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5 Eco-Friendly Online Business Ideas to Improve Your Finances
Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Some in the MENA region are passionate about green living, others want to make money online. So, what if there's a smart way to carry on your green living advocacy and make money from it online? Well, good news, there is. Matter of fact, there are.

Climate change, global warming, huge carbon footprints, ozone damage, non-sustainable living, wastage, are some of the challenges brought on by human activities over the years.

According to NASA:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions are up by 411 parts per million
  • Global temperature is up by 1.9°F since 1880
  • Arctic ice minimum is down by 12.8% per decade
  • Ice sheets down by 413 gigatonnnes per year
  • Sea levels are up by 3.3 millimeters per year
These are evidences of climate change, and have given rise to increased calls for more eco-friendly policies, products and practices in line with international best practices as enshrined in the UNFCCC.

As an individual, there are steps you can take to increase awareness and advocacy for green living, plus make money on the side. In this post we'll be highlighting five (5) such examples, but first

What is Climate Change?

Wear and tear is normal because time eventually takes its toll on everything, nature included. Propelled by harmful human activities, this wear worsens year to year.

Over time, Earth's climate has experienced several changes, but none quite compares to that witnessed in the last 7, 000 years.

Earth is getting warmer, arctic ice is melting, sea levels are rising, floods increasing; these are typical evidences of climate change.

And if nothing drastic is done to curb this, life as we know it will be in grave danger. Thankfully, you can do something about it while making money in the process.

Here are

5 Green Business Ideas to Make Money Online

1. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is an ecommerce retail fulfilment business or model where you sell other people's products without investing your own money in buying stock or keeping inventory, warehousing, etc.

In this case, you identify eco-friendly or energy efficient products, approach verified suppliers who permit you to use their product images to advertise on your own ecommerce site/store.

When customers pay and buy from you, you take out your profit and forward cost price plus customer details to your suppliers. Your suppliers pack and ship items directly to your customers worldwide. That's essentially how dropshipping works and runs.

2. Blogging

Climate change advocacy, for instance, can get a big boost from blogging. By creating relevant, actionable content about environmentally friendly lifestyle, green bloggers champion the cause for positive action.

Through green blogging, readers would be made aware of the causes, impact and dangers of continued environmental mismanagement or degradation.

From text, through audio to video, different audience segments can be reached via environmental evangelism. On the side, green bloggers can earn money from donations, adverts, selling green merch, etc. Blogs like GreenProphet.Com preach and encourage green living.

3. Green Writers

Writers who specialize in writing green content can can also earn income online doing what they love or know how to do. They could write blog posts, guest posts, ebooks, whitepapers, case studies, etc.

Companies that produce eco-friendly products may also need good copywriters to write effective product descriptions, ads, landing page copy, email newsletters,

This way, green writers will help to mitigate climate change, educate and inspire readers to take necessary action towards environmental sustainability, while earning money as a freelancer.

4. Online Tutorials

If you're a subject matter expert in any area of environmental sustainability, you could well be making money by offering online tutorials to interested students worldwide. This may help students with research, projects, etc.

Platforms like Udemy allow you create online courses on any subject area of your interest or expertise and sell to interested learners who can download them. Other platforms allow users online access for monthly or annual subscription.

You could also create a dedicated YouTube channel from where you teach or advocate for eco-friendly living. With YouTube monetization you could be earning income from advertisers who also support your cause.

5. Green Influencer

Influencer marketing has been a thing for some time now. Anyone who can influence another or others to take a particular course of action qualifies as an Influencer.

The Rock for instance, @TheRock currently has over 148 million Instagram followers. Imagine he is an advocate for a particular eco-friendly product! The company will pay endorsement fees, send product samples for review, etc.

As an Influencer with lots of people following, you could use social media to raise more awareness and advocate for more environmentally friendly living.

We would all lead better lives if we have a safer ecosystem, as well as extra income in our pockets. These tips can help us achieve both.

Let us know which has worked for you.

Author Bio:

Amos Onwukwe is an AWAI trained Business and Ecommerce Copywriter featured in Huffington Post, Dumb Little Man, Self Growth, Ecommerce Nation, eCommerce Insights, Understanding Ecommerce, Result First, Floship, WeCan, Grow Map, Clean Tech Loops, among others.



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