Quite a few years ago, I made the decision that I wanted to work for myself rather than working for someone else. At that point in time, the concept of making money on the Internet was still relatively new. However, more and more people were catching on to the idea.
One of my friends had started selling clothing on eBay and was making a decent amount of money. After seeing how successful she was, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at it, too, to see if I could earn some extra income online. However, instead of selling clothing, I wanted to sell my own handmade jewelry.
I started out by making a nice, large inventory of jewelry. I then began posting auctions with low starting bids and free shipping. It was kind of scary putting my work out there without any reserve. However, eBay was so popular at the time that the bidding quickly drove the prices up higher than I originally would have posted the items for anyway.
Fast forward a few years and I had reached the point that I was extremely tired of dealing with shipping products, handling customer service complaints, and manufacturing my jewelry. I was definitely ready for a change.
I decided that I wanted to look for a way to earn a living that didn’t involve shipping products or providing direct customer service. To that end, I began working as a freelance writer.
Writing is something that has always come fairly easily to me. I never really thought of it as a marketable skill. However, there are many people out there who are willing to pay a lot of money for well-written articles.
I began advertising my services online and quickly got a few clients. Before long, I was earning a pretty good living writing articles. Unfortunately, selling articles isn’t that much different than selling any other product. I still found myself bogged down in customer service related issues. People who ordered articles constantly wanted things changed or rewritten. It became quite overwhelming trying to keep up – especially since they were unwilling to pay for these changes.
At that point, I decided to try working for a company that acted as a go-between for writers and clients. I signed up for several different writing websites. Right away, I figured out that it was a great fit for my skill set and personality. I got to write articles but rarely had to deal with any customer service related issues.
At any rate, that is how I got started earning extra income online. If you are interested in supplementing your current income, I would highly recommend thinking about what you can do that people would be willing to pay for. There are so many different opportunities to earn money through the Internet. Just about any skill that you have can be monetized with a little bit of creativity. Best of all, even if you try something and find out that it doesn’t work, you can always start over again with very little effort.