12 Creative and Proven Ways to Make Money with TikTok

With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can make extra cash. Here is how to do it.
Updated April 3, 2023
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Need extra cash? The video-sharing platform TikTok can help. Some of these methods are more accessible than others, but all have the potential to help you generate extra income.

Whether you're looking for one of the best side hustles or want to turn your TikTok career into a full-time job, we've got you covered. Here are 12 proven ways to make money on TikTok.

Take advantage of the Creator Fund

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The TikTok Creator Fund provides financial support to eligible creators 18 and older who produce original content on the platform. To be eligible, creators must have a minimum of 10,000 followers and at least 100,000 video views in the past month.

The fund is only available in select countries. If you're eligible, you can apply directly through the TikTok app.

Become a TikTok influencer

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As a TikTok influencer, you might be able to collaborate with brands on sponsored videos or posts. You can also work with businesses to promote their products or services through your channels, such as your website, social media, or email list.

If you have a large following on TikTok, you can also charge for shoutouts and livestreams.

Create a course

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If you have knowledge or expertise in a particular area, you can make money off your hobby by creating a course and selling it on TikTok.

Use the platform to promote your course and drive traffic to your website or online store. You can also use TikTok to build an email list of potential customers.

Start a TikTok consulting business

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Another option is to start a TikTok consulting business. Help businesses with their TikTok marketing by creating videos, developing strategies, and managing accounts.

Also, offer your services to individual creators who need help growing their following or making money on the platform.

Sell products through an affiliate link

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If you have products you want to sell, one of the best ways is through an affiliate link. Promote your products on your TikTok videos and include a link.

When someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you will earn a commission. This process is an easy way to make money on TikTok without putting in a lot of work.

Sell your merchandise

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If you're creative and have some design skills, you can also make some extra money on TikTok by selling your merchandise. 

For example, use the platform to display and sell artwork, accessories, apparel, and other products that appeal to your followers. You can then create print-on-demand merchandise, such as mugs, T-shirts, and phone cases.

Go live on TikTok and receive virtual gifts

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While most social media platforms allow you to go live, TikTok is unique in that it also allows viewers to send virtual gifts that you can cash in on.

The more popular you are, the more gifts you're likely to receive. Redeem these gifts for “virtual diamonds,” then turn around and cash those for actual payments through PayPal and other payment methods.

Receive online tips

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If you have a large and engaged following on TikTok, ask fans to send you tips. Use a platform such as Venmo or Tipeee that allows people to send money online. Then, include the tip jar information in your video descriptions.

Create in-feed ads on TikTok

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For a fee, TikTok offers a unique opportunity for users to reach a large, engaged audience through in-feed ads. These ads appear in between users' videos. They are highly visible, making them an effective way to promote your product or service.

In addition, TikTok's Ads Manager makes it easy to create, customize, and track your campaigns to maximize your return on investment.

Promote a service

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If you have a service that you want to promote, TikTok is a great place to do it. Create short videos that highlight the features and benefits of your service.

Offer helpful tips or advice that will encourage people to use your service. For example, if you have a web design business, you could create a video about the benefits of a responsive website for your TikTok followers.

Create, grow, and sell TikTok accounts

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Another way to make money on TikTok is by creating, growing, and selling TikTok accounts. This can be a great option if you're good at social media marketing and have experience growing an audience on the platform.

Create videos in a specific niche and then sell the accounts you've grown for a profit. For example, you could create an account that focuses on dance videos and then sell it to a dance studio or company.

Promote music tracks

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If you're a musician, you can promote your music on TikTok. For example, create short videos of yourself playing your music, dancing, or lip-syncing to your songs. Don't forget to include links to your website or online store so people can buy your music.

Bottom line

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There are many ways to build your wealth by using TikTok. If you're creative and have a large following, you might be able to generate a good income.

Now that you know some of the different ways you can make money on TikTok, it's time to get started. Pick one or two methods you're interested in and start creating videos. If you put in the work, you might soon earn cash.

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