How to make 200-400 extra a month

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Hello, all.

I work full time as a Network Engineer(LVL1) with Cisco Equipment mainly. I'm just a couple of years into my career, but I make 37,000 a year.

Right now I'm going through a child custody/support battle with my ex girlfriend for my Son, and it looks like I'm going to be the victim of really high support payments since he is in California & I'm in Kentucky(left while she was pregnant) At this point I'm making the transition to move back in with my parents.

Anyway,

I'm looking for a way to supplement my income to where I can put some money back to be able to visit him throughout the year. She has to pay 50 % of my airfare(since she is the move-away parent), but hotel/rental car, food, gas are on me.

I'm good with webdesign, but just need some ideas on how I can make some extra money
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  • Profile picture of the author astral walker
    If you are good at website design, you can offer services on Freelancer, odesk, 99 designs, design crowd and similar sites.You can earn a lot of money but it will take time to get noticed.

    Start your own website and offer web design services. Advertise your business on popular forums.

    You can also promote hosting affiliate programs as they pay really well. Make sure you are using the same service as its important to grain peoples trust.


    Originally Posted by ibreakspawns View Post

    Hello, all.

    I work full time as a Network Engineer(LVL1) with Cisco Equipment mainly. I'm just a couple of years into my career, but I make 37,000 a year.

    Right now I'm going through a child custody/support battle with my ex girlfriend for my Son, and it looks like I'm going to be the victim of really high support payments since he is in California & I'm in Kentucky(left while she was pregnant) At this point I'm making the transition to move back in with my parents.

    Anyway,

    I'm looking for a way to supplement my income to where I can put some money back to be able to visit him throughout the year. She has to pay 50 % of my airfare, but hotel/rental car, food, gas are on me.

    I'm good with webdesign, but just need some ideas on how I can make some extra money
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    • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
      Originally Posted by astral walker View Post

      If you are good at website design, you can offer services on Freelancer, odesk, 99 designs, design crowd and similar sites.You can earn a lot of money but it will take time to get noticed.

      Start your own website and offer web design services. Advertise your business on popular forums.

      You can also promote hosting affiliate programs as they pay really well. Make sure you are using the same service as its important to grain peoples trust.

      astral walker,

      Thanks for the response. Maybe I should clarify. When I say "good at webdesign" I meant good enough to muddle through it, and make it work. I'm in no way saying that I'm a professional website designer :p

      It appears that affiliate programs are the best way to go.

      I'm not sure what you meant by this "Make sure you are using the same service as its important to grain peoples trust." Could you please elaborate?

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Tyme
    You could easily earn an extra 200 to 400 a month on fiverr.

    The key is providing amazing value when you first start out. Then you can slowly offer less and less for your original gig and start adding gig extras.

    If you provide great value, you can quickly gather some repeat buyers. Then just make sure you treat your fiverr customers as you would if it was a real business. Provide them excellent service, and win loyal customers.

    Or you could also use similar freelancing networks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by ibreakspawns View Post

    Hello, all.

    I work full time as a Network Engineer(LVL1) with Cisco Equipment mainly. I'm just a couple of years into my career, but I make 37,000 a year.

    Right now I'm going through a child custody/support battle with my ex girlfriend for my Son, and it looks like I'm going to be the victim of really high support payments since he is in California & I'm in Kentucky(left while she was pregnant) At this point I'm making the transition to move back in with my parents.

    Anyway,

    I'm looking for a way to supplement my income to where I can put some money back to be able to visit him throughout the year. She has to pay 50 % of my airfare(since she is the move-away parent), but hotel/rental car, food, gas are on me.

    I'm good with webdesign, but just need some ideas on how I can make some extra money
    If you don't want to go the service-provider route, just start a blog around a topic of interest. Since you're in IT, you could have a blog about electronic gadgets or something. You could also start a Youtube channel and become a partner once you've gotten enough subscribers and stuff. Have you heard of Marques Brownlee (a.k.a. MKBHD)? He's got a really popular channel and is studying to be in the IT field like you. You should also brand yourself across all social networks. If you know coding or anything, that's popular, too. Check out Eli The Computer Guy as well.

    Joey
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  • Udemy is an amazing way I make upwards of $250+ a month. Getting a coach also helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    Few freelancing sites are available - Freelancer, Odesk, Elance, etc. Build your own reputation first.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
    Great ideas, all!

    I really like the Udemy idea, but I'm not at the SME level yet to where I feel comfortable with doing a teaching video. I'm still on the CCNA(working towards CCNP) level. If you have any ideas please let me know.

    Maybe a better idea would be to start a blog for Networking/Tech stuff, and then branch out to Udemy Videos once I feel more comfortable with it. Would it be easier to setup a wordpress for a blog?

    With Fiverr it looks like I'd be stuck with doing higher paying work for $5 a pop.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Lee
      Originally Posted by ibreakspawns View Post


      Maybe a better idea would be to start a blog for Networking/Tech stuff, and then branch out to Udemy Videos once I feel more comfortable with it. Would it be easier to setup a wordpress for a blog?
      Definitely use WordPress if you're going to start a blog.

      Will make it a whole lot easier to set up and make updates/changes.
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      • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
        Thanks for all the suggestions everybody.

        I've went ahead and created a WordPress blog, and signed up for Amazon Affiliate Marketing, and got some study content on SEO. If anyone can provide additional SEO information that helped you please let me know!

        I'm thinking of ideas for a domain name that I'll purchase from HostGator, and redirect to my WordPress URL.

        Also,

        I'll start thinking about curriculum that I can teach from my Cisco studies & job experience for Udemy as well.
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        • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
          I just setup Google WebMaster Tools on my Wordpress page.

          Question about the WordPress page. Should I write about my own Reviews on products within my blog? Like say for instance I'm building a computer, and I link the parts that I used to Amazon. Is that how I should do it?

          or should I just make it look like a store with links to Amazon?

          All the help would be appreciated. I'm just trying to figure out how my wordpress should be laid out.

          Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author skyro
    You can place a service over a number of gig sites like fiverr.com, Gigme5.com, Justafive.com, Tenrr.com, and Gigbucks.com. You can also sell products on ebay dropshipping ( you can check out courses like ds domonination to help with this), and try doing surveys for cash with sites like mypoints.com
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  • Profile picture of the author sakib777
    I suggest you to go for affiliate marketing. If you are not highly expert, no problem. Get a little bit study on SEO, Keyword research and Wordpress. Then start your own Amazon niche site. After working 3-4 months you can constantly make around $500 every month from a single site.

    Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberHaggis
    Hello,
    You can do freelancing on freelance marketplaces as a programmer of developers.
    There is a lot of tasks for earning money from online.
    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author adrienneaileen24
    As you are a Network Engineer, you will be able to earn online, there is no problem. There are many online freelancing market place. where there are many works available which is suited for you. You will be able to do the work after completing your daily works. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
    What Freelancing site is good for Network Engineer work?

    All I see is programming tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    1 - Learn how to setup a wordpress blog,themes,plugins,etc

    2 - Setup a website offering your web design service (pitch your service in a video and embed the video on your stie,install a paypal button below video/end of post,place your phone number in a prominent place on your site,etc)

    3- Hit up local businesses in your area and pitch them on your web design service (only do walkins,or cold calling if you want to save time,get hold of a decision maker OR someone who can stroke a check on behalf of the comany)

    4- Get them to your website

    5 - Watch the payments come in
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  • Profile picture of the author web lover
    I suggest you go To Mobile marketplace

    You can create your apps and earn money from admob or Go to Odesk And Hire someone have great skills to do it

    or you can invest your money on list building on mobile ads

    It's Huge market And Competition very low

    Really it's Goldmine If You Work Hard

    Good luck Bro ,
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  • Profile picture of the author raxiq
    Originally Posted by ibreakspawns View Post

    Hello, all.

    I work full time as a Network Engineer(LVL1) with Cisco Equipment mainly. I'm just a couple of years into my career, but I make 37,000 a year.

    Right now I'm going through a child custody/support battle with my ex girlfriend for my Son, and it looks like I'm going to be the victim of really high support payments since he is in California & I'm in Kentucky(left while she was pregnant) At this point I'm making the transition to move back in with my parents.

    Anyway,

    I'm looking for a way to supplement my income to where I can put some money back to be able to visit him throughout the year. She has to pay 50 % of my airfare(since she is the move-away parent), but hotel/rental car, food, gas are on me.

    I'm good with webdesign, but just need some ideas on how I can make some extra money
    I got a business idea which will work perfect for fiverr and all you need is a little investment and web designing skills. I don't have them and time for that so I can sell that idea and plan for you. Just send me prv.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Hey,
      The best advice I could give you is to be patient. I see people who have been in similar situations who want things to hurry up and work fast.

      But this is the wrong mindset and will hurt your chances of success.

      Look at it as a long term endeavor and be prepared to take some bumps and bruises.

      But over time you will get there


      - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    I would agree with post #19 - I sent you a pm with some of the stuff I am using and in the process of using. As stated, it is a low competitive market, and in the eyes of the consumer, you can make yourself look like a rock star genius, using simple tools available online.

    Think along the lines of getting more visibility to small business owners, and charging $97 -$497 each client per month, recurring. Most of your work is automated, so you get say 20 clients paying $297 per month (*Basically $75 per week) to increase their sales and exposure, and you are essentially benefitting the customer, business owner, and yourself.

    Lastly, much of the work and correspondence can be accomplished online through email, Skype, or social media platforms, and you could be in Kentucky, California, or Fiji... and still be generating revenue, unlike being strapped into a job.

    All the Best,

    Art
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  • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
    lol. I think I have received way too many options.

    It's starting to become a paralysis by analysis type thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    Ignore most of the advice you have gotten in this thread. None of it is realistic for someone inexperienced and earning nothing.

    Focus on advising/consulting others on your area of expertise. It sounds like that is computer networking. You can find people who need help with that and provide remote support.

    First work on crafting your message. Make it concise, and offer tremendous value for the money. Once you are comfortable with that create some offerings (i.e. one-time, monthly retainer, etc), then build your site, figure out how you will be paid (i.e. paypal) and get started. Version #1 does not have to be anything fancy.

    Forget about SEO - you won't be able to game the search engines. Instead, focus on creating original, useful content (blog posts) that demonstrate your subject matter expertise and offer lots of value (i.e. step-by-step guides to do things). That will be your SEO.

    Now, you are ready to get clients anywhere you can. Look for jobs on the freelancing sites, fiverr, even this forum. Think about specializing in a certain area (niche) if there is a good opportunity to monopolize an audience. For instance, if you have a crazy amount of knowledge or connections in the pizza delivery community, speak to that audience about their networking needs. You already know their language. That is just a wild random example, but the idea is sound. Find any marketing advantage you can and exploit it.

    Once your process is solid, shift to focus on feeding it new prospects.

    You wanted a recipe for $200-$400/month? This will do it, much more reliably than the delusion of passive internet income will for someone in your situation.
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    • Profile picture of the author ibreakspawns
      Originally Posted by Jack Gordon View Post

      Ignore most of the advice you have gotten in this thread. None of it is realistic for someone inexperienced and earning nothing.

      Focus on advising/consulting others on your area of expertise. It sounds like that is computer networking. You can find people who need help with that and provide remote support.

      First work on crafting your message. Make it concise, and offer tremendous value for the money. Once you are comfortable with that create some offerings (i.e. one-time, monthly retainer, etc), then build your site, figure out how you will be paid (i.e. paypal) and get started. Version #1 does not have to be anything fancy.

      Forget about SEO - you won't be able to game the search engines. Instead, focus on creating original, useful content (blog posts) that demonstrate your subject matter expertise and offer lots of value (i.e. step-by-step guides to do things). That will be your SEO.

      Now, you are ready to get clients anywhere you can. Look for jobs on the freelancing sites, fiverr, even this forum. Think about specializing in a certain area (niche) if there is a good opportunity to monopolize an audience. For instance, if you have a crazy amount of knowledge or connections in the pizza delivery community, speak to that audience about their networking needs. You already know their language. That is just a wild random example, but the idea is sound. Find any marketing advantage you can and exploit it.

      Once your process is solid, shift to focus on feeding it new prospects.

      You wanted a recipe for $200-$400/month? This will do it, much more reliably than the delusion of passive internet income will for someone in your situation.
      Jack,

      Thanks for the reply!

      Most of the other replies seemed like it was a robot typing in the responses. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to take information from my previous post, and applying it to your response.

      Thanks again. I'll take this gold nugget and run with it. I'm not afraid of hard work, and don't expect anything to be easy.

      Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    You are very welcome.

    One other thought... make sure you are giving options on your site for local service as well. Diversify.

    Then create some raving fans by the level of service and value you offer, and leverage their positive testimonials into more clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author ninosem
    When you want to make money, you have to be dead serious. There is no easy way, shortcut, or the need to skip the steps towards earning your keep. A online business may be profitable but depending on how you manage and run it. You need time, effort, perseverance, and dedication all rolled into one so you can be assured that you will be on the right track. Looking for money making opportunities have become quite a struggle for many people. Good thing, today's technological advantage has opened new avenues for everyone to grab a whole new set of chances to improve their lives. That is no less than the making money ideas as presented on the Internet.

    Well when it come to make money online, people usually complicate to much.
    I was in the same position, but I learn one simple model.

    1:Learn
    2: Do
    3: Teach other to do same as you
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffduhon
    Not sure how your credit is these days but you can always apply for credit cards that will give you a ton of miles. When she pays half your airfare that could pay for the other necessities I got about a quarter mil in miles within the last few months doing this. Check out the points guy...
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    Bringing others with me on the way to the top!

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