These days you don't even have to leave your house in order to make some money. The online world has plenty of opportunities for everyone to make a bit of money, it's all about finding something that works well for your and sticking with it. You can start creating content online and gaining a following through social media or you can stick to more simple methods of making money online such as selling stock photos. Here are 10 ways you can start making money online.
1. Monetize your YouTube channel
Making a YouTube account is free and uploading doesn't cost anything either. You can post anything you want, from funny cat videos you've recorded or even start a daily vlog. If you have a decent following and start getting quite a few views on your videos you can sign up to the YouTube Partner Program which will deliver ads at the start of your videos and generate money from those adverts.
Becoming a YouTube success overnight is highly unlikely and even making a lot of money is difficult but if you are producing content that people like then people will follow subscribe to your channel.
2. Sell stock photos
This venture is great if you are good at taking photographs. You can upload photographs to sites such as Flickr at first to gain a following, as well as Instagram and Facebook. Once you've got your name out their you can put some photos up on Shutterstock or iStockphoto and sell your photos. Sometimes you can make up to $120 for just one photo download.
3. Sponsor products and services
This is a very lucrative business online if you have a large following on social media. A lot of popular vloggers on YouTube sponsor products and services by featuring certain brands in their videos, often without viewers even being made aware that it is a 'paid' advertisement which has been a controversial topic in recent times.
YouTube is by no means the only form of sponsoring products however as it can also be done on a website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find out more about the process here.
4. Manage social media
Managing social media isn't the easiest way of making money but if you build up a list of clients it can become big business. Many companies want an online presence however they lack the skills and knowledge to build one which is where you come in. There are often job postings from companies looking for people who are skilled at promoting content on social media platforms. Knowledge of a strong social media strategy is very useful to businesses.
5. Use social media to network
You've probably all heard the saying "It's not what you know, it's who you know," and that couldn't be more true. Making yourself known online is a great way to get noticed for that dream job you've always wanted or for moving up the ranks in the digital world.
If you are good at something then let it be known to the world. Using any social media platform to post your photos, design work or knowledge will only ever benefit you and help you get noticed.
This is a great way for beginners to start monetising a blog or a website. If you enjoy blogging and are looking to make a little bit of money from advertising revenue then Google Adsense is a great place to start. It's free and fairly simple to setup. Adsense automatically targets visitors based on the content you produce.
It's a great way of making passive income but don't expecting to be earning a decent amount unless you are getting views in the thousands every day.
7. Build a website
Building a website is a great way of growing a large loyal fan base online. You can quite literally theme your website around anything you want, whether it's viral content or a technology blog. Whilst your grow your website with good quality engaging content you can earn money from advertising revenue and once you have a large following and number of visitors to your site you can start making money from sponsored products and services.
8. Buy and sell domain names
This is known as domain flipping. Domain names are the url addresses you see in the top of your web browser, e.g www.blazepress.com. Using sites such as Google Adwords you can see what words are trending online at this moment and then buy new domain names accordingly. If you get it right you can sell a domain name that cost you as little as $10 for thousands more.
9. Fill in online surveys
You won't get paid a small fortune to fill in online surveys but filling in a lot of them can add up overtime. Check out Wiki How on how to get started with online surveys.
10. Create a virtual store and sell items
Having a decent online following for this one helps but isn't essential. You can create t-shirt designs and sell them on websites such teespring.com. If you are into arts and crafts you can sell things you make on sites such as etsy.com and if you are an aspiring writer you can sell e-books on amazon.