For a bit of extra income or for putting your feet on the wall for good, here’s a list of things to try if you want to earn money online – legitimately.
1. Website building
With a handful of skills you can learn from any online course nowadays, you can whip up a nice website to sell whatever you have to offer. If you don’t feel like coding, there’s a myriad of easy-to-set-up platforms to build your website on – WordPress is probably one of the easiest. You can post blogs, items for sale, pictures, videos, or promote your personal brand or portfolio. Having your own website or blog and creating original quality content on it opens up loads of different ways for making money online.
2. Company referrals
Many bloggers chat up companies to ask them for free stuff. Let’s say you have a scuba diving blog and you’re looking to get some new gear from a company you like. If you offer to write about them and their products on your blog, they will sometimes be willing to send you some gear at a discount or even completely free. If you have a good blog with lots of traffic, they may even consider you next time they need to promote their new product line and send you some things to try out and write about. Money saved is money made.
3. Amazon Associates
By placing Amazon referral links to products at different retailers on your blog or website you can earn money on commissions. When shoppers click through those links and buy something, the online retailer pays you a portion of the sale. There are people who have made small fortunes doing that.
4. Publish your own Kindle books on Amazon
If you’ve dreamt of publishing your own book or even a few of them, you can do that now with Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Whether you want to share your expertise in a particular field or are waiting for the right time to publish your tear-jerking romance novel, now’s your chance. They do take a percentage of every book sale, but hey, you did get it published at zero cost.
5. Apple Appstore & Google Play
If you’re feeling particularly tech-savvy, build and app for iOS or Android and sell it on the app store. Remember Flappy Bird? It was developed in a few days and by January last year was bringing in £34,000 a day on in-app ads and sales. Even if you can’t develop mobile apps now, this just might be the motivation to start learning.
6. Sell things on eBay
Take a good look around you. Do you really need all this stuff you have in your home? There are probably some things you could do without, so why not just sell them on eBay. Simply search through the “sold” listings to see the kinds of items that have sold recently and for how much. You can even buy things and sell them at higher prices. There’s a blogger named Yolanda, who’s using eBay to pay off her student loans. If shuffling through the listings, selling and shipping is your thing, you should give it a try.
7. Sell your illustrations, videos and photos on iStockPhoto
If you have a good photo eye or know your way around drawing vector illustrations, you can sell them on stock artwork sites like iStockPhoto. Not only can you make money off of your art, but you can have the satisfaction of helping businesses spice up their online presence with your works.
8. Or sell your Instagram photos
‘Yeah, like that’s a thing,’ I hear you saying. Well, it is. A photographer decided to put his Instagram photos of everyday New Yorkers up for sale as prints and made $15,000 (£10,200) in one day. Now that’s a challenge to accept.
9. Teach online courses at Udemy
Have you’ve mastered an in-demand skill? If so, then you might want to take advantage of teaching a course at Udemy to bring in anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand pounds a month. If you love teaching and can share expertise that people are willing to pay for, you should consider giving it a go.
10. Try Etsy – the eBay for crafters and artists
If you enjoy creating things with your hands, Etsy is the place to be. Plenty of people have made decent side money selling handmade items from jewellery to clothing to hand-felted antlers. In other words – there’s plenty of space to get creative and put some butter on your bread while doing that.