Landing well-paying online jobs has been my dream for years. And I know it is a dream for many out there.
Online jobs offer their own perks that traditional 9 – 5 jobs cannot measure up to. This explains the rising popularity of online jobs in recent years and the decline in 9 – 5 ones.
- They are flexible.
- You can work from anywhere.
- No training and education are needed. If you know how to do it, you do it.
- Higher pay rate compared to the traditional 9- 5 jobs.
- You set your terms of work.
- Ability to make passive money.
But, how do you land your first online job?
Read on to find out more.
1. Start a money making blog
Potential earning: $1 – $10,000+ per month
Starting a blog is one of the best decisions you can make today.
Blogging has proved to be a strong industry that can make you more money than your current day job. You can go from $1 to $10k + in less than a year if you have a strategy and know how best to implement it.
The best strategy has to involve aspects like:
(1) The niche you choose
Not all niches are equal. Some niches will earn you more in a short period of time with little effort. Others will barely earn you enough for a latte in a month. Choose wisely and make sure you enjoy what you are doing.
(2) Sources of traffic at different points in your blog’s life cycle
A smart strategy will fragment traffic sources according to the stage your blog is in its life cycle. You can get 100k page views with a 3 months old blog if you know the stage of your blog.
The exact steps to drive the traffic to it. And, the best source of targeted traffic at that stage.
(3) Ways to monetize your blog to reap maximum benefits
You need to know how to earn and how much you can earn at each growth stage.
Money should not be your main motivation to start with.
The desire to earn more should serve to fuel you to offer the best value and work hard and smart.
Ways to drive massive Blog traffic overnight
Driving traffic to your new blog has always been the deal breaker in blogging.
It is the main reason 60% of the blogs fail in their first year, in addition to the struggle to create content.
For content, choose a niche that has the widest scope and you will never lack what to write.
As for traffic, build your foundation on:
(1) Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
(2) get decent quick free traffic from Pinterest
(3) harness the power of social media channels like Facebook and Instagram
How to make money blogging
You get paid to place ads on your blog. Rates per 1k page views (RPM) can be as high as 30.
#2. Affiliate marketing
It is by far the best way to monetize your blog. It, however, depends on your niche and your approach towards it generally.
#3. Sell digital products
I know of bloggers who make decent six figures selling digital products. You can start a blog today and sell courses, $19 dollars eBooks and printable and make over $10k a month.
#4. Offer services
This is by far the fasts way to make money with a blog. With a blog, you can offer almost any service you can think of.
How to start a money making blog
Step 1: Choose a niche
Lifestyle niches are the easiest to start, attract a readership and make money.
They also have the widest scope and therefore, you will never run out of ideas.
Step 2: Get the domain name
choose a short name that is easy to remember and with a keywords most associated with your niche (not a must).
Step 3: Get the best and most affordable host to start with
Get the most affordable host to start with. You will upgrade later.
It is not wise to over spend when you are just getting started. You don’t need the premium features of an expensive host when starting out.
Step 4: Set your blog up
This step is easy and always guided by the wizard from your host.
If you are not so sure, watch this video or drop me a line through the contact page.
Step 5: Start publishing content
make sure your publishing schedule is consistent. try publishing something new at least once every week.
I would suggest you go with Bluehost for your domain and hosting package if you are just starting out. You will get a free domain for a whole year and hosting at less than $2.5 a month if you start your blog today.
2. Take micro-tasks Jobs
Potential earning: $10 – $100+ per task
I was once paid $50 to search for 100 email address of companies in a certain niche.
This an example of what micro tasks entails.
Micro-tasks are simple tasks you are given to complete as part of the larger job.
Clickworker has a lot of these types of tasks that will only take you 20 minutes to complete and you get paid for it.
- Most of them entail,
- Finding authors of articles.
- Leaving a good genuine comment on an article
- Rating an app, a service or product
Where to find micro-tasks online jobs:
- Figure Eight
- Mechanical Turk.
3. Paid online survey jobs
Potential earning: $0.5 – $10 per survey
This is one of the fastest methods to make money online today. It is also very convinient and easy to start.
It involves you giving an honest opinion of a service of product you probably are familiar to. Companies use these feedback to better their products and services delivery.
Paid online surveys are completely free to join.
It takes an average of 15 minutes to complete one survey and get paid. Payments are done twice a month and through PayPal.
Best Survey Companies to work with:
- Survey Junkie
- Vindale Research
- Inbox dollar
Sign up to more than one company to enjoy a continuous flow of work and make more money. You can, in fact, sign up to all of them.
4. Become a bookkeeper
Potential earning: $60+ per hour
Bookkeeping makes you feel like it’s all calculations here and there. It is not!
Bookkeeping entails entering data into a program and let it do the calculations. And, you get paid for it.
Bookkeeping pays a decent hourly rate of $60 and above.
All you need to get started today is the right training to give you the right skills needed in this field of work.
Best Companies offering Bookkeeping jobs today:
5. Create and sell online courses
Potential earning: $30 – $1,000+ per sale
If you have passion for teaching and hate the idea of standing in front of a class, creating and selling online course might be the best idea for you.
The best part is that online courses pay way better than your normal college teaching jobs. Once you are established, you can make a cool six-figure a month (like Melyssa Griffin).
Here is a list of people who do exactly that and are killing it online.
- Melyssa Griffin of Melyssa teaches you how to turn your online adventure into a real business and make money from it.
- Henry Reich of Minute Physics teaching Physics application in out daily lives.
- Carrie-Anne of Annapurna Living teaching Yoga classes online.
You can choose any topic you are well versed with and create in-depth how-to guides.
Once you do that, you can promote it using Facebook ads. Ask bloggers with big email lists to help you promote it. Offer them some affiliate commission as a percentage of the sale. Or, promote it through other social media channels.
6. Sell photographs
Potential earning: Up to $120 per image download
Sites like iStockPhoto, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, Flickr and Getty Images sell millions of photo downloads every month.
Where do these photographs come from?
They come from people like you and me.
If you have got an eye for good photos and a camera lying somewhere collecting dust, you can put it into good use and make passive income from it.
Take cool photos and upload them to these micro-stock websites. It is free.
They help store your photos, market them and process payments after which they take their commission and pay you for your work.
You will continuously make money for every download for months and years to come.
Best stock photography websites to sell your photos:
- iStock Photo
- Getty Images
In order to guarantee a fat paycheck every month, make sure to have a lot of photos in your portfolio and the quality should be top notch.
Also, analyze your sales to see which photos sale fast and create more variations of them. Best stock photography websites:iStock PhotoGetty ImagesFotoliaShutterstockDreamsTime
7. General transcription jobs
Potential earning: $10 – $40 per hour
Transcription jobs involves converting audio files into the written format for clients.
These tasks pay very well; up to $50 per audio hour if your skills are top notch. You can make a decent $2,500 a month working 2 hours a day for 25 days a month.
However, these companies have strict policies to ensure they get the best-qualified candidates for the job. Therefore, their application process is demanding.
Make sure to prepare well before applying for transcription tests.
In case you pass, you will be on their waiting list for the next intake.
Here are the best places to get started.
- Gotranscript – $36 per audio hour
- Rev – $39 per audio hour
- Transcribe Me – $17 per audio hour
8. Paid captioning jobs
Potential earning: $1.5 – $3.0 per video minute
Have you ever watched an English movie or video with Hindi or Russian translation running at the bottom of the screen?
The translated words you see at the bottom of the screen are called subtitles and it is the job of captionists.
Captioning jobs pay very well.
Want to give captioning a try? Start with Rev and Caption Media Group.
They have enough gigs and they pay very well.
9. Social media and chat Moderator jobs
Potential earning: $500 – $3,000 per month
Do you want to be admin of forums and platforms? Being a moderator might be the best online jobs for you.
Forums and platforms hire moderators to control the crowd and restore sanity. They are the admins to patron commentators.
You can get hired to oversee platforms like Pinterest, Facebook groups, Instagram and forums.
Your work will involve:
- Blacklisting uncooperative members.
- Deleting spam.
- Ensuring members follow rules.
- Replying to comments and answering the questions asked.
Best places to get moderator jobs:
- Baby centre
- And you can ask owners of the platforms that are neglected
10. Become a translator
Potential earning: Up to $5,000 per gig
If you speak and write more than one language, here is a job with very little competition. The rarer the language you know is, the better for you.
I have seen lucrative translation job deals stay for weeks on Rev and Fiverr without anyone applying for them.
Many authors and writers want their books and articles translated from one language to another. And, are looking for competent native speakers.
If you can write Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French and Swahili, then there is a job for you.
Best companies offering translation jobs:
- Translation town
11. Create apps
Potential earning: $60+ per hour
If you trust your ability to create functional and eye-catching apps, then you can use your skills and make money.
You can help businesses make simple apps and you get paid.
You can also create one and flip it at Flippa for a 4 figure.
I know of someone who thought a famous personal finance blog needed a loans calculator. She approached the owner and was given a node to make one.
She got paid $8,000 and later launched a successful business based on that one moment of bold thinking.
Best places to find this type of online jobs:
12. Design and sell t-shirts online
Potential earning: $12 – $100 per sale
Nothing sways generation Z consumer decision fast like a well-designed graphic on a t-shirt.
How many times have you seen a t-shirt with nice graphics online and felt like grabbing it on the spot? That is how good this niche is.
People tend to be a little irrational in their purchases and you can make a lot of money capitalizing on that.
You will need to not only design what is trending but also what resonates with your clientele best.
If you get it right, you will never lack $1,000 profit on the low every weekend.
You can as well sell the designs alone online and make good money. It is also the best place to start validating your idea while raising capital.
Best places to get started:
- Sell t-shirts on Teespring
- Sell your designs in Etsy
13. Sell on eBay
Potential earning: $5 – $100 per unit sold
You can sell almost anything legal on eBay and it is free to do so.
If you have things you no longer use, you can list them on eBay and make good money instead of cluttering your living space.
Make sure to check the fast selling items in your category and apply the tactics they use.
14. Online jobs at ClickWorker
Potential earning: $10+ per task
Clickworker will pay you to complete simple on demand tasks. You then get paid via PayPal every month.
- The tasks are simple and include:
- Look for individual and companies email address.
- Review apps, services and products.
- Translating a few words into the language you are versed with and many more.
Clickworker allows everyone from any part of the world to work with them.
15. Usability tester
Potential earning: $10 – $30 per test
App developers often release a beta version of the app before the final launch. They seek information about user-friendliness, missing features and benefits of their apps before launching date.
A beta tester work involves using these apps and giving an honest review of their experiences and you get paid up to $30 per test.
16. Search engine evaluator Jobs
Potential earning: $15+ per hour
When you search for Liamrock.com, this is what you get.
Search engines like Google hire evaluators. Evaluators go through websites manually to make sure people look for the exact information they are looking for.
The work of getting the right results to the right person is not left to bots alone.
If you are looking for such online jobs, then these companies are the best places to start with:
17. Start selling music online today
Potential earning: $0.01 – $1 per live stream
This goes two way.If you have a good voice, you can create music and sell it at Songcast. The beats for your music can be downloaded online for free. You only add your voice and make money.
You can as well listen to music, rate it and get paid at Slice the Pie.
18. Become a mystery shopper
Potential earning: $8 – $25 per hour
This may not be your normal full-time online job but it pays well.
What does a mystery shopper do?
Mystery shoppers pose as normal shoppers. The only difference is they do that with an aim of collecting some crucial data.
You get paid to gather detailed information about your shopping experience and give it as feedback then get paid for it.
These feedback helps owners better their service delivery and customer satisfaction scores.
By any chance you end up buying something, you will get reimbursed in full and you go home with the free item as a gift.
Get started with mystery shopping at Best Mark and Intelli Shop.
19. Start a successful drop shipping business
Potential earning: $15 – $500+ per item
Here is what happens in drop shipping:
(1) You having a product you are selling.
(2) You will drop the product to the shipping company
(3) The company then delivers it to the customer at a commission of the sale.
With drop shipping, you literally become a small amazon for your hot selling products.
Tim Knock (Oberlo) makes $6,667+ doing exactly the same and he shows you how he did it.
20. Become a niche websites creator
Potential earning: $300 – $20,000 per site
A lot of people want to avoid the hard work involved with starting a website.
Choosing the right theme, the right host and even the thought of choosing a domain name scares them shit.
You can take this opportunity and make a lot of money.
Step 1: Create niche specific sites.
Why? They are a lot easier to rank for the keywords than topic wide sites.
Step 2: Optimize it for search engines.
Step 3: And, drive additional traffic from social media sites
You can use Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.
Step 4: Once you have sizable traffic, you can sell it for a 5 figure price.
Have a look at Flippa to get the fast selling niches.
21. Take freelance writing online jobs
Potential earning: $50 – $600 per article
Freelance writing pays very well. One gig can earn you in the range of $50 to as high as $1,000.
I know of someone who went from zero to making $300,000+ doing freelance writing jobs.
If you can write and know a topic enough to write something good about it, then freelance writing is good for you.
There are a plenty of paid opportunities in the dailies, Facebook groups, scoop some gigs in Fiverr and freelance writing website.
You can also look in specific websites pages to see if they offer paid writing opportunities and apply for them.
But first, you will need a good proof that you can not only write, but write well.
22. Take well-paid freelance proofreading online jobs
Potential earning: $10 – $50 per hour
Freelance proofreading involves reading a book or an article to identify and correct spelling and grammar mistakes. How easy.
With the rise of smart software like Grammarly you can cut your workload by half.
Caitlin Pyle of Proofreadanywhere made over $43,000 in one year, proofreading. She decided to create a webinar to show exactly how she did that for free.
Here are the best places to get proofreading jobs.
- Proofreading pal
23. Become a social media manager
Potential earning:$10 – $50 per hour
Chances are you spend more time every day on social media channels. You can trade that time for cash.
Social media manager work involves posting, commenting and replying to messages from the audience.
The best place to start looking is in local business around your areas.
Write them an email and prove you know social media tit bits perfect. You can as well give them a link of your account as a proof.
You can find other well-paying gigs in:
- Facebook pages for bloggers
- By searching for the keyword online.
24. Online data entry jobs
Potential earning: $10 – $20 per hour
If you have a laptop, internet and enough time and want to make money, data entry is a better option for you.
You will be putting figures into designated slots and saving them and you get paid for that.
The pay may not be that good, but you will at least be earning something above all.
You can find data entry jobs at:
- Smart Crowd
- Fiverr gigs.
25. Become a virtual assistant
Potential earning: $20 – $50 per hour
A virtual assistant is like a normal assistant. However, their work is done online. They can help you complete tasks in the US while they live in India.
The most in-demand virtual assistant work include:
- Scheduling Pinterest pins
- Simple web design
- Social media marketing and graphics creation
- Running and managing a blog while its owner is on vacation
- Any other virtual work allocated to you by the employer
Being a virtual assistant is a great way to make a few quick bucks online today.
If you have a skill and can prove it, then don’t sit on it.
Apply for a few online jobs you get, approach potential clients and ask if you can help.
That is how many people land VA jobs and end up making $2k plus in a month.
Where to get paid VA jobs:
- Approach potential clients
- Scout in Facebook groups Online.
- If you can identify bad graphics and you think you can make better ones, approach the owner.
26. Grab graphic design online jobs
Potential earning: $$5+ per graphic
Graphic design is one of the most in-demand skill in the world today.
If you can create stunning graphics then you can put your skills into good use and make money.
Every website that comes online needs a logo, a favicon and a few graphics for the header and sidebars.
Similarly, you can create covers for the eBooks striking presentation templates, edit photos, in line with the given instructions.
Best graphic design websites:
27. Become a DIY Web designer
Potential earning: $30 – $100 per hour
If you can spot a good website from a bad one, then you have an eye for web design.
Nowadays, anyone can be a web designer.
I have designed a number of cool websites for clients for years yet I don’t have any formal web design learning (I am an Economist).
And, you don’t need to reinvent the web either.
There are plenty of drag and drop web templates and plugins out there (check out Divi) to make your work easier.
If you can fulfil clients demands (which are always lenient), and make them happy, then you are good to go.
Best places to get well paying web design jobs
28. Social media influencer jobs
Pay rate: $20 – $100+ per hour
It doesn’t take much for you to be a social media influencer.
Simply, choose a niche and start posting ideas people will like to see consistently. Grow your follow and start earning.
Many companies in every niche are looking for people with huge active follow to market their goods and services. These companies will pay you for just posting their services and doing nothing else.
If you are an influencer in lifestyle niche, chances are high you can scale fast and start making good money in less than 6 months.
Lately, social media influencers are closely tied to their blogs. It will be easier for companies to partner with you if you have a blog and 2k social media followers than 10k social media followers and no blog.
29. Grab online jobs at Etsy selling beautiful DIY crafts
Potential earning: $0.5 – $100+ per sale
How good are you with art and craft skills?
Etsy is the ultimate craft and DIY marketplace online. If you can make beautiful bracelets, nice woodwork and soapstone enlist them in Etsy and make money.
You can also market your work on other channels like Instagram and Pinterest.
Sarah makes over $10k a month on Etsy alone.
You can see here the hottest selling products on Etsy.
30. Sell second-hand items
Potential earning: $10 – $1,000 per shipment
Research shows that a third of the consumers are willing to buy second-hand items. This translates to 3 persons in every 10.
Second-hand items market is big and keeps growing every single day.
People are always looking for used items that are still in good condition to be used as spare parts or repurposed it for other uses.
Therefore, you will never know who wants to buy what you have. Just list what you no longer use, you no longer use or what you don’t like. It only takes a few minutes.
Late last year, I sold my spoilt MacBook for $650. It was spoilt beyond repair after a terrible Cyclone hit our area.
I even wondered why would someone think of buying such a piece of scrap.
Later, I came to know people buy used Macbooks for purposes of extracting spare parts. They would use functional parts of the Mac to repair or build another machine.
That is how a made a $650 from my $1200 Mac.
Here are fast moving items to start with:
- Sell books you no longer need
- Sell old luxury items you don’t want
- Put on sale electronic items like phones, laptops, PC, Iron Boxes or their parts.
- Flick clothes you have outgrown, your children outgrew or you no longer use.
Simply, wash them, Iron them very well, take cool picks of them and put them on the market.
Who knows? You can start your next big business just like that and get coverage from big media houses for your climate change mitigation contribution.
Where do you start?
- You can list them on second-hand items sites like eBay.
- Start your own blog selling second hand items
- Use Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy.
Secret: do the necessary repairs if any, clean them and take cool pics of the items.
31. Create a Successful YouTube channel
Potential earning: $2+ average per 1000 views
Youtubing is among the best online jobs lately. This is due to improved internet speed and accessibility in many parts of the world.
You can create simple videos that ends up going viral and attract millions of page views per month. The more page views you get = more money you make.
The videos do not need to be complex and expensive either. A smartphone camera can do the job perfectly well.
In this industry, controversy, fun and too good-to-be videos go viral fast unlike other videos.
32. Start Publishing on Amazon’s Kindle
Potential earning rate: $5+ per copy
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to publish an eBook anytime and start selling it on the platform immediately.
You control the price of your book and all associated commissions.
When you upload the book, Amazon will do its math and determine how much it will cost you for every sale you make of the book. From there, you will know how to price it right so that you reap the maximum benefit.
You can start publishing that awesome love story as a book today and start selling asap!
33. Teach English online
Potential earning: $15+ per hour
VIPkids provides online jobs for English speakers to teach Chinese kids how to speak English.
Their pay rate is decent and so is their strictness when it comes to recruiting teachers.
First, English must be your first language.
Also, you must have at least a degree to stand a better chance to qualify.
But, that should not scare you.
Magic Ears does exactly the same and their conditions are relaxed. With them, you don’t need a degree to start teaching online. Competent command of English is enough of a qualification.
34. Sell digital downloads
Potential earning: $10 – $1,000
Digital downloads market is a billion dollar industry.
The best part is, all it takes is your ability to create something useful and people will be glad to buy it from you.
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
A simple $5 eBook on how to get your perfect date in 12 hours will guarantee you decent sales a month. As long as you are providing solutions to people’s problems, you will make money.
Other digital downloads include:
- Budget planners templates
- Working Pinterest graphic templates and many more.
35. Subscribe to email support and chat agents online jobs
Pay rate: $10+ per hour
How comfortable are you replying to emails and chats from clients?
Lots of companies are looking for someone like you to work with them.
The pay is often decent. And, you get to work remotely as long as you can access fast internet for the time you shift is one.
Online Jobs Summary
You can find legitimate online jobs everywhere It is easier to find legitimate online jobs today than it was a few years ago.
Companies are popping up every day bringing new ideas and opportunities for free spirits like you to work online and earn decent salaries.
You can start from somewhere. It is always wise to pick low hanging fruits first and move your way up the ladder.
Fortunately, most of these online jobs do not require you have specialized skills to get started.
If you can speak English, VIPKids has a job for you.
If you have internet and a laptop, you can fill out surveys and get paid and they all are free.
You can also start your blog for as little as under $100 and make a six-figure a month in less than 2 years.
What are you waiting for?
Pick one or a combination that works for you and get started today. All it takes is to get started.