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$100 a Day Challenge - Earning a Living Online

Updated on December 11, 2012

$100 a Day Challenge

With the current state of the economy, more and more people are looking for ways to supplement their income or even make a living online. I am one of those people. As a new college graduate with a degree in a highly competitive field, I am feeling the pressure. In my final semester I decided to challenge myself. I wanted to find a way to make $100 a day completely online. I won't be doing this through one venue and I hope I won't be doing this alone. I challenge you to try this yourself with your own goals and aspirations.

This lens will be a chronicle of this my journey through this challenge. I will cover all the different venues in which I will gain income. These venues include Etsy, Zazzle, CafePress, Red Bubble, Greeting Card Universe, Examiner, blogs and our very own Squidoo. Please follow me through this adventure and tell me about your own in the guestbook.

Why am I doing this?

I never truly pictured myself working for someone else. Sitting in a cubical for 8 hours a day doing monotonous work or even creative work that I didn't love? I couldn't, and still can't, fathom it. I always envisioned a future where I was my own boss. I am finally making the strides to do so.

While in school, I was began this challenge because I was worried about college loans and paying them off as soon as possible. It took my last semester of school and a good part of the summer that followed to realize that this would be a much slower process than I initially expected. Now that I know different, I am content knowing that my college loans will take more than a year to pay off. I may not be able to have a place of my own right out of college. But I do have the gratification of knowing that all the income I earn, I earned it on my own.

By following my journey you will see every graphic I design, every piece of jewelry I hand make, and every blog post that I write. I am excited to work in all of these mediums.

Not putting all of my eggs in one basket

As the old saying implies, it is not always smart to work completely within one venue. I wont even be working in the same medium all of the time. Spreading myself out will not only give me multiple backup plans but I will also develop skills in multiple areas and prevent monotony among my projects.

All of the online venues to follow are the ones that I am using to earn an income online. Some of them will earn me a passive income once I have more submissions while others will be an active income where I must work every day to keep up with demand.

Personal Achevements

Here are my little acomplishments so far. If it's bold then I have acomplished it!

Average Earnings

$1

$15

$65

$2

$20

$70

$3

$25

$75

$4

$30

$80

$5

$35

$85

$6

$40

$90

$7

$45

$95

$8

$50

*$100*

$9

$55

$110

$10

$60

$120


Total Earnings

$1

$300

$4,000

$5

$400

$5,000

$10

$500

$7,500

$25

$750

$10,000

$50

$1,000

$15,000

$75

$1,250

$20,000

$100

$1,500

$25,000

$150

$2,000

$30,000

$200

$2,500

$40,000

$250

$3,000

$50,000


Goals for 2012

The final quarter of the year is fast approaching and I want to set some goals to reach by December 31st. I like to believe that these goals are realistic but, as always, life may get in the way a little bit. I'm optimistic though. Some of these numbers seem large, especially for the print-on-demand services, but with one design on multiple items, they will really add up fast.

So, here are my creating goals for the rest of the year:

150 listings on Etsy

200 cards on Greeting Card Universe

500 designs on Zazzle

500 designs on CafePress

500 designs on Red Bubble

50 articles on Examiner

30 lenses on Squidoo

Etsy

I have always wanted to sell my own handmade products and, at the moment, Etsy seems to be the front runner in websites that allow you to do so. I discovered that I have a knack for designing jewelry and I truly love it! I created my Etsy shop Hailey Allen Designs in May of 2012 and began adding my jewelry designs in early July 2012. Since then, I have worked hard to promote my shop and I'm beginning to see sales and interest in custom designs.

Loving what you do is the key to selling on Etsy. If you love what you make, it feels less like work and more like the fun thing you like to do on the weekends. In the first two months of opening my Etsy shop, I worked over 12 hours a day almost every single day without ever feeling burned out or having the urge to quit. I think about new design ideas constantly and keep notes of them on my phone or in a notebook. This is the venue that I have earned the most from and will probably have most of my focus.

Etsy Monthly Earnings Report

August: $21

September: $260

October: $81

November: $220

Yearly Total: $561

Grand Total: $561

Print-On-Demand Services

I was a self taught graphic designer for years. But in college I refined my skills and learned many more tricks to the trade. I'm using these skills to create designs for various print-on-demand services. Many of these designs can be submitted to more than one if not all of these services which will expand my stock and reach more viewers.

Zazzle, CafePress,and Red Bubble

If you are not familiar with Zazzle, CafePress, or Red Bubble, they are print-on-demand services meaning that someone can create a design, place it on a product, and submit it to the service who will then print the design on the selected product once an order had been made. This reduces the need to keep stock on hand and prevents wasting money on a design that my not sell well. It is free to join all of these websites but they also offer upgrades to increase promotability and appearance. You earn a percentage of the designs you sell which makes these websites great places to sell your designs without the hassle of a physical stock business.

Greeting Card Universe

Also known as GCU, Greeting Card Universe is different from the print-on-demand websites listed above because the focus is souly on greeting cards. There is also a review process that each card must go through to ensure quality and accountability. GCU focuses greatly on quality over quantity which prevents an over abundance of the same design and flooding the market.

Print-On-Demand Monthly Earnings Report

Zazzle

September: $4.31

October: $0

November: $0

Yearly Total: $4.31

Grand Total: $4.31

Greeting Card Universe

September:$0.90

October: $2.31

November: $2.40

Yearly Total: $5.61

Combined

September: $5.21

October: $2.31

November: $2.40

Yearly Total: $9.92

Grand Total: $9.92

Examiner

Examiner is a news website that caters to both local and national news. The writers are called Examiners and they are made up of passionate people who are knowledgeable on the subjects of their choosing. You earn money per view of your articles and is a great community to work with. There are Examiners for almost every subject and you can apply to become an examiner here!

I lived with my grandmother for most of my young life to keep her company and do things around the house that she could not. In return she taught me how to be a lady, cook, bake, sew, and desensitized me to scary movies. When she passed away in 2002 she left me with all of her recipes. And I mean hundreds of them! All created by her or passed down from her grandmother and beyond.

A few years ago I applied to be the Cooking Examiner for my area and got the job! I thought that since my family has been based in this same area for at least two hundred years, why not contribute recipes that were created in the area that use local ingredients. I wrote one article when I first joined and that was all because college always seemed to get in my way. But. they never fire you! So, I'm still employed and able to submit articles.

I also have a blog, The Best Simple Recipes, that accompanies my Examiner articles. It acts as a database for my articles and creates backlinks to my articles to help their ranking and promotion.

Examiner Monthly Earnings Report

August: $0.66

September: $0.40

October: $0.55

November: $0.47

2012 Total: $2.08

Grand Total: $2.08

Blogs

I have quite a few blogs that I have monetized. I don't believe in over monopolization and pushing products in the viewers faces. I simply place Adsense ads around the pages and the viewers can click if they see something they like. No tricking anyone into clicking a link and no black hat methods.

All of the traffic to these blogs are completely from search engine optimization or the promotion from other websites. I'm working to add more content to all of them so that they become more relevant and informative to the visitors.

Blog Monthly Earnings Report

August: $0.01

September: $0.14

October: $1.85

November: $0.61

2012 Total: $2.61

Grand Total: $2.61

NEW! Fiverr

I had never used Fiverr until I signed up for it a couple weeks ago. I didn't think it could actually be profitable after looking at how most people work harder for the $4 you get paid after Fiverr takes their cut. But, I did a little brain storming and found a way to make a profit without spending more time than it's worth. I always look at how much time it takes to create something and relate the pay to at least a minimum wage job. If I'm not making at least minimum wage, I don't do it.

I found a method that I could use and it actually be worth my time. I had some graphic design projects already set up in Illustrator so I decided to implement them into Fiverr gigs. I offer custom sizing, color, and wording for $5. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the work which would technically equal around $24 an hour.

Fiverr Monthly Earnings Report

September: $4.00

October: $0

November: $0

2012 Total: $4.00

Grand Total: $4.00

Squidoo

I have been following Squidoo for years and always wanted to try it out. Well, I finally found the time and I'm going to make it happen. I already have a pretty decent list of content to write about. Most of it being related to cooking, dinner parties, and the such. This may not be the strongest of niches but It's somewhere for me to start.

I also have many other ideas but I'm not sure where to start with them. I'm going to use this knowledge and information that I have and extrapolate it into lots of lenses.

Squidoo Monthly Earnings Report

Squidoo pays earnings a couple months behind so these earnings are listed by the month they were earned and not the month they were paid out.

October: $2.48

2012 Total: $2.48

Grand Total: $2.48

Which venue do you earn the most from?

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I Challenge You!

I challenge you to take part in a challenge of your own. It can be similar to mine or you can create your own. Here are some tips and things to consider while getting started.

What are you good at? Take some of your best skills or a hobby that you're passionate about and think of ways that you can profit off of them. It's not really work if you're having fun!

Come up with your major goal. Keep it reasonable and something you know you can accomplish with hard work and dedication.

Create smaller goals. I wasn't sure how to start creating smaller goals but if it helps, think of them as trophies or achievements. Start small like I did and work your way up and you'll find more motivation to reach your next small goal.

Social networking and promotion. You are your greatest advertising resource. If you let your work just sit without promotion you may make a little money. But if you promote your work in all different kinds of ways, you'll gain more viewers and customers. Doing well for them can also gain you business by their word of mouth as well.

Keep going! If I learned anything from my entrepreneurship professor it was to keep trying! You may fail at something but that's ok. You still gain experience from the endeavor and you know what not to do on your next attempt.

Quality over quantity but large quantities of quality work is even better. You hear the first phrase all the time and you also hear that the more products you have creates greater exposure. Create tons of great quality products, whatever they may be, and you'll be more likely to succeed.

Mix it up. If you're at all like me and need variety in your life, try your hand at multiple mediums. It may take more time to build up each medium but you won't get burned out and you can see where you can put more focus to earn more.

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    • BruceJackson1 profile image

      BruceJackson1 

      5 years ago

      I love the concept of a "challenge" as you have set it up here. That's a great one.

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      I love Squidoo for earning money online and put most of my eggs in the squidoo basket. I've also made money on Allposters, which I started using to compliment my lenses.

    • Magda2012 profile image

      Magda2012 

      5 years ago

      Great lens, I also want to earn online. Good luck for you!

    • kavalonthatsme profile image

      kavalonthatsme 

      5 years ago

      My goal everyday is to make $400. I sale on Ebay, my website, my blogs, twitter, pinterest, here and more places. Virtual hi-5 and Good Luck to everyone!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I would love to be earning $36,500 a year (that's $100 a day!) online and am working toward that goal (and more!), too.

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      Heidi 

      5 years ago from Benson, IL

      So far so good. You're right about it taking time to build up a decent income. I haven't quite gotten to $100 a day either but my own online work (which includes Fiverr!) keeps me busy. Of course, it frustrates some in my family since they don't think it's "real" work, but people like you and me know better, right?

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      mohnishy 

      5 years ago

      Sounds Good...!

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      JackieM293 

      6 years ago

      great lens and your jewellery looks fantastic. The first step of my personal challenge is to generate $500 per month whilst continuing to be a sahm to my three small children. I think I'm on about $2 at the moment! Keep up the good work, we'll get there? Jx

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      coletta lm 

      6 years ago

      Good luck with your goals!

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      kay-cottle 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the info, I currently market ZNZ One and ZNZ Big Cash and I love it! Email me if you have any questions kcottle4724@gmail.com

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      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love earning money with Squidoo! Thanks for your visit and comment to my Fiesta Dinnerware lens. :)

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      termit_bronx 

      6 years ago

      Good luck to you! ;)

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      Lou Martin 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've been setting goals for myself and have been succeeding my goal each month! I'm proud of myself and really enjoying making extra money from home!

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      Frischy 

      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Persistence and quality pay off. There is a learning curve you must master, but once you do that the sky is the limit! Best wishes on your career!

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      KandDMarketing 

      6 years ago

      One step at a time. Do not try to take on more diversion than you can handle. Sometimes I tend to get a bit scattered, yet, when I pull back and concentrate on one aspect of things for a time, until it is running well, I can then devote more attention to the next piece.

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      KandDMarketing 

      6 years ago

      One step at a time. Do not try to take on more diversion than you can handle. Sometimes I tend to get a bit scattered, yet, when I pull back and concentrate on one aspect of things for a time, until it is running well, I can then devote more attention to the next piece.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Set goals that are achievable, and when you reach them set the goals higher. That's what I have been doing, and it is rewarding the reach the goals. :)

      Best wishes to your success, and may the wind be at your back. If, I can do it, anyone can do it! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Nice targets... I guess it is possible to achieve it if set out with sincerity! Best wishes!

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      Essentially, I write only on Squidoo where I have showed my loyalty for over 6 years. Not sure that I have ever made $100 per day on writing alone, with the affiliate sales. However, I have been quite successful selling online and using the social media platforms to channel traffic to my sales sites.

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      qasimalhammad 

      6 years ago

      very great plan with great tips and advice, I wish you over come and succeed in all your plans. have a wonderful day.

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      abraxo 

      6 years ago

      @kburns421 lm: Thank you!

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      This sounds like a great plan, and I wish you luck! I look forward to seeing you reach your goals :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Excellent goals, hope you reach them.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Great challeging goals. Welcome to Squidoo---you'll do great things.

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