There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.”
1 — Web and graphic design services
Have some web or graphic design talent under your belt? Even if you don’t, it might serve you well to find a course you can sign up to and learn. These skills are in high demand on the web, and with so many businesses moving into the digital space or trying to expand and market their services, it’s ripe for the picking.
However, like with any other industry, there’s fierce competition. You can use sites like Fiverr and other similar sites in the gig economy to create countless kinds of web or graphic design micro-jobs that you can do for as little as $5. I know, it sounds really low, but you’d be surprised at the success of some of the Fiverr all-stars.
If you’re looking for more serious work, you could try your hand at a site like Upwork, where you can find bigger projects in the web and graphic design arena. Again, competition here is also fierce with many people attempting to undercut others. If you don’t have a solid portfolio and track record, you’ll find it difficult to make very much money at all.
2 — Software development
One of the most in-demand services that you can offer to fit the active-income bill online, is software development. Software development, or coding as it’s generally referred to nowadays, is in high demand and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future as the reach of technology continues to unravel its tentacles further and further into our lives.
Some of the most successful digital nomads in the world are coders, working from the most obscure places while traveling from city to city, globe trotting around the earth.
3 — Article writing
Professional article writing and journalism is by far one of the most sought-after fields that not only lend to flexibility of location but also to ease of generating an income online. Of course, like with any other profession, you need to be highly skilled at it if you’re going to be taken seriously. This doesn’t happen quickly by any means.
To get really good at writing, you have to commit to writing every single day no matter how you feel.
I believe it’s that good-habit development that’s at the heart of success in any endeavor. But writing takes some serious grit. If you can find on-going work as a professional writer, or even get the chance to write for some of the biggest names in the digital publishing industry, then you’re certainly one of the lucky and talented ones.
4 — Start an ecommerce business
One way to tap into the tremendous reach of the internet is to build an ecommerce business. By setting up an online shop, you can sell products, services or even information to people from around the world. This is a great way to bring your wares to the masses and generate an income no matter where you live in the world.
However, as you might already likely know, this does require a tremendous amount of effort. Not only do you need to have the products, services and information that you intend to sell, but you also need to build an online shop then get people to visit it. You need some serious knowledge of online marketing and search engine optimization in order to do this. It’s not easy by any means.
Still, that doesn’t stop people from trying. My suggestion? Do a great deal of research first, build out a quality site and ensure that you back it up with raving customer support. Even if you don’t start today, register a domain and find someone who can help you build out your dreams. It will take time. But it’s worth it in the long run.
5 — Sell used and new products through existing marketplaces
While this won’t get you rich by any measure, you can sell products online using sites like Craigslist, Alibaba, eBay and even the Amazon Marketplace. In fact, these are some of the top online destinations where you’ll be able to easily reach the masses. Instead of building your own ecommerce shop, selling products on these marketplaces, can be an instant boon for you.
Now, this isn’t anything new. Most people are used to selling on sites like Craigslist or eBay for example. But if you’re trying to sell on Alibaba or Amazon’s Marketplace, you’ll need to go through an approval process. Still, both of these will open up the doors to a flood of potential instant buyers.
You will need to ensure that you adhere to a few principles when doing this. You need excellent photos, so investing in a good camera is well worth it here. You also need to ensure a meticulous description of the product, new or used. People appreciate the attention to detail and it will go a long way when trying to sell anything through these bustling online hubs.
6 — Rent out your home as a vacation rental
Since the rise of sites like VRBO, HomeAway and AirBnB, people have been flocking to the vacation rental marketplace to rent out their homes as short-term rentals in sought-after destinations around the planet. If you have a home in a vacation destination, it could well be worth looking into renting it as a short-term rental.
Of course, you need to abide by any local laws, rules and regulations. Depending on where you live in the world, this could vary. Also, if you’re not the actual owner of the home, you need to ensure you have the permission of the owner before trying your hand at vacation rentals.
Do a bit of research and due diligence. How much are people renting out their homes in your area on sites like AirBnB? What’s the going rate and just how do those homes compare to your own home? There are a lot of issues to cover if you’re thinking about doing this, so don’t expect to profit simply from it. The more care and attention you put to the finer details here, the better it will be.
7 — Create a smartphone app
Okay. I know. This isn’t an easy one to implement. Creating a successful smartphone app today, in a field littered with apps, is monumentally difficult. But it’s not just the app creation that’s hard itself, it’s the marketing of that app. With so many apps vying for peoples attention, and so much money to be made by the sheer volume of the industry, it’s no wonder why competition is tremendous.
Still, this doesn’t stop people from attempting to succeed with smartphone apps. With a market that spans into the billions, with users from all around the world, there’s no wonder why this is so alluring. If you’re trying to build a smartphone app, however, be sure to create something of value.
The best smartphone apps are based on the freemium model, which allows some level of game play or usage without having to purchase. But this also means that you have to build something with real inherent value. It also has to be highly engaging if people are even going to consider paying for an in-app purchase. Take the time to really research this money making opportunity before diving in head first.
8 — Become a search engine optimization specialist
The world of search engine optimization is convoluted at best, filled with outdated or misinformation by so-called experts. To add to that, there are loads of scams out there implemented by unscrupulous individuals that are looking to take advantage of folks that might be ignorant to the complexities of online marketing.
Overall, there is a general lack of trust in the industry, with a few leading minds that are at the forefront of this delicate and intricate field of online marketing. But by learning and truly understanding this industry, arming yourself with the right knowledge wielded with integrity, the opportunities are endless.
Professional SEOs command tremendous per-hour fees, and can take in thousands of dollars per project. It’s not easy, but you can learn SEO and become an expert in the field, thus having the ability to provide invaluable services to the masses.
9 — Become a remote salesperson
If you’re good at sales and you’re a self-starter, there are a nearly unlimited number of opportunities that you could seize upon to generate an income solely online. You never actually have to go door-to-door or meet anyone face-to-face. All you need to be is very good on the phone and highly able-bodied at selling just about anything.
Becoming a remote salesperson also still gives you the flexibility to work at your desired times. For the most part, you can set your schedule as long as you’re able to produce. If you can sell a product to someone and do it with high efficiency, you’ll likely excel in any industry you choose.
The goal? Find remote sales opportunities on sites like Glass Door, Monster and other job-seeking websites. Put together a resume of your skills in sales and go out there and sell like it’s nobody’s business. All you really need is that deep down motivation to succeed in life and you’re just about half way there.
10 — Become a virtual assistant
It might not sound all that glamorous, but becoming a virtual assistant is something that can help you get by, especially if times are tough. Depending on where you live and what the wages in that area are, becoming a virtual assistant can either be a solid move or something that can simply help to keep the lights on, so to speak.
However, if you’re highly organized and able to manage your time effectively, you can most certainly help a business executive out that’s trying to manage his or her own time while making some money online in the meanwhile. Build yourself a solid profile or resume that you can push out there to the world and find someone willing to hire you.
In the beginning, you might need to work for a next-to-nothing rate just to prove yourself. However, you can use sites like Upwork and Freelancer to help find gigs for this type of work.