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If you are looking for ways to make extra money on the side, consider putting your talents to work online. From writing to photography to video production and even tutoring, there are ample ways to make money online in your spare time putting your talents to work and doing things you enjoy doing. Most likely, you will not make a great amount of money, especially as you get started, but any money earned on the side doing something you enjoy doing is money well earned. This is not meant to discourage you, as some talented people have found niches that have allowed them to make enough money that their creative efforts become their primary source of income. However, this is the exception rather than the rule. In most cases, if you put in sufficient time, you can eventually earn enough money each month to have a modest amount of additional income. Perhaps enough for a nice meal or even for a car payment, if you excel.
There Are Many Money Making Opportunities Online
Write For a Site That Pays You For Article Views
If you enjoy writing, you can turn your words into money. There are a number of websites that pay authors for content. The payment terms and types of writing material they are seeking to publish vary widely, so find a site that provides payment terms that make you find acceptable and accepts the type of articles you enjoy writing.
Or, if you're more adventuresome, develop your own blog to publish the articles that you create. In the long-run publishing your own online blog can be more lucrative, if you carve out a niche and gain a lot of followers. The money is earned via advertising, as well as links to products on sites such as Amazon. Also, a blog affords you the freedom to write about anything that you want to write about. If you go the route of writing for a website that publishes articles, then you have to live by their content rules that restrict some topics, language, and approaches to writing. The upside is that websites designed for publishing articles provide a lot of structural support for your articles, a writers community, and an easier way to make money initially. However, if your articles become really popular, and you develop a wide following, then your earning potential will be better if you publish them on your own blog, which allows you to keep all the money you make, instead of sharing it with a site that hosts your articles.
Monetize Your Photographs
If you have a good phone camera or digital camera and like to take photographs, you can turn your photos into money by making them available to download online. Businesses, writers, artists, as well as the general public, often seek photographs for their own use or for presentations of some kind or another. The free (un-copyrighted) photographs that are available online are usually not of sufficient quality or specific enough to utilize. You can take advantage of the need for high-quality photographs depicting a wide variety of setting by making your photos available to download online for a fee. It can be quite rewarding to see your photographic talents turned into money.
Turn Your Videos Into Money
The most well-known way to make money online is by publishing videos on sites such as YouTube. There are many examples of people who built a sufficient following for their videos to generate a considerable amount of income from advertising dollars that they earn from their online videos. While you are not likely to strike it rich, you can put your video production talents to work for you and generate a nice additional income stream. Find a niche that you can create quality videos for and build a brand for yourself online.
It's not just video gamers making money by uploading videos to YouTube. If you're an expert at repairing common items that people need to repair around the house or know how to do arts and crafts well and can explain your artistic talents to others, you can make some nice money by posting informative high-quality videos online and earning money from the advertising that people see when they watch your videos. Just keep in mind that YouTube recently raised the bar for earning money on their site, and you will need a number of followers before you can start earning money, so the earnings will take some time to materialize.
Take Online Surveys
Companies expend a lot of effort to determine how the public perceives their products and services. One of the ways they make such determinations is by conducting public opinion surveys. Just sign up at one of the many websites that conduct online surveys, fill out the surveys, and get paid. It's not difficult at all.
Participating in surveys online is an easy way to make some extra money. However, the earning potential is limited, as each survey usually only pays a few dollars upon completion. Also, unlike articles, photographs, and videos, there is no potential for ongoing passive earning, which is known as evergreen income in Internet parlance, since the earning continues without you having to take any further actions. However, anyone with spare time can make a modest amount of money easily by filling out online surveys.
Sell Your Goods and Services on Fiverr
Fiverr is an interesting website that allows you to sell your goods or services over the Internet. What you sell could range from a good such as a greeting card to a service such as singing a happy birthday song to just about anything you can think of within legal bounds. While the site started out limiting earnings to five dollars per engagement (the source of their Fiverr name), they have raised the limit to $500 to allow to users to offer goods and services that command higher earning potential. Fiverr provides an easy way to put your talents to work to earn some extra cash.
Be An Online Tutor
One of the most lucrative ways to make money online is by tutoring people in a wide variety of subjects. There is a great amount of demand for many types of tutoring services, from language tutors to tutors in many fields of study, and people are willing to pay good money for these online personalized tutoring services. The world is your oyster when it comes to online tutoring. You can literally tutor clients from all around the world, as long as you speak a common language. There are even websites that will help you find clients and facilitate your tutoring services.
Don't Procrastinate! Start Making Money Today!
A journey of one thousand miles starts with one step. The same is true regarding starting your journey to making money on the side online. You can't wallow around waiting to get started or waiting for the perfect time to get started. Just do what you love to do and make it available to the entire world online. Initially, you will earn small amounts of money. But, as your portfolio grows, so will your earnings.
One of the differences between successful people and everyone else is that successful people are doers. They will try anything and do whatever they can to establish themselves with a long-term goal guiding them. Be a doer! Don't procrastinate! Enjoy yourself as you earn extra income. Eventually, you will be able to sit back and reflect about at how well all your hard, yet enjoyable work paid off. The rewards are not solely monetary in nature. Putting your talents to work online often puts you in touch with people who have similar interests. You might even learn some things along the way about what you love to do.
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Madhu R Padalaa from Kancheepuram, India on February 25, 2020:
Great post, Mr. John Coviello. Loved reading it. I got a lot of value reading this article of yours. The right guidance would help others to follow the right path of making money. Thank you for sharing good insights that are useful for newbies and struggling online marketers.
John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on October 03, 2018:
I agree Mary. The main reason I started writing for HubPages is that I love to write. It helps me understand things I am interested in and clears my mind. I was hoping to make some money on the side, but ultimately I was doing something I loved to do, and still do!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 28, 2018:
I think it is important to start with what you enjoy doing so then, even if the money is not much, you gain in the enjoyment you experience.