Inflation has reached record levels and while there are signs it may be easing, prices on all kinds of goods remain high. This has led many to seek alternative sources of income and ways to make money online. Today, we’ll share with you 30 ways to make money online and ways to earn quick cash without any special training. Whether you want to supplement your monthly income or want to make some extra cash on the side, these are all viable options. Let’s get to it.
1. Start A Blog!
Blogs are a great way to make money online. Many bloggers make a full-time income from their blogs, and some even make a living from it. The main to make money from a blog is to create content that is valuable and of interest to your readers. If you can do this consistently you will be able to make money from your blog. Some good examples of profitable blogs are the New York Times, The Guardian, and Forbes.
2. Start An Online Store!
Another way to make money online is to start an online store. These stores sell an array of products (typically digital, lifestyle, and business-related products) and allow customers to either purchase the product online, or pick it up at a physical store when they visit one. Online stores provide customers with an easy and cost-effective option to buy the product they want. Furthermore, online stores often let creators set their prices and don’t have a fixed cost structure, so they can be more creative with their pricing. Shopify, Big Cartel, and Shopify Plus each offer basic online store functionality, and all three offer advanced features, which allow creators to take their business to the next level.
3. Start An Affiliate Marketing Program!
An affiliate marketing program is when a business pays you to promote their products or services. You get commissions when a product you’ve promoted is bought. To be able to start an affiliate marketing program you will need a website and a PayPal account. When creating your website, make sure that you emphasize the importance of having a clear call to action (CTA). A clear CTA will encourage visitors to take action (typically buying a product) and give you a better chance of converting them into paying customers. Once you have established your website with a clear CTA you can move onto establishing your affiliate marketing program. In order to do this you will need to create a store (if you haven’t already) that you can use to house your affiliate products. You can use Shopify, Big Cartel or Shopify Plus for this. Make sure that you pick a niche for your affiliate programs so that you can become an expert in that area. Once you have established your affiliate marketing program you can promote products relating to your niche and make a decent chunk of change!
4. Start An eCommerce Store
An eCommerce store, or electronic commerce store, is an online store that sells physical items (i.e. things you can touch and hold) as well as digital items (i.e. apps, games, etc.). The advantage of operating an eCommerce store is that it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of investment. You can quickly get up and running with a store that accepts credit cards and has a basic design, meaning you won’t necessarily need a lot of expertise to operate it. To start, you will need a PayPal account, then you can move onto establishing your eCommerce store.
5. Start A Drop-Shipping Program!
A drop-shipping program is when an online store contracts with a third-party store owner or manufacturer to have products sent to customers. Essentially, the original storeowner becomes the seller of the product and contracts the manufacturer or wholesaler to send the products to the store’s customers. For example, if you sell t-shirts and you decide you want to drop-ship them from China. You would contact a t-shirt manufacturer in China and have them send you a batch of t-shirts. When a customer makes a purchase, you as the store owner would simply pay the manufacturer directly.
6. Start A Wholesale Program
A wholesale program is similar to a drop-shipping program, but instead of having the store owner contract with a manufacturer or wholesaler, they contract with a distributor who then sources the product from a manufacturer or wholesaler and sells it to the store. Some good examples of wholesalers are Shopify, Strikingly, and Big Cartel.
7. Start An E-Book Shop
An e-book shop is like an online bookstore, but instead of selling physical books, they sell digital or electronic copies of books. Typically an ebook shop will only sell eBooks and PDFs, which can be downloaded and read on a variety of devices (i.e. iPad, Kindle, etc.). The advantage of an e-book shop is that you don’t necessarily have to have a physical bookstore to start one (which could be costly and requires a lot of space). To start, you will need a PayPal account, then you can move onto establishing your e-book shop.
8. Start A Consulting Or Agency Business
A consulting or agency business is where you provide business-related advice and / or services to other businesses. You typically would need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree to start a consulting or agency business. Once you have established your consulting or agency business you can move onto establishing your own agency or consulting firms. With a consulting or agency business you can provide a wide range of services (i.e. business strategy, legal, HR, marketing, etc.) and make a good amount of money without necessarily needing a lot of experience.
9. Start An Online Travel Agency
An online travel agency (OTA) is an organization that aggregates travel businesses (e.g. hotels, car rentals, etc.) and enables them to sell their products/services to consumers via online channels. You don’t necessarily need a college degree to start an OTA. It is typically a self-employed individual (freelancer/consultant) who has a talent for managing finances and sales who sets their own hours and works remotely. It is a great option for someone who wants to make extra cash on the side and doesn’t necessarily want to own and operate a physical travel agency. To start, you will need a PayPal account, then you can move onto establishing your OTA.
10. Start A Product Review Blog
A product review blog is where you discuss and review products (typically digital or lifestyle products) that are related to technology, digital marketing, sales, or whatever else you are an expert in. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in every area to start a product review blog. It is typically a self-employed individual (freelancer/consultant) who sets their own hours and works remotely. You can make a good amount of money from a product review blog if you can become an expert in one or more areas. Some great examples of product review blogs are Tech Radar, Gartner Blog, and The New York Times Vogue Review.
11. Start An Online School
An online school is where you provide training and education for (typically) adults seeking to advance their careers. There are numerous different online schools out there, so you can find one that suits your interests and expertise. The advantage of operating an online school is that you can offer specialized training at any time and can make money online even if you’re unemployed or underemployed. You can use your expertise to help people advance in their careers and provide them with the tools and information they need to succeed.
12. Start A Book Club
A book club is where a group of individuals get together to discuss and review books. There are numerous types of book clubs, so you can find one that suits your interests and expertise. The advantage of operating a book club is that you can make money online even if you’re unemployed or underemployed. You can use your expertise to help people find good books and guide them as to what to read and how to read (i.e. highlighting important parts). You get paid via PayPal when a reader makes a purchase after being referred to the book club by you.
13. Start A YouTube Channel
YouTube is a video hosting platform where anyone can create and upload videos on a variety of topics. You can use your camera to record yourself teaching others about ways to make money online or provide them with expert advice on a particular subject area (i.e. business, marketing, or finance). Once you have established your channel you can make money from three different sources.