As the world advances, more and more people have figured out that there’s real money to be made on the internet.
And no, we aren’t talking about pocket money or spare change, we’re talking about the real deal. With current global unemployment rates showing no signs of improving, and the cost of living creeping up in every corner, people are looking at all their options to generate some income on the internet.
The good news is that whether you’re planning to supplement your existing income or create an income from scratch, there are options online.
One great thing about the internet is that there are opportunities for people with all kinds of different skills. Almost anyone, educated or not, can earn some kind of income online. All you need to do is some research about your options for making money, and figure out what works for you.
The biggest thing that holds people back from making money on the internet is a fear of being scammed. We get it. The internet seems like a hotbed for getting ripped off by others. However, if you’re willing to take the risk, maybe make a couple of mistakes, and lead quickly, you can definitely get into a very convenient way of earning money. Believe us, once you’ve found your money-making niche online, it’s hard to give up. You’ll find yourself constantly thinking about how you can improve and keep up with the dynamic world of internet earning.
To give you a bit of a head start on the process, we thought we’d bring together the 32 legal ideas that we know to make money online. Let us know how you go!
If you’ve got the head for it, writing is probably one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to earn money online. The internet runs on content, and someone has to write everything that you read online. This means there’s almost always someone looking to pay for the written word in a variety of formats. Some different ways you can write for money online include:
Blogging for Income
Starting a blog is pretty simple nowadays, but generating income from it can be a massive challenge. Although the internet is full of blogging success stories, there are also many more who never figured it out. Still, if you’re a good writer and you’re not totally clueless about the ins and outs of marketing, you can use affiliate marketing, product reviews (for cash or items), and contextual links to make a solid little income that isn’t just money generating, but fun as well.
We have a great article on The Beginners Guide to Successful Blogging which will teach you step by step how to go about starting a blog for yourself!
There are lots of websites that offer money for articles, and many others that allow writers to bulk write content for a fixed price. Both options have their benefits, and the one that you choose will depend on your own personal writing style and abilities. With the bulk article writing, you usually get paid through the company and advertise yourself as a writer for hire. Companies assign you tasks and you produce content for them when they need it.
Game & Script Writing
As apps, online games and videos become more popular and saturate the market, the people that produce them are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. One of the best ways to do this is with a really good script. The person who writes the next amazing game or video script might be you! Companies usually advertise for these positions on freelancer sites, or online job boards, so keep your eyes open.
If you’re a good enough writer, and you have the skill to create a piece of long-form writing, then you should definitely look into ebook writing. The ebook market is booming at the moment, which means the demand for new writers and book ideas is high. You can write an ebook yourself and offer it for sale on a website, or you can advertise yourself as a writer of ebooks for people to hire in the creation of the book of their dreams.
We have a step by step guide on How to Write an Ebook for Profit.
Not everyone agrees with academic writing, that is writing assignments and presentations for students in universities, but it is still a way you can earn money online. In all honesty, the services occupy something of a legal grey area, so it’s important to protect yourself. You also need to be a very skilled writer to find work in this type of writing, usually with a considerable background in university writing.
People love to learn online, which makes education a lucrative way to earn money on the internet. Let’s look at some ways you can do this as well.
Create Online Courses
Offering online course is a popular way to start a business online. With an online course, you’re able to share a skill that others want to learn, along with your expertise. Putting together an online course can take a lot of work, and so can market it to the right kind of people. However, if you have a skill that you think others are interested in learning, it’s definitely something to look into.
Websites that you can create your online course on include:
Tutoring has been a good income supplement for people with expertise in a certain field for years now, and there are opportunities to do it online. With video calling technology and tutoring communities, it’s so easy to connect with students in need of tutoring and help them out in a safe and secure environment for both parties. Not to mention that the wages for tutors are often very generous.
As tutoring is a very popular way to make extra money, make sure you stand out. For example, if you have experience dealing with children on the Spectrum or similar, this would be a very attractive talent to a prospective parent seeking someone to teach their child.
There are many online tutoring services now that are always looking for talented tutorers – so if you don’t want to go out on your own – there is a platform to start.
Not everyone has a marketing mind, but if you do, then it’s worth looking into the numerous opportunities available for smart marketers online.
Start a Membership Site
A membership site is a subscription-based website in which members collect themselves in a community to be educated and support each other through their learning. They’re popular in photography and blogging communities, so if you’re into either of those things, it’s worth considering. Now, you can either start one yourself, which is a pretty big undertaking, or you can become an affiliated member of another one. These affiliated memberships offer a cash payment when people are referred by you and sign up to the site.
Pay-per-click Marketing (PPC)
You may have come across the term ‘AdSense’, during your career online, so let’s talk about that. AdSense is a Google advertising network. It’s actually one of a number of networks available, but one that people tend to trust more because it’s associated with Google. To use it, you’ll need to have a website of your own. You put the Google AdSense code on your site, and you’re paid for every time somebody CLICKS on those ads.
Pay-per-view (PPV) Advertising
Pay-per-view advertising works very similarly to Pay-per-click but instead of people having to click on the ads, you’ll get an income based on how many people view the ads. This is great if you have access to a site with a reasonable amount of traffic, and is a good passive source of income.
Affiliate marketing is the online version of selling for a commission. You advertise products or services for other companies, and when people choose to buy those products or services through your advertising efforts, you’re given a small income. In a way, you’re like a sales representative. There are so many affiliate networks out there, so if you’re interested, get on it!
The best websites for starting affiliate marketing include:
Lots of people make money selling things online, and you could definitely be one of them!
Hire Out All Your Baby Gear for Cash
The Internet is a marvellous place – there are now platforms where you can upload all your baby gear so others can hire it – and you get the cash! Whether you have a pram, a cot, car seat or breast pump – you can hire them out!
Where? Here’s one!
Based in Melbourne, Tree Hut Village has brands such as Phil & Teds, Baby Bjorn, Bugaboo, Mothers Choice and hundreds more.
Selling Your Own Products
If you’re able to import interesting and saleable products from overseas, source them locally or make them yourself, you might want to consider starting your own online shop. This is like a website, but with a storefront where people can buy goods from you that you will ship to them all over the world. It can be a big job to have an online store, often requiring the same effort or more as having a bricks-and-mortar establishment, but many find that it’s worth it.
Selling On Other Marketplaces
If you don’t want to go to the effort of creating your own website and online shop, you can use one of the existing online marketplaces. The two big players in this game are Amazon and eBay, and with millions of users window shopping online at all times, there is definitely a decent potential for making money.
Arts and Crafts
For those people who consider themselves artistically minded, there is another online marketplace to consider: Etsy. Etsy is a crafting marketplace, with a clear focus on selling things that are handmade. The site also gets a large volume of visitors, so those with a talent for creating beautiful things may very well benefit from getting involved.
Rare is it for a website to provide a platform for selling, and the customers to buy your products through that platform.
Photographers pay attention! You can make money selling your photographs online. There are two options here: art photography and stock photography. Art photography means selling your images for people to have framed or printed onto bags and shirts, though an online platform where someone else does the work. This can be good money, but the audiences tend not to be as big. Stock photography involves selling your images to websites for a small fee, but when done in bulk can net considerable income.
If you’re the type of person with a talent for creating websites and building an audience, then you should know that there’s money to be made selling websites. On the internet, websites are like property, and a decent website with a good design and following is definitely something worth buying.
You can buy domains and websites for sale through sites like:
Selling Old Stuff
You don’t have to have created a product to sell it online. You can also sell your old things online, or even old things that you find in second-hand shops and vintage stores. There has never been a better time to market to the vintage-loving audience, and with a bit of love, those cheap items can make you a mint online.
- Your local Facebook Buy, Swap and Sell Sites
- Facebook Shop
The world of apps may not seem like the easiest thing to get into, but it’s easier than ever to learn how to create a great app. If you have a wonderful idea, and the skills to make it happen, you can tackle it yourself. Alternatively, with a bit of money behind, you team up with an app developer and release an app that will take the world by storm!
The rise of social media has created more opportunities for people who are interested in making an income online. You can work remotely managing the social media of large companies who aren’t familiar with the platforms. Or, if you have a large following of people on your channels, you can market products and services to them for a fee.
This is a relatively new concept that involves ‘investors’ putting money up to borrowers and taking the middleman out of the loan process. Although it’s not yet well known or popular, and we haven’t done all the research on the risks, it seems like a solid idea that might just take off.
When you have a head for numbers, it makes sense to get involved in trading stocks. Almost anyone can start trading with just a small amount of money at the beginning, and if you aren’t too risky and you play your stocks right, there’s definitely a chance for you to make an income.
For those looking for a job that will allow them the freedom to work from home as well as the stability of a regular income, it’s worth looking into being a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant does all the things a normal assistant might do, but from a distance. This includes managing your bosses’ email, organising their travel, helping them edit and organise documents and more.
We have a guide on How to Become a Virtual Assistant in Australia
Websites all over the world have forums, and these forums need to be moderated. A moderator is someone who makes sure that people aren’t being trolls or pushing people out of forums, as well as making sure the discussion stays appropriate. Often, websites with a small number of people on their team will hire outsiders to do this for them.
Reviews of products are taken more seriously than ever before these days, which means that there’s an opportunity for money to be made as a product tester. Companies will send you free products to test and review, as well as a cash fee in some cases for each review that you write.
Game developers need to test games before they get on the market, which means they need someone to help them make sure everything is working ok. As it’s hard to ‘beta test’ your own game, companies usually hire people to run through the game for them and give feedback, which they’re paid for.
This might not be the most interesting way to earn a living, but answering survey questions has been around since the dawn of the internet and remains a viable way to make money online. You have to be careful of spam surveys, and always be cautious where your personal information goes, but otherwise go for it!
Great surveys to sign up to cash include:
For those who speak another language, you may find people looking for your skills on the internet. Translating documents, videos and even subtitles can be a great way to make money online for the bi-linguals among us.
Transcribing from audio can be a tiring and monotonous job, but there are those who love it. You’ll need to be a fast typist to make money like this, and have a good idea of what’s important and what is not in the context of your recording.
Captcha Code Generation
For those looking for something entry-level, and who don’t mind not making a fortune, then you might want to consider Captcha code generating. Although a computer generates the codes, a person has to double check what they’re saying to make sure they work effectively. That would be your job.
If you have a professional skill that we haven’t covered here, but that you think there might be a market for online, then you should look into freelancing. There are lots of great freelance marketplaces online where you can advertise your services directly to businesses that need them. For people with decent skills, this is not only a chance to make an income, but also a chance for you to get involved in really interesting work.
When you’ve discovered the path that’s right for you, the internet is a place of unlimited opportunities to create income. Investing your resources, time and energy in the right things means that you’ll be able to reap the benefits in the future, without the high start-up costs. Remember, these are just some of the ways you might be able to earn money legally online, so do your research if you aren’t sure any of these ideas will work for you.
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