With the boom in internet usage, more and more things are being done on the online than ever before. This also creates more opportunities and easy ways to make extra money online, while still being able to keep your day job. Whether you want to earn a bit extra on the side or make a longterm career working online, as I have, there are several avenues you can take to achieve this.
Here, I will share two options for making money online. First, as a freelance writer, and secondly, as a virtual assistant.
How Do I Make Money Online As A Freelance Writer?
I will share with you two tried and trusted methods of making money as a freelance writer. Bear in mind that either of these will not yield instant results. You will need to be open to learning new things and having patience to wait for your written work start generating money.
Write Your Own Articles to Generate Income
You can earn money online as a writer by creating engaging content and articles. These articles generate revenue via advertisements and affiliate programs. This can be done by creating your own website or blog, or by using a revenue sharing site, such as HubPages.com.
Hubpages.com is a great website for beginners as it removes the barrier of the technical knowhow in exchange for a share of your profits. Adverts and affiliate links for Amazon and Ebay are placed on the articles. When people click the advertisements or buy an item/s after clicking an affiliate link, you will earn commissions. This is then paid out to your PayPal account.
Alternatively, you can create your own website or blog. This requires a little more work, but it gives you full control of the advertisements and revenue generation. Many affordable hosting packages will provide you will one click installation for software such as WordPress, from which you can create and publish your articles. I suggest choosing a niche to focus on, such as “pet care” if you’re an animal lover, or “DIY ideas” if you are good at crafts etc. and creating a blog focused on relevant articles to your niche.
Get Paid to Write Articles for Other People
The second option to earn money from writing articles, is to seek out businesses or individuals that are looking for online content to be created for them. For example, a plumbing business may need articles for their businesses blog, but do not have the writing capabilities. You will usually act as a ghost-writer in this case.
I suggest signing up for both Upwork.com and Freelancer.com. On these sites, you can bid on projects posted by potential clients. If they choose to use your services, payment is usually handled by the website, which acts as an escrow service (the client pays before the job starts, then once they are satisfied with your work, the money is paid out to you).
How Do I Make Money Online As A Virtual Assistant?
Just as companies and professional individuals outsource their writing tasks on freelancer websites, they also outsource jobs such as document formatting, data entry or software product testing. Some may even need you to make phone calls or process support emails. It’s important however to calculate and factor in how much money you might need to spend to complete the task, versus how much the company or individual is willing to pay.
This works much in the same way as online writing I described above jobs are posted by potential clients, which you then bid on. My best advice is to sign up and start looking at exactly what is being asked for in the job and make a list of services that match your skillset. Add those to your profile and start bidding!
By starting to work online, you can choose how many hours you work and can make it flexible to easily fit into what schedule you have. You can do jobs which you already have the skills for, cutting out any extra learning you may need to do. And, in the end, you can earn money without feeling like it is tedious work, possibly making it more enjoyable.