Things are tough financially these days; many folk struggle to make mortgage payments and meet their bills. Lots of people are looking for ways to bring in some extra cash to help make ends meet and get ahead.

You will find there are many ways to legitimately make extra money. If you Google ‘make money online’ you will be swamped with results. Don’t be intimidated by the hype and outrageous promises, or the stories of scams and shysters; there are ways to avoid being their next victim.

To avoid losing your money through illegal online operations, don’t pay anyone anything when you are starting out. There are heaps of free information about ways to earn money online, so you really don’t need to pay for it to get you started. You might want to buy something later, but this isn’t necessary to make some money. Look into freelance writing, affiliate marketing and email marketing as a place to begin.

You could answer online surveys to get extra money. Typically, these pay from $2 to $25 for each survey, and take anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour to complete. You can register for free at many of the online survey sites, so join up to several and fill in all the surveys they offer, that you qualify for. If you filled in five $2 surveys a day, you would earn $70 for that week. That is not a bad start!

Running your own blogs is another way of making money online. You can make money blogging by promoting or advertising another company’s products; when your visitors click through to the sites and buy, you are paid a commission on their purchase. There are several free websites through which you can establish your own blog and have it hosted at no cost. You add regular articles and comments to your blog to attract those visitors interested in what you have to say. You will need to learn some ways to attract regular traffic to your blog.

You might be interested in investments as a means to get some extra cash. There are many really good investing books available, both online and in print. Make your local library your first stop, as borrowing books won’t cost you anything. Look for books that are current, as this industry changes frequently, to learn the basics of sound investment. You may also find some free online ebooks, if you Google ‘free investment advice’, so take advantage of these too. When you have a good general knowledge, you will be able to decide if this is an area you are interested in for creating another income stream.

Creating extra income can be simple but will always require some work. Do lots of research, talk to friends and associates and you will discover even more ways to improve your financial situation.

About Ryan Perry

Ryan Perry has taken his 10+ years of business ownership and hands-on marketing skills and focused them on online marketing. In April of 2009, he started Simple Biz Support with an emphasis on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Ryan is propelling local business websites to the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing resulting in increased market exposure and revenue for his clients using a variety of internet marketing tools including blogs, article submissions and video. Additionally, Ryan speaks and vlogs (video blogs) about internet marketing, educating business owners how to effectively use various SEO tools and techniques to promote their business on the internet. Ryan currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA. Connect with Ryan on Google+