The idea of earning quick cash online sounds scammy. In fact, you could be suspicious of emails & ads that promote easy money for no effort. With that said, it’s possible to make money online relatively quickly. The catch is that it takes work.
The fastest & most affordable way to make money online is to leverage your assets.
1) Stuff you own
2) Skills you have
3) Knowledge you can share
Sell Your Stuff
Selling unwanted & unused items from around your home is one of the best ways to make money online. Services like eBay, Amazon & Craigslist make it easy and affordable to list your items & reach potential buyers.
Start by gathering items from around your home that you do not want or use. Every room of your home is a source of sellable items like toys, books, movies, electronics & electronic accessories, clothes, decorations, collectibles, memorabilia sports & fitness equipment. Even broken items are potential income if you could salvage parts a buyer might need.
Decide where you will sell your items. Amazon works well for books & DVDs, but you are not limited to just those items. Nearly everything you can sell on eBay could be sold on Amazon. The gain of Amazon is that your item can be listed alongside the new item. Listing is easy & free. You pay for Amazon’s services from the sale of your item.
eBay is good for clothing, toys, household items, infomercial products & novelty items. While eBay offers stock photos of common products, you could set your listing apart by providing a high-quality photo. Writing a detailed, benefits-oriented description could boost bids.
Craigslist is ideal for large or heavy items that you do not want the hassle of shipping. This includes furniture, sports and exercise equipment and kitchen appliances. Listing your items on Craigslist is free. After the sale, the item & payment are exchanged between seller and buyer directly, which increases the risk for scams & personal danger. To stay safe, request payment in cash & meet in a public place.
Sell Your Skills
There’re many ways to sell your skills online, but one quick way is through projects sites such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk & Task Rabbit. These sites connect businesses & individuals who need help with tasks with micro-workers who could do them. The tasks vary from data entry, research, virtual support and more. You will not earn a living by completing tasks, but you can earn extra money on the side.
Signing up as an online micro-worker is free. Once you sign up, you can search tasks & bid on the projects that interest you. To develop your chances of getting chosen for the task, make a professional profile that highlights your skills.
Sell Your Expertise
People need information and they start their search for answers online. Don’t think you are an expert? Think again. Everyone knows something & odds are there is someone who wants that knowledge. Whether it is about business, relationships, spirituality, technology, gardening or something else, there’s a need for information you have. You can sell your knowledge through blogs & ebooks, but a faster method is through online resources that connect experts with paying customers.
Ether is an online resource that bids a way to connect with people who want your information. Ether gives you a phone number that forwards to your home phone & the ability to decide when the number will work / when it will take a message. You can set your own fees, which are collected by Ether & paid to you when a customer contacts you. Ether is free to set up, but collects 15% service fee depended on what you charge.
Liveperson seeks experts in a variety of areas including mental health, spirituality, technology, health and more. It’s free to sign up, but fees are collected from your earnings bas depended ed on how you connect with the client (i.e. email) and topic covered.
It’s possible to make a quick buck online, but it’s not through do-nothing scams. If you sell your stuff, your skills or your expertise, you will need to take action, provide something of value & market yourself to find buyers.