4 Ways to Use Tech You Already Own to Make Money Online

We all know that the holiday season can be a very strenuous time financially for many families. What a better time for this post reader, Rebecca, on how to earn money from home using tech you already own?

The internet and personal technology make it easy for anyone to earn money online. Whether you're looking to add an additional full-time income or just want to raise some extra funds for a family vacation or the next holiday, there is a money-making solution for you. If you're ready to start earning money in your free time by working online, keep reading. We're breaking down a few easy ways to make anything from a little extra pocket cash to a sizable income.

Get Paid for Your Opinion

There are countless companies on the web looking for real opinions about their products, services and want consumers really want. Sites like Swagbucks, Opinion Outpost and Harris Poll will pay you to fill out surveys about things you buy, your favorite products and more.
You can even fill out surveys directly from your smartphone, that way you can work on them waiting for your kids' soccer practice to be over, standing in line at the grocery store or anywhere else you find yourself with some free time.

Sell Items Online

Another easy way to use technology to make money online is by selling items that you no longer need or use. Website and apps like Offerup, Poshmark or eBay make it easy to sell clothing, furniture and other items that you no longer use or want. Using your smartphone, simply snap pictures of the items and create your listings. You can choose your price and set whether or not you'll accept lower bids.

You'll get a notification when you get an offer or an item sells. Then all you have to do is ship your item to the buyer, using the labels provided by the app or site that you used.

Start a Blog and Use Social Media to Grow Your Network

If you love sharing your ideas, tips, recipes and more with your friends and family, another great way to make some extra money online is by launching a blog. You could choose from a blog about parenting advice, a foodie column offering fresh recipes or even a travel blog with tips for planning family vacations.

With website-building tools like Wordpress and Weebly, it's simple to buy a domain and set up your site. You can then use social media to grow your network and boost traffic to your site. Engage with brands related to your blog's topic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Connect with other bloggers writing on similar topics.

Once you've grown a following, you can monetize your blog by adding advertisements or becoming an affiliate marketer for the brands that you've been connecting with.

Launch Your Own Business

If you already have a blog and are looking to take monetizing it to the next level, or are simply looking for a better way to make a substantial income online, you can also launch your own business. If you're thinking that you need extensive business experience to launch your own company, think again. Direct selling businesses like Amway make it easy for anyone to start their own business, regardless of their experience level.

You'll start by choosing your products, setting up an online store and then working to market yourself to customers. Like marketing your blog, you can market your online store by connecting with other brands, business owners and buyers who might be interested in your products through social media.
It's also in your best interest to use sales visibility tools to gain insights and generate visual graphs that can be used to represent open pipelines in dollars, win rates, average sales cycles, etc. For example, Einstein Analytics can be used to obtain easy access to potential business opportunities and other areas of growth that will help your organization thrive. It can also help you measure business performance and success.

Start Earning Money Online Today

Deciding which of these online money-making solutions will work for you largely depends on how much money you need and when you need it. If you're only looking to raise a little extra cash in your free time, then online surveys or resale sites are a great choice. The first option will help you get money fast, though it may not be a large amount at first. The second option takes longer but can lead to a big payout if you have enough items to sell.

Launching your own business or starting and monetizing a blog can provide a great source of income, though you'll have to take some time to set them up and start growing your audience.
No matter which option you choose, sticking with it and putting in time and effort will help you make the most of each method and give you the greatest return on your investment.

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Penniless Parenting

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