Last updated in July 2020
There are endless possibilities for ways to make money. However, the world is also full of scammers trying to get a hold of your purse. Many of us struggle to make ends meet each month and are unaware that they have an unopened treasure chest (in the form of their computer) because they only see the scam-side of it.
Among the 100 ways I listed here, you are guaranteed to find something that is for you. All ways to make money are legit, although you should still be vigilant when pursuing them.
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100 legit ways to make money
Ways to make money with Selling
1. Selling unwanted items
This is the easiest approach to start with. Declutter your home and put items you no longer need on gumtree, craiglist or ebay. You are unlikely to earn a fortune but at least you make low-risk money.
2. Re-selling on ebay
Taking it one step further, you could look around in charity shops and car boot sales for cheap items and subsequently re-sell them on ebay (flipping). Bear in mind that this would require an initial upfront investment and storage space.
3. Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)
Amazon makes selling items easy. You simply put your stuff into a box, send it to Amazon and once sold, Amazon will take care of the complicated things. In return, they will keep a small fee.
4. Merch by Amazon
With Merch by Amazon, you can set up your own shop within Amazon. Most people go with T-shirt design and all you have to do is upload the design and start earning money from the sale.
Set up your own shop with Shopify. Shopify is an all-inclusive online platform that charges you a small fee for setting up your own shop without hassle. They even offer a free trial.
6. Custom website
If you do not want to pay fees, you can always build your own custom website to start your shop. This is slightly more difficult as you would have to think about hosting, site developing, storing and shipping goods.
WordPress hosted by Bluehost would be a good starting point and there are plugins available that let you add a shop to your website. Learn how to easily set up your WordPress website in under 15 minutes.
7. Stock images
Most of us have at least some photos saved on our computer. It takes little effort to upload these to a website like iStock and earn whenever someone downloads your photo. The market for stock images has become very competitive so it may take a while until you make money. Click here for details.
8. Printables on Etsy
Etsy is a website that lets you sell hand-made or other unique items. You can sell a lot more, but printables are pretty easy to develop and require little skill. Planners, calendars, etc. can be developed pretty easily. For example, I made my free Never Be Broke Again workbook using PowerPoint.
9. Re-selling domain names
Re-selling domain names involves coming up with a cool name, registering it for cheap and then selling it for profit. The difficulty with this lies in coming up with a good name and predicting which names will be popular.
10. Re-selling tickets
You can buy tickets for events such as concerts or sports matches in advance and then sell them a few days before the event for a premium price. For this, you would need some capital to start off with as you may need to keep the tickets for a few months.
11. Selling your hair
Yes, you can sell your hair. This is probably not going to make you rich but if you fancy a new haircut, why not make some profit along the way? Plus, you help people who suffer from hair loss as your hair will be used to make wigs. Check here for more information.
12. Re-selling blogs
The concept of re-selling blogs is the same as for re-selling anything else. Buy cheap, sell high. Blogs are usually sold at 24 their monthly income. Hence you can buy the blog, do some work on it to improve its profitability (either through adding ads or increasing traffic) and sell for a profit.
13. Scrap metal
Do something good for the environment, declutter your backyard (or someone else’s) and make easy money. If you want to collect scrap metal from others, you may need a license (depending on your country) so make sure to read up the laws. Scrap metal re-selling is prone to scammers so ensure you find a reputable, licensed scrap yard.
14. Empty ink cartridges
Most people just throw their empty ink cartridges away and few know that they an actually be sold. This is not a huge money maker unless you have a large friend circle who are willing to let you handle getting rid of their used cartridges. Find more information here.
15. Broken electronics
When my laptops and phones break, I always sell them to online dealers get some money towards the purchase of a new laptop/phone. For example, I bought my last laptop for £400 and sold it for £40 after three years (with a broken screen). This is the website I used but there are plenty of others so it is worth comparing prices.
16. Trade in empty bottles
Growing up in Germany, it is normal for me to bring used cans and bottles back to the supermarket for recycling for cash or a voucher. At Tesco Recycle Centers, you will get Clubcard points for your empty cans and bottles, although there seem to be fewer of these centres around now than there used to be.
17. Trees or garden produce
One of my neighbours sells eggs from their hens if they produce excess. While eggs are not exactly growing in your garden, you could plant trees to sell at Christmas or fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, you could also put in a henhouse.
18. Junk mail
The Small Business Knowledge Center is a market research organisation and pays you for sending in your junk mail. Post and email junk are eligible if it falls into their pre-specified categories. Again, this will not make you rich but could be a nice addition to your income.
In my eyes, blogging is the best of all ways you can make money. This is because you also give value to the online community, learn more about your chosen subject, gain tons of skill, etc.
If you are good at grammar and spelling, you can put your skills to use for some extra cash. A proofreader earns on average £22,897 per year so nothing stops you from becoming a full-time proofreader. You may want to start with checking out the website of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
As a transcriber, you will be sent an audio file and are expected to type what you hear. You will earn 40p–80p per audio minute so being able to type fast and accurately is a huge plus. You may not be able to make much in the beginning but it is definitely worth as a side job over the long term.
If you have good writing skills, you can consider offering your service to others. Put yourself up on Fiverr, an American marketplace for freelancers and offer to write blog posts for other people. Or their sales pitch, essay, novel, etc. There are few limitations on what you can offer on Fiverr.
23. Publishing a novel
Speaking of novel, how about publishing your own? This comes with a huge upfront time involvement and no guarantee of success but equally, you may be the next J.K. Rowling.
24. Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant has been growing in popularity over recent years. A virtual assistant provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients. For example, you may find yourself writing Facebook posts or maintaining a website. Apparently, you earn a minimum of £25 per hour.
25. Data entry
Data entry involves transferring numbers or other data from one format to another. While this does not sound overly exciting, it is a good way to make money online. Here is a quick guide if you are interested in being a data entry operator.
26. Product reviews
27. Music reviews
Similar to product reviews, Slicethepie allows you to review music for cash. You will only get a few pence for your review but at least you get to listen to good music while writing.
28. Develop an online course
Courses can be hosted easily on Teachable and will earn you a nice passive income. You do not have to be an expert in the field to write a course, but the less you know, the more research you will have to do about the subject.
29. Teach English online
With a Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, you can teach English to non-native speakers. Anyone can qualify and native English speakers are always sought after. You can either teach online or abroad.
Become a tutor and help a pupil with his homework. There are lots of websites such as Tutorful which help you to get started.
31. Publish an e-book (non-fiction)
Self-publishing an ebook is another source of passive income. It also involves a lot of upfront research and writing but little effort once it is done, apart from marketing. Learn how you can write a $30k (£23k) ebook.
32. Create a membership site
Membership sites are websites that offer services such as menu planning, dating services or consultations to their members for a monthly/yearly subscription fee. Once your site is up and running, a membership site will generate a recurring monthly profit.
If you are an expert, you can offer consultations to others in your field of expertise. For example, you could be a financial or relationship adviser.
34. Create a website
You can also set up a website that is neither a blog nor a membership site but purely informational. This can generate a profit by placing advertisements on the site.
35. Matched betting
Matched betting, if allowed in your country, is a super easy way of making £1,000+ per month from home. I wrote an easy guide on how to get started.
Sports trading is more difficult than matched betting but allows to make more profit if you know what you are doing. If you have never heard of this before, it is best you start with matched betting. Amateurs are more likely to lose money than to gain anything.
37. Play poker online
Last week I spoke to someone who makes a living from playing poker online. You need to be fairly good at your poker game to make decent money, but if you have fun playing, you may consider becoming serious. Be aware that you can also lose money with this.
38. Low/no-risk casino offers
Learn how to make money from low-risk casino offers.
39. Free lotteries
Yes, there are lotteries you can play for free such as the Postcode Lottery and many others.
Become famous and make millions as a YouTuber. While this is unlikely to happen, you can at least make a few pounds extra a month by recording tutorials or showing off your skills.
Equally, if you have a nice voice and like talking, you could try recording a podcast. You can host your podcast via platforms such as Podbean.
42. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing means you earn a commission for referring your friends or other people to a service. Monethalia uses affiliate links to hopefully one day cover the hosting costs.
To get started, you do not need your own website as you can promote your links on websites such as Pinterest. Read my bUnited review which tells you how you can make money by referring friends.
Learn how to master affiliate marketing.
43. Website testing
Visit a website, complete set task and get paid with sites like UserTesting.
44. Search the web
There are different methods to earn money by searching. One example is Swagbucks.
There are people that make a side income just from entering competitions and giveaways. Often, you only have to send in a photo or answer a few questions so it is not as much effort as it seems.
Many websites will give you a sign-up bonus that you can cash in or just withdraw. You can find these offers at UniqPaid.com.
You can also sign-up to 20Cogs which will allow you to earn money for signing-up to other websites.
47. Online juror
This is more for my US readers, as there appear to be no opportunities in the UK. Basically, you will be asked to be a juror in a mock trial. Click here for more information.
48. Adult chat lines
Working as an adult chat line operator is not for everyone. Many vulnerable women (and men) turn to adult chat lines as they cannot find other work, meaning this area is also prone to scammers ready to take advantage of these women. Despite this, there is still good money to be made.
49. Product testing
You sign-up to receive a new product, test it and write a review. Most times, you will get paid in goods rather than money. So far, I received a month’s worth of free bottled water and breakfast cereals.
If you need something, sometimes it is easiest to just ask for it. This works best for charitable causes but you can always try! Click here to get started.
At Tawkify, people looking to date do not find there matches via a computer algorithm. Instead, human matchmakers select their matches. You could be one of those matchmakers and helping people to find love.
Science and market research
52. Mobile data
I use MobileXpression and have VPN installed on my phone that records my data. In return, I get one credit per week (1 credit = £0.66). Not a huge earner but good money for doing nothing if you are not too worried about sending off your data.
Surveys have a bad reputation as they are not well-paid and are a repetitive task. However, they still give you quick money and you can do them while doing something else e.g. watching TV. Survey Junkie is a good starting point.
54. Shopping history
ShopTracker will collect your data while you are shopping and reward you for sharing your purchase history from sites like Amazon.
55. Household purchases
Nielsen is interested in your household purchases and would like to reward you for scanning your groceries.
56. Shopping at selected stores
With Shopkick you earn reward cards when you shop in their partner stores.
57. Clinical trials
Help science and earn money. Head to ClinicalTrials.gov and search for trials you are eligible for. At university, I once got paid to eat biscuits made with coconut oil every day for a month. Bear in mind that some trials take a long time to conclude so you may have to wait a while for your payment.
58. Watch TV
With The Viewers, you can get paid for watching TV. The Viewers is a research panel interested in your opinion on TV programs.
59. Focus groups
At focus group meetings, you will be asked to review and discuss a product. Obviously, you will get compensated for your time and opinions.
60. Foreign currencies
Due to living abroad, I have bank accounts in pounds and in euros and when the need to transfer arises, I naturally wait for the best exchange rates. To make significant amounts with this method, you would need a large starting capital and you need to be aware that you could potentially lose money.
61. Current accounts
The easiest way to make money is to simply deposit it into your current account. Note that for this method to work, the interest rate needs to be above inflation.
62. Peer-to-peer lending
With peer-to-peer lending, you are giving loans to people or companies in need of money. You will get better interest rates than from current accounts but you could also lose your money. With Ratesetter, you can get £100 bonus if you use my sign-up link.
63. Stocks and shares
Investing in stocks and shares is a popular way to make money. Even if you are not an expert in this, you can easily learn how to invest and even grab a free mystery share.
Buy yourself a house and watch as prices rise and your property gains in value. Alternatively, you can buy a run-down house, renovate and sell at a better price. This is not for everyone as it requires a large sum to start.
If you would like to start small, I recommend Brickowner. For as low as £100 you can invest in a range of properties. My link will give you a £50 bonus for investments of £1,000 or more.
You can invest in gold, silver, sugar, etc. and potentially make large sums of money from it by buying low and selling high. Equally, you can also lose large sums of money. If you are interested in investing in commodities, I recommend this guide.
The profit from bonds comes in the form of interest. Usually, you invest a specified sum of money for a specified time frame. There different risk levels and the interest differs accordingly. Find out more about investment classes.
67. Stoozing credit cards
I am not a big fan of this concept but want to give you the opportunity to make money from it nonetheless. Basically, you sign-up for a 0% interest credit card and put the money from it into a high-interest current account. Before the interest-free period ends, you pay the card off. This works better when interests are high (at the moment they are not).
This is pretty self-explanatory. Get started here.
Websites such as Tailster allow you to find dogs and cats that need to be watched or walked (in case of dogs). If you have no previous experience, you can start by working for a low price and work your way up.
70. Mystery shopping
As a mystery shopper, you buy something and are then asked to review your experience. This works best if you live in a large city as there will be more offers.
Most people will gladly leave the cleaning to someone else. That someone could be you.
The same as with cleaning, people are always looking for someone who polishes up their garden.
73. Tour guide
If you live in a city, why not show tourists around your area? You could offer walking tours for free and ask for a small donation at the end. This is how I got to know Oxford.
You know those street artists (singers, guitarists, etc), you often find on the streets? You can build up experience, find new fans and earn some extra cash by putting yourself out there. Just make sure you read up on the laws first.
75. Donating plasma
I am always a little low on blood so this is not an option for me but if you are well and healthy, you may as well help others with your blood and earn extra cash in the process. Note that in some countries, you will not get paid. For the UK, check here.
76. Doing odd jobs
With TaskRabbit, you can offer your services in a range of random areas. Installing, repairing, grocery shopping–as long as you are physically able, you will find something you can offer.
77. Car advertising
If you have a long commute or drive a lot for other reasons, you can make a passive income by placing adverts on your car. Note that in this industry, there are many scams, so you need to be very careful with who to work with.
78. Take pictures of job offers
JobSpotter needs your help in finding job offers. Simply take a picture of a job advert and get a reward once you upload it.
79. Poll clerk
If you have voted before, you will know that there are people who explain what you need to do and confirm your identity. Usually, these people are compensated for their time. Equally, volunteers are required to transfer the votes into the computer system.
You can always look for volunteering opportunities yourself. Usually, you will get compensated for your time or at least get a free lunch out of it.
Coupons can be found in supermarket magazines, newspapers or online. Although often dismissed, coupons are essentially free money with the limitation that it can only be spent in a specific store.
83. Reward points
Supermarket reward points, such as Tesco Clubcard points, can be exchanged for items, discounts, vouchers and sometimes even be cashed out. Collecting reward points is definitely worth it, although it may take a while to build up sufficient points.
84. Gift cards
Do you have unwanted gift cards laying around? CardYard allows you to turn them into cash.
85. Buy alcohol
Serve Legal ensures that pubs do not sell alcohol to minors. They employ 18- and 19-year olds to as auditors. You get free training, mentoring and a good pay rate.
86. Re-negotiating your salary
One of the many ways you can make money is to simply ask for a pay rise. Gather evidence of how much you have improved or how much you are achieving at work and make a case to your employer.
Or you could take it one step further and ask for a promotion. Even if you are not ready for the next level yet, you could ask for a meeting to discuss how you can improve and which skills you are missing to progress. Most employers value employees that care about their career.
88. Apply for jobs that pay more
If there are no chances to increase your salary at your current job, you can have a look at job adverts to see what rival companies offer to pay for your skill. Sometimes having an offer from another company is enough to get your employer to pay you more.
89. Work overtime
Some employers will pay you extra if you work overtime. But I guess if it was this easy for you, you would not be reading this list!
90. Work part-time
While I was a student I had several different part-time jobs at the same time. I was a carer, mentor and sales assistant at the same time. It was stressful, but I gained skills to put on my CV and supplemented my income.
91. Spare room
I guess most of us are tight on space but if you happen to have an unused spare room or do not mind having one room less for yourself, you can look into getting a lodger.
If you have a room that is occasionally unused, you can look into putting it up on Airbnb. With Airbnb, you can rent your room out for a couple of nights or a few months to tourists and travellers.
93. Your drive
Do you live near a train station? I bet you can find a few commuters that would pay for a guaranteed parking spot.
94. Your equipment
There is probably tons of stuff that you do not use very often but also do not want to sell. With websites such as Fat Llama, you can put this stuff to use and rent it out.
95. Your car
96. Your garden
Researching for this post has shown me that ANYTHING can be put to use, even your garden. Either find wanna-be campers who would like to pitch their tent in your garden or rent it out as allotment.
Anything can be rented and this apparently includes your friendship. With Rent a Friend, somebody will pay you to attend a social event with them, show you around or simply for your company.
Miscellaneous ways you can make money
98. Be an extra in a film
Extras are those people in a film who run around screaming when the zombie apocalypse comes. You can be one of them (and earn money).
99. Lose weight
100. Use your social media account
If you many followers on social media, you can make money from writing sponsored posts, tweets, etc. Find more information here.
100 ways to make money conclusion
When I started this list, I would not have thought to find a HUNDRED ways you can make money. It is astonishing how much potential there is! Not every item on this list is suitable for everyone but I am pretty sure there are many possibilities open to you.
If you are looking for ways kids can make money, you will be pleased to find out that there are also 100 ways kids can make money.
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