The chances are, if you’re reading this blog then you’re keen to start saving money and you’ve got a bit of spare time. I am one of those people, and I’m here to tell you about all the ways you can start making money online. Literally, I am in a dressing gown slouched on my sofa as I write this. I could quite easily be spending an hour or two earning money to boost my income this month.
Unless you’ve got a lot of time, and a lot of know how, you’re not going to make your millions doing side hustles online. But £100 is a lot of money. That £100 could pay my council tax. Or my petrol and parking for the month. Or my gas, water, and electricity bills. And all I’ve had to do is give up Louise Pentland’s weekly vlog*.
Just kidding, obviously I’ve just stayed up a bit later so I can do both.
There’s a ton of blogs on this topic. Honestly hundreds. I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to this exact topic, which you can go and check out here. But this list has rounded them all up for you, and includes a few things that most bloggers shy away from. This is the ultimate list of ways you can be making extra money online. Legally and conveniently, from the comfort of your dressing gown. Let’s get in to it.
Making Money Online
One of the main ways you can start making money online is to start selling things. There are loads of platforms that allow you to do this. It’s quick, easy, and mostly free. Anyone with a bit of spare time on their hands, a laptop/phone, internet access, and stuff to sell can get started straight away. So what can you sell?
Your Own Stuff
Sites like eBay are designed for you to be able to sell your old unwanted stuff in a auction type format. Basically you can start making money online by sifting through your own belongings, wacking a few pictures up, and taking a trip to the post office. You can sell anything online, so why not start today.
Eventually, you will run out of stuff and your earnings will dwindle. Reselling is what you call it when you buy something for the purpose of it being sold online. Obviously, the goal is to sell it for more money than you bought it for and make a profit. Emma Drew has dedicated a lot of time to reselling, and wrote this post offering some advice on what to buy to turn a decent profit.
If you’re crafty, sell it. People love real art, and there are sites like Etsy that allow you to make and sell your own pieces of work. Realistically, you won’t start making money online if you’re not really passionate about anything crafty. I can’t pick up a paintbrush and expect anyone to want to buy whatever I create, let alone be able to buy a house from the profits. But if you’ve got it, flaunt it.
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, and you’re trying seriously hard to start making money online, then you can offer your own services. There are loads of things that you can do (still in your dressing gown) for other people, and things that they’re willing to pay for.
I’m half way through my post graduate degree and when I’ve reread a 8,000 word essay 563 times it makes literally no sense. Honestly, I pride myself on my academic writing skills. But not 4 hours before an essay deadline. People pay around £20 to have their work proofread, so if you’ve got the time, offer.
Anything you’re good at can be used on fiverr.com to start making money online. Literally anything. There are people on there selling relationship advice, clairvoyant readings, and photoshops.
Regularly updating, and adding content to a website is an SEO strategy that small businesses can use to sneak up the Google search pages. However, most of these small companies don’t have the time to write and post blogs every week. That’s where you come in. Offer your services. Regularly write blogs. And get paid by the company to keep their website fresh and modern. Easy peasy.
Not as big in the UK as in the US, but with the rising number of people earning money in alternative ways, there are more people needing assistance with their taxes. If you’re good at maths, and understand the tax system, then offer your services and see yourself earning big bucks coming up to the end of the financial year.
Yawn, another blog telling you to take surveys to start making money online. No it’s not going to make you a millionaire. But it is going to make you money. Think about how much time you’ve spent on Twitter or Pinterest and now here. Even in that time you could have earnt a bit of money by taking a survey or two.
Taking surveys online won’t generate an income as such, but the extra cash could be saved and put towards a holiday (or a house) in the future.
I have no idea about this. I’ve been reading loads of stuff but I’m still not sure how I feel about it. From what I’ve gathered, it’s a risk-free way of exploiting betting companies to take advantage of the new member offers they have. People have reported earning 4 digit figures by spending a couple of hours a day doing this. If that’s not making money online then I don’t know what is. Apparently I’m quite cynical about it. Doesn’t mean I won’t give it a go though.
If you have enough time (really you need a lot of time) then starting a blog, focussing on a niche that you’re interested in, is a great way to start making money online. Again, you won’t start your blog as soon as you’ve read this and receive a nice paycheck next month. I don’t earn a penny from this blog. But if you have the time to create content, manage your site, manage your social media, and your email database… there is big bucks to be made.
Like I said, I don’t earn any money from this blog. But from what I understand, the AdSense money that bloggers get is only a very small percentage of their income. You need a lot of views before you can start earning money this way, it doesn’t mean you won’t get there though.
If you watch any YouTube videos, then you know this is the main way they generate their income. Occasionally, a company will pay you to talk about their brand or product. They do this because they think that you are a good person to represent their brand, and because they think that your audience would like them. Then they offer you money to talk about them in a video/blog. Again, it becomes more common when you have more readers and followers. But I know new and small time bloggers that have been offered these kind of deals. If you have a big social media presence it really helps.
I have a bit of a grudge against this one. Not because I don’t think it’s a really good way of making money online. But because my blog is about saving money and budgeting. I can’t become an Amazon affiliate and start telling everyone to buy this and sign up for that. Nevertheless, it is a really good way of making money. Particularly if you have a large social circle or a well established blog. Basically, you advertise a product on your website and if a person clicks through and buys the product then you get a small percentage of the profits.
Now now. Let’s all get off our high horses. I’ve watched a lot of documentaries about girls (and boys and couples) who are earning a ton of money by web camming. I’m talking about when people go on to web cam sites, and live stream themselves to people who pay to watch them. Yes, of course it’s a bit seedy. But I bet you also stuck your nose up at the idea of filling out surveys to increase your income. I’m sure you can earn a lot more money this way.
Also, let me add, in the documentaries I’ve watched it’s not even about sex. I’ve seen a girl who earns thousands just by insulting people over the camera. When you think about it, what sort of people would willingly pay to watch and talk to other people over a webcam? I’m sure they’re a lot more lonely, and a lot less seedy than you’ve got in mind.
So you’ve worked through all the viable ways of making money and have got down to the last straw. Competitions. Some people (lucky people with a lot of time and patience) go through a-z of the internet, entering as many competitions and giveaways as are humanly possible. Suprise suprise occasionally they win. It is an effective method to fill your time productively. And the stuff that you win could be resold to turn a profit so it’s not so bad. But come on now. You can’t spend all your spare time doing this.
Making Money Online: Summary
So there you have it. All the ways you could have been making money online instead of reading this post. Do you feel guilty yet? I’m going to be trying and testing all of these methods. All of them, yes. And I’ll be posting earning reports and, lets face it, what’s likely to be terror stories from some of these side hustles. So if I’ve missed anything, tell me!
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