Looking for a way to make a little extra money? The solution may be in your pocket or on your desk. With a smartphone, tablet, or small laptop, there are many new opportunities to make some money, many of which you can do from anywhere in the world at any time. You don't need any special degree, skills, or education to get started, either. Anything you need to learn, you can pick up as you go. Here are six unique ways you can make some money in no time at all.
Snapchat Now Offers Unique Earning Options
Social media sites are a great way of advertising your services or products, but they typically serve as a way of marketing a business. Snapchat, though, has launched several new ways for you to earn money through the app without making anything to sell or promoting offline services. These different options include video editing and a way for users to become patrons of their favorite creators. Snapchat is also launching a marketplace for those who do want to collaborate with brands to sell products.
Traditionally, Snapchat has limited its money-making opportunities to large, verified accounts. However, with its new Spotlight feature, any creator will be able to earn some extra money from Snapchat. The company is currently exploring new earning avenues for its users, so if you use Snapchat frequently, it's worth looking into what new options they have added.
Buy and Sell Domains
Domain names have become a vital part of online marketing and eCommerce. If a company can't secure the right domain name for their business, it can be difficult to direct customers to their website. Even worse, if a competitor has an easier to remember website that is very similar, they can lose money.
This is where buying and selling domain names can become quite profitable. If you buy a number of domains through a website like saw.com, you can market them to potential businesses and sell them to these companies for a profit. You may even be able to entertain competing bids for a domain name, making a tidy sum of money. The key to being successful in this type of venture is carefully considering which domains to buy. You'll need to keep up with the latest trends and learn how to anticipate which domains will become hot properties so you can secure them before anyone else can.
Start a YouTube Channel
YouTube, like Snapchat, is a social media platform that provides a way for content creators to make money. You don't need any major video equipment or editing software, either, at least not to get started. In fact, your can use your phone or tablet to shoot videos and YouTube's provided editing tools to make changes. You also don't have to do anything over-the-top like some YouTubers do. Channels that focus on product reviews, craft tutorials, or discussions of books or TV series can do very well once they are monetized. You can literally get paid to talk about your hobbies or passions.
Start a Drop Shipping Service
Drop shipping is a way of selling products without actually needing to make those products or store them. Instead, you basically market a manufacturer's products for them under your own brand name. When you sell something, you pass that order on to the manufacturer, which then fulfills the order. Of course, you will keep a percentage of each order. If you understand and enjoy marketing products but don't have the space or startup funding to invest in creating a product line, this is a great option.
Sell Your Photos
There are a number of websites that sell stock photos to companies to use online and in their marketing. Most of these websites don't actually have a staff of photographers who take these photos. Instead, they buy stock photos from freelancers. You can easily take these photos with your phone when you are out and about, and sell them to these websites, and you may not even need to edit the photos first. Just do a little research to learn what companies are looking for in stock photographs before you get started.
Sell Items Online
There are many websites like Poshmark, Decluttr, ThredUp, and more that allow you to quickly list and sell your clothing online. If you have some gently used pieces that you no longer wear or that you impulse-bought and never got around to returning, selling them can be a good way to get a little extra money without a lot of work. Most of these apps work in a similar way: snap some photos of the piece you're selling, add a description that includes size and overall state of the item, and your price. Then you just wait for someone to buy it. It helps you declutter your closet and get back some of what you spent on clothing.
These are just a few different ways you can make money online. Whether you want to replace your full-time office job or are just looking for a way to make some extra cash, they're all good and pretty easy options.