Use your phone to rake in cash

From down­load­ing shop­ping apps to post­ing videos on so­cial me­dia, these women have found fun ways to make money with their smart­phones. Read on to steal their se­crets so you can start earn­ing too!

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“I bring home $55,000 a year post­ing on so­cial me­dia”

“My back­ground is in fine arts and the­ater, and I’m a singer and song­writer. Nine years ago, when I was pro­mot­ing my mu­sic, I started to spend time on so­cial me­dia fig­ur­ing out how to mar­ket my­self.

“Around that time, I was work­ing at an op­tometrist’s of­fice and they asked me to help pro­mote the busi­ness on so­cial me­dia, so I con­tin­ued to learn. Then friends who knew I was do­ing this started ask­ing me to help them with their busi­nesses. That’s when I re­al­ized I could charge for my ser­vices and launched my busi­ness, Light­ningFlashCreative.com.

“I fig­ured out a lot on my own, but I also paid $500 for a train­ing class at So­cialMe­di­aPro.com. There are also free classes at sites like Hoot­Suite.com.

“I work with en­trepreneurs, small busi­nesses and artists, help­ing them man­age their pres­ence on sites like Face­book, In­sta­gram, Twit­ter and YouTube—and I do it from my phone. I sched­ule and post con­tent, re­spond to com­ments and cre­ate re­ports so they can see how well it’s work­ing. All of my clients are re­fer­rals, so I don’t have to mar­ket my busi­ness. I work 25 to 35 hours a week and make $55,000 a year. I love that I can run my busi­ness from my phone—it’s so flex­i­ble! I can make a Tar­get run and re­spond to a com­ment while I’m out. I also love help­ing fe­male en­trepreneurs grow their busi­nesses.”

Maria Bran­non, 41, Nashville

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