4 Of The Best Ways to Make Money Online (And How to Get Started in Each Of Them)

4 Of The Best Ways to Make Money Online (And How to Get Started in Each Of Them)

Sometimes, getting started in making money online is hard.

I get it.

I’m still struggling to make enough money with my online side-hustles.

Turns out, the answer to why I’m failing is simple: I lost focus on what I need.

That’s why I’m re-organizing my life (no, seriously) and choosing to focus on one thing before moving on to the next. Which is why I’m putting my digital publishing side-business on hold for now.

But whether you are just starting out and looking for methods to make money online or if you already make money online and you’re looking for other ways to diversify your income, this post is for you.

In this post, I’ll be sharing four main ways to make money online, plus I’ll even give you awesome resources (like ebooks and courses) to get started in your online money-making business (or remote employment – who knows).

Let’s get started.

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#1: Building an Audience

What do I mean by building an audience?

I mean exactly that.

Building a loyal audience within your niche (whatever that may be) is essential to creating a long-term, money-making business.

Now, this method may take longer than others, so this may not be for you if your plan is to make money online as fast as possible.

Ways to build an audience

There are multiple ways you can build an audience. Some are as follows:

  • Blogging
  • Youtube
  • Podcasts
  • Email Marketing
  • Facebook Groups
  • Medium
  • Other Social media and content platforms

How to make money off of your loyal fans

Not going to lie, that heading sounds pretty icky, huh?

But it’s not a bad thing.

You can earn money based on your fan-base – and this works, and is good, only if you offer stuff of true value. What products, digital or physical, can solve your customer’s problems? Answer that question and you can see a nice profit – and an even better, more loyal, fan base.

Here are some ways you can do that:

  • Drop-shipping physical products
  • Creating digital products
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Selling services
  • Products you created yourself
  • Print-on-demand products

You can even, in certain cases like blogging, sell ad space. For example, you can start off by selling ad space with Google AdSense before moving on to MediaVine to get a better income.

The best part about this method is that you can use multiple methods of making money. For example, selling ad space, affiliate marketing, creating your own products, and even having your own store of drop-shipped products that you created yourself.

Why this method is recommended

Pros: By building a loyal fan base, you are building a long-term business.

Cons: It takes time to earn an income off of this. Not recommended for those looking for ways to earn money online immediately.

Where to start

#2: Remote Working

There are multiple types of jobs that you can do by working from home or working anywhere in the world.

In some cases, you may be required to only work from home, however, you may also still have some leniency by being able to work more during the week and having more off days if you are able to choose your own hours – giving you the option to travel.

Types of jobs

Here are some types of jobs that you can look into.

  • Data entry jobs
  • Customer service/call center jobs
  • Health care fields
    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Pharmacists
    • Pharmacy Technicians (mail order or call center)
    • Medical coders
    • Medical transcriptionists
  • Transcriptionists (general, legal)
  • Building/managing websites
  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Accounting

Where to find jobs

To see which jobs may fit you, check out these websites for remote job listings.

How to start

  1. Get the right certification or degree
  2. Amp up your resume
  3. Network (LinkedIn and/or in-person)
  4. Apply to jobs
  5. Add a cover letter
  6. Start off with a similar job that is not remote (if needed)
  7. Volunteer in similiar fields (such as administrative or healthcare-related) to get experience

#3: Selling Services

This is one of the best ways to make a living online as an independent contractor.

At first, I didn’t like the idea.

Filling out self-employment taxes.

Paying for my own health insurance.

Always finding work myself.

Not having a “reliable” paycheck (though, when is it ever reliable?)

But the more I looked into it, the more I realized that this is the route to go (for me, at least) and is the route that many bloggers and other digital nomads/location independent workers choose in order to travel the world or stay home with their family.

In fact, if you look at most blogging income reports, you’ll probably find that a big chunk of that income comes from one thing: virtual assisting or freelance writing. Either way, they are selling their services for money and using their blog to aid in getting jobs.

Here is how to get started.

Services to offer

  • Data entry
  • Freelance writing
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Customer service
  • Other virtual assistant services
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Graphic design
  • Project management
  • Coaching/consulting
  • Tutoring/teaching
  • Email marketing
  • Email management
  • Blog/Website management
  • Creating websites
  • Designing websites

Where to start

Where to apply to jobs

Where to start

  1. Take ebooks and courses
  2. Create a portfolio with samples
  3. Apply to jobs
  4. Get testimonials
  5. Start pitching
  6. Network

#4: Selling

Another option is to sell things. While typically requires an upfront investment, you can sometimes easily start earning pretty fast. Some options are…

  • Dropshipping
  • Flipping items
  • Retail arbitrage
  • Etsy crafts
  • Digital products

How to start

  1. Take courses or read ebooks
  2. Create, buy, or flip your product
  3. Promote, promote, promote!
  4. Decide whether you will dip your toe in the water or go all in
  5. Network – learn and teach each other!

Takeaway

In the end, there are four basic ways you can earn money online: Creating a fan base (the slow way), finding remote work (the fast way), selling services (usually fast), and selling things (usually fast).

The amount of money you earn depends on you.

In addition, don’t forget to…

  • Begin paying off your debt
  • Take surveys in your free time for extra cash
  • Try out UberEats, DoorDash, or PostMates to earn extra cash fast
  • Focus on diversifying your income only after you…
    • Focus on one thing first (and master it)
  • Sell rental space or rent out your car

And that’s it!

What methods have you tried, or are you willing to try?

Answer in the comments below!

KirstenCrawford