The Internet has not only made it easier to work from home, but it’s created opportunities as well. While working at home can be achieved faster and cheaper than ever, that doesn’t mean making money online is automatic or not without effort. Like any other money-making method, earning a living online takes research, planning and implementation. You won’t simply sign-up for something and start making money. Neither will posting a few tweets or discussion forum ads result in a flow of cash. Instead, you’ll need learn about marketing and the most effective ways to reach your target market. You’ll need to monitor and maintain your online income source daily (unless you hire a virtual assistant to do it for you). With that said, here are some great ways to make money online.
1) Microworking: This is ideal for flexible and versatile work. Microwork involves doing time-limited projects for others, such as transcription, research, editing, and more. Check out 24 Microwork Sites to Make Money for more information and resources for finding work.
2) Freelancing: This is similar to microworking except the tasks can be longer and ultimately end up ongoing. Finding work at freelance sites like Elance is a great way to get started in building a freelance business. You can freelance almost any skill. The most common freelance jobs are in writing, editing, graphic and web design. You can check out this guest post on getting starting freelancing here.
3) eBay: You can start making money today selling unwanted items around your home. To have ongoing success, you’ll need to determine what sells well and find a source of low cost inventory. Check out this article on making money with Amazon and eBay quickly.
4) Blogging and Affiliate Marketing: Blogging is a fun way to make money online. You can product content on any topic you enjoy or are passionate about and monetize your site using affiliate programs and contextual advertising. The trick to blogging success is to choose a topic that other people want to know about and marketing. Here’s an article on getting readers to your blog.
5) Indie Artist: Whether you’re a writer, crafter, photographer or musician, you can sell your artistic creations online. Create digital books and sell them through Amazon’s Kindle Direct, Barnes and Noble’s NookPress or Smashwords. You can even use Createspace to publish printed versions of your work for free. If you make crafts, you can use a resource like Etsy to sell them. Sell your photographs through any of the many stock photography sites online. You can sell your music digitally through iTunes or Amazon, or publish CDs through Createspace and sell them on Amazon.
6) Graphic and Webdesign: A lot of people are turning to the internet to make money. They need people to help them build websites, create ebook and product covers, logos and more. If you know how to build websites, can use WordPress, and/or can create cool graphics, there’s a lot of work out there. You can find work at gig sites (like Fiverr), freelance sites and job boards.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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