Skye Schooley is an Arizona native, based in New York City. After receiving a business communication degree from Arizona State University, she spent nearly three years living in four states and backpacking through 16 countries. During her travels, Skye began her blog, which you can find at www.skyeschooley.com. She finally settled down in the northeast, writing for Business.com and Business News Daily. She primarily contributes articles about business technology and the workplace, and reviews remote PC access software and collection agencies.
I support bootlegging – I don’t see it as being immoral or unethical in any way. I used to bootleg quite a bit in my youth, and I still do on occasion today (although not yet today in particular, I more meant “in the present”). If you want to hustle for your money, do what you must, baby. Download some software, music, movies, or other assorted digital goodness here and start slangin. It’s not an easy life, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
No matter what you do to make money online, promote it on your social media accounts. You have a base of people who are already interested in you and have a vested interest in your brand – why would you not want to take advantage of that? By promoting yourself and your projects on your social media accounts, you’re greatly increasing the chances of people actually giving you money in exchange for your goods and services. Stop being shy and get out there.
Maybe what you need is a job. It doesn’t matter which job search site you prefer using (even Craigslist) – Indeed tracks them all, and then some. You can find jobs posted on company websites, through temp agencies, and more at Indeed. If money is something you really need, Indeed is most definitely the place you want to visit to browse career opportunities.
If you have a propensity for writing and you can slay with your prose, consider writing an ebook. While the market has certainly become saturated as of late, books that help teach people about a technical topic still sell extremely well. This is a great source of passive income but does require a large amount of effort at the outset before any money is generated.
I support bootlegging – I don’t see it as being immoral or unethical in any way. I used to bootleg quite a bit in my youth, and I still do on occasion today (although not yet today in particular, I more meant “in the present”). If you want to hustle for your money, do what you must, baby. Download some software, music, movies, or other assorted digital goodness here and start slangin. It’s not an easy life, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Don’t worry, the process of building a website has been simplified so much with the Internet that it only takes 30 seconds to have your website up and running. It’s obviously going to be empty until you add content to it, but if you typed the website address into your browser you would arrive at a real, live website that is all yours to do whatever you want with.


Great article. I’m a former algebra and financial literacy teacher. Do you think there’s a market for teaching a financial literacy system to students online? Homeschool possibly? I could also do algebra or pre-algebra topics? Any thoughts of where to start? I have the content ready, just not sure which topic would be better and more profitable. I do get excited about teaching financial literacy more!
What It Pays: Though it varies widely by company, you'll likely be paid per post or hourly. Factors that could increase or decrease the pay scale include word count, research, interviewing an expert, and more. Many freelancers are full-time, but if you're looking for a side-hustle to make some weekend money, this is a great option too. According to Pay Scale, the average salary for a freelance writer is about $24/hr.

No matter what method you choose to make money online, understand that you might be able to make some money fast, but for the sizable returns, you'll need significant sweat equity. However, a year from now, you'll be happy you started today. Remember, time is far more valuable than money. Focus on creating passive income streams that will free up your time so that you can quit the rat race and focus on the things that matter. 
If you hate the idea of writing you can always outsource that work to somebody else. But writing great content for an affiliate site really isn’t that difficult. It just takes a bit of practice, and once you see those first commission checks you’ll be up writing articles for your site before work, during your lunch break, and when you should be sound asleep in bed.

Hey Mahesh, I did a quick Google search and didn’t see any lyrics in the results page. So, they don’t appear for everyone. However, it is an incredibly competitive field that will be difficult to break into. If you want to pursue it, I would advise you to niche it down further. For example, concentrate on a certain genre like metal, dancehall, or similar. Yet, I could also imagine that it would make more sense to change your focus to something else.
Congratulations to you and Greg! How exciting for the both of you! I certainly know from your success and others that you can make a great living on the internet. Most people think it happens overnight, which like everything, does not. It takes time and effort. You and Greg have worked so hard to get this to place and I’m so proud of you both! And while I don’t blame you for not sharing your income reports, it does make it me sad to hear that people were upset by your success. I’m not. I’m happy for you!
What It Is: Students in countries including Japan, Korea, France and Germany are looking for English speakers to practice with. Sessions focus on things like making professional small talk or running a meeting (trainers are provided with specifics on how to teach each topic, and are also trained themselves for two days before starting the job). Lessons take place either over the phone or on a live Internet video service like Skype — sometimes at night, because you're working with students in different time zones. You need to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week at consistent times, and can work as many as 35 hours.
Photos of people can only be sold for commercial use if they've signed a 'model release' that gives you permission to use their image (children need a parent/guardian to sign). Without a release, these photos can still be sold for editorial use, as long as they were taken in a public place – eg, if you submitted a 'breaking news' shot with people in the background. If there's any doubt, always ask permission.
As internet-based businesses go, affiliate marketing has huge income potential. And as mentioned earlier, once it’s set up properly the income from it can be almost 100% passive.  In fact, this is how I quit my job originally.  I built lots of little niche sites that eventually were bringing in income of over $10,000 a month!  So, I say “Adios!” to my day job and I’ve never looked back.
I’m so happy for you and also for Greg for being able to leave his “day job” and join you in your endeavors. I would never be never be critical of someone’s success and unfortunately, feel there is a real class war raging in this country, promoted by our current presidential administration. I guess you could count me in as one of your nosy readers, because as someone who doesn’t blog, I know very little about income opportunities that are created due to blogging. During New York Fashion Week, last week, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about fashion bloggers making money by being affiliated with certain fashion labels or stores and receiving income each time a person clicks on their links, which I imagine is just one way you can earn money with this type of blog as well. I don’t mind that in the least. As long as what you write is honest, I am happy to receive the opinion of someone I THINK might be similar to me in values. So Holly and Greg, dismiss the naysayers and don’t worry if you lose a so-called friend here or there. If they choose to no longer associate with you because of this, it is their loss. My best wishes to you both.

I’ve read a few of your posts now and I am thoroughly enjoying your blog! 🙂 I find it absolutely ridiculous when people target those who share their income reports. It’s like they don’t get how inspiring and encouraging those of us who are trying to become even somewhat successful working on a blog find them! I don’t like that attitude of “because you make more then me, you should be hated and punished!”
I want to say congratulations and THANK YOU. Thank you for sharing what you are doing. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for saying EFF THEM to the haters. It is such an inspiration to see people do what they enjoy and make a living from it. I guess some people simply do not understand this concept or just have a jealous heart because they don’t know how to do it or think that it is possible for them. *cheers to another year of earnings*
If you have a flair for sales copy you could try your hand at selling products for affiliates. While many people take the seedy route of selling diet pills and penis enlargement products, if you want to keep your conscience clear you’ll find that Amazon runs a very successful affiliate program that allows you to make money advertising any of the products for sale on their site. eBay also have a pretty good affiliate setup, with their top affiliates earning $1.3 Million a month, WOW!
Fiverr is one of the biggest providers in the gig economy on the web and you can sell a wide variety of services and products through this medium. Do the research and find out what you can offer. However, keep in mind that like any other money-making task, it takes time to succeed here. And stellar reviews will help you generate more and more income over time.
You can use your marketing skills to show business owners the benefits of using analytics data, strategic keywords and content structure to gain more organic web traffic. If you are unfamiliar with SEO or want to brush up on your digital marketing skills, you can reference Moz's Beginner's Guide to SEO. Keep in mind that Google's algorithms are always changing, so SEO is something you will need to continue your education on to stay relevant and successful in this field.

If that approach doesn’t interest you then head over to Google Trends and look for a trending topic. Ideally this will be something you find interesting, but that’s not an absolute requirement here. Then create a piece of content on that same topic, sign up for a free WordPress account and post it there. Voila – you now have one “clip” for your writing portfolio.
Thanks for this post, it means a lot and is very encouraging! I started a blog for gaming, crafts, and philosophy. It’s been slow going, but seeing this post only helps encourage me in what I’m doing. Sure it’s a lot of unpaid time now, but I’m building content, connections, and quality. I really enjoy writing and designing its content, and I know that if I work hard enough and provide enough value to my readers, I can turn it into my full-time job!
Take good pictures. Some of the options below don’t require you to actually take the picture and sell the product, but for the ones that do, make sure you take a clear picture that makes your product stand out from the others.  If you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, set up a small “studio-like” area in your home with a backdrop and proper lighting to really make your pictures come across as professional. And of course, you’ll want a good camera too.
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