There are many legal ways to earn money online like create an e-book and sell on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing; sell photos you clicked or digitally created on 500px, Shutterstock or Adobe Stock; become Instagram/TikTok influencer and then charge for sponsored posts; or create a course on your expertise and sell on Udemy or Teachable. There are many other ways, lets see 9 of the best ways to earn online.
In this article you will get to know about:
- Nine(9) Realistically Ways To Earn Money Online (At Any Age Earn More Than $100).
- Four(4) Extra Ways to Earn Money Online
- Two(2) of the most overlooked ways to earn online.
9 Legal Ways to Earn Money Online is the only article you need to know all the possible ways of earning genuine cash (online) sitting in the comfort of your home/office and be your own boss.
You have a dream of earning money but don’t know where to start? Then you are in the right blog.
For thousands of people, making money online is a dream, a vision they see but cannot achieve because they don’t take action.
I don’t want you to be one of those.
I want you to make easy genuine money with a website or some other online venture and then quit your boring job and live a stress-free lifestyle. You can have more quality time for your family, friends, and most important for yourself.
Want to take full control over your time and life then do read the entire post for ways of earning genuine legal money online.
What’s the most common way to earn legal money online?
Making a website, writing content on them and then applying for Google AdSense to get paid is what almost 95% people do. But you must understand that, you have to be patient with this route. It takes time, almost 6-8 months to see appreciable traffic to get some dollars.
Plus you need to write quality content and optimize your content for better user experience. It is a very good way but will take time and patience.
Tip: To get quality traffic to your website, write as guest post on other platforms like medium or high DA(Domain Authority) websites.
I will not tell you that it’s easy to earn money online, if so then everyone had been a rich person.
But with proper guidance and your unshattered efforts its possible to earn a handsome amount of cash. If I and thousands like me can do it, then so can you.
What you need is Commitment, Patience, Strategies, and faith to achieve it.
Earning money online has become a lot simpler now a day. If you stick with me till the end then I will clearly show you how you can take the benefit of this simplicity with these 9 best and most realistic legal ways of earning money online present today.
What’s the first right thing to do before starting to earn money online?
“Go out and lead the world; but never forget to begin by leading yourself first at home. You can’t lead the environment if you can’t lead yourself in it.” ― Israelmore Ayivor
Start your journey to financial freedom and earn money online by starting from doing things that are available to you, now.
No matter what you start, you need some form of resources to make your journey prosperous and efficient. Without them also you can achieve success, but it will take time.
Money will save your time.
For the initial few months, in order to maintain your basic household necessity, you can opt for side gigs, freelancing or continue with your 9-5 day job.
On Fiverr you can do any gigs like content writing, SEO optimization, making logo, graphics design, making templates, offer digital marketing counselling, translating text or audio, animation and any skills you have or can learn.
No matter what people say, the legal ways to earn money online will take some time to give you worthy return. So, in the meantime don’t lose hope and keep going.
Make financial decisions with confidence and have faith in your ability.
Before you start trying all the ways mentioned here, kindly read through the entire article, watch all the YouTube videos recommended and then judge one method that suits your skills or liking.
Just start with one way from the list.
One you start getting success on it, then move on to the next one. Don’t try all at once. You will not be able to properly focus and all your efforts will go down the drain.
What is the best way to find ways to earn money online?
Google trend is my personal favorite way to find a new trending way to earn money online. As an example, If you use google trends, you will find dropshipping’s popularity has rapidly increased. So, people are using this service more nowadays. Thus, it makes dropshipping a great choice to earn legal money online.
Dropshipping is a business model where you sell a product to a customer, but the supplier stores, packages, and ships the product to your customers on your behalf.
There are many success stories where people have claimed with income proof that they are earning $1000 per week by dropshipping and I too can assure you that, if done correctly, then it’s possible.
Just remember, Never Cheat Your Customers. Be honest and you too will become successful.
Just watch this great video, I found for you to get a better idea.
Print on demand is another great mode of earning money online, it’s legal, its easy and can be done by anyone with little guidance. It’s also trending. There are awesome free YouTube Tutorial available. Very soon I too will be writing an article on it.
The oldest and probably the most common way to earn money online is Affiliate marketing. Here, you earn by promoting other’s product. It can be from Amazon, ShareASale or Clickbank.
I will add a detail tutorial on affiliate marketing in the coming months. Till then watch this and learn the basics.
You can also compare the trends and verify what to start first.
Is it wise to use Swagbucks and earn money?
In Swagbucks you earn points by shopping through their portal, filling out surveys, watching videos, etc. This is a legal way to earn money but the amount you get paid and the amount you spend on doing the activities, doesn’t equal.
They pay you money in form of gift cards to via PayPal. But over here you do more than you get paid. So, I personally don’t like Swagbuck type services.
What are the sites you should stay away?
Stay away from sites that offer you money by simply clicking on advertisements by visiting their websites such as ClixSense.com, InboxDollars and NeoBux. There are many. I won’t even link them here.
What’s the best advantage of earning money online?
The best thing about earning money online is that the earning potential is unlimited, unlike your day job. And you can do it anytime and anywhere. Work & Family life gets balanced and that creates the optimum environment for you to work more.
Nine(9) Realistically Ways To Earn Money Online (At Any Age Earn More Than $100)
One of the best ways to make money online is by hosting an online podcast. If you have a blog/website then you must have a podcast.
It will bring the extra flood of traffic that you so desire. Over the podcast, you can have sponsored posts as well as advertise for money. So, it’s a win-win situation for you.
Sponsor posts on the podcast have the ability to pay you more than $1,000 at any given month. It just requires adding a short commercial clip at the beginning or at the middle or at the end of each podcast for the predefined time.
Payment depends on where the ads/commercial was highlighted. You get more money if you keep the commercial clips at the beginning.
It’s faster than getting money via Ad networks in the blog/website, which will be my second point.
The most important point to keep in mind is that niche(podcast theme/topic) matters. Your niche will matter in growing an audience and getting high paying advertisers.
Podcasting is not easy but that’s a good thing. You will have less competition in this field. So, get up and start learning about podcasts and make your own.
Create Blog, Write Good Content, Optimize SEO, Get Traffic, Pitch them Affiliate links and Get You Money
#2. Google AdSense
How can I write a blog about earn money online and not mention AdSense or alike Ad Networks?
If you’ve visited any website to date on the internet, you’ve seen ads and most of them are of Google. These ads are on every search and in every blog and there is a justified reason for it.
And the reason is its very easy to set up on any website and if the website gets decent traffic of more than 10000 then it will bring a steady income.
Using Google AdSense is very easy for any small or big website. You have started a blog, have more than 25 blog posts in it of at least 1400 words article each(Preferable not must).
You can then apply for AdSense, and get approved. Just sign up for a free Google AdSense Account using your Gmail account.
Google will give you a unique code that you have to paste onto your website header using plugins or directly.
I use Google Site Kit. Google will track your page views by analyzing the traffic and you start getting your income.
Note: You must earn $100 before google pays you. Your income depends entirely on traffic. More traffic, More Income. But getting $1,000 plus is easy for any decent well-written website.
#3. Affiliate Marketing
This is my favorite method and probably one of the best legal ways to earn money online. Here you don’t even need a website.
In Affiliate marketing you can either sell you own product or services or promotes others. To sell these products/services you either need you own website or use pay for paid ads.
Even a Facebook Page, Instagram Page, or WhatsApp Group is enough to earn at least more than $1000 per month (Yes, I say AT LEAST). Because the scope is unlimited.
The ideology of affiliate marketing is that you become a partner with brands and businesses and promote their content via Blogs, websites, Facebook Page, Instagram Page, or WhatsApp Group.
If people buy using your link, you will get a commission for each sale.
Building an online community with your blog or Facebook group is the key to success in Affiliate marketing.
If it’s good enough, you might find people willing to become paid subscribers/Patreon for your online forum. Paid online forums can also be a viable source of cash for you. If you already have an active website/blog with lots of traffic, you can easily earn passive income by adding affiliate marketing to it.
When you sign with the Affiliate program a unique affiliate code is generated for you. That code helps the program identify you as an individual.
Amazon is one of the best Affiliate programs because they have all sorts of items and services to sell under their brand. The best part is that their conversion rate is more i.e. if you can send someone to their website using your link.
They will try various means to sell them something via email marketing or SMS.
If you have a blog, I will highly recommend you try to enroll in one such program. Even before you apply for AdSense.
Both AdSense and such Amazon type affiliates are compatible with each other. So, you can use the benefit of both.
Note: Amazon has recently reduced the commission rate by almost 50% in all categories. So, judge your Affiliate program before enrolling. Still, I will suggest Amazon because of 2 reasons:
- More conversion rate.
- Huge collection of products and services.
#4. Sale Your Book
Let me put the cat out of the bag, this is what I am working on right now.
I love to write, and since I love it. Why don’t I earn from it?
The main reason why I like this is that here the initial cost is almost zero. All you need is your talent and a laptop. That’s it.
Initially, it may seem daunting to publish a book because it requires a tedious process of writing, publishing, and marketing a book. But Amazon has made the process simple and easy.
Now if you can write, then you can sell it and earn money without leaving your comfortable chair.
You can also inquire about CreateSpace (The company was founded in 2000 in South Carolina as BookSurge and was acquired by Amazon in 2005) or go to Kindle Direct Publishing.
There is no secret to this.YouTube is a platform that has made many people rich by just uploading content, and by content, I mean Good Quality Content.
It’s an easy, fast, and almost Zero Investment method to earn money online and that too legally. There is no shortage of video niche ideas and even more no shortage of viewers. If you can think of a topic, you will find a viewer.
Just like a blog where traffic is the key to success, here also subscriber is the key to earning a huge sum of money.
Apart from Google AdSense money, you can promote other people’s contents like apps or services and earn from commissions or advertisement fees. There is no shortage of ways to earn money from YouTube.
Note: Now you need at least 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours before Google will show ads and let you earn. Till then contact advertisers of apps, goods, and services directly and earn money. You can sell affiliate links also and earn a commission.
Also, you need to publish regularly on YouTube for the YouTube algorithm to favor you.
This is another great way to make a huge amount of money online without paying anyone commission like Google AdSense or Amazon publishing.
In Google AdSense or Amazon Publishing, you don’t get the full amount for your hard work. They keep a large percentage of the advertisement fee/sale fee because of their service.
But in Consulting you get the full amount for your service.
If you’re an expert in any field, you will find the audience/customer who is willing to pay you to help them with their goals.
You don’t have to wait till you become a big company, you can start now only. Do not doubt yourself. People have many problems of their own, and they are willing to pay anyone who can solve it.
This consulting service is very much prevalent in the SEO industry and website development.
People buy a multi hosting account and install WordPress with a multi hosting paid theme and sell those to potential customers at a large sum of money.
They also charge in the name of SEO and maintenance every month. This is just one industry and one skill set that I gave example about. You can help people in every field. So, what are you waiting for?
Helping people in Social Media Marketing, Email marketing, Online marketing, Career counseling, Love life counseling, etc. are examples of such consulting. There is a website where you can create an account for free. Its called https://clarity.fm/. Here, fill your expertise while creating an account and then wait. People will find you and book a session to get your help.
But I will still suggest, make your own website to create your own brand for more trust and full payment and authority. Only then you can become your own boss which is the theme of this blog post.
Selling your own online courses also comes under consulting. There in place of one on one guidance, you create a course and anyone who buys will get the benefit from it.
They may ask for other personal help, for which you can charge more. If you don’t have a website or do not want to deal with the technicality of hosting online courses on your website then you can refer to the below list of websites.
#7. Freelance Writing
Next in my list is Freelance Writing, something that can earn you some extra bucks per month without the need of doing any technicalities of maintaining a website or paying commission for your service. It’s an easy process.
There are people who want good quality articles for their website/newspaper/magazine/book etc. and they are willing to pay money to freelance writer for it.
If you have the creativity and patience of writing articles, you will find potential buyers online.
I personally will prefer to write for my own blog/book to create a brand and name. But this type of Freelance Writing is better in the initial days to get backlinks and recognition as a writer from a high domain authority website and audience.
In case you don’t have your own website and don’t know for whom to write you can either search Facebook pages (Do verify completely before submitting your articles, because sometimes people get cheated) or visit https://www.upwork.com/.
I like Upwork Website because it’s easy for beginners to find work over there. Apart from a freelance writing job at https://www.upwork.com/hire/, you will also find Translation, Web, Mobile & Software Dev, Customer Service, IT & Networking, etc. jobs on this website.
#8. Sponsored Posts
This is just the opposite of freelance writing. Here, you will write for an advertiser or let someone pay you to get their article featured on your website. This is possible only when you have:
- High domain authority website with lots of traffic or
- Have a huge social media followers(Social media influencers).
If you have any of the above two, you can also make money by pursuing sponsored posts and ads. There are brands easily willing to pay you to get to your audience/followers.
Cash is not the only way to earn, you may get free trips, goods, and extra free kinds of stuff too from companies.
But, never promote a product/services that you are not comfortable yourself or feel that will not bring value to your audience.
If you do so for the sake of money, you might lose your loyal valuable followers and end up getting no traffic. No traffic, No Cash Just a side note: If you do have huge traffic on your website, then don’t shy from asking higher rates for paid sponsored posts. Don’t underestimate your value. For 50000+ traffic each month, I will not suggest anything less than $1000 for each sponsored post.
Last on my list and a newcomer in the field of earning money online is Webinar.
Here, you can market and promote your products, services, or online course that you have developed to sell it.
The basic model is you either do a free webinar where you provide a decent amount of free value to your audience and then suggest them to buy your premium services/products for more guidance.
Or, you charge them for the paid webinar by clearly highlighting what they will get from it by proper advertisements.
I will suggest you provide a free webinar first and then promote the paid one.
In that case, your audience will clearly understand whether it justifies their need and thus build trust for you.
You can easily create a free webinar on Youtube.
It can also generate traffic for your website if you can send them to it and then let them sign up for the paid products. It is a win-win situation for you and your audience.
You can attract people to sign up with a lead magnet, Facebook ads, or other paid promotions on Instagram and offline media.
But try not to sell the leads to other companies for earning money without proper disclaimer.
I Hate this Way of Earning Online This method I personally don’t prefer, but many people have earned a fortune by doing it. Its called Lead Sales.
Here, you make money online by collecting leads(email and some other personal data) and sell those to companies. They get potential customers and you get your commission.
The reason I don’t like it and it’s not supported on this website is because it breaks the trust between your audience and you.
“They trusted you with the data, not to those companies.” Still, if you want to do Lead Sale, then please mention it clearly to the audience while taking the Lead from them. Don’t keep the disclaimer hard to find, or read and understand by your audience.
Love your audience, build trust, and provide value to them. Only then they will generate revenue and cash for you happily.
Four(4) Extra Ways to Earn Money Online
#1. Virtual Assistant
You can help someone who is experiencing a problem and in return earn money. I say it’s advance because you must have to build your reputation as an expert to have your client faith. That takes time and some experience.
There is no option to make mistake because it may cost your client their money and your reputation.
What are the types of work done by a Virtual Assistant?
Anything, starting from helping someone build a website, to help do a railway ticket/airline ticket, write a book, database entry, managing finance, fitness, etc.
If you’re into fitness then you can become a Personal Trainer (Online) and work part-time. Once you have build up a reputation, you can start your Gym or Fitness Agency.
The easiest way to start is to get enrolled in Fiverr and Upwork. Then later when you have experience and clients, you can deal with them directly via your website or agency.
To become a Personal Trainer as a Virtual Assistant you can initially make YouTube videos and give your contact details in the description. Your clients will contact you and you can guide them via Skype/WhatsApp or physically.
#2. Gift cards
I am not a big fan of websites like Swagbucks and InboxDollars when you earn money by doing works like survey, view ads, watch videos, etc. But they do provide money and you can convert them as gift cards.
You can redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, Google Play, Starbucks, and more.
The reason I don’t like them is that the amount I get is very less for the efforts I put in. But these 2 are legit options so you can create an account and judge them yourself.
#3. Graphic Design
No matter what industry your potential clients are they need some sort of graphics and who better than a graphic designer to solve their problem.
Again websites like Fiverr and Upwork are the best places to start working as a graphic designer.
Every website/blog on the Internet today needs Graphic Design. So, its good to learn.
#4. Buy and Sell Domain Names
As the name suggests you buy a domain name and then sell it at a higher price. You can earn a lot of money if you can get the right domain name.
Recently, Google lost control over the domain blogspot.in Suppose you had it, you could have asked to sell it for a huge amount. Isn’t it?
According to Business Insider, the site MM.com sold for $1.2 million dollars in 2014. The best place to sell domains is Flippa.com.
The downside is if you cannot sell, you are left with so many ideal domains. So, think before you buy it.
If you love dogs, you can become a pet sitter or commonly known as dog walker and earn some extra cash while doing what you love. Think out of box ways. There are plenty of them available.
Two(2) of the most overlooked ways to earn online
>>1. Earning cashback for shopping via credit cards/debit cards.
Making online purchases could end up getting your bucks in the bank. All major online shopping e-commerce sites have cashback schemes. Utilize these cashback and save extra cash.
There are so many ways to earn extra money online, that all of them cannot be covered in one blog.
>> 2. Listing a spare bedroom on Airbnb.
You can make your home or spare bedroom available online is also a legal and lucrative side income. Also, if you have free (extra) parking space, you can rent it to earn extra cash each month.
Pro Tip: Most of the online services offer PayPal or Payoneer as a mode of money withdrawal. I prefer Payoneer because here you can get a virtual bank account number and address for a non-US citizen.
What to do if you have shortage of time to start your side hustle?
Shortage of time is just an excuse. Decide you, you want excuses or results. I can suggest you few ways to juice out time
- Use social media only once per week, not daily (avg 1 hour saved per day).
- Stop useless phone calls to friends (avg 1 hour saved per day).
- Pre-plan what to wear, cook or do once a week (avg 1 hour saved per day on deciding these stuffs).
- Stop gossiping at work (avg 30min saved per day)
That’s it, I just saved 3 hours 30 minutes for you per day to work on your side hustle. I am sure, you are smart enough to find more opportunities to save time daily.
Final Closing Thoughts
There is no shortage of Legal Ways to Earn Money Online. I have tried to cover the best ways in this blog with relevant information and important tips and cautions.
If you can find some extra time (at least 1 hour) each day out of your 24 hours and have the desire and passion to earn money online then you can do it. You can start by doing freelance job. And then invest the money earned to build your side hustle.
As a beginner, you don’t need costly gadgets. You can very well start with your old cell phone. Record a trending/useful or catchy video and start your channel. With time, you will get views and subscribers, if your content is good and most certainly earn your first $100 soon.
“Don’t wait to become perfect. Just start with whatever you have.” Do it first, and with time and experience, you will become an expert and perfect at it.
Everyone starts with Zero(0) followers and Zero(0) traffic. It takes time and consistent smart work to achieve success.
Just plant the seed and give it time to grow. It will definitely provide you the sweet fruit of success and lots of cash.
If you want to retire before 60 and enjoy your life then build passive income sources like create an e-book, course to sell on Udemy, free videos on YouTube, and earn from Affiliate Marketing.
If you look further on the internet, you will definitely find success stories in thousands that will inspire you.
As a starter, I can suggest you about Jeffrey Preston Bezos(Jeff Bezos), the founder and CEO of the multi-national company Amazon.
Just get up, work on your dreams, and make your own success story. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. You have now and that’s the best moment in your life.
If I have missed any point, do correct me by reaching me out at any of my social media platforms(I have many😅).
FAQ on Legal Ways To Earn Money Online
Is it easy to make money online?
That depends on needs and financial goals. If you put effort and try different streams of passive income methods then it will take time, efforts and some initial investments to get started. But you will get recurring income on your investments without the need to actively monitor all of them.
How much money can you make?
Earning $1000 per month is easy. If you have multiple streams of Passive Income sources then you can easily make multiples of $1000 in your bank account. It will take time and diligent efforts to make it happen.
How To Make Money Fast?
Do gigs on Fiverr or Udemy, try Affiliate Marketing, Bargain next time you buy anything and ask for a discount, Use credit cards effectively to get Cash-Backs(Gift Cards), and sell stuff you don’t need. These are the quickest ways to make money fast.
Is it the right time to start an online business?
The best time was yesterday. The next best is Now. There 3.2 billion active people online now, that’s 3.2 billion potential customers with no geographical location barrier to stop you.
What equipment do I need to start an online business?
Just your laptop/Computer/Mobile and stable Internet to start with. Additionally, you may need a quality headset and Video/Graphic editing software.