A lot of people have come across this question: how to earn extra money or even make a passive income online? You probably believed that it is hard or impossible to do. However, it is simpler than you think. Many people are earning money from home online around the world every day. Thus, you can do it as other people do. All you need is some time and a place to start.

To help you along, I made a list of websites that will lend you a hand on starting your own online business right away!

Sellfy

Sellfy is a digital marketplace that is used by more than 100,000 writers, designers, artists, filmmakers and by any other person that produces digital goods. The main idea is if you make any digital products that can be sold, Sellfy will provide you with powerful tools to do that.

Sellfy is a great tool for the beginner as it does not require any website. It lets you create a built-in shop on its platform. Thus, you will not need to take care of any website and hosting issues. Also, as it is a well-established e-commerce platform, it provides you with customers that are searching for products like yours.

Furthermore, Sellfy is also ideal for those who want to improve their sales, websites and social media. It provides you with one-click purchase button embeds that can be added to your social media posts as well as to websites. As a result, you can bring a straightforward payment process to your clients all over the world.

When you register, you get a starter package that provides you with a storefront that lets you store up to 5 digital items. Additionally, you get to use instant payout, discount coupons, Sellfy’s analytics and can accept payment in the four most used currencies—$, €, £ and ¥. With this package, Sellfy charges only 5% from every product you sell.

If the starter’s package is not what you need, you can buy a Professional plan. At this time, this package costs $15 a month and it charges you 2% of every sale you make. The Pro version provides you with every feature mentioned above as well as email marketing, unlimited product count, PayPal Express Checkout, much more currencies, email marketing and advanced store customization possibilities.

Moreover, Sellfy has a great blog that can help you to start your online business as well as can contribute to improving your current one. All things considered, Sellfy is a straightforward but powerful storefront that helps you to sell your digital products and earn some extra cash.

Fiverr

Fiverr is a great platform if you need to make quick money with your skills. It is a freelancer marketplace that will suit everyone’s needs. The site lets you buy or sell anything you want for over $5. You can find almost everything there, from a beginner designer that will make you a logo for $10 to professional designers that will make it for $100 or more.

You can sign up with Facebook, Google+ or email. After you do that you will be able to create a Gig where you will describe what kind of service or product you can provide to your customer. Furthermore, as soon as you complete the job, Fiverr allows your payment and the client reviews your service. The higher people rate you, the more new gigs you will be able to receive.

Every seller can charge as much as they want. However, Fiverr will take 20% of the revenue. It may seem a lot at first, but let’s consider advantages and disadvantages.

Probably one of the biggest benefits of the platforms is the user-friendly interface. As it does not require any prior technical abilities to start a gig. With a creative mind, everybody can find their potential on Fiverr. Also, for that price, it provides you with millions of customers worldwide that can pay even for the craziest things you can imagine.

Unfortunately, there are some minor drawbacks. First of all, there are so many gigs that it is hard to find a niche. Also, if you are selling a popular one, it might be hard to sell it in the beginning. Moreover, you do not have any control over your gigs. If someone buys it from you by mistake and cancels it. You will get a negative effect on your rating.

All in all, you will not make millions in a matter of days, but you will be able to earn some easy extra money.

Upwork

Upwork is one of the biggest freelance marketplaces. It has over 12-million freelancers and around 5-million clients.

You can sign up to Upwork for free and choose a Basic account to start. Additionally, there is a Plus plan that costs $10 per month. This membership gives you some advantages over the Basic one. However, you can quickly land a job without spending any extra money.

As soon as create an online profile, you can start bidding on the jobs you like. On the platform, you find work that matches your skills, and you send out your offer with a cover letter, previous work and your price. Then the client evaluates all of the submissions and chooses the most appropriate freelancer for an interview. Depending on the outcome of it you either get the job or not.

One submission to a job costs up to five Connects. The free membership provides you with 60 Connects a month. Additionally, the paid membership gives you 70. However, if the employer contacts you first through Upwork, it will not cost any.

One the major benefits of Upwork is that it allows you to choose between charging per hour or per project. Moreover, freelancers pay from 20% to 5% service fee depending on how much billing history you have with the particular client. The more work you do with the same customer, the smaller the service fee gets.

Oberlo

Have you ever heard of drop shipping? If not, here is a little explanation. Drop shipping is when you run an online store but do not have any warehouse for your products. Instead, you wait for someone to buy that item from the shop, and then you order that item from the manufacturer to send it directly to the consumer. It is as simple as that. You do not need massive storages, no purchase risk and you can make a fortune from it.

Oberlo makes it easy to do exactly that. It lets you import items from AliExpress into your online shop in just a few clicks. When you combine Oberlo with Shopify, you get the perfect e-commerce solution for earning some extra money.

First of all, you need to create an online store that can be set up in Shopify. It is one of the greatest e-commerce shop builders out there right now. Shopify is used by more than 500,000 online stores. Furthermore, for beginners, it offers a 14-day trial version. After that, it allows you to choose between three monthly membership plans. Plans start at $29.

Oberlo will help you to fill your store with products. However, it only works with Aliexpress, which some may consider a drawback. Nonetheless,  Aliexpress is a massive marketplace that provides you with millions of goods. As a matter of fact, Oberlo can manage many things automatically from inventory and price updates, sales analyses, to automatic order fulfillment. Therefore, you will have much more time to concentrate on marketing.

Oberlo provides you with three monthly membership plans: starter, basic and pro. Everything depends on how much time you want to spend on it. The first starter plan is free and lets you import up to 500 products and proceed up to 50 orders per month. The basic plan costs $29.90 and allows you to import 10,000 products and 500 monthly orders. The most expensive one, a pro plan, costs $79.90 and increases the limit to up to 30,000 products and allows to process a limitless number of orders.

To sum up, for the investment of $29, you can create a great online store and make some extra money. It has never been easier to set up an online shop. If you are still hesitating, Oberlo has an excellent blog that will help you to decide. It has many useful articles as well as tutorials on drop shipping. You can read this guide on how to begin your online business using Oberlo the right way, and maybe you will get inspired to do it yourself.

iWriter

As you may already guess iWriter is a place to earn money for those who are willing to write articles, blog posts, press releases, eBooks and everything else that is related to writing. When you register for a job at iWriter, they give you a rather simple grammar quiz with 15 questions which estimate your abilities. If you pass the test you will be ready to write for money.

One of the most important things in the platform is your rating. Highest ranking people can make up to $80 per 500 words. The rating reflects your experience and ability. As you may understand already, the higher the rating, the better-paid jobs, you can choose. The iWriter system calculates your score by analyzing your last ten work reviews.

Every new writer on the platform can only write standard jobs until they get 25 ratings that are greater than 4.1. After that, an author’s status is upgraded to a Premium one. Moreover, when your overall rating is higher than 4.6 after more than 30 jobs, you get promoted to Elite writer status. If somehow your rating is 4.85 or better when you have done 40 writing tasks, you advance to the very top of the writers called Elite Plus. That allows you to take and write the most challenging and highest paying jobs.

However, everything has its pros and cons. Maybe one of the biggest drawbacks is that you will not make much money in the first weeks of your job as it takes a lot of time to get promoted to Premium writer status. However, later you can make a decent amount of extra money. Everything depends on how much time you are willing to put into it.

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