15 Legit Ways to Make Money Online - Easily From Your Couch
August 23, 2016 Smita Benjamin 11 min read
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Have you ever heard someone saying "If making money was that easy, EVERYONE would do it".
The fact is majority of people don't believe that they can make money online.
So despite that fact that online making money is easy, not everyone is doing it.
And because not everyone is doing it, it's relatively easier to achieve financial success online than doing offline. It's only a matter of time before this space gets crowded. In fact already few blogging niches have got heavily crowded, so you better start sooner than later.
I will show you here 14 legit ways people are using to make money from their home.
I keep reading plenty of success stories of moms, students and retired dads who have made millions online.
Have you ever thought why typically these profiles of people only make money online?
That's because other lot of people who have the potential to get an employment doesn't believe or don't even want to believe that they can earn money from their couch.
So the only people left who would possible try to earn online are stay-at-home- moms, students and retired dads.
Now if I have made myself clear, let's explore some of the ways people are making money online.
1. Get paid to answer questions
Don't be surprised.
There are people ready to pay you to answer questions for them.
Right answer is hard to find and often involves tedious research. But if you have a grip on any subject than finding the right answer will be a cake walk for you or in most cases you may not even need to research if you already know the answers.
Boom, you can make good money in no seconds answering questions for those how need it and are ready to part with some cash for the job. Here are 13 websites that pay you to answer questions.
2. Get paid to answer questions on Quora
This is not a regular job. But if you have few minutes to spare each day you can actually make money answering question on Quora. You already know that Quora is a Q&A platform. As of August, 2016, about 9,601,527questions have been posted. Here is a quick hack that you can use to find total questions posted on Quora as of NOW!
Getting back to the question of how I can earn money by merely answering questions on Quora, here is the latest update. Quora has introduced "Knowledge Prize". This is the newest product of Quora. You can earn from anywhere between few hundred dollars to even thousands of dollars. If you are great at writing proficient answers, check out this article about "Knowledge Prize" from Quora .
3. Get paid for Playing games Online
Wow - that's a dream come true for many people. I know few of my friends who can play games for hours together. It sounds too good to be true. Here is a screenshot of a Paypal account from a Reddit user that shows how he made $10,000 playing games.
There are game development companies who want to get their games tested by real users before they roll it out in the market. You can make easy money playing games, but the only caveat is that you have to provide feedback and report any bugs that you may encounter while playing the game. Here is a list of 13 companies that pay you to play games online. It sounds very interesting to me because not only my friends get to be the first few to play the games before it is launched. They also get paid for doing so. Interestingly you don't need any college degree to become a game tester. By the way, few game companies let you keep the games! (and that's what I call bonus).
4. Get paid for completing surveys
Many people are already making money with online surveys, so I am including this into the list. With little research I was surprised to see how much people are actually earning by answering few questions. You can earn as much as $5 for completing paid surveys that will take anywhere 15 to 30 minutes of your time. Once you have earned certain amount you can width draw your payment using Paypal. Threshold for minimum payout varies from survey company to company. Here is a list of 10 survey companies you should checkout.
5. Make Money With Fiverr
Fiverr is a great place to sell your service for $5. You will find here people ready to pay you $5 to do just about anything from writing articles, reviewing websites to teach over Skype. I made $6000 on Fiver writing articles for three months. That's good money. But there's a catch. If you work for $5 on Fiverr you will not make that much amount of money in three months. You will have to work out a through plan that ensures you make $2000 per month on Fiverr. You can read exact steps that I followed to make over $2000 a month on Fiverr. Below is the screen shot from one of my Fiverr account that shows my earning for roughly three months.
6. Sell Stock Photographs
If you love taking photographs, you must already be sitting on a huge stack of high quality photographs which you can sell for cash. The best thing is that you can continue to sell same photographs over and over again depending on the selling terms. If you already don't have photographs, you can start by buying yourself a high end camera. This may cost you anywhere $300 upwards. I have compiled a list of websites where you can sell your photographs for cash.
If you love expressing yourself in writing, become a blogger. Top bloggers are making millions per month, blogging and so even you. But it takes plenty of time and effort before you will earn your first dollar. Many bloggers started blogging as a means to share their knowledge, views, and ideas and today they have built a thriving business out of it. According to one report there are only few blogs that are making millions. You have to select high rewarding niche for your blog to make sure you have swarms of visitors for your blog and you get high CPC ad rates for the advertisement you display on your blog. Here is a set-by-step guide to set-up your blog in two days without any technical knowledge. Bloggers typically earn through multiple ways from their blog. One of the easiest ways to earn by leveraging ad networks such as Google adsense. Ad networks play big money to place ads on your website. Every time a visitor clicks on one of the ads on your website, you get a portion of ad revenue from respective ad network. Here is a list of ways through which you can monetize your blog: For details you can read this article - "20 ways to make money from your blog".
- Affiliate product - Step-by-step guide to sell affiliate product on your website
- Ad networks - Complete list of ad networks
- Direct ads - A How-to guide on direct ads and list of market places to get direct ads
- eBooks - A quick guide on writing eBook and selling it for profit
- Sell Products - Learn why it makes more sense to sell your own product than earn from ads
- Coaching / consulting - How these top bloggers are making millions through coaching and consulting
- Speaking assignments - More than 20% revenues of top bloggers come from speaking assignments
- Writing assignments - Write articles for other blogs for money
- Sponsored articles - Earn by publishing sponsored articles on your website
- Subscription - Sell subscription or membership of your website
8. Become a freelance writer
This is extremely popular and amazingly successful way of making money. I have made a good living for about two years as a freelance writer.
As a freelance writer you can make anywhere from $5 to $60 per 500 words articles. Some freelance writers make even $200 and upwards. But that's when you have marketed yourself well in the freelancing world and created a list of websites that pay really well for writing gig.
There is good money in freelance writing but it's a process.
You should focus on building impressive portfolio of your work and improve your writing skills to make serious money from writing jobs.
9. Sell Online Courses on Udemy
You can make online courses of things you know and sell it on Udemy. You have to put in your efforts only once to create online course and you can earn from it as long as people buy your course from Udemy. Udemy has a varied list of courses ranging from design, marketing, lifestyle, language, music to personal development. If you consider yourself expert in anything you should start teaching others online and get paid for it.
10. Earn from Youtube
Top earners on Youtube are making millions monthly. But to earn from Youtube, you will have t create original videos. You can create tutorials, you can give gadget reviews, you can sing songs, you can be a standup comedian or you can just create videos on anything that you think people will be interested in watching, go for it. Think you don't have a digital camera; use your mobile phone to create videos, use free screen recorders to create tutorials. All you need is creativity to make descent money from Youtube. Here is a report on everything you will need to know to make money from Youtube.
11. Start Amazon Business
There are scores of people making between $5000 and $10,000 a month selling products on Amazon. I consider Amazon as one of the best ways to make money online because it can be started with very lo capital. You can scale your business according to your comfort zone. You can structure it the way you want. Amazon is an established business with millions of visitors visiting the website each month. That means you don't really need to worry about finding your customers. You just need to setup your store on Amazon and see the sales figures climbing. Here is a quick guide on everything you will need to know about starting your Amazon business.
12. Become an online tutor
If you are a college student, especially from management or engineering stream, you can start making fast cash by uploading your assignments, exam questions, homework questions and notes at Transtutors and make easy money. The only caveat is that the question should be college level and should be different from what had already uploaded on the website. Here is a quick guide on how to become online tutor on Transtutors + complete list of website where you can sell your notes.
13. Sell Your Art work
If there is an artist within you, you can make money selling your arts.DeviantArt.com is a good starting point since it has a large active community and is also the largest online art gallery. You just need to upload pictures of your art work to start selling your creations.
14. Get paid to Test websites and Apps
Websites like usertesting.com pays its users for testing new websites or new apps. Software development companies put up their website they want to get tested. Users (you) can pick project and test the websites based on the guidelines and get paid for testing work. Broadly you need to test the website for display, performance issues, and possible bugs and give your feedback on overall user experience.
15. Become a virtual assistant
The best thing about being virtual assistant is the fact that there is no such thing as a typical day.
Virtual assistant deal with variety of clients, which means they get to do variety of jobs from social media marketing to content writing to replying emails to blog scheduling to even graphic design.
It's an excellent work-from-home opportunity and also the most cost effective way of making money from home.
Virtual assistants charge others for their time and skills they already have. Nevertheless, you also get to learn lot of new skills right on the job. If you're wondering how to start, here is a short tutorial on what it takes to become virtual assistant.
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A first-rate journalist, Smita Benjamin expertly covers wide variety of topics around web traffic building, website traction and blogging. She helps companies with strategic content planning to drive highly targeted traffic. She loves reading, travelling and exploring new places.
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