If you have a propensity for writing and you can slay with your prose, consider writing an ebook. While the market has certainly become saturated as of late, books that help teach people about a technical topic still sell extremely well. This is a great source of passive income but does require a large amount of effort at the outset before any money is generated. 

Another way to utilize your talent and business skills is to run corporate workshops online. Businesses are always looking for unique ways to help educate their workforce, and if you can package your talents into a day or half-day long session, you can sell that to companies all over the world to make money online. Start by building a portfolio and then reaching out on LinkedIn to influencers at relevant companies to see if they would be interested in you teaching their team.

6. Spam callers. Good grief, I got so many calls from insurance agents, realtors, and nutritional supplement sellers. These must be desperate times, if they want to pay just to be able to talk to possible clients. This was also easy money for me, since they were the ones who wanted to do the talking. I just let them be. I never bought anything… usually. I did get a nice set of kitchen cutlery once.

I would then reach out to all the models I know with large Facebook and Instagram’s and ask them to share my content and shout me out. Maybe they could even hint at the potential of “something more…”. I’d probably have to Paypal them $50–100, but a couple would do it for free. [I know a lot of models on Facebook with 1m+ fans and on IG with 100k+ fans - so I’d definitely leverage this].


MetroOpinion – Now, this is not the same category as 3 sites before, but it might be similar. We’re talking about completing online surveys for money. You still can type and spend time online, you share your opinions on stuff… So it is kinda similar. And one more common thing – it’s fun and really really easy. Register to the site and you will love it as soon as you try it out!
As a business or online blog owner, you probably already know the importance of telling the truth. This is just one of the most basic business ethics that all business owners know. This is not to say, however, that all business owners follow this. It is critical, however, if you want to create and maintain a viable business for the foreseeable future. As a rule of thumb, you might get away with something once or twice. But if you continue to deceive people, you will be destroyed online through social media and your credibility will be lost. This is just not worth the risk to take. Be honest with people about your brand, your products, and your services. Don’t overinflate an offer and tell them what the product does that will help them. Answer any questions honestly. People are looking for businesses they can trust online. They will be loyal to business owners who meet up to this standard. Ones who don’t may lose their good name. And once you lose that, it’s very hard to gain it back.
Tied into this point, I like how Scott discourages big dreaming from the point of view that when you try to solve too big a problem, you’ll normally fail since you don’t have the resources to tackle it – eg don’t reinvent say ecommerce platforms with complex software, instead create an online video-driven course on how to build online stores using WordPress (as an example!).
It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how much people love t-shirts. And with the right niche, marketing, and tools, you can create an online t-shirt business that makes you extra money online while you sleep. (Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who've done just that.) Services like TeeSpring make it easier than ever to create a t-shirt drop-shipping business where they handle the sales, printing, and shipping, and you’re only responsible for design and marketing. For more tips, check out this simple guide to launching and marketing an online clothing store by my friends over at Selz.

MetroOpinion – Now, this is not the same category as 3 sites before, but it might be similar. We’re talking about completing online surveys for money. You still can type and spend time online, you share your opinions on stuff… So it is kinda similar. And one more common thing – it’s fun and really really easy. Register to the site and you will love it as soon as you try it out!

Rather than making money through subscriptions, YouTube channels are based on a traditional advertising system. Meaning the more viewers you get, the more you make. Once you’re approved for the YouTube Partner Program and can start including ads on your videos, with every 1,000 views, you will make approximately $2-$4. Which might not seem like a lot, but if you have 100 videos with 5,000 views a month each, that would be $1,000–$2,000 already. Just imagine if your videos start hitting millions of views!

If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? My friend, Mark Jackson did just that, making extra money online with his travel consulting side business. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, and then move on and create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals. Eventually you could spin this into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make their dream trip a reality.
This is one of the easiest ways to sell your e-books online. You can set up an affiliate program for interested bloggers, writers or anyone that want to promote your e-books. Your affiliate partners will do all the marketing of your books online via their own blogs, sites, social networks, or other channels. You will pay them an agreed amount of money for each sale brought about by their marketing effort. Go through Click2Sale and provide each person with your affiliate link

Need more ideas on how to make money online? Another strategy is using webinars to market your product, service, or course. I’ve done webinars to promote my financial planning practice and to drum up interest in my online course for financial advisors. With a webinar, you’re basically offering a lot of tips and advice for free — usually in a live format. At the end though, you pitch your paid product or service with the goal of securing a few deals.

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