The internet is full of possibilities. To connect with friends, to learn new things and even to earn money. All you need is a laptop or phone, an internet connection and the know-how to start making money.
There are two distinct ways of making money online. One is with an active business, where you get paid for doing or selling things, the other is passive, where you build a one-off service that generates income without you having to do anything more.
Passive businesses are all the rage now, but both ways have different pros and cons.
A mix of both types will be the best.
First of all, you have to get an audience. People have to see that you’re selling something before they can buy it off you.
The easiest way to get an audience is to go where they already are. The quickest way to start earning money online is by selling a service.
UpWork and Fiverr both allow you to sell services, such as creating a logo, and have an audience for you already.
Starting out on Fiverr is best. But you’ll have to get the attention of your audience in a crowded marketplace.
Set up your profile with a professional looking, friendly picture. People buy more when they can see a face attached to a profile.
Make your description focused on what you can do for people and why they should trust you to do it. Add any previous work you’ve done as part of your portfolio.
Add a video to get even more attention.
Set up can be a long process, but it’s worth it in the end. It’s all about making a good first impression.
You can do pretty much anything on Fiverr or Cedijob (for Ghanaians) from writing articles, generating backlinks, creating logos or even voice over work. Once you’re comfortable on Fiverr, with small contracts, you can get bigger ones on UpWork.
A passive income stream can be set up using social media marketing.
There is a lot of hard work involved at the beginning, but it will be worth it.
Pick a topic your social media account will cover, create beautiful images and content for it with Canva, make sure you’re using the right hashtags with Hastagify, post two to three times a day, every day, and interact with your audience.
Once you’ve got an audience use affiliate links to promote products and earn commission.
Another way to make money is with video marketing. Using your phone or laptop camera you can create content on a particular topic, just like social media marketing. Consistently upload videos to YouTube, around 2 or 3 a week, and keep doing it. Your audience will grow and you can use affiliate links to make money.
I’ve not included blogging here as it isn’t free. But you need a blog as somewhere to keep all your content. Free accounts can be shut down and all your hard work will be gone.
With these strategies you can start making money from the internet right now.