There Are Ways to Earn Without Typing a Single Word
As someone who has been a work at home mom since 2000, I am constantly amazed that people do not believe that I am actually earning money online. I pay for several of our regular bills from my online income, yet I still have friends whose eyes roll up when I talk about "work". To them, work means leaving the house and going to a job that causes them stress, as well as some occasional joy.
Recently I was sharing with my cousin, who is a high school teacher, what my husband and I do to earn money on the internet. She was amazed, as she never heard of these kinds of opportunities before. I shared with her my online income streams, which include:
Writing on Content Sites
My own websites and blogs
My Kindle books
Affiliate marketing (Amazon, Commission Junction, Linkshare, Viglink, Zazzle)
My husband takes online surveys (and makes thousands of dollars a year doing this)
Many people are looking for a way to earn additional income without putting in any additional work. Sorry to say, those kinds of jobs do not exist (but if they do, please let me know!)
Earning money from home is one way to increase your income without having to give up your day job. Like my cousin, when people discover my “secret online career” as a writer, they are quite surprised.
But many people do not want to write or feel that they are not capable of writing. Can you earn money online without writing a single word?
Yes, you can. Here is how.
Beyond eBay-Other Place to Sell Your Wares
There are many people who make a living on eBay because they have what people want and they willing to look for more items to list. I was an eBay seller for ten years before I stopped, and I will occasionally list a few things if I find it is worth my time.
Selling items on Craig’s List will also bring you cash and help you get rid of larger items that are too heavy to ship.
Another way to sell items that you have is to list them on private Facebook groups. If you are a collector, chances are there is a group that sells the items you are seeking or wish to get rid of. This is like eBay without the fees. I wrote about how I sell Girl Scout badges in Girl Scout groups and am always on the lookout for these when I am in thrift store, yard sale or an online sale at Council shops.
A different kind of Facebook selling group to use is the local yard sale groups. Maybe you have some furniture or fragile items that you are not interested in shipping. Local areas have groups that have online yard sales via Facebook. Our local township has safety areas for these kinds of transactions in the lobby of our municipal building, as well as in the parking lot. Cameras are set up so that everyone knows they are being recorded. If you wish to use this method, always bring another person with you.
Find Goodies to Sell at Thrift Stores
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Artists Can Make Money Online
My older daughter is studying to be an elementary school teacher. The two pieces of advice I gave her were to marry rich or set up another line of income. Since she is too young to get married, she began to make designs and upload them to Zazzle.
She did not have a lot of success on that platform, so she decided to try Redbubble. It took some time, but she is now earning hundreds of dollars a month on her designs! It helped that she had a large group of friends start buying her artwork on stickers to help support her.
When other students on college campuses saw the stickers, they asked her friends where they bought them. They passed on my daughter's information and now her friends send her pictures of random strangers’ laptops that are covered in her artwork!
Even my younger daughter has followed in her big sister’s footsteps and has sold some of her artwork on Rebubble-and these were real sales from people in other states and countries, not family buying her designs.
Earn Money With Coupon Groups
While Extreme Couponing is no longer on television, the movement it started is still red hot. No matter what the news says, there are many people who are still struggling to make ends meet.
There are many Facebook groups devoted to couponing and clearance sales. In fact, many of these groups are store specific. For example, I belong to the Couponing at CVS Group, Couponing at Walgreens and Target Clearance group, to name just a few.
These wonderful shoppers post their deals and break them down so you can do them as well. While some people stockpile for themselves or donate them to charity, others buy in bulk to resell at yard sales and flea markets. You are making money online by not spending any of yours, you are getting a tax write-off for your donation, or you are making cash by selling your goods. It is all good!
Use This Guide Along With Your Online Groups
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While there are other legitimate ways that you can earn money online without writing articles, these are the ones that my family and I do to fund our lives and earn some extra cash.