There are so many ways to make extra money, and earn a living, but it also feels great to help people, doesn't it? Typically, the types of jobs that help people, such as caring or nursing, don't come with a big salary. Wouldn't it be great if you could make money helping people? Even if you could have unlimited earning potential from helping others. Here are some things you can do to make money helping people.
Make money helping people with a blog
Having a blog is one of the best ways to make money helping people. If you are really knowledgeable or passionate about a specific subject, then you can share your knowledge with a blog to help others.
I started my blog years ago, and I use it to inspire and motivate people to save money or make money. I am incredibly blessed to be able to call blogging my full time job, and getting to help people pay off debts, save for holidays or even quit their jobs all together is amazing.
With blogging, not only are you helping people by sharing your knowledge on a particular subject, there are also so many ways to make money from blogging. I have made money from my blog through:
Affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing is where I promote a product or a service and I earn a commission for every sale that I drive. I make between £3,000 – £5,000 month from affiliate marketing, so be sure to check out my guide to getting started with affiliate marketing.
Display advertising: The easiest way to get started with display advertising is to use a service such as Google Adsense. Display the code on your blog and earn some advertising income every time that your advert is displayed, and also when it is clicked.
Sponsored posts: A sponsored post is where a company ask me to write about them, their products or their services for a fee. This can be a great boost to any blogger's earnings. If you are not sure how much you should be charging then be sure to check out Michelle's survey results about what other bloggers are actually charging for sponsored posts.
Make money from your social media: You might think that only the big names with hundreds of thousands of social media followers can make money, but the truth is that we can too! If you have developed a decent social media following then consider monetising your social media accounts with Buzzoole, SocialPubli and FameBit.
Selling related products or services: I have written a book (check out my book on Amazon) which earns me a passive income. I also get paid to speak at events on topics I know well – such as monetising your blog or affiliate marketing.
Make money helping people by creating a course
Another way to make money from knowledge that you have is to create a course for other people to purchase. Online courses are becoming more and more popular – I have invested a lot of money in online courses so that I can run my business well! You can turn almost any topic into an online course – I have taken courses in affiliate marketing, Pinterest, blogging and more.
The reasons behind buying a course are simple. I don't have much time to invest in researching new things to be doing, and how to do things well. I would much rather pay someone (someone who is already nailing it) to give me their blueprint or their magic formula.
Courses can cost anything from a very small investment (under £10) to thousands and thousands of pounds.
Make money helping people as a virtual assistant
Last year I made the decision to hire a virtual assistant to help out with my blogging business, and the results were incredible. Hiring a virtual assistant meant that I could focus more on growing my business and less on the day to day mundane jobs.
Lots of people are looking for virtual assistance, whether it is managing diaries, creating Pinterest images, scheduling social media or a lot more. Check out these virtual assistant ideas for inspiration.
YouTube videos and tutorials
I watch a lot of YouTube channels about a variety of topics, from saving money to how to clean my home properly. From my own YouTube channel I have learned that people love to watch videos, especially where you are helping them out. It could be sharing how to use a product (my 10 uses for Zoflora video did well) or giving advice about a subject you know a lot about – blogging, sewing, Disney tips, etc.
You can make money from YouTube by becoming a YouTube partner and having adverts in your videos, and you can get sponsorship from brands to promote their product or service.
Make money helping people by writing a book
Another great way to make money from knowledge that you have is to write a book. Whilst writing a book isn't a walk in the park, it offers a great way to earn a passive income. Write it once and you will typically earn royalties for life, although you do of course have to keep up with promotion.
Make money helping people with mystery shopping
I absolutely love mystery shopping, and you might be wondering how on earth this side hustle can help people. There are a few ways that mystery shopping can help others.
Typically, with a mystery shop, you will be asked to make a purchase, which you are reimbursed for, and you will also receive a fee for going. You can use this reimbursement to purchase products that will help other people – at no cost to yourself. I have had mystery shopping assignments to major supermarkets, high street chemists and even catalogue shops. These have offered me opportunities to purchase products to donate to a charity, whether it be a charity shop, food bank or hostel.
You can also use restaurant mystery shopping assignments to help others! My Dad is retired now, living on a pension, and mystery shopping means that I can treat him to meals out that don't cost me a penny.
Make money helping people by selling on eBay
Selling things on eBay can be a great way to make extra cash, whether you are selling your unwanted items or you are buying items to resell. However, lots of people simply don't have the time to sell on eBay.
If you have time and space to store items, you could make money helping people by selling their items on eBay. You can take a commission per sale (make sure to take it after you've accounted for all the fees though) and the other person gets some money without having had the hassle of photographing, listing and packaging up the items.
You can offer this service to friends and family, or advertise in your local area.
Make money helping people to save money
Many of us could do with saving money, and this is a great way to make money helping people.
There are a number of ways in which you can do this. I already mentioned starting a blog which can be a great earner, but you can also set up a Facebook page or a group, a Twitter account, sharing deals and refer a friend schemes.
You make money from affiliate marketing, where someone makes a purchase or signs up to a service after clicking on our link.
How would you like to be locked up for 14 days, with access to WiFi, gaming consoles and help to advance science? Oh, did I mention you would be paid up to £3,000? FluCamp helps to focus on testing new treatments on real people within a safe, controlled environment. Whilst medical research isn't for everyone, why not take a look at the FluCamp website and decide if it is something you could do.
House sitting is not only a great way to make money, you can help someone else in a bind! It might involve looking after pets too.
Qmee – give to charity
Qmee is a nifty little browser extension where you can earn money from searching the internet. Instead of cashing out, you can opt to have your earnings paid to a charity.
Send story to magazine
Did your hamster’s son in law’s uncle’s dog give birth inside McDonald’s?
Sharing your unique story in those real life magazines (Take a Break, Pick Me Up, Chat, etc) can earn you up to £2,000, and in some cases you can even stay anonymous. Simply submit your story idea to them and see if they are interested.
This helps other people who are going through something that you have experienced, and there's always positives in sharing your story!
Send tips to magazines
Those same real life magazines often have a “top tips” section in them, devoted to bringing you some pretty awful top tips! Tips with photos get more money – you can earn anything from £10-£50 for your tip. Why not spend an hour photographing those crazy tips you have and submitting them – after all, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If you need any inspiration then check out stupidtips on Instagram – including a panty liner inside a pair of heels and making a mirror out of a used toilet seat.
Take in a lodger
If you have a spare room and you don't mind the thought of living with a stranger for awhile then taking in a lodger could be a great way to make some extra money from helping people.
Lodgers could be looking for accommodation at short notice for a number of reasons, and it is a great way to help others whilst still earning money.
What's more, the amount that you can earn tax-free from letting out your spare room is a massive £7,500 per year!