Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How I Make My Living- RB50 Personal Confessions

Bartending days.
Copyright 2016 by RB50, not for reuse.
I'm surprised that I haven't touched on all of this earlier.  I work for me.  My only boss is the person that looks back at me in the mirror.  It's a fantastic feeling but at times, it can be scary and it can be really stupid busy.  Then again, it can leave me with leisure time whenever I choose.  I do know how to say no when I need or want to.

After the experience of losing my ass because of my own stupidity and being dependent on my employer for a paycheck, I changed my thoughts on not only how to spend my money but where my money should come from.  Originally I thought that working multiple jobs was the answer.  When I was a bartender, I often worked for more than one establishment at a time "just in case."

It was on the news last week that 300 more jobs in Indiana are being moved to Mexico.  I wonder if they too thought that their jobs were secure?  What would you do if you lost your one source of income tomorrow?

A few years ago, I discovered that with time and patience that I could in fact successfully take a few things that I love doing and make a living with them.  You know that old saying?  To find something that you love to do then find a way to make money at it?  That's exactly what I did.

So here it is.  Minus a few things that we'll touch on later, this is how I make my living.

Residual Writing

This has taken me years to build and I'm still building my portfolio.  One of the sites that I have chosen to store my residual writing is HubPages.  I have the ability to do a quadruple dip and that's exactly what I do on a lot of the writing that I have posted on the site over the past 5 years.  I had whittled my portfolio down to 53 articles from right at 200, but I have also started to add content there again.  If you want to see my portfolio of writing on that site, it is located here.

Websites
  
I own a few websites that pull income through AdSense and affiliates.  I work on most of them only a few times a year to add new content and adjust the items in the affiliate stores.  My web hosting is free through Blogger so the only cost for me for my websites is what little time I put into them once they are established and the yearly domain name renewals.  It's seriously like taking candy from a baby and I jokingly call any and all income from the websites as free money because there is so little cost and time in the majority of them.

Ghost Writing for Clients

I have a few clients that I ghost write for.  The subject matter that I write about varies greatly.  I've written web content for websites, ebooks and even technical medical papers.  If you ever need something written, I'd be more than happy to give you a quote.<------ (shameless self promotion)

Writing for a Content Mill Website

I've been writing for one content mill website for over 5 years now.  I usually advise new writers against getting involved with these types of sites because the majority of them pay dirt rates that they should honestly be ashamed of, but this one is the exception to the rule.  I stick to open orders and the specific team niches that I belong to on the site.  Technically this website could pay my bills if I ever needed it to.

Selling Articles on Constant Content

I have a few pre-written articles that I have up for sale on this website.  I haven't posted anything new on there in over 2 years and I'm letting my inventory there dwindle because the site just isn't active enough for my taste.  I did receive notification that an article sold a few days ago but once everything is sold, I'll be done with them.

 Flea Markets

Some people are really amused by the fact that I sell at a couple of flea markets in my area.  The only thing that I can say about that is that when you have the right product and location combination, there's a lot of money to be made in a very short amount of time.

Craigs List

I will occasionally list something on Craigs List if I think it will be an easy sell and I want to get rid of it.  It can be a great part-time income if you are serious with it... but I'm not really serious with the site so it's an occasional dip for me.

Ebay

I sell stuff on Ebay to make a bit of extra folding money.  The fees are annoying but that's the price of doing business on the site.  I've tried other sale sites and unfortunately they just don't have the traffic that Ebay has, so I'll stick with Ebay.

Affiliate Income

Yes.  I do make money with affiliate programs.  Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Tshirt Hell and I'm working on approval from Target and a couple of others.  People buy things all the time and if I'm talking about something that they want to buy, why shouldn't they buy it from my link instead of someone else's?  All of my websites have affiliate links on them as well as my YouTube channels.  I don't talk about a specific product/service that I don't personally use just to make a dollar off of it though.  If I mention it, I've used it and I like it.

Google Ad Sense

This is my favorite because I have it hooked into everything.  All of my websites, my residual writing pages and YouTube. 

I plan on touching on some of these things in future YouTube videos because each one by itself can provide a nice little part time income over time.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions about any of these, leave them in the comment section below and I'll explain as best I can or I might even make a video about your question for you.