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How To Make Money Online

Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Camilla Gill

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Do you NEED to learn how to make money online in 2020? This is the post for you!

There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, maybe you don’t have a job or you’re worried you might get laid off soon. Truth is, there’s never been a more important time to learn how to make money online than in 2020.

Good news! There is plenty of remote work available on the internet if you’re willing to work hard. This might sometimes mean monotonous jobs like data entry, or low-paid gigs like taking surveys for cash.

But, on the other side of the spectrum, you could build a successful blog and if you work hard enough at it, it could replace your full-time income. If blogging’s something you’re interested in, take a look at this free guide on how to start a blog in 2020.

Whether you’re looking to make some extra cash as a side hustle  or you have a plan to build a big online business making thousands of dollars a month, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the top ways to earn money online remotely.


17 Ways To Make Money Online Fast

1. Flipping Clothes

The premise is simple, you find branded clothes in thrift stores and then sell them online via Ebay, Poshmark or similar sites. There are thousands of people making money online from this idea and some (including my own sister) have turned it into a big business, earning a full-time income from flipping clothes!

The best part is, you only need a few dollars to get started to buy your first piece of clothing.


2. Take Surveys For Cash

I’m sure you’ve seen these adverts before ‘Earn Money Taking Surveys!’ and you probably thought there was a scam. But, did you know there are some legitimate market research companies out there that will actually pay you for taking their surveys? Market research companies need consumer insights to get the information needed for their clients, so they will pay you!

Admittedly, they don’t pay millions of dollars but the best-paid companies will compensate you a few dollars for each survey. So, instead of mindlessly scrolling on your phone while you watch Netflix, why don’t make some money online?

Personally, I recommend Survey Junkie, they are a legitimate company that can help you make real money by doing paid surveys in your spare time.


2. Freelance Writing

Producing content is more important than ever for websites across the world and as such, there’s never been a better time to be a writer. The secret to turning this hustle into a profitable one is to niche down. By niching down to one industry, you will be able to market yourself as an expert. This will make it easier to win clients because you will become known as the writer to go to for that particular topic. And you will also be able to increase your hourly rate a lot quicker.

If you’re interested in freelancing long-term, then you’ll need a website to showcase your portfolio of work. Luckily, setting up a website is easier than ever. You’ll first need to choose a domain name, use this free domain name checker to see if your chosen name is available!


3. Selling Photos To Stock Photography Sites

Finally, those 203 photos you took of that sunset while on holiday last year will come in useful!

Any amateur photographers can make money off selling their photos to stock photography websites like Shutterstock, Bigstock, Adobe among others.


4. Selling University Notes

Are you a college student or a recent graduate? Did you know that you can make fast money by selling your lecture notes online?

Take a look at sites like, StuDocu or Stuvia (UK based) and get started today!


5.  Teach English Online

You don’t need to be a qualified teacher to become an online English teacher, all you need is a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching English online is a great part-time job you can fit around your current work or home life as you get to choose the hours you’re available and lessons are usually only 30 minutes long. You can get paid up to $20 per hour as well!

Check out VIPKID to apply today.


6. Manage Social Media Ads

You probably never even thought of this one, but learning how to run profitable social media ads on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest is a real skill. If you enjoy analytics and the satisfaction of seeing happy clients then this could be a great side hustle to get into it!

Once you have a system to set up, it’s very low-maintenance and easy to scale. You can make between $500 to $5000 per client monthly!


7. Start A Blog

It doesn’t seem real that you can earn a full-time income from blogging, but actually if you’re willing to put in the work then anyone can make money from blogging. The secret to starting a successful blog can be boiled down to three components

  1. Choose a lucrative niche
  2. Learn about affiliate marketing
  3. Grow traffic to your site

Head over to this free step-by-step guide on how to start a blog to learn more. Be sure to use Bluehost to get the best pricing on your website domain name and hosting.


8. Trade Cryptocurrencies & Stock Markets

Investing in the stock market or cryptocurrencies is actually incredibly easy. Platforms like Etoro make it really simple to follow and buy stocks.

You can make money instantly if you get good at it, and they have dummy accounts that you can practice while you’re learning the ropes.

Trading is often a psychological game with your mind, but women are often better at trading than men because we are naturally more risk-averse.

If trading is something that’s always interested you but you’ve been scared to get into, then do a bit of research and see if it’s something that could become your next side hustle!


9. Data Entry Work

Lots of large companies outsource their data entry tasks and as such, there is a whole industry built around data entry services. If you’re a fast typer then this a good way to make money online in the evenings while you have the TV on in the background.


10. Freelancing On Upwork

There are not just jobs like data entry that you can do online, platforms like Upwork are opening up the freelancing world for everybody.

If you know how to build websites via WordPress, then you could freelance as a WordPress website builder. If you are an accountant in your day job, why don’t you do freelance accounting for small businesses? If you’re are social media manager for a large company, then you could definitely do this on the side, easily finding clients on Upwork.


11. Video Editing

If you’re into YouTube then you’ll know that YouTubers are exploding right now! They are producing more content than ever and this means that lots of them need help editing their videos. Editing isn’t as hard as it sounds and the work is plentiful and steady.

As well as YouTube, you could also get involved in editing videos for wedding photographers or hotels, resorts


12. Sell Old Items Around The House

This is the best way to make some quick cash. Everyone has old items or clothes lying around that they no longer use.

Get yourself on eBay and start selling!

You could sell items such as clothes, old toys, collectible cards, kitchen equipment. The list goes on and on. Go through each room in your house and make a list of things you could sell.


13. Start A Consulting Business

Consulting sounds more impressive than it actually is. Basically, all you need to do is solve someone else’s business problem. If you want a sustainable part-time side hustle, you could become a consultant in a chosen industry.

For example, if you have a background working in fashion sales, then you could become a consultant for different brands, helping them increase their sales. If you run a successful blog then you could become a blog consultant, helping newbie bloggers achieve success with their blogs.

With a consulting business, you will want to look as professional as possible to gain credibility as an expert in your industry.  Therefore, it will be a good idea to have a professional website that you can refer people to when networking.

Putting a website is really quick with WordPress templates, here’s a free guide on how to build a website in less than an hour. Check here to see if your chosen domain name is available with this free tool from Bluehost.


14. Launch An Online Store

When it comes to making money online, eCommerce is the future. Have you ever thought about opening an online store on Etsy? It’s so easy! You could make your own earrings to sell or perhaps hand paint signs for people, take a browse on Etsy for inspiration.


15. Sell Digital Products On Etsy

If you have an artistic designer eye, then you could create cute printable calendars and planners. Perhaps a passion planner for busy working millennial women! You can sell them via Etsy for anywhere between $5-10, and because it’s all digital, the overhead costs are zero!

There are thousands of people making good money with digital downloadable products.


16. Translation

Are you fluent in a second language then there is guaranteed steady translation work available to help you make money online in your spare time?

How do I know this? The world is currently a content producing factory, and the world is multi-lingual which means that all that fresh content is going to need to be translated!

Check out Upwork for daily job postings asking for translators.


17. Become An Influencer

Sure, this online job isn’t going to be a fast money maker. But if you spend a lot of time on social media anyway, you may as well try to make some money online while you do it.

More and more brands are turning to micro-influencers (accounts with between 1000-5000 followers) to help sell their products or services.

If you turn your account to focus on one niche, such as baking, fitness, or outdoor sports and only post videos or photos around that topic, then pretty soon brands will start to reach out for collaborations or sponsored posts. And then if you keep going, you will soon be able to ask for payment in money as well! Pretty sweet for a part-time gig.

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