Although there is no such thing as a virtual free meal there are certainly numerous proven ways of making money online. The only essentials are a PC, an Internet connection and some common sense and skill.
At first you’ll need a good deal of patience and be prepared to put in a lot of consistent hard work in order to see a return.
It’s a learning process too, with increased exposure to and familiarity with the Internet and the ways in which people use it to turn a profit having a positive feedback effect on your own approaches and ways of working.
As is the case with most business scenarios, the more you can align your natural strengths and proclivities with an online profit making system the better your chances of success will be.
If you have no natural aptitude or inclination for coding, for instance, then this should not be on your list.
Probably the simplest and easiest way of making use of a computer is to use it as simply a typing machine.
There are very many data entry jobs available online that will generate spare-time income, and you can find these on many websites that specialize in freelance work, as well as from companies that do direct recruitment.
All you need for this is a good typing speed, so this would be ideal for experienced secretaries looking for extra cash for example.
Graphic design and web design can be very lucrative if you have the right skills.
Both are very much in demand these days and the best way in to this line of work is to take freelance design jobs, even unpaid ones with local charities, and build up a good portfolio before looking for bigger fish.
You could start trading for yourself under an umbrella company to cut out all the set-up fees and paperwork involved in having a limited company.
There’s big money in web development on the coding side, especially if you’re familiar with e-commerce and the way it works, and there are plenty of online courses for learning the various languages.
Professional coders already working as programmers can make extra money for themselves as freelance developers, maybe writing apps for mobile phone companies.
People with a natural talent for creative writing can turn their hand to writing online content for clients, as there’s a big market for SEO content.
Websites can be as funky as they like, but without good content neither people nor search engines will be impressed by or bother to return to them.
It doesn’t take brains to fill out simple forms, and many folks do just this, completing them by their hundreds for companies that conduct research.
Forum posting involves writing a few simple texts for companies to help promote their goods online, and affiliate marketing, such as Google Ads, which is essentially selling goods for other companies, is also a nice little earner.
So there are many established methods of making money online, and probably many more that haven’t been dreamed up yet.
If you have the hardware and the imagination, and some basic know-how, you can make a useful extra income this way or it could even lead to a new and lucrative career.
About the Author :
This post has been written by Katie Green, who is a freelance writer with an interest in business and finance related matters. She is currently trying to promote an Umbrella Company.