How to Sell on Walmart: Different Ways to Get Started

Walmart has always been one of the top brick-and-mortar grocery and department store chains in the United States, but Amazon remains the undisputed leader in online shopping. Even so, Walmart is building up its ecommerce business and as a result, more people are learning how to sell on Walmart online.

Since 2016, Walmart has been making significant changes to improve its ecommerce game, starting with acquisitions of online stores, ModCloth,, Moosejaw, Bonobos, and India-based ecommerce site Flipkart, beating Amazon’s bids.

They’ve also secured partnerships with thredUP, HGTV, and most recently with Shopify. The Shopify partnership in particular aims to open up Walmart’s marketplace to small- to medium-sized Shopify online stores to list their products on Walmart’s online store.

This is a big deal because, in the past, the company only invited online sellers with successful stores and years-long of experience in customer service. Nowadays, anyone who has an online store can apply and be considered.

Currently, there are two basic ways for small- to medium-sized online stores to sell on Walmart. Read on to find out more about them, their pros and cons, and how to start selling on Walmart.

Who Should Sell On

Selling on isn’t for everyone, so who should consider selling on Walmart?

1. Small businesses with unique products

Application to become a Walmart seller is tough. Nobody knows the exact criteria Walmart uses when they consider applications, but many experts believe that product quality is at the top of that list.

As such, if your business creates unique products, getting the high exposure Walmart can provide will surely skyrocket sales.

2. Brands finding it hard to market their products is visited by over 100 million people every month.

As a brand selling products on the Walmart site, expect better and more organic exposure without spending extra for advertising or lifting a finger for more marketing work.

It’s also important to note that Walmart attracts a different audience than Amazon, eBay, and other ecommerce platforms, so adding another platform won’t hurt.

3. Companies with hard-to-find Items

Any business, big or small, can benefit from Walmart’s massive network. But if you have hard-to-find items to sell, you have an advantage.

This is because Walmart is known as a giant retailer as it is, so offering something that cannot be found on any of its brick-and-mortar stores or its huge online collection is pretty impressive.

Just the fact that you’re not competing with any of Walmart’s own products means the company can highlight your items more than their other products.

Walmart won’t be suitable for you or your company if:

  • You’re selling crafts online. Etsy or eBay may be better options for you.
  • You’re just starting out. A functional website, an online store (even if hosted on a different platform), and other similar portfolio gives Walmart a sense of your company’s history. If your store has no online footprint yet, it’s unlikely you’d be approved as a Walmart seller.
  • You’re selling knockoffs. As part of Walmart’s quality checks, stores with knockoffs never get approved.

Two Ways To Sell on Drop Ship Vendor (DSV) Program Versus Marketplace Program

Online sellers can choose between two programs to sell on Walmart.

1. Drop Ship Vendor (DSV) Program

As a dropshipper for Walmart, you sell products to Walmart at wholesale prices. Walmart then sets the price on their site, displays product descriptions, and markets your items.

When a customer orders via, Walmart forwards the details to you, and you ship out the order directly to the customer or to a Walmart location if they choose in-store pickup.

With this arrangement, your responsibilities are storing, packing, and shipping the items. If there are too many problems with stock, damaged items, or packages not shipping on time or not being sent, Walmart can decide to remove you from the program.

Pros and Cons of Selling on Walmart as a DSV


  • No fees — Unlike other ecommerce websites like Amazon, Walmart doesn’t charge you for monthly listing or setup fees.
  • Free shipping — Walmart covers the shipping fees.
  • Credibility — Your product’s credibility is helped by the “Sold by Walmart” label.
  • Marketing — Walmart handles marketing and promotions.
  • Ship to Store — Buyers can buy your items online and pick them up at a store if they want to.
  • Buy Box — Your products are more likely to appear in search results and have the Add to Cart button than the same products offered by other merchants because your products have the “Sold by Walmart” label.


  • Profit margin — You have to sell at wholesale prices and yet don’t move the products in bulk so you have to shoulder the cost of storing the products.
  • Returns — All returns are liquidated and you may receive chargebacks for returnless refunds.
  • Control — You don’t have much control over product descriptions, retail pricing, and their return policy.
  • No two-day shipping — Since you’re taking care of shipping items to buyers, Walmart can’t guarantee two-day shipping so your items aren’t included.

2. Walmart Marketplace Seller Program

If you’re a third-party merchant of either eBay or Amazon and you’re looking for Walmart’s counterpart, the Marketplace seller program is exactly that. All products sold by third-party sellers are labeled “Sold and Shipped by Marketplace Seller.”

Unlike the DVS program, Marketplace Sellers will take care of writing product descriptions, posting product images, providing customer support, creating promotions, setting prices, and so on.

Aside from these two, there is actually one more way to sell on Walmart, which is to become a first-party seller. This means you sell your products to Walmart for wholesale prices and send your inventory to Walmart’s fulfillment centers. Product listing, marketing, and shipping are all to be handled by Walmart.

This option is only worth it if your business can crank out thousands of products because the profit margin here is very small.

Pros and Cons of Selling on Walmart Marketplace


  • No fees — Walmart doesn’t charge you for monthly listing or setup fees.
  • Returns — Even if Walmart has downsized its brick-and-mortar stores significantly, it still has a massive family of 4,700 stores and every one of them can accept returns.
  • Credibility — Even if you’re a small company, as long as you passed Walmart’s strict pre-approval process, the approval will instantly give you the stamp of credibility as a legitimate seller.
  • Free 2-Day Shipping — Orders $35 and up placed by 2 pm in the timezone of the delivery address are eligible for free two-day shipping. Shoppers love to save and get their items fast, so this move from Walmart will definitely attract buyers.
  • FedEx Advantage Program — Sellers who choose to use FedEx can save up to 37% on shipping.


  • Listing issues — Since Walmart is still relatively new, there are plenty of kinks to iron out. You may experience listing issues every now and then, especially when it comes to the single use of UPCs or GTINs and the same products sold by different Walmart sellers.
  • Pricing needs to be competitive — Some sellers may find their products delisted if the prices sellers have set are not as competitive as Walmart would want.
  • Rules on shipping materials and branding — Walmart lets sellers choose the shipping method and carrier, as well as set the shipping fees, but they’re not allowed to use branded packaging (especially if materials come from competing companies like Amazon’s FBA).

How to Sell on the Walmart DSV Program

Here are the steps to start selling as a drop ship vendor. (If you wanted to look at the steps to start selling on Walmart Marketplace, click here instead.)

1. Apply to Become a Walmart Supplier.

Go on this page and find the supplier checklist so you’ll know what the requirements are and get them together.

2. Create a Retail Link Account.

When you have all the requirements together, you can then create an account on Walmart Retail Link to start your application and verification process.

Walmart will ask for information like contact, banking, and tax information, among many others.

When you’ve submitted the requirements, wait for Walmart’s decision for approval. Accept the Agreement terms and you’re well on your way.

3. Set Up Your Item Listings in the Supplier Center.

Once you’re approved to sell on Walmart, you can start uploading your item listings by logging in the Supplier Center.

You would also need to set up details of your distribution facilities, including where your items will ship from, schedules of pickup by couriers, how many units your facility can fulfill, etc.

4. Start Selling on Walmart and Getting Paid!

When your items are listed on, you’ll get a notification whenever someone orders. Fulfilling these orders should be an intuitive process for you through the Supplier Center.

Walmart will pay you for order, and your payment history will be available on your Supplier Center as well.

7 Steps to Start Selling on Walmart Marketplace

If you’re still here, and you know your store has a shot at being approved by Walmart, follow these steps:

1. Apply to Become a Walmart Seller

Visit the Marketplace Application page, gather the list of the required information, and click Start Application. Complete all required fields, including your name, address, company name, business website, category of business, annual online sales revenues (in USD), and more. The form takes less than 10 minutes to complete, so make sure you’ve got all details in. Select “Save” and “Apply Now.”

This is probably the hardest step since the information you provide here will make or break your chances of becoming a Walmart seller.

If you’re approved, you’ll be notified by e-mail with the subject “Your Walmart Seller Center account has been created.”

2. Complete Your Registration

Click the link in the e-mail you received in Step 1. This will direct you to the Registration Wizard, which guides you through five main sections:

  • Account Creation
  • Partner Registration
  • Taxes (W-9)
  • Verify Bank Account, and
  • Shipping Info

Make sure to prepare bank account information and a digital copy of your latest W-9 form. Most of the details you need to provide you already have as a business owner.

3. Fill Out Your Partner Profile

More information will be needed to complete the Partner Profile.

The Partner Profile is a public page where customers will learn all about your company, including company name, company mission/vision/description, logo, return policies, shipping fees, customer service hotline, tax information, privacy policy, and more.

You’re ready to move on to the next step once your Launch Checklist progress bar reaches 100%.

4. Verify Your Banking Information

As a Walmart seller, you need to link your bank account to your Walmart Marketplace account. To do this, you have to log in to your bank (the one you listed during registration) and check transactions for a $0.01 deposit from “WM Marketplace Penny Test.”

If you found this transaction, it means your accounts are now linked and payments can be sent to your bank.

Click “Mark as Done” on the Launch Checklist, which confirms receipt of the penny deposit. Note that this process isn’t instant – it would take up to 4 business days to appear in your account’s list of transactions.

5. Prepare Your Item Listings

This step is the most time-consuming of all since you’ll be uploading all of your content, including product photos, descriptions, videos, attributes, SKUs, and so on.

The good news is Walmart gives you several integration methods to choose from (bulk upload, API, or solution provider).

Begin this step by choosing the right category and sub-category for your product. FYI, Walmart has 24 categories and 79 sub-categories already available; You just have to pick the nearest one for your products. Use the Categorization Guide if you’re feeling lost with this step.

Make the category as specific as possible. Attributes, such as gender, age group, size, and so on, will not only help you describe each product you’re selling but also guides Walmart’s search engines to “find” your product more effectively.

In the “Main Image URL” section, fill it in with the appropriate URL where the image is hosted. You’ll have to upload these on third-party storage and get the link to it. The file size shouldn’t be bigger than 1MB.

Click “Validate Fields” if you’re done. Edit if something goes wrong, and upload the Item Feed file to the Seller Center.

If you see “Staged” status on your Launch Checklist, you’re off to the next step.

6. Place a Test Order

Before you welcome buyers into “your” Walmart store, you have to make sure everything is working properly.

To do this, you have to test the items and orders by going to the Seller Center and selecting “Preview Item” to see how customers will see the product page. Verify all the details, especially pricing and item details.

To test an order, update the item inventory to 1 and click “Update Inventory.” Go back to Seller Center and click “Publish Item” and “Purchase Item.” If everything from your “order” goes on smoothly, then you’re done with the checklist.

7. Launch Your Account and Collect Your Paychecks!

Once you’ve marked all items on your checklist as “done,” a pop-up message will ask you to confirm that you’re ready to launch.

If you are, select “confirm” to request a review and wait for Walmart representatives to check out your profile.

If everything passes Walmart’s standards, your products will go live on within 24 hours.

Which Option Should You Choose?

Selling as a DSV and selling on Walmart Marketplace each have their own pros and cons.

So as an online seller, how should you sell on Walmart?

Actually, if you apply to both the DSV and Marketplace programs and get approved for both, you may not have to choose. You can pick and choose which products you can sell for each program (note: you can’t sell the same item on DSV and Marketplace at the same time).

Consider your long-term strategy. If you want to build your brand but don’t want to spend too much time and effort in marketing and promoting your products, the DSV program may be a better fit for you.

However, if you’re building your own brand, want to take advantage of Walmart’s wide reach, but also want to control the branding, marketing, and pricing of your products, Walmart Marketplace is the better option.

Another consideration is your shipping system. To compete as a Walmart Marketplace seller, you’ll need to be able to offer fast shipping at low costs to your buyer. Selling as a DSV doesn’t have quite the same pressure.

Final Thoughts

Amazon is still the leader of ecommerce, but Walmart definitely knows that it’s late to the ecommerce party and is aggressively making up for its absence.

In fact, brands are aware of Walmart’s moves. Double Insight, maker of the #1 best-selling item on Amazon, “Instant Pot” (earned a whopping $17 million on Amazon Prime Day alone), has decided to launch its follow-up product exclusively at Walmart.

As you may have learned from this article, selling on Walmart isn’t easy. I hope the information here has helped you decide if you want to sell on Walmart as a DSV or as a Walmart Marketplace seller.

If you want to sell online, but feel like Walmart isn’t the right option for you, or if you want to expand your reach, read our guides on how to sell on Amazon through FBA and how to sell on Etsy.

Are you planning to sell on Walmart soon?? Tell us about your plans in the comments!

7 Incredibly Smart Ways to Make Money Online with Google

You can now leverage the power of one of the world’s biggest brands and actually make money online with Google.

Whenever someone wants information, to talk to someone, to buy something, or to find entertainment, they ask Google. But few people know that there are plenty of ways to legitimately make money online with Google as well – you just need to know how to look for them.

People are often looking for new ways to make extra money or a supplemental income, yet they hardly ever think to use what’s right under their noses, namely Google itself.

It isn’t difficult to make money with Google, but it does require effort and patience. The methods listed below aren’t get-rich-quick schemes but will reward you if you’re willing to put in the work.

7 Ways to Make Money Online with Google

When you use Google products, Google is actually making money off of you.

Here are the 7 best ways to turn the tables and leverage the world’s biggest search engine to pull in some of that cash for yourself.

1. Start a Website

This is going to require quite a bit of effort and a small investment on your part before you can start making money from it.

But if you approach it strategically then it’s a great way to make a steady income upwards of $2000 a month by simply utilizing the tools that Google has already provided.

Namely, website crawlers and search engine ranking.

There are two possible options when it comes to owning a website:

Using it to sell your products/ideas or building up the website under an exact match domain name and selling or renting it out.

Owning a Website

If you have something to sell or any other unique idea for setting up a website then don’t wave the idea away. There are plenty of people who have built up a nice monthly income (including me!) by setting up and running their own websites.

Whether it’s a blog or an e-commerce store, you’ll have to buy a domain name and start designing the website on a web hosting site. There are plenty of tutorials available online that can help you through this process.

Here are three useful Google tools that you should really be using if you’re running your own website:

Google Pay: People trust Google and will likely be more willing to buy from you if you use Google’s own payment handling system.

Google Keyword Planner: This tool helps you figure out what people are searching for on Google. It’s very effective for a long-term blogging strategy.

Google Shopping: Google shopping is linked to Adwords, but puts your actual products in people’s search results instead of a text ad.

Selling/Renting Out a Website Domain Name

If you’re not keen on waiting months to start generating an income from your website, then this may be a better option.

Essentially, you’re going to build a high-ranking website in a specific niche and then either sell it or rent it out to a business owner in that niche.

You’ll have to buy an exact match domain for a specific and ranking keyword via a domain service like GoDaddy or Namecheap. Then get a web hosting service like WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace and start creating the website.

The key here is to employ the best SEO tactics to make sure that your website ranks high for the keyword you want to rank for.

It’s also important to make sure that there are businesses with a need for this type of website.

The easiest way to do so is to find local businesses in a directory and see whether they have a website and if that website is ranking for any search terms.

2. Become an SEO Consultant

Speaking of learning about best SEO practices, a lot of business owners (and thus website owners) know almost nothing about SEO and don’t have the time to learn. But they do know that it’s important if they want to get more customers for their business from online traffic.

They need SEO consultants to analyze their websites and make recommendations on SEO best practices.

By becoming an SEO consultant, you can make money online with Google by studying how their search engine algorithm interacts with websites and how to use that knowledge to increase a website’s ranking in search engine results.

There’s a big demand for this type of work, with plenty of opportunities to gain new and recurring clients.

3. Use Google AdSense

If you already own a website or are looking to start one, then you’ll also want to make friends with Google AdSense.

This nifty platform is actually Google’s bread and butter and is the reason they are a multi-billion dollar company today.

You will partner up and make money online with Google by incorporating their ads on your website. You get paid depending on how many times your ads are clicked, or even just viewed.

It can be quite lucrative with enough traffic and many people make a living from AdSense alone.

4. Affiliate Marketing

There are various ways to get into affiliate marketing and since this is such a broad topic, I’m going to section this part off into a couple of ways you can get started as an affiliate partner.


YouTube is owned by Google and so definitely belongs on this list. There’s more than one way to make money off YouTube, but affiliate marketing is one of the most popular methods.

The type of affiliate partnership you get will depend greatly on the type of videos you want to make. If you run a beauty vlog then you might get retail make-up companies sending you their products and paying you for a review, for instance.


Setting up a whole blog of your own can seem daunting and like a huge time investment.

Luckily, Google thinks of everything and has you covered here too through their Blogger platform.

Like most Google products, it’s super easy and fast to set up and get going with Blogger.

Once you’ve built up a reputable blog in a specific niche, it’s a short step towards getting companies to pay you to either review or promote their products.

Just make sure they can easily contact you!

Promoting Products Online

One of the easiest ways to find upcoming product launches is through MunchEye. This website lists various current and upcoming product launches whose sellers are looking for affiliate marketers. They work with the JVZoo Affiliate Network so you’ll have to sign up for that and start applying to sellers if you want to work with them.

You can create a simple webpage or single blog page about the product, or take it a step further and create a fan page around that product on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites.

5. Try Google Opinion Rewards

These days, everyone on the internet has an opinion on almost everything and yet few people truly care about listening to other people’s opinions.

They’re more interested in getting what they have to say out there.

With Google Opinion Rewards, however, your opinion actually does matter to someone and you can get paid for it. Well, in Google Play Credit at least.

The app can be found on the Google Play Store so you can download it to your phone and quickly fill out some surveys whenever you get a chance.

Google Opinion Rewards sends notifications when new surveys are available and pays around $1 in credit per survey.

You won’t be able to actually make a stable income off of this, but it can be a fun way to get “free” content on the Google Play Store.

6. Sell an App on the Google Play Store

Even developers can easily learn how to make money on Google. The Play Store is constantly looking to add new apps to its already huge list of apps.

If you’re into programming or have been doing it on the side as a hobby then this is the perfect way to start making cash on the side through Google.

You can monetize your apps first via in-app purchases; that is, offer basic functionality for free and then charge customers for more advanced features. You can also allow advertisers to place ads in your app, but do your best so that the user experience isn’t negatively affected.

7. Write and Sell Books on Google Play

Apps aren’t the only things to sell on Google Play; you can also write and sell ebooks on Google Play Books.

Write your book, sign up as a publisher or author on the Google Books Partner Program, upload your book file, and put it up for sale.

When you read on self-publishing, you’ll almost always read about Amazon Self-Publishing, but if you’re interested in expanding your reader base to non-Kindle readers, Google Play Books is your best bet.

Start Making Money Online with Google Today!

So in a nutshell, here’s how to make money on Google:

Take advantage of the fact that the search engine gives you access to lots of people and free tools that can help you set yourself up for success.

Making money online with Google isn’t impossible. It just takes some dedication and strategic thinking to make the most out of all the opportunities the platform provides.

If all else fails, you could always go and work for Google or work from home.

Which of these methods I listed are you most interested in? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

How to Make Money on YouTube: 18 Ideas to Try

In the past decade, YouTube has grown from being home to random online videos to becoming one of the biggest marketing and advertising tools on the internet. It’s no wonder many users want to know how to make money on YouTube.

YouTube is still primarily a video-sharing platform, with 500 hours of video being uploaded every minute (Source).

But YouTube definitely opens up plenty of opportunities to earn passive income, if you know how.

Today, let’s look at some of the ways you can earn money on YouTube.

What You Need to Make Money on YouTube

Before we even begin to talk about earning from YouTube, you’ll need to think about the video content you’re going to upload.

And before you plan your content, you need to know who you’re creating this content for.

The more focused your target audience is, the better position you’ll be in to monetize your YouTube videos.

Defining your target audience means knowing their demographics: gender, age group, location, marital or family status, income level, education level, occupation, and other relevant details.

More importantly, you need to understand how they think, what makes them tick, their values, and their frustrations and problems.

Knowing all of these helps you produce the type of content that interests them and would likely persuade them to take an action that you want them to take.

You want to make valuable video content; that is, it should be educational, entertaining, inspirational, or all of the above.

Relevant, useful, and consistent content is what will hook your target audience to your YouTube videos.

When you’ve built an audience that consistently watches your videos, the next step is to enroll in the YouTube Partner Program.

What is the YouTube Partner Program (YPP)?

The YouTube Partner Program is YouTube’s in-house program that allows creators to make money from their YouTube videos through several ways, all within YouTube terms and conditions.

This program also allows creators greater access to YouTube resources, a support team, and their copyright match tool.

The minimum eligibility requirements to join are:

  • Reside in a country where the YPP is available
  • Have more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months
  • Have more than 1,000 subscribers
  • Have exactly one linked AdSense account
  • Follow YouTube’s monetization policies, including YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Terms of Service, Copyright, and Google AdSense program policies

Once you meet these eligibility requirements, you can apply to be part of the YPP, which then places your YouTube channel under review by both humans and their software to check if your channel meets all their guidelines.

Finally, once you’re approved, you can now enable monetization on your uploads.

Make Money on YouTube through the YouTube Partner Program

Once your application to enroll in YPP is approved, the following monetization methods are available to you.

1. Become an AdSense Publisher

The easiest and most common way people earn money on YouTube is through AdSense.

AdSense is Google’s in-house program that allows publishers to serve advertisements on their content and earn on a per-click or per-impression basis.

How to Get Started

Once you’ve been accepted to YouTube Partner Program and AdSense, and mastered the do’s and don’ts of YouTube, here’s how you can begin earning money through ads:

  1. Go to YouTube Studio.
  2. Go to Menu > Content.
  3. Select the videos you want to turn ads on for and click Edit and then Monetization.
  4. Select On in the dropdown.
  5. Click Update Videos, check “I understand the consequences of this action,” and click Update Videos.

How much can you earn?

The amount you can make from YouTube AdSense will depend on several things, including the popularity of the channel, number of viewers, watch time/viewer retention, CPM/CPC, and so on.

The numbers vary, but YouTubers earn about $1 to $4 per 1000 video views from AdSense. Note that this is just an estimation; YouTube pays based on the advertiser’s chosen ad type (either on a Cost Per Click/CPC or Cost Per View/CPV model).

You make money based on your viewers’ engagement with the ads. Engagement means if the viewer clicks on the ad, or watches the ad for over 30 seconds.

In addition, YouTube AdSense takes a percentage of your ad revenue, which varies depending on the publisher or ad network.

AdSense members are paid on a monthly basis (payments are sent between 21st to 26th of each month). They can choose from check, wire transfer, electronic fund transfer, or Western Union Quick Cash as methods of payment.

2. Super Chats & Super Stickers

When you do a live stream on YouTube, the Live Chat feature is turned on by default, in which viewers currently watching your live stream can pipe in with messages.

Your loyal fans can purchase Super Chat and Super Stickers so that when they participate in live chats, they can post chat messages that stand out. They can even pin these supercharged messages to the top of the chat feed.

Chatting with your audience during a live stream is already a great way to engage with your audience, but enabling super chats takes this engagement to the next level because these messages are highlighted and thus easy for you to acknowledge them, all while other viewers are watching.

Not only that but other viewers seeing these messages are now inspired to use them, too. This increases your engagement even more.

The revenue you earn from this is almost just a bonus.

3. YouTube Premium

Your ad-supported content is automatically made available to YouTube Premium subscribers, who can watch your video without ads but doesn’t take away from your revenue.

In fact, even if they download your videos and watch them online, this adds to your watch time, which affects your ranking and thus increases your YouTube revenue.

4. Enable Channel Memberships

Channel Memberships is a program that allows viewers to support a channel on a monthly basis and in return, receive exclusive perks.

For instance, you can implement a members-only community, create members-only videos and live streams, and host members-only live chats.

You can also include perks such as custom badges, emojis, and free digital and physical goods.

5. Sell Exclusive Merch Through Merch Shelf

When you get to 10,000 subscribers, you can turn on your Merch Shelf, which enables creators to showcase and sell their official branded merchandise.

You can display up to 12 items below your channel description, which your viewers can click individually to be redirected to the merch retailer you work with and order the merch from there.

Monetizing with merch not only allows you to earn money from the sales but also enlists your viewers to promote your channel when they wear or use the merch.

The top three products sold include t-shirts, hoodies, and caps. Other popular items are sweaters, phone cases, pins, mugs, stickers, and many more.

You can design it yourself with your quotable quotes, logos, the link to your YouTube channel, or any other unique design.

YouTube supports selected platforms and retailers, so make sure you work with someone on their list so you can take advantage of this feature.

Other Ways to Make Money on YouTube

Although being enrolled in YPP is highly recommended, you can still earn without it. Here are other ways to make money on YouTube if you aren’t eligible yet to enroll in YPP or you want to supplement your earnings from it.

6. Promote Products via Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a tried-and-tested method of earning money online. It can be used in your own blog, on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and most other platforms online.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that you can use affiliate marketing to make money on YouTube as well.

If you’re new to this, affiliate marketing is simply about directing other people (in this case, your YouTube viewers) to a store (like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and others), then earning a commission from any product that YouTube viewer bought since they clicked your affiliate link.

The best thing about affiliate marketing is that each link you use has a corresponding cookie, which is placed on the viewer’s PC or phone to track what they purchase. The product you recommend (or link to) doesn’t even have to be the item they buy. You still earn commissions even if they decide to skip your recommendation and buy something else.

How do you start?

Any video that reviews or recommends products can easily be used for affiliate marketing.

Affiliate programs are not exclusive to specific stores like Amazon. Smaller brands and companies may also offer their affiliate marketing program to,,, and other similar websites.

To make money on YouTube with affiliate marketing, your only choice is to include links on the video description, or in the actual videos (via annotations or overlays). The goal, whichever method you choose, is to redirect traffic to an affiliate landing page.

How much can you earn?

Commissions vary between affiliate marketing programs, niches, amount of YouTube viewers, the YouTuber’s popularity, and a bunch of other factors.

Just like earnings in AdSense, the key is to produce a lot of engaging videos consistently. The more videos you upload on YouTube, the more opportunities you’ll have to add affiliate links.

Note that YouTube has no specific rules about affiliate marketing, but many marketers believe that YouTube probably isn’t too happy if you keep on redirecting viewers away from YouTube. So balance out your videos with and without affiliate links.

7. Seek Third-Party Sponsorships

Getting sponsors from brands and companies is the real deal. It happens every day on YouTube, but only the top-tier creators are even considered.

This is the dream of many YouTubers, since having a sponsor can definitely turn their hobby into a full-blown career.

Grapevine Homepage

Getting third-party sponsors used to be hard, but with websites like YouTube BrandConnect, GrapevineLogic, ChamBoost, and other similar services that bridged the gap between  YouTube creators and sponsors, getting paid extra money has become much easier.

Your popularity, viewer engagement, and other stats would play a huge role in determining your fees.

How much can you earn?

The sky is the limit to how much you can earn from third-party sponsorships. Some YouTubers even become long-term brand ambassadors for international companies.

Of course, brands and companies tend to look for YouTube creators who can carry their products well. So if your YouTube channel is all about beauty, fashion, and cosmetics, it’s harder to get sponsors in the tech niche.

8. Sell Products

Selling products of other people/companies (also known as affiliate marketing) is good and effective, but why just get a cut of the sales, when you can sell your own products and take home 100% of the sales?

Depending on the amount you wish to invest, your product could range from online courses/ebooks, to actual products (like shirts, plushies) that you have to ship.

A great example of this is the debut graphic novel of Minecraft YouTuber DanTDM (real name Dan Middleton).

His book “DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal” was promoted on YouTube and actually landed on the #1 spot of The New York Times Best Seller list and spent 3 weeks in the UK’s best-selling books list.

9. Teach

How-to’s and tutorials are some of the most popular YouTube channel themes.

It has created many of today’s six-figure-earning YouTubers and it’s never too late to join them.

If you have a very specific skill, such as drawing, dancing, cooking, or any other skill that can be taught through videos, there’s no limit to what topics you can teach.

10. Offer Services and Consulting

If you’re going with the teaching route, the next step is to offer your professional services.

For example, if you’ve been uploading Adobe Photoshop tutorials and you’ve got a huge following, you can offer one-on-one tutorials, promote local workshops, or even offer consulting services.

As long as you are offering something of value, and the services you’re advertising are related to your YouTube channel’s content, post away.

11. Create Your Own YouTube Series

TV viewers have already been juggling streaming sites with cable TV for years, which is why YouTube web series are rising in popularity and even getting picked up by YouTube as YouTube Originals, or even by Hulu or Netflix.

What’s interesting is that shows on YouTube are going beyond prank shows and sitcoms and expanding into shows with actual scripts and plots, talk shows, and many more. Team up with a scriptwriter, director, actor, and other creatives waiting for their chance to shine.

Note that traditional YouTube videos can only go for 15 minutes, so if you’re planning a show with longer episodes, you’ll have to request a limit increase.

12. Fan-Fund Your Channel via Patreon

If you have an interesting channel that your audience can’t get enough of, but you’re not yet eligible for YPP (or have been rejected, or you just don’t want to enroll), you can turn to Patreon and set up membership options so your audience can pay for perks.

Some of the perks you can offer include priority access, additional exclusive content, access to an exclusive community, and often an option to publish their names on your videos’ credits.

13. Promote Your Website via YouTube

If you’re already running your own business, YouTube is a great marketing tool.

Whether you run a small online store, or maintain an info site, directing traffic from YouTube to your website increases conversion rates significantly.

It’s important to note that you should always keep your viewers in mind when promoting your site.

Always consider if the site, product, or anything you’re marketing has value to your audience. Take Walmart’s YouTube channel as an example.

The people handling its YouTube channel balance product promotion with useful content like cooking tutorials, testimonials, and product reviews.

14. Crowdfund Your Project

If you have an amazing idea for a product, but you can’t turn it into reality for lack of funds, crowdfunding can be your solution.

Many crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo use YouTube videos to explain product ideas and encourage people to “invest” in their would-be product.

15. Market Research

YouTube is a goldmine for marketing professionals.

The platform has an in-depth analytics tool that enables you to look at how your videos are performing and compare specific videos.

You can use YouTube to discover what people are interested in, or what they think of a particular brand.

It’s free marketing research.

16. Become a YouTube Manager

Many companies are looking for people to manage their social media accounts.

However, the main requirement of this job is having extensive experience with the platform.

If you’re an active YouTuber waiting to hit it big, or building up the required number of views to monetize your videos with AdSense, this career path may be what you’re looking for.

17. Create or Edit YouTube Videos

Many affiliate marketers, companies, and individual YouTubers are looking for people to help in the background.

If you have the skills to create or edit videos, be on the lookout for jobs like these.

Of course, you have to know what makes a YouTube video viral, such as using keywords for meta tags and crafting share-worthy titles.

18. Become a Journalist

Anyone can be a journalist on YouTube.

And with modern technology allowing you to communicate to people around the world with just WiFi and a laptop, you can interview celebrities and experts for your own YouTube show.

Take a look at these millennials who interviewed then-U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015, and decide if you’d like to try your luck with journalism.

How to Become YouTube Famous

Making money on YouTube isn’t easy.

Like blogging and other passive-income-generating ways to earn online, it could take you months, years, or even several years to actually make bank.

There aren’t secret techniques to earn a profitable revenue on YouTube. It all boils down to how many followers you can attract and how quickly you can become “YouTube famous.”

If you want to market your YouTube channel some more, here are several things you can do:

  • Learn about SEO and video marketing. Using the right keywords on descriptions is gold.
  • Create a community within your channel – reply to comments and engage in other ways.
  • Plan your content and try to bring something new to the table.
  • Be authentic. Stick to your values, mission, and goals.
  • Keep up-to-date with YouTube policies.

Once you’ve amassed a sizable and loyal following, you can be sure that they’ll be watching whenever you upload a new video, click on a link if you recommend a product or website, and engage in contests, polls, and other activities you plan to hold.

As a result of having a healthy engagement level on your YouTube channel, you can maximize the earning potential of your AdSense, affiliate links, or sponsored posts of every video you upload.

Start Making Money on YouTube!

With news of nine-year-old Ryan Kaji taking home $29.5 million in 2020 (Source), it’s not surprising that everyone dreams to get a slice of the YouTube money-making pie.

In fact, thousands of couples, parents, comedians, product reviewers, gamers, and almost every type of hobbyist are currently making vlogs about their life, careers, experiences, skills, and anything under the sun.

Some are even earning a decent amount enough to replace their day jobs’ income.

So if they can do it, so can you!

Were you inspired by today’s article? Share your YouTube channel in the comments!

How to Become an Online Personal Trainer From Home

With all the technology and video platforms available to everyone, becoming an online personal trainer has never been easier.

Training people from home allows you to help other people achieve their fitness goals while making money and having a flexible schedule, all in the comfort of your own home.

If that sounds like something you’re interested in doing, then this article is for you.

Today’s article is a guide to becoming an online personal trainer: what an online personal trainer does, what type of online personal trainer you can be, what you’ll need to start, and how to grow your business.

What is an Online Personal Trainer?

An online personal trainer is someone who works with clients to improve their fitness levels, overall health, body image, and performance, all through an online platform, whether live or recorded.

Online personal training has seen an increase in recent years as internet speeds increase and online video platforms become more advanced and add more features.

So if your passion is fitness or have been a personal trainer in brick-and-mortar fitness centers, here’s your chance to start your own personal training business and make money in fitness. 

Who Needs Online Personal Trainers?

The market for online personal trainers are pretty diverse.

They can be:

  • People who prefer not to spend on gym memberships — In the US, the monthly cost of a gym membership ranges from as low as $10 to as high as $100, and this can vary depending on gym location, specialization, and availability of in-house trainers. The total costs in a year can certainly add up.
  • People who have home gyms — Those who have invested money to build their own home gyms, but require a bit more guidance beyond what they read online will definitely benefit from hiring an online personal trainer.
  • People who prefer to work out alone — Whatever reason one may have for wanting to work out alone, having an online personal trainer means they can skip huge groups of people and just focus on their workout with no distractions..
  • People who have limited time for extracurricular activities like going to the gym — If one is busy with work, kids, school, business, or any other tasks that make it impossible to add visiting the gym into their schedule, getting an online personal trainer would make total sense.

Pros and Cons of Online Personal Training

As with any home-based business, online personal training has its own set of pros and cons, which you should consider before going into it headfirst.


  • Online personal training is more affordable than in-person training, especially considering the cost of a gym membership.
  • Becoming an online personal trainer allows you to reach more people and potential clients.
  • Your clients can work out with you whenever, wherever, especially if you go into recorded training.
  • Virtual personal training is a safer option for immunocompromised individuals or for those who need to maintain social distancing.


  • Not everyone can stick it out with online personal training.
  • Some people need specialized equipment or heavier weights than you can provide with virtual training.
  • You’re heavily dependent on internet access and your laptop when doing live virtual training.
  • Space and environment are crucial to your success; if your home isn’t spacious or well-lit, you may find yourself struggling.

5 Ways You Can Become an Online Personal Trainer

You can always mix and match these types of programs whichever you feel fits your client base, but in general, these are common ways personal trainers earn money online:

1. One-on-one or Group Online Coaching

Whether you offer your personal training services to a single person or a group, this kind of training is personal because you provide tips and advice to all the people involved in the program.

This type of online personal training is very similar to gym-based training, except you communicate to your clients via phone, email, through a video calling app, or specialized fitness software.

2. PDF or Video Fitness Programs

You can also use your personal training experience to develop a complete fitness program and create videos or PDF eBooks.

Since they are pre-made, any new client can hop on board and follow the program at their own pace without additional work from you.

3. Hybrid

You are the boss of your personal training business, so you can create a hybrid fitness program if you want to. For example:

  • Personal Coaching and Pre-made Fitness ProgramsAs an online personal trainer, you can also mix pre-made fitness programs with personalized coaching. You can be involved every step of the way as your clients follow the ebook or video series that you made.
  • In-person and Online Training — Maybe you own a boutique gym or work in one and still cater to clients personally. If this is the case and you want to transition to online personal training part-time or full-time, this kind of hybrid training could work for you. Just make sure your clients would bite as well.

If you have a certification in nutrition, you can even add diet programs into the mix.

4. Site Memberships

Site memberships combine everything from videos to personal coaching, fitness and diet programs, as well as other new activities. Just take a look at Fitness Blender’s FB Plus, which gives special access to programs, premium apps, and no-ads viewing to those who pay for membership.

5. LIVE Video Chat Workouts

Online personal trainers also offer live training for their clients. In this scenario, both the trainer and the client are communicating via video chat or a specialized personal training software where trainers can correct posture while clients lift weights, dance Zumba as the client follows, or hold a yoga lesson for a group of friends.

Things You Need to Start an Online Personal Training Business

Before setting up your online personal training business, make sure you work on getting these requirements together:


Of course, the beauty of being an online personal trainer is that you can do it from anywhere, but having a dedicated home base allows you to be organized and efficient, especially if you’re doing pre-made fitness programs.

Make sure you have enough space to make the essential movements of your workouts, as well as fit your equipment.

It should be distraction-free; that is, no external noises, people coming in and out, or any other visual distractions.

If it’s not feasible from your space as it is, try to get creative with curtains, screens, and a bit of inexpensive soundproofing material like foam and eggshell trays.

Natural light is also great, but if you work nights, you should be able to set up sufficient lighting.


Personal training requires magic. Either you have what it takes to inspire people, drive people to reach their goals, and coach them to do better… or not. As such, it’s very hard to become a “do-it-all” personal trainer, especially if you’re doing this career online.

Stick to what you know best. For example, focus on weight loss, HIIT exercises, Crossfit, Zumba, yoga, weight training, MMA, and so on. You’ll have a more targeted niche, which will attract a specific crowd as well.

Unlike other service-based businesses, a personal trainer’s personality is a big factor for would-be clients to choose them over dozens of other trainers. When building your business, market yourself as a brand, as a product, and service, but make sure you’re not just about the business. Keep it honest, and keep it human.


This is dependent on your specialization. If you teach yoga, then you should have at least one yoga mat, as well as yoga blocks, props, and straps for more advanced clients.

Try to keep up with your clients’ equipment as well so you can properly demonstrate how to use them properly and without them hurting themselves.

Consider as well how visible your equipment will be on camera, whether on video or on still images. Go with bright colors like neon green or pink over drab ones like gray or beige.

Experience and Certification

If you’re new to the industry, it’s better to build experience by working in traditional gyms first before transitioning to the online world.

Certifications aren’t strictly necessary, but being a certified personal trainer is a huge leg up from uncertified personal trainers. It could land your name on official lists across the city, state, or country. That alone could bring in new clients to your “door” without any effort.

In particular, getting certified as an online personal trainer not only gets potential clients interested in hiring you but also equips you with the right tools and skills to develop and build your personal training business.


You’ll need clients to turn your passion into a money-making business.

Building a client base is definitely the hardest phase, but once you’ve coached a few people with everything you got and they’ve given you nothing but praises, the word of mouth can jumpstart your career.

Other ways of finding clients include advertising, networking, “going viral,” sharing valuable information, and hosting contests or giveaways.

Note that you have to think about finding new clients continuously, even after your business picks up.

Love for Technology

Because you are now an online personal trainer, your business will revolve around the web, social media, your website, special fitness software, and fitness apps. These apps and programs will help you in accepting payment, hosting giveaways, organizing your contact list, and other essentials for your business.

As much as you like interacting with people. personal trainers should also have a natural love for technology and be updated with the latest organizational programs, know how to schedule sessions, set up payments, and so on.

Willingness to Adapt

Technological advancements are never-ending, and people want the next best thing. You should be able to adapt as changes happen. This also goes with your self-written ebook fitness programs, or video series, since new information in the medical or fitness fields could be conflicting with the information you taught in the past.

Adapting to changes ensure that your clients won’t leave you because of a poor app you haven’t updated for years, or an old workout routine that has been recently proven to be bad for the knees.

10 Ways You Can Grow as an Online Personal Trainer (From Fitness Blender)

I’m going to tell you a story about a husband and wife named Daniel and Kelli Segars, who started creating YouTube fitness-related videos from their garage in 2009 and has since turned their fitness coaching channel “Fitness Blender” into a million-dollar business.

And if you’re interested in an online fitness coaching career without relying on a client-to-client basis as traditional fitness trainers do, check out several tips on how to make it work based on The Segars’ success story.

The Story of Fitness Blender

Before Fitness Blender launched its own website and offered comprehensive weight loss programs there, Daniel and Kelli had been uploading YouTube videos to earn extra cash during the start of the 2008 recession.

By 2012, the couple was able to quit their day jobs and focus on Fitness Blender full-time.

As of the second quarter of 2021, their YouTube channel has 6.57 million subscribers, while its most popular video “10 Minute Ab Workout” has 75 million views.

The Segars have also moved to a new house with the same-looking white-background garage, but now with a spare room as their office.

1. Find a Unique Selling Point

The Segars just got married, signed for their first house, Daniel lost most of his personal-training clients, and Kelli’s work hours from selling gym membership got reduced – all in one weekend in August 2008.

With the Great Recession in full swing and the couple doing several odd jobs to pay for mortgage, the couple had the idea that if people can’t afford personal trainers anymore, they should offer their services online (for free) in exchange for cents from YouTube’s ad program.

To this day, authenticity is the theme of Fitness Blenders, and subscribers love it.

2. Start Small

The Segars had $5,000 to invest on the production of their videos.

They kept everything simple: a white-painted wall as backdrop, no music (to save on licensing fees), a DIY studio light from hardware-bought light bulbs, and an ordinary video camera.

The couple even edited their videos themselves via iMovie.

3. Know What You’re Selling

Daniel has a degree in Food and Nutrition, with years of experience as a personal trainer.

Kelli has degrees in both Sociology and Psychology, with work experience in the fitness industry since 2006.

The workouts that they do are simple, but they’re all backed by science. So are their weeks-long weight-loss programs and meal plans.

The couple didn’t just decide to become online fitness coaches out of the blue; it was their real-life profession and you can definitely see that they know what they’re doing.

4. Avoid Gimmicks

Daniel and Kelli’s videos become popular because of how genuine they are.

Both of them looked nothing like the cookie-cutter images of the fitness industry – Daniel wasn’t buffed to the extreme with veins popping, while Kelli never tanned or put on sexy clothes for the clicks.

They also never yell, or pump you out to “do your best.” They simply instruct.

Aside from their looks, Fitness Blender videos are never gimmicky.

Viewers actually relate to the couple, since they don’t edit out falls (while performing workouts), or panting.

You can even see them sweat, or have a hard time during parts of the workout. They’re not as posed as what we’ve come to know in fitness videos.

Kelli even admitted that she was so shy about appearing on those videos at the start that Daniel had to voice-over instructions. She eventually got out from her shell and began instructing moves on the videos, but the authenticity remained.

5. Learn SEO and internet marketing

The couple’s first AdSense check (from YouTube views) was for all of 9 cents.

They were happy with their initial earnings. But what propelled their videos was Kelli’s knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) and internet marketing. She was an expert, but she knew how to use keywords to Fitness Blender’s advantage.

While working odd jobs to stay afloat in 2008, Kelli was writing “how-to” articles online part-time.

With this job, she learned how to create click-bait titles and content, which The Segars used with every video they uploaded. Soon, their SEO-optimized videos reached the top of Google searches and were able to legally manipulate search engine results extremely well.

6. Sell Affordable Products

When the couple launched their website, they decided to sell complete workout programs.

What’s interesting about these programs is that most content are readily-available on YouTube for free, but people bought them for how The Segars packaged their product.

First, the programs were affordable (somewhere from $5 to $15 with discounts every now and then).

Plus, the couple took advantage of the number one question their YouTube subscribers asked: “what workout should I do in order to …” lose weight, build muscles, etc.

From there, they organized their videos and created a workout calendar people could follow based on their needs. Having a guide to sort through hundreds of Fitness Blender did the trick, and their programs sold like hotcakes.

7. Choose Your Opportunities Wisely

Fame brings all kinds of opportunities and there were various offers that landed the Fitness Blender team.

One hotel wanted Fitness Blender to shoot their videos in front of their beachfront property.

The couple was even offered a TV show. But Daniel and Kelli declined, knowing that if they accepted these opportunities, their authenticity (their unique selling point) along with their reputation could be greatly affected, and not in a good way.

Instead, the couple decided to upgrade their website with more content. This time, they created meal plans that would work perfectly with the workout programs they were currently offering.

8. Provide Value

Viewers of Fitness Blender love the no-nonsense approach of the videos.

Whether the couple is giving out fitness tips, or announcing a new product, viewers accept these with open arms because every video Fitness Blender uploads provide some kind of value to the viewers.

9. Give Thanks

Daniel and Kelli have come a long way since they began their YouTube channel, but the couple knows who made it possible.

Every now and again, The Segars give thanks to their subscribers, customers, and followers just because. It’s always good business to make your customers feel valued, and the Fitness Blender team’s genuine acknowledgment of their market is the reason why they have happy, loyal fans around the world.

10. Never Stop

Even with 500+ videos uploaded on YouTube and a million-dollar business, the couple still uploads new content every week.

This, even if Kelli admits that she doesn’t like to work out sometimes (even if she knows it would make her feel better afterward). It’s a refreshing thing to hear, and inspirational for regular folk like us who hate working out some days.

Start Your Online Personal Training Business Today!

Becoming an online personal trainer is a fulfilling and lucrative endeavor. You get to help people achieve their fitness goals while allowing you some flexibility in your day and earn a living while doing it.

Are you planning on starting your own online personal training business? Tell us your plans for the future in the comments!

How to Sell on Etsy: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re an artist or a crafter who loves creating handmade goods, you might have wondered how to sell on Etsy.

Etsy is an e-commerce website that hosts thousands of smaller sellers all over the world who set up their own little “shops” on the website. The concept is similar to eBay, but with a focus on reputable sellers who make their own products.

Today, learn everything you need to know about how to sell on Etsy: how Etsy works, why it’s a good platform for your handmade and vintage crafts, and how to get started selling on Etsy.

What Is Etsy?

Etsy prides itself as a “community of makers, small-business owners, and shoppers who all share a passion for uncommon or rare goods.”

When visiting Etsy, you’ll find that the site focuses on handmade gifts, craft supplies, and vintage items (according to their Terms of Use, “vintage items” are those that are 20 years old or older). They also host manufacturers who sell unique, one-of-a-kind products that you won’t necessarily find anywhere else.

Why Etsy is a Great Choice

How Etsy Works

Here are some of the biggest reasons why people choose Etsy over other e-commerce marketplaces like eBay:

  • It’s very easy to get started. Etsy is extremely user-friendly. You can have your business set up and running in one day.
  • You have access to great customer service. If you’re struggling or have a dispute with a customer, you can get help very quickly. Most people who own e-commerce businesses don’t have that luxury and have to deal with everything themselves.
  • Etsy is huge. They already attract a lot of buyers which is something any e-commerce business needs to survive. In fact, 81.9 million buyers purchased goods on Etsy in 2020.
  • People trust Etsy. They are much more likely to buy something on there than on a new and relatively unknown e-commerce store.
  • Etsy offers an easy way to reach an international audience. Etsy helps with the shipping as well. So most of the hard work is taken off your shoulders and you can just concentrate on creating.
  • Etsy helps new sellers grow. Your success is their success and your store can become a great additional source of traffic to your own website later on.

Selling on Etsy vs Selling on Your Own Website

You might be tempted to start your own thing and sell your products on your own website.

And I don’t blame you.

Why work under the rules of Etsy, pay them fees for listing and commissions, and sell to a customer base that isn’t actually yours when you can start building your own brand and keep all your commissions to yourself?

But Etsy does have its advantages.

Setting up your Etsy shop is so much easier than setting up your own e-commerce website.

Also, Etsy also helps get your products in front of a lot of eyes via their website and social media. Considering you’ll have to spend much less time and money on marketing your store, this saves you a lot of time and money you can spend on making your goods to sell.

This doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from having both, however.

Get your shop off the ground with Etsy and then start building your own website when you’ve grown a bit.

Etsy is cheaper to start off with but it can become more fulfilling and more practical to get your own website set up for your shop later on. This is especially important in case Etsy ever decides to close your shop on their platform for whatever reason.

Here are a few things you might want to know about starting your own website if you plan on being an Etsy seller.

Things to Consider Before Opening Your Etsy Shop

There are a few things to keep in mind when before starting an Etsy shop.

Most importantly: what will it cost?

Etsy currently has two subscription options to choose from when signing up (you can always change your subscription later).

The options are:

  • Etsy Standard is the default and comes with all the basic tools that you need to get your store set up on Etsy. This is free of charge.
  • Etsy Plus comes with additional tools, features, and perks to jumpstart your shop’s growth. This costs $10 monthly.

Then, after signing up, Etsy will take $0.20 for every item you list in your shop as part of their listing fee, as well as a 5% transaction fee on every item you sell. A listed item is active for four months or until it is sold.

Lastly, there will be a PayPal processing fee whenever you withdraw money from your Etsy shop to your PayPal account. This fee can be found on the PayPal site. Coincidentally, you can also set it up to have customers pay directly into your PayPal account via Etsy if they pay with PayPal.

Some other things to keep in mind:

  1. Keep enough stock handy as Etsy works on a first come, first serve basis. You don’t want to earn a reputation for not being able to fill orders.
  2. Browse products in the same categories that you want to sell in. You’ll get an idea of what prices people are willing to pay and can price your products competitively.
  3. Decide on your store policies before you start selling. It’s important to state what your stance is on certain stuff like returns or damaged goods, and how you will handle deliveries.

How to Sell on Etsy: A Step-By-Step Guide

Starting an Etsy shop may seem daunting at first but the process is actually simple and easy to follow.

The first step towards selling on Etsy is to register on the site. Once your account has been created, the fun begins!

Here are the steps.

1. Open your Etsy Shop.

On the Etsy homepage, click on Sell on Etsy,

Select your shop language, country, and currency.

Choose your payment method, that is, where you want to receive your payments. All you need is a PayPal account to receive payments, but if it’s available in your country, Etsy Payments is the way to go. This opens up more payment options to your customers, such as debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and many more.

You would also need to set up your billing details where your selling fees will be deducted.

2. Choose a shop name and shop title.

More often than not, your shop name is the very first thing Etsy shoppers encounter, and it’s your only chance to make a first impression.

Make sure it is easy to say and remember and reflects your personal brand.

While you’re brainstorming your shop name, you also need to make sure it’s not too similar to that of another Etsy seller.

Best case scenario, it’s inconvenient for everyone (for you, for the other seller, for confused shoppers). Worst case scenario, your shop might be closed by Etsy and you might be banned from the platform.

The shop title is where you can describe what exactly you’re selling on your shop, so make sure you describe your offerings clearly.

3. Set up your shop to showcase your brand personality.

Speaking of first impressions, you want shoppers to understand what your shop is about just by looking at your shop page, which you can think of as your “storefront.”

The key areas on your shop to play up your brand personality are the following:

  • Banner. This is the single largest thing shoppers will see when they get to your Etsy shop. Make sure you only use high-quality, high-resolution photos or graphics here.
  • Shop logo. Think of your shop logo as your shop’s profile picture. Having a professionally done logo means you’re serious about your branding and makes a good impression on shoppers.
  • Seller profile. Your name and photo are much smaller than the other elements, but make sure your name is your real name and your photo is a high-quality profile photo so you inspire trust at first glance.
  • About section. You get to tell the story of your brand here. Share videos and photos to show off what makes you and your shop special.
  • Shop members. When your shop grows and you need to partner with someone to manage your Etsy shop or to create your products, the names and photos of those people will be shown on this section.
  • Shop policies. Information about processing times, estimated shipping times, payment options, returns and exchanges, privacy policy, and FAQs by customers that aren’t addressed by the policies can all be found here.

4. Create your product listings.

You can now add products you’re selling to your Etsy shop. Follow these steps to list your items.

  1. Add photos or videos. Shoppers want to know exactly what they’re getting. Take a minimum of five high-quality photos of the product from different angles and maybe a couple with a ruler to scale. You can also post a video to give buyers a better look.
  2. Choose your thumbnail. Keep in mind that this is the first image shopper will see, so this should be consistent with all other thumbnails, as well as with the look and feel of your brand.
  3. Complete the listing details. Make sure you place the listing in the correct category, use keywords in the product title and description, and utilize all 13 tags to make it easier for shoppers to find your listing.
  4. Indicate inventory quantity and price. Include how many of the item is in stock. If there are product variants (for instance, size, color, material), make sure to include them all. Price should factor in all costs.
  5. Enter shipping details. Include processing time, shipping fees, country of origin, and item weight and size.
  6. Publish! Once a listing is published, it is now available to buy.

5. Develop a marketing strategy.

Selling on Etsy doesn’t begin and end with opening your shop and listing your products.

Marketing involves helping new customers find your shop and letting existing customers know if you have new products or shop updates, all aiming to increase sales.

Here are some marketing tips to get you started.

  • Optimize your shop for Etsy search. Add the correct location, use keywords that shoppers are likely to use, and offer free shipping (shops that have free shipping on orders $35 and up are prioritized in the search results).
  • Link your shop to social media and vice versa. Social media marketing works on Etsy, so make sure you have a social media presence promoting your Etsy shop. Also, make sure your profile and About section also links to your social media so customers can follow you even outside of Etsy.
  • Consider using Etsy Ads. You can promote your listings in Etsy search on ad spaces that are separate from the search results. Know more about Etsy Ads.

6. Manage your Etsy shop.

As your Etsy shop grows, you need to ensure that your Etsy shop is around for the long haul and doesn’t just tank after a few months. Here are some tips for managing your Etsy shop for success.

  • Provide stellar customer service. Be around to assist buyers before, during, and after an order is shipped and delivered. Follow up on customers a week or so after they’ve received their order and find out how they feel about their purchase.
  • Never stop learning. There’s always something you can do to improve your product listings, marketing efforts, and increase sales. Listen to feedback and keep updated on trends.
  • Take a break if you need to. The world doesn’t and shouldn’t revolve around your shop. When you need to put your shop on hold for any reason (you’re traveling, there’s an emergency, or you’re simply overwhelmed), you can turn on Vacation Mode so you don’t need to worry about mounting orders.

How to be Successful on Etsy

Opening your Etsy shop is one thing, but opening and maintaining a successful one is an entirely different thing.

You need to create a brand that people will connect with to stand out above the rest. That means compelling copy, a great-looking page, quality photos of your products, a friendly demeanor when chatting with customers, and great follow-up techniques.

Here are some of the proven tips that work on Etsy which I’ve come across:

Make sure to have enough items listed on the shop. Customers shy away from shops that don’t sell a lot of items for fear of being scammed.

They usually also prefer to order a couple of items at once to save money on shipping costs.

The more items you list on Etsy, the more likely your products are to come up in searches as well. So this is an all-around great tactic for any seller.

Try to change things up every now and then. People go to Etsy to find new and unique stuff. So try to refresh your stock and also try to work in some seasonal items. People love looking for seasonal gifts or items on Etsy!

Focus on writing outstanding product descriptions. You want to make people understand exactly what they’re buying. They can’t feel or see the product in real life so you have to describe it to them and make them want it.

Go Forth and Conquer Etsy!

You might have wanted to start selling on Etsy to earn some side cash from your hobbies, but this could actually be your first step towards your financial independence and a great way to keep doing what you love while earning a living.

Of course, selling on Etsy may not be for everyone. If you think you want to open a business but don’t know where to start, here are a couple of lists of small business ideas and online business ideas.

Or, if you want ideas to earn some side cash to supplement your income from your day job, check out our huge list of side hustles. Who knows, you might be able to save up a decent amount for the capital to start your own business!

What are you planning to sell on Etsy? Or have you already started? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments!

How to Make Money with Amazon: 10 Ways to Get Started

Let’s be real: There is no doubt that you know how to spend your money on Amazon. But do you know how to make money with Amazon? Do you know how to use the world’s most popular online marketplace to your own advantage?

Like you, I do almost all my shopping on Amazon. And like you, I’ve researched countless ways to save money on Amazon.

The good news is:

Selling on Amazon can make you a lot of money. I am not talking a few dollars per month. I am talking hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a month. The selling behemoth attracts an insane amount of traffic on a daily basis.

Here are some ways you can take advantage of that immense traffic and make money with Amazon.

10 Ways to Make Money with Amazon

1. Sell Products through Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)

Amazon’s FBA program is one of the best ways you can make money with Amazon. The program is huge and one of the most surefire ways you can make hundreds to thousands of dollars per month on Amazon.

The program is easy to learn as well. Basically, all you do is find private label products to sell, and Amazon handles everything else. That includes sales, storage, customer support, and shipping.

You’re practically selling to millions of consumers who already trust Amazon instead of having to launch your own e-commerce blog or page.

So what are the steps you need to take?

  1. Figure out what you want to sell at first. There are 33 selling categories on Amazon, and the first thing you need to do is to figure out what type of product you want to sell.
  2. Make it unique. Don’t be the kind of person who chooses to sell mugs yet again. Make sure your products are useful, unique, and high-quality. This way, you get to eliminate competition and focus on your products.
  3. Choose a selling plan. There are two plans you can choose from: the $39.99-per month Professional plan (if you’re planning to sell over 40 products) and the Individual plan (no monthly fee, but you pay $0.99 over every time sold.)
  4. Start selling. Yes. It’s that simple. List your goods, let Amazon handle the shipping, and watch the money flow in.

Some things to note:

  • It’s not enough for a product to just be unique. Ensure that your product will actually sell by doing intensive product research beforehand.
  • Sell low. At first, you’ll need to sell your product at the lowest possible price. This is a great way to accumulate as many positive reviews as possible that’ll make an increase in your price later on justifiable.
  • Make sure your pricing strategy is competitive.
  • Always prepare for returned/damaged items.

Before you get started, read our full guide on how to become an FBA Amazon seller.

2. Deliver for Amazon Flex

If you don’t want to spend a lot of effort to make money on Amazon, then Amazon Flex is a great way to get paid by Amazon.

There are countless orders being processed by Amazon on a daily basis, and you can make money by capitalizing on that.

You can sign up as an Amazon Flex delivery partner where you’ll be able to deliver goods to consumers. The website states that you can make anything from $18 to $25 per hour.

Simply download the Amazon Flex app, set up your account, look for delivery blocks in your area, and select one. On the day of your block, go to the designated Amazon location, pick up your packages, and deliver them. You’ll get paid after two weeks via direct deposit.

You can also mark yourself available in the app to receive instant bookings, for which you can pick up orders from Prime Now, AmazonFresh, Whole Foods, or other Store locations.

This works a little bit like Uber. You set your own schedule, you decide when and where you can work and you’ll earn competitive pay. This flexible income stream is the perfect side hustle for you to make money with Amazon.

A few notes:

  1. You can use whichever car you have if you’re delivering Prime Now orders.
  2. orders require a four-door car or larger.
  3. You’re not allowed to use motorcycles or scooters.
  4. There will be a background check conducted.
  5. There will be no reimbursement for mileage or parking.

3. Work for Amazon from Home

Many people think landing a job with Amazon is harder than it actually is.

If you’re looking for some extra cash or a part-time job, then you can apply for a work-from-home position and get paid by Amazon.

Customer service jobs are a great way to make money from home, and you can easily make $12 per hour or more from the comfort of your own home.

All you need is a high school diploma, some customer service experience, and computer and phone skills.

Check out all the open remote job positions Amazon has open.

4. Become an Affiliate Marketer for Amazon

If you have your own website with a blog and a large following on social media, then you can monetize it using Amazon.

One of the most effective ways to make money with Amazon is to tap into the potential of the Amazon Associates Program. All you have to do is add Amazon affiliate links to certain products that you advertise.

For example:

You can write a product review blog post on one of Amazon’s products, add the affiliate link, and earn a commission of up to 10% every time someone clicks the affiliate link and purchases the item.

You can get paid for any purchase the reader makes. The trick here is to actually choose high ticket items. This means that your commission can reach $100/day for only 3 to 4 items.

Top tips:

  • Focus on both expensive products and high commission categories.
  • Clicks earn you nothing. You only get commissions out of clicks that lead to actual purchases. This is why you need to use the right buyer keywords.
  • Research your niche, and choose a profitable one.
  • Always have a link-building strategy.

Starting an affiliate blog or turning your blog into one is a relatively simple process.

It’s a great way to make good money in the long term and can open up plenty of other opportunities.

5. Join the Amazon Influencers Program

If you don’t have a website or a blog, but you have a big following on your social media accounts, OR you’re already an Amazon Associate and you also have a huge social media audience, sign up for the Amazon Influencer Program.

Being an Amazon Influencer allows you to tap into your social media following, instead of or aside from your blog or website.

Submit your YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account for review. Once you’re qualified, you can make a storefront on Amazon, use your custom URL to guide your followers to your recommended products, and get rewarded every time your followers purchase through your links.

6. Self-publish a book through Kindle Direct Publishing

If you want a source of passive income, then self-publishing a book is one of your best options. It requires a one-time (but massive) effort of writing the book or hiring someone to write it and you can earn passive income from the published book.

Kindle Direct Publishing is the most popular self-publishing company because it is completely free, your book can instantly be available to millions of readers worldwide, and you will be earning up to 70% royalty. Sounds like a triple-win situation to me!

Amazon also doesn’t “own” your book; you set your price, you have the rights to your book and you can also publish to print for free.


  • Always try to prepare a follow-up book. The more books you write, the more profit you make.
  • Enroll your book in KDP Select and leverage verified reviews (that is, book reviews from people who actually bought your book from Amazon.
  • Set up a smart pricing strategy.

7. Complete tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk

It’s quite easy to sign up to Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) and start to make money on Amazon instantly.

MTurk is a crowdsourcing website where businesses and individuals can outsource simple and repetitive tasks to a virtual workforce so that time and resources are freed for activities that are move valuable to the business.

At the same time, MTurk provides opportunities to gigworkers to earn income online.

Once you’ve completed at least 100 jobs, you can start getting higher-paying gigs and tasks.

8. Apply to Amazon Handmade

If you are more of an artist and crafter than you are an author or a gigworker, perhaps Amazon Handmade has room for you.

Amazon Handmade is an invitation-only, artisan community where creative artists and crafters can sell their unique products to the world.

So it’s basically Etsy but on a much bigger scale.

You do have to apply to be an Artisan, and Amazon takes 15% from the sale of each item. But your selling fees are waived, and you get to put your products in front of millions of potential buyers.

Everything sold on Amazon Handmade must be handmade, hand-altered, or hand-assembled. No mass-produced items are allowed.

Here are some of the categories available to sell under in Amazon Handmade.

  • Accessories
  • Artwork
  • Baby
  • Beauty & Personal Care
  • Clothing
  • Shoes & Handbags
  • Home
  • Outdoor & Home Care
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Kitchen & Dining
  • Pet Supplies
  • Sporting Goods
  • Stationery & Party Supplies
  • Toys & Games

9. Sell Merch on Amazon

Have a clever idea for a shirt, phone case, or PopSocket but can’t afford an industrial printer?

Merch by Amazon may be another good way for you to make money with Amazon!

Merch by Amazon is a print-on-demand service that allows you to sell your designs on a variety of products to reach millions of Amazon customers worldwide without an initial investment or cost to you.

You do have to apply for a Merch by Amazon account. When approved, you can upload your artwork, set a price, and publish it on Amazon, which then takes care of the printing, shipping, and payment of your royalties.

The products available may change, but currently, the products that are available to print on include t-shirts (standard, v-neck, long-sleeved, raglan baseball), hoodies (pullover, zip), sweatshirts, tank tops, PopSockets, phone cases (iPhone and Samsung), tote bags, and throw pillows.

10. Create apps and games for Amazon products

If you want to or already know how to create apps and games, you can make money by publishing your apps on the Amazon Appstore for download on Amazon devices such as Fire TV and Fire Tablets.

How does it work? Simply register a developer account, publish your apps, and start generating revenue.

You can earn through in-app purchases, charging a one-time fee to have access to full app functionality, or displaying ads in your apps.

Start Making Money With Amazon Today!

Amazon is the biggest online marketplace—Amazon made $386.1 billion in 2020—and it’s showing no signs of stopping.

The best thing about making money on Amazon is that you get to actually utilize their reach and users and capitalize on the many different opportunities.

If Amazon isn’t up your alley, there are many more ways you can make quick money.

Which one of these will you try first? Are there other ways to make money with Amazon that I missed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

7 Legit Ways to Make Money Posting Ads

Making money posting ads sounds like a simple, no-fuss job.

However, because it’s a simple job, scammers know they can use it to bilk jobseekers.

Now it’s all confusing; how do you know if a job opportunity is legitimate or if you’re being scammed?

In this article, know how to avoid being scammed. We also list down legitimate ways to make money posting ads.

Ad Posting Jobs: Red Flags to Watch Out For

There are plenty of ads for jobs where you’ll be “posting ads.”

Supposedly, your job is to post pre-written ads to various websites and social media platforms that the company “you work for” provides.

You can reportedly earn up to $100 or more for just an hour’s work—how awesome does that sound?

One catch: In order to land the job, you’ll need to pay a one-time membership fee upfront.

Unfortunately, it’s another way for scammers to fool honest people looking for real work-from-home jobs.

If you found a job that describes your main responsibility as “posting ads,” be wary of any home-based opportunity if they have the following red flags:

  • Upfront Fee Required — It doesn’t matter if they’re collecting $10 or $100. Whenever a potential employer asks for a fee to join, apply, or given access to job details, there’s a huge possibility that this “employer/company” earns exclusively by collecting this fee.
  • No Contact Information and Website — If a company or employer doesn’t have a website or contact info, consider this a major warning not to move further into your “application.” Legitimate companies often have official websites where all information about the company, the services they provide, and the products they sell are freely available for scrutiny.
  • Statements that are Too Good to be True — Just like in any of the other scams I’ve discussed with you in the past, if a work-from-home job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Statements like “Earn $100 an hour for posting ads on Facebook” can really attract a lot of applicants (and that’s what really the scammers aim for), but in most cases, these job posts are crafted specially to pull people in enough to make them shell out money as an “investment” in a job that would earn them $800 for an 8-hour shift.
  • “No Experience Necessary” — This can also be considered as something “too good to be true,” but I want to add emphasis on this one because many people fall for the “no experience necessary” statement as an advantage, when in fact, this can be a red flag that the job is a scam. Legit companies often make an effort to list basic skills and qualifications, even if the position is a junior role. Hiring people with no experience may also mean that those hired are quickly replaceable.

Be aware that there are ad posting jobs available on job boards, but these come very rarely (probably about 1 in every 1,000 jobs) and not as widespread as scammers make them out to be.

7 Real Ways to Get Paid to Post Ads

There are several ways you can make money posting ads, but these methods are often for the long haul (passive income) or a regular 9-to-5 job but with the advantage of letting you perform tasks at comfort of your own home.

1. Run a Blog

You won’t earn a cent (for the first months or years) posting ads on your blog, especially if you’re starting just now from the ground up, but if you’re interested in passive income, this is the best way to “get paid to post ads.”

Running a blog means you’re the boss, so you have total control over what kinds of ads to place all over the blog. Examples of ads perfect for blogs include:

• AdSense, Mediavine, and other ad networks

It’s not easy earning regular Google AdSense money, but if you work at it, the cents-per-ad-click can add up to hundreds of dollars. Some people earn thousands monthly, but it took hard work and a lot of content to do it.

AdSense may be the most popular one around, but you can also find one specific to your niche, beliefs, and so on.

Blogs with significant traffic (over 25,000 monthly visitors) can register with Mediavine (an ad manager), so you can rest easy and let them manage all pay-per-click and other online advertising platforms.

Other ad management sites that require less than 25,000 monthly visitors include:

• Sponsored posts

You can also post ads within a blog post and get paid for it. These ads, known as sponsored posts, are longer than the traditional ad blurbs you see everywhere online. Most sponsored posts talk about a product or service in great detail, complete with photos, personal opinion/recommendation, and other information.

Unfortunately, not all bloggers are given the opportunity to publish sponsored posts. Companies or advertisers often contact bloggers with enough audience so that the post could reach as many potential customers as possible.

It is also the blogger’s decision to accept or reject any requests for sponsored posts, since the ad may not be beneficial to the blogger’s audience, does not align with the blogger’s niche or brand, or if the blogger just doesn’t want to endorse that company, product or service provider.

• Banner ads

You can also rent out ad spaces on your blog. Established bloggers usually prepare a media kit, where details such as traffic, audience demographics, ad space rates, and other stats are included. Advertisers will agree to pay you monthly or a package fee upfront for displaying their ad on the agreed spot on your blog.

Because you have control over the sponsored post and ad spaces, it’s important to be selective with the brands and companies you endorse, since your viewers will directly associate you with all your advertisers.

AdSense can be used even if your blog is only a few months old. By contrast, attracting advertisers willing to pay for banner ads or sponsored posts requires a bit of authority, audience, and relevance, so you’ll need to build your brand a bit more.

2. Become an Influencer and Post Ads on Social Media

You don’t even have to run your own website to make money posting ads. If you have a sizeable following on any social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, you’re probably on your way to becoming an influencer.

Influencers (root word: influence) are ordinary people like you and me, except that thousands or millions of other people around the world find their skills, talents, beauty, and other interesting tidbits about their lives interesting enough to follow.

Words of influencers matter to their followers, which is why companies keep an eye on influencers who would be perfect fits for the company’s niche, brand, or products.

Check out these websites if you’re interested in earning money with your social media accounts:

  • Izea — Provides a platform for you to partner with brands willing to pay for sponsored posts on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
  • Loop 88 — This influencer marketing company pays popular “pinners” for sponsored Pinterest pins.
  • Ifluenz — Connect with advertisers on Influenz and get a chance to earn $10 per post (if you have at least 5k followers on Instagram) or up to $1k per post (if you have over 500,000 followers).
  • SponsoredTweets — Specialized Twitter influencer platform

As the biggest social media platform, you shouldn’t leave Facebook on your list. However, there isn’t a direct way to make money posting ads on Facebook. Instead, you can post Facebook ads to boost your page’s popularity, increase followers, announce a product or service, or even endorse a product as part of your affiliate marketing efforts (see below for additional info about affiliate marketing).

Google AdSense can also be used in monetizing a YouTube channel. Even if you don’t technically “post” an ad on your videos, you allow Google to display its advertisers’ ads on your behalf.

3. Master Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing involves promoting other people’s products. You register with an affiliate marketing company, such as Amazon Associates, Clickbank, and so on, find products you want to endorse, get a link to that product, and share it on your blog, social media, email, and everywhere else you’re allowed to.

When someone clicks that link and buys a product from that website within a specific time (30 days, 60 days, depends on site rules), you get to earn a percentage from their purchase. It doesn’t even have to be the product you chose to advertise.

The amount you earn would depend largely on your audience (the people who will see your affiliate link), ad placement (where you will post the ad), and the advertiser.

Interested in this route? Here are some affiliate marketing ideas and a guide to actually make money with affiliate marketing.

4. Get a Job as a Social Media Manager

This is the most traditional method you can do to make money posting ads, so expect a more traditional full-time job with an 8-hour shift and a pre-negotiated weekly, bimonthly, or monthly salary.

The good news is that a social media manager job has high demand and you can work from home while employed by some kind of marketing, advertising, or PR agency. Because online advertising involves A/B testing, complex analytics, and more, you need to be up-to-date with the ever-changing internet advertising industry.

This job can also incorporate other kinds of ad-posting techniques, including affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, pay-per-click ads, but with a bigger emphasis on social media.

FlexJobs has plenty of social media manager positions, but they may be called different things, such as “internet advertising rockstar,” “online marketing,” and so on.

5. Become a PPC Specialist

Probably the most lucrative way of earning money by posting ads is to become a PPC specialist. These are experts in planning, developing, and monitoring ad campaigns for search engines like Yahoo, Bing, and Google.

You can do this freelance, but you’ll need a lot of experience, a portfolio to show off your skills, and referrals that prove your knowledge in pay-per-click campaigns.

Or, if you don’t want to bother looking for your own clients, find a company in need of a PPC genius. You’d be surprised at how many companies are still looking for someone who will handle their online ad campaigns.

This job isn’t the easiest of the bunch, but if you’ve got the chops for it, you won’t fall for any ad-posting scams ever again.

6. Work As A Display Ad Specialist

If writing and creating content for advertisements is what you’re good at, you can offer your services to brands and companies to handle their ad campaigns on social media and Google search pages.

You’d be responsible for planning and executing an advertising campaign, writing and creating content, and posting ads on various places online.

Aside from social media and Google Ads, you can also work on banner ads for display on websites.

7. Post Ads On Your Car

This one is offline and creative.

Your car is a prime advertising space, especially if you commute every day on busy roads.

And there are companies willing to pay you to post ads on your car. Some of these legitimate companies to help you get started include Wrapify, Carvertise, and Nickelytics.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know the legitimate ways you can make money posting ads, here are two examples of ad-posting scams that you might find online:

  • People who spread the word about “make money posting ads” used to be people just like you looking for ad-posting gigs. Now, they are affiliate marketing for another company so they could earn money with every person referred, and so the cycle continues and everyone is trapped in a multilevel marketing scheme.
  • People who are actually out to scam others by promising work in exchange for membership fees that give access to fake work-from-home sites.

Hopefully, with the guide above, you can prevent falling for these scams and instead switch your gears to post ads the legitimate way.

Interested in learning more? The best way to get paid to post ads is to become a brand ambassador. More detail in there.

Or if you’re interested in other work-from-home jobs, check out our massive list.

Have you ever responded to a job listing saying you can make money posting ads? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

How to Become a Voice Actor: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you have a naturally smooth and attractive voice, you might have wondered how to become a voice actor and earn from your voice.

You might think it’s as simple as recording yourself, sending recordings to different companies, and getting hired.

However, this career path requires plenty of time and effort before you even get to record your first demo.

Plus, this industry is highly competitive. It turns out, there are plenty of other voice actors, and it’s not easy to land a job, especially if you’re only starting out.

Today, our comprehensive guide on how to become a voice actor should help you start from scratch and get voice acting jobs in no time!

9 Steps on How to Become a Voice Actor

1. Study Other Voice Actors

Observation is the first step in every successful plan of action.

Head to a play and observe how the actors enunciate and express themselves.

Listen to radio commercials and study the way their tones change accordingly.

This will definitely help you understand the art of voice acting and will eventually help teach you how to become a voice actor.

2. Learn How to Act

Part of becoming a voice actor that sometimes gets ignored is the acting part.

Hone your acting skills and join acting groups or acting guilds, as well as a couple of improv classes.

Improv classes take your acting a little further and teach you how to think on your feet while speaking and acting without losing your composure.

Being a part of a community of actors with both veterans and newbies is definitely one of the best ways to learn how to act. You benefit from the wisdom of the veterans and get to learn from shared experiences with newbies like yourself.

Also, it enables you to network. The entertainment industry is notoriously hard to break into, and knowing people in the industry would make it much easier for you.

3. Find a Voice Coach or Trainer

When starting out as a voice actor, you simply don’t know what you don’t know. You may have the talent, but the most successful voice actors can attest that education, coaching, and training sessions are worthwhile investments.

There are different types of voice over coaches for different skills that you’d need for different voice actor jobs.

In the beginning, you’d want to look for a general vocal coach who can teach you the basic concepts, techniques, and tips to becoming a voice actor.

When you want to go beyond the basics, there are vocal coaches who can help you with accents, audio production, demo creation, character voice development, and so much more.

Continuous education is a big factor fin your success.

4. Set up Your Home Recording Studio

The most important aspect of a home recording studio is its soundproofing.

Set up a space in a quiet corner in your house, such as a walk-in closet or space under the stairs with minimal foot traffic, no outside sounds, and minimal ambient noise.

Egg crates are inexpensive and work surprisingly well as a sound-absorbing material on your walls. Cover everything else with comforters, especially surfaces where noise can bounce off.

Later, when work picks up, you can designate a space or room as a permanent home recording studio and use professional audio insulation material to soundproof your space.

5. Invest in Your Equipment

Professional quality microphone

If you want to become a voice actor with steady clients, don’t skimp on your microphone.

No matter how great your voice quality is, your recording can be ruined by a cheap mic that records poor quality audio or too much background noise.

A quality microphone decreases background noise and picks up the most important sound in a microphone: your voice.

It’s also recommended to get a microphone that connects to your computer via XLR, instead of USB or wireless microphones.

Also, you’ll want to get a microphone stand; you won’t want to hold the microphone for hours on end.

A mesh pop filter that you position between the microphone and your mouth is another worthwhile accessory to invest in. Its purpose is to reduce popping sounds from fast-moving air after making P, B, T, J, C, or K sounds.

Professional quality headphones

Another piece of equipment that you can’t afford not to spend on is your headphones.

You’ll need to hear your recording accurately to assess the quality of your voice and background noise while you’re doing the editing and post-production.

Also, you’d want snug-fitting, comfortable headphones, as you’ll be wearing them for a long time while editing.

High quality computer/laptop

Your computer needs to be able to store all your recordings, handle all your recording equipment, and be compatible with the audio editing software you’ll be working with.

If you’re buying a brand new computer or laptop, consider the ports available, sound card, processor, and memory.

6. Learn Technical Skills

Before you get intimidated, technical skills refers to setting up and using audio equipment to record and then edit your recording.

Of course, you can hire professional sound engineers to do it for you, but this would cost you a huge amount in the long run.

You’ll need a solid software program to be able to record your voice with as little background noise and as little compression as possible.

These programs should also allow you to edit your recordings, such as reducing background noise, enhancing portions of the audio, and removing and stitching together relevant sections.

Here are the most highly rated audio recording and editing software that you can use.


Most new voice actors choose to use Audacity because it’s free and simple to use, but even veteran voice actors find Audacity a great voice recording software overall.

It’s compatible with different operating systems and it has great functionality that holds its own against other pricier software.


With its overall quality, user-friendly interface, multiple effects, and compatibility with various common file formats, WavePad is consistently highly rated among voice actors.

For just $39.95 you can create professional quality audio recordings at the comfort of your own home.


RecordPad is actually from the same company that offers WavePad (NCH Software).

It has fewer functions than WavePad because it’s a recording software; it allows you to record, rip, and burn audio. However, if you don’t need plenty of editing and filtering functions, this is cheaper than WavePad.

Here is a list of other software popular with voice actors.

  • Adobe Audition
  • Mixcraft 9
  • Sony Sound Forge Pro
  • GarageBand & Sound Recorder
  • Cool Edit Pro 2
  • Twisted Wave


7. Practice Constantly

You might think practice isn’t really essential, since you technically speak all the time.


Being a voice actor is much more than just being able to say the words.

You must know how to convey the feeling of the character you are portraying through the tone of your voice, the choice of words, and the depth of emotions.

To actually practice this means reading out loud every single day.

There are plenty of voice over scripts available online that you can access through a simple Google search.

If you have kids at home, you can also practice by reading children’s books aloud.

Children’s books are so animated that with just one story, you can practice voicing out different characters.

8. Record Several Voice Over Demos

When you’re confident enough in your voice acting skills, you can move on to the next step and create voice over demos to demonstrate your abilities to casting directors and potential clients.

A voice over demo is a short audio clip that showcases your voice acting skills in a few minutes. The majority of clients only have to listen for a few seconds before they decide whether or not to hire you.

I recommend creating plenty of demos to highlight your versatility and range. For instance, have one for audiobook narration jobs, one for character voices, one for radio advertisements, and so on.

Also, a great way to build your portfolio when you’re already getting gigs and jobs is to request permission to use a sample of your work on a project for your demo. This way, prospective clients can hear a final version of your voice acting work.

9. Market Yourself

The next thing to do is to market your skills and services by building a solid online presence.

First thing you need to do is to create your own website where potential clients and producers can learn more about you, contact you, and listen to your voice over demos.

If you’re not confident in your website-building skills, you can enlist the help of professionals such as Voice Actor Websites to help you.

Social media marketing is important but only secondary to your own website. If you can only choose one social media platform, choose LinkedIn. You want to convey that you’re serious in pursuing voice acting as a career.

Build your brand through your online presence. Once people start trusting your brand, they will work with you regularly and the next thing you know your calendar would be filled with bookings.

Where to Find Voice Actor Jobs

Before exploring resources and job boards, here is a list of the specific jobs involved in the voice acting industry that you may want to consider:

  • Dubbing for Foreign Films
  • Animation Voice Overs
  • Commercial Voice Over
  • TV Program Voice Over
  • Radio Hosting
  • Radio And Audio Dramas
  • Video Games Voice Over
  • Audio Book Reader
  • IVR Phone Systems Voice Over
  • E-Learning Programs Voice Over
  • Voice of God Voice Over For Live Events
  • Podcasts
  • Documentary Narration


When choosing what to specialize in, you must take your skill set into consideration. People who do voice overs for animations have a whole different skill level compared to those who talk for an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system.

Choosing the job that fits your skill and interest is highly essential to ensure success.

Here are some of the job boards and resources you can look at to find voice acting jobs.


How Much Can Voice Actors Make

One of the most discussed topics within voice actors’ community is the compensation.

Voice actors generally get paid on a per-project or per-job basis. You can earn up to $150 for a 15-second recording for a small website with not a lot of reach.

For an audiobook, you can earn around $2,000 to $5,000.

Consider that aside from the time you spend actually talking, you take some time to edit the recording and do some post-production on the file.

If you calculate it per hour, it averages out around $250 to $300 an hour.

So, can you make a living with your voice?

You always have the option of working on this part-time or full time.

If we calculate that and assume that you have at least one job a month, you’re definitely making enough to take care of a few bills here and there.

Should you choose to work full-time on voice acting, being able to accumulate more working hours can earn a higher rate. For example; a FUNimation voice actor can earn $70,000 to $83,000 a year.

The rate can increase over time, should you get more clients and have something unique that they may need.

Building your name within the industry is something you should really work on to get a higher compensation.

Putting up the capital to get you started may cost you thousands of dollars, but the return of investment is fast as long as you’re doing the job right.

Final Thoughts

Voice acting can be an exciting, unique, and rewarding career, but it’s not for everyone, and it can be overwhelming for someone who’s starting from scratch.

Hopefully, our guide on how to become a voice actor has been helpful to you.

with hard work, support and a little help from your peers, you can certainly thrive in the business in no time.

Are you planning to start your career as a voice actor soon? Share your plans with us in the comments!

How Ordinary People Make Money with Patreon

Patreon is a crowd-funding membership platform, which means you can make money with Patreon if people like you enough to pay and subscribe to your channel in order to access your content.

Compared to YouTube, Patreon is a bit underrated as a money-making platform.

However, it is one of the most highest-paying platforms for the creative crowd online.

There are over 100,000 creators on Patreon, with the top tier earning salaries of $2 million monthly (or more).

These creators range from YouTubers to writers, musicians, podcasters, comic artists, videographers, online gamers, and other creatives with interesting skills to share with the world.

Today, you’ll learn how you can make money with Patreon: how Patreon works, how it’s different from YouTube, and who earns the most on this platform so you can be inspired and encouraged.

How Does Patreon Work?

Many YouTube stars who have made money from YouTube embraced YouTube and Patreon equally.

But the original way people earned money through YouTube was via AdSense.

A viewer must watch an ad for 30 seconds, or click the ad featured before or somewhere in the middle of a YouTuber’s video. Only then will the YouTuber earn money.

It sounds simple but YouTubers don’t earn a lot this way. It would take about 1,000 views for a YouTuber to earn $10 to $20.

Unless a YouTuber’s channel has millions of viewers, earning through YouTube’s AdSense would take a lot of time, effort, and content.

To complement this income generation, many YouTubers took to Patreon and made it their second home.

In Patreon, musicians, singers, painters, writers, video game writers, and other creators were able to set subscription fees in exchange for VIP-style access to their work.

Several types of fan support at Patreon exist:

  • Monthly subscription – Fans of a creator pay a monthly subscription fee in exchange for freebies and insider news (sometimes being first to listen to a new song, asked opinions about a new comic character, and so on). Depending on your Patreon plan, you can create tiers of memberships with various monthly subscriptions. For instance, you can set entry-level memberships at $3/month, a mid-level tier at $10/month, and a high-level tier at $20/month.
  • Per-creation campaign – Let’s say an independent ukulele player wants to release a new album, but has no funds to do so. She then creates a campaign on Patreon specifically for this project. Fans can support this album one-off without having to pay a monthly subscription fee.
  • Donation – If you’re a fan and you donate money to a creator you like, you’re in control of how much you want to give, and when you want to send your donation. You don’t need to be a paying subscriber or a support of a campaign to donate. The catch is that donations often do not include freebies. Of course this isn’t set in stone, since the creator can still send gifts your way as a donor.

You might think: why go to Patreon, if YouTube is already the biggest video-sharing platform on the planet?

Here are several reasons why…

Patreon vs. YouTube Channel Membership

  • Patreon filled a void – At the time of Patreon’s launch in 2013, YouTube has not yet launched its own Channel Membership program (this came out in mid-2018). Those who have started out at Patreon’s membership service stuck with it even after YouTube’s launch.
  • Patreon takes a smaller percentage – Patreon is still a service, so it charges its users for using the platform by taking a percentage of their monthly income. Depending on which Patreon plan you subscribe to, they get 5% (for Lite), 8% (for Pro), or 12% (for Premium). This is aside from the payment processing fee. It sounds more Compared to YouTube’s massive 30% cut, Patreon is more friendly to its users.
  • Patreon’s terms do not change drastically – Google, the mother company of YouTube, is notorious for updating its terms regularly. These terms include changes with monetization, which can be off-putting to YouTubers.
  • No minimum patrons required – At Patreon, there were no requirements regarding the number of patrons upon sign-up. With YouTube’s Channel Membership, your channel had to have at least 100,000 subscribers.

When it comes to pledges of supporters, Patreon and YouTube have similar starting points.

The starting price for YouTube channel memberships is $0.99/month at YouTube Channel Membership, while the starting price at Patreon is $1/month.

How Much Can You Earn With Patreon?

It has been proven that you can make money with Patreon, but it’s simply impossible to state an estimated income you can get from Patreon mainly because the number of supporters and how much they’re willing to shell out are different among Patreon users.

Below are a few of the top creators making the most money on Patreon, according to Graphtreon:

  • True Crime Obsessed (Earns an estimated $103K to $293K per month with over 38K patrons) – True crime podcast hosted by Gillian Pensavalle and Patrick Hinds
  • Chapo Trap House (Earns more than $164,000 per month with over 36K patrons)Political comedy podcast by hosts Matt Christman, Will Menaker, Virgil Texas, Felix Biederman, and Ambe A’Lee Frost
  • Yagami Yato (Earns an estimated $49K to $289K per month with over 33K patrons) – NSFW Vocal artist, ASMR, and interactive fiction
  • DarkCookie (Earns more than $68K per month with over 25K patrons) – Creator of NSFW game Summertime Saga
  • Brandon Stanton (Earns an estimated $38K to $197K per month with over 20K patrons) – Photographer and creator of the Humans of New York photo series on social media and now published as books
  • Amanda Palmer (Earns an estimated $18K to $136K per month with over 14K patrons) – Singer, musician, podcaster, and blogger
  • CGP Grey (Earns more than $42K per month with over 13K patrons) – YouTuber with educational explanatory videos on a wide variety of subjects, mostly through animation

As you can see from these creators, it is definitely possible to make money with Patreon no matter what type of content you publish as long as you have followers (or in this case: “patrons”).

As a creator, you will dictate the tiers (membership levels) and the corresponding benefits for every tier.

You can add multiple tiers, as well as multiple benefits. And choose if you’d like to include tangible items, such as t-shirts, stickers, CDs, and various other merch or digital items, such as access to a livestream or a copy of an unreleased song.

Who Can Make Money with Patreon?

Anyone can open up a Patreon account.

However, once you begin earning money from the subscriptions, Patreon gets a cut from your monthly income.

As I’ve mentioned, the percentage will depend on what type of Patreon plan you chose: Lite (5%), Pro (8%), or Premium (12%).

The pricier the Patreon plan you choose, the more add-ons you get, such as detailed analytics, accounts for team members, a dedicated partner manager, and so on.

If you’re planning to join Patreon, but is not sure if you’d fit in, you’d be surprised at the impressive range of Patreon users there are.

To give you an idea, here are some real Patreon users and how they’re using this platform to earn money online:

1. Podcasters

We know crowdfunding is a legitimate way of making money from podcasts.

You don’t need to be a professor, public speaker, or celebrity to create a podcast. As long as you’re creative, smart, and entertaining enough, people will naturally want to listen to you and hear more.

Aside from the Chapo Trap House, The Last Podcast on the Left is another popular podcast hosted by friends Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski.

Since 2011, these guys have been releasing 1-hour podcasts about the horrors of the world, both imagined and real. Think zombies, serial killers, and so on. While Zebrowski is a comedian on his own right, his co-hosts mostly found massive fame through the podcast.

2. Teaching and Education

There is massive potential for teaching at Patreon.

From musicians creating music lessons for their patrons to English teachers creating lessons for their ESL students, the possibilities are endless.

You’d find essay writing lessons, painting courses, cooking lessons, and many more.

3. Musicians

Singers and musicians are big at Patreon.

A cappella groups Pentatonix and Home Free are perfect examples of music acts that opened their world to patrons, which ultimately helped them create music, tour more places, and produce music videos.

If you’re trying to learn guitar, you can find many expert guitarists sharing their knowledge at Patreon.

You just gotta dig deeper and learn how other musicians take care of their patrons.

4. Video Creators

These group of creators bring a wide range of content to the world.

Some share educational videos like cooking or experiments, while others stick with pranks, family funny videos, and so on.

5. Visual Artists

The internet threatened traditionally-beloved professions like comic book artists and other similar fields.

But the technology, tools like drawing tablets and software, and services like Patreon paved the way for visual artists to make money online.

Today, exceptionally-talented artists like Brian Gordon (of Fowl Language) and Nick Seluk (of The Awkward Yeti) are able to do what they love the most and earn a living from their comics too!

Thanks, in part, of their fans who helped bring money to the artists by buying their merch, joining Kickstarter campaigns, or subscribing to their Patreon.

6. Writers

The cool thing about Patreon is that creators can offer their content in phases, which is ideal for authors working on their novels.

They can choose to be “paid” as they go.

Journalists also have a nice little home here, especially those with very specific niches.

7. Game creators

Video game creators join Patreon and release updates and sneak peaks of their games to their patrons.

Some go as far as asking their patrons to help shoulder the game development bill.

Watching online gamers do their thing (and narrate what their characters are doing on screen) has been around for several years and who wouldn’t want to get paid to play video games?

It’s no wonder these popular names from the gaming industry are using Patreon to share more content in exchange for income from monthly subscriptions.

8. Communities and Organizations

Of course, organizations (whether private or non-profit) and communities can turn Patreon into their go-to fundraising headquarters.

Patreon was made exactly to unite a community of people into one (or more) goals.

Tips to Be Successful on Patreon

Making money on Patreon isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it type of task. It involves constant work on your end to keep your existing patrons, get new ones, and create new content.

Here are a few tips for success on this platform.

1. Carefully consider whether signing up as a Patreon creator is a good fit for you.

As I keep stressing above, anyone can sign up on Patreon and start making money.

But just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.

First, compute your overhead costs. If whatever you’re creating requires expensive raw materials, labor, or any other upfront costs, you might want to reconsider having Patreon as your main source of income.

Second, you need to come into Patreon with a fan base, whether from social media, your regular clients, or yes, even YouTube.

Patreon can help you get funded, but without enough online followers opening their wallets to support you, your Patreon campaign may go unfunded.

Lastly, you need to be able to handle enormous pressure.

Having a virtual line of patrons outside your virtual door, waiting for your next creation to drop, and being vocal about it (after all, they invested in your work) will either motivate you to get off your behind and start working.

Or the overwhelming pressure can break your resolve.

Know yourself enough to decide whether you can handle it.

2. Set achievable goals.

The best thing to avoid reneging on a promise is to not promise anything you can’t deliver.

Lots of sites will advise you to create multiple tiers of support, starting from entry-level, 1 to 3 mid-levels, and a limited VIP tier open only for a number of patrons. These multiple tiers would naturally have different rewards or perks.

And I’m here to tell you to set reasonable goals for yourself in terms of whether you’re able to deliver these perks.

Will you be able to meet the demand for content if you ever reach thousands of patrons?

Ask yourself this question constantly when you’re planning out your tiers and rewards.

3. Constantly be creating high-quality content.

Even if you were able to optimize your tiers, promote your Patreon page, and increase the number of your patrons, you’re not going to make money on Patreon for long if your content is less than your best.

Your followers became patrons because they’re fans of the free content you’ve already put out there. Asking for their monetary support and then delivering goods that are far from what they’ve come to expect is the fastest way to ensure that monetary support dries up.

4. Keep creating for non-patrons

Speaking of free content, suppress the urge to make all your content exclusive to patrons.

You’ll want to continue growing your audience outside of Patreon so you can reach more potential patrons who will invest in your project.

And they won’t do it if they don’t know what you’re about.

5. Keep an attitude of gratitude for your patrons.

While there is no bigger “thank you” than delivering what your promised, it’s still a good idea to thank your patrons in many different ways.

This is especially important during the early days, when only a few of them liked your content enough to have faith in you and invest in you.

Personalized messages and special perks to your early patrons will go a long way in promoting goodwill and ensuring you have loyal patrons.

At the same time, new patrons need to feel appreciated, too.

You might not be able to send personalized messages after a certain point, but never forget to thank them and acknowledge their contribution somehow, such as a special shoutout in your work.

Final Thoughts on Making Money With Patreon

Wouldn’t it be nice if creating content sold itself and paid for itself so you can keep doing it.

Unfortunately, it can’t.

Fortunately, making money on Patreon so you can sustain your passion is now possible.

I hope this article helped you make up your mind if Patreon is a good fit for you and inspired you with Patreon success stories.

Are you signing up for Patreon? Or are you already there and loving it? Tell us your stories (and maybe drop your Patreon link?) in the comments!

How to Launch a Party Planning Business from Home

You can launch and succeed in operating a party planning business from home, if you’ve ever found yourself really enjoying the planning of your kid’s birthday parties, your best friend’s bridal shower, or your parent’s golden anniversary.

The outlook for this market is pretty good as well. In fact, the children’s party industry alone is a multi-million dollar industry with parents spending an average of $500 per party no matter the age of the kid. Imagine how well your business will make if you corner the market in your neighborhood or at your kid’s school.

This post should jump-start your dream of opening a party-planning business and give you a checklist of everything you’ll need moving forward…

Before You Start for Your Party Planning Business…

Like any kind of business, you have to be with the right mindset once you decide to set up an event planning business. This won’t be a piece of cake, and the success won’t be overnight either.

While the returns of a party planning business can be high, you’d need a ton of experience to withstand the ever-changing economy. Here are three major considerations:

  • Zooming in on a niche – Do you want to be an all-in-one party planning business? Would you prefer intimate events? children’s parties? garden weddings? Decide on this early on, so you can prepare the equipment, costs and effort involved in that particular niche.
  • Competition and Market Research – Even if you’re operating the business mostly from home, your market is important because it is the area where you’ll be targeting clients. Identify how many direct competition you’ll have in town once you decide to stick with children’s party planning, or just weddings. Once you’ve list down your competition, answer this question: do you offer something they’re not offering?
  • Employed to business owner – If you’re giving up your job to launch this business, you have to prepare for the inevitable days when you don’t earn a cent for yourself. How much money will you need to survive month to month? This is the reason many small business owners will advice that you start your party planning business from home “on the side” and work your way to full-time once the business pulls in as much as you were making from your day job.

You should understand what it takes to set-up this kind of business because they could make or break your chances of becoming a successful business owner.

Event Planning Equipment

Once you’ve decided on the type of events your business will focus on, gathering the equipment is going to be an easy step.

Because this business is service-based, you’d likely be investing more on hiring good people than things.

You do have to have the essentials, such as a working computer, printer, WiFi, phone, a place you can call your office (even if it’s only just a desk and chair), answering machine (or service provider), a van, marketing supplies (such as business cards and posters).

A FUNCTIONAL WEBSITE: This isn’t technically an “equipment,” but you’ll be using the website as your storefront because your business is home-based. And there’s no better way to give an impressive first impression than to launch a professional website with a user-friendly navigation, pleasing-to-the-eye design, and content that includes the business’ complete info, contact details and useful tips.

6 Steps to Launch a Party Planning Business from Home

Businesses, whether they have a storefront or not, must be planned properly from the start. This way, you’ll just be focusing on the day-to-day operations once you launch your party planning business from home.

1. Create a solid Business Plan

There are plenty of tutorial on how to create a business plan. You can make it as comprehensive, or as simple as you prefer. Just don’t forget these 3 things:

  • Business name – This will be your product, your brand, your income-generating name. Make it count. Don’t rush the process. Brainstorm for days and whenever you pick a name, put it aside and brainstorm some more. Once you’ve had several names placed on the side, compare and choose from that list.
  • Pricing – One major clue that a company isn’t organized is when you ask about fees and they answer with confusing or missing information. When building your business plan, make sure to identify what kind of pricing structure your company will follow. Do you want to separate a commission for your services on top of all the supplier costs? Do you charge by-the-hour and settle payments across all suppliers? Are you going to offer packages? Spy on your competition’s pricing to get an idea of what you’d like for your own business.
  • Marketing Plan – Marketing may seem like an overwhelming task if you’re all alone operating a party planning business from home, but don’t fret. You can take baby marketing steps and still reap rewards. Of course, the first step of your marketing should always be your website. From there, expand your online presence, pinpoint ways to market your business locally, and explore other techniques that would be perfect for your niche. For example, showcase a children’s party that you planned by inviting classmates of your kids with their parents, and then networking after the party.

 2. Become Legal and Insured.

Even if you’re operating your event planning business from home, you still have to fulfill legalities, such as registering your business.

  • Business permits: The process will vary between cities and countries, so better check your local government about required paperwork. If you have partners, they would have to be present when filing documents since everyone must sign and complete the forms.
  • Insurance: It is important to be insured so that your personal assets won’t be included if ever someone sues your business. Take to an insurance broker for other relevant insurance you might need.
  • Company bank account: Open a separate bank account for the business. Not only will this help you organize accounting, it will also ensure your personal finances will not mix with the business finances and vice versa. 

3. Hunt for an Army of Reliable Contractors.

As the event planner, you will lead a host of suppliers (flowers, cake, venue, musicians, clowns, balloons, and so on) and ensure that everything the client paid for falls into place.

Unfortunately, if there’s a weak link within your group, this will affect your company and not the vendor. This is the reason you should find reliable vendors that provide quality services and products consistently.

And once  you’ve found them, nurture these relationships. The more trustworthy people you have as part of your contact list, the better your chances of expanding your business.

4. Create a Portfolio.

With every event you complete, make sure to take pictures, save event details, and try to ask for testimonials from your current clients.

Do this every time, then post event details on your company website. If you compiled enough testimonials, upload them as videos (or audios) with their permissions, the publish as you please.

5. Build Your Online Presence

Your website isn’t the only marketing tool you should work on. You should also open accounts for the major platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other relevant social media accounts..

Invest in logo design, so the graphics will be uniform across all platforms.

And create a content calendar, so you’d remember to check messages and post every now and then. If possible, make it interactive by hosting giveaways, contests, and surveys.

6. Market Your Business Like Crazy

Like building your online presence, you should also be continuously marketing your business online and offline.

Referrals are important, so announce to everyone you know about the event planning business you’ve just opened up. Your family or friends may not need your service right now, but they could recommend you to other people they know.

You are the number 1 endorser of your company, so learn how to advertise your business everywhere.

*** These same steps apply if you’re planning to launch a baked goods business, candle-making, brewery, or any kind of business operating from home.

The Bottom Line

Once you’ve taken care of the initial preparations and footwork, most of the communication between clients would be done remotely (via text, chat, video chat, and even by e-mail). Even marketing efforts can be done at the comforts of your own home.

You do have to get to the party on the day. It helps with closing the deal with your current client, and networking to party guests who might be interested in your event-planning services in the future.

If you feel that an event planning business is a little too much for your taste, you can still take advantage of your organizational skills by setting up a travel planning service from home.

For at-home moms who are interested in earning extra cash, but can’t work yet, this list of work-at-home jobs for moms could be a lifesaver.

How to Land a Video Game Writing Job

If you have a knack for writing on top of having a genuine love for all things video games, why not consider looking at video game writing jobs and combining your skills and passion?

The gaming industry has been steadily growing with the improvement of technology. Immersive gaming, esports, multifunctional video consoles, livestreaming, and mobile gaming are all projected to grow this year and beyond.

The global gaming market is expected to be worth $159.3 billion dollars, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. By 2023, it is expected to breach the $200 billion mark.

With this growth in the gaming industry comes a growth in jobs in the industry, including video game writing.

Today, we’ll take a look at the two types of video game writing jobs, how to get these jobs, and what it takes to do these jobs successfully.

Two Types of Video Game Writing Jobs

Many writers would agree that as much as there are different kinds of writing jobs out there both online and IRL, there are also different writing specializations to fit anyone’s skill.

If you dig into the writing careers available in the video game industry, you’d see that the opportunities are mostly divided into two:

  • Writing FOR video games. These writers are involved in the development of the video game itself. These writers are awesome storytellers and would excel in adding words, stories, expressions to 3D graphics of the game.
  • Writing ABOUT video games. The other type of video game writing is from the perspective of a gamer or someone observing a gamer.

Both types of writing would require you to play as many video games as you can and learn about them as much as you can. If you’re not passionate or knowledgeable enough about video games, it’s going to show in your writing.

Jobs That Involve Writing FOR Video Games

If you want to be part of the team developing video games, writing for video games is the path you want to be on.

If employed with just one company, the average video game writer’s salary is $75,000 to 80,000 per year. Of course, studios with higher budgets tend to pay higher than average.

What tools will you need?

Story-based games can be exceptionally complicated with near-infinite possibilities of scripts and gameplay, depending on what the gamer chooses in the game.

  • Understanding how strings work. Scriptwriting a video game isn’t like any kind of writing. You’d have to collaborate with multiple talented people when writing a “text snippet,” or what game programmers know as a “string.” This string is saved in a text database, which everyone from designer, coder, writer, and even video game testers will use to perfect the game.
  • Knowing the ins and outs of gameplay. As a gamer, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of your players. You know that the options given to your player, usually called “goals” or “missions,” are what lead you to the plot of a story. This type of skill cannot be learned by the book; it’s something you learn and experience from years worth of gaming to be able to get the point of a story across with the player and game mechanics in mind.
  • Practice with tools. Sites like Twine or Inform are great resources for you to use when practicing how to write creative non-linear fiction. There’s also an app called Episode that brings your story to life with ready-made graphics.
  • Learn the types of video game content you’ll write. You’re going to be training yourself with new ways of writing. For example:
    • Flowcharts – These make it easy for you to visualize every possible option allowed to the player.
    • Side quests/missions – This goes beyond the main story and may lead to a totally different story altogether.
    • Character dialogues – You’ll work on the player dialogues (which would have multiple variations at a time) and dialogues of characters the player will interact with inside the game.
    • Narrations and cut scenes – These sequences are often inserted before and after a level or a mission.
    • Final storyboard – If you have experience with scriptwriting in films and TV shows, this is probably the most familiar task you’ll work on. This is only written once all other content has been created since it will include every plot twist and gameplay from beginning to end.

1. Narrative Designer

Narrative designing is a mix of game designing and writing where you come up with the foundational story, subplots, character bios and backstories, general lore, and everything in between.

It also falls on the narrative designer to document game worlds, levels, missions, quests, and the actions a player can take.

Overall, a narrative designer develops a story experience that a player should have and presents it to a team of graphic designers, animators, sound engineers, and others involved in game development.

You’re most likely going to work on a particular game on a per-project basis.

If you’re serious about pursuing this career path, there are courses offered in colleges, universities, and online schools like Coursera and

2. Scriptwriter

The focus of a game scriptwriter is the dialogue by the characters. The main responsibility of the scriptwriter is to ensure that the dialogue at any point in the game adheres to the game narrative.

They usually write in flowcharts to make sure they have scripts for every possible action done by the player and every possible scenario that results from that action.

It involves less interaction with your colleagues who are involved in the mechanics and gameplay. You’re more likely to work with the game director or probably even the narrative designer, who would be checking your progress and guiding you until you complete the project.

Jobs That Involve Writing ABOUT Video Games

On the other hand, if you want to write from an outsider’s perspective, that is, as someone who plays and enjoys video games, there are plenty of opportunities to write about these video games.

Think contributors to Gamespot, 1Up, Polygon, and other similar gaming sites.

Most of the time, these writers are gamers themselves, which makes them quite the pro when it comes to writing about video games.

Here are writing gigs that you might be interested in.

3. Write news and previews about upcoming video games

Use your writing skills to spread news and updates about soon-to-be-released video games.

No opinions needed here yet, so just pull out your 4Ws and 1H (who, what, where, why, and how), reporting news as they come in.

Previews are also made available by video game companies to the right writers (i.e., the popular ones) to garner publicity for their games.

4. Write reviews of recently released video games

Reviews are more personal.

You’d have to play the video game and experience the story firsthand before you can pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of a particular game.

There’s a special kind of writing skill to become a critic. Google the late, great John Peter Bain, more popularly known as ‘TotalBiscuit’ to know if you’ve got what it takes to become a video game reviewer.

5. Write tutorials about a particular video game

Game tutorials are challenging to write because you’d have to be a phenomenal gamer, or involved in the production of that game to be able to release a tutorial quickly after the release of a game.

If you’re not in a rush and prefer to write “the go-to tutorial of all tutorials,” then it’s totally up to you.

6. Write strategy guides for video games

Strategy guides are more focused on particular levels or scenarios in the game.

Players can’t get that all-important power up? Or can’t defeat a specific boss?

Help them do it.

Create a strategy guide for them and maybe even share some cheat codes to help other players just like you to complete that game.

As players would likely be searching online articles, it helps to be familiar with SEO so that your strategy guide comes up when players search the right keywords.

Work For a Company Or Go Freelance?

The cool thing about writing previews, news, reviews, and tutorials of a game is that you can eventually be your own boss by starting a blog and generating income from it, starting your own YouTube channel, writing an e-book, and following other passive income generating techniques.

Or you can find an online magazine like Gamespot and apply to become a video game writer.

You’d be surprised just how many websites are trying to get a piece of the gaming industry reporting pie.

If you land a job with any of these gaming media, expect an average salary of $70,000 per year.

Expanding Your Skill Beyond Video Game Writing Jobs

The video game designer job market is expected to grow by double digits over the next five years. Imagine how many games are scheduled to be developed, released, and played in that time.

The amazing thing about writing for the video game industry is that they are open to people wearing multiple hats, especially those wanting to make money playing video games.

A game designer can be the scriptwriter, the scriptwriter can be a game programmer, and so on. If you’re already a part of the industry, take this opportunity to learn other skills.

Not only will expanding your skillset help you become an inch closer to a video game director job (if you wanted to), but you’re also increasing your value to an employer.

Combine your passion for writing with a live stream, and you’ve got an excellent way to make money on Twitch as well.

Does being a video game writer sound exciting to you? Which one of these writing jobs interest you the most? Tell us in the comments!