Before we had kids, we travelled quite a lot. We also liked to explore the less touristy places and sometimes you meet backpackers who made travelling their ‘work’. In South America we met a couple who had been travelling around the world for 11 years! He worked as a web-designer and regularly worked for a couple of hours during our boat trip. For some jobs, working via the internet seems obvious, but could everyone somehow earn some money online?
How does it work?
The idea behind online work is that in principle it can be done anywhere, from home or any other location. A laptop (tablet?) and an internet connection should suffice. In practice, a client still wants to be able to make contact, or make an appointment. So not every idea for earning money online can be realised from a hammock.
Where do you start?
To start with, it is useful to think about what you want to achieve with it. Is it your goal to make a living from online money, or would you like to have a hobby that makes some money? Maybe you are forced to sit at home for a while and have time to earn some extra money.
Make a list of your skills. Are you a web designer, or do you have experience in IT then you have a head start. But maybe you don’t have any special skills from the IT sector. Then you can still earn money online. For a number of tips you need practically no digital knowledge.
Making money online
The list is by no means exhaustive and is intended more to give you an idea of the possibilities. There are fellow bloggers who have written more extensively. If you would like to know more about this topic, please visit the following blogs: multi-money less stress, good life less stress, Porterenee?
We start this list with a classic. Through Euroclicks you can earn money online by filling out surveys. Doesn’t sound very exciting and it isn’t.
It’s a combination of saving money by discounting online purchases and earning money by participating in surveys, reading emails and applying new members. You earn ‘clix’ in these two ways that represent a certain value: 1.000 Clix = €10,- Don’t expect to earn a real income with this; it’s more of an extra that doesn’t cost too much effort.
Curious? There are two bloggers who earn quite a lot with it. When you sign up through them, they and you will immediately receive a welcome bonus.
2. Testing websites or apps
Earning money online can also be done by testing sites that are not yet online. This usually concerns sites or apps in English. It does not require any real technical knowledge; the intention is to test whether everything works properly (e.g. placing an order in a webshop). On average it takes 15-20 minutes to test a site or app. The standard fee is $10 (for Usertesting) up to €20 (for Testbird) but the sites also talk about higher fees, up to $60.
For this work you need a PC or Mac to test sites. For the apps, a tablet or smartphone is sufficient. Furthermore, you need to be able to express your user experiences in English.
3. Write articles
This is a nice way to earn some extra money. There are sites where you write text on commission, for example for a site or magazine. The largest provider for copywriters is Textbroker. You are paid per written word. The amount of the fee per word depends on the level at which you are classified. This classification is determined on the basis of a sample text that you submit when you register. If you speak several languages, it is also worth considering registering as a translator or writer in another language. There are various translation agencies where you submit your work online. Payment is often made via Paypal.
4. Start a blog
Blogging can be a fun way to make money online. You can generate income through blogging in a number of ways. One obvious way is through advertising revenue. Don’t expect too much of that; there are an incredible number of sites and blogs on which advertising material is presented. The rates are therefore very low.
Another source of income is through collaborations with other companies. They then ask for a fee to post an article on a certain subject. And finally, part of the income comes from so-called affiliate links. These are links to a site or product. When visitors click on the link and buy the product, you earn a pre-agreed amount or percentage. The buyer (is a visitor to your blog) does not pay anything extra, but the fee comes from the seller. This is a way of earning good income relatively easily.
5. Do ‘something’ in the support
This one needs a little explanation. There is a huge need for support in the areas of administration, IT and so on. We have all heard of a virtual assistant: someone who remotely supports mail traffic, administration, managing a website and the like. This support is not limited to answering the phone or other simple administrative tasks. I know someone who has moved his marketing agency to Scandinavia and is still fully active in the Dutch market. Through his own telephone exchange he can be reached by customers via a 088 number known to us. And so there are an infinite number of examples to think of…..