Pretty well everyone either wants or needs to make some extra money, especially in these challenging times. Angling for a raise at work is one way, although the extra tax you will have to fork out, or the extra duties you might have to perform, may not work to your advantage. Taking on a second job is an option, but many people find this too time-consuming or enervating. Buying or making, and selling things in the real world is another option for earning some extra cash. However, for somebody with modest computer skills, looking online for opportunities to make some extra money in your spare time is a particularly promising alternative. There are plenty of creative ways to make money fast, but fast doesn’t always last. You need to develop a sustainable and reliable revenue stream.
Everybody has skills and interests which can be leveraged to make money online. There is always somebody somewhere who wants to buy what you have to sell. Here is our list of four best ways to make money online:
A picture is worth a thousand words, and could get some extra bucks as well
Stock photography sites have a huge appetite for new material. If you have a flair for photography, and especially if photography is your hobby, it is not difficult to sell your best pictures. There are even websites that buy video clips. The returns are not likely to be high, but at least will help to pay for your hobby.
Go freelance with your best skills
This is probably the best way to make money online. Essentially, you are offering your professional knowledge or expertise for sale. There are many online agencies and how-to websites looking for qualified professionals or even enthusiastic amateurs to assist with website design or content, or provide articles or advice on just about everything. The agency acts as a matchmaker between the people looking for the expertise and you, the freelancer. As your portfolio and track record grow, so does your ability to command higher prices. This is potentially quite a lucrative way to make money online in your spare time.
There are research groups, survey groups and focus groups all looking for participants in their projects. Usually there is little or no specialized knowledge required, just your time and a computer. Rewards tend to be low but the more activities you participate in, the more they add up.
You can start your own blog or website and aim to make some money through ads, commissions, and buying and selling things, or you can blog for payment. Many sites are on the lookout for quality bloggers to write reviews or provide opinion pieces or simply to generate discussion on just about every topic under the sun. You should do due diligence on any site you sign up with, however, as the web is awash with scams, and you should NEVER pay anything upfront. This is quite a time-consuming activity, and ruled by deadlines.
None of these activities is likely to become a major revenue stream on its own, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just one. You can take on several, as long as you have the time and can manage that time effectively to complete all your assignments punctually. They are all fun, interesting and productive ways of making some money online in your spare time.