Recession brought with it the cold hard truth that nothing is permanent. However safe you would feel with your job, family, and finances, one sweep of fate can wipe out your security in a second.
Many people lost their jobs when companies responded to the economic meltdown by downsizing. As a result, many suffered from drastic financial setbacks including bankruptcy.
In fact, if one sets aside the desperation felt at such times, many will find that there are plenty of ways to use the Internet to make money. Here are five suggestions you can utilize.
But before you go in for any option given below, draw up a list of all your talents and abilities. Add to this list your "soft" skills, and all the things you love to do. This will guide you in choosing the best option.
1. Freelance your skills. Look at the list closely and choose 2 - 3 of your best talents. Use platforms such as Elance, oDesk, Encoder, Freelancewriting and the like to broadcast your skills, and at the same time bid for jobs that are advertised there.
You can earn a neat amount by putting in just a few hours per day through these channels. The investment will not be more than $10-20. However, you will need a broadband Internet connection and a good world-processor.
2. Sell information. Are you an expert in any field? Write a guide on it! Or write a promotional e-book and then hook up with corresponding products so you can sell them through your website.
Of course, for this you need to invest a little in setting up a website, but that too can be done with just $20. But what if you don't want a website? You can simply sell your soft product through Clickbank or on eBay.
3. Sell on eBay. You can sell anything on eBay. Look it up! Understand how it functions and then set up your international shop on eBay.
They advertise for you; they promote your products; they give you a space in the internationally-visible e-shop. In return they will charge a small percentage of the amount you charge for your products. Fair enough; and very profitable! If you're interested in this avenue, it would be good if you researched the "wholesaler" and "dropshipping" terms.
4. Affiliate seller. Clickbank in particular has many soft products that can be taken up by you as an affiliate seller.
When you take up such affiliate products, the "mother company" will often offer free training, a seller website, and promotional advertising texts. This is the best way to learn about affiliate marketing and earn additional income. You might start with 2 - 3 products initially and as you gain experience, you spread out to as many as you like.
You can take up one, more, or all of these options and over time earn a handsome income with the help of the "Net." To be a success you only need to be consistent and willing to work hard!