The 50 Best Ways to make Money Online

Want to start making money online but don’t know where to start? Keep reading for our complete guide to how to make money online in Australia and elsewhere with our list of the 50 best ways to make money online.

Making Money Online

Thanks to the internet, it has never been easier to make money from the comfort of your own home. There are an incredible amount of good ways to make money from just sitting in front of your computer. If you are wondering how to make money online from home, but it seems like mission impossible or the internet feels like it is full of scams, don’t despair! There really are many legitimate opportunities for online work.

One of the best parts about working out how to make money on the internet is that once you have started, it can give you so much freedom. Online work can be perfect for students who need to earn money in a way that doesn’t affect their studies or for parents who need a job with flexibility. Even if you don’t want to work for yourself or work from home full time, the internet can make it very easy to get work done from home. In fact, it is estimated half of Australia’s work force does some of their work remotely online.

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Many people earn money online in Australia. It is a very achievable goal. To get started, all you need to do is to work out which option of the following best suit you. Sometimes, you may need to try a couple of different ways of how to earn money online before you find the best match for your personality and skill set. If you are serious, it will not take you long to start making money online.

50 Best Ways to make Money Online

Here is the list! All you need to do now is to work out which of these options of how to make money online from home that you want to try first.

1. Freelance Writing

If you are a native English speaker with reasonably good writing skills, one of the easiest ways to earn money straight away is by signing up for sites such as oDesk. Create a good profile with samples of your work and start applying for jobs. Initially, you may need to start with jobs that are quite poorly paid to build up a good rating, but then you should be able to earn reasonable money for your time.

Hot Tip: When starting out, look for jobs where they will guarantee you 5 star feedback if you do what is required. This can give your profile a big boost meaning that it will be easier to find future work. Check out our article about how create the best oDesk profile.

2. Paid Surveys

Paid surveys are an easy way to start earning money online. They don’t offer the best monetary return on your time, so rather than making a job out of it, they are an easy thing to do if you just want something ad hoc when you have a spare 20 to 30 minutes.

Hot Tip: Sign up for several different sites as any individual site will only have so many surveys available for your demographic. Find a great list here or get started making money RIGHT NOW on Toluna and Swagbucks.

3. Online Tutoring

There are many sites that you can help you start tutoring online now. If you have a specific skill set, such as good school or university level mathematics, you will have more options. However, any one that is a native English speaker can quickly get started teaching English as a second language or can just offer conversation classes. On some sites, you can advertise your tutoring service, on others, they will find clients for you and all you have to do is say yes when a potential student is online.

Hot Tip: You can get started right now on InstaEDU or list your services on TutorFinder.

4. Virtual Assistant

More and more people are taking advantage of having a virtual assistant online. Being a virtual assistant can be quite varied. It might mean sorting and replying to email, tweeting, doing internet research or writing documents, among many other tasks. There are many sites where you can find employers or advertise your services such as Freelancer.com.

Hot Tip: If using an online service such as Freelancer, build up your profile initially by doing a few small jobs for cheap where you can get some good feedback before applying for longer, better paid jobs.

5. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is basically where you refer someone to somewhere else to buy a product or a service. For example, you may refer someone to Amazon to buy a television. If they buy the television, then you get a percentage of the profits.

To get started in affiliate marketing, you need to choose a platform to basically sell these goods and services. Many people start with a blog or a website where you can do things like product reviews that then link to that product in Amazon. It is also possible to use platforms such as Facebook to do affiliate marketing. Basically anywhere you can put a website link to the product or service that you are an affiliate for, then you can use that to do affiliate marketing.

Hot Tip: You do not need a big audience to start earning money from affiliate marketing. I have started earning money online with as little as 100 website hits a month.

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6. Sell Jewellery

Thanks to sites such as Etsy and eBay, it is now very easy to start online money making by selling jewellery. For people who are crafty, this is a great option, but it is also a valid choice for people who want to act as a middle man selling other people’s jewellery. Another great option, and a way to avoid the fees of selling your jewellery on other sites, is to simply start a Facebook page to start selling your items. Read some more of our tips and how to get started now.

Hot Tip: Check out this guide to how to make money on Etsy to help you get started and improve your income once you have.

7. Web Design

If you are at all creative or know how to make good images, logos, banners, pins or websites, then web design can be a quick and easy way to get started working online. There are many different ways to connect with potential clients. For example, using freelancing sites, such as oDesk, or design sites, such as 99 Designs.

Hot Tip: If you have no professional experience and are new to web design tools, you could get started by using Canva and advertising on Fiverr to make pins for Pinterest.

8. Data Entry

Data entry is one of the easiest ways to earn money online as it takes no existing skillset. If you are not quick at entering data, you soon will be! However, data entry can often be performed by anyone anywhere which means the pay can be quite low. You can find jobs on freelancing sites or traditional job websites. Read more about how to get started now in our guide.

Hot Tip: Ask friends, family and local businesses if they know of any work. If you can find work with an Australian based company, the pay is likely to be a lot better.

9. Programming

If you have any programming skills, than this could be the best way to make money for you. Programming is an easy job to transition from the regular workforce to working online. Even if you don’t have commercial experience, there are lots of small jobs available using systems like WordPress or helping people with their websites.

Hot Tip: If you do not have much experience, start by bidding for small jobs on freelancing platforms to grow both your knowledge and experience while still earning some money.

10. Sell Items on Amazon

When many people think about selling items on Amazon, they think about setting up their own product or starting a shop. However, there are many different ways to make money on Amazon and a popular and lucrative way is through market arbitrage. Basically, you find products that you can buy for cheaper prices than what they sell for on Amazon. You then buy them, list them on Amazon and ship them off to an Amazon fulfillment centre. Amazon then handles any orders and any customer service around this. This is a great guide which explains all about what it is and how to go about it.

Hot Tip: If you have a smart phone, start by getting an app (there are many) which will scan bar codes of items and tell you how much they sell for on Amazon. This is an easy way to find items that have the possibility for good profit margins.

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11. Sell Items on eBay

You can do a similar thing to what is described above on eBay. A popular choice is to order an item in bulk from China, such as a toy,  children’s clothing or iPhone cover, then sell it for a more expensive price on eBay. Many items can be bought more cheaply in bulk and Australian customers often have a greater trust for sellers that are Australian. They can also get the items more quickly than if they ordered the items from China themselves.

Hot Tip: Be sure to do some research into what is already selling on eBay and what people pay to ensure you pick a profitable product. It can be good to start small to test the waters. Also remember to take into account the cost of postage when selling.

12. Link Selling – own Sites

Another way of how to make money online is to sell links on sites that you own. Many bloggers and website owners earn money taking this route. Basically, companies want lots of links to their sites as this tells Google that their site is a quality site and then they rank higher in Google searches. People try to game this system by buying links on other sites. Usually it is very quick and easy to add a link to your sites for someone. However, you do run the risk in that if Google finds out, your own sites can be penalised in Google search rankings.

Hot Tip: The higher the domain authority of your site, the more money you can make from link selling. If you don’t already have a site with high domain authority, you can easily buy an expired domain which already has a high domain authority and start selling links this way.

13. Link Selling Broker

If you don’t have your own sites or don’t want to sell links on your own sites, then you can make money by selling links on other people’s sites. Basically, you can find a network of site owners that are happy to add links to their site for a certain price and then you need to find people who are happy to buy links for a price that is high enough that you make enough profit for it to be worthwhile.

Hot Tip: Start by contacting site owners that may want to sell links on their sites. Most people do not make this clear on their website, but they usually have an email or contact form for you to contact them. To find people who want to buy links, you can look in forums or ask site owners for their contacts. You may have to pay for this.

14. Become a Micro Worker

A micro worker is basically someone who does very small, quick tasks for small amounts of money. The tasks can add up to a decent amount though. Example tasks might be tweeting a link, liking a post in Facebook or writing a quick review. Some good sites to try are Microworkers. You can read more about being a micro worker here.

Hot Tip: Look for jobs that can only be completed by Australians. These usually earn far more money than the average job.

15. Coaching

Think about whatever you do well and become a coach in this area. It could be blogging, life skills, working online or anything else. You can offer email or Skype coaching. The typical way it works is to offer a package over a certain length of time and involves a certain amount of contact. For example, over one month you will have 2 x 1 hour phone calls plus unlimited email questions.

Hot Tip: The best way to become a coach is to show that you are an authority in the subject matter. Starting a blog can be a great way to do this.

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16. Sell Photos

If you take a good shot then selling photos can be a great way of how to make money online. There are many websites that will buy your photos quickly and easily such as Shutterstock. They do need to be high quality and payment is usually a commission of any money that is made from your photos.

Hot Tip: Research what types of photos make the most money and are in the most demand before starting to take photos to sell.

17. Write an App

Although there are many apps available for smart phones and PCs, the market is far from cornered yet. As your friends, families and anyone else you can think of what they wish they had an app for. Do some research and see if you can come up with an idea. If you can’t write an app yourself this doesn’t have to be a problem – just outsource the creation via a tool such as oDesk.

Hot Tip: Ensure you have a marketing plan for your app before getting started. There is no point creating the best app in the world if no one knows about it.

18. Sell Wikipedia Links

This might be a controversial one, but there are lots of businesses and sites out there that would love a link on Wikipedia, and it is not that hard to get one with a bit of know how and work. However, not many people have the knowledge or the time to do this and would be happy to outsource. You could advertise this service on sites such as oDesk.

Hot Tip: Start by checking out Matthew Woodward’s guide to getting Wikipedia links.

19. Write and Sell eBooks

If you can write, then writing and selling eBooks could be a good path for you to take to earn money online. It is easy to write an eBook and there is lots of software available to help you format it and many avenues for you to sell it on such as Amazon. However, this is also an area where you should have a clear marketing plan as there are many eBooks out there and you don’t want yours to be lost amongst millions. Conversely, you could also contract yourself out to other people to write theirs.

Hot Tip: If you have specialist knowledge in area but no established platform to market your eBook from, you could approach established sites which already have an audience base and ask them to sell it on their site in return for a cut of the profits.

20. Become a Social Media Expert

There are so many companies trying to harness the power of social media for profit. If you can become an expert in even one of the various social media forums, you can then freelance or work as an expert in that field, helping companies grow their return of investment in such forums in a consultant role.

Hot Tip: Show you are an expert by having your own account with many followers and great interaction.

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21. Be a Social Media Manager

More and more companies are hiring social media managers and many of these jobs can be completed fully online. To be a social media manager, you will need to be proficient in using one or more forms of social media and show that you can manage a companies social media accounts to grow interaction, brand awareness and sales.

Hot Tip: Like above, show your skills by having your own popular accounts

22. Upload engaging YouTube Videos

YouTube can be an amazing platform to make money since the introduction of advertisements. Basically, you can earn money from every viewer that clicks on an advertisement or watches one on your videos. This is not to say that it’s a simple process as you need lots of views to make money. This means that you need to research what type of videos will work best for you and then have a marketing plan to get you started.

Hot Tip: Need some inspiration? Read about this anonymous toy reviewer who is estimated to earn well over 7 figures on YouTube.

23. Matched Betting

Matched betting is the process of basically betting against yourself so that whatever outcome occurs, you win. For example, you might place a bet that horse 2 wins a race. You also bet that any horse BUT horse 2 wins the race. If you are able to place these bets spending less money that what you can win whichever outcome occurs, then you are always going to end up ahead. This is how matched betting works. There are lots of online betting services which can help you with this. A positive on this approach to money making is that you will not have to pay tax on any earnings either.

Hot Tip: Check out Betfair as they can be the best provider for betting for any outcome you want. Also look out for sign up specials with online bookmakers. Often you can get a couple of hundred dollars to start betting with them meaning you will make even more profit from your matched betting.

24. Watch Videos

Believe it or not but Swagbucks will actually pay you for watching videos. Before you get too excited, the money is very low. If you are good at multi tasking and just want some extra money without working hard, then this could be for you. You can also make money by doing surveys and using their search tool among other things.

Hot Tip: Sign up for multiple sites which offer the same services to maximise your chance of making money.

25. Bookkeeping

If you have the skills to be a bookkeeper, this is a job which is transferable to working online. Some bookkeepers are lucky enough to be able to transfer their current job online, but you can also look for bookkeeping jobs which are specifically for working online. Job websites and freelancing websites are a good place to start looking for work.

Hot Tip: Working for an Australian company can be the best way to get a decent wage as an online bookkeeper. Contact local companies and ask if they have any work for you.

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26. Online Advertising

Another way to make money online is to show advertisements either on a site or on social media. There are several ways to earn money from advertisements. You can be paid for every impression of the advertisement which is basically how many people see the ad. An alternative is that you can also get paid for how many people click on it. Other agreements are a payment based on a length of time the advertisement will be displayed. For example, $500 for 6 months. You may also chose to display advertisements where you earn money if the people click on it and then buy something as per affiliate marketing up above.

You will need a website with a fair amount of traffic or an engaged social media audience before you can generally make money from advertising.

Hot Tip: The quickest way to get started with earning money from advertisements is to use Google AdSense on your site. This can be an easy way to trial advertisements. However, you can usually make more money by sourcing advertisements directly.

27. Become a PR Representative

If you are already a PR Representative then this is a job you can transition to do at home by either making the transition with your current employer or by starting to freelance or find your own clients. If you are not, you will need to be an excellent communicator as well as great at marketing and persuading people.

A PR representative job can be tough to do fully online – usually you will need to meet with clients and go to events and speak to many different people. However, as the internet continues to grow into one of the most important aspects of a publicity campaign, some PR jobs do involve working fully online to outreach to people like bloggers.

Hot Tip: If you don’t have industry experience, start by volunteering to do publicity for events.

28. Be an Online Accountant

If you already have accounting skills then working online as an accountant can be a natural progression. If you can not work for your current employer online, you can look at freelancing or finding a new employer which is happy to give you this flexibility. Read more in our guide.

Hot Tip: Start by listing your services on online freelancing sites, checking out job sites and asking your current contacts if they know of any online accounting work.

29. Become a Blogger

If you like to write and have a passion or an interest that others’ share, then a blog can not only be a great creative outlet, but a way to work online. Bloggers can make money many different ways – from advertising to affiliate marketing to link selling to using it as a base to offer other goods and services, such as selling eBooks or offering a coaching or writing service. A blog can be your business in itself or it may just be the platform that you use to help sell your service. Either way this can be a profitable endeavor if you go into it with the right mindset and a plan to monetise.

Hot Tip: Think outside of the square when it comes to monetising your blog. You do not have to take the more traditional route of advertising and affiliate marketing. You can use it to launch any type of product or service.

30. Typing

Typing is another area in which you can make money online. Sometimes, you will need to be able to receive paper documents in the mail but usually scanned images will be emailed to you for you to type up. You can find jobs using job search engines and freelancing sites. Keep in mind that this can be a competitive area to find work for reasonable pay as the skill level is quite low.

Hot Tip: If you need to improve your typing speed there are a lot of free online tools such as keybr.com.

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31. Become a Transcriptionist

This is similar to typing but it is more common to find work doing this online and there can be better salaries if you are trained in a specialised area. Many people are looking for a transcriptionist for audio and video files. A freelancing site, such as oDesk, can be the best place to start.

Hot Tip: There is better money in areas such as medical transcription. There are plenty of online courses that can train you in this area and the time and money invested will lead to better paid jobs.

32. Be a SEO Consultant

Do you know all about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and think you could help others rank their sites to the top of Google? If this is the case then becoming a SEO consultant can be a lucrative career path. As more and more businesses realise how important top Google results are this area is only growing.

Hot Tip: To land clients, you will need to show them what you can do. Create some case studies from your own sites or volunteer to rank a local business for free so that you can prove what you are capable of.

33. Design Infographics

Infographics are like diagrams with text and images to tell some type of story/give advice/explanation. You can find many examples on visual.ly. They are becoming more and more popular especially as Pinterest grows as an excellent source of internet traffic. It is possible to make good money designing infographics. You can advertise your services and find work on freelancing sites.

Hot Tip: Create a portfolio before pitching for jobs. You could make up some topics or volunteer to make infographics for an organisation that you would like to work for.

34. Utilise Social Investment Networks

If you have ever dreamed about being a day trader but don’t want to spend the time or money on the best advice, then a social investment network such as eToro could be for you. It has a simple, easy to use interface for trading online. What makes this a great platform to earn money for people without a lot of experience in trading is that you are able to see what other traders are doing and set it up to copy their trades automatically. You can learn from their trades or (hopefully) make money by copying them.

Obviously this comes with an element of risk, but it is perhaps less risky than just going it alone.

Hot Tip: If you want to copy successful traders, research and choose ten different traders to copy who make different types of trades to limit the possibility of you losing money.

35. Sell your own Music

If you like to belt out a tune and write your own music, there are many sites where you can sell it, such as on Bandcamp which will just take a 15% cut of any sales you make.

Hot Tip: List your music on a few different websites to start with to see what works best for you.

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36. Create Jingles

There are lots of businesses looking for jingles, so if you have a talent in this area, why not use this as your path to working online. You can connect with jobs and clients on freelancing websites.

Hot Tip: Create a portfolio of work before starting to look for jobs. You could volunteer to make a jingle for free for a company in return for a testimonial as well.

37. Edit Videos

If you are handy with video editing software, you can edit others’ videos for profit. You can do things like edit out useless parts of webinars, change the screen size, blur faces, add special effects, music, just about anything. Check out freelancing websites to find jobs.

Hot Tip: Create some examples of your work to show potential employers.

38. Create Animations

If you have the skills to create animations, why not sell your services. Many businesses are looking for different ways to engage their target market and animations can be a clever way to do this. Animations can be 3D models, making an existing logo 3D or animated, producing instructional videos and lots more.

Hot Tip: Create a portfolio and start looking for work on freelancing websites.

39. Write Speeches

If you enjoy writing, how about earning money through speech writing? These days there are jobs for many types of speech writers so you can no doubt find an area that is perfect for you. If you have specialist knowledge or skill, you could write speeches about that. Perhaps you love weddings and could write the perfect wedding vows or best man speeches. There are lots of different opportunities.

Hot Tip: If you do not already have an existing portfolio, volunteer to write some speeches for free in return for testimonials.

40. Create Online Courses

If you have skills in a certain area, why not teach others via an online course? There are lots of software packages and tools to help make this as painless as possible and it can be relatively easy to create an online course. There are so many topics you could build your course around. It could be a specific course, like “how to use Facebook Advertising to drive targeted traffic to your blog” to more general topics, such as “how to build a successful website”.

Hot Tip: Don’t bother building an online course until you are sure there is an audience for it and you have a marketing plan for how you will market the course.

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41. Build Websites

Many people want to build a website or a blog but are frightened by the technical side of setting up a site. However, it is really not hard or difficult and you do not need to have an IT degree to learn how to do this.  You can learn by reading one of many articles that you will find in Google. Then you can use sites such as oDesk to find clients.

Hot Tip: When you first start out, do jobs for cheap in return for good testimonials.

42. Create a Service to help other People work online

Start by looking at the other ways to make money online in this list and brainstorm what services people may need in these work areas and research if people would pay for them. For example, looking at number 1 freelance writing, what might someone doing this need? Perhaps they would like a service that would find work for them doing things like applying for jobs on freelancing sites. Find a way to contact freelance writers and ask them if this is a service they would use and how much they would be willing to pay and then you can determine if it is worthwhile or not.

Hot Tip: Do not rush over the research stage. It is not worth putting the time and effort into building a service to find out there is no market for it.

43. Do Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is becoming an increasingly popular way to market websites and articles and people are willing to pay to have someone else social bookmark their pages with good, established accounts. Fiverr can be a good place to advertise this service as well as looking at the usual online freelancing sites.

Hot Tip: Research the most popular and best social bookmarking sites and start up active accounts before advertising your services. Be specific about exactly what you will do.

44. Record Voice Overs

Have you ever been told that you sound like a celebrity? Can you do funny voices and impersonations? If you have the voice for it, there are opportunities to make money online by recording voice overs. You can also get more creative with this such as providing songs, animal sounds and beat boxing. Freelancing websites are the best place to start for these types of opportunities, and you could save time by prerecording your best sounds.

Hot Tip: To get some creative ideas, check out what services people are already offering in this space on Fiverr.

45. Be a Proofreader

If you have fantastic English grammar and spelling, why not work as a proofreader? There are many people who want their work proofread and edited online, especially if English isn’t their first language. Many university students also want their work proofread or feedback on how to write an academic essay or thesis, so if you have knowledge on these topics as well there is also the opportunity to work in this area. You can also help people with their resumes and cover letters for job hunting.

Hot Tip: If you are going to offer services across a variety of proofreading areas as discussed here, it could be worthwhile to set up your own site which details exactly what services you offer with testimonials from past clients. This can be a very powerful tool when pitching for work.

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46. Translate Text and Speech

If you are fluent in more than one language then you should take advantage of this skill as Google Translate can only go so far. There are a lot of opportunities for people who can translate text and speech and many are online. Jobs do exist in traditional job search sites for this or you can set up a profile and start immediately on freelancing websites or one of the many sites that provide work specifically for translators.

Hot Tip: If you take the freelancing option, start by looking for small jobs and pricing yourself low so that you can build up a profile with good ratings and experience before tackling the more competitive (and lucrative) jobs.

47. Buy and sell Domain Names

It is possible to make a living out of buying and selling domain names. There are a couple of ways to go about this. You can buy domain names which are currently available that you imagine people will pay big bucks for in future. For example, a domain name with great words in it or a company that is only in Australia at the moment but you imagine they will go global and want the “.com” version of their name or the “.co.uk” etc.

You also buy quality expired domains and resell these. Expired domains are domains which were registered but are not anymore. These domains usually still have links pointing at them which is quite powerful and many people want to buy domains that already have a good link profile. It is possible to buy these domains for the usual cost of registering a domain and then resell them for a lot more.

Hot Tip: Check out ExpiredDomains.net for a list of some of the recently expired domains.

48. Become an Online User Tester

Many website owners want regular users to test their websites. What this usually means is that you will need to do a few operations on a site as instructed. For example, sign up for an account or perform a certain action. Usually this will be filmed and while you are doing it, you should describe what you are thinking, how easy or hard it is for you to work it out, anything that is confusing etc. You may also need to give written feedback. There are sites which are specifically set up to find people for user testing, although these often have more people wanting to do user testing than there are jobs. This means that you can be better off finding your own work through freelancing sites.

Hot Tip: Record a demo of you trying to perform certain actions on an existing website to show potential clients what they will get in return for their money.

49. Do Internet Research

For those looking for a simple job requiring little experience, a job in internet research is another option. Your service is offered to conduct research on topics to provide relevant information for articles, destinations and other services. It can be especially worthwhile to offer internet research in areas that you are already an expert as this can cut down the time it takes you to do something dramatically. That is why this is a great option for both experts and those with little experience.

Hot Tip: Find clients on freelancing sites. There are also sites which will pay you to answer questions. These are particularly worthwhile if you can answer questions on a topic where you are already an expert.

50. Be inspired at Fiverr

If you have made it all the way through this list but you STILL don’t feel inspired or like anything is quite right for you and your skillset, check out Fiverr. There are a crazy amount of different jobs on there that people will do for $5. You could add a profile and do one of these jobs for $5 – or more as most workers on there only seem to do the very basics for $5. Or you could use the inspiration you get to find work in that area elsewhere.

Hot Tip: You can make a profile and list work that you will do for $5 on this site and then outsource the actual work for a price where you will still make enough profit for it to be worthwhile.

Check out our other useful guides to get you started or help you on your journey to making more money online or get started finding work from home jobs or check out some other ways to make extra money.

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Sharon Gourlay

Sharon loves working at home and the flexibility that it provides. She enjoys sharing all her tips, tricks and ideas here to help you reach your lifestyle and business goals.