Do you want to make money online – and at home? You've come to the right post! We've compiled a list of 51 ways to make money online, and you'll almost certainly find one that will work for you.
Whether you're looking for a full-time online opportunity, part-time, or just something to pick up some extra cash every now and again, you'll find it here.
The most important step is to try something. Most of the ventures will take awhile to get get going and to build up to the point where you'll be making serious money. But you need to start somewhere!
And you never know when today's casual side gig will turn into a whole new career.
So let's get started. These 51 ways to make money online are in no special order, so if you come across a few that you don't think will work for you, just keep reading.
1. Create an Ebook to Sell Online
Is there a topic that you're really strong in? You could write an ebook and start earning some extra money. This is also a passive venture. Once the ebook is written, you can begin getting sales through a thoroughly automated process.
People come to your ad page, make payment, and are then directed to a download page where they can get their copy of your ebook. You won't have to lift a finger. Get a few ebooks written and marketed, and well, you get the idea. “How to” ebooks are some of the best ones to provide, especially if you're an expert in a given field.
There are different ways to market an ebook. One of the most common is through Amazon's Kindle program. They can help you with all the steps to both publish and market your ebook through their incredibly popular platform. There are some specialized sets of writing software that will help with not only writing your ebook, but also formatting it correctly for the Amazon market as well Barnes & Noble and iTunes
You can also market your ebook on your own website or blog, particularly if the site gets good traffic. Still another method is affiliate marketing. You can offer to pay sites related to your ebook a percentage of the sale price – say, anywhere between 20% and 50% – for them to post an ad or linked article for your book on their site. This could enable you to market your ebook on multiple platforms for greater market exposure.
2. Create Videos
Do you have a flair for creating videos? If you can then you can create them, download them on YouTube and then monetize them with Google Adsense (see #20 below).
This is another way to make money online in a completely passive way.
Once the video is created and generating traffic, you can add Adsense to the video, and earn some money anytime someone clicks through one of the ads. If you can make $50 – $100 per month from a single video, think how much you can earn if you create several videos?
The principle is similar to creating an ebook, except that you're using a visual medium. How-to topics also work well with videos, but you can also do commentary, social-media friendly videos (for example, people seem to love cat videos), or even entertainment or music videos.
If one of them goes viral on the social media, you may have found a gold mine – for at least as long the video remains popular. After that, it'll be time to create a new one, or a stream of several.
3. Become a “Garage Sale Millionaire”
Have you ever watched Pawn Stars or Storage Wars on TV? That's the general idea behind this money making venture.
It's one of the oldest and most proven ways to make money – buy low, sell high. The buy low part comes from searching garage sales, estate sales, and even thrift stores to find items that are in good condition (“gently used”) but selling well below what they would if they were brand-new. In this way, you might be able to acquire an item for $5, and later sell it for $50.
A good book on how to make it work is Garage Sale Millionaire by Aaron LePedis. The book will tell you everything that you need to know, from buying (including determining values) to marketing and selling.
4. Tutoring – Online, At Home or On Site
This works with just about any subject that you are strong in – math, science, foreign language, and even test preparation. By tutoring online, you will have control over your time as well as the amount of work that you take on.
You can always offer your services direct, by marketing to schools in your area, or even placing ads in neighborhood newsletters and on bulletin boards. But you can also use online platforms that are dedicated to matching tutors with students.
5. Etsy – Sell Your Crafts Online
If you are good at creating crafts, just about any type, you should try your hand selling them on Etsy. This is a site that is dedicated to the sale of of crafts. They charge a fee of 3.5% of your sale, which is a lot lower than what other online marketplaces charge. All the rest is yours.
The advantage with crafts is that they are creative in nature, and can work well if you are a creative type. In addition, since you are making the crafts, you'll be able to better control your inventory, as well as the costs that go into it.
6. 2020 Panel – Get Paid to Rate Products and Services
Companies need to have their products and services evaluated – it's a fundamental part of the marketing process. To do so, they often turn to individuals to review those products and services. This creates yet another opportunity for you to make money online and in your spare time.
A website for this purpose is 2020 Panel. You evaluate products and services, and render your opinions with focus group companies. You’re typically pidy between $50 and $150 per evaluation.
7. Launch Your Own Blog
Blogging can be done either as a hobby or as a full-time business. In fact, it often starts as a hobby, becomes a profitable side business, and then becomes a brand-new, all-encompassing career.
One of the most beautiful and exciting qualities about blogging is that you can create a blog that deals with any subject area that you are either knowledgeable or passionate about (and preferably both!). You can write about personal finance, careers, real estate, getting into business, technology, cooking, travel, personal health, or just about any topic you choose.
You can set up a website, gradually build up the content (articles, videos, podcasts, etc.), then eventually monetize the site through advertising, affiliate marketing, or even the direct sale of specific products or services. Even better, you can generally find whatever services and technical assistance you need online and free of charge. Later on, when your site develops a reliable cash flow, you can begin working with paid providers who can take your blog to the next level.
I know a good bit about blogging, with the success I enjoy here on Good Financial Cents. I can even help you to make it happen, if you read my post on blogging, How I've Made over $1,097,757 from Blogging.
8. Sparkplug – Rent Out Your Unused Musical Instruments
There's an excellent chance that you have one or several musical instruments sitting in storage that haven't been used in years. Perhaps it's a leftover from when you were in school, or even from your days playing in a band. Whatever the reason that you have it, it's probably worth money if you can sell it. Brand-new instruments are ridiculously expensive, so people often look to buy used equipment instead, particularly if they are novices.
You can make money online by selling your used instruments on a site called Sparkplug. Naturally, they'll take a fee from the sales proceeds, but that will still enable you to make some money from an item that is just sitting around collecting dust.
Also, if you know a good bit about musical instruments, and know how and where to buy them on the cheap, you can use Sparkplug to sell them on an ongoing basis. That can turn into a nice side business, that eventually might grow into something more.
9. Sell Your Photos Online
Some people have a talent for taking pictures. If that describes you, you might be able to make money online from what has been a hobby up to this point.
Websites like iStock and Shutterstock will allow you to post your photos on their sites. Since they are common photo sources, you'll get people looking for very specific types of photos. If they download one of yours, you can earn anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per downloaded photo.
If you can create an online portfolio of several hundred photos that people are interested in downloading, you may have created one of the very best passive income sources. Take a look at the types of photos that you see appearing across the Internet, and tailor your work to meet that need.
10. Become a Virtual Assistant
Outsourcing is the new and dominant wave of the business world. As businesses shed employees, they increasingly turn to independent contractors to supply what in-house staff used to do. One of the ways they do this is through virtual assistants. These are people who provide certain tasks online. Businesses can use virtual assistants as much or as little as they need to. If you can make yourself available to multiple businesses, you might have plenty of work without ever leaving your house.
You can work as a virtual assistant through dedicated websites, such as Upwork or Zirtual. All kinds of skills are needed, and compensation can vary anywhere between $10 per hour to $100 or more. Obviously, the higher pay will be to people who have more technical skills, such as web building skills and marketing. But you can find work doing administrative tasks at the lower end of the pay scale.
11. Get Paid to Rent Out Your Car
Not everyone will be enthusiastic about this idea, due to the fact that it does have certain risks (like damage or loss of your vehicle). But if you don't use your car a whole lot, and would like to use it to earn some extra income – without doing any extra work – web platforms are available to make this happen.
Sites like RelayRides and GetAround enable you to rent out your car hourly, daily, for a weekend, or even for a specific trip. GetAround advertises that you can make up to $10,000 per year renting out your car while you're not using it.
12. For Nurses Who Want to Work at Home
If you are a registered nurse, there are opportunities to make money online and without ever leaving your home. There are businesses who need the expertise of a nurse to answer questions from customers, or to provide information and recommendations.
All kinds of companies need RNs for this purpose, including health insurance companies, hospital chains, and even medical recruiting companies. You can find them by checking out their jobsites, and entering the key phrases “work at home” or “work from home” or “telecommuting”.
But you can also register with a company called Fonemed. They are in need of nurses to provide triage and medical information to their clients by phone. The clients are primarily doctors based in Canada and the United States.
13. Start a Product Based Website
Is there a product or service that you are particularly enthusiastic about? If you are, you may be able to develop a website that is built around selling it. You don't have to be the actual provider of the product or service either. There are many businesses that offer these products and will allow you to sell them on an affiliate basis. For example, you may be able to sell a product on your website for a commission of 20% or 30% of the sale price.
Shopify offers you the ability to create a fully operational website for this purpose.
This is a more technical way to make money online then most of the other strategies given. But you can get an excellent course on how to make it happen with Steve Chou's Create a Profitable Online Store program. Steve and his wife have built a highly successful online store – selling wedding napkins – and he’s anxious to provide insider secrets to people who sign up for his course..
14. Become an Online Freelance Writer
Do you see all of those articles, tutorials and guides all over the Internet? Somebody wrote every one of them! If you have decent writing ability (no, you don't need a journalism degree!), and knowledge in a few specific topic areas, you can be one of those writers. It's an opportunity to make money online and without ever leaving your home. It's also the kind of venture that can start out as a small side business, but grow into a full-time career.
You can get started by offering your services as a content writer on a website like Upwork. That can be a good place to get started, though you'll want to go full-on independent as your experience and reputation begin to grow.
And if you'd like to go the independent route, check out Kevin Mercadante's post The Perfect Side Hustle: Freelance Blog Writer. He's already living the life of an online freelance writer, and even offers an inexpensive program to help you get started.
15. Sell Your Online Skills to Websites and Blogs
Being an online freelance writer is one type of skill that you can use to make money online. But there are a wide variety of other skills that can be used in a similar manner. Every website and blog on the Internet needs technical skills. This can include graphic design, web design, search engine optimization, social media marketing and promotion, content editing, and so much more.
If you are more confident in your skills, you can also market directly to websites and blogs. You can contact the sites by email to market your services. That will also enable you to select the specific types of sites that you are more comfortable working with. Since there are literally thousands of websites and blogs on the web, the potential market is limitless.
Build up a large enough book of business, and you'll never need to look for a job again!
16. Leapforce – Evaluate Search Engines
Nearly everything on the web is subject to evaluation, and that includes search engines themselves. You can make money online evaluating search engines using a site called Leapforce. Using the platform, you can conduct predetermined searches, and provide feedback for the search engines to use to improve the service that they provide.
17. Take Online Surveys
This might be the most commonly advertised way to make money online. The concept is simple, but do your research and tread lightly. This is also a business that had more than a few scam operations! I even hesitate to include this category, but the subject of how to make money online wouldn’t be complete without including it.
Some will pay you cash to take surveys, but awarding points seems to be the more common method of compensation. You accumulate points by doing surveys, and the points can be redeemed for merchandise. That merchandise is often provided by the survey company itself, and that's where this can get a bit sketchy.
Some survey sites to consider – but please understand this is not a recommendation – include:
Check them out, do some research, and see what you think. I suspect that at best you can make a few dollars extra each month. But if that's all you're looking for, and you have some time to kill, have at it!
18. eJury – Become an Online Juror and Get Paid
Do you like watching court trials on TV? You might be able to turn that interest into a hobby that makes you some money.
There's a site called eJury that will pay you a small amount of money to participate in pretrial jury cases. These enable attorneys to determine in advance how a jury is likely to view the circumstances surrounding a certain case, and to make adjustments for the real trial.
The site advertises that they will pay you $5 to $10, depending on the length of the trial review (usually about 35 minutes). That's not a big payday, but if you can get on several cases each week, it could be enough to make your car payment – who knows?
19. AchieveMint – Get Paid for Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Doctors and health experts are always telling us we need to take better care of ourselves. Well, thanks to the internet, you may be able to earn some extra money for doing just that.
A website called AchieveMint gives you points for engaging in healthy activities, like exercise, tracking your eating habits, or even taking health related surveys. Points can be redeemed either for cash (10,000 points are worth $10) or for Amazon Gift Cards. The app actually connects with other health apps, like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, to track your progress.
20. Add Affiliate Marketing to Your Blog or Website
If you already have an active blog or website, you can earn extra income – completely passive income at that – by adding affiliate marketing to your site.
With programs such as Amazon Affiliate, Google Adsense and Media.net, you can have ads related to your content automatically placed on your site. This will provide you with an income every time someone clicks on one of the ads. This is the perfect way to add an extra income stream to your existing web platform.
If you have high enough web traffic, you can also participate in affiliate programs from various companies. They will typically pay you a certain amount of money every time someone signs up for a product or service that is advertised on your website. Thousands of websites are making a lot of money using affiliate marketing.
21. Watch and Rate Online Movies and Videos
Swagbucks will actually pay you to watch videos, movies, and even news programs, and rate them. That will earn you points for each video that you watch, and those can be redeemed for cash (through PayPal) or through gift cards.
You won't make a fortune with Swagbucks, but it can provide a small extra monthly income, which you will earn in your spare time.
22. Get Paid to Review Software
This is another of the more technical online moneymaking strategies. SoftwareJudge will pay you to review the software that they produce. You have to try out the software, render a thorough review, and provide your opinion about your experience.
Obviously it's a venture for people who are very familiar with various types of software, and who know how to thoroughly investigate and evaluate each program. But it's also one of those opportunities where you will start small, and your compensation will grow with experience, and as they develop a greater degree of trust in your opinions.
23. Become a Driver for Uber or Lyft
Customers sign up for a ride on their own smart phones, and you are alerted if you are in the area. Since payment is made online, you do not have to concern yourself with collecting from the customer, the way you would if you were driving a traditional taxicab.
This opportunity works better in large metropolitan areas, where people are both more likely to not own cars, but more likely to attend major events, like sporting events and concerts. Airport connections are also a very important so