I’ll bet you think five dollars is nothing, if you’re talking about earning money online. Spend five bucks a day, however, and you’ll see it adds up fast. Five bucks a day adds up to $25 per week, if you don’t count weekends, and who counts those? If you want to start earning money online, you need to start somewhere. Whether you want to build an online empire or simply earn a little extra money every month, these opportunities will help.
Write something, get paid
Were you a good writer in school, and can you still remember how to string sentences together? You can easily earn money writing for online content mills. Google the phrase ‘content mills’ and you’ll see lots of reviews, good and bad, about them, plus you’ll find several listed that are begging for writers. Some have waiting lists a mile long. My recommendation is to sign up for several, be sure to read the fine print so you’ll know how long it takes to get access to your cash, and start writing.
Some pay really poorly, some pay well, and others pay extraordinarily well. You will have to do your own research on which o;nes fit you best, but it’s how I got started and still earn a huge percentage of my income. Most importantly, it’s highly flexible…you write as little or as much, whenever you can grab work.
Writers are notoriously funny about sharing their work sources…after all, more writers means less work available, but here are a few you can try that I’ve used and that I maybe won’t get hunted down and executed for sharing. Yes, there are writer ninjas, and they will do anything to protect a source of income…
Do small tasks that add up to big money
Ever heard of microtasking? It’s basically where big companies hire lots of people to do small jobs to get the work done faster. My favorite microtasking site is mTurk, but there are loads of them out there, just search ‘microtasking sites’ and you’ll get a whole slew of them popping up. My only real tip is to avoid the ones that pay, like, a penny for doing something that takes ten minutes. Aim higher than earning a third of the national wage per hour, please!
Most sites let you sort the tasks by the amount they pay, and some tasks pay really well. I earned several thousand dollars last year from one site alone, primarily doing writing tasks. You can also do surveys, check how websites are functioning, do secret shopper telephone calls…the list of jobs is varied and long. A lot of them you can do while you watch TV, which is more than I can say about some jobs. 🙂
Do some gigs on Fiverr
Okay, so you’ll actually have to do more than one gig on Fiverr to earn five bucks, because they keep a dollar from every gig you do, but it’s a real and viable source of income for many people.
Basically, you do a service of your choice for five bucks. For example, I hire people to design book covers or make logos for five bucks, then I use them on my own products. You could do anything from dress like a chicken and dance for your five bucks to write an entire novel, if you are so inclined. I haven’t done this one much…I just haven’t had time to develop a good gig that I want to do, but I earned about $12 in under a week there before I got distracted, I mean, moved on to other projects.
Oh, and if you sell a certain number of gigs, you can add extra services like ‘speedy delivery’ for additional money, so some people end up earning $30 or more dollars per gig in very little time at all.
Okay, this is where you can really make a lot of extra money, especially if you are good at things like web design, writing, creating press releases or copywriting. I have done well with the two sites I’ve listed below, but I could do better. The key to being successful on these sites is KNOW YOUR WORTH, don’t undervalue yourself, and do a good job, on time.
People will hire you to review their books and products for them, to edit things they’ve written, to draw illustrations for them, and so much more. You can meet awesome clients from around the globe, and you get to do things you are good at, for money. Why would anyone do anything else? 🙂
Check out oDesk and Elance. These are two that I use personally…you can find my profiles on there pretty easily to see what I’ve been up to.
The idea for this post was inspired by Dennis Becker’s book, 5 Bucks a Day: The Key to Internet Marketing Success. It’s aimed at internet marketers, but is pretty inspirational for anyone just starting out online.
Have you tried any of these methods? Which works best for you? Let me know in the comments section, and maybe we can help someone boost their income a little. After all, a little bit every day makes a big difference!