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Ever wonder what other ways you can earn aside from your regular job? In the last two years since the pandemic, you hear common words mentioned in articles and from your chat groups.
Online, home business, freelancing, side hustle, and work from home are often-used terms that make you wonder how to make money online.
How do you even get into the online game and does it exist in the Philippines? You’ll be surprised to see there are many options for you to choose from.
But we’ll narrow it down to ten practical and easy ways to make money online. Online work is divided into four areas of interest, which will help you decide what online gig or business you can get into.
- Physical Products are sold through online stores or platforms.
- Time will make use of services, freelancing, and consulting.
- The information involves well-researched content creation with search engine optimization (SEO) keywords.
- Digital products have access to apps, software, web-based tools, online courses, and services as software (SaaS)
Things to Remember Before Making Money Online
Remember that you want to make money online the legitimate way, which means you have to comply with the necessary things to get started.
1. Register an Email address with the correct details such as full name and contact number to convince your customers of legitimacy. Using a pseudo name without full contact details will keep everyone at a distance instead of drawing them in.
The email is used on different online sites as a seller or a freelancer.
2. Register in a payment platform where you can receive and disburse payments. You will need to show a government issue ID as proof that you are the same person.
Locally you can use your bank details for payment transfers but if you want a level of protection, you can use the popular GCash or PayMaya which many sellers and buyers have on their smartphones.
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Other digital payment gateways for e-commerce are PayPal, Dragonpay, Paymongo, PesoPay, Coins.ph, 2Checkout, NextPal.
3. If you intend to have a virtual or online store, you need to apply for a Department of Trade and Industry business name registration as mandated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue memorandum 60-2020, and a business permit from your city or municipal hall.
01 of 11Sell Home Food Online
Selling home-cooked food online has become so popular during the pandemic outbreak. . The rise of specialty foods from someone’s kitchen or a baker’s dessert was splashed through Facebook, Instagram, Viber, WhatsApp, FB Messenger, Snap chat. Some would even entice customers with a TikTok portion of the newly cooked item.
Restaurants and stores remained closed during the lockdown. This paved the way for food offerings and produce supplies for delivery. Vegetables, fruits, and meats were easily ordered through the chat groups and paid via GCash, PayMaya, or direct deposit to the bank.
But selling food is not as easy as you think. You have to market your product nicely, which you can do through WordPress with high-definition, clear food pictures. Some would package a trial pack of different dishes to allow customers a wider range of choices and get them to do a repeat order.
Before starting your food business, study the pointers from Quicksprout, which outlines a good business plan down and marketing your food.
You must also observe the correct food handling rules and safety requirements. Be aware of purchasing the quality products that the Official Gazette of the Philippines discusses at length.
02 of 11Sell Items Online Live
Who would’ve thought the Filipinos would start buying heavily online than visit a physical store? Before the pandemic, the mall was the place to eat, shop, or watch a movie. People enjoyed the whole experiential exercise of fitting clothes or trying out shoes, instead of ordering online like the behavior of other countries.
E-commerce has completely changed the retail behavior of the customers. Traders who can find a cheap product can easily add a margin and sell this in their virtual stores in different apps. Lazada and Shoppee have made it easy for you to be a seller and encourage its merchants to do aggressive marketing to push their items.
Another platform is Facebook’s Marketplace, which is a free website. It has a live feature that allows sellers to offer items to their friends. Study the features that include FB Dynamic Ad, Cross-Sells, and Win-back Campaigns to increase your selling chances. Check out YouTube for these tips on FB selling.
As you browse through other sites from the ones mentioned above like Zalora, Carousell, and Instagram, you will notice anything and everything is sold. From skin creams to solar lights to frying pans to outdoor tents, practically everything you can think of is available.
This is where convenience plays an important role because searching for an item or product is through your smartphone or computer. There is no need to go from one store to the next, as a tap in your smartphone will lead you to sellers who display pictures and can answer queries through the chatbox of the app.
03 of 11Data Entry and Typing Jobs
Typing skills and patience to understand simple instructions are needed for data entry and typing jobs. You must understand different documents such as a PDF, Excel and Word Document, Google Docs, etc. as clients send files and ask you to fill in the information on the sheet.
The different typing jobs include transcription, captioning jobs, resume typing, encoding, translation, etc. You will likely take a typing test to determine your speed and accuracy. If you have a level of experience in a certain field, such as pharmaceutical, art, business, real estate, etc., it is best to declare it as those kinds of jobs fetch a higher fee.
Typing, resume, captioning, encoding, and translation jobs are offered in freelance platforms like OnlineJobs.ph.com, Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Flexjobs, Guru, etc. For transcription, you can apply to TranscribeMe, Go Transcript, and Remotasks. Local jobs from established companies listed are likewise available.
You need to be careful about these types of contracts, as some will use your time and not compensate for your effort. A word of warning is to stay away from Captcha typing jobs or test jobs since most of them are scams and not legitimate clients. While there is high competition for jobs like these, if you are lucky to start a contract, then the jobs will come in easily.
04 of 11Answer Surveys
Companies often gather information through surveys for market research, customer profiling, and feasibility study on a product, personality, or event. Surveys ask direct questions with measurable data that gives a clear sectoral opinion. Topics vary on politics, health, religion, mental health, food, dining, etc.
A rule of thumb is to understand that online surveys are called get-paid-to (GPT) with an option to do other different tasks that will boost your earnings. As you apply for the GPT survey, you can do other allied tasks by signing up for:
- Online trials
- Downloading apps
- Participating in free contests
You must be careful with the website you participate in, to avoid unpaid time and being scammed. Many will ask you to participate in answering a survey and promise a token or fee after you submit the questionnaire, only to be left waiting in the end.
For a list of legitimate survey websites, you can check the Survey Police list of user-rated legitimate sites in the Philippines. TGM Panel, MOBROG, YouGov, Panel Champ, SurveyTime, and Toluna Influencers are some top-rated sites you can register with. Compare the rates and register in 6-8 sites and get paid a minimum of U$1 for a completed survey on different topics.
05 of 11Read News, Memes & Watch Videos
Reading and Media literacy involves identifying words that have a message. Picking keywords to make sense of the content and using the information to decide if it is a persuasive, critical, or informational message. Understanding is the basis of media literacy in the written news, social media, or YouTube.
If you like to read the news and understand what’s going on in the world, then that knowledge can earn you some income. How about memes that are not easily understood by many, but make sense to you? Do you have the patience to watch new video clips or live streams and understand what it’s about?
Understanding multimedia can be monetized with online apps. Signing up on the app will earn you points that you cash out after a few days. You also get bonus cash if you invite a friend or family member to sign in.
BuzzBreak is a legitimate app that can pay you through GCash when doing the above and completing an offer. Snippetmedia has payment done through Kachings. Philippines Today on Facebook allows you to become a member, subscribe, and respond to instructional posts.
06 of 11Review Feedback on Products
Most of the time when you buy a product, there is descriptive or instructional content. But before clicking the buy button, there are reviews under the product from actual users who have tried it. This serves as part of closing a sale, where you read testimonials or reviews from the other customers, and paid product reviewers.
Companies conduct review feedback on an item before they launch a product. In the past, only a select few did product reviews. But now, it is easy to be a paid product reviewer. Remember, this job is for a specific person to test their products. If you focus group on age, race, and sex, then you can start product reviewing.
Some companies do not pay for the review and give the product for free. But you want to earn your time and effort in writing your review. Choose websites that offer paid product testing by sharing your demographic information.
A sure and easy way to earn is to test out items and give reviews or feedback. You will need to use the keywords or answer questions related to the product. Sites like Manila Channel, Home Tester Club, Opinion Hero are just some companies you can join in the Philippines. TGM Panel is a review site for the Philippine audience but can be used for other countries.
07 of 11Sell Pictures or Images Online
Do you have a passion for taking different photos of different subjects? You may be a beginner, amateur, or expert and still post beautiful pictures. As long as you produce beautiful images from a high-resolution camera, then you can monetize your pictures. But remember there is tight competition for selling images, so it is best to remember a few tips when you get into this gig:
- Find your subject niche and aim to keep updating well-edited images in your portfolio.
- Start small by using your Instagram and Facebook to show your pictures and images, then build your audience from there.
- Create different ways of passive income as you pursue your photography craft and collect your images to build your portfolio.
Photos are products of one’s passion and talent. The images are needed for articles, blogs, events, product backgrounds, or enhancements. This explains the high demand for pictures and images because it adds interest and excitement to content material with visual appreciation. The minimum you can sell a photo locally is priced between Php 10-50 depending on the picture quality.
You can also post online and earn in other currencies. Send pictures to Shutterstock, iStockphoto, and SmugMug Pro. Some sites screen the photographer’s portfolio before accepting them to join the site. But the other sites that give royalty protection and commissions are Adobe Stock, Getty Images, Etsy, 500px,123RF, etc.
It only takes one viral meme picture or image to instantly hit that money-making picture. Some might take a while before it hit their success but others could take a only few months. Take for example the crying-laughing Yao Ming. It’s one of the widely use memes on the internet today. 9Gag site is known for making viral memes and one could argue that on the daily traffic it gets, it does make money online through ads and app.
08 of 11Simple Virtual Tasks or Assistance
Many want to do a side gig, but don’t know where to start. If you have the time and patience to become a personal assistant of someone, then you can do virtual tasks and earn from them. Being a virtual assistant has many fields that you can apply to:
- An Insider Sales Agent (ISA) is also called an appointment setter who calls for leads, documents information and sets an appointment with your client.
- General Admin Virtual Assistant (GVA) handles paperwork, customer support, project management, creates marketing materials in social media, etc.
- Real Estate Admin VA (GVA) handles the paperwork, real estate transactions, creates marketing materials in social media, etc.
- Marketing & Design VA handles the creative side of clients’ collateral development, graphic design and layout, production and video editing, website management, etc.
- Support & Customer Service VA takes care of customers’ questions, helps desk support and tickets to ensure customer satisfaction.
- Accounting & Bookkeeping VA handles all clients’ bookkeeping from ledgers to customer invoices and accounting.
Popular sites for signing in are MyOutDesk, The World’s Best Assistants, Alpha Iota, Virtual Business Staffing, Admin24Seven, Emapta, Cover Desk, etc. has competitive starting pays depending on the position you are assigned. You can also look in jobstreet.com.ph for more listings for a virtual assistant. Clickworker is another app available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
09 of 11Transcribe Videos & Audios
Transcribing videos and audio is another to make money online but it requires strong hearing ability, fast typing on reliable transcribing software, and concentration. You have to listen carefully, so you can write down what was said, otherwise you might miss an important word that may be a dealbreaker in a contract or agreement. You need a high proficiency in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
The automated software and apps that use artificial intelligence convert audio to text, but are not accurate. There are words not recognized or left out of the text, or incorrect words added to the sentence. This poses a problem if verbatim sentences are required in negotiations or drafting a contract.
Transcription services are needed for specific fields, and some will need certification as proof of basic knowledge in the field. You need keen attention to detail, time management, and research skills. You must be prepared to sign non-disclosure agreements, as the information you handle is considered confidential. The different job descriptions include:
- Medical Transcription includes physicians’ voice recordings, diagnostic summary reports, patient histories, medical documents, patient referrals, and health benefit claims.
- Legal Transcription includes lawyer’s voice recordings, court officials and clients recorded or live proceedings, police investigations, social benefit claims, and bank loan applications.
- Business transcription includes business conferences, lectures, job interviews, financial reports, focus group discussions, job interviews, customer inquiries, etc.
- Academic Transcription includes academic conferences, class lectures, recorded speaking engagements, focus group discussions, one-on-one interviews, etc.
- Multimedia Transcription includes celebrity interviews, podcasts, YouTube, commercials, music tracks, promotional videos, etc.
You can apply with the following TranscribeMe, Accutran Global, QuickTate, Casting Words, National Capitol Contracting, GMR Transcription, Daily Transcription, and many more.
10 of 11Answer Questions
Google has become the go-to for questions we have in our minds, but did you know that sometimes there are questions that Google doesn’t have answers to? Your job is to go to the websites with experts answering the question for you. You need to research and choose the best answer from a reliable source or person of knowledge.
Quora and Reddit have answers to detailed questions, but if you are an expert in a certain field, you can monetize your stock knowledge. Just be ready to prove your background, track record, or niche. If your answer is valuable and not found in Google, then you can make big money from this.
Answering questions doesn’t mean you can make up the answers without research or backed up by facts. If you want to earn from an expertise topic, you can check out the different sites and get paid a good rate for a successful answer. The earning might be minimal at first but as you grow your audience and prove your authority on a subject it is one of the best alternatives to make money online.
Here are some of the sites JustAnswer, PrestoExperts, Experts 123, Wonder, Maven, 6ya, HelpOwl are some sites you can visit and sign up with.
11 of 11Final Notes
Earning online is an easy and achievable task that anyone can get into. All you have to do is take a look at the list above to decide the right fit for you. Notice some jobs don’t require any skill like joining surveys or reading the news. But others require a skill that will get you a good-paying rate as compared to newbies.
Whether you are just starting or want to do this as a side gig, you can earn from wherever you are and whatever time you choose. It is a great way to earn extra revenue as a side gig, but also a convenient way to work from home. There are many options out there for extra opportunities, but it is up to you to take the first step and sign up and start earning online.
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