In today’s economy, earning extra income from the coziness of home is becoming more and more appealing. With many different online opportunities available, the options for earning an extra income has grown tremendously from just the niche market of networking marketing. It might be time to take another look.

There’s been a significant rise in the cost of living in recent years. From utility bills and food prices to putting gas in our cars, it seems that everything has gotten more expensive. It has put many of us in genuine financial difficulty. We’re finding ourselves having to work full-time jobs and look for ways to make additional money.

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to start making money from home, the most important tip is to make sure your side hustle is something that you enjoy. No matter how cliche it sounds, when you working on something that you’re passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work. And since you’re likely adding this additional responsibility to your already busy schedule, this can also be a motivating factor.

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Once you’ve decided on the side hustle you want to pursue, here are a few steps to help you find success

  1.  Set up a website

If you’re not a web designer, there’s no need to worry. You don’t need to necessarily build your own website, there are a variety of platforms such as Etsy, Shopify, and Big Cartel that can do all the hard work for you. However, if you want a custom website, you’ll need a variety of applications and tools such as ingenico ict200 in order to efficiently and securely process payments.

Tip: Once you’ve set up your online store, you’ll need to promote your products. Set up social media accounts and get buys building your online following. If you want to have even more impact look into online advertising such as Facebook, Instagram, or Google Ads

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  1.  eBay, Pinterest, and Etsy

Don’t underestimate the power of eBay.  It might not be as ‘current’ and trendy as platforms such as Pinterest and Etsy, but don’t underestimate the popularity and loyal following that eBay has. eBay is particularly good if you’re looking to resell rare, vintage, or low-cost items that you can sell for profit.

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  1.  Leverage others for promotion

Are you a creative? Do you love painting or building custom furniture? If you have artistic talent and need help showcasing your work, you may need to look into marketing your products offline. You’ll want to leverage other business owners for a little help.

Have you ever been to a boutique hotel or local restaurant and seen some original furniture or artwork and wondered where the owners found such interesting creations?  Many times, business owners work with local creative talent in a contradeal where the hotel or restaurant are provided with “free” furniture or artwork in return for advertising the provider’s business.

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There’s a lot to think about when setting up your own side business – particularly when you decide to start an online business. But the trick is to get started. Don’t fall victim to analysis paralysis where you become so overwhelmed with thinking through everything, that you take no action. Don’t get trapped in the prison of perfectionism where you spend months creating, revising, and tweaking but never make progress. Start today, and take it one step at a time.

Remember – “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, to take the first step”.

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