Are you worried about how you’re going to make cash in 2013? While the U.S economy is supposed to bounce back this year, it would be wise to have another stream of revenue. It’s very possible for you to stay afloat financially whether the economy sinks or floats thanks to the internet. If you have a passion and some sort of applicable talent, you can definitely make money online.
Let Your Creativity Make You Money
Do you have valuable comics, dolls, antiques, and so on? You can sell them online. Are you handy with arts and crafts? You can also sell them online. No matter what you have or what you can make there’s someone who will purchase it out there.
For those you good with arts and crafts there’s Etsy, ArtFire, and Zibbet. These are kinds of virtual bazaars where someone can purchase a piece of work at full price or bid to the closest acceptable price. Basically they’re an eBay or Amazon for art.
Vintage stuff tends to be in high demand, just set up a marketplace, put up pictures of your wares as well as a description and wait for a buyer to take the bait. Of the three listed above, Etsy is the most well-known and frequented.
If you want to jump in on the ground floor of another rapidly growing online art bazaar, give Redbubble a gander. Artbreak is also another growing site however it is targeted toward more traditional art.
Amazon’s CreateSpace is a good vehicle for authors and musicians to sell their work on Amazon. You can even sell movies. Another kind of all-purpose site is UploadNSell which allows you to sell various forms of digital media—from e-books to songs to computer wallpapers—commission-free.
Sell Your Photos
You can find there is a market for stock photos online, but it’s so cluttered that you will need some luck in addition to your creativity. Microstock setups are always seeking the best pictures to compile and allow web designers to fill out their sites with a few stock pictures. Surely you’ve seen some such websites where the photos are from the stock bin. Some sites you’ll want to include are iStockphoto, and Dreamstime. You’ll want to look around to see what microstock sites are looking for to see where your photos fit in or see if you can provide what they’re looking for.
FineArtAmerica.com and Imagekind are solid sites for fine art photographers. You are able to set your price depending on the size of your pictures, keep in mind that the sites mentioned take their cut for preparing the picture for customers. If you’re best suited for illustration and videography, you can find work in microstock as well.
If you’re looking for some quick pocket money, you could try microjobs. These assignments usually require very little skill and can include something as simple as taking pictures of products and locations with your smartphone. Businesses that utilize microjobs come in all sizes and you can find some through the iPhone—and soon the Android— through a service Gigwalk.
TaskRabbit gives a great way to find a hired hand to do tasks such as assembling furniture, shopping, or driving people around. Businesses and individuals also use TaskRabbit to find people to run errands and do small tasks for them. TaskRabbit does require a video interview and background check, but after that a wealth of quick jobs will be open to you.
Beso is a site for those good at fashion and shopping. You can become an affiliate and make a few cents whenever someone clicks on links you provide in posts on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It would probably help to be quite active on either—or both—and have a solid circle of friends though if you want to generate a significant amount of money.
This is a great way to make quite a bit of money if you have a good balance of creativity, speed, focus, and skill in either the writing or graphic design area—or both! Since you usually aren’t bound to one client, it’s possible to make up a weekly average payout by taking several jobs if you’re good at time management. Freelancing is a solid choice for administrative assistants, accountants, and other manner of professionals, but computer programmers can really get their beak wet in freelancing.
The sites you’ll want to take a look at are Elance, Guru, FreelanceSwitch, and oDesk. You are able to work on an hourly basis or fixed rate. A site such as Elance or any site that features escrow is suggested for fixed rate. oDesk does provide security measures to ensure you will be paid on fixed rate jobs. oDesk allows you to take on whatever work you can while Elance requires you to pick an area and stick with it until you decide to change it.
If you have sharp hearing and you’re a supersonic typist, give Tigerfish a try. This site provides transcripts and captioning work for transcribers.
This really falls in the same category as freelancing since most of the work you’ll end up doing while freelancing will be from home. You can look around on Telework Recruiting and FlexJobs which have plenty of jobs with telecommuting as a selling point to reel in potential workers. These two sites require a membership.
If you have a disability, the National Telecommuting Institute can assist in finding telecommuting leads.
There you have it, six tried and true methods of putting some moolah in your pockets regardless of the shape the economy is in. Even if you have you a full time or part time job, you can take on one or two of these methods either to supplement your income or reel in some spending cash so that you don’t use up the household budget.
Most of these allow for very flexible schedules unless you’re able to find an online job that requires full time. Just remember to manage your time if you have several tasks or assignments. Never take on assignments that might be beyond the time you have to devote to them.