50 Ways to Make Money Online – Part Five

Continued…Part Four

 

41) Earn Money with Forums

Forums are live discussion boards that attract a lot of footfall because of the kind of information you get to view there.

Ways to Make Money in 2012Either you can join existing forums like Warrior Forum or you can create your own forum. Either way you can use them as an investment strategy to earn money. On your own forum, you can make money by showing advertisements.

Once the forum starts getting a high number of memberships, you can also open a premium registration or upgrade facility and offer premium products and services.

No Internet marketing guru will tell you the real worth of forums but it is there..believe it.

 

42) Sell links on Blogs

There are marketers who would love to pay you for placing permanent links on your blog content. Of course, there is a certain criteria like:

  • Blog Page Ranking
  • Alexa Rank
  • Traffic

Even if your blog is PR1, you can try this strategy. Or if it is not, you can still try because there are certain people who are willing to look at content quality and not PR or traffic.

What you have to do is place the link on your chosen keyword or the one provided by the client. The cost of such links starts from $1 and well, there is no limit.

It all depends on your negotiation.

 

43) Become a Virtual Assistant

Are you good at being a secretary or a personal assistant? Can you respond to official mails – or provide live customer care support?

If you can, try being a virtual assistant. There are short term online courses to prepare you for the same. 99 percent of the time, virtual assistants are needed by small business owners to help them make their businesses run more smoothly.

You can work from your home and your earnings will depend on the work you are performing. Experienced virtual assistants can charge $50 per hour so you can start with a basic $10 per hour.

Your earnings will depend on your efforts and abilities.

 

44) Use Paid Search Engines

While not all search engines are as big as Google or Yahoo, there are other search engines which are ready to pay you using their search tool to find relevant information.

Yes, they offer money in cents but if you search Google and Yahoo daily, you can spend some time on other upcoming search engines.

 

45) Earn Money with Triond

Triond is one of the oldest article submission sites which will pay you for writing articles for them and they also have an AdSense revenue sharing program for you to integrate your AdSense account with your articles.

However, you are given 50 percent of the revenue only and the rest is kept by Triond.

There is a third money making option too – Triond pays you a certain amount based on the kind of page views received on all articles.

The payments are made every month and they even send you an earning statement.

 

46) Create Software

If you are a techie person, you can make LOTS of money online by developing and selling software with a license. You can either develop software for others or make your own software and sell them online.

After you have made your software, create an official website to market it, establish an automatic payment gateway and you are done. Use lots of online marketing techniques and if your product has value, there will be sales.

 

47) Participate in Online Contests

This won’t give you a regular source of income and neither will I suggest you to make it one but sometimes, it is worthwhile to participate in online contests.

99 percent of the time these contests pay cash prizes. There are software development contests, app contents, writing contests…a whole Pandora box is out there.

Just Google the kind of content you would like to participate in, such as “writing contests” and choose whichever you like.

 

48) Earn Money with M Turk

M Turk is a venture of Amazon where they provide Human Intelligence Tasks to people. M Turk is one of the most legitimate ways to make money online. You can answer questions, do language translations, data entry, make logos and lots of other tasks.

The tasks carry a specific price and has to be done in the allotted time. For registered Amazon users, you can log in with the same account or create a new one.

You don’t have to wait for application approval. You can start working as soon as you login.

 

49) Earn Money with Advertise Space

Advertise Space is the next best alternative to Buy Sell Ads. It does not have a huge marketplace like Buy Sell Ads but if you are a new publisher, just starting out with your blog, you should experiment with Advertise Space.

They don’t check your PR or the amount of traffic. The blog is approved instantly and you can start bidding for advertising space.

The current payout is $25 and PayPal is the mode of payment.

 

50) Earning Money with Global Test Market

Global Test Market has been in existence since 1999 and is a legitimate online survey network.

You can join the network if you are more than 14 years old. Every survey gives you about 100 points and once you have accumulated 1000 points, it is converted into $50.

You can get payment through PayPal or shopping vouchers.

 

Conclusion

I am sure there are more than 50 ways to make money online and if you can cleverly choose even 10 of them, you are set for 2014.

Do share with us your online money making method in the comments section below. 🙂

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50 Ways to Make Money Online – Part Four

Continued…part three

31) Earn Money with Flickr

Ways to Make MoneyFlickr does not offer any direct earning money methods as we have seen in the earlier sites but you can still earn money from them.

If you have a good eye for photography, you can use Flickr to post stock images that cannot be downloaded for free. If they are of high quality and resolution, you can put them up for sale at a suitable price.

Further, if you are into affiliate marketing, you can embed the affiliate links with images using the notes function. Therefore, when anyone clicks on those links and buys a product, you get paid.

With Flickr, you can be innovative in your marketing.

32) Earning Money with Meta Cafe

Like we had discussed about YouTube earlier, Meta Cafe is another similar video portal for revenue earnings. They have a program where you need to create your own videos and earn it on Meta Cafe.

To start earning, each of your uploaded videos should have a minimum of 20,000 views and a 3 rating. After this, you get to earn a maximum of $5 for every 1000 views.

Personally, if you know about video creating, then only you should go for this earning money online method because there is no point in outsourcing this task as the rate of return is much less – $5 for 1000 views.

33) Earn Money with Buy Sell Ads

If you are a blogger, you would know how difficult it is to directly contact advertisers and sell ad space on your blog. If you contact 100 people, 95% will turn down the offer.

However, if you want to get rid of the direct contact and getting turned down trend, you should join Buy Sell Ads. It is a direct advertising network where bloggers register their blogs for advertisers to see and buy your blog ad space.

Buy Sell Ads has a huge marketplace so you have a greater chance to get advertisers. Publishers (you) are paid 75% of the total advertisement revenue and the remaining 25% is kept by the administration as their fees.

34) Earn Money with Slice the Pie

If you are a big music junkie, Slice the Pie is where you should try making money online. As far as I am aware, their earning money program is unique because they pay you for commenting or reviewing the uploaded music videos.

The only condition is you have to listen to the music tracks for at least one full minute before you start commenting or reviewing.

If music is your passion, you might as well start earning from it!

35) Earning Money with Yahoo! Answers

One of the largest question-answer sites today, the Yahoo! Answers portal offers a very big platform for the clever affiliate marketer to try and make commissions.

Please note that Yahoo! Answers does not offer a direct or official earning money online option. What you can do is keep niche affiliate links ready, browse through the question sections in the selected niche, offer genuine answers and stick the affiliate link in the end.

If the affiliate product you are offering is really good, in the way that it solves the person’s problem, there is a high chance that the person will buy it too, giving you affiliate commission.

Most importantly, Yahoo does not ban us from leaving affiliate links. However, it does not mean that you will leave the same link in every question, in which case it will be considered as spam.

36) Earning Money making Twitter Backgrounds

If you are good in designing, you can make money from Twitter by designing Twitter backgrounds. Since Twitter is being increasingly used by business personnel’s to market their products and services, there is a demand out there for business-specific brand name building and Twitter background building is also involved in it.

You can create a separate website to show the twitter designs and promote the same using twitter. This is how twitter becomes your marketing channel as the source of earning money too.

Check out this list of best twitter profile designs.

37) Earning Money through Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking sites like Digg.com and StumbleUpon.com really provides bloggers extensive content exposure and traffic but social bookmarking is a painful task, especially for those bloggers who upload more than one post daily. Logging in to bookmarking sites to bookmark the blog is time consuming.

Therefore, many bloggers outsource this task and this is where you come in as the service provider. You can provide the social bookmarking service for bloggers, combined with other blogger services as well.

38) Earning Money by Making WordPress Themes

More than half of the blogging population uses WordPress themes for blogging because of its easy content management system and navigation. Most of the time, bloggers look for free themes but if they like one theme particularly, they are willing to pay for it too.

And if you are good with CSS, PHP and HTML coding, try creating a WordPress theme which you can sell through professional theme websites. This is important if you want people to take you seriously and buy for you.

Moreover, if earning money is not your criteria then you can give away the themes for free and it will give you a back link since the footer of the theme will contain your details.

39) Earning Money with Hub Pages

In 2011, after the Google and Panda update, many people complained about losing their Hub Page traffic and earnings but if you are starting now, it is good because you have a higher chance of content ranking, traffic and revenue earning.

What you need to do is create hubs, include Amazon, eBay or AdSense links in the hubs and publish it. You get 100% of the earnings generated from your links and 60% from the money generated from your hub content.

Hub Pages is one of my few chosen places to earn money from my writing skill.

Read in detail about making money from Hub Pages.

40) Earning Money with Helium

Helium is another writing portal where you can earn advertising revenues and money from the content page views. Like Hub Pages, you have to create high quality content. Sometimes, if the internal editing department likes your hub very much they will consider buying it upfront or ask you to write on specific topics.

Otherwise, you can earn between 1 USD and 5 USD for every 1000 page views per content piece.

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50 Ways to Make Money Online – Part Three

Continued…Part Two

21) Earn with Gather.com

Gather is a paid social networking site that pays you money to remain active on the social site. Its similar to Facebook; the only difference being that Gather pays you for being active and Facebook does not. You can earn on Gather by doing the following:

    Ways to Make Money Online in 2012

  • Posting videos
  • Posting pictures
  • Updating status
  • Using their apps
  • Playing games and others

Whatever points you accumulate through these tasks can be redeemed in the form of cash and/or Amazon vouchers and other gift cards.

I think this is a very new and novel way of earning cash through social media. In fact, if you are good in reviewing, you can review products or services you have used on Gather and get paid for the same.

Again, I would say, this kind of earning source will not tide you over every month but it can surely pay your little menacing bills, cover gift costs, buy something extra for yourself and so on.

22) Earn Money with She Told Me

While researching for this list, I came across She Told Me. Apparently, it is the biggest AdSense sharing revenue network these days.

In this, you get to write your own chosen articles and get paid. I don’t know whether they pay upfront for the articles but they surely pay for the AdSense revenues.

Here the AdSense is divided into 3 blocks – one block is for the writer (yours), the second block is for She Told Me and the third block is for the referrer (if any) who recommended the website.

The best thing – if you already have a Chitika advertisement account, you can insert your own Chitika ads and earn 100% revenue from them.

Signing up is free.

23) Earn Money with Hits4Pay.com

Hits4Pay is one of the oldest sponsored email reading networks online since 1998. Here you get a signing bonus of $5 and they pay you 2 cents for every email you read. Sometimes the emails pay you 5 cents but those are rare.

If you refer people and they sign up, you get 2 cents for every email read by the referral.

The payout is $25, credited to your account through PayPal.

24) Earn Money with Xomba.com

Like She Told Me, Xomba is another AdSense revenue sharing portal where you write content for Xomba and enter into a 60-40 partnership ratio. Xomba gives you 60% of the advertisement revenue.

Obviously, the content has to be highly search engine optimized to get any kind of revenue. There is an extensive list of topics for you to choose. You can write on anything as long as it is relevant and you should have an AdSense account.

Signing up is free.

25) Earn Money with Commission Junction

Like ClickBank, Commission Junction (CJ) is another highly popular and credible network for affiliate earnings. There is a huge repository of digital products like web hosting services, domains, software, eBooks and others.

The commission percentage is between 2% and 70%. Like with any other affiliate network, all you have to do is:

  • Create an account
  • Fill in payment details
  • Select a product with good commissions
  • Review it (if you want)
  • Spread the word around with relevant affiliate links

…and earn affiliate commission. Commission is paid out for every valid sale. The minimum payout if 100 USD and the common mode of payment is PayPal.

Please check out their payment details for country specific payment options.

26) Earn Money with Sponsored Tweets

Supposedly the most trusted way to earn money online through Twitter advertising, Sponsored Tweets pays you for posting paid tweets on your Twitter account. It is not an issue if you use multiple Twitter accounts for tweeting.

There are two options – Pay Per Click and Pay Per Tweet – the Pay Per Click can offer about $5 per click and the Pay Per Tweet can sometimes offer $150 per tweet. Of course, the amount per click or per tweet depends on what you are tweeting about.

50 USD is the minimum payout and you’ll need a PayPal account for receiving the money.

Signing up is free.

27) Earn Money with Text Link Ads (TLA)

Text Link Ads (TLA) is yet another advertising network where the advertisers pay for displaying texts and hyperlinks to the publisher. (the blogger) I would suggest that you sign up for TLA only if you have PR 1+. PR 0 blogs rarely get an opportunity to display ads.

The advertisers place their ads for a fixed period of time. The price of the text links are to be set by the publisher. (you) Be careful while setting this price because you get only 50% of the amount because the remaining goes to TLA as their earning. Therefore, it is a 50%-50% revenue account.

You are either paid through PayPal or TLA vouchers and the minimum amount you should have for payment is $25 for those who want to be paid through prepaid Master Card or through global checks.

28) Earn Money with Sponsored Reviews

If you are interesting in reviewing products and services on your blog but you are having a hard time finding paid review sponsors, Sponsored Reviews is one of the best marketplaces to try.

Here you register the membership account, link your blog, set the price and start bidding on paid sponsors.

Please note that you will receive only 50% of the amount you set for reviews as the other 50% is taken by Sponsored Reviews. Moreover, the chances of your blog getting good offers depends on its PR and the number of daily page views and unique visitors. The maximum you can get is $500 per review.

Payments are credited every 2 weeks into PayPal and there is no minimum payout criteria.

29) Earn Money with Fiverr.com

Fiverr is one of its kind initiator of the mini-marketplace concept where you can sell anything for a fiver. ($5) The Fiverr company deducts $1 from each seller so you basically get $4 per sale.

What can you sell? Your answer is – anything under the sun. For instance, you can find writing services, voiceover services, tattoo designing, web designing, poetry writing, sand writing…and hundreds of others.

When I visited the site a few days back, one gig caught my eye – there was this gig wherein the girl would write your name or the ad (am not sure!) on her lips, take a picture and send it to the buyer. Very weird! But she is the top-rated seller there. So as I said, you can sell just about anything 🙂

30) Earn Money with eHow

A few months back, eHow partnered with Demand Studios to build a network of quality writers. eHow is famous for its “how-to” articles that gives you step-by-step solutions or tutorials.

You can try to become an eHow writer. Your earning is generated through the number of page views the content receives every month.

Last I checked, Demand Studios were taking writers only from the US and Canada so unless you are in these countries, it is impossible to become an eHow writer.

Nevertheless, the earning potential is wide and you are paid through PayPal.

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50 Ways to Make Money Online – Part Two

Continued…Part One

11. Create Niche Blogs

Unlike regular blogs, niche blogs are keyword centric, which are targeted to rank high on search engines. For instance, there are many people blogging about mobiles, but only a few are talking about Nokia ONLY.

Make Money Online in 2012So if you have a site whose content is only about Nokia, you are creating a niche blog which has higher chances of better keyword rankings. Later you can add contextual ads and earn money.

Or, you can sell the niche blogs at a very high price if it has 1) good content; 2) high traffic; 3) ad revenue potential.

You can read an inspiring post about blogs that sold for millions.

12. Social Network Activity

Apart from Facebook and Twitter, there are many other social networking sites that have found a new way to make money online and distribute a portion of the revenue to their down line.

These social networking sites ask you to sign up and pay you for using the social network. As more members sign up, it increases the social network owner’s chances of displaying more advertisements and earn revenue.

I don’t know whether this method is legal or not but such social networking sites do exist and people are earning from them regularly.

13. Trading on FOREX

FOREX trading is similar to share trading with the difference that in FOREX you have to buy and sell currencies. The value of currency differs with every country. For instance, USD 1 = 51.30 INR and this value changes everyday.

FOREX trading is very lucrative. You can find various online FOREX trading platforms like XE.com. To make profits via this strategy, you have to first reserve foreign currencies for a period of time and when the value of the currency increases, you can sell off those currencies and earn your profit.

Of course, don’t expect to earn from Day 1. You have to research currency valuation for the last 6 months at least to see how your chosen currencies have trended in the market and then you should make the plunge.

14. High Yielding Investment Programs

There are various financial institutions online where you can invest your money for a fixed period of time. These are called high yielding investment programs because they give you periodic fixed returns for the whole duration of the investment, until the last day of the fixed deposition.

At the end, you get back the total amount you had invested as the principal sum. For instance, you invest $20,000 for 3 years with a periodic return of $1000 every five – six months. At the end of 3 years, you get back the whole $20,000 in principal.

This is a good source of investment for long-term secondary income.

15. Start your Own Web Store

Are you good in creating knitted sweaters? Or, are you good in making handmade jewelry? Or are you a writer who is interested in creating eBooks?

With the Internet, it has become doubly easy to sell online. What can you sell? Anything that is worthy of every buck spent by the buyer. There are online premium platforms where you can create your online store and make money from those sales.

If you are interested in affiliate marketing, you can create an E-store of affiliate products, market them and earn commissions.

In other words, you run a full fledged business right from your own home. Just make sure the products are of quality and they are easily shipped all over the world, unless it is an exclusive digital product.

16. Become a Guest Author

It is a misconception that guest authors work for free. Of course, unless you are yourself a blogger and want to guest post on other blogs to increase backlinks, there is no money involved.

However, there are clients out there who are willing to hire only guest posters to research high Page Ranking (PR) blogs, pitch them, write guest posts, publish them and get backlinks to the client websites…and you are paid for all this stuff.

If you have good writing skills, you can easily charge $20 per guest blog of 500 words. You can also create a list of PR 2 blogs to contact freelance clients. A client will always be impressed with a ready made list.

17. Online Teaching

If you don’t want any physical teaching job, you can become an online teacher. Online teachers are in great demand in the US and UK where parents usually prefer Indian teachers because of their vast subject-based knowledge resource.

You can either create an independent website offering online teaching services or you can join online tutorial websites and charge on a per hour basis.

If you are teaching online, be expected to get students from around the world. You need to think about this because there will definitely be time zone differences, sometimes 12-13 hours time difference.

Online teaching is a very lucrative business.

18. Create Search Engine

Google allows you to create a separate search engine for your website. You can do this through AdSense.

First you need a website with good content, then you can custom embed the AdSense codes along with AdSense ads. Therefore, whenever anyone uses your website as a search engine and clicks on the ads displayed, you get to earn money.

It is not easy to make this search engine. You have to read about AdSense in detail to implement this strategy. Not to forget that if your website has good traffic footfall daily, the earning potential increases a lot.

19. Review Products

Before the Internet, there was radio advertisements, TV advertisements, fliers, and other marketing methods that asked consumers to review products and give the company representatives their honest feedback.

Now the companies have left the traditional marketing methodology and have shifted online. They look for people who can review their products, either free or paid, and write about them. This new trend is known as Blogger Marketing.

You only need a website/blog, the skill to write a review and good traffic. Depending on the deal you have with the company, you can even get a small percentage share for sales coming through your website/blog. But don’t confuse this with affiliate marketing, it is entirely different.

You can earn anywhere between $10 – $50+ per product review.

20. Create Tunes

Recall your favorite advertising tunes from your childhood that you used to love very much! These days audio producing companies turn to online tune makers for creating advertising tunes or music for their songs.

Visit fiverr.com and you will be amazed by the variety of such services. You can use Fruity Loops, a tune generator software, to create great tunes and sell them to advertising companies for all they are worth.

Best is to open an E-Store of tunes, hang a price tag and let buyers take their pick.

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50 Ways to Make Money Online – Part One

As I had written almost a year back, the Internet is still the Pandora box waiting for us to make money online in 2014.

Ways to Make Money OnlineIn the last 14 years, we have come across plenty of make money online options. Below is a list of the top and the best 50 ways to earn quite handsomely in the year – 2014.

Note: We will post 10 at a time…

This list consists of only those ways which I think, both theoretically and practically, will be able to give us really good returns.

Earning Potential – Approx. $5 to $5000+ per month

 

50 Ways to Make Money Online

 

1. Flipping Domains

You can make really good money if you know how to select premium domains and sell them online, known popularly as flipping domains. How does this work?

…and then you put this up for sale.

People are willing to pay for these kinds of websites because everything is almost done for them.

However, if you do not want to create websites/blogs, add content and ads, just buy premium domain names and sell them after some time. I have seen such kind of domain names being bought for more than $1000 whose original price was not more than $20. The older the domain name is, you get a better price.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Income Insiders has an entire section devoted to affiliate marketing. If you are interested in sales and marketing, try affiliate marketing by all means. Of course, some may tell you that this field is over flowing, that it has become saturated.

But the fact is only about 10% of affiliate marketers are able to make money online while the others fail. So you actually have 90% of the market open for you to explore.

Affiliate networks like eBay and Amazon pay around 75% commission to affiliate. You can join any affiliate network you want, promote the products, get sales and you earn commissions.

The potential of earning money online through affiliate marketing is unlimited. Period.

3. Designing Logos

Logo designers are in great demand. Not everyone is a designer and neither does 100% of the web users know how to use Photoshop to design logos.

Visit mini marketplaces like fiverr.com and you will be amazed to see just how many people are willing to offer logo designing services for just $5, excluding the $1 commission fiverr.com charges.

A Logo gives a company brand image. If you are good at logo designing, make it your niche and start promoting yourself on freelancing websites like oDesk.com, Elance.com, Freelancer.com and others to start your freelance web designer career.

4. Sell eBooks

Digital book or electronic book, call it whatever you may like, selling eBooks will continue to be a lucrative proposition in 2014. In a world of information overload, there is a demand for quality content still, which eBooks are in a position to provide.

Whether you write your own eBooks or you become an affiliate for eBooks written by others, it is a wonderful opportunity to make money online. In fact, if you have written your own eBook, you can maximize earnings by putting it up on the market for affiliates.

Like this you can create your own affiliate market and increase sales, which gives you maximum profit.

5. Facebook Money

I feel Facebook is becoming a monopoly in itself by trying to compete with Google. Hardly a day goes by for those 500 million active Facebook users when they do not login to Facebook. This trend gives you two opportunities:

  • Market your product and services on Facebook and get contacted by clients.
  • There are many apps on Facebook which gives money making opportunities. For instance, there is a Facebook-centric writing network and again, there is a service which pays you to sign up on other websites. The second one may not pay much but no problem, the agenda is to earn money. Even a penny is money.

If you want to target Facebook, I suggest you remain online there as much as you can in any given day and explore the possibilities.

6. Earn Money with GPT Websites

GPT or “Get Paid To” websites are those websites where you have to sign up and do various “odd jobs” online which you normally do sometimes but without receiving any payment in return.

For instance, the GPT websites can ask you to fill out surveys, post tweets, click on ads, surf the net and other such things. It takes barely an hour daily for this kind of work.

People who are using such sites to make a marginal amount of quick money online without implementing any skills other than the skill of browsing the Internet can make use of the GPT websites.

But beware – there are many fraud GPT sites out there too so just Google the GPT website name to read user reviews first.

7. YouTube Channel

A housewife, bored with sitting at home doing nothing, started to share her cooking videos on YouTube regularly. Within two months, her YouTube channel had million views and she started earning from YouTube video advertisements. She earned $1000 one month.

Later, YouTube offered her partnership and now she earns a guaranteed $1500+ every month from those videos.

This is the power of video content marketing. If you have any skills that you think will benefit people, make YouTube your major earning source.

8. Sharing Files

Income Insiders has a detailed blog post on making money by sharing files. You earn when people download the files you upload. What do these files have? Anything!

You can upload information based files, data files, general subject based info and others. These files can be both text-based and image-based. Here the earning depends on the type of file you have uploaded and the number of downloads. Most of the websites pay per 1000 downloads.

Read the above linked blog post. You will see a resource list of many high paying and reputed websites paying money by sharing files.

However, please make sure that these files do not infringe copyright.

9. Google AdSense

You can read about making money with Google AdSense in detail from here.

Google AdSense is undoubtedly the first and foremost choice of people who want to make money online through advertisement revenues. It is a misconception that you need a website or a blog to make money online from AdSense.

In fact, there are lots of AdSense revenue sharing websites that will allow you to integrate Google AdSense advertisements with your content and allow you to earn revenue.

If you are not ready for the first way, I suggest that you play around with AdSense a bit through the content revenue generation system before starting blogs and websites.

10. eBay Selling and Affiliate-ship

eBay, one of the largest online shopping portals, allows you to sell goods online and earn money by becoming a product affiliate too and turn eBay marketplace into a second income source.

If you have a garage full of old sporting goods or a massive library of books or anything else that has value, list them on eBay, select the country you can ship to, set the price or choose auction mode and you are set.

Alternatively, if you have a blog or website, you can become an eBay affiliate to sell products and earn commissions.

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6 Ways to Make Money Without Substantial Investment

Opening a business without any investment is practically impossible. Of course a lot depends on the kind of business you want to open. For instance, developing a small handicraft business requires more capital than perhaps creating an online business but the initial investment is still there.

Ways to Make MoneyIf you search the Internet, you will get various ideas of making money online without an investment but such information portals often leave out mentioning that you have to make up for the lack of financial capital with your time.

Therefore, ignoring the unpractical idea of listing out top ways to make money online without any investment, I will tell you about those businesses which need very little financial investment.

6 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

1. Online Photography

If you are good with lenses and have a knack of capturing myriad images, you can start an online photography business. Here what you do is sell the photographs to buyers. Moreover, there are various online galleries you can approach to display your creations.

Unlike a physical business which is restricted by geographical barriers, you can approach these art galleries established anywhere in the world. Showcasing your works will increase your credibility and art connoisseurs are more likely to buy from you. Also you can receive commissions or assignments to capture events like wildlife excursions, weddings, and others.

What you need:

  • computer connection
  • high speed internet
  • good camera
  • good photo editing software

Cost – $500 to $1000.

You can either hire online marketers or self-market your services online. Give this business 8-9 months to show any progress.

2. Online Writing

One of the most popular forms of earning money online. Small, medium and large scale industries regularly outsource writing tasks of various capacities to individual freelancers or content writing companies.

If you have good writing skills, ability to communicate clearly with readers and a grasp of various writing styles, you can easily become a writer online. To give you an idea, online content writers are needed for business promotion material, magazines, news writing, blogging, article marketing, e-book writing and host of other niches.

Of course, you have to find the right resource to work as well.

What you need:

  • computer connection
  • high speed internet
  • printer / fax

Cost – maximum $50 per month

Read our reviews on various online marketplaces to get a good idea. Market or self-promote yourself religiously for 45 days constantly and you will definitely get a response. Clients often look for samples so prepare some and publish them on Ezine or Associated Content, then forward these links as samples.

Writing for Associated Content to Make Money
Get Paid for Writing Reviews
Can Writing Yield Passive Income?
Earning Potential of a Professional Resume Writer
Can You Earn As An Academic Writer?
How to Set Up Writing Business Online

3. Promoting Products

If you are a marketing professional or have a fair idea about what marketing is all about, you can become an affiliate marketer online. As the Internet industry grows, the demand for marketers continues to increase.

As an online promoter, you have to promote the products of other companies and bring them in leads or sales, depending on the contract you have.

Or, if you want to be a self starter, head to Amazon or ClickBank, select products of your choice, and start promoting them. For every sale through your account, you earn a percentage.

What you need:

  • computer connection
  • high speed internet
  • printer / fax

Cost – Maximum $100 per month. This includes web hosting, promotion charges and net usage.

Be aware of choosing highly competitive products because they already have well established marketers promoting them. The trick is to choose moderately competitive products with high potential.

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4. A Mystery Shopper / Foodie

If you love to shop and/or are a great foodie, you can become a mystery shopper. A mystery shopper is a mysterious surveyor who visits shopping arcades, malls, restaurants, hotels and others to try their services and then return feedback to the employer.

These are basically contractual positions. You can work as a mystery shopper not more than 3x’s a week. There are online mystery shoppers as well who are paid to try out new products and services.

What you need:

  • computer connection
  • high speed internet

CostNOTHING, Travel and other expenses are paid by the company or agent.

Opportunities of mystery shopper / foodie is not advertised openly by various companies. Such companies hire agents to do the work for them. Google the term ‘online mystery shopper’ online and you will come across various gigs.

Apply to those you think are trustworthy. Read the feedback section. And never pay any kind of money for membership fees.

5. Entering Contests

Truthfully, this is not a long term way to earn money online but still it’s worth a try. These days, with the arrival of mini marketplaces, there is a demand of more professionals.

You will come across forums, discussion boards, and websites that occasionally host contests to encourage new talents. For instance, a few months back, freelancer.com hosted a contest for developers to create API modules. The first prize winner was given $10,000. Again, Glimmer Train encourages writers to submit their fiction every month.

Cost – Nothing substantial.

Search for such running contests online which falls under your interests and keep on submitting.

6. Online Teaching

In our truly globalized world, teaching is no more a limited profession. With the Internet, you can now teach students residing in any part of the world. Websites like classteacher.com allow you to interact with students and teach them online. There are various similar websites as well.

No matter which subject you are proficient in, there is always a demand for online tutors. Fees are decided based on your experience and time given. Moreover, there are no fixed timings, you teach on your own time.

What you need:

  • computer connection
  • high speed internet
  • printer / fax
  • webcam

Cost – maximum $100. This includes membership costs and Internet usage charges.

It is best to take membership packages in this earning line as it increases your chances of getting students. Moreover, before signing up for online teaching sites, contact them personally if possible to judge their credibility.

Are there any other online earning ways that you know of which requires a minimal investment? Share with us below…

Money Making Websites – You Be The Judge

There is an old saying…‘Seek and thou shall find.’

There are hundreds of websites that can give you advice on this topic. And there are many people who can act as consultants on this subject…

Money Making WebsitesThe unprofessional ‘wannabe’ consultants will tell you how to run your business without having one of their own, …so be careful when choosing.

Of course there are thousands of money making websites that lead to millions of ways of making money online.

However, it is not as easy as is always professed. Even this path takes some hard work and dedication on the part of a person who is looking to turn that dream into a pot of gold.

Whether it is making money working from home with affiliate programs – blogging – freelancing – making money with eBay – online surveys – GPT programs or… other simple ways to make money fast, there are thousands of companies that have the same or similar avenues to make money online and the working from home opportunity

Many of them promise the stars and entice people with low cost packages.

The words that they use are so designed that you are forced to make a decision at the spur of the moment.

And the reason is that they do not want to let you go. Chances are, you won’t be back. In the end, it is such companies that promise you the riches that actually walk away rich themselves.

Earning money online is no different and not any easier than making money offline.

You have to go through a lot of strife to get that genuine opportunity. On the way, one could end up kissing a lot of frogs in the quest to see which of them turns into a handsome prince or the beautiful princess.

Here are some possible ways that one can make money from and what you may be faced with:

Affiliate Programs: Making money selling other people’s products without actually canvassing is how easily it can be put across.

However, to have an affiliate site linked to your blog or website can also prove tricky if the link is a farce or if you have a site or a blog with less followers. Learn how to use affiliate programs on your blog.

Getting paid to surf: The ads which are posted on the net are quite enticing to the people who want a piece of the pie.

The ads show people talking to you from their own personal yachts, or getting off private jets.

However, they could be the scamsters that want you to jump on that bandwagon, while very persuasively they have just emptied your pockets…

Selling Photos: There are sites that allow you to upload your favorite photos and when someone clicks on it to download it, you get a percentage of the share.

This seems to be a good and genuine option.

However, there could be copyright issues. So, you have to be extra careful not to put up for sale a picture that may be either too generic or one in which you do not have a copyright to.

Mystery Shopping: Well, this is as close to reality as you can really get.

Mystery shopping is really an offline job where one has to actually go and shop in the brick and mortar shops, restaurants and whatever else there is.

There are some companies that are in it not to make you rich but skimming you out of your money.

The genuine ones do not charge you money to join and they are accredited by a governing body that regulates the mystery shopping business.

EBay and Craigslist: These are really one of the most originally authentic ways to make real money online and fast.

The only drawback in this kind of a way to make money is sometimes the long wait to get your things sold or wait till the auction is over…patience are needed when turning ebay marketplace into a second income source.


Designing Logos: If you have that creative frame of mind and can virtually blow life into words and pictures, this is the right option for you.

With the right amount of creativity and perseverance, one is bound to hit the jackpot. It could help your cause if you have the knowhow or get on board with a friend who has the knowhow of designing logos.

Online Surveys: Online survey companies are a dime a dozen on the Internet. They promise to pay a handsome amount to the person taking the survey.

However, more people tend to get disqualified from the survey at any stage while taking the survey. It could be a genuine way to filter out people.

You never know when the screen or the pop-up comes on saying you are not qualified to take the survey or that you do not fit the age group or something to that affect so you may ask yourself is earning money from online surveys legitimate or just a well planned scam?


Designing T-shirts: Similar to designing logos, designing T-shirts for any event or company can be a rewarding experience and can get your creative juices flowing also.

Reading Emails: Getting paid to read emails is also something that could be dicey. There are companies that promise to send you hundreds of emails everyday which will help you earn a decent enough amount.

Unlike taking surveys, reading emails may not have the built-in eliminations.

The amount paid to you per email could be paltry. And also your inbox could be clustered and filled with spam mail.

Reviewing: Getting paid to review is a great way to make a living or a killing on the net. There are companies that will send you either products to review or books and you can get paid for writing reviews.

Also, you can review movies and theatre plays. The pay is not much. But it could get you there. In fact, even this could be done either online or offline.

There are a thousand more ways to make money online. Each and every way is filled with the genuine as well as with fraudulent companies.

Experience is the only teacher and you are your own best guide and judge.

Just proceed with caution…