Making money online has become quite popular during the pandemic. Some people had to leave their job because it became impossible to work. For others, it was because of extra free time since they no longer need to commute to work and have to stay at home to do their job.
Regardless of the circumstances, if you are looking to create a source of income, do not hesitate and give it a try.
The first thing you need is an idea. Fortunately, there are multiple methods that can make you financially independent or improve your income significantly. Check the suggestions below and pick one to start with. Also, remember that if the first idea fails, you can move to the next one and repeat until you strike a method that makes you money.
1. Sell or Design Custom Merch
You can make your own shirt on Printify and sell it for profit. Of course, there is no need to limit custom merch to just t-shirts. Face masks, hoodies, stickers, phone cases, and other products sell just as well if you offer quality and unique designs.
You could also try connecting with websites such as gelato where you can work with a supplier to customize products with your own designs to sell them on a per-order basis. The best part? You don’t have to store any inventory or ship anything out. The supplier will take care of all that for you, so you can focus on creating more fantastic designs and marketing them to your customers.
In case you do not wish to start an ecommerce store yourself, learn graphic design and join an already established print-on-demand store where you will work as a graphic designer.
2. Start Dropshipping
Dropshipping is another popular method to make money on the internet. $85 billion dollars worth of products were sold through dropshipping model in 2017 alone, and the number has grown since then.
Ecommerce continues to reach new heights, and the trend became quite noticeable during the pandemic when people had to do their shopping online. The usual brick-and-mortar stores had to close.
Starting a dropshipping venture is not simple, but there is no ceiling as far as profits go. The amount of money you make will depend on the effort you put into marketing, researching the competition, providing a great customer experience, and picking the right product.
3. Write a Blog
For some, blogging may seem like a hobby. However, if you have a knack for writing and have no problem coming up with new ideas for articles, then blogging could be just the thing to make money online.
Keep in mind, though, that even if you are a good writer, your reader audience will not grow unless you advertise the blog. Spend some resources and work on search engine optimization, promoting the blog on social media, online forums, and platforms like Reddit and Quora.
Of course, first and foremost, you still need to focus on the article quality. If the writing is poor, readers will not bother returning after they get a taste of your writing.
To monetize a blog, you can run ads, offer opportunities to guest post to get a backlink, advertise digital products like e-books and online courses, include affiliate links, or create a crowdfunding page and rely on the goodwill of your fans.
4. Complete Surveys Online
Online surveys are a simple and straightforward method. You will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer and internet access. Services like Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars offer new surveys regularly.
On average, a person can complete about five surveys in an hour and make as much as 20 dollars. Not a bad deal if you have an hour or so to spare, right?
Also, keep in mind that if you run out of available surveys on your computer, switching to your smartphone and tablet should provide more options because some services offer different surveys for computers and mobile devices.
5. Manage Social Media Accounts
Celebrities and influencers on social media are usually not the ones running their accounts. They hire an agency or an individual who can do the work for them. If you were to learn the intricacies of Facebook and Instagram, you could also look to work as someone’s social media manager.
Scheduling posts, coming up with content ideas, responding to follower comments, and running ad campaigns are a few examples of what your work would look like. If you feel like SM management suits you, give it a try.
6. Join Customer Support
Since eCommerce is expanding, businesses need to hire more customer support employees to keep up with the demand and solve potential problems.
The work may not seem that fun, but it still provides an opportunity to make money. You will need to answer phone calls, respond to emails and texts on the website, and reply to social media comments.
7. Stream on Twitch TV
Making money gaming sounds like a dream to some people, right? Well, if you share the same feeling, then streaming on Twitch TV should be the right method for you.
Streamers play video games and live stream the gameplay to an audience. If a stream is entertaining, viewers donate, cheer with bits, and subscribe. These three monetization ways are the most popular on Twitch.
At the same time, if you grow your stream and attract a large enough audience, you can also expect to get a sponsorship deal that will increase your profits even more.