How To Develop A Side Income Online

Business, today, is not what used to be. When I start working there were no widespread internet infrastructures and its main purpose is to facilitate the communication between distance business parties. The advance of technology and the practices developed upon the web’s infrastructure changed all that and render Internet one of the favorite places for doing business, communicate and interact.

How To Develop A Side Income Online

The shift of the traditional economy to a digital one was not always easy nor happens without problems. But the new model of doing business remotely is now present and can be used by anyone interested in developing a side income online to boost up his/her living or enhance his/her present income.

It is not difficult today to have some good ideas for developing products or rent your knowledge and skills to someone else, exchanging your time for money (or other resources, of course)

What Digital Economy Has To Offer You

The digital economy was developed rapidly in the late 20th century growing in large numbers early in the 21st century, sponsoring a financial model could sustain different and remote working lifestyles, unseen at previous ages.

The advance of the technology, the integration of many systems, the global economy and the new working practices may cost a lot of working positions at the traditional economies but today have provided viable alternatives, of equal importance for the new age workers.

The new conditions provide means and feasible ways for everyone with the right skills and knowledge to get a side income online, either exchanging money for his/her time or expertise or by packaging knowledge and skills at info-products easily commercialized in various online places and shops.

The shift of the average person from a full-time worker status to a remote worker one, become at the expense of personal time, the lack of quality time with the loved ones and the individual’s health accompanied by the transition of the average person from just a consumer to a consumer and producer status (at the same time).

Entrepreneurship does not come easy and the person(s) wants to succeed in that road (let alone to gain some income in the process) need to invest time, resources and energy along to their talents to make it work.

Either as an entrepreneur, small business owner, freelancer, remote worker, wannabe solopreneur, prospect edupreneur, etc. you need to cross a steep path of learning and investment of time, energy, etc. before you see the first results of your efforts. It takes time, and you cannot do it on your own. At least you cannot do all the things required for your success, all by yourself.

Thus a person does not have the expertise and knowledge for selling online either has to gain them, investing a long period of training in subjects as different as web design, webinars, marketing, sales, pre- and post-sales procedures, copy-writing, startups, product development or find (hire, associate with, collaborate, etc.) with people already have such knowledge and are ready to offer them in exchange for a reasonable price.

Basic Requirements For Working Online

In order to start “plug-in” to the new “digital domain” and start developing profitable streams of side income online, you need a lot of skills and knowledge as well as an infrastructure capable of sustaining your online endeavors.

You need both soft and hard resources to commit to the success of your intentions. But before you do that you need:

  • a Vision (for your personal and professional life to be)
  • a cool analysis of where you are and where you want to be after X time
  • SMART goals supporting the above vision
  • a strategy aligns all the above and dictates the necessary activities for your success.

These requirements, of course, are the first step of your “venture”. You need to select how you are going to operate in the digital market and how you will get your income.

You may want to establish a small home business, become an entrepreneur, develop a small business, work as freelancer etc. given the restrictions, the rules and the customs provided by the particular market you are planning to operate in.

What It Needs to Getting A Side Income Online

For every and each role you might want to assume in a business capacity, in order to get side income online, you need a minimum set of requirements. An extra income does not come without a small initial investment (at least of your time and energy)!

For extra money online, you need, at a minimum:

  • knowledge and skills you can use or/and rent/offer in the market
  • a place to work from, equipped at least with a modern computer, telephone facilities, and internet connection
  • a working environment can support and sustain your work (i.e. provides necessary equipment, communication, and Internet access as well as the necessary devices for your working purposes, is sufficient secluded to provide isolation conditions and it is easily accessible by you, etc.)
  • a strict time schedule you are going to follow to be able to complete the activities at hand
  • self-discipline, communication and marketing abilities
  • listening, writing, reading and presentation skills at a high level, and
  • specialized skills can differentiate you from competition (these are exactly the most required skills you can exchange for money)

Of course for certain things, you can work efficiently from your local favorite café, or from the park using a laptop, but it is essential to have a “base” which you will use for designing and operate your business. It is also essential to have an online site or a blog in order to gain authority and communicate your skills and your business to the people interested in cooperating with you.

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In any case, two basic resources you need to develop (sooner rather than later) in your online career and can help you get a better-structured side income online is:

  • a website or a blog,
  • some project management, marketing, and sales knowledge,
  • Financial management skills, and
  • a list of people interested in listening what have you say (a subscription list or mailing list basically! Check and: Permission Marketing).

How To Develop A Side Income Online

To start working online you need first to check what you love to do and if that is something market would pay for! If this is the case, you are a fortunate one, but still, if you want to have some profits from your online activities you need to have a base (along to many outposts around the web).

This would maximize your authority and visibility and would provide you with an online hub for your business operations.

In pursuing online profit, your blog or site would be the first “passive engine” for income generation, by capitalizing your “online land space” for monetization via affiliations and advertising. You can use various services proving passive income as is:

Besides, passive income, though, there are many more things you can do, in order to earn a side income online. Among these and dependent on your skills, knowledge, time and energy restrictions, etc. you can find as more profitable the following ones.

  • You can become a small entrepreneur promoting products, services, and items online while you explore other online opportunities. This model is a flexible one because it permits you to work from anywhere and you can change quickly its main focus if you see the one you operates is not a successful one. Furthermore, is an operational model can be scaled up easily! You need of course an online site for such an operation, but there are opportunities can be handled without this requirement. In this area, you can test, verify and exploit almost any opportunity for profit. Among them, there are opportunities in areas as the:
  • If you have a great idea, you can launch a small startup company for developing a new product and service. This venture (or similar ones) would help you to exploit your product/services using the new financial model you are going to setup on the process
  • You can go freelancing exchanging your time for money. In this area, you can provide many services to 3rd party clients, as:
    • Writing
    • SEO Services
    • Design Services
    • Product Development
    • Social Media Marketing & Promotion
    • Course development
    • Training or business resources development
    • Coding & Programming
    • Remote work on distributed projects
    • Business development
    • Product Development
    • Image, Picture and Video Processing
    • Voice over services,
    • Audio Processing,
  • Product development and sales. Perhaps you have an excellent experience in a business area (as web or graphics design, course development, multimedia products, books, and e-books, etc.). One activity you might want to employ is to research and develop digital or info-products of greater interest and either directly sell them to your audience or via affiliate networks. In any way, you never start developing a product if you are not sure about its reception by the public (check: How I Made $10,000 in 24-hours With My First Product).

Of course, not all activities are suited to everyone. You need to dedicate some time and resources to find out which one is the best for you and exploit only the most suitable to your mentality, value structure, beliefs, and time & place restrictions.

In any case, you need to start now and try exploring what you want to do. Even, in the case that the conditions are not suitable (or even if that you believe).

Good luck!

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    Takis Athanassiou is an IT Consultant, Blogger, Trainer & Writer, active in the areas of leadership, business consulting, e-Learning and social media. He aims at the development of people, business and assets! You can check out his blog, add him in Google+ and follow him on Twitter.

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