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From 0 To $9K: Turning A Side Hustle Into A Great Source Of Extra Income

by Olga L. | | 5 min read

Have you ever thought of trying some easy side hustles from home and see where they can take you? Subrota, our friend from Bangladesh, gave this idea a go – and actually went a bit further as he turned affiliate marketing into a powerful source of extra income. He has been working with our solutions for years and now, he’s one of our top affiliate marketers! What’s his secret?

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hello everyone, my name is Subrota Bashak, I am 24, from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have completed my Bachelor of Science in Computer science and Engineering Department in Daffodil International University in Dhaka.

These days, I am a Level Two seller on Fiverr and a top-rated developer on Upwork marketplace – I’ve been developing online stores for around 5 years already.

Freelancing is my main career: apart from store development, I am also working as an affiliate. I’m a member of AliDropship and Sellvia affiliate programs.

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Why did you choose this occupation from all the easy side hustles from home available?

Programming is my hobby and my passion – I want to create new things that would make our daily life easier, and I am always trying to do such things for myself. Plus, actually, I love freedom – since childhood, I totally don’t like 9-to-5 jobs!

Programming and developing sector provides us freedom. And you know, Bangladesh is a small country, and getting employed is difficult. People are searching for jobs actively, but not too much is available. That’s why I decided to become a developer to work freely and work as a freelancer as well.

Have you tried other easy side hustles from home in affiliate marketing before signing up with Sellvia and AliDropship?

No, I didn’t work with anything like that. It’s my new and best experience with affiliate programs.

In fact, my ecommerce journey started with dropshipping. When I learned about AliDropship plugin, a dropshipping solution that is fully automated, I started developing ecommerce websites with AliDropship for AliExpress dropshipping with easy import and other helpful features. By now, I have completed almost 1,000+ websites on Fiverr with the AliDropship plugin.

And when I learned AliDropship had an affiliate program with commissions, I was shocked! I’ve been working on it for 5 years, and I started recommending it in 2018 – but only registered as an affiliate in December, 2021. If only I knew, I could have started earning so much earlier!

Speaking of earning, are these easy side hustles from home paying off?

I became an affiliate last December, and within 8-9 months, I earned almost $9K from Sellvia affiliate and AliDropship affiliate combined. This was totally new for me, and I still made that much!

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I make about $3,000 /month from my development services and $1,000 from Sellvia and AliDropship affiliate programs. It totals about $4,000 per month. In Bangladesh, dollars cost a lot, so I’m happy. The economic slowdown is not lowering my income down – last month, my affiliate earnings were $2,500!

One more interesting thing is that I got married 2 months ago with the affiliate program income.

That’s fantastic! What do you do to promote these solutions as an affiliate, exactly?

My only way to share these tools as an affiliate is to recommend them to my customers on Fiverr and Upwork. I shared my links and steps there so that my clients can purchase everything from there.

What does your average working day look like?

I always wake up at 6 AM and start my day by replying to my buyers’ messages. Because of time zones, it’s 10 PM – 12 PM in the USA, and that’s the time when my buyers are most active. Only later, when it’s about 10 AM in Bangladesh, I go to have my breakfast and start my day.

I am developing more than 2 websites per day. With Sellvia products, it’s 100% possible to develop a store within one day even if you do it on your own. Sellvia products are all edited and all, just import them, and you can use them right away.

Have you tried Sellvia or AliDropship yourself?

I made one store for myself with the AliDropship plugin a year ago. It was making about $2,000/month thanks to Facebook ads, but I stopped running it because I got busy with development work.

I plan to build one more store with Sellvia because my highest paying customers come from the United States. To them, Sellvia will be the best because it offers good delivery terms.

In fact, many of my Upwork and Fiverr clients who come for development services tell me about Sellvia and I recommend it to others who don’t know of it yet. Personally, I love Sellvia, and everyone likes its fast shipping.

What are your plans for the future?

Here in Bangladesh, an online business is viewed as something that only foolish people do, and that’s what my friends think, too. But I know what I am and what I am doing, and my family always supports me. So, the plan is to make more revenue from the development and programming sector and increase my earnings from online business. My main focus is to develop my career with more skills so that I could increase my earning easily from there day by day.

What a great mindset! Taking one of the most common easy side hustles from home seriously, Subrota has created a different, promising future for himself and his family. Isn’t that what we all are looking for?

by Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at Sellvia. Having graduated from the Faculty of International Business’ as an Advertising specialist, she puts years of her copywriting experience into making clear and informative guides, tutorials, and other educational materials for ecommerce newcomers worldwide.
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