It is definitely a lot smaller than eBay in terms of membership size, but this is one of the things that make Etsy special.
The best thing about Etsy is that the people who visit this website are divided into two groups
those who explores the listings in hope of finding something special, and
those who know exactly what they need (supplies for jewelry making, or sewing patterns, etc.)
The buyers at Etsy are not looking for mass-produced stuff. They know that the marketplace features thousands of artsy, creative people from glass-blowing artists, painters, pottery masters, and so on.
If this is the first time you’ve joined an online marketplace, Etsy won’t make you feel like a total beginner.
Instead, you can quickly set-up your listing, payment options, shipping details, and other store elements without CSS or coding knowledge.
A community of helpful folk
Etsy has a reliable customer support.
Plus, the site also has an active forum, where many sellers and buyers alike hang out.
Selling on Etsy Cons
The main reason why people get turned off by Etsy is that it still adds two kinds of fees on every listing (listing charge and finale sale fee).
Unfortunately, there’s no going around these fees.
Branding and standing out on Etsy can be hard when you’re starting out. This is because the listings look exactly the same – there are no customization options available.
The only way to get a bit of an edge over your competition is to take gorgeous product photos and produce eye-catchy graphic design.
Interestingly, Etsy and eBay are such opposites that I bet you’d be able to decide, even before you finish reading this comprehensive comparison.
I recommend you go with eBay if you’re planning to sell mass-produced, low-priced items that you can buy cheap and sell high.
If you’re going to sell one-of-a-kind handmade products or vintage items, Etsy is definitely the marketplace for you.
You can also sell items on both marketplaces, if you wish. But it means fees will multiple as well.
Do know that both platforms have copycats that will steal your idea, product images, and even product description word-per-word. Once a product begins selling like hotcakes, get ready for other sellers replicating your listings.
Now that we’re all on Instagram all day and buying stuff we’ve seen on there and even shopping right there on the app, I’m sure you’d like to know how to make money on Instagram instead of spending money on it.
When Instagram launched in 2010, it was a simple photo-sharing app. Without the noise and fluff on Facebook, Instagram was a respite, only featuring visual content. Eventually, it expanded into a video-sharing app as well, with users initially being allowed to upload a 15-second video, increased to 60-second videos, then Instagram Stories for shorter, expiring content was introduced, then IGTV for longer videos.
By 2020, Instagram sees over a billion active users monthly, with 500 million users daily logging in and actively engaging on the platform.
Obviously, the demand is there, and marketers, brands, and companies willing to ride the wave will be there too.
So how do people as young as 13-year-olds make money on Instagram?
Let me explain the tried-and-tested income-generating methods for you, and give you real-life examples and success stories for each one.
How to Make Money on Instagram: 8 Ideas to Try
Before we dive in, I just want to refute a point that you might have encountered when reading about making money on Instagram.
Don’t believe anyone who says you can make money on Instagram WITHOUT followers.
You’d need customers to buy what you’re selling—whether you’re selling an idea, information, or an actual product.
The first four methods below can be used by Instagram users who are just starting out, while the last four money-making methods are best for influencer-level users.
1. Affiliate Marketing
In traditional affiliate marketing, you’d need to set up a website and promote products on multiple platforms in hopes of getting a commission if one or more people click on the link you posted and buy at the third-party website.
To make money on Instagram via affiliate marketing, you only need your Instagram account and accounts on various platforms like Amazon, Clickbank, Skimlinks, Shopstyle, Shopify, and others.
Probably one of the most popular affiliate marketing tools for Instagram comes from rewardStyle, a members-only affiliate network with only a 10% acceptance rate.
What makes rewardStyle amazing is the invention of its LIKEtoKNOW.it tool.
With LIKEtoKNOW.it, followers of your Instagram account can just “like” your post and they’ll be e-mailed details of your outfit, products included in the shot your posted, and so on.
The photo featured a close-up of your makeup-perfect face with a pair of gorgeous earrings.
A follower likes your post.
If that follower also has LIKEtoKNOW.it installed on their phones when they liked your post, they’ll receive an email with links directing them to where they can buy the earrings and all the makeup products you used.
If this follower buys from when they clicked the link, you get paid a commission from the sale.
Imagine how much money you can earn from Instagram if you have thousands of people stalking the things you wear, use, or feature via LIKEtoKNOW.it.
Dropshipping is similar to affiliate marketing, in that you don’t have to manufacture or buy stocks of products to sell them and make a profit from selling them.
Here is what happens with dropshipping:
Choose a product that you know people will buy.
Make a deal with a dropship supplier, such as AliExpress, that sells that product.
You promote a product on Instagram and direct it to your store. Note that if you use Instagram Business, you can integrate it with Shopify seamlessly.
When an Instagram follower buys that product on your store, the dropship supplier will handle processing, shipping, and post-sale customer service on your behalf.
You earn either a pre-discussed flat fee or a percentage of the sale as commission.
At that time, Arnold had about 22k followers and decided to put all his Instagram photos for sale on the eve of his 34th birthday. He priced a 4×6 print of any of his Instagram images for $150, even if he hasn’t really sold any of his images professionally.
24 hours after announcing the sale, he has sold $15k worth of prints and extended the sale.
Learn all about hashtags. Mastering hashtags is the secret to reaching the right audience for your products.
Or you can also visit Instaprints to buy or sell images.
4. Create Masks and Filters for Instagram Stories.
Back when Instagram Stories were introduced, skeptics thought it was a mere Snapchat knockoff and wouldn’t last.
Today, over 500 million users watch or create Instagram Stories every day.
Because there’s a time limit on these stories, users who see them are highly engaged.
Businesses see this as an opportunity to engage their target audience through Instagram masks and filters.
They usually hire graphic artists to do this for them, but many brands also work with Instagram influencers who specialize in Instagram masks and filters.
5. Sponsorship: Earn Money Promoting other Brand’s Products
This is the most common way to get paid for your Instagram posts.
Companies can make a deal to sponsor a few posts on your Instagram feed to market their product to your followers. In most cases, companies give an Instagram influencer control over how the sponsored post looks, feels and sounds like.
Sponsorship can be pitched by the Instagram influencer, or submitted by companies. You can actively search for brands with the help of tools like TapInfluence or Ifluenz.
The important thing is you disclose to your followers that a post is sponsored and follow FTC guidelines.
You can mix the brick-and-mortar retail business with the modern magic of Instagram by selling your own products and promoting them online.
If you have thousands upon thousands of followers who just can’t get enough of what you’re selling, then you can get paid for Instagram posts through product sales.
There are a ton of “slime famous” Instagrammers out there, but you can’t look away from the creations of Theresa Nguyen (rad slime). Her 1 million followers definitely can’t.
Her mesmerizing slime videos lead to about $500 sales from slime each week.
Nguyen started this only in 2017 (she was 13 then), and her online store continues to sell out every time she uploads new slime.
8. Teach Others Instagram Marketing
Many people make money on Instagram not by selling products, but by providing useful information. Long-term experience as an influencer is a must.
Your Instagram feed can be your résumé as proof of your marketing prowess and communication skills.
As a travel blogger like Veera Papinoja, a huge chunk of her Instagram income comes from consulting for companies and other organizations. She makes around €500 to €2,000 every month to maintain Instagram accounts of other companies.
Veera also does training and lectures about successful Instagram marketing on the side. She takes home somewhere between €500 and €10,000 a month from these side gigs.
How to Become an Instagram Influencer
Out of all the social media platforms today, Instagram has the highest engagement rate.
Companies know this and have included Instagram into their marketing efforts.
And why shouldn’t they?
If you have at least 2,000 to 15,000 followers, fall under a trusted niche, create eye-catching content, and have a loyal audience who trusts your judgment, here are the steps to take to become a full-time Instagram influencer:
So, how do you cash in on the opportunity to make money (and more) as an Instagram influencer?
1. Grow (the quality of) your Instagram following.
Companies have gotten pickier about the caliber of Instagram influencers they’re willing to work with.
It’s not unheard of for current brand requirements to include a minimum of 100K followers and/or 1K likes per post.
Before you get discouraged, consider that many brands are also looking for a certain type of audience, regardless of the actual number of followers.
For example, if you have only 1,000 followers, but they are top-level hospital health professionals, then a company like Johnson & Johnson might be very interested in talking with you.
In light of this information, you should consider cultivating your audience to reflect a specific interest, such as beauty, travel, health, etc.
Post photos that cater to just one or two subject areas and follow influencers who do likewise.
If you repost, like, or comment on their photos, those influencers are likely going to do the same for you.
Their followers may then notice you, and then you’ll get more followers that are interested and engaged in your content.
2. Create example campaigns.
Just as you would do an unpaid internship at a company you were hoping to get hired for, you could create example campaigns on Instagram to showcase your social media talents.
Consider generating a series of photos around something that interests you, such as healthy eating.
Then, follow businesses that are also focused on this topic.
You can learn which businesses are into healthy eating by doing a hashtag search using Instagram’s search bar. Instagram will then provide you with content that uses that hashtag.
As you post your photos, use the hashtags that your targeted businesses and audiences are using.
3. Complete your profile.
Businesses and companies can’t contact you if they don’t know who you are.
Be sure to complete your Instagram profile and add your name, a phone number, a web address, Facebook page URL, etc.
You may wish to add some information about your geographic location too, especially if you are generating content about travel.
Use your Instagram profile as a mini-résumé and list your experience in the topic of your interest.
Maybe you’ve been in the food business for a few years and that’s why you started a healthy eating-themed Instagram account. Or maybe you’ve been running marathons and are trying to incorporate better eating habits into your active lifestyle.
4. Reach out to marketing agencies.
To increase your chances of being selected as an influencer, you should sign up with as many social media marketing agencies as you can find.
A good selection of these agencies focus on Instagram; two examples include Instabrand and Hashmeta.
Why should you partner up with marketing agencies?
Because some companies, especially big companies, will not bother to manually research, contact, and negotiate with individual influencers.
They either don’t have the time or would rather expedite the process using third-party mediators who can choose appropriate influencers.
Having said that…
5. Reach out to individual companies and businesses.
Smaller companies and businesses typically do not have the budget to work with agencies.
That doesn’t mean that they don’t have the budget to work with individuals, however, and this is one of the best chances you have at seeing how to make money on Instagram.
Consider reaching out to smaller operations with a proposal package that includes a set number of Instagram promoted posts, blog posts, and comments on fellow influencer sites.
You might easily score a work contract for several hundred dollars compared with three times that amount for a standard agency’s deal—as noted by this business owner’s comment on Ecommerce University:
6. Keep track of your followers.
As you grow your audience and followers, keep tabs on who these followers represent.
Companies will first follow you to learn about how popular you are and how relevant your content is to their goals.
Only after learning these facts will those businesses reach out to you.
So, if you know ahead of time who they are, you can channel your energies on specific products, trends, etc. that they are also focused on.
How do you earn money on Instagram?
Anyone can join, become an influencer, and make money on Instagram.
You don’t even have to follow the footsteps of the Kardashians when it comes to the number of your followers, or look like a Victoria’s Secret model to get paid for Instagram posts.
Brands and marketers prefer to work with micro-influencers (those with less than 10k followers) instead of macro-influencers (celebrities/famous people with over 10k followers) because followers of micro-influencers trust their recommendations more.
Even regular people like me and you can take Instagram for a spin and try your luck earning life-changing cash with the platform.
Have you been paid to gram yet? What ways are you making money? Share them with us in the comments!
There are internships, part-time jobs, and sleep studies that actually encourage you to shut your eyes for hours at a time…
…and receive cash by the end of your “shift.”
Interesting concept, but why is there a need?
Well, the majority of these sleep studies help develop and discover treatment options for sleep-related problems.
Mattress companies, health app developers, wearable fitness tracker manufacturers, and the like have studied and tracked people’s sleep habits in the past.
Hospitals even have entire departments dedicated to figuring out how to tackle sleep problems.
What’s cool is that these studies are currently happening in the US as we speak.
And you can get hired even if you don’t have sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), or other sleep-related problems.
Opportunities may be rare, but they’re out there.
Read on to learn all you need to need to know to make money in your sleep.
How to Participate in Sleep Studies
To get paid to join sleep studies, you first need to check if there are available trials locally. Check for studies here (search “sleep” and choose your location, then filter out your age, gender, and other criteria).
You’re going to see a few studies, but there’s a good chance you won’t qualify for all of them.
However, you can increase your acceptance chances if you read the study’s criteria and pick those you’re eligible for.
Sleep studies look for volunteers within a specific age range, weight, or sometimes gender.
In some cases, you should also have sleep apnea or other specific medical requirements to participate in the study.
Make sure you know what you’re signing up for before sending an application. Learn the duration of in-hospital periods, payment terms, and other details.
Of course, you have to be honest with your answers (don’t even consider making up a sleep problem just to get paid to sleep).
You can send your applications remotely and then visit the facility in the latter part of the process.
What to Expect Once You Land a Spot in a Paid Sleep Study
If you’re accepted to the study, you don’t just begin sleeping at the facility. You still have to complete several tests and interviews, including:
A physical exam – this involves the typical cup-peeing and blood-sampling tests
A psychological exam – a test or interview so doctors can determine if you can handle the stress involved in the study
Other sleep-related exams – to confirm your sleep problems and identify the severity
While there isn’t any actual sleeping just yet, you’d be pleased to know that you will still be paid for your time just by completing the final assessment phase.
After passing the exams, you’ll be given several assignments to complete.
This may include wearing a fitness device to track your activity, listing down food intake throughout the duration of your trial, keeping a sleep log, or other types of documentation that the study requires.
In most cases, you’ll be assigned a contact person who will tell you everything you need to know and remind you about these requirements. They will see you through the study and work with you so you don’t get kicked out of the trials.
What Happens During the Sleep Study
Once you start the actual study, you can’t expect to get a full night’s sleep with your comfortable pillows and sheets.
Here are 3 reasons why you might have some trouble sleeping:
1. Medical devices
Be prepared for a couple of needles throughout the trial.
You will definitely get paid to sleep, but be aware that most participants are required to wear an IV, electrodes, rectal thermometer, and other medical devices in some parts of the study.
Bedpans may also be needed, since some phases of the study may require you to maintain a constant position.
2. Challenging sleep requirements
Aside from the IV and other medical devices you must wear, you might also be required to maintain a specific posture while sleeping.
This can be challenging since we’re all used to our own sleeping positions, and changing it overnight can lead to sleepless nights.
Don’t worry though, because you’ll be given all the details of the study before you begin.
So if sitting in the same spot for several hours is something you can’t do, you’d have the chance to back out before trial begins.
Can’t stand a few hours without your phone? How about not knowing the actual time?
As a participant in sleep studies, you’ll be cut off from the outside world.
This means no internet, no phone, no laptops, and even no clock.
In most cases, you won’t even have windows to know if it’s daytime or nighttime.
During the study, the doctors will only tell you what you need to know. They’re in charge of telling you if it’s night or day throughout the study’s observation period.
Depending on the details you’ve signed up for, sleep studies held in a facility may be as short as a couple of days to as long as a month. Most long-term studies are done half at the facility and half at the volunteer’s own homes.
Other Ways to Get Paid to Sleep
If you’re not a fan of being isolated or poked by needles, you can get a job as a mattress tester instead.
There are no strict rules here; your responsibilities include sleeping on a prototype mattress and filling out a feedback form or creating your own report to assess the comfort level of the mattress.
Aside from mattresses, other things you might be hired to test include blankets, pillows, comforters, and other sleep products.
It may sound like it’s not a real job, but it actually exists.
Where to Find Mattress Tester Jobs
The first website you should look at is FlexJobs, where they’ve carefully vetted the companies who list open positions.
If you aren’t successful in finding a job from FlexJobs, you can compile a list of mattress companies yourself through an internet search and initiate contact with them.
How Much Can You Earn From Sleeping?
Now that I’ve tacked the downsides of sleep studies, let’s discuss the benefits and amount of cash you can earn:
APPLICATION STAGE: During the application, exams, interviews, and overall assessment, participants are paid either a daily wage or per-task basis for their time. Every task completed ranges from $25 and $100.
AFTER THE TRIAL: Payment for medical studies average around $6,000 for a 5-day to a week-long study, while a 30-day study can go from $10k or higher. NASA’s sleep program is always in demand because it offers a whopping $19k for participating for 70 days.
If you’re going to be paid on a daily basis, know that $150/day is the average amount paid to participants if trials are conducted physically at the lab.
The type of study also affects how much you’ll get paid to sleep.
Make sure to discuss payment, payment breakdown, and other money-related issues before you begin with the sleep study.
You should know if your payment will be taxed, when you’ll be paid, and how you’ll be paid.
Mattress testers, on the other hand, get paid $17 per hour on average.
Almost all of them required you to opt-in or at the very least give up your email address.
I’ve narrowed down the list a bit to find a bunch of free stuff on your birthday without signing up for anything.
Companies that offer these birthday freebies without the need to sign up are relying on good karma.
In theory, people who have good experiences with a particular brand tend to remember its name and in turn, either intentionally or unintentionally choose these brands when shopping, dining, or just going out.
Birthday Freebies: FREE Admission to Attractions
If you’re asking yourself: “What can I get for free on my birthday?” Your best bet it to filter your search by location.
Many museums, zoos, parks and other local attractions open their doors to birthday celebrants free of charge. You do have to double-check and call the place you wish to go to first, just to be sure.
In most cases, you only have to prove that it’s your birthday (an I.D. will do, if your birthday is printed on it).
You may also have to prove that you’re a local… so if you can bring anything proof of billing, postal ID, or any other document that shows you live nearby, then bring it with you.
All-You-Can-Use Birthday Coupons
Many businesses need your e-mail addresses, personal info, or membership for future marketing.
They use birthday freebies into luring people to sign-up.
And it works.
The upside to this is that you’ll never run out of birthday coupons.
Even if you don’t want to sign-up to claim a birthday gift or freebie, there’s a good chance that you’ve already signed up to a couple of them in the past.
If your birthday is coming up, check all your e-mails for birthday coupons by doing a search for “birthday” and print out those you like best. Check your spam folder. You might see treasures there, too!
Most companies send birthday coupons weeks or a month before your actual birthday, so you can begin hunting for good birthday freebies ahead of your birthday.
20 Birthday Freebies (Without Signing up for Anything)
The following establishments give you free birthday gifts just for visiting their store on your birthday (or sometimes, even within your birth month).
The most common requirement is that you have to flash your ID before you can claim your free food, drinks, dessert, or even a lively birthday song from the crew.
Freebie: Get a free drink of your choice (except for bottled drinks)
How to Claim: The Dunkin Donuts website states that in order to claim your free birthday beverage, you should be a DD Rewards card holder. However, many Dunkin Donuts branches give out free birthday drinks just with an ID.
How to Claim: The Firehouse Subs website states that you’ll have to sign up to the Rewards club, but many fans of this company report that they were able to claim their birthday freebies just by showing their IDs.
Freebie: Get a regular entree of your choice (up to an $18 value) and free fried ice cream. You can even get a free picture with their huge sombrero to commemorate your celebration there, as long as you provide a camera for the picture-taking.
How to Claim: You must visit Iguana Mia on your actual birth date and present an ID or birth certificate.
Freebie: Get a chocolate espresso cake on the house.
How to Claim: If you’re dining at the Capital Grille on your birthday, you can claim your dessert as long as you bring your ID exactly on your birthday. The birthday freebie comes with meal purchase, so prepare to eat here as well.
Freebie: Choose from a New York cheesecake, chocolate overload cake, or 5-piece mini churros snack. Sometimes, the freebie depends on your local branch.
How to Claim: There’s no sign-up required, but you have to visit the Jack in the Box website and print out the birthday coupon. Once you’re in a Jack in the Box location, show your ID as proof and claim your birthday freebies.
How to Claim: If you’re looking for a bar to spend your birthday at, check out this New York-based bar. If you’re lucky and you share your birthday with one of the dead poets listed here, claim your free beer while listening to good music.
Freebie: Birthday freebies vary from blooming onion to dessert. This would depend on your local Outback.
How to Claim: The home of juicy steaks doesn’t advertise birthday promos often, but they do provide birthday freebies to celebrants who dine in store. Be sure to prepare your ID to verify your birthday.
Freebie: Get a free ice cream (when you dine in). The crew will even sing a “Happy Birthday” rap or song for you.
How to Claim: Normally, TGI Friday’s only give birthday celebrants birthday freebies when they’re a member of the Rewards club. But if you dine in at a local branch and tell your server that it’s your birthday, you’ll be given your treat, no questions asked.
Freebie: If you’re going to see a movie at Harkins Theatres on your birthday, you can get free popcorn.
How to Claim: You don’t have to sign up with any clubs or newsletters, but you do have to show proof with a driver’s license or birth certificate. Visit the box office when purchasing your ticket. It’s valid across multiple Harkins Theatres locations.
How to Claim: Visit your local Benefit Browbar Beauty Lounge and claim a free brow arch anytime during your birthday week. There’s no sign-up required for this free service.
Tips for More Birthday Freebies
Most birthday freebies require you to become a loyalty member of some sort in order to claim a reward.
Your best bet at getting free stuff on your birthday without signing up for anything will be in the form of a comped appetizer or dessert.
When making a reservation at a restaurant, make sure you specify that you have chosen their establishment to celebrate your birthday, just be prepared for the staff to sing “Happy Birthday” while you sit there awkwardly salivating at the free cake.
I have also received free desserts when noting that we are coming in to celebrate our anniversary. Don’t limit yourself to just birthdays!
I hope this list of birthday freebies bring a hint of joy to someone’s birthday. After all, everyone loves free stuff.
Did you know that you can get a ton of free stuff on your birthday?
Yup, that’s right! Companies will reward you just for being born.
Okay, most of these are meal ideas and odds are, you aren’t going to visit 100 some different restaurants.
But with all these possibilities, there’s a good chance your favorite spot is in this list below.
All you have to do is join a company’s e-mail newsletter or its membership club. Most of these birthday freebies require no fees (they’re absolutely free), but you do have to fill-in some personal info like birthday, e-mail address, phone number, and so on.
Don’t let your birthday blues get you down. Spend as little cash as possible on your big day.
Check out this huge list of free birthday meals, pampering birthday freebies, and other experiences made free by companies that want to make you feel special on your birthday.
Free Stuff on Your Birthday: The Breakdown
This list is rather massive, so here are so links to help you jump around:
Freebie: $25 birthday reward will be added to your Rewards card at the start of your birthday month.
How to Claim: It’s the mother of free stuff on your birthday since it home to over 70 other brands of diners and restaurants. You have to get the Rewards Card to claim your birthday treat and other rewards.
How to Claim: 13 year-olds and up must join the club to get free stuff on your birthday. If your birthday falls during winter months (when Rita’s closes shop), you’d still receive a surprise on your inbox.
Freebie: If you’re listing down fast food as priority for the free stuff on your birthday, don’t forget Subway’s 20-point freebie that can get you two cookies (at 10 points each) or a bag of chips (15 points.) Or if you already have points being accumulated, then enjoy a subway with these free 20 points.
How to Claim: You should already be signed up to the Subway Rewards Program
Get crazy with free chocolate fondue on your birthday and you can bring a friend too! Just make sure to join the Club Fondue first. If you buy some of the special items on the menu, you might even get to bring home a box of chocolate-covered strawberries on the house.
Here’s more sweet, free stuff on your birthday to enjoy! Pinkberry gives away a free frozen yogurt with the topping of your choice. Just make sure to get a Pinkcard, or download the Pinkberry app, so you can claim it on your exact birthday or 30 days after.
If you sign them up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club (only kids 10 years and under), your kid can receive a free card every year until his/her 10th birthday, a $3 gift, and a free, in-store celebration (with a balloon, crown, and special announcement). Geoffrey even calls Birthday Club members at home for birthday greetings.
Receive a free birthday movie rental at your nearest Redbox kiosk. Just make sure to sign up for the Redbox Play Pass first.
Get as Much Free Stuff on Your Birthday as You Can
Whether today’s your birthday or you have one fast approaching, I do hope you have a great day!
Hopefully this list helps make it extra special.
Note that restaurants and other businesses end or change their promotions often, so consider this list of free stuff on your birthday as a guide. I’ll try to update this often, but if you see a birthday freebie changes, please let me know.
Have fun with these birthday freebies! Let me know which ones you claim!