How to Make Money Online and Off

More Ways to Make Money Online and Off

More Ways To Make Money Online and Off

The majority of internet users are aware that the internet is jam packed with money making ideas. However, simple folks like myself are finding this amazing technology rather daunting. I must admit; Initially, I approached the internet rather like a snake catcher with his prey. I thought if I could pin the head down cautiously, grab it by the tail, I may just manage to avoid getting bitten, and find a way to master the great beast, given time.

In the current testing financial climate, most of us are still dreaming and searching for ways to make some extra money. For some, it's the means of paying off a few debts, for others, it's maybe a chance to buy something special.

Dreams are good, but there are times when we must take the bull by the horn and become more proactive and better focused.

With this in mind, I decided the time was right to take a step further on this journey and try to earn some real money online.

As a hard working Intensive care nurse in the NHS, I find my job very fulfilling, however, although there are worse paying jobs, my nurses pay and pension is not going to sustain my retirement.

The workload and the constant need to update and improve one’s knowledge are always increasing, but wages and salaries continue to lag behind, as politicians after politicians fail to fulfill their election promises.

Many hard working folks are struggling to support themselves and their families and finding it near impossible to make ends meet because money always seems to be in short supply.

After a lifetime of nursing, I am now fast approaching retirement. The realization that I'll have to find the means to supplement my retirement income is becoming crystal clear. With this in mind, I decided to learn about the internet, and ways to make money online.

Those of you who have followed my hubs will be aware of my articles on some of the best ways I've found to make money online. For those who are not familiar with my hubs, you will find my money making articles on http://tobusiness.hubpages.com. I will also be sharing information that I feel may be useful to others on www.moneyandhealthtips.wordpress

As I have always advised, before attempting to make money online, be diligent, make it part of your protocol to do the research and take nothing for granted, if something seems too good to be true, it most probably is.

Go online to Google search, type in the name of the various companies together with the word scam, if there is a history of scams, you will find a record of it through your search.

Go to bbb.org, type the company's name and check for any issues. Check to see if the business you are researching is legit. Look for e-mails, contact, phone number, and addresses. Check by calling to see if the company is real. Do not respond to sites request for your sensitive information, do not give information such as your social security number or bank details. Never part with money to reserve a job.

  • Make money with your scrap metal; most of us are already aware that we can earn money from recycling the metal from soda cans. But did you know you can also make money from your average broken appliances? Many of our everyday devices consists mostly of steel. The typical device consists of around 75% steel by weight. Many metal recycling facilities will pay for your old refrigerators and dishwashers etc. Some people will even pay you to take their old appliances away. Why not make a business collecting them and selling to the recycling companies as scrap metal? Search locally for appliance recycling such as simplyrecyclingsolution
  • Make money by sharing your opinions with focus groups; you can get paid for participating in focus groups. Sign up and give your views about products, services or advertising concepts.

Focus Point Global is a large research facility where you can get paid for taking part in focus groups, interviews, and online surveys.

The sessions can last from an hour to several days, and pay can range from $35 to $300 according to the session and format. There are groups online as well as on the phone, and the good part is you can be paid in cash immediately. There are probably focus groups in your area check out http://FindFocusGroup.com this team gathers focus groups from around the web; they work directly with some of the top market research firms for access to legitimate paid focus group opportunities. They add around 25 to 45 new listings every weekday, mostly added on Mondays. Listings are checked for legitimacy, but remember not to give out you sensitive information, if you are asked for this information, treat it as a warning and back off.

  • Make money by starting an online Store; This way of making money online is very much like starting a traditional business, the principles are the same. Purchase products wholesale, sell online and make a profit.

However, with this approach to making money online, you will need some capital up front to invest in your business. You will have to purchase the wholesale stock before you can sell for a profit. We all know about Ebay, and I've written about Drop Shipping in another article, but there are other places to buy and sell to make money online such as Shopify.

Shopify boasts that they are powering tens of thousands of online retailers, including Foo Fighters, Github, Penny Arcade, Beastie Boys, Amnesty International, and many more recognizable names. Shopify provides a platform that allows users to easily and quickly create their online store without the complicated work and expense involved in developing a website.

Shopify allows merchants to manage all aspects of their shops. i.e., uploading products, changing the design, and accepting credit card orders.

Shopify takes the hassle out of running an online store so that merchants can focus on selling their products.

If you don't want an online shop, you may choose to promote Shopify as an affiliate partner, and make money when you refer buyers and merchants to the site. There are also other ways to start an online store with no initial investment. Starting your very own Amazon store by selling Amazon products from your website, this is relatively easy and can be done in a short space of time. You will need to join Amazon Associates if you do not already have an account.

I hope you will found this information useful.




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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Devika, thanks again and my best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Devika, I'm so glad you've found this useful!...thank you for taking a look, much appreciated.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Well advised on making money online and offline, such a helpful hub for many writers, informative and useful.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome ideas on making money online and offline you certainly thought of many ways nad so well advised thanks


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Good stuff. You are not the only one facing retirement with not much to show for it, especially moola which is needed in our society. A supplement to the income sure can come in handy.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Anytime Frank,


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

thanks for the useful tips tobusiness :)


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kashmir, always a pleasure. Thank you so much for the visit and comment. take care, and my best to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Irish, It would be nice if we all got what we truly deserve, but that's life. thank you for stopping by, come for a chat on Gojo4tips.facebook.com some time. Take care, and my very best to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Integrity, so glad you found it useful, thank you for stopping by. My husband introduced me to the Beastie Boys back in the 80s, I remember 'No stop till Brooklyn' good memories.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

donnah, I totally agree with you. Work is frantic at the moment, not much spare time, but I'm in the process of trying out a fb page list Tubu&Co, you can find it at my page Gojo4tips.facebook.com drop in and subscribe leave an e-mail we can try out and exchange ideas.

My best to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Michelle, I know the feeling well. why don't you leave a link to your online shop here, I'd like to pay you a visit, may even do some shopping. :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Great ideas, yes, Jo! I have an online store, but need to promote it a bit more. Haven't really had the time since I've started writing! But with this encouragement, will get to it!! All the best to you as you embark on and share with us on this internet journey!


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

With the economy constantly in the toilet, people need this kind of advice. Keep the discussion going and the ideas coming. :) Voted up and sharing.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is so useful and informative. I am glad that you mention the Foo Fighters and Beastie Boys too. Those artists make deep, funny lyrics

and music. Rest in peace, MCA. I definitely voted up.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I have to say how sad it is that such a giving and selfless profession as a nurse leaves you worried about retirement. Nurses and teachers should be rewarded for their selfless careers. Unfortunately, one more obvious problem with global situation.

Great idea with the on-line store and the scrape metal as well.

I so admire your outlook. Voting up


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for sharing this great and valuable information. Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Mhatter, I think you're right, If people are happy to join a fb group and share, it may just pay off, so I must get started. My best to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Faith, good to see you, yes I'm trying to do business:) When your see that 95% of people trying to earn a living on the internet fail to do so.

It makes me just that bit more determine to join the 5%.

However, I liked Mhatter's idea about teaming up, so I may start up a fb group, if people are interested and willing to share and exchange Ideas. Are you game? Think about it.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Wetnose, I hope you will be able to make use of some of these ideas. Thank you for stopping by, as always it's much appreciated


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Ann, Nice to meet you, I'm glad to know that you found the article useful, do take a look at the others.

I need to organize them properly into groups, if and when I get the time. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Audrey, thank you for taking a look, comment and visit very much appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for these great leads. if I may add: don't wait too long; teaming up might pay off.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Jo,

You mean business here! This is an awesome hub chocked full of great information. Thank you for doing all the research you have placed in this useful hub. I am like, wetnose, as I have about 7 more years before I can retire, and then will need to make a little extra doing such things as you have suggested here. I am saving this hub. Voted up, awesome interesting and useful

God Bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

More for me to look into. I have four years before I retire and I can hardly wait, but pay will be slim. Thanks for writing this.


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coloradoprof 4 years ago from Evergreen, Colorado

Excellent article. I'm going to check out your other ones. Thanks for the tips. I participate in many focus groups and never heard of FindFocusGroup.com. Thanks again.

Anne Anderson

"Legitimate Online Job Directory"


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great ideas here!

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