Registering your domain and hosting your site – Once you’re ready to go ahead and register your domain name, seriously consider doing so through BlueHost (be sure to watch my free step-by-step tutorial to setting up your Bluehost account in less than 10-minutes!), as you get your hosting taken care of at a great price and the domain name is on the house! I personally use these guys for pretty much ALL of my websites and blogs.
Like talking to people and helping walk them through problems? You can bring in extra income as a contract customer support superstar for companies all over the world. Due to the 24/7 nature of online businesses, companies are looking for people in different time zones to help deal with issues that their users are having. Better yet, if you have experience in service or retail you’ll be perfectly suited. Check out indeed or the other remote job boards I listed earlier to find opportunities.
The music industry might not be as strong as it was in the 80s, but there are still plenty of ways to make money online as a musician. Sites like SoundBetter let you sell your services as a songwriter, producer, or session musician to thousands of customers a month. While Musicbed, Music Vine, Marmoset, and SongFreedom are perfect for licensing your music to TV shows, movies, and web series.
Offering to babysit for friends and neighbors requires nothing more than a conversation and supplies a much needed service to families. As Entrepreneur Magazine reports, good babysitting services often thrive on the all-important and free word-of-mouth marketing done by satisfied customers. Babysitting typically happens either at the child’s home or in your own home and requires no special equipment. If you have a day job, you can limit your hours to evenings, or a few evenings a week, and still bring in money without spending anything.
Drop shipping is another great ‘hands-off’ way to sell products. Firstly you will need to find businesses that sell products in your niche that offer a drop shipping service. Then you will need to create a website promoting and selling the products. When you make a sale, you take the payment on your site and then the manufacturer ships the goods to the buyer. The profit comes from charging a higher rate than the manufacturer, and if you are selling a high number of products this can quickly add up to a healthy revenue.
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Domain name trading has been around for the last couple decades, and while most slam-dunk names have long been sold off, there’s still plenty of others that you can get your hands on for relatively cheap and broker as a way to make money online. Before you dive in, however, beware that some experts doubt the long-term viability of this idea for making money online. However, there’s always the change you might just land on a lucrative domain name for a future billion-dollar company. To get you started, here are some tips from GoDaddy, arguably the world’s largest and most famous repository of domain names.
NexRep – If you’re friendly and good on the phone, NexRep may be a good choice for you. They’re hiring independent contractors to provide customer service for their clients via email, inbound calls, and outbound calls. Their clients include companies from automotive and As Seen On TV infomercials to GrubHub, Priceline, music streaming and more. You can work flexible hours with room to grow, and hourly pay reportedly averages between $15 to $25.
Being a freelance writer isn’t always glamorous. Landing your first gig is not easy, as clients prefer hiring writers with a great work review. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a living by offering writing services online. Start small and build up your client portfolio. Look for some entry-level sites that will pay you to write while honing your skills.
However, like anything else truly worthwhile, apps require a significant investment of your time or money upfront. If you don't have the skills, then you have to hire someone who can assist you in creating a great app. But first you need to come up with an idea that will sell. Do the proper market research and analytics to come up with the right app.
This line of work doesn’t need much explanation. In most positions, you are assisting customers by phone. Some companies hiring for this position are more interested in your skill set than whether you have worked remotely before. They are looking for great customer service skills, no background noise and the ability to take direction. They also usually have tech requirements including a landline phone and high-speed Internet access. 2
This is so inspiring (as I am reading 8 of your posts right now)… is this really possible? As a young wife, recent college graduate, living overseas with my husband in the military, many of my plans/goals are upside down… I have zero job prospects here and already wanted to start a blog, this makes it that much more of a dream to start. Any suggestions?
Find work. When you first start out, you may have to accept work writing about a topic you don’t find all that interesting. You must keep an open mind and be willing to accept work that may not be in your desired field. However, as you continue to write, you not only learn about more topics, but you also build your reputation. With time, you can be choosier about assignments you want to accept.
Hi Sarah. So it’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep because I’m worried about paying my bills. It’s so ironic that I came across this post. I know that I would have plenty to post about with my love for DIY home-improvement and my distressed furniture business, but looking through all of your information it just seems so overwhelming. I feel like if I don’t read through everything I could make a mistake and end up paying money instead of money. I have prayed that God will send me an answer so I can get some sleep! Haha. Any advice?
4. Have a clear monetization strategy first. People often tell me that their biggest problem is getting traffic. But the fact is that traffic is everywhere. It’s how you make money from the traffic that matters. For example, if you spend $50 on Facebook/Adword/Bing/etc to get 1000 visits to your website, and you get $200 back from them either buying your products or buying affiliate products through your links, would you be willing to spend more to acquire more traffic? Of course YES.
It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how much people love t-shirts. And with the right niche, marketing, and tools, you can create an online t-shirt business that makes you extra money online while you sleep. (Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who've done just that.) Services like TeeSpring make it easier than ever to create a t-shirt drop-shipping business where they handle the sales, printing, and shipping, and you’re only responsible for design and marketing. For more tips, check out this simple guide to launching and marketing an online clothing store by my friends over at Selz.
Robo-advisors are diversified investment accounts that are automatically managed by a computer algorithm (as opposed to a human money manager). If you want to invest, but don’t have the money, or don’t want to invest with a money manager, robo-advisors are for you! Robo-advisors make investing easier—and cheaper—so they’re perfect for new investors.
Fiverr – Fiverr is a huge marketplace where you can sell all kinds of work. From products, like drawings and videos, to services, like a review of your website or resume. Fiverr's differentiator is everything costs just $5 at a baseline, though you can sell add-ons like faster delivery, etc; for more. The marketplace is huge and there's a lot of fun and creative things you can do.
Spencer – thanks a million for pulling this all together in one step by step guide and all in one location. Despite all your other great content and posts this IS your best ever blog guide! please don’t’ take it down or move it! My question though is this and I know it depends on time, but please give us some guide as to how long it would take on average for a part time effort – evenings 1 day weekend to get a site to stage where it’s earning $500 per month. I did hear you mention 8 months to a year. Any general indication? Thanks Buddy from the UK!
Use keyword research to give validity to your ideas, seeking out niches and themes with high search volume and low competition. But above all, only pursue a niche that you are genuinely passionate about and interested in. Otherwise you won’t be able to devote the same kind of time and energy to it as you will if you choose a niche you truly love. By choosing a niche that you are passionate about, it will also be easier to position yourself as an authority in that topic and build consumer trust.
2. You Only Have To Be a Fraction Better – Whatever niche you’re trying to get into just remember that the first site that gets the eyeballs also gets the biggest pay day. If you can be only marginally better than your competition then you’re the one who will reap the biggest rewards. If you remember that it makes your goals that much more attainable because niche websites usually have a lot of room for improvement.
Another common one? It's called the Secret Shopper scam. You get a letter or see an ad or e-mail saying you can be a secret shopper, shopping different stores, acquiring different products for a company. Sounds simple right? It's starts out that you receive a check in the mail from the company you're supposedly doing services for, and "working for."
Okay, that is all I have to say about Textbroker. I am sorry to sound so negative, but I strongly feel that anyone who is thinking about writing for Textbroker should know this ahead of time. Due to the nature of the editors on this site, I would advise anyone who is new to freelance writing on the web not to bother with Textbroker, mainly because I feel that the antics of the editors there can be very discouraging to new writers.
If you’ve got experience and expertise in a specific area of business, there are hundreds if not thousands of business owners who would love to jump on a phone call and pick your brain. This can be an easy way to make extra money online and to hone your skills to use in your consulting or freelance business. Sites like Clarity.fm let you create a profile where entrepreneurs and business owners can pre-pay to book a phone call with you for a set amount of time. Whether you’re an expert in raising money for startups, building apps, or running a restaurant, you can make extra money selling a few minutes of your time to people in need.
Running and charging for webinars can be a great way to build a following in your niche, demonstrate that you are an expert in your field, and make a profit. Hosting a webinar can be hard work. They need to first be promoted, provide original and valuable information, and include interactive elements so your audience can ask questions and engage with your topic. However, once you have built up a large blog following, each webinar can be extremely profitable.
You could also opt to use existing websites for making money. These include both active income and passive income methods. For example, you could sell some used items or invest in creating some digital designs that then can be sold on merchandise. Again, devote a sizable portion of your time to passive income so that you can slowly build up earnings that will arrive on autopilot without any extra added effort.
The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
My top tip for building a successful niche site would be this: Create a content strategy based on competitive keyword research. The main thing you need for a successful niche site is traffic. In order to get traffic to your site there are a number of channels you can use, but the most rewarding in the long run is organic search traffic. That is why Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is such a hot topic. The reason for this is that the other methods like social media and email marketing are labour intensive and have to be repeated again and again. Nobody wants to spend all day posting status updates over and over again! Social updates can work, but they have such a short half-life.Organic search is time intensive too, but it is also cumulative – it builds up over time.
This is similar in concept to micro-tasks, except that it is oriented toward specific services, such as cleaning services, pest inspection, handyman services, house cleaning, lawn & garden services or any of the skilled trades. It might actually be more accurate to say that it is a platform where skilled service providers can offer their services to site visitors, similar to Angie’s List.
eBay: With eBay, the procedure is very similar. You simply start by becoming an eBay seller and stay in good standing by making sure your PayPal account is verified, and then you can sign up for your store. These three steps allow you to piggyback on eBay’s reputation, reach, and sales and marketing infrastructure in order to sell your own products.
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re selling your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.
Great post as all ways. I’ve just started to work on some of my nearly dead sites. I found the Back-link Strategy from Pat Flynn, and have been half following it, so yes it works. I kinda worked out that I had only been doing half the job, by writing the content, and some basic social media links and pinging.. It is a lot more work then that, that’s for sure.
Paige, many plug ins are free. Some are paid. I do have paid ones, but only a few. You will be able to get going after that, but you do want to purchase a theme. I’d suggest Genesis and a child theme. You can see all the things that I recommend here on my blogging resources page, most of which are free. 🙂 I would NOT suggest a free theme for someone who wants to make money blogging. That is something you want to pay for, along with hosting.
Iam a PG graduate(MCA). I’m a housewife and have no experience in any jobs. I’m now interested in working from home as i’m having free time and also to earn money for my family. I’m expecting some Data entry or Transcription jobs but Unfortunately I know only English, Tamil and I’m learning Hindi. So can you guide me what websites should follow to get jobs. Thank you.