The internet age is here, and with it comes new opportunities to make money online. While the vast majority of the population is still working in a regular 9am-5pm job, the smart ones have figured out how to leverage the internet to create lucrative and flexible work lives. But, figuring it all out can be intimidating. Bad advice is everywhere and since the possibilities of the internet are endless, trying to find a way to make money online that suits you is overwhelming. I have scoured the internet and condensed the top 10 ways to make money online here for you. Pick one, do a little more research, and you will be well on your way to quitting that 9am-5pm.
Freelancing allows you to sell your skills to a buyer that is looking for something specific. Really, the sky is the limit here for what you would like to do. Like to write? Try freelance blogging. Like to edit? Try freelance editing. Love organizing? Become a freelance Virtual Assistant. Using sites like Up Work and Freewlancer, you find jobs that fit your profile, create a proposal for that job, and go. It can take a little while to get going, but once you start using these sites and gaining a reputation you’ll be up and running in no time.
Build a Website/Blog
If you have a topic that you want to tell the world about, it might be a good idea to start a website or a blog. Blogging Basics has a really simple “how to get started” guide if you’re unsure. Then, the key is to use this site to make some money. You could try Google AdSense – Google is able to use your space to post ads targeted to your audience, and you get a little commission if they click that link and pay. Or, you could try affiliate marketing – you partner with a company or product to promote their goods on your site.
Are you good at a school subject? Math whiz? English savant? Coder extraordinaire? You can use these skills to tutor anyone anywhere. You can market your services using craigslist or Kijiji (or any other online ad service) and find clients that need your specific brand of support. You can choose whether to do this locally or tutor online and find what works for you.
Social Media Influencer/Podcaster/YouTuber
Using my own personality to have experiences and sell items that I believe in? Don’t mind if I do! Building your own personal brand online and then using it to sell products can absolutely net you a liveable income. This involves building your social following so that brands want YOU to sell to YOUR followers for them. It’s a similar idea with YouTube and Podcasts. Put yourself out there and develop content that builds your personal brand. Then use these platforms to house ads. This one does involve the hard work of building your following, but a little hard work and you’re off to the races.
If you have a flair for the creative, getting paid to design websites or graphics might be for you. This is a job that can most often be done any time of day, as long as you hit your deadline. It might be good to start by finding some work on freelancing sites, but then once you build a portfolio and customers base, branching out on your own with your own website and offerings wouldn’t be that far off.
Buy and Sell
Buying and selling items online is a bit more intensive than some of the other methods, but it can be a lot of fun. Scouring sites like eBay or your local garage sale site to find that diamond in the rough that you can turn around and sell for twice the price is quite exhilarating. It takes time and experience to find true treasures, but when it does happen it can be quick and easy money. There’s always the option of making things yourself and selling them online or selling old stuff if your house that you don’t use anymore.
Many people have great ideas for the next big app, but don’t know how to make it work – they have no coding experience or the experience they do have doesn’t match what they’re trying to build. If you have some coding skills, building that app might be a great option for you.
If you’re really good at something, why not share your knowledge? Take some time to build what you know into an online course or webinar, and charge people a reasonable fee for signing up. You get to share your knowledge and receive feedback from your audience, and they get your insights as an expert in the field. It’s a win-win.
If working from your couch is your dream, this one probably isn’t for you. But, leveraging the app economy can help in a pinch. By this, I mean driving for Uber or Lyft, or delivering food via your local “Skip the Dishes”. In many of these jobs, you get to choose the hours and days you work, so it allows you to have that flexibility you are looking for.
While not the most lucrative item on this list, filling out online surveys can help to supplement income, or can just get you through a tough spot. Signing up for a site like swagbucks.com or another paid survey site makes it easy for you to make a few extra bucks when you have a few extra minutes here and there.
These are just a few of the ways you can use the internet and make money online. With a little time and a little effort, any of the above methods could lead to an excellent supplemental or even full-time income.