During my mid-twenties back in 2012, I had a full-time job as a Marketing Database Analyst for Mount Airy Casino Resort in PA.
This is me inside of my small cubicle at the time. My salary was only $33,000 a year. I was living check to check but was happy that I at least got paid every Friday. I got tired of my boss yelling at me when I made any mistakes and people saying “Darius is always late to work” or “Darius always on his phone, he needs more work to do!”. I became worried that I would get fired at any moment.
I was thinking about the internet and all the advanced technology we now have now, there has to be a way that I can become self-employed. I wanted to work for myself and replace the current salary I was earning. I wanted to be my own boss and tell others what tasks to get done for me. There just had to be a different route I can take. So I started searching online…
One day I learned about Flippa.com
It looks way different than it does today.
I was intrigued at first and excited because I found a website that sells online businesses. After going through all the different websites I finally found one that I really liked. The domain was Increasely.com and it was a custom-coded starter website. The established websites were way out of my budget. This starter site was selling fake followers and fake likes for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were growing fast at the time. I contacted the seller and bought the website for only $80. The seller told me that the website was custom coded but that I should learn how to use WordPress installed on a hosting website and digital marketing. Great advice!
Unfortunately, the site I bought did not make me enough to quit my job. My first customer was a club promoter. He wanted to get more followers and likes. I told him they would be fake but the profiles connected to the likes and followers would look real.
His Instagram account went from 1,000 followers to over 10,000 followers. He kept ordering likes for every new post. He then sent me a referral, which was one of his friends who was a real estate agent.
Now I got a second customer! I was excited! I just added a few hundred dollars a month on top of my salary income. I only got a few more customers until I decided to try to flip it back on Flippa.com. I had a feeling this web business was only good for the short term and that the social media sites would be battling fake followers and fake likes in the future. I was right!
I re-listed Increasely.com back on Flippa and it kept getting bids. From $1 all the way up to $1400. It included customers and revenue. So not only did I make my first dollar from online but I had my first biggest flip!
Right after I started reading more about digital marketing and learned how to use WordPress.org and its plugins. I started off using HostGator then BlueHost until I found Siteground.com which is still my favorite hosting to use to this day. Very fast!
I started a site called SocialKloud which focused on social media management. Learned that I didn’t really care for managing people’s social media accounts. So I flipped it for an undisclosed amount.
Then I started KickRank which was my crowdfunding marketing agency that focused on helping Kickstarter campaigns get more traffic and contributions by utilizing digital marketing and PR.
I enjoyed helping campaign owners during pre-launch and after the launch. I did drop servicing and outsourced most of the tasks to other freelancers. I added web design to the services too since I got really good at using WordPress and bought themes from Themeforest.net.
Once I had KickRank running I was able to resign from my job. It was ranked top 3 on Google and Bing at the time for “crowdfunding marketing agency”, “crowdfunding marketing services”, “Kickstarter marketing services”, and for more crowdfunding-related keywords. I partnered with an SEO expert to keep it ranking for many different keywords. KickRank became my biggest flip ever for an undisclosed amount in my 20s.
I was also selling web design services to other niches like marketing agencies, real estate, church, and more. . I found out that my old boss got fired about 1 year after I quit. Crazy! I know they would have fired me easily then.
So Flippa started my path of becoming my own boss and making money online.
Then I learned about Fiverr.com
It looks way different than it does today.
A marketplace where I could sell my services and upsell services. I still have my Fiverr account even though I don’t sell on Fiverr anymore. I mostly hire freelancers on Upwork but I still order services on Fiverr.com sometimes.
My services on Fiverr was “I will promote your crowdfunding campaign on Facebook and Twitter”. Also, I will write a review for your product on Amazon. Of course, the Amazon gig was big at the time. I was getting FREE products from Amazon Sellers and leaving them verified reviews. I was making $15 a review instead of just $5. Eventually Fiverr shut down my review gigs because of Amazon becoming more strict on product reviews. It was great while it lasted!
I made almost $4,000 on Fiverr. I just mostly re-invested the money into buying other gigs that helped my online business. Another gig I did was buy a PLR package that came with a lot of articles that writers can re-write. I bought it for only $1 on a website that I forgot what the domain was but I was selling it on Fiverr for $5. I got a lot of good reviews on Fiverr.
I almost had 400 reviews on Fiverr and a 4.8 rating out of 5.0 which was very good. Flippa and Fiverr was a great combo for me when I was in my mid-twenties. I don’t sell on Flippa and Fiverr anymore but it was an awesome journey!
Now I am in my early thirties, focusing on helping business owners with online lead generation and helping people get started with making money online through my drop servicing programs.
I also have other projects that I am working on and I do options trading with Robinhood. I just love hustling and making money online.
Are you tired of your job or living paycheck to paycheck?
Technology and the internet are even more advanced than when I first started. I recommend having a job to invest in your own side business or hustle.
Let your job motivate you to work harder on the side so one day it can replace your job’s income.
What can you do to start making money online without much investment?
- Sell your freelancing services on Upwork or Fiverr.
- Buy or sell websites and apps on Flippa.
- Start your own drop servicing website selling other people’s services. (My favorite!)
- Sell products dropshipping using Shopify.com.
- Hire programmers to create your new app or software idea.
- Sell products on Ebay or Amazon that you can buy in your local area.
- Start blogging about what you are passionate about and do affiliate marketing.
- Start a Youtube channel because people love watching videos then promote and get sponsorships.
- Launch a Podcast using platforms such as Anchor.fm.
- White label products with your own brand name and promote them!
- Start streaming yourself playing your favorite games on Twitch, Facebook, or YouTube.
- Trade stocks and options while on the go with Robinhood (We both get a FREE stock if you use my link) HERE
We have more opportunities than ever before. Opportunities that our parents and grandparents did not have so just get started. You can make money online without much investment, especially with the drop servicing method.
What is drop servicing? It is a business method that focuses on selling digital services. You do not do any digital tasks yourself. You find freelancers or company’s that will do fulfillment for you, so you can just focus on marketing and sales.
If you want some advice just send me a message on the contact page or get started learning with my free drop servicing guide.
By Darius Gaynor