It’s no secret that inflation continues to erode the purchasing power of everyday Americans. Put another way. Your money just isn’t going as far as it did just a few years ago. Indeed, the rising cost of gasoline, monthly rent, groceries, and other expenses means people are more mindful of their spending habits.
Fortunately, there are numerous simple ways to make money online to supplement your income. As a result, many people take on side hustles at their leisure that provide a steady stream of income — and you can join them.
Here are five relatively seamless and stress-free ways to make money online:
1. Paid Online Surveys
Completing online surveys in one’s leisure time is common for people to generate money online. Market research firms are always on the lookout for new participants to take part in surveys to better gauge their product and service lines or test new goods. The best part? Completing these online paid surveys on reputable websites won’t take you long, as you can complete them in mere minutes. Of course, choosing how much time and energy you want to dedicate to this side hustle will dictate how much money you earn.
2. Content Creation
These days, content is king and the cornerstone of effective marketing. And when you combine engaging content marketing — blog posts, short videos, testimonials, infographics, email marketing, social media, and more — many good things can happen. Certainly, this often requires some skill and creativity that be learned and practiced over time. In particular, creating engaging content that gets consumers to notice a business or brand — and then make informed buying decisions — means appealing to your target audience. Content developers are in high demand online, albeit for blogs or social media sites, and platforms like Fiverr or Upwork are a great place to start.
3. Affiliate Marketing
If you spend any time on social media, you’re undoubtedly familiar with so-called “online influencers,” and their success is simple: affiliate marketing works. So, what exactly does this venture involve? Put simply. A business pays another business or influencer (“the affiliate”) a commission for sending traffic and/or sales their way. The commission is usually a percentage of the value of the sale. Platforms such as Amazon, Awin, and ShareASale are good places to start, and you can promote products on your social media pages or your blog.
Clickworker.com’s concept is based on internet crowd-sourcing, wherein businesses post specified, scalable jobs that they want to be completed quickly and efficiently. While there are many roles to choose from, you’ll typically see opportunities for data entry, web research, and form filling. These menial yet important tasks require very little training, skill, or talent and tend to be repetitive. By crowd-sourcing participants for these tasks, business owners can spread the tedium of performing a repetitive task amongst many people.
5. Website and App Tester
Interested in helping brands build better products and experiences for people worldwide while earning a little extra money on the side? You’re in luck! Platforms are a proven way to pad your wallet from the comfort of home. Participants get compensated for their opinions on how successfully or poorly particular websites and apps function. To be accepted, you must pass a short test, after which you’ll be paid $10 for each 20-minute test, which includes a recording and four follow-up written questions.
Tapping into the “Internet Money”
As you can see, the internet is full of opportunities to make money online from the comfort of just about anywhere. Now, the question is, “What opportunities sound the most satisfying and will pay me a fair rate for my time and energy?” Indeed, being the business-savvy person you are, the place to be is where the money is. And these five easy channels will help you get there.
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