Making a living

Online methods (or a mix of both methods) of making some money

Make money

1. Use your hobby to make some money: People who enjoy shopping can become a mystery shopper.


Photographers can sell licensed photos (it is very competitive - sell on Creative Market, PhotoDune, iStockPhoto or ImgEmbed) or go out and seek opportunities in local events (birthdays, weddings).


If you love doing arts and crafts projects, sell stuff on Etsy. Make handbags, jewelry, paintings, craft items – do something unique and useful with your time and sell them on Etsy, Ebay, ArtFire etc.


Create t-shirt designs and sell them on Threadless, Zazzle and CafePress.


Just Google 'monetize your hobby' for more latest ideas.


2. If you have a good voice, provide audio narration services on Umano or you can become a voice over artist on VoiceBunny and Voice123.


3. If you are a musician, you record your own music and sell it on Amazon MP3, iTunes, Pandora or Spotify through DistroKid, Tunecore, and CDBaby.


People also sell their audio files directly on marketplaces like AudioJungle, Pond5 and Bandcamp.


4. Answer survey questions: (Online) -,,,, OpinionOutpost, Springboard America, The Harvard Business School's research study program, or Pinecone Research. (Offline focus groups) - 20|20 Panel, Focus Forward etc.


Reddit Beermoney section is also a great resource


5. Do simple online tasks: Amazon's Mechanical Turk (popular) and ShortTask (less crowded) - where people employ specialist types (students, paralegals, teachers, journalists, etc) to look at stuff when a computer/software just isn't enough.


6. Answer people's questions: Paid-for answers websites have never gone away completely. Just Google 'get paid for answering'. For example, Just Answer. Then there are websites such as FixYa, which pay people for answering tech support answers.


People also use Google Helpouts to create videos on do it yourself topics etc. This is also something that people do on YouTube.


7. Do professional online tasks (small tasks): Sell your expertise, small tasks at a time, on websites like (which started this 'microjobs' trend - great with the creative crowd - online marketing, writing, etc just for $5/task), Gigbucks, PeoplePerHour, or Taskrabbit (price isn't preset).


8. Test new websites: or Utest pay users to visit a website and provide live, honest feedback about it.


9. Use your mobile phone to do small chores for some small change: For example, Gigwalk pays people money to do small tasks such as taking photos of some needed stuff. mystery shopping, testing mobile apps, etc. So-called 'microjobs' are now available on smartpjones, and are also called 'mobile taskforce marketplace' - for example, Field Agent or Easy Shift. (both on iPhone)


Also check out RatRaceRebellion for 'legitimate' online/work from home jobs.


10. Make money from rewards programs and gift cards: Services like CheckPoints, Shopkick mobile rewards programs or Bing Rewards give you gift cards as rewards for purchases.


11. Be a freelancer: This is where the writers and web developers and creative designers are. You can do it through your web site/page/blog, or through dedicated freelance sites such as Elance or, or maybe, a mix of both, using your website as branding/long-term outpost.


You can also use job boards such as Freelance Switch or freelance marketplaces such as Upwork and Elance. Google 'freelance work job boards', 'freelance work opportunities', etc.


For creative designers there are online marketplaces such as CrowdSpring, 99Designs and DesignCrowd where you can sell your services for logo design, web design, brochures and other marketing material.


12. Provide remote tech help: Set up your own website/online branding etc., use Skype (for calling) and Chrome Remote Desktop (for screen sharing) and provide remote tech help on demand


13. Buying, selling (aka Flipping) websites and domains: Flippa is popular for buying and selling websites. GoDaddy Auctions and Sedo are popular for buying and selling domain names.


People successful at flipping websites, use the real estate technique, buying rundown sites and fixing them up. Older websites have some value in Google search results. Many people stop looking after their per websites after a while, and if the websites have a good keyword in their name, these older websites become good purchases.


People successful at flipping domains, are very fast with anticipating domain names, for example, if you are very young right now, buying something like is a good idea, if it has not been already bought. It pays to be news savvy to be a good domain flipper. There is also a lot of luck involved.


Many people register a domain name for wiki site the latest video game - e.g.


14. Teaching: This is a permanently promising area. Tutoring neighborhood kids, working part-time for a tutoring service, taking evening classes in a local institute, or, teach online from your home. Google 'online tutor opportunities', 'tutor app' etc. Certifications help, of course. But, the more time you give to tutoring, the better your cred will be.


On websites such as Udemy and SkillShare, you can teach anything - from guitar playing to go programming.


Tutors can find tutoring jobs on many websites including, InstaEdu and TutorVista.


There is a variety of online teaching: classroom live sessions, one-on-one sessions, or phone calls. Online teaching is a mix of synchronous (teacher-student present at same time)/asynchronous (teacher - student online at different times) instruction.


Online teachers also have to questions via e-mail, preparing lessons, and providing feedback/grading assignments.


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