Making money online has never been easier than it is now. With more companies focusing on remote opportunities, the freelance market is on fire. With unlimited resources, contacts, and platforms .. 2018 is your time to break out in the online world.
Whether you want extra spending money or a whole new career, I go through the ten best ways you can make a money online this year (and they aren’t surveys!)
*This post may contain affiliates. See my disclosure for more
1. FREELANCE WRITING
Freelance writing is one of the BEST ways you can make money online.
When I started out, I made hundreds on the side freelance writing. It was something I enjoyed and could do on my own time. It can also pay very well. It’s not uncommon for quality writers to get between 100$ – 300$ per 1,000 word post, some even get more.
To get started, you need to create a digital portfolio. To learn more about this, I’ve included my completely FREE freelance email course you can enroll in below.
2. BEING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Being an online VA is one of the most underrated methods for making money online. Not to mention, it has one of the largest job markets, Why? Because every business, blogger, and industry needs someone to help them with their everyday tasks. This means opportunities are endless.
Examples of virtual assistant jobs include:
- Data Entry
- Call Service Support
- Social Media Assistants
- Pinterest Assistants
- Chat Representatives
- Executive Assistants
- And more!
There are tremendous training opportunities for people looking to be a VA. To get a better idea of job availability, you can check this Virtual Assistant Website, where you can take online training courses, apply for jobs, and get a better idea of the market.
3. TEACH ENGLISH ONLINE
How would you like to teach English to kids in China? While making $17 – $22 an hour to do so?
VIPKID already has 20,000 teachers working with them and they are looking to add more! The best part?
- They provide all of the training
- You get to work at home
- You work on your OWN time
All you need to do is fill out this simple application. Many teachers are currently making over $2,000 a month from their efforts.
4. STARTING A BLOG
Blogging is a fantastic way to make an extra 100/mo or an extra 100,000/mo. It just depends on how much effort you want to put into it. My favorite “rich” blogger of all time makes over 100,000 a month, with over 50,000 of it being from affiliate sales alone (which we will go over next). That is a lot of passive income.
You can find out exactly how she did it here.
Other ways blogger’s make money is through ads, sponsorships, products, services… you name it!
If it’s something you’d like to learn more about, my post: How Blogger’s Make Money, will walk you through all of the details.
Start your blog today (It’s one of the ways I make money!)
5. UTILIZING AFFILIATES
So what exactly is affiliate marketing? Well, you simply get a commission every time you recommend a sale.
Affiliate marketing goes hand in hand with blogging. However, you don’t need to be a blogger to make an income from affiliates. Social media, word of mouth, and email are all fantastic ways to gain affiliate income as well.
In fact, many Youtuber’s make significant money from affiliate marketing without ever having to make a website. They simply leverage the benefit of video to make the sales. And the reality is, video has higher a chance of converting than writing. So, if video is your thing (and writing long, lengthy posts are not) your just as well off in the affiliate world.
You can also learn how Michelle make 50,000 a month from affiliates right here. She also offers a course where she teaches you exactly how to do it for yourself. I took it and I highly recommend you do too!
6. SELLING ON AMAZON
Anybody can sell on Amazon if they are willing to find an “in demand” product at wholesale price. If that product can appeal to the amazon market, they can set themselves up to make an incredible profit.
Creator’s can also make profit if they can find a large enough market (with low enough competition) for their creations. Although, I found choice number one to be the more popular of the two choices.
There are numerous Amazon FBA courses available that can help you navigate the process.
I posted the video above for entertainment purposes, but it’s actually quite motivating.
Now, I’m not saying that every video on Youtube is legit because that’s definitely not the case. However, common sense says the platform wouldn’t work if there wasn’t significant profit to be made. These two also sound like they know their stuff. You can learn a lot about the process if you give it a listen.
If you like the idea of creating or simply redistributing, products on the side, then Amazon might be right for you.
7. SELLING ON ETSY
Etsy is a popular platform for creators. If you are into crafting or art, it’s a perfect platform to try out the eCommerce world. You simply list your items in the Etsy store and use the site’s audience to make sales (which is easier than trying to start your own online store).
I’m not an Etsy expert, but I’ve heard of many women making a killing with their products. This article by around.io does a good job listing the items you can profit on with Etsy.
8. FLIPPING WEBSITES
Have you ever heard of Flippa? Well, it’s this nifty site where you can buy and sell websites.
Obviously, you have to have a decent knowledge of marketing and SEO to make this profitable. However, there is a huge benefit to using aged domains over new ones: they rank better in Google.
Some of the websites on the platform are junk, while others are diamonds in the rough. They simply need someone to shine them up for a new audience.
If you are good with marketing and have a decent knowledge of WordPress (the most common platform on the site) you will do well flipping sites.
You can find out more at flippa.com.
9. DROP SHIPPING
Drop shipping is like having a retail store without all of the physical headaches.
Essentially, drop shipping is where you get to sell items without stocking them yourself. It’s almost like a hybrid between affiliate marketing and Amazon sales. You do the marketing, promotion, sales, etc… but the wholesaler does the shipping. This saves you both money and space.
The best part is that you can sell your favorite retail products from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection.
To find out more about drop shipping, watch the video below and check out this article by Shopify.
If you have knowledge where people need it, you can profit from it. That’s right, selling your knowledge is the real deal.
There are so many different topics you can consult on. All you need is a platform to selly our knowledge and an audience to buy it.
Examples of online consulting services include:
- Life Skills
- Real Estate
- And many more!
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
So what is the one requirement for all of these opportunities? Having an online presence. You should be active on social media, you should have some sort of medium for people to view your brand, and you need to build people’s trust.
Below I included my FREE online writing class. It’s not only geared at writers, but also anyone looking to build an online presence and portfolio.