Making enough cash online to support yourself sounds heavenly for many hard-pushed office workers.

Ditching a stressful commute, setting your own hours, working in your underwear and listening to whatever music takes your fancy are but a few brilliant benefits.

But with so many digital vocations to choose from, which one’s best for you?

Here are four hacks for making a living online.


If you can work out a novel way of selling a popular product online and embrace excellent customer service, you’ve got the basic foundations of a viable online business.

And you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to make your mark — just ask shoe specialists Zappos.

Founder Tony Hsieh sold out to Amazon in 2009 for $1.2 billion, but he still heads the firm.

And he believes the secret to its success is a strong focus on customer service — particularly concentrating on telephone rather than electronic contact.

Dissatisfied customers are regularly treated to flowers and cookies — and legend has it that a service agent once spent 10 hours on a call with the same customer to ensure they were completely satisfied.

Becoming an ecommerce entrepreneur is a great way to make a living online — provided you’re prepared to put in the hard graft.


Blogging is another way to build a bombastic bank roll online.

If you can write well enough to convey your engaging personality and specialise in a popular niche, you’re halfway to success.

You can cover anything from model railway sets to rare records. And once you’ve built a reasonable following it’s possible to monetise your website with Google AdSense as well as affiliating it with ebay and Amazon.

Blogging’s a viable business as well as an outlet for your interests and creativity —SEO and tech blogs Moz and TechCrunch rake in millions in ad revenue per month and the Huffington Post is now a billion dollar business.

With a little drive and dedication, blogging could really be your bag.

Online registry

Convenience is the calling card of many web-based businesses — so starting an online registry that allows customers to browse the best offers for everything from cars to property could be profitable.

Any service that can save people time and money has potential — a real estate registry like Shop Property allows customers to filter search results according to various criteria in order to find the perfect residential or commercial property anywhere in the UK.

But if you can collate and curate information about any particular product along with a website that provides a smooth user experience, you can cut yourself a healthy slice of the market.


If you’ve got an eye for a bargain, are good at prompt packaging and don’t mind regular trips to the post office, a career as an eBay entrepreneur could be your calling.

In 2015 Londoner Chinedu Emichebe topped the site’s first UK rich list by earning £15 million per annum from selling mobile phone accessories.

And the biggest independent eBay sellers that year had an average income of almost £4 million each.

So have a good rake in your loft the next time you’re up there — you could be sitting underneath a fortune.

These four hacks for making a living online should help you ditch the day job and declare yourself part of the digital workforce.

Do you make a living online? Share your tips in the comments section.

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