You may be in transition now between jobs or perhaps part of a military family that travels every two or three years to another part of the world. You could also be newly single and need additional funds.
Such reinvention, brought on by more situations than mentioned here, causes you to ask:
What can I do that feeds my soul, keeps me happy, and makes me money no matter where I go?
The web makes it easy to create an online lifestyle you can manage. I can immediately think of five get-paid opportunites to consider while in transition, and each one is also quite handy to do for the long term.
What you need to qualify for these opportunities are:
- Internet access available wherever you travel
- PayPal or another account for online payments
- Passion to share what you create, know, or sell
If being creative is your passion, Etsy.com is a place to sell what you make. Look at the creativity of others and decide if this is where you want to be. As long as you can get to a post office (or have them come to you if shipping through priority or express options), your beautiful wares can be paid for through PayPal while customers receive your handmade goods by mail.
Don’t stop at selling on Etsy, shipping through the U.S. Postal Service (if in the U.S.), or getting paid through PayPal. Competitors exist in all three categories. Look for them, and choose the better options.
Companies such as About.com need subject experts. Their “write for us” list changes as writers come and go and new subjects become of interest. Apply to write if you have expertise about a topic they need covered. Make sure you understand the guidelines and payment terms. If it’s agreeable, you’ll share your passion and get paid, too.
There are other places online that want writing expertise. Many of them want you to write free of charge, so decide on the value of your time and words before giving it away.
Community colleges still offer in-person classes; however, your transition may be more suited for teaching online. Lynda.com and Udemy.com are two sites that require teachers. There is a learning curve with all course instruction, so be ready to learn how to teach before your course is launched.
Lynda and Udemy are two “teach for us” sites. Others exist. Remember to read all terms and conditions before you agree to join.
If graphic design is your thing, Upwork.com and Fiverr.com may be two sites where you build a reputation while servicing people who, like me, have little graphic capability (I know my limitations). Upwork allows you to apply for jobs submitted by individuals and companies, while Fiverr lets you show your expertise so prospects request your service.
Artistry is one skill. People who come to these sites also need research help, typists, and other assistance.
Expect a percentage of each sale to be kept by Upwork and Fiverr, as that’s the price you pay to be part of their systems. Read all details so you know what to expect.
This option requires you to have a website that sells other people’s products. The company that owns the products ships the merchandise that’s advertised on your site. You get a bigger percentage of the sale (from 60/40 to 80/20 split) than the firm shipping the item because your website captured the sale.
For example, if your site offers brownies, flowers, or balloons, and a sale occurs, the drop shipper processes the sale, mails the order, and sends you a commission for the sale through your PayPal account or another method determined by you.
There are many types of drop ship agreements, so read everything carefully before signing up to sell products you believe will sell quickly through your own marketing.
This is a sampling of what you can do online as you transition to create a great, new life. Even if you’re happy right now, all of this is open to maximize your joy.
Which of these options is the one you’ll pursue first?