21 Proven Ways How To Make Extra Money Online

21 Proven Ways How To Make Extra Money Online (1)

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Let’s cut all the fluff. You came here because you want to learn new ways to make money online.

We compiled one of the greatest lists of 21 different ways to make money online. This list covers some of the highest demand topics like starting a blog, trading stocks and even selling your own products. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can quickly come back to it later. If you have questions, please leave a comment below or send us a message on our Ask A Question page.

One piece of advice I’d offer before starting your new money making venture is to set up a legal business in your state. When you set up a business, you get access to tons of small business tax deductions such as car expenses, office supplies, travel costs and so much more. These deductions can start to add up fast and will save you money on your taxes at the end of the year.

In the past, I have used LegalZoom to set up all my companies and they couldn’t have made it easier. They provide insight on how to properly set up your business and will submit all the documents for you. The process takes less than 15 minutes to complete online. They will also help you decide which business structure is right for your business.

I know you are very eager to get started, but I want you to understand that there is no “Get Rich Quick” method out there. If you want to earn a full-time income on your own, you are going to have to put in the time, energy, late nights and sacrifice to make it happen.

Not all of our suggestions can provide a full-time income, but there are millions of people all over the world who are running successful businesses based on these ideas. Just remember, if you want to be a success, hard work and consistency equals results.

Without further delay, here are 21 different ways to make money online…

 

1. Start A Niche Blog

Person Starting A Blog

I figured I would start with this considering you are reading a blog that makes money every day. Blogging is one of the most popular ways to spread information to other people online. Every day, millions of new blog posts are published on every single topic you can think of. The possibilities are endless for the topics you can write about.

The number one reason I like blogging is every subject that you like to write about has someone that will pay you to promote their product. For example, I enjoy trading stocks in my spare time. My readers ask me what I use to trade stocks with? I tell them I use Robinhood (Affiliate Link) and every time someone clicks on that link and signs up, I get paid by Robinhood. It’s a pretty awesome deal.

But before you get started, you will need to make a plan. I have listed the five steps you need to follow to start a blog:

  • Choose Your Niche
  • Find A Domain Name
  • Set Up A Web Host
  • Design Your Blog
  • Grow Your Following

Do not skip these steps! Making a plan of action is the first step you need to take to be successful online.

Choose Your Niche

If you’re a business, your blog should be related to the products or services you offer. If you’re an individual, you have the freedom to choose a topic. It is best if you choose a topic you enjoy talking about every day and want to learn more about.

When choosing a niche for your blog, consider the following:

  • Are other people interested in the topic I am writing about? Make sure your blog topics are interactive and fun to read so you can grow a large following. Talking about trading stocks has a vast audience while talking about your family vacations can be pretty dull to readers.
  • Am I an expert in my niche? You want to establish yourself as an authority for your subject. No matter what subject you write about these days, someone else has already written about it. You want to make yourself the GO-TO resource for every topic you discuss.
  • Do I have room to grow? Content is king. I can’t think of another way to explain it. Make sure your topic has plenty of room for discussion and new subjects. As you grow, you will want to diversify your content. This is why blogs about money and health become so popular, there are millions of topics to cover.

Find A Domain Name

Oh, the domain name game! I remember spending hours the first time trying to come up with the best domain name for my website. To keep it short, your domain name should be related to the topics you talk about. That way readers will be able to quickly identify the type of content you create. Here are a few examples:

Health & Fitness Blogs

Finance Blogs

Food Blogs

Not all domain names are available on one website. Depending on the name you want, you may have to buy it from a different website and transfer it to your hosting provider.

Leading into the next topic…

Set Up A Web Host

A web host is a company that provides technology and services needed for a website to be viewed on the internet. Hosting is relatively inexpensive these days, but as you grow your traffic, you will need to upgrade your services.

I use BlueHost for all my web hosting. They are one of the largest web hosting companies in the world and the platform is straightforward. You can get started for a low as $3.95/month too.

Design Your Blog

I could give suggests here of multiple content management systems you can use, but the truth is WordPress is the best. I recommend WordPress over any other platform for blogging. Nearly 20% of all websites are built on WordPress. It is not the most comfortable platform to use, but once you learn the basics you will understand how valuable all the additional features are.

WordPress offers free themes you can install to stylize your website. You can also find premium website themes on sites like ThemeForest.net and ElegantThemes.com from around $40. If you are just beginning, WordPress can be pretty complicated. I suggest you buy one of the favorite premium themes like Avada or NewsPaper because they have a lot of built-in features that will allow you to customize your site with ease.

If you don’t have the time or want to focus on writing, you can always hire a web developer to design your website. Many people will do it for under $1000 on Fiverr.com or Upwork.com.

Grow Your Following

This is the most important step! You can build the perfect website and have the best domain name, but if you don’t market your brand, you will not grow. It is in your best interest to expand your marketing efforts to as many platforms possible. The more places you are on the internet, the more people will see you.

Here are a few platforms you can begin growing your following:

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • SnapChat
  • Linked In
  • Google Plus
  • Medium
  • Quora
  • Email Marketing

Make sure to set up each of your profiles with your logo, company description, and contact information.

The key to successfully growing your blog is consistently engaging your audience. You want to be posting on every profile 2-3 times a day. Of course, that sounds overwhelming, but there are software programs these days like Tailwind, and SocialPilot that will schedule all your posts for the month at once.

To conclude, starting a blog is a big commitment. You will have to put in a lot of hard work up front, but if you stay committed and grow your following correctly you can start to bring in a pretty decent passive income.

2. Launch An eCommerce Store With Shopify

Launching An eCommerce Store With Shopify

One of the most popular ways how to make extra money these days is starting an eCommerce store. With over 600,000 stores, Shopify has made it easier than ever to start selling your products online. You can set up a website on their platform and be selling in less than one day. Another great thing is when your business starts growing, Shopify scales with you. There is no need to change anything to your store when you grow.

Here are a few tips for setting up your store:

  • Figure Out What To Sell
  • Pick A Theme & Set Up Your Products
  • Start Advertising Your Store

I made this process sound straightforward, but it is far more complicated than it sounds.

Figure Out What To Sell

Find a product you are passionate about with profitable margins. I suggest selling high ticket items ($100 or more) because you have room for a marketing budget to acquire new customers. 

Here is an example:

$20 (selling price) – $5 (your cost) = $15 profit

$100 (selling price) – $50 (your cost) = $50 profit

In the first example, you can see that the markup is much higher than the second example, but the profit is much less. These are the numbers before you start advertising. If you want to grow your business, you will need to market to new customers.

If it costs you $25 to acquire a new customer and you are selling $20 products, you will never make money. But when it costs you $25 to acquire a new customer and you are making $50 per sale, you are profitable and will be able to grow.

Remember though, don’t just sell any product that has those margins, you don’t want to be the guy that made all his money from baby strollers, then fidget spinners and so on. In the long run, you want to make sure you are building a brand behind your products. Instead, if you like health and fitness, sell protein supplements and workout plans. Or if you are a coffee fanatic, sell your personal branded ground coffee beans and mugs. Focus on one category of products and grow from there.

Pick A Theme & Set Up Your Products

Shopify has over 180 different themes to choose from. You can view all of the themes on the Shopify Themes Store. You can filter through free and paid themes and choose one that works best for you.

When choosing a theme make sure to preview it before setting it up. You can do this by clicking “View Demo” on the theme in the Shopify Themes Store.

Once you have your theme select, you can install it and begin setting up your products. Shopify breaks up products in groups called “Collections”. Just make a series of Collections and add products to them.

After adding your products, adjust your settings like payment checkout, email notifications, and social media links.

Start Advertising Your Store

One of the most popular ways to advertise your store is with Facebook Ads. I am a huge fan of Kevin David’s Facebook Course. He also has a fantastic Facebook Ads video on YouTube that will blow your mind. I am adding it to this page because I know it will add a ton of value. Check it out when you have some time (it’s over an hour long).

 

Facebook advertising is not an easy task. It requires a lot of testing and consumer knowledge before you can attain success. I suggest checking out the Facebook advertising courses to improve your skills before spending any money.

Here are a few other methods you can check out to:

  • Google Adwords
  • Google Shopping
  • Pinterest Ads
  • Instagram Influencer Shoutouts

This method is probably one of the best ways to make money online. I have multiple friends who have sold millions of dollars worth of products with Shopify and Facebook Ads. Write a comment below if you are interested in learning more about how you can start your own Shopify store.

3. Start A Social Media Marketing Agency

Person Starting A Marketing Strategy

This has been a trending topic for people who sell online courses. Influencers like Tai Lopez have grasped many people’s attention teaching about how many businesses are missing out on revenue if they are not on social media. He promotes his course on how to start your social media marketing agency and has hundreds of success stories. Here are a few things you can do to get your agency started:

  • Identify Your Services – Decide on the services you want to offer your clients. Some agencies offer Facebook and Google advertising only, while others offer SEO only. Choose the service that you have the most experience to begin. As you grow your business, you can begin to offer additional services to your existing clients.
  • Create Packages – Offering 3-4 different pricing packages is a great way to offer your services. Some good price points to start are $997, $1,997, $4,997 and $9,997.
  • Focus On Lucrative Clients – Find high-value companies that you can grow. Targeting lawyers, doctors, and dentists is a good strategy as they will continue to pay you for new business.
  • Track Results & Automate – Be very attentive to your clients’ advertising results and always make sure they are getting a positive return on their investment. Once you have a proven strategy, being to hire staff to take over and automate the tasks for you.

Social media is not going anywhere if anything it is getting bigger. From Facebook to Google Maps, there are so many platforms companies need to be engaging on. Luckily, millions of businesses will gladly pay you to promote their services if you can show ways to make extra money.

4. Rent Out An Extra Room With Airbnb

Extra Room For Rent On Airbnb

Airbnb has grown increasingly popular among millennials. It has shown us a proven method to rent your extra room for cash. Plenty of people are living in houses where they never use the extra bedroom or guest room. Let’s be honest, if you have an extra room in your house, wouldn’t an extra $500-$1000 a month be a nice chunk of change to collect on it? Here are the steps you need to take to rent your room online:

  1. Make An Airbnb Account – We are fortunate to have Airbnb as one of our partners, so you can sign up through us and get a $50 bonus after your first guest stays at your place. Make sure to put a clear headshot and write an inviting description about yourself (your renters will look at this).
  2. Create Your Listing – Take clear photos and list the amenities of your place. Make sure to provide detailed descriptions and the perks of renting your place versus others. If there are any potential turn-offs for your guest, make sure to tell them upfront as it may affect your ratings.
  3. Maintain Your Rental & Become An Airbnb Superhost – Every three months, Airbnb will review your rental history and those who maintain high standards will become Superhosts. To become a Superhost, you must:
  • Maintain a 4.8 overall rating
  • Have 10+ completed stays per year
  • Maintain a 90% response rate or higher
  • Maintain a 50% review rate or higher
  • Zero cancellations

Before a guest shows up, make sure the room is ready as promised and your entire rental property is clean. All guests hate messy rental places and this will affect your ratings and future bookings.

I know tons of people renting out rooms and even buying condos and renting them out full time as an extra side income. Here is the link if you wish to list your place on Airbnb.

5. Fill Out Online Surveys

Person Filling Out Online Surveys

There are so many survey sites out there that pay you for money, I could write a 1000 page book on it but instead, I prepared this list for you of the most popular online survey sites. A majority of these sites have millions of members and have paid out over $100 million in rewards. So let us dive in…

6. Trade Stocks Online

Online Stock Trading

There are 60 major stock exchanges worldwide with a total value of $69 trillion. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) accounts for $18.5 trillion, or about 25% of the total world market value. There is no question that stocks have been proven to be one of the best ways to earn passive income.

I will go over three strategies for basic, intermediate and advanced traders, but first I want you to remember that you should always do your research before investing your money into another company. Many people make a lot of money in the markets, but I’ve seen many people lose money because of their emotions or they jump into something too quickly without knowing much about it. Before you buy shares in any company, you need to learn these three things:

  • How To Understand A Profit & Loss Report
  • How To Value A Balance Sheet
  • Analyze Growth Rates, P/E Ratios & Debt Ratios

These are the main factors of understanding a company’s growth rates and revenues compared to the price of the stock. Plenty of websites like Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch etc. provide this data. Remember the goal is to buy low and sell high.

Now let’s talk about the types of stock market trading…

Basic Strategy – Buy & Hold

If you have never purchased a stock before, I suggest you start by downloading the RobinHood App. In my opinion, it is the easiest way to trade stocks and it’s completely free!

In the beginning, focus on buying mid-cap ($2 billion – $10 billion value) and large-cap stocks ($10+ billion value), as these stocks are usually well diversified and have a proven track record in their industry. If you plan on investing long term, consider looking into index funds and dividend stocks as they are a great way to easily diversify your portfolio.

Intermediate Strategy – Swing Trading

Ever heard of swing trading before? It is a commonly used short-term trading method where a trader attempts to capture financial gains on a stock by holding it between two days and several weeks. For example, some of the best times to swing trade are when a company is planning to release a new product or plans on merging with a competitor.

At this stage, you should upgrade your trading platform so you can gain further insight. Here are the top 5 trading brokers and their fees:

For swing trading, you should start looking at companies with market caps of $300 million or more. If you can correctly identify small-cap companies with tremendous potential, there is a lot of money to be made.

Advanced Strategy – Day Trading

If you have ever heard of stock trading, then you have undoubtedly heard of day trading. When you decide to start day trading I highly suggest you get started with TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim platform. Acquired by TD Ameritrade in 2009, thinkorswim is a desktop application that offers live data, research reports, stock scanner, charts and more. It is the ideal platform for advanced traders.

I do not suggest day trading until you fully understand everything I have previously spoken about and has done your research. Make sure you set a plan and stick with it. It is best to start small to understand the volatility of the market. Don’t expect to make money every day, day trading is not meant for the faint of heart and requires extreme emotional discipline. As time goes on you will develop your own methods, whether it is news trading, momentum trading or even a scalping strategy.

Before getting started, try Investopedia’s stock market simulator game. You can test out your skills risk-free with virtual cash. They also give excellent market insight and the ability to connect with over 700,000 traders worldwide. You can learn the methods behind their trades to become a better investor.

7. Sell Your Arts & Crafts On Etsy

Arts And Crafts

Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on unique and handmade crafts. Popular items include art, jewelry, clothing, and vintage items. It’s a great opportunity for arts and crafts sellers to start making money online. Here are the steps for getting started:

  1. Design Your Store – Set up your shop with an awesome name that will stand out and a great About Us section that describes you and your products. Set up your billing information and payment methods and you are ready to go.
  2. Decide What You Want To Sell – List your items for sale or anything you are reselling. Make sure you have clear photos and well-written descriptions optimized for Etsy Search.
  3. Promote Your Listings – You can grow much quicker if you invest into promoting your listings with Etsy Advertising or Google Shopping. Customers are also inclined to buy if you offer promotions or discount codes.
  4. Provide An Amazing Customer Experience – Etsy shoppers love personal stories or creating a connection with the items they are buying. Mainly because many of the items are made directly by the sellers. Remember to always thank your customers for purchasing from you and be very attentive to there questions.

When you start your Etsy store and begin to grow, you will want to look into expanding into social networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. As you will gain a following on each platform, you will be able to find more loyal customers.

8. Get Cash Back For Shopping Online

Person Shopping On eBay Holding A Credit Card

This is a complete no-brainer. If you aren’t using one of these sites by now, you are missing out on free money! Cashback websites are a favored way to earn money back on purchases you make online. They are completely free and take only a few minutes to set up.

Here are some of the most popular ones: 

  • Ibotta – Download the app and receive cash back offers on things you already buy like bread, wine, and snacks. Buy the item in the store, take a picture of the receipt and watch the money come in. It couldn’t be easier.
  • Ebates – One of the oldest cashback sites online, Ebates has been around since 1998. They offer up to 20% cash back at more than 2000 stores online. Just shop online like you normally would but instead, start on eBates and click through to the store you want to buy from. This will activate your cashback rewards. You can also download the Google extension and Ebates will automatically notify you about cashback opportunities.

eBates Google Extension Button

  • BeFrugal – These guys guarantee to offer the highest cash back out of any competitor online. They have over 5000 merchants and offer some insane cash back deals like 4% back on Walmart.com and up to 10% on Amazon.com.
  • TopCashBack – With over 8 million members worldwide, they are one of the largest cashback sites online. This company is incredible because they pass off 100% of their affiliate commissions to their members. You can also take your money out whenever you want with no minimum withdrawal requirement.
  • Drop – This app is pretty cool because you can securely link your debit and credit cards and automatically get cash back. You get rewards for things you never would have like taking an Uber or buying something at the grocery store.
  • Swagbucks – These folks created a loyalty program that rewards its members with “Swag Bucks” which can be redeemed for gift cards or cash. When you sign up for these guys, make sure to get their SwagButton Chrome Extension as it will notify you when there is Swag Bucks available.
  • Extrabux – Earn up to 30% cash back at over 5000 stores. Extrabux has a straightforward system to use and takes just a few minutes to get set up. They have a Google Chrome extension you can add to your browser to find additional rewards.

Final thoughts: Ebates and Swagbucks are dominating the industry regarding users. My personal favorite out of all these is BeFrugal and Drop. BeFrugal pays the highest cashback out of everyone and when you download Drop, you can link your debit or credit card and get additional cash back on purchases you already make.

9. Get Paid To Eat Pizza

Whole Sliced Pizza On Table

Do you know seriously know anyone that wouldn’t want to get paid to eat pizza?

The Source will pay you $5 and reimburse you for each pizza you review. Part of the requirements is timing the delivery service and rating the quality of the pizza. You can sign up to become an independent contractor and once you are approved you can use their system to find pizza shops to rate in your area.

It is as easy as that. The same company will also pay you to become a mystery shopper for thousands of different companies including grocery stores, home improvement stores, and liquor stores. Many of these jobs only take 30 minutes to an hour to complete as well.

10. Earn Cash Back On Credit Card Purchases

Credit Cards In A Leather Wallet

Many people believe credit cards are a terrible thing. It is the exact opposite. Most people get a credit card and start spending money that they do not have. Of course this is going to cause problems for them and in turn, leaves a negative outlook on credit cards in general. But if you can manage your money correctly, you can earn a significant amount of money with the cash back rewards.

Here are some credit cards that offer the best cash back rewards:

Chase Freedom Unlimited

Earn a $150 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months from opening an account.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

 

Cash Back Rewards

1.5% on every purchase

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

$150

Discover it Cash Back

Sign up and Discover will match all the cash back you have earned at the end of your first year. There is no limit to how much they will match you.

Discover It Cash Back Credit Card 

Cash Back Rewards

5% on eligible categories

1% on all other purchases

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

Annual Cashback Match

U.S. Bank Cash+ Visa Signature

Receive a $150 bonus after you spend $500 on eligible purchases in the first 90 days of opening an account.

US Bank Cash Plus Visa Signature Credit Card 

Cash Back Rewards

5% on eligible categories

2% on a selected category

1% on all other purchases

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

$150

Capital One Savor Cash Rewards

Earn a $150 bonus after you spend $500 within the first 90 days of opening an account.

Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card 

Cash Back Rewards

3% on dining and entertainment

2% at grocery stores

1% on all other purchases

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

$150

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card

Earn a $200 statement credit after you spend $1000 within the first three months of opening an account.

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Credit Card 

Cash Back Rewards

6% on U.S Supermarkets

3% at gas stations

1% on all other purchases

Annual Fee

$95

Sign Up Bonus

$200 statement credit

Bank of America Cash Rewards

Get a $200 cash back bonus after you spend at least $500 within the first three months of opening an account.

 Bank of America Cash Rewards Credit Card

Cash Back Rewards

3% at gas stations

2% at grocery stores

1% on all other purchases

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

$200 statement credit

Citi Double Cash Card

Get a combined 2% cash back on every purchase you make. Earn 1% back when you make a purchase and another 1% back when you pay off your credit card balance.

Citi Double Cash Credit Card 

 

Cash Back Rewards

2% on all purchases

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

No Current Offer

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa

Receive a $200 cash rewards bonus after spending $1000 in the first 90 days of opening an account.

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Credit Card 

 

Cash Back Rewards

1.5% on all purchases

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

$200

HSBC Cash Rewards Mastercard

Receive a $150 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 in the first 90 days of opening an account.

HSBC Cash Rewards Mastercard Credit Card 

 

Cash Back Rewards

1.5% on all purchases

10% annual bonus on all rewards earned

Annual Fee

$0

Sign Up Bonus

$150

As you can see, many of these cards off a sign-up bonus. Make your you maximize your rewards and meet the requirements to qualify for a bonus. Otherwise, you could miss out on hundreds of dollars.

If you are a big Amazon shopper or like to travel a lot, consider getting a card that offers the best rewards for what you are spending money on. For example, the Amazon Credit Card offers 5% back on all Amazon.com purchases!

Remember, to make money off your credit cards you must pay your balance in full each month to avoid interest charges. Credit cards have high-interest rates and it will end up costing you more money if you carry a balance with an active interest rate.

11. Invest In Real Estate

Real Estate Apartment Buildings

Interested in investing in real estate but don’t want to be a landlord? There are now multiple ways to become an online investor for commercial and residential properties. Companies offer different investment options know as a REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust). Investors can buy into residential and commercial properties by pooling their assets together and purchasing shares of individual REITs through an online investment platform.

Many of these investments offer a wide range of cash producing real estate assets, allowing you to diversify your portfolio. Here are just a few ways you can get started…

Fundrise

This company allows you to start investing with a minimum investment of just $500. Fundrise offers a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate assets, such as hotels, apartments, office building all around the USA.

You can choose to invest in four different portfolios which hold a variety of real estate based on geographical location. Through the online dashboard, you can see exactly which properties you are investing in, whether it is an apartment complex in Oregon or an office building in Florida.

Ready to invest? Here is the link to get started with Fundrise.

RealtyShares

Focusing primarily on the commercial real estate industry, RealtyShares is a diverse online platform with over 1,100 projects in 41 states. Real estate experts carefully curate hundreds of investments every month, with fewer than 10% meeting there strict standards. If you are looking to invest in commercial properties and want to put all the hard work on the back burner, consider looking into these guys.

Check out how you can start investing with RealtyShares.

Robinhood

Quite possibly the easiest way to start investing in real estate. With over 2 million users, Robinhood is one of the most popular investing apps. The offer investors the ability to participate in real estate investments without debt, property management, rent collections or any other burdens of ownership. They offer a variety of popular REITs that have a history of consistent returns and best of all, they don’t charge any fees for trading.

Download Robinhood and start trading for free.

Secondlife

This one is something I have never heard of before, so I figured I would share it with you. Every thought of owning virtual real estate? Why that idea might sound crazy to you, thousands of online gamers are jumping on the opportunity. Secondlife.com is a global community that allows you to create your own virtual world. Yes, that is correct, this is one of our ways to invest in real estate. You can buy Second Life’s virtual currency known as the Linden Dollar, then purchase virtual real estate. Users are then able to redesign and subdivide the property and resell it to other players.

Join Second Life and become a virtual real estate owner.

Investing in real estate has been proven to be the #1 way to grow your wealth. They aren’t making any more land, so as time goes on, the value will continue to increase. Compared to other investment options, real estate has a track record of being one of the safest and best ways to diversify your portfolio.

12. Rent Your Car

Blue BMW Car

Just like renting out your room on Airbnb, there are now multiple apps you can download and rent out your car. This is a fantastic way to bring in some extra cash on the weekend or your days off. Every day people are renting out there Honda Accord, Chevy Corvette and even Lamborghini to individuals and making thousands monthly.

Here are the three largest competitors:

Turo – The largest car sharing marketplace to rent your car.

Getaround – Rent your car to individuals in your city.

HyreCar – This one is a little different. This company allows you to rent your car to qualified Uber and Lyft drivers.

So how does it work you ask? It is unbelievably simple! First, you want to download one of the apps and create a free listing. Describe your car, upload clean photos and set the availability. You will want to clearly explain your pick up instructions and maximum miles the individual can drive each day without an extra fee.

You’ll get notified each time someone requests or books your car. Confirm the trip with the renter as soon as possible and tell them to contact you if you have any questions. Meet up with your guest and make sure to check their license, inspect the car for damages and record the mileage and fuel levels. Once completed, hand them the keys and send them off on their adventure.

When you meet your guest to pick up your car, make sure everything is in order and confirm the mileage and fuel with them before leaving. Tell them thank you and make sure to rate and review them in the app.

The Getaround app has an exclusive locking system they call “Connect”. When you list your car for rent on the app, one of the partners of Getaround will come and install the locking system. This allows the company to rent your car and unlock it without you being present. Rest assured, each trip includes $1,000,000 insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance to avoid issues.

Tip: You might want to look into HyreCar to begin. The company claims that the average car owner makes $14,000 per year through them.

13. Make Money With Amazon mTurk

Amazon Mechanical Turk Website Home Page

 Amazon Mechanical Turk is an online human intelligence marketplace that enables companies to programmatically access a diverse, on-demand workforce. Businesses and developers can request specific tasks they need to be completed and will have access to a variety of qualified workers to manage and complete the assignments.

Tasks that are posted on the platform are known as HITS or “human intelligence tasks. Each HIT defines the task requirements and time you have to finish it. Once you complete the task, you submit the HIT and wait for payment.

Most tasks on mTurk are relatively simple in exchange for small payments. For example, you might be required to write a product review for $2.50 or fill out a multiple choice questionnaire for $1.75. If you have free time and want to improve your skills, you can get paid to complete some of these tasks. Sure it may only pay you $2, but it takes 5 minutes to complete. If you can complete HITs quickly, you can begin to earn more.

As time goes on, you can develop scripts to increase your productivity. These scripts will allow you to reuse the work you have done in the past for future requests. This can save you a ton of time and significantly increase the amount of money you make online.

To get started, go check out the website and set up a new mTurk account. You will have to enter your personal information for tax purposes, but once they verify your account you will be ready to go. Take advantage of the flexibility they offer by completing tasks with your time instead of watching television or surfing social media.

14. Sell Your Photos Online

Person Selling Photos Online

Bloggers, website owners, graphic designers, and media companies are all in constant need of new and attractive images regularly. Selling your photos online is a great way to start making extra income. You want to make sure you are producing high-quality images that will catch the attention of your potential customers. Photos of people, cities, travel, nature, and animals are always in high demand.

There are a variety of different websites you can sell your images on. I suggest listing on as many websites possible to attract the largest customer base. It will take you more time to set up, but you will make more money.

Each company you decide to sell through will take a percentage of each sale completed. I wanted to help you out, so I made a chart of the top websites to sell your photos online and listed the commission payouts you will receive for each sale.

Company Commission Per Sale Link
GettyImages.com 15% – 45%
Fotolia.com 20% – 63%
Alamy.com 50%
Shutterstock.com 20% – 30%
Dreamstime.com 20% – 60%
iStockPhoto.com 15% – 45%
500PX.com 30% – 60%
SmugMugPro.com $3.99 – $41.99 per month
Etsy.com 90%
TourPhotos.com 75%
Fotomoto.com 78% – 90%
Stock.Adobe.com 33% – 35%
BigStockPhoto.com 30%
Crestock.com 20% – 40%
Snapped4U.com 90%
PhotoShelter.com 70% – 92%
BlueMelon.com 100%
Freedigitalphotos.net 70%
Your Own Shopify Store No Fee

Many of the companies listed above will pay higher fees if you make the content available exclusively with them. Just because some pay higher commissions does not mean you will make more money with them.

Getty Images is one of the largest photography sellers and will be able to display your images to more potential customers than the other sellers listed. They own iStockPhoto as well. Check out each platform, see what works best for you and start earning money online selling your precious photos.

15. Peer To Peer Lending

Person Holding Cash Looking At A Computer

You can now lend money to individuals who need personal loans, auto refinancing, business loans and more through a simple online platform that connects lenders and borrowers. This platform is known as a P2P lending system. Peer to peer lending platforms approves qualified borrowers for unsecured and fixed rate loans.

Lending to individuals is a great way to diversify your investments and make money online. The time-consuming and rigorous process to get a loan from traditional banks has created a unique multi-billion dollar industry. With just a few clicks you can easily find a loan online without going to the bank or waiting for approvals.

Here are places you can start lending:

Lending Club – With over $38 billion borrowed, Lending Club is one of the largest competitors in the industry offering personal, business and auto refinancing loans. There peer to peer platform is best for hands-off investors and IRA investors.

UpStart – Founded by ex-Google members, UpStart offers personal loans up to $50,000 for their clients. They differentiate from their competition by doing extensive background checks on all applications. They start with the same information (FICO score, credit report, Income etc), but also consider variables like degrees attained, school/university attended an area of study.

A statistical assessment is made for each applicant based on their financial capacity and personal propensity to repay the loan. This P2P platform is best for customizing your investment strategy and automatically managing it.

Funding Circle – A great way to invest in small businesses that are in need of capital to expand, hire new employees or buy new equipment. Investors can manage funds online and efficiently diversify their fixed-income portfolios to access attractive returns. Since 2010, Funding Circle has added 75,000 new investors and lent over $7 billion to thousands of businesses.

Prosper – Offering fixed rate, unsecured loans up to $40,000 for 3 or 5-year terms. Prosper has a profitable history of lending over $13 billion in personal loans. Prosper allows you to select the risk level for all your loans, in turn offering higher rewards for higher risk investments.

StreetShares – Featured in many publications, StreetShares allows you to invest in veteran business bonds and earn a fantastic return of 5% per year. The best part is, you can invest as little as $25 all the way up to $500,000. This peer to peer system is best for investors looking to fund loans for veterans and main street businesses.

Kiva – Offering loans worldwide, Kiva is an international nonprofit company with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Loans are issued to individuals who need to help to buy supplies for school, have medical bills or want to expand their business. This P2P lending platform is best for individuals who are passionate about helping people succeed.

To conclude, P2P lending platforms offer multiple options and can help teach you how to make money online. Many accounts will offer pretty attractive returns, but it is best to find low-risk investments for your portfolio to avoid any losses.

16. Sell Your Stuff On OfferUp

OfferUp Website Home Page

An alternative to Craigslist.com, OfferUp started in 2011 and has become one of the largest marketplaces for selling your electronics, furniture, tools and pretty much anything else you can think of.

The app offers great features like profile verification using a phone number, email addresses, and Facebook accounts. They also provide a section to review other buyers and sellers and see how many purchases or sales they have made.

Here are a few tips to selling your first item on OfferUp.

  • Download The App and add your personal information (name, email address etc.)
  • Make sure to CLEAN YOUR ITEM and take clear pictures (this is the #1 selling point).
  • Add detailed descriptions about your item and a fair price to sell list it at
  • Quickly reply to interested buyers and schedule a time to meet in a public place.
  • Meet up with the buyer and sell the device. Mark it as sold on the app and leave a positive review for the buyer. Repeat the process for every item you want to sell.

If you want to make money fast, this is the best way to do it. Many people make a full-time income buying and reselling electronics, cars and many other things. As time goes on, you will be able to grow a customer base and maintain a consistent income. If you plan on investing your time into this money making method, make sure to save each customers information so you can offer them other items in the future.

17. Open A High-Interest Savings Account

Person Reviewing Financial Analysis

In my opinion, this is a no-brainer. If you have cash sitting in the bank right now, odds are you are earning 0.01% per year on your money. That is ridiculous and if you are in this situation, you need to make a change immediately.

I’ve compiled a list of the top savings accounts for online banks. Including their annual percentage yield (the amount you are earning) and the minimum deposit required to open an account. Here are the best online savings accounts (updated regularly).

My Savings Direct

Earn up to 2.25% per year with a minimum deposit of $1.

My Savings Direct Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.25% $1

Northfield Bank

Earn up to 2.25% per year with a minimum deposit of $0.01.

Northfield Bank Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.25% $0.01

Utah First Federal Credit Union

Earn up to 2.25% per year with a minimum deposit of $50.

Utah First Federal Credit Union Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.25% $50

Pure Point Financial

Earn up to 2.15% per year with a minimum deposit of $10,000.

Pure Point Financial Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.15% $10,000

Citizens Access

Earn up to 2.12% per year with a minimum deposit of $5,000.

Citizens Access Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.12% $5,000

Vio Bank

Earn up to 2.11% per year with a minimum deposit of $100.

Vio Bank Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.11% $100

CIBC Bank USA

Earn up to 2.10% per year with a minimum deposit of $1.

CIBC Bank USA Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.10% $1

Salem Five Direct

Earn up to 2.05% per year with a minimum deposit of $100.

Salem Five Direct Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.05% $100

HSBC Direct Savings

Earn up to 2.01% per year with a minimum deposit of $1.

HSBC Direct Savings Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
2.01% $1

Marcus By Goldman Sachs

Earn up to 1.90% per year with a minimum deposit of $1.

Marcus By Goldman Sachs Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
1.90% $1

Barclays

Earn up to 1.90% per year with no minimum deposit.

Barclays Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
1.90% $0

Synchrony Bank

Earn up to 1.90% per year with no minimum deposit.

Synchrony Financial Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
1.90% $0

American Express National Bank

Earn up to 1.90% per year with a minimum deposit of $1.

American Express Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
1.90% $1

E*Trade Bank

Earn up to 1.90% per year with a minimum deposit of $100.

E*Trade Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
1.90% $100

Alliant Credit Union

Earn up to 1.90% per year with a minimum deposit of $5.

Alliant Credit Union Logo
Annual Interest Rate Minimum Deposit
1.90% $5

You deserve much more than most major banks are paying you to hold your money. At the rate of 0.01%, you are pretty much giving the bank your money for free. Take your time to review the benefits of each savings account and choose the one that best fits your needs.

18. Create Your Own Online Course

Person Creating An Online Course

This is hands down the most profitable venture out of the entire list. The global e-learning market is expected to reach $275.10 billion by 2022Over 45% of students are taking online courses which forces large companies to implement online training method as industries move forward. This creates a tremendous opportunity for individuals with unique skill sets and prior experience.

Websites like Teachable make it easy to create and promote your online course. They currently have over 7 million students and have made teachers over $100 million. They have a powerful learning platform that offers an exceptional learning for your students.

Here are some of the most popular online courses being taught today:

Udemy

Coursera

The most important thing to remember before starting your course is making sure you create the best quality content to help your students. Your only goal is to make sure your students receive the best curriculum possible so they will leave you positive reviews and maybe even buy another course of yours in the future.

Sell your courses with websites like Teachable, Udemy, Coursera, and even ClickFunnels. You can create all your content using videos, podcasts, presentations, infographics, test, discussion forums, and even quizzes.

After a student buys your course, make sure to engage with them through messaging tools, online webinars and AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions. You don’t need thousands of students to make money online. Many courses cost $100-$500 and can generate a significant income for you with 100 students.

19. Become An Expert In Affiliate Marketing

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What is affiliate marketing? It’s pretty simple actually. Most businesses these days are willing to pay people to bring them more business. In turn, people have many different ways to make money online promoting other companies products and services. Each time a customer buys a product they are promoting, the business pays them a commission. This is known as affiliate marketing.

While this process sounds simple, it can be very complicated. The thing is, this form of marketing is 100% performance based. You can advertise on every social media channel and tell everyone you know, but if you don’t make any sales, you don’t make any money.

On the other hand, this can be a great opportunity if you are an expert in marketing. Very successful affiliates, known as super affiliates can identify profitable niches and either generate a ton of individual sales or a few huge sales. These super affiliates use advertising platforms like Google and Facebook to quickly maximize profits.

When deciding on a product, make sure you learn about the product you are promoting. You should not promote a product or service you would not use yourself. You don’t have to be actively using what you are promoting, but you want to make sure you are promoting a product/service that people love. Check out our post on The 33 Best Affiliate Programs That Pay You Forever to learn about companies that will pay you recurring commissions.

If you are promoting a product that has a lot of bad reviews and complaints, your customers will probably end up not trusting you and in the end, you will lose out on a lot of commissions. Here are a few companies that offer an affiliate platform with approved merchants to help you get started.

As you can see from my disclosure at the top of this page, this website has multiple affiliate links as well. We are very fortunate to have work with some of the best companies in the world and have the opportunity to offer their products to our customers.

Not all companies we write about offer affiliate commissions to us, but our mission is to make sure our readers get the best information possible. This means promoting products that will help them even if it doesn’t benefit you immediately. With no argument, this has been the most successful affiliate marketing strategy for the growth of our business.

20. Become A Social Media Influencer

Apple iPhone Social Media Applications

So before we get started, I want to state that I personally never want to be famous. But being on social media doesn’t mean you have to be the one in every picture. These days some of the largest accounts are businesses that run motivational and inspiration based accounts. With that being said, there are multiple ways to become a social media influencers.

Personal Social Media Influencer Examples

Business Social Media Influencer Examples

Each one of these companies has their niche. Whether it’s real estate, food or fashion, these individuals and companies have built massive empires from their social media presence. The most important thing you need to have is quality content.

Billions of videos, pictures, and quotes are posted each day online. To grow a following on social media, you must provide consistent value to your audience. Offering your viewers free knowledge and advice, how-to videos or even sentimental experiences is a great way to gain a following.

If you want to grow a following fast, there are a few growth hacks you can use to get more attention. The most critical growth strategy is “Shout for Shout”. This is when an individual or business promotes your page to their audience and in turn, you promote their page to your audience. This is a great way to gain additional followers that are interested in what you are promoting.

How do you find people or companies to do shout outs for you?

If you plan on being a social media influencer, you will need to learn how to do this on your own. The first thing you should do is go to your profile that you want to promote, whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc.

Find the top 100 companies or individuals that provide content related to yours and message them offering to do a “Shout for Shout”. You should have at least 3-4 pieces of content ready for them to review.

Out of those 100 different messages, you should be able to find at least five different influencers to work with on a consistent basis. Make sure to provide them with new content and keep in touch with them.

Repeat this entire process and begin to start focusing on providing a product or service of your own to customers. As time goes on, people will begin to start reaching out to you offering to pay you for sponsored posts etc.

There are many ways to start bringing in revenue on your social media profiles. Before you make any deals, make sure the content quality of the party you are promoting is better than yours. You should never promote content that is lower quality than yours, this will damage the relationship with your followers.

Once you gain a following, you can begin monetizing an income stream. Many social media accounts promote eBooks, software programs, online courses, and membership websites. If you run a social media profile for home cooked meals, you can sell your recipes or spice kits. If you are a fitness trainer, you can sell your coaching programs and meal plans.

The opportunities are endless. Billions of people are on social media every day and the average person has over five different social media profiles. The key to success is providing consistent quality content and always engaging with your audience.

If you think you have what it takes, I suggest you start immediately. There has never been a been a better time to become a social media influencer.

21. Sell Private Label On Amazon, eBay or Walmart

Private Label Maui Moisture Bamboo Fibers Shampoo Bottle

This is arguably one of the most significant topics in eCommerce. Amazon has dominated the online sales industry and continues to crush its competitors. eBay has been around since 1995 and is still generating billions in revenue through multiple channels. And don’t forget Walmart. They have taken a severe chunk of revenue from its competitors and continues to grow from there massive client base.

So what are all these companies selling? The answer is everything! But the real question is, what are the most successful sellers doing differently? And the answer to that is selling private label products.

Private label is a manufactured product or service provided by a company but sold under a different brand name. Popular private label examples include health supplements, phone accessories, e-cigarettes, and water bottles.

The reason why Private Label products and services are becoming so popular is that it gives companies a competitive edge to build a trustworthy brand. Even though many products are the same, customers tend to become loyal to one brand after they had a good experience. With e-commerce giants like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart to sell your products, you can start making a lot of money online within a matter of months.

Before you get started, you will need to get approved as a seller on each platform. This can take some time because each platform requires significant information for approval before selling. You will need to provide all your personal or company information for taxes, shipping, and payment. Once you get approved for the online platforms, you can begin listing your products. Here are some tips for you when you are getting start…

Choose Your Industry & Products Carefully

Find a product you are passionate about. If you enjoy working out every day, consider looking into the supplement and protein business. If you like the outdoors, look into private label manufacturers for camping equipment. If you are fascinated by technology, check out the accessories industry.

Programs like JungleScout and TeraPeak make it easier to research, find and launch successful products on Amazon or eBay. They allow you to analyze millions of sales transactions to see which products sell the best and are the most profitable.

When choosing a product, I suggest focusing on items $100 or higher. The reason for this is it will give you more margin to reinvest into advertising and expansion in the future. You will also be able to produce more profit per sale.

As for finding a private label manufacturer, you will need to do extensive research and start contact companies who offer products you want to sell. Websites like Alibaba are an excellent place to start because they offer millions of products from sellers all over the world.

You Will Need Capital

Of course, you have heard the expression “It takes money to make money”. And this is undoubtedly true when starting a private label company.

You can start a private label company with as little as $1500. This will cover your seller platform fees, supplies for packaging and shipping, as well as your first round of product.

If you want to scale this opportunity quickly, you will need to invest in advertising. Some of the largest advertisers on eBay and Amazon are spending thousands every day and making a lot of money.

Included Detailed Descriptions & Clear Photos For All Products

I cannot explain how important this is. Clear photos and professionally designed templates for descriptions are guaranteed to increase your sales. In the past, I used Frooition for eBay and SellBrite for Amazon and they both worked great. We saw a dramatic increase in revenue and productivity on the first day.

Take your time with your descriptions and make sure to do your keyword research. You want to include all the top keywords for your product in your title and description. Here are a few examples of different titles.

No Keyword Research:

Apple iPhone 6 16GB Unlocked

Proper Keyword Research:

Apple iPhone 6 16GB Unlocked 4G LTE iOS Smartphone – Space Gray

As you can see, with proper keyword research you can dramatically increase the visibility of your listings based on the search results of your buyer. If you didn’t do proper keyword research in the example above and a buyer searched for “Gray iPhone”, your listing would not be visible to them.

Another Tip: Type in the items you are selling online and research your competitor’s keywords, titles, and descriptions. Take the best parts of each listing and create the perfect product description for your customers.

Start Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) Immediately

Amazon FBA is one of the most advanced fulfillment networks in the world. You ship your products to Amazon and they store, pack, ship and provide customer service for all items sold. This service can help you dramatically scale your business and reduce your workload.

Also, all FBA products are eligible for Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping. This gives you access to millions of additional buyers who love the fast shipping perks. I have an Amazon Prime membership solely for this purpose.

Having Amazon handle all the heavy lifting will allow you time to focus on finding new ways how to make extra money and grow your private label brand.

Customer Service Is Your #1 Priority

Your customers are your business. Let me repeat, your customers are your business. No matter what they tell you, no matter what happened, the customer is always right. If you want to make money online, you need to swallow your pride and understand that your customers are the only reason you are making money.

Make sure to treat each client with respect. Always thank them for their business, whether they spend $5 or $500. The most successful companies have the best customer service. The reason they are so successful is that customers feel appreciated when you take care of them and in turn will buy from you again in the future.

It can take 10 years to gain a customer and one second to lose them for life. Any shopper who has a bad experience online does not go back to the same seller the next time around. There are so many sellers with so many products, customers can buy from someone else whenever they please. That is why it is so essential to make customer service your #1 priority.

Start Using eBay/Amazon Sponsored Ads (With Caution)

If you want to start making the big bucks, this is where you want to spend a majority of your time. eBay and Amazon offer additional advertising platforms to find new customers through sponsored ads.

Amazon Ads appear on the search results page and relevant product pages. When a customer clicks on your ad they are directed to your product detail page or store. They allow you to choose a combination of keywords, products and product categories you want to target for your ad campaign. Set a daily budget and monitor the performance.

eBay Promoted Listings are a little easier to control. They offer promoted listings on multiple different sections of there website. The difference with eBay is they only charge you if a buyer clicks on your ad and purchases the time within 30 days.

I like this method because you only pay when it sells. eBay makes it easy to set your ad budget by charging you a one time fee based on a percentage of the total sale. For example, if your ad budget is 10% and you sell an item through a promoted listing for $100, eBay will charge you a $10 separate fee for advertising.

Make sure you start with a small budget and only invest more if you are profitable. There is no reason to buy advertising if you are not making money. Take your time and learn how to analyze your ad spend to see if you are profitable and should continue investing.

Master One Platform At A Time

You do not need to be on every platform to make a lot of money online. If you are just starting, you should master one platform and expand from there. I know many sellers doing over $1 million in revenue a month on each platform.

eBay has been around forever and has a vast customer base. They also have a great advertising platform with low risk for new sellers who want to get started.

Amazon is the e-commerce giant now. They are dominate and look to be the leaders for the future the industry. Their fulfillment platform is so valuable to sellers who want to grow their business without hiring a ton of staff members.

Walmart has grown incredibly quickly in the e-commerce world and will continue to with there massive customer base. Their process for becoming a seller takes longer than the others, but the seller competition is far less than the other platforms. This gives current sellers the opportunity to increase profit margins.

If you are considering starting a private label venture, make sure to do plenty of research and focus on developing high-value products to increase your profit per order. Find a product you are passionate about yourself and you will find it becomes much easier to make money when you genuinely care about what you are selling.

What Else Do You Want Us To Write About?

Alright, so 10,000 words later and we are finished with this post. If you read through this entire list I much appreciate you taking the time and hope you learned something new.

Remember, all of these different ideas have been proven to be successful ways to make extra money online. But that does not guarantee you will make money. You have to put in the effort and time these days. Nothing great ever comes easy, but with consistency and perseverance, you can achieve whatever you want.

My mission as CEO is to help as many people as I can achieve financial freedom. If you have any other suggestions for topics I should write about or questions you would like to ask, please leave a comment below and I would be happy to answer them. Thanks again for reading!

Your Friend,

Hayden

 

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