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smart ways to make money online in summer at home

 


01. Advertise on your website


Just by having a business site of your own, you can start earning passive income. There are just a handful of steps you’ll need to take to build a website that makes money online. First you’ll need to choose from one of many professionally designed website templates, select a domain name and get free website hosting. Then you can begin thinking about the different routes toward monetizing your website.


One proven method time and again is online advertising. You can use Google AdSense to place ads on your website. This option is relatively easy as Google matches ads to your site based on your content and visitors, plus it’s free. Google then pays you based on the number of views or clicks you get on the ads.


Pros


  • It's a great way to generate passive income through ad revenue, while you focus on creating content on your site. It's a hands off way to make money.

  • It requires low level resources to get started, once you have your website and Google Adsense connected.


Cons


  • You have have limited control over the content and quality of the ads shown on your site. Yes, Google has policies in place to prevent inappropriate content being shown but you may not have full content over what is shown and how your site visitors will respond to it. Sometimes the content of ads, or just having too many ads on your site can turn visitors off.

  • Predicting how much money you can make from ads on your site can be tricky, as user numbers and clicks can fluctuate based on targeting. On top of this, Google takes a commission off everything you earn through them which can reduce your final revenue.



02. Design websites


Whether it’s something you have experience in or you’re a natural at, designing websites can be an excellent source of income. In fact, web designers are always in demand as the industry exponentially grows. That said, you’ll need to make a name for yourself in order to stand out. Working with the right clients can help optimize your web design portfolio and highlight your talents.


So, you might be asking yourself, “How do I find my ideal customer?” Joining a distinguished online marketplace for website designers is the best possible way to start generating qualified leads. You’ll get a platform to help you showcase your work, set your price rate and get matched with potential clients who are looking to hire your services. You can also consider partnering with companies that grant you access to special web design tools. As a Wix Partner, you'll get professional resources and be able to enlist the expert help of a company account manager dedicated to increasing your sales funnel conversion.


Pros


  • Designing websites, especially sites for large businesses can be very lucrative.

  • Freelance web designers tend to have a lot of flexibility in their working day and schedules, which is a large positive for many creatives.


Cons


  • Navigating client expectations and communication can be tricky.

  • Working as a freelance creative also involves a large amount of networking and drumming up business for yourself.

03. Create a blog


The wonderful thing about blogging is that you can create content about absolutely anything as long as there are people interested in reading it. After some time, your free blog will attract website traffic and offer monetization opportunities. This is one of the reasons blogging is a great digital nomad job.


Once it starts to take off and grow an audience, that will be the perfect time to examine the many money-making opportunities available to successful bloggers. For instance, you can advertise within your blog using Google AdSense or sell subscriptions to die-hard fans for exclusive access to your content.


Whichever avenue you choose to take, always think about the preferences and interests of your readers. Check in with them and see what they want by sending an email blast with a survey. Then, you’ll be able to pinpoint what strikes their fancy and how to monetize those ideas directly on your site.


Pros


  • A blog is a low startup venture, with the right blogging platform you can often start one for free.

  • It's a great way to make money online for writers who want independence, flexibility and creativity in what they do.


Cons


  • Depending on your blogging niche, it can be a competitive way to make money as blogging has grown in popularity and scale. And as your blog grows revenue can fluctuate from month to month.

  • Blogging, while flexible, can be time intensive. Content creation takes time. Blogging is also about more than being a great writer, you'll also need to create a website, distribute your content and engage with your community of readers.



Starting a blog is a way to make money online


04. Open an online store


Internet shopping has become synonymous with convenience. As a result, people are purchasing more goods online than ever before. You can grab a slice of this profitable eCommerce pie by opening your own online store. Be sure to choose an eCommerce website builder that offers advanced business features, including secure payment and checkout, shipping and marketing tools, and store analytics to help you run your venture.


Launching an online store means that you’ll be starting a business of your own, so make sure you’re prepared. Primarily, you’ll need to test out all your business ideas before introducing them to the world. Do some market research and get feedback from friends and family. They’ll be able to give you valuable information that can be used to improve your product or service (see our guide on how to start a service business). Remember that as a business, you get closer to achieving success by selling something people actually want. You might also want to consider consignment when starting your online store - this allows you to list products for sale from a third party or vendor, but you only pay for the item once it sells. This avoids you having to invest heavily in inventory when getting started.


Pros


  • With an online store the entire world is your potential audience. You can market and sell to anyone, anywhere. You can also do this 24/7, as your online store never has to close. You can essentially generates sales while you're asleep.

  • Starting an online store to make money generally has much lower overhead and startup costs than opening a brick and mortar store.


Cons


  • Depending on your product or service, the eCommerce space can be a highly competitive one, with similar online stores targeting the same audience or market.

  • There are many things to think of when running an online store, over any other types of business or website. Shipping and logistics is probably one of the main things to get right, and one of the most challenging parts of running an online store, especially if you plan to ship globally. You'll also need to consider the security and reliability (hosting) of your online store to ensure your business continuity.



Opening an online store is a way to make money online


05. Start dropshipping


Did you know that you can be an online seller without needing to stock up on products? Dropshipping lets you sell items using a third-party retailer that completely manages the order fulfillment process. All you have to do is find the right products for your business and connect with a supplier. This also means that you can start a dropshipping business right away and start accepting customers as soon as you integrate your dropshipping products into your dropshipping website.


Pros


  • Starting a dropshipping business to make money is a quick and effective way to generate revenue. It requires minimal overhead costs, and all you need is a good online store and a reliable dropshipping supplier.

  • You can test selling a wide variety of products without getting stuck with unsold inventory, so you can really take risks or test different product niches, and what sells best. At the same time, it's easier to scale and grow a dropshipping venture because you're not restricted by inventory storage space.

  • There are plenty of ways to promote your dropshipping venture online, mainly across social media platforms, from Instagram and Facebook to Tiktok. All platforms provide both organic and paid promotion opportunities to get your business and product out there.


Cons


  • You may have to contend with low-profit margins, as dropshipping suppliers often charge more than a wholesaler for the same product.

  • As you never physically receive or handle the products you're selling, you have to trust your suppliers quality guarantees. Sometimes there is a mismatch between what they deliver and your customers expectations and you'll have to handle that.

  • With dropshipping you're completely dependent on the supplier, from the quality of the product, to the shipping times and delivery methods - so if any of these don't meet client expectations, you'll have to handle them.



Start dropshipping to earn money online


06. Offer paid memberships


The truth is that there are ways to make money online which can strengthen your website. Integrating a membership area to your site is one of them. The idea is that you offer paid membership to your site in exchange for access to exclusive perks.

Regardless of the various membership models out there, they all come together under a common goal to convert site visitors into paying customers. By adding a member’s area to your site, you can offer premium online services, in-depth guides, downloadable material and even create a VIP lounge using Wix Forum, where members may happily connect and start discussions around shared interests.


Pros


  • A paid membership area is a good way to create recurring revenue, on a monthly or annual basis. This can be perceived as more reliable revenue than one-time sales.

  • Offering exclusive content to paid members can generate a buzz and I need this vibe around your website or content, which can in turn prompt more people to pay for membership access. It's also a great way to build a community around your brand who invests in your paid services and encourages others to do so as well.


Cons


  • A paid membership area requires a reasonable amount of investment and support to maintain interesting, exclusive content that is worth members paying for. Maintaining this can be both time and resource heavy.



07. Sell secondhand goods


We all have that bag under the bed. It might be full of clothes you don’t wear anymore, your Lego collection or your original kicks. While you may have outgrown them, many of these saved items are still too precious to toss out onto the street. Rather, you can free up some space and make some decent money by selling these items secondhand. Get on Ebay or Amazon, determine the asking price for your stuff and sit back, relax and watch the offers come rolling in.


Pros


  • Selling second hand clothes or goods online is a low startup cost venture, that allows for flexibility in how and where you work. With the right niche or products, it can also be a high profit way to make money.

  • Selling secondhand goods is also a great way to promote a more sustainable lifestyle, and contributes to efforts to avoid overconsumption and reusing goods.


Cons


  • While selling second hand goods can help generate a good income, depending on your access to inventory, and how long it takes to source second hand items to sell, this may not always be a consistent one.

  • Selling secondhand goods can also be a time consuming venture. The goods need to be sourced, collected and also potentially repaired or restored to make them sellable.

  • You'll be to watch out for fraud, both in terms of paying too much for second hand goods that may not be what they're advertised and sold as, to making sure you collect payments from your consumers for what they receive. Make sure to use a secure payment process.




08. Sell photographs


If you’re a photographer, why not capitalize on your skills by creating a photography website to sell your photos online? It may take some promotion and a little bit of patience, but if you already have a large photo collection, you can focus most of your efforts on branding and marketing. In addition, companies like Shutterstock, iStockPhoto and Shutterfly are willing to make use of your creative snaps. You can become a paid contributor to any of these stock photo platforms by submitting your best content via their site.


Pros


  • Selling photographs is a creative and flexible way to make money, especially if you already have a lot of work to sell.

  • It's also a venture that can be started and managed from anywhere in the world.


Cons


  • Market saturation and high competition is one factor to be aware of when selling your photographs.

  • Make sure also to protect your work, and your rights to it, by taking intellectual property precautions such as watermarking your images.




09. Offer print on demand

As a designer looking for ways to make money online, you’ve probably considered the idea of selling your own merchandise. This lets you hit two birds with one stone, as you’ll be gaining exposure while also generating a steady flow of revenue. But how would you go about it?


Print on demand is a low-risk method of selling your designs on custom t-shirts, posters, books and more. It eliminates the hassle of buying and managing inventory. All you have to do is connect your online store with a print on demand service and choose the types of products you want to sell - whether that’s clothing, homeware, prints or accessories.


Then, generate mockups of your unique design on the merchandise, and post an image of the product on your site for customers to view. Be sure to consider the following factors when pricing your product: product cost, profit margin and designing and shipping costs.


According to Kevin D'Souza, Director, Product Experience for Vista Corporate Solutions,


"Print-on-demand revolutionizes the way designers, artists and entrepreneurs monetize their creativity. Imagine a seamless extension of your creative process, where your personal print shop, fulfillment center, and delivery service converge to bring your ideas to life with minimal to no upfront investment.

Kevin also says that, "As your designs captivate more hearts, broaden your canvas by exploring an array of products, from eco-friendly tote bags to designer mugs." To learn more, check out this Print and Ship Design Products Guide from VistaPrint experts.


Pros

  • Print on demand can be a low risk business model with minimal startup costs. It doesn't require investing in or storing inventory and manufacturing equipment. You just need to make sure you work with a reputable print on demand platform, or integrate one within your website.

  • It can be a creative business and way to make money, if you work with your own designs, which for some freelancers is a big plus.


Cons

  • Much like with dropshipping, when running a print on demand business to make money, you're dependent on a third party platform for product creation and shipping. This means you don't have full control over quality and the level of service, So it's important to choose this platform wisely. If your supplier runs low on specific inventory, for example, you'll have to explain it to your consumers and potentially miss out on sales and repeat business.



10. Begin freelancing

Successful freelancers know how to earn money online, cultivating a new standard of business in which efficiency and flexibility go hand in hand. Whether you’re a freelance writer, artist, educator or Wix website designer, you’ll find a marketplace that’s diverse and flourishing for your freelance idea.


If you’re considering becoming a freelancer, you’ll need two things to get started: a well-defined area of expertise and connections to potential clients. Once you decide on what services to offer, you can create a freelance website, choose a pricing strategy and begin taking on job opportunities.


Pros

  • Perhaps the biggest benefit of being a freelance, is being able to turn something you love into a way to make money. That combined with the flexibility and often the ability to work from anywhere, including from home, makes it a popular choice for many people.


Cons

  • Depending on your specific freelancing industry, you may find it to be a very competitive way to make money.

  • Freelance incomes can fluctuate, depending on demand and your ability to market yourself to a large audience.

  • Succeeding as a freelance is about more than being just a great writer, photographer or creative. You'll also need to put to work your business acumen in order to source work for yourself.





11. Write online reviews


It may seem far out, but there are some companies that will pay you just for trying out a product or reviewing goods or services. It can also be very profitable for you. Check out companies like User Testing as an example. Credibility goes a long way in the online world, which means brands are willing to pay a lot of money for your honest opinion.


Pros

  • Writing online reviews to make money is considered a low barrier entry to working from home, or remotely. You need nothing more than an internet connection and computer to get started.


Cons

  • Generally in order to make a lot of money from writing online reviews, you'll need to write a lot of reviews, fairly fast. This may not be sustainable long term.



12. Publish an eBook


If blogging has piqued your passion for creative writing, consider writing and selling an eBook. Whatever your choice of topic may be, use your eBook as a tool to tell your story, share your tips or words of wisdom. You could also repurpose your blog content in the form of an eBook, which is guaranteed to excite your existing fans.


Thanks to technological advancements, you can self-publish online (Kindle direct publishing is one platform for this), allowing you to skip those nerve-wracking pitch meetings with intimidating publishing houses. Get started by checking out these professional writing templates.


Pros

  • Publish a successful eBook and it can help you make money for many years.

  • Creating an eBook is a creative and often low cost way to generate longer term revenue, or a passive income from a one time effort.


Cons

  • While writing an eBook may come easily to a great writer, marketing and selling that same book may be more of a challenge, especially if it's your first book and you have no experience of marketing one.



13. Get into vlogging


Vlogging is all the rage right now across social media and the internet. Simply put, a vlog is a video blog post that details the vlogger’s day-to-day life or any relevant event they think is worth documenting. A vlog generally runs for around 5 minutes, which is just enough time to get viewers to feel an emotional connection with the creator and come back for more.


Producing a short video clip requires time and effort, but, if done right, it’s a lucrative way to make money online. YouTube is the most common platform to upload a video for an audience, but your vlog should not be limited to just one site. You can also consider Twitch for live streaming. Not sure what videos to make? Current hot themes for video include, video game streaming and unboxing.


In order to increase your web reach, you’ll want to create a strong online presence by posting videos on your own website. Then, you can begin to turn vlogging into a career by selling ad space within your videos or creating sponsored content.


Not into vlogging? You can also consider starting a podcast, which can be a great way to market a service or product, or a way to generate income itself, through advertising.


Pros

  • With vlogging you have an opportunity to build a strong, large community or audience who identify and believe in your brand. This can then allow you to diversity your income from vlogging, to selling merchandise or other products.

  • With a large audience, lots of followers and the right brand sponsorships, vlogging can be incredibly lucrative.


Cons

  • Vlogging can be time intensive. It requires constant and consistent video creation in order to build and maintain a following, and audience.

  • It is a business that leads you are the mercy of social media algorithms to distribute your content, and one change can drastically reduce your reach and potential to make money.

  • Vlogging also involves a great deal of sharing private information related to your life online, which comes with its own drawbacks and risks.


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14. Create video tutorials


This is another form of video content, but it’s slightly different from vlogging. Starting a YouTube channel where you either review products or offer tutorials is another great way to make money online. It may require some editing skills (and good lighting), but once you’ve got a decent following, you’ll slowly start to see the dough. How exactly does this work?


Well, the more subscribers you have, the more likely it is that companies will send you products to review or pay you in exchange for product placement. You can also showcase your videos on your website by using Wix Video.


Pros

  • Video tutorials are a great way to turn your expertise and knowledge in to content that can be shared and distributed to a large audience, and create passive income for you at the same time.

  • The more authority you establish as an expert in your field through your video tutorials, the easier it is to monetize your content.


Cons

  • Creating video tutorials can be a time consuming way to make money. No matter how well you know your subject matter, you'll have to plan out your video tutorial, including its length and your script. Your video will then need to be edited and promoted. This can take considerable time and resources.



Start a YouTube channel to make money online


15. Set up an online course


Are you that somebody who seems to have all the answers? Maybe you’ve even earned the nickname Professor from your friends. In that case, you have a great opportunity to earn money online by sharing your knowledge and charging others a fee for prime access.


Set up an online course on your website where you’ll be able to host and stream your classes for all to join. Alternatively, you can sell your course on Udemy or another platform that caters to the e-learning crowd. Whichever option you choose, you’ll want to select a topic that’s in-demand and that people will actually sign up for. Give yourself time to thoroughly research and plan your course, and edit your filmed content so that it’s polished and looks professional.


Pros

  • Creating an online course has some benefits over a traditional in-person format. You can reach a larger audience for one, essentially anyone with internet and a computer.

  • You also have more flexibility in where and how you run your courses online, as you're not tied to one venue or location.


Cons

  • Don't forget potential technical complications when creating online courses. you'll need to make sure your website's hosting is reliable, with high uptime to avoid disruptions in the middle of your courses, that may turn students off.

  • Make sure to protect your courses, and their content, from intellectual property theft and reuse without your permission.

  • Some courses, by virtue of their content or your specific teaching style, may require in-person interaction to be truly successful. Courses for children online can be tricky, for example.


16. Rent out your home


You can learn a thing or two from Airbnb. One of the easy ways to make money online is through short-term rentals. Be it an apartment, a guest room, or even just a pull-out couch, you can turn these spaces into money-making assets as vacation rentals. It’s all about finding the right platform. With Wix Hotels, you can create a listing of the place, manage bookings, accept payments and better yet, allow guests to book in their own language.


Pros

  • Renting out your home allows you to make money, when you're not using it or even while you are. It's a low resource way to generate income from capital you already have.


Cons

  • Renting our your home comes with some risks. Not all renters may respect your home and its furnishings. You will need to be able to trust whoever you let rent it.

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