Smartphones are extremely popular these days. With over 62% of people worldwide owning a smartphone, and that isn’t even counting other mobile devices like tablets. You may be against the cell phone craze, but there is no denying there popularity. Most people who have any type of mobile device most likely have some form of social media, a very popular one being Facebook.
If you have ever used the internet in any way, shape or form, you have probably heard of Facebook. After all, it is the most popular form of social media, with over 2.2 billion users (nearly 50% of smartphone users!). Where a small business only gets in front of an average of about 20,000 people in a village / town, an average of 1 million people in cities, you get can get in front of an average of over 2 billion using Facebook.
What if I told you that there are actually ways to make some legitimate cash via Facebook? Does it sound difficult? It really isn’t that hard to do, and if you use the strategies I am about to explain, you should have no problem getting started.
Create a Facebook Profile
If you want people to like and trust you, they obviously need to know some stuff about you. If you can get someones trust, they will be willing to hear more about your business, and your profile gives you the perfect opportunity to do this. Just make sure to set up your profile picture, cover image, and “about” section properly.
Make sure your profile picture looks professional, use a cover image that really captures and reflects your personality, and most importantly, fill out your “about” section to give people a better idea of who you are and what you do.
Find Facebook Friends
This step is very important to getting your business in front of as many people as possible. Friend everyone you know, and I mean everyone, the more people you show, the better. Add family members, family friends, coworkers, classmates, you name it, you know them, add them.
As you mature within Facebook and you begin talking to more and more people and begin to build some great relationships, but be sure to not burn any bridges, and make sure to keep in touch with everyone by interacting with there posts. Take advantage of Facebook messenger, talk to people to become closer or talk to past acquaintances and build relationships.
Facebook is a community of billions of people, and the more you can take advantage of that, the better. It takes time and effort. When you were in school, could you become every ones friend in a day? Of course not! It took time, you had to build relationships, and the same can be said for Facebook.
Facebook Online Garage Sale
Perhaps one of the most common moneymakers on Facebook is selling in an online garage sale, and if you want to do this, I would highly recommend joining a Facebook garage sale group. There may be several in your area that are focused on different items such as video games, furniture, etc. Find them by typing your location and searching garage sale in the Facebook search bar.
People can sell anything not tied down, as long as it includes a decent image and clear instructions. The amount of profit you make depends on your case, and you can make quite a bit of money doing this. Rather than just cleaning out your house, selling everything you no longer want / need, you can instead buy yard sale items and resell them for a pretty nice profit.
You can try buying and selling in large quantities at a time (like 50+), then meet at a designated location and sell your stuff. It is a pretty big investment to do this, but it will pay of greatly if done correctly. Here is an example: lets say you find a really good deal for 20 video games for a total of $20. You purchase those games, and sell them at your garage sale for $5 a piece.
Selling 4 games would be a break even. Selling all 20 would make you a profit of $80. The more you do this, the more your network will grow, a significant benefit in this type of work.
Affiliate Market on Facebook
Many Facebook communities consist of like-minded users (moms, bloggers, etc.). If you start a community and share products with your affiliate link, you earn a commission of each purchase.
For example, lets say you build a community of moms with small children. So you decide to promote a baby monitor, and share it with that group. The moms see that, if they are interested, they click on your link, buy the product, and you make a commission, simple as that.
Through the Amazon affiliate program, you can earn anywhere from 4% to 8.5% of each purchase, depending on how many sales you have generated. So if you promote a $50 baby monitor, and make 5% of each sale, and you sell 4, you will make $2.50 each, so $10 total.
Amazon may not be the best affiliate program for you, and you are right, there are plenty of other affiliate programs way better than Amazon, they just have a little bit of everything, so I thought I would include them. You can Google search “baby products affiliate program”, to find a way better one.
Join a Facebook Buy, Sell and Trade Group
Though very similar to Facebook garage sales, there are also buy, sell and trade (BST) groups. You can find these the same way you found garage sales, by searching your location and including “buy, sell, trade” in the search bar. What is the difference between these and the garage sales you may be thinking. the most obvious thing is trading.
These are really good things to do in between garage sales, nicer inventory, bad weather, etc. You tend to get better stuff cheaper this way, than with yard sales.
Turn in Facebook Hackers
Do you want to become part of the Facebook Police Squadron? That may sound extremely professional and very difficult to join, but luckily, I made that name up. Literally anyone can do this, just next time your account is hacked, use a website called “Bug Bounty” that will pay you for turning in hackers.
By helping Facebook uncover some bugs and hackers, user can earn more that $500 each. But keep in mind that only the first user to report the problem is paid.
Refer Facebook Friends to Swagbucks
There are many survey sites out there that are willing to pay for your input, but you can use Facebook to earn even more cash. Swagbucks is a membership site that pays you to fill out online surveys, and use its engine to make referrals, and get this, for every referral you make, you earn 10% of whatever that person makes on Swagbucks, for as long as they use it.
Since Facebook is likely your largest network, it’s a key source for sharing your referral link with friends. When you make some money, they either pay directly to your PayPal, or in the form of gift cards. If you want to learn more about Swagbucks, or survey sites in general, Click Here to read my post about online survey sites.
Continue to Build Relationships
As mentioned previously, a big part of Facebook is friends, and you need to keep working to make as many as possible. It takes a lot of work to build up a huge community of people to share things with, but in the end, it will all pay of and you will achieve your desired success on Facebook.
If you have any questions or need help with anything explained within this article, leave them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.