Earning online money has earned a bad name because of all the ‘Get Rich Quick’ schemes and their sales and marketing pitches that abound in the market and even in the forums here. There are legitimate ways to earn online but they require a lot of work and a lot of dedication too.
If you are serious about making money by working hard like a true professional, here are some websites where you can make money:
- Transtutors – If you are a straight A student in your college in at least one of the subjects or a college graduate or a person with good professional experience in a subject – and can help other college students from across the world with their homework and assignments, this is the website for you.
You can earn money here in three ways:
- Instant Cash: Answer a question and make the money instantly.
- Royalty Income: Quality answers (that earn subscriptions for the website) generate royalty for you all your life. You can make as much as $5,000 per month through this method.
- Rewards & Schemes: The website introduces amazing schemes every month for online tutors registered with it. In January 2016, you can earn Rs 1,000 daily for answering 25 questions a day.
The hours are flexible. You can choose the questions you want to answer. And you are not teaching a student in real-time…and hence, can research the given question in detail – at your convenience (as long as you do it within the deadline).
- Freelance Writing – Believe me or not, in the new age, it’s the bloggers and freelance writers who are making the most money. I will tell you about the websites that pay best to the writers:
- A List Apart – Pays $200 for each accepted post. The article has to be in a list format and must be at least 1,500 words long. A chance to getting accepted is small.
- FundsforWriters – Pays $50 for each accepted post. Accepts 500-600 words articles on how to make money through writing.
- International Living – Pays $75 for each accepted post. Most accept articles about international travel experiences.
- iWriter – Pays up to $15 for each accepted post but is not as strict as other sites. You can choose your own topics and number of articles you want to write.
- Listverse – Pays $100 for each accepted post. Rules like A List Apart but the list must have at least 10 things and you need to have a good creative idea too.
- Matador Network – Pays up to $60 for each accepted post. However, the standard pay count is usually around $20-$25. They don’t have a minimum word count but maximum word limit is 1,500 words.
- Textbroker – Pays up to five cents per word. You have to start by submitting a short sample article.
- The Penny Hoarder – In rare cases, they pay up to $800 but the usual payouts start at $100 for 50,000 page views. Not easy to earn with it though.
- TopTenz – Pays $50 for each accepted post. Much like Listverse but the chances of your article getting accepted are higher.
- Uxbooth – Pays $100 for each accepted post. They only publish amazing content and may take 4 to 8 weeks to accept an article. Not for people like me who are not so patient.
- Sell Stuff – As a student, you probably already know where you can find things at cheapest. Build a stock of things you think you can sell at less than market price, plaster their pics across eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Flipkart, Snapdeal – and even Facebook …and start selling.
If you have good selling skills, you can make good money here.
If you write a blog, you can market your own products too.
- Freelance – Fiverr, Elance and Upwork offer some of the great freelancing opportunities. You can do translation, transcription work, programming or coding, designing – and other types of jobs according to your skills.