How to make money online
There are dozens of ways to make online. This page includes a list of legitimate and effective services available online that can help you make money either for supplemental income or as a full-time job. We have tried to make this list as complete as possible with services that can be used by all types of people regardless of how good they are with computers.
Tip: Setting up a Paypal account can help to expedite the process of receiving payment for your goods or services sold through the services listed on this page. Some of these services may even require you to have a Paypal account.
Note: Some of these online services may not be available in every country around the world for various reasons, including legal restrictions and payment option restrictions.
Fraud and Scam Alert
Note: When trying to make money online, be cautious of scammers and other fraudulent services. Keep the below warnings in mind:
- Do not pay any significant initial or up-front fee, deposit, or down payment. For example, a company or individual claiming special computer hardware or marketing material is needed.
- Avoid services asking to cash checks or money orders into your bank account after you give them your bank details.
- If the company is not on this list, look them up on the BBB.
- Be cautious when asked for personal information such as e-mail, phone numbers, social security, etc.
- Realize everything you do is going to require some work. There is no such thing as easy ways to make money without some effort.
- Always keep the motto "If it sounds to be good to be true, it probably is" in the back of your mind.
- Full list of ways to stay safe online.
Arts and crafts
Etsy is a fantastic place for an artist or anyone who enjoys making unique handmade goods and is a great place to sell vintage goods. This vibrant community has over 15 million buyers that visit every day, and anyone can create an online shop and make it available to these visitors.
ArtFire is another great site to set up a virtual store and sell to millions of people on the Internet. Also, if you are an Etsy member, it is easy to import your Etsy data into ArtFire to sell your goods on both sites.
Fiverr is another site that allows anyone to create pages listing services they are willing to provide for $5.00. Services could be anything from doing a voice over, creating an animation, giving a review, offering advice, or really anything that others may find useful. Although five dollars may not sound like a lot, for tasks that may be easy for you to complete and if several of them can be completed in an hour, it can be a good source of extra income.
Another similar site is peopleperhour, which allows anyone to do jobs that take one or a few hours to complete for any price they set.
Kickstarter and Patreon
Kickstarter is a fantastic page for anyone with an idea or project who do not have the capital to fund the project. The site allows anyone to create a page explaining their idea and how much they need to fund their project.
Patreon is a great website for Internet users to support artists financially. Patrons can contribute on a recurring basis, or make a one-time contribution for a single piece of work. Artists supported on Patreon include YouTube content creators, musicians, cartoonists, educators, scientists, comedians, dancers, and photographers.
There are dozens of online services that allow anyone from around the world to work at home (freelance / virtual assistant) and complete work for other individuals and companies. Jobs can be anything from writing reviews, designing logos, programming, proofreading, data entry, accounting, payroll, translating, and much more. All of these services allow you to list your qualifications and set your pay rate or browse through available job listings. Below is a list of some of the more popular contractor and freelancing related services.
There are dozens of resource hubs on the Internet that will pay skilled writers to compose content about various subjects. These sites will then pay royalties to the writers based on how frequently their pages are visited. A good examples of such a site is HubPages.
E-books and other virtual goods
Selling e-books and virtual goods are a popular way to make money online. Creating an e-books often take a few hours, weeks, or months to make and then can be sold in unlimited quantity without requiring any inventory or infrastructure. A great online service for any aspiring author is Lulu. This service allows anyone to write a book or guide on any topic and publish it in electronic format. The author can also publish a hard copy, which can be used for book reviewers and other publishers. Other sites that help sell and distribute e-books and other virtual goods include ClickBank, Createspace, E-Junkie, and Sellfy.
Photography and audio
If you enjoy taking pictures, creating illustrations, producing video, or producing audio, some sites will pay you for the rights to sell your work to its visitors. One of the biggest online services is iStockphoto, which gives you up to a 45% royalty rate for every picture or work of art they sell. Other sites included Depositphotos, Dreamstime, Fotolia, and Shutterstock.
If music is more your scene, audiojungle is a site that allows you to upload loops, music, and sound effects to their sites and make royalties from how much music you sell.
Online auction sites, such as Amazon seller, eBay, uBid, and Craigslist, are another great way to make income on the Internet. Finding and selling things around your house or visiting your local pawn shops and buying small items to resell on auction sites can be a way to make money. If you are not sure what to sell or what is in demand, do a search on eBay or other auction sites and sort by highest selling item. It can be surprising what people are selling and how much people are willing to pay for those items.
Every company needs to test its products and services with users. You can become a user tester and get paid for testing products on services like User Testing.
Website, Blog, or online store
Making a website or blog can be a great way to make money on the Internet, and if it is a successful site, it can even become a full-time job. However, creating a successful site or blog takes lots of work, learning, and is not something that will start making money immediately. Before any site or blog can start making serious money, it needs to be getting lots of visitors.
If designing a website or blog sounds like too much, but you have products you are interested in selling, using a service to create an online store may be your best option. Again, once a store has been created, you need lots of visitors or a unique product to attract buyers. JumpSeller, Freewebstore, and Shopify are just a few of the hundreds of online services that allow you to create an online store.
There are a lot of people who are making money by showing advertisements and mentioning sponsors on YouTube videos they have created. However, it is not realistic to believe you can post a few videos and start making millions every year like YouTube celebrity Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie). For the vast majority of people on YouTube, the amount of income generated is just enough for a supplemental income and not enough to support a family or business.
Let others watch you play games
Yes, it's true, if you have the equipment, you're entertaining, and are dedicated you can also make money from playing computer games. Thousands of people are streaming themselves playing popular computer games and get money from subscriptions, donations, and sponsors. Today, the two most popular places to stream yourself are on Twitch and YouTube.
Become a tutor or teach online
Design and sell T-shirts
Designing a T-shirt can be a fun and rewarding way to make some money on the Internet. Below are a few of the services that allow you to design and make T-shirts that can be sold to anyone on the Internet. For each T-shirt sold with your designs, you make a percentage of the income. The sites Spreadshirt and Cafepress are two good examples of these sites.
Take surveys, answer polls, and watch videos
Many sites pay visitors to take online surveys, answer polls, and watch videos. However, some do not pay, require special software, or have a strings attached. Below is a list of the most successful sites we've found for doing this type of work that often pays a few cents for every completed task.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
The Amazon.com Mechanical Turk is a service that allows you to complete easy Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) and get paid for the work. Often these tasks are so simple that anybody could complete, such as identifying colors in an image, finding keywords in a sentence, comparing text, or completing a survey. Because of the difficulty level, many of these tasks do not pay a lot but can be easily completed and can be a source of supplemental income.
Review and post on websites
Websites and companies need users of all types to review their websites and determine what is or is not working on their sites. Sites like Whatusersdo and Analysia will pay people to help them review customer websites and give their review of the website.
There are also many websites and forums on the Internet that need the appearance of a stronger and more active community. There are services online that will pay you for your participation in these sites. Some examples include Postloop.
Bitcoin and digital currency mining
It's possible for your computer to make money by itself by mining for digital currency. However, in most cases, you'll spend more on the electricity required to run the computer than you'd earn from the currency. See our Bitcoin definition for further information about Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining.