You don’t have to be a seasoned professional to make money – all you need, in fact, is a computer and an internet connection. Here are some ways you can make money with minimal experience and rewarding return.
1. Sell your stuff online
If you have a number of things in storage or lying around in your home, you can make money simply by getting rid of them. The digital equivalent of the car boot sale, sites like eBay and Amazon allow you to list your item, name a price, and wait for a buyer. It’s easy and requires minimal effort. It’s also the perfect excuse to do that major clear out you’ve been putting off.
2. Play games online
You may not be an expert poker player, but there are other ways to make money from cyber gambling. Online bingo is a fun, easy way to cash in on playing a game – and one that doesn’t require much experience. You can take advantage of freebies and giveaways for new members as you get into the swing of things.
3. Mystery shop
Getting paid to eat out at a restaurant or shop at a high street retailer may sound too good to be true. The demand for exceptional customer service and consistent performance means that mystery shoppers regularly audit individual stores. Several brand-auditing services like Retail Active and GFK are constantly recruiting new shoppers for their clients, which range from Pret a Manger to Jimmy Choo.
Starting your own website may seem daunting, but online platforms like Blogspot and WordPress make starting a website or blog easy, intuitive, and hassle-free. Since they are used by so many websites, they have online communities of bloggers that support each other, give each other feedback and exchange links.
Once you’ve joined the community, started the website and are updating it regularly, it’s just a matter of time before you’ll be contacted by advertisers wanting banner space on your site. For a head start, you can use Google’s AdSense to make money from ads – just remember that this way means you have to share the money with Google.
5. Start a YouTube Channel
Justine Ezarik – known on YouTube as iJustine – is a “lifecaster” whose channels consist of everyday moments of her life, from receiving her iPhone bill to walking down the street. She has millions of followers and a cult following, and is one of YouTube’s most popular success stories.
Pick a theme, start a channel, update regularly and see where it goes. As long as you are a YouTube partner – which allows the site to display ads on your videos – you will make money from every view. And who knows? Your videos may even go viral.