15 Money Making Ideas That Actually Work

Updated on September 25, 2019
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Earning money used to be associated with traditional 'offline' jobs, but with the internet taking over a large part of our lives, more and more people are looking for ways to earn online income to increase their financial inflow.

There are numerous ways that can help you earn money online but some of these could end up being scams. Hence one needs to be careful. Also, one should not expect to earn a huge amount quickly when using online avenues to earn money. Some people earn so well through online sites that they have given up their 9-5 jobs. But for most, it’s still a means of earning a few extra bucks. It all depends on your luck, determination and efforts. Success can be yours if you put your heart and soul into it.

Here are a few trusted and legit online platforms, websites and resources that can help you earn money online.

1. Swagbucks

Launched in 2008, Swagbucks is one of the premier, most popular and trusted consumer loyalty programs with more than 40 million registered members worldwide. It is a rewards program that lets you to cash in on your online activity. While it doesn't promise to bring in big money, it's easy to earn points for watching videos, playing online games, shopping and signing up for websites. These points for gift cards to thousands of retailers including Walmart, Macy’s, JCPenney and Amazon or get cash back from PayPal. If you refer friends and family, you can earn a referral bonus too.

2. BookScouter

Selling books and textbooks you don’t need anymore is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. BookScouter is a specialized search engine that compiles the current selling prices from various vendors. List your old and unused books on the site. Once you enter the ISBN for your book, you will get buying offers from book sites. All you have to do now is to select the highest paying offer and request a free prepaid shipping envelope. Ship your books and get the money in a few days.

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

3. Fiverr

Fiverr is a very popular online marketplace for freelance services.Sell your services for 5$ or more. The services can be professional ones from Financial Consulting to Logo Design or as simple as writing a love letter. Earnings depend on the number of orders you are able to get for your gigs.

4. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourcing marketplace that enables individuals or businesses to to post short tasks and hire workers to complete them. Here you can earn money by doing tasks. There are different tasks like writing product descriptions or choosing pictures for a product etc.Earnings are transferred to an Amazon Payments account or can be redeemed for an Amazon.com gift card.

5. TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is an American online and mobile marketplace which will connect you with people willing to pay money to get different chores done within your locality. Taskers are paid an hourly rate or a per-task price, minus a service fee. This site is useful mainly for the people living in U.S.A.

7. Craigslist

Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website . Here you can sell almost anything. Any used items like furniture, household appliances, collectibles or anything else can be sold online to make some money. You can get in touch with the buyer, negotiate and sell your product for cash. In India, we have OLX which is quite similar to Craigslist.

8. Airbnb

A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌ is an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, primarily homestays. You can use this site to rent your extra room or even your couch to travelers for a price.

9. Etsy

Etsy is a very popular site among artists and crafters. The site is focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. Here you can sell paintings, knitted caps/scarves etc.

10. DeviantArt

DeviantArt is the world's largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts. It provides a platform for emerging artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with the community. It is also a good place to sell your digital works and photographs.

11. Care.com

Care.com helps families find child care, senior care, special needs care, tutoring, pet care, housekeeping, etc. You can browse through the site to get care giving jobs.

12. Zazzle

Zazzle is another website where you can open an online store and make your creativity earn for you. You can design products and put up for sale on your store. If someone buys your customized designs then Zazzle gives you a commission.

13. HubPages

HubPages is a popular writing site that lets you earn through adsense and amazon affiliate program. Even if you don’t have an adsense account, you can get one for HubPages by writing a few articles on it. If writing is your passion then this is a good place to be.

14. ArtFire

ArtFire is a perfect place to sell your art works & handmade products- from handmade jewelry and crafts, to vintage clothing and supplies.

15. Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a global marketplace for images, videos, vectors and music. Sell your good quality photographs on shutterstock for a price. Another similar site is iStock.

16. eBay

eBay needs no introduction. Here you can auction anything of value. You can even open an online store on eBay and earn money selling books, coins, stamps, or apparel.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Carolyn. I know of Upwork but haven't tried the site. With a regular day job, I hardly have time. I am now focusing on my two websites- one is a personal blog and other one is astrology & tarot related.

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      Carolyn Fields 

      4 weeks ago from South Dakota, USA

      Thank you, Shaloo. I have tried several of these. I like it here on HubPages, and as you say, don't expect to make a lot of money. It's fun to have an outlet for my writing, and now I have a "portfolio" for other gigs. Which brings me to my online money-maker - Upwork. Definitely worth a look if you haven't been there before.

      Thanks again!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thank you Dora.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thank you Thelma.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      My pleasure Sanjay ji. I am glad that you find it of some help.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      I only know a few from your list. Thanks for the heads up. Well done.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 weeks ago from Mandi (HP) India

      I am acquainted with just four sites mentioned above. Thanks for sharing.

      I have bookmarked this article for future reference.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thank you Dora!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! Great listing you've put together. Very useful. Thanks.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      @Tess Will do another hub soon with some more ones

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      4 weeks ago from Hawaii

      Nice article. However, I do wish there were more ideas that aren't so common to find around the internet.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Rochelle!

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      4 weeks ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Great information :)

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thank you sir!

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 weeks ago from South India

      Very good article for understanding online earning. Great effort by Ms Shaloo Walia.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      @Jodah Never heard of this site. We don't have much options here to sell used books. The best bet are the second hand shops which pay very less. And I really find it hard to part it with books. So I don't try to get rid of the book unless I find it very boring.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      My pleasure, Eric!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Bill! I was focusing more on my blogs during the past year. In fact, I had shifted all of my poetry & tarot related hubs to my own blogs. Now I have decided to be regular at hubpages as well.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool stuff to learn about, I might even try one or two. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh ok, the place I have had the most luck selling books is a site called Fishpond (play on Amazon) here in Australia, but the postage you have to pay really effects the selling price.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I've used and do still use several of these sites. They are valid, they do work,and I will continue to use them.

      You seem to be writing more. It's good to see. I always enjoy your articles, my friend.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      @Jodah I used to sell my used books on eBay but it has shut down operations in India.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing these Shaloo. I have heard of a few of these but a couple are new to me. I should join Bookscouter.


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