Whether you are an aspiring solopreneur, a digital nomad or an eager freelancer like myself, you are well aware of the benefits of the Internet fantastic worldwide marketplace in which to make money.
Sadly too many posts on this subject are concerned with schemes that will only make you chump change, or that require spending hours on mindless, tedious, repetitive work. Happily, you won't find any of that in the post below, so check it out for the most novel and legit methods of earning money online.
Create an app
One way to harness the power of the internet to make money in a novel and legit way is to create your very own Android app as Dong Nguyen the creator of flappy bird found out.
Of course, you will need to work out the type of app you will offer such as a game, service, or facility. Regarding monetizing your app, you may be able to sell it on the Android store by charging for downloads. Alternatively, you can charge for in-app purchases as a way of gaining revenue too.
Although, do be warned that before you launch you must expose your product to rigorous android app testing to ensure that all the bugs are worked out and that the processes function correctly. Otherwise, you will have a product that crashes and annoys your users, something that will result in poor reviews and won't end up generating you much money at all.
Here at Sasha Talks Tech we worked with Swiftic.io to create an app to share content on the go.
Click here to check it out!
Teach and Tutor
Another way to make some legitimate money online without becoming mind-numbingly board is to get into teaching or tutoring. In fact, many sites offer English language tuition to students overseas, and you don't even have to have any previous teaching qualifications or experience to work for them.
Usually, this type of tutoring runs on one to one lessons done via a webcam, although whether you need to plan each session, or whether the company you are tutoring with provides these does differ. Something that makes it worthwhile checking this out before you sign-up.
Also, don't forget that as with any role where a third party finds clients for you, you do have to make yourself as available for work as possible. Otherwise, you can end up getting less than you would like and this can make such an endeavor economically unsustainable in the long term.
A newly emerging role that can be done online is that of a career coach. Such a role entails speaking to clients and establish what they want from their work life, as well as constructing a plan with them on how to get there. A career coach is also there to encourage and hold the coachee responsible for meeting their targets at the end of each session. Something that many people find incredibly useful for motivation.
To set yourself us as a career coach isn't too tough either. In fact, there are plenty of online courses to enroll on that will lay out the basics for you. Also having a website that includes informational videos can be beneficial as well, both for getting your name out there and for generating client leads.
Tech reviews and affiliates
Next, if you love technology, gadgets, and electronics of all kinds the best way to make money online without getting bored maybe to set up a tech review site. The premise of a review site is that it provides valuable information to its readers about various tech items including but not limited to smartphones, PCs, Laptops, appliances and the like.
To monetize such as site, you can offer advertising, or as many people do, join an affiliate scheme. Such a scheme is where you partner up with a retailer that provides the products you are reviewing. Then you link the specific reviews to the product pages on the retailer's site so that when people click through, they can buy the item right there and then.
Usually, affiliates are rewarded with a percentage of the sale price when a customer buys an item. However this does differ from provider to provider, and some even offer a fee for the click-through itself, so is worth checking it out before you decide on this option.
Of course, it's also worth mentioning that you need to display on your site that you are an affiliate for ethical reasons. Otherwise, it could land you in hot water, and then your revenue stream will be cut off.
Creative freelance work
I moved to Hollywood four years ago to pursue a career in media. In those four years I've hosted tech segments on TV stations across the U.S., traveled internationally, reported on the ground for some of the biggest stories of our generation, and even worked with Snoop Dogg. What you likely didn't know is that in between these glamours gigs I worked as a ghost writer, babysitter, freelance photographer, and social media consultant for celebrities and brands across the United States.
Lastly, there is a wealth of creative freelance work available over the internet. In fact, such work covers a plethora of different skills and talents from writers to programmers, to artists and designers. There are even some sites that offer work on a job by job basis that displays jobs from all these categories at once. Such sites usually work with the freelancer having to register and bid for individual jobs, and the client will pick the person they think suits the task the best. Also, many of these sites do expect you to price your services very competitively, especially when you first begin, although it is possible to raise these as you get more experience and earn more kudos with them from good customer reviews over time.
However, it can be time-consuming find work in this way, and that is why many people choose to work for a third party provider that supplies regular jobs or go into business for themselves. Working for a third party provider is useful because it means you can dedicate yourself to the tasks they set, without being subjected to all the rigors of working in a formal office environment.
Of course, if you choose the latter option, you will need to think about things like setting up your website and marketing your services so you can be found by potential clients online.
Although, it is worth mentioning that by setting up their site many people find that they benefit from charging more for each job they do. They also can get regular work from particular clients which help to fill their books and allows them to make a decent amount of money online without having to resort to boring, repetitive, or low paying work.
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