I will give my take on what I think are some of the best ways of making money online legitimately from home in 2018. About a year ago, I conducted an extensive research into this. Mainly to make money for myself and make me feel useful. But I guess that I eventually felt having so much knowledge bottle up within me is a waste. Hence, why I decided to start a blog to share this with anyone of you who is interested to listen. Also, this is a win-win proposition as both of us will stand to gain and make some money from this. Some are tried and tested evergreen stuff while others are something new that just came onto the market.
One thing that I wish to add here which I personally think is very important. If you would note soon some of the methods will not make you a lot of money. I know that everyone wants to make lots of money. The web is inundated with articles purportedly teaching you how to be a millionaire within a short frame of time. However, as in real life, this only happens to a very few of us. I wish to stress here that it is equally important for people who are only just starting out on this journey to start making money fast from day one. And you will have to start with the low hanging fruits which normally have a low rate of returns.
Building a foundation
You may ask why we should waste time on this. I cannot begin to stress how important it is to first build up your base. I have heard of so many people online who go for the big bucks only to eventually quit after a few months due to zero income. So for me, it is important for someone who wants to make money online to actually and quickly achieve something be it a few bucks here and there. This will provide you with the necessary confidence to stay in the game for the long haul as methods that make a bigger amount of will take a long time, namely months.
So without much further ado, I present to you my list of methods that I have personally tried and tested. I hope that you will feel confident to use them yourself as you begin your journey. The list below is by no means exhaustive but it will give you an idea what is out there. Hopefully, with this list, it will help to speed up your research into what you can do in making money online legitimately.
This was my introduction to the world of online business. About 12 years ago, I had to pay about $8k to learn it from an US-based company. Well, aren’t they all. Before this, I had no idea that it was even possible for the normal individual to sell something online on a commercial basis. Nowadays, you can get such info for free. But back in the old days, this was akin to oil and not freely available. You have to pay to dig it out first before you can do anything else. Safe to say, I was absolutely fascinated with this as it was the first time that I actually managed to sell something on the web.
Sorry what is dropshipping. Essentially, it is you being a middleman who sells products on behalf of the wholesaler or producer. The good thing about this is that you need not hold any inventory. Also, you need not fork out any money except for setting up your website. You only pay your supplier after your customer pays you. Sounds interesting, right? Well in practice, it is not. The biggest headache that you get is during the after-sales period. There is a whole lot of operational work involved. So while it is cheaper to set up as compared to a brick and mortar shop, the headache is about the same. I gave this up after a while. I am considering taking it up again as the scene has changed a lot since my attempt.
This is really an easy way to make money online. The easiest. Almost anybody from a child to a housewife can do it, provide you have an internet connection. It involves you registering with a legit website and then periodically answering surveys to earn money. The sites concern will alert you via email whenever there is a survey that they feel suit your profile. This is important to note as this is how the survey works. It needs to be matched to the proper demographics as required by the company who commissioned the study.
I have read many comments online that disparage surveys. Most mentioned that it is not possible to make any money with this method. Something along the lines that the sites usually do not have any work for you. Also, I have seen feedback where people complained of being thrown out of the survey after they are more than halfway through.
So why do surveys?
So when I started doing surveys, I went in with my eyes wide open. What I discovered was that there was some truth to the feedback. But… I always believe that we can make things work for you. You can either complain and end up with nothing. Or rigorously test the method to find what works and leverage on that.
In brief, I found that not all surveys are available to every country in the world. After some trial and error, you should arrive at some that do. Next, you should register with all those that work and you should be able to make some money monthly. Yes, you will get thrown out sometimes but generally, it is done at the beginning. So no time will be wasted. Generally, I find that I am able to do about 1 survey a day. To me, that is quite reasonable and leave you time for other ventures. If you recall my earlier advice. It is important to make some money first so that it will help to spur you on to other bigger things. Otherwise, you will easily give up. Surveys to me are the best way to do this.
I will provide you with more details on the sites that I am making money from and some tips on how to qualify for more of the surveys in a future post.
‘Get Paid To’ sites
Get Paid To websites, or GPT as they also known pay you in money and vouchers for finishing various offers or work online. I have come across quite a number of them and signed up for a few. However, as I am quite tied for time testing so many of these sites, I have only used one and it is successful. You can definitely make money from performing micro jobs, doing surveys and even playing games. They have many other types of jobs on offer for you but so far I have only limit myself to these three.
I stumbled upon this purely by accident. I was actually working on a GPT site when I found that they offered me the chance to make money doing small odd jobs. So I took the plunge. What I found out was that you can make some money. In fact, I saw certain people earning lots. Since I am only in the infancy stage for this, I will reserve my comments for now until I have more experience with them.
Listening to radio
How many of you like listening to the radio? A lot of you I bet. I normally will have the radio on in the background while I work. Then one day, I thought how nice it would be if I get paid to listen to it. So guess what, there are some sites that actually do that. After registering, you basically listen to the variety of stations available on the site to gain points which then can be exchanged for money or gifts. While there are many stations on offer, it may not have your favorite ones. But it has enough in your favorite genre for you to stay tuned.
The amount to be made is not a lot but all of this counts to slowly building up an amount passively.
Reviewing and rating music
I thought that this would be fun. Imagine having the opportunity to evaluate and criticise music that I listen too and getting paid for it. However, this had not turned out to be what I had imagined. One reason is that there are not too many sites that offer this. And the ones that do have a limited amount of work to dispense. While this had not been the big hit that I had originally imagine, I am still testing new sites. Not giving up yet.
This is something new for me. I feel that this is the fastest growing avenue to make money with more and more people subscribing to mobile plans every day. I was a little late to this party and had a lot of catching up to do. There are now so many ways to make money on mobile. Some are an extension of their website parents trying to take advantage of the medium. But there are some who are totally only appearing on this medium as it is suited very well to take it forward.
I have tried quite a few of them. So far, the amount I made is not a lot but again the message here is that incremental increases should be welcomed and leverage upon. Only then can you take on the bigger fishes. I will now list some of the ways that you can make money on mobile apps.
List of apps
- Free international calls to landlines – Love this but it does not actually help you to make money. What it does is saving me a money in calling to places and people without mobile phones.
- GPT – There are many of these available and growing every day. Seems to me every person who wants to make money with apps are diving into it. And yes you can make some money but I mainly find them to be extremely boring and tedious. Also, as there are many new ones, you have to be careful as most have not been proven to be able to pay you.
- Playing games – There are a couple of apps that only requires you to play games to earn money. They mainly consist of casual games. Still, its good to make a bit while you while away the time.
- Gambling – Yes you heard me right. Gambling. But they are not the hardcore form. The simple variation where you make money from scratching off virtual lottery tickets, spinning wheel, occasional jackpot, etc. The apps are not specifically meant for gambling. You mainly play for points which you can not exchange for anything. But they do hold the occasional chance of a lucky draw for you to make a bit of money. I stress here a bit.
- Receiving SMS – Some companies pay you to receive SMS. You do not need to read it. Just allow your phone to be a conduit and you will be paid in due course.
- Answering quizzes or surveys
- Unlocking your phone – I really like this as I am paid to do something that I already do, that is to unlock my phone.
- Watching videos – Actually, most of them pay you to watch video ads. It may sound boring but there is a way to make money without actually watching them.
This is really a big category. There are more where this comes from and I will soon dedicate a few blogs to review the various categories there is in detail.
Paid to click
This is an interesting proposition. I initially thought that I could potentially make a lot of it. Instead, this was a very clear instance where I discovered many cases of operators who over promised and under delivered. After working on a few sites for about 2 months, I totally gave up on it. I did make some money but it was the clouded potential that turned me off. I will, as usual, provide more details on this in future posts. For the time being, please stay clear of these type of sites.
As mentioned earlier, I have only just started testing websites and apps to make money. There is only that many that I could do within a year. I will list some apps/sites that I am in the midst of testing or that I plan to test this new year. They basically consist of methods that I am interested in and have heard great reviews about. In due course, I will be providing you details of the result of my test so that you need not do so. A few of these are where you can make big bucks. I left some out, eg freelancing, as I am no longer interested in working for anyone even from a freelancing point. I want to be my own boss and hence my choices.
- Writing and publishing eBooks
- Affiliate marketing
- Flipping domains and websites
- Selling photos
- Making YouTube videos
- Creating online courses
- Hosting webinars
- Answering questions
I hope that what I have shared will help to open your eyes to the many possibilities of making money legitimately that exist online. I know some of you may wonder to know why I am not sharing everything in more detail in this post. The chief reason is due to me only starting this site a couple of months ago and it is taking me some time to put my ideas and thoughts into words. But I promise you that I will try my best to speed it up. If you have any urgent question, please feel to leave me a comment below and I will answer you. Cheers!