Overview : The internet has brought lots of opportunities for earning some extra money. Some are good for quick fixes, if you’re in need of a bit of extra cash in a hurry. Others can actually form a solid, long-term source of income. There are plenty of informative blogposts about making money online, though I’d like to explain 5 real ways on my experience to make money online to help you to get started.
Clear out your clutter
If you just want to give your finances a quick boost without too much effort, then getting rid of your unwanted stuff online could well be the way to go. The key point here is to make sure that you’re setting your (starting) price high enough to ensure that you recoup postage charges and fees; otherwise you could wind up out of pocket.
Start taking surveys
There are numerous survey sites on the internet and plenty of them are run by established, reliable names. Some of these sites offer vouchers, others cash and some both. The sheer volume of surveys available means that you’re likely to find at least a regular trickle of opportunities, but be aware that some surveys can have quite length pre-screening questionnaires, which you can fail at any point – right up to the last question. Even if you do get a high volume of surveys, really this type of activity is for pocket money, rather than serious income.
Register on micro-working sites
These are generally the easiest way to start paid, online working. Unlike the survey sites, which generally have requirements for participation, these sites are essentially open to anyone. There may be geographical restrictions (although many are completely global) and there are often aptitude tests for certain tasks, but, in principle, if you can register for the site, you can get work there – as and when the site has it available. Registering with several micro-working sites can help to mitigate this issue. Pay is generally very low and you may have to wait some time to get it, but if you’re prepared to put in the hours, you may be able to generate a moderate, regular income.
Monetize your digital skills
Any job which can be done at a computer can probably be turned into an income stream online. If you’re a talented writer, there are lots of sites looking for people to supply content for blogs and websites. If you’re good at grammar, spelling and punctuation, but not particularly creative, transcription could be for you. If you know a foreign language, try an online translation agency. If you just enjoy surfing the net, you could sign up with a company which offers website-testing services and get paid for giving your feedback on how well their clients’ sites work. If you have specialist skills, such as teaching or bookkeeping, then you could find some very well-paid opportunities online.
Use the web to sell your offline skills
If you’re a dab hand at some kind of manual work, such as handicrafts, you can use the web to turn your hobby into a source of income. Places like etsy offer a well-known platform to sell hand-crafted items and there is nothing to stop you setting up your own website and/or social media site as well.