How to make money online

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Making money online has never been easier! From writing to selling to dog-sitting, there’s something out there for everyone.

Are you looking to make money online and build your own schedule? If so, check out our list below to get started today!

Freelance writing

Are you a good writer? If so, there are several sites that will pay you to write an article for them. For freelance writing, it really helps to have a good portfolio to back up your work.

If you want to dive into it, some good sites to check out are Listverse, iWriter, Matador Network, and FundsForWriters.

Cash-back apps

I talk about a lot of great versions of cash-back apps here, but in a nutshell, these are great for things you were already going to buy (like groceries)!

I really like to use a couple of the apps at once, scan the receipt from my purchase, and get credited the money back. Every little bit counts.

Transcribe

There are tons of different transcription services online. Some are more challenging to get accepted to, and some are pretty easy.

I’ve tried out Rev with pretty good success, although it all depends on how much time you can dedicate to it. The typical job can get you $2-15, although there’s potential for more!

Other online transcription companies include TranscribeMe, Accutran Global, CastingWords, Crowdsurf, and Tigerfish.

Sell your stuff

This one does double duty, because you clean out your place of things you don’t use while making money. Win win!

Websites like Depop, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, RealReal, Mercari, and Poshmark are great starting points to sell your clothes. Apps like OfferUp and LetGo are also great.

I also like checking out what I can get for my used books on Amazon (especially if you have any textbooks lying around!).

Drive for Uber or Lyft

I love how much flexibility there is with Uber and Lyft. You can drive for them after your regular 9-5 job, or just to and from the airport at the busiest hours, or even make a 9-5 job of it itself. The possibilities are endless!

Rover

Do you love animals? Rover might be a really good fit for you.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a pet-sitting online platform. You can post your services, whether it’s boarding a family’s pet with you, checking on them at their own home, or just taking them for a walk, there is a variety of work available.

And people are always looking for someone to help with their pets!

Sell unused gift cards

The two big contenders for selling your unused gift cards are Raise and Cardpool.

With Cardpool, you sell your gift cards directly to the company and get up to 92% of its value. They then sell those to other users for up to a 35% discount.

And with Raise, you list your gift cards for sale and get paid when they sell on the platform.

Testing websites

You don’t have to have a background with writing code or a degree in software engineering for testing websites. Just wanted to throw that out there.

Testing websites is about giving your opinion on the user experience of a company’s website and getting paid for it. Or, in some cases, you get paid to find mistakes and broken links on a website.

A few good sites to look through are Userfeel, UserTesting, Userlytics, IntelliZoom, Validately, Userbrain, Ferpection, and Usercrowd.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk is pretty interesting. It’s a site that has virtual tasks to complete that can range from several different things. They need human intelligence for these tasks; artificial intelligence won’t cut it.

I’ve seen tasks like memorization quizzes, identifying objects in pictures, cleaning up questions, and recognizing situations in a video. Tasks really can be all over the place! But that means you can almost always find something that works for you.

Each completed “HIT” (Human Intelligence Task) receives a payout. Each payout is pretty small, since the tasks take very little time. The idea is to complete several tasks as you can to receive a larger payout.

Deliver things

There are several different online-based companies that hire drivers to deliver to their customers.

Companies like Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Waitr are just a few of those companies.

You can make your own schedule and drive/deliver as often as you’d like!

Fiverr

Fiverr is a marketplace for freelance gigs. There is a pretty wide variety of needs you can find to pick up on their website. They have things like design, coding, writing, translating, and other interesting jobs to pick up.

Note that you might have to submit a portfolio or samples of your work to get the gig.

Start a podcast

While this seems far-fetched to some, you really don’t have to have a lot of tools for starting a podcast. Simply a mic and some software for editing will do the trick.

Many podcasters make pretty decent money by adding advertisements from companies on each podcast episode. The trick is finding a company to pay you for the advertisement.

This a great article on how you monetize your podcast. It doesn’t hurt to try!

Sell homemade crafts

Do you enjoy making things? Etsy or Shopify might be a great way to make some extra cash then!

Post your craft with as many pictures as you can of each product, add great descriptions, and bring in some extra cash!

Sell your photos

Are you a good photographer? These days, the camera on your phone takes incredible pictures, if you don’t have a nice DSLR to shoot with.

If you have a nice selection of photos that you think people would be interested in, consider selling your photos on a photography stock site. If a user likes your photo, they pay to own the rights to it so they can use it in their own work.

Check out sites like Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, Alamy, Etsy, Crestock, 500px, TourPhotos, Foap, and PhotoDune to get started.

Virtual Assistant

It might take a little more work up front to become a Virtual Assistant. It can also be challenging to find clients at first without having a lot of work under your belt. If you’re willing to put in the work, especially at the beginning, the reward can be great!

I mentioned a great website for freelance work above (Fiverr). Some other great sites include We Work Remotely, Flexjobs, remote.io, and Upwork.

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is a service that connects people locally. You can become a Tasker on their website (with accompanying app for convenience) and list the tasks you are willing to complete.

People can visit the website and add the task they are looking to complete (yard work, shopping, errands, etc.). Then, depending on what you added to your list of tasks you’re willing to complete, you might pop up for them to use!

That’s it!

Have you tried any of these methods to make money online? Or do you have another way you’ve made money online? How do you make money online?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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  1. Alyssa

    Great ideas! I have done a couple of these but I’m going to look into the others you mentioned! It’s nice to make a little extra money on the side. 🙂

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