Acorns works by essentially rounding up the spare change from your everyday purchases (to the nearest dollar) and then invests the difference into the stock market. If you’re clueless about how the stock market works, but still want the highest return you can possibly make on your money, this is the perfect way to start investing. You can read our full Acorns Review here.
19. eBay – Of course you can’t read an article about making money online that doesn’t mention eBay. You can start an eBay store and get serious about it or you can just sell some stuff to declutter your home. Either way, I’ve made my fair share from selling on eBay and it’s still a popular way to earn money. If you decide to start an actual eBay store, you’ll want to find a drop-ship business like Doba that will store and ship items straight to your customers so you don’t have to deal with an inventory.
Certain niches are easier to get into. Believe it or not but there are plenty of amateurs making money writing short romance novels online. These short stories could be in a specific niche like erotica, historical, paranormal, time-travel or LGBT. Other amateur writers can be found writing science fiction, mystery or thrillers too. Stories are usually priced in the $2.99 to $9.99 range with ~60% going back to the writer.
Advertise your services. No matter which odd jobs you decide to do in order to earn money, it’s essential that you get the word out! You can place a cheap ad in the newspaper or hand out some flyers, but it’s probably easier—and often free!—to advertise online. Think about placing ads on craigslist.org or boosting awareness for your start-up on your personal social media pages and feeds. You’ll be surprised how many people in your personal circle need help with chores and other basic odd jobs, so put some feelers out and see what happens.
Thanks for the list, Anna. Although I turned 18 nearly three years ago, I appreciate this list and wished that I could’ve seen something like this when I was still 17. Maybe I should email this to my cousin. I had no idea Paypal had a Student Account. I knew about the Paypal debit card, but had no idea that you could get something like this even when you’re under 18.
Points can be converted into gift cards to places like Amazon. A $5 amazon gift card is 1,000 points so each point is worth about $0.001. Video’s can be played on multiple devices on the same account so just setup all your devices to play during the night to earn cash while you sleep Just be warned. You’ll get a “Are you still watching?” popup every 3-6 hours.
To work at a pool you’ll need a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) or The National Aquatic Rescue Standard (NaRS) qualification, and for the beach it’s the RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualification or the NaRS. You can get these qualifications by joining an RLSS lifeguard club or SLSA as a volunteer and training with them or with a commercial training organisation. Some pools will train their own staff whilst they work. You can get details on lifeguard training courses on the Learn Direct website.
The reality in affiliate marketing is that it's like most other work-at-home ventures; there are a few who are filthy rich, a good number who are successful enough to meet their goals, and a ton who aren't making anything. So, the question isn't really whether or not affiliate marketing is a viable income option (it is), but whether or not you can make affiliate marketing work for you. Only you can decide that. But to help, here are some tips.
This is a browser extension you can install that will occasionally show you sponsored advertisements on your sidebar when you search. Each advertisement is worth a few cents or more. If you visit the ad shown, you receive the dollar amount shown in your Qmee virtual “piggy bank”. You can cash this out at anytime, there is no minimum. Also, the money shows up in your Paypal account pretty much instantly after you ask for it. I put this site on this list because even though it's not a big earner, you can get paid quickly.
Did you know there are many online jobs for teens? Having your teen constantly asking you for money to spend can become tricky in this economy. It helps if teens have a job from which they can make their own spending money and learn work ethics while at it. Even though it can be difficult for teens to find online jobs, and adults seem to have the upper hand, there are still some wonderful opportunities that they can take advantage of.
Before I talk about some of the methods for making money online, I wanted to address the role of pain versus pleasure. Every decision that we make in life is weighed on a pain-versus-pleasure scale. We will always do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure, plain and simple. However, this is also what holds us back from succeeding in any endeavor.
Do online surveys. Marketing research is very important for big businesses, and paid survey sites are one of the many ways firms complete this research. Most of the surveys are quick and painless, and you can do them from the comfort of your own home. Take some time to search for a reliable site—or sites—that doesn’t require a registration fee and accepts teen participants.
After signing up you’ll be asked to complete a writing sample. This sample will get rated from 1 to 5. The higher the ranking the more you can get paid. A rank of 2/5 stars means you only get paid 0.7 cents per word. So for a 1,000 word article thats only $7. But a rank of 5/5 stars means you get 5 cents per word. So for that same 1,000 word article you’re getting $50.
This one doesn’t make money on YouTube, to be honest. Assuming you have made a lot of videos, and are knowledgeable about the topics that you do your videos on. Then video content can be used to establish yourself as an authority and indirectly sell your services. Lead generation uses the video as a means to an end. At the end of your video, leave your audience wanting to learn more about what you do and then provide
Hey!, I’m just putting some feelers out there to see if there’s anyone interested in making a pretty substantial amount of cash in a short amount of time. Only thing this requires is that you have an active bank account or credit card in the US. No cash is required up front to start. Which means your account can be on a zero balance and that’s completely fine. There are different money deals that suit just what you want, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever watched any Youtube videos from kids your age? Did any of those videos have over a million views? The chances are pretty good you have. Those kids are making a lot of money. You can too by starting your own Youtube Channel. I have seen lots of girl beauty channels and boy gaming channels where teens are making more money than your parents.
Survey Junkie is among the most straightforward survey sites out there, which puts them at the top of this list. All you have to do is sign up to be eligible for surveys. Once you complete a survey you earn a certain amount of points that you can exchange for cash paid directly to a PayPal account or you can redeem your points for gift cards. Super simple.
Get started by asking around to see if your friends and other young people that you know would be interested in coming to a concert to see their friends play. Ask people how many bands they’d like to see, what kind of venue they’d like to see them at and how much they’d be willing to pay for a ticket. Once you’ve got a rough idea of what people want, start going about providing it.
After listening to your show, I found a lead to my first side hustle. For my wife’s program and mine, we are required to have CPR. We took our class to meet these requirements, and I talked with our instructor who passed my name to the owner letting him know I was curious about becoming an instructor. I was contacted about certifying myself to teach classes! – John S.
If you live in an area where Uber or Lyft operate, why not become a driver? If you're looking to make some short-term cash, you can definitely rake it in by working for one of these popular car-hire apps. As long as your vehicle fits within the specifications of their program, and you have a clean license, you could do this on the side, especially if you're in a crunch for cash.
As we’ve already covered, completing online surveys for a range of companies earns you points on Opinion Outpost. You can use these points on gift cards to a range of top companies, but if you want the versatility that cold hard cash offers then Paypal is the way to go. That way you can spend your hard-earned money on whatever you choose. There’s nothing worse than being misled by survey companies seeking to take advantage of you without rewarding you for your efforts. Luckily, your rewards are easily accessible here and you don’t have to jump through hoops to get what you’re entitled to.
Not very exciting work, but in high demand from bloggers and small businesses. This involves setting up accounts on all of the social bookmarking services and then bookmarking your clients’ websites or latest blog posts to help them get more traffic. You may be competing against software that does this, but in many folks’ opinions, it’s better to have a real person do it. Even better is if you can goose your accounts with plenty of friends and become a star on a few of the services; then every site you bookmark has higher credibility and you can charge more. To get an idea of the social media sites you will need to sign up for, start at socialmarker.com.
If you’re in the WordPress industry like I am (whether it be design, development, or SEO) I have accumulated quite the list of WordPress affiliate programs. I excluded those I found unsuccessful or pay too little to make a profit from, specifically ThemeForest, Creative Market, and low quality theme stores like Template Monster. Hosting pays well and I wrote a tutorial for SiteGround’s affiliate program and StudioPress themes which are my 2 highest paying affiliates. Those tutorials have tons of screenshots/social proof especially for SiteGround.
3) Popular twitter accounts. Once again this is a new and rising field of "employment" where many people are making high five figure salaries (even six figure for some) a year simply by tweeting. Create a twitter account focused on one subject, whether it be movie quotes, funny pictures, or tweeting facts about a certain topic, and focus on this niche. If the niche is small, be sure to freguently change your account. I myself started one account that followed the latest trends and I would change the account name and everything to follow the latest social media trend. You can easily gain thousands of followers per trend and soon you have six figure followers. Then work with an advertising compamy and tweet out advertising links and you will earn money based on the number of unique impressions you earn. Although time consuming, you develop a solid account that will earn money almost guranteed in the long run.
Ecommerce is the selling of goods (in this case physical items) online and drop shipping is the process of selling products online that you don’t actually hold stock for. When the customer buys from you, you then order it from the supplier and have it sent straight to the customer. You do not hold inventory and you do not need to deal with the logistics of it all. You make profit from your price mark up.
StackPath – CDN with 31 additional data centers (Cloudflare has 150+ data centers, but more data centers = faster content delivery). I get around $1,000/month by referring people to StackPath in my cache plugin tutorials. StackPath recently bought MaxCDN and their affiliate acceptance rate is much lower (depends on your potential volume) but most cache plugins converted to StackPath as their recommended CDN
Hey Tom, thanks for this tutorial – it’s a good thing to get a tutorial like this from a trusted person like you and not from the thousands of (sometimes) confusing articles about passive income/affiliate marketing/clickfunnels and what not that I come across from time to time, I am making a living as a web designer and I have been thinking of pivoting from design and creative work to focus on passive income but didn’t know where to start. This is the perfect foundation article I have seen so far and I ‘d like to ask if you have any further reading/guides/videos on affiliate marketing that you’d recommend. I like to do my deep research before starting :) One more thing, there are some broken or missing images in this article, it could be my browser but check from your side too because there are quite a few images (e.g your Mercedes) that are missing. Thanks
Hi Lashay, I’m 15 years old and I need a job so that I can earn money to get a piano and guitar strings. I really like music and want to start a YouTube channel and make music on it. But I also don’t want my mother to know about me earning money. I want it to be a surprise. She is out of work because of health issues and nobody where I live will hire a 15 year old. And also my father lives far away and is in jail so he can’t earn money for us. We have hardly any money and rarely get out of the apartment we live in and if we get money then we will be able to go out more. And also neither of us has a paypal account or a phone, Could you please help me out and give me suggestions that don’t need paypal? And also my real name is Skyler but I would rather be called SkyAnna or Sky.
2) LEARN CODE. LIKE NOW. Freelance programming is allowing programmers to make a full living from the comfort of their bedroom. Visit code.org or codeacademy.com to learn some languages and practice these to perfect them. Then visit sites like freelancer.com and do jobs for clients, with payouts fluctuating greatly. A bit more complicated but you learn skills that can help in future employment.
Are you a professional in a field that can help answer questions for people looking for your expertise? Websites like JustAnswer and LivePerson match you up with people looking for answers to technical or professional questions. You can make money online by simply answering these questions and providing the right information to people based on their individualistic circumstances.
Brokering an online service is a money-making idea I’ve personally had experience with. In my endeavor, I used contractors that I trusted for website designs. I found clients via Upwork, would use the contractors’ services to create the design, put finishing touches on the work they turned in and turned it over to the client. This worked well because my background in copywriting and conversion rate optimization perfectly supplemented website design.
I just pulled in $500 the other day by signing up for an American Express card for my wife, and a Chase Ink card for my business. I’m planning a trip and we are paying for it all by using the sign-up offers. There are also no annual fees on these cards. So I recommend taking advantage of a few signup offers and you’ll easily make $100 (if you qualify).
Many marketing organizations focus their advertisement towards sending SMS to people in order to canvas them specifically. Then invest billions of dollars in SMS advertising and publicizing. So, you can earn money working for any SMS sending portal, where you can get money by sending and reading SMS. You can register free accounts and verify account via email, it hardly take two minutes, and you might gain profit through Way2SMS.
Offering specific online SEO services is also another online freelancer role that businesses are crying out for. If you know how to improve a website’s SEO by doing keyword research, creating content that can rank in search engines, adding metadata / schema to posts and pages, and building backlinks to a domain, to name a few tasks, then this could be a great line of work for you.
It may not pay well, but there is a growing demand for this. Write 200-300 word articles and submit them to article directories. Potential clients include bloggers, marketers, and small businesses. You can write articles in a niche in batches and sell them as a package to one or more clients, or you can offer your services for hire per word or article and let your client give you direction. A foundation of keyword research is important to succeed at this job (unless you’re just taking direction from a client), but keyword research is learnable.
Nicely written and so helpful info. Having too much advertisement in a site is so painful for visitor cause it makes the site look cheaper. Instead, If one can limit the number of one’s advertisement and have some affiliation it would be way cool and wouldn’t be so harsh for the visitors . You have shared some significant point for affiliate marketing . Thanks for sharing
Thanks, these are truly amazing work ideas. Some of these can be practically done in my neighborhood even! Though they certainly can’t match an actual job, they’ll work as great and quick sources of income. I’ll plan doing at least one of the $100 jobs listed during weekends and holidays. A $400-$800 addition to income is something to be taken seriously.