Writing is a labor of love.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always pay the bills. Even the earnings of professional authors sometimes fall below minimum wage.
If you’re struggling to make enough money through writing alone, there are other ways to top your income and make more money online. In this post, we’ll give you 5 of the best ones.
How to Make More Money Online
Use these resources to fill any gaps in your online income.
1. Sell Items Online
eBay has always been an excellent platform for selling products online.
You can use it to sell unwanted items you have laying around the house, or even start your own eBay business.
If you have any designer clothes that you no longer wear, use Joli Closet to sell them at a high price.
Creative types can make items to sell on Etsy, too. The website generates around 440 million dollars every year. Create an account and get a slice of that revenue for yourself.
2. Use Fiverr and Upwork
If you’re not getting enough work from your current clients, Fiverr and Upwork are excellent places to find new ones.
On these sites, you can pick up jobs quickly, packing your paycheck just in time for payday.
You only have to create a profile and pitch your services at a reasonable price. Competition is high, so make your profile as unique as possible.
3. Teach English
Teaching English as a second language isn’t just for backpackers and graduate students. You can do it online from home, too.
You don’t have to be a qualified teacher. Most online teaching companies only require you to complete a TEFL course, which you can do in just three weeks.
There’s minimal preparation involved; the teaching company provides all the materials for you. All you need to do is connect to your students via Skype (or a similar platform), and guide them through the lesson.
4. Complete Surveys
Plenty of marketing companies offer money to complete surveys.
It’s quick and easy, and all you have to do is answer questions. You have to make sure you do it honestly, though. These companies value quality feedback. If you only click through surveys without thinking, you could be banned.
5. Use Mechanical Turk
Mechanical Turk is a ‘market for human intelligence,’ created by Amazon.
Both businesses and individuals can pay you to perform simple tasks. The idea is that humans can carry out these tasks more quickly and efficiently than computers can.
These tasks can involve research, data entry, finding images for blogs, translation, and more. Take a look at what Mechanical Turk has to offer and find something for you.
Increase Your Productivity
When you’re a writer, productivity is everything.
It’s the key to your income. Any time you spend procrastinating or waiting around will eventually become a drain on your wallet.
By increasing your productivity, you can not only make more money online but also free up more time to do the things you enjoy. To find out how to do that, read our post on productivity hacks for writers.