7 Ways To Make Money With An iPad
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Everyone want to find different ways to make money. I finally made the plunge and invested in an iPad. I purchased the new iPad Air that was released in October 2020. The main reason I chose this tablet was for the size and the fact that I could draw with the Apple Pencil and pro Create. The screen is a little smaller than the pro version but it’s price was a few hundred dollars cheaper. I just couldn’t say no.
I told myself that I would try to get as much use out of it as I could so that it’s not just another gadget that you buy, but never use. So far I’ve only had it for about a week, but I haven’t put it down. I love it.
Now the goal for me is to figure out a way to use the iPad to make money. At least to make back the money that I put into it. As stated in another post, I started an account on Redbubble to try and make some extra passive income. It’s been fun trying to come up with some cute designs to sell as stickers or t-shirts. I was using Adobe Photoshop on my laptop to make the images.
I’ve been using Photoshop for a number of years and am self taught, thanks to Google and Youtube. For most photo edits an text images, it’s an I really need. But for me, trying to draw an image with a mouse is very difficult. Enter, the iPad. Just going through a few online tutorials and playing around with it, I think this machine is the greatest invention, ever! And for any creative person who may not have the best art skills, this is a must have.
Now on to the good part. Making money.
I am a list maker. I think it is part of my OCD which I talk about often. So when trying to think of ways to make extra income using my new toy, I thought it is of course the perfect reason to make a list. So here it is. My list of _ ideas to make money using your iPad.
Start a Blog
The first, and I think the most obvious since you are reading my blog, is to start a blog. While it has been a slow and struggling start for me, balancing between my family, my mental health and trying to figure out what to actually write about. If you are someone who has a lot of ideas and a way with words, then this will be an ideal option for you. Now I know that you can also do this on a laptop or desktop, but the convenience of doing it on an iPad is that you can save your ideas where ever you are. The iPad is much more portable than a CPU.
Income can be made by using affiliate marketing, advertising revenue and even selling your own products like courses or an ebook, all of which I will get to next. You can start your own blog for as little as $10.49 per month with Siteground. There are other less expensive host providers out there, but I have found that Siteground is perfect for a beginner like me. Their platform is easy to navigate, they have an amazing number of tools, themes and help aids. And if you still have questions their customer service is fantastic.
One of the best ways to make money, potentially a whole lot of money, is affiliate marketing. This is the process of promoting products for companies on your website, blog or social media platform. For example, in my first recommendation above, I mention Siteground as my preferred web hosting platform. I included a link to the site as well as a banner advertisement that will direct you to their website. Those clickable items are my personal referral links that the company can track back to me. So if someone (like you for instance) were to follow that link and purchase webhosting from Siteground, I would make a commission from that sale at no extra cost to you.
There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of companies that offer affiliate marketing. You could apply to become an affiliate with almost any company you can think of. But to make things even easier, there are sites out there that have the companies all lined up and ready for you. Sites like MagicLinks, ShareASale, and Clickbank have partnered with many, many companies that you can promote products for. Companies like Target, Urban Outfitters, Nike and so many more.
Sell Your Own Products
This is the one that I am focusing on right now. With my new iPad, I was finally able to download the ProCreate app, which in my opinion is the greatest program out there. I am in love with it. If you would rather try a free design tool you can sign up to Canva.com and open a free account. Canva is easy to use and has loads of pre made templates that you can use as a starting point.
The number of items that you can create is endless. Things like journal pages, calendars, posters, even your own eBook. Whether it is to use your wealth of knowledge to teach something, or a bestselling story idea that you want to finally complete and possibly publish.
Many web hosting platforms also offer an e-commerce plug in that would allow you to sell products on your own site. If you don’t have a big following on your website, then getting enough traffic to make sales could be a challenge. If that is the case, there are sites such as Etsy, or Creative Market that will host your items as listing and they do all the marketing to get people to their site. I would still suggest sharing your products as much as possible so that people can find them.
This is another one that can also be done on a laptop or smartphone as well as the iPad. But my reason for including it in this list is because with the larger screen (as big as 12.9 inches) navigating through websites is much easier that using a tiny phone. I take transit on a regular basis and find that the time goes by faster when I have something to do. So why not test out new websites and get paid for doing it.
I listen to music every day. It plays in the background while I do almost everything. The only time I don’t have music playing is when I’m sleeping or watching tv. If you love music as much as I do, then this side gig should be fun.
Join sites such as Slice the Pie or Music Xray to review and rate new songs, bands, commercials and more. Each review earns different rewards at different values depending on the site and what it is you are reviewing. The payouts may not be huge but I feel like if you get paid to do things you would be doing anyway, then why not make the extra cash.
Share Your Knowledge
What are you good at? Can you create incredible spreadsheets in Excel, or perhaps you are an amazing cook and want to let the world know your secret. No matter what it is that you do, someone else will want to learn. For this you can create your own online course to teach others and share your knowledge.
There are tons of websites that allow you to upload a video course, like Teachable and Udemy. Whether it is a single video or a series that has different parts to it, you decide. You simply create your video, upload it to one of these sites and set a price point. Promote your course on your own website, with your email list, and even on social media. Get it out there for people to find and enjoy the payouts that come from teaching what you love.
Sell Your Photos
Do you love taking pictures? You don’t have to be a professional to make money on your photos. The quality of cameras on smartphones and tablets has come a long way. With minimal equipment and a good eye you can make money by selling your photos to online stores like ShutterStock*, iStockPhoto and Dreamstime just to name a few. You basically make a percentage of the sale or a fixed rate depending on which site you choose. *If you sign up to ShutterStock using this link you will receive a $30 Visa prepaid card when you sign up for an annual image or footage subscription.
So that’s it. Those are my top 7 ways to make money with an iPad. Keep in mind that I’ve only owned one for less than a month so I will more than likely do a follow up post in a few months to add more or elaborate on what I have here.
Let me know what you think of this article, and if you can think of any other ways to make money using an iPad (or home computer) let me know in the comments section. I look forward to researching them.
Thanks for reading.