A few weeks ago, I started searching for extra ways to make money online. My goal is to find legitimate resources that anyone can use. Finding websites that pay for your opinion is what I've been focusing on these past couple weeks.
I started a business last year and it didn't grow as quickly as I had hoped. When I told my wife we needed to make some quick decisions or we wouldn't have the means to dig us out of the financial hole we were headed towards, she was willing to make some HUGE sacrifices to keep the business alive.
To my relief, her decision to support my endeaver had nothing to do with money. When I was out of the rat race, I was a different person. And she was confident that we'd manage while I focused on growing the business. She'd tell me "You weren't happy working the 9-5 lifestyle and honestly, I'd be happy if I never saw that side of you again. You're happy now. Happiness is worth fighting for."
Selling our house and all of our stuff were the sacrifices we decided to make. We knew nothing about the RV life prior to the move. We had never even been camping in an RV. We just knew that we were both happy. And living frugally while I focused on growing the business was the best solution we could think of.
"Happiness is worth fighting for"
Fast forward 6 weeks and we were starting our full-time RV journey; that was April of this year.
Currently, my company brings in about $10,000 per year and the bulk of that is used to cover overhead. Being an entrepreneur isn't easy but the freedom makes the financial struggles worth while. And as far as full-time RVing goes...well, just check out my article, "How Full-Time RVing Set Us Free."
I want to talk about my company but I want to start out by stating that I'm not trying to sell my services here. In fact, I'm not trying to sell my services anywhere at the moment. The RV lifestyle has completely changed the way I think, so I've decided to put it on hold until I figure out which direction I want to take it.
If you're a client reading this, don't worry. The business isn't going anywhere and any new service changes will only apply if it's more beneficial to you.
The company I started last year is an independent, fee-only financial planning firm. I don't want to bore you with details but I chose what's probably the most expensive and heavily regulated business model simply because I've seen all sides of the industry and I've found this to be, hands down, the best option for consumers.
Prior to starting my own firm, I managed $160 million for high net-worth clients and another $20 million in employer sponsored retirement plans.
I'm telling you all of this because I believe in the value of transparency. And I think it might be helpful to show readers where we've come from, where we're currently at, and where we hope to go from here.
And just so we're on the same page,
- I manage money for a living but I value freedom much more than I value financial security.
- And we're broke but I'm giving you advice about how to earn money.
We're still learning about the business, the lifestyle, and entrepreneurship, in general. As an entrepreneur and full-time RVer, I've noticed two things that seem vital to being successful on the road:
1) Values Drive Lifestyle Decisions
If you're not retired or one of those fortunate enough to work in an industry that allows them to live on the road, you're pretty much required to be an entrepreneur. To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to push fear and worry aside and stay motivated when things get tough. And I can assure you, things WILL get tough.
My motivation comes from the fact that I value time, family, and freedom above everything. And I'm willing to risk it all fighting for those values. Failures along the way are guaranteed. But failures are valuable lessons. In order to learn from those mistakes and continue pushing, you have to find something more important than money to fight for.
2) You Need To Learn How To Build Passive Income Streams
I'm not telling you how you can earn money on the road while I'm sitting in my ivory tower. I am currently using, or plan to use every resource I share. We need these resources just as much, if not, more than many of you who are reading this.
Although my goal is to find resources to earn $100 a day, I'm also hoping to find resources I can turn to in case I have some extra time on my hands, or in the event where we need to bridge the gap to make ends meet. In other words, if my primary income streams fall short one month, I want to have resources to turn to for quick cash, even if that means I have to work a few long days for $5 an hour.
When you're fighting to live the life you want to live, there has to be a "survival mode." We learned that the hard way.
These resources I'm showing you today are considered "active income." That is, income where the time you work is directly correlated to the money you make. This type of income requires you to be actively involved while earning it. While it's important to find active income streams, you need to also focus on building "passive income" streams.
"Passive income" pays dividends like rental income. In other words, once the income stream is established, you are no longer required to be materially involved.
Blogging can be a source of passive income. For example, if I post an article that has affiliate links to products on Amazon, I only have to write that article one time. But once it's published, it floats around the internet indefinitely. This means at any point in time, someone can stumble across an article of mine, which means there's potential for me to earn money.
For those travelling full-time, unless you have rental property, you will likely have to build an audience of some kind. That audience may turn into a customer base for product sales or advertisement opportunities via blogging. There are a number of different ways you can build an audience and earn an income from that audience. Just make sure you're ALWAYS trying to help people and not just earn money off people.
Passive income is slow to build. However, once it's established and providing sufficient income for you to live off of, you're free; free to travel, free to spend time with family, free to grow your business. The appeal to this lifestyle is freedom. Passive income provides financial freedom.
6 Websites That Will Pay You For Your Opinion
Be forewarned. If you're looking for websites where you can earn a living, you won't find it here.
If you're willing to sacrifice all the "stuff" for a life of simplicity and freedom, you need to be willing to live on less until you figure out how to build your passive income streams. These websites are quality companies but they will not pay you a lot of money.
My recommendation is to dedicate a day to each of these survey companies so you are familiar with the platform. This may end up being something you do from your phone while you watch t.v. Or, it may be a good resource to turn to if/when you need quick cash. Either way, it's important that you know where to turn for supplemental income should you ever find yourself in a bind or have extra time on your hands.
That said, here are the best survey companies that I've found so far. I'm not going to provide an overview for each. If you're looking for ways to make extra money on the road, I think it's best that you dive in without any biased opinions, test the platforms for yourself, and decide if it's worth your time or not.
Keep in mind, when you're trying to do somethign different, you have to think different. I've tried online surveys before. At the time, I wasn't a full-time RVer or entrepreneur, so it wasn't worth the effort. But now that I've cut expenses significantly, a dollar goes much further.
Do you have any good resources to make money online? We'd love to hear your suggestions!