The internet has allowed for countless new opportunities. People can make money in new and creative ways. There are tons of services out there to make money, and companies that will hire you to work remotely, using the internet. But there are also ways to use the internet to make money by working for yourself. Much like television, radio, and print, the internet is a media form with its own artists and content creators, and even its stars.
Youtube is not just a place to watch cat videos and listen to music; there are tons of channels with all sorts of people posting all sorts of videos. There are instructional videos of all sorts, educating others on how to do pretty much anything, from fixing your car to learning a new language. Vloggers (video bloggers) also post videos of interesting parts of their daily lives, or use their Youtube channel to post their opinion about a specific topic like music or politics.
People also make funny original videos, from live action film-making to animated shorts. Make a video interesting enough and you can amass hundreds of thousands or even millions of views, and Youtube will pay you for those views. It gets complicated, because Youtube will pay you more if people click on the ads that play before your video and for your subscribers, but it averages to about 2 to 5 dollars per 1000 views, but people can make as much as a dollar per 25 views.
The trick is to have an original and engaging video! Get lucky filming your pet doing something hilariously adorable and you may have a money making clip on your hands. You can also work hard developing and polishing your content to foster a loyal audience. People also make money by merchandising the image/brand they create in their videos, the possibilities are endless.
If video isn’t your thing, you can also make money by creating podcasts. Podcast topics are just as diverse, including thoughtful and educated discussions, or silly and fun interviews and stream of conscious style ramblings. Once you have a popular podcast with enough subscribers, you can then make money by reading ads in your podcast. There are companies who regularly advertise on podcasts and are looking for new content creators to promote their products. These are usually internet companies themselves who target people who use the internet, and podcasts make for a logical and effective target audience.
Now these ideas may not be for everyone, but if you are a creative person with something to say, start saying it! You will get better with practice and with enough time, who knows, you could be the next famous internet sensation, making money off of your fame!