The Best Ways to Make Money Online in 2017
2000. That was the first year I ever made money online. You know what I did? I sold scrapbooking supplies. I had a few fun scrapbooking punches and would punch out 100 of them, put them in a bag and sell them for a few dollars on Ebay. I was a college student and it was a fun way of making a little extra money.
2017. I am still making money online but in different ways than I did back then. Today I make most of my money by writing or on social media. No more punching out cute designs for me.
Over the years I have tried different ideas in order to make money online. From having an Ebay business to direct sales. Some of these have worked and others have not done as well.
If you would like to start making money online you should know that it is possible to do so, however making money online is not going to be easy. You will have to spend some time figuring out the best way for you to make money. What works for one person is not going to work for another.
Take some time to figure out what will work best for you and your own situation. Are you working full-time right now outside the home? Are you a stay at home mom who just wants to make a little bit extra?
To help you out, here is a list of some of the best ways to make money online in 2017:
- Freelance Writing- Freelance writing is one of the best ways to earn money online. This is where you would be paid to write for other people, companies or websites. Sometimes this is ghost writing and other times you will have your name on the post. Where do you find these jobs? You can email the website directly, apply for jobs on a job board like ProBlogger Job board or receive email invitations to write from people who have found you through your other work. If you don’t have very much writing experience and you would like to get some you can start with Guest blogging. That can sometimes turn into a paying gig.
- Open an Etsy shop- Are you creative? Can you make something other people want to buy? From homemade crafts to printables, Etsy is a great way to get your product out there and make some extra money. If you are good at it, you can make a good income that way. This will take time and a lot of planning but a lot of people will start on Etsy and eventually move to their own website to sell what they make. Take a look at what is selling on Etsy and if you could make that method of making money online work too.
- Direct Sales- I will say that direct sales is not for everyone but there are a lot of companies to choose from. LuLaRoe is doing really well right now as well as Younique and Plexus. 31 bags, Scentsy and Pampered Chef are some other great companies to look into. The great thing about direct sales is that you are starting a business without having to do all the dirty work. You sign up as an independent consultant and can work your way up by adding people to your team. You should choose a product or program that you already use and love yourself. Selling something you are not passionate about will make direct sales a lot more difficult to do.
- Start a Blog- Starting a blog to make money online is not going to be an overnight success. Starting a blog will take time and then you have to gain enough readers so that you can make money with the blog. You can do this by selling ad space, sponsored posts and affiliate marketing. If you have an idea for a blog, 2017 is a great year to start it. You can take everything slow or dive right in. Just make sure you have a plan for what you want your blog to be about and base your blog on topics you know a lot about and that interest you.