In this digital age, everything is made to be accessible, convenient, and efficient. So in order to keep up with that kind of trend, a lot of businesses have gone online. Who could blame them when consumers are starting to have a preference for buying everything online? The internet, after all, has become a hodgepodge of information, networking, opportunities, social media, and even e-commerce.
With the boom of social media in the last several years, a lot of businesses took advantage of the people’s constant presence on the internet. This platform has become an important tool not just connecting people but has also provided aspiring entrepreneurs an avenue to make money online. And while being knowledgeable with the internet and social media is not enough, trying to make money online proved to be challenging.
There is so much competition and everyone has this one common goal of capturing the attention of potential consumers. So while at first glance it seemed easy to make money online, the startup and to build a reputable product will always be a struggle. Not to mention the existence of different online scams, it just makes this whole e-commerce even more challenging.
But before venturing in this endeavor, you will need to identify what is it you’re good at or what service you can offer to your target market. Whether it’s a technical skill, designing, or even tutoring, work on it and let people know that you offer this kind of service. Take advantage of the presence of social media and blogging since almost everyone can be found online or has a social media account.
Since the world is currently facing a pandemic and most of the people are in lockdown, there seems to be more free time. And because there is more free time in our hands, people started to get creative and found ways to generate more income. But bear in mind, that this venture will take a while and it takes a huge amount of patience and determination to break into the e-market. This is not something that happens overnight. There will be many struggles that you’ll encounter but it’s important to keep in mind to just keep going.
So, here are some ideas to take if you want to start earning money online.
This online platform has been on the world wide web for several years and it has proven its tenacity from various entrepreneurs, consultants, and advisers its effectiveness. This is a long term endeavor and this is the kind of venture that will need a significant amount of time and effort to start. In blogging, you will need to find your niche to capture your target audience. Once you have a steady audience, earning through blogging can be done through ads, sponsored posts, and paid reviews.
2. Content-writing for other sites
This is a great platform for writers who are looking for ways to earn money online. Depending on what the client is looking for, there is always something to write about. It’s important to build your skill in this platform because you will need the trust of your clients to build a reputable market for your self and your writing.
3. Graphic designing
This is one of the lucrative services a person can offer online. There are even some websites where graphic designing can be offered to clients. Many companies hire graphic designers to build logos, newsletters, posters, and other marketing collaterals.
4. Sell your photos
If you love photography and have a huge portfolio, selling some of it as a stock photo is one great way to earn money off of your passion. There are websites like Shutterstock that offer to pay a user or photographer every time they upload their work and someone licenses it.
5. Create an app
Apart from the technical skill, this will need a huge amount of time and effort. With a lot of people who are attached to their phones most of the time, this is a great opportunity to create something that people can find either useful or entertaining.
6. Sell handcrafted items in Etsy
Through this platform, this is a great opportunity to showcase your creativity through handcrafts and make money out of it. Etsy has built a place where people can sell their handcrafts without having to build a website. There are no limits on what to sell just as long it’s something that people find interesting or useful.
In the past few months, vlogging has boomed throughout the internet. With people having more free time in their hands, a lot of them have resorted to making videos that have the potential to gain a wide audience. The same with blogging, this a long term effort, and it will need a lot of effort and patience to build a fanbase. The beauty of vlogging is that it is up to the user what type of vide to make as long as it’s something entertaining or informative.
8. Sell food and baked goods
If you are into cooking or baking, then this is a perfect opportunity to make money online. With most people still in lockdown, most restaurants are closed and only a number offer delivery. Quite a number of people took advantage of this and decided to monetize their cooking skills. It has such a wide range of choices to make whether it’s a homecooked meal, baked goodies, or comfort food. The startup for this kind of business usually begins through family and close friends. Then it expands to a more lucrative business usually through word of mouth and by taking advantage of social media.
9. Become a virtual assistant
Make use of your organizational and technical skills by becoming a virtual assistant. It has a wide range of tasks and this usually includes bookkeeping, research, customer service assistance, and even email management.
10. Virtual tutoring
With people acquiring a variety of skills especially during the lockdown, it’s a great opportunity to help out those who need a specific service while earning money online. One good example is providing an online course. While it is not something that consumers usually need, there is still a market for this kind of service for people who want to expand their knowledge. Take advantage of social media, freelancing websites, or sites such as Udemy to offer this kind of service.
11. Affiliate website
Now this will require a huge blog following to generate income. You may then want to partner up with some companies for you to promote their product or service through your website. Once you build a partnership with a certain company, you can put the link in your site where people can click through then get redirected. You may want to join an affiliate program like Hostinger Affiliate or FlexOffers.
12. Email marketing
You may think that email has lost its touch but this can still be a possible way to make money online. But this will need a huge following on your website to send out newsletters. You will need a sizable amount of people that open their email frequently to monetize this platform.
With the sky’s the limit, podcasting gives an opportunity for people to talk about a variety of topics while generating an income. The amount of money you can earn from podcasting will depend on how large your audience is. So it is important to note what topics to talk about because most people will go for either entertaining or educational.
14. Become an online instructor
One way to generate income for your skills is to teach it to potential customers. Whether it’s about cooking, calligraphy, dancing, or even fitness, you just need to find the right audience to be able to generate income for this particular platform. Of course, you will need the time and the skills to do this, but once you’ve established a loyal following, the return will be rewarding.
15. Web developing
This platform will need technical skills, so if you happen to have one then you can make money online through selling this service. You may join freelance websites like Upwork and Freelancer where you can post your credentials. Take advantage of your wide knowledge of programming and data encoding as there are companies that need the services of a web developer.
16. Write and publish an E-book
So many people took advantage of the lockdown by letting out their inner writer. Why not make use of this skill to make a career out of it. Sure this will require extra effort and skill on your part, but once you found your niche and able to identify your target audience, your book will sell. Find your way through the process of self-publishing and you can start selling your ebook through Amazon or Apple iTunes.
17. Audiobook narration
Audiobooks have a fair share of the wide market in the publishing industry. Most people prefer to listen to books instead of reading them. So, if you love reading and have a nice speaking voice, then you’re one step closer to making it a business. You may want to connect with ACX, a platform that connects narrators to authors. But before you start, invest in a good quality microphone and recording software.
18. Online surveys
While this will not let you earn much, this is one of the easiest ways to earn without acquiring or making use of any skill. The job itself is simple and will just require you to take surveys and in return, websites get to pay you either cash, or coupons, or gift cards.
19. Website/app review
Make use of your good eye for design and technicality through this platform. Offer to test websites or apps for errors and its usability or perhaps give feedbacks to identify what can still be improved.
20. Social Media Management
In the last decade, social media became an integral part of the internet and most people are online because of social media. Apart from creating a website, some companies also make use of social media to promote their products and services. They can easily connect with consumers to sell or get feedbacks with the use of social media.
21. Language Translation
If you have extensive knowledge of another foreign language, then this is one way of earning money online. Some several companies and websites are seeking translators. You may also opt to visit freelance websites where a lot of clients can make use of this service.
An interpreter is a person whose work is translating a foreign language as in a conversation between people speaking different languages. This is many times confused with the work of a translator but they are not the same. A translator translates the content i.e. in written form while the latter translates the conversations orally. This is a professional field and hence one must be well-learned and well versed with the languages concerned. Although a degree is not compulsory but being fluent is essential. Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer are some of the online sites to register yourself as an interpreter and to get clients.
23. Typing/Data Entry
To maximize your organizational skills, a typing or data entry job is one way to earn an income. This is one of the simplest jobs online which requires no special skill. One important requirement is the need to have great attention to detail. You may want to check freelance websites for clients looking for this kind of service.
24. Online Consultant
Consultants provide expert ideas, and opinions to their clients based on their own expertise. Your consultancy job can be based on your expert opinions regarding any categories like business, health care, education, or IT. Although it is a highly professional field but working with some prestigious consulting firms can help you get the required experience and later you can start your own agency and employ people to work under you. To get your work recognized you can log in to ensure such as seek.com.au, Upwork, Glassdoor.co.in, LinkedIn.
25. Travel consultant
This platform may seem farfetched given the lockdown situation from most countries due to the pandemic. Fortunately, some countries or destinations are slowly opening up and are ready to welcome tourists. Though a lot of them will open up by the following year, you can start doing research and planning for a travel consultant job. Part of the job is to create a travel plan and itinerary for potential customers. It’s going to be your job to look for affordable flights and check their availability schedules. You will also have research for places to stay, places to visit, and where to eat. You may want to start with your network of friends and family. Then through positive feedback and word of mouth, you can expand this business.
26. Tutoring kids online
This is a bit different from virtual tutoring because this will focus on one subject which is teaching kids the English language. There is a wide market for this one as there are a lot of people seeking to learn English from native English speakers. You may sign up through freelance websites or you may want to connect with websites such as Verbal Planet or Remote.co.
With so many options to choose from it can get overwhelming and sometimes you can’t help but feel excited with the prospect of making money online. But bear in mind, though, that the process will take a long while. A lot of successful online sellers and entrepreneurs also went through a painful start. But with hard work and determination, they were able to achieve their goals. Honing your skills is a good start because from there you can find your niche. Be patient because there will be a lot of struggles in the beginning. But make it a motivation to work harder because, at the end of the day, the goal is to be successful and build a lucrative business.
27. Network marketing
Network marketing in other words is also known as the trading market. This is a bidding market. In this type of market, you invest a little money and then you become eligible to bid. If you are lucky you earn an amount double to that of your investment and also depending on the bus you make. Iq option is one such website which is the platform for various network marketers. There are many YouTube video tutorials on how to operate this app. But if you happen to grasp the trick to place the correct biddings based on your market research then your rewards are immense and hence there is so much scope in it.
28. Video marketer
The definition of video marketing is not complex. In fact, it’s very simple: using video to promote your brand, product, or service. A great marketing campaign includes video into the mix. You can not create a video to promote products or services without proper tools and a team. Hence, your work as a video marketer is to create an impact with your creative ideas and being more and more campaigns for the company you work for. At present, internet users spend most of their time watching videos as they are more convenient than reading and creates a greater impact on the audience. So in the coming future, this market has an unending scope and it is only wise that you start preparing yourself starting today. Websites such as Monster India, Guru, Animato, Indeed.com, Upwork, Freelancer, etc. can become the platform for you to pursue a successful career in the future.
Various companies at present hire interns in their companies to bring in fresh and creative ideas for their work. If you are a student and looking forward to gaining experience for future reference, then the internship is the right option for you as it is a part-time job, and you can earn from home. The scope varies according to your field of study. ‘Internshala’ is one such website that recommends the profiles of students from their network to different organizations. You can also look for the various companies’ online websites, and see if they are hiring interns and grab the opportunity. Other than the above-mentioned websites, there is LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Internship.com, Intermatch.com, and so on.
An online reseller is a subcategory of reseller is a web operative who will buy a large amount of hosting space from an Internet service provider (ISP) and then resell some of this space to clients. Their hosting is often managed through a create your own site or you can work under some other manufacturers as a freelancer. Research on the products that you want to sell or which you are going to recommend for resale. The popularity of this business model grew with the rise of freelance web designers as it enabled them to be the sole service provider for the client. You can look forward to becoming a reseller on websites such as Freelancer, ZipRecruiter, Upwork, Glassdoor.co.in and so on
Dropshipping is a business model where the retailers take orders from the customers and forward the requests to a supplier, and the supplier packages and ships the goods to the customers. There is no involvement of the drop shipper with the customers so you just have to act as mediators and provide the demand related information to the suppliers and they will produce the products as per requirement. Again, this must not be confused with the profession of a reseller. A reseller buys the products from the manufacturer and then resells it to the customers whereas in dropshipping the concerned does not have any interaction with the customers for the sale rather they just contact the manufacturer regarding the demands in the beginning and the products are delivered without their involvement. The income is based on commission earned per order placement, and hence it varies from products to services.
32. Online grocery shopping
As mentioned earlier, since a lot of people prefer online shopping due to convenience, they extend this preference to grocery shopping. This growing service is relatively new being established just a few years ago but this one of the great methods to make money online. Creating a website or through social media will both work here. But for a faster market, you may opt to use social media and offer your service through your network of friends. Once you have established a reputable business, you may proceed to expand it and make a website.