If you’re looking to make money online, there are several effective and legitimate ways that you can make real money.
Whether you need money to help pay off debt or you’re looking to earn some extra income, there are a variety of ways to start making money online.
The only problem though with making money online is that it’s not a “get rich quick” option, and making real money involves some hard work and dedication.
However, don’t let that deter you. If you really want to make money online, or work from home, you have to believe that you can actually do it. That’s the first and most important step in making money online.
OK, now let’s get started. Here are 9 legitimate ways to make money online:
1. Start a blog
Blogging is how I like to make extra money and it’s a great way to make a part-time or full-time income. It’s super affordable to start a blog of your own. You can use my free step-by-step guide here to create your blog. For only $3.95 per month, you can start your own blog and get a free domain name when you sign up through my link. I also have a FREE blogging course which I recommend joining. It will teach you everything about starting a blog and how to make it successful. Click here to sign up!
A couple of years ago, I still had the misconception that blogging was the equivalent of an online dairy. It wasn’t until I started researching travel tips for my trip to Korea in 2014 that I discovered several travel blogs that provided better information than what I found in a guidebook. Then I realized that blogging was actually a thing and people were making a full-time living with their blog.
Reading other people’s blogs inspired me to start my own. A lot of my friends and family were already asking me for advice and tips on how to get travel deals (since I was good at finding them), so it seemed like a no-brainer for me to start a blog. Plus, I was in graduate school at the time, so money was tight and I was interested in learning how to make extra income by blogging.
If you’re interested in starting your own blog and learning how to make money blogging, here are a few pointers.
My tips for new bloggers:
- Go self-hosted
If you are serious about making money with your blog, I always recommend going self-hosted. Sure there are plenty of free websites where you can start a blog, but it’s really hard to make money with a free blog. (In most cases it never happens on a free platform). Plus, most companies prefer to work with a blogger that is self-hosted because they have full control of their website and having a self-hosted website appears more professional. You can launch a profitable blog for as little as $3.49/ month and you don’t need to have any technical experience to get started. You can use my easy tutorial on how to start a blog here.
- Don’t start a blog just to make money
I know this sounds silly, but if you start a blog just to make money, you won’t have very much luck. Your readers can see right through your intentions if you try to insert every affiliate link on your blog. You also won’t gain a lot of trust with your readers if the only posts on your blog are sponsored.
- Pick a niche you love and treat your blog like a business from day one
Most blogs fail because they pick a niche that they’re not passionate about, or they think blogging is a “get rich quick” scheme and quit after not earning enough in a short period of time. Instead I recommend picking a topic that you love and enjoy talking about and treating your blog like a business from day one. This means knowing your target audience, finding where they hang out (Facebook groups or Pinterest), figuring out what their biggest struggle is, and how you can help by providing information on your blog. When you target the right audience, you will build a loyal following and be able to monetize your passion.
So the big question now is, how can you making money blogging and monetize your passion? Here are a few popular methods.
How you can make money blogging:
This is one of the easiest way to make money blogging, however it mainly benefits blogs that have a lot of page views or engaged readers. For example, I only started to earn a decent amount of money from advertisements as my monthly page views increased. You can choose to sell advertising spots on your blog or sign up with a company like Google Adsense.
- Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are posts written about a brand, product or service. The company will pay you to write a post on your blog and you can expect to receive anywhere from $25 – $500+ a post, depending on the popularity of your blog. Many blogs rely on sponsored posts to earn an income, however I am not a big fan of doing sponsored posts. I only accept sponsored posts opportunities about a brand, product or service that I 100% believe in using.
- Affiliate Marketing
There are many affiliate networks, such as ShareASale or Amazon, which I use here on Mint Notion. Once you’re signed up, you can put a link or banner on your blog and earn a commission if someone clicks on the link and makes a purchase. It works best when you only recommend products that you’ve tried and love, or have heard great things about and believe your readers would enjoy too. One of the great things about affiliate marketing is that you don’t need a large audience to start making money. It’s more important to have an engaged audience who trusts your opinion and recommendations. This is why knowing who your target audience is and writing for them is crucial to having a successful blog. Again, I recommend taking my friend Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, if you want to learn how to maximize your affiliate income.
- Selling your product
If you have a product to sell, such as an ebook or ecourse, your blog is a great platform to promote and sell your product. Of course it helps to have a good amount of blog traffic and an engaged audience too.
- Selling your services
Depending on what your blog is about, you can offer a paid service, such as coaching or financial planning. First, you will need to research all the legal implications and you don’t want to claim that you’re a professional if that’s not the case. Your blog though is a great way to promote your services and make money by doing something that you love.
If you’re interested in starting your own blog, I created a free 7-day email course to help you start a blog and learn how to make it successful. You can join below!
2. Shop on Ebates
I recently started shopping on Ebates since I heard many good things about them from other bloggers. At first I thought it might be one of those websites that are “too good to be true”, but so far I really like my experience on Ebates.
How does Ebates work?
Ebates gets a commission from the stores when you make a purchase, but instead of keeping the money, Ebates shares it with you. They have over 650 stores to choose from, which makes online shopping easy. When you make a purchase, Ebates will track your purchase and deposit that cash back you’ve earned into your Ebates account within a few days.
There are a few ways you can receive your cash back: by cheque, by Paypal or you can send your cash back payments to a charity/organization/family member of your choice. It’s actually pretty cool!
I don’t do a lot of shopping myself, but I always like to use Ebates whenever I make an online purchase. You can join Ebates for free and get a $10 welcome bonus when you sign up through this link.
3. Online surveys
Online surveys are one of the easiest ways to earn an extra $100 each month. There are many online survey websites that will pay you to complete surveys, play games, do online searches and more. They are free to sign up for and free to use. Survey websites I recommend include American Consumer Opinion, Swagbucks, Panel Place and QuickRewards.
4. Become a virtual assistant
I never heard of a virtual assistant until I read The 4-Hour Workweek. Then I did a little more research and saw that being a virtual assistant is a popular way to make money online and is an excellent work-at-home opportunity.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant provides services to organizations, companies or individuals. Instead of working at an office, they work online at home, and it’s a surprisingly effective way to make money.
If you’re interested in becoming a virtual assistant (VA for short), the first step is to get a website. Having your own website or blog is not mandatory, but it will certainly give you a more professional appearance and building a presence on the web is crucial for helping you land VA work. Having your own website gives you a chance to highlight your skills and helps others to find you!
You can use my easy step-by-step guide on how to launch your own professional website or blog. My guide includes a special discount for Mint Notion readers and free domain coupon when you sign up for 12 months.
5. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online and you don’t even need a website or blog to start earning. If you have a large or engaged following on social media, or you often recommend products to friends and family, you can benefit from affiliate marketing.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is the process of being rewarded with a commission when you promote other people’s (or company’s) products.
Affiliate marketing works best when you are completely honest about your promotions. If you recommend products just to earn a commission, your audience will see right through you. As a general rule, you should only recommend products that you have used and absolutely love, or products that you have heard great things about and believe your audience would love too.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to make money through affiliate marketing, I recommend taking my friend Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She teaches you the exact strategies she used to go from making $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (yes, you read that right — $50K per month). I just recently finished taking her course and it has been a total game changer for me. After implementing her strategies, I have already seen good progress in my blog’s income growth.
I was a little hesitant to spend the money for her course at first since sometimes things work well for some people but not for others, but it was well worth the investment. I have already made the money back that I paid for the course, and it comes with a bunch of bonus material, including Pinterest strategies and tips for increasing your blog traffic.
If you’re enrolled in the course, you also get access to a private Facebook Mastermind group where you can get feedback and advice from Michelle, the course creator, herself. You can find out more about the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course here.
6. Write and publish an ebook
Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, you can make money by self-publishing an ebook. Amazon is the most popular platform to sell your ebook and some authors, such as Mark Dawson, earn a six-figure salary selling ebooks on Amazon.
Another great option is to sell and promote your ebook on your website or blog. When you sell an ebook on Amazon, you are expected to charge around the same price as other authors (between $0.99-$9.99). However, when selling ebooks on your own website, you can charge as much as you want, provided that your potential buyers see that much value in your ebook.
I have also seen writers offering an affiliate program for their ebook, which has helped increase their ebook’s earnings.
For example, if you have an ebook related to travel, you can reach out to popular travel bloggers and ask if they would be interested in promoting your ebook on their website. This allows you to reach a larger audience and the travel blogger will earn a commission for each sale they make on their website.
7. Become a freelance writer
Freelance writing is a popular way to make money online, which is a perfect opportunity if you enjoy writing. Many successful freelance writers can earn thousands of dollars each month, but of course it doesn’t start off like that in the beginning.
It takes time and dedication, however if writing is something you love, you can turn it into a highly profitable side job or even into a full-time job.
The first step to becoming a freelance writer is to launch a blog or website so you can build a portfolio and establish a web presence.
You can start one for as little as $3.95/ month, which is a very small investment to make at the beginning. You can use my easy step-by-step guide on how to launch your blog in just 5 minutes.
However if the thought of starting your own website from scratch sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry, there other free ways to build your portfolio. So, don’t let this deter you from taking that first step.
Once you’ve set up your writing portfolio, you can start making money by pitching to freelance writing companies with your ideas.
If you’re interested in becoming a freelance writer, I recommend taking Holly’s e-course, Earn More Writing. Holly writes for publications, including The Simple Dollar, Frugal Travel Guy, Lending Tree, and U.S. News and World Report Travel. In her course, Holly teaches the exact strategies she used to go from making $0 to over $225,000 from freelance writing. You will learn how to land jobs, earn more money and how to discover what clients you actually want. Holly’s course was featured in Forbes, so you know that you will be learning from the best. You can find out more information about Earn More Writing here.
8. Drop Shipping
Drop shipping has been around for a while and some people have even been able to turn it into a full-time job.
What is drop shipping?
Drop shipping is a way to run an online store (on eBay, Amazon, Shopify, etc.), however your online store doesn’t keep any inventory in stock and you don’t have to ship product. Instead when your online store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party (at a wholesale price) and it’s shipped directly to the customer.
This makes it easy to get started since you can run a successful drop shipping business with very little money. However, drop shipping isn’t perfect and it involves a lot of hard work, but if you start a store and sell products that you love, it can be a rewarding side hustle, or full-time job.
9. Sell your stuff
Selling your stuff is one of the easiest ways you can make money online. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Sell your gently used stuff:
Selling your gently used items is a great way to make money online. It also plays double duty in helping you to declutter and get organized. My sister and I recently went through our closets and sold some of our clothing and accessories. This was a great way to earn some extra cash.
There are a few things to keep in mind when selling your used items online:
- Take good photos
While you don’t need a fancy camera to take good photos, you’ll want to make sure that you have good lighting. Quality photos can help make your product stand out and lead to more sales.
- Sign up for PayPal
This is the standard for doing business online. PayPal makes it easy to receive and send payments.
- Be prepared to negotiate the price
Depending on what you are selling, be prepared for your customer to try and negotiate the price.
- Be honest
If you are selling a handbag that has a small stain on the interior lining, make sure to be honest and let your customer know.
Some of my favourite websites for selling your gently used items are:
Look for swap shops or groups in your area to sell your items. Once you join the group, post a quality photo of the item you’re selling along with a clear description and price. The price you will get for your item is similar to what you would get at a garage sale, or maybe a little higher.
Whether you decided to start your own store on eBay or just sell a few items to declutter your home, eBay is a great choice.
FBA has become a popular way to sell items on Amazon, and some people are even making a full-time income from FBA. It stands for “Fulfilled by Amazon”. It works like this: you list your product on Amazon, ship your products (usually in bulk) to Amazon and when a customer orders your products, Amazon will use their efficient delivery system to ship them straight to your customer.
If you have larger pieces (such as furniture) that you want to sell, Craigslist is a great option, plus you don’t need to fuss with shipping.
Sell your arts & crafts:
If like to create arts and crafts or have your own products to sell, the online marketplace is a great option.
Some popular websites to list your handmade items include: Etsy, Zibbet, ArtFire and Bonanza. Simply sign up, choose your payment option and post quality photos of your creations. Some websites charge a small listing fee or take a percentage of each sale.
Now you’ve learned about 9 effective ways to make money online. If you found something that interests you, I encourage you to learn more and try it out.
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