John Paul is a jack-of-all-trades who has been freelancing since 2015 and has tried many different ways to earn money online.
Tired of waking up very early in the morning and facing that apocalyptic traffic jam in EDSA, or that seemingly endless queue just to ride the MRT that is always having trouble every time you’re running late for work? Are you so done with getting yelled at by your supervisor everyday? Add in that toxic co-worker of yours, and I am very sure that you're fed up with all of it.
Well, I've got good news for you! Here are some legit ways you can try to earn money online. Who knows, maybe this will free you from all the stress that keeps piling up and stop you from cursing, “I hate Mondays!”
Seven Ideas for Earning Money Online
- Design Contests
- Writing Articles
- YouTube Channels
- Affiliate Marketing
Nowadays, lots and lots of Filipinos are venturing into freelancing. Not only does it pay at a higher rate, but it also gives you the ability to choose your working time and, most of all, to work in the comfort of your home. No more rush hour struggles!
Here's a list of sites you may want to visit if you’re planning on switching to freelance work:
- Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
- Freelancer is an Australian crowdsourcing marketplace website, which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete.
- Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. The company provides a platform for freelancers to offer services to customers worldwide.
- 199Jobs is an online marketplace where you can buy or sell simple services quickly, easily and affordably. It connects buyers and sellers and makes it easy for them to work together.
Tons of jobs are available. Virtual Assistants, Data Encoders, Web and App Developers are the most in demand. But fear not, other skills are also in need.
Most of the clients are from the US, Australia and the United Kingdom, so the pay will be higher than most of the local jobs. However, the competition will be fierce as freelancers from other countries like India and Bangladesh are also bidding.
2. Design Contests
If you are into graphic design, here are some sites specific to your skills:
- 99Designs is a Melbourne, Australia–based company that operates a freelancer platform for connecting graphic designers and clients.
- DesignCrowd is an online creative marketplace that helps start-ups, businesses and entrepreneurs connect with a global network of designers. Perfect for custom graphic, logo, web and print design.
Each of these sites has a lot of contests to choose from. You can submit multiple design entries per contest. I personally am still active in designcrowd and still earning from it.
Having a well-known blog can possibly generate you more income than your current job. Find something you want to talk about, something you’re passionate about. Write blogs about the latest fashion trend, or maybe about the trending make-up styles. Do you love to cook? Blog about your recipe. Are you into gadgets and technology? You can write about it. Basically, write about anything that interests you; someone else will also be interested in it, and that person is your audience.
Earn Money With Ads
How can you earn money? You’ll earn money by putting advertisements on your blog. Set up Google Adsense on your blog. The more visitors you have, the more earnings you get.
Just a fair warning, though: Starting a blog is easy, but maintaining it and gaining visitors requires effort. But once you build your audience, it gets easier. You’ll just have to keep posting new content. And what’s easier to do than write about something you enjoy, right?
4. Writing Articles
Can’t afford to start a blog? Well, web hosting costs money, and you have to pay for that monthly. Why not start writing for established sites like HubPages? Just like blogging, you’ll earn money from the generated ad revenues. HubPages will take some of the revenue and the rest is yours, so you won’t be taking it all. The good news is that you’ll only have to focus on writing, and the other aspects will be taken care of. Of course, advertising your articles on social media will help you get more visitors.
Unlike blogging, writing articles on HubPages doesn’t require you to write every article on a single topic. You can write articles unrelated to each other.
Lazada and Shopee are two of the most popular online shopping sites currently storming the Philippines. Everyone just loves adding things to their cart. If you have a mind for business, then you might want to try venturing into this trend.
6. YouTube Channels
Ever heard the story of Lloyd Cafe Cadena? How about Alex Gonzaga? There are tons of Filipinos, celebrity and non-celebrity, starting up their own YouTube channels.
If you’re into video making, this is the one for you. Upload videos about something like tutorials, speed art or showcasing your talent, or just simply vlog your daily life. After gaining YouTube’s required number of subscribers and watchtime, you can be their partner and start earning from ads.
7. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is another good way to earn money. If you have established your own blog or YouTube channel, you can promote products and earn commissions whenever someone clicks your link or banner and buys an item.
Here are some sites you can go to to start affiliate marketing:
If you don’t have your own blog or YouTube channel yet, don’t worry; you can also earn by using affiliate marketing in your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.
There are lots of ways to earn money online, and everything on this list is worth a try. I've personally tried most of these, and those that I haven’t personally experienced have been proven worthy by some of my personal acquaintances.
You can try a few ideas and see for yourself first. Who knows—maybe you’ll find yourself successful in this, and you can finally say goodbye to your employee life.
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on April 15, 2020: