Don Jr. Waters writing on online incomes…
Homesteading isn’t what it used to be. If you have access to the internet, an up-to-date computer and a good camera, there is a way to bring in the bucks with just a few hours a day on your laptop…and still enjoy the satisfaction of growing vegetables, stacking wood, or hunting deer.
In fact, you can create digital products about homesteading to build a solid revenue stream. Digital products included e-books, educational videos, and online learning courses. Each of these products is designed to teach people something new and add value to their lives. Building digital products and offering them online for a fee will provide you with a passive income well into the future. You create it once, and it sells over and over again.
Choose a subject you are comfortable writing about and create your own e-book. For example, if you really love to preserve your own fruits and vegetables, you might want to write a how-to book on pressure canning. Always research the subject you are writing about to make sure there is a demand for it. Once you have written your e-book, you will need a place to publish it. Many writers publish their books using Kindle and offer them for sale directly on Amazon. Amazon will take a small percentage of your sales and you will get the rest. There are other places to publish e-books, each charging different percentage fees.
Educational videos are great earners. If you are an expert on a certain topic – and most homesteaders are – you can create educational videos to teach people. Consumers are thirsty for knowledge and every year they spend millions of dollars on educational products. So why not get in on this online gold mine? A great place to start earning from your videos is YouTube. While you will be offering these videos free of charge, you can earn well from the number of views. YouTube allows users to monetize their videos by placing small ads that will run during or before the video begins.
Online Learning Courses
Courses are more detailed and structured than educational videos but many courses contain educational videos. Adding them to your content would be advisable. When building your online learning course, make sure to also include lectures, learning modules, online reading sources, quizzes, tests, and additional resources. There are many subjects that you as a homesteader can teach, and the sky really is the limit.
A great place to get started building your own online learning course is Udemy.com. This very helpful website is easy to use and will guide you in the right direction. You will learn systematically how to build your course and – once it is ready to go live – you can set your own price and people will sign up. Udemy takes a small fee for this service and you get to keep the rest. Digital Photos
While photos are useful as teaching aids, they can also bring in cash from other sources. You don’t even have to be a professional photographer to get started. If you have a knack for taking good pictures, you can often sell them on online websites like Shutterstock and Photo Stock Plus. When someone chooses to download your photos, you will get a small fee each time. The more high-quality pictures you have the more money you will make…and continue to make over time.
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