I believe that following your passion is the most rewarding thing you can do in life. It sounds a bit cliché, I know – but finding a way to create a life based on the things you love to do is something worth pursuing as long as you are able.
But I am realist – and know that “following your passion” is much more complicated than some people make it out to be. After all, how many times have we heard: “Do what you love and everything else will follow!”?
The problem is that doing what we love and following our passion does not always produce the necessary income we need to pay for next month’s rent that due, food expenses, and that never-ending car payment.
Following our passion takes time – to experiment with our voice, our platform, and our monetization of those passions. It most certainly, takes time for enough money to come in to the point that we feel comfortable letting go of everything else to pursue those things we love.
I have had many different jobs and careers, and therefore I have spent many months – at various times in my life – in a “state of transition,” where I needed to make enough money to cover my next rent check. There were many times throughout my life, where I wish I thought ahead long enough (and focused enough) to develop passive income streams. Having such extra income would have decreased my stress and anxiety levels.
We’ve all been there: even if you are changing from one job to the next without any breaks in between, your first paycheck is still a few weeks off right? Life transitions always take time to work through. The truth is, that unless we have another steady source of income, we better make sure we’re working somewhere to make next month’s rent.
Since, this is a common struggle for many of us, I wanted one of my first posts here at Create.Sell.Thrive. – to offer legitimate ways for anyone to make enough money to cover our monthly expenses.
If you are looking to make some legitimate extra passive income, keep reading:
Do What You Love – And Do What You Know
While you might not have the time to get a second job or you are unable to work a “traditional 9-5 workday” because of obligations or limitations in your schedule, etc., there are ways to work online and generate passive income for you and your family.
Personally, I often advocate working as a freelancer – in addition to pursuing your passion.
Working online in a freelance capacity can have many great benefits:
- It can help you make quick and legitimate money before your rent is due.
- It can help develop your existing skill sets.
- It can help find new long term clients that can grow into a traditional job (if that is what you want).
- It can help you determine what work you would or wouldn’t like to pursue in the future.
- It can fit into your existing schedule.
Working Online Doesn’t Need to Be Sketchy
There are plenty of people out there trying to scam others into doing weird stuff online. That’s not cool. But unfortunately, those small (and active) slime-balls have turned a lot people off to pursuing their work online – a potentially life changing way of making money.
The first thing you should consider doing is asking yourself, what are you passionate about? What subjects are you interested in? Do you like to write? Do you like to create graphics or do graphic design work? Do you enjoy making websites for your friends? Do you have a great voice? Do you enjoy reading and are great with grammar?
Determine some of the things you are passionate about. For the purposes of this post, let’s assume that you enjoy writing, sewing, reading, and you also have a great voice. In addition, you are familiar with the subjects of food, health, and fitness.
Working With Your Bag of “Passive Income” Tricks
Okay, so you as we just mentioned above, you may have some skills and interests that you enjoy. But what can you do those skills? Certainly (any and all) of those skills can be valuable to someone, but who? And how can you find them in time to make the next rent check?
Once you determined what your skills are and what your passion is, the next step is to set up a way where you can get paid online. I recommend opening a PayPal Account – if you haven’t done so already. PayPal allows you to open up your account for free and is widely used to transfer money online anywhere. I have found it be one of the best ways to accept money online.
Create a Profile on UpWork (Formerly Elance)
There are a lot of different freelancer websites online. I encourage you to explore several of them. However, if I did want to make a recommendation, I would vouch for UpWork (Formerly Elance). UpWork is by far the easiest ways to search and bid for online jobs and opportunities to make money. Whether it’s doing anything from simple writing and editing jobs to complicated web and graphic designing.
So, once you set up an account, you will be able create a profile and determine which areas you want to freelance in. For example, you might want to write articles and edit writing samples. Simply select the best option for you. If you have secondary skills you wish to market, such as marketing, media work, voice overs, graphic design, or administrative skills – you can select those options as well.
Once you create your UpWork profile, you will be given a certain number of credits. You can use these free credits to bid on existing jobs that are posted. When you bid on any jobs, you should make it personable – and add something specific to your bid.
The jobs themselves are posted by companies or everyday people (like you and me) who need extra help with something. I have utilized UpWork many times to create a logo or to help me edit a few books. The job postings are numerous – and are constantly being updated. If you don’t like what you see – simply check back in a couple hours and look for more job postings. Apply for several jobs at once – the more the better – as you will be competing with many different freelancers.
The great thing about freelancing this way is that you can work from anywhere. Whether you want to work on a beach in Hawaii, in a café in Seattle, or while fly fishing, you can do freelance from anywhere you have a connection to the internet.
Let’s Get Back To Our Purpose Here: Make Your Rent Check
If making your next monthly rent is important to you (I know it is), you can either borrow or go out and get a second job. Both those options may not sound appealing two weeks before your rent and utilities are due. However, if you want an opportunity to make some legit passive income, consider freelancing.
Within a few days, you could be working on one – or several different jobs – that can help deliver your rent money to you relatively quickly.
UpWork has an “escrow system” that it vital to the whole game. This is one of the reasons I enjoy working with UpWork freelance – my money is safe. Whether you are working for someone or you are buying someone’s unique talents online, it’s difficult to get burned by the transaction with this freelancer’s website, because they have an escrow system. Before you start working on someone’s project, you can ask for them to deposit the money into UpWork’s escrow system – this essentially takes the money out of their hands. Escrow is released when the services are rendered.
Anyway, I could go on – and on – about Elance, but the best thing do is to simply open up a free account and explore your options. Chances are you are able to do something in one of the several freelance categories. And if you do, you will be able make your rent this coming month.
P.S. If you have started working on UpWork– let me know your thoughts.