4 Great Ways to Start Making Money Online and Potentially Turn It Into a Business

Many people still haven’t realized that the possibilities of the digital world are countless, and new ones are coming every minute.
Whoever you are, and whatever you do, you can become self-employed, work from the comfort of your home and make money. All you need is a laptop, Internet connection and a PayPal account.

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In the beginning, it’s best to start doing it on the side. Do your research to make yourself familiar with all the things you can do online that will help you make a living. Once you’re making enough, quit your job. By the way, you can still do what you do best, just in front of the screen.
And if you don’t have any knowledge or experience, there are still many ways to make an income.

The best thing is that you’ll be taking up new projects whenever you feel like, will work as hard as you want, and often whenever you want. Won’t have to get to an office, be in an unfriendly environment, answer to your boss or wait for the weekend. Monday won’t be a problem anymore, and the harder you work, the more you’ll earn.

Let me make something clear, though. All the ideas I’ll share here are absolutely honest ways to start earning money and eventually turn it into a business if you want to scale. But you can’t go without hard work, going the extra mile and offering value.

If you’re not ready to do that, then this post is not for you.

But if you are, there’s no need for any initial capital. You’ll be investing time and effort, and it may be a long time before any significant amount of money starts coming in. The Internet is full of stories of people who made it in a week, but most often they were experienced, already had an audience, or a good portfolio, or else.

Don’t compare yourself to them. Choose an option (or a few) from the list below that are most suitable to what you know, related to your hobbies and passion, or just things you think you’ll be good at.

Start doing it today, but do your research, do some brainstorming and get ready to work harder than the average person. Because that’s what needs to be done to make a change in your lifestyle.

4 Ways to Start Making Money from the Internet

1. Sell handmade goods.

Millions of people all over the world have hobbies, are making things by hand at home, build skills by doing what they love, dedicate all their free time to creating activities.

If you’re such an artistic and talented soul, and haven’t even thought of selling your goods, you’re losing money. Sites like Etsy exist because of people who make jewelry, soap, candles, clothes, frames, furniture, accessories, and anything else you can imagine, but who are also passionate about it, skilled and do it themselves.

Those whose products are worth it, and who found the right platform to show their work, are now making a living from their art. Some are easily earning six figures a month too. Why can’t that be you?

If your leisure activities include sewing, painting, drawing, cooking, designing, inventing or carving anything, be sure that there are many people out there who’d gladly pay money for your product.

Give them that chance by taking great pictures of the items you create, describing them and uploading them on a site for handmade things. If you’re targeting a specific niche, be sure that your customers will find you.

If things are going well, you can start making money online soon, and after some time turn your passion into a career, quit your regular job, and become your own boss by setting up your own online store.

2. Create niche sites.

Niche sites are specifically targeted (usually) small sites, who are created after a good keyword research, have content on a certain topic and are monetized in one or more ways.

You don’t need to be a marketing expert to do it, but you’ll have to be ready to invest enough time and energy. The result here can be a steady income (usually passive as some people create such sites with a little content, put a product for selling or ads on it, and never touch it again), just a little money every now and then (in which case niche site creators just build many of these), or simply nothing (if the niche you’ve chosen is not profitable).

If you want to give it a try, choose something you’re passionate about or a subject about which you know more than most people. Do your keyword research well, target a phrase that can be monetized (other people must be already making money from it. You can see that by checking Amazon and see how popular the products in this field are.) and create content around it.

The point is to make your site rank for the chosen keyword high in Google, preferably on top of the page. Some people manage to succeed in this by creating just a few pages for the site, but it’s always better if you update it frequently, write long posts on the topic each of which is informative, includes many synonyms of the keyword and isn’t spammy but well optimized and with a natural look.
Once (if) you do your job right, people will start finding it through search engines. And you’ll have only readers interested in the particular topic, so no need to wonder whether they’ll pay money for a product connected to it or not.

When you grow your traffic, you can start making money in 3 main ways:
• putting ads on the site;
• creating and selling your information products (add an eBook on the subject, a course, video tutorials, etc.);
• affiliate marketing (promote other people’s products or directly include links to ones on Amazon that visitors would like, and make a commission every time they buy something).

3. Teach what you know.

People want and need to learn new stuff and are always looking for the fastest and easiest way possible.

That’s why the how-to YouTube channels are so popular, online courses are a hit, and informative guides are preferred over content with no action steps.

Everyone’s good at something. The interesting thing is that these days you can just do your research and thus know more than the average person. That’s all you need to start offering a product, or your services, and make money by teaching people how to do something.

If you know how to work with a difficult program, create a video tutorial, include screenshots and explain slowly what to do by doing it yourself.
If you work in a gym, are a lawyer, cook well, know a foreign language, have hacked your sleep or memory, or else, you can share it with others and help them improve this area of their lives.

Choose the right medium for that – videos, audio format (podcasts) or written word. You can offer phone calls, do webinars, create presentations, or just write a how-to guide.

In the beginning you can offer it using the most popular platforms out there connected to your specific format (iTunes for podcasts, YouTube for videos, Udemy for courses, etc.) and thus get paid to share your knowledge in that field. Then, you can set up a site for yourself, partner with a company, or else, and increase your income and personal brand by turning the whole thing into a profitable business.

4. Freelance.

Sites like Freelancer and UpWork, and many, many more, are what many people (professionals or not) use to make a full-time living while working from home.

Most jobs are connected to programming, design, writing, online marketing and advertising. So if you know how to code, can write well, proofread or translate stuff, are good at making sites, can help someone with their marketing strategy, or else, then you can easily find clients for small jobs, and have the chance to turn each into a long term business relationship.

When you have no reviews and experience in the chosen site, you won’t be accepted often. But once you build a reputation for yourself, clients would love to work with you.

Once that makes you enough money, you can easily offer your professional services on a place of your own and get all the revenue without a third party.

That’s how amazing the online world is. Whatever it is you know or are good at, you can monetize it. If you don’t have any skill, you can learn it today with all the content offered for free, or can even start completing tasks for people online as a virtual assistant until you get to the next level.

Are you making money online? How? If not, which of these 4 would you try first and why?

Lidiya K

Lidiya K

Author, blogger and podcaster in the fields of self-improvement and life hacking. Creator of Let's Reach Success.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
Lidiya K

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