Physical stores and retail establishments are now supplemented -or even replaced- by online counterparts and bussing entrepreneurs, solo workers and moonlighters have found many viable alternatives to full-time or traditional employment that cross borders and time zones.
Sorting through all the tips and tricks to making money online can give you a whopper of a headache, so here is a quick roundup.
You have two options: use free online platforms to sell your products or shell out money for the self-hosted route.
Free online platforms like eBay Philippines and Etsy let you focus on your products and customer relations rather than on building up the code or installing widgets. For those who want complete control over their stores and appearance, functionality and backend, we recommend self-hosted online stores.
Blogging is not a guaranteed moneymaker, especially when you want to grow your following organically, it's still one way to make your presence felt online. Focus on what you know best, keep it personal and genuine, then the readers will come.
Digital ads can run on your website through Google AdSense or Nuffnang Philippines.
Guest blogging is a post written by guest bloggers.
Stock photography and videos. Make extra income by offering your photos at platforms like Shutterstock, iStockPhoto and Getty Images or Flickr with the proper photo rights.
Daily discounts and exclusive deals
E-commerce sites specializing in time-sensitive discounts and members-only deals have raked in extra profits for the sites and their merchants. A short rundown: Groupon Philippines, Ensogo, Metrodeal, Deal Grocer, its retail partner Taste Central, CashCashPinoy, iGrab and AVA.
Explore special sections dedicated to using social media for business at business. twitter.com, facebook.com/business or business.pinterest.com
Full-time freelancers and employees looking to increase their monthly pay can bid for jobs online via job platforms like oDesk, Freelancer, 99Designs and Elance. Read the terms thoroughly, deliver quality output when it's needed and you'll easily build a reputation as a reliable freelancer.