Having ways to earn some extra cash on the side never hurts. In the United States, more than 44 million of people have a side-gig. Younger people, the Millennials, are at the forefront of the side-hustle epidemic in the US, although the older generations are able to earn more from their side-jobs. Either way, both can count on the Internet to help them easily find another source of income. There is no lack of ways to earn money online, although there are some ways that are better than others. Here is a list of seven tried and tested ways you could try.
- Earn Money by Doing Random Tasks
If you don’t want to tie yourself down with a lengthy money-making scheme, your best bet would be to do some micro-jobs. Websites like Fiverr and Mechanical Turk will offer you plenty of opportunities to earn some money doing no- to low-skill tasks. You will not get rich by doing these tasks. On the other hand, you will not have to put in too much time and effort into doing them.
- Sell Your Services
Becoming a part of the gig economy sounds appealing to many Americans. Some estimates put the number of people who are a part of the gig economy in the United States at 34% of total workforce. Gigs are more stable than tasks, and they require a higher level of skill, but they also get you more money. Through websites like Upwork, you can find people who would pay you to perform various services, from computer programming to writing articles and web design.
What is the biggest drawback of having an online store? It’s the inventory. You need a place where you will store products. You also need to send those products to the buyers. Luckily, there is a way to get rid of all of the logistics and focus on developing your store and reaching customers. Dropshipping is a popular retail fulfillment method that allows your store to sell products without ever having to handle them. Your job is to create a store and market it.
- Start a Blog
Starting a blog is still one of the most profitable ways to make money online. If you do it right, that is, because blogging has not become easier with years. The competition is as tough as it ever was. There are still plenty of ways to monetize blogs, and finding a good niche is still the best strategy for creating a successful blog. But you will have to put in a lot of time and energy into developing your blog before it starts earning you money.
- Write an eBook
There are close to 3.4 million Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Adding to the pile might not seem like the best business idea, but that is not the only way you can make money writing eBooks. If you are a clever marketer, you can do better by selling eBooks directly from your website. You can also try your hand at selling public domain books.
- Work Remotely
Making money online doesn’t have to be a side-gig for you. You can find a real job, benefits and all, you can do online, from your home. Remote working is appealing to many companies that want to reduce their overhead. If you look at online job ads, you are bound to find at least a couple that will offer remote working positions.
- Become an Email Marketer
An email marketer is only as good as his or her email list is. With a good list, email marketing is a way you can sell your own products, sell other people’s products, promote their business, or do many more things you can monetize. With email marketing, you are capitalizing on the access you have to people’s email addresses, which can be much more valuable than access to their social media presence, for example. If you can build a good list, you can secure decent earnings through email marketing.