There are innumerable ways in which the web has changed our everyday lives – from providing us with an endless source of information to allowing us to communicate with family and friends that are thousands of miles away, for free. Perhaps the biggest impact the internet has had, however, is on the way companies do business and individuals make money. Before the internet, making money from the comfort of one’s home was not exactly a walk in the park. Today, it is. Here are some Ways to Make Money Online.
Today, a person has a wide variety of choices if they are looking to make a few bucks online.
Of course, some of these choices will be more lucrative, while others will simply serve to provide you with some spending money on the side. The important thing is to find something that suits your needs and your present situation.
Tutoring is not a new invention. In fact, it has been around for quite some while and it has allowed people with certain knowledge to make money by imparting this knowledge on others.
The reason we are talking about tutoring today is that the web has enabled people with certain knowledge to reach out to a much larger client base than ever before.
Namely, nowadays you do not even have to live in the same city as the person you are tutoring. It is all done online. They do not even have to be in the same country as you. Someone from Germany can easily tutor someone from Japan on advanced trigonometry (of course, provided they can find a common language).
Moreover, there are now websites that will help put tutors in touch with their students for a small fee. These can be a great way to ensure you always have clients and you are making a steady income.
Depending on where you live and how much tutoring you can do in a month, it is actually possible to make a living just tutoring. It will help if you can tutor people interested in some popular subjects such as coding.
While tutoring can earn you enough money to make a living, paid surveys cannot really. In fact, you cannot really expect much more than pocket-money from paid surveys, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. If someone tries to sell you a story that you can get rich from paid surveys, they are, well, not telling the truth.
The main reason for this is that paid survey websites do not pay that much money for their surveys and there is only a limited number of surveys you can do in one day, even if you register on every paid surveys website there is.
That being said, you can make a few bucks here and there and it is fantastically easy to do so with paid surveys.
Namely, you are asked about your own opinions on something and it does not require too much thinking on your part (in the vast majority of cases). This way you are not straining yourself too much.
One other thing to keep in mind is that some paid surveys websites offer monthly or quarterly raffles where you can get big prizes, but don’t hold your breath. Also, you should know that some of these websites only pay in online vouchers.
A Shopify Store
We should probably point out that there are other ecommerce platforms out there, but for someone who is only starting, there is no better choice than Shopify. The sheer numbers speak for themselves as more than 370,000 Shopify stores are active at the moment, with new popping up all over the place.
Shopify allows people to sell their product online and it sets everything up painlessly and in a very user-friendly way.
Even people who have no experience in running an ecommerce website can easily setup their store without wasting entire days on it.
For $29, you will get your own domain name, a website, a blog, an SSL certificate, a payment platform and everything else you can need for a new store on Shopify. As you get used to the platform, you will start experimenting with additional apps and modified themes that will best define your store as a unique place to purchase your product.
Affiliate marketing is a competitive market; there is no doubt about that. It is also a very complex field and it is not something you just rush in. On the other hand, it can be a very lucrative business model that can definitely make you a living.
It is hard work and it will entail building your online reputation, or at least that is the case if you want to go the smart way.
If you choose this way, you will be providing valuable content to your readers and recommending tools that you feel can help them achieve success. In return, you will be earning a commission for each sale that goes through your website.
Of course, you can always go the other way and try to move in on the innumerable affiliate marketing websites where you will simply spam content and keywords until you are blue in the face or until Google catches up with your lazy SEO practices (whichever comes first).
In any case, it is hard work and a real career choice.
These are not the only options you have for making money online. Not by a long shot.
They are, however, a good cross-section of what you can do online these days and it will all depend on your situation and your expertise.
AUTHOR: James D. Burbank has spent almost 20 years in the world of business, mostly in marketing. He is always looking out for new trends and ways in which the world of business is changing.
If you have the time, check out his business-oriented blog called BizzMarkBlog.