How to make money online is fast becoming a popular topic in our community. Whether you are looking to take an existing business and add an online element or are considering setting up a new venture, the many positives of an online business is certainly appealing.
Here are my top 5 ways to make money online.
If you have knowledge then share it with the world for a fee. Whether you are a passionate knitter, into pets or have some form of professional expertise there is probably someone out there prepared to pay for what you know.
Online education and training websites such as Thinkific make it really easy to upload and host your courses for your students to access.
With a smartphone, writing app and some knowledge you can easily create a video or written course in a few days.
If you prefer to sell something physical, then an online store may be just the answer.
You can either own your own online shop via websites like Shopify or take advantage of the existing marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Etsy.
But what about the product to sell? These days you can take advantage of drop shipping, where the distributor can ship products to your end customer in plain wrapping as though its come from you. Simple.
Or you could take advantage of Amazon's fulfilment services and have your own warehouse full of stock picked, packed and delivered as and when you make a sale.
"Gigging" websites like Upwork and Fiverr are very popular for people looking for one off project work. The website basically acts as a marketplace for businesses that don't require a employed person with a skill on their team at the moment.
If you are good at graphic design, office administration or programming code then this may be a good place for you to advertise your services.
The communication is entirely online and the websites even deal with ensuring you get paid.
Are you passionate about a subject and enjoy writing? If so, then publishing a blog (like this one!) is a great way to earn some extra money online.
Using WordPress makes it easy to have your blog setup in a few hours. The hardest part is driving enough traffic to your blog for potential advertisers to take notice, but if you have a knack for SEO and promotion then it won't be long until you can be earning from your prose.
Becoming a Virtual Assistant is a bit like "gigging" but on a more regular basis. With technology these days you can perform many office based roles for businesses from home.
If you are well organised and happy to answer phone calls, book meetings, transcribe notes and many other office support tasks then becoming a virtual assistant may be right up your street.
Now you have an insight into my top 5 ways how to make money online, what are you waiting for?
It's time to act. Find the one that best suits you and get started. The sooner you act the faster you'll be making your first sale.
I'm a proud father, husband, huge James Bond fan, lover of fast cars and prolific buyer of technology gadgets. I started my first business when I was 21, learning the harsh way how to become successful. Through hard work, dedicating myself to learning and persistent focus I created one of the fastest growing computer services businesses in the UK.