35+ Best Ways to Make Money Online in 2021

This is a detailed post where I will share 35+ Best Ways to Make Money Online.

Wouldn't you like the fact that you are making money online in the comfort of home and getting to spend more time with your family?

It would be a dream come true ..right?

Many people around the world have made this possible. Not only they have managed to gain financial freedom, but they have also built a solid network with other like-minded people to help each other's journey.

If this is something you always have dreamt about, keep reading, as I will share 35+ unique ways to make money online.

If this is your first attempt to make money online or you wonder whether you can do it or not, there is no need to worry as I will explain everything in detail. But keep in mind that all these methods will only work when you put your best effort and take regular action. It's not going to happen overnight!

Now, before I go ahead, a fair warning! Throughout this post, I will suggest/recommend a few training courses that you should consider taking if you are serious about making a full-time income.

Some of these income methods do require a little bit of investment (yes...! You should consider this as an investment!...towards your education and knowledge). But these will be worth your time and money.

Let's get started.

Best Ways to Make Money Online

#1.Start a  Blog

I will start with blogging as this is my favourite method of making money online, and throughout this blog, I have mentioned this many times.

Blogging gives you the flexibility to pick any topic of your choice and make money from that.

Once your blog is up, running and well-established, you can monetize it in multiple ways. One good thing about blogging is the passive income opportunity. If you post an article today, it can generate income even in the years to come.

Starting a blog is easy. All you need is a domain name and hosting service. But the real challenge is what to do once you start your website.

I came across many blogging courses, training, articles over the last many years. But Blog Simple Framework is one course that changed my life.

Blog Simple Framework

The course was launched by Paul Scrivens, who is behind many successful six-figure blogs. Unlike many traditional training programs, here in this course, Paul has explained why most bloggers fail in their journey, and only a few are exceptions from that.

You can learn all about it by joining his 45 minutes FREE 6-Figure Blogging Master Workshop.

Also, read my detailed step by step guide on How to Start a Blog and Earn Money Online

#2.Affiliate Marketing

I already mentioned Blogging in the previous section, which brings me to this next income method- affiliate marketing.

I use different monetization methods on my website, and by far, Affiliate Marketing is my most favourite. Why? Because it is pure passive income.

But how does it work?

You write detailed review articles on different products or services and keep your readers/potential buyers informed about them. You also recommend which product they should buy to avoid and put your unique affiliate links to those products.

Whenever they make a purchase using your links, you will earn a commission.

When I started my affiliate marketing journey, the first training course I took was from Wealthy Affiliate. They have this amazing Level 1 Affiliate Marketing Certification program which is entirely free to join. This training will teach you everything you need to know about affiliate marketing and help you get started.

Wealthy Affiliate

You can also check my Free Affiliate Marketing Training Program. The training will give you an overview of affiliate marketing, how to select a niche, choose keywords, SEO and every other detail you need to know about the affiliate marketing industry.

#3.Become an Online Proofreader

If you are good at spotting grammar and spelling mistakes, you can make an excellent online proofreading career.

Caitlin Pyle has been doing it since 2007 and, she makes over $52000 just by doing this. Can you imagine?

She launched her online beginner-friendly proofreading course General Proofreading: Theory & Practice to teach you how to make money online from proofreading.

If you are interested, you can take her FREE freelance proofreading workshop, where she has explained all the basics of proofreading.

If you are wondering where you will get such freelance proofreading job opportunities, here is a list of few websites where you can start as a beginner.

#4.Become a Freelance Writer

Freelance writing can be your thing if you are good with words, have excellent grammar knowledge, and write detailed, in-depth articles that attract many readers.

Freelance writing is one of the most popular and demanding work from home jobs for many years, and it is going to stay like this in the future.

You can write detailed blog posts, articles, or even ebooks and offer your services to leading websites, clients, and other blog owners.

Gina Horkey is a famous freelance writer who has made a career out of Freelancing. She launched her beginner-friendly course  #Fully Booked VA, where she will teach you how to make a full-time income from freelance writing.

Fully Booked VA

If you are passionate about writing such articles, go check her course page here for more details.

#5. Sell Your Services on Fiverr

Fiverr is a marketplace for freelancers to sell different services and make money online. You can set your price from $5 to even $5000, depending on your offering.

The service can include graphic design, web design, logo, SEO , Transcriptions, voice-over, Intro and Outro videos, and so many other things.

You need to signup as a freelancer on the Fiverr website. Once registered, soon, you will start receiving new orders from clients. Once you complete your work and deliver, your customer will review the work and confirm it complete with their review. In some cases, they might request modifications.

Once the review is complete, the money will be deposited in your Fiverr Account. Fiverr has a 14 days payment hold policy if the customer comes back with a complaint or refund request. Once the 14 days period is complete, you can immediately withdraw the payment to your bank account. Alternatively, you can also use Payoneer or Paypal services for accepting payments.

#6. Create & Sell Online Courses

Online courses are in a lot of demand nowadays. Suppose you are an expert in math, English or other interests such as photography, blogging, affiliate marketing, Photoshop. In that case, you can create your online courses and start teaching people.

As an online course instructor or owner, you can include audios, checklist, downloadable worksheet, videos and other things.

#7. Create & Sell eBooks

Writing and Publishing e-books online is another excellent way to make money online. If you are an expert in any topic, you can write detailed ebooks, publish them online and earn from it.

The good thing about writing an e-book is, you don't need to write 200-300 pages of ebook to make sales. As long as you have solid content, you can even create short ebooks of 50-60 pages. Try to cover as much detail as possible so that your buyers get what they pay for.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), SendOwl are some of the best platforms where you can sign up as an author and start selling e-books. These are very beginner-friendly, and you can earn quite a good amount of income since all these platforms have a high customer base.

If you need guidance on creating and selling your e-books online, here is a detailed article from Leslie Samuel, which will help you get started.

#8. Data Entry Jobs

Data Entry jobs are one of the easiest and quickest methods of making money online. However, over a period of time, the demand has come down for such jobs. But you might still find some data entry jobs on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.

#9. Become a Transcriptionist

Transcription is the work of listening to audio recording files and writing them as text documents. As a transcriptionist, you can earn a good amount of money, and you have the flexibility to work as per your time preference.

Janet Shaughnessy has come up with a detailed training course named General Transcription: Theory & Practice, where she will teach you how to make a full-time income by transcribing audio files. 

#10. Sell Stock Photos

Using other's copyrighted photos without their permission can get you into legal problems. Not only this, search engine giants like Google, Bing strictly monitor this kind of activity and take actions on the websites violating those guidelines by deindexing or lower rankings.

As a best practice, most bloggers and renowned websites look for stock photos and buy those pics with full commercial rights. Unfortunately, these services are not cheap.

If you passionate about photography or take good photos, you can take advantage of this and make money online by selling your photos. There are many stock photo websites where you can upload your pics and sell them to others.

Some of the well known stock photo websites are:

Alternatively, you can create your photography membership website and start selling photos at a much competitive price. To do this, all you need to do is create your website and enable a subscription-based service/plugin like Paid Membership Pro.

You can also switch to Dropbox or Amazon S3 Cloud Storage platforms.

#11. Make Money as Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants can do a wide range of tasks to help their clients. Many customers prefer to outsource some of the administrative works such as setting up appointments, organizing Google calendar, handling their social media platforms to save time.

As a virtual assistant, you can help them in managing those tasks and earn money online. The good thing about this is, you can charge them on an hourly basis.

Virtual assistant jobs also give you the flexibility to work as per your preference. You will get the option to select jobs suitable for your time zone. Fiverr, Upwork are some of the websites where you will get virtual assistant jobs.

Kelly Poelker and Diana Ennen have explained everything about being VA in their detailed book Virtual Assistant - The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA. If you are interested in taking virtual assistant jobs, I recommend you start by reading this book.

#12. Start a Dropshipping Business

You can start your online store and use the dropshipping method to make money online.

In Dropshipping, you don't need to create any product or maintain any inventories. Instead, you can list down a list of products that you wish to sell to your customers.

You come with an agreement with another manufacturer who will take the responsibility of manufacturing and maintaining inventories.

Whenever a customer places an order on your website, you will forward the same order to the manufacturer and provide him with the customer's shipping address. The manufacturer will send the product directly to the customer's address.

The difference between the manufacturer's price and your selling price to your customer is the actual profit you will make from every sale.

The difference between the manufacturer's price and your selling price to your customer is the actual profit you will make from every sale.

Dropshipping is one of the well known and followed methods to make money online. Shopify is the most popular online platform to set up your online store. Alternatively, you can also use WooCommerce Plugin and create to your WordPress eCommerce website.

Oberlo and Doba are two major Shopify tools that can help you make money much faster way with your website.

If you are interested in starting your own Dropshipping business you can take the help of these beginner friendly Dropshipping courses.

#13. Become an Online Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is not as complex as many people think. Instead, It's a systematic process of recording all the financial transactions in a meaningful way.

Bookkeeping jobs are always on demand because every business wants to keep track of their performance at the end of the day, and bookkeeping is the best way to do that. The recordings are done in such a way so that just by giving a look, it will provide you with an accurate picture of a business.

If you think this is too complex and maybe not your thing, think again. Ben Robinson, an experienced bookkeeper, launched a detailed course, Bookkeeper Launch, which has changed the lives of many newbies like you. This course is a step by step guide for anyone who wants to know everything about bookkeeping and wants to make a living by doing Bookkeeping jobs.

If you are interested, check his Free Bookkeeping Class Series, where he will give you insight into the Bookkeeping industry and what you can expect from it.

#14. Make Money with Online Surveys

Online Surveys are another excellent way to make money online. Many websites offer real cash amounts for taking part in their surveys. These surveys can be on any subject, such as your opinion on cars, the latest smart Tvs, food habits and so many other things.

Most of these surveys run only for 20-30 minutes. The only challenge is most of these companies run only a few surveys throughout the month. So you might need to sign up for a couple of websites and actively participate in those surveys to make money. However, a fair warning: don't expect too much from the online survey options. Rather consider this option for your Beer Money!

Some of the popular survey sites that you can join are:

#15. Online Tutoring

If English is your native language, you can be an online English Tutor and make money for teaching online. In countries like China, English Teachers are always in high demand. You can make up to $25 per hour for online classes.

VIPkid and Magic Ears are two such platforms where you can join. Both of these are quite popular. However, they have different eligibility criteria.

VIPKid follows a very strict policy, and in many cases, they require an English language degree to get hired. Magic Ears doesn't have any such requirement. So if want to join as an Online tutor but don't hold any degree, my recommendation would be Magic Ears.

#16. Make Money Online As An Airbnb Host

Airbnb is a room renting service provider operating globally. They don't have their own hotels or rooms. Instead, they connect travellers with house owners.

If you have an extra house or room, you can join Airbnb and become an Airbnb host. Once you list your home on the Airbnb portal, other members can find you. Many travellers prefer to stay in this kind of arrangements rather than staying in hotels.

So, next time people are in your town or city, they can book your house for a few days, and you can make good money from it. It is one of the easiest and legitimate ways to earn money online. You don't have to make any further upfront investments. You already have a house.

While it might be difficult to tell how much you will earn, it depends on many factors, such as the price you are charging, property location. But, Airbnb hosts generally make $700- $800 per week in peak seasons.

#17. Earn As a Graphic Designer

With more businesses going online, Graphic Design jobs are always in high demand. If you are good at making business logos, illustrations, video intros, outros, you stand a good chance of making money online.

More and more businesses are now looking for graphic designers who can help them in creating logos, ebook covers, website design, and so many other jobs.

You can join platforms like Fiverr.com, 99 designs and get started. Both these platforms have dedicated graphic designing sections. As a beginner, you can expect to make $20-$40 for each successful job you deliver. The amount can go higher once you a few good positive reviews.

Here are some other websites where you can join as graphic designer:

#18. Become an Amazon FBA Seller

Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) is a business model where you can send your products in bulk to Amazon. Later Amazon will sell this on your behalf. The good thing about this model is you don’t have to worry about shipping or maintaining inventory. Amazon will take care of everything.

Selling Family owner Jessica Lerrew has been following this model for many years. She makes a six-figure income every year from this business.

If you are interested in the Amazon FBA Selling business, she has a free course explaining everything about Amazon FBA Model. You can also check their step by step guide Amazon FBA: Step by Step Guide on How to Make Money by Selling on Amazon for more in-depth knowledge.

#19. Become a Captioner

I am sure you all have watched movies where you see the subtitles showing up at the bottom of the screen. These are commonly known as captions. But do you know you can make money too by writing those captions?

I have already mentioned transcription jobs above. If you are interested in transcription jobs, you can add the caption jobs to that earn additional income.

As a Captioner, all you need to do is watch movies/videos, listen to what the characters are saying and create subtitle files. Websites like Rev offer Closed Captioning jobs where you can earn money with Captioning jobs from home.

Few other companies where you can find closed caption jobs are:

#20. Become a Voice-over Artist

If you have a great voice, you can indeed look for a career as a voice-over artist. Voice-over artists can play multiple roles, like saying dialogue between characters in a movie, radio play, in animation movies, and telling the dialogues for a character.

Fiverr.com is a great place to find such voice-over jobs. You can look for the different types of jobs posted there to get an idea.

#21. Sell T-shirts on TeeSpring

Thousands of people design and sell T-shirts on platforms like Tee Spring. They have a very user-friendly point and click upload where you can upload your designs. TeeSpring offer the print on demand services for your designs.

Thousands of people design and sell T-shirts on platforms like Tee Spring. They have a very user-friendly point and click upload where you can upload your designs. TeeSpring offer the print on demand services for your designs.

If you want to more about TeeSpring, check out this awesome article How to Make Money from TeeSpring from Penny Hoarder.

Also check out the case study by Lewis Ogden on how he made $400 in one week on Teespring just using Facebook ads.

#22. Make Money Online on Amazon Mturk

Amazon Mturk is a crowdsourcing marketplace from Amazon. The website has mini-tasks listed which are known as HITS or Human Intelligent Tasks. You can join both as a Requester or Worker. As a worker, you can complete mini-tasks posted by the requesters and earn money from them.

The tasks can range from transcription, data entry, surveys etc. Amazon Mturk will pay you through the bank or Amazon Gift Card as per your preference.

#23. Mystery Shopping

A mystery shopper helps businesses improving their customer service. They pose as a customer, monitor everything that happens around, and provide honest feedback on how to improve it further from a shopper’s perspective.

In return, companies pay a fee to them for doing these tasks. Further, if you make any purchase from the company to complete your task, you will also get back a portion of that money as reimbursement.

Some legitimate companies who pay for mystery shopper jobs are:

#24. Sell on eBay

eBay is a great marketplace to sell your used items. If you are no longer using your old household stuff, you can sell them on eBay and still get some good value from it.

eBay is completely free to join. You will only pay for your listing when you reach a specific limit. eBay also has an auction feature. Use this option to list your products. In many cases, you might earn more than you may have expected.

Try to find which categories are most selling and the best price other sellers offer to get an idea. If you are interested in eBay Selling, I highly recommend you read this detailed guide by David Siedeman,  A beginner’s Guide to Selling on eBay 

#25. Sell on Etsy

Etsy is a perfect platform to showcase your creativity and earn money from that. If you are good in crafting handmade goods, ecards, digital planners, and templates, you should focus on the Etsy platform.

Etsy platform is popular worldwide, and many people are earning a full-time income by selling their products. The good thing about this platform is, most of the products sold on Etsy are digital. So you don't have to make any investment up front.

Check out this excellent guide from Sarah, The Ultimate Guide to Selling on Etsy: How I Turned $0.30 into $5,000 in 4 Months, who turned a $0.30 investment into a $5000 within four months on the Etsy platform. 

#26. ClickWorker

Clickworker is a micro job website where you can find jobs such as writing, translating, copy-writing, SEO, research, data entry, etc.

You can sign up as a micro worker on this website and start working on these jobs at your convenience. Payments are don via PayPal.

#27. Search Engine Evaluator

The search Engine Evaluator job is quite interesting. Search Engine giants like Google, Bing always hire people to evaluate the search results they are showing in their search engines for any particular keyword.

For example, if you are searching for your company on Google, the company official website should appear first on the search result because it is the most relevant of all. Then the other pages like their official Twitter channel, a Facebook page can follow.

Search Engines always give the highest priority to the most relevant results as it is their objective to show people the best results for their search. This is why they hire search engine evaluators to make sure the correct information is being shown.

If you are interested, you can take the search engine evaluator job and earn up to $13-$15 per hour.

Some companies where you can find search engine evaluator jobs are:

#28. Webinars & Workshops

If you are already selling e-courses, e-books, then it's time to take it to the next level by hosting webinars and online workshops. Webinars and Online Workshops are high in demand ever since we stepped into this post-pandemic world.

There are many platforms where you record your webinar and replay after certain intervals. WebinarJam, Kartra are two such popular platforms. You can also use services like Google Hangout, Zoom as well.

#29. Listen or Sell Music

If you are good at creating music, you can record and upload your music on websites like Sellfy or SongCast. Sellfy is a community of over 32000+creators just like you.

Alternatively, you can also be a listener and rate music on different websites such as :

#30. Become a Beta Tester

In beta testing (also known as usability testing), your need to visit an app or a website and your feedback about them. You can share your honest review about them, such as what is good, what is not so good, what could be improved further. You can even also help them in finding potential bugs in their app or websites.

This is very important for app developers. They want to get an end-user perspective to understand how to make products more user-friendly before they officially launch in the market.

While the rates can vary for different companies, you can earn $15 for 15-30 minutes of work on average.

#31. Customer Support Agent

Customer Support Agent jobs are a bit challenging as you need to have a quiet environment to work. So if you are not expecting any background noise, children crying, dog barking, you can consider taking the customer agent jobs and earn money.

Now about the work. You will mainly take customer calls to know about their issues, complaint and provide resolution to those. Sometimes, the job also includes calling potential customers and letting them know about new products or services. If you don't mind talking to people for hours, it could be a perfect job for you.

However, the only negative side of this work is a set schedule that you might need to follow as per your company policy.

#32. Become a Translator

Many authors, bloggers, and online business need to translate their English e-books, articles, podcasts into other languages to reach non-English speaking markets like Chinese, French, German or others.

If you are fluent in any of these languages, you can utilize it further and make money from it.

You can find remote translators & translation Jobs from here:

#33. Become a Moderator

A moderator takes care of the contents of accounts on forums or social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Many companies, Facebook Group owners hire moderators to work on behalf of them.

As a moderator, your work may involve replying to different comments or questions asked in the group, monitor if the group members are following all rules, not spamming the group or violating the group policy in any way etc. If you find any member not following rules, you might also have to delete or block them from the group.

Some good companies where you can find moderator jobs are:

#34. Create Apps

If creating new apps is your passion, use it for developing new apps for smartphones, and you can sell them online for money. Smartphone apps, games are growing in popularity every day. There are many developers who are earning thousands by creating small apps or games and monetizing them further.

Many companies are reaching out to new developers to help them build their official apps at an affordable cost. Websites like Apps Geyser lets you create eye-catching and beautiful apps that other business owners, bloggers might be interested in buying from you.

Fiverr and Upwork are two common platforms where you can signup as a beginner and get started.

#35. Online Contents & Giveaways

This is one of the easiest and effortless ways to make money. Many content creators, bloggers now come up with online contents, giveaways. If you want to win these prizes, all you need to do is join those contents and follow their instructions.

Once the contest period is over, winners will be announced through lucky draws. If you are lucky, you can win gifts, or gift cards.

Wrapping Up

So there you go! I have tried to cover as many categories as possible so that you get a sufficient number of choices to select from.

Be it blogging, affiliate marketing or selling handmade products on Etsy, the choices are unlimited. But my suggestion would be not to try everything at once. Instead, select something which you are most interested in.

So what are you waiting for???.... Be consistent; stay focused on your goal, and start earning money online.

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