- Adrian Brambila was earning $27,000 a year before he started getting by.
- Now he’s a freelance earning seven figures.
- He shared four ways he got started online and how he grew into millions.
Adrian Brambila, 32, became a self-made millionaire at the age of 29. But he didn’t always make a lot of money. At the age of 21, he was a customer service representative for investment and retirement management firm Prudential, earning about $27,000 a year.
After seeing clients retire comfortably, he started thinking about ways to increase his income. But having a limited salary and a tight budget meant that anything that required capital would fail.
While being a passionate saver and investor were ways to increase his wealth, he also focused on finding ways to increase his income.
After spending a few years trying various ways to make money online, Brambila’s company ended 2021 with $1.7 million in revenue, according to an income statement seen by Insider.
His first attempts were not successful and it took him over a year to start generating even a few thousand dollars. But once he got the hang of it, his income started to increase every year.
In an interview with Insider, he shared four ways to earn income online without any upfront capital.
The 4 best methods to earn extra money
E-lance is simply independent online. At first, this gig will not be passive and it can eventually replace a 9 to 5 job, Brambila said.
The opportunities are limitless when it comes to the type of things you can do, Brambila said. But he added that it might take time to build up a client base large enough to quit your full-time job. You may need to start by taking smaller gigs or an hourly wage lower than your ideal salary and work your way up gradually, he said.
Every small business or influencer has administrative tasks to complete. These can include email writing, social media posting, editing, accounting, and even video and audio editing.
Average earnings vary greatly, but can be as low as $35 and as high as $140 per hour depending on the task, level of experience, and skills required.
While there are plenty of platforms where you can sign up to start working almost immediately, Brambila recommends checking out Upwork. You can create a profile that lists your skills and then wait for someone to contact you or apply for matching positions.
Once you’ve landed a few clients, you can turn them into contracts or keep them long-term.
This is one of the ways Brambila got started. Over 10 years, he has kept his long-term contracts, while adding others. This allowed him to hire 20 employees and create a marketing agency called Unimarketa.
Be a content creator on platforms like TikTok and YouTube is the second option.
There are three main ways to earn income as a creator. The first is by views. Platforms pay for 1000 views. Brambila said he made $40 for 1,000 Youtube views with 144,000 subscribers and $1 for 1,000 views on ICT Tacwhere he has more than 800,000 subscribers.
The downside to this side hustle is that you have to put yourself forward. Not everyone may feel comfortable doing this, and it also exposes you to bullying and online trolling.
The second way to earn is to partner with brands and do things like product reviews. Since Brambila’s content is primarily focused on how to scale small businesses online, it is paid to endorse brands such as e-commerce platform Alibaba.
Affiliate Marketing is the third method. It’s when you earn a commission after a user buys a product through a link you provided. It’s like being a content creator, but you can create a blog post or ad that directs the customer to the product or service.
This method accounts for a large part of Brambila’s income. But that’s because he spent a good amount of money, around $800,000, to promote ads with links.
“Today I’m still getting paid for content I created seven years ago that is still making money,” Brambila said of his social media posts, blogs, and more. .
The biggest downside to affiliate marketing is the testing phase, Brambila said. You can spend hours creating content for a product and then find that no one wants to buy it. Nobody hits a home run for their first chance at bat, he added. You will have to test several products to find a winner.
Course creation is the fourth option. It’s the method that pays the most passively once the initial work is done, Brambila said. And that’s the one he tried very early on.
He loved to dance and was a backup dancer at one point in his career. So he created dance tutorials on Skillshare and Udemy. These videos still earn him an income today.
Any skill you have can be monetized, he said. This includes teaching a language, how to fix a car, how to travel cheap, and how to paint.
“If you know something valuable to someone, then someone is ready to learn from you,” Brambila said.
Many platforms are free to download courses. But Brambila recommends checking out Skillshare and Udemy.