Calling All Artists: How to Get Paid to Draw

The internet has provided millions of creative people an outlet to share their talent and actually get paid to draw.

It doesn’t even matter what kind of drawing style you have. You can be into hyper-realistic drawings, cartoons, caricatures, comics, anime, portraits, doodles, and so on.

If you’re persistent enough in getting your drawings out there to be seen, it’s likely that you’ll find someone who would love your work enough to pay for it.

Here are a few ways to get paid to draw and websites to look into for opportunities.

4 Ways to Get Paid to Draw

When you explore opportunities available for artists, you’d be faced with these 4 choices:

1. Traditional Drawing Jobs

You can get paid to draw by becoming a graphic artist, storyboard, technical, or general illustrator, cartoonist, fashion designer, animator, and many other related jobs.

These jobs are available in job marketplaces, such as FlexJobs. I recommend starting your search here because all the companies here are vetted first, ensuring that the job opportunities you’re looking at are all legitimate.

Other general job marketplaces are Indeed.com and ZipRecruiter.

You might also want to go through job sites that cater to artists and creatives for more opportunities.

Here are some of these sites to get you started.

2. Offer Drawing Services

Showcase your talent and announce to the world that you’re accepting drawing jobs.

You can start off by posting on your social media profiles that you’re looking for opportunities to get paid for your drawings. You may be surprised at how many would be interested in getting your services for a project or two.

You can also offer your services on freelancing sites where you can list the type of drawing you can do, set and negotiate the price, and post a portfolio to showcase your work.

Fiverr is an example of a freelancing site that lets users buy or sell services and digital products for at least $5.

The amount can go lower or higher depending on the subject, but the idea is that you can create a quick sketch of a person, a logo, or whatever else a client needs and get paid within an hour.

I’ve talked about the potential for earning money on Fiverr, but if you wish to get paid to draw, this marketplace can be a good place to start.

Reddit is a massive collection of forums that has been around for decades.

It’s a very active community with talented, interesting, funny, and entertaining people from all over the world communicating, networking, and sharing their skills with each other.

There are plenty of subreddits on Reddit looking for paid artists, such as r/HireAnArtist or r/DrawForMe, so feel free to dig deeper.

Call for artists are posted here regularly, but note that not all are paid jobs.

Other sites you can join include PeoplePerHour, UpWork, and Freelancer.

3. Sell Your Drawings

Drawing based on somebody else’s requirements takes time and experience.

Not everyone can easily accommodate a client’s drawing requests, but you’ll get there eventually if you wish to turn your creativity into a full-blown business.

While you’re getting used to the freelancing world and how to communicate your ideas with clients (or handle how clients communicate their ideas), it’s best to continue working on your own stuff.

Not only will these drawings become part of your growing portfolio but they could also be sold.

You can digitize your drawings and then turn them into vector artwork, which you can then sell on various websites.

Here are several art marketplaces where you can put up your drawings for sale.

4. Be Your Own Boss

The goal of most artists is the freedom to be able to create their own art while earning enough income to live on.

Venturing out on your own may be a scary prospect, especially if you’ve been working traditional drawing jobs or even non-artist jobs as your primary source of income and see drawing your own art as an outlet or a side gig.

But it’s actually never been easier to display your art to the world and get paid to draw what you want.

Comic artists, in particular, have found that Instagram works with their art because of the square format and the ability to upload multiple images. In effect, each photo displays one frame of their comic.

Great examples of popular web comic creators include Christopher Grady, Adam Ellis, Yehuda Devir, Cassandra Calin, Nick Seluk, Reza Farazmand, and Sarah Andersen. There are many more out there.

If you’ve noticed, most of these artists use Patreon to make money from their art and offer paying audiences a little or a lot of extras, depending on how much they’re willing to pay.

You can also create your own website to promote and sell your art and related merch to make money. This also gives you more flexibility in that you can also offer your drawing services for commissioned artwork right on your website.

In addition, you can do affiliate marketing for art-related goods, plus you can do sponsored blog posts for art companies. Not only can you earn as an artist, but you can also earn as an influencer.

Also, even when you have your own website, it doesn’t mean you have to stop displaying your work on art marketplaces (except if they have an exclusivity clause), submitting your drawings, or posting on social media. All of these channels can work with your website to increase your visibility and add to your audience.

Keep in mind, though, that maintaining your own website takes so much more work than selling your drawings or posting your work on social media and Patreon.

But owning your website gives you so much more opportunities to earn money.

How Much Can You Get Paid to Draw?

If you’re drawing for yourself, the fruits of your labor are usually longer to attain.

You’d have to put out a ton of drawings and slowly build a fan base. You’d also face an unstable influx of income.

However, once you’ve built a name for yourself, drawing for cash becomes pretty exciting. The highest-earning comic artists on Patreon take home around $3,000 to $20,000 a month.

If you’re drawing for clients, or for an employer, you’ll get paid regularly (weekly, monthly, after a job).

The money you’ll be earning is more stable this way, which is why many artists begin as employees (and work on their own stuff on the side). When they get enough fans on Patreon to support their artistry, that’s when they quit the office jobs and focus mainly on drawing for themselves.

Using all Your Creative Juices to Get Paid to Draw

It is absolutely possible to get paid to draw the things you’re passionate about or things a client wants you to make.

The path you take as an illustrator will provide you a more clearer look at where you’d like your drawing skills to lead you.

For example:

  • If you’re a fan of poetry and literary works, drawing for publishers or greeting card companies could be a dream job for you.
  • If you’re aiming for a career in RPG production, you should begin practicing working on characters by now.
  • If you dream to publish a book in the future, start creating comics or materials that you can compile.

What’s great about these opportunities is that most of them can be done from the comforts of your own home.

You just have to invest in equipment, such as a drawing tablet and pen, a computer, software of your choice, a printer (if you’re planning to print your stuff out), and traditional pen and paper for sketching.

More than anything, you’ll need to invest your time.

Clients need to see your work. Unfortunately, building a portfolio takes time. But if you’re passionate enough, you’d be surprised how easy it is to fill up a page with artwork, which could ultimately be the reason for fans to follow you, or clients to discover your talent.

Other Ways For Artists to Earn Money

If you’re a photographer, logo maker, or any other type of artist, I wrote quite a bit about the types of online jobs available for artists in the past, particularly those who have no idea where to begin.

If you’re a crafter, you can go over our list of the best crafts to make and well and decide what fits your skills the most so you can start selling.

Are you planning to earn from your drawings? Have you found buyers and customers who will pay for them? Tell us about your journey in the comments!

Selling Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started

If you’ve started a crafting hobby and wondering whether you can make extra cash from it or maybe even turn it into a full-time business, look no further. Today, I’ll detail all you need to know about selling crafts online.

I’ll answer commonly asked questions, discuss what you need to get started, the best places to sell your crafts online, and other tips and advice to increase your chances of success.

Selling Crafts: Most Common Questions

First, let me cover the most common questions that crafters ask when starting out.

What craft should I sell?

If you already have a craft that you enjoy doing and are good at, then great!

But if you’re doing a few crafts and you’re not sure which one to start with, check out what’s popular on Amazon Handmade right now for some ideas to start.

I also recommend reading our breakdown of the Etsy best sellers. You’ll get a good idea of what some of the more popular craft items are and how much they sell for.

After all, you want to be sure you have an audience first.

Where is the best place to sell crafts online?

Etsy is arguably still the biggest and best platform online.

This e-commerce site has been running their ship for years and have the means to help new sellers easily get set up and selling their crafts.

The other bonus is that it’s one of the most well-known places to buy crafts so there’s a steady stream of customers flocking to the site.

I have a detailed guide on how to get started with Etsy if you’re interested.

Etsy isn’t the start and end of selling crafts online, however. There are other ways and stores available online that will help you sell your handmade items. I list the various ways and sites for you later in this article.

Do I need a business license to sell crafts online?

This depends heavily on where you’re located. In general, you do need a business license whether you sell online or from a brick-and-mortar business. So it’s best, in this case, to consult your local laws and/or an accountant.

Some regions won’t require a business license if you sell to customers that are located outside of the country. But many countries or states (if you’re in the US) require that you collect sales tax from the items you sell, which means you will have to register your business.

Some sellers on stores like Etsy change their business names on the platform to be more unique. Nothing wrong with that, but you may need to register a Doing Business As (DBA) even if you’re not required to get a business license.

How do I start an online craft business?

Starting an online craft business can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. The easiest way is to set up your own store on an already popular e-commerce website. But you can also take the easier (though sometimes more rewarding) route of setting up your own e-commerce website.

Another way to start an online craft business is to simply use social media.

You can start building a community around your crafts business through your chosen channel and sell your products directly to them.

How to Sell Your Crafts Online

1. Find Your Niche.

When you know which craft you’re going to focus on, you’ll want to figure out what your niche is; that is, what exactly you’re going to make.

For instance, if you knit or crochet, would you want to focus on making baby clothes, such as bonnets and mittens? Or would you want to focus on sweaters and shawls for women?

Focusing on a niche makes it easier for you to hone your skills, define your target audience, create a marketing plan, and build your reputation as the go-to crafter for that particular product.

2. Know How To Price Your Products.

An important aspect of selling your crafts online is knowing how to ask for a fair price for your products.

It’s also the aspect that first-time sellers often get wrong.

You don’t want to price your products too low. Customers are suspicious of too-low prices and may think that your products are low-quality or you used subpar materials.

Plus, it’s difficult to offer discounts if your prices are too low to begin with.

More importantly, pricing your crafts too low undervalues the time, materials, knowledge, and skill that you put into your craft.

Obviously, you don’t want to price your crafts too high either; when presented with the same product, comparable quality, but different prices, customers will go lower. It’s that simple.

You need to hit that sweet spot where your products get sold and you earn a profit from it.

Always factor in everything, as in everything that goes into making your product: the cost of raw materials, packaging, shipping, seller’s fees, maintaining your online presence; the complexity of the design and expertise involved; the time it takes to make the product.

Once you have a baseline for your costs, add around 50% to 75% to it. Do your research on Etsy and other similar websites as well so you can find out the usual price range for your product and tweak your own pricing accordingly.

3. Establish Your Branding.

Building a strong brand identity from the start will help you connect to your target audience and will help you effectively sell your crafts online.

Having a strong brand involves a catchy brand name and an eye-catching logo, but it’s so much more than that.

It’s understanding who you are, what your story is, what makes your crafts unique, and then applying those core values in everything you do: your shop name and logo, product photos, product description, social media posts, blog posts, even your packaging.

Being consistent helps your customers remember your brand and builds customer loyalty.

4. Choose An E-Commerce Platform

First-time crafts sellers love e-commerce stores because setup is easy, there are little to no start-up costs, and there are plenty of prospective buyers already browsing these sites.

Here are the top e-commerce stores where you can start selling your crafts online right now:

Etsy

Etsy is the number one choice from beginners to experienced crafts sellers, and for good reason.

They already have a solid reputation as the go-to website for everything handmade, custom-made, one-of-a-kind, and vintage items.

Getting started is easy and the customer base is built-in, but there’s also a wide seller base, which means plenty of competition. Plus, there are transaction fees, listing fees, and fees to upgrade to Etsy Plus to allow more personalization on your shop page.

Amazon Handmade

Amazon is one of the largest brands in the world and attracts millions of visitors each month.

They’ve set up a special category for selling handmade items and it’s free to list however many items you want. However, your application has to be approved first and Amazon takes 12% of every sale.

You’ll also have to pay $39.99 per month to retain your membership.

ArtFire

This site focuses on hand-made items and craft supplies.

They also offer buyers the option to post “wanted” items if they want to have something specific made. ArtFire has a few pricing plan options.

There’s generally a per-item listing fee with a limit to how many items you can list, a monthly subscription fee, and they take a percentage of the final cut.

Folksy

Unlike the other stores on this list, Folksy caters specifically to crafters from the UK.

It’s a great opportunity for British crafters to get their handmade items out there with a bit less competition from the rest of the world.

Folksy has a Basic subscription that charges a listing fee per item and takes 6% of sales. The Plus subscription that doesn’t charge per listing but charges £5 monthly and also takes the 6% cut.

Handmade Artists’ Shop

As the name implies, this is a home for artists who produce handmade items.

Items have to be handmade or altered significantly from existing products and family-friendly. They charge a flat monthly fee of $5 (or $50 annually); no listing fees or transaction fees.

Since this site doesn’t have as many sellers as Etsy, there’s less competition and thus less effort to show your goods to potential buyers.

However, the website design isn’t as polished as Etsy’s, which can possibly be a turn-off for some buyers.

Facebook Marketplace

Selling crafts locally has never been easier, thanks to Facebook Marketplace.

At first glance, the goods look random, but there is an Arts and Crafts category to place your products under.

Because you’re selling locally, you might be able to do away with shipping costs, or at least get it cheaper. In addition, because Facebook Marketplace is linked to your customer’s Facebook accounts, you get additional customer insights and target them for social media promotions.

However, if your aim is to go national or even global, you should be selling on more e-commerce sites than just Facebook Marketplace.

Zibbet

Zibbet is unique in that not only does it have its own marketplace but you can also integrate it with other ecommerce platforms, particularly Etsy and Facebook, and manage your listings, inventory, and orders for all three marketplaces in one place.

They charge a monthly fee of $5 per sales channel. No listing fees, no percentage. If you only sell on Zibbet Marketplace, then you only get charged $5. However, if you sell on Etsy, you still get charged the Etsy fees on top of the monthly fee of $5 to Zibbet.

5. Create Your Own Website and Open Your Own Online Craft Store

Working with popular e-commerce stores is an easy way to get started with selling your crafts online.

But having to abide by their rules and paying them a monthly fee can be chafing.

At some point, you will need to move off of the major platforms and transition into your own online store.

Creating your own web-based business isn’t as hard as you might think, though.

There are plenty of tools, advice, and tutorials out there that will help you set up your online crafts store even if you’re a complete rookie who hasn’t heard of the term HTML before. Shopify is one great option here, and there’s also IndieMade.

Google for Retail can be a great help in this regard too.

They provide you with the tools that are necessary to help get your business off the ground and keep track of how it grows. Many people who want to sell their crafts online look to Google tools like Adsense, Google Analytics, Google Shopping, and Google Checkout to help them with running the more technical aspects of an online business.

One essential cog in the machine of a successful e-commerce store is a great blog.

Blogging has many benefits, but two of the main ones are helping your customers (which helps you and your reputation) and getting your page ranked higher in search results pages.

6. Run a Successful Facebook Page

It’s entirely possible to run a crafts business entirely from a Facebook page.

A website will add legitimacy to your business, but it isn’t necessary if you build up trust with your page followers. This method is especially forgiving for those who sell as a local business, as people are more likely to trust that they’ll get what they order from you.

Like Google, Facebook has a lot of tools that business owners can use to reach their audience and analyze their growth through their Facebook for Business Program.

Opening up a business page on Facebook also grants you access to the various features they provide, like live-chat, reviews, the ad center, publishing tools, and ways for customers to get to know you.

One of the best things about creating a crafts business page on Facebook is that it’s completely free to set up and you have a platform that billions of people already use.

Plus their advertising system lets you reach people in their whole audience network, including Instagram and various Google Play apps.

7. Utilize the Power of YouTube

This might not seem like a legitimate way to start selling crafts online but YouTube has many faces and crafts is definitely one of them.

All types of crafters have uploaded thousands of hours of videos around crafting and their crafting businesses. The key here is to make entertaining videos, strategically reference your craft business, and tell your viewers all the ways they can buy your products.

You’ll still need an online storefront where they’ll be able to order the crafts you create.

But the advantage here is that you don’t necessarily have to rely as much on getting traffic to your website from other means. Freeing you up to focus on creating the best and most unique videos and crafts you can.

Of course, utilizing both YouTube and Facebook in addition to an optimized web page is a surefire way to set yourself up for success. The more avenues you can use to reach potential customers and get your amazing crafts out there, the better.

Tips to Successfully Selling Crafts Online

Let’s face it: it’s pretty intimidating to start selling your crafts. But you’re not the first one to do it, and we have the benefit of wisdom from those who have come before you.

Here are some tips and advice we can learn from more experienced crafts sellers.

Don’t overlook the small details.

You may be too in deep with your online crafts business that you forget to restock your raw materials, order more custom packaging, or get shipping supplies.

Monitor your supplies and schedule your supply runs regularly. I know this sounds more work on top of making the crafts and maintaining your online shops, but trust me, you’ll wish you’d have done it when you’re frantically rummaging in drawers for packing tape or looking where to buy yarn at 3 in the morning.

Learn how to do product photography.

Product photos are the first and only impression potential buyers would have of your products. They can’t touch, feel, or smell the products, so they’ll rely on the photos to see all the details and estimate their sizes.

You can actually put together a mini-studio for cheap; you can even create a photo lightbox out of nothing more than bond paper and tape.

It’s the actual training and practice that you’ll have to invest in, especially learning a particular style and aesthetic that fits your brand identity.

You want a consistent look and feel for all your product photos, even if you’re showcasing different products.

Trust in yourself and your work, but be open to feedback and change.

It takes a lot of time, dedication, and patience to sell crafts, and if you second-guess your talent and skills, as well as how great your product is, you’ll probably just give up.

Put your passion into making crafts that you love and know that other people will love, too.

On the other hand, if you’ve been at it for months and even years and you’re still not going anywhere, you may have to change something.

Listen to your buyers when they tell you what they liked and what they didn’t like and use that to improve your products or maybe even focus on other products instead.

Start Selling Your Crafts Online Today!

There’s a lot of information here, which might seem overwhelming. But the great thing is that you aren’t limited to just one choice.

If you decide to sell on Etsy and other stores in addition to running your own e-commerce website then you’re fully free to do so. In the end, making the most out of each platform that is available to you is what will spell success for your crafts business.

The other great part about this is that you aren’t reinventing the wheel. Plenty of other sellers have had success with their own sites and online stores like Etsy, and you can learn from them.

Are you currently into arts and crafts? Are you considering selling your creations? Share your plans with us in the comments!

6 Legit Ways to Get Paid to Advertise

Companies are increasingly turning to individuals to advertise their products and services. So even if you don’t have a marketing degree and hold a full-time job, you can get paid to advertise for companies.

Traditionally, large companies promoted themselves on TV, in billboards, magazines, newspapers, and other media.

But now that everything is digital, advertising has also moved to digital platforms like websites and social media.

And with the rise of influencer culture, companies have found a way to maximize the ROI on their advertising budget by working with individuals instead of working solely with marketing companies.

This, in turn, opened up opportunities for individuals to make money on the side by advertising for companies that fits their needs, skills, and their schedule.

Here are some legit ways you can start getting paid to advertise for companies.

6 Ways to Get Paid to Advertise for Companies

How much money you make by following the methods outlined below will depend on the option you choose and how much effort you put in.

Some options require little effort but don’t yield a lot of income while others might offer a steady enough salary for you to quit your full-time job. You can, of course, make money through advertising by doing any or all of these at the same time.

1. Create Your Own Blog

Creating a blog on your own website can be a great way to make money through advertising. Practically anyone can do it provided they find the right niche and work hard to increase their audience.

All you need to start your own blog is a computer and a web page to share your ideas on. It’s recommended to set up your own website so you’ll have more control over the topics you can write about and your advertising options. However, many beginners start with a free blog site, such as Blogger.

Before you can successfully advertise on your blog, though, you need to grow your audience first. The more followers you have, the more advertising opportunities you’ll get and the greater your earning potential.

Getting paid to advertise on your blog can be one of two ways: rent out ad space on your blog or create sponsored posts.

Ad Space

Once your blog reaches a certain number of followers, companies may pay you to display their product or service to your visitors.

This is commonly through display ads through the sidebar or the bottom of the page.

You can start with Google Adsense early on, as there is no minimum number of visitors required to join, but your earnings will be in cents at the early stages.

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored blog posts are articles mentioning a product or service of the brand, or solely about the brand itself, for which the brand pays you for the exposure.

For instance, a smartphone manufacturer can sponsor a post listing the top smartphones one should have and listing their smartphone as the top option.

Or they can send you a smartphone for you to write a product review blog post that they’ll sponsor.

Important: Always disclose sponsored blog posts. Not only does this transparency build trust with your followers but it’s also the law.

You can get started with sponsored posts by waiting for brands to reach you, reaching out to brands, or joining sponsored posts networks that connect brands to bloggers.

Here are some of the top sponsored post networks you can join.

2. Become a Social Media Influencer

This works much the same as blogging does, except you don’t necessarily have to write about what you’re advertising. Instagram and Facebook brand ambassadors get paid to take photos of themselves or the products they are promoting, while YouTubers usually get paid to either talk about or review products.

Naturally, getting paid to advertise as a social media influencer requires that you have a large following on your chosen platform.

How to make quick money:

The following three websites are all looking for influencers/ambassadors to help shape their future products:

I highly recommend signing up will all three to increase your chances of actually making money as an influencer.

There are different ways to approach affiliate marketing through social media, and I’ve set up handy guides if you’re looking to get started on any of these platforms:

3. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is an advertising model where companies pay a commission to affiliates to advertise their products and services and generate sales.

You’re given affiliate links that you promote online. Every time a link gets clicked by a reader or viewer and that click leads to a sale, you get a commission.

It is one of the most effective ways to get paid to advertise online. First, you don’t have to build up too many followers to start. Also, once it’s been established, it can turn into passive income.

This is normally found under blogging, but affiliate marketing deserves its own entry because you can actually promote affiliate links through different channels, not just blogging.

Aside from your blog posts, you can share affiliate links on your social media posts, videos, landing page, and newsletters.

To start with affiliate marketing, you can look for companies that have “Affiliate Program,” “Affiliates,” or “Partner With Us” on their websites.

Or you can join an affiliate network, which connects affiliate marketers to companies offering affiliate program opportunities.

The following are some of the best affiliate networks to join:

Important: Just like sponsored posts, disclosing affiliate links is mandated by the law. Whenever a link is used on your website that results in a commission, you must tell your site visitors.

If you want to know more, I’ve put together this practical guide on how to get started with affiliate marketing if you’re looking to be one.

Another option, if you’re a complete beginner, is the Wealthy Affiliate training program which teaches everything you need to know; I’ve also reviewed them if you want to check that out.

4. Use Legitimate Car-Wrap Advertising Companies

Car wraps are probably the most well-known way of getting paid to advertise. It’s also one of the best ways to get scammed.

There are plenty of examples out there of people getting scammed in this way. But is it possible to actually make money by getting a car wrap?

The short answer: Yes, it is possible if you drive around a lot in big cities.

Legitimate car wrap advertising companies like Carvertise and Wrapify do exist but getting a gig with them is conditional.

Both have different requirements, but in general, they will require that you own a newer car, that it isn’t damaged, and that you have a clean driving record.

They will also require that you drive a certain amount of hours or distance every week during the campaign.

If you don’t fancy putting a huge sticker on the outside of your car, then you can opt for getting paid to show ads inside your car from companies like Vugo.

They only target drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, however.

5. Skinvertising

Not every money-making opportunity involving your body has to be illegal.

Skinvertising involves having an advertisement tattooed on your body, whether permanently or temporarily.

There used to be a site called Lease Your Body that was a marketplace for companies and willing participants for tattoos.

Of course, you’ll need to be aware of the risks of tattoos before you go this route, but if this isn’t your first time and you’re still willing to do this, there are ways to make it happen.

You can auction off parts of your body as advertising space on eBay. Or you can reach out to brands directly and offer to do it.

6. Wear T-Shirts With Ads

T-shirts emblazoned with a company website or name and logo can be distributed by companies and they can pay individuals to walk around for a number of hours in high-traffic places to advertise their brand.

While this is a legitimate way to get paid for advertising, the opportunities are few and far between. Right now, influencers and celebrities get paid to wear branded clothing and post them on their social media to promote them.

But if you don’t mind going the extra mile, you can certainly reach out to companies to offer to wear clothes with their brand in exchange for a fee.

Jason Zook famously made a million dollars doing this way back in 2009, so there might still be a market for this.

Beware of Shady Companies and Scams

The methods I mention here are tried and trusted but always make sure to be on the lookout for scams. Tapping into the world of advertising can be a lucrative deal but its sheer size means there are plenty of ways to get scammed.

Always approach an opportunity with a bit of skepticism.

Here’s why:

You don’t want to waste your time or get roped into some scheme that will end up seeing either your money or identity stolen. Criminals are wily and they will take any opportunity to fool you out of your money or personal information.

A general rule of thumb is to use a separate email address (and password!) for your side-hustling ventures and to never click on any links sent to you if you can enter the web address yourself.

Also, and this goes almost without saying, you will never be required to pay for the chance to work with a legitimate company.

They should only be paying you.

I’ve outlined a number of red flags to pay attention to in my recent post on how to make money posting ads. All of them apply here as well.

The Bottom Line

By now I’ve researched plenty of ways to earn a living through various side hustles.

Some require a lot of effort and skill, while others have much fewer and simpler requirements, and I still find new ways to make money.

Often, the only real requirement to getting a side-gig is that you have a go-getter attitude.

Getting paid to advertise is pretty flexible and doesn’t fit into any one category, but it is one of the best ways to make a passive income, and you can put in as much or as little effort as you want.

Ready to get paid to advertise? Which one of these methods are you interested in? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

How To Make Money Doing Everyday Things

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What if I told you that you can make money doing everyday things?

We can always use some extra money, whether it’s to buy the newest gadget, save for a rainy day, or invest in a fund to get even more money.

You might think that to get extra money, you’ll have to do an extra job.

But what if I told you that you can squeeze some dollars from your ordinary, daily tasks?

And you wouldn’t have to make drastic changes in your lifestyle?

Well, it’s true!

In fact, here are 16 ways to make money doing everyday things.

16 Ways To Make Money Doing Everyday Things

Here are some everyday things that you can make money from without exerting much effort or changing up too much of your routine.

1. Listen to music online.

Yup, just plug in your headphones, listen to some music, and get paid!

You can either download an app from a market research company and listen to your usual music. The app will let them know what type of music you normally listen to.

Or you can listen to internet radio with ads and get a portion of the ad revenue.

Here are a few ways you can get paid to listen to music.

2. Do simple online tasks.

Swagbucks is mainly known for its surveys, but it offers points for doing so many other everyday tasks.

The easiest way is to switch your default search engine to Swagbucks instead of Google. This way, you can start racking up points for surfing the web as you would normally do.

It’s simple to start, too: create your free account, claim your signup bonus, choose a task, and start earning points. At a certain point threshold, you can exchange these points for cash or gift cards.

3. Take photos on your phone.

Phone taking pictures of food

If you love taking pictures on your mobile phone and can find ways to make even the most mundane moments look interesting, you might find the Foap app interesting to use.

The Foap app (available in the App Store and in Google Play Store) provides a platform for amateur photographers to upload their photos and videos, where companies, advertisers, and website owners can then buy these photos for royalty-free use.

If you sell a photo on the app, you get 50% of whatever the buyer pays, which can be anywhere from $2 to $60, and even $80 for photos that get transferred to Getty Images.

Read more about how you can get paid to take pictures with your phone using Foap.

4. Go shopping.

Market research companies want to know what people are buying and what people want, and that’s why there are plenty of cashback apps around that you can sign up for.

These companies are willing to pay you in exchange for your shopping information.

An example of an app that gives you cash for your purchases is Ibotta. Not only does it look for coupons and discounts for you but also, it will give you cashback when you take a picture of your receipt.

Remember to only enroll in cashback programs and apps that include stores that you really buy from. It defeats the purpose if you have to go out of your way to shop at stores you don’t normally shop at.

5. Unlock your Android phone.

How many times do you unlock your phone and see if there are any notifications?

Just made you look, didn’t I?

Why not earn some change from unlocking your phone?

Download the S’more app on your phone and earn points from looking at relevant ads and content on your lockscreen. Exchange points for gift cards from major retailers.

6. Drive.

Have to drive to town every day to get to work, or occasionally to run an errand? Are you planning to go on a road trip soon?

Why not drop off a package while you’re at it and earn some cash?

Sign up as a driver with Roadie and get matched with gigs that are going on the same route as you are and earn discounts and cash for your trouble.

Since you’re only driving packages, not people, you don’t need to give up an inch of your personal space and privacy.

Plus, you get to choose which jobs to take; you can make money every day of the week, or choose a few days a week to drive and deliver packages.

If this interests you, check out how you can get paid to deliver cars as well.

7. Watch or stream on your phone or smart TV.

Netflix and chill?

How about Netflix and earn?

Download the TV-TWO app on your phone and smart TV (Samsung or LG), watch your usual videos, shows, and movies, and earn cryptocurrency for every second you watch.

8. Walk your dog.

Get paid to walk dogs

If you have a dog and you’re going on a walk, why not find other dogs in your area that need to be walked?

You can simply promote your service to your neighbors, or sign up on an app like Rover as a dog walker.

9. Exercise.

Everyone wants to be a little bit (or a lot) healthier this coming year.

If you’re trying to build that habit of exercising daily, you might as well get paid to lose weight.

Apps like DietBet and stickK allow you to set goals, bet a certain amount of money that you’ll achieve those goals, and then win money for achieving those goals.

The catch is that if you don’t achieve those goals, you’ll lose the money that you bet. That’s the motivation for you to achieve those goals.

Or, if the thought of possibly losing money doesn’t motivate you, sign up for Achievement instead. You don’t risk any money; this app rewards you with points for doing healthy things for yourself.

The great thing is that exercising is not the only behavior it rewards.

You get points for keeping a food diary, meditating, and answering health-related surveys that give you some insight into your own health.

These points can be exchanged for cash or donated to charity.

10. Play video games.

If you love playing video games and are good at it, why not squeeze a few dollars from it?

Sign up for an account on Twitch and start streaming yourself playing your games.

To earn a few dollars, add a donation button (at least at first), collect subscribers, and earn ad revenue as you continue playing.

11. Hang out in other people’s houses.

Being a house sitter allows you to make money from what you normally do every day, just in another person’s house.

Of course, you’d probably have to do activities out of your normal routine, such as basic housekeeping (i.e., don’t be a pig), pet sitting, watering plants, getting the mail, and other menial tasks.

Applying as a house sitter will take some time and effort, but once you’re hired and staying in the house you’re taking care of, it doesn’t demand much from you.

12. Download an app.

You download apps for many other reasons.

How about downloading an app that pays you $50 just to download their app?

The Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel only asks that you install their apps so they can collect your (non-personally identifiable) internet usage data.

In return, they’ll give you $50 if you keep the app installed for a year. You’ll also get entered into their sweepstakes, where it’s possible to win $10,000 a month.

Who knew downloading an app and using the internet as you normally do can be possibly this lucrative?

13. Read.

For someone who likes books and loves getting to read books by new authors, getting paid to read books sounds ideal.

Apply to be a reviewer on a per-book basis on sites such as Online Book Club and Writerful Books to not only get free books but also to get paid $5 to $60 per review.

14. Recycle.

Helping save the environment is good.

Getting paid to do it? Even better!

Take a look at what you consume and discard every day: glass bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes from your online purchases (not judging!), egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, and many more.

From now on, think twice before you throw away this stuff. Here are some ways you can get paid to recycle.

15. Be a friend.

People are increasingly becoming isolated, and meeting new people and making friends has been difficult. The recent pandemic certainly didn’t help.

Websites such as RentAFriend make it easier for lonely souls to find people to spend time with or even just to talk to once in a while. Sign up to be a friend and get paid for your time while getting to meet new people and experience new things.

If real-world interactions aren’t your thing, or you’re concerned about your safety, you might feel more comfortable signing up to sites such as RentaCyberFriend where the interactions are all virtual.

Keep in mind that these aren’t escort sites, adult sites, or dating sites. The interactions here are strictly platonic.

16. Sleep.

Of all the everyday activities you can be paid for, this may be the most unexpected.

Paid sleep studies help researchers study sleep-related problems and disorders so that treatments could be developed for them.

Look for ongoing sleep studies in ClinicalTrials.gov, a database of paid clinical studies currently being done.

Most of them require that you’re onsite for the whole duration of the study, but some studies allow you to stay out and then go back to the facility to sleep.

The Bottom Line

Of course, in terms of earning a steady income, nothing will ever beat getting a great online job or starting your own online business.

But it’s nice to know that one can make money from doing everyday things and that you can earn extra cash without stressing out too much.

Have you ever tried to make money from everyday stuff? Which one of these ways I enumerated above sounds most interesting? Sound off in the comments!

How to Sell VHS Tapes and Actually Make Money

While decluttering your home, have you recently discovered a stash of VHS tapes collecting dust in your attic or in your garage?

Maybe you or your parents saved your favorite childhood movies, figuring they can be watched by the future generation.

Or maybe your family collects classic movies or movies starring your favorite actors.

You probably tried to look for your old VHS player, but chances are you don’t have a working one anymore.

It’s tempting to just throw them away, but wait just a moment! Your VHS tapes may be valuable to others.

Today, I explore which VHS tapes are worth something and where to sell VHS tapes.

Is There a Market for Your VHS Tapes?

Before you sell VHS tapes on your next garage sale, it’s best to take stock of what you have, learn about their potential value, and where you can find buyers interested in them.

1. Rare or Old Movies (aka If You Don’t Know the Movie Title, It’s Probably Worth Something)

Mass-produced VHS movies dating back to the 80s usually don’t cost anything more than a few dollars.

It doesn’t matter how popular the movie is since these titles are often released on a massive scale. And when there are copies everywhere, the demand is very low as well.

So if you have a VHS tape of a movie you don’t know, put it aside and research what you can about it later. If it’s a limited release or a movie that’s older, it might be valuable.

2. Watch out for Documentaries, Live Concerts, and Seasonal Releases

You may find VHS tapes of documentaries (which are kind of rare), live performances of popular musicians, or a TV show’s special Christmas edition.

These types of VHS tapes are exceptions to the first rule.

3. VHS Tapes of Banned Movies

There’s no way to know if a VHS title is banned or not, except to make a Google search or to check this list.

They were banned, which means the demand for these titles will remain high until they become un-banned (if ever that happens in this lifetime).

VHS Value Guide: How to Separate Valuable VHS Tapes from Junk

Disney special edition films are reportedly valuable VHS tapes. Here are just several examples you might see online:

  • 101 Dalmatians Black Diamond Edition VHS 1992 release can go as high as $6,000
  • If you have the Black Diamond Edition original Aladdin and its sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves, it could fetch $1,500
  • Dumbo VHS tapes are sold for $700 a pop
  • The Fox and the Hound Black Diamond Edition VHS is valued at $600
  • Bambi can go for $550, even if it’s not a special-edition release

However, Dan Kinem, a hardcore VHS collector who also made the documentary Adjust Your Tracking, insists that all these values are false and that the most that special-edition VHS tapes go for would be about $100. It’s still something.

Although if you do have Black Diamond Disney VHS tapes (you would know by the black diamond on the spine of the clamshell case and on the cassette label that says “The Classics”), you can get up to $250 for it, depending on the movie and the condition of the tape and the case.

Like Kinem, many collectors will tell you that the rarest VHS tape in the world is the clamshell release of “Tales from the QuadeaD Zone,” a 1987 direct-to-video American horror cult classic. The movie isn’t particularly good, but there are so few copies made that this remains the holy grail for VHS collectors.

Kinem explains that the dollar amounts reported on sites like this only cites the price a seller listed those VHS tapes and NOT the actual price it was sold for. It’s the same for eBay listings that try to sell VHS tapes for thousands of dollars, only to end the listing without bids or buyers.

So what VHS tapes are actually worth money?

Every time you have something vintage that you want to possibly sell, assess it against five factors: rarity, aesthetics, desirability, authenticity, and condition.

How many copies were actually made of the VHS tape? You can find this out with some Google skills and possibly contacting the film production and manufacturing company.

And of the copies produced, how many are being sold? Some VHS tapes were mass-produced but are now rare finds.

The specific appearance of the clamshell case and the cassette tape itself can also be a factor in its value. A unique movie poster or a differently colored VHS tape can add to its asking price.

How coveted is this VHS tape? Often, it’s a function of how popular the movie itself, but sometimes it’s coveted because it’s rare.

Part of the thrill of hunting down VHS tapes is researching and finding out whether a particular tape is authentic. Was it really produced and released when the seller says it is? Or is it a cleverly done copy?

Lastly, the condition of the VHS tape is yet another factor that can add to how much you can sell a VHS tape for. Tapes that are still shrink-wrapped will certainly be more expensive than those that have seen years of movie nights.

Old Horror Movies

Interestingly, B-movies that were released straight to VHS are now more in-demand than ever.

Collectors of cult-classic films and low-budget releases take pride in collecting copies of such films because in most cases, their copies are just one in a handful available in the entire world.

Examples of titles include the 1978 release of Halloween (about $250), 555 ($275), and California Axe Massacre ($150).

If you see horror VHS movies with labels from Sun, Thriller Video, Wizard Video, or Slaughterhouse Entertainment (among others), there’s a huge chance that there is a demand for these rare horror movies.

Wrestling VHS Tapes

If you’re a wrestling fan, you’re probably aware of the pay-per-view event called Bash at the Beach 2000, produced by the World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

This VHS tape was released, but soon recalled when Hulk Hogan sued WCW for breach of contract. If you own a copy of this tape, you can sell it for $100, or more if you’re transacting with a wrestling fan.

Wrestlemania VHS tapes sell for $50 to $75 a pop.

Live Concerts and other Special Recordings of Musicians, Bands, Singers, and other Artists

In the 80s, many concerts and music TV specials are recorded on VHS tape.

If you have these kinds of VHS tapes, whether they’re from icons like The Beatles and Michael Jackson, or lesser-known artists like Fine Young Cannibals, The Boomtown Rats, or A-ha, you should still try your luck at selling these VHS tapes for cash.

Newer acts like P!nk and Backstreet Boys, who broke into the 90s, can still be valuable, depending on the type of VHS tape you have.

Home-recorded concerts and TV specials may also fetch modest prices as these aren’t mass-produced and readily available.

Rare Children’s Shows and Movies

Disney’s Song of the South was released on VHS but never released on DVD.

Some people believe the film contained racist content, which is why Disney self-banned the film’s release. The last copy of this movie was sold for $50 on eBay.

Tapes from the first release of Alice in Wonderland on VHS have been sold for about $300. Every now and then, a copy of this title gets listed online, but the value rarely goes higher than this amount.

4 Places to Sell VHS Tapes

If there’s a market for VHS tapes, who buys them? And where?

These 4 places aren’t exclusively made for VHS tape collectors, but they’ve been most effective in passing on these collectibles from one owner to the next.

1. eBay – Many collectors prefer this platform because eBay allows sellers to choose from “Buy it Now,” “Auction-style,” or “Send Offer” buttons. When they bid on a listing, they won’t be committed to the sale until they win the auction. Buyers love eBay because it’s connected to PayPal (and this payment gateway usually sides with the buyer when it comes to disputes).

2. Craigslist – Collectors who want to check the condition of the VHS tapes for sale look for items on Craigslist. Since this site is designed to cater to individual towns, major cities, or states, transactions are often local and in-person.

3. Facebook Marketplace and Groups – Facebook groups are awesome resources because these communities already “group” people by interest, so if a buyer is looking for VHS tapes for sale, they can simply join a “VHS Tape Collectors” group and start their search there.

Facebook’s Marketplace is a bit different since the target market isn’t really filtered. However, any post placed into the Facebook Marketplace becomes public and 100 times easier to find thanks to Facebook’s search algorithm. So if you sell VHS tapes on the marketplace, anyone who searches for those particular titles can see your listing.

4. Traditional garage sales – Collectors will always visit yard sales in hopes of finding their “dream hauls.” If you’re preparing for a yard sale anyway, sell VHS tapes with your other stuff too. The difference now is that you’re armed with knowledge about every VHS tape on your collection, so when someone tries to buy a one-of-a-kind VHS tape, you know there’s a potential to negotiate the price.

Start Selling Your VHS Tapes

Know that if you sell VHS tapes with a price tag set in stone, you’d probably be disappointed.

As you’ll quickly discover, the world of collecting is a bit tricky when it comes to placing value or price on things.

The demand for a particular title is usually the most important factor when determining if VHS tapes are valuable or not. A horror movie fan would definitely price a B-movie thriller film higher than someone who collects music VHS tapes.

Hopefully, with this guide above, you’ll decide whether it’s best to junk, sell or collect the VHS tapes you have in hand.

And if you’re looking to sell other things to make money, such as your old phone, your wedding dress, or your collection of Pokémon cards, there’s always a market for absolutely anything you want to sell.

Have you got VHS tapes you’re planning to sell? Someone reading might just be interested. Share it with us in the comments!

Drone Pilot Jobs: How to Make Money Flying Drones

From military to recreational to commercial use, drones have plenty of applications. Thus, drone pilot jobs are increasingly becoming in demand.

Before 2006, the use of drones or UAVs (for unmanned aerial vehicles) was mainly for military applications, such as surveillance, decoy, and weapon.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its first commercial drone permit, and both the government and private companies used drone technology for various applications.

Later on, personal and recreational drones became big, as cheaper versions of drones without the sophisticated software and sensors required by commercial drones became available for amateurs.

Today, both consumer and commercial drones are increasingly used for several applications in multiple industries.

Along with that increase in demand is a growing need for pilots to operate them. Just because they’re unmanned doesn’t mean they don’t need humans to operate them (unless they’re automated drones, but that’s for another article).

In this article, I’ll discuss how to be a drone pilot and what drone pilot jobs are out there.

How to Become a Professional Drone Pilot

Flying a drone requires very specific skills, training, and certification, which all costs money. If you’re determined to succeed, though, your earnings should exceed your investment.

Education

Even if you know how to fly a drone recreationally, it’s still wise to take drone courses, especially if you find courses that are specific to the industry that you’re interested in working.

Some of the schools or learning institutions can even assist you with getting your FAA certification.

A simple Google search will pull up many results, but here are some of the recommended ones:

Equipment

Freelancers must provide their own drones for their services. This is not a simple purchase; a quality commercial drone can cost at least $2,000. If you’re looking for a trusted brand, there’s nothing better than DJI, hands down.

You’ll also have to download drone apps to your smartphone as well as software on your computer.

Some drone accessories that are useful in commercial applications include an extra controller, shade, extra batteries, GPS tracker, emergency tool kit, extra data storage, and bags or backpacks to house your drone.

Certification and Registration

Around 99% of the time, drone pilot jobs require you to have a commercial drone license; that is, if you stand to profit from flying your drone, the FAA has to sign off on it.

For first-time pilots applying for what’s called a Part 107 License, you would need to be at least 16 years old, able to read, write, speak, and understand English, and physically and mentally fit to safely fly a drone.

Take the aeronautical knowledge test (“Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG)”) in one of the FAA’s approved testing centers. Once you pass that, apply for a remote pilot certificate, which will be sent both digitally and physically to you.

Afterward, if you’re going to fly your own drones, you’ll need to register them with the FAA, and you need to mark the drones with the registration numbers.

For more details, read the complete information on the FAA website.

How much can a Drone Pilot make?

Full-time drone pilots can make anywhere from $58,000 to $96,000 a year.

The money you can make as a drone pilot depends on several things, including what industry you’re in, how much time you spend marketing your services, the quality of your work, your reputation, and many more.

Freelancers have more flexibility when charging clients.

If you were contracted to take drone photos, you can get paid from $70 to $250 per picture. Mapping, inspection, deliveries, or search and rescue fees are usually set on a case-to-case basis.

But this can still depend on your client.

For example, real estate agencies getting a drone shot of a million-dollar property can bank higher than other gigs. In most cases, you’ll be able to charge higher from corporate clients than from the government or from individuals.

Industries That Offer Drone Pilot Jobs

1. Filmmaking

This is probably the most familiar way that drones are used.

If you’ve ever watched a film in the last five years that starts with an aerial view of a town or scenery, that shot was probably made by a drone.

It’s a bit hard to break into the film industry if you’re not connected or if you don’t live in LA or New York, but send in your resume to production companies, both the big ones and the smaller indie ones, include a demo reel of aerial shots you’ve done, and you may just have an in.

Alternatively, you can go into amateur filmmaking, especially for events such as weddings. You’d be surprised at how many couples would like an aerial shot of the wedding venue (the church, garden, or beach) and the reception in their video.

2. Real Estate

UAVs have been providing realtors with a new perspective that hasn’t been possible before. With aerial videos, still photos, and 3D maps created from data captured by drones, potential buyers can now get a comprehensive view of the property they’re considering buying.

3. Journalism

News helicopters used to be the norm when covering news from an aerial perspective, such as traffic situations, disasters, or wide-scale attacks.

Nowadays, news organizations are using drones to lessen the human risk, the cost, and interference to the scene.

Depending on FAA regulations and what your license allows you to do, you may even be able to cover demonstrations, sports events, and events that have crowds

4. Building and Infrastructure Inspection

Drones are also great as tools for inspection of hard-to-reach areas, such as communication towers, bridges, wells, rooftops, and chimneys of everything from houses to skyscrapers, cables, remote stations and so much more.

Safety inspections, ironically, can be dangerous for the people who normally do this job, so having a drone do the inspection of structures that are on precarious heights.

5. Construction and Mining

Surveying potential and ongoing construction sites used to cost a lot, in terms of both money and time.

UAVs are now used to conduct aerial surveys over a large area to collect photographic and GPS data, which are then processed in specialized computer software to create a digital 3D map of the area.

Once this information is available, those in charge can now decide where they can or can’t start construction.

Mines and quarries do the same thing where they survey a digging site and decide where to dig and where to stockpile materials. They can also determine the volume of a stockpile from the information they gathered.

6. Insurance

Insurance companies are using drones more and more to assess insurance claims for property damage, whether it’s because of fire, weather, or water damage.

Not only does it take longer for manual inspections, but the site can also be a dangerous place to be due to structural damage and the aftermath of what caused the damage.

7. Energy

Wind farms, pipelines, and solar panels are massive and can cost a lot to inspect and troubleshoot. The trans-Alaska pipeline, for example, runs 800 miles. A single leak along those 800 miles can result in environmental damage and financial loss.

Drones with thermal cameras can go along the pipeline and detect leaks and weak spots along the pipeline much cheaper than using a helicopter.

Wind farms, on the other hand, have plenty of turbines, which can rise up hundreds of feet off the ground. Inspecting by helicopter can be impractical here, and drones can do a much better job.

8. Agriculture

You can work with farmers to improve their crop yields by flying a UAV to take photos of their crops and identify which areas need attention.

You can also set up pest-control, irrigation, and crop-planting strategies using mapping and imaging technologies in drones.

9. Search and Rescue

As far as drone pilot jobs go, this may be one of the high-stakes ones but also one of the most rewarding.

At the scenes of accidents or natural disasters, some areas may not be easily accessible by humans and makes search and rescue highly difficult.

Police and fire departments can use drones to survey an inaccessible area to locate people in need of help and divert resources much more efficiently.

While often a voluntary position, you can find search and rescue employment with the government, Red Cross, and other organizations.

10. Package Delivery

Drone delivery is being developed as the next big thing in ecommerce, but the sheer volume of orders would likely crowd residential airspaces, which is not an ideal situation.

Amazon first announced Prime Air in 2013 but hasn’t rolled it out completely.

Some of the companies currently doing this in a limited capacity include DHL, Wing, and Zipline.

Non-profit organizations, hospitals, institutions, and other private companies have been incorporating drone deliveries to clients located in areas hard to reach by vehicles.

However, handling delivery drones is a bit different, since the equipment is more heavy-duty than regular photography drones to be able to carry loads seamlessly.

11. Security

Professional security agencies have explored drones as a surveillance tool, especially in wide areas.

While drones cannot shoo trespassers on the spot, video capture can help in monitoring or documenting multiple areas at a time.

Drones are also being used in private investigations, making it safer for people in the security and surveillance industries to do their jobs. And because drones today can have thermal imaging, HD videos, and other advanced features, drones can survey an area even at a distance and still reach the intended target.

12. Law Enforcement

Drones are useful for tactical operations when stealth is needed, such as pursuing an active shooter in a wooded area or in a crowded building.

Border protection agents can also use drones to monitor a wide area of land, sea, and airspace to detect and track unauthorized vehicles, ships, aircraft, and persons.

These are high-risk operations and thus require great skills from the drone pilot.

The mapping capabilities of some drones also help in crime scene mapping, when evidence is spread over a wide area and criminologists want to study how evidence was dispersed.

You can find drone pilot jobs in both local and federal police bureaus, as well as through the US Customs and Border Protection website.

Other Places To Find Drone Pilot Jobs

There are networks and job boards that are specific to drone pilots of varying skills, experience, and expertise. Here are some of the websites you can check out.

  • DroneBase — Sign up as a pilot and get tons of opportunities to fly drone missions for clients near you.
  • Droners.IO — Network of commercial pilots, probably the world’s largest. Allows those who need drone pilots to post jobs on their website where pilots can bid on them.
  • DroneHive — To sign up to be a drone pilot with them, you need to be able to fly a DJI rotocopter with 20mp sensor. Works with many large corporations.
  • Hire UAV Pro — Connects companies to professional pilots worldwide.

Alternatively, you can go into Google or general job boards and search for “drone pilot jobs,” “UAV operator jobs,” or “UAV pilot jobs.”

The Future of Drone Pilot Jobs: Your Own Business

The drone pilot jobs you can get hired for are mostly on a freelance basis.

However, if you branch out on your own and start growing a fleet of drones, you open up more earning possibilities and maybe even hire a team of your own drone pilots to operate your drones.

You can choose from the industries I’ve listed above or you can find your own niche. Either way, the potential business opportunities are extensive. In fact, a recent report by Research Dive found that the global UAV drone market is expected to grow to around $55.65 million by 2027.

The Bottom Line

Drones do work with a sophisticated remote control, but it doesn’t mean everyone who has had video game practice can do this.

Flying drones is still a unique skill and the drones themselves aren’t cheap, so you’d have to be careful with your equipment while mastering how to fly.

Now that you know how to make money with a drone, you’d have to practice religiously and learn everything you can about the local and state laws of flying drones. Generally, the FAA is the authority of all things flying over the skies, but this agency also won’t save you if your drone flying ways break local or state laws.

Whether you’re going to do this as a freelancer or set up a business around drones, make sure you give leeway for maintenance (or replacement). Track the drone’s mileage and prepare money for emergencies (missing/damaged drones).

If you’re really interested in flying drones as a way of income, you have to understand that this isn’t an easy way to make money. You do have control over how far you want to scale this business and since the market isn’t saturated yet, there’s a chance you can break into a niche industry that nobody hasn’t thought of yet.

Do you know how to fly drones? Do any of these drone pilot jobs sound interesting to you? Tell us in the comments!

Outdoor Jobs: 40+ Careers in the Great Outdoors

Not everyone can thrive in a four-walled, fluorescent-lighted environment for 9, 10, 12 hours a day. For those people, outdoor jobs seem like a better fit than traditional office jobs.

Working outdoors gives you literally more space to explore. The sun on your face (outside the danger hours, that is), the fresh air in your lungs, and being able to move around all have positive effects on your health.

Some people have a bias against outdoor jobs; for some reason, they think they’re nothing but menial and low-paying jobs.

Actually, many of these jobs require degrees and specialized skills, and thus pay higher than expected.

If you feel like you’d be happier exploring jungles, guiding tourists on off-the-beaten paths, hiking to the peak of the mountains, taking pictures of Mother Nature, diving deep to rescue sea creatures, skiing to your heart’s content, or making your life into an adventure, all while earning money, then this list can change your life.

Types of Outdoor Jobs

You’d find two types of outdoor jobs – one that requires a degree, and the other that is skills-based.

When I list the jobs below, I’ll note down if they’re available year-round or seasonal, requirements needed for the job, and income potential.

Wilderness Outdoor Jobs

The wilderness is any area uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings.

1. Wildland Firefighters

  • Year-round and seasonal job
  • Income: $52,500/year
  • Requires high school diploma or equivalent; physical training, fire science training, medical training, certification

These brave men and women are front and center when forest and wildland fires occur. It’s a dangerous yet noble job.

They’re also involved in wildlife fire prevention and may be tapped by the US Forest Service or the US Fish & Wildlife Service for projects related to natural resources.

2. Wilderness or Backpacking Guide

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: $30,000/year
  • Experience and skill-based

This job isn’t for the faint of heart.

Adventure seekers want to go to the wilderness for thrills, but not all of them know how to survive in the wild. They hire wilderness guides to help them through their adventure.

Because you’re leading people in uncharted lands, you have to be aware of the terrain, habitat, and everything else about the area you’re backpacking in. Perfect for people with extensive experience in hiking, hunting, fishing, and basically living off the land. They should also master outdoor survival skills.

3. Park Ranger

  • Year-round
  • Income: $40,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree, forestry, conservation, environmental science preferred; physical training, medical training; communication skills

Park rangers patrol state and national parks to ensure that visitors are following the rules and not disrupting the natural environment for both flora and fauna.

They also conduct tours and educational presentations with a special focus on making visitors understand the importance of conservation. Park rangers are also trained to reporting and caring for wounded and hurt humans and animals.

4. Forester

  • Year-round
  • Income: $70,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in forestry

Foresters manage the growth of trees (and the type of tree species to be planted) in relation to the survival of plant and animal species within a particular forest.

Timber foresters look after privately owned farms and forests owned by timber companies to make sure the harvesting of timber does not harm the ecosystem. Conservation foresters assess the impact of human activity on animals and plants and recommend declaring a forest as protected when needed.

5. Conservation Scientist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $64,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in forestry, environmental planning, natural resource conservation, or other related fields

A conservation scientist manages the overall land quality of natural resources such as forests and parks.

They work with local, state, and federal governments, as well as private landowners to devise ways to maximize the use of the land while protecting the environment.

Science-Related Outdoor Jobs

Many scientists work in the field since they study and explore water, land, air, and living things around the country and sometimes around the world.

Most of these careers in the science industry are high-paying outdoor jobs, especially those that require doctorate degrees.

6. Archaeologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $66,000/year
  • Requires a graduate degree in archaeology or anthropology; internship or volunteer fieldwork

Many kids dream of becoming an archaeologist; all that digging around and finding ancient treasures sound pretty cool to a kid.

Archaeologists plan and execute excavations, retrieve and analyze artifacts, and publish and present their results in academic journals and academic conferences.

7. Animal Trainer

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: $30,000 to $75,000/year
  • Requires bachelor’s degree, preferably in an animal-related field such as animal behavior, zoology, veterinary technology, and the like; requires genuine love for animals; medical training

Animal trainers that work with huge animals usually work outdoors and paid more than animal trainers that work with smaller animals.

If you’re wondering about the wide salary range, it’s because your payment depends on the animal you’re hired to train, your experience, and the conditions you’ll be training in.

For instance, training horses in a ranch pays less than training elephants in a zoo or a circus.

8. Botanist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $69,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree, preferably in botany, but can be in plant science, biology, or another closely related field; requires advanced research skills

Botanists study plant life—processes, reproduction, and evolution—and how it relates to their surroundings and other organisms. The ultimate goal of their research is to help with medicine, environmental policy, conservation, and agriculture.

9. Geoscientist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $93,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in geology or other geoscience-related fields; requires a license to be a Professional Geoscientist

Geoscientists study the earth’s composition, structure, and other physical attributes, such as minerals and rocks. They do his mostly by collecting and analyzing samples, preparing scientific reports, and presenting their findings to clients, the academe, and other interested parties.

10. Entomologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $61,000/year
  • Requires a doctoral degree in entomology

Anyone who ever loved creepy crawlies as a child could grow up to become an entomologist and study insects’ behavior, life cycle, ecology, population, and taxonomy. Industries that hire entomologists include agriculture, veterinary, medicine, law enforcement, and many other industries.

11. Marine Biologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $62,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in marine biology; extensive undersea training and diving experience

Probably every kid who saw Finding Nemo was enthralled by the underwater environment portrayed in the movie.

Marine biologists get up close and personal with marine organisms right in their habitat. Their research work involves species inventories, monitoring their movement, collecting and testing of water samples, and preserving specimens and samples of new species.

12. Environmental Scientist

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: voluntary to $73,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in environmental science; requires training for handling hazardous materials in the environment.

Environmental scientists collect and analyze samples of environmental materials and determine contamination due to human activities and industry. The information gathered is then used toward preventing, controlling, and fixing environmental problems so that natural resources and habitats are preserved.

13. Zoologist

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: $66,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in zoology or other related fields, such as wildlife biology or ecology

Zoologists observe animals in their natural surroundings, including their characteristics, diseases, reproduction, movement, and interactions with other animals and their environment. The goal is usually to conserve wildlife.

14. Volcanologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $90,000/year
  • Requires a graduate degree in geology, earth science, geophysics, or other similar fields; specialized training in volcanology

Volcanologists collect samples and data on volcanic activity to learn how they erupt and how to predict future eruptions for the safety of the local populations.

15. Geographer

  • Year-round
  • Income: $85,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in geography; certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

As a geographer, you study the earth, land, nature, and its inhabitants by collecting data through maps, photographs, satellite imagery, and interviews with the locals.

16. Seismologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $90,000/year
  • Requires a graduate degree in geophysics, geochemistry, or other similar fields; specialized training in seismology and instrumentation

Seismology is the study of earthquakes, seismic waves, and other related phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, and other events that shift the tectonic plates and release energy. The aim is to be able to predict when the next big earthquake happens so that locals can get ready.

17. Ichthyologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $57,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, marine ecology, zoology; extensive experience and training in diving

Ichthyology is all about the study of fish and involves studying fish found in various bodies of water, such as the sea, lakes, rivers, ponds, and others. The goal is to analyze human impact on fish populations and highlight the importance of fish in various ecosystems.

18. Hydrologist

  • Year-round
  • Income: $84,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in hydrology or other related fields such as geoscience or earth science

Hydrologists study water in the Earth’s crust; how it moves, how precipitation affects groundwater, and how changes in the environment and human activities impact water quality and quantity. Their research is used in studying floods, droughts, water pollution, and other water-related problems.

Engineering-Related Outdoor Jobs

Not all engineering jobs are office jobs; some of them can be done outdoors. These jobs often require bachelor’s degrees and engineering licenses or certificates.

19. Land Surveyor

  • Year-round
  • Income: $66,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in surveying and mapping, surveying and geomatics, or surveying engineering technology

Land surveyors make precise measurements and gather data about the shape and contour of the land to determine property boundaries. This information is useful in construction, mapmaking, and urban planning projects.

20. Cartographer

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: $68,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in geography or cartography

Maps remain an integral part of everyday life. As a cartographer, you compile geographic data from ground surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite images, and use this information to create drawings of maps in graphic or digital form.

21. Urban Planner

  • Year-round
  • Income: $76,000/year
  • Requires a graduate degree in urban and regional planning

Urban planners identify community needs, study economic and environmental studies, and develop land use plans to build streets, buildings, public parks, transportations systems, and everything else a city needs to thrive.

22. Landscape Architect

  • Year-round
  • Income: $70,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture; requires a state license to be a Landscape Architect

Landscape architects design, plan, and supervise construction on projects that develop or restore open spaces for private houses, commercial buildings, campuses, and other structures.

Agriculture Outdoor Jobs

You’d be surprised that these careers are some of the best outdoor jobs that pay well.

23. Vineyard Manager

  • Seasonal
  • Income: $90,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; requires experience in working the vineyards

Vineyard managers oversee grape farming, managing staff, and quality assurance. They also ensure that the agricultural procedures followed are sustainable and don’t harm the environment.

24. Arborist

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: $48,000/year
  • Requires a high school degree or equivalent; requires experience in arboriculture; requires certification to be an Arborist or Climbing Arborist; requires certification to handle heavy equipment

As an arborist, you are tasked to cut trees and trim plants, shrubs, and bushes to protect power lines, sidewalks, and roads.

25. Agronomist

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: $52,000/year
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in agronomy or other related fields, such as agriculture or food science

Agronomists, also known as crop scientists, study different methods plants can be used for food, medicine, and other ways for the good of society. They help in improving crop yield and plant longevity.

26. Commercial Fisherman

  • Seasonal
  • Income: $30,000 to $80,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; requires certification in commercial fishing and fishing technology

As a commercial fisherman, you’ll be gathering fish or other aquatic animals mostly for human consumption. Some fishermen spend months at a time at sea.

27. Farmer

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: $20,000 to $110,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; requires experience in working in a farm or a field

Farmers grow crops and take care of animals on farms. You can be employed on a farm all year-round or seasonally. You can also be the owner of the farm and be hands-on or manage farmhands to do the actual labor.

These factors, as well as the type of farm you own or manage, will dictate how much you earn.

28. Hunter/Hunting Guide

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: $17,000 to $50,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; requires a license to operate hunting trips; have leadership skills

Professional hunters and trappers are trained to hunt animals, but they earn money mostly by guiding clients on organized hunting expeditions.

29. Livestock Rancher

  • Year-round
  • Income: $30,000 to $100,000/year
  • Requires no formal education; requires licenses and permits to manage your own ranch

As livestock ranchers, you’d raise large animals, such as horses, sheep, pigs, and cows, for profit.

30. Beekeeper

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: $20,000 to $80,000/year
  • Requires training and hands-on experience in beekeeping

Beekeepers take care of beehives to yield honey and sell other bee byproducts like beeswax, propolis, or bee venom

Art-Related Outdoor Jobs

This industry embraces freedom like no other, so the list below is surely just the tip of the iceberg. I guarantee you if you look a lot closer, you’d find outdoor jobs hiding in plain sight in the art world.

31. Outdoor Photographer

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: $25,000 to $110,000/year
  • Requires considerable photography skills and experience shooting outdoors

Outdoor photographers may specialize in anything from landscapes, travel, animals and wildlife, news beats, and so on. Most are freelancers, but outdoor photographers can also seek traditional employment with companies like National Geographic and other similar magazines worldwide.

32. Travel Writer/Blogger

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: from $60,000/year and up
  • Requires excellent writing skills; a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, creative writing, and other writing-related fields will help with your salary but are not really required

As a travel writer, you get to travel to other cities within and outside your home country and write about places of interest, restaurants, attractions, and other spots worth visiting. Travel writers are usually hired by magazines, travel agencies, and other media companies.

Travel bloggers are freelancers that do exactly the same thing as travel writers but are their own bosses.

33. Camp Counselor

  • Seasonal
  • Income: $23,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalents; CPR, AED, and first aid training; must love working with children; communication skills; some camps train camp counselors to make sure they’re up for the job

Camp counselors typically guide children through camp activities, such as hiking, swimming, and nature surveys. Counselors get paid more if they can teach special skills to the children, such as art, archery, kayaking, music, drama, or gymnastics.

Sports and Recreation Jobs

Many professions in the adventure and sports industry are on the field. You’ll never ever have to work in a cubicle or be drowned in paperwork.

34. Hiking Guide

  • Seasonal and year-round
  • Income: $30,000/year
  • Requires no formal education; experience with the terrain, map-reading skills, and physical skills required; CPR and First Aid training will likely raise your salary; local permits needed especially when hiking through state or national parks

This is a dream job for those who love to hike. Hiking guides lead people through gorgeous trails and mountains.

35. Sports Coach

  • Year-round
  • Income: $45,000 to $60,000/year
  • Requires no formal education or qualifications; those with a bachelor’s degree in sports science or personal training are preferred by clients; requires extensive knowledge of the rules, strategy, and techniques of a particular sport; coaching for a school might require you to have a teaching license

A sports coach guides athletes to reach their full potential in their chosen sport. Obviously, this only becomes an outdoor job if you choose to coach outdoor sports, such as baseball, football, soccer, or other sports.

36. Local Tour Guide

  • Year-round
  • Income: $23,000 to $38,000/year
  • Requires no formal education or training; requires extensive knowledge of the local area and the places of interest; requires exceptional communication and people skills

You can go freelance, find employment with a travel agency, or start your own tours and travel agency. Whichever route you take, you’ll be taking groups of people on local adventures, from visiting popular landmarks, going brewery hopping, leading off-the-beaten-path trails, going on haunted house tours, and many more.

37. Skiing or Snowboarding Instructor

  • Seasonal
  • Income: $30,000 to $40,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; requires certifications; excellent communication and people skills

If you ever dreamt of moving up north to the mountains and ski or snowboard as much as you can, you can be an instructor at a ski or snowboarding resort and make a living while living your best life.

Higher-level certifications earn you higher salaries.

38. Swimming, Diving, or Surfing Instructor

  • Year-round and seasonal
  • Income: $15,000 to $50,000/year
  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; requires various permits and certifications; excellent communication and people skills

The best outdoor jobs are the ones where you’re having the most fun. If you can’t get enough of the sea, being a diving, swimming, or surfing instructor may be a great fit for you.

39. Lifeguard

  • Year-round
  • Income: $19,000 to $30,000/year
  • Requires no formal education; exceptional swimming skills; First Aid, CPR, and other life-saving certifications

If you like hanging out at the beach while being able to save lives, being a lifeguard will suit you nicely.

40. Sports Attendant Jobs

These may not be high-paying jobs, but if you’re into a certain sport and you want to be near it often, working as a sports attendant isn’t too bad. Examples of these jobs include golf caddies, tennis ball boys/girls, towel givers, water boys/girls, and other similar jobs.

41. Cruise Ship and Yacht Jobs

Jobs on deck are the same on the yacht and cruise ship. They all work to make sure the trip is “smooth sailing,” whether you’re working in food and hospitality, entertainment,  maintenance, and all other necessary jobs.

The main difference is the number of people served during a trip.

Start Applying to Outdoor Jobs Today!

No one should be stuck in a cubicle doing a job they don’t like.

And as you’ve probably learned by now, there’s no shortage of outdoor careers for you to explore!

Go through this list and find that job that best fits your interests, skills, educational background, and training.

Which outdoor job are you interested in applying to? Share it with us in the comments!

How to Get Paid to Be an Online Mock Juror

Jury duty is one of those onerous responsibilities a US citizen has to do at some point in their lives. However, if you’re one of those who actually like being part of the US legal system, being an online mock juror might interest you.

Instead of watching legal shows and spouting your theories and thoughts to the television, you can participate in mock trials with real lawyers and get paid for your thoughts and your time.

In this article, you’ll learn what mock trials are, what an online mock juror does, and where to sign up.

What Are Mock Trials?

Mock trials present made-up cases to mock juries.

These are either done by lawyers preparing for an actual case or by would-be lawyers preparing for court experience.

Mock trials are hosted by companies resembling survey panels that hire mock jurors. The jurors provide feedback to the company and the companies give feedback to the lawyers for them to know how a real jury would react to their case strategy.

This allows both practicing lawyers and would-be lawyers to make better decisions about trying cases and settling legal disputes.

What Does an Online Mock Juror Do?

Mock jurors are hired by companies or lawyers to go through all the court processes, from selection to swearing-in, listening to arguments, looking at the evidence, discussing, and coming up with a verdict.

As I’ve mentioned, mock trials were done in actual physical venues, such as law schools or law firms, and sometimes even in a real courtroom.

Nowadays, there are paid online juror jobs you can apply for so you can be a mock juror from home.

Once you’ve been picked as an online juror, case documents of the mock trial would be sent to you. You’ll then be able to listen or read arguments from both sides, watch, listen, and read exhibits, decide on the case, answer a questionnaire, and get paid.

Requirements may vary per site, but here are some of the general requirements that potential online jurors must meet so your application can be considered.

  • Must 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must be literate (i.e., able to read and write)
  • Must not be a lawyer, legal assistant, paralegal, or otherwise employed in a law firm
  • Must have no indictment, felony, or misdemeanor charge
  • Must be of good moral character and sound mind

Aside from the must-haves to be a mock juror, there are also must-not-haves that companies and attorneys who use these services prefer.

  • Must not be an actively practicing attorney, paralegal, or legal assistant
  • Must not be currently employed by or associated with a law firm or an attorney
  • Must not be related to a practicing attorney by marriage or by blood

Where to Find Paid Online Mock Juror Jobs

1. eJury

You can see from its website that eJury is one of the oldest of its kind. It pays jurors $5 to $10 per case, depending on the length of each case. The average length is around 6 pages, which can be finished in as little as 30 minutes. Payment is made via PayPal.

2. Online Verdict

The process of jury selection is a little different with Online Verdict. Here, jurors are selected depending on the county or federal district they are in. So if the attorneys in your area don’t upload cases on the database, you won’t have a chance to sit on the virtual jury.

Sometimes, Online Verdict hosts national surveys for everyone registered. Anyone qualified for a particular case will be notified via e-mail.

You can earn anywhere from $20 to $60 per case, depending on the length and difficulty level. Payment is sent once a month via check mailed to your address.

3. JuryTest.net

Jury Test caters to lawyer clients, who use the reviews and insight of online jurors to develop their cases. It was developed by an attorney who teaches at Harvard Medical School.

The premise of JuryTest is similar to other sites on this list. You’ll be e-mailed with all details (including payment info), and you have the option to accept or decline the case. Payments range from $5 to $50 per case, depending on the complexity of the cases. They are released via check or PayPal.

4. Virtual Jury

Dubbed as a legal focus group, virtual jurors are notified via email if a case is available in their respective areas. The registration form on Virtual Jury is in-depth, requiring would-be jurors to indicate job status, political affiliation, and age, among others. Pay varies from case to case. You’ll receive a check within two weeks, after the end of the focus group.

5. Mock Jury Trials Online

This site works similar to the other sites on this list, facilitating online mock trials, curating content, and recruiting mock jurors.

To apply as a mock juror, contact them via their Contact Us page and specify that you’re a mock juror.

6. Sign Up Direct

This company prides itself on helping resolve legal cases and alleviate social problems. You can earn up to $100 for a day’s work.

7. Verdict Services

Verdict Services offer authentic mock trials and focus groups to help attorneys improve their case presentation skills. They pay their participants anywhere between $100 to $150, depending on the time spent on the trial session.

To apply as an online mock juror, sign up on their Contact page.

8. Jury Solutions

Jury Solutions offer a full suite of services related to jury selection and jury assessment, including online mock trials as well as in-person focus groups.

Register here and you’ll be contacted if qualified.

They typically require 8 hours of work from mock jurors, and the pay is usually approximately $20 per hour.

9. Jury Sign Up

You can sign up as a juror for legal focus groups, mock trials, and sometimes even for listening and sharing your thoughts and opinions on real legal cases.

The duration of the sessions and payment varies by project, but sessions last around 6 to 8 hours and you will typically be paid at least $100 for your time.

10. First Court

First Court conducts full trials all over the country, hiring locals of the county they’re working in to become mock jurors.

They also host self-paced online trials lasting around 1 to 3 hours where online mock jurors evaluate the facts of a lawsuit from home and give feedback on video. They get paid around $50 to $125.

Click Sign Up on the link to apply to participate in their trials as a juror.

Apply to Be an Online Mock Juror Today!

Being a mock juror can be fulfilling work, plus it pays you for analyzing exhibits and evidence. If you’re fascinated with the legal system, this is one way of earning cash doing what you like.

Working as an online mock juror is a side hustle at best because signing up doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be picked. Check out our list of side hustles if you’re looking to add a few more to earn more cash.

Or, if you’re interested in more steady online work, we also have a long list of work from home jobs.

Have you participated as an online mock juror before? Or a juror for an actual case on trial? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!

How to Sell Breast Milk and Make up to $2500 Per Month

I know it’s called “liquid gold,” but did you know you could actually sell breast milk for cash?

It may be a rather unconventional way of earning money online, but if you’re currently breastfeeding and have more than enough to last your child weeks or months, you can make some decent income on the side.

By deciding to sell or donate breast milk, you’re helping:

  • Moms with low or no milk production
  • Babies who are fostered or adopted
  • Dads left with a newborn by himself due to maternal death or abandonment
  • Moms who had a double mastectomy, which resulted in being unable to produce milk
  • Moms with infectious illnesses, breast-related surgeries, and other disorders that could affect the amount or quality of milk supply
  • Moms taking medications that leave their breast milk unfit for baby’s consumption

So, yes, there’s a market for breast milk, and breastfeeding moms are making a killing shipping out their breast milk to help fellow parents feed their babies.

Today, you’re going to learn all about selling your breast milk.

Before we get started, if you have a newborn or a new baby on the way, make sure you create a FREE Amazon Family account.

They will ship you a giant welcome box FILLED with all kinds of free baby samples.

Plus, you get insane discounts on baby essentials and cashback bonuses.

Is Selling Breast Milk Legal?

As of 2020, there are no state or federal laws in place banning the purchase or sale of breast milk.

As such, your breast milk may be the only chance of babies who are unable to access an unlimited supply of breast milk.

And why not?

Breast milk has been proven to have the following benefits:

  • Nutrition-packed content — Breast milk has essential nutrients not found anywhere else. For example, the yellowish, thick fluid known as colostrum helps a newborn’s immature digestive tract to develop during the first few days after birth.
  • Protection against common infections — Breast milk has been known to protect babies from various viral and bacterial infections and thus improve survival rates within the first year.
  • Reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, allergies, asthma, and diabetes
  • Promote healthy weight for babies — Babies fed breast milk have higher amounts of beneficial gut bacteria, which impacts fat storage and may reduce the chances of obesity.

Where to Sell Breast Milk Online

1. Only the Breast

If you’d have to choose only one place to sell breast milk online, go to Only the Breast, a classified ad website catering to breast milk buyers, sellers, and donors.

The good thing about this website is that they do everything they can to ensure that the breast milk they offer on their site is safe to consume. For instance, sellers on the site must complete a screening test from AccesaLabs (a kit costs $259), which tests for hepatitis, HIV, and other diseases that may carry over to the baby.

Once you’re cleared, Only the Breast will allow you to sell breast milk as little or as much as you’d like.

They have detailed instructions on how to use aseptic techniques to express, handle, store, ship, and freeze breast milk to prevent contamination, as well as detailed at-home pasteurization techniques.

Adhering to their guidelines increases your chances of selling your milk quicker.

The cool thing about this website is that breast milk is categorized based on age, mom’s diet, freshness, for premature babies, and so on. There’s even a category that says “willing to sell to men.”

Ads on Only the Breast are as descriptive as they can get. In one post, the mom says she’s selling dairy-free breast milk without peanuts or wheat consumed.

2. Breastfeeding Moms Unite

Breastfeeding Moms Unite is less active and less popular than Only The Breast, but this may be a good secondary option if you want to get more people to see your listings.

They also have helpful guidelines to ensure the safety of the breast milk that you sell, but donor screening is not required.

Aside from buying and selling breast milk, there are also ads for doulas, lactation consultants, wet nurses, and even surrogates.

3. Human Milk Banks

Human milk banks have several steps in place to ensure that the mom selling breast milk is healthy.

Human milk banks pasteurize donated milk, which means some of the benefits of breast milk, such as antibodies, may be lost in the process.

In addition, milk is pooled from several mom donors, so they may not be very specific with the age range of babies the milk is suitable for.

In order to sell or donate breast milk, you must:

  • Pass an interview or two about your lifestyle
  • Pass physical tests to ensure you have no infectious diseases
  • Pass screens that ensure breast milk is free of bacteria

Human milk banks also screen comprehensively for caffeine intake, smoking, and medication.

All breast milk bags are placed on BPA-free packaging and stored under the right temperature all throughout its shipment process.

The comprehensive steps taken to pasteurize the donor milk and screen for a bunch of things mean that breast milk from these places are higher-priced than those sold directly by other moms.

This is the main complaint of buyers who wanted bacteria-free breast milk but couldn’t afford the $4 per ounce breast milk price tag.

Some of the human milk banks you can sell breast milk to include:

4. Online Milk Communities

Warning: Selling your breast milk on online milk communities is done at your own risk. It’s technically legal but largely unregulated.

A simple Google search or a Facebook search can help you find groups and communities for buying and selling breast milk.

These groups or sites generally require you to register with your information to be a member. This is so the admins of the group or owners of the site can vet you and avoid spammers.

You’re normally also made to fill out an information sheet about you and your breast milk. For instance, you’ll be asked questions about your health, special diets, any recent viral or bacterial infections you’ve had (e.g., colds, respiratory infections, stomach flu, etc.), any medications you’re taking, how long you’ve been producing breast milk, and many other relevant questions.

Because they’re unregulated, online milk communities won’t usually require you to undergo blood tests and breast milk screening, but if you want your breast milk to be appealing to buyers, doing these tests are a good idea.

Familiarize yourself with the best ways to pump, store, and transport breast milk to minimize contaminations. Some lactating mothers even know how to pasteurize their breast milk.

Note that it’s best not to sell on Craigslist or eBay, as selling bodily fluids violates their terms and conditions.

How Much Can You Make Selling Breast Milk?

If you’re selling breast milk on Facebook or in Only the Breast, expect to earn an average of $2.50 per ounce of milk.

Babies need somewhere around 20 to 30 ounces of breast milk a day, so by using the average price, you can earn $30 to $75 a day, which can earn you up to $2,300 a month.

Because you are the one setting the price, you can price your breast milk higher or lower than the current “market prices.”

In fact, some moms actually sell them in bulk (for example, $400 for 2,500 ounces).

If you want to go through a human milk bank, know that prices there are much lower.

Mothers Milk Cooperative pays only $1 per ounce and pays via direct deposit about 90 days after sending the milk. This time frame apparently is used to test your breast milk for quality before sending it over to the baby who needs it.

Here’s a bit of bad news: the money moms will make from selling breast milk is taxable, so it’s best to keep a record of all your sales and be ready for filing income tax.

Things to Watch Out For When Selling Breast Milk

While there are no laws governing the sale of breast milk, there are three things you do have to know about breast milk and its buy-and-sell industry:

1. Scams

Unfortunately, there are scammers who will take advantage of people’s desperation.

There will be some potential buyers who will suddenly cancel their orders after you’ve prepared everything for shipping.

Be careful when dealing with people online and do your due diligence.

2. Contamination

While buying and selling breast milk is legal, The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend sharing or selling breast milk between two people, especially strangers, due to the potential risk of contamination.

Dirty breast pumps or containers and non-sanitized hands during handling can easily contaminate breast milk. Worse, if the breastfeeding mom is sick, she can pass on infectious microorganisms to the baby who’s going to feed on it.

The buyer has no way of knowing if the milk they bought is free from bacteria.

This is why it’s important to only sell breast milk in reputable marketplaces that have procedures in place to ensure that the breast milk is safe to consume before it is bought.

They normally have instructions on how to properly extract and store their breast milk so that it’s safe to sell.

3. Breast milk changes in composition depending on the baby’s needs

It isn’t common knowledge, but the chemical and biological makeup of breast milk changes every day to meet the ever-changing needs of a baby.

This is the reason why breast milk for 12-month-olds looks different from the colostrum you saw at the start of your breastfeeding journey.

Thus, newborn milk isn’t recommended for older babies, and vice versa.

Keep this in mind when listing your breast milk for sale; you want your breast milk to benefit the babies who need it.

The Bottom Line

Every mom has a different breastfeeding journey.

All moms want the best for their babies, but for a wide variety of reasons, they may not be able to breastfeed even if they wanted to.

When this happens, those who wanted to stick to their breastfeeding plan can choose the next best thing: to buy another mom’s breast milk so her baby continues to receive the benefits of breastfeeding.

Got an oversupply and want to skip the marketplace altogether? You can donate breast milk at National Milk Bank or at the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Other Ways For Moms and Moms-To-Be To Earn Money

Are you looking for ways to earn income as a stay-at-home mom? Or are you expecting and looking for ways to earn extra cash while waiting for your bundle of joy? Here are some articles to help you get started:

Have you tried buying or selling your breast milk online? How did it go? Let us know in the comments!

Get Paid to Cuddle: How to Work as a Professional Cuddler

I’ve come across a few unbelievable side gig opportunities in my time, but even I was surprised that people can get paid to cuddle.

It might seem like a ridiculous thing to pay for, but professional cuddling is slowly gaining traction across the US and the world, and the reasons behind this growing line of work make a lot more sense than you might think.

But what does it take to become a professional cuddler, what precisely does this job entail, and how much can you realistically expect to earn? I explore these topics and more below.

Why Are People Paying To Be Cuddled?

The benefits of human interaction and touching, in particular, have been widely espoused by scientists and psychologists alike.

However, in today’s society, personal spaces are becoming wider, intimacy is increasingly scarce, and people are getting more isolated.

Online connections are stronger than ever before, but the human touch is left out of the equation.

With the recent pandemic forcing people to stay indoors and practice social distancing, everyone is more secluded than ever before.

This has led to many feeling the effects of touch starvation: anxiety, depression, stress-related physical disorders, and even PTSD.

Those working in the so-called “cuddle business” are all too familiar with this and see the positive effects their work can have on their clients’ lives.

Traditionally, cuddling isn’t exactly a taboo topic, but it isn’t something that one casually brings up in public or in the workplace. It’s something you only do with your partner or romantic interest when you want to show or receive affection.

Those in the cuddle business are working hard to change this perspective and advocate for cuddling as a way to connect with another human being through platonic, non-sexual touch.

Clients still feel this stigma, though, and normally want to keep their dealings private. But more and more people are recognizing the benefits of cuddling, especially those for whom casual physical contact, even a handshake, is elusive or even non-existent.

What Does a Professional Cuddler Do?

At the heart of it, there’s the cuddling: embracing, touching, and caressing another person in a chaste, nonsexual way.

Some clients will want to talk and get things off their minds, and you’ll have to be ready to listen to them and be empathetic.

Unless you’re also a psychologist, do your best not to offer any professional advice. Getting paid to cuddle doesn’t make you an expert, and it’s best to remember that.

Depending on the arrangement (either between you and the agency or you and the client) you will either meet the client at an agreed-upon place or at their home.

From there, you’re free to sit on a couch and chat, watch a movie, or just cuddle, if that’s all the client wants to do.

Safety should always be first in everyone’s minds when arranging to meet with a stranger alone. That’s why it’s better to join up with an established company that already has safety procedures in place and carefully vets the clients.

Another safety issue is related to arousal. If either you or your client gets turned on, it’s advisable to change positions to avoid stimulation.

It’s not that it’s shameful; it’s a normal physiological reaction. But you don’t want your client to feel taken advantage of, and you also don’t want your client to take advantage of you.

Overcoming the Stigma of Cuddling for Money

This new movement has its fair share of obstacles, especially when it comes to those who don’t understand what it’s all about, which included me, at first.

But as I delved deeper into this industry, I learned that cuddling can be a therapeutic experience, much like meditation, yoga, or mindfulness.

In today’s society, we often think that touching another person has to lead to something sexual, which means it can be embarrassing to think of cuddling a stranger as a viable way to earn an income.

But companies like Cuddlist are changing that perspective.

As their website states, “professional therapeutic touch through cuddling is healing and transformative when it happens in a respectful and emotionally safe way.”

So even though it might seem peculiar (at least, at first) to your friends or family, getting paid to cuddle is nothing to be ashamed of.

Think about it this way:

Those in need of a snuggle are restricted to asking those around them, which could lead to misunderstandings and a lot of awkwardness.

Instead, finding someone online, or through a business, that’s already comfortable with the idea and knows proper boundaries is a much better and safer option.

Is Professional Cuddling the Right Choice for You?

Here are some of the questions you’ll have to ask yourself when considering professional cuddling as a job.

Are you comfortable touching and being touched constantly? While human touch is essential to one’s health, different people have different thresholds for how long they can be touched.

If you can’t bear the idea of hugging and holding other people for an hour or two at a time, then being a professional cuddler probably isn’t for you.

Are you willing to be trained or certified? Professional cuddlers aren’t required to undergo training, but it’s a great advantage for you in that you’ll know how to do your job better.

If you can’t afford training or if the company you end up working for doesn’t provide training, a highly recommended book for beginners is Cuddle Sutra.

Can you express empathy while maintaining professional distance? You need to be able to understand your clients’ needs at that moment, whether it’s cuddling, talking, or simply being present.

However, you do need to maintain a professional relationship with your client. I’ve mentioned that sexual contact is taboo, but you’re also not allowed to date your clients. If you intend to start a romantic relationship with a client, you can’t see them in a professional capacity anymore.

Can you be open to different types of people and lifestyles? You’re likely to get clients from all walks of life. You’ll need to be able to accept everyone over 18 regardless of their race, gender, and religious beliefs.

How Do You Become a Professional Cuddler?

Some people, like Jane Wells, the owner of Cuddle Up to Me, strike out on their own and set up a business where they find and vet their own clients. However, this is extremely time-consuming and risky.

If you’re looking at this as more of a side gig then you’re probably much better off joining one of the major online agencies out there that run a community of “cuddlers,” “cuddlists,” or “snugglers” (there seems to be a wide range of terminology).

Here are some of the biggest cuddle companies in the business:

There are also smaller, regional online businesses like Snuggle Buddiez in Boise, Idaho, or Snuggle Salon in certain California cities.

Cuddle companies in other countries include Harmony Cuddles in London, UK, and Cuddle Therapy in Australia.

You’ll likely have to go through a vetting process when you sign on and maybe some training first – which may cost money.

Cuddlist, for instance, requires that you complete their online course, which costs $150 to become a trained “cuddler”.

Generally, (if you’re part of an agency) then you’ll have a profile where clients can find you. If a client is interested then they’ll send you a request. After that, you’re free to chat with the client and book them during a timeslot when you’re available if you feel comfortable with them.

How Much Can You Get Paid to Cuddle?

The pay depends on the company or agency you join. They may or may not restrict tips as well.

For reference, Cuddlist pays $40 an hour and allows clients to tip you as well. Most agencies will also reimburse you for travel expenses to your meetup place.

But generally, the pay is really good. Some experienced cuddlers can get paid up to $80 for a 45-minute cuddling session.

The Bottom Line

It may boggle the mind that you can get paid to cuddle, but being a professional cuddler can be an incredibly rewarding side gig or full-time job.

Not only will you meet a ton of interesting people, but you can also help others deal with the anxiety and loneliness that stems from a lack of touch.

If you’re into more unconventional ways of making money (and meeting new people at the same time) then you might also be interested in looking at how to get paid for going on dates.

Or check out our massive list of side hustle ideas.

Are you planning to find work as a professional cuddler? Do you think getting paid to cuddle is right up your alley? Tell us what you think in the comments!

How to Make More Money with Uber: 12 Brilliant Hacks

Uber pros

If you’re here, you’re probably already an Uber driver and you want to learn how to make money with Uber.

Driving for Uber is one of the best side gigs or even full-time hustle available when you have a car and a pristine driving record.

The way you’re paid by Uber is flexible in that you aren’t paid an hourly wage. There are ways to increase your Uber revenue so that you’re earning four or even five figures a month.

Today, we look at how to make more money with Uber, as well as the pros and cons to being an Uber driver so you can judge for yourself if this is hustle is for you.

12 Tricks for Uber Drivers to Make More Money

Here are a few tricks for Uber drivers that you can utilize to maximize the amount of money you can make in the shortest time possible.

Uber Driver

1. Drive the right car.

What makes a car the right car to drive with Uber is one that balances your driving skills, fuel efficiency, maintenance needs, and your income goals.

For instance, you can make more money driving a larger car because you’ll be eligible for both UberX and UberXL, but if you can’t drive a larger car comfortably, it may not be worth it.

2. Always keep water and snacks in the backseat.

Nothing feels better than getting inside of an Uber car and finding a few snacks and water.

It shows the passengers that you care about their comfort and increases your chance of getting a larger tip and a good review.

Don’t just place it in the backseat haphazardly, though; invest in a car seat organizer so everything is neatly arranged on the back of your seat.

3. Don’t follow the herd.

A few weeks in and you’ll already know about the “recommended times” and the “recommended locations” where the demand is high.

Whether that’s a busy Saturday night or a certain morning route, it’s always better to completely ignore those.

You’ll be dealing with high competition since all Uber drivers in the area will tend to flock to those recommended locations at those recommended times.

You’re more likely to actually get a request where there is a lack of drivers.

4. Log out of the Uber Driver App before a surge.

Learn about the general surge times and log out of the app 15 minutes before.

Let’s say you know that 5 p.m is a huge time for surge pricing as everyone is leaving work.

Log out of the app 15 minutes before since that reduces the number of drivers, hence increasing the surge fare. Plus, you won’t get a request right before the surge pricing kicks in, so you won’t be missing out on the higher fares.

5. Stay in one place when you’re waiting for a request.

It’s tempting to drive around the city when you’re in between rides, hoping to increase the chances that you’re pinged for a ride.

Unless you’re doing it to familiarize yourself with an unknown area, it’s a bad idea.

You waste gas, you wear out your car, and it’s unlikely that the one or two pickups you get to make will be worth it.

A better strategy is to find a safe place to park (not idle) and wait for a while. Ideally, it’s near a high-traffic area where there are riders.

6. Watch the Uber Passenger App as well.

This is one of the most important Uber tricks for drivers.

You need to understand your local market, and to do that, I recommend downloading the Passenger App.

You’ll be able to know how many Uber drivers are near you and make a strategy around it.

For example: if people are leaving a concert, all drivers may be in the same place by the main entrance.

Instead, go to the other entrance where you’re more likely to get a request instantly.

Herd of Taxis

7. Follow the alcohol.

Friday and Saturday nights, along with major holidays, are definitely the best days to make the most money with Uber.

Surge pricing usually lines up with bar closing times.

However, remember that you do have to deal with inebriated passengers, and there is always the risk of someone getting sick in your car.

8. Be ready for the mess that comes from following the alcohol.

If you’re going to deal with drunk passengers, you need to be ready.

Puke-proof your interiors (Scotchgard your cloth covers or just change to vinyl covers), have proper barf bags (the ones with a plastic ring to hold on to) within easy reach, and keep an emergency cleaning kit complete with rubber gloves, soapy water, and a portable vacuum for “accidents.”

Uber does charge a cleaning fee to passengers who make messes, so you get back at least some of the cost of your emergency puke kit and to actually deep clean the mess.

Remember to document and take pictures of all messes first before you clean them up, though.

Lastly, air fresheners are your best friend; have a few of them handy.

9. Dress and act professionally.

Always dress in clean and nice clothes, and put a lot of effort into being polite and respectful to the passengers.

Making a good impression goes a long way toward high ratings and even possibly a tip.

10. Stay updated on weekly incentives.

Gamifying ridesharing can be a good or bad thing, depending on who you ask. But we’re not going to pooh-pooh a chance to get extra money from Uber.

Not every city offers these incentives, but when you see chances to boost your earnings (for example, “Do X trips and get an extra $Y”), do your best to take advantage of them.

11. Sell useful stuff to your passengers.

You might have heard about the “Uberpreneur” a few years back who made more than $250k a year selling jewelry as he was driving his Uber.

It’s not for everyone, though.

Riders book Uber to go someplace, not to go through a sales pitch.

However, if you’re careful to sell goods that your passengers might need, you just might be able to earn a few extra dollars a day.

For instance, display folding umbrellas or rain ponchos for those days when there’s unexpected rain. Or offer portable power banks for those who forgot to charge their phones.

12. Make even more money by incorporating other apps with Uber.

Instead of just making money with Uber as a driver, you can capitalize on being an Uber driver by downloading these apps.

  • Vugo. This is a company that will pay you to set up a tablet in your car and display ads in the backseat.
  • Wrapify. They are a company that will pay you to wrap your car in a commercial ad. Just be wary as there are a lot of car wrap scams that exist out there. Stick with legit, proven companies like Wrapify.
  • GetUpside. Save up to 25¢ per gallon of gas with this cash back app
  • Stride. Track your mileage and expenses with this app so you can maximize your tax deductions come tax season.
  • Waze. Uber’s in-app navigation can fail you. Waze is much more accurate and can get you to your destination quicker and safer, which are all good things if you’re looking for good ratings, good tips, and to squeeze in as many rides as you can in a day.

Pros of Making Money with Uber

Uber pros

If you’re new to driving for Uber or trying to decide if it’s worth it, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons so you can end up making an informed decision.

I’ll lay everything out and help you decide if it’s worth it.

1. You have a flexible schedule.

Possibly the biggest advantage of making money with Uber is that you can work as much or as little as you want.

You can dictate your schedule around important occasions and holidays.

Need to work late at night? Do it.

Take a whole month off because you just need some “me time”?

Yup, go for it.

Have a friend’s baby shower all the way across the state? You guessed it…Do it!

2. It’s perfect for entrepreneurs.

If you’re an entrepreneur who’s in the process of starting or funding their own business, then Uber is a great way to make that extra money you need to fund your business.

Usually, entrepreneurs go for part-time jobs but those often come with strict schedules, and, well, a boss.

Which brings me to the next point…

3. You are your own boss.

Driving with Uber, there’s no one telling you what to do, how to do it, or when to do it.

If you thrive in an independent work environment and don’t like being constantly supervised or micromanaged, then you’d like driving with Uber!

4. Only skill required: driving well.

You don’t need to be a great writer, a crafty person, some Bitcoin guru, or even have special skills at all to be able to make money with Uber.

Driving well (read: driving safely, not driving fast) is enough.

You don’t even need any equipment but your phone and your car.

There’s a very low barrier of entry to the job in general (all you need is a car, a license, and no criminal background).

5. You get to meet new people.

This one can be a pro or a con, depending on whether you like people.

If you’re an extrovert, then you will love the fact that you get to meet all types of people.

Maybe you’ll get to learn a thing or two from them.

Most side hustles don’t give you the opportunity to interact socially.

6. You get to explore your city and beyond.

A lot of freelancers who work from home or remotely complain about the sudden monotonous routine that they find themselves in after a while.

They are sick of working from the same place every day.

When you make money with Uber, you’ll actually get to see new places and neighborhoods you’ve never even heard about.

7. Learn while working.

Yes, you can listen to music or news while driving, but why not use this time to listen to podcasts?

You can use the time you work and make money to master another subject.

8. Take advantage of the surge.

Let’s be honest: this definitely sucks for the rider.

For you, though, it’s definitely quite freaking cool.

If you are in an area or a time that often has surge pricing, you can make up to double the money (or even more) for the same amount of work.

Although it’s not smart to always be chasing the surge pricing (you’ll get to know why in a minute), it’s still a major advantage.

Cons of Making Money with Uber

Uber cons

The benefits are enticing, but there are some drawbacks to being an Uber driver, too.

1. You have to do your taxes.

Having to do your own taxes is dreadful.

But since you’re considered an independent contractor, you’ll have to calculate your own taxes and pay your own expenses.

2. You subject your car to hard use.

The biggest enemy of your car is wear and tear.

The number of miles will increase, you’ll need to maintain your car religiously, and repairs will be more frequent.

The expenses add up and will take a considerable chunk off your earnings.

3. You subject yourself to some risk.

You’d probably think twice before picking up a hitchhiker, right?

Well, picking up an Uber passenger is a slightly more sophisticated (and paid) version.

It’s not to say that driving with Uber is dangerous, but driving strangers around to places that you may be unfamiliar with does sound a little risky.

4. Customers may leave unfair ratings.

You can do everything to improve customer experience, but in the end, you can’t control how you’re rated by your passengers.

But if you have a low rating, you’re less likely to be pinged when someone needs a ride.

Moreover, if your average rating falls below a 4.6-star rating average, your account is flagged and Uber will consider whether or not to kick you out of the platform.

5. It’s a sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re making money with Uber as a side hustle, then you won’t have to really worry about this, since you have plenty of hours left in a day to make up for the lack of activity when you’re driving.

But if you’re taking up Uber as more of a long-term, full-time business, this can affect your health.

6. There’s little to no growth potential.

As I’ve mentioned, you do get to explore your city and learn new things from interacting with all sorts of people.

But in terms of a career ladder, it’s a dead-end, quite frankly.

Your income can increase from year to year, but there are no promotions or any higher level you can get up to.

Start Making More Money With Uber!

Hopefully, you’ve weighed the pros and cons of becoming an Uber driver and decided to go for it.

Whether you’re trying to earn more money to pay off debt, fund a business, save for a holiday, or build a nest egg, every cent of extra income matters.

If you think you can’t handle being an Uber driver, considering renting out your car or other ways of getting paid to drive.

Are you currently driving for Uber? Did I miss any hacks to increase your Uber income? Tell me in the comments so I can add those to the list!

How To Start A Brewery Business and Make Money

Humans have been brewing beer for 10,000 years, and we’re not likely to stop now. If you love drinking beer, you might have wondered about creating your own brew, and possibly even how to start a brewery selling your own creations.

Homebrewing a batch of beer is one thing, but starting a brewery for a business is not a simple endeavor. Between sourcing the raw materials, buying the equipment, and navigating the legalities, you have your work cut out for you.

In today’s blog post, I guide you through how to start a brewery: factors to consider, conditions to meet beforehand, and the steps you need to take to build your business.

Factors To Consider When Starting A Brewery

So you’re probably here because you love drinking beer and you’re thinking of turning that love into creating your own brews and even turning it into a business.

Here are some factors to consider when making your decision to start a brewery.

Is a brewery business the right fit for you?

A brewery business can be lucrative, but it takes more than a love of beer to be successful.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you dive head-first.

  • Are you willing to work more than 40 hours a week, including weekends?
  • Do you have good sales and marketing skills? If not, are you willing to learn?
  • Are you willing to spend most of your day cleaning?
  • Can you keep decent financial records and inventory?
  • Do you have a lot of money you can afford to invest? If not, are you comfortable looking for sources of funding?

If you said yes to all, then you understand that running a brewery is much, much more than brewing and drinking beer all day.

But if not, I suggest you do plenty of research and soul-searching to really know if running a brewery is for you.

Federal And State Laws

Homebrewing is legal in all 50 states, but only if it’s for personal use (i.e., less than 100 gallons of beer a year). This means you can perfect your brew at home and have family and friends taste-test it, but you can’t sell anything you brewed at home.

The federal authority for all alcoholic beverages is the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

This bureau sets the rules for the production, distribution, labeling, advertising, trade and pricing practices, credit, container characteristics, and alcoholic content of each alcoholic beverage.

Aside from federal laws, you’ll also need to adhere to your individual state laws. Make sure to look them up.

Space

Because you can’t sell your brews from home, you need to find a space for your brewery that you can rent.

Consider the fact that you’ll have to receive deliveries for raw materials and equipment, and delivery vehicles will have to park nearby.

You have to have enough space to brew as well as possibly sell your products. Also, it has to be able to adhere to zoning laws and other standards and regulations for breweries.

Investment

I can’t and I won’t sugarcoat it: you would need a substantial amount of investment to start a brewery.

Brewery investment

And it’s a high-risk investment, too.

As you’ll see in the next sections, you’ll need to have your equipment and facilities set up before you even apply for your license to sell.

As you know, applying for a license can go either way. If your license is disapproved, you’re out all the costs. Of course, you can always sell the equipment, but that’s probably at a loss.

Don’t have enough capital? Raise funds via crowdfunding, or try to get venture capital funding for your business.

If you still can’t scrape together the funds needed, you can maybe try to apply for one of these small business grants so you can get your business started.

Business objectives

Starting a brewery is not easy and it’s not cheap; having clear business goals and knowing exactly what you want to achieve with your business helps you keep your focus.

Write down your business objectives and keep them with you. In fact, it’s even better if you can integrate this into your business plan.

Ideal customer

Visualize your ideal customer and write up a profile: their income bracket, jobs, likes, dislikes, wants, and needs.

When you have this snapshot of your ideal customer, weigh your brewing skills against their preferences and determine if you have enough skills to give them what they want.

If not, consider your willingness to invest time and money to hone your existing skills and learn new ones.

It all comes down to a single question: what type of person do you want to buy your beer?

Things To Do Before Starting Your Brewery

When you’ve considered all the factors, begin getting your ducks in a row.

Here are the things you have to accomplish before you start your brewery.

Perform Market Research

Market research involves studying customer data and behavior as well as market trends.

The aim is to learn who to sell your beer to, what they’ll like, and how to market your products to them.

Here are some questions to answer so you can get a good sense of the market.

  • Demand. Do people want your product? How much do they want it?
  • Market size. How large is your audience?
  • Economic indicators. What income bracket do they belong to?
  • Location. Where are your customers? How wide is your reach?
  • Market saturation. What does your competition look like?
  • Pricing. How much are your potential customers willing to pay?

Find Your Niche

A craft brewer is defined as a small, independent brewer, and you technically fall under this category.

This is still a broad definition, so let’s break it down further.

According to the Brewers Association, there are six distinct market segments:

  • Microbrewery – Less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year; sells 75% or more of beer off-site
  • Brewpub – Restaurant-brewery selling 25% or more of its beer on-site with food services
  • Taproom Brewery – Selling 25% or more of its beer on-site without food services
  • Regional Brewery – Between 15,000 to 6,000,000 barrels
  • Contract Brewing Company – Business that hires another brewery to produce beer but takes care of everything else: marketing, sales, and distribution
  • Alternating Proprietor – Tenant “rents” brewery and becomes the brewery of record in terms of taxes, label approval, and formula approval

If you’re only starting out, the simplest market segment to start with would be a microbrewery. A taproom brewery can also be worth a try but would require a bigger space to accommodate your customers.

Draw Up Your Business Plan

Brewery Business Plan

Once you’ve decided which niche is the right fit for you, create your business plan to lay out your business goals and give you a clear direction for your brewery business.

This article from the US Small Business Administration shows you two ways to write your business plan.

Perfect Your Technique

Planning your business will be all for naught if you only know the bare basics of brewing.

A thriving brewery business has to sell beer, and that means having a high-quality product line that stands out from the rest of the competition.

Perfecting the art of brewing, from choosing the right ingredients to its final presentation, is crucial to your success.

Look for classes you can take to add to your knowledge of brewing.

The oldest and most popular brewing school is Siebel Institute of Technology, which offers a 12-week diploma course in brewing technology, as well as a la carte offerings of courses if you only want to refresh your knowledge in certain subjects.

However, Siebel Institute is located in Chicago, Illinois. If you don’t live near there, or have no plans of relocating to Chicago even for just 3 months, you can check out the courses offered by American Brewers Guild. It’s not 100% online, though; you’re required to work for one week at a local brewery.

If you have a choice, select a course that offers a certificate.

This will give you an advantage when applying for your licenses and permits.

Network With Other Brewers And Suppliers

Connecting with other brewers and suppliers helps you gather more knowledge about brewing, marketing, and distribution, and allows you to learn where to find the best materials and equipment.

A couple of associations you can look into are Brewers Association and American Craft Spirits Association.

The Beverage Trade Network (which you can also join) has a list of brewers association in the USA, but this page was last updated in 2013.

Find Raw Materials

First, familiarize yourself with the raw materials you need:

  • Water. Purified water is the best water to use; any impurities may affect the taste of your products.
  • Cereal Grains. The preferred grain for beer is barley, although you can use corn, rice, rye, or wheat as well.
  • Hops. Hops are the flowers of the hop plant Humulus lupulus..
  • Yeast. If you’re making ale, you’ll need to use a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae called brewer’s yeast (not to be confused with baker’s yeast).

 

Look for local suppliers of these raw materials first so you can more easily source them.

You can also look for online suppliers who deal in wholesale purchases.

Set Up Workspace And Equipment

Unlike other businesses, you’ll have to have your equipment and workspace in place before you even apply for the necessary licenses and permits for your business.

Here’s a list of equipment that you may need to set up depending on the business model you’re going to follow.

  • Brewhouse
  • Fermentation Tank
  • Beer Filters
  • Boiler
  • Fermenters
  • Mashing Tuns & Kettles
  • Refrigeration Machine
  • Water Treatment

Suppliers from China such as Alibaba can supply this equipment to you. However, remember that importing from overseas adds significant shipping charges, and the wait time for delivery is also longer.

Alternatively, look into the members’ directory of the associations you’re a member of and look for equipment suppliers.

How To Start A Brewery

Once everything is in place, you can now start building your business.

Here’s how to start a brewery business.

1. Develop your product line.

Brewery tasting

Because you’ve done your market research, you should know what products your target audience would buy.

Develop one drink first and let your family, friends, and acquaintances taste this and give you their feedback.

If you can afford it, host a free tasting session in your brewery or set up a kiosk in a mall or a beer festival to have random people taste your beer and rate them (for free, of course).

Once you’ve perfected that specific brew, think about whether you want to sell just this one thing or if you plan to expand this and develop different variants.

At this point, consider how you’re going to package your brew: bottled or canned. Bottles carry the flavor better, but cans preserve brews better and are so much easier to store and ship.

2. Define your brand.

Having a tasty product or product isn’t enough.

To be seen and noticed by your potential customers, you’ll need to define your brand identity.

The aim is to be able to connect to your niche through your brand, including your business name, logo, label designs, and even your online personality should all be on-brand.

Here are some questions to ask yourself that can guide you create your brand identity.

  • What personality do I want my brand to project?
  • Who do I want drinking my beer?
  • What is unique to my brand that my customers can’t get anywhere else?
  • What experience do I want my customers to have?

3. Compose your labels.

When it comes to beer, “label” doesn’t just mean that sticker on the bottle or that design on the can. It refers to the words you use to describe the contents of that bottle or can.

The TTB takes labeling of alcoholic products very seriously and may require you to pay a fine or revoke your license if you don’t comply.

Below are the essential components of your product label.

  • Location. Indicate the production facility, and the city and state where it was produced.
  • Alcohol by volume. Never use the abbreviation “ABV;” write the whole thing out (X% Alcohol by Volume) or shorten Alcohol to Alc and Volume to Vol.
  • Contents. Indicate the volume in imperial measurement of liquid in the container: fluid ounces, pints, gallons.
  • Designation. Beer, ale, lager, porter, stout, malt beverage are acceptable as long as the 4 main ingredients (water, grain, hops, yeast) are present; any additional ingredients or treatments need to be included.
  • Allergens. If your product contains allergens or bottled where allergens are also present, it must be stated on the label. Allergens include milk, egg, fish, shellfish, nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.
  • Prohibited words. You can’t use the words “strong,” “full-strength,” “low-carb,” or any other words that imply unsubstantiated claims.

Aside from the TTB guidelines, consult your local and state laws for specific labeling requirements.

Of course, aside from being truthful, the visual elements of the label will need to be attractive to potential customers. Plenty of services can design this for you, or you can hire a freelance graphic designer to do this for you.

As stated above, you need to consider your branding when you design your product labels.

4. Register your business.

Forming a limited liability company (LLC) business entity is essential to separate your personal assets from your business assets (same for liabilities).

This means if you ever get sued, get into debt, or file for bankruptcy, your personal assets cannot be used to pay for any damages or debt.

You’d also need an LLC when applying for licenses and permits, as well as registering to pay taxes and applying for insurance.

5. Organize your business financials.

Again, the point is to separate your business records from your personal records.

Your accounting, your books, should be impeccable and more importantly, add up. Use bookkeeping software if you must to keep your records spotless.

6. Obtain all necessary licenses and permits.

This is easier said than done.

When getting licenses and permits for your brewery, you have to have a product line established along with the recipes, the equipment and facilities set up and ready for production, product labels ready to print, and a marketing plan.

If you plan to serve your products in your brewery (i.e., on-site), you’ll also have to get a license to do that. You’ll need yet another license if you intend to serve food on-site as well.

Waiting times for operating permits can take up to 6 to 8 months to be approved, so keep this in mind especially if you’re transitioning from a day job or a different business.

For a guide on the licensing process, check out this article.

7. Formulate your distribution plan.

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The simplest way to offer your products is right where you brew it. All you need is a small space for a storefront or a larger space for a bar.

If you’re going to sell from your location, register the address on Google My Business so potential customers in your area can easily find your brewery.

But if your location isn’t very accessible, you lack the permits to serve alcoholic drinks in your location, or just don’t have space, you’ll have to find a way to get your product in front of potential buyers.

Find local craft beer festivals and fairs to participate in. Alternatively, you can contact local convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, or bars and strike a deal for them to sell your products.

If at some point you find yourself producing too much product to move by yourself, consider contacting a local distributor who’ll take care of the labor and refrigerated transport.

Expand your reach even more by offering your beer online and working with a nationwide distributor so you can ship your products to customers all over the country.

You may come to a point in your business when your products are popular enough to be worth exporting.

The legalities and logistics of exporting are complicated, so do your research thoroughly if you want to go this path.

Instead of exporting the actual products, consider selling the recipes and the rights to produce the recipes instead.

That way, you don’t have to bother yourself with the details, not to mention you’re decreasing your carbon footprint by not using up fuel for transportation.

8. Draw up a pricing strategy.

By now, you should already be aware of how much investment you’ve put into your brewery, as well as how much you intend to invest as well on expansion or increased production.

Monetary investments include the money you’ve spent for raw materials, equipment, space, license and permit applications, training and classes, packaging, distribution, and other incidentals.

Aside from the money, factor in the time you spend making a batch of beer and assign a value to it. Calculate how much you’d want to pay yourself for every hour of work you do and divide it by how much beer (in volume) you can make per hour.

Lastly, your artistry and skills need to also have a value assigned to them.

Now, have a target profit per unit, and determine the selling price per unit by adding your target profit to the cost per unit based on the above investments.

9. Establish your online presence.

Whether or not you want to sell your products online, you’ll need to build an online presence for your brewery.

It’s virtually impossible to reach potential customers when you don’t have at least a social media presence.

Keep your branding in mind and open up social media accounts for your business, as well as your own website.

Even if you don’t want to sell your products through your website, having your own website helps you increase your reach, market your products, and advertise them.

Potential customers will want to look for you online and find out more, and you need to be ready for it.

Start a self-hosted blog and write about your brewing process, review new materials and equipment, and inspire others to get started on their own dream of starting their own brewery.

Aside from your online presence, make sure you have a separate business email and business phone so that you can completely separate your personal life and contacts from the business-related ones.

Final Thoughts On Starting A Brewery Business

Aside from significant investment, you’ll need to have a genuine love for beer, dedication to your brewing process, and the skills to create high-quality products if your brewery business is to prosper.

I can’t guarantee that you will be successful, but hopefully, our guide on how to start a brewery helps you be on your way.

If you think the investment is too high to risk, we have a list of 50 ways to start an online business that involves less capital.

Or maybe you’d like to monetize your love for beer in another way: by getting paid to drink beer.

Has my blog post inspired you to start a brewery? Or maybe you already own one? Tell your stories to fellow beer-drinkers below.