Thanks to the internet, there is an endless number of ways to make money online. Here are just 21 ways you can make some extra money on the side. Making more money could likely solve a lot of your problems. In the past, we’ve talked about how teens can make money, but for those of us who are a little older, we need something a little more sophisticated than the $10 that comes from mowing lawns. Luckily, in the age of the internet, making extra money (or your whole paycheck) online is incredibly easy if you know where to look. Here are 21 ways to make (and save money) online: 1. Take surveys online Take surveys online While taking online surveys won’t make you rich by any means, a few minutes of your time can earn you a few extra dollars. Swagbucks Swagbucks allows you to earn points and then redeem them for gift cards. You earn points by shopping through their portal, filling out surveys, watching videos, etc. The best part is it’s free to sign up! They are currently giving a $10 sign up bonus. There are a number of other websites that will also pay you to take surveys. They include: Opinion Outpost National Consumer Panel  2. Become a freelancer Become a freelancer If you have a talent, chances are, you can sell your skill. Whether you’re a writer, artist, graphic designer, photographer, etc., there’s a freelance gig for you. Let’s cover a few possible freelance angles for you to take. Freelance writing It’s easier than ever to become a freelance writer (all of our writers at Money Under 30 are freelancers). With that being said, if you’re just starting out it can be difficult to find a writing job that will pay you more than pennies. We have advice here, on how to actually get hired for a freelance job. Also, a good place to start looking is Fiverr. It’s called Fiverr, because most people would charge just $5 for their services—some people still do that, others charge a lot more. Teach online If you like to teach and have some free time, consider teaching English as a second language. EF, an online teaching company where you could earn up to $2,000 a month, making it a pretty great side-hustle. VIPkid is another excellent service that connects North American teachers and tutors with students in China for one-on-one English lessons. The application process is rigorous, but you could make between $14 and $22 an hour—not necessarily the most competitive, but still decent. Do small tasks If you’re not prone to creativity, you can still make money online by offering your handyman (or woman) services on TaskRabbit. Many of the tasks advertised on TaskRabbit involve tasks such as: Putting furniture together Moving Running errands Picking up groceries Search the gigs section of Craigslist Along with TaskRabbit, you can search the “gigs” section on Craigslist. Many of the gigs are hoaxes, but there are some that are legit. There are gigs that involve computer skills, writing skills, general labor, cleaning, etc. 3. Invest with a robo-advisor Invest with a robo-advisor Robo-advisors put your investments on auto-pilot. With many robo-advisors, all you have to do is choose your risk, your goals, and fund your account. The robo-advisor will take care of the rest. For those who are looking to invest, but may not understand the ins and outs of investing, robo-advisors can help.  Here are a couple of our favorite robo-advisors! Betterment How To Make Money Online - 21 Ideas To Help You Start Earning More Money - Betterment Betterment is a simple investing platform. You can easily open sub-accounts that use different portfolios for reaching multiple goals. It’s also surprisingly inexpensive! Betterment’s Digital plan charges 0.25 percent annually. You’ll have access to a full suite of services as well as mobile messaging to an advisor Check out our full Betterment review. M1 Finance How To Make Money Online - 21 Ideas To Help You Start Earning More Money - M1 Finance M1 Finance is a hybrid robo-advisor and traditional brokerage, meaning you have a little more control in picking your portfolio than you would with just a robo-advisor. M1 allows you to pick and choose “pie slices” (different investments), which make up your portfolio.   M1 Finance is completely free, so any beginner investor should check them out.  Check out our full M1 Finance review.  Wealthfront How To Make Money Online - 21 Ideas To Help You Start Earning More Money - Wealthfront Like Betterment, Wealthfront has a lot to offer investors. And what you’ll be excited to hear is that Wealthfront doesn’t charge management fees on balances under $10,000. They require a $500 minimum investment and its fee is 0.25 percent fixed a year on portfolios over $10,000—one of the more quite competitive fees. Check out our full Wealthfront review. 4. Invest in real estate Invest in real estate Investing in real estate online is a great form of passive income if you’re open to a little risk. Real estate crowdfunding involves many investors investing small amounts of money into real estate ventures. There are a couple of companies that are the frontrunners in the real estate crowdfunding industry. Roofstock is one. They focus on single-family homes that you can buy and use as rental properties. It’s a platform for investors and created by investors, which is why there are no fees to join and search their properties. For more information, see our Roofstock review. Another well-known name in the real estate crowdfunding world is Fundrise. They have a super low minimum investment of just $500 (which is almost unheard of in the real estate industry), and Fundrise states that their annual returns generally range from 8.7%-12.4%. Read our Fundrise review. 5. Invest with a broker How To Make Money Online - 21 Ideas To Help You Start Earning More Money - Invest with a Broker The stock market scares a lot of folks, but it’s getting easier and easier to invest your money in stocks, even if you don’t have a whole lot of know-how. But no longer – that’s right, no need to be scared of the investing world with so many excellent options out there. Here are 4 good places to start digging in. If you invest through a company like E*TRADE, they offer tons of investing tools so you can invest on your own, and you can trade stocks, options, and ETFs for $0. For slightly more seasoned investors, Zacks Trade makes day-trading easy and cost-effective. You can buy stocks and bonds, ETFs, options, and more. Their pricing is simple and straightforward – stock and ETF trades can be made for $0.01 per share (with a $3 minimum). TD Ameritrade is attractive for young investors because it has no minimum investment and they offer tons of tools for every level of investing. You can also trade through their mobile app which makes it super convenient.  Ally Invest is one that truly stands out on its own from the group because they have no commission fees AND no account minimum! For the self-directed trader, this is a dream come true. You can invest in stocks, ETFs, options, bonds, and mutual funds – so there’s a little something for everyone.  6. Become a virtual assistant Become a virtual assistant Virtual assistants can make up to $16 an hour. You can work part-time or full time, and your schedule can be relatively flexible, as long as it lines up with whomever you’re working for. What you need to be a virtual assistant: Laptop Headset or cell phone Good communication skills Flexible schedule 7. Sell or rent your belongings Sell or rent your belongings This could mean selling a few things here and there on Ebay, running a full-fledged online store, or renting out your home (okay, so that’s not entirely online, but it starts out there). Ebay Ebay may seem old school, what with Amazon and Etsy, but selling stuff you don’t need is a great way to make extra cash. You can make a free account, but you’ll be limited to how much you can sell. If you want to sell more than 50 items a month online, you’ll need to sign-up for one of Ebay’s subscriptions. Starter: $4.95/ mo with an annual subscription Basic: $21.95/ mo with an annual subscription Premium: $59.95/ mo with an annual subscription Anchor: $299.95/ mo with an annual subscription Enterprise: $2,999.95/ mo with an annual subscription Each comes with different selling caps, and the higher the subscription, the lower the fees. Etsy Etsy’s setup is a lot more satisfying than Ebay and even Amazon. But, just like Ebay and Amazon, Etsy does have some fees to consider if you’re planning on just casually selling. The fee schedule goes as follows: $0.20 USD for each item that you list for sale When you make a sale you’ll be charged a transaction fee of 3.5 percent of the price you display for each listing Craigslist If you want to go real old-school, you can sell your items on Craigslist. While there’s a lot that can go wrong on Craigslistbrqbtbarduszrwccrraztyxtaffafy, it’s still one of the most used sites—mostly because it’s free. Sell your text books Textbooks are expensive—too expensive for most. So, if you have old textbooks you’re never going to look at again—or never looked at in the first place—selling them can make you back some of the money you had to spend. If you buy your books from Barnes and Noble, they make it easy to sell them back at the end of the year! Rent your home on Airbnb Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Airbnb. If you have an extra room or even a whole house you’re willing to rent out, you could earn a hefty side income. There’s a cost when it comes to listing on Airbnb, You’ll be charged three percent of the booking total. Since you can set prices, however, you’ll still have quite a bit of control over how much you can make as an Airbnb host. 8. Get a cash back credit card Get a cash back credit card Applying online for a cash back credit card is a great way to earn money on purchases you already plan on making. There are many credit cards to choose from—here are just a few we recommend. Let’s dig a little deeper into our favorites. Discover it® Cash Back Our bottom line With the Discover it® – Cash Back you’ll get a generous 5% cash back on select categories each quarter you activate ($1,500 max spend), 1% cash back on all other purchases and no annual fee. Discover will also match the cash back you’ve earned in year 1 and provide you a 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 14 months (then, the regular APR of 13.49% – 24.49% Variable applies). Read review Good/ Excellent Poor 500-599 Fair 600-699 Good 700-749 Excellent 750-850 What we like: 5% cash back on select categories each quarter you activate ($1,500 spend max) and 1% cash back on everything else Discover will match the cash back you’ve earned your first year 0% intro APR on both purchases and balance transfers for 14 months (13.49% – 24.49% Variable after that). INTRO OFFER: Discover will match ALL the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first year, automatically. There’s no signing up. And no limit to how much is matched. Earn 5% cash back at different places each quarter like gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and more up to the quarterly maximum, each time you activate. Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases – automatically. Redeem cash back any amount, any time. Rewards never expire. Use your rewards at checkout. Get an alert if we find your Social Security number on any of thousands of Dark Web sites.* Activate for free. No annual fee. Click “APPLY NOW” to see rates, rewards, FICO® Credit Score terms, Cashback Match™ details & other information. Intro Term Purchases 14 months Intro APR Balance Transfers 0% Intro Term Balance Transfers 14 months Regular APR 13.49% – 24.49% Variable Apply Now >> With the Discover it® Cash Back, you can earn 5 percent cashback on different categories each quarter when you activate, up to the quarterly limit. Previous categories have included gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants,, and wholesale clubs. You’ll receive 1 percent on all other purchases. Discover will also match your cashback at the end of your first year as a card holder! Learn more: See card details or apply here Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card - $200 Cash Rewards Bonus Offer Apply Now On the Bank of America Secure Website Our bottom line This is one of the best all-around credit cards on the market, and it’s especially attractive if you bank with Bank of America. If you spend a lot at the grocery store and prefer to have a little freedom in choosing your 3% cash back category, the Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card is a great option to consider. Read review Good/ Excellent Poor 500-599 Fair 600-699 Good 700-749 Excellent 750-850 What we like: 3% cash back in your choice category. Choose from gas, online shopping, dining, travel, drug stores, or home improvement/furnishings $200 online cash rewards bonus after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days 25% – 75% rewards bonus on every purchase if you’re a Preferred Rewards member No annual fee $200 online cash rewards bonus after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening Earn 3% cash back in the category of your choice, 2% at grocery stores and wholesale clubs (up to $2,500 in combined choice category/grocery store/wholesale club quarterly purchases) and unlimited 1% on all other purchases 0% Introductory APR for 15 billing cycles for purchases, and for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days. After the intro APR offer ends, 15.74% – 25.74% Variable APR will apply. A 3% fee (min $10) applies to all balance transfers No expiration on rewards If you’re a Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25% – 75% more cash back on every purchase Intro APR Purchases 0% Introductory APR on purchases Intro Term Purchases 15 billing cycles Intro APR Balance Transfers 0% Intro APR for 15 billing cycles for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days Intro Term Balance Transfers 15 billing cycles Regular APR 15.74% – 25.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers Apply Now >> 9. Download money-making apps Download money-making apps If you already shop online, downloading money-making apps can earn you cash every time you shop. Let’s take a look at some of the best apps. Drop is easy-to-use and lets you earn gift cards for the money you’re already spending. All you have to do is sign-up using the Drop app, or online and link a debit or credit card. Then you pick five of your favorite brands from a list Drop provides. Make sure you choose carefully because you can’t change these once you’ve picked. Now, all you do is shop at those places and your points will start adding up. Check out our thorough review of Drop! Another great option is Acorns and my experience is that Acorns can make anyone an investor. It helps you start saving by rounding up your purchases on the debit or credit card of your choice. Then, every time you hit $5 in savings, Acorns invests your money in ETFs. Mighty convenient. Acorns cost $1, $2, or $3 per month depending on the plan you choose – making it a cheap option for young investors. Here’s our review of Acorns Finally, Swagbucks, another cool option lets you earn gift cards and cash for shopping online, watching certain videos, and answering surveys. You can redeem points for cash through PayPal, or get gift cards from retailers like Amazon and Walmart.  10. Create a blog Create a blog If you can create a niche audience for your blog, you can make an entire paycheck—just ask our founder. To start earning money by blogging, you’ll need to use certain advertising tactics, the best for start-up blogs is: Advertising and affiliate marketing Affiliate marketing makes it possible for small blogs to stay in business. Rather than  getting paid per 1,000 page views or per click—which is the traditional middle—affiliate advertising involves an advertiser paying an affiliate publisher (your blog) when it refers a paying customer. 11. Open an online savings/checking account Open an online savings/checking account Opening an online savings and checking account can earn you a much higher interest rate than at traditional banks. Our favorite banks are below: Discover Bank Online Savings Account The Discover Bank Online Savings Account earns you a 1.70% APY—that’s $85.00 in interest annually for every $5,000 you deposit. There’s also no minimum balance required to keep your account open. Read our review. Aspiration Summit Checking The Aspiration Summit Checking account lets you earn up to two percent. To get the full two percent, you’ll need to have a balance of $10,000+. In addition, the Aspiration Summit Checking account has no minimum balance requirements, no monthly services fees, no minimum monthly deposit, and no ATM fees. Read our review. 12. Unsubscribe from some online services that you don’t use Unsubscribe from some online services Making money online is easy, but spending money online is even easier. It’s incredibly easy to sign-up for a service, put it on auto-pay, and forget about it. Luckily, there’s a service that will go through all your old subscriptions and ask you which ones you want to cancel. This service is Trim. Trim can even negotiate some of your bills for you! That makes it perfect for millennials who have an aversion to phone calls. 13. Start a podcast Start a podcast Blogs and podcasts are two of the top side-hustles these days. You can make money doing a podcast similarly to how you make money running a blog. Find a niche topic. This makes it easier to narrow down your audience and affiliate market. Once you have a dedicated audience (which could take a while), you can start reaching out to advertisers who’s products would make sense to mention. Here are a few other ways to monetize your podcast. 14. Become YouTube famous Become YouTube famous If you’re good at talking in front of a camera and have an idea/product you want to discuss, YouTube could be the perfect platform for you. You can earn money on YouTube in a variety of ways: Become a YouTube partner The big money on YouTube is if you meet the requirements to become a partner. This year, YouTube changed the requirements to become a partner. You need to have a channel that has reached 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. When you’re a partner, you start earning by how many views you receive. Here’s how it works: “YouTube takes around a 45 percent slice of advertising revenue, although the CPM (cost per thousand) that advertisers are charged varies. Most partners earn anywhere between $0.30 to $2.50 CPM.” Connect to Google AdSense Once you become a Youtube partner, you can connect to Google AdSense, their advertising system. You’ll be paid based on the number of “impressions” your videos get. That’s when someone clicks on or watches an ad. Product placement If you can get companies to sponsor your videos, or place their products in their videos, you can generate even more income. But you’ll need to inform YouTube of these product placements, or they may pull your partnership. 15. Create online courses Create online courses If you have a specific area you’re especially knowledgeable in, creating an online course can make you some decent money. This could be a course in just about anything: Cooking skills, massage therapy, how to play the guitar, etc. You’ll want to start by creating a course outline—show it to a couple people, have them tell you if they think they’ll actually learn whatever it is you’re trying to teach. Next, it’s time to make your course. Most of them are done through video, with worksheets included. When it’s time to sell your course, you can sell to places like Zippy Courses. 16. Write an e-book Write an e-book Writing an e-book and selling it is a lot like making courses online. Again, if you have a topic you want to write about—it could be as simple as the hobbies you like—writing about it should be easy, and if you can find a site willing to buy your book you can rake in a little extra cash. You can go through Amazon Kindle Publishing—they’ll charge you a commission each time you get a sale, but their reach is huge, so you’re more likely to sell more copies. 17. Sell pictures that you’ve taken Sell pictures that you’ve taken If your hobby is photography, or you’re looking to become a professional photographer, there are a couple ways you can get started and make some money online. First, you can sell your photos to stock photo companies. Some of those companies include: 123rf 500px Alamy Crestock And more Or, if the only camera you have access to is your smartphone, you can sell your pictures you take with your phone. Apps and companies you can sell to include: Clashot EyeEm Foap Scoopshot 18. Shop online Shop online Most people shop online these days—and for good reason. It can actually save you money. If you use coupon sites, you can save money on things you’ll already spend on. Some of these sites include: Groupon Slickdeals Hip2Save ShopAtHome And more 19. Subscribe to a food delivery service Subscribe to a food delivery service Using a food delivery service can’t necessarily earn you money, but it can help you save you money if you constantly find yourself throwing out half the food you buy. Food delivery services send a box of food every week with new, sometimes unique vegetables, meat, fruit, and so on. If you don’t have time to shop and want simple meal-prep that leads to a good meal, a food subscription service may be perfect for you. Most of the services offer similar enough foods – it just depends on the price range you want. Our recommended food services are HelloFresh, Home Chef, SunBasket, Purple Carrot, and Freshly. And another great option I want to throw in is Blue Apron – especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with cooking or you want to take advantage that they have meal options for Weight Watchers as well as vegetarians. 20. File your taxes online File your taxes online While filing your taxes online isn’t a constant source of income, it can help you get your tax return sooner. Here’s three of the best tax softwares that make filing easy! TurboTax TurboTax is likely the tax software you’ve heard the most about, and for good reason! If you file a 1040-EZ, 1040, or 1040A you could file your federal return for free, plus, the guided format explains the tax filing process clearly, so you can be done filing in a matter of minutes. Plus, if you’re self-employed, TurboTax has a Self-Employed product that can save you from having to hire a costly tax expert. It costs $114.99 for the software. H&R Block H&R Block has evolved past its brick and mortar beginnings and offers online products that compete with the best of them. If you’ve used past tax software products, you can upload a PDF of last year’s return from any other tax prep service. H&R Block works like many of the other softwares—H&R Block Online guides you through your tax return to make sure you haven’t missed anything. All along, the Refund Reveal feature shows your estimated refund or balance due in the upper left corner. TaxAct TaxAct is one of the cheapest tax software programs, but it still offers a lot. Like TurboTax, it offers a free filing for forms 1040EZ and 1040A. Their Premium services are also cheaper, starting at just $37 for more complicated tax situations. While TaxAct might not look as fancy as the other tax softwares, it offers many of the same products for a lower cost. 21. Become a graphic designer Become a graphic designer A graphic designer creates digital art for their clients. And it’s actually a lot easier to make money as a graphic designer than some might think—it just takes a little persistence. First, you’ll need to create a portfolio. After that, you can find direct clients to work with by using sites like Fiverr, where you can sell your talents. You can also post videos of you teaching graphic design—with product placement—and get clients that way. Summary Making money online is becoming easier and easier. As long as you have some technological know-how, you can make a little extra cash on the side. We have just 21 ideas above, but there are an endless amount of things you can do to make money if you get creative. Read more How To Make Money—A Guide For Teens Side Hustle Ideas: 35+ Ways Anyone Can Earn More Money On The Side Related Tools Save Your First – Or NEXT – $100,000 Sign Up for free weekly money tips to help you earn and save more We commit to never sharing or selling your personal information.


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