If you’re looking for legit ways to make money online, this is the guide for you. I personally compiled this list of 148 ways to earn cash from the comfort of your own home.
While most of them are legitimate ways to start a business, there are a few side hustles for people who want to get started making money online without a huge time commitment.
I’ve broken it down into basic categories:
The best thing? Many of these you can do in your spare time until you’re ready to quit your day job.
Check it out, but remember, there’s no such thing as passive income. It all takes work and hustle. The key is if you enjoy the work it can seem passive. Every business requires resources – either time or money. Some take both.
No legitimate business opportunity will require you to pay them upfront for a job. There are a lot of get-rich-quick schemes out there, but I promise you, none of those are worth your time – you’re better off putting in your blood, sweat, and tears into something you really believe in.
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1. Start an Affiliate Niche Focused Blog
Wonder how people are making six-figures or more with their hustle? Affiliate marketing provides a wealth of opportunity, even for beginners. Find the right programs and the right niche, and you could make thousands of dollars a month.
2. Start a Dropshipping-Based Online Store
Running an eCommerce store is much easier than you think. And with dropshipping, you don’t have to keep any kind of inventory – someone else ships the product for you. You can sell on your own site, or on another platform like Etsy or Amazon. The key is in choosing the right niche. With a service like Shopify, you can find products to dropship without ever leaving their platform.
3. Start an Amazon Store
Amazon has a ton of products – and a lot of competition but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your slice of the pie. With the right research and private-labeled products, you can run a fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) store and reach millions of shoppers.
4. Start an Amazon Affiliate Store
This is similar to an e-commerce site, but instead of finishing the checkout on your site, you send people to Amazon when they click “Add to Cart.” They buy the products directly from Amazon, and you earn a cut of the sale as affiliate commissions.
5. Start a Print-on-Demand Business
Want to sell t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, mouse pads, and other similar products? With print-on-demand, you can do it without needing to invest in inventory. With platforms like CafePress and Zazzle, all you have to do is gather designs people will buy.
6. Create a Line of Bath and Body Products
Bath bombs, also known as bath fizzies, are incredibly popular. Anything that makes the bathing experience more relaxing and reminiscent of a spa experience can make you a ton of money online. From salt and sugar scrubs to shower gels and whipped body butters, the possibilities are endless.
7. Sell Your Arts and Crafts
With platforms specifically designed for selling handmade goods, you can turn your hobby into something much more profitable. With Etsy and ArtFire, you can build a busy with relative ease. Keep your startup costs low by purchasing your supplies in bulk from a craft supplier. Drive traffic with social media advertising.
8. Make and Sell Jewelry
Similar to selling handmade arts and crafts, you can use those and other platforms to sell jewelry you make. The higher the quality materials you use, the more you can charge for your creations. In addition to selling on platforms, launch your website and consider teaching classes to others to help them start their own jewelry business.
9. Design and Sell Gift Baskets
If you’re crafty, you can create quite a lucrative business by designing and selling gift baskets. You’ll do best if you choose a specific niche to work in. The better deal you can get from suppliers on the items you include the box, the more savings you can pass to your customers.
10. Develop a Niche-Based Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are the newest trend – and you can find them for nearly anything. Whether you decide to do a monthly box or a quarterly box, find a niche to work in and run with it. You can use platforms like CrateJoy to promote your box.
11. Launch an Online Consignment Store
Want to make it easy for people to get rid of the things they no longer want or need, but don’t want to take on the risk of buying inventory that won’t sell? Launch your own online consignment store where people only get paid when their items sell – and you don’t need to keep the inventory for them if you build a platform like Poshmark or Mercari.
12. Become a Coin or Stamp Dealer
Do you love collecting coins or stamps? Help others in their quest to collect those things too by becoming a dealer with an online shop.
13. Make and Sell Food Products
If you love cooking and are able to follow all the regulations in your area, why not sell your cookies, sauces, or other food products for a profit? Making money online doesn’t mean everything you do has to be based online.
14. Start an Electronics Recycling Business
If you have a bunch of old electronics, you can sell them on sites like Next Worth, Gazelle, and USell. You can also encourage people to sell their old electronics to you for you to turn in. That way, they get a little something and it stays out of the landfill. You can advertise on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to get more of these items, or use those platforms to make your sales, too.
15. Become a Sneaker Reseller
When popular name brand sneakers drop for sale, you can buy a few pairs of them. Because they sell out so quickly, they are easy to resell on platforms like eBay with quite a markup. It can take a while to get the hang of things, but when done right, it can put a decent amount of cash in your pocket.
16. Sell Concert Tickets for Profit
Whenever popular concert and sporting event tickets go on sale, buy them. Of course, play by the rules and don’t use robots to make the purchases. Capitalize on pre-sales whenever possible so you can resell the tickets on StubHub and similar sites for a profit. You can usually make more closer to the event date, or if the tickets are sold out and the event is in high demand.
17. Start a Clothing Line
If you’re into fashion, why not start your own clothing line? You can go beyond the print-on-demand model and look into custom wholesale, custom couture, and cut and sew business models.
18. Get Rid of Clothes
Have clothes you don’t wear anymore? Sell them to ThredUp or on Poshmark or Mercari. You can even start an online boutique with Poshmark by making a wholesale clothing purchase. You can also use platforms like Loanables and Rent Not Buy to rent your clothing. Turn to Craigslist to sell your unwanted clothes for quick cash, too.
19. Flip Textbooks (Any Books, Really)
With a platform like BookScouter, you can make money buying and selling used books. After you go through your own stash of books, you can score free or cheap books from friends and family and thrift shops to scale up your business.
20. Loan Out Your Car
If you’re not using your car all the time, you can rent it out on platforms like Turo. You’re covered by $1 million insurance if anything happens.
21. Rent Your Driveway
Do you live in a metro area with an empty driveway? Let others pay you to use it. What you’ll earn depends on where you live. If you’re in an expensive city like San Francisco, you’ll earn more.
22. Build and Rent Websites
Plumbers, roofers, and other service providers are constantly looking for leads to bring money into their business. By building a high-ranking website in any number of niches, you can sell the leads to local business owners and earn a portion of the sale.
23. Buy and Sell Domains
Buying and selling domain names can be a lucrative business. Just take a look at this list of the most expensive domains. (It’s always changing!)
24. Flip Websites
If you love building websites, but don’t want to deal with trying to find clients to start a web design agency, you can use your skills to create a variety of ready-made niche websites. It’s not an overnight success, and you will have to work hard, but you can sell each one for thousands of dollars if you do it right – aging each property and selling it with a full brand behind it. Platforms like Flippa make it easier to sell properties.
25. Become an Online Influencer
If you’ve got a strong presence on any social media platform – or have a certain platform you want to grow on – such as Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook – you can become an online influencer. Earn money with brand partnerships, speaking gigs, and more.
26. Start a Niche-Based YouTube Channel
Do you love creating videos? Find something you love or are good at – then make videos about it. Monetize them with Google AdSense and brand partnerships. The more videos you have and traffic you generate, the more money you can make.
27. Create a Niched Podcast
Podcasts are popular because they are a way to consume content while we’re on the go. We can listen to them in the car while driving to work, or on the subway during our commute. Though it can take a while to establish an audience and earn money – there are tons of ways to launch podcasts on any number of topics and styles.
28. Become a Digital Personal Trainer or Yoga Instructor
It’s easy to become a certified personal trainer with an online program. You don’t need to rinse your own gym space or buy your own equipment. You can record your own workouts and sell them or meet with clients virtually over Skype for personal training sessions. You can also do this as a yoga or dance instructor.
29. Delve into the Metaphysical
Interested in tarot? Astrology? Crystals? Anything related to the metaphysical? Sell metaphysical related products. Sell tarot card readings. Create birth charts. The possibilities are endless.
30. Provide Data Entry Services
Data Entry is a quick and easy way to get started working from home. It doesn’t pay as well as some other telecommute jobs or online business ideas, but it’s a decent place to begin while you find your footing.
31. Sell Web Hosting as a Reseller
By purchasing an unlimited hosting plan from one of the most popular web hosting companies like Bluehost or HostGator, you can resell it at a markup to your clients. This is a great option for people who also make money building websites because you can sell all-in-one packages.
32. Offer Ads on Your Own Website
If you have a lot of traffic coming to your website, charge companies for the ad space. It’s a bit more lucrative than working with an ad network, but it can be more difficult to find the advertisers on your own.
33. Create a Blog Network
Set up a network that’s specific to bloggers. Charge members a fee to join or earn money with ads and information products.
34. Create an Advertising Network
Similar to the Blog Network, you can create a network that’s aimed at website owners, bloggers, and other online businesses that are looking for advertisers or sponsors. You can also make it easier for sponsors and advertisers to find partners they want to work with.
35. Become a Freelance Writer
Are you good with words? Take the things you’re interested in or knowledgeable about and make money writing about them. There’s a niche for everything. You can write articles about anything and everything because someone somewhere is looking for what you have to share. The good thing is, there’s plenty to go around, even if it seems like the market is saturated.
Freelancing puts you in control of the money you make and the amount of work you have because you can choose which projects to accept and the rate of pay you want. If you’re not interested in freelancing as a writer, you can also do many other jobs on a freelance basis, including being a transcriptionist or graphic designer.
36. Technical Writing
Though this can also be done on a freelance basis, technical writing is much more specialized. If you have what it takes to write instruction manuals for new TVs or software documentation, you can land a number of gigs as a technical writer. Typically, these pay at higher rates than standard freelance writing like blog posts.
37. Become a Freelance Editor
Have an eye for grammar and style? Take work other writers have done and make it shine. Many publishers need as many editors as they do writers.
38. Write Resumes for Job Searchers
Can you write a killer resume and cover letter? Help struggling job seekers and make money you can count on.
39. Write Press Releases
Press releases follow a specific format but are a great skill to add to your freelance writing repertoire. You can charge even more if you offer press release distribution services, too.
40. Edit College Admissions Essays
Use that eagle eye to help students get into the college of their dreams. Find gigs on your own or look for companies that hire proofreaders and editors on a regular basis.
41. Try College Consulting
As a college coach, you’ll advise students and their families on how to make it into the tools of their dreams. College Consulting is a lucrative business that you can do over the phone or by video chat. This is better suited for graduates of top-tier or Ivy League schools to prove your credibility to parents. College consulting may also include financial aid planning as well.
42. Earn Money as a Transcriptionist
Can you type with lightning speed? Earn as much as $.40 per audio minute for transcribing audio files into text. Though it requires additional training, medical transcription is a growing industry.
43. Become a Virtual Assistant
Business owners are often busy and need a little help to crush their goals. By becoming a virtual assistant, you help a fellow business owner with admin tasks such as social media management, answering emails and sending invoices.
44.Become a Virtual Receptionist
Much like a virtual assistant, as a virtual receptionist, you are providing services to another business owner. Except here, you’re answering phones and directing callers to the right person or resource, just as you would in a physical office.
45. Manage Blogs for Others
If you have experience in all aspects of blogging, you can earn money from other companies that don’t have the time to manage their own blogs. Create a press kit and introduce your company.
46. Become a Virtual Interior Designer
If you have a background in interior design or are willing to get the required licensing for operating in your area, you can become a virtual interior designer who provides clients with recommendations for various rooms that they can implement as their finances allow.
47. Review Phone Calls
With Humanatic, you listen to a recorded phone call and answer a question. each call earns a bit of money and as your accuracy and rating approved, the pay will go up. Overall the pay isn’t as good as some of the other business opportunities on this list.
48. Become a Brand Consultant
There are so many ways to build a consultancy business and make money online. If you’ve got an eye for products, help companies build their brand story, logo, slogan and more.
49. Tutor Students in Subjects You Know and Love
50. Teach People to Play an Instrument
If you’ve got experience with an instrument, you can use Wyzant, or you can start your own business providing lessons to students over Skype.
51. Translate Between Multiple Languages
Are you fluent in other languages other than English? Become an online translator, translating documents and audio files of conversations.
52. Become a Professional Video Editor and Producer
There’s such an emphasis on video content on the internet that working as a video editor and producer can become quite lucrative. You can work with a variety of clients across a number of industries to shoot and edit videos. If you don’t already have video experience, there are a variety of resources you can use to learn along the way.
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53. Do Virtual Odd Jobs with Fiverr
You can sell nearly anything on Fiverr. Though there are plenty of traditional gigs like content creation, web development, and graphic design, you can get as unique as you want with the gigs you offer. Some options include singing happy birthday, impressions, cartoon drawings, casting spells (yes, I was surprised, too.) and prank calls.
54. Start a Web Design Business
With platforms like WordPress, you don’t have to have a formal web design education to be successful as a web designer. You can take a few classes at Udemy and learn everything you need to know to start designing websites for people.
55. Offer Graphic Design Services
Are you artsy? Build a business creating logos, business cards, and other graphic elements for people. Sell your services and your graphic designs. You don’t even have to be a Photoshop pro to make some decent cash.
56. Launch a Consulting Company
Want to get paid to share your knowledge with others? You can create a consulting agency for nearly anything under the sun – social media, HR, IT, legal, marketing, strategy, technology, public relations, and so on. If you’re an expert in your field, you’ll be able to find people to pay you for that expertise.
57. Start an Online Travel Agency
If you love to travel, you can start a business as a private travel agent. Create a social media group for people who want the best deals – and share them exclusively there. After you’ve built your reputation, you can become a consultant to teach people how to take the trip of their dreams.
58. Start a Chatbot Business
Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular with businesses, so you can build a business out of creating chatbots for others. Choose a chatbot builder to work with and market your services.
59. Sell Search Engine Optimization Services
Are you familiar with how search engines work? Have the know-how to build and edit websites? Sell services to help businesses improve their ranking in the search engine results pages.
60. Work as a Social Media Manager
Are you social media savvy? Help businesses build and sustain their social media presence. Create and curate content to share, manage comments, and respond to messages on their behalf.
61. Work as an Ad Manager
Every year, companies spend trillions of dollars trying to capture their audience’s attention. It’s easy for small businesses to do because there’s no minimum requirement. If you know how to maximize ad budgets, you can help businesses manage their ad spend to get a bigger ROI.
62. Start a Digital Marketing Agency
If you’re more advanced in your knowledge of SEO, social media, and content marketing, then you can earn money with your own digital marketing agency. If you don’t have all the skills to be a one-stop-shop, you can become a specialized agency or work with freelancers to fill in the gaps.
63. Launch Your Own Public Relations Firm
Do you have a knack for public relations? You can find a job with any number of firms online, or strike out on your own and launch a firm with your own clients.
64. Offer Event or Wedding Planning Services
If you love planning parties or weddings, you can partner with event venues and caterers to provide services. If you want, you can meet locally with the clients and broaden your customer base with Skype meetings. you can also make extra money with digital products related to event and wedding planning.
65. Offer Bookkeeping Services to Small Businesses
Bookkeepers help companies keep track of their spending and maintain their financial accounts. This means processing invoices, receipts, and payments. it also means finding expenses on bank statements, making quarterly tax payments helping with financial statements and so on.
66. Start a Life Coaching Business
Life coaching is a $2 billion industry and does not require any kind of formal training or degree. You can specialize in any number of areas. All you need to do is find your niche and be willing to help people.
67. Sell Expertise on Clarity.fm
If you’ve got expertise and experience in a specific area of business, this is for you. Many small business owners want to connect with people and learn – so they’ll pay to book a phone call with you and pick your brain. Whether you know about building apps, running a restaurant, or raising startup capital with investors, there’s a place for you on the platform.
68. Get Paid to Speak
If you’re not afraid of public speaking and are an expert in something, you can build a reputation and start getting paid speaking gigs at a number of conferences and events. Though there’s more money involved in face-to-face events, it’s possible to get paid to speak as a virtual guest.
69. Start a Matchmaking Company
Capitalize on the online dating trend without needing to start your own online dating website. Offer more services by matching your customers with people rather than relying on them to find one another. In addition to matchmaking, you can offer your online dating consulting services to help people improve their profiles for better match quality.
70. Become a Business Coach
As a business coach or business consultant, your main job is to advise your clients about how they can make their businesses more profitable. You must evaluate their business, the environment where they operate their business, their current market position along with competitors and then help them find opportunities to earn more money.
71. Launch a News Clipping Service
People need to be able to keep up with the latest news in their industry but doing so takes a lot of time that they could use for other tasks. By offering a news clipping service, you save people time and earn money. you handle all of the research getting rid of news that isn’t worthwhile.
72. Narrate and Produce Audiobooks
Did you know only 5% of books ever get made into audio format? If you’ve got a good voice or a background in acting, make a business out of recording audio versions of books.
73. Become a Voice-Over Artist
If you don’t want to narrate books, but you still want to use your voice, you can earn quite a bit of money as a voice-over artist.
74. Online Newsletter Service
Create an online newsletter and build a list. Use that list to sell products or services or earn money through partnerships with other businesses. Alternatively, put your email marketing skills to work to help other companies produce their content and build their lists.
75. Direct Sales Marketer
If you consider yourself a skilled salesman, build a business by offering services to other businesses and reaching out to their potential customers.
76. Do Email Outreach for Other Companies
If you love communicating by email, you can put your skills to work. There are plenty of companies and bloggers who are willing to outsource the task.
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77. Develop WordPress Themes
If you can code, try your hand at coding your own WordPress theme. If you can’t, hire someone to do the work for you and sell it as a premium theme on a number of marketplaces.
78. Develop WordPress Plugins
If you know how to code PHP and understand how WordPress works, you can make money as a WordPress plugin developer. If you’re not a coder but have a good idea, hire a coder to do the work for you and sell the plugin.
79. Launch a Webinar Business
Do you have knowledge you want to share with the world? Host a webinar and make money promoting a product you sell or an affiliate product you’ll earn a commission from. You can also charge webinar admission fees, but you likely won’t get as many attendees this way.
80. Sell Your Photos to Stock Photography Sites
Are you a professional or hobbyist photographer? Take stock photos and sell them on platforms like iStockPhoto and Shutterstock. You’ll get paid every time someone purchases one of your images. Build a portfolio website to showcase your work to leverage higher paying contracts.
81. Capitalize on the AI Trend
Start an AI and data-mining firm. Collect the data and mine it to get rid of clutter. Then, use it to help companies transform their processes.
82. Create a Subscription-Based Facebook Group
Facebook Groups are great for building relationships with potential customers and converting leads into sales. Now that Facebook has added the ability to pay for group subscriptions, you can deliver higher-value content to an elite group of qualified members.
83. Build and Sell Your Own Software
If you’re a coder, you can build and sell your own software. Even if you’re not – but you have a great idea – you can hire a coder to do the work for you. Even better if you can make it software as a service (SaaS) – or available from anywhere there is an internet connection.
84. Build and Market Your Own App
Much like you can build your own software, you can build your own app. There are platforms that allow you to build an app without coding knowledge. Or, you can hire someone else to build the app for you and sell it yourself.
85. Create Your Own Course and Sell Your Expertise
Building an online course takes hard work, but can stop you from being a corporate slave for the rest of your life. Take what you know and turn it into something you can teach others.
86. Sell Your Digital Product on Clickbank
If you’ve created a digital product such as an online course or an ebook, you can use an affiliate site like ClickBank to do the selling for you. This way, you don’t have to do any promotion yourself. ClickBank Affiliates will find your product and do plenty of promotions to get a cut of each sale. For best results, make the product affordable, but make sure it’s worth the Affiliates time to promote it.
87. Launch a Membership-Based Product
After you’ve established trust and credibility in your industry, it could be time to start thinking about a paid membership site. Offer valuable content to your members and engage with them so they’ll stick around and continue to pay the membership fee.
88. Become a Self-Published Author
Have a story you want to tell the world? Knowledge and experience you want to share? Write a book and self-publish on Amazon. You can even sell print copies that are printed on-demand so there’s no need to carry inventory.
89. Create and Sell Your Own Audiobooks
If you’re writing your own ebooks or writing them for clients, you can take it to the next level and create and sell your own audiobooks, too. Sell the ebook and the audiobook together at a discount, or offer customers the option to choose which format they want.
90. Create and Sell Music
Have musical talent? Try your hand at creating and selling music. There are a number of platforms to join to distribute your tracks to, such as Ditto, LuckStock, and CD Baby. It can get the ball rolling toward a bigger music career.
91. Create and Sell Browser Extensions
If you’re a developer or know someone who is, partner with them to create and sell Chrome extensions. Google has a guide to help you monetize them.
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92. Write Grants for Companies
Non-profit organizations are constantly searching for funds. Grant-writing is a specialized type of content that can command a high salary. Check out the American Grant Writers’ Association to get started.
93. Teach English Online
Even if you don’t have a background in education, you can find jobs teaching English to students in other countries. While some platforms like VIPKID require a teaching degree, other platforms do not. You can get a TEFL certificate for the platforms that require it.
94. Score Tests for Major Companies
95. Start a Genealogical Research Business
If you have an ancestry.com membership or don’t mind traveling to your local Register of Deeds or Vital Records Office, you can start a genealogical research business. You may even be able to work with a company like Ancestry as a professional researcher.
96. Become a Professional Researcher
If you like performing detailed at in-depth research, you could land a job at Ask Wonder. You’ll answer questions that are difficult even with research. Though the pay is low, is much better than doing surveys all day.
97. Become a Data Analyst
If you’re good with numbers, lots of companies are looking for people to assist with the analysis of internal data.
98. Make the Web a Better Place as a Search Engine Quality Rater
Help Google, Bing, and other search engines provide the best quality results they can. Even though they use algorithms, they still need the human element. Search engine evaluators don’t make the best money in the world, but definitely, earn more than taking surveys. Apply at Lionbridge or Appen to get started.
99. Help People as a Customer Service Representative
If talking with people and helping them work through problems, you can work as a remote customer service agent for any number of companies. Many organizations need people to be available 24/7, so you can work no matter where you are or what shift you prefer – either on the phone or with live chat.
100. Become a Professional Recruiter
If you’re a self-starter who doesn’t mind hard work, you can become an online recruiter. You’ll make money by matching people to job opportunities. This is an especially good option for people with large networks and an HR background.
101. Get Paid to Listen to Music
There are multiple companies that will pay you to listen to your music. Market research companies want to know more about the kind of music you’re listening to. You can also get paid for listening to the radio, and leaving reviews for music. Signing up with multiple sites increases your earning potential. Options include SlicethePie, HitPredictor, Musicxray, and more.
102. Become a Drone Pilot
Drone photography is highly popular. If you’re willing to register with the FAA as a drone pilot, you can make a considerable amount of money capturing Drone footage for clients or selling it as stock.
103. Sell Your Unused CPU Space
With MQL 5 – Distributed Cloud Network, you’ll sell the unused power of your computer to members of the distributed cloud network. They’ll take the extra power to do tasks for their research company. Unfortunately, though, Mac users won’t be able to take advantage of this.
104. Work from Home as a Nurse
If you’re a registered nurse who wants to make some extra income or leave the traditional workforce for good, sign up with Fonemed. You’ll provide triage and medical information over the phone. You’ll earn about $27/hour working after traditional office hours.
105. Advertise Companies on Your Body
Companies are now using people’s bodies as advertising space, but thankfully there’s no need to get a permanent tattoo. LeaseYourBody allows you to set up a free profile where you can offer any part of your body as a billboard. If an advertiser likes it, they will pay you to put a temporary tattoo on your body for a certain length of time.
106. Earn with Medical Coding and Billing
If you’re an experienced medical coder or biller, or willing to take courses to become certified, you can earn quite a decent living from the comfort of your own house.
107. Make Money with File Sharing
There are a lot of pay per download (PPD) sites where you can earn a few pennies every time someone downloads your file. If you upload files you own (don’t violate copyright!) to those sites then share your link to followers, you can earn some good money. Watch for scams and do lots of research before you get started.
108. Provide Tech Support
If you have technical skills, you can offer them to the public, either through a company or by looking for gigs on platforms like UpWork.
109. Are you an LCSW or Psychologist? Become an Online Therapist
110. Work in a Remote Position for Another Company
If you’re not quite ready to start your own business, but still want to make money from home, you can find remote positions with many companies that are starting to embrace telecommuting. Use platforms such as We Work Remotely, Flexjobs, VirtualVocations, and SolidGigs to help you find your dream job.
111. Start a Patreon Account
Looking for another way to monetize all your content creation efforts? A Patreon account makes it easy for your followers to send you donations to keep you going. Patreon is a crowdfunding membership platform that makes it easy for people to provide a subscription content service. It offers ways for you to build relationships with and offer exclusive experiences to your “patrons”. It’s a great option for musicians, non-profits, podcasters, writers, artists – or anyone who creates content.
112. Become a Video Game Tester
Love gaming and want to help spot bugs and issues before they become available to the public? Nintendo, Blizzard, and Rockstar are just a few of the developers who pay you to test video games. Remember, never pay to participate in tests – that’s a sign of a scam.
113. Sell Your Lesson Plans
Are you a teacher who wants to make extra income? Use a platform like Teachers Pay Teachers to sell your lesson plans.
114. Sell Your Class Notes
This one is for all the broke college students out there who want to make an extra grand a month to pay for books or drinks at the bar. If you take good notes, you can upload them to several platforms including StudentVIP, NotesGen, StudySoup, and OneClass and get paid every time someone buys them, with no limit on the number of sales.
115. Work as a Social Media or Forum Moderator
Companies need people to monitor interactions on social media pages and forums. They hire moderators and customer service representatives to address issues and ensure everyone has a positive experience. Legit companies to look into are ModSquad and Alchemic Dream.
116. Get Paid to Test Products
This is another opportunity where you won’t make major bank, but it gives you a chance to try new products. Market research companies are often looking for people to test products and get their feedback – and are often willing to pay something in return. These include BzzAgent, Opinion Outpost, YouGov, and Toluna.
117. Become a Professional Question Answerer
With platforms like JustAnswer, you can get paid for sharing your expertise and answering people’s questions. You’ll need proof of expertise but can get the ball rolling pretty quickly.
118. Create Meal Plans for Busy People
Help people plan their meals and nutrition. Consult with clients online and send them a plan based on your consult. Enhance your services by providing the recipes and shopping list, too.
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119. Become a Beta Tester for Software Companies
Much like testing video games for major video game companies, you can get paid to test software and report bugs. Payment will vary depending on the nature of the program.
120. Get Paid to Take Selfies
If you love taking selfies, there are a few apps that will pay you in exchange for your photos. You can earn up to $1 per selfie task.
121. Play Games on Your Smartphone
There are apps out there that will pay you in gift cards for the time you spend playing games on your phone. No, you won’t get rich, but if you’re playing games in your free time anyway, you may as well earn a little something extra.
122. Take Surveys
Like with online focus groups, there are a ton of sites out there that let you take surveys in exchange for gift cards. It’s not going to get you to a full-time income, but it can be a good way to build a stash of extra money for birthday and Christmas gifts.
123. Become a Website Usability Tester
Companies want to know what people think about their websites and apps. They want to make sure they are easy to use and optimized for conversion. That’s why they pay usability testing companies like UserTesting to collect data for them. As a tester, you’ll earn around $10 a test – for 10 to 20 minutes worth of work, sharing your feedback.
124. Rent Out Your Stuff
Rent your camera equipment, your bike, surfboard, or snowboard. If there’s something you own, chances are there’s a platform available to help you find people to rent it and pay you to use it.
125. Sell Your Used Stuff
Use platforms like eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace to sell stuff you don’t want anymore. Take it to the next level and sell stuff you get from yard sales, garage sales, or curb alerts, too.
126. Participate in Online Mock Juries
Ever watched the show Bull? It’s about trial scientist Dr. Phil McGraw (yes, that Dr. Phil) and his work with mock juries to get ideas about how a jury may react to a case. You can become one of those mock jurors and get paid for your participation with platforms like eJury.
127. Join a Social Investment Network
Social trading, also known as mirror trading, is a good way to get into investments as a beginner. There are several networks you can join with other investors to get advice and support along the way.
128. Become a Cryptocurrency Investor
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are hot and with good reason. Though there is always a risk, investing in cryptocurrency could pay off big.
129. Get Paid to Get Healthy
130. Make That Time You Spend Gaming Work for You
A bit different than getting paid to play games on your phone, this is when you make your way to professional gamer status. You can do this by starting a YouTube channel where you record yourself playing and earn revenue with ads, or seek leagues and tournaments to compete in where the winners get cash prizes.
131. Invest in Peer-to-Peer Lending
Also known as debt crowdfunding, you invest your money in companies trying to raise funds. In return, you make money on interest within a fixed timeline.
132. Try Your Hand at Real Estate Investing
Just like debt, real estate can be crowdfunded, too. The starting investment depends on the platform, but you are in control.
133. Buy an Existing Online Business
If you’ve got the skills to market and advertise an online business but you don’t want to spend time laying the groundwork to build it, you can buy an existing profitable business and grow it from there. You can buy an e-commerce website or an app and pick up where the previous owner left off. platforms like Flippa where you can flip domains, websites, and apps also allow you to buy them.
134. Become an Online Notary
Hundreds of millions of documents are notarized in the United States every year. There are online services starting to pop up that make it easy for people to get their documents notarized online. Though you do have to take a course to become a certified notary, in most states, you can offer your services online.
135. Earn Cash with Microtasks
If you want a quick and easy way to earn a few pennies here and there in your spare time, look to microtask platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk. You’ll be asked to do something and once it’s complete, you’ll receive credit for it in your account and can cash out once you reach a certain threshold.
136. Participate in Focus Groups
Survey sites like Swagbucks, Survey Junkie and IPSOS pay you and gift cards and sometimes PayPal cash to share your opinions online and participate in focus groups and online surveys. This is definitely more of a side hustle than anything else, but you can do it from your computer or smartphone. It can take a while to build any kind of substantial income this way, but the more sites you participate in, the more money you can make.
Swagbucks, in particular, lets you earn cashback for purchases you’re already making online if you purchase through their link. You’ll earn a percentage of what you spend back that you can then apply to purchasing gift cards.
137. List Your Spot on Airbnb
Have an extra bedroom? Make it work for you by renting it out to people who are looking for a place to crash but don’t want to spend money on a hotel. Rent out your entire home when you’ll be away on vacation. Remember, though – this isn’t purely passive income, because you’ll need to be on call when you have a guest and you’ll need to keep it clean. You can increase your earning potential with extra paid add-ons like local tours.
138. Open Your Couch to Couch Surfers
Lots of people travel on a budget and don’t want to pay hotel or Airbnb prices. If all you have to offer is your couch, list it on Couch Surfing.
139. Sell Your Junk Mail
This works in two ways. You can work as a mail decoy, where you agree to receive certain mailing lists. The companies that pay for the marketing pieces to be sent out want to make sure they are received when they are supposed to be, and received in good condition. Companies you can sign up with are ReportEZ, The Hauser Group and US Monitor.
You can also sign up with the Small Business Knowledge Center (SBKC) to participate in market research regarding direct mail and email marketing materials. In exchange for providing them with your mail and email solicitations, you’ll earn gift cards for the items you may otherwise throw away. And if you own a business and send your own materials to customers, you can earn bonus points.
140. Earn Cryptocurrency for Walking
141. Turn Video Game Currency into Real Cash
Certain video game currencies can be sold for real cash. Some elements in games are expensive, so people would rather pay real money to get what they need than working hard in the game to achieve the goal. If you’re looking to sell your game assets, turn to eBay. Remember though, many game developers frown upon this practice so proceed with caution.
142. Start Trading on the Stock Market
If you have a bit of money, you can start investing. Even if it’s just on platforms like Acorns where you invest spare change, you can grow quite a bit of income for later in life.
143. Invest in Fine Art
With platforms like Masterworks, you can buy fractional shares in fine art that allow you to build quite a nest egg over time.
144. Install Apps on Your Phone
Numerous apps will pay you to run ads on your smartphone. It’s not a full-time income, but this side hustle will offer you a bit of extra cash to use in your other ventures.
145. Answer Trivia Questions
With platforms like Givling, you answer trivia questions to win money with other people, answering true or false questions.
146. Make Money Playing Fantasy Sports
If you’re a sports enthusiast who does well when playing fantasy sports, you can get paid to do it. However, it’s a form of gambling so you only want to do it if you’re good at the games and have the money available to lose.
147. Invest in Online Businesses
If you have a bit of cash to invest, you can invest in other businesses. Though there’s always a risk, if you end up investing in a business that really takes off, you could make millions.
148. Become a Debt Collector
You can find a number of work at home jobs as a debt collector working for another company. Alternatively, if you have a bit of start-up capital and are familiar with the licensing and requirements in your state, you can start your own debt collection agency where you earn a portion of any debt you are able to collect.
Which of these ways to make money online will you try?
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you.