3 Creative Ways to Make Money Online

The internet has opened up a whole range of money-making initiatives to tech-savvy individuals. Though it still requires lots of hard work, many people have found success by getting creative and exploring ways to profit through the use of technology. These are a few creative ways that people have found to make money online.

Build a Business Online

Technology has never been more conducive to running your own business. Even if you just want to work from a home office, you can do so as your own boss in charge of a company. A few popular and relatively simple options for this type of work include:

  • Blog: Many people run their own blogs or websites and make money via affiliate marketing. Writing and managing a site is hard work, and you’ll need to build a solid audience to make a consistent profit.
  • Launch a startup: If you can find an in-demand product or service and secure the financial backing to build a business, you can do so online and profit as your business continues to grow.
  • Try eCommerce: Another business option is to run an eCommerce site in addition to a physical store or to just use a site like Etsy or eBay to sell physical products.

Trading Stocks Online

Trading stocks online is a popular albeit risky thing to do. It’s also undeniably popular. With brokers and accounts available in cyberspace, you can start trading as soon as you have the cash to begin investing.

One of the best things about this way to make money is that you don’t need a huge budget to get started. You can trade penny stocks, for example, without investing a lot of cash to get started. If you’re interested in investing in these markets, begin by learning a few best practices to make money with penny stocks. A few basic tips include:

  • Don’t spend your entire budget on shares from one or two companies.
  • Mix long- and short-term trades to diversify and protect your portfolio.
  • Know the unique risks of penny stocks and over-the-counter markets, which are regulated differently than markets like NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.

Trading stocks online isn’t a guaranteed way to make money, but it can be quite lucrative. Don’t expect instant success, especially if you’re a beginner. Take your time learning how trading works, and research different accounts and types of market orders to help you develop a profitable strategy that you can use for years.

Teach

If you’re an expert in virtually any area, there’s likely a market who wants to know what you do. Teaching online is also amazingly flexible. You can set up tutorials on sites like Lynda or Udemy, offer live courses to as many students as you want, or create a custom service that mixes these resources but uses your own software or in-browser tools.

With some basic tech skills, you absolutely can make money online. Put your skills to use and turn a profit by running a business, trading stocks online, teaching, or pursuing another way to become a savvy internet entrepreneur.

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.