With a recent report the middle class in America is in a sorry state – more people are on the lookout for ways to increase their income. And while coupons and living more modestly are important goals – making more money is often the best way to “get ahead”.
Fortunately, we are solidly in a tech revolution which is providing unparalleled opportunities to the willing. The new tools of this gold rush involve a computer, internet connection and a little gumption.
The following are a few suggestions for you to try in this tech boom. Some may require more time than others to generate revenue. Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section.
- Virtual Assistant. These positions are a direct result of the internet age. Virtual assistants help online businesses or companies with their web presence, answering/responding to inquiries received from their website, handling social media, and other administrative duties all from the comfort of the assistants home. This is a true telecommunite job.
- Blog. But don't just blog to start a blog. There are millions of them out there. Find something you are passionate about and start writing. Doesn't have to be every day. Maybe 2-3x a week. If you like to write and have a subject that you are really interested in, blogging can prove lucrative. (Note: You may not see financial rewards for quite some time).
- Sell your skills. There are many websites out there that give you the ability to sell your talents online. A new one that has recently popped up is called Fiverr. Fiverr gives you the ability to sell a service or good for $5 (you'll actually end up with $4 after they take their cut). I've tried it out for two weeks and managed to make $15 (so not a real lucrative way to make money). Keep your service unique for best results.
- Enter giveaways. This task requires a bit of timing and fortune. But, it can pay off. There are many giveaways happening on Twitter and Facebook every day. These giveaways can include items promotional or not, they can be overstock or off season items, just be sure to be following different companies and organizations so you have more chances to win.
- Sell goods. Whether you are an artist or you just want to sell some of your household items, the internet provides a wide selection of places to hawk your goods. If your crafty, try Etsy. If you have items to sell, try Craigslist, Ebay or Amazon. Craigslist offers free classifieds. While the others have a nominal listing and sellers fee. You'll likely get better results through Ebay or Amazon if you have a niche product.
- Supply coupon codes. Sites like Coupon Chief will pay users to find coupon codes and submit them to their website. Once a code is redeemed, the user receives a commission on the sale of what was bought. This can prove quite lucrative if someone uses your coupon to make a large purchase.
How else are you making money through the web?