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60 Awesome Ways to Make Money Without a Job


Whether you like it or hate it, money is an absolutely vital force in today’s world. However, the job market that we rely on to make that money is in worse shape than ever.

A struggling economy has lead to a severe lack of jobs, and now we find both the young and old alike struggling to find opportunities to earn money.

People who have enjoyed relative security throughout their lives have now found themselves having a hard time getting small bills paid, and people who are just emerging into the work force are finding themselves short on opportunities, and often reliant on their parents (which makes the whole problem worse, in the long run.) 

However, the modern age has also brought with it an invaluable resource that is capable of assisting people regardless of what position in life they’re in.

That valuable resource is none other than the internet that you’re using right now.

There is an untold amount of money waiting to be made on the internet.

For some, it won’t quite match up to the money that they have made in the past, or perhaps even what their peers are making now.

But there are opportunities for money, to be sure, and we’re going to be talking about those today.

Can I Make a Living on the Internet?

The amount of money that you can make on the internet is really only limited by what you can do, how familiar you are with doing it, and whether or not you’re comfortable promoting yourself.


Like any job opportunity, you’re going to need to sell yourself like a product. Otherwise, there’s no way to catch the eye of an employer or contractor.

That is, unless you’ve built up a reputation for yourself, of course.

The most popular bloggers on the internet are potentially making 7 figures in a year, so you can imagine that the bar is set quite high in terms of what is possible.

On the flip side, there are people working on the internet in 3rd world countries who are making a dollar an hour.

Disparities in income are the same on the internet as they are in real life: it’s a matter of supply and demand.

However, there are plenty of opportunities for those of us that need to make 1st world cost of living wages.

In general, a freelancer will be making about 75%-80% of the wages that their traditionally employed counterparts are making. However, it’s work on the internet, which means work from home (or anywhere with an internet connection,) and for some, the dip in wages is worth it for that alone.

For reference, we may be mentioning sites like oDesk and eLance. These are websites that are hubs for freelancers and contractors to come together and seek out each other’s services. A lot of the opportunities on this list will be available on these sites, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find the opportunities in other places.

A Quick Reminder

Before we begin, please remember that this list is designed with a wide variety of people in mind.

It is incredibly unlikely that every option on this list will be a good fit for you. However, we have compiled a very large list, and there should be more than a few ways for you to make money below.

Try your hand at as many as you like, and if you fail, don’t be discouraged– the internet is a place of boundless opportunity! Nobody will hold your failures against you and you’ll be free to try something new as soon as you want to.

Earning Money Without a Job on the Internet

We are going to list over 60 ways that you can make money without a traditional job.

First, we’ll provide a list of opportunities that are internet-friendly. Then, we will move on to opportunities available offline.

1- Do Online Surveys

This one’s for when you want to earn rewards in return for a little bit of mindless work.

Usually, survey sites will be one of those “roundabout earnings” we talked about earlier, earning rewards in the form of gift cards.

However, some survey sites like Opinion Outpost or SurveySavvy will allow you to redeem your points towards PayPal and gift cards, which are essentially hard cash.

It is recommended to use a site that allows exchange for PayPal, since that’s the concrete form of money you will get for a small task like this.

Sites to Use:

2- Get Cash from Class Action Lawsuits

Yes, you can get free money from the hundreds and thousands of class action lawsuits that are brought on companies every year.

But how do you find these lawsuits, and what if you don’t even have a proof that you have used the said company’s product or service which qualifies you for the settlement?

Good news is that there are sites out there dedicated to listing all the class action lawsuits that are still open.

And the better news is that many of these cases don’t require a proof of purchase. For example, if you have ever drank RedBull, you get up to $15 through a class action lawsuit brought on the company because of their slogan “RedBull Gives You Wings”.

Sites to Use:

3- Sell Old Books

I have personally done this many times.

The beauty of this method is that most of us already have lots of books that we no longer need or use. Selling them can be a great sources of extra income.

And if you want to take a step further, you could hit your local thrift shops, buy used books for pennies, then sell them for $5, $10, and even up to $100 or more depending on the book.

What makes this process even easier is the existence of sites and apps like BookScouter.

Simply install their app, then scan any book’s ISBN with it, you will instantly be given the highest prices you can sell that book for online. BookScouter searches over 40 buy-back-book sites to find you the highest price.

Sites to Use:

4- Get Paid to Test Websites

User testing is a real thing!

In order to test the functionality and user friendliness of their website, many businesses pay people to simply visit their site and test the various functionalities of it.

Of course finding clients on your own is almost impossible, which is why sites like Usertesting are there.

You can sign up for free, then whenever they have a new site to be tested, you will be notified.

You visit the said site, then report back with your experience.

The pay differs from site to site, but Usertesting pays $10 flat for every site review you complete.

Sites to Use:

5- Participate in Mock Trials

There are websites that conduct mock trials on behalf of their clients, which are mostly lawyers.

These lawyers want to know how their case is going to go in the real trial.

So, to get a sense for it, and adjust their strategy accordingly, they use mock trial sites to present their case in front of an online jury.

You can get paid to become a jury in such trials.

Sites to Use:

6- Start a Blog

For those of us that don’t know, blogging is when you write for your own website, usually posting articles, recipes, reviews, or commentary (with the website itself being the “blog.”)

Think of it like writing articles for a newspaper that you’re the sole proprietor of.

Believe it or not, blogging is actually a very strong opportunity for making money, as we mentioned up above regarding the top bloggers.

In the past, the primary obstacle for hosting a blog would have been obtaining a domain to host the blog, but now there are platforms dedicated solely to blogging, like WordPress, which make it easier than ever to get into the game and start a money-making blog in no time.

Blogging is a great investment in terms of time and money, because an article you wrote for 4 hours will be up and available for viewing for as long as your site lives.

Furthermore, it requires essentially no money to keep going, but has the potential to make plenty of money.

There is too much to say about blogging to fit into this article, but if you like the sound of it, definitely do some searches and read up on it.

Even if you’re not comfortable with the idea of running a blog, you can still get paid to write for someone else’s.

Sites to Use:

Note: These are free blagging platforms that allow you to build a site quickly and for free. Start with these, get a feel for how this whole blogging thing works, then you can move on and buy your own domain name and hosting. At that point, I would suggest you build your blog using WordPress (this is the .org version of it which is for self hosted sites).

7- Be an Affiliate Marketer

If you’re not familiar with affiliate marketing, it means that you’ll advertise something in return for a commission on the sales. This is essentially a sales job that can be done by the introverted and the extroverted alike, since it doesn’t require that you actually interface with people on a personal basis.

Affiliate marketing is usually a way that people prefer to advertise their product because it feels more organic, and people are more likely to purchase something that they don’t feel has been explicitly advertised to them.

Affiliate marketing is usually tied to blogging, as a blog is an ideal place to do something like write a review of a product and provide a link to the product at the end.

Some affiliate marketers are paid simply to drive traffic, and don’t need to make sales, but as a rule of thumb you should be trying to drive sales in the least “advertisey” way possible.

Sites to Use:

8- Work as a Virtual Assistant

Working as a virtual assistant, explained simply, is like being a secretary from your house.

A variety of people will be wanting assistance for whatever they do, whether they write research articles or run an online business, and that’s where you come in as a virtual assistant.

You should expect to be doing administrative work as a virtual assistant, so be prepared to employ skills like email response, data entry, examination of facts and organization of information.

It’s as simple as being, well, of assistance to your employer, but you’ll almost definitely need some customer service skills. Keep that in mind if you’d prefer a more “back of the house” position.

Sites to Use:

9- Telecommute

Despite the fancy name, telecommuting is as simple as it comes. A telecommuter is simply someone who does what would be done in a normal office job, but they do it from home.

It can be in a variety of industries, advertising or administration or anything else.

What jobs can be done via telecommuting are more about what companies are offering telecommuting jobs than about what can be done at a distance.

In the internet age, virtually every job can be done from home.

Whether you’re coding software, coming up with advertising, if you’re an artist or a writer or a manager, it can likely be done from home. Even board meetings can be done via communications software like Skype.

Do a quick Google search for Telecommuting jobs and you’re sure to find some websites that will help you get going.

Sites to Use:

10- Design and Sell Shirts

Personally, I still can’t believe how easy this option is.

There are a wealth of websites that are dedicated to t-shirt design, which is an emerging internet industry.

Here’s how it works: the website will ask you to make an account, and then they will take you to their design interface.

It’ll have a variety of options, like choosing the cut of the shirt (crew, women’s, v-neck, etc,) choosing a font, font size, font color, shirt color.

You can usually take images from your computer and put them on the shirt, and you can usually design a front and a back for the shirt.

Different companies have different limitations for what you can and can’t do.

Either way, when you’re finished designing the shirt you’ll set a sales goal and a sales price, both of which will affect how much the company will pay you per shirt sold.

Then you go out, and advertise the shirt and try to get people to buy it. If you reach your sales goal, the shirts will be printed, distributed, and you will be paid for your work.

It costs NOTHING to design the shirts; the companies make enough money from the sales to pay you for the work and still keep a tidy profit.

The only obstacles is the actual advertising and sales.

Past that, it’s all profit for little work.

So, if you’ve got the skills to drive purchases and advertise in an unobtrusive way, you should seriously check this out.

Sites to Use:

11- Offer Short Services on Fiverr (and Other Similar Sites)

Fiverr is a service where you offer your skill for a flat rate of $5.

Something like, “I’ll do a 30 second recording in an Australian accent.”

The person contacts you, you do the work, and you get paid ($4 per job, actually, because the site keeps $1.)

This is a good option, but only if you have a skill that you are capable of doing in mass.

You might want to consider doing this if you’re trying to build a portfolio for something, so that you can move up eventually and charge more for your services.

For those in western countries, the income from Fiverr might not be quite enough. But if you live somewhere with a lower cost of living, and you can do a high volume of business, then the money from this site can add up to something pretty significant.

Sites to Use:

12- Get Paid for Expert Advice

Are you someone with a high level of knowledge about a certain topic?

There are a variety of websites that are willing to pay you for your expertise.

The general format is that a question will be posed to an expert, and you’ll provide your answer. If the asker approves your answer, they’ll pay out, and the site will give you your cut after intermediary fees.

You could be looking at making $10-$20 per accepted answer, so the money can definitely add up.

However, they’re pretty serious about the idea of an “expert.” So you’re going to need to go through an application process to join their ranks, and they might require details like thorough work history, college degrees, etc. But if you’re capable of providing proof of expertise, this is a great way to make some side money.

Sites to Use:

  • AllExperts (Update: they are no longer paying their experts. You can, however, answer questions as a volunteer.)
  • JustAnswer
  • Ether

13- Write for Cash

As you might imagine, being a writer is a dream job for many people.

The internet provides a lot of opportunities to be a paid writer, and a portion of those people are able to rise to prominence and make a solid living from the profession. But even if not, you can almost definitely make good side-money for being a writer.

This is related to blogging, but not strictly limited to it.

Writers can get paid for any type of writing, but sites like WritersDomain will often offer you a topic and a price and ask you to write an article with a certain word limit.

Sites like that are a good way to get started, but if you’re looking to get more serious about writing, you should pursue a more long-term situation by finding clients through a site like oDesk or eLance.

It is recommended for anyone looking to be a full-time writer to manage multiple types of writing, like writing for clients, writing for a blog, and potentially using their writing skills to pursue affiliate marketing.

Sites to Use:

14- Write an e-Book

Lots of people have begun putting out e-books for supplemental income (or in cases of great success, primary income!)

An “e-book” just refers to the idea that it is published through an electronic book vendor, like Amazon’s Kindle and Nook services.

Many e-books are rushed out in absolutely terrible condition; they might contain factual errors, spelling errors, formatting errors, syntactical errors- the list goes on. You can set yourself above the rest by putting more work into the presentation of the book.

A good cover will help you out a lot, as will producing a work of quality rather than quantity. You can find plenty of bad e-books that are making a little bit of money, but if you want the big bucks, you should really buckle down, and maybe even consider hiring an editor.

Conversely, you may be able to find work on the freelancing sites where you can get paid to write people’s e-books for them!

Sites to Use (to publish your e-books on):

15- Get Into Micro Freelancing

Although micro freelancing is a form of freelancing, I wanted to give it its own section since it has been growing tremendously in the last few years.

The main difference here is that tasks are normally very small and easy to complete. Accordingly, the pay of course