I make my bread and butter from writing (have done for 30 years), so here are a few suggestions for this thread for those of you that are interested in doing this as an income
source whilst cruising.
ODesk and ELance are now the market place for freelancers (all types: if it can be done on a computer remotely, this is the place to find work). Don't expect to make much money
until you have a portfolio and reputation, but it can be well paid once you build your reputation. You can usually find projects with a timeline to suit your shore time.
A blog with Adsense and the Amazon Affiliate Program will make you, on average, $100 a month if
it's a good blog that is well marketed. The way to increase this substantially is to add something to the blog that converts visitors to buyers. One idea that is crying out for someone to do is this: set up a nice sailing blog
and upload the equivalent of 5 posts a week when you are in a marina and market the blog accordingly. Every marina that you pull in to, write a 10 000 word guide to the marina and surrounds, and convert it to an eBook that you sell on your site. If you visit 20 marinas
in year, then that's 20 books
you will have on your blogsite, selling whilst you sail and sleep. Don't be naive though, you might only sell 5 to 10 copies of each eBook each month. Still, that's good money
, and a product that keeps selling year after year (don't forget to revise every three years or so).
If you have a decent video camera
, there is the potential to make a small passive income
from Youtube. If you film and upload every week and get a small following, and you make sure you allow ads on each video, you can forget about them and these will earn a small amount of money ad-infinitum. As an example, my son made a video of himself when he was 5 making a marble run. Cute video, but nothing special. We put it as the only video on our youtube site, and forgot about it. A year later, I took a look and found that it had 14 000 views and had generated over $150 in ad revenue, which went straight into his bank account. That's just for a marble video. So if you upload 52 videos a year, provided that they are reasonably interesting and inspirational, you should be able to generate $5200 + in passive income. If, for some reason, your video goes viral (say you film a whale landing on a kayak), then you could have a nice little earner on your hands.
Micro stock photography
is huge nowadays. If you can take a decent photo
and use photoshop, iStockphoto and Shutterstock will accept your images
and sell them for you, paying a royalty for every download (ad infinitum). I know guys who have a static portfolio of around 100 images
on these sites, and make a regular $5000 a year from those images, year in, year out. The sites usually indicate images that are in high demand too. For this year and the last 10 years, there has been an extreme shortage of photos of very old people of any nationality available for their customers: so there you go! They have strict quality controls, so make sure you read them first!
Same websites also have a market for micro stock sound, so if you have a small audio kit and a decent editor on your computer (i.e. Adobe Audition), you can make some money too, recording the sounds of gulls and wind
in your rigging
I guess the beauty of 2, 3, 4 and 5 is that once you upload something, it keeps on earning income for years with no additional input. Perfect for people who cruise!
It can be done: you just have to think a little differently about things.
I don't have any affiliation with any of the sites I have mentioned.
PM if you want any clarifications or additional info about my suggestions.