5 Ways Every Young Person Can Make Money

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Money can be kinda slow, especially since we’re in the middle of a pandemic. You’re probably thinking of ways to earn some extra cash on the side or even looking for a long-term source of income besides your job. Luckily, we've compiled a couple of ideas for you to pick from to earn more money!

1. Sell your old clothes

If you’re tight on cash and looking to make a quick buck, try looking into selling some of your old clothes or clothes that don’t fit you anymore. Explore websites like Depop, Poshmark, and Thredup that allow you to sell your unwanted clothing or accessories as long as they’re in good condition. When you sign up on Thredup, they offer you a free clean-out kit so that you can ship your clothing to their warehouse for free and the moment your stuff gets sold you get up to 80% cashout. So if you have clothing that you’re willing to let go of, it's worth giving it a shot.

2. Get into tutoring

If you’re smart in school and have the credentials to back, consider being an online part-time tutor. Most websites offer flexible hours and hourly rates, so you don’t need to wait till the end of the month. You’ll need to pick specific subjects that you’re good at; some websites even require you to take a test to prove your competency. After you pass that test, you'll be able to enlist yourself as an official tutor and start raking in some cash. Visit websites like tutors.com or TutorMe to get started.

3. Affiliate marketing

If you have a reasonably large social media following or run a blog as I do, then affiliate marketing is definitely something you’d be interested in. All you have to do is promote the product of the company you’re in contact with—think brand ambassadors. The company will provide you with a link and discount code that your followers can use. Every time you make a sale when your readers or followers click your link or use your discount code, you'll receive a percentage of those sales, kind of like a commission. Now, this no get rich quick scheme, and you won’t earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it’s a great passive long-term source of income and a great way to make money without doing much of anything at all. My favorite affiliate marketing program is the Amazon Affiliate Marketing Program, which is by far the easiest one to join. With Amazon, you have a wide selection of products you can promote. All you have to do is pick the ones that are relevant to your audience and share the link. When someone clicks and buys from your customized link, you'll receive a commission from the sales.

4.Write an ebook

You could put your literary skills to work by writing a short novel or a book and selling it on Amazon Kindle for free. You don’t have to write fiction books only, you could even write a guidebook or even poetry, anything that you think would entertain or inspire someone else. Make sure you have a clear, concise idea that you'll draw inspiration from and get to writing! When you're done writing, proofread your work and download an app like Grammarly to help you fix any punctuation and grammar issues that might have been written. Then, create a Kindle Direct Publishing {KDP} account and sign up. Next, you'll have to enter your book description, upload your book with its book cover and then publish your book!!

5.Start an online business

You don’t have to have a tangible product to start an online business, you could sell editing presets, or templates, or even courses of your own making. All you have to do is figure out what you’re REALLY GOOD at and formulate a course teaching others how to do it and monetize it. There’s almost little to no start-up expense, plus you don’t need to deal with stuff like delivery and stock running out because you're selling digital content. However, if you do have a little bit of start-up money, you could definitely sell physical products like accessories, jewelry, or makeup. You could make your own or try contacting suppliers of that specific industry and start from there. Plus, there are good business coaches out there that could help you get started, like Natalie Ellis from Bossbabe.com, or if you're looking to get more in-depth information on contacting suppliers and how to develop a unique product from scratch, check out Samichepi from thepapermoney.com. You can even purchase supplier lists for as little as $75 dollars!

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Haika Gerson is a young writer and college student from Tanzania, She likes to read books, listen to podcasts and music. She is currently a content writer at amanirena.net