Last Update: 12th December 2018
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How can you make money online as a student?
Thanks to the ever-changing world of technology and the evolving world of digital innovation, online work is becoming more popular. It is absolutely possible for students to make money online while studying. The internet is not only a great way to make some money on the side, but may also help to progress your career!
We have put together this list of 82 ways that you could earn money online
1. Sell your photos
So you have a knack for photography and take some pretty good shots? You could cash in on your hidden talent. Stock websites such as Shutterstock and iStockphoto enable contributors to upload photos and sell them for cash.
Selling your photos online is not that hard to do since there are buyers all around the world. However, there is a lot of competition so a good place to start would be building up your profile by selling photo subjects that have fewer search results and therefore less competition. You can literally make money while you sleep.
2. Online Market Trading
A variety of online trading platforms are now open to the public which means that investing in the stock market has become a lot more accessible to everyone. Sure you need to do your research and make informed decisions about where you are going to invest your hard earned cash but it’s still an opportunity that has endless potential to make you money.
It’s important to note that online trading is indeed a risky business and should not be done with funds that you need. i.e. you need to be willing and in the position to lose the money that you trade with because that outcome is possible. In other words, trading with your university tuition fee would not be a good idea.
Two of the biggest platforms out there are Plus500 and eToro.com. Free practice accounts are available on both. Practice accounts are great when starting out because they give you a feel for the market. Information is power in trading. The more you know about a company and the current trends, the better your decision making will be.
3. Offer Services
Have a skill that you are exceptionally good at? Something that people may at times ask you to assist them with? You could very easily turn this skill into a lucrative business. This is an option that doesn’t require any upfront investment and is one of the quickest ways to make money. i.e. You can offer your writing skills to businesses, design websites or find work as a virtual assistant. The opportunities are endless when it comes to offering your services online.
4. Start your own website
Something that many people may be unaware of is that you can actually make a decent amount of money by owning a website. This is one of the top ways to generate passive income. The trick is of course that you need to be getting visitors to your site in order to capitalize on it. Thus you need to create a website with great content, that answers questions and gives people information that they need and want.
Bluehost is the most popular web hosting service provider and it will only take you approximately 20 minutes to set up your very first website. They also offer very competitive rates, which offers you a monthly fee of just $3.95.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are the duo of the now, very successful, “The minimalists” and you can read their very own guide on How to Set Up a Beautiful Blog. Whether you want to keep track of valuable information or share your thoughts with like-minded people, a website or blog is one of the best assets you can own.
5. Write for others
Freelance writing is a common form of income used by bloggers who are looking to generate an income on the side. There are many businesses and websites who are willing to pay professionals to write quality content for them.
All you need is a flair for writing, good communication skills, and great knowledge or excellent research skills in the industry that you will be writing for. While you can choose to move from client to client, taking on new projects continuously, it could be beneficial to find one or two clients that you form long-term relationships with, who provide ongoing work for years to come.
6. ‘Get Paid To’ sites
This is a very similar method to online surveys whereby you get paid to take surveys and complete online offers for cash or vouchers. A few of the popular options are; ClixSense, Swagbucks, and CashCrate. Tasks include stuff like watching videos, searching the web, referring others and CrowdFlower tasks.
‘Get Paid to’ sites make their money by offering advertising space. In other words, they get paid to run banner and texts ads. Therefore the more traffic the site gets, the more they can charge for advertising space. This is the reason that ‘Get Paid to’ sites pay members to complete various tasks. The members increase the site traffic and thus they can increase their advertising fees.
7. No-risk matched betting
This is one of the quickest and of course legal ways to make some extra cash. No qualifications and no experience are needed, although you will need to do a bit of research to ensure that you fully understand how it works to avoid making mistakes.
Basically matched betting is taking advantage of the free bet promotions offered by bookmakers, and covering all possible outcomes to guarantee a profit. There’s no risk involved because you bet both for and against a certain outcome. Bookies advertise these free offers to entice new customers to place bets with them.
If you get it right, you could end up making significant amounts of money.
8. Affiliate Marketing
Ultimately affiliate marketing involves an online entity, known as an affiliate, referring new business to a merchant’s online site whereby the affiliate then earns commission for this business. Generally speaking, affiliates only get paid when their promotional efforts actually result in a transaction. Affiliates tend to be bloggers or content specific sites that are related to the merchant’s industry but in reality, it can be any manner of site. Affiliates also often have large Instagram or facebook followings which enables them to advertise effectively.
There are a number of great affiliate sites out there but one of the easiest to get started with is Awin network. Once signed up, you can browse their listings and upon finding something that fits your niche, you grab your affiliate link and share it with all your followers. If someone makes a purchase from your link, you’ll earn a nice commission.
Listed below are a few helpful guides to mastering affiliate marketing:
- Can you really make money with affiliate marketing?
- What is affiliate marketing? A guide for beginners
- Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Blogs Every Beginner Should Follow In 2018
- Learn how to build high-quality affiliate websites
9. Become a ‘Clickworker’
Clickworkers are freelancers from anywhere in the world who enjoy writing, translating, researching, and data processing. You earn money working completely independently and on your own schedule.
Businesses advertise specific and scalable tasks that they need to be completed quickly. Clickworkers then choose from the pool of available projects which tasks they want to take on. Clickworker pays via PayPal for work completed and is one of the easiest ways to make quick money.
10. Sell your notes
You know those class and test notes that you spent hours preparing? Well, it turns out they could pay off. Thanks to sites like Stuvia & Notesale you can sell your notes to students who may be in need of them. Sharing your notes with other students’ is a great way to make some extra cash.
You will most likely need to upload them in PDF format and bear in mind that notes that have been typed out will earn you more money than those that are handwritten. You simply upload your notes, allocate a price and when another student purchases them, you get paid! It’s that simple.
11. Buy and sell domain names
The first important thing to understand here are domain names. A domain refers to the subset of the internet owned or controlled by an entity and the domain name is the easy to remember words that we use to access to that site. The domain name must be registered before you can use it. Thanks to the continuous expansion of the internet, it is possible to flip domain names for a profit.
There are certain domain names that are worth a lot of money. Hotel.com and Business.com have been reportedly sold for $11 million and $7 million respectively. Although it is highly unlikely that you will come across such ‘gold mines’, you can still make a decent amount of money buying and selling domain names.
The digital guide has published a great article, explaining the business of trading domain names.
12. Mystery shopping
A Mystery shopper is a person who poses as a real customer in order to evaluate the goods and services that a business provides. It’s also often referred to as secret shopping since the business that is being evaluated is unaware of the mystery shopper. The findings are reported back to the client and used to improve their services.
Roamler is an awesome smartphone app that connects you with mystery shopping opportunities in your local area.
13. Get Paid As A Content Editor
If you have good writing skills and are highly proficient in English and grammar, you could use your skills to become an editor. There are many bloggers and website owners all over the world who lack the necessary English skills and are therefore willing to seek help from professionals who can proofread and correct their work.
You can find proofreading and editor jobs on sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. The best part is that you don’t have to produce new content. These jobs are merely for checking over and correcting already existing content.
14. Buy And Resell Websites
Very similar to flipping domain names, you can buy and sell websites. If you know what you doing you could quite easily build an audience around a specific niche and then sell to the highest bidder. Having an already established and engaged target audience is extremely valuable to businesses. Flippa is a good site to look at for these opportunities.
15. Paid for searching the web
Yes, it’s true, you can actually make money from browsing the web. Qmee.com allows you to simply install an add-on to your browser which enables you to go about your daily searching online. If you come across a result that interests you, all you have to do is click on it to collect the reward in your piggy bank.
16. Sell your education!
Thanks to the recent expansion of online tutor sites, becoming a tutor to other student’s is easier than ever before. You can expect to make upwards of £10 per hour across the market
MyTutor allows anyone to create an online profile and the opportunity to choose where and when you want to teach. The online Lesson Space lets you deliver dynamic, engaging lessons – all without the hassle and cost of travel.
17. Freelance work
Just about any task that you enjoy doing or are good at, you could create a freelance career out of. There are many employers out there who require virtual assistance to assist with general admin tasks, marketing services, customer service, budgeting, social media, design, and the list goes on.
18. Sell clothes on eBay
Your old clothes left lying around your room could earn you a good amount of money. eBay is one of the most effective ways to turn old clothing into hard cash. If you manage to crack the eBay selling market and become one of the successful sellers you could even turn your skills into a small business. The key is to find items that are on high demand, short supply and have a good profit margin. The trick is to stand out by providing customers with outstanding service.
You can read more in this article published by, The Balance which is a guide entitled, Learn How to Successfully Sell Clothing on eBay.
19. YouTube videos
Much like with building a successful website or blog, if you can build a successful YouTube channel that engages with people, you can profit from advertising deals. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views.
This also ties in with affiliate marketing. If you run a successful YouTube channel, brands will pay you to feature or ‘name drop’ various products into your content. The amount of money you make will depend on how successful you are; i.e. How many subscribers you have, how many views you get, your topic/niche and various other factors.
You can read this article published by Shopify for more information.
20. Network marketing
Also known as referral marketing, network marketing is a business model that enables you to generate a passive income. Network marketing companies sell products and the distributors earn commissions based on the number of products they, and their recruits sell. In essence, you earn money off of the sales that are made by the people that you have recruited. They then start earning money off of the sales that are made by the people that they recruit and so it goes on.
To sum it up, there are two ways to make money in Network marketing: Commission from products you sell and by recruiting other members who go on to sell. Thanks to social media, network marketing has become a lot easier to crack, since you are able to connect with different people from all around the world.
21. Gigs on Fiverr
Fiverr is a global online marketplace where anyone can sign up and sell services for $5. These services can be absolutely anything, from writing, editing or data entry to design, video creation or voiceovers. While the default price is $5, you can attach extra services to gigs for more money.
Anyone can learn how to make money online by signing up to Fiverr as a seller to begin selling their expertise. While $5 doesn’t seem like much, it is possible to rack up a good sum of money. The work at home wife has written a great article explaining How To Make Money Online With Fiverr.
22. Start a Blog
Very similar to starting a website or YouTube channel, there are many people out there who are actually earning a very good living off of there blog. The catch is that the market is now very competitive, so it does take a lot of time and effort to grow your audience. Your blog needs to be relevant, attractive and provide useful information, that people will want to engage with. Your blog will open up various opportunities for advertising deals and affiliate marketing.
Here a few useful articles to give you more insight into the world of blogging:
- Bloggers Income Report: How Much Money Do Top Bloggers Make
- How to start a blog site
- How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost In Under 5 Minutes
23. Review websites & apps for cash
Thanks to UserTesting.com you can be paid to review all types of websites. UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud. Each review should take around 20 minutes and will earn you $10 via PayPal.
How it works: You simply visit the required website and provide live, honest feedback about it. Your reactions as you navigate the site are recorded by the UserTesting software. Your screen is being recorded to track your mouse movement and clicks and your voice is recorded to hear as you verbalize the steps.
24. Create Online Courses
Closely related to consulting, you could actually create an online course to share your expertise with those who are looking to learn a certain skill or process. Many bloggers move to create online courses once they have established a solid audience base.
If you are able to provide people with valuable free material, they are likely to be interested in your ‘premium’ course, that requires them to pay a small fee down the line.
25. Online money making through YouTube
YouTube has been a phenomenal platform for launching some really high profile careers. Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are both where they are today thanks to YouTube.
There are a variety of ways to make money on YouTube but some of the more practical options are short films, tutorials on products you use, cooking videos, motorcycle riding videos, fun videos, pranks and how to videos.
You can do your own research into successful YouTube sensations and then compile a list of ideas to make your very own videos. Sure it’s hard work but all it takes is one viral video and you could land yourself in a ‘gold mine’.
26. One-on-One private mentoring
Succeeding in this field can rake in a ton of cash. Jon Morrow is one of the most successful online tutors and he is actively charging $10 000 for one-to-one mentoring. Crazy right? The truth is he invests a lot of time and effort into assisting his students to build profitable blogs. The earlier you start your mentoring program the better. The hardest part is getting your first customer but from there you can build up your clientele through word of mouth.
27. Create A Saas
Software as a service is a great online platform to generate a continuous income. Although this is an idea that requires a lot more time and effort and most likely funding from investors, it’s one that in the long run could generate big sums of money. Basically, you need to design software that is really going to help your target audience.
How it works: Unlike traditional software which has big upfront costs, Saas is usually sold as a subscription model. Thus you would be charged users a monthly or annual fee.
If you want to try your hand at e-commerce but you don’t have the startup capital then dropshipping could be for you. You can source products from suppliers and manufacturers and have them shipped directly to your customers from their warehouses.
This arrangement allows you to focus more of your time getting customers and less time on the set up of your business. Not to mention that not holding any physical inventory allows you to get started right away without much money.
29. Sell Banner Ads
This is another option that ties back to creating a blog or website. Whether you run a travel blog or news website, you can monetize your site by selling advertising space to businesses in your niche, that wants to promote their brand. Selling banner advertising space is a great way to use your site’s traffic to generate revenue.
30. Sell physical products
Thanks to the likes of eBay and Amazon, you can now sell just about anything online. You could even link your website to products sold through an Etsy store. Shopify is another choice, it’s more costly but a good option if you are looking to set up a more serious business.
If you are a programming geek and know the ins and outs of coding, then you are in one of the best positions for online work. There is no shortage of work for coding specialists online, with many businesses willing to pay top dollar for your skills. Sites like Topcoder is also a great place to look for work as they list jobs from their clients which you can then apply for.
32. Website Design
There are many businesses out there that are willing to pay professionals to build an attractive website for them. You can use your blog to build a customer base which can be created into a portfolio of paying clients. Use your blog to showcase previous website design jobs completed with links to various sites. If clients like what they see, they will hire you!
33. Niche Blogging
The most important part of blogging is to find your niche and excel in it. It’s vital to focus on a specific topic, rather than trying to spread yourself too thinly by covering too many topics. This is not only overwhelming for you but it can also confuse your target audience.
If you are already an expert in your niche or become an expert in your niche, you are on the road to making a great income from blogging. The key here is to establish yourself as the go-to person for information on a specific topic. This opens up a variety of opportunities for affiliate marketing and sponsored posts as covered previously on this list. Bluehost is one of the most popular platforms to start a website on. You can also read more on this Guide To Start a Blog in 2018.
34. Resume Writer
There are many people out there who are willing to pay someone with good English skills to help them put together a smashing resume. ResumeEdge and WriterBay are two of the sites that you can look on for resume writing opportunities. An easier option, however, would be to connect with your existing network of potential customers such as recent graduates or friends looking for summer jobs.
35. Sell Customized T-shirts
There is a great article published on The Hustle that goes into detail about how Benny Hsu profited $100,000 on Teespring in Just 5 Months. Teespring is just one of the many companies out there that sell customized T-shirts, Bewakoof.com is another one. This is a business that requires a lot of time and effort but can provide good profit margins in the long run.
Thanks to the expansion of the internet and the many different opportunities available online, you can now use your expertise to build your very own consulting business. If you are a WordPress expert; you can offer services that help people to build their own blog. Or if you have social media expertise, you can consult on the best social media marketing practices. The opportunities are endless when it comes to consulting. You can take anything that you are good at and turn it into a lucrative consulting business to help others.
37. Amazon Associates
Much like with affiliate marketing, you can earn money by referring people to Amazon. If they use your link to click through and make a purchase, you will receive a commission.
38. Google AdSense
Google AdSense is the program that allows you to run adverts on your website, blog or YouTube channel. You get paid when visitors click on these ads. The great thing about Google AdSense is that there is no traffic threshold. Therefore you can even use it on newly established sites. However bear in mind that the more traffic you get, the more money you make.
39. Paid Reviews
This is another opportunity that links back to your blog or website. There are many companies that are willing to pay ‘experts’ in their niche market to post reviews of their products on their blog. Reviewme and Review stream are just two of the sites where you can find advertisers that are looking for people to review their products.
40. Become a VA
Virtual assistants are a thing of the future. With in-office productivity at an all-time low in many places around the world, the idea of remote working is being embraced more freely. Many companies are now looking for virtual assistants to help with general administrative tasks, travel arrangements, marketing, etc.
41. Using Ether
Thanks to Ether, you can actually sell your expertise to those looking for advice, either through email or phone. Whether you’re an accountant, blogger or IT whizz you could earn money by providing valuable information to those searching for answers. You can read more about how it works here.
42. Review music for money
Slice the pie is the largest paid review site and was created to give aspiring musicians a chance to have their music rated and reviewed. Essentially it is a paid review program for those who wanna check out fresh music and write reviews.
How it works: Slice the pie will pay you to review unsigned bands and artists online. You listen to a song for at least 90 seconds, write a very specific review of about 100 words and rate the song from 1 to 10.
43. Use UserTesting To Make Money Instantly
UserTesting is free to sign up to and is the platform used to review apps. You can navigate to any app or site and begin the reviewing process. You will need to make a video review of approximately 20 minutes long and thereafter $10 will be transferred to your PayPal account instantly.
44. Buy Stuff Offline And Resell Online For Profit
This is one of the easiest ways to make money online. If you have a supplier that can provide you with items at a low cost, you could sell them at a much better rate online. Branded clothes, smartphones, laptops, it could be anything really. These days people are willing to purchase just about anything online.
45. Email List Building
One of the most commonly used phrases in the blogging world is “The money is in the list”. The email list that is. Email marketing has been proven to be one of the most effective marketing tactics. Building an email list opens up many opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. Say you wanted to start selling your ebook, online courses or even a product or service down the line, the most valuable asset that you could possibly have is your email list. This gives you direct access to your potential clients and people that are actually interested in your business.
In addition, you could also make money by swapping email list with others in your niche or advertising with other relevant product developers.
Here are a few useful guides for building an email list:
- How to build a responsive email list
- 6 Strategic ways to actually make money from your email list
- 7 Powerful Tools for Building an Email List for Your Small Business
46. Become An Online Tutor
You can turn your knowledge and expertise into a successful tutor business. Sites such as OkTutor and Cambly are constantly looking for online tutors to join their program. The average rate is $10 per hour which is not bad to earn a bit of extra income.
47. Develop And Sell WordPress Plugins
As it turns out, there is a big market for premium WordPress plugins. If you have the knowledge and capacity to create your own WordPress plugins, you could make some great cash off people who need your work to make their lives easier. Plugins can extend functionality or add new features to websites or blogs which can be very valuable to website owners.
48. Create Smartphone Apps
Absolutely anybody can design a smartphone apps these days. Of course, you will need to ensure that it’s something that will benefit people and market it well to gain success but with sites like Free Code Camp you can learn the basics of coding and turn your newfound skill into a business opportunity.
49. Install Software For Others
This is a super easy way to make some extra cash. All that is required is to create a free account on sites such as InstallMonetizer or My Cash Ware. You will then earn money for every software that you install.
50. Get Paid To Play Games
Believe it or not, there are many people out there who are making a great living by playing games! Game developers are always looking for game enthusiasts to try out their games and give valuable feedback to ensure they are meeting the market’s needs and for future developments. Sites like InboxDollars and PaidGamePlayer are both platforms that offer money in exchange for honest and valuable feedback on games.
You could build a very lucrative career off of transcribing. However, it’s also a great way to make a little extra cash on the side. Many bloggers and podcasters are often looking for candidates to who can transcribe their audio files into text. You can read more here on the 3 Secrets of Transcriptionists who actually make money. TranscribeMe is a great site to find paid transcribing jobs on.
If you are fluent in more than just one language, you are actually in a very good position to earn some extra money. There are many individuals and businesses out there who are in urgent need of your linguistic services. There is also a lot of information available on just how to become a translator. You can check out sites like Unbabel and Gengo for paid translator opportunities.
53. Start A Podcast
Podcasting is a good way to express your passion for a hobby and share some information with friends but it’s also a great way to earn money! Starting a podcast is a great way to build an audience who may be willing to pay for your insights at some point. You could start off with free podcasts and over time you can move to paid monthly or once off subscriptions.
Chitika is another way for publishers to monetize their web traffic. The great benefit of using Chitika rather than Adsense ads is that it will only display adverts that are relevant to your blog content. Therefore it’s more likely that your audience will be interested in what’s being advertised.
Elance is one of the top used sites for freelancers who are looking for remote work online. You can find everything from data entry and administration to design and coding work.
56. Dollar Surveys
Dollar Surveys is a site that helps you to find online surveys that you can earn money from completing. It is classified as a “self-service” survey provider. Surveys usually pay at $1 each (hence the name) but multiple surveys can be completed daily.
A genealogist is a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families. If this is a hobby of yours or something that already forms part of your studies, you can offer your services online where payment varies between $70 – $700 per project. You read more on How to Start a Genealogy Blog for some more information.
58. Create Whiteboard Videos
Whiteboard videos are the process of communicating information by combining animated illustration with a voiceover. You can purchase software that enables you to convert your scripts into whiteboard videos. If you are able to achieve this, there are many people who are willing to pay you money for this service. You can read more from this article entitled, How To Create A Budget Whiteboard Animation.
You can make money by shortening links. Website and blog owners can earn extra money on outgoing and internal links on their sites. You could, however, even do this through your facebook page, memes or funny videos by adding short links to the content. You can find out more on the Shorte. St website.
60. Sell Paintings Online
If you have a creative flair and a knack for arts and paintings, you could find success by selling your work online. Sites like Zazzle and Art Pal are free marketplaces where you can find potential customers who could purchase your work.
61. Rent Your Room Or Flat By Listing Online
Thanks to the likes of AirBnB, Craiglist and OLX, it’s becoming more popular to rent your flat or even just a room out to people in need of accommodation. You would be surprised to find just how many people are looking for accommodation in your area. You can upload a few photos and attach a price to a few of the many online rental sites to find tenants.
62. Make Money As You Tweet
If you manage to build up a large number of twitter followers on twitter, you could make money simply by sending out automated tweets that are linked to brands. Twitter is a key part of any marketing campaign and as a result companies and brands will pay you to get their name out there. TwitPub is one of the platforms that you can look into for tweets and clients that pay.
Upwork is one of the biggest freelance sites out there with a huge variety of jobs available. New jobs are uploaded by the minute and you can find almost anything in any industry. This is an especially great platform to start your freelance career since the site handles everything, from contracts to payment.
64. Sell WordPress Themes
In a similar market to WordPress Plugins, there is also a very big market for WordPress Themes. Bloggers are constantly looking for new themes to make their sites look fresh and exciting. If you have a talent for coding and design you can make a good sum of money selling your designs.
65. Sell Your Own Informational Products
To start off with you will need a blog and a list of eager e-mail subscribers who are ready to buy whatever you offer. This opens up the door to sell any valuable informational products that you may be able to provide, such as; ebooks, videos, podcasts, worksheets, etc.
Derek Halpern has had great success in this area since he first launched Social Triggers and built a huge audience around his blog. You can read more about his story and some valuable tips here.
The key here is to first establish a successful blog and then grow your email list of subscribers who are ready to buy your products once released.
66. Renting Your Stuff
If you have valuable items that you don’t make much use of and that could benefit others, you could try renting this stuff out. You could rent out your car or motorbike to tourists in the area or people who may need transport for a day or two. If you have a truck, you could rent it out to people who are moving house. Quikr and OLX are two of the sites that you can look into for renting stuff out.
67. Get Paid To Read Emails
Inbox Pays is one of the sites that offer cash for various tasks, such as; reading emails, completing tasks and playing games online. You can register an account with them for free and start earning instantly.
68. Give Advice And Make Money Online
People these days are looking for advice on all kinds of topics. You can turn your knowledge and interests into a bit of cash by posting valuable insight on sites like FunAdvice. You earn points from your posts and those points can be converted into cash.
69. Online surveys
Have a little bit of free time in between classes, over the weekend or during the holidays? Why not sign up for some online survey opportunities and turn that free time into cash. Yes, it really is that easy. Research companies are continuously looking for people to provide insight and feedback into their products or services by completing surveys.
These are a few of the trusted companies that you can try out; Swagbucks, Toluna, Vivatic, MySurvey, Valued Opinions, OnePoll, YouGov. Just make sure you do your own research to determine if it’s the right fit.
70. Get Paid For Facebook Likes
You can sign up on sites such as GetPaidForLikes and make money by liking business facebook pages. In the social media marketing world today, having ‘likes’ is a big part of business appeal which is why companies are actually willing to pay people to like their stuff
71. Earn Money By Sharing Your Knowledge
JustAnswer is a site used by people looking for quick and informative answers to their queries. If you are an expert in a certain field, you can register a free account and start making money by answering queries.
72. Do Micro Jobs Online
Many small businesses look for contractors as and when they require them, rather than hiring someone on a full-time basis. There are plenty of Microgig sites out there that offer reputable micro jobs. You can offer your skills and services on these sites with an attached price tag and companies can then approach you when your skills and experience match what they looking for.
You can offer absolutely any skill or service on these sites. It could be anything from writing and IT services to creating funny videos or designing cards. It is, however, important to market your skills so people know where to find you and what you can do. Landing the first job is the hardest but from there it becomes easier once you get a few referrals.
73. Be your own bank
Want to know what the future of banking looks like, google Zopa.com. Launched in 2005, this is an initiative that facilitates ‘peer-to-peer’ lending. The site connects people that want to invest their money with sensible borrowers who want to get a better rate on their personal loan, so both can get a better deal.
Zopa is currently lending around £1m every day and you can expect a return of up to 5%. LendingWorks is another one that you can look into. There is of course risk associated with this, as with any traditional banks, however, many safeguard features have been put in place to protect both parties.
74. Sell all your old CDs, games and movies
We all have heaps of disposable things in our lives that we can cash in on. Random bits and bobs, like CDs, movies and games are just a few of the items that people could be willing to pay a few quid for.
Why not start de-cluttering your place today and start earning some money out of all those items that you no longer use. You can sell almost anything on Amazon Marketplace or Preloved where you will receive payment instantly for unwanted items.
75. Social Media Manager
One of the most popular and fun online jobs is that of a social media manager. Many companies today, have now realized the importance of having a social media strategy as part of their marketing plan. Social media is about people, conversations and developing leads and sales from those relationships. Social media managers are the voice and face of the business on various platforms and their role is to connect with the audience.
If you possess basic marketing skills and are an expert in even just one social media platform, such as facebook or twitter, you could offer your services to businesses and brands that you identify with. Approach small businesses directly and let them know about your skills and how you believe you can help them to grow their business online.
76. PowerPoint Presentation Designer
This is a task which many business professionals feel that they don’t have time for and much prefer to pay someone to do the job for them. If you are an expert in PowerPoint and have the ability to design high-quality PowerPoint presentations, you could earn anything from $10 – $20 per slide. You can offer your skills on sites like Upwork or Freelancer.
77. Data Entry
Data entry is a job that just about anybody with basic computer skills can master. It usually involves updating and maintaining information, typing and other general administrative tasks. Many companies now days offer data entry positions on a flexible working basis. Meaning that you can work from the comfort of your home.
78. Sell Your Video Game Accounts
If you were previously an above average ‘gamer’ but no longer have the time or interest to continue with your ‘gaming’ antics, you could sell your account to the highest bidder, on sites like eBay. This is of course only possible if you have built up some substantial credit and established yourself as a great gamer. If this is the case, you could be in for some easy cash.
79. Write and publish a Kindle eBook
Thanks to the Amazon Kindle store it is now possible for absolutely anyone to publish a book and make money from it. This is an especially great opportunity for students since they are in the position to provide very specialized and in-depth knowledge into specific topics.
The most successful ebooks are non-fiction and create value. People want to be given guidelines, instructions, and insight into specific topics. i.e you could compose a book that is titled “How to use social media to market your business”. Combined with basic research and writing skills, anyone can turn their passion or knowledge into an ebook.
How it works: Once you have completed your ebook, you can list it on Amazon for between £1.49 – £6.99, where you will earn 70% of the sale. The key here is to sell as many copies as possible. Use your social media profiles, blog and word of mouth to let people know about your book and increase sales. Also, make sure to design a cover that stands out and is visually appealing. Many readers do judge a book by its cover.
The best thing about writing an ebook is that you will earn a passive income for years to come. Once your book has been published, you have the opportunity to make continuous sales.
80. Virtual Recruiter
As with many of the online platforms previously mentioned in this post, you could also use your professional skills and networking ability to connect employees or freelancers with the right job. There is a big market for virtual recruiters at present, with many companies opting to pay professionals to do the administrative and background work associated with hiring new candidates.
You will work as the contact between the employer and employee where your tasks will include everything from posting the job openings, screening candidates, conducting preliminary interviews and negotiating salaries. Upwork, SimplyHired and WhyDoWork are all platforms where you can seek virtual recruiter roles.
81. Online Money Making With Clicksor
Clicksor is another contextual Advertising Network. There are thousands of high quality and relevant ads to choose from which means that you can choose adverts that will connect with your target audience.
82. Search Engine Evaluator
You can earn at least $12 an hour as a search engine evaluator. by cleaning up search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Although search engines have various complicated algorithms in place to determine the results you see, they don’t always get it right. They need human’s to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevance, and usefulness. Search engine evaluator jobs can be found on; Leapforce and Lionbridge.
This list of endless opportunities should give you a variety of ideas when it comes to making money online. It will require hard work and a lot of self-motivation but if you succeed you can build up an impressive amount of capital. Focus on your passion and what you good at and you will be sure to excel in one of these fields. The internet has opened up a multitude of opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. This is the best time to be a student looking to make a bit of extra money on the side.