Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Earning money has always been associated with traditional offline routes. But with the internet taking over our lives, everything has changed drastically. People are exploring more ways to earn their living by doing different kinds of works online.
Due to the global pandemic around, those sticking to the traditional method of earning money, are looking into different opportunities to make their living online. So let us discuss different proven methods, you can make a living by doing online business from your home.
Freelancing has always been one of the best ways to earn money, and the internet has plenty of options. You can make your daily living by doing freelancing jobs if you have a particular skill, such as content writing, digital marketing, web site designing, etc. There are plenty of websites to make your work easy, such as Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, Fivrr.com, etc. You have to go to one of those websites, create an account, and you are good to go.
Some of those websites may require you to showcase your talent, that is not a big deal, right? However, remember, you will only get the money once you have completed the task, and the client has approved the assignment.
2. Start your blog
It does not matter if you are a working professional or a housewife. As long as you have a passion for writing and expressing feelings in front of the world, you have the opportunity. That is blogging. At first, it starts as a hobby. Eventually, it becomes your interest, then your passion and then career option.
There are many full-time bloggers around, and there are several ways to start your blog: you can create a blog through WordPress, which requires no investment or go for a self-hosted blog or contribute to someone else's blog as a guest blogger. However, earning from blogging might take some time, as it is a slow process. You have to be patient and consistent. Most of the time, people quit blogging within a few months due to a lack of patience.
3. Selling products online
With the arrival of the internet into the traditional buying and selling businesses, the eCommerce trend is overgrowing. Every day, thousands of companies are going online to sell their products online. You can do that as well. It does not matter if you have your shop or not; you can start this business by collaborating with other people. You can become one of their offline affiliates and sell local products online.
Now the question is, how can you start your online store. First, you have to buy a domain. If you are a web developer, you don't need to worry about anything else. You can set up an online store by installing OpenCart, WordPress WooCommerce, or any other shopping cart software. If you don't want to set up your online store, you can still leverage the online marketplaces available in our countries, like Amazon and Flipkart. You can quickly become a seller on their platforms and sell products over there.
4. Online tutoring
If you are good at a particular topic and are willing to share your knowledge with others, you can easily make money out of it by doing online tutoring to thousands of students and professionals eager to learn new skills.
Most important is, it does not need a lot of investment. A simple home computer and a webcam is enough. You can set up your online classroom using Microsoft Teams and start bestowing your new students' knowledge. As a beginner, you can earn around $3 per session, which can go up to $100 per session eventually once you have gathered enough experience.
5. Web Development
Not all the businesses around you are tech-savvy, but most of them need a business website. If you are good at HTML, CSS, and other web technologies, you can make your skills pay your bills. And the fun part is, those technologies are becoming part of primary education at schools.
It is easy to start a web development business. You have to find the right hosting provider to host the websites for your clients. As a beginner, it is always good to look for cheap, yet secure hosting providers. I would recommend you go with Hostinger at the beginning and switch to VPS in the future once you have made enough money.
6. Content writing
Content writing has always been one of the best part-time jobs for years, both online and offline. If you have a passion for writing and have research skills, this job can make you earn a lot. Develop a niche in your area of expertise and build strength in that domain to increase the revenue stream.
As a beginner, your earning can start from $5 and go up to $1000, depending on the client. Also, there are plenty of news publications looking for content writers daily, and you can get a chance to write one of them.
7. Write an eBooks
If writing books interests you, you can self-publish your book on online marketplaces like Google Books, Amazon, etc. Kindle self-publishing is one of the hassle-free options. It takes only 5 minutes to publish a book and 24 to 48 hours to make it available to millions of readers worldwide. And the best part is, the royalty provided by Amazon is pretty good as well.
8. Social media
With the rapid growth in online platforms, we have plenty of social media platforms available right now. Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin are the top ones out of them. A few years back, no one thought that we could use social media for anything other than connecting people worldwide.
Nowadays, brands use social media to promote their products, connect with their customers, and increase brand awareness. Even the local businesses are getting on board the platforms. If you have social media skills, you can reach out to any of them and start helping them with their social media accounts.
9. Start your own Vlog
Everyone is aware of video-sharing platforms like YouTube, Twitch, etc. Millions of people share their video content daily, which is viewed by billions of people. You can make good use of this opportunity if you are not afraid of the camera.
You can go to any of those websites and create a free account and start a Youtube Channel. Then start uploading your videos. Videos can be about anything, any specific skills, your daily life, or your travel life. As you make your channel popular and the number of subscribers grows, so will your earning potential. The payment one gets based on every thousand views.
10. Make money from Facebook.
With more than 1.73 billion daily active users, Facebook is the top social media platforms we have. Apart from being a social media website, it is also a great advertisement tool for online and offline businesses worldwide. Companies have expanded their customer base, social media presence, and daily reach by leveraging the platform to its fullest.
While Facebook seems a pretty good option for companies and businesses around you, an individual can earn a lot from it if he/she uses the power of Facebook properly.