8 Websites With Easy Jobs And Guaranteed Payments To Make Money Online In Your Free Time

If you want to earn extra cash whether just to pay for something like your Netflix subscription or maybe save and accumulate to make a decent amount over time, then this post will direct you to 8 different websites where you can make money online in your free time by doing the simplest of tasks.

In my quest to achieve financial freedom while having no day job at the same time, I tend to always be searching for different ways to make money. One of those ways is to make money online doing some short tasks like taking a survey or testing an app or months-long projects like auditing social media feeds or search results quality.

I have tried so many websites and jobs and many of them are not really worth wasting your time on, but there are a few that I really loved because they either provided easy tasks or the money was good, and then there are a few that I haven’t tried yet, however, I only read positive things about them from people who tried them.

So in this post you will read about 8 easy and legitimate ways you can make money online in your free time.


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1. Appen

This is the best among any online job website I have used so far.

Appen is an online crowdsourcing marketplace that companies and businesses hire to get certain tasks done. Appen offers these tasks as available jobs on their website. You apply to the job that you are qualified for and wait for an acceptance email.

Requirements to work with Appen

When you receive your first job offer you will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your ID, driving license, or passport as a form of identifying your identity.

You will also need to set up an account with Payoneer to be able to receive your payments.

Jobs on Appen

On Appen, you can search for jobs by type of job or by location or both, to be able to find something suitable that you qualify for.

They have a verity of jobs you can apply to including translation, search results quality rating, social media evaluation, app testing, transcription and more. And there are jobs available for most countries.

Many of the jobs will require that you study certain material/guidelines to follow throughout the project. Some jobs will require you to take a certain test or more than one test to see if you qualify for the job and/or test your knowledge after you have studied the guidelines.

Once you passed the tests and got accepted for the job, you are sent an email with the details of job, which website/programs you will need to complete it and other general guidelines.

However, you wouldn’t necessarily find jobs all the time, not sure about other countries, but projects in Egypt are not available all the time, sometimes there is a lot of work available and other times there is nothing.

But once you have signed up with them, they send you emails whenever there is a job opportunity available that you would qualify for.

Appen Customer support

One of the things I like about Appen is that they have very helpful customer service and technical support, since each project has different requirements and works with different programs, so you may run into difficulties from time to time and you would need help fixing whatever error or problem you’re facing so you don’t miss your hours. But I have always received a quick response from them.

And in the worst case scenario where a problem occurs and prevents you from completing your job in time, you can log that day/hour as technical or the available equivalent, as long as you have already contacted them and filed a ticket.

Pay rate and working hours on Appen

Pay rates on Appen hugely differ based on the job you take on. The tasks I have worked on were anywhere between $1 per hour and $6 per hour.

I am sure that there are tasks that pay you more than this rate because I know people who made more than this per hour. However, I wouldn’t be able to know the exact pay rates for other jobs because, in most cases, you only know the rate once you are accepted for the job.

There are projects that require a certain number of hours per day, ranging between 1 and 4 hours, and/or certain number of days per week, ranging between 5 and 7 days.

And there are other projects that you can just do them whenever you have the time (usually with a deadline though).

You can find the available jobs on Appen and apply to them here.

2. MTurk

MTurk or Amazon Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourcing marketplace much like Appen. They deal with businesses that has certain tasks/jobs that can be done remotely and connect these tasks to workers all over the world.

It is also one of the good online job websites I tried.

Requirements to work with MTurk

The procedure to start working for MTurk is a little bit more complicated than the other websites on this list as they require you to fill a tax form. You can learn more about this here.

The other difference here is that with MTurk you are only paid money if you are a US resident, otherwise your incentive would be in vouchers (Amazon gift cards).

Unless they find you eligible and you have a US bank account where you can withdraw your money, then you can get paid and you can withdraw that money to your local bank account. (And I still can’t figure out why websites add this as an option. If I live in another continent, why would I have a bank account in the US, seriously?). 

Jobs on MTurk

I worked on this website a few years back, and they have different types of tasks including data entry, editing, translation, transcription, surveys, and more.

The ones I used to work on were either research surveys (which in most cases were VERY long, but I had plenty of free time), content writing, or transcription tasks.

There are available jobs almost all the time on MTurk. You go to the All HITs tab to see all the available jobs at the moment and if you qualify for a job, you will find an option to accept it. If you don’t qualify it will usually mention the reason why you don’t qualify

You can sort the available jobs by the highest paying, the recently added, or the HIT rate required.

Usually going for the recently added jobs is the better way to go, especially for surveys, because if it has been added for a while they may already have gathered the data they need for the job.

Job qualification on MTurk

There is one important thing when accepting jobs on MTurk though, it is that with every job you accept, you will need to make sure that you finish the job as efficiently as you can, because when you are done with your task, it is submitted for review by the person/business that submitted the job.

If your results were rejected, you obviously won’t get paid for the job. But that’s not all, your acceptance and rejection rate is counted and can reflect on the type of jobs you would qualify for in the future.

Many of the jobs would require a high HIT approval rate which is a percentage of the answers/results you submitted that got accepted divided by all the jobs you submitted.

One other thing is every task has a deadline. So when you accept a task, you will need to finish it before the deadline which can vary from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the type of the task.

If you don’t finish the job in time, it is automatically withdrawn and added back to the queue for someone else to work on it.

While it’s not a big deal if you missed the deadline once or twice, they still count the rate between the jobs you accepted and those that got submitted. So if you keep accepting jobs and not finishing them, this will hurt your HIT submission rate.

And just like the case with the HIT approval rate, some jobs may have a requirement that you have a certain percentage to qualify for the job.

Pay rate on MTurk

Unlike Appen, on MTurk you can clearly see how much a task would pay before accepting it.

Of the jobs I worked on, surveys were probably the least rewarding, unless you’re lucky enough and you qualify for some $15 survey.

The rate for the jobs hugely vary though, I have seen tasks ranging anywhere between $0.01 and $25. There could be tasks that pay more than this but this is the amount I have seen during the time I worked on the website.

Sign up to work with MTurk here.

3. Lionbridge

This one is my least favourite, despite it being generally a good website with decent payments.

But because the tasks I used to qualify for were usually rating quality scores or locating areas on maps, and it was probably one of the most boring things I have ever done, but it did pay a good amount per hour, so if you need to make money while sat on your couch, you’ll do it.

This is just my personal experience though based on what jobs were available for my country, but Lionbridge has more jobs than this.

Jobs on Lionbridge

The available jobs on Lionbridge include translation, social media evaluation, interpretation, quality score rating, and more.

There is only a selected number of countries in Europe, America and Asia that has available jobs though. While jobs in African countries don’t seem to be available much recently. This is the current list of countries with available jobs.

When you select your country, it will give you a list of the available jobs for it and you can then pick the one you want to work on to fill an application. You will then receive an email with instructions and details of the job.

The tasks I applied for, like Appen, also required studying a certain guideline and passing a test before I can start working.

Pay rate on Lionbridge

Lionbridge’s rates are probably the best among the online job websites on this list, you can get paid $14-$16 per hour. However, some jobs would per task and the payment will entirely depend on the type of tasks and the country too.

Similar to Appen, Lionbridge does not disclose the pay rate for a job publicly, however, in their communications during the recruitment process, they notify you with all details including your pay rate.

4. Viewpoint Panel

I haven’t had much luck with survey sites in general, and of all the ones I signed up to, this one is the only one that sends me surveys frequently.

When you sign up with them, you fill in a personal survey to complete your profile with all your interests, some personal habits of yours, and some info about your life and your family, so they can send you the types of surveys that are actually suited for you. Because surveys usually target a specific group of people within a certain age or that have certain habits.

There are surveys available for several countries across Africa, America, Australia, Europe, and Asia, unlike many other websites that only provide surveys for a specific country/region.

Some surveys are short and some are a bit long, however, the longer ones tend to have higher rewards most of the time.

They send you an email once there is a survey available for you and in the email it mentions how much you will be paid for the survey so you can decide whether to take it or not.

The one downside to this website is that if you are not quick enough to take the survey, and by quick I mean in the span of 1-2 hours and sometimes less, it would probably already be completed. This is why I haven’t been able to make much money through it, because I’m almost always late.

Pay rate on Viewpoint Panel

Rewards can vary between $0.60 to $4 per survey. I haven’t received any survey that was lower or higher than this threshold, however, on the website they mention that you can get up to $10 per survey.

It is still a pretty small amount, I know; but you don’t spend much time on the surveys and also the money adds up. So, if you are already free, it wouldn’t hurt to make use of that time and add a few cents or dollars to your account.

The minimum threshold to transfer your money is $12.50, and they provide two options to redeem your earnings, either through Paypal or G-Codes (vouchers).

You can sign up to viewpoint panel here.

5. AppTrailers

This one is the easiest on the list. It’s like making money online for almost doing nothing.

This is an app that pays you for watching videos of app trailers. With each video you watch, you earn points and when points accumulate, you can then have them exchanged for gift cards for things like Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks and Google Play.

I haven’t went through the redeeming points process because I was bummed to know that it doesn’t work here, so I can watch videos and play games on the app but won’t be able to redeem those points for anything.

I really wish I could find a similar app that works here though, because this would be just free money! It is great if you’re like me and already buy iTunes credit or use Starbucks, you can earn points so you can get that stuff for free.

This app is available on both Apple store and Google play.

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Other suggestions to make money online

I asked people on Twitter if they have suggestions based on their experience taking online jobs. And some of them provided good suggestions.

6. Opinion Outpost

This is a survey website that was recommended by Alia and Mars when asked about the websites they found most rewarding and legitimate of all the ones they’ve used.

Alia said that she usually got paid within 15-20 days if she was consistent in taking surveys everyday. And Mars also said she got paid the quickest on this one through Paypal.

When you sign up to Opinion Outpost, they will email you surveys and each one you complete you earn points, you can then exchange these points in the form of cash payment or gift cards.

This one is available in selected countries only, Egypt was not among them so I couldn’t try it out and see how good it is.

7. Ipsos

Ipsos is a website that has multiple opportunities to make money including working as a mystery shopper, taking part in surveys, or becoming an interviewer. Alia also mentioned this website among the ones she finds most rewarding and uses it for taking surveys.

The survey platform is called i-Say and thankfully it is available for countries in the MENA region among other countries too. And they have an app for both iOS and Android devices.

I signed up for it, and it looks promising. You earn points between 5 and 100 for each survey you take. Once you have earned enough points, you can then exchange the points for gift cards/e-vouchers.

They also offer something else that I found quite interesting.

Each member who clicks on a survey link, whether completes the survey or gets screened out for not matching clients’ needs, or due to the quota being full, is automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a gift voucher for a specific amount of money. And they pick one winner every month.

When I accessed the website I was directed to the Egyptian version, so I found vouchers for shops here in Egypt, and prizes that they offer are in EGP. So the type of vouchers and amount of prizes will differ based on which country you are accessing it from.

8. Ebates

There’s another way to make money online which is to shop on websites that give you cash back offers on your purchased items.

This website was recommended by Marissa McDaniel. She says that among all the online tasks she’s tried to make more money, the website that she benefited from the most and found to be more rewarding was Ebates and other similar websites.

This may count more as saving money than it is making money, however, this eventually leads to you having more money in your wallet, so it gives the same end-result.

Ebates provides up to 40% cash back and you can shop from more than 2,500 shops on their website and app. They send out payments quarterly, and you can have your cash sent to you through Paypal or a check to your address. There is also an option to have it sent to your bank account by entering your credit card details, but that is only for US residents.

You also get a welcome bonus by joining them and spending $25 within the first 90 days. Click here to join.

If you know of other reliable and legitimate websites to make money online, please share them in the comments.

Till next week, happy days!

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Online Business: My Experience with 5 Print-on-Demand Platforms

Things you need to know before you start selling on print-on-demand websites; plus some tricks on how to promote your products and make sales.
Platforms discussed in this post are Zazzle, Redbubble, Cafepress, Threadless, and Printful.

Attention! Before getting involved with Redbubble, please read this update first.

Online business can be considered as an active income and a passive income option. And there are various methods to run a business online. I went through 5 of the passive income ones in last week’s post 5 Online Businesses That Work.

In this post, however, I’m discussing the method I have tried so far which is selling products online. I tried several websites and here I will be sharing the pros and cons through my experience with Zazzle, Redbubble, Cafepress, Threadless, and Printful. (You can jump to Zazzle’s section to skip the intro.)

For starters, I’m not a professional designer, far from it actually, I’m just someone who enjoys playing with images and fonts. I discovered this sometime in the fall of 2016 when I was thinking of a gift to get for a specific someone; and I have a bad habit of putting an insane amount of thought into gifts (that’s why I only buy gifts to very few people in my life, because it can get really overwhelming).

So, I thought instead of buying a normal gift or asking someone to make me something, I was going to customize that gift myself. I only found that option on Zazzle and so I created an account there and started working on that design. That’s how I realized I enjoyed the process.

But this part of my life was a bit tricky on a personal level; around that same time I had a very bad fight with that person and they were out of my life, which happened 2 days after I had quit a job that I thought was my dream job (the copy editor one), and things at home started going south as well. So, all in all, my life was a wreck at that point. And the two things that have kept me sane through that time were my new-found love of design and National Geographic (yes, the TV channel. It served as the soundtrack of my life for a few months).

Now back to Zazzle!

Zazzle

On Zazzle, you upload your design and create each product separately and they have a huge selection of products to choose from. You can watch this video to see the steps on how to create designs there.

I loved it in the beginning when I was just designing stuff and customizing products, and I found the interface really attractive, so I created my first Nightingaled store there.

But then when I went through the process of setting up a payment method which was early 2017, I realized it was not an easy process.

If you are not a US resident, Zazzle requires filling out a tax form (which requires a lot of information and a lot of reading) and sending them requests and waiting for acceptance so that you are approved for a payment (or not!).

Also you need to have made sales first before your application is even considered for approval or rejection– something they don’t mention anywhere and I had to figure that out after going through the whole process (twice) and eventually being told “sorry, we cannot consider your application because you haven’t made sales during this current year yet” (although I did make sales the previous year.. That money is still stuck there.)

Yes, many people did it, of course! So, it’s not impossible, but I didn’t feel like it was worth all the hassle for me; especially when I found there are other platforms that provide the exact same thing minus the hassle!

Redbubble

Before getting involved with Redbubble, please read this update first.

I started looking for other alternatives. I did a quick research and Redbubble along with Cafepress seemed to be on close level to Zazzle’s popularity and variety of products. But I decided to go for a Redbubble Nightingaled store.

I liked its interface; although it took me a while to get used to it because it’s quite different from Zazzle’s, but now I have come to really love it.

You upload a single photo that goes onto all the available products, but then you have the option to customize each one separately or upload a new photo for a certain product. You can read more about how to upload your designs to fit each product here.

Though one of the best things about it is that you can actually get your money! There is no hassle in the transaction procedure even if you are not a US resident. Getting paid there is as easy as adding your Paypal account; no restrictions, no applications to fill, no extra fees, no minimum threshold to transfer your payments (unlike Zazzle where you need to have $50 USD before they would transfer or you can request it with an extra fee).

So, with Redbubble, as long as you have a verified Paypal account, you will get paid regardless of how much money you make or on which side you are on the planet. (Life can be so much easier if we want it to be!)

The real effort in this type of business lies in two things:
  1. Coming up with the design ideas 
  2. Promoting the shop/products

Coming up with designs can be tricky for some people sometimes because:

A. they don’t want to be copying other people, but they also want to make something that sells, so it needs to be something that is “viral” or “trending” to get the attention and

B. they think they don’t have enough talent, and for this one I will say, you don’t have to have talent, I don’t have talent and people still buy my stuff (some of them), so don’t worry about that part you just need to practice a lot and try your best to make it look like something YOU would buy. That’s what I try to do.

“Practice is a talent.

Perseverance is a talent.

Hard work is a talent.”

Abhinav Bindra

As for coming up with ideas, I don’t stress over this much, because I initially started this whole design thing for fun, so I try not to lose that. Whatever inspires me or whatever I feel like creating today, I will create it and add it to the shop, and cross my fingers that someone somewhere will have the same taste as mine and decide to buy it. (Not the most brilliant business strategy, I’m sure.)

When it comes to promotion, though, it can be challenging at first; especially if you do not already have an audience or connections or dedicated followers/fans (as it is in my case). However, I am still reading articles and books and trying to learn about it from other sellers and people who managed to succeed in this industry.

Four tips on promoting:

When it comes to promoting an online business, the first obvious step is to do so through social media; however, it is better to create dedicated social media pages to the shop and not promote through your personal accounts.

I created pages on both Facebook and Twitter. I also started an Instagram and Pinterest ones, but I haven’t really used them much yet.

Which brings us to the second tip, that is, it’s much better to focus on just one or two social media websites and try to grow on them instead of using all of them at once, because each of those platforms have their own techniques and certain strategies to grow on them. So, it can be too much to try them all at the same time.

Honestly speaking, though, I’m a bit lazy in this department. I’m not that active on the shop’s social media pages, not as much as I should be if I want to turn this into a source of income.

But I have noticed something that is really worth paying attention to, even though I’m not active, I don’t have many followers, and I don’t get any interactions yet, I do make sales! And that’s not even the surprising part, when I checked the traffic history to my shop (another brilliant feature on Redbubble), almost half of it is through social media! That blew my mind.

What I did to move from flat-line sales as you can see below to a few sales per week (and sometimes few sales per day, if I’m lucky) was become more active, as in upload new designs to the shop; and every now and then I’d share the new ones on Facebook and Twitter (again, with no interaction whatsoever).

A graph of my sales on Redbubble from Dec 2017 to Nov 2018.

The fact that I am making sales and getting traffic to my shop with a very minimal effort on my part is a very good indicator that this can definitely turn into a profitable means of income, if I pay it more attention.

So, the third tip from here is to remain active, upload new designs and promote on regular basis, regardless of the interaction rate you get or the number of followers you have. And I assume this should only be until one grows a dedicated audience.

Recently, I have decided to try other POD platforms as well, because the fourth tip is in order to make proper sales, it is best if you have your designs spread around many print-on-demand platforms not just one. Besides the exposure your products/brand will get, you can also benefit from each one’s offers and discounts which helps in attracting customers. So I went ahead and tried a few other ones. (Though I haven’t managed to do much with my shops on those other websites yet; I’m still getting used to them.)

CafePress

This is an equally popular website to Zazzle and Redbubble. It also has a variety of different products to have your designs on.

When you upload your design on CafePress it adds it to all the products available (like Redbubble) but with much less (if any) ability to customize on each product separately.

You can get paid through your verified Paypal account; however, there is a minimum threshold of $25 for transfer. Also, there is a required tax form to fill for non-US residents who wish to get a discounted tax rate, but it is not mandatory to get paid.

The other downside is that this one is not available for all countries. You can use the website and add your products and all, but when you come to set up a payment method, you may not find your country listed. There is a specific list and mine was not among them; therefore I would not have been able to get paid if I went ahead and made sales on this one.

Threadless

I initially thought this one is focused on clothing products like t-shirts and hoodies, but when I set up my shop there, I found they have a wide variety of other products to select from. And it is also similar to Redbubble in that you upload one photo that goes on all products but then you have the option to customize each one separately before publishing it. You can check out this guide to learn more.

On Threadless you are also paid through your Paypal account with no minimum threshold or any extra fees. US residents, however, are required to fill a tax form first.

The cool thing about this one is you can order samples of your products, and because you are the designer you get the product at a discounted rate; so you only pay for the base cost. You also get free shipping when you order for more than $20 within US and $50 anywhere else.

There is only a tiny drawback for me which is they do not watermark or protect the uploaded designs, so they are available for anyone in their full resolution copy, unlike with Redbubble where they give you options to protect/watermark. However, after you upload and edit the design, you can replace the original image with one that you watermark yourself without affecting the design on the products, so there is a workaround for it.

Printful

This one’s process is a bit different as you don’t just set up a shop on their website. First, this one gives you the choice to sell your own physical products (and use their warehouse) or use the print-on-demand service to sell your designs on their products. Of course I went with the print-on-demand option. When you go with that option, you will need to merge an already set-up online store to your Printful account.

Here’s how it works:

  • I set up a Nightingaled store on Shopify (they have a 14-day free trial so I figured I’d try it).
  • I then logged into my Printful account and chose to connect it to my newly-created Shopify store.
  • After that I would start uploading my designs on the products on Printful (they have plenty).
  • Then sync those products to my Shopify store (this can be set to sync automatically)
  • People can then navigate products on my Shopify store, place an order, and make a payment.
  • The order is automatically sent to Printful who prepare and ship the product.

Printful then bills me with the production and shipment cost. These costs are already clear when you set up your product so you can set your prices based on the margin you would like to get after the cost is paid.

For example, they charge $10 for a T-shirt. So, I can set a price of $15 for the t-shirt on my Shopify store, so that after paying Prinful fee, I would still have $5 profit.

The good thing here is that you are only charged after you make the sale. So, no upfront cost (except of course for the cost of your actual Shopify store which starts at $29/month). But you have plenty other options to choose from when it comes to choosing a platform to merge with Printful. I just decided to go with Shopify as a start because I was curious to see how it works.

The other thing that I really loved about Printful is how you can literally create your own brand.

  • You can add your own logo printed on the products and the payslips the customer receives (for free!).
  • They add their address for return, but add your store’s name not Printful, so to the customer they are dealing with your brand only.
  • And you can also send flyers along with the product (which come at an extra cost).

And that’s only what I managed to figure out so far, but this is an amazing feature! You are creating an actual brand with products shipped with your name on it when all you really do is just upload designs on a web-page!

Besides Shopify, the other platforms you can use include ones like Etsy, Amazon, eBay, and more. They either require you to pay a subscription fee (like Shopify) or a commission on sales. You can read about the prices for each one of the platforms on this comparison page.

I can sum this up by saying that to me the most convenient platforms I found so far are Redbubble, for a free platform, and Printful, for a paid one. I am actually thrilled I found out about Printful, but I still need to decide which platform I will be using with it.

I will be posting about this topic again in a few months to share my progress and any new tips I gather along the way. As for my next post, well, let me surprise you this time.

Till then, happy days and happy new year!

Passive Income: 5 Online Businesses That Work

Everyone is looking for ways to make money online, because who doesn’t want to be able to increase their income while sat at home.
However, there is a lot of methods out there that just don’t seem to work, in this post, I share with you 5 methods that do work.

This has been a hard post to put down because there is a crazy number of methods where you can make money online. Not all of them will make someone rich of course, but they do add up. However, I figured I better not overwhelm myself by trying to list every single one of them, but rather choose the ones that would actually have a decent return of money over time. 

I will most likely write another post later on the other little ones that do make money, but not as much as the ones on this list.

So, here we go! A list of the profitable online businesses (in no particular order):

1. Affiliate Marketing

In a nutshell, this is you helping someone else make sales and getting a cut. If there is a particular service or product you have tried and found to be of good benefit, you can sign up for that company’s affiliate program to have a unique referral link, and then start telling your followers/friends about it and every time someone makes a purchase through your link, you get a commission. 

Now I have not tried this thing yet because, well, I am just starting out, but mostly people who do make a lot of money out of this are those who have a huge following on social media websites, on YouTube, or on their own Website. So, if you do have a decent number of followers, you might start making money this way.

The most popular affiliate program is Amazon’s; you can sign up and advertise all products that are sold on Amazon and any other Amazon-linked ones like Kindle or Audible. There are some territories that may not be allowed to sign up with Amazon though. A good alternative to that is flexoffers.com, it has a similar affiliate program with variety of categories, and you can sign up from anywhere in the world.

If you want to learn more about how affiliate marketing works and how to approach this in the best way, you can check out Getting Started with Affiliate Programs For Beginners.

2. Teaching

While teaching does not sound like a “passive income” kind of method, there are ways to turn it into one. If you are experienced in one specific field, you can create an online course on a website like Teachable.com or similar ones, where you upload videos of you teaching material of a certain course and every time someone signs up to your course, you get paid.

The good thing about this website in particular (because I signed up and checked it out) is that they provide you with resources to help you make a good course; they even offer a free webinar to show you how to create a professional course to make money. But here is a list of all the other similar websites out there. 

I initially thought that to teach, you needed to be some kind of a professor or have a teaching degree, and you ought to be teaching something academic, but, in reality, you can actually teach anything, from languages to crochet or gardening to makeup, anything, literally. You just need to be good at it and also it kind of needs to be something that someone else will have the interest to learn about. Here is a helpful article on how to start, if you want to create your own course.

There is also another option, if you’re anything like me and are not very comfortable in front of a camera, you can then go for an e-book course where people can download your course as a PDF file instead. There are several platforms where you can put your e-book up for sale and they’re mentioned in this article.

If you think of going through the e-book route though, you can go for a course, or just a guide (how-to), or maybe an actual book (which I’m planning to do at some point).

3. Photography

If you love photography you can use that hobby as a means to make money. But there are 2 types of people who love photography.

Those who are like me. (Yea, I keep telling myself I need a better camera..)

Now I’m pretty sure no one will be paying money to use this photo (by me, in case it wasn’t obvious)

And those  who are actually good at it.

Someone would definitely pay money to use this photo (by my good friend Mahmoud AbdelGhany)

So, if your love of photography is anything like me, I’m sorry to say, this one is probably not for you. If you’re more of a “I-know-what-I’m-doing” kind of photographer, then please keep reading. 

Aside from the fact that you can take on events that require a photographer, as in weddings and conferences and such, which is more of an “active” thing, but from a “passive” approach, you can certainly make money  by uploading your photos on websites like Shutterstock and whenever someone wants to use one of your photos, you get paid.

There are actually plenty of other websites you can use to sell your photos, this article lists the best of them and it also gives an insight on the types of photography that sell the most.

(Side note: I’m working on polishing my photography skills a bit, so I will be sharing some useful tips later on for those of you who are like me.)

4. Drop Shipping

This one to me seems to be the most complicated one on the list, because it requires more planning and a lot of work done before it can become “passive.” It took me a while to get everything about it.

Drop shipping is you selling certain products online that you don’t really own or have. You set up a shop for people to navigate and select their desired product. You contact the supplier who actually has the products, usually a wholesaler or manufacturer, pay them for the products that the customer selected on your shop, and then they ship the product to the customer.

The difference between this and a traditional shop is that with drop shipping, you don’t have to purchase a product until you already made the sale and have been paid by the customer. So, that is less chances of losing money.

The trick with this method is deciding on the niche or the market. Because drop shipping is a widely famous business among entrepreneurs and so some markets have a lot of competition. A high competition means that you won’t have the luxury to set high prices for your products and therefore the profit margin you make may be very small in the beginning which will require more effort on your part to reach more customers. Here is an article on how to choose the products to dropship.

The other trick is choosing the right suppliers to deal with. Because they will be the ones shipping the products to your customers, so they need to be reliable and have a good reputation. The better and more professional the supplier, the stronger the business will become since this will build trust between you and the customers who try your shop and whether or not they will want to buy again or tell others about it.

There is a very informative article with some useful tips on the steps required to build this business here.

If you want a longer, more extensive read to go even deeper in understanding this business, Shopify has a free eleven-chapter guide that walks you through the whole thing. Shopify is also one of the most popular platforms where you can build this shop.

5. Online Shop

Now this is also selling products online, but with a more traditional, less tricky approach. And this one can refer to two types of an online shop: one where you actually create and ship physical products yourself and another where you use a website that takes care of the product and the shipping and everything else and you just provide the designs to print on the products. The latter is the online business method on this list that I actually tried so far and which I will discuss in my next post.

As for the former type where you would sell your own physical products, I have read this step-by-step article earlier by Nat Eliason who built his online tea shop in exactly 3 weeks. You might find it helpful as an insight on how to start one yourself. Though I’m not sure if this actually fits in the “passive income” category.

Anyway, this wraps up the list of passive income businesses you can do online. At least, this is the list of things I know can work so far. And as mentioned earlier, I will share my experience with the online shops using print-on-demand websites in my next post.

Till then, happy days!

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