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“How to make money online” is probably at the top of the most popular Google searches. With the huge amount of business opportunities that on the internet, it is normal for people to start thinking about monetizing the time spent online, especially when they can see on social media platforms that others are making a lot of money from their online jobs.
Sure, there are some ways to make a quick buck online. But if you are looking for a stable and considerable long-term income, you are going to have to work hard. It’s possible, but it requires a lot of effort and discipline – and skill.
With that being said, here are five useful tips so you can start your journey to earn money online.
1. Apply for remote positions
If your dream is to work from home, the best way to make it come true is by finding yourself a remote job. Many job search websites focus solely on remote positions, so you should start with those! Here’s a short list to help you get started:
We Work Remotely (Programming, Marketing, Design, Customer Support)
Angel List (Startups that are hiring for remote positions)
Remotive (Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Customer Support)
WFH.io (Programming, Design, System Administration, Marketing)
The success of your remote job search depends mainly on your area of expertise (as you can see, tech, marketing, and customer support positions are the ones that are more open to hiring remote workers) and your past working experience.
This process might be tiring, but being hired full-time by a company for a remote position is the most reliable way to have an online career.
2. Become a freelancer
Are you an expert on Facebook, Instagram, and Google ads? Become a freelance social media marketing consultant. Do you have exceptional writing skills?
Become a freelance writer or a copywriter (there are hundreds of freelance writing and copywriting jobs available). Are you a Photoshop and InDesign wizard? Become a freelance designer. You get the idea. To help you get started, here are some websites where freelancers can advertise their work to find clients:
People Per Hour
The problem is that freelance jobs often don’t give workers the stability they need. This happens because, as a freelancer, you always depend on the clients you can get.
So you still have to bear in mind that there is a real possibility that you will be out of work for a few weeks if you can’t get any client. Your monthly budget has to be prepared for these tough times.
3. Start an online blog, podcast, or write a book
This is easier said than done. Not everyone has the creative ability and skill to create a successful blog or a trending online podcast. But it doesn’t hurt to try, and even if it doesn’t bring you any financial return, the experience will certainly make you grow personally and extend your skillset.
There are a lot of places where you can get tips on how to write a book, record a podcast, or on how to start a successful blog. But this is the central and most useful piece of advice: do your research and find a trending niche topic that you find comfortable talking or writing about.
If your blog or podcast starts getting traction and a considerable amount of visits per month, there are several ways to monetize it. You can do so by advertising, affiliate marketing (there are content creators making thousands of dollars a month with their affiliate programs), and sponsored posts and content are some of the things you can try.
If you want to publish your book without spending too much money, there are a lot of online publishing platforms that allow you to become a published author and monetize your work. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing is the most famous one.
After that, it’s up to you to advertise your book the best you can to attract your target audience and get them to purchase your work.
Dropshipping is becoming hugely popular. It is an extremely easy and low-cost way to create a potentially very lucrative business. But what is it exactly?
It is essentially a retail fulfillment method that allows you to open an e-commerce store without maintaining or even owning inventory, and without having to ship the products you sell to the customers. That’s why you don’t need to invest much.
You have to choose a product or line of products to sell (usually dropshipping stores opt to sell a low number of similar products) and contact a manufacturer, create a website, and advertise it.
Then, every time you get an order through your website, you simply forward that order to your supplier and they will package and ship the product with your store’s information and branding to your client.
However, having a successful dropshipping business is not as easy as it sounds. You need to pick a very good product and have extraordinary online marketing skills (with a deep knowledge of Google Adsense, social media traffic and marketing, search engine optimization, and branding).
5. Sell an online course
People are willing to pay for exclusive educational content. That’s why online courses have become so popular in the past few years. The offer is so large that the market has been filled with low-quality courses that have very little to offer to anyone who buys them.
So, if you are an expert in a field that has been stirring up the interest of the general public, you should consider creating your course. Of course, this is a very labor-intensive task that, once is done, still requires a huge marketing effort to become profitable. But if it is something you are passionate about, it is worth trying!