When looking for online income ideas in South Africa there are a few things South Africans will need to consider, and ask themselves.
Do you have a reasonably fast Internet speed and quite a bit of access to the Internet each month? You cannot expect to use the Internet from just time to time to look for or to use online income ideas. If you want to try to make online income, you will need to do thorough searches and look at lots of websites or articles that have online income ideas.
Also, once you have found some online income ideas that you would like to try, you will need Internet for that too. You may be publishing articles or browsing for affiliate programs to join so that you can place the affiliate programs products ads on your site, or you may be uploading files, photos or other graphics.
It would be nice to say that maybe it is just in the early stages that you will need to spend a lot of time on the Internet, but even if the way you are earning your online income is through passive income opportunities, to build or increase your passive income earnings you will need to spend more time on the Internet while you work at getting more visitors to your site, or to your online articles, or pages on which you have your photos displayed.
You also need to consider what types of online income ideas you might be interested in trying out.
One of the easiest ways to earn an income online is by writing articles and placing or having ads on the same pages of the online places where you publish your articles. You can publish your articles either on your own website or blog, or on a writing site that shares its advertising revenue with you, but what if you do not enjoy writing all that much?
Then you should try look for and use online income ideas that enable you to do something related to what you already enjoy. If you enjoy what you do, it is more likely that you will spend more time on it, thus making it easier for you to earn an income, and also easier to increase your earnings thereafter.
If you enjoy photography you may want to try joining a few stock photo sites where you can upload good quality photos you have taken yourself, so that people looking to buy digital photos for use on their own websites, or a client’s website, or for whatever purpose, can view your photos, and if the people like what they see, they may purchase them.
If the only way you would like to consider making an online income is by advertising your existing services or products on a website, you still need to use the Internet to increase traffic to your site, if you want many people to see the information about your services and products. Hopefully you do want many people to see the information about your services or products, because the more people that see the information, the greater your chance of making good money from your services or products.
South Africans who want to do freelance work online or join an online freelance job site will also need to have a good and fast Internet connection speed and enough access to the Internet for it to last them the entire month without it running out. Some of your freelance work online may include doing Internet research or uploading and emailing files or images to your client. Browsing for new freelance job opportunities on a freelance job site also requires quite a bit of Internet usage and a good Internet speed.
South Africans also need to consider that not all online income opportunities are available to South Africans. Make sure you go through the terms and conditions of any site you join. You don’t want to spend time working hard at something and then discover you cannot actually really receive your payments from that site.
Also consider that some sites do not stay on the Internet forever. Do some research about the site. Look for reviews on the Internet about the site and see what people are saying about the site. Remember to read more than just one or two reviews as coming across a disgruntled person saying that they do not enjoy a site or that they did not earn anything from the site does not always mean that the site really is bad. Perhaps the person just did not work very hard at trying to make it work for themselves. Remember that websites or opportunities do not work; it is you that works.
If you are worried that a site you join may shut down and perhaps cause you to lose material you have added to it, be sure to always keep copies of what you upload, or simply just get your own site, in which case you get to control everything and also do not have to share your earnings with another site’s owner.
Also consider how you will receive your payments for any online work you do, or for the online earnings you make. Having at least a bank account is absolutely essential, for any direct payments and for depositing cheques, and then you may also need to see if you can receive payments via PayPal too.
Important Note: No matter what online income ideas South Africans are looking for and which online income opportunities they want to consider trying, South Africans are not going to make any money online or much money online if they do not work hard at trying. Come on, fellow South Africans, I know you can do it!
© Copyright Teresa Schultz 2015