An Idiot’s Guide to Making Money on Medium - The Writing Cooperative

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If I can do it, you can too.

I suck at finishing things.

Up until a month ago, I was bouncing from one idea to the next, looking for a way to make a little bit of extra money until my blog took off.

I had recently left my full-time job and was transitioning into a life of writing for myself. It was a decision I did not make lightly since blogging is more of the long game than an instant money maker. And, let’s face it, I needed a lot of practice if I was going to be a great writer.

I figured if I worked hard, maybe in a year I would be able to make 3–400 bucks a month of passive income. Now, that is not a lot of money, but I feel like it is a realistic goal. It would also be enough to sustain me while I bum around South America with my boyfriend.

The problem was, I needed a little something now to tide me over. I’m still in the United States until at least August, and I have a fancy cheese problem.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about money, it’s that it eventually runs out.

While my bank account was currently in a good place, it wasn’t going to stay that way forever. I was going to need some nickles and dimes trickling in if I was going to travel for the next couple of years.

A list of things I tried were:

  1. Selling used books on Amazon
  2. Flipping thrift store finds on eBay
  3. Dropshipping on Shopify
  4. Affiliate marketing on Pinterest

When one thing didn’t make an immediate profit, I would move on and try something else. Honestly, this list is probably longer, but let’s just leave it here for now.

This type of crazy hopping around has plagued me my whole life. If there is a planet out there full of people who don’t finish projects, I am their queen.

Then I stumbled upon Medium.

Now, I always knew Medium was here, but it was never a big part of my life. I love reading but felt guilty spending the five bucks a month when I didn’t have a real job anymore.

Also, when the first three articles before the paywall are identical “Five Tips to Have a Productive Day” type posts, I get turned off. Sure I’ll read one or two to check it out, but if the author doesn’t put some kind of unique spin on it, I lose interest quick.

But then a funny thing happened, I dug around a little bit and discovered that Medium was much more than self-help guru’s sales funnels. I started finding articles that actually made me want to continue reading. I had to dig a little, but they were there.

As an experiment, I paid my five bucks and then joined the Medium partner program. I figured I had nothing to lose besides my day’s cheese allowance.