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Great big list of legitimate ways you can make money at home

Great big list of legitimate ways you can make money at home
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Who couldn't use a few extra dollars? If you're retired, you know living on a fixed budget can sometimes get tough. If you're a student, it's best to keep focused on your grades and earn your degree, but you could certainly use some extra cash for a fun weekend, to shop for gifts, or to buy a ticket home.

Whatever your reason, making extra money has never been as easy as it is today. There are so many jobs that you can do remotely, or on your own time. You just need an internet connection, a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and the desire to make money. So, here's a great big list of ideas that can help you start making real money online.

1. Make and share videos

The next time you catch a once-in-a-lifetime moment or silly event on camera, don't forget to share that video online. You might just get lucky enough to have your video go viral, and your momentary internet fame could bring in some big money.

Take Candace Payne, for example. Last year, she shared a video of herself wearing a Chewbacca mask that went viral almost immediately. With more than 150 million views, Payne received around $420,000 in gift cards and cash prizes.

Of course, it doesn't happen that way for everyone. But you can still earn money by sharing videos online. Here are the best three platforms:

  • YouTube: YouTube is no longer just a place where people post their home videos, it's actually become a place where video makers produce high-quality content. And those who are successful have found that YouTube is also a way for them to make money. Click here to listen to our podcast for a detailed breakdown on how it works.
  • Amazon Video Direct: Just like YouTube, Amazon Video Direct lets you post videos for free and anyone around the world can watch those videos. If your video is free to the public, Amazon Video Direct will keep 45 percent of the ad revenue it generates. If you make a video that's available for rent or subscription, Amazon will keep 50 percent of ad revenue. For videos that only Amazon Prime members can watch, Amazon will pay you $0.15 for each hour that a person streams your videos.
  • Facebook Live Video: Imagine posting a video on Facebook and getting paid just for having your friends watch it. This is what we saw happen to Candace Payne in the example mentioned previously. But Facebook also allows video creators to include native ads, which could become a source of extra income. Another perk is that Facebook's algorithm pushes videos to the top of news feeds so that they get more clicks, shares and views.

With all of these platforms, the key to turning your videos into a source of income is to build a large following. Produce high-quality content, or content that offers a unique perspective, and you'll eventually attract more viewers - which leads, of course, to more views and attracts advertisers.

Next page: Keep reading for more ideas to make money online.
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