Today’s economic climate is tough. The pressure to keep up with ever-increasing costs of living can be full on. Consequently many people turn to internet based activities to boost their income levels.
Here are some tips which can help you bring in some additional cash, from the comfort of your own home.
Start a Blog
Running your own blog site can produce a level of income. However, don’t expect to be able to quit your day job straight away. Most people find things start of slowly before growing into something bigger.
To start with, you will need an idea to blog about. Try to pick something you have a reasonable amount of knowledge about. It will also be useful if you are passionate about your subject, as this will come across to your readers.
Believe it or not, you can actually start a blog without any cash input. This is perhaps why it appeals to so many people. However, this will mean you don’t get to use your own domain name. WordPress.com is one of the largest operators in this sector and will happily provide you with the tools to get going.
If you want to earn money from Google AdWords then you will need to have your own self-hosted blog. This still can be with WordPress; however, you will need to visit their org site for more information.
Remember, you will be competing with millions of other blogs. Your content must stand out and offer real value; otherwise it is likely to be a particularly hard journey.
For further information on self-hosted WordPress blogs, I recommend reading Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less, an article on the Michael Hyatt website.
Write an eBook
It might well be you already have your own blog. If this is the case then why not re-package some of your content together into an eBook?
Take a look at some of your more popular posts. How about expanding on some of this content to provide even more benefit to your readers? The main element of an eBook is to provide value for the reader. Put simply, you must give the reader the answers to the information they have been searching for.
Free eBook’s can sometimes be between 5 – 10 pages long. While this is fine to give away, it probably won’t be if you plan to sell it. While, there are no hard and fast rules, the bottom line is you must provide value.
Think about your target audience. Will you be aiming at novices or attempting to provide high-detailed information? Remember, busy professionals won’t have time to waste, they demand usable information. Whereas, the novice will expect you to go at a slower pace and take your time explaining things.
Take Part in Paid Surveys
Blogging and book writing probably won’t suit everyone. After all they tend to consume vast amounts of time
If you don’t have this time available then take a look at paid surveys. Normally these surveys only take a few minutes to complete, therefore can be slotted around your other commitments. In fact, a paid online survey can be one of the easiest ways of earning money.
Businesses spend vast sums of money relating to market research. After all, without this they wouldn’t be able to tell if there would be a credible interest in their products or services. This is the part where you come in.
The market researches appreciate people aren’t going to take time out of their busy schedules to provide them with free information. This is why paid online surveys exist. They provide you with the opportunity to earn either cash or redeemable reward points.
Some of these surveys can be fun, especially if you get to complete the ones that you have a passion or interest in.
To be successful here you need to you need to stick to reputable paid survey panels like Pinecone Research, while completing as many surveys as possible. Remember, you can complete as many surveys as you like; however, if they don’t pay you properly then you have wasted your time.
Become a Freelancer
Freelancing has become very popular in recent times.
This is where an organization will sub-contract out an element of work to people who aren’t regular employees. Without the need for hiring additional full-time people, the company can get their work completed externally by a freelance worker.
There are many different areas that you could find work in. The most common ones tend to be things like writing or website development. So, if you have knowledge of PHP or HTML there could be a decent of money to be made.
To make things easier there are a number of websites that serve to connect the customer with the freelancer. These will normally take a slice of the earnings as their commission for bringing the two parties together. Some of the most well-known sites include Elance, Freelancer and People per Hour.
Start of by showcasing your skills on their website, and then apply to carry out work.
Things can appear a little slow at the beginning. You will be competing against many other suppliers. Positive feedback is gained when you complete tasks to the required standard. Over time this can help you to develop your profile and allow you to charge more for your services.
Sell Your Photos
Another great way to generate additional online cash comes from selling photographs.
Of course, this is only likely to be applicable for the keen photographer. But, think about it. The hard work has already been done – taking the shot in the first place.
You could look to sell your photos from your own blog; however, unless you have a huge following this might prove difficult.
A better way is to use the leverage that other existing sites already have. There are quite a few sites that will pay you to submit your photos. But, they must be to a certain quality. Shots taken from your smartphone won’t be acceptable here. They will expect you to use semi-professional equipment to take your high quality images.
One site to consider is that of istockphoto.com. They will need to see some samples of your work, to validate the quality. Once your account is set up you can start uploading your photos. Pay rates can be upwards of 15 cents per image. While, this might not sound like a lot, it sure can be if you have interesting photos that become popular.
Conclusion: Earn Money Online
We are not saying the advice here will turn you into a millionaire overnight. But, it can go a long way in helping to produce some additional income.
The important thing is to steer clear of any scams. Gain as much information as possible before starting anything new. Remember, you will only get out what you put in.
Prior to embarking on a career as a freelance writer, your author (Tony Jones) carried out a lot of research into earning money online. He enjoyed some success with paid surveys as well as selling his own photographs, before deciding on becoming a writer.