Napaka-broad ng topic na ito kaya I decided to break it down into series. In this article, we will first talk about the top 4 ways to make money online. Tapos I will break down every category later on para hindi kayo malito mga ka-SMW’s (short for supermomwives – I made it up. LOL)
I just want to share a little bit about myself para malaman nyo na may knowledge din ako sa business. I am a proud graduate of Mindanao State University, Marawi City and took up a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Entrepreneurial Marketing. I currently work for an Australian and U.S owned businesses through the online platform Upwork.com as a Social Media Manager, Copywriter, Virtual Assistant, SEO strategist, and Graphic Designer for Online Marketing.
I know a lot of things when it comes to the e-commerce industry and how people make money out of it. Now please allow me to clarify my stance on referral groups and this is a personal opinion, I don’t want to offend anyone (especially my sister who sent me a referral link last night lol) – you can make money, yes, but you’re not improving your skills nor your brain from doing it.
Let me elaborate.
I’m all about self-improvement, acquiring of skills, doing something that’s going to benefit you and your children’s children in the long run. I’m all about gaining knowledge, passing it on to the next generation, something that will develop into a stable, permanent income as well as give you SELF-FULFILLMENT.
Is this possible? Of course, it is!
Whether you’re a pinay mom or wife, working full-time or not – you can always use an additional income to help out with paying the bills. So you need to find out how to make money online na hindi lang legit, kung hindi yung alam mong mag la-last din. It should be something that will give you more opportunities in the future. Something promising!
Aside from what I already know, I also did a little bit of research on how to make money online. These are what I found (and has experienced with):
1. Freelancing Services
Putting this first because I can personally testify it’s legit and SELF-FULFILLING. There are tons of websites over the internet that you can register with to work as a freelancer (i.e. Upwork, Hubstaff, Fiverr, Freelancer.com). Millions of clients (business owners) around the world are looking for freelancers who are expert in content writing, social media management, search engine optimization, graphic designing, mobile apps development, and more! Okay – don’t worry if you’re not an expert to these things. There are other jobs that don’t require you to be expert something – just your willingness to learn (i.e. customer service). I myself didn’t know at first I could work as a freelance writer and virtual assistant and earn a decent amount of money because I thought I didn’t have the skills! But guess what? I did it! Read about how I did it here!
Meanwhile, please go over Upwork.com, make an account, set up your payment method (bank or PayPal), and look for jobs that are best suited for you. I’ll write about tips on how to find the right client soon so make sure you keep yourself updated to my blog.
2. Online Selling
I’m sure you already know this and probably tried doing it or are already doing it. But for those who do not know yet, here’s a glance at what online selling is. Online selling can be done through Facebook, Instagram, and e-commerce platforms. You can sell pretty much anything, as long as it’s legal of course. Make sure you’re selling something trendy and affordable. Selling through Facebook and Instagram is easy because you already have friends who trust you – thus, trust your product too. It’s perfect for small business owners! If you’re into something big, creating an e-commerce store is the best way to go. We’ll further discuss the do’s and don’ts of online selling soon!
In the meantime, I suggest that you do a quick and simple market research. Ask your friends, kapag nag o-online shopping sila, what are the top 4 products they usually buy, from the most important to the least important? Get their answers and see if there’s a market for those type of products. Kung wala pa, baka ikaw lang ang hinihintay nila na magsimula nito!
3. Online Tutorial
Are you very good at speaking the English language? Are you an expert in a certain field and you want to make money out it? Then become an online tutor! Mga ka-SMW’s, you’ll never discover your full potential if you don’t try. Get yourself a decent laptop, a headphone with a noise-canceling feature, and a fast internet connection, and you’re good to go! You’ll find available tutorial jobs through Upwork, Indeed, 51Talk, Acadsoc, Hubstaff, and even through Facebook right away – there are tons of them.
4. Become a Blogger
Yes! You can make money by blogging! There are a lot of ways to do it but I highly recommend the Affiliate Links and Pay Per Click route. All other ways like advertisements sponsored posts, selling e-books, etch, you’ll discover and learn later on. To put it simply, Affiliate Marketing is promoting other people’s products and earn commissions from it. You first need to apply, get approved, and then start promoting their product or services through your blog. The commission you get typically ranges from 5 to 12% of the product’s price. As for PPC, you’re earning money from every ad clicks shown on your blog site. You may also earn money through cost-per-mil (CPM) wherein you get paid for every 1000 page views on your site.
Here are some of the famous ad networks where you can apply to start making money:
Google Adsense – Requires 100 USD minimum payout and pays every 21st of the month via western union or electronic funds transfer.
Mediavine – You must have at least 30k views per month before you can apply. They pay via PayPal and rumored to be higher paying ads than Adsense.
Adthrive – Approval requires 100k page views per month, your blog site needs to have valuable content. They also got 100USD minimum payout with multiple payment methods.
Medianet – Pays via PayPal and also has 100 USD minimum earnings.
What can I recommend?
Among these four ways, I would recommend offering freelancing services simply because that is currently how I make my money – it’s safe and legit. But it’s going to take a little while to build your profile so you need patience. Once na-build mo na ang profile mo by having positive feedback from previous clients and work experiences, mas magiging stable na ang income mo. Other freelancers even earn up to 40, 000 pesos per month minimum from freelancing. Wala pa ako sa puntong yan but I’m working on it. Lol.
Sa ilang taon kong pagiging freelancer, madami akong natutunan. I learned that sometimes, we limit ourselves in giving our best because we’re scared that we might fail at baka pagtawanan lang tayo ng mga tao. Trust me, I’ve failed and made mistakes multiple times – even made some of my bosses get upset over my tardiness and lack of discipline – but hey! I learned a lot from those mistakes. As years pass by natutunan kong i-meet ang expectations ng mga clients ko, I learned time management, developed my skills more, even learned new ones! Don’t let the comments of other people stop you from achieving big things – you can do so much more. Girl power!