44 Ways to Make Money Online in 2021
With the Internet taking over and impacting a huge part of our lives, particularly now that work from home and social distance circumstances are in place to tackle coronavirus, more people search for ways to earn money online and maximize their financial inflows.
In this article, we are going to introduce online money-making solutions for anyone who wants to earn money in 2021. We update this article to add new ways, so you can go ahead and bookmark it.
- 1. Freelancing
- 2. Starting your website
- 3. Become a reseller
- 4. Taking surveys
- 5. Review for websites and apps
- 6. Become a virtual assistant
- 7. Translation and interpretation
- 8. Become an e-Tutor
- 9. Sell course
- 10. Organize webinars
- 11. Social media management
- 12. Web design
- 13. Content writing
- 14. Copywriting
- 15. Blogging
- 16. Vlogging
- 17. Create eBooks
- 18. Sell old clothes online
- 19. PTC
- 20. Peer to Peer
- 21. Data entry
- 22. Searching the web
- 23. Online market trading
- 24. GPT sites
- 25. Become a Clickworker
- 26. Get Cashback
- 27. Review music
- 28. Buy and sell domain names
- 29. Sell old CDs, games, and movies
- 30. Sell photos
- 31. Sell stories and videos
- 32. Watch videos
- 33. Making themes
- 34. Become a code fixer
- 35. Sell your design
- 36. Inbound call center
- 37. Create applications
- 38. Transcription
- 39. Proofreading
- 40. Become an Audiobook narrator
- 41. Teach English
- 42. Make Podcasts
- 43. Become a life coach
- 44. Become a digital marketer
If you have an in-demand skill that companies and individuals are looking for, you can do it for them.
There are platforms like Freelancer, Upwork, Guru, Fiverr, etc. that can help with the matchmaking of freelancers and clients. This way, you can just make a professional profile, upload your portfolio, and bid for the projects that appear on the platform.
Freelancing is the best choice for those who are experts in their skills and know how to get and deliver to customers. Several freelancing websites allow companies and entrepreneurs to define their projects and hire freelancers. Freelancers and freelancing teams can offer bids and proposals, from which the clients can choose. Some of these freelancing websites such as Upwork cover many skills and projects from writing to narrating and from programming to design, while other sites like RentACoder specialize in software programming.
2. Starting your website
You can make money based on pay-per-click (PPC) plans by selling space on your Website or blog for advertisements. By PPC you earn when the ads on your website are clicked by visitors to your site.
You can sort the type of ads you want to show on your website. Also, you choose where the placement of the PPC ads on your website will be. The money you can make through this method depends on the traffic level of your website, the clickthrough rate, and the cost per click of your website. For this purpose, you can opt for AdSense, which is the most popular option among pay-per-click solutions on the web.
There are other options like BidVertiser, Text Link Ads, and Blogads, as well. If you have a valuable website, you can also get direct banners and RSS feeds as other forms of advertising, and make money from them.
3. Become a reseller
If you have an audience who follow you on social media or even your blog and website, you have the potential to generate income by promoting various sorts of products and services offered by companies.
Becoming an affiliate marketer or reseller is a good way to earn money online, by working on your selling skills. As an affiliate marketer, you get a commission for selling products or services promoted by you. You can promote all sorts of product offers on your website, social media, or eBay.
There is no need to own the product yourself. This is how it works:
You sign up for affiliate programs with companies that you like to promote their products.
Then, you will start selling their products using your unique referral link, which is connected to the products or services.
There are companies such as Commission Junction or Clickbank, on which you can find suitable products among their vast range of offers.
4. Taking surveys
Taking online surveys is a popular way of making money online. Research companies always require people in various locations around the world to answer surveys.
You can earn money online only by filling out questionnaires and surveys. The companies pay it to you as cash or reward, based on their plan.
5. Review for websites and apps
Give your opinion and get paid. It’s a fun job!
Businesses want to discover customer insights on their websites and apps. There is an opportunity for you to make money by providing your feedback.
UserTesting.com is a platform on which businesses are willing to pay people who review their apps and websites and provide insight into their experience. The platform pays $10 for 20 minutes of review and even more for interviews.
6. Become a virtual assistant
Many small businesses need human resources to run their processes, but they don’t have the resources to hire full-time employees for them. That’s the time when they look for virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants are responsible for performing almost all administrative tasks of a traditional assistant or secretary. You can do the tasks from home, interacting with clients, and delivering files and reports online. The amount you can make depends on your skills and expertise.
7. Translation and interpretation
If you can speak another language, then you can find ex-pat communities, where English is not their first language, and promote your interpreting and translation services.
You can also find online translation websites like Welocalize and make money online and remote by translating.
8. Become an e-Tutor
Becoming an online tutor provides you with a flexible lifestyle besides your branding as an expert in a specific field. The good part is that you can do e-tutoring from almost anywhere in the world.
To get more success in this business, you can offer discounts to the clients who promote your business and encourage other clients. This way you can attract new clients by word of mouth, which is a valuable marketing tool for any business.
9. Sell course
Apart from becoming an e-tutor and webinar organizer, you can make passive income with your knowledge and skills. By creating online courses with videos and PDF exercise files, your clients can go at their own pace and post questions related to it in a group.
Using platforms such as LearnWorlds, Kajabi, and Teachable, among others, you can make money by creating online programs.
10. Organize webinars
You can sell on your knowledge. Websites like TutorVista, e-tutor, SmartThinking, and Tutor.com are among the websites you can use to earn money by organizing webinars on them.
The important thing is to gain a good reputation as a coach in your specialized field. Then, college and university students are willing to pay for your webinars and lectures.
Enhance your knowledge on social media and find your way to become a social media strategist and make money online. Social networking platforms are getting increasingly important for connecting people to each other, as well as businesses to people.
Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are used by companies and brands, and as a social media manager, you can embrace this opportunity.
Creativity is the key in social media management, as the competition is high and the attention time of online viewers is low. You need to create innovative posts, videos, stories, etc. to grab the attention of social media users to the benefit of the business you are working for.
12. Web design
Do you know how to develop websites? If yes, then you can promote your services to anyone interested in having an online presence on the web.
The demand for having a website is high and rising. As not all business owners are tech-savvy, you can help them with your expertise. So, start your online web design business and earn extra money online by helping businesses with their web development task.
You can use a website design software such as WordPress, Weebly, or Wix for this purpose. You also need to know how to code.
The good news is that most websites will need maintenance and updates after launch, which can add to your revenue as a web developer.
13. Content writing
If you find it difficult to run your own blog, you can still indulge your passion for writing by becoming a content writer. You can start writing articles for other blogs such as Weblogs, Helium, or PayPerPost.
These online platforms are a good starting point. You can also promote your content creation services to businesses and write posts for their blogs.
Try becoming an expert in a niche field and build strength in that domain to get the attention of businesses, and make money online by sitting and writing from the comfort of your home.
Copywriting is ideal for anyone with the ability to combine content writing and marketing knowledge. It is a mega-industry full of opportunities. It is the art of writing persuasive content that motivates readers to take a specific action. If you have copywriting skills you can earn good money online.
To make money as a copywriter you can sign contracts with companies and brands on an hourly basis or material-based payment.
The hourly rate for a beginner copywriter can start from $65, rising to $300 or more for professional ones with 10+ years of experience in the field.
If you or your client opts for material-based payment, you will have to negotiate rates for each blog post, sales page, sales email, landing page, etc.
Will you have a field of expertise? Share your advice on a series of posts. If travel is your area of interest, think about what you want to offer: do you have experience as a luxury traveler or budget traveler? Can you share tips on such things, such as hiking or shopping? The more specific your field, the better it would attract a loyal audience and make revenue on your blog.
Starting your blog doesn’t need extensive technical skills. You can begin making your blog using a CMS like WordPress or Joomla, or website builders such as Wix and Squarespace. Follow the tips on such platforms for tips on how to create blogs and host them.
Writing about your passion is an enjoyable task for you. And it can provide knowledge and experience that people with similar interests are looking for.
You can earn money with blogging by luring advertisers, writing paid reviews, or doing affiliate marketing.
Just like blogging and podcasting, vlogging can be a good way to express your thoughts and experience. Vloggers can earn money online, and many of them do it from home.
If you have valuable content to offer and there is a hidden performer inside you, then vlogging is for you. Vlogging which stands for video blogging or video logging is a form of web television. Depending on your interest there are some categories of content that you can offer on your YouTube channel:
- Online journals
- Product reviews
- Trending technologies
You can make money online with your videos by displaying ads. It is similar to pay-per-click (PPC) plans. You can also monetize your video content by charging on a subscription basis or providing password protecting content for paying customers.
How much you can make by vlogging depends on your content and presentations. But, on average, you can make $3 for 1,000 views. So, if you create a valuable interesting video with 1,000,000 viewers, then you can make $3,000 for that single video.
Emphasize making quality content in a niche to generate views. Quality content:
- Looks good
- Sounds good
- Is enjoyable
- Is useful
17. Create eBooks
Making e-books is a great way to make passive income. You write your eBook, publish it, and earn 35% to 70% royalties on each sale.
Another way to make money by creating eBooks is by finding a book that is already published in print. You can either pay the author 8-15% royalties based on sales, or one-time payment for the online publishing rights.
Interesting topics for eBooks are those that are valuable and easy to digest. You can simply bundle solutions you compiled on a common problem, and present them in a convenient format.
You can make $2,700 to $3,000 monthly income by making interesting eBooks.
18. Sell old clothes online
You can earn money by getting rid of junk. Vinted and eBay are good places to sell, buy and swap second-handed clothes.
Some eBays pro sellers keep track of trends and try predicting what is going to be the next big trend. Then, they buy early and inexpensive and sell on when the demand increases.
Several websites give money (after a certain level of earning) by clicking on ads. They are therefore called paid-to-click (PTC) sites. One needs to be enrolled before the project starts. Not all of these places could be real, so be careful. You may also refer friends and make money in the process. ClixSense.com, BuxP, and NeoBux are a few of these PTC sites.
20. Peer to Peer
Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms are the marketplace for lending money. P2P lending platform is an easy and organized way to lend money to others.
The P2P systems have a recovery mechanism in place and one can consider it before accessing the platform services. As this is an unsecured loan where there is no face-to-face contact, the P2P lender must be aware of the risks involved. As with any other form of investment, you should consider the risks and rewards of P2P lending.
Some lenders earn an average of 10% on P2P lending platforms.
21. Data entry
Data entry is severely challenged by automation. But there are still some available data entry jobs that you can do online and remote. Data entry is one of the easiest jobs you can do online to make money.
Also, it doesn’t require any special skills. The most important ability you must have is attention to detail. Fast typing is another skill you need to have to get a data entry job.
You can earn an average of about $13 hourly income by data entry.
22. Searching the web
If you are not a writer, coder or designer, you shouldn’t be disappointed about making money online. You can earn money by doing what you already do online and lack of talent cannot stop you.
By doing research online and for a few hours per week, you can earn extra bucks. Some people don’t have the time to do the research themselves, and you can embrace the opportunity to make money out of your time.
The good thing is that surfing the web is what we do already. So, this can be one of the easiest ways of making money online without a significant change in your behavior.
You can get the research job by finding organizations that provide funding for research and online investigation. You can earn $1000 – $2000 per month by becoming a part-time researcher.
Qmee is a platform by which you can earn money from your search results and surveys. It pays $0.05 to $1 per search.
23. Online market trading
Although this is not always an easy way to make money, trading in stock markets can be profitable if you know to do so appropriately and wisely. In the same way, if you don’t take it seriously, you can suffer huge losses.
Entering the stock/forex market might seem a little risky. However, you can start a little and continue your investigation until you gain expertise in this field. When you do this, it would be easy to benefit from the trading of foreign currency and/or stocks. Their prices fluctuate based on supply and demand and the economic and political factors of the globe.
The purpose of every stock trader is to see which currency/stock is likely to increase or decrease in value against another. The more time you bring in, the more money you can eventually earn.
24. GPT sites
GPT stands for get-paid-to sites which are growing in popularity, esp. among teens. With these sites, you can sign up for free on websites, newsletters, play games, and fill out surveys to get paid.
They’re perfect for people who don’t have a talent but want to make extra money. The money is not that much to make a living out of it but is good as pocket money.
The subject of the websites you sign up for vary from shopping to politics. GPT websites reward you in cash and vouchers when completing specific activities.
25. Become a Clickworker
The concept of internet crowd-sourcing is realized on clickworker.com. Using this platform businesses can outsource scalable tasks that can be distributed among many individuals so that they can be completed fast.
This is a way to generate income right from your home.
26. Get Cashback
It is not just a way to earn money, but also a chance to save money. If you look at it differently, you’re making money on anything you buy, the cashback is whether it’s 10% or 0.5%.
Cashback deals range extensively, but you can see yourself earning as much as £100 or only a few pennies for a single purchase, depending on what you buy and what brands you buy from.
Cashback can sound a bit complicated, as earning money by shopping is a surprising concept. But it’s very easy. They have a nifty business model.
Steps to get started earning by cashback:
- Sign up for Quidco or any other cashback website.
- When you want to buy something on the web, open your cashback site and sign in to see which companies offer the best deals or the brand you like.
- Search the retailer name on the cashback site.
- Follow the link of the brand provided by the site.
- Make your purchase just as usual. As you were referred from the cashback site, it will automatically register you for the cashback.
27. Review music
If you have thought of sitting back in your home, listening to music, and earning money at the same time, your dream can come true!
You can review unsigned bands and artists online and for cash, with Slicethepie, and get paid. The earning from this method is not much, you may earn about $30 a month. It’s good for those who already enjoy listening to music and reviewing it. If you don’t enjoy it, then opt for a more efficient way of making money online.
28. Buy and sell domain names
A domain name is simply a website address (e.g. dewzilla.com or ‘mysite.com’) and there are a number of extensions available (.com, .net, .fr, .io, etc).
Buying a domain can cost as little as $0.99 on GoDaddy.com, but premium domain name values can increase to up to $1,000s if not millions.
Trading domain names is another money-making method for working from home. It doesn’t need much time or investment to get started. You buy domains cheap and sell them at a profit, that’s the rule.
You can check domain auction sites for an estimate of the high-demand names. One easy way to find good domain names is to use terminated domain lists. These are the sites that are expired and are available for buying.
29. Sell old CDs, games, and movies
You may not believe it, but you can sell your old CDs, games, and movies online, and make money. The best thing is that you can save all songs and films on your external hard before giving them away for cash.
You can earn from about $15 per item, and it can be a great amount if you have a large collection for sale.
You can use Amazon Marketplace or Preloved. Also for buying and selling refurbished and second-hand electronics, you can use the MusicMagpie platform.
30. Sell photos
Do you have photo skills? Then, we have a passive income source for you. By uploading your photos to stock websites, you can earn money each time a company or designer buys your photo.
Shutterstock and Getty Images are two of these sites. These websites offer incentives for photographers to make money just by shooting, uploading, and waiting for them to be sold.
31. Sell stories and videos
You can earn some extra bucks by selling your stories to papers. Anything that the audience likes to read can be sold this way. You can earn about £50 or more for an interesting story.
Also, if you can film the misfortune of yourself or your friends, You’ve Been Framed is willing to pay you £250 for your video.
32. Watch videos
Do you like sitting back and watching videos? Then, this one is definitely for you. You can watch videos online and get paid. This can be the easiest way to earn money online.
Websites like Swagbucks and Inboxdollars are among the sites that pay you for watching videos and advertisements that hope to go viral.
33. Making themes
The increasing demand for having an online presence leads to more and more people looking for website templates and WordPress (WP) themes. If you have a web design and coding skills, you can make money online by designing WP themes.
There are marketplaces like TemplateMonster and ThemeForest, where you can present and sell your themes.
34. Become a code fixer
Another way to make extra bucks online is by fixing other webmasters’ coding issues. For this purpose, you must have good web coding knowledge.
This type of job is a support job and you can do simple things like adding a script or more complex tasks like setting up sites. Also, you can offer support for web CMS like Drupal and Joomla.
35. Sell your design
If you’ve got the passion to design cool images, don’t worry about creating your inventory. You can earn money online by designing, as long as your design can be printed on a product.
You can upload designs to different platforms, such as CafePress, and if someone orders these designs, the company will print them and distribute the products.
Your designs can be printed on T-shirts, hats, bags, posters, and other materials. You will get a commission for each of your designs ordered for print. Zazzle is another website for this purpose.
36. Inbound call center
Many companies, esp. during the pandemic, prefer employing workers outside of their office. One of the processes that many companies outsource to remote workers very easily, is inbound call agents.
You can work with as many companies as you can handle and make your inbound call center. A call center representative can either work part-time or full-time, depending on company requirements.
37. Create applications
With the increasing popularity of smartphones, there is a high demand for their apps. You can embrace this opportunity if you know how to make apps. Developing and marketing your mobile app is now a profitable way to make money from the Internet.
App developers have little cost, as there are no storage or shipping costs included. So, app developers enjoy a relatively high-profit margin.
If you are a fast typist, without any other special training or experience, you can start your transcribing job right from home to earn extra bucks.
Sites like TranscribeMe and Quicktate are among the platforms that can help you get started. You can transcribe audio files of general notes, to-do lists, conference calls, etc. using these sites. You can earn from about $15 – $22 per audio hour on TranscribeMe.
Proofreading is another good way of making online income. Many agencies pay about 25% of the price of translating a document, to its proofreader.
For example, if a six-page document costs $100, then its proofreader can earn about $25. It is a good amount as it takes less time to proofread than to translate. You can proofread full-time or part-time, depending on your availability.
40. Become an Audiobook narrator
Audiobooks are getting increasingly popular among various audience groups, and one of the significant reasons for it is the prevalence of smartphones. This brings an opportunity for freelance narrators.
If you have a talent for narrating and you like to be heard, you can start narrating audiobooks from the comfort of your home. Audiobook narration is a lucrative profession, even for beginners.
An experienced narrator can earn about $170 per finished hour. You can also negotiate to get royalties, e.g. 20% on audiobook sales.
41. Teach English
You can earn money online with an ability that you may have not recognized yourself. If you’re a native English speaker, you should know that it’s a high-demand language that many people around the world try to learn. So, you can find them and teach them online.
There are platforms like TeachAway, EnglishHunt, and iTutorGroup that can help you find students from around the globe.
If you want to become a professional teacher you can work on your presentation skills and also get teaching certifications.
English teachers can make in the range of $10 – $40 an hour online.
42. Make Podcasts
You can make podcasts pretty easy. If you know about an interesting topic you only need a microphone, a laptop, and recording software to make your podcast. You don’t need to create a new podcast every day. A short one and once a week works.
There are different monetization models for podcasting, and the most obvious one is sponsorship. You can also use podcasts as a promotion tool for your products or services.
43. Become a life coach
Life coaching is a kind of wellness profession that helps people prosper in their life. Life coaching has many variations and specialties. For instance, here is some type of life coaching:
- Addiction and sobriety coaching
- Business coaching
- Career coaching
- Financial coaching
- Relationship coaching
- Fitness coaching
- Health and wellness coaching
- Mental health coaching
- Spiritual coaching
- Life skills coaching
To start your coaching business, you can follow training programs online and get relevant certifications. You can use your mix of skills and abilities and create your coaching field. If you are an expert traveler, you can become a travel coach.
44. Become a digital marketer
After the development of a website and optimizing it for search engines (SEO), the process of search engine marketing (SEM) and digital marketing begins. A digital marketing expert is responsible for marketing a website and promoting it in different ways and various channels.
A digital marketer can do this by writing press releases, article marketing, forum posting, submitting websites to directories, etc. Many companies hire a full-time in-house digital marketer, while others prefer remote ones.
The list can go on with many other creative ideas. Don’t forget to bookmark the page, as we will update it to add new ideas. And please let us know your favorite online money-making strategy in the comments below.