Ever since the concept of the World Wide Web was developed, many things have changed including our lifestyles and the way we work. Clients from across the globe can easily get their job done through the virtual environment without employing a physical workforce.
This is profitable to the employers as well as the freelancers who do not have to move out in search of jobs like it was in the traditional work environment. It is true you can make money online right in the comfort of your home.
This article discusses 5 of the top ways in which you can make this happen.
If you are passionate about a certain niche and your writing skills are great, you can consider blogging. Depending on your approach and the strategies you employ, blogging can make you a living. You can either start your own blogging site or blog for a remote company for pay.
Starting you own blog however requires extra sacrifice in terms of time more or less like starting your own business.
- According to a report by Glassdoor, bloggers earn anything between $19,000 and $79,000. As a freelance blogger, you can also make about $10 to $100 per post depending on the number of words, the technicality and the client.
- A survey done by blogging.com in 2012 showed that 17 percent of bloggers are able to sustain their families solely from blogging.
- The interesting bit is about 2 percent of those surveyed spent under two hours blogging but their income was more than $150,000 per year.
To increase your odds of earning a decent income, you should work on the quality of your content, pick competitive niches and become effective at building audiences and generating traffic.
Be a Freelancer
Freelancing is the buzzword among professionals today as most of them look for flexible working schedules where they can attend to their other responsibilities while working at the same time.
The expansive nature of the online platform makes it possible for almost anyone willing and able to work to get an opportunity.
According to MBO Partners, a recruiting firm, the US workforce operating on a freelance is likely to rise to 65 million by the year 2020.
Freelancing gives you a diversification of skills, exposure as well as ownership over your career.
Whether you are in transition or a stay-at-home parent, freelancing opportunities such as writing, graphic design, editing, web designing can make you a decent living.
Analysis of FlexJob’s database reveals several lucrative careers such as marketing, creative arts, project management, accounting and web development.
To be a successful freelancer, you must understand how to manage your time and set reasonable rate for your gigs.
Sites such as Elance, Upwork can offer beginners a good platform to launch their careers.
You do not have to be a seasoned pro to list an item or sell online. As long as you have a product which has value, customers will definitely buy it. The beauty with selling online is your potential to reach a wider market because of the visibility your listing gets beyond your traditional turf.
There are a number of things you can sell online such as music, stock photos, eBooks, and articles among other products.
The selling platform can be your own website, a Facebook page or on sites such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba.
To succeed selling online, you have to get your pricing right because wrong pricing can easily deter buyers. When promoting your product, think like a buyer and present a winning sales pitch. The photos of the products you are selling must be clear and cropped up so as to show different angles and close-ups.
Right from the comfort of your couch, you can join online marketing networks so as to sell products at a commission. There are lots of affiliate marketing networks online who are looking for hardworking and dedicated online sales people to help move their merchandise.
You need a website for affiliate marketing where the advertisements can be incorporated. If you have performance talent, product placement videos can be excellent. Sites such as Commission Junction, LinkShare and ShareASale can be a good choice.
If you are an expert in a certain skill or field, you may create a webinar and advertise it on your site.
Mystery shopping is becoming a common way to earn money where you shop under cover with an aim to collect as much data as possible for research companies or competitors and based on your performance, you are rewarded.
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You can create an online store where you sell niche items. In the event you are not tech-savvy, there are several avenues you can set shop such as CafePress, eBay and Shopify. You can also hire someone to design a personalized website for you.
Apart from selling tangible items on online stores, you can create a virtual store where you sell virtual items such as software or online games and make money out of it.
To succeed in this, you must find a virtual product that allows you to create an avatar and pay to set up shop.
You have the advantage of reaching a wider audience without the inconvenience of traditional shipping of tangible items.
Making money online is therefore possible and doesn’t require you to be exceptionally endowed. As long as you have internet, you can blog, freelance on several projects, sell online, engage in online marketing as well sell virtual items to customers around the world.
As you go on with your chosen path, you will learn the bits and pieces as well as the finer details that will turn you from an amateur to a pro.