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Making money as a Creator can feel like living paycheck to paycheck.
You never know when the next brand collab or client will come. That’s why consistency and predictability is the goal, where your paychecks almost feel automated.
Here are 5 ways you can make a consistent $1,000-$10,000 per month online as a content creator.
Before starting, I want to clarify these are the best ways for Content Creators specifically to earn a consistent income. For all the ways any Influencer can make money online (which includes these 5 tips), check out my blog post here.
Virtual Assistant Work
I know, not the most enticing one to start off with. I’m starting with it because Virtual Assistant work was the entire reason I was able to leave my 9-5 to pursue being an Influencer full-time.
No, I wasn’t landing thousands of dollars in brand partnerships or getting paid the big bucks in YouTube monetization. I was still an itty-bitty creator.
But there was something I was good at. Something I knew I could offer as a service and make money off of it. So I did.
Ask yourself, “Is there something I’m an expert at?”
Maybe you don’t feel like an expert, but you’re more knowledgeable than most. Or maybe there’s a specific task that you enjoy doing that someone else might consider tedious.
For example: organizing someone’s inbox, doing Instagram engagement, and writing blog posts. You don’t have to be AMAZING at it, you just have to be comfortable doing it.
I started as a Social Media Strategist for a dental office for $2,000/month posting to Instagram, LinkedIn, and FaceBook for them. They were an office of all baby boomers and were looking for someone younger to help them with social media.
Now hear me out, I wasn’t the best at Instagram at this time. This was 3 years ago. I was good and I knew how to strategize, but my platform looked nothing like it does now.
How To Get Started as a Virtual Assistant
To get started as a VA, you can list your services on places like:
If you already know who you’d want to offer your services to, don’t be afraid to pitch yourself to them. The first VA I hired was someone who DM’d me on Instagram asking to help with Instagram engagement and posting! You can reach out via DM or email saying something like this:
That dental office client was the reason I was able to transition from my corporate job to following my dreams.
It’s very possible to find one client that will pay $1,000/month or find two clients that will pay $500/month.
When you land a client, you’re going to make sure a contract is signed for a 3-month trial period (this will help make sure you two are a good fit). After the 3 months, it goes into 6-month contracts after.
This guarantees you have at least 3 months of payments. If all goes well you’ll have 9 months+ of guaranteed income until you’re financially ready to move on.
Whether it’s group coaching or offering 1:1 services, this is probably going to be a high-ticket item because it’s people paying specifically for your knowledge AND your time.
Before selling a digital course, I offered coaching to test and make sure that everything I taught worked with real-life people.
Once I crafted my teaching, I then packaged it into an online course to save time and reach more people. Some people prefer to stick with coaching because they love to work with people one-on-one. If that’s you, GREAT!
The best part is that you can coach on ANYTHING. I’ve seen coaching opportunities on a variety of topics ranging from social media, mindset, cooking, design, how to edit photos, how to design your home, organization, party planning, gardening, etc.
You’d be surprised topics that have proven to be successful coaching topics.
How to Start Online Coaching
If you are unsure what your coaching services should look like, I recommend doing research to see if there is anyone else in your field offering something similar to what you want to do. You can create your framework around theirs.
Don’t copy, but take inspiration from them. How do you do that?
Once you know the industry you want to coach in, find 5-10 instructors in that industry that offer some sort of service. Write down what their services are and how they structure them.
From there, pick what you like from them and craft your own, unique coaching service at your own price. Then what you’ll do is use Google Forms to collect leads.
That’s what I did when I first started coaching. This was a “get on my coaching waitlist” form that would stay in the link in my bio on Instagram.
Then when I was ready to start coaching, I emailed the list of people to schedule a consultation call. This was a free 20-minute call they set up through Calendly to see if we would be a good fit. I hosted my calls on Zoom and accepted payment through PayPal (both free).
With coaching, (similar to VA work), you want your coaching clients to be in a contract with you, guaranteeing your income for a certain amount of time.
For group coaching, I did 10-week contracts and for one-on-one coaching, I did 6-month contracts.
It’s as simple as that!
When I had a membership back in 2020, I was making about $2-3k a month. I put that on pause because I wanted to make something bigger and better and new.
Now, having a membership requires your members to opt-in to a subscription (monthly or yearly payment) in exchange for exclusive access to you, your business, or ‘goods’.
Hosting a membership is a great way to curate a community with your following while creating a guaranteed monthly payment for you and your business.
Host Your Memberships With UScreen
When my team and I were looking through options to host a potential membership, we had a lot of options and were leaning towards one option… but I just wasn’t obsessed with it. That’s when I came across UScreen and freaked out. It was exactly what I was looking for in a membership site! In less than 30 minutes, I was emailing them, hopping on a call to tell them my idea, and signing up.
UScreen is THE platform for building a membership that generates a sustainable and predictable revenue stream for professional content creators.
What was the feature I was looking for everywhere and freaked out about? Their Netflix-style category system allows your members to BINGE through your video content like they would their favorite TV show.
Finding a membership site that highlighted videos was incredibly difficult, but this format is just what I was looking for. Creators with large or small followings can sell their videos online using their desired pricing models through their video-on-demand (VOD) website and apps.
Yup, you heard me correctly.
The BEST PART is that they have an option where you can get to have your very own, branded app. The UScreen team will design it for you to offer to both iPhone and Android users.
Is Offering Monthly Memberships Right For You?
Okay, so if you’re trying to decide if a monthly membership is right for you, I feel like UScreen best fits Educators, Coaches, Influencers, and Content Creators.
As educators and coaches, you can record trainings, tutorials, and lessons, and sell those videos either individually or as a membership. And to help nurture your community, you’re also able to run private live streams inside your Uscreen site.
There are so many options, ideas, industries, and niches that can really benefit from having memberships.
Basically, if you love creating video content, and you want to get paid for it while building a community. UScreen is the way to go.
Online courses are a great option to sell and set to evergreen.
Yes, the process is probably the hardest and most tedious out of all the options I’m giving you, but my courses make me consistent 6 figures every year without running ads.
The courses I create are ones where the student learns at their own pace. All of the lessons are pre-recorded, so you don’t have to teach live, which saves you time after it’s created.
Anyone can sell an online course on anything; you don’t have to be a master or expert of anything. As long as you can teach some sort of transformation to a specific audience type and can help them save time and learn something new, you’re in the clear.
Tools You’ll Need to Make Online Courses
I used Zoom to record 90% of all my course content.
I used Canva to create all of my slideshows (which you can use for free!).
(You can also use either Zoom or Canva to record your slideshows with a voiceover.)
Lastly, I use Thinkific as my course host platform.
It took me about 9 months to fully create my online courses, and even now, it takes about two full months to update them yearly.
How to Set Up Your Courses
The best way you can set up your courses so you make a consistent income is to start with a free training.
Record a one-hour masterclass with slideshows teaching your course topic. 40 minutes of that training is going to be good, tangible steps where somebody could walk away and get value.
The last 15 to 20 minutes will be you pitching your paid course to them. You’ll show them step-by-step what’s in the course and what they’ll get from taking the course.
Once you have that recording, you’re going to link it in your Link in bio so that every day, you can have someone new see your video.
Maybe you want to be a full-time content creator but you have absolutely no photography or videography experience.
Fear not! UGC is the perfect place to start. UGC stands for User Generated Content.
What’s the difference between UGC and high-quality product photos/videos?
UGC doesn’t have to be “high quality”. The point is for it to look like it was created by an everyday person or user.
Brands love UGC because this content doesn’t look like a typical ad. It comes across as more authentic to a viewer.
Brands also love that they get to partner with people who are genuine users and fans.
How to Get Started as a UGC Creator
- Go to this website to see brands that are currently running ads (aka they have the budget to work with you)
- Filter the ‘Industry’ section to an Industry that makes sense with your niche
- Scroll through the videos to find a business that you’re already a fan of (using their products)
- Make a video of yourself talking about the product, using the product, and hyping the brand up🙌🏽
- Send the brand a DM on Instagram saying:
As you can tell by this video, I’m a huge fan of PRODUCT. More specifically, REASON.
If you wanted to use this content on your social media channels or for running ads I’d be happy to make more content similar to this for you to use. Does your team currently allocate some of your Marketing Budget to UGC?”
When the brand reaches out, you can offer two things to create a consistent income.
You can offer them usage rights for a specified amount of time (3 months, 6 months, etc.). This is where they pay you a certain amount every month to use your video on ads.
Another option is to offer to sign a monthly contract (again, 3 months, 6 months, etc.) where you make videos for them every month.
The same goes for partnering with brands.
If you’re receiving brand collaboration requests or you’re pitching to brands, it’s so important to not do one-off collabs every single time.
I get the best results when I partner with brands I genuinely love and have a recurring partnership with.
Offer to do 3 or 6-month partnerships (with a contract!), where you mention them in a YouTube video, Reel, or TikTok once a month over the next 3-6 months.
That way, you’re not only setting the partnership up for success, but you’re setting yourself up with consistent income.
Follow your joy!