After listening to your show, I found a lead to my first side hustle. For my wife’s program and mine, we are required to have CPR. We took our class to meet these requirements, and I talked with our instructor who passed my name to the owner letting him know I was curious about becoming an instructor. I was contacted about certifying myself to teach classes! – John S.

The best part about this is that you don’t even have to ever touch the actual product, nor do you have to spend a dime on manufacturing these products. They do all the work for you. You just upload the design, choose the items you want your design to be on, and they’ll handle the rest (i.e. manufacturing, payment, shipping, and handling, returns…).

Once you really focus your efforts on one method and stop jumping from one thing to another, you will soon start to see results. And once you see results, motivation will take over from there and you will just keep going. The problem for most people is that they give up usually right before they see results. They work for a few weeks or months, they don’t see results, they give up and go for another method. They repeat this with any method the come across, and never make any decent money.
I took the plunge and signed up for 99Designs. I have already submitted 2 designs in my spare time. Now, in middle school and high school I was into art pretty hardcore. But my love from computers caused me to put down the pencil and pick up the keyboard. I am glad to find something that has gets me drawing again, and can earn me a bit on the side. Thanks again!

SurveyMomma is a 100% free survey directory that connects you with top companies that want to hear your opinion. It ranks survey companies based on feedback from members. it also provides a description of the type of rewards each survey company provides since not all companies reward with cash! This is very useful, since some members may only wish to do survey for cash rewards.
Medium is an online community where anyone can post articles and essays and get them in front of their audience of millions of monthly readers. While it can be a great place to build your audience for your own blog or find customers for your consulting business, with Medium’s new Partner Program, you can now make money online whenever someone reads your articles. Register for free and you can choose whether your articles are freely available or only readable by those people paying $5/month for a premium Medium membership. You’ll make money based on the amount of people who read and engage with your posts each month.
Develop a link building strategy – To boost your search rankings to the top, you must devise a link building plan using different tactics. Guest posting and influencer marketing are some of the better tactics you can use since both piggyback on the success of others. By guest posting on sites will lots of followers, you can tap into its readership and get them to visit your site in the hopes of converting them. Also, getting positive feedback from influencers in your industry lets you rub some of their authority onto your site.
The pay is .25 per minute of talk time. Agents typically make anywhere from $7-$14 per hour. As for the hours, they are totally flexible. You can choose which shifts you want to work each week and the shifts are broken down into half hour increments giving you optimal flexibility. You can even log in and work if you are not scheduled for some impromptu cash.”
26. Services – You can offer a paid service, such as life coaching, blog coaching, goal setting or financial planning. Just be sure to investigate all the legal implications and make sure you’re not claiming to be a professional if you’re not one. With a service like this, you’re basically using your blog to sell yourself. You’ll need to convince people that you’re worth buying and then be able to back up your claims once they purchase your service.
Armed with this knowledge you’d think that people would spend more time testing their theme or website layout to determine the optimal way to make money from their website right? Well, this is precisely why once you get your website to start earning ~$1,000 per month you should consider testing out a new theme. It doesn’t make sense to start testing theme changes or try moving to a new theme until you are making at least ~$1,000 per month.
And even if you're not a US citizen, you're still welcome at Get-Paid.com. Unlike quite a few companies out there, Get-Paid.com believes in helping international members get free money as well. As mentioned previously, you will get paid through one of the 4 supported payment processors. If PayPal (for example) does not accept your country, you can simply use AlertPay. If AlertPay doesn't accept you either, you can try LibertyReserve on for size and so on. The bottom line is that even as an international member, you can get free money thanks to Get-Paid.com. What are you waiting for? Whether you're from the US or an international Internet user, a great opportunity is right in front of you: sign up for a Get-Paid.com account and make some extra money 

Great ideas although I find writing 20 articles in a day too exhausting. Similarly, I doubt if you can collect aluminum cans in one a day that you can sell for at least $100, unless you will do it with other friends and colleagues. This is a good idea for a fundraiser, though. On the other hand, I would recommend baby/dog sitting or house/yard cleaning.
PulsePoint is a popular CPM network where you can set your own CPM prices. In order to be accepted in their network your site needs to have good amount of original content. They mostly sell to a US-based traffic. When setting the price, set a higher price than you make on your backup (example Adsense). If they can’t beat that price, your backup is displayed.
Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.
Teach other kids how to code: Lots of kids want to learn how to code and if you’ve mastered this skill, you can teach other kids through paid classes. Teaching other kids isn’t easy and it will take some skill to clearly explain basics that you, the expert, have probably known and understood for years. Get the word out about courses by building a website and handing out and hanging up fliers in places where kids will see them.
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Thanks for the post. Very informative for a newbie like me. I was wondering in order to apply as an affiliate for Amazon (or any affiliate for that matter) do they require a certain amount of traffic from you? Should I wait to apply as an affiliate until I build up more traffic or is it OK to go ahead and apply in order to start right away? Thanks!
Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.

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The average bid is $80, so obviously I´m pretty committed to give the best advice I can. We promptly find ourselves in the Messaging System, like a private instant chat email type thing. The person starts asking questions, I start answering them, throwing in a few suggestions of my own, and voilà! There are a whole bunch of reasons why I love the job, so maybe I´ll just beat ´em out in bullet points.


Your inventory is the ad space or placements that you have available to sell. You control this. The 100% best way to control this and to ensure that you are maximizing and optimizing this to its fullest potential is by testing hundreds of placements, sizes, etc. for all of your individual users. This is the only way to maximize your returns; while taking into account things like bounce rate and pageviews per visit. This is a daunting task. Luckily, there is a free tool that does all for this for you.
Slicethepie: Similar to MusicXRay, Slicethepie pays users to write reviews. While the company started out in the music industry it now provides reviews on fashion, mobile phone accessories, and other products. The company doesn’t disclose how much it pays per review but notes that there are incentives to write good reviews. Find more information here: Slicethepie.
Sure, there are some options like blogging that can make you a full time living but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But the majority of these methods, like surveys, reviewing, money making apps and so on, are not going to help you quite your day job. They are great for earning a little side cash in your free time. There is no need for me to hype things up and tell you otherwise.
Online savings accounts usually come with crazy good interest rates to help you grow your money faster (regular in-person banks can’t offer rates as high). We’re fans of CIT Bank and Discover Bank (among others) because their interest rates are often over 25 times the national average. That means the money in your savings account will grow 25 times faster than the pace it’s most likely growing at now. Really, though, you can’t go wrong with pretty much any online savings account that offers over 1.50% APY 🙂
I`m really excited in reading this useful info in the article. I found some resources that I have already known but of course there`s a something new regarding of making an extra money from home. But the only one thing I have missed in this place is the easiest way to make money online ( in my opinion) It`s Affiliate marketing or selling other people`s products or services
Starting travel affiliate business is perfect for those who are looking to start with small investment. You can earn money in the form of commissions. The advantage of these travel website is that you can launch your business within few hours by spending few dollars. There are many online solutions that offer turnkey travel websites but Travelerrr is the one gaining popularity for its unique features and money making capabilities

#1 – ActiveHours App – This is a new app available for both Apple and Android devices that allows you to get some of your paycheck early, to help out with those little emergencies when they arise. This company charges no fee for you to use their service, they just give you the opportunity to leave a small tip when you get your advance (but even that is optional).
There are a lot of good features in this book, but it is a bit more specific to making money in a tech-oriented service through Warrior Forums. Keep in mind, the author is a single young man able to support his minimalist lifestyle while living in a low cost area of the world. Therefore the lifestyle may work for someone similarly situated, but this will not necessarily replace your 9-5 while meeting the mortgage (as he correctly points out).
This one actually isn't one of the many ways to make money on Amazon, but it is a way to get stuff for free! The Vine program is very exclusive and by invitation only. Amazon invites only the highest-ranked reviewers of their products to join. Once you're in, you can get free merchandise in exchange for honest, well-written reviews. There are more details on how it works here.
Enjoy making silly videos? Even short, silly videos can sell products online. Find an product worth promoting that has an affiliate program, then target your video toward potential customers of that product. In your video summary on YouTube, place your affiliate link for the product, and after the video, do a 30-second still frame showing a short URL where people can buy the product. If your video is funny, informative, or useful, you may sell some products. Big tip: Try to promote a product that makes you a fair amount of money for each sale, but doesn’t cost a whole lot for the potential customer. You can find products on Commission Junction, for one.
Good post, Erica. You have provided a good list on how to make money online – scam free. I would go for ‘Help local businesses develop an online presence’ and ‘Interview other people and sell the interviews’ as these options would help me to interact with other businesses as well as other businessmen. This is a good way to network yourself and make your own circle of friends which may lead to something better.
A couple of things; 1.for monetization, I know you can make money legally with other people’s rss feed content on your site; my question is if you create an rss feed for a site that doesn’t have one using something like page2rss.com, can you legally monetize that on your site? Does the content owner have to be in charge of the feed like a normal rss? Most likely I’m guessing.
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Don't sacrifice morals for a quick buck — At the outset, you'll want to do all sorts of things to make money online, but don't sacrifice your morals for a quick buck. Not only will you put people off, but you'll lose Google's trust. You also shouldn't concern yourself with things like Adsense or other ads on a blog before you have around 100,000 visitors per day. Yes, per day. 
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Generating targeted traffic is a must, which you can succeed by the variety of ways The reason for monetization is very manageable to accomplish your purposes in the blogging world; we have to follow monetization and driving traffic strategies, we need to work hard. No matter how many obstacles come in any way, we just need to stick with; then we need determination because it’s not easy to make a successful blog and start getting enough traffic.


Good starting list! I appreciate the idea of establishing a small income stream that may compound into substantial revenue in the future. The same principal applies to investing and anyone that believes there is not work involved or that you can get rich quick with little effort is greatly mistaken. I have owned/sold several successful businesses, none of which were built over night or the easy way – long hours are mandatory for any business and you can forget about “The Hourly Value of Your Time” – that’s an employee mindset.
This is something that is fairly easy to learn and also in high demand. On Windows, one good program to edit audio is Sony Sound Forge. I use Sound Forge Audio Studio, but if you are doing this professionally, you might consider the upgrade to Sound Forge 9. Get the hang of editing out “um”s and “ah”s from audio. Even better is understanding the “flow” of an interview conversation and editing out portions that don’t make sense. Finally, learning to find and add intro music really gives podcasts that professional touch. Advertise your services on oDesk or eLance. I pay people to do this for the podcasts I am setting up on Inspiring Innovators, and it’s a job that can definitely be done from your house.
MTurk aims to make accessing human intelligence simple, scalable, and cost-effective. Businesses or developers needing tasks done (called Human Intelligence Tasks or “HITs”) can use the robust MTurk API to access thousands of high quality, global, on-demand Workers—and then programmatically integrate the results of that work directly into their business processes and systems. MTurk enables developers and businesses to achieve their goals more quickly and at a lower cost than was previously possible.
This job can take some time. You’ll need to find the books and be able to buy them cheap. But if you do, you may be able to make some decent money. Try to find popular textbooks for sale at cheap prices. BookScouter has a mobile app available too. The app helps you check buy offer prices right on the spot. You can check as you shop at local thrift stores, garage or other sales.
Your inventory is the ad space or placements that you have available to sell. You control this. The 100% best way to control this and to ensure that you are maximizing and optimizing this to its fullest potential is by testing hundreds of placements, sizes, etc. for all of your individual users. This is the only way to maximize your returns; while taking into account things like bounce rate and pageviews per visit. This is a daunting task. Luckily, there is a free tool that does all for this for you.
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Not only does YouTube reign as the most popular video sharing website on the Internet as of December 2013, it offers a variety of options for the savvy businessman looking to make money via video advertising. The website will place your pre-made advertisements before a streaming video begins, using special algorithms and viewer demographics to specially target potential customers according to your specifications. You only pay for an ad if a customer chooses to watch the entire ad you've marketed, giving you a broader chance of reaching your audience. Also, if you create your own video content and own the copyright to all materials you use, you can become a YouTube Partner and monetize your videos, allowing you to capitalize off your views and subsequent ad revenue.
Armed with this knowledge you’d think that people would spend more time testing their theme or website layout to determine the optimal way to make money from their website right? Well, I still see some of the worst converting themes around and that’s why I actually paid for a theme to be created specifically for these physical product focused websites I had been building.
Ok I have a FB page with over 160k likes. I am being contacted by people wanting to pay me 250-300$ per ad. Is this possibly legit? It’s alot of different people so it makes me wonder, but seems more logically that it would be a scam. I’ve loaded fb business manager and I’m told by the latest that they want to run an ad campaign on the side of my page for payment of that to do so. I can not find anywhere that people talk about such so it is probably just a scam. Please advise on how to be sure. Thanks.
At first, Second Life was a huge online community that was mostly just a novelty. But, as that community grew and the user base exploded, opportunities also grew for savvy and creative virtual entrepreneurs. Second Life offers users a creative and very flexible design tool where users can build their own items, from amazing cars to clothing to jewelry and more. Scripting is included so creators can incorporate functionality and behavior to those items. Rare, customized items are very much a status symbol within this virtual world – and they are rapidly increasing in demand and value. The place where you sell your items are most commonly right there in the virtual world. Blogs and forums throughout the Internet discuss the amazing items within their favorite niche, which you can find and buy on Second Life, such as this UK blog called “Music Thing.”

Video is growing like crazy. And more and more people are looking for professional help cutting their raw footage into viral-worthy content. If you have the right software and a bit of skill, you can easily make money online as a video editor. Check out these article of Fstoppers on how to become an online video editor and then look for relevant jobs on Mandy.com, Creative Cow Job Search, or ProductionHub.
Hi, I have been reading through your website there is some really good information for newbies. I already have some of your information on my blog but i thought i could share this with your users and yourself. I have over 12 websites and have been an internet marketer for a few years i have made money online but i have never made a steady income untill now.
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#5 – Etsy – This is another extremely popular online marketplace for people with crafty or vintage items to get rid of. Setting up an account is free and if your items sell, you'll get paid to Paypal instantly. Browse around to see what others post to get ideas for what you can sell there, take good pictures, and price your items very competitively to see some quick sales (and quick money).

Once you really focus your efforts on one method and stop jumping from one thing to another, you will soon start to see results. And once you see results, motivation will take over from there and you will just keep going. The problem for most people is that they give up usually right before they see results. They work for a few weeks or months, they don’t see results, they give up and go for another method. They repeat this with any method the come across, and never make any decent money.
Two years ago, Jacco Blankenspoor wrote a wonderful article detailing the 10 best ways to earn money from your website, but as the web evolves at an accelerated rate (and as a result, the way we engage with the web evolves), it’s ever the more important that our monetization methods evolve with it. If we want to monetize our websites effectively, it’s essential that we stay up-to-date with the current web and social trends.
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Most of the so called ‘home jobs’ are scams or pay almost nothing, which is why I recommend starting your own online business. And out of all the online business models, affiliate marketing is by far the simplest and easiest to start on a shoestring budget. You probably won’t earn much in your first 6-12 months but the profit potential is very high if you stick with it long enough. Which means in the long run it’s well worth it.


Ebates ($10 free signup bonus): Shop online through their website at more than 2,000 stores like Sephora, Macy’s, and Apple. Ebates members also special discounts, promo codes, and coupons. You earn cash back with each purchase and will receive it in the form of a check or through PayPal. If it’s already cheaper to shop online, why not make it even cheaper?
SwagBucks PayPal gift card redemption is definitely not instant. Their website says it can take up to 10 business days. I have cashed in several PayPal gift cards with them and it could take anywhere from 24 hours to the full 10 days to receive them. About 5 business days seems to be most common. Don’t get me wrong…I love earning with SwagBucks. But Paypal payment is definitely not instant.
Great Ideas! I use Instagc. In your spare time on your computer. While you won’t get rich – this is a perfect way to earn extra spending money – either cash or gift cards. I am a mom of a college kid who uses this site and earns his own spending money for gas or his fun things. I myself have earned over $500 this year and only get to spend a couple of hours (if lucky) a day.
If you are great at typing fast and transcribing, this is for you! By signing up at Transcribe Me, you get to work on tasks where you are expected to turn audios and videos into text form. What’s more, you get to determine your work schedule and have the opportunity to have a career progression. All that you need is a computer connected to the internet and your transcription skills. Tracking of your weekly work is easy and in real-time. You also get to request for your payment at anytime as long as you have a minimum balance of $20. This is released in a fast and secure way through PayPal every Thursday before 9 a.m. EST.
If you are chosen to tutor someone, Enroll will contact you. Your first two tutoring sessions with Enroll are done for free. This helps you build credibility and get some experience tutoring with them. After that, any work you get hired for will be paid work. Enroll will pay you real money for tutoring students who need your help. You’ll get paid for teaching the subjects you are best at.

This channel has impacted me by allowing me to see a way out of the traditional way of working. I had no idea all of the bountiful opportunities that there were online and it’s opened my eyes to the possibilities. I remember a video you did a while back on jobs that pay you for your voice and from that I took a liking to voice acting. Thank You for all that you do on this channel I now work from home and I love every minute of it.
#13 – Run an advertising sale – Offer direct advertising on your site and run a sale. Contact any advertisers that have advertised with you before and also any potential advertisers to let them know they can get exposure very inexpensively for whatever period of time you're going to offer it. There's a good chance some of them will bite and you'll get paid. You can even advertise it to your readers in case any of them have something they want to advertise.
I love the idea and that they make it so easy because the retail world is due for this type of disruption. This doesn’t happen as much with jeans and other daily wear items but those things you wear less than half a dozen times, like more formal dresses or accessories, just collect dust. You might as well recapture some of the value by selling it. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Creating good products that are well made and polished require a ton of time and additional resources (like design, content, etc.). There’s a lot of ‘hidden costs’ in both time spent and the contractors to collaborate with. Selling your own products on your site also brings up problematic issues like payment gateways (how are you going to collect payment?), shipping (how are you going to mail or distribute the products?) and taxes (oh man, don’t even get me started with that one!).
Websites like Survey Junkie will pay you a decent chunk of change for the low-maintenance, borderline mindless task of completing surveys. Companies want to understand consumers better, and one way they do that is by compensating survey-takers (a.k.a. you). Most surveys pay between $0.50 and $1.25, and many of them take less than 5 minutes to do. You can read our full Survey Junkie review for more info.
Well, what you do depends partly on what you have the skills to do. Obviously you can run a computer, but online jobs aren’t the only ones out there. You could also clean houses, paint, wash cars, babysit, walk dogs, or any other things someone needs help with and is willing to pay you to do. The thing to do is, keep an open mind and don’t hesitate to ask others if they need help. Then, use your money wisely. Don’t just spend it all. Save and invest some too.

Teach other kids how to code: Lots of kids want to learn how to code and if you’ve mastered this skill, you can teach other kids through paid classes. Teaching other kids isn’t easy and it will take some skill to clearly explain basics that you, the expert, have probably known and understood for years. Get the word out about courses by building a website and handing out and hanging up fliers in places where kids will see them.
Fiverr is one of the biggest providers in the gig economy on the web and you can sell a wide variety of services and products through this medium. Do the research and find out what you can offer. However, keep in mind that like any other money-making task, it takes time to succeed here. And stellar reviews will help you generate more and more income over time.
Free online surveys that pay can also make you a lot of money by itself. If you join more than just Get-Paid.com, you can make money online. All it takes is a little bit of research into the companies that really pay. Beware though, there are a lot of sites out there that will just use you and not pay you for your time. Nobody wants that, so get with Get-Paid.com as we are sure that they pay 100%. That much we know for sure.
Businesses from all over the world provide us with surveys for you to complete online. We then reward our users who successfully complete each survey by giving them a percentage of what we earn. So you get paid for simply giving your opinion and you don't even have to leave the house. To date we have matched thousands of participants with hundreds of different businesses.

Once you are all set up, Live Ops has an excellent online training program that teaches you how to handle calls from customers. You will be taking calls for many different companies. When you start working, your phone will ring and a script will pop up on your screen. You simply read the script word for word and input customer information as you go along. If customers have questions, there is a section on your screen with FAQ’s and you are also logged into a virtual chat room should you need to ask for support from a supervisor.

In 2017, there were almost 90 million pet dogs in the US. Which has opened up a huge opportunity to make money online as a dog watcher or sitter. Specialized sites like Rover or Care.com connect pet owners with pet walkers, sitters, and boarding houses to help look after their best friends when they’re at work or on a trip. If you’re an animal lover, you can make extra money and get to spend some quality time with a furry friend.

I’ve been using Amazon’s affiliate program for a little over two years and during that time I’ve had a lot of success with it. In fact, this income source was the second largest chunk of my total $150k+ 2010 income. If I hadn’t sold one of my larger Amazon focused sites last year for six figures this income source would have easily eclipsed $100,000 by now.


One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital, which enables him to manage his finances in just 15-minutes each month. If you sign up and link up an investment account with $1,000+ within 40 days, you get a $20 Amazon gift card. They also offer financial planning, such as a Retirement Planning Tool that can tell you if you're on track to retire when you want. It's free.
After listening to your show, I found a lead to my first side hustle. For my wife’s program and mine, we are required to have CPR. We took our class to meet these requirements, and I talked with our instructor who passed my name to the owner letting him know I was curious about becoming an instructor. I was contacted about certifying myself to teach classes! – John S.
So assuming you promote a legitimate product, in an ethical manner and in a way that abides by the rules, then the result could benefit your audience (since you’re putting good products in front of them) and could generate you some revenue. However, if you promote something of low value, in a scammy way, and you don’t follow the rules, it will probably end in disaster.
Tyler is an award-winning marketer, SEO expert, successful blogger, and keynote speaker. He has composed content for some of the world's top publications and has over a decade of experience building businesses in the digital space. Tyler is the current Head of Marketing at Ezoic and serves as an SEO and marketing expert for start-up competitions across the U.S.
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