The internet is an incredible tool! We can use it to run a business, find love, and find ways to earn money that we normally wouldn’t have thought of. Whether you’re a bit cash strapped during this quarantine or are simply looking to make a bit more extra money this year, we want to share with you 10 ways to earn money online that you can implement today!
Sell, sell, sell!
Did you know that you can pretty much sell anything online? Well, you can! There used to be a time when you had to really know what you were doing to get your products sold. As much as I wanted to, I just never had the patience for e-Bay. Maybe it was just me, but it felt like a lot of faffing about.
If you are de-cluttering you can check out your local Facebook Marketplace to find a new home for your items. Or hey, if you are more patient than me you can still use e-Bay if you want to. There are also many options like Gumtree, Shcpock, and so many more sites and apps.
If your approach is more about creating things then Etsy is definitely the perfect place to list your handmade or vintage items. You can also create a Facebook page to list your creations, or you can even launch your own site. If you really want to take it to another level you can go from hobbyist to pro if you really want to do it and put the work in.
This may seem like a controversial topic for those who have never heard the term. Firstly, I am not at all condoning gambling. Second, I believe that we are all adults that can make our own decisions, so I am certainly not condemning it either. What I am doing is just making you aware of your options.
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Sell your photos
If you have an eye for photography or the right equipment already to hand then why not try out selling your photos to stock photo sites? Stock photos are used in so many places! From blogs, to magazine editors, to news sites, so many more people and institutions are always on the look out for beautiful and unique photos that can convey their story.
I’m not going to lie, this one used to be more “lucrative” years ago. That being said, it is also bound to be location specific. For example, I used My Survey in the USA last year and it was easier to make a couple of hundred dollars a month than making the same amount in the UK.
Start a blog
Many people think that this option is an easy one. But guess what, it’s not! It takes a lot of years of dedication to get to the place where you can be a professional blogger. I was a hobby blogger for years. But then I changed gears and put the work in I got to where I am today.
If you really have a passion for writing, sharing tips and advice, and feel that you have a niche that could be useful, they all you need to do is start a blog! Sure, there are some expenses to consider. But if you use free blogging platforms you won’t have to worry about incurring costs and not making a cent.
Blogging is also the perfect platform to earn money from affiliate programs. Many get put off trying affiliate programs because they think it will involve too much work to succeed. But the truth is that affiliate programs can produce a good income if you are savvy about which ones you go for. It’s best to sign up for programs that are a good fit for your blog niche(s) and sit well within your blog content. If you’re looking for ideas, these are some great options to consider.
On the same note you could always….
Start a YouTube Channel
I love YouTube as a viewer, but I never really got into it as a creator. That being said, there’s money to be made. Sure, it’s another platform that isn’t as lucrative as it used to be, but if you really have a passion for making videos of any kind then why not give it a try? You just need your smartphone and a smile to get started!
Become a consultant
After going pro as a blogger I decided to also launch MDVS, the virtual services branch of this site. I began years ago designing websites for Bloggers on the Blogger platform for dirt cheap! It was a lot of fun, a side hustle, and it helped me put a lot of the things that I had learn, and was still learning into practice.
If you have an expertise then you can provide your services as a consultant. Nowadays MDVS does everything from social media account management, SEO, copywriting, and much more!
Being an online teacher is also a great way to make money! There are websites that you can register at to teach kids in China English, for example. But there are other things you can teach aside from a language. You can tutor any subject at any grade level privately too! Whatever your area of expertise or career major is, you’ll be sure there are others who would like to have some of your knowledge.
Sell a course
You can teach and tutor, but if you prefer to create something that will give you residual income then why not consider creating and selling a course? A course will give you the opportunity to put something out into the web via your own website or another platform and have money keep trickling in.
I haven’t created my own course yet, but I love taking them and believe me, if you market yourself and your product well then you can easily become an expert in your field thus making a good chunk of change!
Sell an e-book
Creating an e-book is such a simple endeavour nowadays! You can create, publish, and distribute yourself for next to nothing. Sometimes for nothing! You don’t have to be a writer to be able to write an e-book, you just have to be good at something. For example, if you’re an expert knitter, why not create a book with patterns you’ve created? Or how about writing a book about making money online, if you’ve mastered it? There are always people looking to learn from their peers, so you don’t have to fret about not feeling good enough or deal with impostor syndrome.
We hope that these tips can help you earn a little bit of spending cash. You never know, it could become your full time gig! The thing about taking on something like this is that you have to actually jump right into it. It can be encouraging to see others making money online but it seems like it just won’t work for you. I know what that’s like, but like anything, you have to put in the work and be disciplined about reaching your goals.
The best advice that I can give you if you want to earn money online is to jump in and give it a shot! If you have any questions or would like to know more don’t forget to leave a comment and both myself or other readers will be happy to help you and share their tips!