How to Get Started Making an Income Online

No mater how much money you want to make online, you have to start somewhere. There are literally a million ways to make money online out there, all you need to do is be willing to give them a shot! Before we get too far into the actual inner workings of making money online, however, you’ll have to look at your own inner workings. What sort of interests do you have? What kind of skills do you have? What makes you unique? What would be your dream job? These are all great questions to ask yourself, and don’t be afraid to write the answers down. This will give you a sort of guide to work from later as you decide how you will make money online.

If you can build a website, know someone that can, or are willing to learn how, you have a few advantages right off the bat. The option to freelance as a web designer is just one possibility. Plus, having a little “under the hood” knowledge of websites & blogs will help you with all sorts of other things in your time on the internet. If having a website or blog of your own isn’t for you, you may want to check out How to Make Money Online without a Website.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. In plain english, this means that you will be promoting products over the internet, and making money when one of those products you promoted sells. This is probably the easiest way to make money online since you don’t really need a blog or a website at all to get started. You can simply start by using your Facebook profile, Twitter, Myspace, Pinterest, or even your eMail!

Not sure where to get started with Affiliate Marketing? Check out The Top 5 Affiliate Marketing Programs and the Affiliate Marketing Bible to get off to a running start!

Blogging

Blogging is becoming more and more popular as a way to gain financial independence. Many bloggers work from home full time and make as much if not more than they made at their “real” job before they quit. While this may not be the right move for everybody, it is gaining more and more credibility as a way to make a living from home. While having a little web design knowledge can be helpful to a blogger, it isn’t totally necessary. Websites like Blogger and WordPress.com allow you to create a blog with no web design knowledge of any kind. If you can write an email or MS Word document, you can blog! If you have a fair amount of Web Design knowledge, consider using WordPress.org to set up your own fully customizable blog.

Now the true question: How do you make money blogging? Check out 7 Steps to Make Money Blogging and this article about infolinks for a couple of ideas!

Selling Photos

Did you know you can sell your photos as stock photography? Photographers have a growing number of options when it comes to selling photos. Stock photography sites aren’t the only option. Many different companies have developed ways to help photographers sell their work online through their own website, and many of these options allow for the sale of both digital (downloadable) files as well as prints. Some of them even handle the printing and fulfillment for you, if that is what you’re looking for.

For more information, check out this guide: Make Money Online Selling Photos.

Writing

If you have a talent for writing, or a willingness to learn, you can make money online writing articles, poetry, short stories, and pretty much anything else you can think of. You may also want to consider Blogging, as it uses the same skillset and quite often you can re-use the same material for both purposes. To get started, check out How to Make Money Online Writing.

Get Creative

If none of the above methods of making money online sounded like something that would interest you, it’s time to get creative! You can make money online listening to music, watching ads, filling out surveys, playing games, and who knows what else! If you know of a method I haven’t mentioned, feel free to leave a comment and tell us about it!

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