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5 New Ways to Support Yourself Thanks to the Internet

2011 March 28
by Contributor

The Internet has opened a world of possibilities in many ways. It has brought people together who can reunite on social media platforms, for instance.

But perhaps more than anything, the Internet has opened up a whole world of moneymaking opportunities for people from all walks of life.

It’s true that no matter what your educational or socioeconomic background is, you can make money online easier than just about anywhere else.

Let’s go over five great ways that you can support yourself and your family using the Internet:

1. Affiliate Marketing

The first way that you can make money online is through something called affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves getting a small commission on the sale of goods and services. For instance, let’s say that you want to become an affiliate of Home Depot. You would build a simple website or blog to sell their power tools.

Once you sign up to become an affiliate, you will get a special tracking link that you can input into your website. When people click on this link, you get paid a commission if they purchase something on the Home Depot website. Of course, there is a lot more to being an affiliate marketer than this simple paragraph, but that this gives you an idea of how some people are making a huge amount of income by being an affiliate marketer.

2. eBay

Another great way to make a good income at home is by buying used items and reselling them on eBay. Some people make a part-time or full-time living simply doing this. In other words, they go around to thrift stores and garage sales scooping up bargains. Then, they turn around and resell the same items on eBay making a profit. Not everything sells on eBay, so it is important to note that you should do some additional research to find out exactly what is selling online before you venture out into the online auction world.

3. Freelancing

Another way that you can make money online is by freelancing. People will pay you to write good content for their websites because the fact is that many people don’t feel comfortable in their ability to write. You can make a substantial about of money offering writing and other services that you might know how to do to online marketers. For example, a website owner might decide to hire you to write 10 articles and pay you $10 apiece. You could probably write these articles and about three hours which means that you are making about $33 per hour. That can be a life-changing amount of money for some people!

4. Etsy

Another way to make money online is by creating crafts or jewelry to sell on a website called Etsy. The site is similar to eBay except it is mainly for people who are creative and like to sew, make crafts or create their own line of jewelry. In order for this to work for you, you definitely want to have your craftier side at work.

5. Elance

Another great way to make a full-time or part-time income online is by becoming a virtual assistant. Believe it or not, people will hire you to be their assistant online. There are numerous different activities you would be involved in from answering e-mails to writing to doing social marketing. Many entrepreneurs are happy to pay $15-$35 an hour for a highly qualified virtual assistant. If you’re just looking for something part time, you might find someone who’s willing to pay $10-$15 per hour easily. You can look on sites such as to find potential jobs.

Making money online has never been easier than it is right now. Of course, if you’re going to be looking for jobs from other people than you have to be willing to present a professional appearance. However, if you simply want to sell items on eBay then you just need to do some additional research so that you know what to buy.

George Gallagher is a personal finance blogger and accounting professional.  He contributes to many online publications, including work with CUStudentLoans and their private student loan consolidation program.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. April 26, 2011

    Internet is a great innovation that allows us to work at home. It opens a great opportunity to earn. Why? You get paid while enjoying the comfort of your home, being able to look after your family and house. Work is also faster as they are the your fingertips. You can also earn by doing paid surveys or being a blogger or if your highly technical and web savvy, there are a lot of task in store for you such as working as a web or software developer.

  2. May 4, 2011

    This article is very detailed, very good …. looking forward to a better creative!

  3. July 9, 2011

    I love how I can hire someone to do research for my site. Without this ability I would never be able to keep the site fresh and up to date.

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