The traditional way to make money is by working at a job. Now with the popularity of the Internet, people are making money online. And some even make more money online than in their previous day jobs.
So if that’s possible, why not explore ways to make money online? This might start out as a way to make extra money. And who knows, it may eventually become your full-time gig.
Some of these ways to make money take time to build up and to earn a real income. But the trade-off is that making money online means not having to leave the house.
If you have kids, this is a big plus. Hours are flexible. You can do as much work as you want when you have the time.
There are so many ways to make money depending on your skill set. There are also a lot of scams online so I am only including legitimate ways to make money online.
1. Create something for $5.
Fiverr is “the place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5.” Some people have offered to write messages on the beach, write press releases, tweet links to their followers, give makeup tips, etc. $5 may seem like a drop in the bucket, but if you sell a lot of whatever service or product you offer, it can add up.
I see a lot of people who use Fiverr as a way to grow a portfolio and experience with clients. So while you won’t get rich, you’ll build experience and a part time income.
Bear in mind, that Fiverr takes a fee so you’ll get $4 or less. There may also be Paypal fees.
2. Publish an e-book.
If you love to write and have always wanted to write a book, you can totally accomplish this without going to a publisher anymore. You can write an e-book, which is a book in digital format (pdf), and make money selling it online! You don’t have to bother getting it printed and published. And you can sell it yourself online through your own website or on Amazon, which is what I did.
Check out my first ebook, Eating Organic on a Budget, which is an Amazon Best Seller. It took me few months to write, edit, and format for Kindle. That was the easy part. It was more of a challenge to market it. Once I figured it out, it is now creating passive income every month.
3. Write articles.
If your skill is in writing and you love to write short pieces, then consider writing articles for online hubs. Hubpages and Squidoo are some of the popular online article databases that accept new articles. The way you make money online with this is you share the profits from the ads placed on Hubpages or Squidoo.
It might be a small amount at first, but if you can build up a lot of traffic, over time it can make more money. The beauty of this is that there is no cap on the amount you can make.
4. Sell your handmade crafts.
If you handmade arts and crafts is your specialty, then you can sell your stuff on etsy.com. You can also sell vintage items and commercial and handmade supplies.
5. Make YouTube videos.
I used to be a videographer and if YouTube was around back then, I would be doing this. Online videos are so popular in this digital age, that they sometimes rival what’s on TV.
You can make money on YouTube by doing a regular video series on a niche topic. When you get a certain amount of views, YouTube contacts you to participate in the Google Adsense program. The ads show up on the videos and when someone clicks on it, you make money.
6. Sell affiliate products.
Selling other company’s products online is called affiliate marketing. You need a website and a lot of traffic to do this. What you do is embed affiliate links into your site. When someone clicks through and makes a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale.
Popular affiliate marketing programs include LinkShare and Amazon. Amazon was the best program because of the variety of items they sell.
7. Sell your designs.
If designing artwork is your forte, then check out Zazzle. You can put your artwork on 350+ various items, like T-shirts, hoodies, shoes, iPod cases, and more. You create an online store through Zazzle and add your designs to the products you choose. Then you promote it on Zazzle. Zazzle takes care of manufacturing, payment, and shipping of the item.