Top methods to make money online

Although there is no such thing as a virtual free meal there are certainly numerous proven ways of making money online. The only essentials are a PC, an Internet connection and some common sense and skill.

At first you’ll need a good deal of patience and be prepared to put in a lot of consistent hard work in order to see a return.

It’s a learning process too, with increased exposure to and familiarity with the Internet and the ways in which people use it to turn a profit having a positive feedback effect on your own approaches and ways of working.

As is the case with most business scenarios, the more you can align your natural strengths and proclivities with an online profit making system the better your chances of success will be.

If you have no natural aptitude or inclination for coding, for instance, then this should not be on your list.

Data entry

Probably the simplest and easiest way of making use of a computer is to use it as simply a typing machine.

There are very many data entry jobs available online that will generate spare-time income, and you can find these on many websites that specialize in freelance work, as well as from companies that do direct recruitment.

All you need for this is a good typing speed, so this would be ideal for experienced secretaries looking for extra cash for example.

Design work

Graphic design and web design can be very lucrative if you have the right skills.

Both are very much in demand these days and the best way in to this line of work is to take freelance design jobs, even unpaid ones with local charities, and build up a good portfolio before looking for bigger fish.

You could start trading for yourself under an umbrella company to cut out all the set-up fees and paperwork involved in having a limited company.

There’s big money in web development on the coding side, especially if you’re familiar with e-commerce and the way it works, and there are plenty of online courses for learning the various languages.

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Professional coders already working as programmers can make extra money for themselves as freelance developers, maybe writing apps for mobile phone companies.

Creative writing

People with a natural talent for creative writing can turn their hand to writing online content for clients, as there’s a big market for SEO content.

Websites can be as funky as they like, but without good content neither people nor search engines will be impressed by or bother to return to them.

It doesn’t take brains to fill out simple forms, and many folks do just this, completing them by their hundreds for companies that conduct research.

Forum posting involves writing a few simple texts for companies to help promote their goods online, and affiliate marketing, such as Google Ads, which is essentially selling goods for other companies, is also a nice little earner.

So there are many established methods of making money online, and probably many more that haven’t been dreamed up yet.

If you have the hardware and the imagination, and some basic know-how, you can make a useful extra income this way or it could even lead to a new and lucrative career.

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This post has been written by Katie Green, who is a freelance writer with an interest in business and finance related matters. She is currently trying to promote an Umbrella Company.

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  1. @Katie – good post, thanks.

    In my opinion, best ways for making money online are:
    1) selling own, online products (like eBooks)
    2) participating in affiliate marketing (in relevant niches of course)
    3) having own site or blog, where you can show ads, sell products, etc.

    But there are three very important factors, considering online work:
    - you must diversify your type of incomes
    - you must look for new possibilities of making money all the time
    - you must try to automate as much work as possible

    • Hello Chris,
      I completely agree with you.
      Thanks for the comment.

    • Katie Charlotte Green says:

      Yes it’s very important to look for new ways of making money online, you’d be surprised at all the methods available, and you might just find a new method you really enjoy!

  2. Thanks for the article Katie,
    those are some ways to make money online.
    Affiliate programs are another great method to earn with the web,
    but above all selling your own product with your own site is the best way.

  3. Hi Katie, Really good points. I think Creative writing is worthy. It will help you to get exposer too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. great methods to make money on-line, i think you`re half way there if you`re doing something you love, you have a passion for, then, you put in all the blood, sweat and tears to make it work and people see you`re genuine and get to trust you

  5. Great advice on make money online, I’ll check data entry :)

  6. Ugh. I’m a bit disappointed to see data entry on the list. There are so many better ways to make money online. Why include one of the worst? Granted, it is easy. How about build a website instead?

    • Katie Charlotte Green says:

      Hi Rob,

      Data entry is a great way for beginners to make money online- it’s pretty simple for those who are unsure how to get started.
      I agree with you though, creating your own site is a great idea. There’s also a lot of free online help available as well- again great for those who are unsure how to get started.

  7. Now this is something that those who would want to make money online should know about. It’s not always about starting something from scratch. You can help people step up the ladder, learn new stuff along the way, and in exchange, they’ll be the ones giving you money. Well, about the data entry jobs though, I would consider them as some sort of a sideline rather than a full-time online job.

    • Katie Charlotte Green says:

      Hi Gerald,

      Great point! I’m glad you pointed this out as I didn’t cover this out in the article.

  8. There are ways to make money online that I would never have considered. And yet, it is great to know the possibilities, since I could help someone find them.

    For me, creative writing for my blog is the method of choice. Naturally, there are many things that must be done to bring my writing to the public’s attention…so here I am!

  9. Hey, Katie! You wrote an interesting article – I’m interested in making money online too, so I really appreciate your tips.

  10. No matter what you choose to make money online, you must always remember to get other sources of income. This is the key I think in my opinion.

    If you do not do this, then you will not have the success you truly deserve!

    Great article.


    • Katie Charlotte Green says:

      Hi Omar,

      I agree with you here. Unless you are a very successful blogger (for example) the chances are you won’t be able to make your entire income from working online. Making money online is a good way to give you a bit of extra cash, but chances are it won’t be enough to live on.

  11. Great ideas on how to make money online.. I am a freelancer and i am looking for ideas on how to increase my income. I think i’ll try creative writing.. Hope it works for me. Very informative post!

  12. Katie Charlotte Green says:

    Thanks for all the positive feedback!

  13. I am also struggling to earn revenue to sustain and maintain all of my blogs and currently I am only doing enough but not enough to leave some extras on my pocket. I will give your methods a shot.

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