Wanna earn a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars every single month?
In this guide, I’m gonna talk about 15 ways that you can make money online. Starting the list with 12 gigs that are perfect for complete beginners and ending with three more high level income strategies which are perfect for existing entrepreneurs and online creatives who wanna diversify their income streams and bring in some passive income, because who doesn’t love making money on autopilot, right?
Keep reading. Hey, posse, what’s up? It’s AEX, coming at you this week with some ideas to help you make extra money this year and beyond. Be sure to share and subscribe for more guides to help you build a successful online business.
Now, whether you’re brand new to making money online or you’ve been a digital entrepreneur or freelancer for a while now and you’re looking to bring in even more money or add some passive income to your bank account, this guide has some awesome ideas for you.
But, but, but, but before we get into the list, I have a big old disclaimer to make. “Nothing on this list is a get rich quick scheme. Like anything worthwhile, these take time and effort. (gasps) I know right, to pay off and likely won’t make you thousands of dollars overnight.”
But over time, these gigs can provide a comfortable and sustainable source of income. So, let’s get to the list.
Freelancing is an umbrella term. There are so many other ways that you can make money as an online freelancer. And, of course, the better you get, the more you can charge and the more you can make. And the best part is, is that freelancing is relatively easy to start doing, even as a complete beginner, especially if you already have a skill or talent that you can leverage.
Now, if you’re sitting there thinking,”Yeah, but AEX, I don’t have any skills, “I’m gonna say that I bet you do, and here are 11 ideas to get your juices flowing.
First, Content Writing.
So if you love to write, this is a great option to look into. Content writing can include a wide range of tasks, but you’ll find the majority of content writing jobs will involve writing articles and or blog posts for the internet.
Now, the main purpose of content would be to build a relationship with the audience and deliver some great value in the form of education, entertainment or inspiration. And according to salary.com, the average content writer makes $49,906 a year. That’s $137 a day. Alright, now next on the list, and of course you knew this one was coming, it is my favorite, copywriting.
Whereas content writing focuses mostly on nurturing an audience, copywriting focuses on writing marketing materials to promote products and services, and of course generate leads for a business.
So this includes writing things like sales pages, landing pages, ads and emails. And copywriters tend to make quite a bit more than content writers. According to glassdoor.com, the average freelance copywriter makes about $53,528 a year, or $147 a day.
VAs are usually hired to handle administrative tasks for an individual brand or company.
Now, these tasks vary, but can include everything from scheduling appointments, making phone calls, data entry, arranging travel, bookkeeping, organizing emails, managing social media, or even creating content. Now, this is a great job for you if you are very organized and good at multitasking and time management.
According to Glassdoor, the average VA makes $43,761 a year, or $120 a day.
COPY EDITING OR LINE EDITING
So if you’re great at catching spelling errors or incorrectly used grammar and punctuation mistakes, then this might be perfect for you. Editors are needed for everything from blogs and sales pages and even novels or magazines. So as an editor, you’d be in charge of things like correcting spelling, grammar and run on sentences, ensuring consistency in writing and in punctuation, flagging ambiguous, redundant or factually incorrect statements, fixing words or sentences that are extraneous or overused. You get the idea.
And according to glassdoor.com, the average freelance copy editor makes $51,371 a year, or $140 a day.
So video has basically taken over the internet. It’s on every platform and used for both content creationand marketing material, which means video editors are in demand more now than ever before.
Now, to be a video editor, you’ll need to be proficient with editing softwares, but with tools like Descript, that’s getting more and more accessible.
But here’s the thing, to be a highly paid video editor, you need to know more than just the basics. You also need to know how to keep people engaged while watching, and the ability to weave together a good story.
According to glassdoor.com, the average video editor makes $54,883 a year, or $150 a day.
But if like me, you know nothing about graphic design or development, you can actually still become a pretty great graphic designer for things like social graphics by using tools like Canva.
According to glassdoor.com, the average website designer makes $57,309 a year, or $157 a day.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS
Social media managers are responsible for managing a brand’s presence online. Now, this can include a lot of things, everything from developing strategies to increasing reach, creating and overseeing social campaigns, staying on top of current trends, producing content, monitoring metrics like engagement, conversions, audience building, and of course, actively posting and writing social captions.
So social media manager is a very, very broad description and you could do any one of those things, of course, for a brand or business.
PODCAST AUDIO EDITOR
So a podcast editor takes the raw audio from the podcast host and edits it to improve the listening experience. So this might include editing out unnecessary or redundant parts, improving audio quality, adding other sound elements, or even mixing audio with other files. And again, you can use Descript for this or any other audio editing tool.
And just like a video editor, you’ll need to be detail oriented and know how to keep people engaged while listening. According to glassdoor.com, the average podcast editor makes about $54,858 a year, that’s $150 a day.
So similar to a website designer, but a little bit more specific. Instead of designing a whole website, you’re designing eye-catching and memorable logos.
Like website design, you’ll need to have an eye for detail and a proficiency with design softwares. And according to glassdoor.com, the average logo designer makes about $43,159 a year, that’s $118 a day.
Yes, you can actually get paid to be the voice they use in radio, TV ads, eBooks, whiteboard explainer videos, I mean, the options are really endless.
You will need to have impeccable speech, good clarity and pronunciation, and the ability to modulate your voice to hit different pitches, add emphasis to the right words, or even speak with some accents, perhaps.
According to glassdoor.com, the average voiceover professional makes about $52,603 a year, or $144 a day.
So this is probably one of the more technical gigs on this list. As an SEO or search engine optimization specialist, your main job is to improve a website’s chances of ranking on page one or high on the Google search engines, or really any search engine.
One of the ways to do this is by strategically weaving in certain keywords into blog posts, articles and webpages, et cetera. So to excel at this job, you really wanna be comfortable with spending a lot of your time doing research, data analysis and more complex strategies like link building.
According to glassdoor.com, the average SEO specialist makes $59,919 a year, or $165 a day.
Now there are so many more freelancing jobs out there. So if nothing on this list resonated, maybe just do some research, I am sure you will find something that’s perfect for you, or explore this blogl and see if anything that I talk about jives with you.
Also, please keep in mind that the dollar amounts listed here are just average salaries that we found on authority websites. So of course, when you first start out, you will make less. Period. But, like anything, as you gain more experience, you can definitely make more money than those numbers.
Alright, now I’ve got one more way that you can make money as a complete beginner.
TOUTUBE CONTENT CREATOR
So online video consumption has increasedby 121% in the last three years, and YouTube is the number two most trafficked website in the US after Google. Its revenue has grown 21 times in the last 10 years from $1.3 billion to $28.84 billion, and it’s projected to have 2.85 billion users by 2025.
So yes, YouTube is the place to be if you’re an entrepreneur or content creator who is looking to earn more money. And the best part is that literally anybody can create a YouTube channel and monetize it.
And there’s a niche for just about anything and everything under the sun. You can start a lifestyle vlog, you can talk about video games, you can do reviews of your favorite products, share your favorite recipes, give out photography tips, talk about current events, or share your knowledge about a particular topic.
There are even faceless channels if you don’t feel comfortable showing your face on video, although I highly recommend it. People love faces. It’s just human nature. The possibilities are really endless. And while this definitely won’t provide you with passive income right from day one, once you get a certain number of followers and watch hours, you can turn on AdSense, join the YouTube partner program, and start making money off your videos.
And then it really is truly passive income.
And there are a bunch of factors that go into the amount of money you can make on YouTube, from the number of subscribers you have, to the number of views you have, to how long your audience watches your videos.
Alright, now we’re really starting to get into the revenue streams that you’ll need to have more experience for. You can’t be a brand new baby beginner and go out there and create a course or a digital product to sell.
Well, you could, but then there isn’t really a great chance of you making any money from it, and I just don’t recommend you do it. Learn the skill, practice, hone it, get better, and then once you start making money doing that one-on-one for clients, sure, create a program.
But if you’re an entrepreneur or business owner who has experience and expertise in a niche subject matter or trade, then this is a really great way to get passive income added to your revenue streams.
So create a course or any other digital product like eBooks, full service kits, software, where you share your expertise with the public.
Now, this will require a lot of upfront effort and investment, but once you’ve created it, you can continue to sell and earn money on it. Now, if you don’t already have an established audience, or feel comfortable buying traffic to promote your product, which can get pretty pricey, you can create and host your course on your own through platforms like Teachable, Kajabi and Thinkific, or you could publish your course through an online learning marketplace like Udemy, Skillshare, and LinkedIn Learning.
These platforms have millions of students to put your course in front of already, and in some cases, they may even help you promote your course. So this is a really great route if you’re new to creating content online and you don’t already have an established audience that you can market your course too.
The downside is that, of course, these platforms do take a share of the revenue generated from your course.
So once you’ve established yourself as an authority in your particular area of expertise, and, this is very important, to have a loyal community behind you, one of the best things you can do to actually generate more income is through creating an ongoing community membership.
So this is for your super fans and the ones who want to dive even deeper with you. So this can look different depending on what your area of expertise is. If you have a large social following on Instagram, Instagram recently rolled out a subscription option where your followers can pay a monthly fee to get exclusive access to content that others don’t.
They get priority in your DMs and whatever else you want to promise them and share with them. If you’re a writer, a musician, a singer, a podcaster, or an artist or some other creative, you can sign up for Patreon. So similar to the concept behind Instagram subscriptions, your Patreon community would pay a monthly fee to get exclusive content from you.
Now, what that content is and how much you charge is completely up to you. Now, another thing that I see a lot of creators doing, which I think is kind of cool, is called “Buy Me a Coffee.
“Now, this is similar to tipping your waitress for a job well done or giving a donation to a brand you wanna support. When your fans buy you a coffee, they’re basically giving you a little extra cash to show their support and tell you how much they love your content.
Now, this won’t make you rich, but it is an option to consider when you’re looking to bring in a little extra cash.