The abundance of online world is about to take off!
The Internet’s abundance — of information, goods, tastes and sources of authority — creates unparalleled opportunities for individuals to get exactly what they want. But this plenitude threatens political and cultural authorities who believe in telling individuals what they can have rather than letting them choose for themselves. -Virginia Postrel –
I still remember at the beginning of 2003, when I started using internet. It was kind of amazing feeling when I started using the online platform at that time such as yahoo, google, myspace and friendster.
Some people might have not known several names that have been diminished and left the online platforms competitions. For instance, Friendster, as an early successful social media platform, was launched on 2001 with the number of unique registered users reached over 115 million. Some annalists said that friendster website was the awakening of the internet 2.0. The internet was no longer used only for searching information, but also socializing with friends around the world. Unfortunately, friendster website is no longer available since June 14, 2015 as mentioned on their domain website.
The starting of the social media on internet was much faster than what everyone expected. Especially, when the new social media platform, facebook, taken over the game. Facebook had over 2.0+ billion monthly active users as of August 2015. Facebook, Inc. held its initial public offering in February 2012 and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of $104 billion. On July 13, 2015, Facebook became the fastest company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to reach a market cap of $250 billion. Following its Q3 earnings call in 2015, Facebook’s market cap soared past $300 billion.
The internet era over the past 15 years really opens everyone’s eyes who’s living in the planet. The abundance of what the internet era can offer is absolutely true in many levels.
Here are some of the online platforms that has emerged, started emerging, and will emerge in the new internet era:
First of all, people don’t have to worry about losing communication with their loves one, since we have plenty number of social media platforms, such as, facebook, twitter, skype, whatsapp, etc. There are plenty more unnamed social media online platforms in WWW (World Wide Web) these days.
Secondly, people also don’t need to worry about having a huge sum of money to start their own business. Today is the best time in the human history to start your own company with the lowest capital possible. People literally only need to setup their own website as a platform of their online business/store/ company. Whenever and wherever you go your store/business/company is secure and accessible 24/7.
Thirdly, people can start earning as little money as they like by just offering some services online. Do you enjoy mindlessly scrolling, finding images, clicking, evaluating data, dragging, writing five-word descriptions or copy-pasting in your spare time? Businesses often need help with these types of microtasks, and sometimes it’s cheaper or easier to crowdsource than to write bits of code to do the work. That’s where marketplaces like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and ShortTask come into play. Here you can take on nano-jobs that pay out a few cents each but are highly scalable and generally don’t require too much attention. Each marketplace has its own stipulations, culture and lingo, though, so be prepared for a bit of a learning curve.
Fourthly, people can become a virtual tutor in their spare time. Are you an expert in a niche area of knowledge? Can you teach someone to play baroque concertos on the ukulele? If someone has questions about how to store their power tools, can you give good advice on the fly?
There are dedicated web platforms where you can offer your services as an authoritative coach or tutor in exchange for money. Ether, udemy, and skillshare websites allow you to book paid appointments for phone consultations, with marketing handled by you offsite.
Fifthly, people can drop shipping for risk-free eCommerce. Drop shipping is a much-praised hybrid business model somewhere between eCommerce and affiliate marketing. Essentially, it allows you to sell other people’s products on websites that you manage, but with none of the risk. The vendor handles the billing, service and order fulfillment — all you need to do is drive the orders and you make commissions.
Sixth, People can leverage their social influence online. If you’ve got lots of Twitter followers who click on links you post, you can leverage this asset to make money by sending out sponsored tweets.
There are now several marketplaces where advertisers can post offers, including PaidPerTweet and SponsoredTweets. There’s a lot of volume in these directories, so you should be able to find offers to promote products that are relevant to your community of followers and won’t kill your social media credibility.
Seventh, People can jump on so called, the Sharing Economy Bandwagon. Since “sharing is caring” and as it turns out, sharing can also be profitable. Many people today are choosing to do business with independent locals such as yourself — whether it’s renting your spare room for short-term stays or ridesharing (instead of renting a car), the sharing economy is growing fast.
If you live somewhere that tourists flock to, you might be able to profit from the greater economic ecosystem that comes along with a robust tourism industry. Many tourists today are looking for a more authentic experience, choosing to bypass huge, factory-like hotels for mom & pop style rentals. Airbnb, Blablacar, Uber, and WixHotels provides an easy solution for both renter (that could be you!) and rentees. Best of all, it takes absolutely no commission, letting you have full control of your comfortable new business venture.
If you don’t need your car every day (because you’re working from home) you can rent it out with Uber and RelayRides. If you do regularly use your car, then you can offer people rides for money using Blablacar or Sidecar. You can also offer quirky special interest tours of your locale on Vayable.
And then there’s this cool new startup called Nimber. It’s a community delivery service that helps send items with someone going that way, anyway. ‘Senders’ get a great deal, and ‘Bringers’ make extra cash on every journey they make, whether it be to the office, shop, or off on a holiday. A leader in the sharing economy phenomenon, Nimber is the perfect way to use the extra space you already have in your car, case, or backpack to make extra money with simple deliveries.
Eighth, People also can cook and host dinners for strangers. Along similar lines, there are plenty of people who are interested in eating out but have grown tired of the anonymous, polished corporate flavors of restaurants. If you can cook up delicious and friendly dining experiences in your own home, it’s easier than ever to reach customers interested in joining you.
Marketplaces for home-hosted meals include Uber — Eats, EatWith, Cookening and Meal Sharing.
Ninth, People can also sell their collectibles. Are your baseball cards from the 80’s collecting dust in your attic in a box next to your childhood Star Wars action figures? Are you unlikely to ever play that Santana album you have on vinyl ever again? Some items might be obvious in their worth, but you’d be surprised to find you have plenty of things that many people would be happy to buy. If you can part with some items, you can make decent money selling them.
Just take some photos, determine fair asking prices, post on Craigslist or eBay, and the inquiries from interested shoppers ought to come pouring in.
Tenth, People also can do offline tasks via online marketplaces. People are posting one-off jobs in droves on platforms like fiverr, truelancer, Redbeacon and TaskRabbit, which means you can make extra money by running errands or performing handyman tasks for people in your spare time. To pick up these gigs, you’ll need to pass a background check, so get started with building your profile with plenty of notice.
Last but not least, people also can review people’s apps online and most importantly get paid instantly. If you’re a gadget junkie, gamer, tech tool lover or an early adopter, you’re likely to get a kick out of Review Roster or AppTaskit. Here you can get paid to try out recently launched apps and write what you think of them. Social proof is a powerful force when it comes to app marketing, so publishers are willing to pay good money for your opinion.
Ready to take off your journey in the new internet era of 21st century ? The abundance of online world is about to take off and emerge by 2020.
Do embrace and welcome it to the fullest and the highest potential possible!