Here’s how to better use your time online
DO YOU spend a lot of time on the computer every day? Wouldn't it be great to have a hobby that isn't just Facebook and could also make a few dollars on the side? Well here are some great options:
1. Genealogy Researcher
There are many great websites around that make it easy for you to trace and find out more about your ancestors. The thing is, there are also a load of people out there that don't have the time and patience to do the research. If you are a good researcher, know your way around websites and have the time, why not do some paid work as a Genealogy Researcher?
What is pays: Usually on a per hour basis. If you are a beginner, it is reasonable to charge $15/hour. As you get more experience under your belt - you could charge up to $150. Costs to set up: Apart from your computer and internet connection, you will need a few subscriptions to the popular Geneology websites, such as Ancestry.com. Advertise your services on local Facebook pages or practise on friends to get your skills up to scratch.
2. Start a Blog
Start a blog about something you are passionate about and potentially make an income from it. The best thing of all is that you don't need any funds whatsoever to start one. There are loads of free tools available. My top suggestions would be: WordPress.org or Type Pad. If you want to start making money out of it, you'll need a domain name and upgrade to a paid model. Cons: It does take time to build an audience, write articles and find your niche. But if you are just doing it as a hobby - it certainly can make you some money on the side.
3. Become a Pinterest princess
Like Facebook, if people like what they see, they will follow you on Pinterest- and it is a fun job to sort through photographs and images, recipes and how-to's - and grow your own little group of groupies. Some great examples of Pinterest princesses to follow include: Stay at Home Mum (yep, I'm biased!), If The Shoe Fits and Polyvore. How do you make money out of it? Well it is a lot like a blog. Approach advertisers that sell products you love and start to promote them. Like a blog, advertisers will pay to get their products out there. There is also a chance you could do affiliate marketing on Pinterest (although they are constantly changing their rules) - that is - you promote other people's products and get a cut of the commission.
4. Become a Content Writer
Love to write? Why not write some content for either your own blog or write for online websites. There are even websites that 'bid' for a writer to write content for them now. Make sure your spelling and grammar are perfect, cite your sources and off you go. You could write articles. e-books or ghost write for novels. Start by messaging the odd website in the field of your speciality i.e. photography or farming. If you want to do it on a more full-time basis, try websites like iwriter.com, Listverse or Funds for Writers and bid for work. What it pays: A good content piece can go from as little as $5 up to $250.
5. Get paid to be a Facebook page moderator
With so many blogs and businesses nowdays running Facebook Pages, not a lot of them have the time to watch the page and interact with their customers. That's where you come in. If you love Facebook, love a brand and have the time, why not apply to that business to moderate their Facebook Page for them? What it pays: It all depends. Some of the larger businesses have 'volunteers' that do this for the love of it. But I think Facebook mods should be paid a flat hourly fee from $15 - $25/hour depending on how busy the page is. How to do it? Find the 'contact' section of the place you want to work for and send a resume and why you would make a good fit.