Us millennials, we're always looking for our next big opportunity. So whether you’re someone who’s thinking of starting their own online business, a creative type looking to take on new clients, or a student just looking for a part-time #sidehustle, there are countless ways to make money on the Internet. Not sure where to start? From becoming a content creator to setting up your own website, we’ve rounded up 10 ways that you can start making money online.
1. Become a social media influencer
Ever wonder what exactly your favourite blogger does for a living (or how they can afford that extravagant lifestyle of theirs without grinding 9 to 5 like the rest of us)? Well, it is possible to make a living just by being an influencer! So whether you’re into fashion, photography, or fitness, start building your audience ASAP by creating a blog and posting quality content.
2. Start an online store
Getting a business up and running online is a lot easier than it may seem (thanks to the wonders of the internet). From clothing and accessories to video games and electronics, you can pretty much sell anything online—it’s all about finding your niche. Why not set up shop ASAP by starting your own website?
All you need is basically a laptop and a working Wi-Fi signal to start your own home business #WorkGoals. Don't forget to be a proudly Canadian business by registering for a .CA domain (because Canadians support Canadians!). You'll also feel awesome knowing that proceeds from every .CA domain sold are reinvested directly into the Canadian Internet community through the Community Investment Program.
3. Get paid to write awesome content
We don’t know about you, but getting paid to write at home (aka in bed and in your pajamas) sounds pretty awesome. If you’re a decent writer, why not charge for your services online by setting up a website for your freelance writing services? You can write on just about every topic while getting paid to do so. From blog posts to e-books and advertising copy, it's all about finding your bliss as a freelance writer.
4. Create an epic online portfolio
If you’re a creative, you probably know that marketing yourself online is crucial to getting gigs these days. So whether you’re an artist, photographer, designer, or someone who loves creating new things, creating an online portfolio is a great way to showcase your work to potential clients. You can also be sure to get the exact domain you want as a .CA website since it's less likely to be taken. (Bonus points: you'll feel super professional when you give out your own customized domain).
5. Got Web design skills? Get paid for them!
Consider yourself super tech-savvy? If you know how to code and design a website from scratch, you could be getting paid for skills you already have! You could earn money on the side by designing a website for a client (without even having to meet with them face to face).
6. Teach a cool skill
Know how to play the guitar or how to cook really well? You could seriously turn it into a money making business! Whether you do it virtually (by having a video tutorial subscription service) or in-person (by charging by the hour), starting a web page for your teaching services is your first step to getting students.
7. Be a social media manager
If you know how to work a filter and are constantly updating your feed on the daily, we've got good news: you could be doing the exact same thing for a business and getting paid to do it! Becoming a social media manager is an awesome side hustle that you can do from home in your spare time or in between classes. Asking small local businesses like restaurants and salons if their social media feeds could use a boost is a great place to start.
8. Teach from anywhere in the world
Whether you know how to speak a different language or are an expert at math, becoming a virtual tutor is another well-paying side gig that you can do from just about anywhere. Even if you don’t know how to speak another language, there are a lot of in-demand jobs for English language tutors online.
9. Graphic design gigs
Looking to make more income after your regular 9 to 5? If you’re already an established graphic designer (or even someone who's just really good with Adobe Creative Suite), taking on a few online design projects (like designing logos or business cards) can boost your income each month and get your creativity flowing.
10. Sell your art
The web is a great place to start selling your art to potential buyers worldwide (think of all the potential niche markets you can tap into!). And even if you’re not an artist but just someone who's really into DIYs, you’re bound to find an audience online of potential buyers (cause you never know who’s going to love your creations, right?).
Thinking of starting any of these online ventures? Don't forget to register a .CA domain which is exclusive for Canadians only. With Canada's 150th anniversary coming up, we can't think of a better time to launch your .CA website now!