How to make money from home online?
There are thousands of different money making products or ideas on the internet.
The big difficulty is choosing the legitimate programs amongst all the hundreds of scams.
You may find something genuine but then discover the pay per hour is only cents.
In this post, I will mention some of the legitimate jobs that I have found and the very few I would recommend.
In addition, I will show you the different steps to set up your own internet business, as I think this is the best choice to make money online.
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Legitimate ways to make money online
Get Paid To or Reward Sites
The big problem with these sites is the amount you are paid relative to the time you spend completing the tasks. Your hourly rate will probably only be a few dollars per hour, at most, and that’s the reason I don’t really recommend this type of site.
However many people love these sites! You can get paid for things that you may do anyway like searching the web, watching videos, downloading apps to your phone or shopping online.
Then there are additional ways to earn by completing surveys, referring new members, completing daily goals set by the website, entering a sweepstake or playing online games.
If you want to get paid for carrying out these tasks, then try one of the platforms I mentioned above. The best known is Swagbucks and that is where I would start.
The online survey sites are mainly legit, although you must watch out for any that require a payment to join. There are others that may not pay out as much or as regularly as you would expect, so always do your due diligence before signing up.
Again I don’t recommend online surveys because the hourly rate of pay is usually so small, I consider it a waste of time.
If you are interested in earning money from surveys you could try Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, iPoll or Global Test Market. These are just a few of the legitimate sites that pay in cash via PayPal but there are many, many more.
If you’re serious about making money from surveys sign up with a few sites so you always have a few survey opportunities.
This is a pastime (I won’t call it a job) that you may find on some reward sites and on ad clicking sites. Again very poor rewards for the time you spend watching ads.
There are many scam sites that operate like this and a few honest sites, so as always proceed with caution. One thing to remember you will only earn a few cents per click at most.
There are websites, like Two Dollar Click.com, that promise $2 for each ad you click, yet they charge their advertisers just a few cents for each ad display. Clearly, this isn’t sustainable and surprise, surprise they never pay out. So don’t believe any website that proclaims you can earn good money per click.
Paid Verts is another paid to click site but with some very complicated earning options. You are encouraged to invest to earn more. Not something I’d recommend doing!
As always you need to carry out thorough research on any platform you intend joining. You will find the rates of pay to be very little per hour. I don’t recommend this as a way of earning money from home.
Micro Jobs or Offer a Service
Micro jobs are small, one-time jobs, which usually pay a small fee. However, with a little work, when you have successfully completed some tasks you can improve your reputation to earn more.
Although these sites are completely legitimate, when starting the amount you are paid for the tasks can be too little to earn much. But after time as you build your reputation, it is possible to earn some decent money.
Some of the tasks offered are:
- creating texts about certain topics
- product descriptions
- classifying photos, videos or documents
- copy editing
- search for data online such as addresses, phone numbers, opening hours
- transcribing audio content
You may have to complete an assessment before being accepted into some programs.
Fiverr and SEO Clerks are similar, you advertise the service you offer. It could be designing logos, creating Pinterest pins, writing or creating a short video… the variety is vast. You then state how much you want for your gig and wait for customers.
If you have a skill you can offer I would recommend trying Fiverr or SEO Clerks before the micro job sites.
Transcriptionist or Captioner
Transcription is the process of converting speech or audio into a text document. Captioning divides the text into blocks or caption frames that are time-coded to synchronize with the audio of a video.
You will probably have to take a grammar/writing test and carry out a trial transcription to see if you’re cut out for the work.
Some companies that offer transcription/captioning work are: Rev.com, scribie.com, gotranscript.com or transcribeme.com.
How much you earn will depend on your speed, accuracy, and number of jobs available. Rev.com say their top earners earn $1500 per month but the average transcriptionist earns about $150 per month.
Mystery shoppers give unbiased feedback on perhaps a shopping experience, the service in a restaurant or the customer service when they returned an object. Many types of business can use mystery shoppers. They need to have direct contact with their customers.
The information received from the mystery shoppers will be used by the company to improve its service.
The companies that hire mystery shoppers are third-party companies. Some of the better known are – BestMark, Market Force, A Closer Look or Intelli Shop. As so often online there are also some less honest companies that are out to scam you – beware!
Again difficult to know how much you will earn. You may get paid between $5 -$20 for each assignment, more experience will normally lead to higher pay. Better to consider this as an extra or supplemental income.
To get a good supply of jobs you will probably need to sign up with several companies and you will need to live in or very near to a big town or city.
This is testing websites or apps to check their functionality or usability. The feedback you give will help the website owners identify problems with their websites or apps.
You may be given a set of tasks, like buying a certain product from an e-commerce site or booking a ticket for a ferry from a ferry company. When you carry out the test your screen and voice are recorded. It’s a good idea to speak out loud – describing the different actions you are taking and why. Most tests take 10 – 15 minutes and the pay is about $10 per test.
Some websites that offer user testing gigs are User Testing, U Test, User Test or User Feel
The pay is reasonable but the problem is the number of tests on offer. Most members of user testing platforms say they don’t get enough jobs. So this should be considered as a side hustle to earn some extra cash each month.
Yes, it is possible to earn money tutoring from your own home! There are a number of websites that offer tutoring jobs and you can earn anything from $50 to $5000 per month (this is according to one of the tutoring websites) or hourly the rates are from $10 to $40.
Some of these sites require you have some sort of qualification or experience, while others require that you take an assessment test. If you have the skill to convey your knowledge to others this could be for you!
To get started you need a computer, internet connection, a headset with a microphone, a webcam and Skype software so you can communicate with your students.
There are quite a few websites that offer tutoring jobs: tutor.com, tutorgroup.com, gofluent.com, tutorvista.com, chegg.com or t.vipkid.com.cn. or t.vipkid.com.cn. These are a few of the possible platforms they all have their own requirements and different levels of pay so check them and others out at your leisure.
Another way many people make money online is by writing an ebook and then selling copies. Writing an ebook can be rapid, easy and cheap to produce.
If you pick a good subject and get your marketing right it can also be very profitable.
What makes a good subject? You could solve a problem with a “How To” or a “Step by Step Guide”, this also has the advantage of positioning you as an expert in your field or try and come up with a solution for a common fear.
Do a search on Google and you will find websites that list ebook ideas. You will also find blogs that go through the writing process if you feel you need some help.
If you want a complete and free guide, read Pat Flynn’s Ebooks the Smart Way
If you enjoy writing, creating websites, graphic design or search engine optimization you could earn a good living by offering these and many other services.
There are many websites or business owners who don’t have the time or necessary skills to carry out all the tasks they need. You could do this part-time or full-time.
This is one of the quickest ways to create an online income but you have to put in the effort to be successful. To get started you could reach out to people/businesses you know or you can apply for work on Upwork.
Once you have those first clients you can start building your reputation, serve your existing clients well, build your portfolio and slowly increase your prices.
I recently found a writer after he left a comment on my website. He didn’t say he was a writer but I visited his blog, was impressed by his work and saw that he did freelancing. This shows how important it is to have a website!
Anyways, I am very happy with his work – he over delivers and I try to pay him accordingly. It’s a great situation for both of us :))
Create an Online Store
Starting an online store has many advantages over a traditional shop. The most important being the cost, no rent or wages to pay.
You can either sell your own products, set up an affiliate store or a drop shipping store. Any of the 3 could be good, although my choice would be one of the last two. With these, you don’t need to deal with stock, shipping, different tax rates, etc.
To create an e-commerce store you could either install the WooCommerce plugin on a WordPress website or use a hosted solution. Some of the better-known platforms are Shopify, Magneto or BigCommerce.
If you are interested in setting up an online store you can find guides on Shopify or Oberlo has a great dropshipping guide.
As with blogging, where setting up your blog isn’t the hard part, it’s the same when you create an e-commerce store. Setting up the store is relatively easy but the challenge is getting traffic. This post will give you some SEO tips that will help you get rankings and then traffic.
This could be a very good way of earning money from home, you’ll need to put in the work but I recommend creating an online store.
The concept of affiliate marketing is quite simple. You promote a product on your website, someone clicks on your affiliate link, you are paid a commission when someone completes a purchase.
These last two methods of making money from home are my recommendations with the #1 position going to affiliate marketing.
The possible rewards from an online store or affiliate marketing are much greater than from the other ways of making money, however, don’t overlook the fact that you will have to work hard and probably for a few months before you earn your first dollars.
How to start an online business
Now is a great time to get started
You want to start your very own online business, but don’t know where to start?
With today’s technology, excellent training platforms, great online tools, and small start-up costs, now is a wonderful time to start.
Building an online business around something you enjoy is feasible. You need to have the determination, patience, and knowledge.
A lot of people I know think it’s possible to earn money online (and they’re right), while others are skeptical. However, to know the truth you must take action, get started and then keep going.
There are numerous misconceptions about earning money online that many people and perhaps you may have:
- It’s a rapid way to make money
- There’s not much work involved
- Your business can earn money for you on autopilot
- Selling useless products to unsuspecting clients
- Having a website crammed with ugly ads
- It’s necessary to spam people to make sales
The truth is you can make money by building a legitimate site, that helps people by giving them the information they require. To be successful you have to provide a solution to a problem people have.
If you’re reviewing products your reviews should be genuine and helpful. If not people will sense you are just trying to make money.
Sounds good! Just be aware you have to put in a lot of work and it will probably be a few months before you earn your first dollar. Still interested, let’s have a look at the different steps.
Recommended resource: Start a WordPress Blog the Right Way
Step 1 – Choose Your Niche
Your first task is to pick your niche. Instead of writing about any subject you should build your site around a specific topic. Your niche should not be too broad if it is you will struggle to be seen amongst all the other blogs in your niche.
For more on picking your niche subject click on the image below and you will receive some great ideas from Kyle of Wealthy Affiliate.
It’s a good idea to choose a niche based on a passion, hobby, interest or an expertise you have in a particular field. This is important because you will be writing content regularly and for an indefinite period.
Make sure you have enough material to keep producing posts for a long period. For more information on choosing your niche see this post.
Something else to bear in mind is the need to find products to promote to your readers. Without having products for your niche website, you will not make any money.
Step 2 – Choose Your Domain Name
Now you have your niche, you should turn your attention to choosing a domain name. You should try to keep to these few general rules.
Your domain name should be short, memorable, easy to spell and pronounce. For more pointers to choosing your domain name see this post.
Step 3 – Hosting
The next thing you need is hosting. Choosing a good web host can mean the difference between your site taking a long time to load and being difficult to update, or loading very fast and keeping your visitors on your site.
People expect a site to load rapidly if it doesn’t they will click away and you’ll lose potential clients.
It’s possible to get decent hosting from $4 – $10 per month. Which hosting plan do you need? Click here for more information.
Getting started some reasonably priced shared hosting is all you need.
Step 4 – Build Your Site
To build your site you basically have three solutions:
- an HTML editor
- an online drag and drop website builder
- a CMS (content management system)
In days gone by, there was no choice you had to use an HTML editor.
The sites often looked a little basic and you had to know something about CSS and HTML coding. Another disadvantage was the time it took to get your site ready to go online.
I remember my first websites, it took me several days to create a few pages. Now I could complete the same operation in a few hours or less, using the present-day technology.
Both these options make building a site very easy, rapid and as an extra bonus, you don’t need to know any HTML or any other coding.
Although the drag and drop editors will provide you with a decent site, I prefer the WordPress platform. It’s easy to use, there is a wide selection of good looking themes and more functionality than with the drag and drop site editors.
For more information on setting up a site see my post How to build your own website with WordPress
Step 5 – Write Quality Content
Once your site is created you need to start adding unique content. Remember, your content will distinguish you from all the other sites out there, so it’s very important. When writing you should always remember the intention of your website.
It doesn’t really matter what you’re selling, you have to consider what your audience wants to accomplish. What are their goals? How can you help them reach their objectives?
Starting from this angle you will be able to write content and promote products that will be useful to your audience.
In addition, you should also think about the action you want your visitors to take. If your site is an affiliate marketing site, you will want people to buy your products. So you will need to include a call to action.
When you visit a site on the internet, have you noticed how you take in the information?
Often, you will probably scan the page quickly to get a general idea of its content. Then if you think it might be an article with some information you are interested in, perhaps you will read it in more detail.
Therefore, it is a good idea to create short paragraphs, with headings and lists. Articles created in this format will be easy to scan for your readers. These are just a few suggestions on writing content, for a more detailed post see this article.
Step 6 – Monetize Your Site
Over time your blog and the quality content you write will attract loyal readers.
These readers will grow to trust and respect your opinion. Consequently, you can promote different products related to your articles without jeopardizing the sincerity of your blog.
In affiliate marketing, to monetize your site you will direct your visitors to different products or services and you will receive a commission when a sale (or sometimes an action) is made.
Therefore, you need to find appropriate affiliate products. Ideally, these will be reliable, quality products.
Promoting low-quality products could harm your brand name and the relationship with your readers.
Find an affiliate product
There are a number of ways you can find an affiliate program:
- Google – enter the subject of your site + the words affiliate program for example for this site I could enter “internet marketing training + affiliate programs”
- Have a look at your competitors’ sites to see what they are promoting
- Affiliate networks – there are a number of sites that list the affiliate programs available for example, ClickBank, ShareASale, or CJ Affiliate
When you have found a product, you need to be accepted by the affiliate program or the affiliate network. This is usually quite rapid and once accepted you will get your unique affiliate link. There is also usually some promotional materials (banners, etc) that you can use on your site if you wish.
Now you need to include some affiliate links in your content or insert some banners in your sidebar.
As you can see it is possible to create your own affiliate marketing business, very cheaply. Although it’s a fair amount of work, the results can be very rewarding.
Some important points that you should consider.
- Get an education
- Take action
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- If you have a job at the moment, don’t quit yet
- And once you have started never give up
Getting some good training can put you on the road to success. The platform where I learned about building an internet business is Wealthy Affiliate.
The training is step by step and very easy to follow, even for a complete beginner.
You are taken from choosing your niche to monetizing your site. The program provides excellent support, there is always someone on hand to answer your questions.
You can try the program for free and take a look around. If you are impressed, there is a paid option and this includes all the tools you will need on your online journey.
I am sure I wouldn’t be earning money from my website if I hadn’t found this program!
As I previously said, before your site starts to earn money, will take some time. So keep your present job for the moment.
I see many people who give up after just a few months. They have taken the time to build their site and write content, nevertheless, they are disappointed not to earn any money in these first few months.
Don’t be like them. When you start, be determined to continue until you make some money. It will happen, it’s just a question of time, so be patient.
I hope my article has given you some ideas on how to make money at home online.
If you want to earn some good money there is one common point in all these methods – you have to put in the time and effort.
Never believe any program that promises you large earnings for little work. It may sound very tempting but this doesn’t exist!
Online or offline, to build something successful takes time and hard work. However, the big advantage online is you don’t have to invest much in the way of dollars, the biggest investment is your time.
I wish you every success either in earning some extra money or in building your online business.
If you have any questions, comments or experience with any of the money making methods mentioned above or in building an online business I would love to hear from you.