There’s many different ways to create an income from home these days and it can be hard to know where to start. In this article I share 5 simple income strategies to help everyday people start making money relatively quickly.
#5 Completing Simple Tasks
One of the simplest ways to start making small amounts of cash relatively quickly is by completing tasks for reputable companies. It doesn’t pay much but it’s simple and should bring in some extra dosh.
This is a platform where companies post ‘Human Intelligence Tasks’ or HIT’s that cannot be automated by a computer. Sometimes, people do a better job than a computer, who would of thought? It gives pretty much anyone the chance to sign up and perform basic tasks for companies for a reward and there’s thousands of these available.
This is something I’ve only recently came across and it looks quite promising. You won’t make a fortune but it certainly looks legit and has some really good reviews. I personally intend to check this out and record my experience so when I do, I’ll post a link here for you guys to check out.
After you sign up to this you’ll fill out your profile and according to your profile, will receive x amount of jobs each week. The job is testing a website for user experience, as a user. You are given a set of tasks and must go through them on their website and vocalise your experience as you go through.
This is great for new website owners because they get to see a real person’s expereience with their website and it’s great for you because you’ll make $10 a pop for about 20 minutes work! As far as online jobs go, that is pretty nice. The downside is you are limited to 10 jobs per week and there’s lots of people interested in this so you’ll need to jump on these jobs asap to score them. Still, that’s a potential $400 per month in extra cash for a fairly small time investment.
I’m not a huge fan of paid surveys for a number of reasons but if you can get on board with a legitimate company, you can definitely make a few extra bucks each month. I haven’t signed up with Survey Savvy myself but I’ve done a fair bit of research and been with a few other similar websites in the past, this one seems the most legit. I want to point somehting out here though- there are TONS of rubbish survey websites and sneaky websites selling people false hope when it comes to these.
For example, in this review I talk about a website that blatantly misleads people into thinking they’ll make $100’s per hour doing surveys when in reality that’s total BS. Based on my experience with doing these surveys, they generally pay out a few dollars per hour when you take everything into consideration.
Also, many of these pay in gift cards or points or something else instead of cold hard cash. That might be cool if that’s all you want but I recommend looking for the ones that pay in real money. Survey Savvy pays out after earning just $1 which is pretty cool and they have a great track record online.
#4 Selling Stuff
Whether you just want to sell unwanted clutter or have some awesome products you want to sell as a business, the following websites can help.
This is a great way to sell unique handmade products. If you have something you think people will love and want to sell it on a trusted platform used by millions of people worldwide, this is the way to go. An alternative to this is Etsy which is probably their biggest competitor. They also provide a great service for artisans and those into handmade crafts.
We all know eBay but the bottom line is, it does the job and it does it well. This can be a great way to sell unwanted goods quickly and in many cases for free with everyday items. Some people even make a full-time income buying second hand stuff from local garage sales and then selling them on eBay for a premium. Many people couldn’t be bothered getting top dollar for their stuff because they just want it gone so there’s definitely opportunity to negotiate and make a nice profit. Sell enough stuff and it’s boost your income.
For those that want to start their own online store this might be worth checking out. They give you everything you need to set up a fully functional storefront and sell your products. The downside is that having a store is only one pice to the puzzle in this game, you need buyers coming to your store and that isn’t part of the deal with Shopify. They do give you an ‘SEO optimised’ website but it’s pretty basic and no where near enough to get you ranking in itself. This comes with a free trial and the basic online store is $29 per month plus transaction fees on whatever you sell.
A great alternative to this is building a free WordPress website which allows you to utilise popular and professional storefront themes provided by companies like WooCommerce. This option also comes with 10 free lessons on getting your website ranking and driving targeted buyers to your site.
#3 Freelance Writing
If you like writing and think you have what it takes there’s a huge amount of companies and website owners looking to hire you.
These guys will pay you $100 per article (they call these ‘lists’) you write in just about any topic. It needs to be 1500 words or more and follow some guidelines, they also add all the pictures themselves so there’s no need to worry about that. Not all articles will be accepted but over time you’ll come to know what they like and what they don’t. Worst case you’ll hone your writing skills and you can maybe try sell the piece somewhere else.
Apparently this is for people who are smart, funny and/or creative and they pay between $100-$200 per article. They also pay for videos, infographics and other kinds of content so there’s a pretty broad range of things you could get amongst here to make some money. Seems pretty interesting and the rates are good. Another idea is just contacting blog owners and asking them if they’d like you to write an article for them. The first one’s free and if they like your style, talk money. Almost all blogs have a contact form and you could create a persuasive template to use over an over to save time.
#2 Sell Your Talents
Are you good at something or know how to deliver a service of some kind? Everyone knows how to do something and this section shows you the best places to start.
This is a very popular platform that allows you to start a freelancing business and sell your services online in a range of different of professional fields. There is no limit to how much you can make with this but it’s going to take some time to build your reputation like any business.
This platform allows you to set up a freelancing business and provide just about anything to anyone in the local area. You can provide things like handyman services, gardening, flyer delivery, cleaning, help people move and just about anything else you can think of. The main difference between this and UpWork is that this is more about everyday tasks performed offline.
No list would be complete without adding the ever popular Fiverr. This pretty much allows anyone with a heartbeat to sign up and provide digital services starting at $5. A lot of the ‘gigs’ have gone up to $6.90 from what I can see which means you’ll make a little more than the old days. Anything from logo creation to voice over services and buying Facebook friends, it’s all there. Each gig doesn’t pay much but you can add extras to increase your profits. It can definitely be a great place to start off and get your name out there for a particular service.
#1 Build a Niche Website
This is one of the main ways I recommend people to create an income online. It won’t bank you an income within a week but it is relatively simple and anyone can get rolling with this. There are endless opportunities in this space and no limit to what you can earn as long as you’re willing to put in the effort.
In this context, a niche is just a group of people searching for something online. Your job is to build your website to provide that niche with a solution to whatever problem they are looking to solve. Your chosen niche could be anything you could possibly think of and money can be made in just about any niche. There are millions of profitable niche ideas ready to be taken advantage of, you just need to learn how to tap into them.
How on earth does this actually relate to making money??
Give your niche helpful content for free on your website and make money promoting products on your website that your niche are already looking to buy.
- Choose a niche
- Build a basic website
- Publish content, get that content ranking in Google, attract targeted buyers for free as a result
- Promote products your niche is already looking to buy online and make money as a result.
Example Niche Website
You might build an “amateur photography for weddings” niche website and give that niche helpful content for free. You could write about anything relating to this main topic and (by following the right training) you will attract targeted website visitors for free through search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. You may then recommend your top rated camera or an online photography e-book for example. Simply provide your visitors with a link to Amazon where they can buy this and when they buy, Amazon will pay you a commission!
In order to get started with this and actually make it work, you need the right tools, training and support. There’s only one platform I recommend to provide you with everything you need to make money with niche websites and it’s 100% free to start.