11 Easy Ways To Earn Money Online Right Now
There’s never been an easier time to make money online.
Best of all, most of the methods here require little to no professional experience or expertise. Some are as easy as copying and pasting links.
If you need to make some quick cash, then scroll down to learn how you can make money online right now.
1. Teaching English Online
If your first language is English and you live in an English-speaking country, you can make a cool $2,000 a month just by teaching English online for 2 hours every day.
In countries like China and Vietnam, parents are paying top dollars to educate their children in the English language. The best part is that you don’t need to have an education degree or even majored in English to start teaching. The only requirement is that you are 1) fluent in English 2) hold a bachelor degree from an accredited English-speaking university.
The perks of teaching English online are many. First of all, you never have to leave your house for your ‘job’-you can just simply turn on your laptop and begin teaching right away. That gives you more flexibility to travel wherever you like, and earn money wherever. Second, you can negotiate for a raise depending on your teaching experience. Third, did I mention that it’s an extra $2,000 a month?
From personal experience, teaching English online was one of the easiest ways to make money. The best part was that I could take on as many classes that I wanted, so if I wanted to earn more money in a single month, I could pack my schedule with lessons all day. It was a win for my students and a win for my wallet!
There are lot of online teaching companies that you can work for. The best companies to work for are VIPKid, DaDa, and Gogokid. All three companies focus on educating kindergarten to elementary Chinese kids. Your job entails teaching them proper English pronunciation and helping them practice their English-speaking skills.
Overall, teaching English online is an amazing way to earn easy money. And since the coronavirus is keeping us locked at home, it’s one of the best ways of making some quick money right now.
2. Affiliate marketing (Amazon Associates)
Don’t let the word ‘marketing’ scare you.
Affiliate marketing is a type of marketing where you sell a product to customers and get a share of that purchase. A long time ago, brands would pay celebrities top dollar to endorse their products so that the public would buy them. Thanks to the Internet however, we can now leverage our followers on social media and earn money through affiliate marketing.
One of the most well companies that allow regular people to advertise products and earn money is Amazon. Amazon has a program called Amazon Associates where people can basically copy and paste product links and earn commission. Basically, if people click the link and buy the product, you’ll earn a commission from that purchase. There are dozens of stories about people who made thousands of dollars just through Amazon Affiliates.
You can copy and paste links in virtually everywhere and anywhere, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and your personal website/blog.
How to sign up for Amazon Associates:
- Go to the Amazon Associate website. Next, click Sign Up.
- If you haven’t already, sign up for an Amazon account. Ideally, you’ll want to create another account just for Amazon Associates. But if you don’t mind, you can go ahead and use your existing Amazon account. Click sign in and you’ll be asked to give your name and your home address.
- Next, fill out your active website, blog, app, or Youtube channel. They must be active and full of content if you want to successfully sign up for the program.
- After, give your tax information such as your social security number. This is Amazon’s way of verifying your identity and making sure you get the proper tax forms when filing taxes.
- Once you’re done, Amazon will verify your information and let you know whether or not you qualify for the program. The verification should take up to a minute or two. Once you’re verified, you can start posting Amazon affiliate links anywhere you want. The best thing is that there’s almost no limit as to what or where you can post. Good luck and make that money!
Tip: If this is your first time with Amazon Affiliates, I recommend creating a new Twitter account and posting affiliate links there. Twitter has a massive number of users who eye-shop for products on the platform every day. When posting your link, make sure to type in a lot of relevant hashtags to get your link to these users.
3. Posting on Medium
If you’re a talented writer and want to earn money for writing, try writing for Medium.
Medium is a platform where everyday people can post articles and earn money every time users read them. These articles can range from a slew of topics, from politics to technology to cooking. The best part is that Medium is still growing, so it’s less competitive and easy to succeed in a niche right now.
The way that Medium’s business model works is simple: Medium charges users $5 a month to read an unlimited amount of stories (non-paying members can read a max of 3 articles a month). When people click an article that they like (hopefully yours), a portion of their membership money goes to Medium while another portion goes to you. Medium pays out the sum money to you every month via Stripe, an online payment platform similar to PayPal. So, the more viral your article gets, the more money you can make.
Medium’s business model is so good that even President Barack Obama is on it. He can make over $2,000 (probably more) just by posting an article about his favorite books for 2020. All in all, If your article is really good, you can even get a steady passive income every month. There are stories about people who made up to $3,000 for just one article.
If you think you have the writing chops, then I highly recommend writing for Medium.
How to sign up for the Medium Partner Program (aka get paid to write):
it’s easier to sign up on a laptop or desktop
- Go to Medium.com and sign up for an account.
- Next, click on your icon on the top right and click Medium Partner Program in the dropdown menu.
- After, click Join the Partner Program and follow the instructions. You’ll need to connect your bank account or debit card first so that Medium has a way of paying you.
- Finally, input your social security number for ID verification and you should be all set. Happy writing!
Tip: Try to get your articles published by a publisher in your same niche. Some of the most popular publishers on Medium publish only for specific niches such as business and technology. A publisher can get your article to more people who share the same interest, which means more viewers and money for you.
4. Starting a blog
Starting a blog can help you earn a nice steady income over time.
There are multiple ways that you can monetize a blog.
You can create lots of amazing content and over time sell products to your regular readers through soft marketing (Or as marketing legend Seth Godin calls it, Permission Marketing).
You can also post affiliate links for your readers to click on and buy, assuming that you’ve gained their trust as an authoritative blogger in a specific niche.
And finally, you can put up banner ads via Google AdSense and earn a steady passive income.
If you have a niche that you’re really passionate and knowledgeable about, then it can be a great way to make money and even start a whole career.
How to start a blog:
It’s easy to start a blog today.
First, you have to purchase a domain from any of the domain-selling website. The most popular domain providers are Bluehost (which also sells a hosting service which we’ll talk about in a moment), GoDaddy, Google, and Name.
Once you purchase a domain name, you need a server that can host that domain. In other words, you need someone who can give a house to your fancy domain name.
That’s where web hosting sites come in. One of the most popular hosting sites are Bluehost and GoDaddy. Both provide the domain name and hosting service, sometimes in a 2-for-1 bundle. Hosting a website should run you up to $60 per year depending on the service provider. Once you have both the domain and hosting, you can now choose a platform (Squarespace or Wordpress) to create your website.
If you’re starting for the first time and have a phobia for technical stuff, then I highly suggest creating your website on Squarespace.
Squarespace makes it super easy for non-techie people to start a website all in one sitting.
They provide the templates so all you have to do is drag and drop the parts that you want.
Squarespace also sells domain names, so you can do everything from domain registration to setting up a live website all in one. Even better, they allow you to pay for servers on a monthly basis (~$16) so you don’t have to pay a $60 yearly fee like BlueHost or GoDaddy. So if you feel like blogging isn’t really your thing, you can quickly delete your website and save some money. That’s a steal.
Again, I highly recommend using Squarespace if you want a no-fuss way of creating a blog.
If you’re more technical and like having more flexibility with your website, then I recommend using Wordpress. Wordpress allows you to fully customize your website based on your preference. You can also choose from a wide variety of free themes to match your style. Finally, Wordpress offers thousands of free plugins that you can use to optimize, track, and scale up your website into a full fledged business.
Whichever one you pick, remember that content is king. So have fun writing and making that dough on your website.
5. Amazon Seller
If you want a more hands on approach to making money online, then check out Amazon Seller.
Amazon Seller is a program for people who want to start an online business selling their products on, you guessed it, Amazon. With Amazon’s reach of over a billion buyers, you can make a lot of money selling on Amazon. If you’re interested in starting a real business to sell on Amazon, read on.
Selling on Amazon is a real business that must be treated like one.
First, that means you must make an investment of your own money. Altogether, your initial investment will range from $1,300 to $3,000 depending on the product you’re selling.
To start, you have to do your due diligence and research products that will sell well on Amazon. Because there’s a slew of products that you can sell, you have to pick something that isn’t overly saturated and can sell well in any given season. I suggest finding a niche that you think will perform the best. There are also paid market research tools like Jungle Scout that can help you find the products that sell well.
Once you have a product that you want, you have to search for a supplier that will make it for you. I suggest going on Alibaba.com to find the suppliers.
After you find a supplier and pay for your product, you have to arrange for your products to be shipped to the market where it’ll be sold, most likely it’ll be the United States.
Next, you have to come up with a marketable name for your product, an eye-catching design, and a marketing campaign that’ll put your product in the eyes of potential buyers.
Starting on Amazon Seller can be time-consuming, but if you’re diligent and work hard, the reward can potentially be in the millions. There are a number of stories of successful Amazon Sellers who have made a fortune doing business on Amazon.
How to register for Amazon Seller:
Note: You must pay a monthly membership fee of $39.99 to sell on Amazon.
6. Writing e-book
Writing and selling a book has never been easier thanks to the Internet.
Now you can write an ebook and sell it to millions of people on platforms such as Amazon and Apple Books. What’s better is that you can bypass a publisher and self-publish your book as soon as you finish writing.
You can write about any topic that you’re passionate about, such as cooking or fixing phones. There are even people who have successfully published cookbooks in niche food like Korean BBQ.
The way this works is simple: you have to post your finished book at a specific website, for example, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
Once Amazon verifies the content of your book, your book will be uploaded and ready for sale across Amazon’s marketplace in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Whenever a customer buys your book, you’ll get a royalty fee of up to 70% and Amazon will keep the rest. The best part is that since your e-book is a digital file, it’ll never run out of stock so you don’t have to worry about any lag time between customers purchasing and reading your book.
Selling books and making money online can be very, very lucrative, and it’s super easy to start.
How to publish e-books on Amazon:
- To get started, head on over to kdp.amazon.com and create an account.
- Next, upload your manuscript and cover. Make sure that your book meets Amazon’s content and quality guideline.
- After, write in the details about your book including the title, description, keywords, category, and price.
- Once you’re done, choose the territories where you hold distribution rights and choose your royalty plan (35% or 70%).
- Finally, click Publish Your Kindle eBook. Your new e-book should be up for sale. Congratulations, you are now an online author!
7. Selling on Etsy
If you have a talent for making cute keychains or handwritten letter or anything original and handmade, then consider selling on Etsy.
Etsy is an online e-commerce website where people can sell homemade crafts and products to customers.
Think of it as the boutique shop equivalent of Amazon, or an art fair meets a marketplace kind of website.
You can sell a wide range of products on Etsy, including jewelry, bags, clothing, furniture, toys, and even art.
Selling on Etsy is really easy since people come looking to buy original handmade products.
I know many friends who made a whole business out of selling handwritten cards on Etsy, and they continue to do well.
If you’re interested in making money on Etsy, read on.
How to sell on Etsy:
Note: you will have to pay a fee of $0.20 to set up your Etsy account. In addition, all listing will cost $0.20 per product and will be subjected to a 5% transaction fee that goes straight to Etsy’s pocket.
8. Selling on eBay
eBay is also another great place to start selling your belongings and make money.
eBay is one of the oldest online auction websites today, but it’s also a popular place for buying things online.
The best part is that eBay encourages people to sell as much random things as possible. Their whole business model is based on an online garage sale with millions of customers scavenging for unique items.
So, for example, if you have an old Neopets doll from 2004 that you desperately want to get rid of, then you can best bet that someone on eBay will be looking for it.
Of all the e-commerce websites, eBay is one of the easiest ways to make quick money thanks to its huge marketplace and customer reach.
How to sell on eBay:
If you have the marketing and selling chops, then dropshipping may suit you well.
Dropshipping is one of the hottest ways for online entrepreneurs to make money right now. It’s also one of the easiest.
Basically, you act as the middle person between the buyer and the supplier. What that means is that you don’t own any inventory of items. Instead, you operate a nice looking, well-designed website that sell the items.
By using Facebook ads or other ad channels, you encourage people to check your website and make a purchase. Then, the order gets sent to the supplier who will make the product and ship it out to the customer.
You will get a commission from the product that was sold and the rest will go to the supplier (you get to set the price for the product and commission). The process itself is super easy and the potential for earnings are in the thousands.
There are many ways to get started with dropshipping. One of the easiest ways it through Shopify.
Shopify is one of the largest ecommerce company used by many independent businesses, such as Allbird. Shopify also provides a no hassle way of creating your own dropshipping store from scratch to finish. They make the process so easy that you can start selling your first item within hours.
If you’re interested in starting your first Shopify store, I suggest taking this free two hour course by Oberlo where they go step by step on how to build your online store using Shopify. The course teaches you how to research for a product, set up a store, and even how to analyze and understand ads data.
10. Making an App
If you like to code, then perhaps it’s time to monetize your skills by making an app.
These days, apps are everywhere. They’re on your phones, your computer, even your refrigerator. Apps play an integral role in our society, so if you have an idea for an app that can make other people’s lives better, now’s the best time to make it.
There’s a lot of ways to structure your app’s business model. The first way is to sell your app at a fixed price on the app store. This is the usual route that most businesses take. However, more recently, many companies have given up selling their app and instead have opted to make money through in-app purchases. This means that their apps are free to download and use but some of the more premium features require purchase.
If you have an idea, say a photo editing app, that can take advantage of in-app purchases, then this might be a lucrative route for you.
You can also create a free app and ask people to simply donate via Paypal or Patreon.
To get started, you have to first decide the platform in which you’ll be making the app. Both Apple and Google use different programming languages and require a specific program to create the app. For this article we will focus on Apple’s app-making program.
To make apps for Apple devices, you can use Xcode and Swift. If you’re a beginner, then I recommend learning Swift over other languages like Objective-C.
Swift is a powerful and highly intuitive programming language that’s used to create apps for iOS, MacOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. All in all, Swift makes it extremely easy to make apps that work across Apple’s entire ecosystem.
How to sell an app on the App Store:
- To start, create an account at developer.apple.com. If you’re already using Apple service such as Apple Music, then chances are you already have an Apple account. However, if you want to keep your personal account separate, then you can go ahead and create a new one.
- Next, you’ll be asked to accept the Apple Developer Agreement. Once you check the boxes, continue to the next page and you’re all set. You’re now eligible to upload apps on the App Store!
Note: To publish apps on the App Store, you must pay a $99/year membership fee to Apple. Before you make an account, make sure that you have a viable and legitimate app ready to hit the App Store.
11. Selling Photos Online
Do you like taking photos with your phone or DSLR?
Do you want to start selling those photos online?
Photo websites such as Shutterstock and Getty Images allow you to sell photos to people and companies in need of stock photos for their blogs and advertisements.
Selling photos online have gotten much more lucrative thanks to smarter AI technologies that can catch websites illegally using copyrighted images.
Now, more people are willing to pay to use original images in order to avoid copyright strikes. This is where you, the photographer, come in.
You can leverage your beautiful photos and sell them online to people who might need them.
If you need a place to start, try Shutterstock. Shutterstock is the most popular stock photography website known for selling stock photos. You can earn a cool 20% to 30% profit from your sales over time.
If your photo game is out of this world, and I mean like highest of the highest quality, then you can start selling your images at Getty Images. You’ve probably seen those words before. Many news websites, including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, use Getty Images for their news articles.
With that said, Getty Images sells only the highest and most rare images, which is why a lot of brands flood to them. You can earn a whopping 20% to 45% on all the images that you sell. Translated to real money, that can equal to about $200 to $400 just from one photo.
Finally, if your talent lies in taking smartphone photos, there’s still a market where you can sell them.
One of the best platforms for selling smartphone photos is Foap. Foap is an online stock photo and video website that sells stock images and videos.
The best things about Foap is that you can sell virtually any smartphone photos regardless of quality. For Foap, photo is a matter of taste.
How to sell photos on Foap:
Note: Many traditional stock photography websites like Getty Images and Shutterstock will only accept high quality pictures taken by a traditional DSLR camera, which means photos taken by smartphones will rarely if ever be accepted.
Originally published at https://www.savingmoneytutor.com on December 23, 2020.