This is a guest post contributed by Sarah Harvey on how she make money online off her free time. Follow her here on twitter to know more about her.
Selling Handcrafts Online
Have you ever thought of working with handmade crafts or creating your own? Why not make money from your handmade crafts that you so lovingly create?
Well to my surprise I found there was an easy way to make money with handmade crafts. Here are the basic steps you need to follow:
1. Sign up with www.etsy.com
Yes, you heard me right. I discovered a great social community called Etsy where you can buy and sell all things handmade. Some categories where you can sell your handmade crafts in could be art, bags and purses, ceramics and pottery, dolls and miniatures etc. There are many other categories you can choose from. It is worthwhile to have a look.
So once you have signed up, now what?
2. Sell your hand made crafts.
3. You could create digital collage pieces that you can sell for $3-$5 a time. This is the only time where you can collect public domain art and make your own to sell on this site. One thing you need to keep in mind is that you need to mention the fact that it is digital and that people can print it out. Of course you have to work on your pieces to make it creative and interesting or else it will not sell.
Here is a link where someone is selling their digital collage:
Now that is one way of making easy money on the internet.
So besides handmade crafts, how else can you make a bit of money?
Offering Freelance Writing Services
My personal favorite is to do some freelance writing.
Now some people may not enjoy the idea of writing, but for those that have a bit of creativity, you can easily make a bit of money part-time. If an extra $100-$500 sounds like it can help your family financially then consider freelance writing.
The catch is most people do not know where to start looking for these opportunities.
Here are some sites where you sell your services on:
Both the mentioned sites you can scour for potential jobs, but if you are more adventurous and love to attract visitors to your own sites then I would have to say that you need to sign up to http://www.ezinearticles.com and write informational content. The more interesting your content, the better it will rank and if you are selling a product or service on your website, you will make money from this. But like everything else it takes dedication and perseverance.
As for advertising your services, start with the basics. Create some business cards once you are confident of yourself, and start to think as a professional. If you don’t have a domain name yet, it is worthwhile to get one. Get a clean design and have the url imprinted on business card and stationary. Approach your local convenience shops and see if they will allow a free advert on the community boards. On the internet you can gather a reputation by participating in discussion forums, social sites and blogs of interest. In the end the more effort you make, the better the rewards will be in the long run.