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She is a College Student Who Makes $7k a Month but Only Works 8 Hours per Week. Is She a Genius or Lucky?

The sun was setting over the college campus, and Mary felt the world’s weight was on her shoulders. Her bank account was empty, and she had just received her latest tuition bill. She was in a pinch and needed cash quickly, but she didn’t see a way to afford the latest bill. Mary thought about applying for a new student but had always been wary of accumulating student debt. As she was researching ways to pay for school, she stumbled upon affiliate marketing.

“I’m a college student making real money by working only 8 hours a week,” Mary said with a smile. “It’s not easy, but it’s real money.”

Mary was always into fashion and style and thought she could leverage her 2,000 Instagram followers. After reading some articles online, Mary worked up the courage to give it a try. She signed up for several affiliate programs over the next few weeks. “I was so surprised brands agreed to work with me. I had no experience and didn’t really know what I was doing in the beginning.”

Mary started creating more targeted content for her Instagram and  TikTok accounts.

“I was really nervous about putting myself out there and kind of worried about what my friends would think of me,” Mary said. “But most of my friends thought it was kind of cool and didn’t pass judgment. I quickly realized that consistency and authenticity are essential to building a brand as an influencer. People can tell when you’re not being genuine, and they won’t trust you.”

As Mary’s followers and viewers grew, so did her income. It allowed her to profit from selling beauty products she enjoyed using while still having time for school and life.

Sometimes, Mary felt down and dishearted, like when she worked hard to arrange new deals but didn’t get any positive feedback or affiliate sales. She would get disheartened, but she didn’t give up, and eventually, her hard work landed some successful campaigns.

“I’ll never forget the day I got my first commission check,” Mary said with her eyes shining. “It was less than $100, but I felt I could keep growing the payouts.”

After a while, her friends decided it wasn’t just a neat hobby. They wanted in on the action. They soon began asking her for advice on how they, too, could start a career in affiliate marketing showcasing expensive fashion, beauty, and healthcare products they saw her promoting.

“I enjoy teaching others, but the truth is most people think it’s easy and doesn’t take much time. These notions couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Mary stated, “I’ve always had a passion for fashion and beauty, but I never imagined I could make a living doing something related to those things.””It’s easy to get caught up in the money and the numbers, but at the end of the day, it’s about creating something you’re proud of,” Mary said. “If you’re passionate about what you’re doing and believe in yourself, the money will follow.”

Josh Dudick

Josh is a financial expert with over 15 years of experience on Wall Street as a senior market strategist and trader. His career has spanned from working on the New York Stock Exchange floor to investment management and portfolio trading at Citibank, Chicago Trading Company, and Flow Traders.

Josh graduated from Cornell University with a degree from the Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at the SC Johnson College of Business. He has held multiple professional licenses during his career, including FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 55, Nasdaq OMX, Xetra & Eurex (German), and SIX (Swiss) trading licenses. Josh served as a senior trader and strategist, business partner, and head of futures in his former roles on Wall Street.

Josh's work and authoritative advice have appeared in major publications like Nasdaq, Forbes, The Sun, Yahoo! Finance, CBS News, Fortune, The Street, MSN Money, and Go Banking Rates. Josh currently holds areas of expertise in investing, wealth management, capital markets, taxes, real estate, cryptocurrencies, and personal finance.

Josh currently runs a wealth management business and investment firm. Additionally, he is the founder and CEO of Top Dollar, where he teaches others how to build 6-figure passive income with smart money strategies that he uses professionally.