How to make money online from home – 9 tips

by Last Updated: 26 Mar, 2022

Many people dream of being their own boss and having flexible working hours so that they can spend more time doing things they enjoy and live as independently as possible. Or, they would like to become digital nomads. However, it is necessary to bring this topic into reality.

First of all, you should realize that you won't become rich overnight. In most cases, you will be earning relatively little money in the beginning. However, with good advice, enough dedicated time and necessary preparation, you might achieve satisfactory results. You just need to find the best way that works for you. In this article, I will try to introduce you to this digital world and I will try to describe the best ways to earn money from your home.

You will need:

  • a computer, laptop, smartphone or a tablet and internet connection
  • working email address
  • an account to accept payments (besides a bank account, it could be e.g. PayPal or Skrill)
  • lots of patience and persistence

There is a plethora of possibilities when it comes to working online from home. This means that there surely exists a way of making money that will fit your needs.

I would also like to note that in this article, I am not going to mention investing or passive ways of making money, but I am going to write about ways that require a certain form of activity. So, the most popular ways of making money from home are the following ones:

1. Writing articles

In case you are capable of writing interesting articles, this could be something for you. Thanks to the infinite increase in the number of websites, there is a rising demand for content editors for these websites or blogs. Therefore, people who manage websites are often looking for creative people with rich vocabulary and capacity of creating texts for various topics. You might like to try reaching out to the owners of such websites, since most of them have their contact details available on their websites. Or, you might try offering your services on platforms that are used as intermediaries between editors and website owners (e.g. Fiverr, Upwork, Textmaster).

 

Woman working on a laptop in a coffee shop

 

You can also start your own blog in order to write about topics that you enjoy. You can create a blog even for free, but you will need to dedicate your time to it. The advantages can be rewarding when the blog starts to generate income from ads (depending on the traffic).

If you are looking for a safe and stable way of making money on the internet, writing articles is an interesting option.

2. Designing logos or websites

If you are good at graphic design and you have experience with platforms like e.g. Canva or Adobe Illustrator, this option can be ideal for you. Designing logos is one of the most effective ways of generating profit on the internet. Besides that, you will be expanding your own portfolio with every new-designed logo, which can help you stand out from the competition.

3. Creating websites

One of the best-known ways of earning money via internet is running websites where you can either sell certain products or generate profit from ads. There are many tools for building websites, for example, WordPress (and its extension WooCommerce for online stores). You can also create websites for clients or sell advertising on your own websites.

4. Running ads on websites

When you have your website built, for example with WordPress, you can use Google Ads (or alternatively, Ezoic or Mediavine) to sell advertising. To start generating profits, however, websites need enough traffic. This way is pretty easy and also not dependent on the user's location. Apart from that, the initial costs are negligible and, in many cases, even zero.

5. Affiliate marketing

This option consists of promoting products or services of a different company in order to earn a commission for referring a sale. It is one of the most rewarding ways of earning money on the internet. The advantages also include that you don’t have to make the products and provide technical support or warranty service for them. Besides that, if you will be offering products of great quality, you can build up a good reputation. Affiliate marketing is ideal for bloggers or anyone who runs a website.

6. Selling graphic templates

Another creative way of making money from home can be designing templates and selling them on the internet. You will need to engage your creativity and create interesting ideas. There are online marketplaces where you can sell your designs. These include, for example, Envato (Graphic River) or Creative Market. And if you are a very creative person, you could also try selling your artworks as NFTs.

7. Selling photos

As we all know, social media has become a source of income for many content creators. You can not only generate income from social networks like Meta (Facebook), YouTube, or Instagram, but if your photos are of sufficient quality, you can try selling them on iStockPhoto.com or ShutterStock and take the advantage of your photographic talent.

 

Boy taking a photo with a camera

 

8. Influencer on social networks

The amount of people consuming social media content on a daily basis creates opportunities for influencers who use them to sell ads and promote products. If you have enough followers, you can try becoming an influencer. Then, individual companies can contact you and offer you their product for a review. This can also work in the form of a commission. This option requires a lot of persistence and the ability to attract a large audience with interesting content.

9. Virtual assitant

There are platforms for buying and selling services (for example Fiverr) where sellers offer their services. If you have skills such as data maintenance or mail forwarding, you can work as a virtual assistant. However, I have to point out that the community that offers these services on these platforms is very broad, which creates large competition. Building a good reputation as a virtual assistant can therefore be quite challenging.

If you speak a foreign language, you can do text translations, for example from English to Spanish. The reality is that most of the texts on the internet are in English, so there are many opportunities to translate them into other languages.

Conclusion

I would recommend that you do not focus on just one form of making money online, but try several, or even potentially combine them somehow. As you can see, there is a plenty of them. Some of them require more time, others less. But you can always have an extra source of income.

Now that I have shown you how you can make money on the internet, all you have to do is to make your first step. Use your skills, talents and hobbies to generate a decent income. And don't forget that it is a long journey that will require a lot of effort and patience, but the results can be rewarding.

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Andrej
Andrej

Expert in web technologies since 2007 and in crypto since 2017. When I'm not building a website, I'm probably learning Italian or am riding my bike. You can read more about me here.