The internet is wonderful thing. The communication and entertainment it provides is mind blowing. But even better, you can use it to make money. Indeed some people’s livelihood relies on the internet.
Perhaps you are one of the many people looking to utilise the internet to make money or to set up a home business. The benefits are myriad. You can work when you want, how you want, with whom you want. Say good bye to the drudgery of a commute or annoying work colleagues. The freedom of using the internet to make money is intoxicating.
This article is unfortunately NOT a How-To-Guide . . in fact it is mean’t as a primer. Use this article to find specific ways that suit YOUR circumstances and research from there.
1. Sell Your Things
This one is self-explanatory but I’ll explain anyway. Take unwanted goods that you own and sell them using the internet. Think Ebay, Craigslist, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and so on. You could extend this kind of thinking and start flipping. Flipping is the buying of second hands goods and selling them for more than you bought them. If you are handy with electronics and mechanics you could buy products, fix them up, and then sell them on.
This is the most obvious way to make money online. It requires you to have a skill that is in demand. It could be webdesign, or artistic skill, or knowledge of a second language. You can then sell access to this skill online through a variety of websites. Fiverr is great for skills that use computers such as logo design and so on. Set-up your own website and sell consulting services.
You can also sell your time by filling out surveys and other menial tasks that will benefit others.
This is of course the second most obvious way to make money online. Instead of a bricks-n-mortar store you could set-up a virtual storefront. You will have to secure stock to sell, set up your website, payment options and then market your store.
4. Drop Shipping
What if you didn’t have to worry about buying products to sell but could still sell them? No inventory, product support, or shipping required. This is drop-shipping. You just be the middle person between the buyer and the manufacturer or supplier of the products. It’s e-commerce but with a spin.
5. Content Creation
This is where you replace traditional media outlets with your own whether it be a website or a Youtube/Vimeo channel. Write public diary entries, thought experiments, fiction, reviews, analysis pieces, etc. Most people tend to focus on a particular niche so it is easier to attract readers and keep them coming back. This can be monetised by utilising advertisements on your chosen platform.
6. Affiliate Marketing
This is a mash-up of drop-shipping and blogging. Again you are helping buyers and suppliers meet. You are the middle-person. You can sell everything on your website from food, through to training courses. Again, pick a niche and use your content to attract readers. Or just buy traffic. Some marketers don’t even bother with a website. They just use sales funnels to gather email addresses and use email to sell.