With the internet stretched out before us like the ocean stretched before Marco Polo, we have to ask ourselves “how can I make this work for me?” Not everyone wants to spend eight hours a day streaming themselves playing Fortnite on Twitch. But there are other ways to turn an online profit, from pocket cash to serious earnings. Here is a non-comprehensive list of ways to make money online (in decreasing order of effort):
Offer a Taxi or Delivery Service
Deliveroo, UberEats, Uber, Lyft. These are online taxi or food delivery companies we have all, if not used, heard of. If you have spare time and a mode of transport, you can easily pick up shifts working for them. You get to decide how much and how often you go, making it an ideal side gig (although, if you ever wanted, it can also be a primary source of income). Plus, if you’re biking, you can count it as your daily exercise.
If you have the spare time but not the vehicle (or simply don’t want to dash around the city working for strangers), you can always put it to good use rating websites. Sites like usertesting.com pay anyone who signs up to review all kinds of websites. Of course, you still have to take the time to visit the site and write a review but it might be fun to be on the critic’s side of the screen.
Taking Online Surveys
If you have the time to fill out a quiz to find out what Hogwarts house you should be in, you have the time to take online surveys. There are a plethora of websites out there that pay money for this. Some give a sign-up fee while others pay per survey. It’s never much money but it easily adds up to a reasonable sum.
Buy and Sell Domain Names
This one is less time-consuming but more mental effort. Registering a domain name costs a few dollars and is easily done through a website. However, on the domain name market, domains can go for thousands of dollars. If you can think of a domain name that may someday be wanted, it can make some serious cash. Rick Schwartz has made several million dollars selling sites such as ebet.com and candy.com.
If you run a blog or website, affiliates may be the best option for you. The most time you spend is signing up. After that, it is money in your pocket. And there are dozens of options out there so you can always find the program that best suits you. The Mr Green affiliate program is easy to understand and efficient. Mr. Green being a casino website, if the people visiting your site would be interested, you could turn a profit, at no personal cost. Signing up with the affiliate is free and you would make money for every player you bring onboard.
One of the best things about the World Wide Web is the options it provides. This list was in no way exhaustive. There is always something out there for anyone online, as long as they have the time and creativity to spare.