Regardless of your professional experience and level of education, I bet you have a set of unique skills and capabilities that others don’t. Perhaps somebody is even a little jealous of your virtuoso guitar skills, fabulous dance moves, coding knowledge or the way you managed to master Chinese within a relatively short period of time. Simply put – all of us have that little something that could be turned into euros (or dollars, if you wish). Blogs and the internet as a whole has opened so many opportunities for entrepreneurial people to be paid for their knowledge and creativity; we’ve come a long way, and technologies have enabled us sharing knowledge (and therefore earning) easier than ever. Scroll the list & pick your options - there are plenty of amazing ways to make money using the skills you already have!
Whether you are sharing your knowledge teaching people through webinar, Skype or teaching platform, teaching can be both personally and financially rewarding. Selling your knowledge teaching is one of the simplest ways to earn and have fun at the same time. Let it be marketing trick or a DIY assistance in gardening, you can share your content and teach your skills via Kajabi. Users of the company have sold content for over $350 million and made knowledge available for millions of people around the Earth. The platform allows you to set up online courses and monetize the content. Yet another platform that allows you to do the same is Udemy. Via the platform you can either earn 97% of the suggested amount (3% is kept for payment processing fee) or 50%, if Udemy promotes your course. Majority of courses, however, are free of charge.
2. Provide Consultations
A “brother” alternative to teaching and providing other people with your knowledge off-line could be to become a “teacher on demand”. By providing consulting services you can earn some side income as well. Platforms like Clarity, PrestoExperts and SmallBizAdvice allow you to work from home and earn money giving advice or providing consulting services online. While you will rehearse your knowledge and will have to assist people whenever needed, you will be rewarded both mentally and financially.
3. Host Webinars
Earning extra cash using a live video option is yet another opportunity to make some side money. ClickMeeting is a great webinar hosting platform that allows you to earn while sharing your expertise online. If you can teach it… you can earn it!
4. Create New Content
Xomba is one of the popular and well-known platforms where you can earn money by employing your writing skills. The platforms allows you to creates 5 different types of articles – a blog, bookmark, list, recipe and a review. By creating a piece on the platform you contribute to the shared network of independent websites. Beware that the platform takes around 50% of your revenue (Xomba shares a 50/50 split) since it’s an AdSense revenue-sharing site.
5. Reuse Old Content
Well, what can I say… Writing pays off, for sure! If you are eliminating writing for your extra-income earning options you might be overlooking a quick and easy way to earn. If you re-purpose your (already existing) content, add small bits and pieces and market it wisely you can turn it into an e-book which will serve you as a steady source of income for quite a while. Amazon is definitely the dominant platform for e-books, whereas iBooks is popular alternative to Amazon.
6. Answer Questions
If you have some free time, you should consider an option of generating additional income by… answering some questions! JustAnswer is a platform where people can ask questions from a number of categories (health, legal, medical, taxes, computer etc.) and get answers from certified professionals. Long story short – if you happen to be a professional, you can earn money answering questions relating your field! Also, if you are not an expert but happen to know one, you can earn $50 Amazon gift card for each referral.
Becoming an affiliate isn’t overly difficult: all you have to do is register on an affiliate network site such as Avangate, Amazon or Clickmeter, fill out an application form, become a member and pick affiliate programs that interest you. Once you’ve chosen the affiliate programs, the merchants review your website and (if they find it interesting) they will provide you with affiliate links that you will use in your content to sell. Even though amount of money you earn per action is normally quite small, over time, especially as you progress in your viewership, it can generate a nice amount.
The above list is just a sample of activities that you can start to generate an extra income using your existing skills. There are hundreds, if not thousands of opportunities online where you can deploy your knowledge and turn SKILLS into SAVINGS. Good luck doing that!