I strongly believe that one of the most dangerous risks you can take today is relying on a single source of income, with no cushion whatsoever in case something unpredictable happens. Many people working 9 to 5 jobs claim to have no time left in their schedules to think about securing their futures by obtaining an additional source of income. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you are pressed for time, or you just couldn’t be bothered to set up an entire brick and mortar real world side business, have you ever considered trying your hand at internet side jobs? Internet side jobs are online jobs that allow you to make some extra cash on the side while you keep working at your regular job. The best part about these internet jobs is that almost anyone can do them, it doesn’t matter if you work full-time, part-time or if you work from home.
The internet is packed full of opportunities. Here are some of them:
1. COMPLETING MICRO TASKS OVER THE INTERNET
There are many sites that allow their users to complete simple micro tasks for a fee. If you are committed to it, you could make quite a lot of money completing micro tasks. For example, you can find many simple micro tasks on sites like Swagbucks which you can complete for money.
People get paid for completing tasks like taking part in surveys, doing shopping, playing games, watching videos, getting referrals, browsing the web, and even sampling new products.
The best part about micro tasks is that you can get paid in many ways, it all depends on what you want. For example, you can opt to get cash sent over to your PayPal or you could get gift cards to use next time you go to eat out or do shopping.
2. TAKE PART IN PAID SURVEYS
Online surveys are another great internet side job. Surveys are short tasks that would take around 15 minutes of your time, and the more you participate in them the more money you earn.
Most sites that offer paid surveys need their workers to submit their full details before they are given jobs. Before you sign up for such sites please make sure they are legit and they pay as well. You also have to ensure that your personal details, including your payment details are safe in their hands. Make sure you don’t fall into the hands of scammers.
Freelancing is collective word used to describe simple, scalable, specialized services that you can offer for a fee to a number of clients. It is one of the most flexible way of making some money of your own. You could do graphic design, programming, video product, music, voiceovers, customer service, writing, marketing among many other jobs as a freelancer.
To begin, you have to know what you want to do first. Select your field of expertise and put yourself out there to connect with clients. There are many sites that allow you to do exactly that: start with Fiverr and Upwork.
4. START FREELANCE WRITING
Although this is technically freelancing, it deserves a mention all on its own. Writing blogs or eBooks for a living is one of the most popular ways of making money online. There are millions of blogs covering virtually every topic under the sun. You can apply to write for any one of these, or you can choose to start your own blog.
Blogs are fun because you get to interact with people and get new ideas in the process. It’s also rewarding because you share some insights with people and get to help them in a number of ways.
Writers can also use their skill to pitch to clients and teach others what they’ve gotten from their experience, and from this, they’ll get to earn more money.
Blogging is the mother of all side jobs today. To start a blog, all you have to do is get the platform, which is your site, and embark on establishing an online presence. Then you’ll have to choose your niche and start creating content. That’s it!
The content that you come up with needs to be helpful to your audience. People are always looking for solutions, so if you provide them with fresh solutions they will always follow you.
Websites with huge traffic make a lot of money from ads and affiliate marketing. Nicely built blogs can also link you to potential clients. If your work is perfect, you might land clients looking for freelancers in your field.
6. START DROP SHIPPING
Drop shipping is business model that allows you to sell products online without handling any of it.
It is partnering with manufacturers to promote their products online through a store that you set up and brand yourself. It kind of like a brick and mortar store (like in the olden days) but this store is set up over the internet, it doesn’t exist physically.
When people shop at your store, you process their orders and the products are shipped from the manufacturer right to their doorstep. The money that they pay is split between you and the manufacturer.
Drop shipping is simple if you have a huge market and you’ve built your brand. The best way to do this is to start small then link your shop to a high traffic site or your website. This way people view your store and purchase your product.
7. TEST APPS OR PLAY GAMES
Playing games and testing apps is also another great way of making some cash on the side. Many games are released on a daily basis and the clients or owners of these games usually need people to test them. This way they find ways to make their products better for consumers.
A great site for testing games is Bananatic, which pays people to test games and apps.
Check out this article I wrote on the best home based business ideas.
8. TEST WEBSITES
Testing new sites is another lucrative venture that many people try. It takes a short time to complete a task that’s worth a considerable amount of money.
For 10-20 minutes of your time, you could get paid over $10 and in some cases. You could even get chosen for live website tests which pay more money.
9. TEST PRODUCTS
Testing products online is also another great internet side job. Nowadays you don’t have to go to research centers to test products. All you have to do is get products like food, toys, cosmetics or tools sent to you, test them then send feedback to the sender.
These tests often pay quite well. You could be paid up to $50 per test and who knows how many you’ll find at your disposal. There are many modes of payment. The best way is to get money sent over to your PayPal after you complete testing the products.
10. SELL YOUR UNIQUELY DESIGNED CLOTHES OVER THE INTERNET
This is also a thing. You can make good money selling your own clothe-line over the internet. There are many platforms that allow you to do this. One of them is CafePress. All you need to do is to get creative and make your own T-shirts, coffee mugs, home decor, sandals, and any other small gift. Just remember, your designs have to be creative enough to attract customers.
11. START AN ONLINE GALLERY
Selling photos online is another simple but innovative way of making easy cash. There are many sites where you can sell your photos, including sites like SmugMug and Flickr.
These sites have made it easy for people to sell photos. In fact, even simple photos like those of your nice backyard or those from your vacation can do really well. You also don’t need an expensive camera to sell photos on these sites. If you have a nice phone camera, you are good to go!
12. BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
This job requires you to be organized and keep performing duties systematically to assist businesses and people with websites to manage their busy schedules. It entails scheduling posts on blogs and social media, writing posts on social media, writing posts on blogs, email management, customer care, bookkeeping, data entry, managing accounts on social media platforms, pitching ideas to clients and so on.
This job can be done full-time or on a part-time basis, you could also work for different clients on multiple websites. Virtual assistance is really rewarding and apart from getting a good salary out of it, you help people grow.
Fiverr and Upwork are some of the best sites for virtual assistant jobs.
13. MANAGING SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND POSTS
This job is best for anyone who is always on social media. It is a way of helping companies, websites, and local businesses build their brands and engage people.
People with a huge following on social media can also be paid to run promotions on their walls. Here, you get to interact with people, get new followers and inform people about new products and content.
This job works great on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or even Twitter. Its tons of fun because you be doing something you like a lot.
14. BECOME AN ONLINE TUTOR
Sharing your knowledge online can also earn you some good money. There are lots of people today looking for knowledge on the internet. If you are good in areas like accounting, finance, business, economics, statistics and probability, computer science, biology, math, chemistry, psychology, physics, calculus, management and many other academic fields, you can make decent money sharing this knowledge.
15. MAKE ONLINE COURSES
Apart from teaching academic subjects, you could also start holding classes or make videos on cooking, DIY or answer people’s questions on various life topics.
Sites like Teachable and Skillshare will do well for this. Here, you can publish courses and put materials on different topics then earn money as people learn from you.
Cooking courses are the best and most common classes, they are so helpful and have huge demand. You can teach people how to make pasta, seafood, gourmet dishes and how to host parties as well. The more you post, the more you learn and get great ideas.
16. TEACH ENGLISH
English is becoming more essential to many people who want to improve their earning potential so its demand among foreign students has also increased. Teaching English over the internet can also earn you some money on the side.
Today, many teaching sites like VIPKid need English language teachers. This could be your part-time income earner since you could have lessons in the mornings, evenings and whichever time you are free.
17. SELL UNWANTED ITEMS
There are many things that you can get a hold of at thrift stores or garage sales and flip them for some cash online. You could also sell things you no longer use at home. Things that you would easily get a hold of and flip for cash include, antiques, clothing, books, CDs or DVDs, handicrafts, shoes and even electronics. These items are easy to obtain and have huge demand.
18. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Affiliate marketing is hands down one of the best internet side jobs anyone can do today. With it, you get to be your own boss, and it has an uncapped earning potential. The best part if that anyone can do it, no matter what level of experience they have.
Basically, with affiliate marketing, businesses will reward you for successfully bringing purchasing clients to their site. The more products you sell; the more money you make.
If you have a blog or any other online presence with lots of traffic, you can monetize it with affiliate marketing. When someone clicks your affiliate link, when they make a purchase, you will be paid a commission from the company whose products you are promoting.
If you don’t havea blog or a website, don’t worry. There are tools available to help you build your own sites in minutes. There are also some excellent online resources for learning affiliate marketing the right way. Check out the link below to get access to the affiliate marketing training program that I belong to and that I recommend. it is completely free!
There are numerous ways to make a lot of cash online. The beauty is that with online jobs, you can decide to work part-time or full-time comfortably in your home.
I have compiled this list of simple internet side jobs that take very little time to complete. This means you can easily incorporate any one of these jobs to your daily schedule. In most cases, you don’t even need any money to get started either. As long as you have a strong internet connection you are all set.
Hopefully, if you have been sitting on the fence regarding whether or not to start your own internet side job, this article has helped you figure things out.
To your success,