Since the dawn of the internet, people have been scheming, plotting, planning, and devising ways to make money online. Once the first website hit the internet, it started a chain reaction that has become one of the most talked about topics on the internet today.
Why is making money online so popular?
Contrary to what you may think, the reason has nothing to do with making money. The number one reason why people want to make money online is—FREEDOM.
Making money is not an end in itself—people want what money can bring and that is…
Freedom to create their own schedules
Freedom to spend more time with their families
Freedom from corporate America
Freedom from a set work schedule and timed lunch breaks
Freedom to take their work with them wherever they go
Freedom to live wherever they want and not be restricted by location
Freedom to be their own boss and not answer to anyone
Do any of these sound familiar? I could go on and on with the reasons why people want to make money on the internet, but I am sure you get the point.
This lifestyle is entirely attainable. It just requires some effort and motivation. And to help you ge there, below I listed ten REAL ways to make money online—no scams allowed.
Disclaimer: There are no “get rich quick” schemes in this list. Though some methods will take longer than others to become fruitful, each requires their own dose of time, patience and effort to execute correctly.
1. Virtual Assistant
If you have a knack for organization, you can earn decent money as a virtual assistant (VA). Online business owners are too busy to run the administrative tasks associated with their companies and many hire virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants perform scheduling tasks, answer and make phone calls, reply to emails, and keep the company organized. You will need to know basic computer skills, email and phone etiquette as well as organization.
When you feel confident to start working, create a website (WordPress is easy and free) that showcases your skills. List any related experience even if you are not a VA yet. Don’t worry about a lack of past experience. If you can perform a task well, list it on your website. Pitch clients online to get some gigs or reply to job advertisements. As you progress, you should focus on a specific niche (i.e. Internet marketing VA) which will make you more desirable and allow you to raise your rates.
2. Freelance Writer
If you have any writing skills, you can earn a great living as a freelance writer. Since the onset of Panda, the freelance writing industry has taken off exponentially. The Google update forced bloggers and small businesses to produce more unique, high-quality content to rank in the search engine.
Use WordPress to create a website or an online portfolio. Write some pieces to add to your portfolio if you are just getting started. You will need to build up your resume. Apply to content mills such as demandstudios.com to get a feel for the industry. These gigs generally pay low rates, but they will give you a good start. The website Freelance Writer’s Den offers helpful e-courses on how to market your skills and land higher-paying gigs even if you don’t yet have an elaborate portfolio. As you progress, you may notice you enjoy writing about a specific topic. Niche-specific writing will bring you more money because people are willing to pay for writers with an expertise in a specific topic.
3. Social Media Management
Social media management is one of the newest online job oppportunities to hit the industry—and it’s not that difficult to do. If you are a regular Facebook poster or tweeter, you can get your foot in the door right away.
Businesses do not have the time to post on social media sites yet they know it is essential for their success. They hire social media managers to take over their profiles and communicate with their fans and followers. If you don’t know about the indsutry, start by researching the daily tasks of a social media manager. If you don’t mind spending a little money, Kate Buck compiled a video course called Let’s Get Social educating people on how to become social media managers. It includes information for beginners and also instructions on setting up a website, contracts and everything else you need to know.
4. Affiliate Niche Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the top ways people make money online because they do not have to create their own products or come up with their own marketing materials. Affiliate marketers market and sell products and make a percentage of the sale. Virtually every major retail store has an affiliate program. The most popular affiliate marketplace is Clickbank which offers thousands of online products ready to be sold.
This industry requires some research and a learning curve to master. Here at Niche Profit Classroom, we offer a comprehensive internet marketing training program that gives you the education, tools, and resources to get your business up and running. Working with a mentor and gaining personal experience from experts is one of the most important aspects of a successful affiliate marketing business.
5. Local Business Marketing
If you know some internet marketing, you can advertise your services to local businesses. These brick and mortar stores usually don’t want anything to do with creating and maintaining a website and most are unaware of how to do it. You can create WordPress sites without much coding knowledge and sell them to local businesses. Offer to maintain them for a small monthly fee. If you know more about internet marketing such as setting up email lists and SEO, you will have more services to offer.
6. Arts and Crafts
If you are crafty or good at sewing or jewelry making, the internet is full of opportunities to sell your creations. Etsy is the top marketplace for handmade goods and it’s free to join and set up an online store. Etsy charges 20 cents to list each item and a 3.5 percent commission on every item you sell.
Websites such as artfire.com allow you to sell any type of artwork, jewelry, and media, and setup is free for unlimited items with four pictures attached. Upgrades include the ability to add 10 images per item, create a customizable store, and use promotional features.
Tutor.com allows tutors to work as independent contractors and earn money tutoring students of all levels on subjects such as math, science, social studies and English. You can make a solid monthly income and work around your schedule.
8. Your Expert Knowledge
Are you qualified to talk about car repairs? Immigration law? If you have expertise in a topic, you may be able to make money on sites such as justanswer.com. The Q & A site pays experts a percentage of what a customer will pay (typically $10-$40) for an answer to a question. To gain acceptance, you will need to prove your expertise in an area with evidence of a license, certification, college degree or acceptable work experience.
9. Complete Tasks
Taskrabbit is an online directory that lists open tasks on which anyone can bid. Expect tasks involving everything from typing and grocery shopping, to cleaning and assembling furniture. The application process is lengthy and includes a video interview, essay, written test and a background check. Once accepted you can bid on any task and get paid upon completion.
10. Create Your Own Product
If you want to work towards generating a solid income online, creating your own information product and marketing it is a great endeavor. Here at Niche Profit Classroom, we offer training and tools that will support you in your journey. Though it requires a learning curve, the potential profits are more rewarding monetarily than most online ventures.
Many online ventures will position people to make money right away, while others will require some learning and experience. Regardless, if you are serious about making money online and you want the freedom to create your own schedule and live life on your terms, know that it is not out of reach. It is attainable to those who are willing to invest the time and stay motivated.