When you became a mom for the first time (or even the second, third or fourth time), did you want to quit your job so that you could stay at home and never miss a moment in your child’s life? Did you want that so bad, but felt like there was no way you could afford it? I did! All I have wanted, since my daughter was born, is to stay at home, be able to take her to school and never miss a school concert or sports day.
However, in addition to financial reasons, I was scared I would lose a part of myself if I decided to stay at home. To my core I am a teacher, and a workaholic. So not being in a stimulating or intellectually challenging environment wouldn’t have been enough for me and, I felt like I was called for more.
Then I found the online business world. It’s been here all along, since the first days of the internet, but only now am I recognizing the infinite possibilities it holds for me… and for you! Over the past year, I have frantically been searching for a “Plan B”. And here is what I have found. These are the things that you can possibly do online to create revenue and still stay at home with your kids and live the life you love.
1. Create digital products
If you have any knowledge, passion or skill-set that others would find valuable or helpful, you can turn this into a digital product. No shipping required. Just a simple upload to your website or other platform for your customers to download when they purchase. These digital products can be in the form of a PDF document, an E-book, a video training series, an email course, a full digital/online course or any other type of content that can be delivered online.
Here is a simple list of digital products that you can create and sell online. Disclaimer, this list mentions the products that I have bought, sold or come across in some way, and it is by no means an exhaustive list.
Types of digital products to sell
- PDF cheat sheets or info-graphics
- Video training
- Online training memberships
- Online courses
- Email courses
- Digital art
- Presets for photo editing
- Online coaching
- Web design
- Graphic Design
2. Affiliate Marketing and Sponsorship
This is quickly becoming the go-to source of passive income from the online space. This involves marketing products that are already created by other people or companies and earning a commission when people make a purchase that originated from your efforts. This can take many shapes and forms, from reviewing a product on YouTube or Instagram, to dedicating blog posts or podcasts entirely about the product, program or service.
When you become an affiliate, you essentially promote a product, program or service and call your audience to take action by clicking a link that you provide, to get to them to the sales page and make the purchase. More and more companies are incorporating affiliate programs to drive traffic to their sites and to increase sales.
You may even start off writing weekly blog posts or posting videos on YouTube for fun or just to impart knowledge to others. If you gain enough traction and gain a significant following or audience, you can approach companies to advertise on your blog or channel – or who knows, they might approach you!
I hope that this helps to broaden your awareness of what people are doing online these days. There are many other ways that you can make money online that doesn’t require you to create your own content. But if you are like me, then you probably have a desire to increase the value of someone else’s life and their experiences, and the fact that you can get paid to do so is just an added bonus!