Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Internet


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Financial Services
Accountants, bookkeepers and the like often set up their own financial services businesses using specialized software. PeopleImages/Getty Images

Financial services include accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll processing – they are the kinds of services that few people want to pursue, but for their own peace of mind, they're often willing to pay an expert for help in balancing the books and dealing with the complexities of tax law. And today, you can accomplish most of these services using specialized software. For businesses, this means hiring fewer people to handle these tasks. For individuals, it means doing it on their own and hiring a consultant online when necessary.

These cost-saving opportunities for consumers mean money-making opportunities for you. You can create your own website or work with an existing web-based services group to advertise the financial services you offer. Then, you can correspond with clients through that website and via email.

First make sure you're either trained or experienced in the services you're planning to provide. If you're advertising accountant services, you should have a degree in that field, though a tax preparer may just have completed a short course. Having a niche (like entertainment accounting) will help you stand out from the pack. In addition, make sure you know whether you'll need government licenses to offer certain services, and refrain from misrepresenting yourself or working illegally to avoid getting sued for fraud.

Although this is an internet-based business, chances are you'll have to leave home at least sometimes to meet with clients or to network to get more clients.

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