Unusual ways to make ends meet during tough times

As the world advances, more and more people have figured out that there’s real money to be made on the internet. And no, we aren’t talking about pocket money or spare change, we’re talking about the real deal.

With current global unemployment rates showing no signs of improving, and the cost of living creeping up in every corner, people are looking at all their options to generate some income on the internet.

The good news is that whether you’re planning to supplement your existing income or create an income from scratch, there are options online. One great thing about the internet is that there are opportunities for people with all kinds of different skills. Almost anyone, educated or not, can earn some kind of income online. All you need to do is some research about your options for making money, and figure out what works for you.

 The biggest thing that holds people back from making money on the internet is a fear of being scammed. We get it. The internet seems like a hotbed for getting ripped off by others. However, if you’re willing to take the risk, maybe make a couple of mistakes, and lead quickly, you can definitely get into a very convenient way of earning money.

Believe us, once you’ve found your money-making niche online, it’s hard to give up. You’ll find yourself constantly thinking about how you can improve and keep up with the dynamic world of internet earning. To give you a bit of a head start on the process, we thought we’d bring together the 32 legal ideas that we know to make money online. Let us know how you go! 

If you’ve got the head for it, writing is probably one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to earn money online. The internet runs on content, and someone has to write everything that you read online. This means there’s almost always someone looking to pay for the written word in a variety of formats. Some different ways you can write for money online include:

Blogging for Income Starting a blog is pretty simple nowadays, but generating income from it can be a massive challenge. Although the internet is full of blogging success stories, there are also many more who never figured it out. Still, if you’re a good writer and you’re not totally clueless about the ins and outs of marketing, you can use affiliate marketing, product reviews (for cash or items), and contextual links to make a solid little income that isn’t just money generating, but fun as well. We have a great article on The Beginners Guide to Successful Blogging which will teach you step by step how to go about starting a blog for yourself!

Article Writing There are lots of websites that offer money for articles, and many others that allow writers to bulk write content for a fixed price. Both options have their benefits, and the one that you choose will depend on your own personal writing style and abilities. With the bulk article writing, you usually get paid through the company and advertise yourself as a writer for hire.

Companies assign you tasks and you produce content for them when they need it. Where to find work in article writing: iWriter Stay at Home Mum offers $50 per article for accepted submissions. Read our other article on ‘Earn Money Becoming a Freelance Writer‘ for more sources of income

Game & Script Writing As apps, online games and videos become more popular and saturate the market, the people that produce them are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. One of the best ways to do this is with a really good script. The person who writes the next amazing game or video script might be you! Companies usually advertise for these positions on freelancer sites, or online job boards, so keep your eyes open.

 E-book Writing If you’re a good enough writer, and you have the skill to create a piece of long-form writing, then you should definitely look into ebook writing. The ebook market is booming at the moment, which means the demand for new writers and book ideas is high. You can write an ebook yourself and offer it for sale on a website, or you can advertise yourself as a writer of ebooks for people to hire in the creation of the book of their dreams.
Academic Writing Not everyone agrees with academic writing, that is writing assignments and presentations for students in universities, but it is still a way you can earn money online. In all honesty, the services occupy something of a legal grey area, so it’s important to protect yourself. You also need to be a very skilled writer to find work in this type of writing, usually with a considerable background in university writing.

People love to learn online, which makes education a lucrative way to earn money on the internet. Let’s look at some ways you can do this as well. Create Online Courses Offering online course is a popular way to start a business online. With an online course, you’re able to share a skill that others want to learn, along with your expertise. Putting together an online course can take a lot of work, and so can market it to the right kind of people. However, if you have a skill that you think others are interested in learning, it’s definitely something to look into

Tutoring Tutoring has been a good income supplement for people with expertise in a certain field for years now, and there are opportunities to do it online. With video calling technology and tutoring communities, it’s so easy to connect with students in need of tutoring and help them out in a safe and secure environment for both parties. Not to mention that the wages for tutors are often very generous. As tutoring is a very popular way to make extra money, make sure you stand out.

 For example, if you have experience dealing with children on the Spectrum or similar, this would be a very attractive talent to a prospective parent seeking someone to teach their child. There are many online tutoring services now that are always looking for talented tutorers – so if you don’t want to go out on your own – there is a platform to start.

Start a Membership Site A membership site is a subscription-based website in which members collect themselves in a community to be educated and support each other through their learning. They’re popular in photography and blogging communities, so if you’re into either of those things, it’s worth considering. Now, you can either start one yourself, which is a pretty big undertaking, or you can become an affiliated member of another one. These affiliated memberships offer a cash payment when people are referred by you and sign up to the site.

Pay-per-click Marketing (PPC) You may have come across the term ‘AdSense’, during your career online, so let’s talk about that. AdSense is a Google advertising network. It’s actually one of a number of networks available, but one that people tend to trust more because it’s associated with Google. To use it, you’ll need to have a website of your own. You put the Google AdSense code on your site, and you’re paid for every time somebody CLICKS on those ads.

Pay-per-view (PPV) Advertising Pay-per-view advertising works very similarly to Pay-per-click but instead of people having to click on the ads, you’ll get an income based on how many people view the ads. This is great if you have access to a site with a reasonable amount of traffic, and is a good passive source of income. 

Affiliate Marketing Affiliate marketing is the online version of selling for a commission. You advertise products or services for other companies, and when people choose to buy those products or services through your advertising efforts, you’re given a small income. In a way, you’re like a sales representative. There are so many affiliate networks out there, so if you’re interested, get on it! 


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