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How to make money in your sleep

Updated on December 11, 2011

Everyone Can Use More Income

It has been a year now since I got sick and had to stop teaching. Things have been tough but there was no better feeling than waking up to sale I had made online. Here are 4 different methods you too can wake up to some extra cash.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a way of getting a commission for selling someone else's product. Although it is easier when you do, you don't have to have a website to get started in affiliate marketing and most of the marketing material is provided for you by company who's product you are selling.

One of the great things about affiliate marketing is that you don't have to create your own product. Another awesome thing is that you don't need to handle or ship any products or deal with customer service. All you do is find the prospects and you get paid.

Affiliate marketing lets you market the products that you know and like and you can easily change your technique or product to match the current trends such as Back to School and Christmas.

Two places to get started with affiliate marketing is and

Ebay and Amazon

I listed tons of teacher books that I collected over the years on and I sold at least two every week. It was really exciting to wake up and find orders in my inbox. Other people like the auction style of Amazon doesn't charge you to list things and when you type in an isbn number they will often have a stock photo already in the system. Ebay has noticed a loss of listings and is trying to be more competitive by offering 50 free auction style listings for free every month.

People have a lot of success selling overstock items and garage sale finds on both Ebay and Amazon. The key is patience.

Craigslist is a way to market you product or service nationwide and in many countries. Most of the business conducted on Craigslist is local but aside from getting rid of my old junk on this virtual garage sale, I have marketed my writing services to people as far away as Africa. Using Paypal as a payment system makes global commerce easy!


It is now very easy to publish and market your own books. You can market these in several places but many authors like I'm working on my third ebook and I have a time management course launching soon. (If you'd like to be an affiliate for me let me know!) These products can be sold by affiliates, your own website or blog, or through larger markets like Amazon. Ebay is very expensive for marketing digital products.

These are 4 quick and painless ways to make money in your sleep. Have you tried any of them?

More details about Affiliate Marketing can be found in this hub.


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    • liesl5858 profile image

      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting and useful hub frugalfamily, I love your hubs

    • frugalfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for stopping by. If you are peddling homemade things, try too:)

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      6 years ago

      Interesting Hub! I am halfway through "ebay for dummys". It has been really helpful. I am looking forward to marketing my homemade dog treats. Thanks for the tips! I vote UP.

    • frugalfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for your comment Victoria. You already have a great following, so adding a few sales items should be easy!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I like being frugal, and I'd love to be able to make money at home one day and leave my day job! Great hub, and I look forward to reading more.

    • frugalfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      That's awesome bruzbuzz! Thanks so much for sharing your success and keep up the good work:) Where were your other links?

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      6 years ago from Texas , USA

      I just sold 8 items through Amazon and 2 of them were $200 items. At 6% commission I woke up to a nice surprise. A few of those items were linked through Hubpages hubs. It is nice to make some extra cash while sleeping. Great hub.

    • frugalfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      GoodLady, and PoshCoffeeco, thanks for stopping by. Be on the lookout for more info about affiliate marketing.

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Great info. I am just starting to look at affiliate marketing.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's an interesting Hub. Through ill health, I've had to give up going to work too, so I'm looking around for ways to make money at home. Your Hub was helpful. I've got a lot of old text books too!

    • frugalfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping by. I think my next hub will go into more detail about affiliate marketing. Its not nearly as scary as might think.

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      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      Hi frugalfamily, a good hub as people are finding money a bit tight these days. I'm still getting my head around earning pennies here, but in time hope to look into affiliate marketing. It sounds very official and scarey though!!

    • frugalfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      I'm glad you like go to sleep:)

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      Reginald Chan 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hey! First of all, your title really attracted me! :)

      Good writing and thanks for sharing. Good pointers you got there.


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