Can You Really Make Money On-line?

Times are tough. Most of us have never known times that weren’t tough. Yet you can use your computer to help you earn a bit more money. Sure, there’s lots of “I made $8,247 last month. You can too!” scams out there. We’re not talking about those.

We’re talking about real ways to make some money with your computer and the Internet.

It’s simple. You can sell the things you can make. Many of you have great skills with knitting, crocheting, woodworking, painting, music…the list is endless. The world wants and needs people who can do those things. They want the things you can make.

It can be as easy as posting on a Facebook buy-and-sell page that you have something for sale. If you want to get the message out to more people, post a free ad on or, or both. If you’re a bit more adventurous, why not sell your goods through

etsy-screenshot-640 gives artisans a great tool to professionally showcase your wares. It does cost a little bit, but a very little bit. It‘s 20 cents to list an item for 4 months, or until it sells. When your item sells, Etsy gets 3.5% of the selling price. Not bad, considering they give you access to about 30 million buyers worldwide. They also take care of the credit card or payment processing. That, alone, would cost more if you had your own store.

There are three main categories on Etsy; things you make, craft supplies, and vintage items. It’s not quick and easy money. Quick and easy money is usually quickly and easily lost. It takes some time to build up your sales. It does take some learning about how to best get your goods out there. But it’s not impossible and it’s doable for people who know nothing about computers.

Etsy also helps you share more about your passions. You can customize your pages. You can write articles about what you do, your creations, or anything related to what you’re selling. If you’re going to spend time talking to friends on Facebook, why not spend some of that time talking to potential customers on Etsy?

The cold weather is coming. You’ll spend more time inside on your hobbies now. Why not use some of that time to make your hobbies pay? All thanks to computers and the Internet.

First Published: The Guysborough Journal, Vol . 21, No. 42, October 21, 2015

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