Looking for an easy way to make some extra cash from home this year? Fortunately, we now live in a golden age of entrepreneurship where anyone with a laptop and an internet connection can start to make income online. While there are many different ways to make money online (too many to name in one article), here are some of the most popular and easiest to get started with.

1. Freelancing

Everybody has knowledge and skills that can be freelanced and this is one of the quickest ways to start making money online. The list of tasks that you can freelance is practically endless. You could, for example, offer services for website design, coding, SEO, social media account management, search and social media advertising, art, graphic design, music lessons, content writing, IT assistance, app development, video game testing and countless other services.

There are also plenty of options in terms of how to go about getting clients. In addition to plain old word and mouth, you can also get clients from job boards like ProBlogger, freelancing sites like Upwork and Fiverr, and even posting regularly on Craigslist can get excellent results if done consistently in the right categories.

Freelancing is a fantastic way to earn some extra money or build a full-time income. Many people have started freelancing and gone on to earn six figure salaries.

2. Social Media Marketing Agency

This remains an extremely high demand skill. If you enjoy using popular social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, then this may be the niche for you. Nearly every business these days has some kind of social media presence but most business owners don’t have the time or the experience necessary to fully leverage the opportunities that social media sites offer. This is where outsourcing to you can come in.

All kinds of business can benefit from regular connection with their customers, from vets to hair salons to cleaning businesses to pet groomers. When building up an organic following, all you need to do is to provide free value to others and they will gladly follow you. For example, if you are the social media manager for a pet grooming business, you could create a blog with tips on how to keep pets healthy and post those articles on social media. Providing fantastic value for free is an excellent way to build a loyal following online.

3. Local Business Search Engine Optimization

Every business wants more customers and more sales, and if you can help a business achieve this you can make plenty of money. One of the most common ways people discover local businesses is through a Google search. Businesses will gladly pay you to get their website showing at the top of a search engine. In order to achieve this, you can optimize their website for search engines and also perform an outreach campaign to get other websites to link to that business’s website, boosting its rankings in search engines. Also, you could upsell additional services to your customers, such as website design and social media management.

4. Print on Demand and Custom Products

This is a huge market and there are countless sub-niches to explore. You could create a print on demand store that sells t-shirts, baseball caps, mugs, canvas bags or even canvas art prints. You can sell all these products without ever touching any of the inventory yourself and only pay for stock when a customer buys an item.

Also, custom and personalized jewelry is a popular and growing market. Customers will search for custom gold and silver jewelry as presents and buy them online. These are very popular as presents and also have excellent margins because customers perceive the value of custom products to be very high.

5. Video Editor

Video editing is another hugely in-demand skill. With countless videos being uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and other websites daily, the world is definitely addicted to streaming video. How can you learn how to edit videos if you don’t have any experience? That’s easy – by watching free videos online!

With professional video editing software now more affordable than ever before, you can easily get started with very little up-front costs and start producing very high-quality online videos.

Hopefully, this list has inspired your entrepreneurial spirit. There are countless more ways to start making an online income, but these are some of the easiest to start for beginners.


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