A couple of decades ago, earning a decent, livable income without working a 9-to-5 job was an impossible dream.
Unless you’re the CEO of a large business, the average Joe/Jane had to live with the fact that they would have to put up with long commutes, pushy bosses, and annoying workmates on a day-to-day basis.
But times have changed for the better. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to earn money from the comfort of their own homes. Online gigs are a-plenty nowadays- and your new career might just be a Google search away.
Here are other different ways to make money online that you can check out.
1. Set up an online shop
The best thing about online stores is that you wouldn’t have to worry much about overhead costs (e.g. advertising, rental, storage space, etc) leaving you more room to focus on your wares.
What’s also great is that you can sell just about anything online. For starters, you can sell some of the unneeded stuff that you have lying around the house on eBay or Craigslist.
You can also sell products that you bought at wholesale prices, and resell them with a slight markup.
If you’re artistically-inclined, you can try using Etsy to sell your work. For artists, DeviantArt is a great platform for taking in commissions.
2. Join online job marketplaces
If you’re new and have just started dabbling into the world of online freelancing, getting your first clients can be a monumental task.
Thankfully, there are online job marketplaces like oDesk, eLance, Freelancer, and many more that can help you set up an online worker profile and get you started on your online career. But be careful of shady online scams as they are everywhere. There are real work from home jobs that are designed to help you make money online.
These sites usually have a lot of systems in place to protect its members from scammy clients. For example, both oDesk and eLance have an escrow system that ensures payment for every hour worked on their platforms.
3. Create your own profit-making website
Love writing and producing content for an audience? Then you’ll probably love having your own website where you can showcase your creativity and earn money at the same time.
Do take note that this is probably the slowest method of making money online (and the most work-intensive), but it is also the most rewarding.
Now, there are lots of ways with which you can monetize your website. Here are some common ones:
a. Paid reviews
Companies can send you products and get you to write (usually positive) reviews about them. Payments are usually in the form of free products, vouchers, coupons, and cash.
b. Promoting your own products or online store
Your website can also act as an extension of your online store. You can feature your own products and promote them on your site.
c. Affiliate marketing
If you do manage to get a decent amount of traffic to your site, then you can try dabbling in affiliate marketing.
You don’t even have to focus on the products- you just need to get people interested in the product/s offered by your affiliate program and you’re all set. Those commissions will come rolling in before you know it.
Look for testimonials from folks who have used the program before and have had success working it.