“Are you looking for a job to earn money online? Do you want to learn how to make money online?”
If the answer to the above questions is ‘yes’, then you are in the right place.
There are lots of websites, (e)books, YouTube videos e.t.c on the internet that promise to teach you how to make money online; carrying ridiculous headlines like ‘How I made 50,000 dollars in one day; ‘How I became a billionaire in one month’… Of course, all of these are scams.
There are no easy routes to success. Beware of quick rich schemes.
A health and wellness blogger once told me of another blogger who made such posts, yet was struggling to pay rent. When confronted, he simply shrugged it off as him ‘hustling’.
Bloggers like these, offer clickbait ‘listicles’, filled with all sorts of shady links, and of course, there’s a request for a small fee, for you letting them con you.
The sad part is that, people actually fall for them.
Does that mean it is impossible to make money online?
Of course not! There are many genuine ways you can make money online for free (Others might demand a bit of capital).
But the most important thing to remember, is to not be desperate. If an online business suggestion doesn’t make sense, if it looks like a ponzi scheme… run from it! Ensure that whatever business you invest in online, it’s practical and reasonable. Then you must persevere and work hard on it.
It might take a while but surely, you would eventually impress yourself.
To aid you on your quest to earning cash online, I have arranged a list of genuine reasonable businesses you could do online.
Here are some legit ways you can make money online
- Build a blog.
This is one of the most popular ways to make money online. It’s tried, tested, reliable and most importantly, sustainable.
Building a blog can be quite tricky but with a well laid out guide, it becomes easy.
The first thing to you need before even starting a blog, is to know your niche. ‘What particularly interests you? ‘What do you enjoy reading and writing about online?’
Once you have the answer to those questions, the next thing is to build a blog around that niche.
To open a blog, you would need a platform, then a domain. Also you would need to know how to customise your blog. ‘Sounds complex right?’
But not to worry, here’s an article that easily spells out all you need to know about starting a blog.
After you have built your blog, you would have to monetise it. And that brings us to affiliate marketing.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is simply selling someone else’s goods on your blog/website for a small commission.
You can start by registering your blog with Big Affiliate marketing networks like Amazon affiliate marketing network.
The key here, is to get a company that sells products related to your blog posts. ‘You can’t be writing about technology and be selling diapers on your blog.’
Getting into big affiliate marketing networks can be exhausting; Alternatively, you could look for companies with internal affiliate programs. You can simply do this by manually visiting websites of companies that sell goods related to your niche, and check their website footer for info on their affiliate marketing program.
Affiliate marketing takes time, because you would need traffic. And to gain traffic, you would need content… But if you are patient and consistent, you would get it right.
Freelancing involves you taking on a variety of contract jobs online, for a fee. It could be anything from writing articles to graphic designing to marketing…
To be a freelancer, you must identify a skill people are willing to pay for that you possess.
There are lots of freelancing networks where you can get jobs, but I suggest you begin looking at the smallest of places. The pay would definitely be lower but it would be guaranteed.
Keep an eye out for openings on social media and send polite cold (unsolicited but very direct) pitches (emails explaining your services or ideas) to websites that you believe might need your services.
Another important aspect of freelancing is the contract. Ensure you and the employer agree to a set down agreement that would govern pay and work ethics. I can’t stress this enough! Let’s not get into the bloggers that refuse to pay fixed rates; to freelancers that do whatever they please, when they please… Ensure you are both fully aware of what each party expects.
- Proofreading and Editing.
Editing and proofreading can be tiring, especially for a creative writer who simply wants to get his creative juices flowing… Also, most times, someone might go through an article numerous times and still miss an error. This is where you come in.
As an editor and proofreader, you scan a written document for grammatical errors, consistency… And then edit the document to its best possible form possible.
Lots of people hire editors/proofreaders, from writers to publishers, to job seekers (to ensure there are no errors in their CVs and application letter) to researchers e.t.c. Just knowing that a written piece has been edited by an expert, gives the writer greater confidence.
How do I get into Editing/Proofreading?
You can start by advertising your services as an editor or proofreader on freelancing websites and social media. Then, ensure that your rates are fixed and affordable i.e, look at what other editors are charging on freelancing networks and try to stick within that range.
Also, you must be proficient in grammar structure and language to be a good editor and proofreader.
Finally, It’s also important to not start a job without your customer agreeing to your set down rates. Always remember that, ‘A partial agreement is no agreement.’
- Video Editing.
You have watched videos on YouTube and seen the effects and end credits in them. These were done by video editors. In fact, video editing is a lot like post production, in the sense that, the video editors put the clips, shots, pics… together.
To be a video editor, you would need a good video editing software.
Luckily for you, there are lots of videos on YouTube, with which you can learn video editing.
You might be wondering why anyone would pay you to do this job, if it’s so easy to learn.
The truth is…
People are busy, and video editing can take a chunk of time (one small error and the whole project gets ruined…).
You can find video editing jobs on freelancing networks and social media.
- Coaching and Selling advice.
If there’s a skill you have mastered that you could teach people about, then you can make money from it online.
- Create a strong social media presence by interacting with friends or posts associated with your skill.
- Establish yourself as a powerhouse on your mastered skill by making posts to demonstrate your knowledge.
iii. Search for people interested in learning such a skill, and be upfront about your rates(Don’t cheat yourself by trying to teach first, then make them pay later).
- Create a whatsapp group for those interested and offer your advices there.
- Offering online course
An online course is a structured training on a particular skill, offered via the internet.
Find a skill in which you have mastery over and break your knowledge into a course-like format.
Offer your course via whatsapp, email or even prescribe them on your blog via pdf format.
Offering online courses can prove to be sustainable, in the sense that you can always brush up and re-offer it.
To be able to offer courses successfully online, you must do the following;
- Take courses online based on your niche.
- Understand how these courses are structured.
iii. Model your course after the ones you have taken, or come up with your own unique format.
- Find communities on social media that are formed around your niche, and advertise your courses there.
- Sell physical products online.
These days you can sell almost anything online. From your old phones to cars to shoes…
E-commerce is gradually becoming a force to be reckoned with, especially in this part of the world.
- Make an e-book.
Publishing a book is relatively easy thanks to companies like Amazon, with relatively simple publishing services. Now all you have to do is write your book, place it on Amazon, then market it on your blog and social media handles, and begin making profit (Amazon collects a certain percentage from book sales).
To ensure your book stands out from the multitude of competition on amazon, ensure you have a great cover, and an even greater synopsis. You might need a graphic designer and a content writer for the former and latter respectively.
Note : Publishing books (e-book and hardcover) on Amazon is free.
- Open a YouTube channel.
YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world after google. Nearly everyone has seen a video on YouTube. And no, the makers of such videos (Youtubers) are not just doing it for fun. Most of them are making a serious load of cash, extending up to millions of dollars.
Under YouTube’s monetization policy, you earn money per views of your videos, not per subscribers. For every one thousand views, creators earn a small commission. So to effectively earn something reasonable on YouTube, you have to get lots of views.
But, Building traction on YouTube is getting harder and harder each year. It isn’t easy. Most times, what should work doesn’t work and what shouldn’t, does.
Do not entirely go into this because you simply want to make money… Try to have fun and don’t give yourself depression trying to make people like you. Most times, success here comes, when people are not even trying, but simply having fun. For a complete guide to making money on YouTube, from starting your channel, to monetising your videos, click here.
It’s 2019, and we are living in the era of instagram influencers – those shiny boys and girls masquerading as instagram models, photographers and what not… ‘Don’t mind my pessimistic tone.’ Companies are willing to dole out as much as 500 dollars per post if you have strong followership.
Like YouTube, pulling traction on instagram is hard, but having a good camera, posting consistently and making good use of tags should aid.
Once you get, let’s say 15,000 followers, you could apply to be an influencer for a particular product and start earning money.
Who is an influencer?
An influencer is basically an ordinary person with a significant number of followers on social media. Companies pay influencers to advertise products on their social media handles. The more ‘likes’ a product gets, the better the company understands the public’s reaction to their products.
Instagram is by far the most rewarding platform for influencers.
You might shy away from this, because you might expect big brands to go with real life celebs as compared to instagram made celebs, but fortunately, that’s not the case.
The global ‘like’ epidemic (people basically mindlessly liking posts) has made companies re-examine their strategies. Now, micro instagram influencers with a smaller controlled following are being given more opportunities, because their followers are actually more serious than every day celeb followers.
So, to be a good influencer, ensure your followers aren’t following you mindlessly; ensure they trust your opinions and truly respect your judgement. For all you need to know about being an influencer click here.
There are many other ways you can make money online. But you must remember to be patient and hard working. Success does not come easily… Not all the time at least.
Try to go for a way that is in line with your passion. That way, it would be easier to not give up.
Never give up and keep trying. Soon you would begin earning substantially online.
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