In today’s day and age, there are more options out there for making money and earning a living than ever before. In the past, if you wanted to make money legally, you had to do it with very limited options such as getting a full time job, working odd jobs, selling something or getting lucky in the stock market.
But in recent years, largely due to the internet taking off and creating a ton of opportunity for everyone, now anybody can make money from the comfort of their own home. Of course the work is not right for everyone and there exists the very real possibility that you will go through some hard times, but if you can remain dedicated and work hard at it, it is very possible to make some solid money working online.
Some work online just to supplement their income from their full time job, while others work online as their full time job. Some even make money online without actually working, making a living wage purely on advertising income from their websites.
There are a ton of different options including selling products, selling services, working for others, writing, advertising and much more. This list will observe 10 of the best and easiest ways to make money online. But, remember, even though these are some of the easiest options, the money will not start rolling in overnight; making money online takes time, effort and dedication to succeed, but it is worth it in the end.
10. Become a Virtual Assistant
A fairly simple way to earn money online is to become a virtual assistant, who is basically an individual that helps out a busy business or person with a variety of tasks that can be done online and away from the actual physical office space or work area.
The idea of virtual assistants is very big in the real estate industry as busy and successful real estate agents are so busy meeting with clients that they don’t have time to do the mundane tasks such as administration, sales support and social media. There are numerous sites and agencies that can be a huge help when looking for reliable and steady virtual assistant work.
9. Monetize Your Website
It seems like in this day and age, everyone and their dog has a blog or a website. These can range from informational, content driven sites to sites with pictures of cats, and everything in between. If you have a group of dedicated readers or some good website traffic, why not set up some ads to bring in some extra income?
This can be a great way to make some money on the side, and can even be turned into a full-time career if your audience is large enough. The best part about this is that even when you aren’t actively adding content or information to your site, it is still generating income through the ads.
8. Become an Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate Marketing is essentially the idea of being rewarded for bringing traffic and an audience to another person’s product, blog or website. This can be very rewarding if your audience is large, active and are interested in the affiliate you are working with.
One common way that this works is PPC, which is Pay Per Click, so you would get a certain amount of money every time someone clicks on your link to the affiliate sites. For example, if you have a blog or a site dedicated to snowboarding and you post a link to an ad for discounted boarding gear, your audience is likely to follow the link and thus make you money in the process.
7. Sell a Product
This is another option that is extremely popular among the public. As you know, nowadays almost anything can be bought and sold online, so it is a very tried and true way to make money online. Though it can be hard and expensive to get noticed and find customers, there are still some cost effective ways.
One way is to use a site like Spreadshirt.com or Teespring.com. These are sites where you can develop, create and market T-shirts to sell them, with zero cost to you. Other popular ways are to sell your goods on a site like Ebay or Craigslist.
6. Sell Services Provided by Others
This is another awesome idea to make money online without a ton of effort in your end in the long run, but will take a lot in the short run. The name of the game for this option is to find a niche or service to offer, and then hire contractors who are proficient in that service.
Have a partnership where you serve as the “middle man” or the “platform” between the person offering the service and the person desiring the service. Some of the popular services in this niche are things such as proofreading or language translation.
5. Sell Services You Provide Personally
In contrast of selling services that others provide, it is also very popular to sell services online that you yourself will provide personally. One site that is very popular right now is Fiverr.com where individuals offer their services in a variety of different niches to anyone across the world.
This can be anything from selling drawings, selling resume ideas, logo creation, voice over and more! The education industry is also huge for this option as there are a ton of people online who offer tutoring or help in a variety of subjects. If you enjoy doing or are skilled at a particular service, it is worth considering selling it online.
4. Paid Reviews
This is an increasingly popular option for those with a large following either on a website, blog or social media account. The way this works is that you will essentially reach out to people and offer to review their product, service or website and post the review on your site, for a fee.
This will be mutually beneficial as you will receive financial compensation, while they will get their product, service or website some more exposure. The difficulty with this option is that you need a fairly large audience for anyone to pay you money to review their product or service, or else it doesn’t make sense for them to.
3. Write Content
This is one that is normally fairly easy to break into, but can be hard to make decent money unless you really dedicate yourself and work hard. There are a ton of online publications, content sites and other venues that are always looking for more article or content writers.
But to the contrary, there is also a lot of people looking to fill these jobs, so the competition level is normally fairly high. Your best bet here is to wet your beak with free or cheap work to get your name out there and develop a portfolio before getting into the serious writing positions.
2. Monetize Your Social Media Account
Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and the other popular social media platforms out there today, it is likely that everyone you know is on at least one of them. So if you’re already on it and have a popular page with a decent amount of interaction and a large audience, why not make some money off of it?
It is possible to make a ton of money through the posting of advertisements in your tweets or Instagram posts. Companies or blogs will pay good money to have a popular user tweet out a link. This is without a doubt one of the easiest on this list as some people can make hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a single tweet or Instagram post featuring another company’s product or service.
1. Become a Freelancer
Perhaps the easiest way to make the most money online is to offer your expertise and services as a freelancer. A freelancer is essentially anyone who is self-employed, does work for a variety of clients without being tied down and committed to a particular client in the long term.
Freelancing can be done in a number of different areas, such as writing, web design, IT, graphic design, social media and more. This is the best option because not only are you your own boss, but you also have the added advantage of potentially working in a number of different industries at once and experimenting before taking on exclusive work.