12 Best (Real) Ways to Make Money Online

Posted on March 5th, 2013

by Megan Flemming

What if you were told you could make an extra $1000 a month from your computer?

You’d be skeptical, right? Well, it may sound too good to
be true, but it’s not! Believe it or not, there are some actual, legitimate
ways to make money online (including some legit survey panels). Sure, we’ve all seen get rich quick schemes
advertised, or jobs that claim you’ll be a millionaire in just a few short
weeks. Those, obviously, are not what will be discussed here. Below are
actual, legitimate ways to make hundreds of dollars from home. Maybe even
more, depending on how much time you can devote to it!

Online Search Evaluator

Did you ever wonder how Google and Bing get their search
engines so accurate? It relies on a complicated algorithm, but it also
requires sets of human eyes to make sure the computers are doing their jobs.
This is where you come in. These sites will pay anywhere from $13.50 per hour
to $15 per hour, depending on the specific job. With these, you’ll get a search
term with two sets of results. You’ll then have to determine from these
results what the user is intending to find, and how well each set of results
corresponds to that intent. At the end of the month, you submit your hours and
have a check deposited directly into your account. For those who want
flexibility and an interesting set of work, this is job opportunity for you!

eBay

Ebay Logo

This isn’t a new idea, but there is some serious cash to be
made on eBay, if you’re willing to put in the time. Often, thrift stores or
other second hand shops can be a gold mine for those who know how to identify
products with value and then have the desire to resell them. With a trained
eye, a person can find the diamond in the rough and really make some extra
money!

Craigslist

Similarly, people are always looking to sell or give things
away on Craigslist. If you have some knowledge of fixing appliances or
electronics, this site can be a goldmine. Often, people are willing to just
throw old TVs or DVD players away, or want someone to just come in and haul
away their old refrigerator or stove. If you have the ability to fix these
appliances, you can turn them into some fast cash.

Transcription

These jobs are often done for lawyers or doctors, and
require the person to transcribe medical notes or legal files into typed
documents. This field may require some training and some specialized
equipment, but if you can break in, you can make a real living doing this.
Some transcribers have reported making over $35,000 per year. If you need a
job that offers flexibility and a decent paycheck, this is definitely worth
your time.

Freelance Writer

Websites need content, and who better to write that content
than you? Whether it’s product descriptions, SEO articles, or other page filler,
there are several websites which will pair up aspiring freelancers with
companies that are hiring. If you have the talent for the written word, this
is a great way to express that and get paid.

Freelance Web Designer

In a similar way, websites need to get built, and often just
a simple template is all that is needed. WordPress, for instance, allows
websites to be built relatively simply and conveniently, so if you have the
skills to learn this software and build a website for a company or person, they
will certainly hire you. Often, the same sites that have freelance writing
jobs have offers for these web design jobs, as well.

Call-Center Work Call Center Worker

If you have good people skills and patience, why not put
them to use in your home? Major companies will pay you to take customer
service calls in your home. This job usually requires a decent computer,
headset, and people skills, so if you think you can help people or listen
calmly to their questions or concerns, this could be a good living for you.

Tutoring

Kids today face intense pressure to get good grades, get
into good colleges, and have all the opportunities available. Because of that,
parents are often looking for qualified individuals to help give their children
a hand. If you have a college degree (or higher) and have some experience
working with children, tutoring could be a good way to earn a little cash while
doing something very positive and helpful.

Mystery Shopper

This may require you to leave your home, although some
companies will pay you to make phone calls to companies to see how their
customer service representatives do on calls. If you have good acting ability
and enjoy retail, this could be a good opportunity.

Craftsman/Artist

If you have the ability to make custom furniture or
eye-popping works of art, it has never been easier to sell your wares online.
Sites like eBay, Etsy, and others allow people to put their works for sale to
people literally the world over. If you have the talent and skills to create
things that are truly beautiful, the world will beat a path to your door to
find it.

Virtual Assistant

With internet connectivity everywhere, it is no longer
necessary for assistants to come into the office. You can be an assistant from
your very own home, working with a company’s social media pages, drafting
documents, and doing other tasks, all while wearing your pajamas! If you have
some computer skills, a decent computer, and the focus to work hard from your
home, this career could be right up your alley.

Internet EntrepreneurBill Gates Headshot

The sky’s the limit with this job! Do you have a great
idea? Are you the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates? Then register a domain
name and get to work! With websites cheap, it is has literally never been
easier to set up your own business right from your home. Whether you’re the
next technological genius or the next great movie maker, a website can help you
get your name out there and get you on the path to making serious money.

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