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Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Internet

Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Internet

Generally people think that owning a proper office job is the solitary manner to gain money; which we pass on things like rent, food, mortgage, clothing, utilities or entertainment. Only there are a few lucky souls on this earth who have set up ways to make money within the ease of their own house. Thanks to the Internet – the game changer factor for the whole world – some people are now discovering ways to earn through the Internet. Unless you’re born with a golden spoon or won a lottery that has filled up your bank account, you probably need some sort of steady income in order to survive.

Below is a list of the top ten ways to earn money on the Internet, as well as universal advice for anyone who wants to succeed in the online world.

1. Selling Stuff on eBay

Most of you are familiar with eBay and its concept. There is a big opportunity to make money by becoming part of the eBay seller community. Start selling unused things that you already have around your home. Check your room and look for things you no longer need or wear or perhaps have never even used. So, gather your goods, create a profile on eBay, start selling, and earn a handsome sum of income.

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2. Blogging

If you have an outstanding experience or a passion for something, and you have something to say about it, blogging might be a profitable path to discharge your thoughts. Depending on the topic of your blog and the amount of traffic it produces, you can take part in many online marketing programs. You can sign up for ad services like Google Adsense, which could cause some additional spending money for you.

3. Designing and Selling

The infinite growth of the Internet has made it possible for everyone to show their talent all over the world. In fact, there are some websites that permit you to put up your own online boutique like a clothing or painting store. For example, if you can create your own shirt design or come up with your own unique dressing style, you can start making money by showing your talent to the world.

4. Freelancing

If you work from your own home most of the time; you can start doing freelancing which is similar in some ways to blogging. Some fields where freelancing is common include: journalism, publishing, screenwriting, photojournalism, , event management, copy editing, web design, graphic design, website development, consulting, video editing, and translating. If you’re passionate about writing on different topics like technology, travel or food, a freelancing job can provide you a good income.

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5. Financial Services

The innovation of internet technology has made everything possible. It has changed businesses around the world. Businesses are no longer restricted to any country and people are getting rich over night through investing in stock markets. Companies are hiring consultants online to handle financial services like bookkeeping, accounting, tax preparation, or payroll processing. These cost-saving opportunities for businesses mean extra money earning chances for you.

 6. Video Sharing

There is a growing consumption of video conferencing on the go; more and more people are utilizing their mobile phones and tablets instead of their desktop computers. Mobile phones have escalated to 33 percent usage while tablets are up to 34 percent.New systems such as Blue Jeans video sharing enable participants to join in the meeting whether they are on their laptops, phones, or tablets. There are several popular websites that may pay you for uploading videos on websites. If you have some interesting videos to share, then this could be a great way to make money online. Some of the most common places that pay you to upload videos and share them are YouTube, Blip, Dailymotion, and Break.

7. Customer Service

Many companies now offer customer service electronically through their websites and by e-mail. Businesses are increasingly hiring home-based workers for online customer services to cover e-mail and live chat support in addition to inbound and outbound phone calls. However, as a commission based or a minimal pay rate job, the growing demand for online customer service is a reliable source of income if you have a knack for it.

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8. Become a virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is the best job to have if you want flexibility at work. As a virtual assistant you can service multiple clients at the same time. A virtual assistant normally charges $15-20 depending on the specifics of the job. You will be assigned tasks like blogging outreach, research, product listings and responding to emails. SEO reviewing can also extend a steady income from home that means improving the results of a website from a search engine for the user’s desired results. Search engine optimization (SEO) is a growing area for Internet-based employment.

 9. Tutoring

With every passing year, there appear to be increasing opportunities for private instructors that can help elementary, middle and high school pupils. Since we often have reliable high-speed Internet connections at home, families prefer Internet-based tutoring services. You could start your own online tutoring service; sites like Tutor can assist you in terms of marketing. Websites like these are connecting thousands of kids with tutors each week. Like many other Internet based jobs tutoring offers flexible hours and several shifts, though tutoring services would require you to be online during a specific time.

10. Selling Handmade Goods

Earlier, we talked about using sites like eBay to sell stuff that you don’t need. You can also build your own website or use third party online platforms which are dedicated to connect artists with customers who treasure and want to buy their goods.

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You can sell some traditional crafts like knitting, needlework, crochet, painting or sculpting and also advertise woodwork, glass-work, metalwork and anything else you’re capable of making at home.

If you are running a small home-based operation then creating a site might be the best way to earn extra money. For many people, hosting and managing an entire website might be a full-time job by itself. 

Featured photo credit: newsusacontent via flickr.com

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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