Have you asked yourself yet how to make money online from South Africa? I’m sure you have!
Are you sitting at home in South Africa wondering what is happening to our exchange rate, the strength of our rand and how on earth we are going to get through this drought, while watching the food prices steadily increasing? Are you wondering what on earth the future holds for us here in South Africa?
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How to make money online from South Africa?
How much money do you want to make and what currency?
For me personally I want to make USD, for obvious reasons to anyone residing in South Africa. So what are the options for making money online in South Africa?
Do you want to earn just a little extra money on the side? Here are some options you might enjoy:
Answered Insight Surveys (click here to read my review): The earning potential is not high and you won’t receive a lot of surveys… BUT I have been doing this for a good number of years and there have been a few occasions that this money has come in hand! You make R20 per survey and each survey takes about 10 – 15 minutes.
User Testing (click here to read my review): Test websites and earn $10 for each website tested and it takes about 20 minutes to do a test. The trick here is that there are not a lot of tests that I qualified for but it is quick to check out when new tests come in. But the amount earned for your time is not bad at all for some extra cash.
Clixsense (click here to read my review): This is a PTC website and the earnings are really low! But it only takes a few minutes every day to check in and complete any PTC offers or surveys available. Once again this small amount of money could add up. I have now made a total of $11.24 on this website.
How about starting a REAL online business in South Africa?
So you want to make some real money online in South Africa? Well see this is what gets me excited. Here are some options for you:
Online Store: I have 2 online stores, a retail baby store in South Africa and then a wholesale baby store. It is the same company, just different websites for the wholesale and the retail. If you want to try out this option I suggest you check out Shopify (click here for my review).
So having an online store is great, it is my own business and I can work in my pjs which I love. The problem I find is the following:
- How do you learn how to run your website: add content, get it ranked and get traffic? It takes time and practice to learn all these things
- Depending on what you do you are most likely still going to be earning rands (I’ll get into the state of the country a bit later on)
- The cost of getting stock in can be huge
- Marketing and selling your products can be time consuming and there is a lot of competition depending on your niche
- Packaging, shipping and all the admin work that goes with this can be costly and time consuming
- If you have products you are tied to one place! If you want to go away on holiday you are not able to unless you have staff to take care of your business. And if you have staff this comes with its own set of problems and expenses!
So what do I recommend that will solve all of those challenges?
Affiliate Marketing of course, I started with this in 2015 and I am loving it.
**Update to this information about my baby stores**
I closed both my online stores i February 2016 so I can just blog! I changed my baby store to a mommy blog and here is why.
So long story short, through Wealthy Affiliate University (which I HIGHLY recommend) I have earned my first USD.
This is a real business though so it has taken time and effort to get it going. I launched this website on 23 June 2015 and I cashed out my first income for this website 01 January 2016. Yes it was only $53.50 BUT when I cashed that out via Paypal I got R800.69. And yes I have the Premium Account at Wealthy Affiliate so I am paying them $47 every month. However the support and training I receive there is incredible. Click here to read my detailed insiders view for insight into the incredible level of training within the Wealthy Affiliate University platform.
I have earned another $22.50 this month and when the training I published on Wealthy Affiliate gets approved I will be paid another $20. This is just the beginning because my website traffic is now growing nicely and with that will come more money.
The beauty of what I am learning now is how to create a residual income, so the work I put in now will continue to pay off for years to come. I consider this an investment for my future and the future of my family.
This is just the beginning for me earning USD. I can promise you that this will grow in the months to come and I will most certainly bring you some updates as I go along!
So why am I concerned about South Africa?
This is where I live and I’ll be honest with you, things are getting just a little too concerning for comfort.
See here’s the thing, with our Rand so weak we are going to have to do something to survive aren’t we? Apparently our Rand is plummeting faster than the Zimbabwean dollar did when they started heading downhill.
On 10 December 2015 www,cnbc.com announced that the Rand was at a low of R15.2405 to the USD. They said it would possibly drop further. Fast forward to today and I check on Coinmill what the USD to ZAR exchange rate is and it is R16.78 to the USD.
All I can say is that if we continue at this rate we are in big trouble.
The Unrest in SA is Very Concerning!
So we have our president making a mockery of us, I’m sorry but that is just the way it is. I don’t want to be unpatriotic here, but Zuma you make it impossible. On top of that our country is having a serious drought and our rand is just plummeting…
Zuma’s New Jet?
Our country cannot afford that was promised years ago. There is still a serious housing shortage, our children are hungry, our education system is shocking, our health system is a joke and our President is buying a R4 billion jet?
What about spending that on something that is really needed?
And what about the R246 million he spent on “security upgrades” to his personal home? And brushes it off as if it was nothing at all! This is not great stuff. How many people in South Africa don’t even have a home, or live in a shack? How many people don’t have electricity (oh wait haha most of us…see further down) or running water?
What sort of difference could R246 million make to those people? How many families could have been housed. It makes me want to cry thinking about it, what you have stolen from these people. They were promised homes… were are these homes?
And this is spending our country’s money willy nilly without a care in the world for your people Zuma? We have so many very serious problems and this money could have made a real difference to the people of South Africa.
Finance Minister Fiasco?
I mean really what is going on here, three Finance Ministers in such a short period of time. This had serious economic consequences.
Racism is Rife!
This is supposed to be the New South Africa, The Rainbow Nation, and we should be working together to make this beautiful country the best it can be. In social media there is mud slinging, hate speech and serious threats. Let’s move on people, let’s build this country up and stop tearing each other and this country down.
Perhaps if we started focusing on the corruption within our government instead of ripping each other to pieces we could finally move forward?
South Africa’s Unemployment Rate is Concerning!
So here we are at the start of 2016 and according to tradingeconomics.com the unemployment rate is about 25%.
So there has been a huge scandal about the #ZumaMustFallBillboard that went up recently on Long Street, Cape Town,and that the ANC then very quickly tore down. Suddenly there are a whole stack of funny photoshopped versions trending on Twitter. I mean this is hilarious, have you seen the price of avos this week? I saw in Pick n Pay that they are R18.99 for one avo or R68.99 for a pack of 4. I couldn’t believe it, is this what is happening to our food prices this year? Yeah looks like we are going the way of Zimbabwe very quickly!
And don’t forget about trying to censor the internet! Oh dear I had better watch what I say now! And of course let’s not even talk about our electricity problem, I’ll just leave you with this pic below instead which says it all.
The Future of South Africa
So I’m not really worried about myself here. What I see are my children. I wonder what will things be like when they graduate from school?
Will they ever get a job and even if they do will they be able to afford to eat on their salary with the way things are going?
Does this mean I want to immigrate?
No. This is my country. I was born here and I have a right to be here as much as anyone else. We live (in my opinion) in the most beautiful place in the world.
My family will be fine, I will make sure of that. My business will bring in foreign income, I will have a legacy to pass on to them one day.
But what about YOUR family? What is happening to the buying power of your income right now, look ahead and plan!
If you are interested in learning how to make USD online then do yourself a huge favor and join Wealthy Affiliate, seriously they have a free membership (you don’t have to ever upgrade) and you can start setting up your online business.
Do you have any questions or feedback regarding this post? Leave a comment and I will come back to you as soon as possible!