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How to create an extra income from home and where to start.

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You’ve thought about it, how nice it would be to earn some extra money from home every month. That alone is enough to get most people started, however, is it really that easy?

Make no mistake, making money from home is not the easiest thing in the world to get up and running. There are hundreds if not thousands of articles out there giving you ideas about side hustles or ‘how to make money in your sleep’. The issue is that a lot (not all) of them make it sound easy.

I admit I am no expert in side hustles, however, what I am is honest, so here are some of my thoughts about the subject and my recommendations on where to start.

How to get started earning money from home.

Before you even contemplate creating an extra income from home and how much you could make, you need to sit down and have a good think about what your side hustle is going to be.

What is your passion?

  • Photography
  • Technology
  • Finance
  • Investing
  • Gaming
  • Etc

What form is it going to take?

  • A Blog
  • A Youtube channel
  • An Amazon business
  • Affiliate marketing for other sellers (too many options to link here)

With so many options out there it can be tough to choose. This is where you need to have a good look inside, at yourself (as much as we all hate doing that) and decide which is best for you.

What is your passion?

Before you start building your vessel for making money from home, you need to find something that you are passionate about. In the world of content creation, you’ve likely heard it many times before,

Content is king!

This is not to say you need to get as much out there as possible. Content needs to be valid and useful to someone. That could come in the form of entertainment or information, again, that depends on you and what you decide to do.

Find your niche or specialization.

Are you good at and passionate about photography? If so maybe look at selling your photos on sites like SmugMug, Shutterstock or iStock.

make money from home selling photos online
Sell stock photos

Enjoy technology? have a think about creating a blog or youtube channel covering tech reviews. You can see from a quick search that there are already a lot of people doing it and doing rather well, why not you.

make money from home creating content

Have a flair for marketing? Maybe Affiliate marketing is an option. It is something that a lot of people (including myself) have gotten in to. Most are happy if it earns enough to cover costs, however, some have taken it to another level and are earning big bucks, just marketing other peoples goods or services.

Are you a Gamer? Console or pc, I don’t judge. Consider streaming your gaming on Twitch or Youtube. Twitch enables you to get sponsorships if you have enough followers whilst with Youtube, you can advertise and look for donations (eventually).

make money from home with Youtube

These are just a few examples of ways you could look at earning some extra money from home. With so many opportunities out there, if you have a long enough think, you will find something that you enjoy which can make you money in some way.

Be passionate

No matter what avenue you go down when it comes to the actual content itself, passion is something that shines through.

Whether you are working as a freelancer on an outsourcing site such as Fiver or creating content for a blog or youtube channel. If you are not passionate about the subject then that will show.

People are not stupid. If you are doing something purely for the financial gain, it will show in your work. If you do it for long enough, this is going to damage your reputation and lose you business/followers.

In short, know what you’re doing, love what you’re doing and that will shine through.

Looking forward

looking forward

So we’ve found an idea, something that you’re passionate about and something that you’re interested/knowledgable in. We’ve decided on how you’re going to get it out there, Youtube, Blog, etc.

Now what?

The whole point of this was to get you thinking about the ‘What’ and understand how important it is. The old saying

‘You’ve got to crawl before you can walk and you have to walk before you can run’

sums this up nicely.

Concentrate on the content or what you want to deliver and you will generally find that the how finds you.

If you are thinking of starting a website or blog, check out my article on Bluehost Web Hosting.

In future articles, we will look at how to set up some of these ventures but for now, I hope this has gotten you thinking.

Earning extra money from home is something that anyone can do, just remember that it will not happen overnight and like any good thing, it will take time and effort.

A huge amount of us have full-time jobs and families to take care of, just remember that this should be as much a hobby and a passion as it is an extra income stream.

I have a Blog series covering how to start a Blog. If you are interested in finding out the best way of going about it, follow the links below.

Here’s to you, best of luck with whatever venture you decide on.