I hope you are enjoying your summer. The weather continues to be pleasant and not unbearably hot, like many summers. I am a cool weather person myself so I am very happy this year. It will soon be August and time to think about Fall. I guess I am just about recovered from last Christmas, haha! In June when "six months till Christmas" was announced I was SO not ready to think about it. People in business probably think about it all the time because it is the best money making time of the year. Well, I have A BUNCH of things to tell you about today, so lets get started! :-)
We all wish there was an easy road to success and there are some, but it takes a combination of hard work and luck to get there. We all hope that we will find it right away and be able to relax for the rest of our lives, but more often than not it takes years of study, research, and trial and error to reach that golden shore of financial freedom. It is different for everyone. I have one friend who is making it big on E-bay and another who is a top 31 Consultant. I haven't found my financial niche yet, but the harder I work and the more things I try the sooner I will reach that point. The important thing is to KEEP TRYING!!!! The only one who can stop you is you!
As I said in my last post I am planning to add several new blogs to my efforts in a month. I want to make videos to go with them and really give it my all. It takes time to learn all the ins and outs of online marketing and all the techniques, but keep working at it! I will link you to my new blogs when I get them up! :-)
Membership Clubs! This could be a GREAT way to have a steady income IF you have something really good to offer. I saw in a craft catalog they offered several membership clubs. They had a project of the month club for knitting, a Christmas ornament of the month club, and a craft of the month club. I recently discovered that there are bunches of children's membership clubs, book of the month, DVD of the month, sticker of the month, skirt of the month, hair bow of the month, toy of the month, craft of the month, gift of the month, why there is even a monthly membership club for pets, Paw Pac. Just think if you had five or six of these going and got a lot of members you would do quite well. Don't forget online Membership clubs. You can have different levels of membership using the software, Wishlist.
I recently saw a video about an author who earns $3,000 per month selling e-books on Kindle. That sounds like one AMAZING way to make a living and I hope this will be my niche! Complete artistic freedom sounds wonderful and here is a little video that explains the process of publishing your Kindle e-book.
If you want to give direct sales a try without breaking the bank I suggest you give Kitsy Lane and Keaton Row a try. These do not have a TON of requirements and supplies you will need to purchase. Basically, you only need to make a sale once every six months to remain active. The only thing to consider is that you probably should buy some of the product yourself to help advertise to your friends. So you will need to plan on buying a few items. Going into business is never 100% free, but from all the research I have done these seem to have the least requirements.
Have you ever thought of teaching English as a second language? That might be a good job if you are already an English speaker. American TESOL Institute You can take their course and get lifetime job placement service! Sounds pretty cool! If you want to travel this will be ideal for you and if not you can still find jobs in the US and online. You could offer personal lessons on Fiverr or teach on GoFluent or Verbal Planet.
I'm going to try New England Crafters and Tiny Details in September and it will be AWESOME if they turn out to be decent money makers. One word of warning though is that these companies make tiny crafts like jewelry and dollhouse miniatures on a one to twelve inch scale. So if you are not used to working with tiny objects doing these crafts might be difficult.
Update on the GPT and survey sites! I have ruled out surveys because they take too much time, you rarely qualify, and I resent all the personal questions they ask. So bye, bye, surveys! As for the GPT sites I don't have time to work on them. I keep up with the e-mails and things on Inbox Dollars and Send Earnings and I have over $30 on my combined accounts, but since I have four part time jobs and I am trying to write books and make movies in my spare time there is never enough time to go to the sites and work on any of the tasks. I still think Fusion Cash, Swagbucks, and Amazon Mechanical Turk are good sites, but I just don't have the time. If I was unemployed I am sure I would have the time to put in to them, but I just don't.
As a writer I do not want to write articles for other people and give out all my good information. I would rather write a book on the subject myself and keep the rights to all the information I have gathered. So ruling out article writing, reviews are left. The reason Review Stream appeals to me is that it says they pay anywhere from $1 to $6 for each review plus a little bit for traffic. This sounds REALLY good to me so you should check that one out. Shvoong is a site where you write reviews of any published literary work. I think the pay is only revenue on ads, but its reviews so you could give it a try. After all, reviews of specific product are not likely something you will be publishing a book on yourself.
Now you could build your own business up piece by piece. Education is a good one. You could start by uploading teaching videos to Youtube, then write a book and a course. It will almost be like your own correspondence school. You could make one of your membership sites a school! The same goes for building up a manufacturing and sales business. Start out on E-bay and Etsy and then sell products on your own website. You can even start a direct sales company with a team of consultants and affiliates to help sell your products.
I hope I've given you some good ideas for continuing down that path to financial freedom!
~ Adele :-)