by Victor Valquez
(New York, USA)
In today’s tough economic climate, many people are finding that their primary job no longer produces the income needed to cover all the bills. A part time job can be an answer to this problem, but there are only so many hours you can be away from home without neglecting your family responsibilities!.
Today, there is another solution. The growth of the internet has created a unique opportunity for the person who wants to build a business from home. Whether your goal is to make extra money in your spare time, or possibly even to replace your current job, the time has never been better.
If you have a little knowledge and talent, a basic computer set up, a high speed internet connection and a telephone you have all the equipment you need to get started in a variety of work at home businesses.
Here are five effective ways to use the internet to earn the extra money you need:
1 – Blogging
If you choose a good niche market, maintaining a simple blog can generate enough money through advertising, affiliate product sales or your own information product sales to substantially increase your income.
Google’s Adsense program alone pays out millions of dollars to web publishers every month. Don’t expect this to be easy, but if you wet goals and work intelligently you can definitely beat the earnings from most part time jobs.
2 – Selling Information Products
If you have specialized knowledge in any particular field, you can make a good living by writing special reports and eBooks and selling that information on the internet. This can be an extension of your knowledge in your normal career area or you can find another subject you are passionate about such as a hobby.
The key is to find problems that your potential customers are having and then offer them solutions to those problems. Once you have identified a problem, write up a short report and put up a website offering your report for a reasonable price. Once you’ve done that, start participating in forums, Facebook and LinkedIn groups and email lists which concentrate on your subject area.
Always include a , link to the sales page of your special report in your email and forum signatures. Once you’ve started making sales, look for another problem and write up another solution. Your business will build over time.
3 – Kindle Publishing
This is related to selling information products, but can also be extended to selling other types of writing products. Estimates are that Amazon will be selling almost $3 billion worth of eBooks by 2015. This includes everything from How-To guides to romantic fiction.
If you have any writing talent at all, it costs you absolutely nothing to publish books for Kindle reading and make use of Amazon’s already well established marketing programs to help you sell them.
3 – Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is promoting the products and services produced by other people in return for a commission. You can easily combine this business with selling your own information products. There are countless methods available to promote those products and services.
These methods range from using pay per click advertising such as Google Adwords through publishing your own information websites where you recommend the products and services. Many people are already making six figure incomes doing this.
4 – Freelancing
If you have a talent for web design, programming, writing, drawing, working with graphics or any of a large number of services that website owners need regularly, then you can make a living doing this work for others.
Almost anything you could get a part time job doing, including being an administrative assistant, can be done online as a freelancer. With this type of arrangement you can get paid right away for the work you do and generate quick cash when you need it. There are numerous websites that broker jobs between freelancers and those who need work done.
5 – Selling Crafts Online
If you have a talent for making candles, quilting, drawing or painting or any other type of craft then you can make a living selling those items on a variety of high traffic websites.
Most people are already familiar with Ebay as a place for selling all types of items, but there are also popular websites such as “Etsy” that specialize in selling crafts. Many people today make a lot of extra money selling crafts online.
In a tough economy, many people need to be able to make extra moneywithout having to spend a lot of extra time or money. Don’t settle for having to report to a part time job at inconvenient hours and being kept away from your family. These internet based home businesses have helped many people achieve that goal.