You can easily make money online travelling in this age of the internet. The choice is pretty wide and limited only by your imagination, desire and willingness to put in the necessary sweat equity.
If you are comfortable spending time before your desktop computer or laptop, then there is an abundance of ways to make money online. Apart from putting your academic and professional skills to the test, you can also explore the creative side of your thoughts and mind while working online.
As mentioned in an earlier post, making money online is one of the ways to get paid travel. As a matter of fact, the potential for starting an online business is enormous and open to anyone. And the beauty of it is that you can do it anywhere, during your travels or while you are at home. There are numerous examples of people who left their well-paid jobs and opted to work online, subsequently earning more than what they made in their previous employment.
Are you hyped up to be your boss and start enjoying the freedom that comes with it? Take the first step and check out some of the ways to make money online we discuss below.
Freelancing is now everywhere on the internet. It is a way of choosing a job from a client and completing your committed deliverables within your agreed timeline. The pay scale varies from job to job, and you can always negotiate the remuneration with your client.
Work and business opportunities for freelancers range from content writing, blogging, graphic designing, coding, web designing, social influencing, or even ghostwriting. If you are an expert, you can also get professional jobs like architectural designing, machine tools modelling, animation, and much more.
Several websites connect with clients around the world. You only have to log into them, register and start your work. Some of the most popular freelancing websites are Fiverr, Upwork (previously Elance), Toptal, and Simply Hired to name a few.
Actual classroom teaching is one profession that is seeing less growth worldwide. However, online education is becoming popular every day. And such demand even became pronounced in these current times of a global pandemic. If you are interested in teaching, enjoy dealing with and can understand children, then becoming an online tutor is a great option.
Most of the educational websites and apps are always on the lookout for educators who have a flair for teaching even though they may not have actual classroom teaching experience. The payment starts on a lower side of the scale in the beginning, but once you get experience and establish authority and network, you can earn up to $2000 to $6000 per month. You can even upgrade yourself to teach or guide adults in their projects.
YouTube has experienced exponential growth over time and a lot of enterprising individuals or organizations have taken advantage of the growth and popularity of YouTube.
You might have subscribed to a number of YouTube channels and may have wondered how much money is made out of the videos posted daily. Actually, the number is huge. A study has shown that the top stars of YouTube collectively earned around $127 million in one year starting from June 2016 to June 2017.
If you want to grab and ride this bandwagon, you should allow your creative juices to flow. Opening a YouTube channel just for the sake of earning money may actually not be the best idea. Instead, you should choose the area you are interested in or passionate about and slowly build on it.
Once you start enjoying the content you provide, it will monetize in the end. You may not earn millions (particularly at the start), but you would make enough to keep your passion burning and activate a social media channel that you can use for your other online adventures.
If you own a website or blog that generates good traffic and has become an authority in your niche, then you can sign up with Google Adsense or other online advertising media. Opening an account on Google Adsense and similar media is relatively easy and you will be on your way for such media to start posting ads on your blog or website and from which you will receive some revenue.
Google tracks traffic, page views and the kind of people who visit your website and displays ads accordingly. The earnings will be directly transferred to your account. Even if you have average traffic on your blog or website, you may earn anywhere between $1000 to $2000 per month. You can then work upon increasing traffic and make more money.
Podcasting is a way for internet users to get audio files from a website and listen on their computers, mobile devices or personal digital audio players. If you can make people listen to your voice, podcasting is definitely a good avenue to tap.
A new and engaging podcast could attract hundreds if not thousands of listeners within days or weeks. Once you acquire enough listeners, you can look out for sponsors who pay for advertising their product before, during or after the podcast.
Preparing content for podcasting may take time and effort. But if you are a person who enjoys giving life to words, then podcasting is definitely for you. And the magic of technology will enable you to do whether you are on the road or at home.
Run An E-Commerce Store
You can set up an online e-commerce store where you can sell your products – those that you make or those that you buy and maintain and inventory for resale. It may take a bit of set-up work and will depend on many factors.
You can also establish and run an e-commerce website using the drop-shipping model. It means you do not maintain your inventory but sell an item from a third-party supplier or manufacturer, who then fulfills the order and ships directly to your customers.
The drop-shipping business model allows you to eliminate working capital to maintain inventory, reduce your operational costs, as well as enable you to focus all of your efforts on customer acquisition.
Affiliate marketing is a business model wherein the affiliate earns commissions by promoting someone else’s products or services, generally through his/her website. If the affiliate marketer generates a sale for the company, he/she gets paid. Otherwise, no. And he/she is not a direct employee of the vendor.
Signing up for affiliate marketing is also one of the widely used ways to monetize the views and visits to a website. If you are a well-known blogger or have a website that gets enough traffic, then collaborating with affiliates would allow you to make money.
Once you enroll in affiliate marketing, you will get a unique affiliate code that contains a link to a product. When a visitor to your website or blog clicks on the link and buys the product, you start making money.
Choosing an affiliate program, which complements your website’s ideology or in line with your blog’s content, would help the visitor to trust the product. For example, if your website or blog advises people on financial matters, then you should choose an affiliate program that deals with the business sector like banks, insurance, credit cards etc.
Be Productive Despite COVID-19: Go Online!
Travelling widens our horizon and provides us with a rich source of experience and photographs, which can then turned into authoritative content for an online presence. That could then pave the way to unlocking the potential of the internet and make money out of it. The same potential is not limited to travel. Any subject that you are passionate about can do the trick.
So why hesitate? Start with a simple model. You can even do it for free. Just be true to yourself and choose your area of expertise or a market niche that you are familiar with or passionate about. That will make it a lot easier and will come naturally for you.
If you like to travel, talk about your experiences or even what you are planning to do once things are back to where it was before this COVID-19 pandemic. Go online and unlock your opportunities. Start your travel blog now (or any online business model that appeals to you). This will help you to be productive while staying-at-home and prepare your online business to the time when things pick up again.
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