Choose your niche and check for demand: The golden course combination is when you can find an in-demand niche that aligns with your skills and unique experiences. A great way to do this is to use Google Trends and Google’s Keyword Planner to look for average monthly search volume for keywords related to your proposed course content. Are people actively looking for high-quality information about this subject? Of course, if you’re already creating content for a blog, coaching service, or a site like Medium, you can test demand this way for free just like Bryan did.
From time to time, Book In A Box will have remote Editor positions available. Keep in mind, this isn’t your typical editing job. As a Book In A Box Editor, you will interview and get to know authors and writers so you’ll be able to effectively take their thoughts and put them into words (without losing any meaning!). This nontraditional online editing job comes with some pretty nice benefits and a team that is super-supportive to boot.
note: things are a little different since I wrote it, as the platform changed from a proprietary, site-locked currency to their own cryptocurrency, which can be taken and sold off-site, so for anyone who wants to mess with that, it might be worth considering listing some things for the currency as you might make more that way than you would inflating the shipping cost.
Before I talk about some of the methods for making money online, I wanted to address the role of pain versus pleasure. Every decision that we make in life is weighed on a pain-versus-pleasure scale. We will always do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure, plain and simple. However, this is also what holds us back from succeeding in any endeavor.
I applied for some of editing proofreading on the list of 12. I have not heard back from them for a couple of weeks. I even went online search for any others. There is no success with any of them. My experience goes back to the 1990s. I guess it’s impossible to get back into it. They all seem to a pro or a rocket scientist. Why do I have to have more than 30 years experience to get into one? Are thee any that offer entry level? I don’t find any from my extensive search.
Find a profitable niche. Starting with your interests, write down as many niche ideas as you can. Think about topics people might search online. Ideas include passions (like surfing or body building), fears (like spiders or speaking in front of crowds) and problems (like getting out of debt). Do keyword research to see it others are interested in the topic. Find out if a domain name is available that matches the keyword 100 percent. 
Thank you for taking the time to write this great article. What would you recommend someone in my shoes to do who doesn’t have a college degree or any professional experience editing/proofreading whatsoever, but would love to learn how to make money doing this part-time as a freelancer, and only remotely (online), if possible? Is there some kind of test/certification I can take online, paid or free, which–alone–would allow me to qualify for such opportunities (besides other typical applicant-screening protocols such as background checks, phone/webcam interviews, etc., none of which I mind doing)?
Multi-vendor marketplaces, like ThemeForest, can be very successful. Chose a niche and create a vendor website for it. Your marketplace could be anything, from a platform for local artists to sell their work on, to an online digital product store. Once set up, invite people in that industry to sell their products on your site. You take a percentage of their profits when items sell.
Upwork offers a variety of freelance projects including proofreading and editing. Once you complete your profile on the site, you’re paired with your ideal jobs. You can also search through clients and respond to client invitations directly. As you are more and more successful, you’re recommended to more clients for additional work. After creating a profile, you’ll send potential clients proposals highlighting your strengths and including why you’re the best fit for the job. Rates vary by project and client and the rates are disclosed up front. Some projects are hourly and others offer a fixed price.
The more online clout you have as a business, the more money you’ll make. If you’re known for making lasting connections (as is the case with GetVoiP above), then you’ll have no issues building your online brand. You’ll be recognized in your community and begin to build a buzz in your industry. Tracking your numbers (how many people view your site, click each ad, and make a purchase from that click) gives you the leverage to expand this part of your business, enabling you to continue building your online rep.
I don’t want this to sound critical. I’m just letting you know the pressure I work under to make this all work. I have children who will never qualify for social security disability. They will never live independently. One is 22, and one is 8. I will always, until my 8-yo dies, need to support 3 people at least. Retirement is not in my future. Any buck I get means that maybe someday my kids will be homeless one day less.
Cafe Press: This website allows you to create digital designs that can then be sold on the platform. You'll earn a commission for everything that sells and you'll never have to deal with printing, warehousing, customer service and so on. The site has over 2 million independent designers that have created products being sold online here. If you have some graphic design skills, then this is a great potential source for your web-based income.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? My friend, Mark Jackson did just that, making extra money online with his travel consulting side business. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, and then move on and create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals. Eventually you could spin this into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make their dream trip a reality.
Others pointed out that you can make money by posting your own product to specific subreddits that are related to your product. While this is not wrong, I would be careful about that. Reddit has pretty tough guidelines regarding spam, and if you create an account that only posts links to your own product, you might not only be downvoted, but also banned.
Hello, I specialize is product management and business development. I have an idea for a start up company that is around tech. I need someone to join me in creating a product that solves a persons daily problem. This would be a partnership. So I believe in a model that gives rewards for work that is worth something. The better the work the better the reward. Looking for a young entrepreneur ...