If you have a skill in a certain area or are willing to learn the freelancing can be a great way of earning. Although the work does tend to be rather ad hoc, it can mean that you will be able to pick up small jobs that you can fit around your home life. There are websites where you can pick up freelance work, bidding for jobs against other people. You can register your CV and have a chance to explain why you would be the right person for the job. Once you pick up a few of these you may find that you get repeat requests from those customers. They may also recommend you to others and you could find a flow of work can build up. You may have to start off charging low, so that you can build up your reputation but do not under value yourself too much as this could mean that you will never be able to raise your charges up to a decent level.
Starting a Business
Many people choose to start their own business online. You will know what skills that you have and you will need to think of a creative way to make a business out of them. This is not easy and so you need to take time to think things through carefully. Consider exactly what you will do, how you will make money and then look at your competition. Think about how you can make yourself stand out from your competition and provide a good or service that will fit into a space in the market and be popular. You may find this will take some trial and error and you will need to be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort and often money to get things started. It is possible to start a business very cheaply though, it all depends on what you plan on doing.
Buying and Selling
Buying things cheaply and selling at a profit can be a great way to make some extra income. It is important though to make sure that you get some good wholesalers that will provide you with items at the price and quality that you need. You will also need to find out whether others are selling similar things and how much they are charging so that you can compete with them. A couple of big considerations are where you will store the items that you are selling and how you will post them so that they arrive quickly, in good condition and postage costs are not too high.