Are you looking for some legitimate ways to make money online?
Being able to earn an income online, from home, by your laptop, while wearing your PJs…
Sounds pretty good right? You bet. Everyone wants to make more money, especially if that extra money is relatively ‘easy money,’ meaning that you don’t have to hustle all that hard to get it.
Although my favorite way to make money online is by blogging, not everyone has the time or desire to dedicate to a blog. So here are some awesome, legitimate ways to earn money online that don’t require blogging!
10 Legit Ways To Make Money Online, With Minimal Effort, That Don’t Require Blogging
There are a ton of legit non-scammy ways to make cash online these days. Whether you just want to make a little extra on the side or to fully go all in, quit your job and be a full-time #URLballer. (Is that a hashtag already? It should be!)
Here are 10 legitimate ways to make money online, where you will be able to earn money from home doing any / all of these side-hustles!
1. Complete Online Surveys For Money
You have probably, at some point in your life, attempted to do an online survey that promised big payouts for your opinions, only to be bombarded and spammed with emails afterward, for little or no monetary reward.
I’ve been investigating a number of survey companies recently, and have found a few that I can recommend are legitimate, pay well and won’t blow up your inbox with spam.
You can make anywhere from $5 to $150 per survey by giving your opinions to these companies, which is pretty awesome. If you have the time to do a few online surveys a day, you could stack up some cash pretty quick.
Here are some high paying survey sites & apps that I like:
Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel – Register your devices and earn rewards with the Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel. By participating in Nielsen research, you can improve products and services you use online today. Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel combines your unique internet usage with people like you to build a picture of internet behavior. By using the internet as you do every day, Nielsen invites you to make a difference – and you can win prizes! Nielsen gives away $10,000 each month.
SurveyRewardz – Create a free account, take surveys and earn rewards.
Cash Crate – Another easy way to get paid to take surveys.
Sharing Views – USA only – Sharing Views is an exclusive, invitation-only community where people can talk about their experiences, needs and ideas about vision, eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses and more.
2. Trade Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency
If you understand cryptocurrency trading (or have the interest in learning it) you could take part in this hot financial industry.
There are several apps that can help you get started. But heads up, some of these landing pages look spammy, as that tends to be the design aesthetic for this industry!
If any of these links don’t lead to pages/apps for you, it just means that it isn’t available in your country. Try a different one 🙂
CryptoCurrency Profit – USA – Users can find out how cryptocurrency could make them a millionaire with help from this app.
Use the Bitcoin Millionaire trading app to double, triple, or even quadruple your hard-earned money! Start by depositing just $250.
BitcoinLoophole – UK – This software scans & monitors the global cryptocurrencies market trends 24/7 with the objective of high profit gains generated by trading arbitrages predicted by our unique strategies and technology. BitcoinLoophole can spot patterns that no other cryptocurrency software possibly can. All based on cloud technology, patent strategies and a large team of international cryptocurrency experts. BitcoinLoophole members benefit from these unique advantages and earn daily high profit gains without much work!
Crypto Money Maker – The Crypto Money Maker System helps users earn up to $1,350 per day trading cryptocurrencies. Get started by depositing just $250.
Available to Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom
image via FabFitFun
3. Refer Your Friends To Awesome Stuff
What are some awesome products that you use? Companies that you think are just fabulous? If you love it, there’s a good chance your friends would love it too.
Many brands have a referral program, where if you refer their products and someone buys using your link, you get a commission or free products. Check out the company websites for products that you’d feel good recommending, and sign up for their programs if they have them.
FabFitFun has an excellent referral program, where you earn free boxes on your subscription when you refer new customers to subscribe.
4. Teach An Online Course
Ok, creating an online course takes time, effort and passion. But once it is live it becomes a recurring passive income stream that generates income for you forever.
So why not give it a shot? You have talents, expertise, and interests that are uniquely yours – and someone wants to pay money to learn it. You don’t have to be an “expert” to teach something that you are passionate about – for real! It could be cooking, drawing, confidence building/coaching, dog grooming…anything!
The great thing about having an online course for sale is that it sells itself over and over again forever. You don’t have to do anything after the initial creation of it one time. I sell my online courses using the course platform Teachable. Teachable makes it easy to create and sell your online courses, with all the tech, hosting and automation to boot.
I am on the Professional plan at Teachable. This plan has no fees, so you keep every cent from selling your course. To learn how to get started, watch this upcoming live webinar 7 Steps To Launch Your Own Profitable Online Course.
Check out the courses I offer, on profitable blog & business creation here.
5. Take Advantage Of Cash-Back Deals
SpentMoney is an ios app that will learn from you to help you organize your expenses and then gives you cash back when you make purchases through it, on the things you would buy anyway.
Ebates is similar, in that it also gives you cash back for the purchases you make online.
Basically, you go through their app to shop at any online store that you’d normally shop at, and they pay you a commission for using their app to do it.
Retailers pay websites like Ebates to refer customers to them, and usually, the website keeps the commission. But Ebates passes that commission on to you. You can easily make a few hundred dollars here without having to do anything other than log in before you do any online shopping. It’s free to join and free to use! Here’s $10 to spend on anything at Ebates.
Ibotta – This website is similar to Ebates, in that you get money back for the things you buy, but you have to do a bit of “work” such as watching a video or answering a poll question first. Some people will find this stuff really fun! If you have a few minutes you can complete a few of these activities quickly, which adds up to money in your pocket.
- Register a new account – Here’s a $10 welcome bonus
- Customize your experience by selecting a few of your favorite stores and mobile apps.
- Find and complete ‘Rebate Activities’ for the stores you like, from your mobile phone.
- You now have a rebate for that store. Go shopping and buy whatever you need, then scan your receipt and the app redeems your rebate, giving you cash back.
6. Sell Your Stuff
You know that pile of clothes/gadgets/thingamajigs that are lying around your home that you never use? Someone would very likely pay you for them! Selling your unwanted items on Craigslist can be a great way to make extra cash.
No lie, I’ve found furniture in the alley before and hawked it on Craigslist for over $600 a piece!
If you have CDs, DVDs, books, games & any other tech to get rid of, you can use Declutter, a company that will pay you for them!
You simply provide the barcode info, they give you a quote, you send it to them (all for free) and they pay you the next day.
7. Sell Your Book
You can use Blurb to create your own books and list them for sale on Amazon, Apple and other top marketplaces. The initial time and effort of writing a book pays off once it’s out for sale and it becomes a great source of recurring passive income.
Selling an ebook is another good way to make money online. I sell an ebook of the best hashtags for bloggers to use. You can create them in free programs online such as Canva.
8. Start A Drop Shipping Business
Running your own online store is something many people think about doing, but often don’t know where to start. It can be very profitable, but it can also be very time consuming if you are the one handling the shipping of orders. It is also a fantastic way to make money online.
That’s why I love dropshipping. You just list items for sale on your website, (items that you don’t actually own or physically have) people buy the items from your website, then you order the items from your supplier and they ship the items to your customer.
You never have to do any shipping or purchase any inventory. Dropshipping is extremely profitable, as you don’t have to buy anything beforehand. Plus there are some great free tools that completely automate your business.
9. Do Freelance Work
Gig websites like Upwork or Fiverr allow you to make money online doing pretty much any type of service imaginable. What are your skills? There is someone there who wants to pay you to do it.
10. Trade Your Creative Talents For Cash
If you have some creative abilities, opening up a Creative Market shop will be a smart move! Here you can sell fonts, templates, stock photos, Instagram stories graphics, and more.
Creative Market is an excellent platform to sell your work via, as it is a huge marketplace with thousands of subscribers and daily visitors just waiting to become your next customer.
11. Affiliate Marketing
If you have the time to promote products on social media and/or your website, you can be earning commissions for it. As an affiliate for a company, you will earn a commission anytime someone buys the product using your link.
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online, in fact, it is my top earner, bringing in thousands of dollars every month.
Affiliate marketing may seem a bit confusing at first, as there is a bit of a learning curve, but once you learn it you can be making a few thousand dollars per month. I do!
I teach a comprehensive online course on affiliate marketing for beginners, you can enroll in that right here.
Check out this huge list of affiliate programs in a variety of niches you can join right now!
OK, BUT IF YOU DO WANT TO BLOG…
One of the best money-making side hustles of all is, of course, blogging! So here are the best ways to make money online, if you do have a blog or want to start a blog!
If you don’t have a blog yet, I highly recommend that you start one. They are little money making machines! I have put together a toolkit containing a whole bunch of helpful resources for how to create a profitable blog, you can get free to access to it here:
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