You can get paid to advertise even if you don’t have a marketing degree and already spend most of your time working a full-time job.
The advertising industry is huge and spans multiple continents, with ads running day in and day out, every day. Surely, there’s a way for you to cash in on this multi-billion dollar industry? If you were thinking “yes” then you’d be right.
Most marketing departments know that the best way to get the word out there is by having the ordinary Joe on the street doing it for them.
It’s marketing 101.
Companies have been relying on people for years to help market their products and services. People around the world are making side-cash through advertising right now – and they have zero marketing experience themselves.
Here are 4 ways you can start getting paid to advertise for companies right now.
How to Make Money Through Advertising
The world of advertising is always evolving at a quick pace with new avenues of opportunity opening up all the time. Especially via the internet.
Things used to be pretty simple and most advertisements were seen via billboards, magazines, and television.
But now there are plenty of options to tap into both online and offline – and I’m not talking about handing out fliers at your nearest supermarket.
If you’re hungry for opportunities that can afford you a steady extra income then advertising is a sweet pie that comes in many different flavors.
You can find something that fits your needs, irrespective of your skills or the amount of time you’re able to commit. Below are some of the best and most efficient ways to make money through advertising.
Always Use a Healthy Pinch of Salt
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.
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 how to make money posting ads. All of them apply here as well.
4 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 do any or all of these at the same time.
1. Create Your Own Blog
One of the main ways a blogger makes an income is through marketing. The great thing about blogging is that it’s open-ended and can involve just about any topic, which means practically anyone can do it.
All you need to start your own blog is a computer and a web page to share your ideas on. Some people find it more lucrative to set up their own blog page manually through web hosting services. Doing it yourself is great and it definitely affords you more leeway for creative choices, but it’s just as possible to set up a successful blog through a site like Blogger.
Some people even opt for buying websites that already have successful domain names.
Whichever way you decide to do it, getting paid to advertise for companies on your website will involve affiliate marketing. This basically involves you promoting their product or service on your blog either through paid display advertising or a paid blog post where you talk about or review them.
The payment can go one of two ways here as well; either they will pay you in cash or they will send you their product for free and ask that you review it. How much income you can make this way will depend on a number of factors:
- The popularity of your blog will influence how many offers you get and how much advertisers are willing to pay.
- The niche topics you blog about will influence how many advertising opportunities you get.
- Whether you accept more free product reviews than paid advertising/paid reviews. Opting for free product reviews is a smart move in the beginning but you can start negotiating money in addition to the free products as your reader base grows.
- The number of affiliate links you include in your blog posts. Naturally, the more links you share, the more you can make depending on your agreement with your affiliate partner.
I’ve been doing this for years and am happy to say that it’s my sole source of income.
I’ve also put together this practical guide on how to get started with affiliate marketing if you’re looking to set up shop as a successful blogger.
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.
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.
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. Use Legitimate Car-Wrap Advertising Companies
Car wraps is 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.
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 Viewswagen.
They only target ride-hailing service drivers like Uber, however.
4. Walk Around in Public
Not every money-making opportunity involving your body has to be illicit.
Some companies pay people to wear their branded clothing and there was even a way to get paid by getting temporary branded tattoos.
The issue with these gigs, however, is that while there are legitimate ways to get paid for doing stuff like this, the opportunity to do so are few and far in between. Right now, there’s no easy way to start wearing branded clothing and getting paid for it, unless you’re a celebrity or sports star.
But if you’re willing to put yourself out there then you can try contacting companies and offer to wear clothes with their brand in exchange for a small fee. There are cases of people (like Jason Zook) who actually make a living out of it.
The Bottom Line
By now I’ve researched plenty of ways to earn a living through side-hustling.
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.