We’d all like to make a little cash on the side and if we could do it from the comfort of our own homes then all the better. But are there really any genuine ways to make money that don’t involve ‘investing’ heavily in a program or software? You bet there are, but if you’re looking to get rich quick then prepare to be disappointed.
Making money online takes time although it isn’t as tough as you might think. Once you have the right plan of action and the will to see it through, it might even become your main source of income.
So how can you pull in some extra cash online? Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are five ingenious ways to make money online without paying out a small fortune in program fees.
Play video games
Yes, you read that right. You can now earn cash by playing online video games. Tell that to your mom and dad who said videos games were a waste of time. The only problem though is that you’re unlikely to make serious money in video games unless you turn pro and enter some tournaments or build a loyal following on social media or YouTube like PewDiePie. This Swedish internet sensation shares videos of his gameplay and makes a hell of a lot of money doing so.
For mere mortals like ourselves, there are a few online RPG games such as Exodus and Dungeons & Treasures that pay out real cash for money earned in the game itself. If you like adventure-style games, then you might as well make some money while you’re playing and these two are a good place to start.
Sell on eBay
eBay changed the game for people trying to get rid of odds and ends lying around the house. There was suddenly no more need to arrange garage sales or go through the painful process of listing things for sale in the local paper.
Have a good look around the house for anything you haven’t used in the last six months, or you think you’re unlikely to use again and list it on eBay. And don’t fall into a ‘who would want this?’ way of thinking, after all, you did buy it yourself, right?
However, your own junk unwanted items aren’t the only things you can sell. Try buying stuff that other people have listed and then selling it on again. You might be able to purchase a job lot of toys or clothes and then sell each item individually for a profit.
Lead a Second Life
Don’t worry; it’s not a creepy as it sounds. Second Life is an online virtual world created by the gamers that play it each day. In this world, you can get a job, buy a house, form a band or do pretty much anything else you can in the real world.
The native currency is Linden dollars, and each L$249 is worth US$1. You won’t make a huge amount of money here but open a designer shoe store and sell to fashion models and celebrities, and you might even become the next Anshe Chung. Chung is the world’s first virtual millionaire and was even featured in Business Week.
Some people just don’t have the ‘game face’ to play poker in real life. They feel under pressure or have too many telltale signs that other players can read during a game. For these people, online poker is a godsend.
Yet online poker is much more than a pastime for many of its players. People like Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius who have combined winnings that top the $30 million mark are proof that there is serious money at stake here. But we’re not going to lie; it does take a lot of hard work and study to become as good as them.
There are many rags to riches stories in the industry, but perhaps the best is that of the aptly named Chris Moneymaker who after winning a small satellite on PokerStars, went on to win $2,500,000 in Las Vegas.
So instead of wasting your time watching cute cats on YouTube or liking photos of other people’s food on Facebook, do something that will make you money instead. Like we said you may not make enough to quit your day job but who knows, you just might pay for that nice holiday you keep putting off.