Finding yourself a suitable part-time online income whilst in higher education may well offer the perfect solution towards a better study/work/social-life balance. Why work like a dog in a low paid part-time job during your precious free time when with some forward planning, you could generate a far more passive style of income that will continue growing over time. Today we will discuss how to earn money online for students.
Does it require a little effort?
Yes of course it does, nothing worthwhile comes without you putting in some time and energy. But I guarantee you will find it interesting, exciting and rewarding.
Your Online Side Hustle
I am sure you already know what a side hustle is, something you can do on the side in your spare time to generate an extra income. You can follow the well-trodden path and choose one (or more) part-time jobs to accomplish this, but what if you can make money more passively online instead, or as well as?
Can it be done?
Indeed it can, I do just that every day and so can you.
How to effectively Earn Money Online
There are so many get rich scams out there, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees.
The most effective method I have come across that I use every day is blogging. By writing helpful and interesting (I hope) articles and reviews on a variety of subjects, and using a technique called ‘Affiliate Marketing’ I generate a steady income from each article I write. This has been the real game changer for me and now provides over 80% of my side hustle income.
Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about blogging or Affiliate Marketing, it’s a straight forward method to make money online and once setup correctly, you will only need to invest an hour or two each day from the comfort of your own laptop to see your income steadily grow month by month, year by year.
But I am not a writer!
You do NOT need to be a born writer neither. As you can most likely tell, I am not a writer at all. The best piece of advice I heard that gave me the confidence to start blogging is simple… write as if you are having a conversation with a friend.
This is not a novel, I don’t need to use a bucket load of unnecessary fancy words. I personally feel it comes across as a tad patronising anyway.
You need to write helpful and engaging content, that’s all, period.
Don’t Chase the Rainbow
I am sure it has not escaped your attention that the Internet is a-wash with a trillion super fast claims of how you can make money online using this new ABC method, or XYZ method.
My experience is that these are generally hot air, and that it is very important for you to lay a solid foundation of knowledge, and put in a bit of effort.
So my 10 cents is don’t be tempted to chase the latest ‘hot’ money making trends, as you will end up chasing the rainbow and make little progress.
Can you handle it?
If you wish to focus on earning a part-time income from the Internet, you must appreciate that you need to invest some time and attention. Nothing comes for free in life when little effort is used, this is no different. As you can imagine, there is of course competition out there when it comes to earning money online, but thankfully most of your competition will give up after a few months as they would have been presuming this type of thing would be an instant success. This is not an INSTANT success recipe.
The trick I have found when starting a blog is getting as much of the upfront learning and work done in a small period of hard core effort (over a week or a long weekend). Once the upfront work is done, from there you would only need to spend about 1-2 hours a day, every day, learning, writing, and growing your income.
This is exactly what I still do now.
How long until you make any money?
Presuming you follow the advice given here and in my next post ‘How to Earn Money by Blogging’ (there is a link to it further down), you should begin to generate a regular small income after 3 months and from then as long as you keep putting in the time of a couple of hours a day, creating great content, each month’s income will increase.
For this reason, ideally you would plan for this in advance and get all the upfront work done, to have at least 3-6 months under your belt before you go off to college/university/higher education. You can of course do this whilst you are at university, but the income will not be high enough to be your sole side hustle, although by the time you leave you would have a money making side hustle that may allow you to choose a job for less money that you love, or only need to work part-time. Maybe you will take a year off after your studies and travel the world whilst Blogging, it’s possible if YOU make it possible.
Where Best to Start?
My next awesome post (link below) covers precisely what you need to do to follow in my footsteps and get started on your journey. It also shows you where to get your blog hosted and up and running for free, with a load of free training too. You can thank me later!
With some upfront thought, time and effort, you can have your own blog up, running, and making money before you even go off to College/University. I hope this post provided an initial taster of what is possible for not only your student years, but for your future years also.
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Andrew | The Guide Geek