It’s true that the Internet has opened up a brand-new world for us. Not only has it made job hunting much easier, with Monster and Career Builder leading the pack of job search websites, it has also made it possible for you to earn money in the comfort and privacy of your own home. All you need is your computer, a reliable Internet connection, and sheer determination to make this work.

So what is the best way to make money online? Truth is, there’s no single answer. It depends on your skills, qualifications, interests, preferences, and financial needs. You also need to consider whether you’re in here for the long haul or just looking to boost your monthly paycheck. Here are eight creative ways to make money online.

Blog, blog, and blog some more

If writing is your passion, and you know you’re good at it, consider making money out of it through blogging. Use Google AdSense, which puts ads on your blog for which you’d receive payment each time a reader clicks on one of the ads. Building a following would take time and energy, and may possibly wear your patience thin, but be inspired by the success stories of bloggers like John Chow who now makes about $40,000 a month through blogging.


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Build websites

This may sound a little intimidating if you don’t know anything about HTML or CSS. But believe it or not, these platforms are actually easier to learn than you imagine. And if you have innate flair for creativity, you’ll definitely go a long way. Remember, all businesses, whether online or offline, need a website. And to get a website, the business owner needs a web designer.

Work as a virtual assistant

Working as a virtual assistant has many perks. On top of the list is that you don’t have to see your boss’s face everyday (unless he insists on Skype 24/7). The pay is pretty good too, starting at around twenty dollars per hour. Job description usually includes talking to clients, setting up meetings and appointments, making paperwork, and so on.

Teach or train

There are a lot of online schools right now wherein you can share your knowledge and expertise. One of the most popular online teaching gigs is teaching Asian students the English language. You can apply to teach in an online school or start your own.

Design shirts

If artistry runs in your vein (but tech skills don’t), you can still earn good money online by designing t-shirts. CaféPress, Design By Humans, and Threadless are some of the many websites that would allow you to design and sell your shirts.

Sell Items on eBay

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Sell items on eBay or Craigslist

Have stuff lying around your home that you no longer need and would be more than happy to get rid of? Sell them on eBay, Craigslist or some other similar e-commerce website. This would give you some extra bucks. Now if you’re looking into something that’s more long-term, it’d be a great idea to start making stuff that you can sell--handmade bracelets, clothes, soap, candles, crafts, anything as long as it’s sellable.

Sell stock photography

Put your camera to good use by selling stock photography online. Just see to it that you produce clear, crisp images with good composition.

Get into affiliate marketing

Those with a natural talent for sales should try their hand in affiliate marketing. But be careful: there are many seedy products out there (miracle diet pills, whitening products and so on) that you don’t want to be involved in. Go to Amazon and sign up with its highly effective affiliate program.

Making money online is quite easy; you’ll find many people who have quit their day jobs to go fulltime with their online work. But before you do that, make sure that you do your research first before venturing into any online job opportunity.