How to Start Earning Money Online – Beginners Guide

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Learning how to start earning money online is a great way to build some much needed supplemental income. We live in the best possible time to become an online nomad and have our income coming to us from remote source, meaning there is no need of relying on your employer or physical location anymore to be making money. The online world is open to you and the possibilities are endless. If you believe in your heart of hearts that you are capable of doing this and making it work, all you’ll need at the moment, is find out one method you feel sounds right for you and follow that curiosity. Following are a list of potential ways of making money right from the comfort of your home.

How to Start Earning Money Online

1. Work as a freelancer:

There are hundreds of websites out there in the wilds of the internet that allow freelancer to offer their services to potential clients. The way most of them work is straightforward – clients post their requirements, freelancers bid their proposals, and the clients select the one who they feel can get the job done in the best way possible for their budget. As simple as it may sound, reality cannot be further from the truth. With ever-increasing competition and demands, it is a long journey of building your connections and portfolio online.

Where most freelancers go wrong is that they try being the jack of all trades rather than selecting the jobs that are in-line with their interests and skill. Some popular and effective sites for freelancing jobs are Upwork, Fiverr Freelancer, Guru, Peopleperhour, Hubstaff Talent, and Craiglist. We also highly recommend maintaining a nice, professional, and complete LinkedIn profile.

For niche specific work, you might want to consider the
following websites:

Content Writing: iWriter, Textbroker, Hirewriters, Constant
Content, and Contently.

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2. Affiliate Marketing:

One of the best ways you can learn how to start earning money online is affiliate marketing. If you are not familiar with what Affiliate Marketing is, it can be easily describe in just 4 words – Selling Other People’s Stuff. Now more into the details. On one hand, you have a merchant who can sell any type of products – physical goods, digital or tangible goods, membership to a program, subscription, or even a service. If you have an Affiliate Marketing agreement with a company or a merchant, they usually provide you with the link to their website, the products of which you can market in any whichever way find suitable. Once someone makes a purchase after being directed through the link you provided, you will earn a commission. However, to do this efficiently, you would have to learn about ways to set up squeeze pages or create engaging content on social media to be able drive traffic to your website.

The most important question – which companies have affiliate programs? Well, depending on where you are located, there are literately thousands of them. All you need to do is visit the websites of popular companies in your country and find if they have an affiliate program. If you don’t find anything, it wouldn’t be a bad idea sending them an email. The most well-known affiliate
programs are the ones offered by Clickbank, CJAffiliate, Amazon Associates, and eBay.

3. Sell on Amazon or eBay:

This is a highly profitable niche and if you get it right the results could be outrageous. It is a little bit harder to get to the stage where you’ll start noticing substantial progress as that would involve numerous steps like creating or shipping products, storing them in warehouses, and learning to market them effectively. But, once you get there, you’ll surely realize it was worth the patience and the effort. Also, not to forget, selling online is basically running your own store – so make sure you take care of all the licenses and other legalities before starting your business.

4. Become an online tutor or sell online courses:

If you have a skill that is in demand; for instance, teaching another language, you may consider becoming an online tutor. A few websites that facilitate tutors in providing such services are Preply, Tutorme, Connections Academy, Rosetta Stone, and Chegg.

If you feel teaching is not your thing, but you still want to spread your knowledge, try making and selling an online course. Udemy is a great platform for marketing your precious materials to the ones who need it. Another good website is Teachable.

5. Become a consultant:

Happen to be an expert in any field? Becoming a consultant might be what you are looking for. There are numerous people who would be willing to pay to help them achieve their personal goals. Maybe you are a good advocate or a financial advisor or even a Social Media Expert. You would be surprised to find out how many people are there seeking for your help – even if you know just 10 per cent more than they do. For a start, the best way of marketing your expertise would be by setting up a website and spreading the word on social media.

6. Create your own blog:

Are you good at creating engaging content? Well, in that case, starting a blog would be a step in the right direction. It might not seem to be as useful in the beginning and you would need to create a website (we recommend using WordPress), constant appealing articles, guest posts and work on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to be able to guide your audience to your precious content. Once you achieve this, there are various ways of monetizing your website including Ads Networks and the ones we’ve already discussed above. Using Blogs and Vlogs is one of the classic ways many internet millionaires used to start earning money online, if it worked for them it surely can work for you too.

7. Influencer Marketing:

There is a small chance you might not have heard about these terms ever before. Yes, it is something you might associate with Youtubers, Instagrammers, and other social media content creators with hundreds (sometime, millions) of fan followers or subscribers. The reason we haven’t discussed about it yet is due to the fact that it takes a colossal amount of time and effort to gain an audience to whom you would be able to sell something. Once you have enough traffic directed to your content, be it a blog page, a YouTube channel, a Facebook page, or an Instagram profile, it wouldn’t take long before you are reached by Sponsors that would be willing to pay you. And, if you are active on Youtube or have a personal website, you can partner with companies and earn money from advertisements.

Learning how to start earning money online might seem daunting at first. But remember, everything comes at a price and you would need to take it seriously. Most importantly – enjoy what you are doing and never take no for an answer. Good Luck!

36 COMMENTS

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