The 17 (Or So) Revenue Streams I’m Working On Proper Now

What can your aspect hustle make free? That’s what The Facet Hustle Snowball framework tries…

The 17 (Or So) Revenue Streams I’m Working On Proper Now

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17-income-streamsWhat can your aspect hustle make free?

That’s what The Facet Hustle Snowball framework tries to reply.

The concept behind this framework is to slowly erase or get rid of month-to-month bills — beginning together with your smallest bills and dealing your manner up — with new earnings streams.

Many of the earnings streams I’ll share on this submit are usually not large however they’re snowball-worthy, and I believe you should use them to construct momentum towards that final aim of monetary independence.

That is the third replace within the sequence, so take a look at the earlier episodes when you like this format:

(I’m going to observe the snowball framework and roughly go so as from smallest to largest.)

Let’s do it!

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1. Money Again Apps

I like the prospect of incomes or saving cash from issues I already do.

Examples of money again apps you’ll be able to attempt embody:

  • Fetch – Fetch offers you factors for buying and submitting your receipts with the app. You may then use these factors to redeem reward playing cards from taking part shops.
  • Dosh – Dosh offers you money again whenever you store, dine, or e book lodges via the app. You don’t have to current coupons or scan receipts.
  • Ibotta – Ibotta affords money again rewards on grocery gadgets when buying in-store and on-line. The app options over 300 taking part retailers.
  • Pogo – Pogo pays you for sharing your location information and linking your bank card assertion. You may money out by way of Venmo or PayPal.
  • Upside – Upside affords financial savings within the type of money again for filling your tank at partnered fuel stations and as much as 35% again on grocery purchases at taking part shops.
  • Rakuten – Rakuten offers you money again for purchases made via its web site or app. Your money again will likely be credited as soon as the retailer verifies your buy.

There are tons of money again apps and individually, they’re not large. Mixed, although, these apps that pay you again can simply web you $100-$150 a yr for not a number of effort.

2. Fiverr

Sure, I’m nonetheless a vendor on Fiverr and I nonetheless make some gross sales right here and there.

In whole, I’ve earned over $13,000 on Fiverr over the course of virtually a decade. That’s from a mix of e book modifying, doing video web site evaluations, and promoting e-books. The gigs I’ve reside now are nearly completely for ready-to-deliver merchandise so any orders that come via are just about passive earnings within the $10 monthly vary.

Nonetheless, when you’re simply beginning out, Fiverr is a superb place to shortly check completely different affords. If you happen to’re early in your area of interest, goal a key phrase with a good search quantity and provide a service round that.

For extra details about this earnings stream, return and hearken to episode 375 with Mike Zima, a Fiverr professional vendor who developed a fool-proof technique to check out new affords, and episode 479 with Georgia Austin, one other Fiverr professional vendor who did over $500k value of labor via the platform in 2021.

3. Amazon Influencer Program

This one is tremendous new. On the time of this recording, I’m solely 10 days into this. I’ve made $9.50 thus far, however the purpose I deliver it up is it’s in all probability been the best $9.50 I’ve ever made on-line.

The way it works is you first request to join the program. It’s unclear how huge of a “influencer” you need to be to get authorized as a result of they did ask for my social channels and follower stats.

After you get authorized, although, you solely have to create and add brief video product evaluations, that are eligible to be proven on Amazon product pages.

If somebody watches your video and decides to purchase the product, Amazon will credit score you with an affiliate fee for serving to shut the sale.

That’s it! You didn’t must exit and construct a web site, study web optimization, or drive visitors. The client was already on the product web page, searching for perception to assist with their choice.

I don’t know the place that is going however I’m excited to make extra movies to see what occurs.

4. Print on Demand

In 2018, I reported incomes $60-$200 a month from print-on-demand merchandise, largely via Merch by Amazon, with our (my spouse took the lead on this one) finest month bringing in $500.

Sadly, our account acquired shut down final yr for some unknown infraction, so this earnings stream has now been lowered to about $50 monthly, largely via Redbubble.

Redbubble works lots like Merch by Amazon in that you just add a design after which it’s fingers off. The platform prints it onto the product and ships that to the client in your behalf.

What I actually like about this earnings stream is the inventive side of it — developing with a catchprase or humorous saying to placed on the merchandise.

The one irritating factor about this earnings stream is as quickly as you could have a design that sells, copycats nearly instantly flock to it.

You’re additionally on the mercy of someone’s else’s platform so you’ll be able to simply get shut down.

5. Credit score Card Rewards

Whereas this might not be a “true” aspect hustle, taking strategic benefit of bank card rewards is one thing that provides a fabric quantity to our backside line yearly and to our life-style.

After all, this isn’t one thing you are able to do each month. However during the last 12-18 months, I’ve opened enterprise bank card accounts with American Categorical and Bank of America, which gave me $1,100-$1,200 in sign-up bonuses, and a private account with Capital One (value $650 after the annual payment).

So, on a month-to-month foundation, that’s a web advantage of $100-$125 a month.

We’d must do a devoted episode on this earnings stream sooner or later. However for now, I’ll level you to

It is a free information I made on easy methods to get began incomes free cash and rewards from what you’re already spending.

The necessary caveat is you need to be a accountable borrower. If you happen to purchase stuff you don’t want and may’t afford, you’ll wipe out any advantage of this earnings stream.

6. Udemy

Since 2014, I’ve revamped $25,000 on Udemy, a peer-to-peer training platform. The overwhelming majority of that’s from one course on Kindle Publishing.

So far as latest earnings tendencies go, Udemy has averaged round $100 a month for me during the last 12 months. That’s down from $250 a month over 4 years in the past nevertheless it’s sufficient to cowl our month-to-month web expense and my Mint Mobile plan.

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One factor I’ve uncared for on Udemy, although, is the flexibility to message college students with extra instructional content material, like related podcast episodes or weblog articles.

So, what I would do at present is consider Udemy as a possible discovery channel for brand new college students.

Possibly there’s a technique to create a free pattern course on Udemy and drive e mail sign-ups and paid sign-ups from that visitors supply.

7. On-line Course Gross sales

Over the previous few years, I’ve been slowly constructing out my library of on-demand programs, utilizing Teachable as my internet hosting platform.

I’ve three proper now:

Use promo code PODCAST for a particular listener-only low cost on any of these programs.

On the earnings aspect, these programs do okay after I promote them however I don’t do an important job of doing so constantly. Nonetheless, they convey in a pair hundred {dollars} each month.

If a guide outdoors of my enterprise had been to look in, they’d in all probability say that is my largest space of alternative. And I trip on being enthusiastic about that prospect and simply having enjoyable doing all the opposite issues in my enterprise.

8. Digital Product Gross sales

In 2021 and 2022, I created a pair workbooks, and provided these as standalone merchandise on sure e mail opt-in thanks pages, normally with a countdown timer. They promote for $7-$19 apiece and generate about $300-$400 a month.

The best way I’ve this aspect hustle arrange is thru Leadpages. The customer move seems to be like this:

  • The customer clicks on the opt-in provide or lead magnet.
  • They land on a web page with a restricted time provide for a complementary useful resource.
  • Leadpages integrates with Stripe for fee processing.
  • Stripe connects to ActiveCampaign for the file supply.

There’s nonetheless a little bit of optimization and testing that might be achieved right here.

For instance: What are small tweaks that may enhance the conversion price? How can the funnel be higher optimized?

In the end, I believe it might be cool to have the ability to estimate the worth of a brand new e mail subscriber coming in via considered one of these funnels as a result of that means that you can experiment with paid visitors.

9. Self-Publishing – Kindle

The subsequent 3 earnings streams are all self-publishing-related.

The primary one is Amazon Kindle writer royalties.

I nonetheless keep in mind my very first writer royalties from 2012. It was one thing like $46.42 nevertheless it was the good feeling. I used to be now knowledgeable writer!

8 books later and I nonetheless get that thrill with each order.

So, Kindle books are a cool model of digital asset the place you’ll be able to create the product as soon as after which promote it time and again.

For the reason that 2018 earnings streams episode, I’ve added 3 new titles to my portfolio:

The Kindle royalties are sometimes the largest slice of the writer earnings. For me, these have been within the $200-$500 a month vary during the last 12 months.

Plus, Amazon is a big search engine the place persons are searching for assist in your space of experience.

In the event that they’re searching for aspect hustle data, I need to ensure that they discover me and have a low-friction technique to get into the ecosystem.

10. Self-Publishing – Paperbacks

My paperback editions are all print on demand and achieved via Kindle Direct Publishing, which suggests Amazon handles the stock and transport in your behalf.

The hard-copy editions have averaged $150-$200 a month during the last 12 months and I lately handed $80k in lifetime writer royalties on Amazon, which I don’t assume contains the few years of CreateSpace paperbacks early on.

11. Self-Publishing – Audiobooks

That $80k in lifetime writer royalties doesn’t embody audiobook gross sales, both.

I’ve acquired 4 audiobooks in the intervening time, 3 of that are narrated by me.

These audiobooks generate round $150-$200 a month in royalties from Audible.

For self-published authors, I extremely suggest giving readers all 3 codecs to purchase your e book. If you happen to’re solely doing a Kindle model, you’re leaving a number of money on the desk.

12. Different Actual Property Investments

These actual property aspect hustles are available in a couple of completely different flavors for me.

The primary is cash-flowing business actual property via a platform referred to as Fundrise, the place on a regular basis buyers can entry actual property markets and offers that they usually wouldn’t have been in a position to spend money on on their very own.

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I’ve been an investor on Fundrise since 2015 and have added to my place there considerably over time.

Disclosure: I earn referral compensation whenever you sign-up via my hyperlink.

The way it works is Fundrise places your funds right into a diversified and pre-vetted portfolio of business properties — each residential and industrial — and pay dividends primarily based on the efficiency of these properties.

You may begin with as little as $10. The one draw back right here is liquidity, however now you can withdraw your funds quarterly when you want your money again readily available.

The opposite taste of different actual property investments is rehab loans.

I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now via Groundfloor and PeerStreet — platforms that will let you lend cash to actual property flippers for his or her building prices.

They normally have some fairness cushion and have the property as collateral, with minimums as little as $10 on Groundfloor. That manner, you’ll be able to unfold the chance round to many alternative initiatives. Sometimes, you’ll be able to earn 6-10% annualized for doing this.

Lastly, taste #3 is digital actual property investments via corporations like Onfolio and Empire Flippers Capital (now called Webstreet), which purchase, develop, and handle web sites as funding properties.

Digital actual property investments allowed me to take part within the development and money move of different on-line companies with out having to handle or function these myself.

That is one other new addition to the record for the reason that 2018 replace.

If you happen to’re on the Facet Hustle Nation e mail record, you’ve seen these. These are the straightforward textual content hyperlink promotions close to the underside of the e-newsletter.

A few of them are performance-based however most are flat-fee placements. Thus far, this earnings stream has added round $1,000-$2,000 a month to my backside line.

I promote many of those sponsorships straight however others come via platforms like Paved and Swapstack.

General, this appears promising and hopefully will proceed to develop as my subscriber base grows.

14. YouTube Advertisements

YouTube adverts have generated nearly $10k during the last 12 months.

My YouTube technique at the moment consists of:

  • Publishing podcast episodes as movies – YouTube is usually a nice search and discovery platform for podcasters. If I can have outstanding key phrases in my video titles and ship useful content material about these key phrases, I’ve an opportunity to be found.
  • Creating YouTube-first content material – I’ve an assistant slice up the podcast movies we now have to make YouTube Shorts — vertical movies which might be 60 seconds or much less in size. These are additionally repurposed to TikTok.
  • Creating movies from weblog posts – Some folks discover movies extra participating than weblog posts, and nice content material in a video format could be shared throughout many platforms, together with YouTube and different social media channels.

Although YouTube is large, it nonetheless seems like an untapped ocean to me. I’ve acquired some mates incomes $1,000 a day from Youtube Advertisements so I do know there’s a number of room to develop right here.

The attention-grabbing factor right here too is the comparatively lengthy shelf lifetime of movies. If a video is on an evergreen subject and ranks in YouTube’s search, it might rack up views and income for years.

And that’s actually cool — the thought of making these evergreen digital belongings that may pay dividends for a very long time.

15. Dividend Investing

I’ve slowly been constructing what I name my cash-flow portfolio, primarily via Fidelity and Betterment.

Turning into a dividend investor years in the past was one thing that helped me get off the sidelines and begin investing constantly as a result of I’m all the time the one who thinks that as quickly as he invests cash, the market goes to tank.

However investing in strong corporations for money move slightly than hoping and betting on share worth appreciation has helped me get within the sport. And the way I take a look at it’s beginning small — setting incremental dividend money move targets.

For instance, there’s an article on Go Curry Cracker titled “‘Free’ Coffee For Life.” The punchline was when you spend $20 per week or $20 a month at Starbucks, right here’s how a lot Starbucks inventory it is advisable to personal to make that behavior free.

I’ve achieved this with a number of completely different corporations and maintain including to that portfolio to erase ongoing bills with dividends. And it doesn’t must be one for one, i.e., particular person corporations as a result of there are dividend development funds and ETFs you should purchase as properly.

Clearly, a 3-4% dividend yield doesn’t appear tremendous thrilling. However over time, I’ve constructed up this earnings stream to 1000’s of {dollars} a yr.

This might not be essentially the most tax environment friendly technique, however you need to do what will get you excited.

If no different earnings got here in throughout the month, we may in all probability reside on the sponsorship earnings alone.

That wasn’t the case for the primary 3 to 4 years of this present, although. Podcasting for me was a sport of persistence nevertheless it has been actually rewarding each monetarily and personally. I simply get a kick out of studying about folks’s entrepreneurial tales and sharing them.

However sponsorships are only one manner that podcasts can generate profits.

When you’ve got a present of your personal, take a look at episode 503 for 12 methods to monetize your podcast.

17. Affiliate Advertising

Internet affiliate marketing is how I acquired my begin on-line in 2004. And whereas the strategies have actually modified since then, internet affiliate marketing nonetheless represents a big chunk of my month-to-month earnings.

That is one thing I’ve positively gotten higher at over time, partly by being attentive to what’s working for different enterprise homeowners and partly by simply studying and actually leaning into web optimization.

Affiliate Advertising on the Weblog

If you happen to scroll via website, you’ll see a lot of posts which might be monetized with affiliate hyperlinks.

One instance could be my useful record of the most effective Udemy programs, which I initially revealed in 2016. Since then, that submit has earned over $40,000.

One other instance is my free course on bank card rewards. It comprises a ton of helpful content material, and when you join a brand new card via my affiliate hyperlink, I’ll earn a fee.

Affiliate Advertising on the Podcast

Internet affiliate marketing works on the podcast as properly.

In episode 441, for instance, Brad Rice talked about what a Salesforce guide’s life and profession trajectory can appear like and invited listeners to study extra via a free 5-Day Salesforce Problem.

Throughout or after that problem, Brad presents the complete Talent Stacker program. If somebody decides it’s a match for them and joins, I’ll earn a fee.

In one other episode, Charlie William talked about his aspect hustle flipping books on Amazon and talked about the e book scanning app that he used. I regarded it up, joined its associates program, and added my affiliate hyperlink to the present notes. It’s generated $200 a month constantly since then.

Now, internet affiliate marketing comes with drawbacks that you just ought to pay attention to, corresponding to:

  • You’re making solely a chunk of the sale, not the entire thing.
  • You’re sending somebody off your web site, so you need to belief that individual or firm to handle your folks and ship on their guarantees.
  • Your commissions may get lower at any time, the corporate may drop you altogether, or they might merely shut down their associates program.

What Revenue Streams Have Disappeared From the Checklist?

Now, you could be curious in regards to the earnings streams which have disappeared from the record since 2018. Right here’s a rundown of these:

1. Freelancing and Consulting

Just a few years in the past, I did a good quantity of freelance e book modifying and writing. A few shoppers even paid me to recruit digital assistants for them., a by-the-minute consulting website, was on my 2018 record. However I’ve solely had 3 calls during the last 2 years.

2. Teaching Packages and Mastermind Teams

These have been on pause for a few years now.

However I’m not against doing one thing alongside the traces of what Natalie Eckdahl shared in episode 269 sooner or later, i.e., teams which might be impactful for individuals and worthwhile for me when it comes to organizing, internet hosting, and moderating.

3. Show Advertisements

One other potential earnings stream that’s lacking from this record is show adverts.

I do know of web sites with comparable ranges of visitors to Facet Hustle Nation incomes a whole bunch of {dollars} a day in show adverts. However I’ve all the time been hesitant to muddle up the location and probably decelerate the person expertise when it comes to load occasions.

There are positively pages that get a good quantity of visitors however don’t do a lot for the underside line. Possibly show adverts can convert a few of that visitors into income.

A Ultimate Notice

There’s solely so many hours in a day, so it’s all about focusing and pulling the subsequent proper lever.

Bear in mind the focusing query from The ONE Factor: What’s the ONE Factor I can do proper now such that by doing it every thing else will likely be simpler or pointless?

I nonetheless imagine that counting on one supply of earnings long-term is inherently dangerous, particularly if that single earnings supply is a job.

However whenever you’re constructing your aspect hustle: Merely first, diversify second. Decide one, decide to it, and take motion.

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