Are you looking for ways to make extra cash online? There are literally hundreds of ways to make money online (though some are not so legit) and all you need is a computer and strong internet connection. Whether you’re into creative work, filling out spreadsheets, or paid surveys; there’s always something you can do. We have listed 5 proven ways to earn money online in 2018;
1. Online surveys
Research companies are popping up everywhere and one of the ways they gather data is by offering people cash to answer questions on their surveys. Payment terms vary widely, as do the number of surveys you can do on each website. Check out the top 5 sites where you can make money with surveys:
This website offers rewards in terms of cash, vouchers, and prize draws and members can earn cash by completing surveys, polls, and watching videos. They also have games and they offer users consolation points for being rejected in a survey. It’s popular with students and younger adults, and they give you a signup bonus.
This is an opinion website that works on behalf of large companies and organizations for the purpose of collecting data on various issues, services, and products. They offer compensation in cash, vouchers, products, and prize draws. Answer survey questions to earn points which equal vouchers. Surveys take about 15 minutes to complete.
You get about $6 for signing up to the website and with every survey you complete, you increase your prize rewards or cash. Payment is made through PayPal or cash, and one survey can earn you as much as $1. Log in every day to check for new surveys and offers.
MySurvey is a friendly consumer service who are always taking in new members to participate in market research studies and earn money. Payments are made through PayPal, Amazon, and vouchers. They match your profile with surveys that may be more suited to you as a consumer, and each survey takes just 15 minutes to complete.
V) i-Say (IPSOS)
This is a well-known survey website and also one of the best-paying. They work with trusted brands and they have extensive market research opportunities. Surveys are sent weekly and the reward threshold isn’t too high, so you can cash out within 10 days.
2. Become a Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant job can earn you a lot of money because you’re not limited to working regular hours and you can have clients all over the world. There are clients all over the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe, who pay an hourly rate and the criteria for landing a job includes:
- Fluent English
- Availability for Skype and other similar platforms
- Availability for call conferences during work hours
- Good research skills
- Project management skills
- Proficiency with cloud-based services
Much like a regular assistant, a VA also handles scheduling jobs, taking notes, and maintaining daily tasks including doctor’s scheduling, sending gifts on a client’s behalf, and answering phone calls. As a VA you will basically offer professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely or from your home office. You can also work for small businesses.
3. Make money blogging
Bloggers make good money and many of them are just regular folks who like to write about their favorite things. The trick is to use your blog as a hub and then set as many income streams as you can. Solid figures about blogging are hard to come by, but its true there are bloggers who make millions a year, and many more make enough to live comfortably.
A good blog takes years to build and so it might take a while for you to start earning the big bucks; however, you can learn from the experts and find ways to market yourself. Check out Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income to get an idea of what it takes to set up a successful blog.
There are different income streams that you can set up on your blog. Here are the five main ones:
- Affiliate marketing
- Physical products
- Digital products
Start by creating a blog (if you haven’t already) and focus on delivering quality content on a specific niche. Don’t copy what some other blogger is doing- that won’t get you far – instead focus on your own strong points and create quality content. Share it on social media and engage with industry leaders to learn more about how they became successful. Remember, blogging is essentially about discussing what you love, so the content shouldn’t be difficult to create.
4. Make money as a typist
Data entry is probably the simplest of typing jobs and it doesn’t require any experience or qualification – as long as you can type, that’s it. The only problem is you won’t earn much from data entry, though it can still be a good side-hustle. If you’re more experienced as a transcriptionist you can make more money by typing audio recordings, lectures, conference calls, phone messages, workshops, interviews, podcasts, speeches, webinars, and medical transcriptions.
A highly experienced typist can make good money doing captioning; which requires you to type off a live video. Typing speed and accuracy are important here, and you may have to use special stenography equipment. Offline captioning requires some training and experience to pull off effectively, however both offline and real-time captioning can be done from home.
5. Sell photos online
Do you like taking pictures? You can sell your pictures to websites, corporations, small businesses, graphic designers, marketers, bloggers, etc. But the best way to sell pictures is to start a website where you can set prices and make sure there’s no middleman sharing in your profits. You will also have more control over your product and set the terms and conditions. Wondering where to sell your pictures? Try these websites:
- Shutterstock: they have over 200 million pictures and according to the website, they’ve paid out over $500 million to their contributors.
- Fotolia: the website is owned by Adobe and contributors get as much as 60% from their pictures.
- Alamy: they also have millions of buyers and though they’re not as big as Shutterstock, they’ve paid out almost $200 million to photographers all across the globe.
- Etsy: this website allows you to sell a variety of handmade merchandise but they also buy pictures and they have a pretty extensive audience and demographics. Set your own prices and choose how you want to display your pictures to buyers.
- 500px: this is an online marketplace that allows you to create portfolios of your images and generate cash from them. It’s another good place to sell your photos.
What kind of epicures are they buying?
The most popular pictures are those of people (and this includes kids, adults, and people of various cultures). Other popular photos include people working, food, cities, travel, nature, and tools.
Did you find something here you think you can do online? With some creativity and a can-do attitude, you will find that it’s not that difficult to make money online. The first step is figuring out what you’re good at, because then you won’t find it difficult to do, and once you’re all set, create a daily schedule that allows you to spend at least a couple of hours online doing this one thing. Results may not be fast but consistency and resilience are needed to do anything successfully. Good luck!