can do with social media to bring more traffic and get more sales, and more specifically on Facebook. For example, you can connect your Facebook Ads with your LearnWorlds to easily track the ROI of your social media campaigns. This can be done by linking your Facebook Pixel to your LearnWorlds school and creating your first retargeting campaign.
Some subjects are much better paid than others, so although you may love the idea of writing about travel (badly paid) a better bet would be a niche like finance (much higher rates of pay). Check out the Pro Blogger job board for high paid freelance writing jobs – other places to look might be Textbroker or you can look at the “gigs” section on Craigslist.

Launch jacking today is extremely saturated with people who are either reviewing a product that hasn’t even come out yet (in other words, they’re just repeating the sales copy), or from insiders who get early access to the product. The problem with being an ‘insider’, is that the privilege is only given to those who hype the product. If you become known for giving unbiased reviews (saying anything that could hurt sales), product creators will stop giving you early access to their products. So to remain in the circle, you have to sacrifice honesty… or at the very least walk a fine line.
Consistency is more important than anything else when it comes to youtube. The challenge is for most people just starting out they’re not too much of an expert on anything so you’ll have more difficult time coming up with content ideas. Also what if you don’t wanna be on camera? Do you need youtube to succeed online? No you do not, John is just showing you all the different ways to earn affiliate commission. Just know that making 10 videos will not be enough, you need to really work at it for at least 6 months to a year before you’ll start to see some traction. Not to mention other intangibles like having some sort of charisma on camera.
When you see a student getting stuck into an activity or haven’t finished a course, reach out to them. A personal email to identify the reason someone hasn’t completed your course can give you insights on what you can improve, and an opportunity to personally help someone achieve their goal and converting them into a loyal customer who will get back for more!
Normally you’ll be asked to test a few websites by visiting them and to document and record your reactions and thoughts as you go through it. It’s really easy to get set up making extra money online by testing websites. All you need to do is sign up to the following services: UserTesting.com, Userlytics, TryMyUI, Userfeel, TestingTime (UK only), or Side Income Jobs.

There are quite literally hundreds of clever ways to make money online. From taking online surveys, to renting or selling your old clothes, flipping your iPhone to someone in a different country, and even buying low-cost products locally, just to resell them for a higher price on Amazon. There’s truly no shortage of unique ways to make money online.
Inside a course called Wealthy Affiliate there is a public blog for students enrolled and 5 times now when doing competitor research for my other niche sites I have been able to see that their public blogs link them to various extremely profitable websites. It’s not a get rich quick scheme but I would say that it is a solid choice for beginners with a vibrant active community and I would be happy to recommend it to friends & family.
To be successful with any of these training courses and careers — you need to put in a lot of hard work! Success is not going to happen overnight and to be blunt, it's not always going to be easy. But if you're willing to put in the effort, complete the lessons, and work all the way through the course — you can be successful. If you're looking for an “easy way out” this list is not for you.
Merch by Amazon is another service offered by Amazon that will enable you to make money online without any initial outlay. To get started you need to create an account with Merch by Amazon. Then simply design some T-shirt logos or slogans, and upload them to your Merch account. You will need to choose a T-shirt type, color, and price, and Amazon will create product pages for each T-shirt. When someone makes a purchase, Amazon takes care of production and shipping. And you are paid a royalty for your design.

derek, thank you! I have already created a language course and now i need to put the videos and pdfs up online and sell it….can you give us some direction about what platforms to use to host the course? Should i use a course builder by someone else? custom create a website? and for paid courses, how do you keep multiple people from downloading or viewing what one person paid for (sharing)? I appreciate your guidance.


If you follow Wealthy Affiliate’s free training you’ll learn how to create a website that naturally attracts daily, free traffic. Once you have a website with traffic there’s a whole variety of ways you can monetise it. RevGlue is just one of many advertising platforms you can partner with to earn money by putting ads in your site. MediaVine and Google Ads are better known ad platforms.
If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Instash, Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.

Then once you’ve got your domain name and hosting sorted out, it’s time to pick a CMS, or Content Management System, that will let you update pages, build your blog and integrate with all the other services you need. It’s hard to go wrong with WordPress—the CMS powering close to a quarter of the internet. Keep in mind that eventually as you start growing traffic to your blog, you'll be wise to invest in a managed WordPress hosting plan from a company with great service like Kinsta, where all of the settings are custom-tailored and optimized to work particularly well with WordPress-powered websites.
At one point he shows the Youtuber Casey Neistat as an example, not a lot of people know him as an affiliate marketer but John does make a good point of showing that he actually is. There was one moment here though that got my attention. That was when he said that the link to Beme (he pronounced it wrong) in the video description was an affiliate link to a product Casey was promoting. He said that Casey would make a buck or two if you downloaded it but I know that Beme was actually a fully fledged technology start up Casey co-founded that used millions of dollars of investor money. It’s not an affiliate product Casey was promoting for a “buck or two”. This just shows the confidence John has to sometime’s spout out stuff he knows absolutely nothing about.
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