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You don't need a grandiose idea to make money from home. Many people like you are earning a side hustle selling T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, potholders, pet sweaters, and other crafty ideas in Bangor, Maine.
Some others are using affiliate marketing, gardening, crafting, writing, editing, and other simple ideas to make money from home without initial startup money.
Due to the quarantine, a lot of us in the Old Town, Orono, and Bangor, Maine area are spending time at home. Many will choose to waste their time watching YouTube and Netflix.
However, if you want to make money, there are many ways to do that. You don't need a pot full of money already to get started. All you need is a great idea and a little initiative.
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Raise a Garden in the Backyard and Sell the Goodies
According to the National Garden Association in the Chicago Tribune, "Backyard vegetable gardens are so popular that 40 percent of all American households--33 million of them--grow their own."
Maybe your only talent is a green thumb. The ground will start thawing soon, so get some planters, or starter packages of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables started in the garage or wherever you have a little space. If your garage is still cold, use some heat lamps to keep your seedlings warm.
A good place to start is with a few YouTube videos like How to Start a Vegetable Garden by Carrie Rad, who has 287k subscribers. She shows you everything you need to know to get started growing a garden in your home.
Another video is Planting Strawberries in Containers for Beginners! by Garden Answer, who now has an entire line of T-shirts, coffee mugs, and hats built around her idea that started with planting strawberries in her house for summer sales.
Watch this video, ORGANIC GARDENING--Build a 🌻Winter Greenhouse🌻 in 1 day for $150! by Retired at 40, Live.Life.Simple, who shows us how to build an inexpensive winter greenhouse.
There are hundreds of videos on getting started gardening to raise crops to sell or for your family’s consumption.
Use Affiliate Marketing
If you have a blog already or just post to social media a lot, affiliate marketing is the easiest method to make money from home. You don’t need a product, so there is no inventory or shipping, just profits. What’s more, you can start making money right away.
If you don't have any idea where to start, just Google "Affiliate Marketing Programs to earn money from your home." Do the same on YouTube, and watch a few videos that will show you how to get started. With affiliate programs, companies pay you a commission from products that people purchase. Some even pay you when your readers click on their ads or banners.
Some great examples of affiliate programs are Amazon’s associate program, Clickbank, and Rakuten’s LinkShare affiliate program. These affiliate programs allow you to have access to many products and services that you can promote online. They handle the billing, so all you must concern yourself with is setting up the direct deposit for collecting funds. I use PayPal.
Start an Online Store with Crafts, T-Shirts, or Coffee Mugs
A Maine T-Shirt Sold on Amazon
Create T-Shirts or Coffee Mugs to Sell Online
Why not set up an online store? Many people use Amazon or Shopify to sell their products online. Use a company like Café Press, Spreadshirts, Allied T-Shirts, or another shop in Bangor, Maine, to create products you design, such as T-Shirts or coffee mugs.
There's also a method called "Print on Demand," you create the idea, promote it on Facebook, Instagram, and others, then when it sells, you pay the printer, they print it, and ship it to the person who ordered it, then, you put the difference straight in your pocket. There is no initial cash outlay!
Use Mercari, E-Bay, Etsy, and others to sell these items or items you have lying around that you no longer use.
Create & Sell an Online Course to Teach People How to Make Money Online
Teach others what you know. You are the subject matter expert (SME); why not get paid by selling that knowledge or information? Information products can be anything from eBooks or PDFs to webinar courses. With these digital products, you will be able to sell your ideas and knowledge inexpensively to customers who are willing to pay for your expertise.
You can also use free eBooks and PDFs to entice readers to register for your email list.
The Bottom Line to Make Money from Home
The key is to provide something people need. Write content for people who are interested in and want to learn what you do. Use affiliate marketing to earn a side income. Raise fruits and vegetables, T-shirts, coffee mugs, your invention, or create crafts to sell and make a profit.
The Organic Gardening YouTube video.
The How to Start a Vegetable Garden YouTube video.