This “Gardening” Strategy Helped Me Grow a 6-Figure Income in 2 Years

If you want a bigger garden, you have to plant more seeds.

Kristen Walters
5 min readNov 16, 2020


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When I first started trying to make a living online, I was always looking for shortcuts and tactics that would allow me to earn income faster.

I quickly discovered that this was a mistake.

I later realized that making income online is a lot like growing a garden. You can’t put one seed in the ground and expect to have enough to eat the next day. It doesn’t work like that.

If you want a big healthy garden that is capable of supporting you for the long term, you’re going to have to plant many seeds.

If you don’t want to rely on just one crop's success or failure, you’ll need to plant various types of plants. You’ll also need to tend to your garden regularly if you want it to grow.

Here’s how I translated this simple “gardening” strategy into a stable six-figure income in less than two years.

Plant Small Seeds Everyday

In the online world, the “seeds” that allow you to earn income are pieces of content. This could be in the form of blog posts, Medium articles, YouTube videos, podcasts, or social media posts.

The more content you create, the more people you will be able to reach. The more people you reach, the more sales and clients you will be able to acquire.

Even if you aren’t selling products or freelance services online, planting content “seeds” can help you grow your professional network or be viewed as an authority in your niche — both of which can lead to an increase in income.

My goal is always to plant at least one new “seed” each day. This doesn’t always have to be a massive piece of content. It can be as simple as a social media post, making a LinkedIn connection, or commenting on someone else’s writing here on Medium.

Each seed you plant has the potential to turn into a plant. Not every seed will be successful, but if you keep planting seeds day after day, you’ll never run out of food in your garden because something will always be growing.



Kristen Walters

Lawyer turned 100% self-employed creator. | Obsessed with how brains work. | Documenting the highs (and lows) of my personal journey. | A work in progress.