The people who said that the web was the future of commerce weren’t lying. Every year connections get faster, and applications for the web grow.
When you think about it, this trend makes a lot of sense. The internet potentially strips away a lot of the so-called “transaction costs” of just going to work. Since the internet is available everywhere, workers can work from anywhere. They don’t even have to get out of bed if they don’t want to with things like tablets now ready to our bidding.
So what opportunities are out there in 2016? In short, a lot. Here’s just a few of them.
Having a website is like owning a plot of land. In the real world, you might build a house, a garden, and a driveway. In the digital world, that’s all unnecessary content. The real value is in the knowledge and the content that you share each time somebody comes to visit.
You can make a handsome income designing websites online. If you’re a pro programmer, then, of course, you’ll be looking out for big contracts to build bespoke platforms. But you don’t have to have any formal training. There is a market for people who design websites using online website builder templates. You’d be surprised at just how in-demand those with an artistic touch are. Very few people are able to design a website that looks great, is appropriate for the content, and is easily navigated.
You can also make money through your own website. Attract enough interest in your blog and you can make a good income just from advertising. Add on top of that any premium content, books or subscriptions, and you’re flying.
Speaking of advertising, Google has a great advertising platform that is simple and easy to use. You just sign up – as with most Google products – and then enable Adsense on Blogger, or pasting the HTML onto your web page. Either way, it’s easy to do.
The internet is sometimes an unusual place – or at least a place that’s very different to the traditional workplace. And one of the most unexpected things that have come out of it recently is crowd sourcing. If you’ve not heard of it, don’t worry. It’s just a way to get work done by sending tasks out to a big crowd of people.
Mturk, run by Amazon, is just one example of a crowd sourcing platform. You just tell Mturk about your skills and personal info. And then you’ll be assigned a variety of tasks to complete and get paid to boot. Things like transcribing audio recordings are regular options. But so too are identifying web content and doing data entry.
What’s cool about Mturk is how you can progress to more challenging tasks once you’ve shown you’re able to complete easier tasks. In that sense, it’s a lot like a regular job. As you progress, there will be greater opportunities to make money. Don’t expect the payouts to be big, though. They’re not. But Mturk and other platforms like it can be an excellent way to boost your income while you’re lazing about on the couch.
I know what you’re thinking: “You can’t make money on LinkedIn.” Well, it’s true, you can’t. At least not directly. But consider what LinkedIn offers for a moment. Here we have a platform that is dedicated to connecting professionals together. And we know that once professionals are connected, they start doing business with each other.
Putting your details out there on LinkedIn is a great way to get connected. If you run a B2B small business, you’ll be able to use LinkedIn to drive more interest in your product. And if you’re looking for a new or better job, LinkedIn is the place to find new contacts.
Sign Up To The Craigslist Of Childcare
One of the great things about the opportunities on the internet is that they’re often things you can just do straightaway. One example is Care.com, the Craigslist of childcare.
If you’re a babysitter or nanny, you can use Care to expand your reach. Like most internet platforms, it’s reputation-based. The better your reputation, the pickier you can be about the gigs that you accept.
Right now blogging is big money. Businesses are desperate for people who can write great content for their websites and get the punters in.
Most bloggers receive a flat rate of payment from blogging on various sites across the web. And usually, they start writing blogs between 150 and 500 words.