Social media can be more than your go-to for vegging out and endlessly scrolling through brunch photos. If you're an emerging artist or craftsman, you can turn sites like Tumblr and Facebook into your virtual marketplaces. The sites offer the unique opportunity to connect with fellow makers and curate hyper-specific, loyal audiences to which you can sell. As social media integrates ad-revenue more and more, moneymaking opportunities for users have risen in accordance. We've compiled the top ways to turn all that time you spend on the Internet into cash.
Sell Your Products
If you create things, Instagram and Tumblr are both great places for promoting your work. The best way to go about this is creating an Etsy shop that you promote on your social media profiles. Tag the heck out of your content, follow and interact with fellow art makers, and maintain a strong and consistent aesthetic. This is a more long-term investment, slowly amassing a group of followers that falls in love with your products and content, and creating a distinct online presence.
Youtube Partner Program
If you're a great on-air personality, flip open your video camera and get into the vlog scene! Any sector of YouTube is a great potential for profit: humor videos, product reviews, or just talking about your life (if it's interesting). The real focus is creating a loyal viewing audience. Once you have that, the world is yours. Over the years, people like Tyler Oakley and Troye Sivan have been able to turn their vlogging into full-time successful careers. Once you have amassed a sizable audience (it doesn't even have to be in the thousands), monetize your YouTube channel and receive cash from ad revenue.
Soundcloud has been a popular way for emerging artists to get their voices heard while still making a fair dollar. It's commonly a choice for popular artists, too. Rappers like Drake and Nicki Minaj use the platform to release their new songs and remixes outside of the traditional format and still receive fair compensation. Of course, the more listens your music receives, the more you get paid. So it is important to create a sizable fanbase to get real dollars from the site. The setup is pretty similar and equal in structure to YouTube's Partner Program.
If you're a fashion blogger, using stylinity is a great way to make money from the people who end up buying the clothes you feature. Add links to your pieces using Stylinity and when people click on them and buy the product, you'll get a commission. Simple!
Facebook Marketplace is a great way to join topic-related/community-based groups. In fact, it has become popular for apartment hunters, providing a more trustworthy way of conducting business than Craigslist. It's also a great way to sell clothes and furniture to numerous community-based groups.
Hop on this social media career train while it is still hot and fresh, and who knows how it will evolve!