More and more people are giving up the daily commute for work-from-home opportunities. Reports from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com show that, at the end of 2012, 13.4 million self-employed individuals in the U.S. were telecommuters, and that number is only continuing to rise.
These days, all you need to generate income is your laptop; you can work from virtually anywhere, which opens up an entirely new world of possibilities. Whether you want to backpack across Europe or settle down on a tropical beach with swaying palm trees, these options will allow you to make money from anywhere in the world with Internet access.
Affiliate marketing is a fairly simple concept. If you have a website, all you do is choose a product that you like and is related to your site’s content, get in touch with the brand’s marketing team and offer to promote that product for a piece of the profit from sales generated by your content. Amazon Associates is one of the more popular affiliate marketing programs, as all you have to do is link to Amazon products in the content. For example, if your site is focused on health and wellness, you might link to a popular supplement in a blog post or write a positive review about that product.
Each item that is purchased through the links on your site to Amazon will give you a commission. Your earnings will be issued by check or via direct deposit into your bank account. But be aware that affiliate marketing is most successful for websites that already bear an established following and fan-base.
You don’t have a website? It’s actually surprisingly easy to build one using highly rated site builders like GoDaddy and Web.com, as these platforms are very user-friendly and walk you through every step of the process.
Capitalize on Your Talents
At Fiverr, you can offer your skills for $5 a pop; Fiverr takes $1 and you keep the rest. You can do almost anything, from drawing a business card logo to selling your particular diet and fitness plan if you’ve got a great body. If you live near the beach or are traveling in a tropical place, people are even willing to pay for messages written in the sand. Or, perhaps your traveling in an area filled with magnificent castles. Take advantage of the scenery and offer to create and send video messages.
As long as it’s not illegal or immoral, you can make money doing it on Fiverr.
Selling Items Online
We all know about eBay, but there are additional options too. You can sell products directly on Amazon.com whether you’re an individual or a large business. Take advantage of the site’s millions of customers to earn money and, if you’re a member of its fulfillment program, Amazon can even do the shipping for you.
Another option is to sell on Etsy, as people are willing to pay big bucks for quality handmade and vintage items. If you’re a photographer, you might consider selling images from your travels; artists can draw or paint scenery of beautiful destinations around the globe; beachcombers look for shells, driftwood and other unique objects that can be used for artwork; the possibilities are endless.
When you sign up to become an Etsy seller, you’ll have your own online store on which to sell your items. It doesn’t cost anything to become a seller on the site, but there is a charge of 20 cents per item listed. When it sells, you’ll also pay a 3.5 percent commission.