Who doesn’t wanna be independent? Bet that’s a stupid question to ask. While reading this post alone won’t lead you to be “financially independent”, it could help you create a nice side income while you’re at school or college, all while working from the comfort of your home.

Before I start, some or many of you might think this post will be geared towards explaining a program like “Qnet” or “Bon Voyage”, two companies that were fairly popular at one point in time, and advertised “easy money”. This is not what this is, in fact, I wrote an earlier blog post explaining exactly why you should STEER CLEAR from any such program. Click here if you wanna read that one.

Now let’s go ahead and see how you can start earning some extra cash from home. Please do note that each of the following require a lot of research from your side if you really want to pursue it. I can only point you in the right direction in this blog post.

1) Putting your talent to work!

There’s quite a popular website called Fiverr.com. It’s not that popular in Egypt but it is overseas. The concept is very simple, Fiverr.com is a marketplace where sellers and buyers can exchange goods for $5. Yes, same price for all goods. What’s beautiful about Fiverr is that because of their “everything for $5” policy, they attract so many buyers. If you can sing, dance, live in a unique location or can come up with something crazy to do for people for $5 each, Fiverr is for you. Go to fiverr.com now and browse through the thousands of available “gigs” to get inspiration and a sense of what people are offering.

2) Starting your own blog!

Want to help the world know more about something you’re knowledgeable about? You can do that and earn some decent side cash with it as well. You simply need to start your own blogger.com blog or use websites such as hubpages.com or squidoo.com. Once you have a few topics published, apply for an Adsense account. You can Google “how to apply for adsense” as well as “how to use adsense with squidoo” for specific instructions. Adsense is a Google advertising product. In simple terms, it allows big companies and advertisers to advertise on your blog/squidoo/hubpages page, and Google pays you in return. All you need is to signup with them and follow the instructions after posting a few topics on your blog or page.

3) Freelancing.

This is more for the “technical” people, but if you can code or design well, chances are you can land a good job at one of the top freelancing websites. Freelancing websites are websites that act as a middleman between you and “project seekers”. People post a programming/design project (among other projects), you send the buyer a proposal for projects you like and if he selects you, you get started! The Freelancing website also secures payments between you and the buyer, and makes sure the buyer does not take your hard work and run. You can check out some of the top freelancing websites here.

4) Online Marketing.

Online marketing is a very generic term. Unlike most of the above, a big learning curve is involved with this one and there are so many branches involved. If you’re interesting in learning more about the topic, start by reading What is internet marketing?
Once you’re done with that one, I’d highly encourage you to visit warriorforum.com. Warrior Forum is the largest internet marketing community on the web and it covers so many diverse branches of the topic. If you’re interested, you should check it out. You’re certainly expected not to understand a lot of terms on your first visit, don’t panic, just Google whatever you don’t understand. Picture will get clearer and clearer from that point onwards.

How do I get paid?

I think that’s a big question you might have on your mind right now. So I’m doing this stuff “online” from my computer, how does that turn into cash in my hands? Well, all of the above “methods” offer you payment via PayPal (recently introduced in Egypt) bank transfers and checks (recommended only for amounts over $500, you can easily open a bank account at QNB even if you aren’t 18 or 21 yet. Note that HSBC is my recommendation but they require a 10,000 EGP deposit and you have to be 18 years old at least. Western Union is another option that is often offered as well.

I know the above isn’t a “step by step” instruction manual, but it was written to let you know that you can earn some extra income from home and while being a student without having super technical skills. Whatever it is you’re good at, writing, sports, technical stuff, cooking, there’s something that suits everyone.

If you’ve pursued a certain route and have any specific questions, just leave a comment! 🙂

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Youssef El Akkari

Youssef El Akkari likes to call himself an "internet entrepreneur". He currently studies at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. He's a Google Certified Adwords and Analytics individual, and has been involved in the internet marketplace for over 3 years. At the age of 18, Youssef worked with US clients from small businesses like beauty salons to music bands to high profile clients like Timberland Europe which he served through his first startup in 2011 along with over 100 other clients. Since then, Youssef organized and spoke at over 15 different events as a Google Student Ambassador (GSA). He's been trained by Google twice; to plan and organize events as a GSA, as well as to improve his online marketing skills. He's now working on a new startup aimed at helping online publishers protect their content from theft, piracy and plagiarism. When he isn't stuck at his computer desk, Youssef is usually out shooting short documentary videos.
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