If you want to earn a little extra money, one of the best ways is to find an online job that can pay you by the task or hourly basis.
The internet, however, is full of “opportunities” that aren't really opportunities. Some are scams. Some are a waste of time.
We sort through them to find the online jobs where you can potentially make $2500 or more if you put in the work.
These are not get-rich-quick opportunities. You will need to work but the potential is there. As an example, the second one on our list is freelance writing. If you're a good writer, you can hit the ground running and earn hundreds of dollars to write once you find the right clients. If you're not a good writer, you may get paid less as you get better and find more clients. The potential is there but so is the work.
Listen, while many people are using the web for shopping, surfing and chatting with friends, others are using it to make money!
Here are just a few ways you can take advantage:
Taking Online Surveys
Talk of earning money taking online surveys has become a staple of web-based income discussions.
Unfortunately, there are more than a few scams out there. Some services will compensate you with reward points, but there are some that pay cash.
Here are some of the best survey sites:
The surveys are usually fast and good for when you have some downtime, but you won't be able to earn a living with them. They're purely supplemental.
Tutoring Chinese Kids with VIPKid
If you have any type of education background, formal or informal, and a Bachelor's degree, you can teach English to Chinese kids on VIPKid. You don't have to be a former classroom teacher, you can have experience being a tutor or any number of less formal educational roles. The key is a comfort with teaching and when the students are kids in China, it's not as intimidating as you think.
We interviewed Whitney, a former teacher making $2,000+ a month as a VIPKid tutor. She walks you through the entire process, including how you can earn up to $22 per hour (in 30-minute blocks) and as much or as little as you want.
VIPKid is not the only game in town, here are a few other services that compete against them:
Flexible Remote Jobs
FlexJobs is a remote, part-time to full-time, and freelance job board that has flexible work in 50 different career categories, from Account Management and Accounting to Writing and Web Design. These are not “gigs” in the sense that you're working a few hours and then have to find another gig.
This is a job board specifically for remote jobs similar to how sites like Indeed are for full-time employment. It's a subscription service, so there is a cost if you sign up (but free to search) but you don't get bombarded with advertisemetns. All opportunities are hand screened so you don't have to worry about scams.
Use promocode FLEXLIFE for 30% off your subscription.
If you enjoy writing, you could earn six figures from the comfort of your home as a freelance writer. Freelance writing is like any other type of client-based creative work business. You need to develop your skills, build up a portfolio of your work, and find writing gigs. It can be lucrative but you won't be making a full-time income immediately – that takes time but it's certainly available.
We interviewed Holly, a freelance writer who is a mother of two and makes $200,000 a year. She recently took everything she knew about freelance writing and built a course, Earn More Writing, that will teach you so you don't have to waste time discovering it yourself. It's so worth the price of admission.
My friend Caitlin used to make $17 an hour as a novice proofreader. She improved her skills, worked hard, and eventually started making so much as a courtroom transcript proofreader that she quit her 9-to-5 job to do it full time. It enabled a level of flexibility and freedom she was looking for – it wasn't just a side hustle.
Now she has a course, Proofread Anywhere, that teaches you exactly how to do it too. It has a free 7-day course that will give you an idea if it's a job for you.
Freelance on Fiverr
Fiverr is a huge freelance services marketplace where you can offer practically any online service. It started with folks doing gigs for just $5, hence the name, but you are no longer restricted to charging just $5 per job. You start by listing your Gigs, which you fit into one of their many categories, and immediately can start selling. The categories include everything from Graphics & Design to Writing to Video to Music to Programming. It really spans the spectrum.
It's hard to explain what types of services are available or what you should offer, but visit the site and do a search in areas you feel competent working in. Study what others are offering, see what you could offer, and build your freelancing services from there.
Online Jobs with Amazon
The place to start here is with Amazon Mechanical Turk. They have an incredible number of opportunities, so it’s very likely they’ll have work for you. You might be rating the search results for certain keywords, reworking an article, or translating something from one language to another.
You’ll be paid a few dollars for each assignment. The more you can do, the more you can earn. If you have the time and the motivation, you could easily make $100 a day, working on your own schedule.
Evaluate Websites for a Fee
User Testing typically pays $10 for each video that you review. Since it takes about 20 minutes to review a video, you can do three in an hour and make $30. If you spend three hours per day, you can earn $2,700 per month.
Become a Virtual Assistant
One of the prime strategies in business today is to outsource work wherever possible. Many employers, particularly small ones, don’t have enough work to warrant a full-time job. But they may parcel that works out to virtual assistants. You can become a VA with just about any type of skill. Administrative skills are most in demand, and usually involving working on very specific projects. Many times, those projects will be assigned because the business owner either lacks the time or the skills to perform them.
Sites like Upwork or Zirtual can keep you pretty busy. Compensation runs between $10 per hour to as much is $100, depending on the skill. More typical skills will be at the lower end of the pay scale, while specific marketing or web related skills will pay on the higher end.
Working on YouTube
Lots of people are creating videos on YouTube as a hobby. But some are earning money, and some are earning a lot of money. You can create videos yourself, promote them, and then monetize them through Google Adsense. You’ll get paid every time someone clicks on an ad on your video. The more clicks, the more you’ll make. If you get several videos going, you’ll be earning ad revenue from various sources.
There are different ways you can do this. Perhaps the most popular way is by promoting music videos. The revenue can be heavy with videos using popular music. But getting the licensing agreements from the artists is extremely difficult. A better route might be to promote local talent. These can be small artists who are looking to be promoted. If they have good music, and you can create compelling videos around their songs, you can earn a steady income.
Yet another way is to create educational videos. Pick a subject or skill you’re knowledgeable in, and create a “how to” video. You can also use this kind of video to promote a specific product or service that you offer.
All around, this is probably the most flexible and creative way to earn money online. YouTube even provides support to help you get started.
Online Data Entry
This actually is a real thing. Many large companies, particularly insurance companies and travel-related businesses, hire at-home workers to handle both customer service and online data entry. You can find these jobs on company websites by entering “work-at-home” in the search box of their employment pages.
You can also go through dedicated websites, such as Upwork. And sometimes online data entry jobs are available through Craigslist, or popular job boards like Monster.
Become an Online Translator
A website called Proz.com can help you get paid to translate documents and even conversations. You can choose a language you’re comfortable with. Some include Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Arabic. If you have the ability to translate technical documents, like legal and medical documents, you’ll command the highest pay.
Sell Your Computer Skills on the Internet
Everybody’s looking for computer skills, but not every business can afford regular employees. If you have above average computer and Internet skills, this can be an opportunity for you.
Experts Exchange has more than 500,000 experts who participate on the site. They offer assistance with web design and development, SEO and marketing, graphic design and other technical skills. You could be one of them.
Buy and Sell Websites
You may have to release your inner entrepreneur to make this one happen, but it can be lucrative if you have an eye for an online bargain. Sites like Flippa.com list websites and domains for sale. You might be able to pick up a domain for $10 and sell it for $1,000. Or you might be able to buy an inactive website for $1,000, reactivate it, and sell it for $10,000.
Affiliate Marketing on Your Blog or Website
Blogging is not your typical online job because you don't work for someone else when you're a blogger. You get the flexibility of working for yourself but you don't get paid immediately. As you grow your traffic and your audience, you can earn money as an affiliate for other companies or advertising revenue.
If you have a working blog or website, you can use affiliate marketing to increase your revenue. You can have ads or articles promoting various products and services. If you really want to learn the ins and outs of this, I recommend Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle routinely makes six figures each month from her blog.
Each time a visitor to your site signs up with one, you’ll be paid for providing the lead. With enough affiliate links, you can dramatically increase the income on your site. Naturally, it’s always best to have affiliate arrangements that are closely related to the basic subject and content of your website or blog.
Any of these arrangements can enable you to earn upwards of $2,500, and some have the potential to go much, much higher.