As the years went by, I found myself constantly searching for ways to make extra cash. There are plenty of opportunities out there but not all of them will suit you. You have to be willing to try something new because what may seem like a convenient way to make money at first may prove to be a major hassle. That’s why it’s essential to do your research before committing to anything. In this article, I will highlight 4 ways that a computer engineer can make money online (at least part-time). Keep reading and I hope you can find a way to earn a few extra bucks.
Create an online store
If you’re an experienced web developer, store owner, or marketer, then this is the perfect opportunity to make a lot of money online. The idea is to create a storefront on the web where people can come to purchase products that you’re promoting or selling. If you’ve ever used Shopify, WooCommerce, or any of the other big eCommerce platforms, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. These are all possibilities that a computer engineer with a proven track record can explore. Just make sure that you’re applying to legitimate opportunities where you can make a decent amount of money online without too many obstacles. Don’t expect to pull in the big bucks right away because it can take some time to find your groove. Once you do, though, you’re in for a pretty sweet ride.
Start an online tutoring business
If you’re an expert in your field, you can easily run an online tutoring business. The idea is to match online tutors with students looking for help in any subject. You can use your existing social media accounts to promote the service and you’re good to go. You’ll just need to set up some lessons and tests and get to work. You can use a variety of teaching methods including video tutorials, live chat sessions, or email advice. Some of the biggest names in business (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos) recognized the value of online tutors and made them a part of their business model. If you’re looking for flexibility, this is a great option because you can work remotely and set your own hours. It’s a decent backup plan in case things don’t work out as expected with the other opportunities mentioned below.
Become a transcriptionist
If you’re a fast typer, you might consider trying your hand at transcription for a while. You’ll need to listen to audio files and then type out what you hear. You get paid per piece and the faster you can type, the better. Most companies don’t require any specific training to get started and you can find work anywhere in the country. All you need is a microphone and a computer or mobile device with Wifi. You can get paid anywhere between $10 and $25 per hour, depending on the company and the time of day. If you want to get in on the action, start your own blog and use the free Soundcloud platform to upload your demos. You can use a tool like GoTranscript to get the job done more efficiently. Just make sure that you’re applying to legitimate opportunities where you can make a decent amount of money online without too many obstacles. Don’t expect to pull in the big bucks right away because it can take some time to find your groove.
Find a side project that you can build on
In most cases, you’ll need to have something to show for yourself other than just a paycheck. For me, I started a blog where I talk about my days as a web developer. It’s been a lot of fun reminiscing on the good old days and being able to provide some value to others while also making some extra cash. If you have a talent that you don’t feel like you can put to good use (for example, if you’re a great artist or have a gift for writing), you can always find a side project that you can build on. It doesn’t have to be related to technology at all. You can start a blog or run a website in the vain of a creative outlet where you showcase your work.
I’m sure there are plenty of opportunities for a computer engineer to make a living online but the key is in finding ones that suit your skillset. Not all of them will be able to pull in the big bucks but every little bit helps. It’s all about finding a way to earn a living, make a buck, and live your best life.