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Money & Art |Ways you can upgrade your income.
Ways you can upgrade your income
We wanted to give you guys value by opening up the doors and telling you what kind of side hustles are out there that you as an artist can take on without much investment of time. You can have the ability to not consistently think about how you are going to pay rent or is it enough or starving yourself from the things that you want. There’s nothing wrong with wanting Gucci shoes or wanting to live in a better apartment. Whatever makes your boat float is how you should be living. We have lists and we want to give you a few ideas of what you can do.
- Become an Affiliate
If you have your own website, perhaps you could add referral links. You can become an affiliate. If you have products and you’re not sure, look on their site because more and more companies are understanding the value of the power of word of mouth. And when you say you like something and you really do use it, it’s beneficial to them for you to tell people about their company because you might have a bunch of friends that never have heard of that company before. So look at all the products that you use. So if you have a website, see if there are some of your products that you could put a referral link to on your site and you can just share it. You can share it on social media as well.
To become an affiliate for whichever products that you already love. Your social media following is your best way. You don’t even need a website. You can just open up a Linktree account. Google it, look it up on YouTube. There are very easy step-by-step tutorials there on how to build your link tree. It’s free. It doesn’t take much time. If you don’t want to do it, hire somebody off of Fiverr or Upwork. It’s going to cost $20, $25, maybe $30 that you then can recover pretty quickly. Most of these companies actually have any kind of posting social media, email marketing campaigns already laid out for you that you really don’t have to do much. You just have to post and talk about it, and people will use your link. Have that link in your bio or in your Linktree and off you go. It’s amazing and it makes sense for companies. Rise Media has affiliates.
A lot of small local businesses might have referral programs as well. If you have servicemen even like a plumber or somebody that would come to your house, ask them if they have a referral benefit for you to refer people to because a lot of small businesses now, a flower shop or whatever you would naturally go into, ask them because they probably very likely would have some kind of referral program. Most coaches pay so much better than any product because their profit margin is higher. You have to be in that network and environment that your audience, your community is actually into it.
This might not be relative for all seasons, but if you are jobbing out. If you do have something that you’ll be away for one or two months, put your room or a whole apartment, whatever your situation is, on Airbnb. You already have the lease. If you’re going to be away because you’re working, rent the room or if you have your one, two weeks on your own vacation or it’s your off-season and you’re going to go somewhere else, rent that space. An Airbnb makes it really, really easy to do. When you’re on tour, you can do the same thing. Again, it just makes sense. Take advantage of not being there. I’m sure most areas are very desirable for people to be visiting or you have other dancer friends who have the same kind of schedule and they might only have a couple of weeks off and want your room.
With that comes the repurposing of the room once the guests have moved out. There’s so many tiny little cleaning companies out there that specialize in Airbnb rentals. That’s where you become your own master. You lead people. You ask the right questions. That makes it really easy.
- Sell stuff you no longer use
There’s so many places you can sell. Amazon, eBay are big ones. OfferUp is another app. Everything is free. You can upload pictures and descriptions and they are put in categories. They have an option to add shipping expenses if they’re not local. Every year, if you do an assessment of all the stuff that you have, there’s stuff that no longer serves you or you always push that dress aside in your closet. It feels good energetically to clean up space. Somebody’s trash is another person’s treasure. You’ve worn it before but somebody else hasn’t and might love that dress. It’s like spreading love.
- Sell your photos
You can sell your photos on iStock. We all take so many photos and people want stock photos. So it’s a great way to take what’s already in your phone and see if they would be valuable to become stock photos.
- Open an online shop or freelance
If you do have a skill or something, for example, you love to crochet, you can open up an Etsy shop. That’s valuable to somebody. Fiverr is another one. If you have a skill that you love, for example, you’re great at marketing, you’re great at making Canva pictographs or something you like to do anyway, that’s an extra skill that somebody would find very valuable that if you did have a little bit of time and you wanted to pick up a side thing. That’s a great thing for you to just use as an extra skill.
- Create a course
Create a course. There are platforms out there like Teachable, Kajabi, Ontraport, Mighty Network, you can use either of these platforms. It will walk you through on how to create a course for whatever you want to teach and are able to teach. What you’re doing in a studio or with your friends or anywhere. That course will, if you’re targeting the right audience, make you money over and over and over again, depending on where your audience base is and having that connection.
Dancers are so connected. Everybody loves dancers in a way and would be willing to support them. Rise media is going to support every dancer that comes actually up with that and that’s how you can earn by creating a course. Look it up on YouTube. There are so many tutorials out there, on Instagram, anywhere. It’s not something that you will get done in a week, and that’s okay. That is something that you can every day you spend 20 minutes, 30 minutes on it. And after a month or a month and a half, you have a course ready that you can promote. Talk about why you’re doing it and who it’s for, and you will create a community around it.
- Write an eBook
Nowadays, publishing a book actually does not entail so much investment anymore. You don’t necessarily have to have a publisher. You can write an eBook and go through a company print-on-demand, paperback platforms, like CreateSpace or KDP. They’re both owned by Amazon, and you can easily create and sell eBooks that cost literally nothing in a production area. Because all you do is you create your eBook and then it’s being printed for you once it’s ordered. It’s like print on demand. It’s like with children’s books if you price them at the right space anywhere between 99 cents and $4.99. Success is not guaranteed, of course. However, it’s worth trying and sticking with because if you like writing and are great at writing and putting down your story or something, try it. We all have something that needs to come out. It’s not going to cost you anything. Worst case scenario, you’re going to learn something. You never know. You can go back to that book, to your written content a year later, and revisit, rewrite. And who knows? That’s another way of going into this.
Most of us will have an extra $10 if we open our minds, or an extra $20, and you can take that every month and invest into even the big stocks. Now that will take a little knowledge. It will take a little bit of research. What you can do to save some time is look at the big people. Look at what they’re investing in. TikTok is full of these people. Look at what Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are investing in and all of these people. Follow them. It doesn’t have to be millions of dollars. It can be $10, $20. Bitcoin is another one. So much possibility. If you have an extra $500 and you live in a major metropolitan city, get one of those routers that are mining Bitcoin. All you have to do is have your computer on and it’s just going to bring some money in where you then can reinvest what you’re making. We’re not talking about get-rich-quick things. We’re talking about extra income, a second or third, that you then later perhaps can build up or teach others how to do it. It’s the shift of mind that you’re actually able to create money.
- Become a mystery shopper
Do you like to shop? You can become a mystery shopper. You don’t necessarily have to be an in-store mystery shopper. You can be an online mystery shopper. And they pay. How much they pay is for you to research. That’s an idea. Just google mystery shopper for companies that you love and the products you’re really inclined with. Go for it. Do it. It’s fun.
Bonus ways to upgrade your income
Bonus#1. Use your following
Use your following. We’re talking about micro-influencer anywhere between 5,000 and 50,000, or 5,000 and 100,000. If you have this kind of following, then you definitely need to make that work for you. So if you have a YouTube channel, for example, buddy up with some people, take some ads in. YouTube pays you after 1,000 subscribers or a certain number of views on a particular video.
If you do a dance how-to or a tutorial, something with dance, with those keywords, a warm-up, a cross-conditioning, something like that, those are super popular on YouTube. So use your skill. That’s a one-time investment of your time and energy and you will have reoccurring money coming in. If it’s something you already do, if you already do Pilates, like as a cross-conditioning, or you’re already going to do your warm-up, film yourself doing it. That’s not actually going to take any more of your time. Let people into your world and film yourself. That’s how everybody starts. That doesn’t take anymore your time. You’re already doing it.
Bonus#2. Rent out your email list
Rent out your email list. This is new after Facebook has drastically raised its prices for any kind of Facebook ads or marketing. Renting out email lists has become something. Not many people are doing it, but it’s becoming popular. So it’s pretty affordable for people that are looking to rent out email lists. If you have built an email list, if you have people that are on a newsletter or participating in your blog, that is actually a pretty good steady income. You just need to say, Hey, I have this. I’m willing to rent it out.
The same goes for podcast micro-ads. So here’s how that works. You can either team up with somebody else’s podcast that you like, and you can cross-promote or you open up your podcast and say, Hey, I’m taking promotions. I’m offering a quick two-minute conversation where I ask you about your product and what you’re doing. We’re using it as an ad in the beginning of the podcast or in the middle of the podcast, and I’m going to air it 10 times and you pay me $200 or $300. And that’s it. That doesn’t take much time. You can make, not a living, but an extra income. If you have a blog, you can monetize that too.
Bonus#4 P2P Lending
There’s also something that’s called P2P lending, meaning you can become a lender and help startups. There are certain companies out there. One is Prosper, the other one is called Lending Club. They have micro investors. You can put a certain amount of money, you can pick the projects that you invest in. They have ratings. They vet everybody that’s coming in.
Bonus#5 Rise Media
All of what Rise Media is about is helping you to actually create that income by having the platform ready. It’s not only through your content and the people that are coming in and clicking through your funnels but also through people that really want to give you money and exchange value for the content you are able to put out. That will be a viable option very, very soon.
So making money is not hard. The only thing that’s in the way is ourselves. It is us because we don’t believe we can, we don’t believe we have the time, all of those limiting beliefs really fighting for existence. These limiting beliefs keep us from opening ourselves up and seeing other opportunities. There is nothing wrong with having two or three side hustles. In fact, nowadays, this is actually essential, and it also teaches us many, many things.
Let’s say you are in a studio for eight hours a day and you know that you want to put in an hour. Can you do two in between where you would be scrolling through Instagram? Would it be in between when you are complaining about other things? Would it be instead of watching Netflix? It takes a certain kind of discipline which dancers and performing artists altogether already have. We just don’t know about it and don’t know how to apply that outside of the studio.
Simply know that you have everything you need. Find the awareness of it, its existence, and make it useful to where you want to go.
So much ❤ Susanne
About Christy Little
Former professional dancer turned entrepreneur who is passionate about living in purpose and assisting people to see the greatness inside of them to live their ideal life.