Here at Family Life Magazine, oftentimes we are discussing ways to improve your home, such as breaking down interior design principles or explaining the value of insulation, but a question that comes across every so often is “How Can I Earn Money from home, online?”
There are a number of ways that this could be accomplished, the first questions you should ask yourself are:
Do I have a product to sell?
Do I have a service to sell?
How much time+effort do I have available for this project?
Is this a “for fun” project with potential for income stream, or is this a “for profit” endeavor?
When you have answered these questions, you will have a good idea where to set your expectations. If you have a product or service, and you have your full time and attention dedicated to this business endeavor, there are any number of ways you can go.
You can open up an eCommerce store to sell your product on platforms such as Etsy.com (mostly for crafts) or for retail goods, Amazon.com and eBay.com are still lucrative marketplaces for small businesses. If you produce a thing, or can buy a thing locally for less than the vast majority of the population, you can definitely scrape out a livable wage by simply selling those goods on one of these major outlets. The beauty of the major outlets is that they do the heavy lifting of marketing for you—people don’t need to have heard of your company because they have definitely heard of the major sites like Amazon, and if you’ve got the product they want and a competitive price, there is no reason why they will not add items from your store to their shopping cart.
If you do not have a product or service to sell, but you are in need of quick income and do have time and effort to spare, you can do a number of corporate sponsored tasks such as surveys, or outbound calling and sales. These jobs may not be glamorous or what you consider “fun,” but there is always a need for english speaking manpower in this regard. And who knows, you may find that you have a knack for selling, even the outbound type, which can end up being as lucrative as you make it.
If you are not in need of immediate income, a longer-term way to monetize your web presence would be simply to build a client base, be it from your social media presence or your personal website—a client base of engaged readers or “followers” for lack of a better word. When your presence reaches a large enough audience, such as a high amount of unique visitors per month, a large e-mail base, or regular social media post engagements, marketing personnel will come to you with opportunities to review or endorse products for pay. At this point you will be wanting to be focused on generating and retaining visitors and in the end that comes down to the quality of your content. What do you have to say that is interesting and unique? Find that voice and you may be able to turn your natural lifestyle into a suitable living.
Of course, beyond these ideas there are hundreds of other ways to make money online, but we’ll save those ideas for another article.
Director of Digital Media