Want to earn a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars every single month?
In this blog, I’m going to talk about 15 ways you can make money online.
Starting the list with 12 gigs that are perfect for complete beginners, and ending with 3 more high-level income strategies. These are perfect for existing entrepreneurs and online creatives who want to diversify their income stream – and even bring in some passive income.
Because who doesn’t love making money on autopilot – right?
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Coming at ya this week with some ideas to help you make more money in 2023 – and beyond! Be sure to join my newsletter to help you build a successful online business and get all my blogs!
Now – whether you’re brand new to making money online or you’ve been a digital entrepreneur or freelancer for a while and you’re looking to bring in even more money – or add some passive income to your bank account…
This blog has some ideas for you!
But before we get into the list, I need to make a big fast disclaimer…
NOTHING ON THIS LIST IS A GET-RICH-QUICK-SCHEME.
Like anything worthwhile, they will take some time (and effort – Gasp!) to pay off and you likely won’t make a thousand dollars overnight. But over time, these gigs can provide a comfortable & sustainable source of income.
Now, let’s get into this list. Starting off with 11 ways a complete beginner can start making money online as a freelancer…
15 Ways To Start Freelancing & Make Money Online
Alright this one is chock-full of ideas for you to make money online. Freelancing is an umbrella term – and while on my blog, I tend to talk about freelance copywriting a lot – there are so many other ways you can make money online as a freelancer.
The best part is that freelancing is relativity easy to start – yes even as a complete beginner. Especially if you already have skill or talent that you can leverage…
But if you’re sitting there thinking – “…yeah, but I don’t have any skills!”…
I bet you do and here are 11 ideas to get your juices flowing:
#1 – Content Writing
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.
The main purpose of content like this would be to build a relationship with the audience and deliver some great free value in the form of education, entertainment, or inspiration.
According to Salary.com the average content writer makes $49,906 a year – or $137 a day!
#2 – Copywriting
Copywriting is another option for folks who love who write. Whereas content writing focuses mostly on nurturing an audience, copywriting focuses on writing marketing materials to promote products and services or generate new leads for a business.
This includes writing things like:
- Sales pages
- Landing pages
- And so much more!
And if you want to learn more about copywriting, then be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel – for hundreds of tutorials to teach you the basics. According to Glassdoor.com the average freelance copywriter makes $53,528 a year – or $147 a day!
#3 – Virtual Assistant (VA)
VAs are usually hired to handle administrative tasks for an individual, brand, or company.
These tasks often 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.
This is a great job for you if you’re super organized, good at multitasking, and time management! According to Glassdoor, the average freelance VA makes $43,761 a year – or $120 a day!
#4 – Copy Editing or Line Editing
If you’re great at catching spelling errors, incorrectly used grammar, and punctuation mistakes then this is perfect for you.
Editors are needed for everything from blogs to sales pages and even novels or magazines! As an editor, you’d be in charge of:
- Correcting spelling, grammar, and run-on sentences
- Ensuring consistency in writing and punctuation
- Flagging ambiguous, redundant or factually incorrect statements
- Fixing words or sentences that are extraneous or overused
You get the idea. According to Glassdor.com, the average freelance copyeditor makes $51,371 a year – or $140 a day!
#5 – Video Editing
Video has basically taken over the internet. It’s on every platform and used for both content creation and marketing material.
This means video editors are in demand more now than ever before. To be a video editor you’ll need to be proficient with editing software… but with tools like Descript, that’s getting more and more accessible.
To be a good video editor, you also need to know how to keep people engaged while watching, and the ability to weave together a good story. According to Glassdor.com, the average video editor makes $54,883 a year – or $150 a day!
#6 – Website Design
Website designers are in charge of planning out, designing, and coding websites. So you’ll need to have a good eye for visual design.
According to Glassdoor.com, the average website designer makes $57,309 a year – or $157 a day!
#7 – Social Media Manager
Social media managers are responsible for managing a brand presence online.
This can include everything from developing strategies to increase reach, creating and overseeing social campaigns, staying on top of current trends & producing content, monitoring metrics – like engagement level, conversions, and audience building, and of course, actively posting and writing social captions!
#8 – Podcast Audio Editor
A podcast editor takes the raw audio from the podcast host and edits it to improve the listening experience. This might include editing out unnecessary or redundant parts, improving audio quality, adding other sound elements, or even mixing audio with other files.
Again, you can use Descript for this. And just like a video editor – you’ll need to be detailed oriented and know how to keep engaged while listening. According to Glassdoor.com, the average podcast editor makes $54,858 a year – or $150 a day!
#9 – Logo Design
This one would be similar to a website designer but on a smaller scale. Instead of designing the whole website, you’ll be designing eye-catching and memorable logos. Like website design, you’ll need to have an eye for detail and proficiency with design software.
According to Glassdoor.com, the average logo designer makes $43,159 a year – or $118 a day!
#10 – Voice Over
Get paid to be the voice used in radio, tv, ads, ebooks, whiteboard explainer videos – and really the possibilities are endless!
You’ll need 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 in accents. According to Glassdoor.com, the average Voice Over professional makes $52,603 a year – or $144 a day!
#11 – SEO Specialist
This is probably one of the most technical gigs on this list. An SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specialist’s main job is to improve a website’s chances of ranking on Page 1 during an internet search. One of the ways they do this is by strategically weaving certain keywords into the blog posts, articles, and pages on a business’s website.
To succeed at this job, you’ll want to be comfortable with spending the majority of your time doing research, data analysis, and more complex strategies like link building, HTML, and A/B testing.
According to Glassdoor.com, the average SEO Specialist makes $59,919 a year – or $165 a day!
Alright! Now of course, there are so many more freelancing jobs out there, so if nothing on this list resonated – just do some research and I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for you. And also PLEASE keep in mind that the dollar amounts listed are just rough averages.
When you first start out, you may make less…
But as you gain more experience, you very well may make way more than those numbers.
Alright now I’ve got one more way you can make money online as a complete beginner… and it’s a little unconventional…
#12 – House-Sitting
Okay, so this one probably won’t be able to provide enough income to sustain you on its own. But I really think this is a genius way to score free lodging while traveling. A member of my team actually does this!
Her main source of income is through freelance copywriting, but she also houses-sits. Just last year alone, she was able to fulfill her dream of traveling to Salem during Halloween. And she even spent an entire month in Hawaii during the Christmas Holidays.
The work required is usually pretty minimal, involving maintenance chores like feeding pets, watering plants, mail collection, taking out the garbage, and general household upkeep.
You can easily be a housesitter while working another job as long as you have the freedom & flexibility to work from your laptop. To get started as a housesitter, look into HouseSitter.com – according to the website, you can make about $66/day!
Alright now, let’s dive into the 3 money-making methods that are geared more specifically toward an existing online entrepreneur who is looking to add more revenue streams to their bottom line…
#13 – YouTube
Online video consumption has increased by 121% in the last 3 years.
And YouTube is the #2 website by traffic in the US. Plus, its revenue has grown 21X in the last 10 years ($1.3B to $28.84B). And it is projected to have 2.85B 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 ANYONE can create a YouTube channel and monetize it. There’s a niche for just about anything and everything under the sun.
You can do a ton of things like:
- Start a lifestyle vlog…
- Talk about video games…
- Review items…
- 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! The possibilities are literally endless.
And while this definitely won’t provide “passive income” in the beginning, once you get a certain number of followers, you can turn on AdSense or join the YouTube Partner Program and start making money off your videos. And then it can be as passive (or active) as you want from there on out.
There are a bunch of factors that go into the amount of money you make on YouTube…
From the number of subscribers to number of views to how long your audience watches your videos. If you’re interested in starting your own channel and want an in-depth tutorial on how I did it, make sure to comment below and let me know!
I’d love to make a tutorial if that’s something you guys are curious about.
#14 – Course Creation
Alright, now we’re really starting to get into the revenue streams that you’ll need some expertise for…
You can’t be a beginner and go out there and create a course or digital product to sell. Well you could – but if there isn’t a great chance you’d make any money. I would not recommend it.
HOWEVER, if you’re an entrepreneur or business owner who has years of experience and expertise in a niche, subject, or trade… Then this is a great way to add passive income to your revenue stream.
Create a course – or other digital product (like ebooks, full-service kits, software, etc.) – where you share your expertise with the public. This will require some upfront effort, but once you’ve created it – you can continue to sell and money on it forever.
If you have an established audience and feel comfortable generating your own traffic and promoting your product – 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, and in some cases, they may even help you promote your course. So this is a great route to go if you’re new to sharing online and don’t have an established audience to market your course to.
The downside, of course, is that these marketplace platforms take a share of the revenue generated from your course.
#15 – Community Membership
And once you’ve established yourself as a figure of authority in your area of expertise and you have a loyal community behind you… One of the best things you can do to generate extra income is through creating a community membership.
This is for your super fans and the ones who want to go EVEN DEEPER with you. This can look different depending on what your area of expertise is…
If you have a large social media following, Instagram recently rolled out a Subscription option. Where your followers pay a monthly fee to get exclusive access into your life, content you don’t share with anyone else, priority in DMs, or whatever else you want to promise them!
Screenshot from Techcrunch
If you’re a writer, musician, singer, podcaster, artist – or other creative – you can sign up for Patreon. Similar to the concept behind Instagram Subscriptions, your Patreon community would pay a monthly fee to get exclusive content from you. What that content is (and how much you’ll charge monthly) is completely up to you!
Another thing I see a lot of creators doing is called “Buy Me A Coffee” – this is a concept similar to tipping your waitress for a job well done… Or giving a donation to a brand you want to support. When your fans “buy you a coffee” they are basically giving you a little extra cash to show they support you.
Now, this won’t make you rich, but it’s an option to consider if you’re looking to bring in a little extra revenue.
Or if you don’t want to go through a revenue-share-based subscription service, you can set up your own monthly subscription – where you host exclusive content through a stand-alone platform. This is what I do with my high-level mentorship program – Reign.
Reign is for freelancers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and digital creators who want to scale their business growth and generate more revenue.
Through monthly live calls and discussions, expert advice, exclusive interviews with industry leaders, and private masterclasses – my members get insider access to my personal library of high-level strategies, actionable guidance, and serious inspiration to reach the next level of success in your business.
We cover everything from sales and financial intelligence to building processes and systems, to branding and networking, to marketing and copywriting – and even manifestation!
Where my other offers are geared more towards beginners, Reign is really for those who are ready to scale their businesses to 6 and 7-figures—and beyond.
Doors to my Reign membership only open once a year, so if you want to be notified the next time that happens make sure to get yourself on the waitlist.
That’s all I have for you today – until next time, I’m Alex.
Ciao for now!