Searching for ways to make money online usually results in a lot of junk, such as getting paid to read emails or complete surveys; or paying money to buy useless e-books and courses for that magic formula. You should ignore all that “easy way to make money online” nonsense. Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

So how do you build a business and make money? Basically, there are three ways that are: affiliate marketing, selling your own product or offering a service. I will go over these options with you so that you can choose the one that is right for you.


If you don’t have a product to sell or a service to offer, affiliate marketing is a good place to start. The general idea behind affiliate marketing is that you promote someone else’s product and that person (the provider) pays you a commission. The provider will provide you with a web page that you can promote, which is commonly known as a “gateway” page. This way, the vendor knows which affiliate got the sale, as it can track why the “gateway” came in. The vendor takes care of all order processing and delivery, while you only focus on promoting your landing page.

Search for “affiliate companies” with Google and scan the listings for anything that says “Higher paying affiliate programs” or something similar. Look for products that you think you could offer on your website or blog. Some companies offer banners of different sizes that you can place on your website, which could result in a sale if one of your visitors clicks on the banner and makes a purchase. Look at what the product is and a lot of commission is offered.

Note: some companies offer a “network marketing option which is often referred to as a pyramid scheme. I am not suggesting that these companies should be avoided, but I suggest that you be very careful, especially if they are requesting a membership fee. You are not safe “about a business, I recommend that you enter a search term like” (company name scam) “and see what the public is saying. There are many people who use the line “Is (company name) a scam” as part of their review of the company to promote it. Make sure you read everything you can from other people.


Your own product could be something that you create yourself, such as a book or software. You can earn a good income if you can write or program. Information marketing is quite popular as people are often looking for how to do something. Maybe you can make jewelry and want to teach others how to do it. If you have a good knowledge of something or a skill, you can share it with the world through an e-book. Amazon allows you to ship your book to them and will offer it for sale on their websites.

Basically anything that you can create yourself can be sold online through yourself or through a retailer who is willing to stock the product for you. I remember selling games that I programmed on Atari ST through PD libraries like Licenseware where they paid me a commission. Of course, the product does not have to be something that you created. You can buy and sell items through eBay and Amazon. There are wholesalers who offer products in bulk that can be sold on the market or in the trunk of a car. You can also buy cheap things from car trunk sales and make a profit on them.

Everyone likes to eat, so if you can cook or bake you can sell food. Of course, you will need to make sure you have the necessary health and hygiene certificates before you start. Just the other day I was looking for halal cakes and the two places I found were wholesalers forcing me to buy popsicles. Well, since I don’t have a large freezer or fridge, this is of no use to me. So one idea might be to buy them directly from the supplier and sell them on the market, or in smaller qualities to local people if you have a car or a van.

The general idea is to offer products that people want. There was a story of a Muslim woman who liked to eat prepared meals. However, there were no halal versions, so he started a business selling halal ready meals. With Islam officially the world’s fasting religion, there could be a good market for halal foods. After all, there are many people who are limited to their local takeout and may want to eat other meat products other than kebabs or curries. Another popular trend right now is retro games. The younger generation interested in older computer games.


Do you have a skill that you can offer to people? Maybe you can repair computers or cars. Maybe you are good at gardening. Maybe you can offer custom furniture? If you are handy with a toolkit or good at painting and decorating, then that is something you can turn into a profitable business. Create a website yourself, print some cards, and spread the word in your community. Include your services in your advertising and make sure their prices are competitive in your area. Think about your talents and how you can use them to earn money.

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