Do you want to work from home? Of course, we all do. It’s something of a shared dream of humanity to be able to set your own hours, make your own rules, and generally not have to worry about what other people want you to do.
Sadly, it’s difficult to work for yourself. Running your own business can be a huge headache, and that’s not even to mention the fact that you’d have to figure out what to do. You can’t just generically work, you have to actually do something.
Well, the accounting and bookkeeping is beyond the scope of what we’re talking about here, but you can always try to make money online! There are a number of ways to make money online, and they all have their ups and downs.
Blogging, YouTube, And Social Media
These are the things that most people think of when they think of working on the internet. The idea of running some kind of blog site or webcomic, which would allow them to retain readers who pay via Patreon or buy merchandise. Or perhaps some YouTube video series where they talk about things they enjoy, and build up an audience and earn money from the ads that YouTube puts up.
These are certainly options, and if you have the dedication you may be able to pull it off. However, if you try this, you have to remember that you’re coming into an already established market. That is, there are already a lot of people making YouTube videos and running blog sites and webcomics. What can you bring to the table that they can’t?
If you have a good answer, then go for it! If not, you may want to hold back on this idea.
Affiliate marketing is all the rage on the internet these days. The idea is that you buy in to the product, and not only sell the product but also get other people to sign up as sales people. You have to pay for the product out of pocket, but you get a huge bonus for each person you sign up as a sales person, and a percentage of the profits of their sales.
It sounds great, and if the product is sound then go for it. But be careful, because this is very close to a pyramid scheme. Make absolutely certain that you can sell the product itself before you buy in, otherwise you’re liable to find yourself in quite a bit of debt.