11 Ways I Earn Money Online and Make a Living!

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When you tell people that you earn money online, MLM’s, pyramid schemes and dodgy deals are what mainly springs to mind.

Well, let me tell you, times have certainly changed – there are plenty of ways you can earn money online, whether you want to earn a full-time income or make money for a rainy day with a side hustle – anything is possible!

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There are a number of ways I earn money from online income streams and all these are legitimate ways to make cash. I personally have never been interested in pyramid schemes or the likes of Younique and Forever Living etc.

What I earn online every month is my complete income. I’ll share the ways I earn money online and how you can easily get started!

Things I Do to Earn Money Online

#1 Freelance Writing

I’m a full-time freelance writer, or more specifically, a freelance B2B writer who specialises in long-form blog content. I’ve been writing professionally for around 5 years, but before that I was blogging as a hobby. Although I have a degree, I had no professional writing experience before going freelance.

Freelance writing really isn’t as hard as it looks. It took me a while to take a leap of faith but I have built up a nice business with regular clients. I started on People Per Hour and Upwork. Those platforms are probably OK if you’re only looking for a bit of extra cash from writing. If you’re serious about become a writer and plan on making a good income from it, then its essential to build up a roster of personal clients.

I have a 3000+ word post coming soon on the steps to take to become a freelance writer. Trust me, it will be extensive. From finding clients to creating a portfolio, you’ll be able to take action to get your writing career underway.

#2 Etsy

So this one is actually work in progress as I’m setting up a new business from scratch. However, I have previously made money from selling blog templates via Etsy and I’m going to be selling personalised goods from now on.

Etsy is a worldwide marketplace for craft sellers/those making homemade goods. The main problem with Etsy is the competition from other sellers. If you can find something niche and can build up an audience on social media then Etsy is the perfect place to sell your goods.

I’ve supplemented my income from selling on Etsy in the past and I’m hoping to build my shop The Pretty Nest into a full-time income in the future.

If you love crafting and fancy giving selling a go, Etsy would be the ideal platform to get started.

#3 Oh My Dosh

Oh My Dosh is a UK cashback site, which basically means that when you make a purchase online, you click a link via the Oh My Dosh website and you’ll gain a certain amount of money back.

Unlike other cashback sites, Oh My Dosh states the actual amount you’ll receive back, rather than a percentage:

There are also lightning payouts which pay out in just 3 days, as well as no spend offers. I’ve earned £26 from just two offers so there’s a nice bit of cash to be made.

Additionally, there are a good mix of offers, from surveys and free trials to utilities and entertainment.

Get a free £1 when you sign up via my link (aff link).

#4 Appen

Appen is a legit company which hires home-based workers, including translators and transcriptionists. I have previously worked for Appen as a social media evaluator, which involved analysing ads on Instagram. Unfortunately, my contract was only short-term, lasting a few months, but I generally made around £200 extra per month.

Appen are always recruiting for home workers, so if you’re looking to make a bit of extra money, definitely give it a try. The recruitment process does involve unpaid tests/training – I have previously applied as a search evaluator and found the initial testing tough. If you regularly use social media then you’ll find the application process for social evaluation much easier.

You can find more about Appen jobs here.

#5 Surveys

Surveys are a great way to earn vouchers or a little bit of extra money. I’ve signed up to several survey companies over the years, but my favourites are:

Branded Surveys – you earn points for surveys and daily polls. Exchange points for cash.

Prolific Academic – these surveys are from academic researchers and tend to be better paid than other sites.

Pinecone – earn £3 per survey. These are hard to sign up to but I’ve found a link which is currently accepting new users!

Inbox Pounds – earn money from surveys, reading emails, playing games and more.

#6 Matched Betting

Matched betting is a way of making tax-free earnings from free bets.

Matched betting involves placing two bets to earn a free bet. You then use this free bet to make a profit.

For example, if you wanted to place a bet on a horse, you would place a bet on it to win at the bookmaker and place a bet for it to lose on an exchange (like Betfair). By backing and laying your bet, you don’t lose any money. This gives you a free bet at the bookmakers. You then follow the same process but using your free bet. The money you make from this bet is all profit.

#7 Top Cashback

Top Cashback is a similar site to Oh My Dosh. I use Top Cashback to get money back from purchases I make online. These include clothes shopping, purchasing insurance/mobiles etc.

Top Cashback offers a percentage of your spend back. While some amounts may only be small, they add up over time, and if you’re spending money online anyway, its a great way to save a little bit on your purchases.

Top Cashback offers cashback from hundreds of retailers. There’s also a few no spend offers too. If you’re making large purchases like home insurance or a monthly mobile, then you can earn a significant amount back. For example, you can currently get up to £120 back with Policy Expert.

#8 Blogging

I’m not a big blogger by any means, but I still manage to make a little from my websites. Primarily, Shape + Supplements is the blog that makes a small amount – I really need to update posts and get cracking on content. I make money via ads and affiliate marketing. It’s only a very small amount right now but I’m hoping to increase that this year.

If you want to start blogging in 2019, check out my post on how to start a blog.

#9 eBay

I’m sure eBay doesn’t need any introduction. I only sell my personal things on eBay as I find that most people on there like a bargain. But, its still an easy way to make a bit of extra money. I prefer to list when there are certain offers on like a maximum £1 fee, especially if I’m selling something which I know can make £50 +

#10 Qmee

Qmee pays you to search the web. If you use the web a lot, you’re simply earning money for nothing. While you’re not going to be rich with Qmee, the small amounts add up and there’s no minimum cashout.

#11 Online Courses

Up until recently, one of my income streams was online courses. Online courses get a bad reputation, but if you’ve got a skill you can teach, then its a viable way of making some extra money. I’m adding more content to my course and may publish it on Udemy, which is a massive course platform.

Do you make money online?

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