Spare Time Business Opportunities

The internet is fun, but it can be much more than that. It can be a source of income for you.

It seems like every conversation these days inevitably turns to the subject of money. How prices are rising but wages are staying the same. How it’s becoming harder and harder to get ahead in life. Instead of lamenting how you’re not making enough money, though, why not start acting on it?

The average Facebook user spends more than 20 minutes per day on the site. That is 600 minutes, or 10 hours a month. What if you would spend that time making money online? Use the time you would normally spend watching TV or playing a game on your smartphone to make money. Efficiency is the key to being successful with an online business. Instead of trying to learn something new, use the skills that you already possess. Make sure the amount of effort that you put in is comparable to the amount of revenue that comes out.

Five Ways to Use the Internet for Online Business

Information marketing

What you know is actually worth money. Even if you don’t think you know anything of value, chances are that you do. Take a step back and look at what you’re interested in. Now, find a way to talk about that interest. Whether on a blog, through your own YouTube channel, or through lessons, you can make money from people learning from you.


While most people think about selling their unwanted goods on eBay, there is another way to make money from the online marketplace. Find a niche market of goods that you know people want. By creating a few listings for similar products, there is minimal work to be done. You do have to be careful about carrying inventory and ensuring product standards, but if you can tap into the right market, there is a lot of easy profit to be made.

Affiliate Marketing

If you’re able to explain why someone should buy a product, then affiliate marketing is for you. You get paid when your referrals translate into sales or even just interactions with customers. Affiliate marketing can be done through blogs that review items or link to sites where products are available to be bought. You don’t need to worry about inventory or transactions.


If you have a hobby or interest that you want to share with other people, writing your own blog can be very enjoyable. As an added bonus, once you get more readers you can start to make money with Google’s AdSense program. The program places advertisements on your blog and the more people that view the ads or click on them, the more money you make.

Shopify Blogging

This is an online shopping cart like so many others, but it has grown in popularity in recent years. There are ready made templates to create a layout that fits your product. You can sell either your own products, or use a dropshipper and sell their products. This way you don’t need to carry any inventory and only pay your supplier once you are paid yourself. With a Shopify store, you can determine how much or how little effort goes into it.

The internet has a lot of time wasting opportunities, but it also has a lot of money making opportunities. If you do a bit of research and work with things that you are already interested in, then you can make extra money and enjoy it.

George Meszaros is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of Success Harbor. Success Harbor is dedicated to document the entrepreneurial journey through interviews, original research, and unique content. In addition, George Meszaros is the co-founder of Webene a web development and marketing firm.