We’ve all seen the trash littering the internet with “4 simple ways I made 10 grand overnight” or “this one little trick made me thousands” and other clickbaity crap like that. The unfortunate truth is because so many scams used those clickbait-esque headlines with their spam ads, most people associate even the idea of making money online some scam or overly complicated task. After all this it leavs you wondering, can you really make money online?
We all know that it’s possible to make money online. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that at least 90% of the people reading this post have spent money online – so someone has to be making that money, right?
In fact, with any given single online transaction, several people are often making money from it. My goal with Earn Cash In College is to teach you various ways that you can become one of those people and learn how to earn money online.
3 Ways You Can Really Make Money Online… Today!
I created an entire post about how to make money on Fiverr. Fiverr is an excellent website that allows people to offer their goods and services (good ‘ol capitilism) to others for a price of their choosing. Of course, the base price is $5 – but if your service or “gig” as Fiverr calls it, requires a good deal of work, you are more than welcome to charge more. Fiverr is an excellent way to start earning money online today. Truth be told, Fiverr is how I first got introduced to making money online. However I was not impressed with the ROI for my choice of gigs, so I began to look elsewhere.
There are several great websites out there offering freelance online work. From tutoring, to web development, to literally just trying something out as a “user experience” test and getting paid for your feedback. Freelancing online is a great way to earn supplemental (or full time) income from the comfort of your own home. While the vast majority of these sites offer insurance against getting scammed, here are a couple tips to save you some headaches down the road:
Read the job description closely and make sure you are in fact qualified for it
Research the “employer” – look for their reviews. Any good site will offer reviews for employers. Make sure they are good to work for. Watch out for red flag bad reviews.
Some of my favorite sites to do freelance work on are:
3. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is essentially promoting. Have you ever recommended someone try a product out? How about recommended someone check out a band that you’ve been into lately? Now imaging getting paid for those recommendations. This is a pretty simplified version of affiliate marketing in a nutshell. You promote products to people and through the affiliate programs of those products, you earn commissions. This is by far my favorite way to make money online.
With the right niche you can find products that offer recurring commissions, so if someone signs up for a membership, you get a commission each month they are a member. As you could probably imagine, these recurring commissions add up pretty fast.
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At the end of the day, it really isn’t that hard to make money online. It does require a good deal of work, but if done right and following the methods taught on this site, that work isn’t really all that hard.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” or some variation of it. That is what I recommend when getting into making money online. Don’t chase the money. Aim to share what you are poassionate about. Help people. Teach people. Through those three key items you will soon find yourself really making money online.
Have you found success making money online? Have you found yourself close to giving up with even trying? Leave any questions, comments or concerns in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you soon. Thanks for reading!
Hi Dev. Without question as you stated people in fact DO make money online through various ventures. The problem is that the internet is inundated with scam money-making opportunities that have caused people such hardship that naturally these same individuals believe that there are no legit programs online.
The 3 avenues that you brought up in your article, serving to educate college students that indeed it IS possible to create a certain level of income online, (even if it is extra cash to live on) are all quite legit.
With freelancing – writing papers for others as a college student would probably first require that the individual in question build up a positive reputation by creating excellent work for others. By word of mouth soon that person will have others come to him/her.
The issue with affiliate marketing is that a college student not go into the venture expecting to make money hand over foot immediately after creating his/her online business. That is because any legit avenue for creating a level of income online takes time. It’s just that the fraud get-rich-quick schemes look so enticing to the otherwise naive individual who has never previously attempted to create a legit online business.
As you stated in this article’s headline it is possible to make money online – but only under the right circumstances and getting involved with a legit opportunity!
Thanks for the great comment. You are absolutely right that with the time it takes to see income from affiliate marketing it is easy for folks to give up or not give it a chance at all. This is truly unfortunate because affiliate marketing is a way to build a strong, sustainable online income that will last and last. This is also why I recommend to those getting started in affiliate marketing pick a niche that they love and not one that they feel will make them the most money. You want to be able to stick around for the long haul and if you get into it for the wrong reasons you will likely burn out and quit.
I have a friend who has been working online for quite a while now and has worked on fiverr as a writer, and then went on to be an affiliate marketer.
He told me that Fiverr is great to earn wth as a newbie although the work is quite hectic compared to running your own affiliate marketing business in terms of the effort involved as well as the pay.
What is your take on this?
I would say your friend is completely right. I actually got my start working to earn some extra cash in college by using Fiverr. I also wrote a guide here on how to make money on Fiverr. Fiverr is a great means to make some extra cash however the amount of work it takes to make decent money, in my opinion, makes it more of a short term business plan than a long term business plan.
I’ll put it this way: If you put as much energy as you would need to put forth to make good money on Fiverr, into an affiliate marketing website you would build an income stream that will earn you much more for much longer that can also run on autopilot. With Fiverr you constantly have to deliver gigs to keep the income rolling and it takes a while to establish a strong enough rep to get lots of buyers for your gigs. With affiliate marketing you generate that authority and it sticks. Your content can continue to earn you money without the need for consistent delivery day after day after day. You really get no breaks with Fiverr, but it can still payoff big if you are willing to put the time and effort into it. Plus it has no real startup costs.
Thanks for the comment!
I believe that is important to switch the thinking a little bit.
Internet has seen like an easy place where you can get money, but actually is where people are.
We should look at internet as an opportunity to talk to many people and a possibility to solve their problem.
Having an entrepreneurial mind will help you on internet, but just thinking about making money I don’t think will help.
You make an excellent point and I wholeheartedly agree. I touch on this point in my getting started in affiliate marketing lesson. It’s important to choose a topic that you are passionate about because your ultimate goal should be to help people and share that passion and knowledge. If you choose a niche just out of the profitability possibility of it you will likely come across as spammy and crash and burn fast, Thanks for the comment!