If you know the ins and outs of search engines and have technical skills in platforms like Google Ads and Google Analytics, becoming an SEO consultant can be a lucrative option for you. Many small business owners don't realize how much of an impact search engine optimization (SEO) can have on their business. Start your online consulting business by educating those business owners on the power of SEO to help transform their websites and increase their conversion rates.
Another option is to again set up a Shopify store. But instead, you have customer orders drop-shipped to them by the manufacturer, or distributor. You know those super-cheap items you see on Facebook that seem too good to be true? The catch is always that it can take 30 – 45 days for your order to arrive – that’s the drop-shipping model in operation right there.

Startup costs: Freelance writing is another of those service-based businesses with very low start-up costs. There are tons of places online where you can find clients for free. At worst you can sign up for an Upwork account for $10 per month, just don’t plan on staying there forever. The most lucrative writing projects are rarely found on platforms like Upwork.
The difference between Amazon and EBay is that EBay (though still filled with new items) is seen as a used marketplace between individual parties, whereas Amazon (which is filled with offers for new and used merchandise from the 3rd parties) is viewed as a Wal-Mart-type superstore. As a consumer, this difference leads me to use Amazon, so it only makes sense to target on my own demographic.
The bulk of my personal income stems from writing content for other websites. I’ve been a writer for a long time, but I started writing for a living several years ago. Since then, I’ve done everything from writing a one-off essay in the Wall Street Journal to creating content for college websites. In addition to writing for The Simple Dollar, Bankrate, Business Insider, and U.S. News and World Report Travel, I also write copy for all kinds of other businesses.
Don’t worry, the process of building a website has been simplified so much with the Internet that it only takes 30 seconds to have your website up and running. It’s obviously going to be empty until you add content to it, but if you typed the website address into your browser you would arrive at a real, live website that is all yours to do whatever you want with.

So, how do you actually make money from a website? Think of a website or a blog as something similar to a newspaper or television station. Much of what you make will come from different forms of advertising displayed on your website. You can also sell products created by you or by somebody else. Here are a few different avenues to make money from your blog:

Trust me, I’m as cheap as they come… but if you’re serious about making money blogging, you need a self-hosted website. Domain names are cheap, running less than $20 a year. Hosting is cheap too. At Bluehost, you can actually get hosting for as little as $3.95/month when you commit for 36-months. (It’s normally $7.99/month if you pay annually.) They’ll even throw in a free domain name for your first year. How many hobbies do you have that are that cheap AND can make you money?!? You can learn more about Bluehost hosting plans here.

I’ve read a few of your posts now and I am thoroughly enjoying your blog! 🙂 I find it absolutely ridiculous when people target those who share their income reports. It’s like they don’t get how inspiring and encouraging those of us who are trying to become even somewhat successful working on a blog find them! I don’t like that attitude of “because you make more then me, you should be hated and punished!”

Bankrate.com is an independent, advertising-supported publisher and comparison service. Bankrate is compensated in exchange for featured placement of sponsored products and services, or your clicking on links posted on this website. This compensation may impact how, where and in what order products appear. Bankrate.com does not include all companies or all available products.


Upwork: This website offers a great marketplace for selling just about any professional service. You don't need a merchant account, website of your own or anything else for that matter. All you need to do is be able to provide a high-quality service at a reasonable price. But be informed, you will have to compete with many others that are constantly bidding on open jobs. 


To get your e-commerce business up and running, all you need is a web hosting service with an integrated shopping cart feature or e-commerce software. To simplify the shipping process, you can work with vendors to ship products to customers on your behalf. This can reduce the amount of inventory you need to keep onsite. [Related: A Small Business Guide to E-Commerce Shipping]
Making money online through advertising or product sales isn’t something that just happens. It takes time, effort, and skill. Remember, this is real money that advertisers are spending, which means they want to see results. You can’t just slap some ads up and hope to make a living online. You have to constantly remind people of the things you are selling.
5. Fiverr – Fiverr is a great place to make a few bucks or spend a few bucks if you need some of the services people offer. Basically, everything is $5. You either pay $5 or charge $5. They call them “gigs.” You can offer your services however you choose. If you sell art and you’re fine selling pieces for $5 each, that’s a gig. If you’re a graphic designer and you want to offer your services for $10/hour, simply offer a 30 minute gig. If they need two hours of graphic design, they pay you $20, or $10/hour by buying four gigs.
×