There is no denying that we are living in hard times. The cost of living is soaring, yet it is becoming more and more difficult to make money and make ends meet. Luckily, the internet has gone a long way in improving the way people perform their daily tasks. The internet has revolutionized every aspect of human life…from the way people communicate to the way people make a living. It is now possible to have a regular “day job” and still make extra money on the internet.
A few weeks ago we published an article on the beginner friendly ways to make money online. This article is a continuation of that article, but will talk about using content to generate some extra revenue. As you will see, “content” is more than just writing articles, it’s photography, audio, etc.
Here are 5 online content business ideas you can start today without quitting your day job
1. Sell your articles
One of the most unique things about the internet is that it is literally a global village. Millions of people from different parts of the world can all access the same thing at once. Similarly, there are millions of websites, online businesses and online marketers trying to sell their products and services.
The ultimate result is that these websites and online businesses must compete to get a substantial share of the online market. To do this, they must generate traffic to their websites. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of high quality written content placed all over the web. The website owners typically hate writing content…that’s where you come in!
There are sites like iWriter and TextBroker that will connect you with website owners who need content. All you have to do is write articles for these website owners, and if your article is approved you will make money, simple as that.
2. Be a freelance designer
You can become a freelance designer by creating a website for yourself and showcasing your product/design portfolio on the website. You could then find tasks and jobs through online classifieds such as Craigslist. This will help build your profile and reputation. You could also make use of content marketing (talked about above) to generate more traffic to your website, and in so doing, get access to a lot more potential clients. Although it may take some time to establish your website, it will be worth the wait once potential clients begin contacting you.
3. Sell an App
Truth be told, one of the fastest ways to get rich is by making and selling an app that fills a certain need in the market. There are millions of potential app users and a single app sold for just $1 to each of these users would be more than enough to generate some good income. You don’t even have to be a programmer to sell an app, you can hire a programmer to design the app for you. So if you have an app idea, contact a programmer on odesk.com to write it for you.
4. Sell your music online
Gone are the days when people needed well known middlemen and big labels to sell their music. These days, all you have to do is get your own website, post your music, market it as well as you can and you could be on your way to becoming a household name. You actually don’t even have to have your own website, you could sell your music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify or even Facebook.
5. Put your stock photos up for sale
This is one of the best options for photographers looking to make some money online. Websites and other online businesses are always on the lookout for captivating photos that tell the stories that they want. Take advantage of this by uploading your best photos to websites such as ShutterStock, Fotolia, iStock Photo or PhotoMoolah. Remember, the more stock photos you put out there, the higher your chances of making more money.