Make Cash From Home – 5 Options for Making Money Online
The prospect of making cash from home is definitely enticing, with Web-related options being especially attractive. Here I present for your perusal 5 options for making money online, including an advantage and a disadvantage for each.
Option 1: Do affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing consists of your driving traffic to the Web site of someone else and then getting paid if the online visitor makes a purchase at that site. Advantage: A very legitimate, time-tested way to make money online. Disadvantage: It takes a lot of work and you must take the time to learn the methods for driving traffic to the sites of your business partners.
Option 2: Fill out online surveys for cash: If you enjoy shopping and eating out at restaurants and if you love giving your opinions to others, try filling out online surveys for cash. You can make $5 to $50 per survey. Advantage: This is no-brainer work, if you have a computer with an Internet connection and the time to fill out surveys. Disadvantage: You need to learn to sift amongst the legitimate sites and the ones who just want you to join their sweepstakes or jump through 30 hoops to earn a prize.
Option 3: Sell products using Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads: With this option, you find products (your own or those made by other people or companies) that you can sell online. You contract with a major search engine like Google or Yahoo! and pay them to place your ads on their sites, paying only when someone clicks on the advertisement. Advantage: This is secure, sure-fire advertising that will definitely drive traffic to your products if you place half-decent ads. Disadvantage: This is not for the novice marketer, since you can easily end up paying more for advertising than you make in revenue.
Option 4: Be a content provider: You can actually get companies like Google to pay you to place the ads of other companies on your site. What you need is to build a site with lots of daily visitors (1,000+ is a good start), usually by creating a content-rich site that people enjoy visiting regularly. Advantage: A low-risk, completely scam-free way to make money online and a great long-term investment since the value of your site will increase over time. Disadvantage: You have to create a lot of content that is original and/or reproduced (legally) from other sites and then put together in an original way. Not a job for the lazy.
Option 5: Become an Internet researcher: Sitting in front of you right now is the portal to an almost unlimited amount of information: the Internet. Much of it is of really poor or unsubstantiated quality, but you can find thousands of real gold mines as well. An excellent business option is to run your own Internet research business, making money helping businesses and others find and compile information online. Advantage: A great way to sharpen your research and communication skills (valuable assets in the 21st century); this has the true potential of becoming a full-time business for you. Disadvantage: You need to have some research acumen, excellent writing skills, and basic business skills since you will be dealing with clients on the telephone to get research requirements, handle billing, etc. Making extra cash or even working full time from home is more of a reality now than possibly at any time in history.
Choose one of these options (or others you come across) by evaluating your own skill set, income requirements, time frame, and cash needs.