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30 Clever Ways to Make Money Online

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You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want more money and more flexibility in their schedule. However, securing a raise or launching a side business isn’t always realistic. After all, there are only so many hours in a day.

Luckily, there are ways to generate more money without working around the clock — or leaving the house at all. The internet offers a number of opportunities for go-getters to boost their income, often from the comfort of their own couches.

Click through to read more about the ways you can earn money online.

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Get Paid to Take Surveys

If you love sharing your opinions, consider getting paid for the privilege. Some companies will pay individuals to take surveys so they can gather valuable consumer and user data. You can find websites like Cashback Research that offer, you guessed it, cash for your opinions.

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Sell Your Time and Talents

The website Fiverr promotes members’ talents in multiple disciplines and connects them to people looking to pay for those skills. For example, if you’re a digital photo editing guru, you could find freelance projects to complete for compensation.

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Sign Up for Amazon Mechanical Turk

You probably won’t get rich completing typical tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk. However, you can make extra income if you’re willing to perform simple tasks for clients. Common jobs include verifying details about restaurants, removing duplicate content from business listings and translating text into another language.

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Sell Your Original Instagram Photos

Although you can share your social media photos on Instagram, you can also sell prints of your photos for a profit on Pixels and similar sites.

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Share Your Knowledge

If you have in-depth expertise about a specific subject, you could create a website for selling your skills to others. For example, you could offer music lessons over Skype for a fee or charge for video lessons on gardening.

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List Household Items on Craigslist

Free to join and devoid of listing or selling fees, Craigslist lets users find both local and national buyers for their items. From kitchenware to baby furniture, you can list almost anything for sale on this massive site.

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Become a Virtual Assistant

Freelance sites, such as the popular Upwork, often have jobs available for virtual assistants. Like with traditional assistant positions, virtual assistants get paid for helping executives with a wide array of tasks.

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Self-Publish Kindle Digital Books

If you love to write and believe you can craft an entertaining fiction or non-fiction book, consider authoring and publishing a digital book through the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

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Upload YouTube Videos and Get Paid for Ad Views

You don’t need to invest in expensive video equipment; simply learn how to use your smartphone’s video recorder and upload entertaining or informative videos to the internet. You can then opt to have ads play before your videos to get cash for each view. In 2015 alone, gamer PewDiePie took in $15 million in YouTube revenue, according to Forbes.

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Sell the Use of Your Photos, Videos and Other Media

Sites like Picture Stock allow you to sell your prized photos and earn royalties every time the images are used. That means longer-term residual income.

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Sell Your Stuff on eBay

The internet is rife with online marketplaces where sellers can list items they no longer desire. Whether you want to sell your unwanted designer clothing or develop a high-volume online store, you can make extra money on sites such as Amazon, Etsy and eBay just for unloading your wares.

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Become an Amazon Associate

This program allows you to earn money by including affiliate links to different products offered by Amazon. When a visitor views your blogs or social media pages and clicks the Amazon links on your site, you will earn commissions from Amazon on qualifying products bought during that session.

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Become an Internet Life Coach

Life coaches help their clients achieve goals and improve their overall quality of life. You typically need to take courses to become a technical or executive coach, but you can become a successful life coach if you possess common sense and a commitment to enjoy life every day and help others to do the same.

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Promote Organizations on Social Media

Many major retailers will compensate you for promoting their businesses on your website and social media pages. They might pay you in cash or gift cards. For example, some restaurants will give you a gift card if you check in on Facebook or Yelp.

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Promote Businesses and Products via Affiliate Programs

If you have a website or blog, you can make money through affiliations with other businesses and sites, which will pay you a percentage of the sales you generate for them.

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Sell Handmade Items and Crafts

If you have an artistic side, consider selling hand-crafted items on Etsy or another site to make money off your hobby. For best results, review a range of websites to find the best fit for your products.

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Become a Freelance Writer

If you have a passion for writing, you might be able to make money writing content for blogs, web articles or websites. Many companies offer assignments to aspiring and experienced writers alike.

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Sell Customized Shirts Online

Selling graphic T-shirts is big business. Customized shirts with clever sayings or graphics are ideal for online sales, and sites like Teespring allow you to design and sell these shirts for a profit. Because the sales model involves lining up buyers before printing, you can get started with a smaller initial investment, though you’ll likely make a smaller profit on each shirt sold.

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Become a Third-Party Seller on Amazon

If you’re a regular Amazon customer, you’ve likely seen products sold by third parties marked “ships from Amazon.” These products come from sellers who send their wares to Amazon fulfillment facilities. Amazon then lists the item and ships it when a buyer is found.

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Buy Local and Resell Online

Another way to make money is to find things in your area that are free or cheap and then sell them online for a profit. Many people hunt through local thrift stores for rare collectibles, vintage styles or cheap books or media to mark up and resell online.

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Promote Products on Your Website

Sites like SocialSpark offer bloggers cash for authoring and posting original copy about products or services to their sites. Just make sure to pay attention to FCC disclosure requirements when you’re getting paid to promote.

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Buy Domain Names for Resale

Some people have made big bucks by owning desired domains and selling them to hungry buyers. For the minimal investment of buying domain names you think will become popular (typically $10 to $15), you might make a big profit down the line.

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Rent Out Your Driveway or Parking Spot

Parking is at a premium in most thriving cities, and renting an unused space in your driveway or deeded parking space can generate additional income. Apps like JustPark allow you to rent out your space when it’s not in use.

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Sell Older Electronics

If you have a computer, laptop or cellphone you no longer use, you might be able to sell it for cash. These and other tech items, although built with former generation features, often have value to others. Put the money toward an upgraded item or use it to pay off debt.

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Create Niche Websites Featuring Google AdSense Ads

Niche sites exist to attract visitors seeking specialized information on various subjects. If you have a talent for website building, consider creating a site and adding Google AdSense advertising links to monetize it.

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Design Websites

If you have an interest in web development, take advantage of the demand for designers to build winning sites for businesses or organizations. Sites like Upwork are a good place to start for finding clients and building your portfolio.

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Teach an Online Course

Sites like Udemy help aspiring teachers find paying students in their chosen disciplines. According to its website, about 15 million students use the service.

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Design Useful Apps for Mobile Devices

If you design a wildly popular app, you might be able to generate significant income. The iTunes and Android app stores give your creations wide exposure to prospective buyers. And income can be generated by charging for the app, displaying in-app ads or charging for in-app features and upgrades.

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Create a Winning Blog

If you’re skilled with a pen, you might be able to generate cash by blogging. Some companies pay you to place affiliate links or ads on your blog, and others offer cash for writing about their products or services. Your blogging success will depend on your writing talent, whether your blog covers a popular subject and the popularity of the links you include.

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Provide Online Tutoring

Sites like Tutor and TutorVista will connect you with people looking to learn a subject, and you might be in particularly high demand if you’re knowledgeable in math, science or a foreign language. You have to go through an application process, but once you’re approved, you can start getting paid.

Click through to read more about new and easy ways to make money from home.

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