Use Social Media To Your Advantage – Supplement Your Income Today!

COM0011 – Blog #2

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Thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself in quarantine at home, and without a job to go to everyday. Time was getting long, I had no set routine, and I was wondering if there was a way for myself to make money online to add to my current earnings. Being an avid and daily social media user, I decided to conduct some research and see which online platform would allow me to use my skillsets and turn it into money from the comfort of my own nook. I was aware that completing online surveys was a very common way for people to make extra cash, but I wanted to find something that would permit me to be creative while making supplemental bucks. I’ve decided to share my top three findings with you, as I knew I was probably not the only one that was starting to get indulged with boredom and mildly stressing out for money.

Speak Your Mind, Start a Blog!

Almost every website that I’ve visited have mentioned kicking off a blog as a means to make your wallet a bit thicker. You usually don’t need any sort of relevant experience, but you must enjoy writing and doing research. Many of these sites have recommended to dig deep into your interests to further create a unique and informative online journal.

The beauty of blogging is that you can express yourself in any tone that suits you best, you can write about pretty much anything, and other readers are able to connect with you by commenting on your writings. It’s a great way to discover different perspectives, opinions, new tips, and even additional information on subjects that interest you.

Lucky for you, I was able to find a basic (and free) step-by-step guide to get started on your blog. There are also numerous Canadian (yes, Canadian!) affiliate programs to help you boost your new extra income. I’ve listed a few of them below to help you get started:

Let’s Get Creative

If writing isn’t your forte, don’t worry! If you’re more of an experimental and inventive person that enjoys creating things with your very own hands, then selling your artwork online may be your calling.

Websites like Etsy and Ebay are platforms that make it possible for regular people like us, to sell our handcrafted gems easily, and online. You can find all sorts of homespun items: jewelry, home decor, clothing, furniture, etc. The possibilities are endless.

So, what’s the catch? Most of these global marketplaces are free to join, but these platforms make money by charging the seller a percentage on the transaction fee of the item’s price and delivery rate. For example, Etsy will take 5% of your earnings, and if you use the Etsy Payments, they’ll gather an additional 3-4% and CA$0.25 toll when you’ve sold an item (Learn How To Sell/Etsy).

Knowledge Is Power

I think this may be one of my favourite ways for anyone to make money online. As Ownr says, “teaching English online is a relatively new hustle”. So, why not use your English skills, and transfer them to children that could benefit from them? There are numerous platforms that are available to anyone, and most of these websites only ask for their teachers to have the following requirements: have a stable internet connection, have a functioning camera and microphone for video chats, and be fluent with the English language (written and spoken). For some of the programs, it is essential that you have a college or university degree.

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Most of the students online come from all over the world, and they’re simply looking to refine their anglophone vocabulary; hence why the requirements to become an online tutor are so flexible.

According to Ownr and Savvy New Canadians, these are the most successful websites for both the teachers and students:

Get Working!

Again, there are so many ways for anyone to supplement their income during this pandemic. I simply wanted to explore ways for myself, and for you, to turn your hobbies into extra cash, all through various online platforms. If you know of these operations or even different ones, I’d love for you to leave a comment, share your experience, and which platform worked best for you!

References

  1. Enoch Omololu. “17 Real Ways To Make Extra Money From Home And Online In Canada”. Savvy New Canadians. 12 April 2020. https://www.savvynewcanadians.com/how-to-make-money-home-online-canada/
  2. Enoch Omololu. “How To Start Making A Money-Making Blog In 2020: The Easy 6-Step Ultimate Guide”. Savvy New Canadians. https://www.savvynewcanadians.com/how-to-start-a-blog/
  3. (No Attributed Author). “12 Ways to Make Money Online in Canada”. Ownr. https://www.ownr.co/blog/ways-to-make-money-online-in-canada/

17 thoughts on “Use Social Media To Your Advantage – Supplement Your Income Today!

  1. Definitely something to consider when unable to work during the pandemic. Another platform I see a lot of people using to supplement their income if Ruckify, where you are able to rent out items (like gym equipment) you may not be using.

  2. Thanks for your research Elisabeth! Very interesting ideas!

    I have purchased quite a bit off of Etsy and I am always so happy with the items I have purchased. At first I was shocked to see how much Etsy was charging the sellers, but after thinking about it, they do offer the online store, payment options, and connect buyers and sellers who may not have otherwise found each other. I suppose it is just the cost of doing business!

    Thanks for your links for teaching English online, this is something I had considered as well, I have heard a lot of success stories from people doing this. I will definitely be checking it out!

  3. Wow, talk about helpful! I’ll have to check out all of these sites you linked and thank you for your work in compiling them – if only one of us makes $1 from your post then this blog beats all the other ones we’ll read this week! I recently started a Letterboxd account where my written film reviews go after they’ve been broadcast but I’d love to get paid off my thoughts on movies so I’ll be taking a more in depth look into this. Here’s my Letterboxd for anyone who is interested: https://letterboxd.com/MovieMystic/

    • What a great concept! I just skimmed through your Letterboxd profile, but I’ll be taking a more in depth look later on! Thank you for bringing this up to the table, it’s such a neat idea!

  4. This was really cool to read and I enjoyed looking through the links. I really liked Magicears!
    Thanks for providing the info!

    • Hi Sash,

      I’m glad I could help and that you enjoyed checking out the links provided! Thank you so much!

  5. That a good blog Elisabeth. I would like to see more explain more how to earn money from these web sites.

    • Hi Chris,

      Thank you so much. Which sites were you interested in? I’d be super happy to provide more detailed information! Cheers

  6. I’ve always wondered what are good ways to make money online. I’ll make sure to check out these websites. Thanks Elizabeth!

    • Let me know if you find anything to your interest from the sites I provided, or even from your own research!

  7. Okay, this is awesome! I never really thought about the Teaching English online thing. I also never knew that that was another way to make money. As for the blog thing, I have to admit, I did not know about the Affiliate programs for them! Great piece!

    • Hey Marcus!

      Thank you so much for reblogging this, and for the compliment! I’m glad you enjoyed the read and found it insightful as well!

  8. You’re actually very right, making money online will soon be the easiest way to go. You’ve done a very good job with the writing of this.

    • Thanks Nicky! With the current pandemic, I really wouldn’t be surprised if more industries will be taking most of their positions to online and remote work.

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