Making money keeps getting easier day by day. We keep seeing new avenues to make money every day. This is largely due to the digital technology transforming the world right now. Gone are those days when you had to see your “customers” face-to-face. Today, you can make money from the comfort of your home using your smartphone.
The idea of making money using your smartphone is quite tricky; don’t get it wrong. Owning a smartphone does not automatically translate to making money. There are things that you will have to do to actually make money using your smartphone. There are skills that you need and actions that you must take if you intend to make any money. It is not different from other avenues when it comes to making money using your smartphone.
This post highlights things that you can do on your smartphone to actually make money. You do not necessarily need a computer to make money selling digital skills and services. Today’s phones offer enough for you to capitalise on.
Proven Ways to make Money using your Smartphone
1. Social Media Influencing
It goes without saying that this is one very lucrative business in Nigeria today. The good thing about social media influencing is that you do not necessarily need to be a celebrity to do this. As long as you have enough followers, you can monetise your social media channels. There are many influencers on Twitter and Instagram that you have probably never heard about. However, this does not mean that they are not making cool money.
All you need for social media influencing are basically your smartphone and social media accounts. You then need to churn out content that people will like to read. The content may include how-tos, jokes, health posts, career counselling, comedy skits, business tips, etc. Just get something you are comfortable creating content about and build your followership.
Social media influencing is one of those businesses that you can start without quitting your job. With enough followers engaging with your posts, brands can approach you and have you advertise their products and services. You get paid for these. That’s it. A very simple way to make money using your smartphone
2. WhatsApp TV
Believe it or not, WhatsApp TV is actually a thing. Granted, it is not exactly a television station. However, it is used in a similar way. A WhatsApp TV is basically just a person’s normal WhatsApp status updates. You get enough people to view each status update that you post and you have a “WhatsApp TV” in your hands.
In a way, WhatsApp TV is also a form of influencing. Get enough status viewers (followers) and monetise. There are many WhatsApp TVs in Nigeria today that do not even post original content. Simply going to Twitter and taking screenshots of interesting tweets and conversations, they post these screenshots on their status updates. The idea is to watermark your posts so that when people share them, other people who see the posts can easily add you up and view your status too. With enough people viewing your status, you can easily sell your status slots to people who need to advertise.
A smartphone may not be the best tool for blogging. However, it works too. Blogging is one of the most lucrative ways of making money around the world today. A lot people think that you must have a computer to blog. The truth of the matter is that you can actually blog using your smartphone. It may be more difficult to handle, but it does not reduce your earning potential.
If you are good at writing stuff that interest people, you do not need to wait until you own a computer. You can start a blog right on your smartphone and monetise it. You can start blogging using free hosting services such as wordpress.com. However, if you plan to take your blog seriously and monetise it, you should consider self-hosting your blog.
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4. Online Courses
Information marketing is one of the most lucrative businesses in this digital era. There are people who are willing to pay for what is in your head. See that “small” skill that you have? People would gladly pay to have you teach them. That is the power of information. You probably think you don’t know enough, but you actually know more than a lot of people.
One of the best ways to market information is through online courses. Thanks to social media, you do not need to build a “Course” platform before you reach your target audience. Today, you can simply organise a WhatsApp Class or a Telegram Training and you are good to go. We know that there are many people organising various classes on WhatsApp today. This is why you need to make sure that you are actually offering value if you intend to make any money from the comfort of your smartphone using this method.
5. Graphic Design and Photo Editing
You are probably laughing at the idea of doing graphic design on a smartphone. That’s good. It means that this is still a good time to go into it. There are so many low-quality Photo apps on mobile phone app stores today. However, in the midst of the garbage, you will find some exceptional apps for good-quality graphic design.
People are willing to pay graphic designers for great designs, not necessarily for the tool used. This is why you really need to tap into the idea of graphic design using your smartphone. Some of the apps that may come in useful for graphic design on Android phones include Desyner and Canva. For photo editing, you may check out Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Lightroom, and Snapseed. With a little practice, you can find your way around these apps and start making money using your smartphone.
Let’s wrap it up
By now, you must have seen that the smartphone you are holding is actually a money-making machine. You just need to know the best way to make money using it. Don’t just spend every day using your phone to play games when you can actually be making money instead.
With the ways to make money using your smartphone that we have listed above, you can easily make considerable money to keep you going. Simply find what you are good at and make money from it. It does not matter that you only have a smartphone. Use it to make money.
In what other ways do you think you can make money using your smartphone? Do share with us in the Comments section below.
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