It's totally and 100% possible to make money online from anywhere with a WiFi connection. If you're interested in working from home, or starting an online side hustle, learn about these 15 ways you can work from home and start a career online - from the comfort of your laptop.Imagine being able to work from anywhere in the world with a WiFi connection. The South of France. Australia. Venezuela. Indonesia. Seems unreal, right? But what if I told you it’s easier than you think to work online from home?

Disclaimer: you’re not going to be making a salary that competes with your day job overnight.

But if you put your heart, and hard work, into it, you can seriously build a career where you can work remotely…and exceed that paycheck from your day job.

You can make serious money online by developing a marketable skillset.

It’s incredible to witness more and more companies offering remote working options. The world is changing, and you can take advantage of this change.

It’s not a myth.

Here are 15 ways you can work online from home – along with a few resources to start.

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1. Start freelancing

Freelancing is an all-encompassing term. As a freelancer, you’re a self-employed goal getter. You’re turning any sales or negotiations skills into an asset that drives you sales and books you clients. You’re on that grind to serve others while living a life on your own terms.

Examples of freelancing include web design, social media management, content writing, web development, programming, graphic design…but the list goes on so long as there is a need for it.

Protip: Think about how you can use your skill set to solve someone else’s problems.

How to Get Started:

  • Fiverr: You can use Fiverr to get started creating and selling gigs online. They do take a 20% cut of your earnings. But it offers a decent way to get started, get your name out there, and build your portfolio.
  • Upwork: Freelancing gigs from web design, graphic design, customer service, assistant work.
  • PeoplePerHour: Another freelancing website with gigs including market research, social media, web design, and blog writing.
  • Start a website to host your freelance portfolio.

Because of the high fees associated with these websites, in the long run, it’s more profitable to make your own website and acquire your own clients. You don’t have to deal with the fees of the middleman, but it might be a challenge to find your first clients.

2. Start a blog

In the age of Instagram, social media, and basically just sharing our day-to-day lives, starting a blog just feels like the next step. Depending on the vision you have for your blog, you can monetize your influence.

Related Reading: 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging This Month

If you haven’t started a blog of your own, but already love writing and sharing…why HAVEN’T you started one!??

  • Start making a name for yourself while writing about topics you love.
  • Develop skills resumé-building skills including website, business, and social media management.
  • It’s 100% possible to make money blogging all at the same time.
  • And, you can start your own blog with Siteground at less than $4/mo.

There is definitely a learning curve attached to blogging. And, starting a blog for profit requires a lot of time. You’re planning content, you’re writing it, you’re posting and engaging on social media, you’re constantly finding ways to promote your blog. But honestly, if you have the drive and the passion to start a blog, you’ll love every second of it.

Resources to Get Started:

3. Take surveys online

Let me preface this that you probably won’t be able to match the income you make at your day job filling out surveys.

But surveys are a viable way to start earning extra money online.

4. Sell with affiliate marketing

One of the ways to passively make money online is through affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you put in work up front. And you can reap the benefits of getting affiliate commissions while you sleep, work, or even travel.

Affiliate marketing at its simplest is partnering with other companies to promote their products. If someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you get a commission of the sale. Here are some affiliate networks for you to start:

  • ShareASale: partner with a huge variety of companies including Missguided, Pura Vida Bracelets, and Etsy.
  • Ultimate Bundles: sign up to advertise huge bundles with products related to health & fitness, travel, or working from home.
  • Awin: a large affiliate network that connects you to big companies including Etsy, Fiverr, Swagbucks, and Decluttr.
  • Ebates: we recommend joining Ebates for their referral program. They give you $5-25 per referral and pay quarterly via Paypal.

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to start “selling” online because you don’t have to create a product yourself.

To increase your affiliate conversions, start by identifying what items you use (and love) that you may want to promote.

Then, you can start implementing affiliate marketing on either social media, a blog, or even to a mailing list via email.

Resources to Get Started:

5. Sell with email marketing

Alternatively, grow a mailing list and eventually make money through email marketing.

After that, brainstorm content ideas to send your mailing list! Maybe set up an automated email series to begin building your relationship with your readers. As you come across promotions, services, or sales you think would be useful to your mailing list, send them out to them.

Related Reading: How to Build Engagement and Trust with Your Mailing List

Resources to Get Started:

  • Create a landing page for your mailing list using Convertkit ($29/mo for your first 1,000 subscribers) and offer your freebie using social media.
  • Market the landing page on a blog or website (click here for a step-by-step guide on how to start your own WordPress website).

6. Open an Etsy storefront

If you’re a creative, stating an Etsy store is a great way to make money online. You can design physical products to sell or even sell digital ones.

Examples:

You can get super creative and sell more than that – whether it’s stickers, keychains, handmade gifts, personalized resumés, or even digital gifts.

Plus – Etsy is a marketplace where people search for gifts and products made by creatives! If you do start your own Etsy shop, optimizing it for searches will help your items be found throughout the site. With this in mind, make sure to name your products with relevant keywords so your items can easily be found.

Want to Learn More? Try These Etsy Courses:

7. Plan and launch your own course

So there’s probably a course for everything. Undoubtedly there’s something you either know, or know how to do, that someone else would love to add to their toolkit.

Maybe it’s preparing for a marathon, negotiating a raise, sales and customer service, social media for the industry where you work, or even crocheting.

How to Get Started:

  • Choose your course platform: Udemy or Teachable
  • Udemy: Udemy does all the marketing for you, but sells the courses at a lower cost.
  • Teachable: you are in charge of the marketing, but can sell your course at a higher cost.

8. Write an ebook

Similar to a course, you could also condense specific knowledge you have into an ebook.

Ebooks are a great way to offer condensed, yet detailed, knowledge to a larger audience. You can also use Amazon to search for a topic you want to write about and see how popular the subject you want to write about is with paying readers.

How to Get Started:

  • Choose how you’ll sell your book. We recommend self-publishing using Sendowl or Amazon.
  • Sendowl: low fees (you pay monthly based on plans) but you are in charge of all the marketing.
  • Amazon: higher fees (you pay a percentage of the sale) but Amazon markets the book based on keywords you choose.

9. Start a YouTube channel

YouTubers make money from ad revenue, sponsorship, and affiliate marketing. If you’re going to start a YouTube channel, we recommend diversifying your income with other sources.

It’s hard to start out and get noticed on YouTube, so it’s better if your YouTube videos complement any other presence you have online.

Resources to Get Started:

10. Monetize your influence and work with brands

In the age of technology and capitalization, corporations are getting bigger and bigger. And the further away consumers like you and me feel from companies.

Yet we really connect with individuals aka influencers. I meet tons of people who tell me about the stories they read from online influencers. Even though the digital age separates the consumer from the company… what’s standing out are the relationships that we can make with people over the Internet.

Becoming an online influencer is a growing trend in 2018 and beyond.

Leverage your influence on social media and working with brands.

You don’t have to start a blog. You can just start growing your following on Instagram and micro-blogging there.

An easy way to start working with brands is by joining an influencer network. These networks connect you to opportunities for sponsored posts on both social media and a blog (if you have one).

Alternatively, you can cold pitch to brands proposing a partnership. This method puts you in direct contact with brands and cuts out any middleman fees.

Resources to Get Started:

11. Create products & sell them online

You can also create products and sell them online. Jessica of Cuddly Potatoes has turned her adorable comics into all sorts of items – stickers, keychains, postcards…and she will eventually sell plushies.

Jessica has turned her huge Facebook following of over 100,000 into a Burritocorn fandom that helped her fund 1000%+ of her first Kickstarter. She also sells and ships physical items in her online shop.

You don’t have to be an artist with a huge following to create and market your own products.

If you’re not a physical creative with artistic skills, you can even turn to digital products (spreadsheets, videos, photos, etc.) and sell those in the marketplace.

Like, if you’re totally into your budget and maybe even forecasting the future of your investments via an Excel spreadsheet… someone might totally want that.

Think about things you already use for yourself that others might find useful (e.g. a coupon lifehack or a tutorial on how you take and edit your photos). Someone will find something like that useful if you market it the right way.

Resources to Get Started:

12. Make money using Pinterest

Believe it or not, you can make money pinning.

Okay, I’m not talking about repinning your fashion faves or bucket list travel destinations.

But there are a few ways you can actually make money using Pinterest:

  1. Use Pinterest to promote affiliates (click here to read more)
  2. Write monetized blog posts, and directing Pinterest traffic to your blog
  3. Use Pinterest to advertise your products and services

Resources to Get Started:

13. Offer virtual assistant services

Virtual assistants work remotely to help entrepreneurs and businesses with administrative tasks, research, scheduling, etc. If you have office experience, or if organizing your email inbox fills you with an insane amount of gratification, you’ll probably be a perfect virtual assistant.

It’s great because you can put your office experience to work without having to deal with the daily commute.

Resources to Get Started:

14. Multi-Level Marketing

You might think about multi-level marketing as a scheme where you host parties and sell to your friends. Have you ever been to one? I remember the fun Mary Kay parties hosted in my mom’s living room, but these days MLM “schemes” get a bad rep.

Maybe it’s because some people do bother their uninterested friends with the latest they’ve heard about.

Well, you can market your MLM to a targeted audience starting a blog, Facebook page, mailing list, or all of the above. Go above-and-beyond by creating an online presence with informative articles and tips about whatever you’re selling.

Companies to Get Started:

  • Stella & Dot
  • Wine Shop at Home
  • Wines for Humanity
  • YoungLiving

15. Invest intelligently

Don’t just follow anyone’s advice about investing. Always, always do your research and make educated investments.

You might think it’s totally impossible to work from home making educated investment moves. But it’s definitely not impossible.

YouTubers TravelLight and Cameron Fous travel the world daytrading on the stock market.

Investing can be a “side hustle,” or you can turn your wits to a full-time gig.

Places to Get Started:

Here are 3 apps where you can basically “set it and forget it.”

Bonus: Use remote job websites

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With the internet, you can also find remote work – that is, job opportunities from companies that allow you to work remotely (away from the office). But, how do you find and apply to remote jobs?

A lot of people I talk to think it’s a total myth when I say it’s possible to build a career online. For whatever reason, regular people hear “freelancer” or “entrepreneur” and think that means “jobless.”

But it’s 100% possible to use your skills to start a career working anywhere with a WiFi connection. Especially as an English native.

So are you going to take the first step and start building dreams of your own? Or are you going to continue putting all your hard work into building someone else’s?

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