- Adrian Brambila was earning $27,000 annually before he began side hustling.
- Now, he’s self-employed and earns seven figures.
- He shared four ways he got started online and how he scaled to millions.
Adrian Brambila, 32, became a self-made millionaire by the age of 29. But he wasn’t always a high earner. When he was 21, he was a customer-service representative at the investment- and retirement-management firm Prudential making about $27,000 a year.
After witnessing clients who were retiring comfortably, he began to think about ways he could increase his income. But having a limited salary and tight budget meant anything that required capital would be a nonstarter.
While being an avid saver and investing were ways he grew his wealth, he also focused on finding avenues to increase his income.
After spending a few years dabbling in various ways of making money online, Brambila’s company ended 2021 with $1.7 million in income, according to an income statement viewed by Insider.
His first few tries weren’t 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 increasing in strides every year.
In an interview with Insider, he shared four ways to earn income online without any initial capital.
Top 4 methods to earning extra cash
E-lancing is simply freelancing online. In the beginning, this gig won’t 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 could take time to build a portfolio of clients large enough to quit your full-time job. You may have to start off taking smaller gigs or less hourly pay than your ideal wage and work your way up, he said.
Every small business or influencer has administrative tasks they need done. These could include writing emails, social-media posting, editing, bookkeeping, and even video and audio editing.
Average earnings vary substantially but can be as little as $35 and as much as $140 an hour depending on the task, experience level, and skills required.
While there are numerous platforms you can sign up on to start working almost immediately, Brambila recommends checking out Upwork. You can create a profile that lists your skills, and then either wait for someone to reach out or apply for openings that match.
Once you’ve landed a few clients, you can turn them into contracts or retain them long term.
This was one of the ways Brambila got started. Over 10 years, he was able to …….