There are many ways to make money online, it is just a matter of sorting through the scams. If it sounds to good to be true – it probably is. There is no way to make thousands overnight (except winning the lottery). And if a company asks for an upfront payment for a “starter-kit” or anything similar, odds are it is not legitimate.
Real ways to make money online require some kind of work and/or effort, but many offer flexible hours and the ability to work at home. The following are legitimate online “jobs” that can provide a decent supplementary income:
Writing online can be very profitable. Writing articles for websites or hubs can bring in anywhere from $1 to thousands of dollars depending on the quality of the content and the website or hub providing the payment. Some websites pay per word, others pay per article, and some even allow the author to collect a payment every month based on how many people view the article.
Data entry / transcription is a great option for people who are good at typing. There are many forms of data entry / transcription. Some of which include filling out forms with given information, typing the words spoken on an audio recording, and medical transcription. Some of these will require experience or education, and some simply require fast, accurate typing. Payments can be issued on a pay per form or transcription, pay per minute, pay per hour, or pay per word basis.
Taking surveys can eventually accumulate some noticeable cash. Surveys are usually opinion based and vary in topic. Getting paid to take surveys requires patience, but can definitely add up to some extra spending money. A downside to taking surveys for cash is that they usually require a minimum payout, meaning that until earnings reach a certain point you cannot receive a payment.
Some companies offer full and part-time online positions for customer service. The job descriptions will vary company to company, but usually fall between similar categories. Generally applicants will be responding to customer needs by email or live chat. These customer service jobs usually require set hours, great organizational skills, and an in-home office. The pay for these jobs varies by company but is usually an hourly wage.
Creating a website, online business, or blog can be very profitable and eventually turn into passive income. However, this will not happen overnight or even after months in some cases. The initial work can be very time-consuming and frustrating. Ways to profit from a website, online business, or blog are: selling a product or service, allowing many types of advertisers on your site, using a program such as Google ad sense, receiving donations, and much more. In the long run this is an excellent choice for those seeking a passive income.