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Ideas to Make Money: How to Start – and MARKET – Your Creative Project for $100 in Change

They say the best things in life are free.

I’d say the next best things don’t cost as much as you’d think.

I’m often baffled at the serious amounts of cash people invest into a stylish looking website, a new logo or even just learning how to launch a new product or service.

You don’t need to spend a small fortune to get your creative project off the ground and in front of hundreds, if not thousands of potential customers.

About Natalie Sisson

Natalie Sisson believes everybody has the right to choose freedom in business and adventure in life and she's on a mission to ensure 100,000+ entrepreneurs do just that by 2020. Born in New Zealand, Natalie has traveled to almost 70 countries and for the last 5 years has lived out of her suitcase, running a multiple six figure business from her laptop and smartphone over atSuitcaseEntrepreneur.com. She's a No #1 bestselling author, podcaster, speaker and adventurer who loves to play Ultimate Frisbee and show others how to build a profitable online freedom business that supports their ideal lifestyle. Follow her onTwitter and Google+!

18 thoughts on “Ideas to Make Money: How to Start – and MARKET – Your Creative Project for $100 in Change

  1. Interesting article. True, it can be done very cheaply to do our marketing and promoting. And then there are those of us like myself who can’t really spend a thing right now and it’s nice to know there are free sites too where we can promote. I love Blogaholics, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Bloggymoms, Blogher, Ladybloggers, Societyofsocialprenuers, and a good handful of other sites. I tend to have a really tiny notebook with my favorite promotion sites written down and every time I post something I scroll down my list and make sure I promote the post at all of them.
    But as far as my etsy shop goes, I think I am going to start paying a small fee with etsy next month to promote a few of my products as I would like to see that get off the ground.

    • Jennifer I can’t tell you how important it is to reinvest a portion of of your revenue back into your business., even when you’re just starting out and don’t feel like you have much. So I’m glad to hear you’re going to look at taking that step by paying that small Etsy fee to get more visibility – I’m sure it will be totally worth it.

  2. So true, Natalie. People seem to think they need thousands of dollars to launch a website, hiring local designers and developers for hundreds of dollars per hour.

    Sites like Elance, Fiverr and Odesk are really changing the way we do things, and WordPress themes are getting more user friendly and more powerful every day.

    • Yeah they really are making it so easy to get started with a business (well a non bricks and mortar one) and even for those, the cost of services and infrastructure and technology has dropped significantly.

  3. Wow! Talk about getting down to business!

    This was awesome Natalie. I cannot recall another blog post that so quickly and systematically gave so much content.

    I think you pretty much blow the lid off the whole “It will take a while to get this set up” concept. I read your post, remember it ALL, and could do all of this in 1 day. Very awesome.

    How would I spend my $100? I would spend it all on books. I would read the content and immediately implement what I learn. There is some truly amazing content out there that is free. I would spend a lot of time learning about guest posting and put all my efforts into that. Actually this is exactly what I am doing. But I have to admit, I went over budget because I already bought Danny’s course on writing and guest posting (which is blowing my mind!).

    This post was awesome Natalie. Very well written, to the point, and engaging. NICE!

    • Wow thanks for your feedback Izzy – great to hear and so glad you feel you can take it and take action. Investing in great books is very worthwhile and of course Danny’s courses 🙂

      Looking forward to reading your posts on other sites in the very near future

      Natalie

  4. Thanks for a great post, Natalie. I had no idea that FB ads could be so inexpensive or that it was possible to set the budget so low. In fact, I’d heard the opposite and had dropped the idea of spending advertising dollars on Facebook. I was very complacent about it and I hadn’t even checked it out thoroughly. After reading your post I can see the folly of my ways.

    I’m off to have a better look.

  5. Wow–great post, Natalie! I like the way your list is organized for action, and I for one like having people recommend one or two solutions like you have for each idea here. Thanks to Danny we can check off a few of these steps but you’ve given us more directions to go in promoting our products. Kudos!

  6. Hi Natalie,
    Good post, and I agree with you that most people feel it will cost them major amounts of money to start a business site, which is really not the case. It just takes time and alot of reading to find what works. I would add advertising on Bing to the list. They say that there are more serious buyers doing search on Bing than other search engines. I do not know if there are facts to back that claim up, but I do know it is alot cheaper to advertise with them and it brings in good traffic to your site.

  7. Natalie killed it here. Nice stuffs there.

    I wonder how some people still waits to raise as much as $5000 or more to start a blog. Its good to have a good design but start with a crappy one first…. errnn a WP theme first.

    Sheyi

  8. Thank you for all this post; it made some things click finally. I use Jing/Snagit for tutorials for clients, but never thought about using it for an opt-in just using slides. I guess that’s sort of the kind of thing Danny does with his webinars, but it never really occurred to me until you said it.

  9. Great article Natalie – There is certainly more than $100 worth of advice here, and you are absolutely right. The barrier to entry has been drastically reduced, which of course means that your product and services must REALLY REALLY stand out now! I’m wondering if you have read The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau?

  10. Hey nice and great post, Natalie! I like the way your list is organized for action, and I for one like having people recommend one or two solutions like you have for each idea here.

    i will comment again if i see any new post….

    kind regards,
    sunny.
    Brass Anchor

  11. Hi Natalie,

    I’ve finally got my internet connection back, feeling very demoralised and motivated I checked my emails, clicked on your newsletter and was handed this post on a sliver platter! Thanks, I needed a very easy to digest action list to get me re focused and to get me back to pushing the flywheel.

    Sarah

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