49. Selling on eBay
If you are really short on cash and need some immediate funds then you should start by looking around your house. Clear out your cupboards and find any items lying around that you don’t need or haven’t used for a while. Then sell them on eBay. Just because they are gathering dust in your cupboards, doesn’t mean someone else won’t snap them up. Simply sign up with eBay, list your products and then, as they are sold, send them off to the buyers.
50. Sell Using the eBay Valet Service
If you don’t have time to waste creating listings and promoting your products on eBay, then you should consider using eBay’s Valet Service. Simply drop off the products you are selling at an eBay drop off center and then let eBay’s experienced valets do the selling. When your items sell you will get up to 80% of the profits.
51. Retail Arbitrage
If you have nothing of value to sell from home then retail arbitrage might be a better option for you. Many people partake in arbitrage to earn a little extra money, and for some, it has even become their full-time job. Retail arbitrage is the buying of goods at a low price and then selling them on a different platform at a higher price. Sales in shops provide ideal opportunities to pick up products for next to nothing. These can then be sold on eBay or Amazon for higher amounts, making you a nice profit.
52. Amazon FBA
Have you ever thought about selling your own product on Amazon? Did you know that you can send products to Amazon to sell for you? This is called Amazon FBA.
If you find the right products to sell via Amazon, this type of business can be highly lucrative. I know a guy pulling in close to $80,000 per month profit on just 4 or 5 products that he sourced from China.
Amazon offers a service called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), which can be extremely useful for arbitrage sellers, or others selling their own products. If you opt for FBA, Amazon will store, pick, pack and deliver your products. That means you can scale your arbitrage business quickly as you don’t have to store products in your own home or waste time with postage.
To really understand the Amazon FBA business and to get the right information and know-how from a seasoned pro, then I suggest heading over to FBA Stars. I’ve taken the course myself, and I have to say it’s been a massive help in helping me to start up my very own Amazon FBA business.
53. Create Your Own Product
Many people fancy themselves as designers. If you have a unique idea for a new product then it may be time to get it designed. This can be a long process involving prototypes, discussions with factories, package design, and much more. However, the profits once the product is on the market could be substantial. And remember, with Amazon FBA, your products can all be stored and shipped by Amazon, giving you time to think up your next invention. Learn more about Amazon FBA with my How To Start An Amazon FBA Business Guide.
54. White Label Products
White labeling products involve purchasing pre-made products from a supplier and then adding your own labeling and branding. Products could range from candles to gym equipment or even tea, but all will come without labels, allowing you to create your own new range of merchandise. Most suppliers will advertise the fact they offer white labeled goods on their websites, so pick your niche and then find the right supplier and product for you. Once labeled, products can be sold via sites like eBay and Amazon, or from your own eCommerce store (discussed in a moment).
55. Buy From Alibaba
Alibaba is a Chinese eCommerce store that matches Chinese suppliers with buyers all over the world. Prices are extremely cheap, providing the possibility of large profits. However, with the potential profits comes more risk. As you are dealing with suppliers in China, if the quality of the product that arrives isn’t up to standard there is little that you can do about it.
Products also have to be bought in bulk and shipped across the world, and customs tax needs to be paid. That said, Alibaba provides both the possibility of arbitrage or white labeling products, which can then be sold on Amazon or elsewhere.
You can also buy in smaller quantities from Alibaba via their other service Alibaba Express.
56. Create Your Own WooCommerce Store
Once you have decided what type of product you are going to sell, you need to decide where to sell them. Selling merchandise on Amazon or eBay aren’t your only options. Creating your own eCommerce store is another way to promote your products and generate sales. Once you have decided what you are going to sell, whether it is white labeled products, your own designs, or other people’s merchandise, you can set up an eCommerce website to display these products.
WooCommerce is arguably the best WordPress eCommerce plugin for turning your website into an online store. Features include automated online payments, affiliate marketing support, product management, and much more.
57. Create an eCommerce Store with Shopify
Shopify is another great option if you are wanting to create your own eCommerce store. Shopify is arguably easier to set up than WooCommerce but will give you less control over your storefront and cost you more long term. However, if you have little to no experience of creating websites or using WordPress, or you are working to a very tight time schedule, then Shopify may be the perfect eCommerce platform for you.
Many Shopify website owners will buy products on Alibaba Express and populate their sites with those products.
58. Sell on Etsy
If you are a creative type, then you could make money online by designing and selling crafty products on Etsy. Etsy sells a range of beautiful and original items from independent suppliers. Categories range from jewelry, clothes, and accessories, to art, collectibles, and vintage. So if you have some stunning crafty creations, Etsy is the perfect platform from which to sell from.
Resources: Etsy Alternatives: How to sell your items beyond Etsy
59. Niche Affiliate Amazon eCommerce Store
A niche affiliate site often presents like an eCommerce store. To get started with an affiliate site, choose your niche then display products with pictures, descriptions, and prices, just as you would on an online store. However, when visitors click the ‘buy’ button, they will be taken directly to Amazon, to make the purchase. You then make an affiliate fee for sending the traffic to Amazon but have none of the packaging hassle, or initial financial output creating or buying the products.
Resources: What is Affiliate Marketing?
60. Drop Shipping
Drop shipping is another great ‘hands-off’ way to sell products. Firstly you will need to find businesses that sell products in your niche that offer a drop shipping service. Then you will need to create a website promoting and selling the products. When you make a sale, you take the payment on your site and then the manufacturer ships the goods to the buyer. The profit comes from charging a higher rate than the manufacturer, and if you are selling a high number of products this can quickly add up to a healthy revenue.
61. Merch By Amazon
Merch by Amazon is another service offered by Amazon that will enable you to make money online without any initial outlay. To get started you need to create an account with Merch by Amazon. Then simply design some T-shirt logos or slogans, and upload them to your Merch account. You will need to choose a T-shirt type, color, and price, and Amazon will create product pages for each T-shirt. When someone makes a purchase, Amazon takes care of production and shipping. And you are paid a royalty for your design.
62. Printing Fulfillment Services
There are numerous printing companies that will print your designs onto not just T-shirts, but also hoodies, hats, posters, cushions, bags, and phone cases, to name a few items. These businesses also offer fulfillment services. This means that you promote the merchandise on your own site and once you sell a product the printing company will not only print your design but also send the item directly to the buyer. So all you have to do is concentrate on the marketing and selling of your products, and the fulfillment company will take care of the rest.
Selling digital products can be just as successful as selling physical products. Graphics,
software, eBooks, design elements, sound effects, songs, and videos are just a few types of digital products that are in popular demand. So if you can turn your hand to creating digital products, let’s have a look at how you can make money online from this skill…
63. Create Your Own Digital eCommerce Store
Setting up a digital download store can be a great way to make money online from your digital assets, charging visitors a fee to download each digital product. Easy Digital Downloads is a popular WordPress plugin that will enable you to turn your website into a complete eCommerce solution for selling digital downloads.
64. Sell eBooks on Amazon
Ebooks can be relatively easy to write. Couple that with Amazon, a perfect platform to sell your eBook on, and you could be looking at earning an income through your writing. Once you join up with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing scheme, you can self-publish your eBook in less than five minutes.
If your writing skills aren’t up to scratch don’t let that stop you. Find a capable freelance writer to produce the book for you. The only downside to this is the initial outlay of paying the writer, but this should be recouped in time once the eBook starts selling.
65. Self Publish Paperbacks on Amazon
As well as selling your eBooks, Amazon can also create paperback copies of your book. CreateSpace, an Amazon-owned company, will help you self-publish your book. A relatively straightforward process, you must upload your work to CreateSpace and submit it for review. Your book will then be displayed on Amazon, and printed on demand and shipped by CreateSpace when purchased. And you can collect up to 70% royalties for each book sold.
Resources: How to write a book (book)
66. Amazon Audiobooks
Yet another Amazon service providing the possibility to make money online is the Audiobook Creation Exchange. You can create a standalone audiobook, or create an audio version of your eBook as complementary media. And you can narrate your audiobook yourself, or Amazon can put you in contact with a professional to help. Once sold, you can then earn up to 40% royalties per audiobook.
Resources: How to create an audio book
67. Create and Sell Design Elements on Envato
If you have graphic design skills then you could make money online by creating and selling your own design elements, like templates, fonts, graphics, and other assets. This is a great way to earn extra money and build up a portfolio of work, which could lead to you picking up freelance graphic design jobs. Websites like Envato Elements pay you a fee per element sold, which can become quite profitable if your work is popular.
68. Sell Your Photos on Shutterstock
If you are a professional photographer or have a real flair for photography, then selling your images on other sites could be an idea. This could be done alongside your own photography site, as it is a good way to help get your work viewed by a wider audience. There are numerous stock image websites to contribute to, but choosing a popular high-end site like Shutterstock should ensure your photographs make you some money.
69. Build a Premium App
If you have a good idea for an app, and the skills to create it, then producing your own premium app can be profitable. However, with so many free apps available, it may be hard to convince people to pay. If you want to go down the premium app route, consider having a basic free version to encourage people to download the app in the first place. You can then provide the option of upgrading to a premium plan once users realize how useful the app is.
70. Build a Free App
Free apps have more chance of being downloaded and can be monetized through selling advertising space on the app itself. However, if you want businesses to pay to advertise on your app you will have to be able to prove a high number of downloads. So make sure you are prepared to put in the effort to promote your app once it is created.
71. Create and Sell a SAAS
Creating Software as a Service (SAAS) and charging people to use it can be a good money earner. Charge your customers a one-off fee to access the tool you have created, or a monthly recurring payment. A useful and popular SAAS can expect a high return, so if you have the programming skills for such a task it may be well worth the cash rewards.
72. Design Themes
If you are a confident web developer then designing your own themes is an obvious path to follow if you are looking to make money online. ThemeForest sells a wide assortment of developers themes, including themes for WordPress, Shopify, Weebly, and Tumblr, to name a few. Once you have created your theme, get it accepted onto the ThemeForest marketplace and make money each time it sells.
73. Develop WordPress Plugins
Leading on from designing themes, you may want to try your hand at creating WordPress plugins. To increase sales it is worth creating both a free and pro version of each plugin. Free plugins can be added to the WordPress Repository, so your plugin reaches a wide audience. Users can then upgrade to the pro version to access advanced features.
74. Create and Sell Websites
Successful websites can sell for a lot of money. Website’s like Flippa provide a platform to showcase websites to interested buyers. If you are skilled at putting websites together and know how to drive traffic and build a following, then creating and selling websites might be an effective way for you to make money online.
Start your own website in just 20 mins with my easy to use step by step website setup guide.
75. Re-sell Web Hosting
Re-selling web hosting will enable you to make money hosting your own client’s websites. Large hosting companies like HostGator allow you to white label their hosting services. You could start your own hosting business or, if you are a web designer, include hosting into your web design packages. And the best of it is the hosting companies take care of the hosting for you, so all you need to worry about is selling.
Do you enjoy posting, liking, commenting, and generally hanging out on social media? Then maybe you should consider making some money on these social platforms. Let’s have a look at how to do so…
76. Become a YouTube Vlogger
Famous YouTube vloggers have followings in the hundreds and thousands and have become celebrities in their own right. And through advertising on their videos they have made big bucks. Popular YouTube vloggers can be paid by companies to promote their websites, products, and services.
Becoming a vlogger is very easy. Simply sign up with YouTube, create your own YouTube channel, and start making and posting videos. The harder part is deciding what to vlog about, and then promoting your channel and growing your audience.
Resources: Best Vlogging Cameras Guide
77. Allow Advertising on Your YouTube Videos
If your YouTube channel has received over 10,000 views then you can begin to make money from your videos through advertising. YouTube place relevant ads on your videos, which in turn, if clicked on, will earn you money. To get started with this, simply sign up with Google AdSense, and YouTube will take care of the rest.
78. Be an Instagram Influencer
Similar to a YouTube vlogger, if you have a large following on Instagram then you could become an Instagram Influencer. You will be paid to promote products in your photos, from wearing certain clothes to action shots of you using particular merchandise. As your Instagram following grows, you may start out simply receiving freebies in return for a picture of you with the item in the shot. However, for those with followings running into millions, you can expect large payments to display products in your pictures. Use sites like Hype Factory to help connect you with companies prepared to pay for your influence.
Resources: Instagram Tools Perfect Instagram Profile
For those with a large Twitter following, you can make money from your Tweets alone with Sponsored Tweets. You could be paid for sharing a business’s information, recommending restaurants or hotels, or tweeting pictures of you using or wearing products. As with all sponsored posts on social media, businesses will only be prepared to pay you to Tweet if you have a large following that you can influence. So work hard on building up a loyal fan base.
80. Brand Ambassador
Many big businesses are looking for social media influencers to become long-term ambassadors for their brand. This would involve you working closely with one particular band, and promoting their clothes, products, and services. You may also be restricted from promoting other brands, so check out the small print before agreeing to any long-term agreements.
81. Promote Your Own Products
If you have your own eCommerce store, social media is the perfect platform to showcase your products. Demonstrate your products in use and tell your social following why they need to buy your merchandise. Most social media channels allow you to add ‘buy’ buttons your pages, allowing your followers to easily click through to your site and make a purchase.
82. Advertise Affiliate Links
Posting pictures of products and their affiliate links on your social media channels is another way to make money online through social media. Link to Amazon or to other affiliate program’s websites to make a fee from any purchases your social media followers make.
83. Advertise Affiliate Products
A popular tactic to make money on social media is to pay for advertising affiliate products. Create ads for particular affiliate products that are big sellers and have a high yield. Then target these ads at specific custom audiences to ensure your ads are viewed by those who will have an interest in the product you are promoting. If viewers click through your from advert to the product page and make a purchase then you will earn an affiliate fee.
This is a slightly risky strategy as you have to pay upfront for adverts with no guarantee of sales. However, advertising is a quick and easy way of reaching your target audience. And, by using affiliate programs, you don’t have to deal with any physical products yourself.
84. List items for Sale on Facebook
If you have second-hand items to sell, or in fact your own products that you have created or white labeled, then you can sell them through Facebook. Post your products on some of Facebook’s many selling pages, and people can then view your goods and message you about payment and pickup.
What Other Ways Can You Make Money Online?
There are many other ways to make money online that don’t quite fit into the categories already mentioned. So let’s now have a look at a couple of those…
85. Buy & Sell CryptoCurrency
Cryptocurrency or digital currency is the next big thing in currency trading. It’s a digital asset that is used as a method to pay for things, that isn’t run by a government or institution. Bitcoin is the most well known digital currency and was trading at $200 per Bitcoin back in 2013. Now it is worth over $17k and is expected to be worth well over $1m in 2022.
There are other digital currencies that are well worth investing in such as LiteCoin and Ethereum, which have also seen substantial growth recently as well as lower value coins such as Ripple and Tron which will no doubt increase in value over the coming years.
Cryptocurrency is still very much in its infancy, so get in now before its too late.
You can buy and sell cryptocurrency at online currency exchanges such as Binance, Cex.io, and Changelly. Also, have a look at my guide to the best bitcoin/cryptocurrency exchanges.
To give you some idea as to how lucrative a long-term investment strategy is when it comes to cryptocurrency, I bought 100 Litecoin at $5.89 back in 2014. It’s now trading around $270 each. That means I have $27k worth of Litecoins from an initial investment of $580.
How to earn Bitcoin
Best Bitcoin Exchanges
86. Teach online
Sharing your passion and skills by teaching online is yet another way to make money online. Sites like Skillshare are always looking for teachers to create courses and support their students online. And Skillshare’s top teachers make up to $40000 a year.
87. Expert Mentoring
If you are an expert in your particular field of business you can earn high fees for your advice. Clarity is a business website for startups and entrepreneurs. Sign up with Clarity as a mentor and then make money online by conversing with customers.
88. Become a Life Coach
If you have an interest in helping others then you might want to become a life coach. There are numerous online courses you can complete to give you the necessary qualifications and experience to become a successful life coach. You can then start promoting your life coaching services online and picking up clients.
89. Create Virtual Events
If you have a background in marketing and a passion for a particular niche, then organizing a virtual event may be just up your street. A virtual event could span across a day or longer. Individual live sessions would be run by experts in the field. And conference features would include live question and answer sessions, forums, and plenty of free giveaways. Visitors to the virtual event would pay to attend, so the more effective your promotion of the event the more money you would make.
90. Buying and Selling Domains
Buying and selling domains can be extremely profitable, with a single domain earning you thousands. However, this is a long game, and you may be waiting years for someone who is prepared to pay big money for one of your domains.
Resources: Best Domain Registrars
91. Day Trading
Day trading is a popular money earner. However, to enter into this line of business you will need to have some upfront capital. And if you want to be successful you will need to do some research into what is involved. Sign up with eToro to learn what to do and begin trading.
Instead of trading stocks or commodities, another option is to trade in currencies. ForEx, also known as Foreign Exchange or Currency Trading, is the largest market in the world and can make experienced traders a lot of money. If you haven’t dabbled in trading before, start small, and remember don’t risk more money than you can afford to lose.
I recommend both Plus500 and Etoro – but I prefer Etoro as I just love using their CopyTrader functionality. This feature allows you to automatically copy the most successful traders on Etoro.
93. Become a Bank
Again, if you already have the capital to invest, then you could consider becoming a bank. Zopa is a peer-to-peer platform that will lend your money to others wanting to take a loan. You make interest on the money lent, which is paid back in monthly repayments.
94. Matched Betting – No Risk ( If you do it properly! )
Matched Betting (not available in the USA) enables you to gamble (nearly) risk-free. I say nearly as there is always room for error! It involves placing bets on all outcomes of an event, using free online bets given out by the Bookies. Although it may take a while to get your head around the concept, Matched Betting can make a substantial addition to your monthly income.
Resources: Oddsmonkey – Takes all the hard work out of Matched Betting.
95. Enter Competitions
There are numerous online competition websites displaying thousands of competitions for you to enter. These competitions could win you prizes, gift cards, holidays and cold hard cash. Spend time each day finding and entering competitions. The more you enter, the better your chances of winning.
96. Fill Out Surveys
Filling out surveys for cash can quickly amount to a tidy monthly payout. Sites like My Survey reward survey completion with gifts, vouchers, e-Cards, money, and much more. Simply signup and start answering questions.
Other site you might want to check out:
Survey Junkie Inbox Dollars OneOpinion American Consumer Opinion Pinecone Research PaidSurveys YouGov Opinion Outpost MySurvey Toluna Global Test Market
Resources: How to make money from doing surveys
97. Get Paid for Searching the Web
Earn cash for searching your favorite sites and then completing surveys. You will be asked to share your opinions on a variety of brands, and get paid for doing so. Sign up with Qmee to start using their free Qmee browser app.
98. Get Paid to Review Music
Slice the Pie is a review site that will pay you for every review you post. Leave feedback on tracks, artists, clothes, and more, to help brands make decisions on what works for their audience.
99. Get Paid to watch Videos
Swagbucks is another type of ‘get-money-to’ website. Although Swagbucks offers a number of ways to make money, getting paid to watch videos is amongst its easiest gigs. Simply sign up with Swagbucks, then watch and rate videos to earn points and cash.
100. Type up Audios
If you are a fast typer then getting paid to type up audio tracks may be for you. Take Note Typing is always looking for transcribers who can work from home typing up scripts.
101. Work on Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk has thousands of tasks available for you to choose from. Select the jobs you want to complete and work on them from home in your own time. Pay is low, but can quickly add up over time.
What is Amazon Mechanical Turk? It’s a service that enables you to make money online by undertaking small, paid microtasks. The tasks that you can expect to do is stuff like rating an Amazon search result, spelling checking, proofreading a listing, basic translating etc.etc.
102. Become a Clickworker
Similar to Amazon Mechanical Turk, ClickWorker offers a number of online jobs for those looking to make money online to pop up their income. You can select the job that interests you, from correcting text to participating in online surveys, and then complete the work whenever is convenient for you.
103. Test Websites and Apps
If you have a decent understanding of what makes a good website from a user-experience perspective, then your knowledge and opinions could earn you money.
The website UserTesting will pay you $10 for every website or app you review. Simply sign up and then start reviewing. Each review should take 20 minutes, and you will need to complete a set of tasks whilst on the app or website.
Most sites like usertesting.com pay ~$10 per 20 minutes, or ~$30 per hour, which is awesome for just looking at a website and giving your honest opinion.
Normally you’ll be asked to test a few websites by visiting them and to document and record your reactions and thoughts as you go through it. It’s really easy to get set up making extra money online by testing websites. All you need to do is sign up to the following services: UserTesting.com, Userlytics, TryMyUI, Userfeel, TestingTime (UK only), or Side Income Jobs.
Final Thoughts on How to Make Money Online
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make some extra money, or a full-time living, online. So if you are looking to increase your income, it’s time to try out some of the strategies mentioned above. Good Luck!
What money making ideas appeal to you? Please share your thoughts or any other ideas you have to make money online, in the comments below…
And don’t forget to check out my ‘Easy Side Hustles’ guide packed full of ideas to help you make money online and offline as well as this Online Business Ideas guide.
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My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.