We’re already a few weeks into 2019. It’s time to put in some work and jumpstart our resolutions.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably set enough goals to keep you busy for a decent amount of time. The whole “new year, new me” stuff.
Going to the gym, eating healthy, and other similar things are probably on your list for 2019. How about a new way to increase your spending budget? In all honesty, a bit of extra cash is always handy.
Luckily, there never seems to be a shortage of ways to make money. Especially if you’re looking for something you can do online, from the comfort of your own home.
Freelancers are becoming increasingly common. A recent study shows that more than 64% of freelancers report that they’ve found jobs online easier than last year. Full-time freelancers that earn more than $75,000 per year has increased by 15% as well. Why not join their ranks?
If I’ve caught your attention, keep reading to see 4 ways to make money online in 2019.
#1. Affiliate Marketing
Not a lot happens in capitalism without marketing. Companies and entrepreneurs alike are always searching for new ways to market their products and services. A simple online search for ‘affiliate marketing’ will return over 400 million results. This shows just how important affiliate marketing is today.
For those of you who don’t know, affiliate marketing is a way of promoting products or services on your own blog or platform. You do this by creating a tracked link from your page to the product page. When one of your readers makes a purchase through your link, you receive a commission.
There are plenty of ways to get a headstart in the business, with the quickest being Amazon affiliate marketing. The retail giant has thousands of products that are eligible and that can bring you a very nice amount of money every month.
#2. App Testing
If you’re a little bit more tech-savvy, then app testing is one of the best ways to earn some extra money in 2019. Every app goes through testing, regardless of the platform that it’s being launched on. Traditionally, there’s at least an alpha and a beta version before the official launch, although this isn’t always the case.
Every app needs fixing before being published. It may have usability issues, bugs, functionality problems, and so on. Think about it. Some of the already-published apps we use right now have their own bugs and functionality issues. If you want to be a part of the solution, app testing is the way to go.
To be an app tester you need to have at least a smartphone or a computer. Some companies that offer apps for testing will also require you to have a working microphone and a camera. The majority of tests will begin with a full set of instructions and can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Most often, you will be asked to perform a predefined set of tasks. While doing so, your in-app actions, facial expressions, and even vocal expressions will be recorded.
At the end of the process, you will be required to provide a detailed summary of what you liked and disliked, what drove you to perform certain actions and possibly even provide a few suggestions on how the tasks could be performed more easily.
Right now, there are various platforms at your disposal, with TesterWork and UserTesting being some of the most popular. All you have to do is create an account and you’re ready to go. Naturally, make sure you have a PayPal account to facilitate the payment process.
#3. Guest Blogging
I’m sure you’ve heard of this before but guest blogging remains one of the best ways to make money online in 2019. Now more than ever, the opportunities are virtually limitless. There are lots of websites that pay good money for high-quality content. Don’t get me wrong, writing a piece of content that’s engaging and informative is no easy task. However, with the right amount of dedication and practice, I believe that anyone can do it.
Guest blogging is a very dynamic market, with each company having its own niche, writing style, and target audience. You’ll have to adapt to those requirements if you’re looking to publish a high-quality guest post. Besides, you should visit the website you want to collaborate with and check their posts. Take notes about the tone and style and implement them into your writing.
There will be a lot of pitching involved. You have to pitch your work to the owner and wait for their approval. This won’t always be the case. Not everyone will accept your content right from the start. Once you make a name for yourself in the industry, things will get smoother.
When your guest post is accepted, talks about payment will ensue as well. In some cases, you will be paid based on the traffic that your post generates. In other cases, you will be paid based on your word count.
This is another great way of making money online from the comfort of your own home. It’s not something new but it’s still very lucrative. The best part is that most companies looking for this kind of service are also looking for a quick turnaround. This means you can earn good money quickly.
There are sites like Rev or TranscribeMe that offer you the opportunity to work without any prior experience. This is an open door for many people. At first, I suggest you stick to videos that tackle a niche you’re familiar with. It will be much easier to understand and transcribe the video accurately. Once you get the hang of it, you can move on to more technical videos. These will be harder at first due to the technical terms that might not sound familiar.
There are plenty of ways to earn money online. Some are better, some are worse. Some pay more, some pay less. At the end of the day, it depends on what you’re comfortable doing. If you like writing, guest blogging is a good choice. If you’re into commerce and handling financial opportunities, affiliate marketing is the way to go. If you’re a techie, app testing will broaden your knowledge about the intricacies of app development.
There’s something for everyone out there. Now go make the most of 2019!
Guest author: Stefan Paulo is a young entrepreneur. He is passionate about digital technologies and trying to implement them in the sphere of education. He observes all the news connected with online tools and is always ready to discuss them.