Legit Ways to Make Money Online
In the last 20 years, the internet has gone from a new and uncharted frontier to an amazing place where anything is possible. It is now possible to stay at home and, working online, make enough money to be able to quit your day job. But for whatever reason, a lot of people haven’t figured out how easy it is to make money online.
Today I’m going to walk you through a few of the most popular ways that anyone can start to make extra money online.
Take Online Surveys for Money
Market research is a very important to companies, especially when they are launching a new product, or trying to reach into new demographic. One of the ways that the Internet has revolutionized market research is the speed and variety in the people surveyed. Generally, companies will go to a survey company, and conduct an online survey. Participants who take the online survey are rewarded for taking part in that survey.
For many people on the Internet, taking online surveys was their introduction to making money online. I know it was from me, and I would regularly take 5 to 10 surveys per week.
Here are some examples of some popular Online Survey Sites:
Cashcrate is one of the internet’s most popular Online Survey sites. They have been operating since 2006, and boast over 2 million members. They offer daily research surveys, as well as paying top-dollar for their surveys.
Cashcrate pay via Paypal, and only have a minimum payment threshold of $20. What this means is once you have earned over $20, they will pay you.
They also offer a really cool referral program where you can earn money whenever people you refer take surveys, as well as all the people that they refer!
Google Rewards is a newcomer in the Online Survey industry, but they are quickly becoming the go-to for big companies who need research data fast. Rewards is an Android App which allows users to complete Google Consumer Surveys.
What is Google Consumer Surveys
Google Consumer Surveys is a market research tool that allows market researchers to easily create online surveys in order to help make more informed business decisions. Users complete survey questions in order to access high quality content around the web, and publishers get paid as their users answer. For the Google Opinion Rewards App, those users complete questions to get Google Play credits. Google automatically analyses responses, providing the data back to market researchers through as simple online interface.
The best part of Rewards is when you complete a survey, you are rewarded with Google Play Store credit. Most teenagers and students love this option!Most surveys pay anywhere from $.10 to 1 dollar, and take less than a minute to complete.
The biggest drawback to taking online surveys on the frequency in which you are given surveys to take. This can change quite a bit, and really depends on what information market researchers are looking for. One way to overcome this obstacle is by maintaining several accounts with several different survey sites.
How to set up an account
Most survey websites will ask you to provide some basic personal information such as:
- Phone Number
- Marital Status
- Number of Children and their Ages
- Basic Financial Questions such as whether you rent or own your home
- Payment Details – usually this is set up as some kind of a credit or as a PayPal account.
Once you’ve provided all the necessary details, most sides will have you take an introductory survey, which helps them learn a little more about you, and tailor surveys which you receive in the future to you. Whenever a survey becomes available and you meet the criteria, they will notify you and offer you an invitation to take it.
What do I need to do to take an Online Survey?
Taking online surveys is really easy. Generally the questions you receive a multiple choice questions. You simply answer the questions to the best of your ability. That’s It! Once you finish a survey, you will receive credit for taking it.
The best piece of advice that I can give when taking an online survey is that you give your honest opinion on all questions asked. Sometimes it can be tempting to try to give the answers you think that they are looking for so you can get my surveys in the future. Most survey companies have systems in place to detect this kind of behaviour.
Is This a Real Site or a Scam?
Be careful. Just like every part of the internet, there are scammers out there. Some survey sites will get you to do hundreds of surveys – and still not pay you a dime. They might have really high ‘minimum payment thresholds’ or other strange inclusinons in their Terms and Conditions.
The best way to judge if a site is real – or just trying to scam you – is to give them a try. If you are suspicious, or something in their terms seems to be a bit suspicious, have a read about their site on forums. You can be sure that if they are scammers, others will complain about them.
Virtual Tutoring, or Online Tutoring, is a relatively new way to make money online. This is a great online job you can do from any location in the world so long as you are armed with a computer and internet access. As a virtual tutor, you can teach people using online video platforms like Skype and Hangouts, all while you earn some good income.
The types of things you can tutor in are endless, but some of the more popular are:
- Languages – particularly English, English as a Second Language and French
- Social Studies
- SAT, PSAT, ACT Preparation
- General Homework Help
Basically – if you have both the passion and the patience for teaching, you can make a very good income from Virtual Tutoring.
Web Desigining is a great way to make money online. Web design is fantastic because it is something that can be 100% self-taught in a very short period of time. Years ago, building a website could literally take months. Now, with most websites running on CMS (Content Management Systems) such as WordPress, You can literally have a website up and running in minutes.
There are always people who need help building websites, and I recommend building as many as you can. Build them for friends, family, clubs and orginizations you belong to – literally anyone who you know that needs a website. After you have built up a portfolio, you can bid on jobs on sites such as freelancer and oDesk.
Affiliate marketing is another great way to earn money online. Basically, there are a lot of companies who will pay you to help market and sell their product. You can generally market their product however you like ( i.e. YouTube Videos, Websites, or Facebook). Most affiliate products will even include all the promotional materials you need to get you started, like graphics and videos.
My suggestions for Affiliate Marketing are simple. Find a product you believe in to market. There are a lot of marketers out there who build up their name and reputation and then just start to market anything and everything that comes there way. They might get a lot of cash in the short term, but eventually, people start to loose trust in them, and their sales will drop as a result.
This one kind of goes hand-in-hand with Web Designing; Websites need more than a design, they need content. If you are good at writing content, and come up with ideas for just about any subject, there is a lot of money to be made. You can literally sit back and take orders. And the better you are and the more work you do, the more you can charge for your content.
Content Writers are generally used to write:
- Blog Posts
- Product Reviews
- Research Papers
- Re-Writing (any of the above)
Becoming a life coach requires that you are skilled and experienced in a certain field, or that you have a certain amount of experience in particular situations. Life coaching online is similar to online tutoring in that sessions are completed using programs such as Skype and Hangouts to communicate.
As a life coach, you work with individuals and help them to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. This is usually achieved with a mix of techniques from psychology and sociology. Life coaches generally do not need any formal certification; however the laws change drastically from place to place.
Life Coaches generally work with clients on:
- Work and Life Adjustment
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Personal Effectiveness
- Behavioral Health
- Mental Health
Remember, there are a limitless number of ways to make money online. Whether you work from home or a coffee shop, you need to find the one that works the best for you. And if you try one, and it doesn’t work – Don’t give up! Try something else! Eventually, you too will find something that makes you money online.