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If you are a newbie in the vast world of online jobs and side gigs, you can easily get lost trying to find a legitimate job that pays well. That is why we have created this article to present 17 super clever ways how to make money online for beginners.

The best part about making money online is that there are dozens of jobs that you can do as a beginner without any prior experience. All you need to have to start making money online is a stable internet connection. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks. Be sure to also check our article on how to work on the go in 2022.

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#1 Take surveys

Paid surveys are your chance to participate in market research. They are your chance to voice your opinion on a variety of products and services. Your opinion not only shapes the future of the market, but you also have a chance to make extra money on the side, without prior experience or investing anything. Just follow the next simple steps to create a profile:

  • Register for free and complete your profile in detail.
  • Check your inbox and wait for the surveys that best fit your profile.
  • Participate in surveys and always answer honestly.
  • Withdraw your money via PayPal with a click.

#2 Become a virtual assistant

If your organization and time management skills are something you take pride in, you should definitely consider becoming a virtual assistant. Fiverr and Upwork are just some of the many websites where you can find virtual assistant jobs. Your job will mainly revolve around administrative tasks that you will perform for different clients. Some of them might be:

  • Making phone calls
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Managing email accounts
  • Customer service
  • Bookkeeping

#3 Write blogs

If you have a knack for writing, blogging might just be a thing for you. First, you will need to choose your niche and narrow down your audience. Then, you will also need to take care of some technical aspects of blogging such as choosing a hosting platform and selecting a domain. If you regularly post quality content, blogging can become lucrative. Check out our easy guide for beginners on how to start a poetry blog.

#4 Become an affiliate

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways how you can make money from your blog, podcast, or social media channel. You can become an affiliate for your favorite products that you like to recommend anyway. When you are an affiliate promoting different products and services, you earn a commission. After joining a certain affiliate marketing program you get a unique link or code. When somebody buys a product through your link, you automatically earn a commission.

#5 Sell your photos

If you have an eye for photography, consider selling your photos as a great way of earning passive income. Try selling your photos on photo libraries such as Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. Keep in mind that some of the websites are subscription-based and that the royalties you may earn can vary.

#6 Become an online teacher

Online teaching or tutoring is a great way to earn extra money. First, you need to be knowledgeable about some subject. Then, you need to create an account on a chosen website and advertise your services to students.

You can even create tutorials or lessons and sell them. There are many ways how you can turn your knowledge into a profitable side gig. If you are a teacher take a look at these 15 online jobs to make extra money.

#7 Complete tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk

You can pick up simple tasks as soon as you sign up and are approved as an Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. Tasks often include:

  • identifying objects in photos
  • data entry
  • transcribing audios
  • classifying receipts

Keep in mind that temporary employers, or so-called “requesters” are those who set up the price for different tasks. They also approve the task once it’s complete before they pay you. This definitely leaves room for scams. We recommend that you join online communities and forums to learn which dealers to avoid. 

#8 Sell your things

If you have a lot of clothes or other belongings that are just gathering dust, consider selling them online. You can sell things from your own home, or even your own products, such as jewelry, embroidery, or pottery. It’s also possible to resell higher-value items. It’s best if you try to sell your products on multiple marketplaces and platforms such as:

  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Etsy
  • VarageSale
  • Mercado Libre

#9 Become a transcriptionist

If you are a fast typer, transcribing is a gig for you. It’s also helpful if you are knowledgeable about grammar and punctuation when it comes to the language that you are transcribing. Thanks to the increasing popularity of different audio and video content, there are many transcribing gigs on websites such as Fiverr and Upwork. As a transcriptionist, you simply listen to a podcast, audio, or video recording, and turn it into a text document.

A beginner making money online selling photos.

#10 Become a dog walker

There are few jobs online that are more enjoyable than a dog walker or a dog sitter. Especially if you believe furry friends are our best friends. Nowadays, there are many websites such as Rover or Wag where you can offer services such as dog walking, house sitting, etc. You can even pick up on-demand walks when your schedule allows you to. While we are on the subject of dogs, make sure to check out our guide on working from home with pets.

#11 Rent out your space

You can rent a house, an apartment, or even just a spare bedroom. Create a listing on Airbnb or a similar website. Renting out your space is a great way of earning passive income online. Keep in mind that you will need to spend some money on cleaning and keeping up the maintenance of your rental property, as well as paying service fees.

#12 Create courses online

People like exploring educational content, especially when it comes to learning new skills. With that in mind, you can impart knowledge of your field of expertise. One of the best ways to do so is by creating courses online. These are some of the steps you need to take before starting to earn money on online courses:

  • Choose the right topic
  • Test your business idea
  • Research the topic
  • Write the curriculum
  • Create the content
  • Add your course to your website
  • Sell your course

#13 Become a YouTuber

To become a YouTuber you need to first decide on your niche. Whatever it is, keep in mind that the content you create for YouTube should be either educational or entertaining or both. You can earn advertising revenue once you’ve reached 1,000 subscribers. You can also earn money by becoming an affiliate for bigger brands.

#14 Test websites and apps

There are many sites such as UserTesting that companies use to gather user feedback on their websites or apps. You express your opinion on how well certain websites or apps work. Usually, you apply by taking a practice test to determine what tests are the best match for your interest and skills. There are both shorter and longer tests, as well as those that include interviews with clients.

#15 Start your dropshipping business

Dropshipping is a perfect e-commerce model when you want to start a small online business. You can sell products online and you don’t have to ship orders yourself. Customers use your online store to buy things and a third-party manufacturer or supplier sends the product to the customer. Even if you are the most novice dropshipper, you can set up a website and an online store with the help of e-commerce platforms such as Shopify. There are a lot of pre-made templates for you to choose from.

#16 Become an influencer

Contrary to popular belief, not all influencers have millions of followers. But what they do have is engaged following. People who follow influencers are keen on consuming the content they offer. TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube are the three biggest platforms where some of the most famous influencers found fame.

The important thing is that you pick the right niche and consistently post quality content. You can even apply for opportunities to represent different products on marketing platforms such as Open Influence or Aspire.

#17 Make money on Twitch

Twitch is the most famous platform for live streaming. First and foremost, it is a go-to site for gamers. Recently, it has also started streaming other types of content, such as arts and crafts and adventures. To build a strong audience on Twitch, you need to be able to go online regularly. Once you build a niche following, there are different ways how you can make money:

  • Donations from viewers
  • Selling products
  • Brand sponsorships
  • Twitch ads

In conclusion

Making money online has never been easier, even if you are a complete novice. In this article, we’ve given you some ideas on how you can start earning money online. If you would like to get inspired further, take a look at our article on how to earn money online without paying anything. Most of the time you just need to have a stable internet connection and some spare time.