The last decade has experienced an online explosion. Not only has there been the birth of numerous social media outlets which enable instant communication across long distances, but there has also been a remarkable shift in business. The internet community has become a means through which you can make money by simply leveraging on the millions of people online and identifying your customers. Making money online isn’t as difficult as it seems, all you need is identify the required tools and take the right steps.
Freelance services: If you’re looking to be self-employed and working several jobs at the same time, freelancing is your best option. A great thing about being a freelancer is that you can work for clients in differently parts of the world by just having an internet connection, having a laptop and developing the necessary skills. Some of the services offered by freelancers include writing for blogs, proofreading and editing, managing social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, graphic design, video editing and more. Some great ways to get freelance jobs include signing up on Upwork.com, getting gigs on Fiverr.com, and subscribing for Google alerts.
Sell your products: I have seen many people with large audience online but have no idea what to do with them. Rather than engaging in ‘salvage’ moments on social media, you can sell your products or services and make money online. There are many things to sell online including products such as clothing, eBooks, training guides, softwares. Of course selling your own stuff comes with a lot of discipline and responsibility. A starter may need a website and a hosting account but a social media account provide a quick path. You can also opt for large online stores such as Amazon and Shopify.
Affiliate marketing: This is similar to the sale of products but the difference is that the product to be sold belongs to another person. If you have a large following on social media, a popular website or blog, or a podcast that generates large downloads, you can make money by promoting different kinds of products, services or business. If you generate a sale for a client using your platform, you get paid for it. A beginner affiliate can make anywhere up to one million naira yearly while a super affiliate can make ten million yearly. Sign up on affiliate stores such as Jumia, Konga, Wakanow, PayPorte, and VConnect, check their offers blog or browse their products to find something you think your friends would be interested in, copy and share your affiliate link.
Start a blog: If you have a niche that you love and can gain a large following, you can start a blog or a website and make money online. Blogging is one of the easiest and most sustainable income sources. You can even make money on your blog while sleeping. Starting a website with WordPress takes less than 30 minutes, costs little and can be done by anyone. 360nobs.com is one example of a successful blog started by Noble Igwe and has today become a massive enterprise. Having a blog is really a big asset.
Start a Vlog: Vlogs provide one of the great ways you can make huge sums of money. Through your vlogs you can host an audience on webinars and talk about something you know well. You can host this on your website or through other means such as on Zoom, ezTalks, WebinarJam, Zoho and FLOW. Another way of making money with videos is YouTube where you can receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected for every 1000 views. You have to ensure that you love what you talk about and know a lot about it.
Network marketing: Also known as Multi-Level Marketing (MLM), this enables you make money in two ways. Networking marketing companies sell products and the distributors earn commissions according to the amount of products they and their downlines sell. Downlines are those you recruit to sell. Although there are some dubious network marketing companies in Nigeria but this shouldn’t prevent you from the opportunity of generating an awful amount of money and building a sustainable business.