When times are hard, we can rely on the internet to make some emergency cash. Be warned that I don’t recommend surveys as they are a complete waste of time and the majority of them are scams. Here, I have bundled my top 25 ways to utilize your skills and talents to make money online from the comfort of your home.
Passive and Risky Income Ideas
1. Affiliate marketing/ Internet marketing
Affiliate marketing is where you promote other products and services for a specified commission per sale. This makes it possible to turn your passion into an online business and anybody can do this. These days, it’s better to just concentrate on one authority website. Making a full time income online takes hard work and patience, but once you manage to make it successful, it will be passive income- income that keeps coming even though you don’t work on your site. There are various scams surrounding this type of opportunity, that’s why I recommend joining a program that will give you all the tools, top-notch training, and expert support whenever you need it and that offer a free lifetime membership . Yes, it is a risk, but the marketing skills you gain are invaluable and ones that others will pay you for. You can use your skills to get involved in local marketing where you help local business owners set up their website, become an SEO consultant, and flip websites as stated below.
2. Google Ad Sense Sites
Set up a free WordPress blog around your interest and insert AdSense ads. Many bloggers who started on Blogger are now turning to WordPress due to having more control and freedom to customize their blogs with plugins and thousands of designs. You will own your site as opposed to Blogger, they control your site. Keep in mind that you will need to have lots of traffic to make any significant amount of money in AdSense and to do that, you will need to base your site with profitable keywords. Google AdSense is suitable for popular topics where people are just looking for information or education. Check out this great free training to learn how to increase your income with AdSense: AdSense Sites – How to Make Your First $1 with Adsense
3. Sell an eBook
Turn your knowledge or creativity into a money making ebook. Amazon now sells more eBooks than printed books and kindle sales top more than 1 million per week. You can then sell your eBook at your own website, Amazon Kindle Store, Lulu, Smashwords and TripleClicks.
Fast Lump Sum Profits Idea
4. Website/Domain Name Flipping
You can choose to set up brand new profitable niche websites with a few articles on each of them or just buy and sell quality keyword rich domain names that have been poorly maintained. It’s possible to make a few hundred to thousands of dollars, especially if you fix up the site and make it more user friendly.
5. Drop shipping
Drop shipping is using third party suppliers for products purchased at a wholesale cost. Less money is required, you don’t need to stock up on inventory and you don’t purchase the product until you make the sale. Some disadvantages include low margins, inventory, shipping and supplier complexities. Make sure there’s a strong market demand for the products that you want to sell. There’s some cheap paid training that you can purchase for a couple hundred dollars, just make sure you don’t buy into scams like DS Domination that charge hundreds of dollars per month on drop shipping training.
6. Sell products on eBay
Find out what and when to sell on eBay by reading this pdf. For eBay power selling tips, click here.
“Job Type” Online Work= Emergency Cash
Fiverr is one of the most popular gig services where you can sell your products or services for $5; however, as you increase your level status and experience, you can increase your income. Areas include graphics and design, online marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech, gifts, and a lot more crazy stuff. Go ahead and look around what other people have posted as gigs and use their ideas for you own gigs.
8. Become a Freelancer
As a freelance writer, you’ll need expert knowledge on some specialized topics; however, being passionate about certain topics can make you a good income. Offer low bids if you’re new to the freelance communities, not because you do low quality work. On your application, say something about yourself, your skills, and why you would be the perfect candidate. You will need to upload a resume too.
Popular freelance websites include Odesk, Peopleperhour, and Elance. Jobs include software and web development, copy writing/sales copywriting, sales and marketing, writing and translation, design and more. Copy writing is being able to convince people to take action and requires time to learn. It’s possible to earn up to five figures and a percentage of every sale for writing a few thousand words.
Fun, Painless or Creative Online Jobs
9. Design and Sell Your Own T-Shirts
If you’re creative and can come up with clever and unique statements, you can set up your own online store selling your products on CafePress.
This is an online rewards program that awards you virtual currency called swagbucks for things you are already doing online including browsing the web and shopping. Rewards are mostly giftcards, but they do have a PayPal option and lately, they have been faster in delivering payments that take an average of three to four days.
Other things that can be very time consuming or a waste of time include taking surveys, playing games, and watching videos, but still you’re getting paid for things you may already be doing online.
Getting started is free and is possible to earn thousands of swagbucks just for shopping including popular retail stores, Groupon, booking hotels and buying airplane fights. They really start to add up fast and once you earn enough, you can redeem them for Amazon, Kohl’s, Sears and other gift cards.
11. Slice The Pie
At Slice the Pie, you’ll be rewarded for writing in depth song reviews. They offer a great tutorial on how to get started with their site that I recommend you go over. If you like music and have the capability to write quick valuable reviews, Slice the Pie is for you.
12. Sell handmade goods
You can sell your knitting, crochet, needlework, quilts, paintings, sculptors, woodwork, glass work, metalwork and anything else you can build. Focus on your talents and what you have a passion for so you don’t burn out producing each new item. Sell your items at a cost where you’ll make a profit and make back the cost of the materials and the amount of time you put into it. You may want to have your own website and/or sell your work through an already established website with traffic like Etsy and Artfire.
13. Sell Your Unwanted Gift Cards
You can sell your gift cards and get up to 92% of your cards value at Cardpool or Gift Card Granny.
14. Sell Your Photos
Almost anyone can sell photos on iStockphoto, Fotolia, Alamy, and Shutterstock as long as they meet the quality standards set by the company. You’ll be paid a royalty each time someone buys your photo. Keep in mind that the majority of your photos will be used for advertising purposes, so think of taking positive pictures. If your photos keep getting rejected, you can give them away for free at Morguefile and provide a link back on your profile to your paid photos.
15. Help friends find better jobs
You can make decent money for connecting employers to prospective employees on sites like ReferEarns, Zyoin, and WiseStep.
Sell your old cell phones, Macbook and other electronics at Gazelle. All you do is enter the product details and you’ll get an instant quote that’s valid for a month. After you send them your device, you’ll receive a check in a week. Gazelle’s offer for a flawless iPhone 5 16 GB was $310.
17. Amazon Mechanical Turk
As an Amazon Mechanical Turk, you will complete Human Intelligence Task (HITS). The tasks range from $.01 to $5. You will need to fill out an application and it will take time to get approved. After you get approved, you will need to verify your bank account. Amazon has a great list on its website that you should follow to avoid getting scammed by some of the businesses that work with them such as ones that ask for personal information or make you download malicious software.
Specialized Knowledge Jobs
18. Search Engine Evaluator
Leapforce offers this position as a search engine evaluator where you will give your comments on search engine result pages by evaluating the relevance and value of web pages in correlation to predefined queries. Since you’ll be exposed to malware, you will need a good antivirus software.
At Tutor.com, you can apply to become a tutor in accounting, economics, finance, college statistics, physics and more. You’ll meet with students in an online classroom and work on the questions they need help with in a secure, one-on-one environment. There are no lesson plans, records to keep, or tests to grade.
20. Customer Service
Customer service jobs are being outsourced to home based workers as a way to save money. All you need to get started is a reliable internet connection and web browser. A few skills are required including multitasking as you will be handling two live chat sessions at once. For available customer service jobs, go to Talk2Rep.
21. Consulting and Coaching
You will need to get more clients and this will take legitimate expertise and a lot of credibility to get started. You can offer different type of services and recommend programs to them that they need and will benefit from.
22. Financial Services
Make sure you’re trained or experienced in the services you want to provide. You can offer accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll processing using specialized software. You can cre ate your own website or work with an existing web-based services group and keep in touch with customers through their website and via e-mail.
23. Web Design
Web design is a pretty fun job and all you need is basic knowledge on CSS, HTML and how to install and customize WordPress. You will have to work hard to acquire customers. If you use a freelance sites, you will have to compete against all the people with low bids, but due to the incompetent designers there are, you can charge more.
Yahoo Voices and Helium will pay for performance based on page views on almost anything you want to write about. You can earn up to $200 on articles on specific topics.
25. Give Expert Answers
After you take a brief test, customers can ask questions and receive expert answers. Kgbanswers delivers answers via smartphone and Just Answer delivers them via email or text message. Smarty-pants are highly sought after at ChaCha, which pays you $0.01 to $0.30 for solving puzzles and answering questions on set subjects. Building a following on there is hard because you will be listed along thousands of other experts.
So, there you have it, my top ways to make money online. Being an affiliate marketer, writing an eBook, and building AdSense sites are great ways to build passive income and financial freedom, but it will take time, effort, and a learning curve. The other ways are just like having a job whether you’re a freelancer, doing gigs on Fiverr, and selling your crafts and can provide fast cash. Selling your gift cards and electronics is also a great way to get quick cash for each of your items. If you would like to buy more gift cards and electronics for pennies on a dollar to resell them for a profit, you should join SFI where you will be awarded points to bid in their awesome and very legitimate auctions.
Do you have any other ideas on making money online? If so, I would love to hear them below. Also, if you have any questions or comments, please state them below.
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