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How to earn money online?

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The prospect of working in one’s pyjamas or making a living while travelling the world is no longer wishful thinking. The proliferation of the Internet has introduced a number of ways of making money online. This has made it possible for one to earn a livelihood without being caged in a cubicle.

Wondering what the opportunities are for those wanting to make money online with different skill-sets and talents? Let’s take a look!

Freelancing
Whether you are a photographer or an HR specialist, there are plenty of online jobs that pay well. Websites such as Upwork.com, Fiverr.com, and Hubstaff Talent regularly post job listings in various categories. You may need a PayPal account, as quite a number of these online jobs are posted from overseas.

Additionally, you can directly contact brands and agencies to check for openings. These days, a good number of corporates prefer diligent freelance workers – it saves them money as the contractor is not on the payroll.

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Affiliate marketing
One of the options that pop up when you search for online jobs is affiliate marketing. However, this may call for some preliminary setting-up and promotional stages. You will need to create your own website, ideally on an ‘authority’ topic such as health, fashion, insurance, or just about anything you’re good at.

Once the site gains traction, you can do affiliate marketing for relevant brands. For instance, if you are a photographer with a website on tips and tricks, not only can you find gigs online, you can also contact brands that retail cameras and accessories for advertising on your site and earn additional revenue.

Online tutoring/coaching
Whether it’s English or math, you can use your academic prowess to mint money by taking online classes. You can tie up with sites like VIPKID, BharatTutors.com, or Vedantu to earn up to $22 an hour. You also get other incentives – say, for starting and ending classes on time.

Health and fitness professionals can make a fortune online. If you are a trainer or nutritionist, you can coach people from all over the world. The demand is high and people are willing to pay good money to get fit. It usually takes a few Skype calls, preparation of diet and training charts, and regular communication.

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Social media
Why not channel your knowledge of social media into helping brands make the right noises on social media? One can become a highly paid social media strategist, or simply help brands do their routine job of posting content and tracking responses on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Big brands are only too willing to pay well if you have some solid work experience to back you up.

eBook author

You don’t need to be the next Shakespeare to become a successful author. From ghost-writing for others to penning your own thoughts and experiences on topics that interest you, if words are your forte, you can make a living out of it.
Many are deterred by the multiple steps involved in book publishing. But with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, you can publish your book in five minutes, make it available for sale in less than 48 hours, and earn up to 70% royalty. Those looking for ways to earn online by automating the process will find this immensely useful.

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Micro-blogging
A popular way to make money online is micro-blogging. From reviewing gadgets to cooking tips, pick one or more social media platforms and become an authority influencer in your chosen domain. This does require some solid marketing and promotion in the beginning, but once established, you can earn lakhs every month if you provide valuable content.

Related: 6 Actionable money tips from those who became millionair

Now that you know making money online is not only easy but also gives you the opportunity to follow your passion, why wait? Start your own journey towards earning online today!
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