Ever wanted to be able to make extra money online whilst sitting at home? You’ve probably seen and heard all sorts of dodgy schemes that suggest you can bring in thousands per month on the internet, but this blog isn’t about any of that.
This blog is for those that have the energy and patience to put in some extra work. None of these methods are get rich quick schemes. However, for those that are willing to put in the time, there’s almost guaranteed money waiting online.
We’ll start with what I like to call the instant money earners. These are the online money making methods that are likely to see the quickest returns. You put in the effort, and you almost immediately see direct results.
You are not going to get rich off of online instant money earners, but they can help to bring in a bit of extra money on the side each month.
Firstly, let’s start with the most obvious step - selling your unwanted items. It’s now easier than ever to sell your unwanted things, either via eBay or via groups on Facebook.
You can also look online to see previously sold items to immediately get an idea of how much your stuff is actually worth. Apparently, most UK households are sitting on at least £530 of unused stuff that can be flogged online.
But once you’ve sold your own stuff, why stop there? There are dozens of ways to find great deals in the offline world that can be sold online for profit.
Charity shops can be an excellent way to find cheap clothes, books, furniture, board games, and more. If you’re not a fan of an item you find in a charity shop, but you feel the price is lower than it’s real value, a quick search on eBay can show you much it really sells for.
If you see a price difference on an item, why not purchase it and resell it on eBay for some quick profit? You can also repeat this process for multiple other locations, including car boot sales and local auctions.
You will need to rely on the internet so that you don’t go in blind when buying something - there’s plenty of good mobile data deals on giffgaff available to help with that.
Do you have a lot of knowledge about a certain subject? Are you a good artist or can you sing or do voice acting? You might find that your skills are worth somebody else’s money on a gig website like Upwork or Fiverr.
On Upwork, people post job listings and you can then bid on the job. Jobs fall into categories like software development, IT administration, data science, 3D modeling and architecture, graphic design, logo design, photography, voice talent, animation, writing.
Fiverr is a little different. With Fiverr, it’s the creative people themselves that put themselves out there. People looking for certain skills can then track down the people that have the skills they need and pay for them.
There’s a lot of competition on both Upwork and Fiverr, but if you have unique knowledge or feel passionate about a certain skill you have, why not try to make it into a side job? Who knows, if it kicks off, you may find it ends up paying better than your current job.
Another great way to bring in extra money each month is to join the giffgaff network and take part in the community. You can get paid real money each month for solving solutions and helping other users with difficulties they may be having. You can also get real money for signing up your friends via your referral link.
Payback is paid out every six months, so it doesn’t offer an immediate solution to extra money like some other options listed, but it does provide a nice steady dose of extra money throughout the year.
If you ever want to get rich off of the internet, you’ll need to put in a lot more work and you may not get paid straight away. Instead, you’ll need to spend your time building an audience. As your audience grows, you’ll open up new opportunities to get paid.
One of the most common misconceptions about this kind of income is that you’ll get most of your income through Google AdSense revenue. In 2018, this isn’t true at all. AdSense can be a nice way to supplement income from video views and website visits, but the most money will come from partnerships, sponsorship deals, and exclusive advertising deals you’ve set up with other companies.
This involves reaching out to companies that would work well on your website, YouTube channel, or blog and convincing them that your content is a great place for them to share their product or story.
It’s a lot of work every step of the way, but if you manage to get there, it can be very lucrative.
It all starts with a passion. You can share your daily life, show travel adventures, share your love for cooking, gaming, or pretty much anything else, From there, you can take your passion to a number of different platforms and create content.
Below are some good platforms for creating content and building an audience.
Perhaps the most talked about platform is YouTube. You’ve probably read many stories about YouTubers that are bringing in millions a year. All of these stories are true, but it is a lot of work.
Although there are a few exceptions, many of these YouTubers worked hard to release videos regularly for 5-10 years before they saw this wealth. They grew a following because they loved what they were doing, and the money ended up coming as an afterthought.
If you don’t feel confident or interested in recording your own videos, you could stick to writing instead. Creating a blog on your own website can be a great way to share your thoughts and opinions on the subjects you’re passionate about.
Blogs for things like cooking and travel usually do very well, but there’s room on the internet for you to write about almost anything. The best way to get a blog to be successful is to start creating your blog posts and share them on social media websites like Twitter.
You can start to build a following by connecting with like-minded people. Over time, your blog will start to grow and you can look into search engine optimization (or SEO for short.) This is a term used to describe strategies involved to get your blogs to appear on Google.
Creating a successful blog can take a very long time, it won’t make you a millionaire, and if you stop posting regularly, your blog can quickly die out. It’s a lot of work so you have to be in it for the love of it first and foremost.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about getting famous on Instagram and getting paid for it. It’s absolutely possible to do, but it requires turning into a social media addict.
You’ll need to ideally pick a category or niche so that potential sponsors know they can share their products with a suitable audience. From there, you’ll need to post regularly, great create photographs, and share content that gets people interested in following you.
There’s an entire science to becoming Instagram famous, and like other options on this list, it’s a lot of hard work.
Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t offer any steady income - you can’t earn advertising revenue like you can from creating your own blog or YouTube channel, for example. You’ll have to rely on making sponsorship deals.
Thankfully, there are apps out there that make landing deals and ad spots easier. In fact, you can get started with as little as 3,000 followers. I wrote a blog about making money on Instagram here. Read it to learn more about how to get started and how to find suitable platforms for finding sponsors.
The next potential option for making passive income is to create some kind of product that you can make once and then sell. A good example would be an ebook, an audiobook, or a podcast series. You could also make an app or even create a training course on a website like Coursera.
Once you’ve made your product, the next step is to seek an audience to buy it. This can be hard, but the best way to do it is to use a platform to share free content similar to the product you’re offering. You could use social media websites or build your own blog.
Like other options on this list, making this successful is all about building up an audience.
Thanks for reading through this blog! So, do you think you have what it takes to make extra money online in 2018? I hope that the information I have provided can be useful to some of you out there.
Is there anything on this blog you’re excited to try? I’d love to hear about your plans and aspirations so why not share your thoughts in a comment below?
Ollie (zerodudex333) is a big mobile/tech fan. He posts blogs on Monday and Tuesday Mornings.
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