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5 Tips on How To Earn Passive Income Online

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The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the value of having multiple streams of income. As it throws employment situations into disarray, more people have become increasingly interested to know how to earn passive income online.

Earning passive income is an effective way to generate extra cash to bridge gaps when unexpected things happen, such as sudden unemployment. It also helps build your wealth as extra money comes in while you pursue your primary job. 

Simply put, having a passive income gives you more security and peace of mind. If this is something you’re considering to become future-ready, read on. Here are five ideas on earning passive income online.

5 Ideas to Consider If You Want to Earn Passive Income Online

Want to generate passive income but don’t know exactly how to start? Take inspiration from these five fantastic ideas.

1. List property on Airbnb

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Got a spare room, condo unit, or a house you can rent out? Consider listing your property on Airbnb and earn passive income by allowing people to book your free space.

What’s great about renting out your place is that it requires little work. All you need to do is prepare your space, list it, and clean up after your guests leave.

You can dictate your charge per night, week, or month and even your house rules. It’s a fantastic way to earn extra cash passively without spending too much effort.

2. Sell an eBook

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If you have a knack for writing, creating an electronic book (eBook) and selling it online makes an excellent option.

While it takes work, writing an eBook is an incredible way to share your passion and expertise while earning passive income. If this is something you’re considering, here’s how you can get started:

  • Decide on your content. Think about what you want to write — something you’re passionate about, and you believe would be helpful to your target audience. Then, choose a killer title.
  • Start writing. Begin with your desired result, build a structure, and organize your writing around it. Then, add appealing visuals where you see fit.
  • Proofread your work. Check your work for spelling and grammatical mistakes, and edit on your own. Tip: Read it aloud to catch errors you might’ve missed.
  • Convert your eBook. Convert your work to ePub, MOBI, or PDF format so you can sell it online.
  • Promote it. Allocate time to promote your eBook and generate buzz to drive sales. Advertise it on your website and social media pages.

3. Sell stock photos

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Have you ever wondered where your favorite blogs source their photos from? In many instances, they buy it from stock photo websites. 

If you enjoy photography, you can leverage your passion and turn it into a passive income, too. Licensing is a popular way to sell your photos online to publishers, brands, and individuals who need incredible visuals for their projects.

If this is the route you’re considering taking, versatile photos that feature human subjects are your best bet. Make sure that your photos express ideas that brands and publishers will find helpful. 

Then, submit your creations to stock photo sites and receive commissions every time someone purchases your work. Take a look at some of the top places where you can sell your photos:

  • Shutterstock
  • iStock Photo
  • Getty Images
  • Stocksy
  • Alamy
  • Adobe Stock
  • Pixieset

4. Try affiliate marketing

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It’s no longer surprising why many people want to become social media “influencers” and bloggers. There are many opportunities to earn passive income by becoming one, and affiliate marketing is one of them.

If you’re a blogger, influencer, or website owner, you can earn passive income from affiliate marketing by promoting a third party’s product. All you need to do is post a link to the product on your social media accounts or website.

Here’s where the opportunity comes in: Every time a visitor purchases from the third-party affiliate using your link, you will earn a commission. Typically, the commission ranges from three to seven percent. 

This means you’ll need massive traffic to generate some serious income. But if you already have a robust following and a more lucrative niche like fitness, affiliate marketing might be a perfect fit for you.

5. Build an app

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Were you challenged by a particular scenario or event and thought, “There should be an app for this”? If you have a fantastic idea for an app, you could seek the help of a programmer to turn your vision into a reality.

Then, you could sell it on the App store to make some extra cash. Although it entails upfront investment, you can reap the rewards of building an app over time. 

You can turn it into an income-generating stream by running in-app ads or having users pay a specific fee for downloading it. Take note, though, that f your app becomes popular and receives positive reviews, you’ll likely have to include additional features to keep it relevant and in demand.

Here are a few ideas of apps you can consider building to make extra money:

  • Virtual health app. Now that there’s a pandemic, why don’t you consider building an app that allows users to find medical professionals and seek consultations online?
  • Live video streaming app. Give content creators the chance to make and publish their videos in real-time.
  • Scan and shop app. Provide users with options while grocery shopping by letting them scan an image of an item currently out of stock.
  • Expense tracker app. Help users keep tabs on their expenses, so they’ll know if they’re running out of budget.

If you’re considering this path, though, keep in mind that it is a crowded market. Your app needs to provide a compelling experience and value and comply with privacy laws.

Summing Up

Having multiple passive income streams is an incredible way to become financially resilient. And while it’s tempting to do all these ideas at once, it’s highly recommended to start with one you’re passionate about and capable of doing.

There are a lot of other passive income ideas out there waiting to be explored. The key is to do your research, plan it out, get started, and master one thing before juggling more passive incomes in the future.

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