From Rags to Riches, Making Six Figures From Nothing


I’m sure you’ve heard a million times that you “need to spend money to make money”. In today’s world with the wonderful invention of the internet, the honest truth is that you don’t! You can invest your time and a little hard work, and turn that into money. With the beautiful world of Beer Money you can start earning cash for little to no investment at all. That’s right, you can make free money. Not only can you make free money, but you can save that cash up and turn it into even more. You could be making six figures from scratch. If you work hard and really focus on your goals you can turn a small investment into a very big profit. This guide will give you a great idea on how to get your plan rolling if you want to go from rags to riches and start making money from nothing.

This guide is meant to take you from rags to riches. If you’ve already got something to start with (About $50-$100 dollars a month is enough!) I’d recommend skipping down to the part on Starting Your Own Business.

Starting With Nothing

Lots of people have plenty of free time, but no money to do anything with it. If you’d like to change that, you can start using some of that time to earn some extra cash. This entire website is dedicated to making something from nothing. Beer Money is simply extra money you make in your free time that you can use in your free time. It’s great if you’re unemployed, laid off, between jobs, a freelance worker, or even just have 5 minutes in your day you can invest in making some cash. I promise you it’s worth putting in at least a little time to make some extra money for yoursef. Even if you’re too busy to get involved in the more active methods of making money, there are plenty of ways to make money passively online. Even getting involved in a gift card program like Swagbucks will allow you to earn over $40 a week.

Even if you’re too busy to get involved in the more active methods of making money, there are plenty of ways to make money passively online. Just getting involved in a gift card program like Earnhoney will allow you to treat yourself to a meal out every now and then. I use Earnhoney passively and make enough to buy a gift card about every week.

Getting Serious About Beer Money

If you want to start seriously getting into Beer Money this is how I’d recommend you get started. I highly recommend taking this route if you’ve got nothing to start out with and want to make enough to start expanding your wealth. Starting here is enough to get you on the path to serious earnings in only 2 weeks. Here are the resources you need to start making upwards of $100 monthly.

  • Start by checking out our page on The Best Ways to Make Money Online for Free – This is my personal list of favorites. These are the methods I use anywhere from daily to weekly in order to earn my extra Beer Money.
  • Figure out the methods that are most worth your time – Keep track of which methods you use, how much time you’re putting into each, and how much money you’re making from that time. This is the best way to maximize your efficiency.
  • Get into User Testing and Surveys – These are honestly the best methods out there, I completely stand behind that. If you’re sitting around doing nothing, you might as well open up a UserTesting tab and take get paid to give someone your opinion. I find the best method is to take surveys and watch paid advertisements while you’re waiting for User Testing opportunities to pop up. It doesn’t take much effort, it pays the best, and you can do it alongside something else like watching Netflix or listening to music.

Get on Board with Wealthy Affiliate

Once you’ve started making $50 – 100 every month you’ve made enough cash to get your own website up and running. All you need to start is a Wealthy Affiliate premium membership and a domain name. If you’d like you can get on board with Wealthy Affiliate from the very start, especially since the first week of your membership you have free premium access. After that, it’s only $19 for the first month and $50 a month from there on out. Wealthy Affiliate is the best website building tool I’ve seen to date. Tons of people have made money with Wealthy Affiliate, and the entire community is centered around helping each other find success.

Wealthy Affiliate‘s focus is niche marketing. They’ll teach you how to set up a niche website with a focus that you love, such as a sport, hobby, or a topic you find interesting. Wealthy Affiliate’s training program will give you the total guide to setting up a successful website. They take you through the details on:

  • Finding your niche
  • Building an attractive website
  • Getting traffic to your website
  • Earning revenue from that traffic

With their detailed guides, it’s easy to learn and get started with your own niche website. If you’re dedicated and put in the necessary work you can turn a website into a success in only a month. You have to be willing to grind a little and put in the hard work, but the results are so worth it.

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Starting to Earn Serious Cash

Once you’ve had some time to build your website and you’ve started getting some traffic you’ll want to start turning a profit. There are tons of different ways to earn revenue from your website.

The way that Wealthy Affiliate focuses on is Affiliate Marketing, which involves using links on your website to direct readers to different products or services. Readers then sign up for these products and you get paid for sending them there. This may sound a little skeevy at first, but there’s no catch. As long as you’re recommending products you really believe in, your readers are going to benefit from your recommendation. This is a great way to earn online, especially since the links you use are going to increase your site rankings if people are clicking on them.

Another common way to start making serious cash on your website is by advertising on your articles. There are many different kinds of advertisements you can show on your pages and posts. These advertisement companies will pay you for ad views and/or clicks depending on what kind of incentives they’re offering. Popular ad companies you can look into are Google AdSense and LeadsLeap.

Selling your own product is a great way to make money from your website. If you’ve developed your own product you can sell it completely on your own terms. That means you have complete control over your own profit margin, shipping methods, who you work with, and how you’re spending your money. This is one of the most independent ways to make money from your website, and it’s a great method if you’ve got something you think people will like.


Invest and Expand

Once you’ve got your website set up and you’ve started earning a sizable revenue you might want to take it to the next level. By now you’ll probably be earning anywhere from 5k to 10k per month. You can use this money to invest in the expansion of your website. Start looking at websites like Fiverr and other resources where you can hire writers for your website. Remember that the more articles you’re writing for your website, for other websites, for pretty much anything, the more traffic you’re driving to your site. If you can hire ghost writers or credited writers for your website it will allow you to expand your content base and direct more traffic to your website. This is how you can seriously increase your ratings and make your website one of the biggest forces in your niche. If you can become one of the top competitors in your niche you’ll be able to start earning six figures from your website easily.

If you want to take it even further than that you can start up another website. From here the possibilities are pretty much endless as long as you’re willing to reinvest in your work and keep expanding. If you can keep putting in the work you’ll keep seeing your business grow. Many wealthy people are wealthy because they weren’t afraid to take risks and keep expanding. There will be hurdles along the way, but beyond each hurdle lies success. If you keep setting small goals that will guide you to your larger goals you’ll be able to achieve your bigger vision. Whether it’s traveling, retiring early, or just living comfortably, putting in the work to expand your business is the key to being able to shape your own life. When you’re your own boss you’re able to make your own choices, continue to grow at your own pace, and carve your own path. Building an online business is seriously the key to finding that real independence you want in life.


It’s a long path to success, and it’s not an easy one, but it’s not impossible either. Tons of people are building their own businesses online every day. 99% of people who start a business online will quit before they make their first dollar, but what they don’t realize is that once you’ve made that first dollar everything gets a whole lot easier. Don’t be afraid to jump in. Invest a little time and a little effort, and start carving your own path. Good luck!


I hope this guide was helpful! Be sure to drop a comment down below, I’d love to read what you have to say! I try to reply to every single comment, and I always enjoy being able to learn from feedback.

11 thoughts on “From Rags to Riches, Making Six Figures From Nothing

  1. Wealthy Affiliate is hands-down the best learning platform for learning and applying affiliate marketing along with the nuts and bolts to setting up a website and choosing your own niche. There are so many scams out there, so this program gives the tools to make “beer money” with no money to start.

    1. Hey Kerri, thanks for the reply! I’d have to agree, Wealthy Affiliate is my favorite learning platform for Affiliate Marketing as well! The classrooms have so much to offer, the community is so helpful, and I love how involved the owners Carson and Kyle are. It’s great that the premium is at such a low cost, you can start out with just a little Beer Money and turn that into your whole livelihood!

  2. Hey there,

    It’s true that the internet has allowed us to drastically reduce our investment fees to actually profit. As a member of Wealthy Affiliate myself, I have to say this is one of the best program that actually teaches you to make money online. I wouldn’t be able to make anything without it. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Hey Anh, I’ve got to agree, it’s pretty incredible that you can start making a lot of money with such a small investment in today’s world. I think the best part is that they make it so cheap to get started you can even do it for free if you find the right ways.

      Thanks for reading!


  3. I tried my hardest for two years to make some sort of living online but I failed miserably…until I discovered the Wealthy Affiliate program (that was several years ago now). Thanks to them I have five businesses I run online full time and I work in my boxer shorts (sorry – not a nice mental picture!).
    It’s certainly the best option for anyone looking to make some (beer) money online! 🙂

    1. Hey Chris, thanks for the response!

      I’m actually in the position now that you were in a couple of years ago. My business is still budding, but I’m making more money than I ever did using regular beer money sites.

      Wealthy Affiliate is really the key to making an independent living in my opinion. It’s easy to make some beer money, but if you want to be able to work in your boxers I think Wealthy Affiliate is the way to go. I wish you the best moving forward.

      Thanks again for reading and responding,


  4. Hi Patrick. You’ve laid out clearly the steps for building our own income. I’m also currently doing my own website right now and is not getting as much money that i would like to get…. Do you know how long will it be until I can get a consistent income of say 5k per month?

    1. Hi Isaac, thanks for the feedback, I’m glad you found the article so helpful!

      The key with success is that it’s not how “long” you work on something, per say, but how MUCH you work on it. You could have a website up for months, but if you’re only working on it for an hour every week you’re going to see much slower growth than if you were putting in more work. If you’re putting in a few hours every day of good meaningful work you could reach your goal within a year.

      I’d suggest setting small, easily quantifiable goals for yourself. I like to set daily goals based on the amount of hours I want to put in, that way I can easily set aside the time I’ll need and I know for sure when I’ve reached my goal for that day. I’ve found that this helps me stay productive and also helps me stay motivated, whereas if I were measuring my success based on revenue I might have gotten discouraged early when I had my first revenue dip.

      I hope this helped!

  5. Thank you for the awesome read and I love the title of the website.

    Anyways, I am currently a member at Wealthy Affiliate and have been working on my current website for the past month. I was wondering if I need to be putting in the typically entrepreneur 80 hour work week to be able to make my websites cashflow?

    Im worried that Im not putting in enough effort, I work on it a couple hours a day at the very least and make sure I go through the lessons thoroughly.

    Thank you for your help


    1. Hey Jessie,

      Thanks for reading and dropping a comment! I’m glad you liked the article.

      That “80 hour week” number you constantly hear is a good rule of thumb for people who are trying to do this full time. If you want this to be your full time job you have to work on it like it’s your full time job, right?

      If this is just a side project for you then a couple hours every day is just fine, and you should start to see conversions in another few months. If you haven’t made a single dollar in the first 4-6 months that’s when I’d start to wonder if you need to try a different niche.

      Regarding those lessons, there’s a lot of stuff there that can honestly be a distraction. I’d recommend getting down a good basic knowledge of what affiliate marketing involves, and then don’t worry about the lessons until your site is ranking and getting consistent traffic (over 20 hits a day is a good time to start monetizing and doing all the stuff that’s in those higher lessons). Until then focus on building an audience.

      I hope this helped! Let me know how things go for you!


  6. It’s quite easy to earn that 50-100$ beer money every month. while it’s not a lot of money, you can invest that money into building your website just like you’ve stated in this article. I think, if you want to succeed online, you can do that without any money. Just find some ways to earn a bit of money and invest it into something useful. Invest in your FUTURE. I think paying 50$ every month to start your own business is basically nothing!

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