Unless you are some mystic or a Buddhist monk and don’t have a desire to live a luxurious life, you probably require some steady income to survive these days.
Usually, we complete our studies and hunt for a 9-to-5 job to earn money to spend on things, however, some people who prefer freedom and choose entrepreneurship over a job.
- You must be thinking starting a business requires money?
- Yes, but does entrepreneurship only mean starting a business?
- Or do all the companies need a seed funding?
Sure many of them do but to work for yourself and generate a steady income these days, all you need is the dedication and hard work.
We are living in exciting times, where a computer and an internet connection can become a source of steady income. There are thousands of success stories how people are earning 5 figure income through the web and from the comfort of their house.
We have compiled a list of wildest and legitimate ways to make money online from the comfort of your house, however, before we talk about them; let’s discuss why it is a good idea to consider making money online.
Why Should I Earn Money Online?
Honestly speaking this is a very legitimate question. If you have a job that love, then working online might seem like a bad idea. However, making money online not only adds some extra dollars to your income stream, but it also provides you an opportunity to turn it into a full-time business.
Many people have started small software houses, digital marketing companies, e-commerce shops and what not. Moreover, it also provides you an opportunity to work from the comfort of your house and give you a lot more freedom as compared to your 9 to 5 job.
The question is should you leave your job to start working online?
Honestly, No and Yes. No, because like in every business, you will face ups and downs during your “Earn from the Internet” Journey, which might lead to stress if you leave your job at the start. Yes, because if you become successful, you will have more freedom and would be earning a lot more than what you are making with your current job.
So how do you start?
Many of the successful internet entrepreneurs began their journey to make money online along with their job and continued until they felt confident about their online business.
When you are working online, at some point, you realize that you can increase your revenue if you could spend more time on it. It is the point where you can leave your job and start working on your business full time.
Ways to Make Money Online
Although there are hundreds of ways to earn online, however, not all of them are real and legitimate. We have thoroughly researched and compiled a list of methods that are not only easy to implement but are legitimate.
PPC or “pay per click” networks by far is the easiest and most popular way to make money online. PPC systems let website owners and bloggers to show banner ads or text ads to their readers/visitor in exchange for money.
There are hundreds of PPC networks. However, some of the most popular systems are Google Adsense, Infolinks, Chitika, etc. If you own a blog with a good reader base and have daily visitors, you can earn money from it by just displaying ads through these networks.
How much you can earn?
Honestly, it all depends on the traffic of your blog. People are averagely making from around 3K to 15K per month using Google AdSense. However, there is also some exception where people earn a lot more than that.
It won’t be wrong to cost CPA Networks the highest paying way to make money online. “Cost per action” networks, unlike PPC networks, pay you for the actions of the people.
The action could be anything from:
- completing a survey,
- to registering a free account,
- filling out a form for an insurance company,
- downloading a trial version of software,
How much can you earn?
Honestly speaking it depends on the system and the offers. I have seen people earning 500$ – 1000$ per day using CPA networks.
You cannot expect the same results on the first day. However, you will eventually learn to find good offers and audience for that offer and get to the point where you would be earning as much as that or even more than that.
There is a little problem with this method, though. It is hard to get into reliable CPA networks such as CPAlead, Maxbounty and CPAgrip etc.
Usually, when you register for these networks, they ask you the source of traffic you would be sending to these offers. It might be a little problem to mention for someone with no experience.
Moreover, if your online application is accepted, they usually call you to take an interview and ask same or even more profound questions about traffic source.
So if you are lucky and somehow got into the network, another problem arises. The other problem with earning from CPA networks is that you need to have an initial investment of at least 500$.
Because usually, people advertise using Google Adwords, Bing ads or Facebook ads and until you find some good offers and a targeted audience for those offers you might have to run a few ad campaigns.
You can sign up on these websites as an affiliate. You can choose a product from a diverse range of goods, and you will get a customized link that you can use to sell that product and get a commission on each purchase of the item you are promoting.
Another fantastic way to make money online is to write and sell Ebooks on different subjects and with the introduction of platforms like Amazon Kindle, it is easier than ever to write and sell your Ebooks.
Honestly speaking, if you have taken a writing class in college or even if you are just a student and are good at researching and writing than believe me you can become a Kindle author quickly.
Search for a niche that you are interested in; it could be anything job hunting, writing a good CV, online money making, fitness, guitar lessons, weight loss, etc.
All you have to do is research and write and organize it like a book with index etc. and give it an interesting title like “10 Secrets to Job Hunting That No One told you about.”
How much can you earn?
Well, usually the Kindle Ebooks are priced from around 2$ to 8$. If you are a beginner, it’s a good idea to start selling at low prices because you know it’s easier to spend 2$ on an Ebook from an unknown author than spending 10$ on it.
However, you can increase the price when you have some good reviews and a good author profile.
The most popular way to make money online is freelancing. Freelancing platforms such as Upwork, Freelancer or Guru allow you to work as a freelancer in a wide variety of fields on either fixed amount per project or hourly basis.
The fields include but are not limited to graphic design, programming, database design, website design and development, system administration, designing models and architectural sketches for houses and offices and much more.
Sell Anything on Fiverr
Although people consider Fiverr as another freelancing platform, I disagree.
Fiverr is more than just a freelancing platform. It is a full marketplace that lets you sell almost anything.
- If you are good at playing piano, you can create melodies for people.
- If you have good vocals, you can voice over for people.
- If you are good at research, you can do that for people.
Honestly speaking, just look at what you are good at and you are ready to earn through Fiverr.
Another difference between other freelance platforms and Fiverr is that, unlike other platforms where you have to bid on projects to get them, Fiverr is designed in such a way that once your gig is ranking high, people will find you and purchase from you.
Sure there is a buyer requests section that you can use in start to get orders and some positive reviews, but once you have a high ranking gig, you don’t have to worry about advertising.
Selling Products on Private Forums
Private forums (such as Warriorforum) are a great source of learning about how to make money online as well earning by selling your stuff and services.
These forums let you sell your Ebooks as well as your services to other members.
Although it is a tough task to research and find some good and available domain names at first but once you learn the art nothing can stop you.
Thousands of people are already doing this. They find good domain names and sell them for some extra bucks. Recommended: Sedo.com.
Websites like Flippa.com allow you to sell your blogs or websites for a fair price. People usually create blogs on different niches from fitness to technology and run them for a while until they are getting a good traffic on a monthly basis before selling them on Flippa.com.
This method to make money online is a bit time consuming; however, you can earn a lot of money at a time.
How much can you make using Flippa.com?
A lot. A simple search on Google can lead you to thousands of success stories of people selling their blogs for as high as 100K$ to 500K$. All you have to do is start a blog on a niche that you are interested in, put PPC ads on it to earn money along the way and once you are getting enough traffic, sell it.
Selling Pictures and Vectors
If you are a hobbyist digital illustrator or a photographer, you can sell your stuff online for a price.
Websites like Shutterstock.com allow you to sell your photographs and vector art to make money online.You can sell photos of anything from your kitchen to natural beauty of Thailand that you captured on your recent family vacation.
Same goes for the vectors; you can sell business card source files, logos, or simple vector icons.
EBay, Craigslist, and Amazon
Moreover, you can also offer your services on Craigslist.org.
E-Store Using Shopify
Creating an E-commerce Store is easier than ever now. Shoppify.com is a platform that let you create your online store with just a few clicks and small fees. It also offers a lot of free themes and plugins to customize your shop according to your needs.
What you can sell?
Honestly anything. Usually, people import cheap personalized stuff from China through a website such as Aliexpress.com and sell them for an increased price.
Moreover, with a diverse range of Shopify fulfillment apps such as TeeSpring’s fulfillment app; you can create an online clothing brand. (Read More about T-spring and how it works in section 15 – customized T-shirts)
How much can you earn?
According to unofficial Shopify sellers group, people with about 3 – 5 months experience usually earn from 30K to 100K per month on average.
However, the prices depend on your products, advertising and the overall effort you are putting in your shop.
One of the fabulous ways to make money online these days is YouTube. You must have noticed those 30 seconds ads like those little text banners that appear on the videos.
Youtube allows people to advertise on their videos and give them a cut of the revenue through Google’s AdSense program.
What type of videos can you upload and make money online?
Honestly, anything but explicit content. Just ask yourself what you are passionate about, create videos, upload them and earn money.
- offer guitar lessons,
- create Top 10 lists of basically anything and turn them into videos,
- fitness lessons,
- dating advice,
- talk about their favorite TV shows.
Just create a YouTube channel about something that you think people might be interested in, upload videos, learn a bit of YouTube SEO and sit back.
How much can you earn?
People with big channels are earning as much as 10K to 25K USD per month. You can make anything from 1$ to 5$ per 1000 views of your video. Imagine when you have 50 – 100 videos and some of them go viral.
Remember, uploading your videos to YouTube alone won’t earn you money. You need to do proper optimization of your videos, share them on social media and advertise your channel to get more and more subscribers.
Become an E-Instructor
Salman Khan of Khan Academy is the best example of how you can turn your passion into a business. He used to teach his cousin high school mathematics through YouTube and Skype and now he owns one of the biggest E-Learning platforms in the world.
The Idea here is not to go and start another E- Learning platform on your own but utilize the currently available platforms to earn an extra income.
Platforms like Udemy.com allows you to create your courses and sell them for a small price of 20$.
- teaching everything from graphic design to programming languages,
- from English to Spanish,
- from cooking to Fitness,
- from mathematics to physics and what not.
You can turn anything that you are good at into a course and earn a lot of money by doing an excellent job of teaching others. Win-Win, isn’t it?
Okay, now this one is my personal favorite. Although many people might tell you if you are just starting out on selling customized T-shirts you are late but I assure you, you are not.
Websites such as TeeSpring.com allow you to upload customized designs and sell the design to potential customers. You don’t have to worry about printing Tee shirts and their delivery; all you need to do is create something good and advertise it. TeeSpring will print the T-shirt and deliver it to the customers, and you get a commission.
But I am not good at designing? No? It’s okay.
You can find a hell lot of amazing designers on Fiverr.com, who are willing to turn your ideas into designs for as little as 5$.
Moreover, if you are not good at advertising as well, you can search for free Facebook advertising lessons on YouTube and sell your T-shirts using Facebook ad campaigns.
Along with providing a good source to connect with your loved ones, social media websites are a great source to advertise and sell your products to people.
You can use your social media presence to promote your products, CPA offers, sell t-shirts, but if you don’t want to do that, you can sell your Twitter “tweets” and Facebook “status updates” to people who want to sell their products.
Sell Arts and Crafts
If you are someone who is good at arts and crafts and can create homemade items, there are arts and crafts websites such as Etsy.com that let you sell your items to people.
To get an idea what people are already selling, you can have a look at the website. Moreover, although creating a shop on Etsy.com is free, the site charge you a small fee for every item that you sell.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Should I Earn Money Online?
- 2 Ways to Make Money Online
- 2.1 PPC Networks
- 2.2 CPA Networks
- 2.3 Affiliate Programs
- 2.4 Selling Ebooks
- 2.5 Freelancing
- 2.6 Sell Anything on Fiverr
- 2.7 Selling Products on Private Forums
- 2.8 Domain Buying/Selling
- 2.9 Website Flipping
- 2.10 Selling Pictures and Vectors
- 2.11 EBay, Craigslist, and Amazon
- 2.12 E-Store Using Shopify
- 2.13 YouTube
- 2.14 Become an E-Instructor
- 2.15 Customized T-Shirts
- 2.16 Social Media
- 2.17 Sell Arts and Crafts