Whether you are already happily employed in a 9-5 and want to make some extra cash, or you simply want to make working online your new career, here are 7 ways you can make money online:
1. Teach a Language
You don’t have physically travel to a foreign country to teach English. All you need is a laptop, internet connection and a good grasp of the English language and you can get started right from your bed or dining table. However, while there are many options for people looking to teach English online, most platforms prefer teachers from the United States, Canada, UK and Australia because they obviously are the only ones that speak English (*ends sarcasm*). Other platforms also requite a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate as well. You can look into getting certified to widen your options. If teaching English online is something you want to do, EnglishTown is a great option to explore. It’s important to note, however, that you need a degree or be in your last year of college to be accepted.
Okay, maybe teaching isn’t your thing but you love languages. Another option you can explore online is offering translation services to international clients for competitive rates. You can get started by setting up an Upwork profile (Disclaimer: I can’t personally recommend them because they’ve rejected my profile about 7 times. Word on the street is that they’re getting too many people and they are rejecting majority of the profiles so bear that in mind if you choose that route). You can also check social media for people asking for translators or check sites like Universal Translation Services. A quick google search will also provide you with a plethora of other options.
I don’t make money from my blog (yet!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Based on my research, you should self host (purchase your own domain name and hosting plan) so that you can set up Ad Sense and do Affiliate Marketing. Self hosting isn’t cheap but bloggers have made so much more than they’ve invested. For me, as of right now, these investments aren’t worth it at this point in time but if your blog is gaining a tonne of traction, I’d definitely say look into it. There are so many resources out there geared at helping bloggers succeed.
You don’t have to blog to be paid as a writer, although it definitely helps in terms of having writing samples readily available. A great topic to write on is Jamaica. There are many travel blogs that will pay you to give your unique perspective on living in Jamaica. You’ve already been to some pretty great places in Jamaica and have the pictures on your camera roll so you’re already halfway there.
With this option, the only caveat is that the pay isn’t equal across the board. In addition to that, if you don’t have published posts, you might have to take a lower paying job starting out. Nevertheless, if this is something you’re serious about, you can build your portfolio by writing for free. Don’t worry, most have us, including me, have written for free. Just like blogging, there are tonnes of resources out there for free that will help you on your freelance writing journey.
One resource I’ve found particularly helpful is Elna Cain’s Free 6 Day Email Course. She goes into details about where you can find writing jobs and everything else you need. Potential employers often want to see a portfolio, you can use Contently for free. I also love Muck Rack, which is also free. *Shameless plug alert* With that said, don’t forget that you can hire me to write.
5. Start a Podcast
If you love to talk, turn that into $$$ by starting a podcast! You might be talking for free for a while until brand start paying you to advertise once you’ve proven that you’re actually reaching and influencing people. It’s not a quick money maker but it can be hobby that earns you some extra income if you market yourself well. One way to get it off the ground is by getting well known people on it. Here are a few ways you can make money from podcasts.
6. Sell Your Designs
If you’re a good artist, you should definitely consider selling your designs online. As a starting point, create an online portfolio with your contact information. You can also use sites like Medium to host your portfolio. Then, scour the internet for people who are looking for designs. Additionally, you can join Fiverr and offer your services. Here are 16 places you can sell your designs online.
7. Open an Instagram Store
I know, I know! Everyone and their mothers have an IG store. But, you can actually make extra money selling goods on social media. Since there are already a plethora of “IG boutiques”, see if there is something not being sold that you can provide. In addition to that, posting your price in the caption will separate you from so many accounts. You can also sell your handmade or vintage items and craft supplies online on Etsy.
Hopefully this list shows you the potential to earn from online jobs and that making money from home can work for anyone. Working online gives you so much freedom because you can choose your clients, hours and you have more control over your day. In order for any of these to work you have to learn to market yourself. The good news is you can learn how to do that online for free.
This article originally appeared on Goody On A Budget.