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Although there are tons of ways to make money online scam free, many people struggle to find a method that works for them. Most people usually give up & continue working at their job which they hate, despite high-paying jobs & businesses being available online.
So today I have prepared a list of 40 ways to make money online scam-free.
This list is a mixture of online jobs, online businesses & other ways you can make money online. Even, if you have never made a cent online, I am sure that at least one of these methods will work for you!
40 Ways To Make Money Online Scam Free
First on our list is YouTube, which has huge earning potential.
All you need to do is create videos around literally any topic that you are interested in, and grow your channel.
There are tons of ways to monetize your channel, but the most popular way is probably through AdSense, which is the Google advertising network. However, you can also combine YouTube with other online businesses such as affiliate marketing, dropshipping, drop servicing or even selling your own info products.
I would definitely recommend creating a YouTube channel, as once you have grown it, it will change your life for the better and it will be something that you will always make money off.
Overall, YouTube is an amazing income opportunity for anyone.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Next on our list is affiliate marketing, which is an amazing beginner-friendly online business. In fact, it’s the business that I am in myself and I love it.
What Affiliate Marketing is, is that the affiliate (you) will sell somebody else’s product through your special tracking link and when a sale is made, the affiliate makes a commission.
The reason, it’s great for beginners is that you do not need:
To have your own product
In fact, in some cases, you do not even need a website!
If this sounds like something that you would be interested in learning, I would definitely recommend reading through the “Affiliate Marketing” section of this blog!
Dropshipping, another super lucrative online business that anyone can start!
Dropshipping is when you sell physical products that you do not own on a website, but when somebody purchases a product from your store, you go and purchase it from a supplier for a cheaper price but get the item shipped to your customer’s house.
Pretty cool huh?
Common pieces of software used to build these dropshipping stores are ClickFunnels, WooCommerce & Shopify.
The most popular supplier is Aliexpress, as you can get cheap items from China which allows you to have high-profit margins!
A great place to learn dropshipping is YouTube and I would recommend learning before you jump in, as it is a real business which means that there are proven strategies that you can use to succeed!
Next on our list is Fiverr which is the biggest online freelancing marketplace. On Fiverr, you can sell ANY service and by any, I mean ANY. You can sell yourself as a human billboard, you can sell spokesperson videos, it can be anything.
All you need to do is head over to Fiverr, switch to a sellers account & create your service.
If you are going to sell your services on Fiverr, I recommend analyzing your competitors to see the price that you can charge. A good strategy is to under-charge while you are starting (sell really cheap), then once you get tons of 4-5 star reviews, you can over-charge as you will have social proof.
I know a couple of freelancers that have told me this worked wonders for them, as now they can sell their services up to five times higher than everyone else on Fiverr.
5. Drop Servicing
Next on our list is drop-servicing, which works the same as the dropshipping business model, just with services.
Personally, I think drop-servicing is better because there is no shipping and especially not any shipping from china.
As I said earlier, a lot of Fiverr sellers sell their services pretty cheap, which means that you can sell them for more (a lot more if you do it right) somewhere else.
The key in drop-servicing is to have a reliable seller, as well as to sell the service in the right place so you can make a big profit.
If this sounds like something that you are interested in, I recommend having a look at the Drop Servicing Guide.
6. Using Instagram
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, but it is also a legit way to make money online.
The way you make money on Instagram is by growing an audience in a certain niche (category).
Then once you have done so, you can either sell advertising space/promotions on your page.
Or, you can sell affiliate products or even your own products.
The key is to just focus on growing an audience and staying consistent.
If you are interested in growing an Instagram page, I recommend having a look at the Instagram Affiliate Marketing Guide, as I explain how to grow a page in that guide, as well as some monetization tips!
7. Writing E-Books
Want to become an author?
Well, thanks to the Internet, it’s pretty easy…
You can write E-books and sell them on platforms such as Amazon Kindle or even sell them on your own website.
Again, these E-books can be on any topic you wish, or they can even be stories!
If you do decide to start writing e-books, I recommend putting a lot of effort into promoting it as well, this way you will be able to sell more.
Also, the beauty of e-books is that they are digital, so you don’t need to worry about shipping or anything like that, as they are just downloads.
Udemy is a platform where you can sell digital courses.
Often people get a little confused when it comes to digital courses, as they think that they have to sell courses on topics that they aren’t familiar with, for example, digital marketing.
However, this isn’t the case…
You can sell courses in anything you wish, whether it be cooking, writing or design, you can sell courses!
Udemy is one of the most popular places to sell courses and it is really easy to do, so if you have some sort of knowledge, you can sell it!
9. Domain Flipping
Domains are website names, in case you didn’t know.
Each domain has to be unique and often companies who want a certain domain, will pay BIG amounts of money for them.
The best thing is that you can buy domains for as little as $1 per year.
So, what you need to do is find domains that are brandable for companies & then sell it.
You can use Godaddy’s Valuation Tool or Estibot to find the value of domains and when you have found a valuable one that is available, you can purchase it.
After you have purchased it, you can then sell it for a way higher price.
Next on our list is Upwork, which is pretty similar to Fiverr as it is also a freelancing network.
The difference between Fiverr & Upwork is that Upwork is a lot more professional, meaning the services sold at Upwork are usually sold for a higher price.
So, if you can fulfill some sort of professional service, I would recommend selling it on Upwork, as you can charge some pretty good money for most services.
Another way to make money by using Upwork, Fiverr & drop servicing is finding a good seller on Fiverr that sells a professional service and selling on Upwork for a higher price. Now, you should make sure that the Fiverr seller is of the standard on Upwork, but this is a pretty good way to make money online.
11. Legally Abusing Casinos
The next two methods are two of my personal favorites because these are methods that I used to raise capital when I started affiliate marketing.
Now, legally abusing casinos doesn’t work in all countries. In fact, it works in a very few. If you are in the United Kingdom, I can say that it works, because that’s where I am and I did it.
So, how does it work?
Well, casinos often offer special promotions to new customers to get them in and often these promotions have a lot of value.
For example, let’s say a Casino is offering a £30 Casino Bonus that has to be played through once if you deposit and wager £30 on a slot.
Slots have a set RTP (Return To Player) rate, which is usually around 96%. So, that means for every £10 you play on average you will lose 40p.
That means with the example offer of above, if we play £30, we will lose £1.20. However, now we will have the £30 bonus and if we play through it once, we will come out with an extra £28.80.
Meaning a total profit of £27.60.
You do this for every casino site that has a good offer & you can make some pretty good money. However, you should learn the skill first and make sure you fully understand how to spot profitable offers. Every offer that you attempt should be backed by maths.
12. Matched Betting
Matched betting is another way of legally exploiting gambling companies.
It works in sports betting, by betting for & against a certain outcome on two different websites, to trigger a free bet that a bookmaker is offering.
You can then use the same process to turn this free bet into cash.
Again, this is only available in certain countries such as the United Kingdom.
Matched betting is usually even more profitable than abusing casinos because the quality of most offers is simply amazing.
There also is no risk involved at all.
If you would like to start matched betting & you are in the United Kingdom, I recommend signing up to TeamProfit.com as they have a FREE guide that will help you make your first £1000 online completely risk-free!
13. Amazon FBA
Next on our list is Amazon FBA, which is a business model that will need upfront Investment in products.
What Amazon FBA is, is that you will send Amazon products that Amazon will store and sell on their platform.
Here is a list of things that you will need to do:
If Amazon FBA is something that you would like to go into, you need to understand that there is an upfront investment & that you need to learn it well first.
So, go and do your research on Amazon FBA!
14. Become A Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant is another online job that almost anyone can do.
There are a lot of business owners & entrepreneurs that need virtual assistants. If you don’t know what a virtual assistant does it can be anything, depending on what the employer needs.
Common services that virtual assistants do are:
It can be anything, and often entrepreneurs prefer to have one virtual assistant that can do it all, so try and come up with as many services as possible, and then you will find it pretty easy to get a VA job!
15. Writing Articles
By writing articles, I don’t mean blogging.
I mean finding pages that will pay you to write content for them, there are tons out there! A lot of them will even pay between $100-$200 per article if you are a good writer! Again, this is available on so many different topics so it is something that you should consider!
That means they don’t have time to manage their social media accounts.
Well, that is exactly where you will come in because a lot of companies & entrepreneurs will pay you to simply manage their social media accounts. Some of these companies will even pay a decent amount of money for this service.
It’s a great online job to start, especially if you are pretty new as all you need to do is upload content.
Sometimes, you can charge a lot more by creating the content as well, so that might be something that you want to look at.
17. User Testing
Have you ever heard of these user testing jobs?
Well, they exist! Companies want to ensure that they have a nice user experience so they pay people to test out their dashboards, applications or similar things to ensure that the user experience is good.
One thing you must note is that they are looking for actual feedback, so you will have to give an in-depth review of the application you are testing, as they do want to get an honest idea of the experience of their application.
However, these jobs are paid pretty well (up to $60 per hour), so it is something that you could have a look at.
Starting a blog is another legit writing-based way to make money online.
However, I must say that it has the biggest potential from the writing-based methods.
It has unlimited potential as you can keep producing more & more content. As it is a type of business, it will be a little slow in the beginning, but once you start earning, it is life-changing.
There are tons of ways that you can monetize a blog which include:
As you can see there are tons of ways. So what you need to focus on is building up the traffic.
If you want to start a blog, I recommend getting hosting with Bluehost as they are incredibly cheap & have an amazing service.
Hosting starts at $60 per year with Bluehost and they have a 1 click WordPress install feature which is what you will need to start a blog.
19. Generating Leads
Next on our list is generating leads.
Many companies pay their partners to generate leads for them, you can find these by searching Google for “CPA Offers + Country”. CPA stands for cost per acquisition, which is the cost you will be paid per acquisition (lead)
There are tons of different ways that you could do this for example through paid ads or content marketing. It is a type of business though, so I recommend learning about it first.
You can head over to YouTube and search for “How To Start CPA Marketing”
It’s pretty similar to affiliate marketing, but instead of being paid when you make a sale, you will be paid when someone enters their contact information.
While it is a good way to make money online, it does require a decent amount of learning, so I recommend that you do so before jumping into CPA marketing.
20. Use Twitter
Twitter is another social media platform that you can use to make money online.
It works similar to Instagram, you build an audience and then you combine it with other business models or sell ad space. The advantage that Instagram & Twitter have is that you can easily follow people who are interested in your niche and often they will follow you back.
That will allow you to grow your account quicker while building a targeted audience.
Again, you can do this with any niche that you are interested in and once you have built up an audience, you can monetize it.
21. Design E-Books (Not Write)
Another way that you can make money online is by designing E-books and I don’t mean writing them. A lot of companies that create e-books pay freelancers to make them look nice, which means that you can get paid to do so.
There are pieces of software out there such as Sqribble, that allow anyone to do this, so it is something that you can do. Apart from the small cost for the software, there is no upfront cost at all, so it is great for beginners.
All you need to do is, purchase the software (that costs around $67) and use it to design e-books which you can charge $20 for.
It’s pretty simple, but effective.
22. Start Coaching
Coaching is something that you can charge a lot for in almost any field.
It can be in anything, business, self-improvement, health, weight loss, relationships or even cooking. If you know a specific field, you can coach in that field and earn some pretty decent money.
It’s something that you should look at because if you have some sort of specific knowledge, I am guessing that you would probably enjoy coaching in that field as well.
23. Sell A Course
Again, another knowledge-based business.
The difference between this & Udimi is that by selling a course normally, you will sell it on your website. Usually, this will mean that you have to put a little more effort into advertising & promoting it, but you can charge a lot more.
This is also something that you can do in any field that you have some sort of specialist knowledge.
Also, a lot of people charge tons for courses often between $500-$10,000! However, when you are starting, I recommend to not charge that much unless you have a good marketing plan and you are 100% sure that it is worth those amounts to other people.
24. Work As Online Support
There are tons of online businesses that need new members for their support team.
And guess what?
If you are somewhat fluent in English, you already have a big advantage. I mean, most online businesses in today’s digital world, have a little live chat feature and they need somebody to be able to respond to any support requests. Even, if you only find a job that doesn’t pay a lot, it’s still not too bad, because usually, you will be able to just be on your computer and when somebody contacts support in your hours, you just need to help the customer solve their problem.
It is quite easy and a great way to make some extra cash from home.
Airbnb is another lucrative way that you can make money online.
The first way, the more obvious way is to rent out any unused space that you might have. However, you can also make money on Airbnb by renting out space that isn’t even yours. The way it works is by you find people who are looking to rent out some of their space and then you post it on Airbnb for a higher price. Once, you find somebody then your profit is the difference.
Again, I recommend researching this first, because this is illegal in some parts of the world. You should also always be transparent with the person who owns the room/apartment/home.
TikTok, the latest trending music app that teens are using…
Well, you can use TikTok to make money online. It works just like all the other social media platforms on this list, you have to build up an audience. However, with TikTok, there is one key difference. Once you have built up that audience, you need to transfer it to another platform.
TikTok is not evergreen. Do you remember that app called vine?
Yep, it died. Now, if you rely on one of these platforms and they die, then so will your audience. So you must transfer your following to a platform such as YouTube or email that will not die. Or, at least not any time soon.
27. Buying & Selling Websites
Again, this is similar to buying & selling domains, the only difference is that it is with websites.
For example, you can do this with blogs.
Often when bloggers give up in their early days they look to sell their blog for extremely cheap.
This is where you come in, you can go and buy these websites for extremely cheap and sell them to somebody who recognizes the potential as well as the work that was put into it.
You can make pretty big profits doing by using marketplaces such as flippa
28. Buying & Selling Physical Products
Physical products are also very profitable.
There are tons of ways you can do this to make a nice amount of extra cash on the side.
One way that you could do this is by finding items that are listed for free on craigslist & similar sites and then selling them.
Anything you make is profit.
You can also ask friends & family if they have any unwanted stuff which you can also sell and usually they will let you keep some of the profit.
Lastly, you can also go to garage sales or thrift shops & buy cheap items that you flip for more online.
Gary Vaynerchuk is the absolute king of this, see the video below.
29. Import Items Not Available In Your Country
Next, we have another unique way of using the Internet to make money.
There are always items that are not available in certain countries, but everyone in that country wishes they are. Usually speaking, you can order these items online and sell them for a higher price.
The difference between the prices is your profit.
If you do decide to do this, make sure to research whatever you are ordering well & to take the shipping costs into account.
30. Online Surveys
From all of these methods on this list, this is the least recommended method.
I remember always trying these when I was a teen and it never worked out for me. However, a couple of people have told me that they make money online through surveys, so I thought I would include them.
Saying that there are a few things that you should watch out for. For example, when survey sites give you a sign-up bonus, but you can’t withdraw it until you have earned double the amount and you earn like 30 cents for half an hour of work.
There are tons of sites where the amount you earn is so little that it is not worth it. However, if you are looking to make some easy cash on the side, then you could consider online surveys, but make sure to research different sites to find the best-paying sites.
31. Create Content & Sell It
Next on our list is creating content and selling it.
Now, this can be any sort of content, images, videos, and writing.
Often content creators get lazy and they want to purchase content, so if you can create this content, you can sell it. Also, in terms of videos, something that pays quite well is “explainer” type videos.
Businesses often use these on sales pages and often YouTube channels purchase these as well.
So, if you could learn to create those that would be very beneficial.
32. Create A Membership Site
Membership sites are a beautiful business model, especially if you are charging monthly!
A lot of people always think membership sites have to be the next Netflix or Spotify, but no they don’t.
They can be a basic web application or even just information that is updated regularly.
Membership sites are easy to build with pieces of software such as ClickFunnels. However, do some research first!
33. Peer To Peer Lending
Peer to peer lending is another way to make some extra cash online.
It benefits everyone, apart from the middle man which is the bank because they are being cut out. Of course, you should still use contracts to always be on the safe side, but it is a great way to make some passive income if you have some money to invest.
Interest rates vary, but usually, you will get more than what the bank will pay you, which is the whole reason why this is popular.
If this is something that you would like to go into, I would always recommend doing legal research & maybe looking for some legal advice.
34. Start An Online Magazine
Starting an online magazine is also an online business model that works with any topic.
You can offer a free version of your magazine to help bring in new leads who you then offer the premium version to in the future. It’s pretty easy and you can start a magazine on any topic you like. Sports, reality tv, business, health, weight-loss, whatever you want.
This is also a business model that can be fun to start with friends who have similar interests.
It has life-changing earning potential if you stay consistent.
Do you speak two languages?
If you do, maybe translating is the best option for you!
Translators can be a very high paying online job, so if you speak two languages that is something you can do to earn money online. Selling your translation service on websites such as Fiverr, will not allow you to get the best possible pay due to the competitiveness of the platform.
What you should do instead is find high-revenue companies that need and value your service.
That’s how you will be paid as much as possible for your service.
36. Become Part Of An eJury
When attorneys prepare for a trial, they look to create a mock trial that will give them some idea of the possible reaction from the Jury.
So, they go online and pay people (you) to become a mock juror. The pay can be anywhere from $10 to $60 per case. I would not recommend to try and do this full-time as sometimes you won’t be accepted, but it can be a great way to make some extra cash online.
It is also country-specific, so you need to see if becoming part of an eJury is available in your country.
Podcasting has become increasingly popular recently and it can also be monetized in many ways.
You can combine your podcast with another business & use it to drive more sales. You could also include sponsored content or sell advertising space within your podcast.
Again, just like social media, podcasts are really easy to monetize once you have grown your audience, so just focus on picking a niche and growing your podcast.
Once, you have done so you can look at monetizing it.
38. Become A Streamer
Streamers can earn some really good cash online if they have the viewers.
If you think that you would enjoy streaming then I would recommend it. Again, there are tons of different streaming platforms available such as Twitch & you can make some really good money off of streaming almost anything.
As with most other audience-based businesses, there are also tons of different ways that you can monetize your audience including:
There are tons of Transcribing Jobs online.
A Transcribing job is when you convert different audio files into text. These jobs can pay pretty well, especially in industries such as medical & law. You probably won’t be able to jump into the highest paying job straight away, but there are quite a few online transcribing jobs that do not require any experience.
If you use these jobs to gain some experience, you can then move onto higher-paying transcribing jobs in the future.
Lastly, we have to be creative & creating something new.
Now, while this might be the least practical method on this list, it might be able to spark your creativity and you may be able to come up with something new that will have huge earning potential, so I thought I would include it.
Also, sometimes, you don’t even have to create something new, you can just put a twist on something that already exists. Or you can become a bridge between two parties that are looking for each other & act as the middle man.
For example, you could start your own survey site, and pay users 20% less than what the companies pay you. That 20% is your profit.
I mean there are so many opportunities out there, you just have to be creative and keep an eye out for them!