14 Easy Ways to Earn Extra Income Online

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Whether you work full time or stay at home, it’s always smart to look for new ways to make extra money. I’ve been making money online for years now, trying different ideas. Some have been more successful than others. Working from home makes it possible for me to stay home with my kids. I’ve put together these 14 ideas for ways to earn extra income online:

Be a Website Tester

User Testing is an awesome service that allows you to make money from home in just a matter of minutes. You get to “test” out websites and apps, then offer your thoughts and opinions on elements like navigation, design, and content. For each test you complete, you earn $10.

Freelance Writing

This is my main way of earning income online. Do you have a way with words? If so, offer your skills as a freelance writer/blogger. Check out sites like the ProBlogger job board to connect with site owners seeking skilled writers. If you want to start writing online, check this post I wrote about my experience.

Be a Virtual Assistant

Website owners can use a little help every now and then, and that’s where virtual assistants come in. As a virtual assistant, you could be doing tasks like responding to emails, updating social media, researching info, and more.

Start a Blog

Start your own blog and start sharing your thoughts and ideas with the world! Whatever you want to blog about, you’ll be able to find products or services to promote as an affiliate. There are plenty of advertising networks out there today worth checking out, like AdSense and Media.net.

Having your own blog is also a smart way to build up your own brand and present yourself as an expert or professional. This comes in handy if you’re pursuing other ways to make money online!

Become a Coach

Do you have specialized skills, solid experience, or knowledge about something that could benefit others? You could offer services as a coach or mentor, sharing what you know with people interested in the same things and helping them in their own journey.

Sell on eBay

You probably don’t need me to tell you all about eBay. From selling off unwanted items to selling collectibles, eBay is the place to go if you want to reach a worldwide market. The start up costs are minimal, assuming you aren’t purchasing brand new items to sell.

Sell on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace

Craigslist is an ideal place to sell furniture, appliances, and household items, among other things. Another new option is the Facebook Marketplace. Just take some pictures of the item you want to sell, set a price, and wait for the offers to come in! Much easier than loading your car and heading to Goodwill to donate, and you get some quick cash.

Start Your Own Etsy Shop

Do you make something cool? Do you love to craft, or collect vintage items? Turn your passion into cash with an Etsy shop. This is a great starting point if you want to eventually run your own online web store, since Etsy gets tons of traffic and makes it easy to start selling your handmade and vintage items.

Sell on Amazon 

Amazon allows you to start a shop through their Fulfilment by Amazon program. You get the products, ship them off to Amazon’s warehouses, and they handle the selling. It’s a little more involved than selling on eBay or Craigslist, but once you get the hang of it, it could be a nice way to generate income.

Earn Gift Cards

Swagbucks is a great site to join if you like to earn gift cards for places like Target, Starbucks, Old Navy, etc. You build up your rewards balance by doing easy activities, searching through their site, and taking advantage of offers. Read more about why I love Swagbucks here.

Offer Web Design Services

If you have web design skills, put them to good use by offering them to others. There are plenty of bloggers and site owners out there (like me) who have minimal skills in this area, and are happy to pay someone else for their creativity and knowledge.

Sell Your Creative Designs

If you create beautiful, original designs, you can sell on sites like Spoonflower. Spoonflower specializes in original designs for fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, and decals. You can see your designs turned into an actual product, and you get a percentage when it sells.

Offer Services on Fiverr

This is a really easy way to make some money on your own terms. If you can think of it, you can probably offer it on Fiverr. People are making money off of silly things like writing your name in spaghetti, and people are making money on skilled things like freelance writing and video production.

Check out my in-depth review of Fiverr here. You can make so much more than $5 a pop, I promise!

Turn Your Social Media Prowess into Cash

Leverage your social media influence to make some easy money. If you have a decent following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., there are brands willing to pay for exposure to your audience. Izea is a great way to earn by doing sponsored tweets for brands.

If you build up a big enough following on Instagram, you could even have brands approaching you about collaborations.

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You probably aren’t going to replace your full-time job with any of these (unless you go full-time freelance), but they could make excellent side hustles if you want to earn extra income online. A little extra certainly never hurts!

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

3 thoughts on “14 Easy Ways to Earn Extra Income Online

  1. Great read Lauren, always looking for extra ways to make some extra cash. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site http://www.tonerconnect.net/ and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.

  2. What a great list! There are a few here I have never heard of. We do often sell on eBay and have sold on Craigslist. Of course, I’m also working on the blog thing and actually had a direct deposit of $75 the other day. Woot! Woot! Lol! I might get there some day;0)

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