10 Legitimate Ways to Make Money Online

In this digital age, where online directories have replaced phone books and bulletin boards are the new forums, it would be a missed opportunity if you don’t explore the many legitimate ways to earn money online. In the last few years, the industry has transformed and given birth to a brand new class of money-making opportunities. Many people are enjoying the freedom and flexibility that the internet provides them as a work-from-home venture. Hopefully, this article will inspire you to join their team!

1. Selling Your Photos On Pinterest

While it’s always fun to take a sneak peek at other people’s weddings and newborns, the truth is that there are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t be taking photos of other people’s families. The most important reason is theft. As the owner of Photobucket, which indexes and stores all of your photos for free, puts it: “You might not want to let someone else look at your happy moments; they might publish them and steal your joy.” This seems like a bit of a harsh assumption, but it’s true. Having your photos published without your permission is a common problem, which is why you need to be careful about who you share your images with. However, this is a risk that you take when you sign up for a free account on Pinterest, which is why it’s worth noting that the platform allows users to request authentication to see your content.

Another important factor to consider is that your photos might end up in a slideshow that lasts for hours. When someone clicks on a photo you uploaded, they generally expect to see an image of high quality and sufficient resolution. If the pixels are too tall or the file is of low quality, your photo just won’t cut it. And let’s face facts; everyone loves a good slideshow.

2. Start An Online Store

The idea of having a store that can be accessible from anywhere at anytime is certainly appealing. Whether you are a creative person who wants to express their love for a certain product through beautiful handmade goods or you are an expert in a particular field who wants to share your knowledge with the world, there is a large audience that can benefit from your products.

The fact that you can set your own prices and don’t have to follow fashion trends or respond to customer demands adds an entirely new element of flexibility to the business. You can use Shopify, which is where I built my store, to create an online store with all of the functionality that you need, including inventory management, security, and more.

Running an online store requires a significant investment of time and money, so be sure to consider the benefits and risks before you begin.

3. Start An Online School

If you’re a teacher, whether you’re an expert in your field or an excellent student who wants to share your knowledge, you can create a course and sell it to people all over the world. The fact that you can create flexible lessons, conduct online seminars, and offer in-demand certificates adds an entirely new level of flexibility to the business.

If you’re looking to start an online school, be sure to consider the credibility of the platform you choose. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have exploded in popularity over the last few years, and with good reason. Since the courses are generally free, open-source, and accessible to anyone, the barrier to entry is minimal. Plus, you have the added advantage of being able to take your pick from a range of courses, all of which you can sell to future students.

4. Start A Blog

Blogs are a great place to share your knowledge with the world, and the best part is that you can do it for free. The key is to pick your topics wisely. Since anyone can become a contributor to a blog, it’s important to establish yourself as an expert on a certain subject matter before you begin. Once you’ve built up a decent following, you can then market your blog to businesses and brands in your industry, looking for sponsored posts and paid partnerships.

If you decide to go down this route, be sure to keep your blog free of ads and sponsored posts. A while back, I wrote a very in-depth blog article on how to make money from a blog. If you’re interested in starting a blog, be sure to read it. It will give you all of the information you need to begin your journey to become an online media entrepreneur.

5. Start A Twitter Account]

Anyone with a smartphone can create a Twitter account and start tweeting. The fact that you can use the platform to share short tidbits of information makes it ideal for people who want to find and follow a niche community.

Since you are not required to hold a lengthy discourse, you have the freedom to talk in a way that is most appropriate for your niche. If you have a specific interest, you can follow and listen to people who share your interests. For example, if you are a vegan, you can follow and engage with people who share your same interests in animal rights, veganism, and more.

6. Start A YouTube Channel

YouTube creators can make a decent amount of money through various channels and ad types, but the most lucrative option is live-streaming yourself playing video, game, or software downloads. The reason behind this is that ads on YouTube currently earn creators a good bit of revenue. Since the cost to acquire and maintain a higher average view-per-day is quite low, you can see how this could be quite profitable.

To avoid copyright claims and content ID matching, be sure to opt out of the YouTube monetization option during the registration process. While there is no denying that YouTube is a powerful platform and a fun place to share content, you must be aware of the risks involved in doing so.

7. Start An Affiliate Marketing Programme

This is an ideal option for content creators who want to make extra cash passively. As the name suggests, affiliate marketing entails promoting other businesses’ products (mostly online stores, but also physical stores and subscriptions) in a way that earns you a commission when a sale is made.

The best thing about affiliate marketing is that you don’t need to have a massive audience to get started. You only need to create content for affiliate marketing purposes and drive traffic to the affiliate stores you are promoting. In theory, this sounds fairly easy, but it takes a lot of work to get started. Once you are up and running, you can then scale the business and develop referral partners.

The main drawback to this strategy is that, to be successful, you need to build a brand for yourself. This takes time, so be sure to develop a plan and establish yourself as an expert in your industry before you begin. The key is to continuously evolve and improve your affiliate marketing strategy to ensure that you are generating sales and earning commensurate commissions at all times.

8. Start A Podcast

If you’re a fan of podcasts, you can start your own podcast and use the platform to extend your reach to a broader audience. There are plenty of free podcast-hosting platforms out there, including YouTube, where you can also find tutorials on how to get started.

Podcasts are great for people who want to stay informed about current affairs or hear interesting perspectives on everyday topics. As with blogging, establishing yourself as an expert in your niche will provide you with the credibility needed to get started. Once you have, you can then look for advertisers who may be interested in your niche, whether it’s fitness, food, or travel.

9. Start A Yelp Account]

Yelp is the all-time classic example of a company that benefited from establishing a presence on the web. The review platform allows businesses to be found and accessed by people searching for local services and products. If you decide to go this route, be sure to get the best deal possible by registering as an Independent Contractor rather than an Employee. It’s also worth investigating the possibility of expanding your business to other cities and regions.

10. Start An Online Store (Finally)

This is probably the most straightforward way to make money online. If you have a specific skill that you can market and sell, whether it’s web design, copywriting, or SEO, you can start a store in your niche and make money online. You don’t need a huge amount of investment or a massive audience to get started. Simply find a domain name, set up a shop page on Shopify, and you’re good to go. Once you get going, you can then expand your store to other platforms, like Etsy and Amazon, to gain more exposure and make even more money.