If you want to make real money stop looking for a “real” job in a company. Jobs are so 20th century. Welcome to the “gig” economy, where more than 20 million Americans are full-time “freelancers,” “consultants,” “independent contractors” and other code names for not having a “real” job.
The Great Recession forced a lot of workers into the freelance ranks, but more than half of “solopreneurs” actively choose the jobless lifestyle.No time clocks, no cubicles, and best of all, no bosses.
How much money can you make depends on your skills, experience and flair for self-promotion. There are wildly popular bloggers who pull in six figures a month, but the general trend is that freelance workers earn slightly less than their cubicle-bound colleagues – about $15.60 per hour versus $20 per hour.
Even if you won’t get rich as an independent worker, there are plenty of other benefits to going jobless: You can better adapt your work schedule to family life. You can tinker with many different projects instead of doing the same thing day after day. And, best of all, you call the shots.
Selling Your Stuff
One of the easiest ways to make money without a job is to sell the things you already own. Things like your grandpa’s valuable old rugby card collection, your basement vintage beer advertisements, old guitars, old auto parts etc. With Web sites like Craigslist, eBay and Amazon Marketplace, the world is your garage sale.
Or maybe you’re hand crafty. Do you have a knack for ironic embroidery, homemade soap making or faux-vintage jewelry design? Welcome to Etsy, the online marketplace for make-it-yourselfers of all stripes. Note that Etsy charges 20 cents to list each item and keeps 3.5 percent of each sale.
Selling Your Services
Do you have fascinating things to say about technology, movies, politics, food, sports and/or celebrity news? Can you churn out 300-word chunks of scannable copy every hour? Do you basically live on Twitter and Facebook? Then you might be ready to become a professional blogger. The best way to blog your way to “riches” is by using Google AdSense. Google automatically posts ads on your site that it believes will be good matches for your readers. Every time a site visitor clicks on an ad, you get a cut of the fee paid to Google. Warning: You do need a lot of traffic to your site to generate some decent cash.
At Fiverr — and copycat sites like GigBucks and TenBux — you can offer any service to the world for the low price of five dollars. Advertising your service is free, but Fiverr takes one dollar of every sale. Popular offerings are voiceovers in various comical accents, short writing projects, customized cartoons, logo design, Photoshop editing and Web site promotion.
Creative professions like writing, graphic design, translation and public relations all give you the option of working from home.Freelancing offers consistent opportunities, no matter what the general job outlook. When companies are cash heavy, they have extra work that requires freelance help. When they’re cash-strapped, they can’t afford to hire full-timers with benefits, so they bring on more affordable freelance workers.
If you are passionate about photography and you have creative ideas you can sell your photos on iStockPhoto
Get busy and Start making some real money!