We are fortunate enough to be living in an era where the global marketplace is only a few clicks away. Oh yes, it is not called ‘The Internet Age’ for nothing. Just a few years ago, it was 738 million people using the internet. This number has now risen to more than 3.2 billion. (http://time.com/money/3896219/internet-users-worldwide/)
A huge percentage of these people are tapping into the vast potential that the internet offers to earn money from the comfort of their homes. Online jobs have exploded in popularity in the past few years.And we are not talking about hourly jobs with a measly pay either.
There are enough people who are making a full-time income with online jobs. Some, are even making a killing. Ever heard about online millionaires?
The caveat however, is that the online job marketplace is a labyrinth where you can be misguided, scammed, cheated, lied to and lose your way faster than you’d imagine. You need to find legitimate and authentic job opportunities that can pay you for your effort and your time.
That’s where we step in folks.
More than 50000 people around the world are using our online jobs guide to make a decent living from their home at their own convenience. All the jobs that we have listed here are completely FREE.
You do not need to PAY anything to be able to start earning with these jobs.
All that you need is an internet connection, a valid payment account to receive your payment (this can either be PayPal or a valid Bank account) and the will to spend some time working online.
To ensure that we cater to our diverse reader base that have a whole range of different skill sets, we have picked equally diverse jobs that will be perfect for everyone from the complete novice to the skilled techie.
#1 – Get Paid to Click on Advertisements
We start with one of the easiest ways to start earning online, pay to click networks. As the name suggests, the job is as easy as watching advertisements online, clicking on them and waiting for a while until your click is validated. That’s all that you have to do.
Pay: $ (Low)
Skills needed: Basic Internet surfing
Considering that watching advertisements will not be a backbreaking effort, the pay for these jobs are slightly lower than what other jobs pay. But hey, you need no skills. You can register for free on some of these PTC network sites and start earning right away. If you spend up to 6 hours watching and clicking on ads, you can easily make up to $300 a month with PTC. This makes it one of the best jobs for teens who are looking for a slight boost to their pocket money or to start paying towards that education loan.
#2 – Get paid to share your opinion
Consumer surveys have for long been an integral part of the marketing strategy for manufacturers. With the advent of the internet, these surveys can now be taken online allowing you to make some decent money in the bargain. The surveys can be about a variety of products, services and businesses. There is no rule set in stone.
Skills needed: Basic internet surfing and typing
Pay: $ (Low)
In the early days, surveys were one of the best online jobs from home. However, due to the sheer demand for these jobs and a significant increase in the number of companies that are mediating between the surveyor and the manufacturer, the pay for online survey jobs has gone down. It is still possible to make up to $500 a month taking surveys.
The only thing that you need to ensure is that you sign up for legitimate companies that offer paid surveys. If any company ever asks you to pay money to register for taking surveys, it is a scam. Stay away.
#3 – Solve Captchas to earn money
If your fingers move like lightning on the computer keyboard, then put it to good use. Solve some Captchas in your spare time to earn up to $50 a day. Captcha is an image that you often see while registering on a website or while trying to purchase something online. It is usually a bunch of jumbled text that you need to enter in a tiny box right under it. But it can also be numbers or a bunch of images that you need to sort.
Believe it or not, there are companies who pay you to solve these captchas. And there is no limit to how many you can solve. Some people solve up to 100000 captchas in a day.
Skills needed: Fast typing skills
Pay: $ (Low)
The standard pay for solving captchas is around $2 per 1000 captchas. Some companies do pay more but these are the standard rate that you can expect. But if you are fast with your typing and once you get a hang of it, you will be churning them out by the dozen in minutes.
Now we venture into more serious turf. Fiverr is one of the best places to start your search for legit online jobs. This marketplace which started mainly as a micro job marketplace where you could offer any kind of job for $5 has today transformed into an enormous online job portal where you can charge as much as $50 or even $500 for your skills. The best part is that you can make money doing just about anything on Fiverr. There are tons of jobs for teens, adults and even seniors on Fiverr.
Skills Needed: None.
Pay: $$$ (High)
People are making money doing funny, strange and even absurd things on fiverr. There’s a guy who’s made over $100,000 by selling videos of him wearing a strange tribal costume and dancing in the woods. But you don’t have to strip half naked and do quirky dance moves. Fiverr is also one of the most popular markets for web designers, content writers, editors, SEOs, accountants, video makers, models, singers, astrologers and everything else that you can think of. If you have a skill, this is where you can sell it. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/05/31/how-these-3-people-make-6-figures-a-year-on-fiverr/#40124a403ee5)
#5 – Become an online tutor
Do you think that you have the skills to teach young students online on Skype or any other VOIP platform? Online tutors are in great demand as education is slowly bridging the gap and making its presence felt in the online world. The best part is that you can choose your subject that you are skilled in. From math to music and geography to geometry, there’s a huge demand for skilled tutors. The flipside is that your student may well be in another part of the world and you will be expected to teach in varying time zones.
Skills Needed: Varied
Pay: $$$ (High)
There are many free websites that offer online tutoring teen jobs and you can register yourself as a tutor, take a couple of tests to prove your expertise in the subject and start applying for jobs. The students who hire you are allowed to rate on your profile. The better your rating, the higher you can charge for your next job. One of the most popular websites is Tutor.com where the average pay is $12 per hour for an online tutor. Work 10 hours a day and you are looking at crunching in excess of $3000 a month working from home. (https://www.glassdoor.co.in/Salary/Tutor-com-Salaries-E200662.htm?countryRedirect=true)
#6 – Social Media Manager
Do you live and thrive on social media? Do you think that you know Facebook and Instagram a lot better than the guys who coded it? There are companies who like to outsource their social media management tasks to guys skilled in Social media. The best part is that this is what most teenagers do for a large part of their day making it one of the best jobs for teens. Most people are not aware that they can actually make money doing what they love to do.
Skills Needed: Social Media Management (Posting on behalf of companies, interacting with their customers and promoting their products on social media platforms)
Pay: $$$ (High)
Skilled social media managers make up to $100 a day or even more depending on the volume and the quality of the work that they do in a day. You can start your search for such jobs on Upwork.com
You will have to register with your valid details and take a few tests. As you progress and get reviews to your name, you can start bidding for high paying jobs too. The trick is to build some credibility before you go for the high paying jobs.
# 7 – Blog to make money
Blogging is nothing novel. But with such a steep rise in the number of people on the internet, bloggers are using this opportunity to make a decent online income from home. The best part is that you can blog about anything under the sun and use it to promote a product that is closely related. For example, if you like cooking, then create a blog with some of your favourite recipes and then promote products related to cooking. Recipe e-books, cooking ranges, a glove that you used and liked a lot or even a particular ingredient, there’s no dearth of things to promote.
Pay: $ – $$$ (Low to high)
Skills Needed: Varied
The best part about blogging is that there’s tons of ways to promote it. You can use Google adsense to run ads on your blogs and earn a commission or start a video blog on YouTube and get paid for the number of views that it generates. Once you have a large number of subscribers on your blog, make an e-book and sell it to them. You are only limited by your creativity here. There are bloggers who make six figure incomes each month just writing what they like.
The best free platform to start a blog is WordPress or Blogger.com
#8 – Become an affiliate marketer
According to a survey conducted by Comscore, 51% of purchases are made online now. (http://fortune.com/2016/06/08/online-shopping-increases/) The question is, are you using this enormous opportunity to make some money? You can become an affiliate marketer and promote products being sold on leading online retail portals like Amazon, Staples, Walmart, Flipkart (India only) and eBay. The advantage is that you can pick from millions of products to promote. You are not straitjacketed into promoting only a particular type or category of product.
Pay: $$$$ (Super High)
Skills Needed: Website creation, online marketing, basic coding skills or, a slight upfront investment to outsource these tasks.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable online jobs from home in the US, UK and China which are the fastest growing e-commerce markets. Countries like India are not too far behind either with a whole range of online portals offering affiliate accounts.
To get started, register for an affiliate account on Amazon.com or the local Amazon site for your country.
#9 – Become a freelancer
Have a skill? Sell it online. You are no longer limited by your location or the lack of time to commute. Remote workplaces are rising in popularity due to the many advantages it brings for the employer. It is estimated that the number of freelancers in the US workforce alone will be 4 million by 2020. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianrashid/2016/01/26/the-rise-of-the-freelancer-economy/)
Once again, you can freelance for just about any skill that you posses. From teaching music to writing articles, assignments, research papers to handling PR and offering digital video editing, there are millions of freelance job opportunities that you can choose from.
Pay: $$$ (High)
Skills Needed: Varied
To get started as a freelancer, all that you need to do is register yourself on freelance job websites. Upwork.com, Freelancer.com and Guru.com are some of the more popular and reputed ones. You can also choose to spend as little as three to four hours or as high as eight to ten hours freelancing online. You get to choose your own work hours and it is completely possible to earn a six figure income freelancing.
#10 – Make money flipping domains
In the original internet dot com boom of the late 90s, people literally struck gold in the form of unregistered domain names. By buying and holding on to four or five letter domain names for the next ten years, they were able to sell it for millions of dollars. For example, Fund.com was sold for £9.99 million in 2008. Insurance.com was sold for $35.6 million in 2010. While it would be impossible to land a domain like this at this time, it is still possible to make a few thousand dollars flipping domains.
Pay: $ – $$ (Low to medium)
Skills Needed – None
The trick here is to find a good quality domain name. You can either register a new domain yourself at any domain registrar or you can search for expired domain names in the huge domain aftermarket where people list their expired domains for sale. An average profit for a quality domain can be anywhere from $25-$100.
That’s about it folks. We have pretty much summed up the most popular ways to make money online. If you have some of your own secret methods to add to this, then let the community know. Don’t forget, Sharing is caring. Do hit that Share button if you liked what you read.
And always remember, never pay to get an online job. The best online jobs are always free.