The answer to that question depends on whether you are really flat broke, or you are just saying that you are flat broke. You see, there is a big difference between having zero dollars to invest in an online venture and let’s say, having a few hundred dollars to invest. And, there is a huge difference between a having a few hundred dollars and having a few thousand. You see, some folks will tell you that they are flat broke when they have several thousand dollars in the bank, or a liquid stock portfolio, or heaven forbid a huge line of credit. These people are not the kind of flat broke we are talking about. Flat broke in my books is not having enough money to by a cup of coffee – going to the store and having to choose between the peanut butter and the bread…that is flat broke!
Now if you are flat broke as in my definition, when it comes to trying to make money online, your options are considerably more limited than if you have a couple hundred dollars to spend. That is obvious. And if you have a couple hundred dollars you are way worse off than if you have a couple thousand. That too is obvious. Let’s face it, if you have a couple thousand dollars to spend on your online business, you could be up and running with a professionally designed website, hosting, auto responders, ad campaigns and be making money in no time…
But we are talking flat broke here! Not even a measly $10 on your credit card to buy a domain name, or worse yet no credit whatsoever. So what to do in that case? Believe it or not there are still some options available to you.
For instance, do you have any skills or special knowledge? Of course you do. Then why not tutor online. Tutor.com is a great place to start. Click the ‘Become a Tutor’ button at the bottom of their homepage.
You might be perfectly suited for this kind of program, who knows.
Another way to make money online is through writing. Web companies are always on the hunt for people with good writing skills, especially to do the grunt stuff that no one else wants to do. If you are a good writer you can always get a job writing for blogs too. Go ahead and type in ‘blog writing jobs’ in your search engine – you will be amazed at the number of opportunities there are.
You can get jobs writing for web articles, forum posts, ebooks and even just plain old comments – believe it or not people will pay you to write their comments for them – look that one up for fun. A good way to find writing jobs is through Guru.com or of course Elance.com And yes there is Squidoo, but that folks, is a whole other article.
Then there is photography. Are you a photographer, or just a picture taker? If you are the former, then there are plenty of opportunities to sell your work online. Or perhaps you are too broke to own a camera? Then I suggest you are not a photographer, because all photographers, broke or otherwise, have cameras. At any rate, if you do have skills in this area, a good site to check out is istockphoto.com
I suppose I would be remiss if I did not mention the Grand Daddy of them all eBay, but let’s be honest, the web is saturated with good information on this well known method of making money online so I won’t bother with that for now. Then there is product development, which technically does not require any funds, but the promotion of your product is certainly on the difficult side if you have no money. Cash Surveys? Well, you can go to the forums and read all about those. They’re not for me, but hey, maybe they are the perfect fit for you.
So there you have it, there are actually quite a few ways to make money online if you are flat broke, but odds are, they won’t make you rich. Their primary purpose as I see it, should be to build up your resources so that you can venture out into more expensive, but lucrative waters of the make money online niche.