These days you don’t even have to leave your house in order to make some money. The online world has plenty of opportunities for everyone to make a bit of money, it’s all about finding something that works well for you and sticking with it. You can start creating content online and gaining a following through social media or you can stick to more simple methods of making money online such as selling stock photos. Here are 9 ways you can start making money online.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Super organized? One of those color-coded-calendar types?
You can channel that Type-A energy into an earning opportunity by becoming a virtual personal assistant, or VA for short. Your job requirements might include scheduling meetings and conferences, organizing travel arrangements, or fielding customer-support or client correspondence and emails.
You can look for VA jobs at websites like Upwork, TaskRabbit and Craigslist, as well as the VA-specific forum VANetworking.com. You can also advertise your skills old-school style in your local community.
Start a Blog
Starting a blog certainly isn’t a get-rich-quick game, but it can become a solid source of income in the long run. And if you’re writing about some aspect of personal growth — like, say, your debt repayment journey — blogging has the added bonus of helping keep you accountable.
If you’ve got a way with words and are interested in learning more about affiliate marketing (i.e., getting paid to talk about goods and services you genuinely adore and recommend), starting a blog might be an ideal side gig. It can be a lot of work, yes, but it’s uber-flexible, rewarding and definitely doable from the couch!
Sell Stock Photos
This venture is great if you are good at taking photographs. You can upload photographs to sites such as Flickr at first to gain a following, as well as Instagram and Facebook. Once you’ve got your name out there you can put some photos up on Shutterstock or iStockphoto and sell your photos. Sometimes you can make up to $120 for just one photo download.
Get Paid to Watch TV — and Transcribe Closed Captions
Yes, it is possible to get paid to indulge in your next binge-watching session. All you’ve gotta do is transcribe the audio into closed captions while you’re at it!
One of the best spots to get your start is Rev.com, which hires freelance, remote closed-captioners on a rolling basis. You can start earning money in as little as 48 hours and make up to $1,570 monthly.
Go Ahead — Be Opinionated
Your family might tire of hearing your hot takes at the dinner table, but survey sites like InboxDollarswill pay you for the privilege. Although a few cents per survey might not seem like much, if you do it consistently, you could earn up to $730 per year — not too shabby!
You can also sign up for Springboard America, which offers daily polls, surveys, and discussions; participation awards you points exchangeable for cash or gift cards. The site rewarded its members with over $100,000 worth of goodies in January alone!
Monetize your YouTube Channel
Making a YouTube account is free and uploading doesn’t cost anything either. You can post anything you want, from funny cat videos you’ve recorded or even start a daily vlog. If you have a decent following and start getting quite a few views on your videos you can sign up to the YouTube Partner Program which will deliver ads at the start of your videos and generate money from those adverts.
Becoming a YouTube success overnight is highly unlikely and even making a lot of money is difficult but if you are producing content that people like then people will follow subscribe to your channel.
Help a Student Succeed
What could be more rewarding than helping a student get the grade they deserve?
Well, actual money comes close. And you can earn a decent chunk of it as a virtual tutor, sharing your knowledge with students from the comfort of your home computer. Tutor.com is a great place to get started, though you can also look for positions on traditional job boards.
Shop Through Cash-Back Portals
Friends don’t let friends shop without getting cash back. And if you’re shopping online, one easy way to do so is to click-through a cash-back portal first. Two of the most popular are Ebates and Swagbucks, and you can also check with your individual credit card companies. Some travel rewards cards offer extra miles when you shop through their portals, for instance; Discover offers exclusive deals and rewards to its members.
Create a Virtual Store and Sell Items
Having a decent online following for this one helps but isn’t essential. You can create t-shirt designs and sell them on websites such as teespring.com. If you are into arts and crafts you can sell things you make on sites such as etsy.com and if you are an aspiring writer you can sell e-books on Amazon.