10 Ways To Make Money Online From The Comfort of Your Home

Are you interested in learning how to make money online? In this post, I will show you 10 different ways to make money online that YOU may be able to do. There are many legitimate online careers out there where you can earn a full-time living or at least some side income. Like I say in every…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: July 10, 2024

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Are you interested in learning how to make money online? In this post, I will show you 10 different ways to make money online that YOU may be able to do.

There are many legitimate online careers out there where you can earn a full-time living or at least some side income.

Like I say in every one of my monthly online income reports, I love being able to earn a living online. In addition to the fact that you can actually make money online, other positives include that you can be location independent, your business expenses most likely are going to be low, and you can work from home!

Today I am going to show you how to make side money or a full-time income with the 10 different ways to make money online below.

1. Create a blog to make money at home online.

Blogging can be a fun way to make side money or even a full-time income if you put enough hard work and time towards it. I make over $300,000 a year through my blog and I expect it to keep growing.

With blogging, you can make money through advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsorships, reviews, partnerships, e-courses, ebooks, and more.

You can create your own blog here with my easy-to-use tutorial. You can start your blog for as low as $3.49 per month plus you get a free domain if you sign-up through my tutorial.

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2. Work in customer service from home.

If you are interested in learning how to make side money then working in customer service may be for you.

You could work for a call center, for example, where phone calls from customers are routed to you. The pay for work from home customer service positions usually ranges from around $9 to $11 per hour.

For a work from home customer service position, you will most likely need a computer, phone, and internet. In order to have and hold a customer service position, you probably need to have some sort of customer service background, such as in retail or at a restaurant. You should be friendly, be able to handle problems without getting mad at the customer, and be a good listener.

Another way to work in customer service would be if you helped customers through an online chat. We’ve all seen these. This is where a person might ask to chat with someone online (usually a popup that comes up when someone is on a company’s website) to ask questions related to a product.

3. Freelance write to make money at home online.

Freelance writing is the very first thing I did in order to make money at home online and it is something I still do today.

Freelance writing can be a fun way to make money online if you enjoy writing.

First, you will need to find someone to hire you. This means you will most likely need experience in order to gain experience. Don’t worry, it is possible. You can start by creating your own blog and writing on there first. This way future employers can see firsthand if your writing style will work for them or not.

Then, once you are hired, you usually just e-mail the articles that you write to someone at the website, or you might write your article directly on their website. To become a freelance writer, the only items you will most likely need include your laptop and an internet connection.

Related article: So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer?

4. Virtual assist.

Another one of the 10 different ways to make money online is to become a virtual assistant.

A virtual assistant helps a business run more smoothly. You can be contracted for one project (such as collecting data for research) or it can be a continuing job such as replying to e-mails and comments.

Virtual assistant work can range broadly. There are many, many tasks that people hire virtual assistants for.

I have two people who do virtual assistant work for me. They help me with different areas of my business and it makes my life a lot easier.

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5. Test websites to make money at home online.

I have personally used the services from this website on Making Sense of Cents to see what freelancers thought of my website. That is how I heard about this online job.

This is a relatively new way to make money online at home that I have heard about. User Testing is a website that pays you to test websites. You get paid $10 for each website you review and test, and $15 per website that you mobile test.

If you are interested in learning how to make side money by testing websites, the tasks are relatively easy. What you do for this online job is that you will go on a person’s website and it will all be recorded (just your computer screen is recorded as well as your voice so that customers can see what exactly it is that you are doing). You will navigate around the website, say what you like and dislike about it, what you recommend they change and more.

You do not need to be a super technical person for this online job as they want real people to review websites to see what people really think.

6. Consult others.

Do you have a skill that you think would benefit others? Something that’s valuable enough where others are willing to pay you in order to learn from you?

If so, then the next of my 10 different ways to make money online is to become a consultant. Consulting can cover many different areas. You may teach someone how to find new customers, how to lower their expenses, how to save time with a business process, and more.

For me, I sometimes consult others on creating and owning a blog, as well as how to handle social media accounts more effectively.

For a consulting career, you will need a laptop, internet, phone, and something that will allow you to do video calls.

7. Sell products online.

Selling online is such a broad topic to cover but it can be a great way to make side money.

You may decide that you want to sell crafts that you make yourself online. You might go around to auctions and thrift stores and hope to find something worth a lot of money. Or, you might write a book and sell it on Amazon and online bookstores.

There are many websites where you can sell your products online such as on eBay, Etsy, Craigslist, and countless others.

In order to sell items online, you will need a laptop, internet, a camera, and, of course, your finished product.

8. Tutor online for side money.

Depending on what you are knowledgeable in, there are many topics you may be able to be a tutor for. These include different languages, math, history, science, entrance exams, and more. You can start your own tutoring business or you can sign up for a tutoring website that finds clients for you.

Tutoring pay can vary widely depending on what exactly it is that you are teaching.

Related content: The 7 Best Online Tutoring Jobs

9. Answer surveys to make side money at home.

This can be a nice little way to make side money online at home. No, it won’t make you rich, but if you have some spare time then it can be nice since you can do this on your own schedule just by answering a few easy questions.

Survey companies I recommend include American Consumer Opinion, SwagbucksSurvey Junkie, Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, and Prize Rebel. They’re free to join and free to use! You get paid to answer surveys and to test products. It’s best to sign up for as many as you can as that way you can receive the most surveys and make the most money.

Another one you may be interested in related to this one is Nielsen Digital Voice. Digital Voice is a part of Nielsen, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. All you have to do is surf the web and you may be able to start earning money.

Lastly, InboxDollars is an online rewards website I recommend. You can earn cash by taking surveys, playing games, shopping online, searching the web, redeeming grocery coupons, and more. Also, by signing up through my link, you will receive $5.00 for free just for signing up!

Related: 12 Paid Survey Sites To Make $50+ Per Month

10. Help others with their resumes.

A little over one year ago, I interviewed a reader who ran a resume business. She showed us how others can learn how to make side money by helping others create great resumes so they can land their next job.

This is a way to make money at home online since all you would need most likely is a laptop and a cell phone. You would also most likely need a website and social media accounts such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter so new clients can find you.

Are you interested in learning how to make side money online? What other ways are there to make money at home online?

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Author: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. Thanks for sharing!!!

      1. Dan

        Hi Michelle, thanks for the tipsI never thought to use a number of those Jobs. I find that the best way for me is to complete surveys. I have been doing this for about a year now for about an hour each day and i’m making about $350-$500 each month, which isn’t bad considering it’s just meant to be some additional income. I find that this site works the best for those of you that are interested paymentforsurveys.blogspot.com

  2. These are great tips; I’m thinking of doing a combination of resume building/consulting, but as I’m sure many people find, it’s hard to start out when you have no previous customers or testimonials to prove you’re worth it!

    1. Yep, in the beginning, unpaid work sometimes needs to be done.

  3. Thanks for this list Michelle. I’ll definitely be checking out #3 and #5.

  4. Taylor Lee

    Tutoring, when I do it, has always been my best side gig. There are a lot of well-to-do parents out there who want their kid to buckle down on SAT test prep willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money ($50/hr+)

  5. This is a great list Michelle! Freelance writing has been my number one way to make money at home online, with being a Virtual Assistant as a close second. This list shows that beginning a journey in making money at home can actually be legitimate and easier than one might expect!

  6. Great list! Writing, VA, selling products and coaching are all working for me:-) I’d love to start making money from advertising and affiliate sales on my blog. I have the things in place, just need to increase traffic. Might have to hit you up for those coaching services soon to unlock your secrets!

  7. Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom

    Some options I hadn’t considered, thanks!

    1. Welcome Emily πŸ™‚

  8. I like all of these ideas! I would much rather hustle at home than return to a 9-5 job.

    1. Same here definitely πŸ™‚

  9. Sarah

    These are all great ideas and I think you covered most of them. One the biggest hurdles I faced when I decided I want to start working from home was “where to start?” It is tough to get started because there is literally an unlimited amount of possibilities. I sell products (vita tpt, teachersnotebook,and etsy), but I’ve started pitching ideas to our regional parenting magazines.

    1. Yes, there are so many possibilities πŸ™‚

  10. Amy

    I do several of these currently. I teach resume-writing and interview prep classes, take surveys, and sell children’s books and toys via my Amazon store. Oh, and I blog, but not for profit (yet??)…

  11. I love this list, thanks for sharing! #5 sounds fun!

  12. Thanks for these new ideas. I have an awesome side-hustle doing specialized online tutoring. It is very rewarding helping my students – makes me wonder whether I should have been a teacher!

    1. Wow sounds awesome!

  13. Great list!! I keep wanting to look for VA jobs just haven’t found the time yet. Thanks for the reminder!! Love all your ideas! πŸ™‚

    1. Welcome Sarah πŸ™‚

  14. I referred a friend to your blog the other day since she had questions about blogging- you have the best articles and I read through them when I need a boost! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Shannyn πŸ™‚

  15. Great list! None of these are going to make you rich fast but they are a great way to work from home if that’s your goal.

  16. Awesome list. Already doing the blogging and selling stuff the survey questions thing sound interesting I may give that a try. Thanks for the ideas!

  17. Excellent tips. I need to start testing some sites out myself.

  18. These are all great resources! I’ve had friends do surveys, and also test scoring online for good pay.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  19. Tie the Money Knot

    Selling one’s experience online, via consulting, tutoring, etc – can be a great way to make some pretty good rates. You have, theoretically, much of the world as potential customers. Many of us with work experience (and unique life skills) can make some money this way, even if it’s some side income.

  20. Currently working from home, reading this in my pjs πŸ™‚

  21. Great ideas, Michelle! Our oldest is starting to make some cash by selling t-shirts and other items she designs on Redbubble. She loves doing what she likes to do from home and making money at it. πŸ™‚

  22. Hi Michelle!

    Blogging and selling products are my favorite for sure, although these two of course go hand in hand. The freedom these two grant you is pretty incredible and I love it.

    Another favorite of mine is writing eBooks, both to sell on my blogs and through Kindle. It’s honestly one of the closest things to passive income that you can do, because Amazon does such a great job at getting good books in front of buyers.

    Solid choices, sharing this now!

  23. My moms currently doing customer service but she has been getting frustrated with all the technical problems from the site being down and then she gets dinged. She is starting with another program and hoping it works better.

    When I was in college I did online tutoring that I really enjoyed.

    I’m currently a Virtual Assistant and have a small blog that makes a little bit of money. I really enjoy it and hope to be able to grow it to make a lot more money as the job market here isn’t very good.

    1. I hope things work better for your mom!

    2. Sacha

      Beth Anne,
      What are some customer service and VA companies?

      1. Oh I just find clients I meet online and in groups that need help.

  24. Sarah Emma

    Thanks for sharing such great ideas for earning money while staying at home… Yes, the ideas are really best and clicked to me.. I am also one of them who enjoy working from home and am addicted for content writing about frugal living, couponing… Writing currently two of the websites i.e. LavishCoupon.com and ClotingRic.com. Writing for these blogs helps me earning good enough. Also I share tips of searching and using on-line coupons and my personal experience of shopping using on-line coupons.

  25. Some great examples here of ways of making income online at home Michelle. I would say you’ve hit the nail on the head with advising people to start services like tutoring. If you can help somebody with something or do something they can’t do, then they will be happy to pay you. Services are certainly the best way to start out imo (if you have something good you can offer)

  26. No, it definitely is not!

  27. Michelle L

    Great ideas, you’re living out what you write. πŸ™‚

  28. EJane

    I must say now-a-days it’s very necessary to generate side income and online world has made it really easy. In my case I’m having side income via my content writing and CouponerStore.com pays me good enough for my services. Hoping for more resources soon.

  29. Paige

    I just signed up for three of those sites! I hate that when I come home from work I fall into a funk. I’m hoping that doing some extra work on the side will not only help my bank account but help keep me active.

    I am really interested in the freelance writing option that you mentioned. I’m not really that great at creative writing, but I am good at editing and writing informational pieces (essays, explanations, descriptions, etc.). Do you have any ideas for how I can put those skills to use?


    1. Hey Paige!

      I recommend either starting a blog or looking at freelance sites such a Elance and joining writing groups if you are interested in providing those services πŸ™‚

  30. Haile Clark

    Have you tried any of these and seen them to be effective?

    1. I have tried almost all of these methods except for tutoring online and helping others with their resumes.

  31. Erin

    What has been your biggest success for traffic on your blog?

  32. Thank you. Your blog and your story is incredibly helpful and inspiring.

  33. Yasmin

    Hi, I just found your blog, and love the content. The ideas above are great, however, I don’t see any resources listed for online customer service or online chat support. These are two things I have been interested in, but much of what I have found online has not been scams. Can you advise what companies you have done these services for, or what sites you used to find your positions when you did this?It would be hugely appreciate, Thanks!

  34. Thanks Michelle! Question for you – what would you say are the 3 most important things a new blogger should focus on doing consistently in order to grow their blog?

    Thanks so much!

    1. 1 – Building trust with your audience and providing high-quality content. 2 – Pinterest. 3 – Networking with other bloggers.

      I do help with all three of these areas in my new course – http://www.makingsenseofaffiliatemarketing.com

  35. Hi Michelle,

    I see only one person commented here. Lemme be the one to add more content β€œlots and lots of content” to this blog post…

    As a former banking employee and call center customer service representative, I do believe customer service is a marketing effort and here’s why. At one company I worked with in the past in 2003 – 2004 before the company folded, I managed multiple accounts as a call center customer service representative. I managed inbound calls for the guthy-renker account, Beretta firearms, Back to Basics toys, Discovery Channel, and W-Hotels. Most of these customers called in to inquire about either orders they placed or wanting to cancel certain things in their customer plan. An example would be when a customer purchase the guthy-renker Proactiv Solution and started receiving additional monthly shipments of guthy-renker vitapower vitamins or guthy-renker Principal Secret vitamins as an upset. The company would automatically deduct additional fees from the customers savings or checking account in addition to printable secret vitamins as in upset. The company would automatically deduct additional fees from the customers savings or checking account in addition to the monthly deductions or monthly shipments of proactive facial in care solutions. Most customers would call in canceling the vitamins but as a marketing effort, I strove to retain business and win new business by doing what I could within my power at the time as a call center customer service representative to convince the customer to keep the vitamins yes. I racked up a few good customer winbacks when they started noticing my hard work, but was never given a pay raise. In fact, I was so good at it back in 2003 – 2004 that Guthy-Renker flew one of their young executives from Los Angeles, California to the call center in New Castle, Delaware. At the time, they wanted to know how I was able to keep my numbers so high and maintain my Mantra of keeping numbers abnormally high beyond expectation while I continue to β€œdo what’s best for business.” I’ve always been a numbers driven person since 1997 when one of my serious banking jobs was formerly working as a temporary employee at First USA Bank.

    Fast forward… The company trained me on the W hotels online store account. Virtually 5 minutes fresh out of training class, and on the very first phone call with a W Hotels customer, I was blessed to successfully close a sale over the phone for $1,700. I never received one Diamond commission from that nor pay raise but I was happy that I achieved that because it said a lot about my work ethic. I use my past employment experience to go the extra mile today as an online entrepreneur with a clear path set to be a near future β€œside hustle millionaire.”

    If there’s anything I learned as a customer service representative and as a banking employee working through a temp agency back in the day, it’s too pay attention to everything the customer saying and be quiet. The customer will give away clues during the course of the conversation that will tell the representative – employee what they’re issue is and how the representative and customer can work together to come to an amicable solution. Being quiet and listening to the customer is everything. Doing so can easily cell the customer anything without trying to sell and builds trust, keeping the customer coming back for more.

    Thanks for thought-provoking post my friend Michelle. Wishing you a great week. πŸ™‚

    1. There are 101 comments on this blog post πŸ™‚

  36. Suzi

    I couldn’t agree more to this! πŸ™‚ I had my worries of not having the enough budget right after I decided to quit my 9-5 job 2 yrs. ago to parent my kids full-time. I knew I had to explore opportunities of earning extra income to help with our finances. Never knew making money online was even possible back then. I have been doing paid-surveys online and can truly attest that you can earn cash even at the comfort of your own home. Just be extra careful and research which sites are legit or not. I know I also have this passion for writing, so I might explore freelance writing as you have suggested, Michelle. Thank you and all the best!

  37. Seray

    I could not access to User testing link, let me know if the link still works for you or changed