How to Make Money Online

A search on how to make money online typically gives you results that make major promises without a lot of substance to back them up. The Internet is an excellent vehicle for making money but that doesn't mean every opportunity is a get rich quick scheme.

For moms, online gigs give you the power of working when it's convenient for you. And you'll be able to combine staying home to raise your family with the flexibility of making money on your own terms.

While there are a large number of opportunities out there that are fun, legitimate, and put you in control of your earning, you have to be able to look through those transparent offers of making thousands per week simply by logging onto your computer. Ignore inflated promises and look through the legitimate ways you can make money online in the following list.

What else you need to know about how to make money online:

  •  Always use your judgment when deciding if an opportunity is right for you.
  • Be wary of so-called online moneymaking opportunities that require you to pay to get in on. There are plenty of ways to make money online that do not require any upfront fees.
  • Never hand over your personal information, such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, or social security number, to a company that claims that giving this information will get you started. Again, use your judgment.

Sell Your Photos Online

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Your camera's lens cap spends more time off than on. Being behind the camera and capturing everything from nature to the food on your plate is one of your favorite pastimes. You could be selling your photos online. Digital cameras and the Internet make it easier than ever for you to sell your photos. Upload your photos to sites like Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, iStock, and DreamsTime. Their compensation plans vary by site but the concept is the same -- you earn money when someone purchases and downloads your photo.

Start an Online Business

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Work your own hours and be your own boss. Start an online business that puts you in control of your destiny. You're only limited by your imagination but your dream online business could include an online travel agency, a membership site, or even a drop-ship business where you could sell gift baskets, baby products, and more. As with any business, you need to make sure your online business follows the law with proper business licensing and sales tax collection.

Open an Etsy Shop

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If you're crafty, join Etsy and set up your own shop. Sell your crocheted scarves, patterns, or even blog templates you've designed. Etsy is full of a variety of products for sale. Just take a look for inspiration. However, because Etsy is full of other sellers, you'll have to work extra hard to make your store stand out from the crowd but Etsy has plenty of tools to help you monitor your traffic, put your products on sale and find new ways to increase your revenue.

Become an eBay Shop Owner

Look through your attic and closets. It's time for a purge. Selling on eBay is an easy way for you to clear up the clutter in your home while making money. But you can also look at eBay as an income opportunity through its many business models. Besides selling your own stuff, you can browse garage sales to find inventory or even open your own eBay consignment business to sell other people's belongings while earning a cut.

Monetize Your Blog

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Do you blog? You could be making money while you sleep. It doesn't matter how big or small you think your blog and audience are, any blogger can take advantage of the many moneymaking opportunities there are for their blogs. Advertising and affiliate programs are some of the most popular ways to monetize your blog. But there are plenty of other ways to make money using your blog.

Begin Freelancing

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Ten years ago, freelancers had to do a lot of legwork to find freelance gigs. Today's freelancers have so many job possibilities at their fingertips, thanks to the Internet. With a simple click, you can start freelancing. It's easier than ever to get job descriptions in front of your eyes from companies and individuals looking for extra help for everything from administrative duties to graphic design.

More Ways to Make Money From Home

Online opportunities aren't the only ways to make money at home. There are a number of work-at-home possibilities. You just have to know where to look and be sure to avoid getting scammed. 

Other Ways Stay-at-Home Moms Can Make Money

Becoming a stay-at-home mom doesn't automatically exclude you from bringing in cash for your family. There are plenty of ways stay-at-home moms can make money. Find an opportunity that allows you to alleviate the strain on your family budget while still allowing you to stay home with the kids.