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11 Ways to Make Money Online

If you are looking to make some extra cash without dragging yourself to another job or taking on a boss then working online from home can be a great option. Here are 11 ways you can work for yourself and make money online.


If you are looking to make some money without making too much of an effort, then Surveys can be great. You can usually do them while watching TV or a movie. While they don't pay much, the are pretty easy to do, the hardest part are finding surveys you qualify for. 

Tom Drake of Maple Money has put together a list of the Best Paid Survey Sites in Canada.

While Lauren Greutman has an excellent list of survey sites for those of us not living in Canada.

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Ever wish you could get paid for something you already do, or in my case for doing something you rarely do but should be doing, like meal planning? It can be a great way to ensure you are saving money and sticking to a grocery budget, but some people don't have the time. They would rather just be told what they need to get and given a meal plan. Which is how you can start making money. 

1099 Mom explains How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service.


The internet is a wonderful thing. You no longer need a traditional publisher to get your book out there and start making money. 

Joseph from My Work from Home Money walks you through step by step how to self publish a book on Amazon.


If blogging isn't your style then you can always look at starting a Podcast instead. Though it can require a bit more creativity to monetize. 

SuperSimpl has a great interview about breaking all the rules and How to Make Money Podcasting


If video is more your style then perhaps a youtube channel could be a great side hustle for you. 

Video Creators outline 8 Ways You Can Make Money on Youtube.


FBA stands for fulfilled by Amazon, it means that you ship the items to Amazon and in exchange for a smaller commission Amazon will ship them when a customer purchases. It's the difference from you having to deal with one shipping versus several. 

Tyler from The Future Me guides you through the process of selling through Amazon's FBA program


If you are looking for extra work but don't want to go out to another job every day, then working from home as a remote customer service representative may just be the right fit. You work for someone else so you don't have the responsibility of starting your own business but can do so from the comfort of your home.

Real Ways to Earn Money Online dives into various Virtual Customer Service options and examples of companies who hire for those roles. 


Mechanical Turk is another Amazon related service. For workers it's an opportunity to make money doing mundane tasks that could range from completing surveys to data entry. 

Nick Loper at Side Hustle Nation interviewed Mike Naab who has made over $21,000 completing tasks on Mechanical Turk over two and half years. 


Usertesting is a service website owners use to get feedback on their site. I've have experience using it to earn money and to have my site's evaluated. Generally the reviews take 10-15 minutes and pay $10. 

Scott Alan Turner shares How You Can Make Quick Money From Home Testing Websites


Now this one is a bit more of an unusual side hustle but it is possible to make some money as a video gamer. 

Though I've never been someone that really played video games (except Mario cart of course) so I'll Let Tom from Maple Money explain how he made $200 playing a video game


Fiverr is a market place where you can sell services starting at $5, this could be creating a graphic, or writing a product review, or reviewing a website, anything really. 

Elle from Couple Money outlines the Fiverr Challenge and how she plans to win.

Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top

Whether you are looking to make a little money doing surveys while watching TV or really want to dig in and start your own podcast, these 11 ways to make money online are just the tip of the iceberg. Don't force yourself to do work you hate, you can find other more enjoyable ways to make money. 


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Hustle tools & resources i recommend

GRAMMARLY (BE A BETTER WRITER) I use Grammarly as a second pair of eyes to help me clean up and proofread my writing/typing. The best part is that it is free to use. You can install an extension on your web browser and it will check any writing you do online. While there is a paid premium version, you can get by with the free version for a long time. I only recently upgraded. If you want to know more about Grammarly, you can read my review.

30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success (to start freelance writing) Personally, I found the course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success extremely helpful to get me started with freelance writing. It breaks down everything you need to do, step by step, so that by the time you get to pitching for jobs, you are prepared and successful. For me, the course paid for itself when I got my first freelance writing job. I now earn between $2,000 - $4,000 per month (check out my income reports) with freelance writing.

Lyft (to make money driving) Driving with Lyft is a great way to earn some extra cash. I love how easy it is to just turn on an app when I feel like driving and make some money. I wrote an entire post about driving for Lyft. It includes what you can expect during the application process, what it's like to actually drive and the many perks of driving with Lyft.  Get started driving for Lyft.

BookScouter (to make money selling your books) BookScouter allows you to enter your book's ISBN number and it compares the prices it would get from various sellers, making sure you fetch the most money possible for selling that book.

Contena (for Finding Freelance Writing Jobs) I used Contena when I was working my 9-5 and getting started freelance writing. It made it easy to find freelance writing jobs to pitch. While it's not a cheap Contena is definitely worth it if you don't have a ton of time to spend looking for freelance writing jobs to pitch. Contena pulls together pretty much all of the available freelance writing jobs out there into one place and will  notify you via email of ones in your niche. 

Rover (make money hanging with dogs) Rover is a website that connects pet sitters with pet owners. I did a video tutorial on how to use the site as pet sitter and the accompanying post goes over what makes Rover a great side hustle. Read and watch the post or get started petsitting.

Quickbooks Self-Employed (for managing Hustle Money) I use the QuickBooks Self Employed (BTW you'll get 50% off with my link) app to calculate my quarterly taxes so I know how much to set aside. Though keep in mind it only keeps up with federal taxes and you will need to set aside an additional amount for your state taxes. 

About the Author Elizabeth Stapleton

Elizabeth Stapleton is the founder and voice behind Less Debt More Wine and ElizabethStapleton.com. She is a Pinterest marketer, online entrepreneur, and recovering attorney whose writing has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, Budgets Are Sexy, Credit Sesame, and Magnify Money. Additionally, she has been quoted in articles on Business Insider, Student Loan Hero, and Nerd Wallet.

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Financial Panther says

YouTube is definitely something that I wish I had the guts to do. I find myself spending a lot of time watching YouTube videos. Really an underrated way to get information – it’s not all cat videos and stuff like that out there.

    Liz says

    Video content is definitely becoming more valuable these days. Though I don’t know if I have it in me to do a youtube channel either.

Michelle at SavingsandSangria says

Great list, Liz! I hadn’t considered meal planning services before.

I would also recommend transcription services for quick typists and translation services for anyone multilingual. There are multiple sites for each service to hook you up with clients and start making some good money from your home or cafe.

    Liz says

    Great idea!

Sane Cents says

I’ve always thought of setting up a YouTube channel, but I wasn’t sure if I had enough charisma to do it. People always seem so positive and excited in videos, and I’m not sure if I would be engaging enough. I may stick to some of the other items you’ve listed here first.

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