The widespread penetration of the internet has provided dozens of learning and earning opportunities online.
Millions of people are making good money online ranging from solo entrepreneurs and freelancers. I’m certain that even if you haven’t tried your hands at making money online, you know or have heard of someone close to you who has done it already.
Of course, making money online isn’t as easy as finding the best spectrum deals on the internet. You have to put some effort into it.
The good news is, we’ve already dealt with the ‘effort’ part. How? I’m going to give you five practical ways to make money online that you can try ASAP. Let’s go!
Freelancing is one of the best ways to make money online. It is also one of the oldest earning methods on the internet.
Freelancing allows you to demonstrate your skills with greater flexibility. The best part, it is a home-based gig.
Yes, you heard that right. It doesn’t involve all the nuances that come with a regular 9-5 job. Freelancing allows you to choose your employer from a wide range of options.
If you’re a beginner, freelancing is the best earning option you could get on the internet. There’s a great demand for freelancing services such as academic writing, blog writing, editing, copywriting, and graphic design.
You can create your profile on freelancing platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork. These websites let freelancers connect with potential buyers.
The more tasks you complete, the greater your reputation becomes and the greater your earning potential.
It takes time but when the jobs start rolling in, only you can be the limiting factor in regards to how much you can earn.
2. Selling Stuff
It’s time to put your old stuff to good use… for others. Selling your old is a great way to earn some quick extra cash.
The internet is filled with dozens of buying and selling platforms. From eBay, OLX to Facebook, you can sell your old stuff on a bunch of websites.
The best part is that these platforms have a dedicated online marketplace that lets sellers connect with buyers.
Think of all the items you no longer use. They could be your old books, stationery items, even your Pokémon trading cards (take it from us, there’s a great demand for Pokémon trading cards on the market). Could be thousands of dollars!
After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You can look up the items that are in demand on platforms such as Amazon or Craigslist.
3. Online Tutoring
The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized how the education sector runs. More institutions have embraced online learning and it’s even mainstream in some parts of the world.
You might already have experience with remote learning. If yes, then why not use that experience to teach others?
You don’t have to be teaching at a school to be an online tutor. You can teach school children, high school kids, or even adults on the subjects you’re well-versed in. There’s great demand for Math and Science tutors.
You can use web applications such as Google Classroom and Zoom to deliver online lectures. It is a great way to earn some extra money and probably pay for your college bills if you’re still a student.
Vlogging is pretty much the trend these days. Why? Because it offers both money and fame. Video content creators earn an insane amount of money (after hard work and time of course).
The best part about this kind of work is that there are no age restrictions when it comes to creating video content. Don’t believe me, just Google Ryan Kaji. He’s the top earner on YouTube and he’s just nine.
You too can become a vlogger or a video content creator on platforms such as YouTube and TikTok. YouTube is the biggest video hosting and sharing platform in the world.
It has billions of active users. It is not just a social media platform but a search engine. So, create your YouTube channel, get a decent quality smartphone, and get ready to educate or entertain people.
This is just like vlogging and the oldest means of earning money online. However, it needs time, patience, and hard work.
If you’re good at writing, you can easily start a blog and monetize it through ads or affiliate marketing. All you need to get started is a niche you’re good at and a few dollars for a domain name, hosting, and a theme.
Blogging is a great way of earning passive income in the long term. You just have to put in the work in the first few months or a year.
You can read this comprehensive guide on how to get started in blogging from scratch.
6. Working as a Virtual Assistant (VA)
This falls under the realm of freelancing but is a bit different from other traditional freelancing gigs.
It involves helping people who do other kinds of jobs remotely e.g. scheduling events, proofreading, and assigning tasks. Think of it as a digital personal assistant.
You can work as a virtual assistant on platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr. Working as a virtual assistant can earn you decent bucks. Many big and small business owners cannot do all the work themselves. These tasks often include answering calls and responding to emails.
Becoming a virtual assistant is a great side hustle that can supplement your income (if you’re already working a full-time job).
You can earn up to $100 an hour working as a virtual assistant. Of course, you will have to be an experienced virtual assistant to make a hundred bucks per hour.
Nevertheless, it’s a great side hustle and it’s much better than working the graveyard shift taking up customer orders at a Mcdonald’s drive-thru facility.
The six ways mentioned above are the easiest possible ways to make some good money online. But remember, they are not get-rich-quick schemes.
You have to work hard and put in lots of hours in some of them to reap significant financial rewards.
If you do them right, you could easily turn them into full-time lifetime careers.
Good luck in your endeavors!