Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Creative Ways to Make Money Online

Internets = Parody motivator.
Internets = Parody motivator. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’re unfortunately living in a time when people are struggling to make ends meet, selling off their luxury items and doing away with family holidays abroad in order to pay for the everyday essentials. Flash cars, Caribbean cruises, even things like gym memberships are now a thing of the past, and we now look for more economical or cost-effective investments instead, allowing us to pay our bills and have enough left over for some fun at least!

To make these investments easier and to help pay some of the essential bills – rent, course fees, fuel and food shopping for example – people are looking for alternative sources of income. While their salaries and pensions go someway to covering the costs, they often don’t bring home as much as you’d like – especially once the taxman gets involved!

Utilizing the Internet has become a popular option, opening doors to audiences that might be interested in what they have to offer, and presenting them with the chance to make a bit of cash here and there.

Some of the most popular online sources of cash at present include:

Online Auctions

Selling any unwanted items on auction sites like eBay is a great way of making some extra cash with relative ease. Take a few pictures of the item you want to sell – like a polo shirt that is the wrong size for example – and create a description of the product listing why you’re selling it, the colour, the brand and any other essential details, and then create a starting price that you want the bidding to start at. Then, set a deadline and let the auction commence! In a few days, not only have you managed to get rid of the items you don’t want or need – making extra space at home – you’ve got some extra cash in your pocket too!

Freelance Writing

A lot of people are very creative with their writing, sitting down with a pen and paper and either writing their own books, maybe doing some drawings, while others type articles for the local paper or magazine. What they could be missing out on is the chance to make money for their writing, offering their services to media agencies for a small fee - $10 per article for example – making some easy money for the chance to do something they enjoy

Playing Games

The Internet presents a huge opportunity to make a bit of money just by playing games! Similarly to playing the lottery or putting a bet on a horse, you can play some of your favourite games and win either cash or prizes. To give you an example, sites like let users play traditional bingo – over the Internet – with the chance to win some money. Online bingo and other games on the net have become very popular in recent years thanks to the recent developments in technology meaning you can play anything, anywhere, anytime.

Sell your Creations

Many people make their own posessions – clothes, croquery, art, that kind of thing – and could get the chance to make more by selling the items online. Offering your services again as freelance, or just creating and selling in the online marketplaces can bring in money while you get to get creative!

This article was written by Matt Rawlings, a UK-based writer specializing in the latest technology, trends and developments.

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