Editor’s Pick: 10 Ways of Making Money Online

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The International Labor Organization’s predicts the unemployment situation will see 215 million people jobless by 2018.

So if you’re tired or writing job applications, browsing your PC looking for jobs, or perhaps you’re tired of having a boss (you want to be a boss of you), or perhaps what you’re paid ain’t enough for you, then you could try earning some money online as you wait to be employed, or wanna earn some extra cash.

We’ve listed a few options that we see might help you earn some money online. So try avoiding sitting at home doing nothing and grab yourself a laptop/PC, get internet connections and begin working.

1. Freelancing
Perhaps you enjoy writing, managing social media platforms or doing a little bit of graphic design, web and app development, data entry, to name a few then you ought to sign up for any freelancing platform to make some extra cash on you or just make some money in case you might not be employed. There are so many freelance jobs out there that require simple skills or just time that someone else might not have.

And the best thing about freelancing is that you can work for clients all around the world with just an internet connection from your place of comfort, to your own hours whilst developing valuable skills.

Here are some of the freelancing websites you could try out – Upwork.com, Freelance99designsGuru, iFreelance, Project4hire, SimplyHired, and so forth. Find one that can suit your skills and start earning.

Editor’s Note: You might find a freelancing websites limited to particular regions/countries. So better find one that is avaiable/supports (to) your country.

2. Online Betting
Online betting is one of the best ways one can make money in just a matter of minutes or even seconds. However, chances of you winning is a probability since its a matter of chance and luck. If all goes well, your stake can earn you big.

Editor’s Note: We aren’t promoting or encouraging betting, but its one way of making money online.

3. Starting your own website
You might be asking yourself why starting a website would make you money. First things first, starting a website can take you less than 45 minutes, costs hardly anything and something that can be done by anyone as long as you know what your doing.

A fast way for people to get to know about you site is Social Media, only takes a bit of plugging on social media to get your first visitors, and there are plenty of ways to monetize your site.

So once you have a lot of traffic coming to your website, all you have to do is add Ads and start making that money. However, these Ads vary, you can ought to use Google Ads, or you can get local business or even western business that would love to have their Ad banners on your site at an agreed cost. Yes! this is good money but you ought to have good traffic coming to your website.

4. Review websites
Now! This is the one thing I love doing. Device and Website reviewing. So if you’re pretty nifty with a web browser, device holder/lover, so perhaps it’s time to turn pro and use these skills as a paid and fun job!

There are various online platform that pay people to review all kinds of websites. Each review can take you around 20 to 30 minutes, according to most people that have tried it out and it will earn you roughly USD$10 (estimated 36,100 UGX). The more websites you review, the more you earn.

Editor’s Note: You can also review mobile apps or devices and earn this extra cash with you.

5. Affiliate marketing
If you’ve got a good presence on social media or perhaps you even have a blog or website, you can start bringing in money immediately by promoting all sorts of companies, products, services and offers online.

There are plenty of website that you can sign up to. For instance, you can sign up as a publisher on the Awin network, Rakuten Linkshare, FlexOffers, AvantLink, Ebay Partner NetworkAmazon Affiliate Program, and so on – check their offers blog/websites or browse the merchant listings to find something you think your friends would be interested in, grab your affiliate link and share it. If someone buys using your link you make a nice commission from it.

6. Get cash-back on shopping
There are a number of cashback sites out there which pay you the commission they otherwise would have earned. This is interesting as its one way cashback sites; for instance online shopping platforms give back to their customers in one way of gaining customer trust, more customer base, more purchase, etc.

According to Save the Student, they recommend you to sign up with Top Cashback, Quidco, and Swagbucks which are free and offer the best selection of retailers and exclusives.

7. Sale out your works
If you don’t mind sharing your works publicly such as school/university notes/projects/proposals with other students, then it’s a great way to generate a little extra cash. This is a very good advantage to alumni students who would love to help out fellow students with particulars like university already written proposals. There are sites out there that you can upload your notes to, along with your price, and then when another student downloads them you get paid.

Editor’s Notes: Recommend to upload PDFs because you’re likely to make more money if they’re typed up.

8. Sell your photos
According to online bloggers, a good starting point of selling out your photos is Fotolia or istockphoto. If you think you’ve got a good shot and a little creativity, try uploading your photos to these websites to start earning a few bucks.

Editor’s Note: To make more money out of your photos, trying selling photo subjects that people are demanding and its always a good idea to test your photos out in print first before uploading them for sale.

9. Start making YouTube Videos
According to recent stats, over one billion hours of videos are watched every single day. In addition, another research showed that we now watch more videos on YouTube than searches on Google.

With YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading videos. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views. Depending on how successful you are in terms of virality, or subscriber base, or topic based on, you can make a lot of money in just a matter of minutes, or days, or weeks.

10. Bounty Programs – be a Bounty Hunter
While these so-called “bug bounties” are not new, we have probably seen/heard the likes of Facebook, Tesla, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Uber launching these programs to the world, and bounty hunters can earn up to USD$200,000. So these tech companies be really concerned about their platforms and hire researchers and other willing people, to find errors, back doors, security bugs, and in return, you’re paid well.

Once you find a flaw or a bug or a loop, whatever case it might be, inform the concerned party, explain how it happens and then get you’re cash. And probably you will be on news! LoL.

Final Editor’s Note: Always have a PayPal account, we’ve learnt that most of these payments are paid via PayPal.