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7 Realistic Ways to Make Money Online in 2021 [+Video]

Looking to make some good money online without starting a whole business from the ground up? Then you just came to the right place.

There are hundreds of ways to make money on the internet and none of us can deny it. But, and there is a big but here, not all of them are actually paying. Maybe just a handful is worth giving a try.

hands typing on laptop

Give it a try to search “how to make money online” to see how many articles are out there with 50+ ways.

But before that make sure you understand what you actually want from “make money online”. You should know what your goals and expectations are before trying any kind of online job.

You can read my guide to know the true Meaning of Make Money Online, hence to understand your expectations and know how to set your goals from this matter.

If you actually know what you want from an online job, then it’s time to take on one of them and make some money online.

More on Making Money Online: Best Ideas to Start an Online Business

How to Make Money Online [Video]

Watch this video from my YouTube channel if you’re not in the mood of reading an article today.

Why this List is Shorter Than the Others?

I said a few lines above that there are many ways to make money on the internet. Actually, there are hundreds of ways to make money online as these Google search results explain it.

500+ ways to make money online

I can bet you many of them have a special link that magically leads you into the website, and that is NOT a paid advertisement!

Or even this one that seems to go beyond the fabric of reality. I think I’m wasting my time here I have to watch this guy’s video!

1000 ways to make money online video

Dude! Really? 1000 ways and only in 7 minutes?

But do all of them pay well? Of course not. If you see endless lists like these consider two things happening:

  • Its market is already saturated and you won’t make as much money as advertised.
  • It’s an effort to gather some affiliates via a referral link which only benefits the writer.

Trust me! I’ve been in this business long enough to know who is using what scheme to make money online. There are many Ways You Should Avoid to Make Money Online!

The Question!

What was the question? Why this list is shorter?

The answer is simple. Because out of hundreds and thousands of ways out there that you can make some money, 90% are usually time-wasting stupid tasks.

What I actually mean is that you won’t make enough money compared to the time you are investing to do the tasks at hand. I believe our time is more important than money. Time is much more limited than money don’t you think?

A clock placed on the top of dollar bills

Time is money because you can make more money but you won’t make more time. It will pass so use it wisely.

So to answer the question, because I only included ways that you can use to make money online for real. I don’t want to waste your time with nonsense and I don’t want to fool people into following a referral link. Also, these are the ways that still work in 2021, so you can have a good year ahead of you hopefully.

Who Can Make Money Online?

Pretty much everyone who owns a computer and internet connection can make money online. There are some general skills you should know if you want to succeed, but you will learn them along the way.

Some skills like internet research, keyword research, SEO, and some others, to some extent, help you to perform better.

all kinds of people in one photo

I believe that everyone can make money online, but there is a way for every person and specialty.

There are also some skills that a freelancer should know, but first, you have to choose which of the following ways suit you best. Then you can start learning the required skills for that specific job.

Best Ways to Make Money Online

Here the best ways and ideas that can result in making a good amount of money. Of course, the list can go beyond these items, but what selected here are among those that you can always make money from. Their market will never saturate, they still work in 2021, and if you try hard, you’ll definitely CAN make enough money to become a freelancer.

1. Online Freelancers’ Marketplace

The very first thing that you can do to make money online is to sell services via already-established freelancers’ marketplaces on the internet.

There are a lot of them. I can name Fiverr and Upwork on the top of my head, but there are still many others that you can find yourself. Just google “Freelance Marketplace”.

Upwork Homepage

Upwork is a great freelance marketplace for professionals. You can submit a proposal for job offers and you can work either on fixed price projects or hourly price projects.

Choosing what to do on Upwork or what Gigs to sell on Fiverr is completely up to you. It depends on your skills and the fact that you can deliver the results online.

There are just some limitations on these marketplaces, and they are the type of services you can offer here.

If you are a graphic designer, website developer, programmer, or even a consultant, you are fine. You can easily make money on these platforms.

Fiverr Homepage

Fiverr is a great freelance marketplace for all kinds of online jobs. Graphic designers, web developers, marketing, and SEO experts are some examples.

But if your specialties and skills involve manual labor or something that can’t be done over the internet, you’ll have to do something else to make money online.

If you are for example an electrician or plumber, you can’t deliver your job online. It has to be done on-site and in person.

Fiverr Gigs

Unlike Upwork, in Fiverr to submit your Gigs as a listing and sell them to clients.

Although you can consult others over the phone, you rarely find clients who are looking for consultations for such subjects.

What you can do to make money online is right here on this list. Keep reading to see what I’m talking about.

2. Start a Blog

Another great idea is to start a blog. Don’t be scared. You don’t need any special skills or even don’t need to know any programming languages.

With today’s tools and software, you just have to choose a good and exciting subject that can attract visitors and potential clients.

man writing a blog

You can technically start a blog with any subject and can make money from it by placing ads.

After all, you want to make money so your subject should be either popular by itself, or you have to make it interesting by employing some writing skills.

Starting a website and writing a blog is good for almost all people, no matter their skills and professions. Remember the electrician example.

an electrician blog

Everyone can have a blog no matter their jobs and professions.

Yes, you can write about anything, and with just a little creativity, you can attract visitors and make money by showing ads on your website.

All the skills you may need like how to work with WordPress or how to cut and resize some pictures for your blog can be learned overnight by watching some YouTube videos.

To start a blog, I will write a definitive guide, but all you need is just some $10 to $50 to buy a domain and host to run your website on.

3. Start a YouTube Channel

In my opinion of the best ways to make money online is by starting a YouTube channel. YouTube never fails you unless you give up, which you shouldn’t.

Start a YouTube Channel

Start a YouTube channel and make money online rather easily. All it takes is a good subject and you talking to the camera most of the time.

YouTube is technically the best video sharing platform. Everyone can create a channel on YouTube and upload videos as much as they like as long as they follow YouTube Community Guidelines.

To start a YouTube channel, consider three things:

  1. Choose a subject that is interesting and attracts viewers.
  2. Stick to the subject and don’t get distracted by other matters.
  3. Consistently upload on a regular basis to get more subscribers and views.

Done? Congratulations! You are now a YouTuber.

It will take some time to make money on YouTube. Your channel should be eligible for monetization. Generally, it means that you have to have at least 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time.

YouTube Channel Partner Program Eligibility

1000 Subscribers & 4000 hours watch time. If you are active you can achieve this milestone in 6 to 10 months.

More criteria are also playing roles in channel monetization, but as long as you are in good standing with YouTube, you’re fine.

After that, you’ll be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program and can receive a percentage of money for every ad-view on the channel.

All you need to do is to create a channel and start making some videos. Don’t have a good camera or professional gears? That’s fine! Record with your cellphone like many YouTubers with millions of subs.

Film with your mobile phone camera

I have a DSLR but I usually record videos with my cellphone camera. It’s easier to set up and post-processing is also much simpler.

Phone cameras these days are sometimes much better than digital cameras. For starting a channel, filming with a phone camera is totally fine.

If you are scared of editing videos and may not have adequate experience, don’t worry. There are a lot of online services and even software that will edit your video the way you want with just a few clicks.

4. Publish Podcasts

Think of a YouTube channel but only sound and not on YouTube. That how you record and publish a podcast. It’s easier than recording a video, with less equipment of course.

Publish Podcasts and make money online

Remember you don’t need the best microphone to make a podcast. A simple entry-level mic would be enough.

But you have to be more impactful. The way you talk and the subject you choose. All should be interesting because the only thing you listeners will hear is your voice.

It’s really easy to publish a podcast. There are many platforms, mostly free to some extent, that will host your podcasts. SoundCloud, PodBean, and Anchor are the best examples I know.

Equipment? Just a laptop, a simple microphone, and editing software. You can also use your phone to both record and edit your podcast, so it’s not complicated at all.

Audio editing software

There is a lot of free audio editing software on the internet. You can find them easily.

If you’re looking for an idea to start publishing podcasts, host a talk show. Ask your friends to join you on your podcasts and talk about a trending topic or an interesting subject.

You can also ask a local professional to come to your show and talk about his or her professions, skills, and job, or give some advice about life. You know, things like this that are popular these days.

host a talk show

Make sure you keep the conversation friendly and clear so you can attract more listeners.

How to make money from publishing podcasts? Two ways, some podcast platforms already include ads in your shows and you will receive a cut.

But if they don’t, you can look for sponsors who are willing to invest in your show or even a single episode in exchange for some publicity.

5. Sell Handcrafts on Etsy

Do you have a knack for making small handcrafts? If you have a creative mind and skills for turning materials into a beautiful piece of art, then you can make money on the internet, selling your products.

One of the best marketplaces you can sell your handcrafts on is Etsy online store. Etsy is the place for all sorts of artists to sell their creations easily.

Etsy Homepage & Storefront

Etsy Online Store Homepage

I know a lot of people who are selling on this platform. I helped them to start their store and make a business plan to make money from Etsy.

It doesn’t matter what type of handcrafts or arts you are creating. If they are small enough to ship easily, It’s fine to sell them online.

What you’ll need to start selling are a laptop and a camera. The phone camera is good enough so don’t panic and go out to buy a high-end DSLR.

Start Selling Online on Etsy

Basically, anyone who can make handcrafts can sell on Etsy.

Simply follow the instruction on the Etsy website to create your first listing and take some photographs from your product for others to see.

Also, you have to write a good catchy title and description to make people want to buy your product. It will require a little bit of SEO and keyword research, but I’m sure you’ll learn them along the way as well.

One of the best clients I had was a professional leather accessory maker. He was creating these beautiful leather handcrafts by hand and was already in business on Instagram.

Leather Work Accessories

Small leather accessories have been a fashion trend for the last few years. The market is still good if you want to sell them.

But he wanted to expand his business and I helped him start his small business on Etsy. Now his listings are all around the store and his sales skyrocketed during the past few months.

6. Sell Photos & Videos Online

If you are a photography addict or have a good taste for taking nice photos, then you’re good for selling your photos online as well.

man taking photograph with a DSLR camera

Photographing stock images is not only a fun job but also it has good money if you sell them online.

Graphic designers, artists, and all sorts of people always looking to buy some good stock photographs for their projects.

Where are they looking for them? Shutterstock, iStock, Getty Images, 500px, and even Etsy. Where you can sell your photos to them? The websites I’ve just mentioned, plus many more that you can find on the internet.

But with today’s photograph standards, you should be quite good at what you do. If your photo is a little blurry or noisy, it will be rejected. Even if they are accepted, no one will buy them.

So it is better to use a good digital camera or even a DSLR. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about high-end cameras. I simple entry-level DSLR with a default lens will do the job.

a man carrying a lot of DSLR cameras

NOOOOO! You will just need a simple entry-level DSLR or even a simple digital camera.

Also having some skill with photo editing software especially when photographed with DSLR can help you deliver better images.

Beside selling stock photos, selling stock videos is also a good option to think about for two reasons:

  • Less competitive market
  • More profit and more money

But I have to add that recording a good stock video is a lot harder, but it worth trying. You can sell both photos and videos at the same time, usually on the same platform.

A camera recording video from sky

Recording stock videos are usually a long process but the price for stock videos is also higher.

You can also sell digitally created images such as vector, icon sets, digital paintings, etc. online on these platforms. So if you are a graphic designer or an illustrator, make sure to check the market and sell some of your designs.

photo editing software open on mac

Designers can sell their work online too. There are good demands for vectors and clip arts.

For this way of making money, online skills and quality matter the most, because people will pay money for stock photos and videos that have the best quality.

Remember that low-quality stock images can be found on the internet for free, so always try to improve the quality of your photos and videos.

7. Become an Online Tutor

One of the best ways to make money online for those whose jobs cannot be done online is becoming an online tutor.

You can transfer your knowledge by recording yourself teaching and creating a series of videos. Even if you’re not sure how to record a good high-quality video then ask a friend or pay a professional to help you do it.

Woman teaching how to play violin while being filmed by a friend

You can technically teach anything online and sell your training courses on different platforms.

Then you can sell the course online on a platform like Udemy. There are a lot of them on the internet, but the easiest and the best that I know is Udemy.

It’s the biggest market place and you can technically sell all kinds of training and teaching courses on the platform. It doesn’t matter if your a graphic designer, a dancer, a chef, or a lawyer.

There are opportunities for everyone to sell their training course online and make some good money.

Udemy website homepage

Udemy is currently the best choice for selling training courses online and make money on the internet.

Just make sure to make a high-quality video that follows the quality guidelines of the platform you are planning to work on.

Also, make sure to deliver the course with passion as if you want to sit and watch to learn a particular skill.

Woman teaching in front a camera how to decorate a cake

You can make a training course for anything and sell it online. People like to watch videos to learn a new skill.

Make sure to do a little research before starting to see if you can sell them and if there is a market for your specialty on the selected platform.

One other way to make money as an online tutor is to teach someone live over skype or different platforms that offer video chat. You can find some local clients who are willing to learn what you know best, and during this pandemic, they like to learn it via the internet.

Final Thoughts

As final words on how to make money online, I have to insist on this important point. Be patient and consistent. You won’t make money overnight. It’s impossible to become a professional freelancer in a day or a week.

It takes time so please be patients with whichever way you chose to make money online.

I always like to hear if you have any other realistic way to make money online. Please tell me if you have been succeeded in making money on the internet.

Tell me in the comments down below what did you do to make money online other than the ones mentioned in this list. I’m always looking to people’s experience regarding this matter and I will add them to the list if they are good enough.

Also if you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment and I’ll reply ASAP. Don’t forget to share this with your friends because if this helped you then it will help them as well.

Thanks & good luck making money online!

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