10 Ways To Make Money Online

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More and more people are looking for ways to beef up their budget due to higher expenses. Seeking opportunities for an income is challenging, but thankfully, the internet offers many ways to make money online — even for those without prior experience or specialized training.

What Are Some of the Best Ways To Make Money Online?

Freelancing and monetizing social media are popular ways to make money online. Selling digital products like online courses and photographs is also a popular strategy to generate income using the internet.

1. Look for a Freelance Job

Freelancing is a type of contract work that may be a side job or a full-time business. Professionals with nine-to-five jobs have ventured into online freelancing for additional income, and freelancers with in-demand skills like copywriting and graphic design may earn up to $45 an hour. Starting a freelance career is easy with websites like Upwork and Fiverr as resources for online job opportunities.

2. Start a Dropshipping Gig

Dropshipping involves a simple business model: find a great product online and act as an agent between the product and the consumers. Look for affordable products on the internet, purchase them wholesale and sell them using an e-commerce storefront.

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3. Teach an Online Course

From plumbers to marketing specialists, many people have a skill or expertise they can share online. Sites like Udemy and Skillshare help individuals who are passionate about teaching create their own courses and connect with students.

Check existing courses and determine how you can improve these as you create your own modules.

4. Offer Online Translation Services

Speaking a second language is a skill you can bank on in the digital world. Online translators earn an average of $15 to $25 per hour, and this could go up depending on the project scope and additional services the clients may require, like SEO.

If you’re a polyglot and want to earn $100 to $300 at home, try online translation.

5. Make a YouTube Channel

Starting a YouTube channel can be a good investment, as social media users with a solid number of followers can monetize their accounts in various ways.

One is through affiliate marketing, such as the Amazon Associate Program, where you list products you want to promote and use its link-building tool to connect sales through your social media account. You’ll receive a commission each time a social media user purchases a product using your affiliate link.

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6. Sell Old Things

While this option involves a bit of work offline, platforms like eBay and Poshmark make it easy to connect with a consumer market. Look around your home for old things you don’t need and list them online to make quick cash and clear the clutter.

7. Answer Surveys

Survey websites like Survey Junkie connect with public relations companies and marketers to conduct research on a variety of products and services through online surveys. You can earn up to $40 monthly answering survey questions from the comfort of your home.

8. Create a Blog

Advertisers pay bloggers to promote their products and drive traffic to their own websites. If appearing on camera isn’t for you, consider starting a niche blog where you can write about things you are passionate about and monetize it at the same time by using platforms like Google AdSense.

9. Sell Photos

If you have a knack for photography, selling photos of products you use is an alternative source of income. User-generated content, or UGC, is a subcategory of marketing photos where brands pay you for photographing how you use their products — licensing the images for use on their social media.

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10. Develop an App

If you’re experienced in creating mobile apps, you have a very profitable skill — the mobile app industry is expected to cash in $613 billion in revenue by 2025. You can work with online businesses, government entities or creatives that want to bring their ideas to life. You can also develop your own app or game, list it on a public app store, and offer downloads for a small fee.

Final Take

There are plenty of ways to make money online, and some are great opportunities for creating passive income.

However, with inflation rates still rising, maintaining overall financial health also involves managing your resources and finding opportunities to maximize them. When you begin to see your bank account balance rise, plan to pay off your debts faster or learn about investing and diversification to grow your money for the rainy days.


Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ways to make money online.
  • How can I make $1,000 a week online?
    • You can make $1,000 a week online by working as virtual assistant, writer or tutor. As long as you make at least $25 per hour, you can earn $1,000 in 40 hours.
    • Or, if you're an expert in something that people want to know about, you can create a course and sell it for $200 to each person. You'll only need five sales to make $1,000 in a week.
  • How can I make an extra $1,000 a month?
    • It's easy to make an extra $1,000 per month – that's just $250 per week or 10 hours of work that pays $25 per hour. You could find part time work as a translator, tutor or virtual assistant, or you can combine several different side hustles to make $1,000 per month, including selling clothes, handmade jewelry or crafts on sites like Poshmark and Etsy.
  • How can I make $100 a day online?
    • You can make $100 a day online as a freelancer. You can sell different in-demand services on Fiverr, including graphic design and copywriting, and make $100 a day. You can also tutor online for four hours per day at $25 per hour for $100 per day.
  • What is the easiest way to make money online with no money to get started?
    • The easiest way to make money online without any starting capital is to take online surveys or sell photographs you've already taken.
    • For a little more effort – and likely better pay – look online for freelance jobs that you can do, such as writing, tutoring and virtual assisting.
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Cynthia Measom contributed to the reporting for this article.

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