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Best 30+ Ideas to Make Money Online in 2021

The internet is a big, place and it just keeps on growing every day. Plus, with the Earth's ever-increasing population, more and more people are looking for more than one way to make money. Most people prefer earning money online, and with freelancing representing 35% of the global workforce, remote earning opportunities are now more than ever. 

Well, it is also a cause of confusion. There are so many ways to make money online that people often find themselves scratching their heads while trying to figure out which method is good and which isn’t. We have compiled 30+ ideas to make money online that are completely risk-free. 

1. Side Hustle on Upwork

Upwork has hundreds and thousands of opportunities for people looking for a side hustle to make some extra money. There is a range of niches you can choose from. For instance, writing can help you earn $38 per hour, PR management can earn you $52 per hour, technical writing can earn you $41 per hour, and graphic designing can earn you $36 per hour.

Freelancers in the United States of America earn $20 per hour on average. For example, Ron Z., a web developer, has earned more than $100,000,000 by providing high-quality WordPress development, on Upwork. Scot B, an iOS mobile application developer, charges $135 per hour. He has earned more than $500K.

2. Freelancing on Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelancers like Upwork. It charges you 20% of the transaction you make over Fiverr. You can choose various categories, such as writing, translation, music, audio, animation, video, graphics and design, digital marketing, virtual assisting, etc.

Charmaine Pocek from the United States has been earning on Fiverr ever since 2011. She now charges anywhere between $30 to $800 to optimize LinkedIn profiles, write cover letters, and create resumes. Charmaine has earned more than $2.4 million through Fiverr. Not bad for a side hustle!

3. Test Apps and Websites

Website testing is one of the fastest ways to make some cash. The process is pretty simple too. You just have to fill out a registration form on a testing website such as User Testing ($4 to $120), Try My UI ($10), What Users Do (8 GBP), and User Feel ($10), etc. Once you get approved, you will start getting projects.

Enroll in another website that pays people to test websites. You’ve to take tests and then tell them your feedback based on your findings. You can earn between $0.5 to $2 for a brief test. For complex projects, you can earn as much as $10. Besides, your earnings depend on your demographics.

4. Sell Handmade Stuff via Etsy

If you’re a crafty person who likes to make stuff for fun, it’s time for you to turn your hobby into a side hustle. Selling stuff on Etsy is fairly simple. All you’ve to do is set up your site, pick a unique name, choose at least 10 items that you want to list, and finally set up billing and payment.

Etsy charges 20 cents on the first item you sell. In her first year as a seller, Etsy shop owner Jami King managed to earn a whopping $53 000 in sales. Her profit margin was around 70%. Jenni also managed to make a jaw-dropping $4 000 in a single month.

5. Transcribe Online 

If you’re a good listener, then your listening skills can pay you off. Yes, you read that right. Transcription jobs normally assess you to gauge your accuracy and typing speed before you start working. Depending on the kind of niche, you could be transcribing court hearings or advertisements. Plus, the payout isn’t bad either.

If you’re an early-level transcriptionist, you can earn anywhere from $3.00 per hour to $9.00 per hour. Experienced people make $20.00 per hour on average, and professional transcriptionists earn over $40.00 per hour. Kira earned $70 in her first week at Rev.

6. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of those side hustles that turn into a full-time job over time. All you’ve got to do is look for a profitable niche, an affiliate program, and a brand to partner with. The commission varies with the type of niche you choose. That being said, some affiliate marketers earn $20 000 annually on average.

ClickBank (100 000+), Amazon Associates (900 000+), Awin (205 000+), and ShareASale (700 000+) are some of the largest affiliate networks. The site ‘It’s A Lovely Life’ makes $100 000 per month via affiliate marketing and sponsorships. According to an estimate by Ebiz Facts, the site makes almost $20 000+ per month by affiliate marketing. 

7. Take Online Surveys

Online surveys are the kind of tasks that don’t require much work but still pay off well. Some well-known sites for taking online surveys to earn money include Swagbucks, InboxDollars, Survey Junkie, LifePoints, Mistplay, Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, and Toluna.

Once you sign up with a website, you start getting surveys based on your application, and then you just have to answer the questions.

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8. Matched Betting

Matched betting is one of the easiest ways to earn money online from the comfort of your couch. All you’ve to do is turn free bets by online bookmakers into real money. You leverage the bookmakers’ incentives and promotions to lock in a good profit without any risks.

Matched betting can earn you a good amount of money. For instance, Cora Harrison earned more than 30 000 pounds in tax-free and risk-free matched betting without any risk. She explained how she did it in a video.

9. Print On Demand

Come up with interesting designs for white label products for people without any upfront cost involved. You design products only when someone places an order. All you need to do is design stuff and choose which of your products you want to display on your online store. Set your price according to the profit you want to make per sale.

You can use Placeit or Canva to create your designs. Use sites like Teespring, Teepublic, Redbubble, and Merch by Amazon to sell your products. You can use this Passive Income Calculator to see how much you can earn by printing t-shirts on demand. So, if you sell 5 shirts per day for $2, you’ll earn $300 in a month.

10. Start A Blog

Running a blog can offer you an outlet to share your thoughts and help you make some cold hard cash. Blogs can be monetized in different ways by selling products, affiliate marketing, advertisements, and selling a service or a course.

The more traffic you get on your website, the more money you are able to make. During their first year of blogging, bloggers can earn anywhere between $500 and $10 000 per month. Alex Nerney and Lauren McManus earn more than $100 000 per month by selling digital products via their blog. Tim Sykes earns more than $1 000 000 per month by selling his course on DVD and online.

11. Create Websites for Others

If you don’t have the time to maintain your own website and wait for it to grow, you can create websites for others. Having some basic knowledge about WordPress and web design knowledge is a big plus. Even though it’s easy to make a website, people prefer getting a ready-made website so that you can leverage that.

You can earn more than $5 000 per month by creating websites. Or you can earn $3 000 per month by building two websites in a month.

12. Domain Name Flipping

The domain name is a website’s web address. Domain flipping is the process of buying domains and then selling them for a profit.

For instance, if a website’s domain name is, you’ve bought it for $0.99, you can now sell it for whatever price you want and earn profit.

Domain Flipping posted some names that were bought and sold in the past few years:

Jody-Ann Rowe, the founder of Event Certificate, made $10 000 by just flipping domains. She explained the whole process in her YouTube video.

13. Create YouTube Videos

If you love making videos and you’re passionate about vlogging, then you need to make YouTube your ultimate jam. Yes, running a YouTube channel is a competitive task, but if you like being on camera, you have the potential to make it big.

Plus, YouTube pays good money. 7-year-old Ryan became the highest-paid YouTuber by earning $22 million in 2018?

What did he do? Review toys!

And let’s not forget the makeup mogul Jeffree Star, who has earned over $18 million via YouTube. His makeup brand makes him $100 million annually, which he also promotes via his YouTube Channel.

14. Edit Videos

This idea is for those who don’t like being in front of the camera but enjoy editing. Editors are very much in demand. Almost every Youtuber and business creates a lot of video content and outsources their work to editors to get the job done quicker. 

A video editor for Youtubers earns $47 723 per year on average. However, some editors earn as high as $74 000 per year.  Joe Edits, who has edited videos for The Zac and Jay Show, and Abby Roberts, has a video on his channel explaining how much he has earned by editing videos.


15. Watch Videos

Now, if you neither enjoy making videos nor you enjoy editing videos for others, you can make money by watching them. You can make some cash by watching viral videos, adverts, and news content on Swagbucks, Vindale Research, MyPoints, Nielsen Computer, Mobile Panel, iRazoo, etc.

According to DollarSprout, you can earn $100 to $200 per month if you watch videos daily. The hourly earning falls somewhere between $2 and $5. The amount you earn by watching videos isn’t significant compared to other ways to earn money online, but it isn’t bad for relatively little work.

16. Start a Podcast

If you like talking and telling stories, you can record your conversations and start a podcast. Podcasts cost lesser than other forms of digital media and are extremely simple to create. All you need is editing software, a recording device, and an account on a distribution platform like Podbean or Buzzsprout.

People have spent 15 billion hours listening to podcasts in 2021. Thus, the audience is there, and so are the opportunities. For instance, Joe Rogan, from The Joe Rogan Experience, earns around $800 000 per episode. He releases three episodes every week, so his podcast earns him $9.6 million every month.

17. Write an eBook

For all the aspiring writers out there, have you ever thought about writing a book? You can now write and publish an eBook and earn money, all thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Store. Even though writing an eBook takes a lot of time, it can be an excellent option for you if you’re writing about a topic you’re passionate about.

The best part is that once your eBook is out there for the world to access, you will get 70% from every sale you make, forever. Chris Guthrie made $377.87 on average every month and earned $4,534.41 in a year from a Kindle book. Steve Gillman made $2 000 from his eBook.

18. Proof Read Content

Do you have an eye for details and easily spot mistakes in a written piece of content? Proofreading is perfect for you because you just have to spot formatting, grammatical, typographical, and punctuation errors. You can use Grammarly for help.

It’s relatively more straightforward and earns a reasonable amount. For instance, Caitlin earned $43 000 in a year by proofreading content for others. She has posted all the details on her blog.

19. Become an Instagram Influencer

If you have a good number of followers on Instagram (it doesn’t even have to be in millions), you can earn money by posting engaging content. Brands are constantly looking for influencers on Instagram who meet their criteria to market their products to a wider audience. You can earn commission via affiliate links, get a substantial amount by doing sponsorships, or you can just enjoy the free products and trials you get for PR.

For example, Tyler Chanel charges $100 or more for an Instagram story depending on the type of content. Alexa Collins charges more than $1 000 for a sponsored Instagram Story. There are so many examples; one influencer earned $700 000 by doing brand deals halfway into 2021.

20. Sell Your Recipes

Do you love cooking and baking? Does every person who tastes your dishes ask for the recipe? Well, if you’re good at something, never do it for free. Turn your passion into a channel where the money comes from.

You can earn money by selling your recipes. You can sell recipes to blogs like Cooking for Engineers (They pay anywhere in between $10 to $20). Or you can sell your recipes via Revenue Sharing (Recipe Yum), Etsy, and Facebook Groups (Let’s Get Creative, Blogger Resource Room, Pinterest Friendly Content for Bloggers), etc.

21. Photography

If you’re a good photographer, then why are you not selling your photos? Yes, you can sell your pictures online and earn money. Bloggers, businesses, media and news companies, and individuals are always looking for stock images to amplify their content, so they browse for photos on stock websites.

You can earn commission by uploading your photos on sites like Shutterstock. You can earn anywhere between $0.50 to $0.25 per image per month, and you can also earn $99.50 for on-demand purchases.

22. Be a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants help people manage their daily administrative tasks. Most businesses need a virtual assistant, no matter how big or small they’re in the market. As a virtual assistant, all you’ve to do is write summaries, schedule appointments, create content, and market the content, etc. You can work from anywhere you want; all you need is a stable internet connection.

Kayla Sloan, the owner of $10K VA, makes $10 000 per month by working as a virtual assistant from her home.

23. Narrate Audio Books

With the increase in demand for audiobooks, the demand for voice-over artists and narrators has also increased. Plus, you don’t even need any over-the-top equipment. You just need some professional recording equipment and a decent microphone.

Narrating audiobooks pays well. It’s a lucrative side hustle. You can begin at $100 per hour, which isn’t bad at all, and you can reach up to $500 per hour. Jim Dale is the most famous audiobook narrator. He narrated the Harry Potter series and created 134 voices for it.

24. Enter Competitions

You know that there are hundreds and thousands of competitions available on the internet. And some of them have quite the lucrative rewards. You can earn anything from cash and cars to hoovers and holidays.

Some other contests that you can try are Food52, Student Competitions, Taste of Home, The Prize Finder, and Travel Scoop, etc. You can win anywhere from $500 to $1 000 and sometimes way more than that.

25. Review Apps

Reviewing apps is somewhat similar to testing websites. You need just some basic training to become eligible to review applications. Test new apps and/or websites.

You can earn over $30 in a month by writing one review per day. If you are an avid reviewer, you can also make more than $100.

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26. Review Music

Don't want to review apps? You can review music, instead. If you love listening to music, this is the perfect option for you to enjoy music while earning money. The amount of money isn’t as significant as other ways to earn money online, but who doesn’t enjoy getting paid for something they enjoy doing anyway?

Slicethepie pays people to review and rate songs. You just need to be 13-years-old or older to review music for them. This guy, Ray started with $0.12 to $0.18 and progressed to $1 per review.

27. Amazon FBA

Amazon FBA (‘fulfillment by Amazon’) means looking after the sellers’ stocks. So, whenever someone places an order on Amazon, the order information is sent directly to the FBA warehouse. Amazon deals with picking and delivery of the order. Now, Amazon FBA also means that Amazon has to deal with refunds, returns, and customer service.

You can use research tools such as Jungle Scout and source products from Alibaba. With FBA, you don’t compete with Amazon, so you’ve better chances at growth.

FBA sellers can earn from $1 000 to $25 000 per month. Amazon Reboot has detailed case studies of three different sellers.

28. Teach an Online Course

You can earn money by teaching students online. You don’t need to go anywhere; all you need is a laptop and a decent Wi-Fi connection. For instance, you can teach people how to use editing software, meditate, or play the guitar. You can try sites like Udemy and Outschool.

On Udemy, you can post courses starting from $9.99 and earn from 37% to 97% of the revenue share. At Outschool, you can set the price, and the site will deduct a 30% service fee.

You can earn more than $100 000 by selling your course online. Joseph Michael’s first webinar earned him $25 000 in an afternoon.

29. Sell Your Expertise

If you’re an expert on something and you have got years of experience in that field, then you would love to know that hundreds of business owners would love to have a quick call with you and get your advice.

You can earn anywhere between $30 451 to $944 000 by being a consultant for others. The median salary lies around $79,300, but it can vary based on your experience, skills, location, industry, and certifications.

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30. Answer Professional Questions on JustAnswer

If our previous idea hasn’t made it clear enough, expertise and information are two of the most lucrative methods to earn money online. If you aren’t a big fan of talking to people on the phone, you can sign up on a platform like Just Answer.

You can earn 20% to 50% of the cost of the answer you provide. Most of the questions pay $2 to $5. Satish Gaire has a video on YouTube explaining how to make money on JustAnswer.

Randall Gibbons used to be an RV repairman in California. Now he earns a whopping $20 000 every month by answering questions on JustAnswer.

31. Helping People with Tax Prep

Are you good with numbers? Most individuals need someone good with numbers to help them prepare their tax returns. You can become an expert on taxes by doing programs from The Income Tax School in just 10 weeks. And then charge people for preparing their tax forms when the tax season rolls around.

A tax preparer can earn $46 860 in a year; however, the hourly rate can vary based on your experience.

Forbes has posted a complete list of how much tax preparers earn in each state.

32. Online Travel Consultancy

If you’re good at finding the cheapest flights and the best spots at any place, then this one’s for you. If you love traveling, you should consider becoming an online travel consultant.

Travel consultants can make up to $52 883 per year on average, excluding the tips (which are $100 per day). You might need word of mouth to help you get started. Shiruh, from Kenya, is a travel consultant who charges $50.


If you’re looking for ways to earn extra money online and you believe an idea has the potential to turn your life upside indeed down, go for it. Plus, if you’re not afraid of investing some time and money into your side hustle that can potentially become your full-time job in the future, then these 30+ ideas are perfect for you. 

We have done a significant amount of research to develop these ideas that can become the source of a steady income for you. Most of these ideas don’t even require too much effort, so you just need to do the bare minimum, and you will have recurring revenue at your hand. If you’re willing to put your money and time into these ideas, they can change your life and open many doors for you.

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