The internet has made it possible for anyone with a marketable skill to make money online.
Even though anyone with a computer and internet connection can find different ways to generate an income online today, you need to know that it is not easy.
Anyone telling you otherwise is not being honest with you.
The truth is that there are more scams and pointless income generation schemes online than there are genuine avenues through which you can earn a decent living.
The trick is in knowing which ones to avoid (think pyramid schemes and ‘get rich quick’ methods).
A general rule of thumb should be this: if they are promising you thousands of dollars overnight with almost no input on your part, then it is very likely a scam that will take money from you as opposed to helping you generate it.
That being said, there are legitimate ways through which you can make a decent, if not luxurious, income online.
Here are 7 little known ways to make money online:
Become a ‘Task Rabbit’
There are several ways to make money online.
If you are looking to meet a certain, rather immediate need for cash, then trying to build a blog and generating income from your audience would take too long.
The next best thing is to join a platform where you can perform a wide variety of tasks for a fee.
Task Rabbit is a good example of such a platform. On this platform, all the vendors are thoroughly vetted to ensure that they are not conmen/women.
Once you register you can find a variety of tasks that people need completing such as:
- Simple home repairs
- Picking up their laundry
- Writing an essay
- Doing their homework
The idea is that you will get a chance to complete tasks for people and they will pay you for it. The earning potential depends on what you can and can’t do. You can easily make between $25 and $50 dollars every day.
Write content for others online
Every webmaster has realized the importance of high quality, valuable and up to date content.
This means that they need more content produced for their website. If you have a knack for writing and can produce several blog posts per day, there is a market for you online.
There are several platforms that you can join to connect with webmasters who need content:
- Mechanical Turk
All you have to do is run a quick search on ‘online writing platforms’ and you will get a full list of where you can find work. Many of them have an entry test and you will have to work yourself up from the entry level to an elite writer who makes more than $50 for 1,000 words per article. Depending on how fast and how good you are, you can easily make up to $150 a day.
Buy and sell websites online
If you have some capital and can identify a valuable website before it becomes a big deal, then you can buy and sell websites online.
It is kind of like buying and selling houses only you do not need hundreds of thousands to start.
You could go on:
The income potential here varies greatly depending on the kind of websites you buy and sell but on average, you could make a few hundred or even several thousands per sale depending on how valuable the domain is as well as the kind of content and niche the website is in.
Sell things on Etsy
Etsy used to be a very big deal a few years ago. Today, however, it’s popularity has somewhat declined. That does not mean that you can’t still make money on it. If you are good with your hands or can create beautiful digital products such as poster designs, you can put them up for sale on Etsy.
The company charges a small commission for hosting your products and you can price it however you see fit.
The amount of money you could make depends on what you are selling and how widely you can market it online.
Anything from a few dollars to several thousand is possible. It is all about the number of sales here.
Become an affiliate marketer
By far one of the most lucrative models of business online, affiliate marketers make thousands of dollars every month provided they can build the right kind of audience and find a profitable niche.
There are affiliate marketing websites like ‘Survival Life’ that make upwards of a million dollars each month. That goes to show you the kind of earning potential that exists in this field.
To become an affiliate marketer, you will need a website and you will have to join one of the many affiliate marketing platforms such as:
- Commission Junction
Or you could just promote Amazon products. You will need great content and extensive digital marketing to make money here. It is not a get rich quick scheme, most marketers take months, even years to make meaningful amounts each month.
The best thing about it is that once you set it up, it will be a passive income generator.
You will be literally making money even when you are asleep.
Sell yourself as a social media marketing expert
As much as every online business owner knows that they need a website to succeed, they also know that they need social media marketing just as much.
Through social media marketing, companies can:
- Build up their brand
- Connect and interact with their customers
- Make sales online
- Market their goods visually
With the help of the right digital marketing expert, companies can keep up their marketing and customer engagement online to ultimately increase their sales.
If you know all their is about being active on social media and enjoy posting up updates and images as well as replying to comment and engaging in discussions with various people, then you might just have a career as a social media digital marketer. Most companies would pay upwards of $500 a month and you can enlist the services of several companies to make good money.
Train people online
If you are highly knowledgeable in any given field, you could sell that knowledge online and train people to be just as knowledgeable as you.
There are platforms such as Udemy where you can sell training courses to an already existent market. The amount of money you can make will depend on the kind of demand your course has as well as how widely you can market it.
For the most part, courses go for $10 per individual or even more. Again, it is a numbers game.
There are several other ways through which you can make money on the web. These are 7 little-known ways to make money online today and improve the quality of your life. It will take hard work, persistence and patience.