Getting Money as a Minimalist


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While the aggressive pursuit of money can lead to stress, burdens, and discontent, money can and does assist humans with their sustenance. Aim yourself with a good minimalist wallet and start saving. This chapter gives tips on how to make money without the need for a restrictive schedule or permanent residence. While many of these jobs require an internet connection, you might not even need to own an internet-connected device; many public libraries offer free access to Internet-connected computers.


72 different countries have access to Craigslist and its region-based forum listings. Craigslist lets user’s post available jobs and gigs that they need to hire for. Potential hires can browse these postings and apply for the ones that interest them. If you reside in an area that has internet access, then you stand to earn money working on Craigslist posters.


If you spend time in various countries, chances are good that you have the ability to speak more than one language proficiently. If this is the case, consider doing translation work. The people who provide these jobs seek out individuals who can translate text from one language to another. People who know languages from two different continents, like English and Japanese, are especially sought after. Because they tend to pay by the word, many of these jobs let workers set their own schedule and turn in completed projects over the internet.


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Ghostwriting is another great job for frequent travelers. Ghostwriting also pays by the word, so ghostwriters can choose their own hours, pick up whatever amount of work they please, and work from nearly anywhere that has an internet connection and a keyboard. In addition, ghostwriters of non-fiction publications report the added benefit of learning a great amount about the subjects that they research for their work.

Virtual Assistance

This broadly defined job involves a variety of tasks involving helping clients through virtual platforms like Skype and email. Furthermore, you may be asked to assist with menial virtual tasks like updating web pages and entering data. If you have a fair amount of familiarity with virtual platforms, consider working in virtual assistance. Most often, virtual assistants can work from anywhere that they have an internet connected device. As of 2016, internet access is available in 178 different countries.


Transcribing involves typing out word-for-word all of the words spoken in video or audio files. In other words, transcribers convert spoken word to text. Many of these jobs allow workers to work from home and submit their completed projects online. In addition, they allow transcribers the freedom to choose a schedule that works for them as they pay either by the word or by the task.

Affiliate Marketing

This job provides its performers with great levels of freedom and autonomy but does not guarantee income. Affiliate marketing involves getting other people to sign up for programs or purchase products using your affiliate link. For example, say you run a wildly popular blog. You then write and post a blog post that details all of the benefits of air fryers. Then, somewhere in that post, you paste your affiliate link into a couple different models of air fryers on Amazon. Whenever one of your readers clicks one of your affiliate links and purchases the product through that link, you get a portion of the sale price. Benefits of affiliate marketing include the ability to choose hours worked, flexible work location, zero start-up costs, no bosses, and theoretically unlimited profits.


Generating profits from blogging requires a great deal of effort. However, with enough dedication, blogging can turn into a lucrative endeavor that lets you choose your own hours and subject matter. If your blog gets enough momentum, it can turn into a greatly successful source of passive income. Bloggers make money through advertisements, affiliate links, and membership fees.

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Advertisements placed on blogs can turn a profit for the blogger. Three types of advertisements for this platform exist CPM, CPC, and private. CPM advertisements pay bloggers a fixed amount of money for every one thousand readers who get shown the advertisement. On the other hand, readers must interact with CPC advertisements in order for the blogger to get paid. CPC advertisements pay a predetermined amount of money every time a reader clicks on one. In addition, you have the option of selling space to private advertisers. Private advertisers will pay you for the privilege of posting their advertisement on your blog. You get paid the same regardless of how many readers click or view it. However, you must be able to prove that your blog gets lots of traffic in order to appeal to these private advertisers.

Finally, membership fees can make you money as a blogger. This is totally optional, but you can charge readers a monthly fee that they pay in exchange for access to exclusive content not available to anyone who does not pay.

Waste Picking

Did you know that countless individuals and organizations discard materials that fetch a price on the market? For example, many modernized nations have recycling programs in place that offer a small amount of money in exchange for an aluminum can, plastic bottle, or glass bottle. Scrap metals sell for considerable sums of cash as well. Consider waste picking as a source of income. If you collect a big bag full of recyclable materials, you might be able to trade them in for a decent handful of money, depending on your location.

Waste picking provides a benefit to the communities in which it is practiced. Waste pickers remove litter from the environment, cut down consumption levels by sending materials to be recycled, and free up space in landfills. In return, waste pickers enjoy their choice of working hours.

In the year 1988, it was estimated that at least one percent of the world’s population made their living by waste picking.

Video Content

Video content websites and platforms like YouTube enable users to make a living creating content. For this method, you will need a video camera as you can only make money off of original videos that you create and upload. Money is made when you link your Google AdSense account to your YouTube account. Google places advertisements at the start of and in the middle of content creator’s videos. When viewers click on or interact with those advertisements, the video’s uploader gets paid. Successful YouTubers report earning between fifty cents and two dollars for every thousand views that their content gets. Consider documenting and uploading your minimalist travel experiences.

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