Work Online – 6 Ways to Earn a Living on the Internet
Are you looking to earn some extra money on the side – or you’re sick and tired of the rat race and want to shorten your commute to rolling out of bed and shuffling over to the computer? Well, there are legitimate ways to earn money online, but don’t be fooled by the “too good to be true” work-at-home scams. Working at home does require long hours (at least initially) and some good old-fashioned perseverance. If you like working on your own, are disciplined and have a fast Internet connection, then you have the potential to earn a steady income without ever leaving the comforts of home.
After taking some time to reflect on your skills, talents, and passions, consider one or more of the following 5 approaches to establishing a regular online income:
1 – Freelancing
Outsourcing is growing exponentially with the use of the Internet. Individuals and businesses regularly hire freelancers online to complete jobs that are outside of their skill set, or projects that they just don’t have the time to do themselves.
If you’re skilled at: writing/editing, transcribing (typing from audio), web design, web programming, language translation, data entry, logo creation, creating audio-visual presentations, general administrative tasks, or have a great sounding voice (voice talent), you can begin by freelancing your services through several reputable outsourcing websites.
Freelancing websites charge a low monthly fee (usually $15-$30 dollars) for users to post a professional profile, and to bid on projects dispatched by employers. Oftentimes, freelancers quickly secure regular working relationships with a number of clients that provide them with a steady income.
2 – Become a Vendor on eBay
Establish a seller’s account on eBay. If you’ve already purchased items on this popular website, you may already have a high feedback score that will help you to launch your initial sales. You can begin by selling previously owned, or home made items (eBay only charges a fee when you list or sell items), and if you are successful, you can expand your product lines by purchasing popular items at wholesale prices, and then listing them for auction.
Thousands of people make a good living off of eBay. eBay makes it possible for vendors to establish their own virtual store right on the website, eliminating retail space overheads, as well as the cost of hiring salespeople. You can also have a link to your own website where buyers can purchase items from you directly.
3 – Market Products or Services From Your Own Website
You can operate a virtual business simply by creating your own website. If you don’t have web-programming skills, don’t fret. Many web-hosting companies such as Yahoo, or Host Monster offer WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors for beginners to create their own simple, yet functional and visually appealing websites. Yahoo Merchant Solutions is ideal for beginners to create their first online store, while Yahoo Site Solutions offers a variety of templates which you can modify online, and have your website up and running within a couple of hours.
Whether you’re marketing freelance services or products on your website, be sure to define the nature of your business, have a page that details your fees and delivery time, include a “contact us” page for potential customers or clients to reach you, and it should also incorporate a way for customers to pay you (i.e. a PayPal account for invoicing, or a website payments program for instant online shopping).
4 – Blogging
Yep, you’ve read correctly – some people actually make money simply by blabbing on about what they already know. If you’re passionate about a topic (or an array of topics), and have a knack for researching and writing constructive content (and are willing to put time and energy into promoting your subject matter), you too can collect financially from regular online contributions.
The most common method of earning income for new bloggers is through pay-per click ads. After establishing readership with your thought provoking content, you can slowly begin to incorporate advertising through programs such as Google Adsense, WidgetBucks, Chitika’s eMiniMalls or Text Link Ads to generate income from your blog.
You can also blog for businesses (www.bloggersforhire.com), or help sell others’ products through affiliate programs. Affiliate programs enable your blog to act as a medium to connect your readers to websites that offer various products and services. If you offer book reviews, or you regularly reference books or authors in your blog, your readers can be directed to an affiliate (Amazon.com for example), to obtain further information about the book or author. If they purchase something from the affiliate, you will be financially compensated. For more information on how to start your own blog (which, by the way is short for Web Log), visit www.wordpress.com.
5 – Write Articles / Sell Photographs
If you’re passionate about writing or photography, you can generate passive online income by submitting articles, photographs or vector illustrations that are in high demand. Passive income entails submitting your work, and earning unlimited revenue thereafter from each page visit or download.
As a writer, regular article submissions to websites such as Associated Content, Constant Content, and Triond can earn you upfront payments, or pay per click payments. It might take a while to build up a large enough portfolio of articles to earn a decent passive income, but through the regular submission of well-written, informative content, and a little creative promotion, you will soon be on your way to receiving a regular paycheck for your efforts.
For talented photographers, a regular income can be generated through the submission of highly sought after photographs and vector illustrations to websites including Shutterstock, Dreamstime, or IStockPhoto. Quality, resolution, and demand for subject matter all play a major role in whether your images will make it into the database, so it is important to first examine the photographs on these websites to have an understanding of what types of images are accepted for resale.
Websites Accepting Article Submissions:
Websites Accepting Image Submissions:
6 – Music / Song writing
If you are a musician or songwriter, Music Xray is a platform where artists can submit their music directly to Industry Professionals. When you submit to an opportunity, your track goes directly to the decision makers: no middle-men, no pre-screeners, just a direct link between artist and Industry Professional.
Although you can certainly work in your PJ’s, earning a living online is certainly not for the lazy or those who are prone to procrastination. Working for yourself usually means you’re paid by the amount of work you do instead of being paid hourly, or earning a salary. Therefore, discipline, motivation, and a little good old-fashioned hard work are necessary to succeed in earning a regular income online.
The good news is, you’ll be doing what you like to do on your own terms, so it doesn’t always feel like work. Persevere, and you will soon be reaping the benefits from making your own hours and being your own boss.