So let's just say you're a budding entrepreneur. You've gone into business for yourself and setup that all-important website. It's your digital storefront. No need for that brick-and-mortar store anymore. No need for the random person to patronize your shop from the street. Today, all you need are those virtual visitors -- people that are keenly interested in buying what you're selling.
Using sites like CrowdCube you can browse and invest in either established businesses or businesses that you think might become the next big thing. It’s free to join & anybody can sign up & invest. It’s up to you to decide exactly how much you’d like to invest from as little as £10 and you can create a diversified portfolio by investing in as many businesses as you like.
A site called User Testing will actually pay you a fee to evaluate websites. It typically pays you $10 for each video that you review – which typically takes about 20 minutes. If the work is there, and you are particularly good at it, you could earn up to $30 per hour. That’s a pretty solid pay rate for a work-at-home job. You wouldn’t have to work a whole lot of hours to generate a decent part-time monthly income.
I have yet to find a survey site worth the time. They ask you tons of information about yourself then send you surveys where you have to answer the exact same questions over and over again. Then, after spending 10 to 20 minutes answering questions, you are told you don’t qualify. I want a survey site that takes the information I have already provided and only sends me surveys I am qualified for. Most times I feel they have gotten the answer they wanted and then say I don’t qualify just so they don’t have to pay!!!
A website called AchieveMint gives you points for engaging in healthy activities, like exercise, tracking your eating habits, or even taking health related surveys. Points can be redeemed either for cash (10,000 points are worth $10) or for Amazon Gift Cards. The app actually connects with other health apps, like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, to track your progress.
The internet is growing everyday and more and more people are looking to buy web hosting in order to setup their own websites. Starting your own web hosting company would be expensive and complicated, but thankfully there’s a much simpler solution. Reseller web hosting is a relatively low risk alternative with minimal start up costs. You’re basically buying a web hosting companies services wholesale and selling them on to customers for a profit. With sites like Heart Internet you can sell cloud hosting & offer unlimited websites for just £29.99 a month & get your first 3 months free if you pay annually.
Hi Claire, thanks for your comment. Affiliate marketing is certainly an excellent way to build an income online, and is without doubt one of the most popular methods too. I do agree with your point on people taking action – many people like the concept of making money online but they are not truly willing to put in the time & effort that’s required to take it to any real level above a few extra bucks a month. It’s a shame really because the opportunities are definitely there but hey ho, each to their own 🙂
If you love your music then this one is definitely for you. Slicethepie will pay you to literally listen to songs & review them. They’ve paid out over $1.3 million to their reviewers & anybody can sign up & get started straight away. If the money itself isn’t good enough for you, you’ll be getting tomorrows big hits sent to your inbox every day & could influence what gets played on the radio.
Note: There are dozens of other survey sites out there. These just happen to be the more well-known ones that have a reputation for paying out in a timely manner and having reasonable standards for cashing out. As always, be careful with your personal information. We recommend using an entirely separate email address for survey sites so they don’t clutter your inbox.
This is similar in concept to micro-tasks, except that it is oriented toward specific services, such as cleaning services, pest inspection, handyman services, house cleaning, lawn & garden services or any of the skilled trades. It might actually be more accurate to say that it is a platform where skilled service providers can offer their services to site visitors, similar to Angie’s List.
Truebill: Once you’re done creating a free account and connecting your bank and credit card accounts, Truebill goes to work and analyzes your finances. It will find subscriptions you may want to cancel, negotiates bills on your behalf, tracks and categorizes your spending, and automates saving to help reach your goals. The app is free to download and use, but premium features come with a price. Similar to BillShark, Truebill’s negotiation commission is 40% of savings.
On website’s like Freelancer there’s thousands of employers looking to outsource work. Whilst there are plenty of jobs for web designers & programmers there’s also a whole load that don’t require any out of the ordinary skills. Providing you can at least read & write or enter data there’s certainly jobs on there you’ll be capable of completing. Browse through jobs, bid on any that tickle your fancy & get paid when you finish them. It really is easy as it sounds!
However I feel that batching all the things influencers share , filter whats relevant from whats not… and ultimately niche it down to identify which exact type of content is hot in order to build our own is a bit fuzzy. Influencers share SO MUCH content on a daily basis – how do you exactly identify the topic base you’ll use build great content that is guaranteed to be shared?
Clothing: thredUp makes it easy to sell clothes online. To sell your items, order a free “Clean Out Bag” on thredUP’s website. Then send in your shoes via FedEx or USPS. Once they arrive, thredUp will inspect your items before listing. Their site says they accept less than 40% of items in the average Clean Out Bag. Make sure your items are clean, name-brand, less than five years old, and in excellent condition to increase your chances. Depending on the popularity of the clothing items you send in, you will be paid either after processing or once your items sell.
Getting traffic to your site is only half the battle. Getting them to convert or turn into revenue is a whole different beast. We've found two methods to be extremely effective. The first is A/B testing to ensure that we're making continual improvements to our campaigns and our landing pages. The data that you'll get back during A/B tests will help drive your site optimization towards more positive outcomes. The second is conversion rate optimization (CRO). The goal of CRO is to increase conversions on your site, which may include updates to the UX, the content, the design or the overall workflow. Utilizing CRO and A/B testing can dramatically improve your conversion results on your site or campaign. - Joel Mathew, Fortress Consulting
If you’ve got any old phones lying around the house that you think nobody would buy then think again. Sites like Mazuma and Envirophone will give you an instant online valuation & if your happy you can sell it to them for some quick cash. The few times I’ve used them I’ve been pretty impressed at the prices they’ve offered me, they weren’t actually much lower than 2nd hand market value.
Once you have the traffic on your website, you want to be able to continually communicate with potential customers and move them down the sales funnel. The best strategy is to have a solid email marketing plan. To get people to opt-in to our email list, we create a highly desirable lead magnet that solves a problem your target audience is likely to have. Once you have their email address, put them through a welcome sequence of emails designed to help the customer know, like and trust your brand. Providing as much value as possible is key in this stage. When you do present them with a sales opportunity in the future, it will make them more likely to convert. - Matt Diggity, Diggity Marketing
If your social media profiles contain a link to your website, then you’ve turned your engagement into another channel for website traffic. Just be sure to engage moderately and in a sincere way, and avoid including links to your website in your comments—lest you appear spammy and hurt your online and business reputation. Increased traffic should not be the goal of your engagement, but rather a secondary result.