When Pete Cashmore of the Mashable blog started his blog in 2005 at only 19, he didn’t envision his blog becoming so popular a few years later nor did he envision CNN making an offer to acquire his blog at a whooping $200 million! What just started out as a small part time venture for Pete Cashmore, has now become his richest source of his income. Amit Agarwal is another full time blogger who runs a blog known as “digital inspiration” and his monthly income from this venture is estimated to be a five figure salary(in USD). There are a lot more other people like Pete Cashmore and Amit Agarwal who are literally laughing all the way to the bank thanks to online ventures. What types of jobs or projects can you do to earn money online? Very many, I will say. Here’s a look at how writing and blogging can generate you a good source of income. Blogging: What Pete Cashmore and Amit Agarwal have in common is that they are both bloggers, blogging about what they know and like. Gone are the days when one could only write or publish an article to the local newspapers or magazine. You can become an instant author within minutes of setting up your blog and have the whole world as your audience! Setting up a blog for free is as easy as going to blogger or word press and acquiring a blog in a few minutes. Some sites also allow you to blog or write articles without the hustles of setting up your own blog from scratch. The advantage of these sites is that there is an already established traffic and it requires just a little effort to market it. These sites include: expertscolumn, hub pages, squidoo, helium, associated content etc. Writing gigs/jobs: If you think that setting up a blog is not for you, then you can always bid for writing jobs in freelancing sites e.g. Odesk, Elance, and Craigslist etc. and get paid after finishing a project. Most of these sites do not have a fixed pay, but payment will usually involve the task at hand, your experience, your writing abilities and your ability to negotiate. The global economy is not currently at its best and whether you have a day job or not, it sure cannot hurt anyone to earn an extra income to pay those ever demanding monthly bills!