Last Update: 02/2018
The one thing that most of us need, sometimes simply to pay the bills, others to face unexpected events like a health problem. In the competitive world that we live, we can easily become unemployed and lose our main source of income. Perhaps only for some days. Others for months or years.
Fortunately the modern world offers some alternatives that we all must consider. One of them is, thanks to the internet, working or starting your business online. Part-time, full-time, side job…doesn’t matter how you see this, you should always consider your options.
And you know what is the best time to consider your options? Now. Doesn’t matter if you’re totally stable. You should anticipate any possibility and prepare yourself.
Today I will write about ways to make extra money. These are possibilities of every type that I could find, so perhaps you can relate to at least one of them. This isn’t about some get-rich-quick method here. So while we are building our way to financial freedom and early retirement, here are some options for making money online*.
*Some websites will not pay money directly. Instead they give you points that can be converted in gift cards. Others will send products for you to review. Also not all of the programs/services were tested. Some were only checked to see if their websites loaded and if they appear to be in business. Unfortunately it was not possible to test all of them, so make your own due diligence. This is only for information purposes. Read the disclaimer.
Here’s the table of contents for you to easily navigate through all the websites. First you will see the type of websites, then the number of websites/apps that I’ve found.
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Table of Contents
- 1 Work Online – Freelance Websites (23)
- 2 Freelance Writers (14)
- 3 Stock Photos (10)
- 4 Miscellaneous Type Websites (10)
- 5 Driver Apps (14)
- 6 Start a blog or a website (1)
- 7 Make Videos (4)
- 8 Tutoring (6)
- 9 When you go Shopping, earn some money (3)
- 10 Surveys (6)
- 11 Sell textbooks (1)
- 12 Writing a postal or a greeting card (4)
- 13 Reviews (6)
- 14 Play games (4)
- 15 Translation (4)
- 16 Transcription / Data Entry Services (7)
- 17 Websites and Software Tests (8)
- 18 Test Customer Service (47)
- 19 Test Products (19)
- 20 Sell Your Old Electronics (7)
- 21 Get Paid to Surf on the Web (4)
Work Online – Freelance Websites (23)
ServiceScape: ServiceScape.com has been hosting and promoting freelance editors, translators, graphic designers, and writers online for over 17 years. Right about now, they have over 249,000 completed projects and over 77,000 registered clients. Their average rating is 4.90/5. This site is trusted by top organizations such as BASF, Duke University, Wisconsin University and others.
Fiverr: Fiverr is the world’s largest freelance services marketplace beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. Eventually you can get paid much more for upgrades and specific/complex jobs.
Upwork: Similar to Fiverr, you have this website which offers a great marketplace for selling just about any professional service. They have +1.5 million clients, so a great place for opportunities.
Toptal: Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, and finance experts in the world. They give you access to great clients such as JPMorgan, Zendesk or Airbnb.
Freelancer: Another freelance job website, where you can find millions of opportunities.
Craigslist: One of the most used websites to sell your stuff, rent a room and so on, is also a great platform for freelance jobs.
Guru: With 1.5 million members worldwide, 1 million jobs completed and +$200 million paid to gurus, this is another great website to find a source of income.
CollegeRecruiter: Where every student can find a great part-time, seasonal, internship, and entry-level job.
iFreelance: Here they let you keep 100% of earnings – No commissions or fees.
Peopleperhour: This is a platform that focus on web projects, like design, web developer, SEO specialist and so on. Another option worth checking out, where clients can post a job for free.
99designs: A platform specially focused on designers. They have a design upload every second and over $200M USD paid to the community of the website.
FreelanceWritingGigs: An excellent option if you want an income in return for your writer skills.
SimplyHired: Another great platform, that works with top companies like Amazon, UPS, Target, Glassdoor and others. An option for you to look for a new job.
Krop. To find freelance work is easy through its intuitive search functions. You can also build a portfolio to show your work to potential customers.
Crowded: The network for Verified Candidates in the hourly and on-demand workforce. This company just raised $3.3M in financing.
The Creative Group: The Creative Group is focued at job placement for freelance creative professionals in fields like art, marketing, copywriting, photography, and graphic design. Freelancers can find positions that are full time, contract to hire, and more.
DesignHill. Designhill is a graphic design platform for designers to earn, participate, work and share their work.
Aquent: Aquent provides opportunities for freelancers to work remotely or on site, and for freelancers to find contract-to-hire jobs. They provide work around the globe for digital marketing and creative professionals.
Croogster: Another recent alternative to work as a freelancer.
Flexjobs: With FlexJobs, you can access hand-screened remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs—quickly and easily.
CrowdSource: This company specializes in content creation, editing, and monitoring for online retailers, media companies, and publishers. What’s unique about this platform is that it breaks the large tasks up into smaller more manageable tasks. One more option to work as a freelancer.
LocalSolo: LocalSolo is a talent network of over 26,000 top local freelancers. They have zero commissions, and you can work directly with your client.
PeerHustle: Peer Hustle has a geo-location system that enables you to search for jobs in your local area. So they say “No more competing with freelancers overseas over price.”
Linkedin: Linkedin ProFinder helps you hire top local freelancers.
(If you use Linkedin, connect with me here).
Freelance Writers (14)
Here are some solutions where you will get paid for writing.
SeekingAlpha: Top website about Investment and Stock Markets
Stock Photos (10)
If you like photography and have some valuable work, why not monetize it using the following websites?
Miscellaneous Type Websites (10)
Etsy: Etsy is still great resource for selling handmade items online. No need for complex ecommerce sites. The company takes a commission of every sale and charges a small listing fee per item. And you’re done. Also you can sell digital products on here such as poster designs.
Zazzle: Zazzle is where you’ll find Designers selling their art and Makers showcasing their customizable products. This website is similar to Etsy.
Cafe Press: CafePress is the world’s best online gift shop. With over one billion items, this website allows you to create digital designs, and then sell it on the platform. They have more than two million independent designers. With graphic design skills you can earn some income with this website.
Threadless: Similar to CafePress, Chicago-based Threadless that begin in 2000, allows you to sell digital designs in the form of t-shirts and other merchandise such as phone cases, hats, pins, beach towels and so on.
Flippa: If you know how to buy and then sell income-generating websites, than you can use Flippa to make profit. This is the Entrepreneur’s Marketplace to buy and sell online businesses.
Mechanical Turk: Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. You will receive very small fee for any HIT (Human Intelligence Tasks) and you’ll need some volume to make a significant amount of money.
Driver Apps (14)
Amazon Flex: Make $18-$25/hour delivering. Be your own boss, set your own schedule, and make some money.
Lyft: Where you can drive people in return for some income.
Uber: Same as Lyft. The world number one in terms of rideshare company.
UberEATS: For delivering food. It’s the same cashless payment as an Uber ride.
Juno: Some say that Juno charges drivers 60-65% lower commissions than the competition, so you know your dollars are going directly to your driver. Gett has joined forces with Juno.
Flywheel: Drivers find more fares and new opportunities such as eCommerce deliveries.
OlaCabs: Same as others, but this one is focused in India.
GrabTaxi: For countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Cambodia.
EasyTaxi: This app is used in 30 countries. Worth considering if you’re looking to be a driver in one of the places that they operate.
LeCab: Specially focused in Paris, France.
Cabify: For Spain, South America (some countries), Portugal.
BiTaksi: For Turkey.
GoCatch: For Australia.
Ingogo: Also for Australia (major cities).
Start a blog or a website (1)
For me one of the best side hustles / part-time job. VERY flexible, and can be a project that lasts a lifetime. A lifetime where you will write about what you like, build a brand, and eventually start monetizing on your content. Forever. If you need to stop 6 months? No problem, because everything is already built, your social media profiles already have followers, so when you resume the blog/website you won’t be starting from zero.
I have a guide where you can read on how to start a blog in minutes.
Make Videos (4)
…And turn them into money.
Websites where you teach something to someone. In return for an income.
When you go Shopping, earn some money (3)
If you use some of these websites, you will get money in return for buying something. One example: Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending you their way, and Ebates shares the commission with you as Cash Back.
InboxDollars, for example, will share money that companies pay for consumers input. Consumers like you.
For companies to do market research they need people to fill out surveys. So this is an excellent way of making some extra money online. Here are some examples.
Sell textbooks (1)
BookScouter: Sell your textbooks for the best price.
Writing a postal or a greeting card (4)
Ever think that it was possible earning some money for writing a postal? Here you have some options to try.
Make reviews and get compensation for your work.
Play games (4)
For those who love to play games, check out these websites below, and tell me what you think.
Some options to earn money with translations.
Transcription / Data Entry Services (7)
A transcription service is a business which converts speech (either live or recorded) into a written or electronic text document. Transcription services are often provided for business, legal, or medical purposes.
Websites and Software Tests (8)
Get paid to use websites and apps and give your honest feedback.
Test Customer Service (47)
Here you can receive money in return for testing some company service or department.
Test Products (19)
In the websites below, they will pay you to test products and evaluate them. Can’t get easier than this. If you experiment any of these, do tell me what you think.
Sell Your Old Electronics (7)
Declutter! Sell old electronics that you don’t use.
Get Paid to Surf on the Web (4)
If you love to spend hours surfing on the internet, why not get paid for that?
Scour: App for discovering Apps
So this is the end. If you have any suggestions or personal experiences regarding any of the websites / apps, please leave them on the comment section so we can improve this list for many years to come.
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