Making money online has turned over the last few years into one of the most convenient ways to reach financial freedom. Not only will you set your own working hours, but also the fact that you are your own boss allows you to manage the finances according to your own needs and priorities. We don’t back the idea that an online job is going to take you from rags to riches right away, but, as you move toward your goals, chances to have a stable monthly income increase considerably.
In this article, we are going to discuss the most common ways you can make money online in 2017. Without further ado, let’s see!
1. Freelance websites
Are you skilled? Preferably in arts, design or text editing fields? Well, then freelancing just might be for you. In the business world, freelance workers are simply defined as temporary employees who are hired to do certain tasks. They are generally not free and don’t have any affiliation to a large organisation.
Websites like Freelancing.com and many other websites connect clients and freelancers together. Freelancers work for writing, painting, consulting, art, music and video production, and pretty much anything you would pay for something to do. Freelancing websites are usually free to signup for and make their money on percentages and handing out certifications. Just signup and start looking for work today!
2. Classified sites
Have you ever opened a newspaper and seen the classifieds? Well, most probably younger viewers yes. So, just in case you don’t know, the classifieds section consists of everything from jobs, items for sales, and even social gatherings. Essentially, this is a paid advertising section useful for buying, selling, and getting a job.
The classifieds section is no longer only available in printed media exclusively, but many classified websites have opened as well. Think about Craigslist or Kijiji and you’ll know what we are talking about.
There are several ways to make money through these classified websites, some of the long-term commitments and other as more of a one-time gig. Browsing the jobs section, you will see everything from management positions in large companies to blogs and email writers.
One other section you should look at is the free section of the website. Somewhere among the blood-stained mattresses and crappy appliances, you may actually see something valuable that someone is just giving away. So, snap it up, polish it off, and resell for profit! Easy money.
3. Personal assistant websites
Personal assistant websites are pretty much the closest thing you’ll get to a standard job when working online. Websites like zirtual.com have two forms of profiles: virtual assistants and clients. Clients subscribe to the website for a monthly fee and virtual assistants – you – are then assigned to one or several clients.
The job is pretty much as being a standard secretary with the added bonus of being able to stay at home and work from there, getting weekends and holidays off. The most common tasks you are assigned with are: making powerpoint presentations, organising merchandise or anything they can think of. Zirtual.com starts with a base pay of $12 per hour so right after signing up, you work for the minimum wage. And, as another bonus, you will never have to fetch coffee for your boss! 🙂
Most people probably are not too much in favour of selling stuff online. Online websites like Bay allow users to sell pretty much anything you can think of. One of the most appealing forms of income considering you have to part with some of your stuff in exchange for cash, eBay provides what is, in essence, a small personal store. Have some comic books or electronics? Start selling or auction them!
eBay is also a profitable way to make money online by buying low and selling high. However, this comes at a very high risk of not being able to resell or getting damaged goods. As in terms of payment, eBay takes a percent of selling price based on how high an item is sold for. For example, if you sell something for $40, eBay will take 8.75%.
5. Sports betting
Sports betting is another option when it comes to making money online. This is pretty much of a risky option. Lots of people would fail with statistics showing 98% failure vs. 2% success. However, with adequate training and experience, you can find yourself counting amongst the 2% successful folks who actually make big bucks. Before starting sports betting, we recommend you inform as much as possible, be disciplined, and leverage yourself.
6. Secret shopping
This one is a little bit “cheap”. If you have ever worked in retail, you know about secret shopping. Secret shoppers are hired by companies to double check security, proper employee interaction with customers, and just get a general feel for the store.
There are hundreds of websites offering such jobs but most of them are scams. To find a reputable website, either perform a Google search and use some common sense, or check the Mystery Shoppers Association website. Most secret shoppers websites will pay somewhere from $5 to $20 for different tasks such as go to the store, request information about a product, and sometimes buy something. After it. you will have to go back to the website and record your findings before the deadline.
7. Paid to click websites
After signing up for a pay to click website, you will be prompted with a list of other websites where your job is to visit the site, click on the advertisements, and browse wherever the advertisement brings you, for a couple of minutes. Another concept of a PTC website is to just display some ads you must click or videos you have to watch.
The payment is according to the number of ads you view. However, the payment is very low. Some websites will pay you for every action performed with an average being around 2 – 4 cents per ad. Popular PTC websites include Clixksense, InboxDollars, and Paidverts.
8. Download and play apps
Ever played a mobile game with multiple currencies like Golden Ruby? Well, those really rare currencies are quite often bought with in-app purchases, turning the wheel of cash in the fictional Ruby.
You can also earn real money. Some websites pay you in exchange for you downloading and playing their featured apps. Usually, you will be prompted with a game and a download link, as well as a requirement for play time. After all of the requirements have been met, the app download website will give you points. After you have earned enough points, you can exchange the points to gift cards, coupon codes, and in-app currencies.
9. Social media sponsored posts
Ever really wondered why that really popular social media page of fine wines is suddenly posting about a really cool cream they started using? Well, odds are that they have never even tried the product, but have instead being approached by a company to endorse that product.
You need a large fan-base to make any sort of profit and while it may seem like a daunting job, creating popular social media pages is actually not that difficult. Once the audience is built, all you have to do is to wait for the offers to come in. Depending on your popularity, you can make anywhere from $30 to $500 for nothing more than hitting “Share” or speaking in favour of something.
10. Survey sites
If you have ever been asked to fill a survey before being able to download a file, this is actually a method to automate the cash flow and trick random downloaders into doing surveys for the service site. The vast majority of the people consider survey services being the cancer of the internet. But, in spite of that, you can make a bit of money from the nothing more than answering questions and giving opinions. Websites like Get-paid.com, as you probably guessed, get paid to take surveys. Most sites will pay you anywhere from 5 to 10 cents for doing small multiple choice surveys while others will pay up to 50 cents for surveys that require a little bit more work.
11. Search-based websites
Want money for doing no more than changing your search engine? Well, sites like SwapBucks.com are for you and they pay you by simply doing searches. Need to get to Facebook? Need to know how many heads Henry the Eight chopped off? Do a SwagBucks search. So, from doing nothing more than searching the Internet as per usual, you can be earning a free gift card every few days. This is by far the easiest and simplest way to make money online.