How I Combine My Love of English and Internet to Earn Money Online

15 Sep 2014

I miss regular blogging. I've had a lot of things in mind: wedding planning, house hunting, seserahan shopping, et cetera, et cetera; but I still can't write them all as I don't have the right pictures or photographs to be put on those posts. I'm one of those bloggers who really hold onto the belief that a blog post should have at least one picture on it. I'm holding onto that belief religiously.

One of the many things that I've been wanting to share is about my financial struggle this past month. There have been some issues regarding my new job as a teacher, and as a result, I didn't get paid last month. I've been struggling to keep going with only a paycheck from tutoring, which ended last month, meaning I won't get any more paycheck from tutoring this month. My paycheck from teaching in high school won't really pay my bills, actually. It is way lower than the minimum wage and won't make ends meet. I know I wouldn't be able to survive if I only depend on teaching.

A few months ago, my fiance introduced me to an online outsourcing website called oDesk. It is a marketplace where employers and freelancers can meet. I signed up, but hadn't really looked into it until last month. I found a joblisting looking for freelance English to Bahasa translators for a popular website. I have been an amateur English to Bahasa and Bahasa to English translator for a few years now, so I applied for the job. They gave two sample texts for me to translate as a (paid) test. Two days later, they sent me an email saying that I was accepted. Since then, I've translated eleven articles and got paid more than my paycheck as a teacher. Isn't that great?


For as long as I've known the internet, getting money online has always been a dream for every user. I've seen all around the WWW a lot of ads and promotions saying that we can earn money with just a few clicks, but not all of them is true and safe. Here are some tips for getting money online.
1. If it is too good to be true, it probably isn't. Ever seen those links saying "Get $$$ for just signing up!" passed around on Facebook? It's really suspicious, isn't it?
2. There is no such thing as easy money. You need to work to earn money. Signing up and sharing the links asking people to sign up are not counted as working.
3. Always check the credibility of the websites. I personally consider outsourcing websites that have legit Wikipedia pages (like oDesk, Freelancer.com, and Guru.com) as trustworthy.
4. Pay attention at how you will receive your payments. For example, oDesk has a range of payment methods, like via Paypal, local bank transfer, Payoneer, etc.
5. Choose the joblistings very carefully. When applying for a job, ask for an upfront payment if necessary. Don't apply for suspicious or illegal jobs.

Many people have successfully earned money through this kind of outsourcing websites. There are hundreds of job listed everyday. It works for me so far, hope it'll work for you too.

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