Making that first dollar online is a major milestone. The ideas below are the quickest ways I know of to help you do just that.
1. Online English Tutoring
Earning potential: $15 to $30 per hour.
While teaching English online isn’t necessarily the most lucrative work-from-home option you can find, it can be both one of the most sustainable and one of the most rewarding.
This field has exploded in size over the past five years, with more and more families around the world viewing English fluency as a skill worth investing in. That means good instructors have no trouble staying busy with all the work they can handle.
With most companies, you don’t need teaching experience or certification as long as you have a four-year college degree (in any field).
How to get started: Learn more about the leading companies in the field and their specific requirements in our guide to the best online tutoring jobs.
2. Edit Videos
Earning potential: Between $20 and $45 per hour to start.
The amount of video content produced for the web is exploding, and that fact is creating enormous demand for capable video editors.
Bloggers, social influencers, business owners and all kinds of other clients are hungry for video editors who know how to cut film, adjust coloration and lighting, add graphic overlays and transitions, add properly synced captions and more
How to get started: Get the training from LinkedIn’s Become a Video Editor course. They offer a free 30-day trial on their training courses, where at the end, you’ll get a badge of completion to list on your profile.
Focus on building your portfolio with the type of work you enjoy most, like captions and whiteboard videos. From there, Fiverr is a great place to find individuals looking for video editing help
3. Sell Products On Amazon Via FBA
Earning potential: $1,000+ per month long-term.
Many of the products sold on Amazon are offered by third-party sellers who leverage the company’s warehousing and delivery infrastructure through a service called Fulfillment by Amazon (or FBA for short).
With FBA, you simply send your products to Amazon, or have them shipped directly to Amazon by the manufacturer or supplier. Amazon handles all aspects of storage and fulfillment. You don’t have to deal with packaging the products, figuring out the cheapest shipping option, or handling customer returns.
There’s no minimum for getting started on FBA, so if you don’t have much to invest you can start by sending in as little as one item at a time.
On the other hand, if you decide to source products directly from a manufacturer or supplier, you should expect to spend a few thousand dollars on your initial batch of products.
4. Design Websites
Earning potential: Around $25 per hour to start, and $75 per hour with experience.
These days, having a good-looking website that loads quickly and functions properly is almost essential for doing business, regardless of the industry.
That means there’s enormous opportunity in the field, both for freelancers who can fix and maintain websites and for those who know how to design them from the ground up.
How to get started: Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a coding wizard to make money as a website designer. In fact, no-code web designers are one of the fast-growing trends in the field. Learn more about how to get started in our guide on how to make money building websites
5. Social Media Management
Earning potential: Between $20 and $100 per hour.
The #1 thing local businesses want is new, high-quality leads. That means if you can generate these leads, you can get paid a lot of money. And right now, one of the best ways to generate them is through social media.
The best social media managers charge $10,000+ per month, plus a slice of revenue. Good social media managers charge $3,000 to $5,000 per month per client. And to the surprise of many, some beginners get paid as much as $1,000 to $2,000 each month.
What’s also great about becoming a social media manager is that it’s one of the steadiest sources of income around. I know social media managers who have five or six clients, each paying them $1,000 to $2,000 every month. And after the work is done in getting a client’s campaign set up, they only have to dedicate a few hours per week to each project.