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Turn Your Hobby Into Cold, Hard Cash!

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If you’re using the Internet, and you have a hobby, then you need to know how to combine the two ingredients and start turning a profit from the very things you enjoy doing in life.

 

Hobbies sell well on the World Wide Web, whether it’s the tools and materials needed to allow others to fulfill their dreams, or instructions on how to do it.  Some people just enjoy buying the fruits of your labor if your hobby is one that results in a work of art or item of interest to others.

 

  Hobbies are a big business both on and off the ‘net.  Go into any Barnes and Noble and people are spending money left and right on heir hobbies – learning everything there is to know about them.

 

Information can be sold in book form (both print and eBooks), streaming audio instructions, online video files, DVDs, and CDs.  Information is probably one of the hottest commodities on the ‘net, and information on hobbies is one of the prime ways to cash in on it.

 

You can create a simple how-to information product on your hobby and release it on the ‘net on your own website, setting up an automated system to take the money and deliver the product to the customer.

 

Or, you may want to sell something more tangible about your hobby through eBay, and manage the money system and shipping manually.  You have a long list of niches to choose from in the hobby world.

 

Anything you can do can be turned into a hobby, from home repair to tracing names off of tombstones.  Some are really off the wall hobbies that piqué people’s interest, like finding treasures in dumpsters.

 

Instead of creating a broad information product on your hobby, try to focus it more narrowly.  Instead of a Guide to golf, for instance, try writing an eBook on How to Master Your Game Around the Green.

 

If cooking is your hobby, then you can make money on it by writing a How-to guide on cooking for diabetics or cooking with chocolate.  You might even write an information product showing others how to make money from their cooking hobby!

 

Before developing a product, make sure you conduct thorough keyword research and see if the hobby within your niche has enough interest to generate a handsome profit if you put time into creating a valuable information product for their consumption.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

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How to Hunt Down Profits with Your Hobbies

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Having a hobby is great.  It fulfills your life in more ways than one – giving you pleasure and relaxing your mind and body.  But did you know it’s also possible to earn money from the things you enjoy?

 

Millions of people all around the world are making money from their hobbies.  It might be something quirky like taking metal garbage and creating beautiful works of art from it, or something tame like writing non-fiction.

 

Virtually any hobby can be turned into a money-making idea. How you start churning profits can be accidental or on purpose.  Perhaps you’ve knitted a beautiful scarf and co-workers are now asking you to knit them one.  That’s accidental profiting.

 

There’s another way to set out on your quest for money from your hobbies – starting a business on the side! Not everyone can afford to quit their day job and start doing their hobby for a living.

 

Most often, it starts out as a side job and gradually builds into a full-time profit machine.  You need to take a pro-active approach to your wealth-building.  Start brainstorming ways you can make money form your hobby.

 

If you enjoy crafts, you could sell the finished crafts, sell the materials and instructions to help others make the craft, or even sell an eBook on how to enjoy and master the craft itself.

 

You might even launch a newsletter where subscribers pay to access new up-to-date information about a particular craft, like a craft-of-the-week hobby alert!  The possibilities are endless.

 

Or if sports are your hobby, you can monetize it on or off the ‘net.  You might want to give golf lessons or write a short eBook about shaving 6 points off of your short game.  Or maybe you can sell baseball cards on eBay and build a profitable business that way.

 

Almost any hobby can be profitable for you – including collecting items like stamps, dolls, and antiques, traveling to different places, arts and crafts, and even technology.

 

You can even start a simple blog detailing your hobby and put ads on it using Google AdSense.  That way, whenever anyone visits your blog and clicks on an ad, you get paid for it!  Start evaluating how you can turn your hobby into a business today, and implement a plan to make those dreams come true.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

Can Hobbies Really Bring in Hordes of Money?

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Have you ever wished you could turn your hobby into a full time career?  If you’re passionate about something, it’s very rewarding when you find a way to get paid for what you love to do.

 

Hobbies of all kinds are turning ordinary people into profitable business owners.  You may start out painting, quilting, or stamp collecting for fun, but as you’ll quickly realize, there’s money to be made form hobbies.

 

How much have you personally spent towards your hobby in the last year?  For some people, it’s a huge investment because hobbies provide entertainment and relaxation.

 

For others, the cost of dabbling in their hobby is quite expensive, so they limit their spending and splurge every now and then.  What if you were to learn a way to turn that hobby into a cash cow?  It’s not only possible, but millions of men and women around the world are launching full-scale companies based on what they love to do.

 

You might have a hobby that you enjoy doing as a family, or with your spouse.  Wouldn’t it be great to start earning money from it and be able to do it fulltime instead of just when you have a little bit of extra time?

 

There are many ways to profit from your hobbies.  Some people are into arts and crafts.  They create special, unique items and then sell them on eBay.  Others launch their own website that sells items such as scented candles and other self-made products.

 

You might profit from your hobby by selling services, or promoting your items offline at a trading event.  The possibilities are endless.  One thing to keep in mind as well is that if you enjoy participating in this hobby, chances are others do, too.

 

  That opens up an entire new avenue for profits because you might enjoy getting into the business of selling the items other people need to enjoy the hobby.  For instance, if you love painting, you might love selling paint supplies to the public and being an authority figure they can go to when they have questions about it.

 

Many people start out seeing a little bit of money trickle in from turning their hobby into a business, but in the end, they realize it’s much more profitable than they had expected, taking in six figures from the very thing that brings them so much joy.  Make time to investigate the possibility that your passion can bring you mounds of wealth in addition to a lot of satisfaction.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

 

 

Cashing in on Your Spare-Time Interests

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Have you ever thought about earning a full time living from your hobbies?  It doesn’t matter if it’s sports, crafts, or even trading merchandise – it’s more than possible to earn a living with your hobbies – it’s the major source of income for millions of people all over the world!

 

Sometimes what seems like a career actually begins as a hobby for someone.  Many couples that are adept at home repairs have a hobby of investing property, fixing it up, and flipping it into a profit.

 

The key to making mounds of money from your hobby is to pick something that makes you happy.  You may not enjoy home repairs like your neighbor.  Maybe you have a passion for taking everyday things and making an extraordinary piece of art from them.

 

The best thing about profiting from your hobbies is that you’re doing something that relaxes you and gives you joy in life.  Not many people can say that about their jobs.  In fact, most people in surveys would love to trade in their 9-5 corporate gigs for something more rewarding.

 

You don’t have to be a degreed expert in a particular field to take advantage of what your hobbies have to offer.  Your expertise is simply the time you’ve invested learning your craft.

 

If you’d love to turn your hobby into a money-maker, then you have to treat it like a business of sorts.  You can’t rely on people to just come up to you and hand over their money.

 

One way you can make money from your hobby is to simply sell the work that you do, if it’s applicable to what your hobby is.  If you make jewelry, then you can create a website where you sell it on the ‘net.  If you write as a hobby, then you can launch a business ghostwriting for others.

 

But there’s another way you can cash in on your hobbies – by teaching others what you know about it.  You see, if you’re interested in something as a relaxing, enjoyable pastime, then chances are there are thousands, if not millions, of other people who have the exact same interests as you do – and are willing to pay for more information!

 

Think back to when you first started dabbling in your hobby.  Did you read books about it or visit websites to learn from others?  From knitting to golfing, people pay for information that helps them enjoy their hobbies even more – and you can be the resource they need to make their dreams happen!

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

Do What You Love and Get Paid for It!

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How many people can wake up in the morning and, instead of joining the flood of traffic headed into the corporate world, focus on doing just what they love?  If you’re not already rich enough to enjoy your hobbies, you might consider a way to let your hobbies make you rich!

 

It’s amazing how many people stumbled on their dreams just by accidentally profiting from their hobbies.  You may need to do a little bit of research to see where the profits lie in regards to your particular hobby.

 

With some hobbies, the way to make money might be obvious.  Crafts can be sold for a profit if they’re unique and the public is willing to pay for it.  But what if your hobby is knitting?  Will anyone actually pay for the sweaters and scarves you create?

 

You have to start your quest for information by going to the king of all search engines – Google.  When you get to Google, type in the name of your hobby.  If I enter knitting, I find a list of results form Google, but on the right side of the screen is a list of ads.

 

      Click on those ads to find out other people are profiting from that hobby.  When I do this, I see several results.  Some are for online magazines people sell subscriptions to, or newsletters where they can read knitting tips and stories.

 

Other results in the ad section are for dyes to dye the yarn, or the yarn itself.  Supplies people buy for their knitting hobby can be a goldmine of profits for you.  You may not be selling the results of your hobby directly, but your expertise plays an important role because the buying public trusts you to sell them quality materials.

 

You can go to a keyword tool to find out what people are searching for within your hobby, and then create a business out of those searches.  Download a free keyword tool like Good Keywords and use it to see how the public searches within that niche.

 

When I do this and search for knitting, I find out many people are seeking knitting instructions, knitting machines, knitting supplies, knitting books, and knitting stores on the ‘net.

 

You could open an online store that sells knitting patterns, knitting needles, yarn, dyes, and projects and even make money teaching your hobby to others with the same interests but less skill than you possess.  Making money from your hobby isn’t hard.  You just have to find out how the masses need your expertise and then charge for it to consumers willing to pay.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

 

Getting Started Making Money With Amazon – Part 2

In Getting Started Making Money With Amazon Part 1, we walked through the steps up until finding your web hosting. Now let’s look at the final steps to getting started.

6. Install the blog software – Why blog software? Because it will provide with the necessary structure to make it easy for you to run an effective site and post new content easily. WordPress is the most popular. It is open source, which means it’s free, it’s easy to install, and it is extremely powerful. Many web hosts have a one-step process for installation, or just download and follow the instructions provided.

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7. Make it look good – One of the perks to WordPress is all the templates that you have to choose from. In addition to the hundreds of free themes, there are hundreds of WordPress themes you can buy. Pick a theme that looks good, ties to your niche, has the layout you want, and offers what you want to be able to do in terms of tools.

8. Create your categories – Your blog software should allow you to setup categories that help you to organize your entries so it is easier for your visitors to find what it is they are interested in reading. For example, your Jack Russel site might have a number of categories such as training, eating, toys, etc.

9. Become an Amazon Associate – The sign up is simple, and it’s free. Just go to the Amazon site and at the bottom click the ‘Join Associates’ link. You’ll want to have your site set up – at least the basics with some content, as they are going to review your site.

10. Create the blog posting links – There are different ways to create your links. You can use the tools offered by your blog software, but the easiest way is using the Amazon Build A Link tool. Log into your Associate page, and find the product you want to review. Build your personalized link. There are a number of options for link building but most would tell you that the text links are most effective.

11. It’s time to blog – The time has come to write your blog review and post it. You will insert your link code to the product on the Amazon site (created above) that you are writing the review for. You will want to include a number of reviews.

12. Promote your website – Make sure you take time to promote your website/blog. There are all kinds of online communities that can help you do this, as well as social media, directories, etc. The more exposure the better!

There you have it – in Part 2 we have set you up so that you are ready to start making money with your Amazon affiliate program. So what are you waiting for? Why not get busy today?

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

Getting Started Making Money With Amazon– Part 1

Since you’re here reading this, you’ve likely already heard about how you can make money with Amazon Affiliate Program. Perhaps you have already created your own website and hosted it in hopes of making some good coin with Amazon Affiliate Program. If you are unsure exactly how to do that, you aren’t alone. Here are some steps to get you started.

1. Learn basic HTML – If you don’t know HTML already, now is a good time to learn it. It will help to keep your costs down and give you more flexibility. Many sites are WYSIWYG but the trouble is you lack any flexibility when it comes to creating hyperlinks, formatting text, and carrying out other tasks that can help you to make money with Amazon. There are tons of HTML tutorials online so in no time at all you can learn the basics.

2. It’s time to decide what your niche or topic will be – If you are planning to make recommendations, do product reviews, or just talk about a certain product or products in an effort of selling that product. Make sure you choose a narrow niche that is distinct and will be easy to target. For example Latin dance, card making, Jack Russell, etc.

3. Pick the domain name – make sure that you give this the thought it deserves. Choose a name that is keyword rich to help you with SEO, a name that is relevant, and matches your niche. Of course, it will have to be available so have a few options that you’ll be happy with. For example, latindanceforbeginners.com easycardmaking.com or ilovejackrussel.com you can also be creative in case the domain you want isn’t available by using hyphens, such as latin-dance-for-beginners.com or choose a different domain extension. There are tons – for example net, ca, org, edu, etc.

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4. Register the domain name – Many hosting sites are set up so you can register your domain right away but if not you can register it separately through many different sites. Once you register your domain name, it will be yours to use. Registering a domain for a year ranges from $10 to $20 on average.

5. Setup web hosting – This is where you need to be careful. There is really expensive web hosting and generally there is no reason to pay high rates. Even if they offer all kinds of tools most people don’t use the majority of these features and you’ll be paying for them. You should be able to find hosting for as little as $5 a month, and for as little as $10 you can find hosting for unlimited sites.

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There you’ve got a good start. Read Part 2 for the final steps in getting started making money with Amazon.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

5 Great Tips to Earning Income With Amazon

Amazon offers an endless array of products for consumers to buy. When you are a member of the Amazon Associate Program, you have the opportunity to earn income, and if you use these 5 tips, you’ll be able to earn plenty of income, so let’s have a look.

#1 Choosing a Niche is Key
The very first thing you have to do is decide what your niche will be. In fact, if you don’t pick a niche you are destined for failure. This is by far the most important decision you will make. Once you decide on a niche, you can begin to move forward with your money-making agenda.

That’s because it is a lot easier to make money through Amazon affiliate program when the people that reach your website or blog are looking for a specific product that your website talks about and then of course also offers the product. When you offer to wide a selection of products, it is more difficult because you don’t place as well in the search engines and you don’t have the same targeted traffic arriving at your site.

#2 Within Your Content Link to Products
About 50% of income made on Amazon is made through text links placed within the content on the page. Simple text links have proven to be the most effective way to get visitors to click. Web surfers trust the content on web pages more than any other are of a site, and so they are much more likely to click these links than they are to click graphic links.

#3 Product Images Should be Clickable Links
Product images that click through to the affiliate make up about 15% of total Amazon income, and this is relatively easy to do using HTML code.

#4 Create Several Links to Amazon.com
The more links you create to Amazon.com the better. Every link inside your article or content is another opportunity to bring a potential customer to the product and that’s an opportunity for you to make a commission. Six to twelve links in an article is perfect.

#5 Highest Conversion on Product Reviews
If you do a high quality product review of the product in your niche you’ll get a much higher click thru rate and this means you can increase sales and therefore the amount of commission you earn.

These 5 great tips are a good place to start to generate earnings with Amazon affiliate.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

How Paying More on Your Mortgage Can Save You Money

It’s the American dream to own your own home and dreamers will go to any lengths to accomplish this even if it means borrowing thousands of dollars to be paid back over a 30 year period. It’s quite an obligation to make 360 payments month after month with the bulk of the money going toward interest, at least in the beginning.

 

The interest on an average home over a 30 year period can account for twice the cost of the home.  Interest is working against you 24/7/365.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could pay off your debt years sooner and save thousands of dollars? 

 

You can.  It just takes discipline and perhaps a little budget adjusting. It’s no secret that paying the mortgage twice a month, instead of only once will save you thousands and pay off your debt years sooner.  Some call it the bi-weekly mortgage plan.

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Make Mortgage Lenders Compete For Your Money

Selecting a mortgage for your home could be the most important financial decision you will make.  It’s an obligation you assume for many years and a small difference in any part of the negotiations can make a big difference in your monthly payments.

 

Mortgage lenders want your business so don’t be afraid to negotiate.  Do your homework and let them know you’re shopping around for the best deal.  The more you know, the better position you’re in to bargain.

 

It’s your money and worth the effort.  Rarely are rates and terms engraved in stone in the negotiating stage.  Even a quarter point better interest rate obtained can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long term.

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