When most people think of making money online, they think of Websites that sell merchandise. Of course, it takes a lot of work to design, create and launch a Website, not to mention actually getting products to sell. It’s also expensive in terms of start-up costs.
Did you know that you can use your home computer and the Internet to make money online without even having your own Website or starting an official “business?” Not having to get a business license or pay a Web designer or pay for annual hosting saves you overhead costs so that almost all of the money you bring in can be profit. Here are five ways to make money online without starting your own business:
1) Sell items on eBay: You can sell just about anything on eBay without having to pay any upfront costs. Many items can be listed for free. You pay only if the item sells. eBay takes its cut and the rest is paid to you.
You probably have all kinds of things around your house that you don’t want or need, but someone else in the world probably does. If you happen to be a crafty person you can also sell hand-made or hand-built items on eBay. Or, if you’re handy at salvaging and repairing or have an eye for value in used items you can make money by cruising garage sales, thrift stores and pawn shops and re-selling them on eBay for a profit.
2) Sell items on Craigslist.com or Kijiji.com: Online classifieds are an excellent place to sell items, particularly household items. The same principles apply here as for selling on eBay. Sell items from around your house, or fix up garage sale and thrift store finds and re-sell them.
3) Start a blog: Create a blog on a free blogging platform such as WordPress.com or Blogger.com and run ads on your blog. You get paid a small stipend whenever someone clicks on one of your ads. You can also use your blog as a place to promote affiliate products. Amazon.com is one of the best. However, there are many out there to choose from.
4) Write product reviews: Sites like ReviewStream.com and Shvoong.com let ordinary people write reviews of common products and get paid for it. You can write about almost any product.
As long as you follow the guidelines and standards set out by the Website you can make anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar per review. Some sites pay you more every time someone reads one of your reviews, so if you review popular items you can make good money this way.
5) Sell your talent: If you’re good at art, writing, web or graphic design you can market your talent on a Website like iFreelance.com, Guru.com or eLance.com. Here, people looking for such talent post “jobs” which you can peruse and bid on.
The person who posted the job then chooses a winner. If you can demonstrate an ability to provide quality work and keep your price relatively low, this can be a great way to make some extra money.
Most freelancing Websites have varying levels of memberships available at different prices. Some offer free basic profiles though, while others offer them at a fairly low cost. In many cases it only takes one or two successful bids to recoup the cost of a membership. If you’re not sure, though, choose a site with a free basic membership option, or choose the least expensive option. (You can always upgrade later on if you find you’re becoming successful.)