Whether you’re looking for a career opportunity that allows you to work online and from anywhere in the world, or you just want to make some extra money, there are plenty of legitimate prospects out there. While there are still some “work at home” scams to be wary of, in this day and age, working from home (as long as you have a computer and strong Internet connection) is becoming more and more common. If you’re looking for some legitimate ways to make money online, consider one of the following ideas:
If you’re into arts and crafts, you may be able to make some extra cash by selling what you make online. You can create your own website and spend some time working on your online presence, or you can create an account on a website like Etsy. With more people turning to the Internet for unique and handmade items, you can take personal requests for crafts, or sell stuff that you’ve already made. Even if you only make some extra cash here and there, if it’s something you love and you’re already doing, why not give it a try?
Whether you already have a blog or you’ve thought about starting one for a while, a high-traffic website can help make you extra cash through advertisements, endorsements, banners, and more. Pick a topic that you’re familiar with and passionate about—and something that appeals to others as well—register your domain name, and begin writing. Bear in mind that it’s not unusual for it to take many months, or even a couple years, before a new blog can generate enough traffic to make money. Just keep at it, especially if it’s something you’re having fun with.
Tutoring, help, or advice
If you’re an expert in a particular field, you can lend a helping hand online by offering help or tutoring. Whether you’re trained in the medical field or you’re an expert at calculus, there are dozens of websites out there that are looking to hire people who can share their knowledge with others.
Copywriting and web design
If you have any experience with professional copywriting and/or web designing, consider branching off on your own and getting some of your own clients. Just about every business these days needs a website, so whether you’re helping a company build their website from scratch or improving a current website, there is plenty of work available. Websites like eLance can be a good place to begin if you’re just starting out and building your portfolio. Once you create a stronger online presence and make a name for yourself, it can be easier to find more work and soon enough, you may be able to turn your projects into a full-time job.
Selling items around your home
Even if you aren’t crafty, you don’t have to make things in order to sell items online. If you have stuff around your home that you’ve meant to get rid of for a while now, why not list it online? Websites like Amazon and eBay make it simple to sell stuff online, and not only can this help you make some extra cash, but it can give you the chance to declutter your home.
Online customer service
If you’re a people person, you may want to consider a role in customer service if you’re looking for an easy way to make some cash online. Although you may be able to find a job as a telephone representative while working from home, there are also available positions out there if you’d prefer to work strictly online. As an online customer service representative, you’ll often assist customers on eCommerce websites through live online chat applications. The only drawback to this type of gig is that the hours can be a little unconventional, and you may need to be available late in the day to answer questions from customers—even overnight in some cases. However, if your schedule is wide open and you’re a night owl anyway, it can be a good way to make some extra cash.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial, tax, or legal advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.