Many of us are in dire straits financially. The economic recession has hit us all hard, with people losing their jobs, the cost of living going up significantly and money not going as far anymore. The job market is dire as well, with an average of 100 people applying for each and every job. Unsurprisingly, we look for ways to make a bit of extra cash, particularly if we are out of work. Many people want to be able to do this around their children’s hours, because the cost of childcare is so high that they wouldn’t actually earn anything after paying those fees. The internet is a fantastic place to make money, so long as you know what you’re doing. Here are 5 ways to make money online from home, on a part time basis.
1 – Blogging
Blogging is great for people who have got something to say and know how to write this down. There are some fantastic free blogging websites, such as WordPress and Blogger. You then need to sign up to an affiliate program, like Google AdSense or Amazon, which earns you a commission every time someone clicks on your links and makes a purchase. According to Woman’s Day
The income will start small, but if you build your following, your cash flow will increase. Rachel typically makes several hundred dollars per month from ads or affiliate links on her blog.
2 – Selling on eBay
Selling on eBay is one of those things where you can make a whole lot of money part time, or you can end up earning just a few dollars for a lot of effort. You need to have a look to see if you actually have something worth selling. You could also think about using your artistic skills and create something interesting, like jewellery or paintings. It is important to bring something to the market that is actually in demand. As explained by How Stuff Works
It sounds simple, but it takes some practice to sell successfully. Creating persuasive and legitimate product pages for the goods you’re selling will help get buyers interested.
3 – Surveys
There are all sorts of websites that offer to pay you for completing surveys. You do have to be careful to only work with genuine ones. Stay away from those that only allow you to earn if you share the page with others, these are usually scam and are only after email addresses for spam purposes. However, there are also numerous genuine websites that you can sign up with. Some of the pay quite interesting amounts of money, particularly if they are on-site surveys, where you receive an invitation to actually go somewhere. According to Life Hacker
The studies ask you about decisions you would make in various business-related disciplines, such as economics and psychology.
4 – Make Your House a Celebrity
Becoming a celebrity yourself is very difficult, and it may not be what you are looking for when you are after making a bit of money from home on a part time basis. However, you can make your house a celebrity and earn a nice bit of extra money. Whenever you see movies and spot a house, that house actually belongs to somebody else. Money Saving Expert reports that
Film and TV production teams are always on the lookout for homes and areas they can shoot in. Your home needn’t be palatial to qualify either; all shapes and sizes can be desired, and the rates of pay can be pretty good. There are a number of online agencies that’ll list your property for free (taking commission once your property is chosen for a shoot).
However, you do have to be realistic and understand that the chances of getting in are pretty small. If you do manage, however, you can expect to earn between $500 and $1,000 for the shoot, which is a nice little extra bit of income. It is definitely worth looking into, even if the chances are pretty small.
5 – Writing Articles and eBooks
If you are a good writer, there is quite a lot of money to be made in writing articles. Articles are written according to set guidelines on keywords, meaning you have to strategically place words in certain spaces, a set amount of times. Each article will be placed on a website and is designed to get people to find that website in Google easier. According to BlogBod
With all people working online either part time or full time writing has to be the biggest obstacle and is out sourced to people who work part time and get paid to do just that.
Watching Out for Scams
You do have to make sure that you do not fall victim to an internet money-making scam. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there and the people who run them do make significant amounts of money out of it. They build on the desperation of people who really struggle and think nothing of it. Eventually, karma will ensure they get their comeuppance, but in the mean time, you are left significantly out of pocket.
The most common scam at all, and one that has actually existed since the 1920s, is the Nigerian scam, known in popular culture as 419. When it first started, in 1920, it was known as the Spanish con. As explained by About.com
In every variation, the scammer is promising obscenely large payments for small unskilled tasks. This scam, like most scams, is too good to be true. Yet people still fall for this money transfer con game.
Most people who receive one of these email now known to just bin them straight away. However, the Nigerian syndicates are still making insane amounts of money out of this, because people still want to believe that it could be true. Other common scams include advance fees to pay for credit cards with guaranteed acceptance, lottery scams, phishing emails, overpayment scams, employment overpayment scams, disaster relief scams, travel scams, make money fast scams and turn your computer into a true money making machine scams.