“Can you really make money online?”
This is a question I’ve been asked over and over since quitting my day job in October 2013. When I answer yes, I’m either given a blank stare or asked about some type of program that is clearly a scam.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: you really can make money online. BUT, you also have to really work for it.
Here are some of the most common ways you can make money online:
My guess is that you shop online, read blogs, or check your social media accounts daily. Admit it: you’re online a lot. (So am I.)
Business owners know this, and they want you as a customer. But a lot of small business owners don’t know what they’re doing online. They don’t know enough about social media; they don’t know how to start a blog or run a website; and they’re overwhelmed by email and customer service requests.
This is where virtual assistants come in.
As a virtual assistant, you can manage social media, schedule blog posts, handle customer service, answer emails, and more. There are literally hundreds of different things you can do.
I got my first virtual assistant job a couple months ago, and so far, it has been my absolute favorite way to make money online. It’s a welcome break from writing — and it pays better, too!
Though it’s difficult to make money blogging, it’s not impossible. The truth is: when it comes to blogging, you’re going to have to work many hours for free before you make your first dollar.
But, if you can grow a reader base, you can make a little (and sometimes, a lot of) money.
In case you were wondering, blogs usually make money from advertising, commission-based sales, or selling products or services.
Think about how many businesses there are in the world. Millions.
And when those businesses set up their home online, they need someone to write for them. Businesses often start blogs to rank higher in search engines, and thereby draw more customers in.
Most business owners, however, don’t want to write these blog posts themselves. Instead, they want to pay someone who is familiar with their product or business model to do the writing for them.
Writing for businesses, and even other bloggers, is the main way I make money online. I simply email business owners whom I think need my help, and I ask for a job. I get told no a lot — but I also get a yes every now and then.
And when you build up enough of those, you can earn pretty decent money!
And the list goes on…
I’ve listed three ways that I personally earn money online, but there are so many more.
If you decide to try and make money online, don’t forget to be careful. There are lots of companies promising to help you earn money online, and many of them are nothing more than scams. Thoroughly research any company that promises to earn you big bucks — especially before paying for a service!
If you stick to that one rule, you should be able to find a way to make money online that suits your skills and personality.
Are you interested in making money online? Have you tried any of the methods above?