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14 Ways to Make Money Online

14 Ways to Make Money Online
Candice Elliott Jun 15, 2018
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?

Everyone should have more than one source of income, and a part-time job is a great second revenue stream.

But not all part-time jobs give us the flexibility we require when we are already working full time. But there is a way around that. We found 14 ways to make money online.

Anywhere, Anytime

During the Dark Ages (pre-internet) a part-time job generally came with a schedule, someone else’s schedule.

If you were working retail, tending bar, or waiting tables, you were scheduled for shifts. If you got lucky, your employer would work around your other job’s schedule.

If you weren’t lucky, you would have to give up the job when it started to interfere with other aspects of your life.

You also had to show up to a physical location of course which meant you were spending part of the little free time you had commuting.

But now there are jobs you can do from anywhere at any time so long as you have an internet connection.

There are a ton of ways to make money online. Some of them will make you a little extra, and some of them could turn into a full-time career.

Earn Cash Sharing Your Opinion

Companies need feedback on their products and services. In the old days, they would get that feedback from focus groups or mailed surveys.

Focus groups were expensive; they had to be hosted at a particular location, participants had to be found and paid for their time.

Mailed surveys were less expensive to conduct, but of the thousands mailed out, a company would only get a fraction of them returned.

Internet survey sites are attractive to companies looking for feedback because it’s inexpensive and they can get a lot of responses from a broad range of consumers.

And because this information is valuable, companies are willing to pay you for your time and opinions.

1. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie pays you for answering surveys. Most surveys will earn you between 100-200 points and take 15-20 minutes to finish.

One point is equal to one cent. Occasionally you’ll come across a survey worth as many as 1,000 points which will earn you $10, but most will earn you $1-3.

Surveys are frequently added so you can earn every day. You can see how many points a survey is worth and how long it will take before you begin.

Your Survey Junkie points can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. If you want a cash payout, you need a PayPal account.

The minimum to redeem cash is $10. Gift cards can be redeemed starting at $10 and in increments of $5. The gift cards don’t carry a fee or an expiration date.

Survey Junkie is one of our favorite survey sites. They pay pretty well for each survey, the minimum payout is low and new surveys are added often enough to keep users busy.

2. Vindale Research

Vindale Research doesn’t use a point system to reward members for taking surveys; they use cash. Most surveys are valued between $0.50-$3 and take 15-20 minutes to complete.

The minimum payout is $50 and the money will be deposited into your PayPal account or can be paid by paper check.

3. Swagbucks

Swagbucks surveys are worth between 1-1,000 points and most take 10-15 minutes to complete. Each point is worth one cent.

You can see a list of open surveys and each will show how many points it’s worth and how long it will take.

Your points can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. Cash is deposited into your PayPal account in denominations of $25, $50, $100, and $250 and can take up to 14 days to be processed.

Gift cards come in denominations from $-100 and take up to 10 days to process.

Get Paid to Read Emails

How many emails do you read each day? Dozens, hundreds, thousands? And you’re reading them for free! But there is a company that will pay you to read emails.

4. InboxDollars

InboxDollars pays members to read email advertisements in order to provide consumer feedback to its partners.

You can find the emails on the InboxDollars website or app or have them sent to your email address.

If you choose to have them sent directly to you, use a dedicated email address, so they aren’t cluttering up your regular inbox.

After you’ve read an email, click the “Confirm Paid E-mail” button at the bottom of the screen, and your account will be credited.

Members will earn one to two cents per email which doesn’t seem like much, but there isn’t much time or effort involved either, most of the emails can be read in about ten seconds. You typically get three or four emails per day.

The minimum payout is $30, so it can take a few weeks to reach if you just read emails, but InboxDollars offers other tasks as well that let you earn.

You can request your payout in the form of cash that will be sent as a check, a pre-paid Visa debit card or an eGift card.

Earn Cash Tracking Your Amazon Purchases

Millions of us shop at Amazon every day. You’re spending money to do it so why not make some of that money back?

5. Shoptracker

Shoptracker is part of Harris Polls, one of the oldest and most respected consumer research companies around.

They want information on your Amazon shopping habits. When you sign up you will receive a short survey once a month. It takes just a few minutes to answer.

In return, Shoptracker will send you a $3 pre-paid Visa debit card. The card can be used anywhere you shop online, not just at Amazon. That’s it! $36 a year for about an hour of your time.

Freelancing Sites

In the past, if you wanted to work as a freelancer, you had to hustle hard to get those gigs. Pounding the pavement, cold calling, word of mouth if you got lucky. But now finding work as a freelancer is just a few clicks away.

There are a lot of freelancing sites, but these three are the ones I have had the most success with. And one of them is how I came to write for Frugal For Less!

A lot of people think of writing when they hear the word freelancer, and while there are a lot of writing opportunities on these sites, there are many other kinds of jobs too.

These sites have a low bar for entry so if you’ve not done a lot or any work in your chosen field, don’t let that dissuade you from signing up and creating a profile.

You may not get the high paying jobs, but bid on low paying jobs and use them as an opportunity to build up your portfolio and get positive reviews from clients.

Next thing you know, clients will be offering you jobs and you will be able to avoid the bidding process altogether!

6. Upwork

Upwork is one of the biggest freelancing sites and the one where I have gotten the most work. You can find all kinds of jobs, and not all of them require a portfolio of work.

Virtual assistant jobs are a good example. You just need to post your resume to show that you’re qualified for these jobs.

If you’re not sure what kind of work you want to do, take a look at the site and see what there are a lot of postings for. That will tell you what people need. Conversely, you can look for jobs that don’t have a lot of postings. Less demand means less competition so while you might not get a ton of work, you will be more likely to get the jobs you bid on.

The only downside to Upwork is the hefty 20% they take from freelancers. This goes down the more work you do for the same client, but about half of my Upwork jobs have been for clients just needing one-off work so that 20% takes a big bite.

Upwork also withholds your earnings for several after the client releases the money. I can’t understand the reasoning behind this. If the client was unhappy with your work, they wouldn’t have paid you, so it’s not done as a measure to protect the client side of the equation.

You’ve earned the money, and the client has paid it so it’s frustrating that you can’t access it immediately.

7. Guru

While Guru doesn’t have as many job postings as Upwork, I prefer them. The site is easier to use especially when communicating with clients. Guru takes a much smaller 4.95-8.95% (depending on your level of membership) of your earnings, and your money is released as soon as the client pays you.

Like Upwork, Guru has postings for all sorts of jobs at many different skill levels.

8. Fivver

Fivver gained fame because all of the gigs for sale on the site cost just $5, but now freelancers can price their services from $5 all the way up to $995. There are all kinds of gigs on Fiverr including writing, translation, animation, and SEO services. Freelancers pay a hefty  20% fee for every job.

There are also various fees for transferring your payments depending on the method you choose.


There are so many things you can sell online and so many places to sell them. No matter what you’re interested in, there is a market for it out there.

9. Gazelle

How many old electronics do you have laying around, old cell phones, tablets, or computers? If you’re a techy who always has to have the latest gadget, it might be more than a few. Why not turn them into cash?

That’s what Gazelle will do for you. Select the model you want to sell, answer some questions about the condition your devices are in and get an estimated price.

If you accept the offer, Gazelle will send you a box and pre-paid shipping label. Send it in or find a drop off kiosk near you.

Gazelle will pay you via PayPal, a check or Amazon gift card. If you sell all your own electronics, pawn shops are a good place to buy them.

Just be sure the price Gazelle is paying for a particular model is more than you are paying. You can always ask family, friend, and coworkers if they have old electronics you could take off their hands.

10. Poshmark

Now that you’ve cleaned out your closet of old electronics, its time to move on to clothes! Poshmark is an online platform to sell clothes and accessories. Sellers set up their online store by taking pictures of the items they’re selling and uploading them to the Poshmark site.

You can set your own prices, and if you aren’t sure what to charge, you can peruse Poshmark or eBay for similar items and base your prices on that research. Once an item sells, the seller has seven days to ship it to the buyer.

Poshmark charges sellers a $2.95 fee for each item priced less than $15 and a 20% fee on items over $15. If you sell all of your old clothes and accessories, you can always look for new things to list at thrift and consignment stores and even garage sales.

11. Etsy

Do you have a talent for something like sewing, painting, calligraphy or making jewelry? No? That’s okay; there is almost an endless number of categories of things being sold on Etsy. If you can make it, there is a good chance that someone shopping on Etsy is looking to buy it.

Etsy charges sellers $0.20 for each item listed, a 3.5% transaction fee and a 3% plus $0.25 payment processing fee.

Teach Others

You can learn almost anything online, and while some sites offer DIY learning, some use teachers to instruct students. And you don’t necessarily have to have a teaching certificate to be qualified.

12. QKids

QKids pairs native English speakers with Chinese children aged between 5-12 who want to learn to speak English. Teachers don’t need to be certified or to speak Chinese. They do need to have a college degree or currently be enrolled in college and be an American or Canadian citizen.

Teachers need a computer with a webcam, a microphone headset and a reliable internet connection, a cable connection is preferred over Wifi.

Teachers are required to work between 6-19 hours per week. Each lesson is 30 minutes long. The base pay is $16-20 per hour. QKids pays monthly via bank transfer.

13. Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace that allows teachers to sell their lesson plans and other teaching materials to fellow educators.

Teachers can sell lesson plans from Pre-K all the way up to college and in every subject that is covered in U.S. school curriculums. Sellers set their own prices. The site takes 45% of each sale under the free membership, and there is a $0.30 transaction fee on each resource sold.

You can pay for a membership at $59.95 a year which will increase your payout percentage to 80% and lower the transaction fee to $0.15 per resource on orders totaling less than $3.

14. Udemy

Udemy is an online teaching platform that lets members teach on a wide range of subjects including business, personal development, photography, and health and fitness.

Teachers create their own content, upload it to the site and promote it. You can set your own prices and promote your own content and keep 100% of the revenue. If Udemy promotes your content, they keep 50% of each sale.

That 50% is pretty steep but keep in mind that Udemy likely has a much wider reach that you have. It can be worthwhile to take the deal if it brings a lot of traffic to your course. If you plan to create additional courses in the future, you might have enough of a following to promote it on your own and keep all of the revenue.

You Have the Time

We are all busy; we have jobs, friends, families, and hobbies. But how busy are you really? The average American spends five hours a day watching television. How much time do you spend? Can you take even a small amount of your free time and use it to bring in some extra money?

Think of what you could do with even just an extra $100 a week and if you take some of these suggestions of ways to make money online seriously and really devote some time to them, you could make considerably more. Pay off debt, start investing or saving to buy a home.

Freelancing, e-commerce, and online teaching sites, in particular, can seriously supplement your income. I make a full time living writing online and have a friend who makes a full time living selling clothes and accessories on Poshmark.

It didn’t happen overnight for either of us and it probably won’t for you either. But with some dedication, it can happen. We both work from home and on our own schedules.

With so many ways to make money online, there is less and less reason to be chained down to a traditional 9-5 job that you hate. Read through this list and find the idea that is most appealing to you and give it a try. What do you have to lose? Nothing. But what you have to gain is a second stream of income and maybe even a full-time career.

Candice Elliott

Comment (1)

A very good article, I’ve been thinking a long time about running my own business. Finally, I took a loan for about $ 2,500 and I was successful. Now I have several employees and in the coming months we will expand sales to other countries. Business starts are very difficult, but if you overcome it, you will be free.

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