If you aren’t earning enough or any money online in this internet age... this post is for you.
Oh and also, this post is a guide for those who seek for online startups ideas.
Going through a lot of tips on how to make money online and still struggle at doing so is one thing i can relate to - i started out in 2013, tried out a lot online businesses, earned money from a few and made a lot of mistakes.
I know what you're thinking: "But how true is it about making money online? I have read similar articles but came out with nothing"
But, during the process of trying, i discovered a few secrets about making money online. And i'm going to share them with you before we go further.
Here are 4 things you weren't been told about making money online:
First of all, if you want to get paid online you have to put in a good effort at the start. Notice, i said at the start. You have to choose to sacrifice a few hours daily or weekly.
Try to learn the process, take a few great course online to put you on the right path or you could end up spending a lot of time making mistakes before getting it right.
Choose your role models and forget about the rest. You'll come across hundreds of role models with good information online. You'll waste time and focus if you try to pay attention to them all.
Having a blog is definitely a huge plus for online earners. And also a good social media following (they both build up your online credibility). Can you do without these two? Yes... but you'll make way more money with them.
I spent time compiling top rated sites, courses and other details for each startup to get you started.
My target is to list over 50 lucrative online income ideas. I’m still trying out a few at the moment and will be updating this post with newer startups every month (and better Guide and resources for starting up each startup).
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1. Selling on Teespring and other t-shirt sites
This platform helps you sell your t-shirt designs without you lifting a finger or stepping out of your home (okay, you might step out to cash your paycheck for sure) and it’s free.
All those lovely designs and fine quotes you create don’t have to end up in your sketchbook, they could come alive and make you good cash.
Hundreds of people like Hsu and Springer made more than $100,000 in selling tees through the company’s site; 20 collected more than $1 million
Walker Williams CEO & CO-FOUNDER of Teespring
With Teespring, all you’ll have to do is:
Design a shirt (however you want, could be just numbers, letters, graphics or more)
Set a price
Add a goal
Then what Teespring does:
Provide high-quality t-shirts
Print your design on them
Handle the shipping
And customer service
Sounds easy right? Maybe it is if you can create t-shirts with quotes or design people would love.
One of the top income source online earners use to make money online. Lots of top online earners build their businesses around affiliate marketing. Millions of Companies are willing to pay affiliates good amount to get more product sales and customers.
“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people's (or company's) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.
Pat Flynn | SmartPassiveIncome
Sometimes all you need is a great content with a good number of followers on social media or visitors on your website to make hundreds or thousands of dollars monthly in affiliate marketing.
Many companies will pay over 30% to 60% for each customer you refer through your affiliate links.
...that's a percentage, but the question now is how to get a good number of customers to buy.
4 simple steps to affiliating:
Requirement. A social media account with a good number of following or a blog with a few thousand of monthly visits can get you there. You can build a social following around one or more similar niche and provide useful products or contents with affiliate links.
Choose a niche market you would like to promote. It’s better to pick one or two products or services you can easily become an expert in by using and studying them.
Registering for affiliateprograms. Most “affiliate program” sign up links are found at the bottom of the product's website, click on the link and apply to become affiliated with them or you could join top affiliate marketplace sites ( Commission Junction, Clickbank or ShareASale)
Create and publish great content (articles, photos, useful tips or how-tos) on your blog or social media about your affiliate products, using your affiliate links when referring to the product.
“A Blog is a personal or corporate website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online Journal.” - Wiki
Blogging is no doubt the top means online marketers use to make money on the internet.
It’s like your brand headquarter online where you get creative and enlighten people and in-turn you get attention and earn good money.
How to go about starting a lucrative blog:
I already have a well-detailed post coming up about starting a blog, so I'm just going to through the basics.
You can either hire an expert on freelancer or fiverr to set up your blog or do it yourself and learn by following these 7 simple steps:
Step 1:Choose a niche (the topic you want your blog to be about) you are passionate or knowledgeable about - The more specific the better.
It could be about entrepreneurship, health and fitness, fashion, life-hacks, traveling, a particular product and a lot more... over hundreds.
Health and fitness
Viral News (Gossips)
A Product Review
Hobbies and a lot more...
Step 2:Choose a domain name for your blog - www.mydomainname.com. and check if it is available (not taken yet). Type in your preferred domain name into the box below to check.
Most single domain names are taken, so try using 2 - 3 words.
If your domain name is available, congrats! It's rare, most people try over 50 - 100 times to get the right domain name to be available.
Step 3: This might be the only two main things you'll have to purchase to startup, others are pretty much free with premium options of course.
- The domain name: has to be registered to become the legit owner. When you find a good available domain name and don't register it, anyone else could register it and own it.
- The hosting service provider: host your website in servers, allowing your site to be accessible on the internet
On the internet, "domain name" is an address of a website (like the name of a person) and "the hosting" is where the website lives (like a person's body), the hosting makes it possible for your site to be accessed worldwide.
"These two top rated hosting service providers: Bluehost and iPage offers free domain registration upon sign up, so you pay for just hosting and get domain registration too.
Step 4:Sign into your hosting account, download and install WordPress software.
Step 5:Adjust some settings - download a few plugins (Yoast SEO is okay for now) - open social media accounts for your blog - choose a free or premium theme and get started.
Step 6: Create quality contents and publish.
Step 7:Grow your blog with informative or entertaining contents and offers.
Monetize your blog: Ways you earn money with your blog
Freelancing is a very huge growing market with People all over the world who needs to get certain things done (mostly digital work) merged with people who are experts in getting those specific things done.
People love freelancing gigs because:
It's a market for almost anyone with any skill set.
You get paid upfront after work is well completed.
List of freelance gigs:
Support & IT
Articles & Blog posts
Legal/financial consulting and a lot more...
How you go about becoming a freelancer:
Register in a freelancer site - input your details and select your areas of specialty (what you can do) - your skills
If you're offering your services for the first time, you can charge low for a few months to get more gigs and build up a good portfolio. And increase your charge rate later on.
Offer great end products to get recurring clients. Complete gigs in time and make sure you understand what the client really want.
Always ask clients to rate you. More gigs come with a better rating.
Visit Udemy's Instructor page, enter the title of a course you would like to teach in the page and submit. You'll be taken to the signup page.
A free course on "How to create your Udemy course" will be made available to you. You'll learn all you need to know about creating a course.
You start creating a course afterward.
After you're done, send it for review. When it’s accepted, you may charge an amount for students that enroll for the course.
Then you get paid for each student that enrolls for your course. Powerful courses will great contents will attract more students and that’s more money.
Better explained (If you charge $40 and over 250 students enroll you make over $10,000 minus the platforms charges) Top courses on e-learning sites like Udemy have over 50,000 students enrolled for a course that will be towards $1 million in earnings for the instructor.
Things to teach:
Academics - Maths, Biology
Social media strategies
And a lot more...
Where to sell/create courses:
(These platforms make it easy for you to create any course you want and sell them)
8. Sell on Your Site - Build an online Store for your Business
Big and small successful companies worldwide each has an online store where they list their products or services for sale (nike.com, adidas.com, apple.com).
This is different from online marketplaces where anyone can list products like amazon or eBay.
Here, a business sets up its own online store site where customers come to purchase the listed products or services.
“In this internet age, before people buy anything, they tend to first search for the product online to locate an online or offline store for purchase.”
4 Reasons why every business should have an online store:
Millions of customers both local and international can locate your store.
Forverifying brand's authenticity - When people are doubtful about a brand, they almost always check the internet for some proof. A well designed online store of the brand gives them the proof of authenticity they seek.
More sales, more money for you.
Nothing to loose. Shopify provides an easy selling platform. No coding required. No expenses on hiring a web developer.
Top platforms where you can set up an online store in minutes:
Affiliate Marketing: Register as an affiliate with any brand you would like to promote via CJ affiliates, ShareASale, Clickbank or the brand’s affiliate programs, get your affiliate links, post a photo relating to it your affiliate products and refer your viewers to the affiliate link on your bio.
Shoutouts: Promote other Instagram accounts on your IG page and get paid.
Usertesting platform pays you $10 for each set of website or mobile testing task (20mins max) you complete. On your first time registration, you’ll be given a brief sample test after which you’ll be approved.
The task is simple, all you have to do is:
Visit a website with your PC or a mobile app with your Phone
Complete a few easy tasks
Speak out loud what you think about the features of the site
With over 6,500 languages worldwide, millions of people need to communicate with each other and most times the only way to do that is to learn the language (which can take months or years) or to hire an interpreter.
Anyone who is fluent in two or more languages can make money online by sparing few hours weekly in translating one language to another.
You download the foam mobile app (android or iOS) on your smartphone, take cool photos and upload them on foap mobile app, get paid $5 for each of your photo you sell. You can sell the same photo an unlimited number of times.
Online and offline, graphic designers make big bucks. Still plan on learning graphic designing though, love the creativity and buzz it comes with.
Big companies can’t do without it while small businesses and individuals are now catching the feel.
Graphic Designers and writers get the most gigs on freelancer sites hands down... they make money online from little logo, business card, fashion designing to 3D, 4D, video editing, animation. Make your pick.