Being able to make money online sounds great to a lot of people—especially for those who aren’t too hot for traditional work environments, for those who are stay at home parents, digital nomads, and for those who are true entrepreneurs at their core.
Working and making money online is something that more and more people are doing every day. Whether you want to make some money on the side or looking to build a business that can replace your nine to five, making money from online ventures is far more accessible than ever, and you can do it, too.
In this article, we are rounding up some simple and proven ways you can make money online. So, let’s get started and talk about some the realistic ways for you and anyone else to start working or building an online business.
1. Start Dropshipping
Starting a dropshipping site can be a pretty easy way to start an online business—especially for those who dream of owning their own business but don’t necessarily have a large capital to start one.
When you go into the dropshipping business, you will essentially be selling products that you don’t have on hand. As a seller, you will be marketing products on your online store that come from a third party supplier who will be doing the heavy lifting.
When someone buys a product on your site, the order gets forwarded to your supplier who will then process these orders from your shop and delivers their products directly to your customers. You’ll be able to be in control of the profit margin by setting the retail price for all the items that you are displaying in your shop. As a seller, you will never have to stock up and invest in inventory and shipping. All you need to do is to focus your energy on growing your business by marketing the products you sell in your shop and making those sales!
When it comes to dropshipping, getting started is relatively easy because of the low entry barrier and minimal overhead cost. It’s a good side hustle too, for those who may still be in school or for those who want to maintain their full-time jobs.
If you want to get more ideas on how to build, run, and grow a dropshipping business, check out our blog for more resources to help you get started.
2. Start A Clothing Line
For those of you who have a more creative streak and are into fashion design, you can try your hand at starting an online clothing line! Today, there are many online-only shops like Gymshark, Luca and Grae, and Kuiu that are experiencing massive success as online-only brands.
Online clothing stores are a multi-billion-dollar industry, and that’s because it is by far the most popular ecommerce niche. By 2022, the selling of apparel online is predicted to reach over 713 billion USD in sales. If you feel like you have potential as a clothing designer and want to start building your own clothing brand online, then there has never been a better time for you.
But just because shopping for online clothing is getting increasingly popular, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have instant success with your clothing brand overnight. You’ll have to work hard to stand out and differentiate your brand from the rest of your online competitors. However, if you are passionate about what you do, then you’ll do just what it takes to market your online clothing line and sell your designs to your target customers.
You can also try print on demand, which is similar to dropshipping in the sense that you won’t have to keep an inventory of already made clothing that you will have to produce and ship yourself. Print on demand is perfect if you are a graphic designer or artist who wants to sell their design printed on by-order clothing.
Some people are also making money online by selling their thrift store finds! If you love visiting thrift stores and digging for gold, then starting an online business selling thrift store goodies can be for you.
You can make more money from your clothing store and graphic prints by marketing your online store and products. There are many free marketing channels for you to do this, and the best places to promote your online business for free are on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and other social sites.
3. Become A Freelancer or Remote Worker
A lot of skilled individuals have been taking to the internet to find freelancing jobs. If you are a talented writer, assistant, graphic artist, developer, or teacher, chances are you’ll be able to have a fine pick from the multitude of jobs that are available for skilled individuals online, because these jobs are highly in demand as of this moment.
Think of becoming an online freelancer as taking your office nine to five and doing it remotely online instead. One of the best things about working online is that you’ll have a lot more time for yourself and personal relationships. Freelancers and remote workers typically have a more flexible working schedule that allows them to get up from their work stations to take a quick walk or go to lunch in their favorite cafes before returning to work with renewed energy and vigor to complete the task at hand.
Places to look for online jobs include sites like Upwork, Outsourcely, Fiver, Freelancer, and more. The key to getting an online freelancing or full-time job is to build a strong and attractive portfolio. This may mean that you’ll have to do some odd jobs for a while so that you can build up a strong impression as a skilled worker in your field.
One thing you can do to give yourself higher credentials as a freelancer or remote worker is to create your own website with Shopify, where you can list down your services and where you can link customers to your blog, previous accomplishments, and more.
This will be a great place for your customers and clients to contact you and schedule appointments with you.
4. Start A Blog
There are many reasons why people start a blog, which includes the desire to share a passion, teach others what they know, sell products and services, build a brand and more.
If you like to write and you are particularly passionate about a topic or prolific in a skill that you wish to share with people on an online platform that you can potentially monetize, then blogging may be for you. Blogging can help you reach out to more like-minded people who can help you make money off of your blog.
Blogging, as you may very well know, is one of the oldest ways there is to make money online. You can build your blog on platforms like Shopify or Wordpress. You can monetize your blogs by adding affiliate links in your post or with AdSense. Sponsoring posts and working with specific brands can also help you generate revenue from your blog, as well as build authority in your field.
The great thing about blogging is that it allows you to be creative and to experiment with how best to reach your audience with different types of content. However, starting a blog can be hard work, but it’s the kind of work that can really pay off if you remain consistent enough to meet your goal.
Your blog doesn’t have to be limited to written content either. You can also experiment with video content, contests and giveaways, photo diaries, product testimonials, infographics, product reviews, and more.
5. Become An Influencer
To become an influencer, you’ll need to build a massive following and the best platforms to do this is from Instagram and YouTube.
If you already have a website or an already large social media following, you can make money with brands that may want to sponsor your posts. Many companies today pay bloggers, YouTubers, and social media influencers to feature their products or services in their posts and videos.
People like Kylie Jenner who are great at personal branding make 1 million USD per sponsored post. While becoming the next Kylie seems unlikely, micro-influencers (influencers with over 10,000 followers) can make anything from 100 USD per post to 5000 USD per post.
Just make sure to only promote companies that you actually support and are “on brand” for your social media image.
To make money as an influencer, you can also create your own online store and start selling products, your merchandise, promote affiliate links, get paid to appear at events, and more.
Back To You
Many people are out there living a life of financial freedom and security by working and making money online and you can, too.
Just like any career and pursuit in life, making money online will take your time and dedication. If you give it everything you can and stay focused, you’ll reap the benefits and make money from your online job or business.
Making money online can be a great way to take control of your life, work for yourself and get things done. But it also allows you to work with what you are passionate about and may even help you quit your nine to five to become a full-fledged entrepreneur.
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