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Whether you’re a big fan of politics or not, we all have our own opinions and beliefs.
Some people prefer to withdraw, watch from afar, and visit polling stations every few years to cast their vote. Others, however, are professionals in politics. It could be keeping up to date with everything political, becoming a member of your favorite party or attending rallies.
Regardless of your interest or involvement in politics, you can make money from your political opinion. From selling goods to completing surveys, there are many ways to use your knowledge and political point of view.
Start a blog and monetize it
If you are an avid writer or think you have a lot to say about politics, writing a blog is an excellent way to make money from your political opinions.
You may be enthusiastic about a certain party and would like to support it and its politics in writing. You might even want to write in a journalistic style to keep your readers updated on the latest news.
On the other hand, you may have a general love of politics and use your platform as a one-stop shop for information. This could include updates, changes, and messages from parties and the central government.
It is very easy to start your own blog these days. There are several free websites that you can use to set up and design your blog. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging websites and it gives you all the tools you need to create unique and engaging content.
Wix and Squarespace are also very useful sites. Wix has stunning templates that you can use to create your own professional blog and get your own custom domain name. Squarespace also has thousands of customizable templates for your blog and has expert tools to help you manage your website like a pro.
First, choose a niche for your blog. What exactly will you be focusing on? Will you support and update your preferred party? Will you focus on a specific topic and related policy? For example, you can blog about something you’re passionate about, like global warming, women’s rights, or Brexit. From here you could follow the movement and discuss the politics and political responses to it.
More controversial topics often get you the most engagement – people love to have their say! Develop your own voice and decide what type of blog you will be. Is your blog going to be satirical and snappy? Will it be deep, gentle, and open to feedback? If readers like your style, they will keep coming back to learn more.
Once you’ve chosen your niche, it’s a good idea to give your blog a name. Something catchy or puns can help encourage readers and generate traffic for your blog. Then you can create and customize your blog before you start writing and publishing your blog content.
Don’t forget to promote your blog. Social media enables huge political discussions among thousands of people, and Twitter in particular has a huge audience for anything politics-related (for better or for worse!). If your friends and family have an interest in politics as well, or political views similar to yours, let them know to get the ball rolling.
When your blog starts to generate a strong readership, it’s time to monetize it. You can sign up for websites like Google Adsense that target your website with relevant advertisements. Getting involved with affiliate marketing and sponsorship is also useful for generating income. Crowdfunding is also an option for your website that involves soliciting donations from your readers to help support your website.
Read our tips on how to make money blogging here.
Sell political goods
Whether march, demonstration or protest, some political events attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. Recently, the Freedom March, held in central London in late June, drew an estimated 1.7 million people. That’s an overwhelming number of potential customers!
There are endless items to sell at protests and rallies. T-shirts, flags, and whistles are popular, but all forms of noisemakers, even smoke flares, are best sellers. Not to mention water bottles – many people get thirsty while walking.
The t-shirts and flags you sell may have specific slogans or symbols relevant to the event. Do some research before the event to see popular sayings and logos that may be bestsellers. Noise makers like whistles or horns are also popular and can make a big profit.
It’s also a good idea to invest in some form of contactless payment, as people don’t always have cash with them these days.
We recently published an in-depth article on selling political merchandise with all the information and tools you need to get started. You can read it here.
You can even incorporate this into setting up your own blog. Why not set up an e-shop on your blog and sell goods through your website?
There are polling websites that pay you for your political views. The biggest and most popular site of this type is YouGov. YouGov is an international research and analysis group with the aim of providing governments and institutes with continuous and accurate data.
YouGov emails paid surveys that offer rewards of up to 50 points per survey. Occasionally, longer surveys can offer even more! Once you’ve reached 5,000 points, you can exchange them for £ 50 in cash or a gift card. While 5,000 points may seem like a large sum, YouGov sends out surveys so regularly that they come together a lot faster than you think. Plus, the surveys are interesting and fun to give your opinion on topics that really matter.
Polls take anywhere from two to 30 minutes. You will be informed of how long the survey is expected to take before taking it.
There are hundreds of other polling sites out there to invite you to share your thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including politics. Here are some of our favorite survey sites:
Read our article on making money with online surveys here.
Become a policy advisor
If you really know your way around and have a real passion for politics, then you can consider becoming a freelance political advisor.
Political advice consists mainly of advice and support in political campaigns. Political advisors act as public relations specialists. They use various forms of media such as advertising and press releases with the aim of making voters and the public aware of the party program.
There are many freelance platforms that you can use to develop your consulting skills. Upwork is a job marketplace where you can promote your professional services. Not only can they find you directly, but you can also search for job postings and offer your services to those who want to hire someone with your skills.
Many consultants charge anywhere from £ 21.95 to a whopping £ 131 an hour. How much people are willing to pay for your services depends on your experience and relevant qualifications.
Advising investors on market changes
You can also become an advisor who uses political views and knowledge to advise investors of actions to be taken in response to changes in the stock market. According to xtb.com, politics can affect the way people invest through changes in central bank policy and market stabilization. Likewise, the outcome of a general election can have a drastic impact on how people invest and what they invest in.
So if you are an expert in politics and you are kept abreast of the latest trends and changes, you will be useful to investors everywhere. They can provide information on how policy changes could affect the marketplace and instruct people to make decisions that are likely to benefit them.
Again, you can advertise your services on various freelance websites. People Per Hour connects you with prospects in minutes. It enables you to build great relationships with your customers and build a network to grow your business. Similarly, Guru and Fiverr are popular websites. The prices people charge for their services are similar to policy advisors and range from £ 20 to £ 150 an hour.
Remember, the FCA is keen on exactly what investment advice and advice is all about. If you give “advice”, such as a specific buy or sell recommendation, you must be subject to FCA regulation. If you are just giving out “guides,” which is general information that gives people a clearer picture but is not tailored to their circumstances, you don’t need to be regulated by the FCA. However, if your plan to make money this way is likely to be “advice,” and even those who offer “guidance” may still be FCA regulated, which will add to your credibility.
And even if you don’t want to try your hand at counseling, it can be very handy to use your political knowledge in your own investments!
And there you have it, several ways to make money from your political opinions. Let us know how you are doing in the comments below.
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