Ever since the dawn of the internet as we know it, people all over the world have been looking for ways to make money online. Everyone is after the freedom of working for themselves, and everyone would like the ability to work when and where they want.
Here is some great news for you: You can! You can be one of the many people who have taken their work into their own hands and set their own schedules, can travel when and where they like, and make as much money as they like.
There are literally hundreds of ways you can make money online, and many of them will not require you to learn any special skills. All you need is good work ethic, a bit of creativity, and willingness to put in a bit of effort. Below is a beginner’s guide on how to make money online.
One sure-fire way to make money online with zero up-front cost is to get started in writing. If you can write at a high school level and have the creative juices and life experience to write interesting and informative blog posts, you can make money online.
In order to get paid for your writing, you will likely need to have a personal blog. You can set up a blog for free on sites like WordPress. Get one set up and contribute regularly. With a good topic and some marketing skills you may find yourself able to make money off this blog through advertising and/or memberships.
While you are waiting for your blog traffic to pick up, you will want to start writing for others. There exist many websites where other companies and website owners go to purchase content. The trick is finding the ones that pay well and fit well with your work style. Some of the best-paying sites include Work Market, BlogMutt, Constant Content, and UpWork.
Experiment with these sites to find what works for you. You may find you like all three, or you may find none of them are your cup of tea, and you can go off and find a completely different platform.
A second way to make money online that requires a bit of an investment, but is an easy business to get into and requires very little in the way of special skills, is to set up shop on Amazon or Ebay. Amazon FBA (“Fulfilled by Amazon”) is the easiest way to go about this, as it doesn’t require you to do anything beyond shipping your products to Amazon, but the associated fees do eat into your profit margins. For higher profits, try Amazon Seller Fulfilled or Ebay.
By shopping garage sales, thrift stores, clearance isles, and sales at local box stores and reselling items at full price on Amazon and Ebay, you can actually make quite a bit of money. If you want to take it a step further, you can try ordering an item wholesale and reselling it for an even higher profit margin.
If you need to increase sale, consider using social media marketing to drive traffic to your sale pages. The power of social media is astounding to say the least
A third way to make a few bucks on the internet involves selling your skills. This could be in the form of video lessons — which can be posted on sites like teachable.com — or in the form of services offered on sites like Fiverr.
To get started, consider your special skills and hobbies. Do you know how to dance or play an instrument? Why not pull out a video camera and record a series of lessons to sell? If you’re an artist, you can sell your work on Etsy or do custom work for folks on Fiverr. Maybe you have an eye for web design and could offer to design WordPress sites for others. Get creative and see what you can come up with. You probably have more “sellable” skills than you know.
As you can see, there are tons of ways to make a living online. So what are you waiting for? Why not get started today? With a bit of creativity, the right kinds of software, and some good, old-fashioned elbow grease you will be well on your way to making a living from your living room.