11 Ways To Earn Money Online | Ditch the 9 to 5

Avinash Chandra
Aug 2, 2017 · 8 min read

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Earn Money Online — without leaving the comfort of your home.

Well. How many times have you read that?

Every time I go to a news site or even a blog I see countless blogs/ads talking about the same. So I did the unthinkable.

I decided to click on all such ads and find out if there is indeed such a thing as earn money online.

Not everybody wants to go out and get a second job that can pay well. In fact most are already tired of their first day job if it sucks. And for most people their day jobs do suck.

It is now possible to earn money online by doing various jobs. That said, earning money still entails hard work, skills and patience, even if it is online.

Let me list some ways you can make money via online opportunities.

Here are 11 Ways to earn money online by working for others or as a freelancer

1) Get paid for testing out web applications for others

When people make new websites of applications, they need to see users interacting with their website. This helps them understand what improvements can be made for better user experience. That’s where you come in. You can sign up with online vendors who offer user testing services.

You can sign up with usertesing.com

At usertesting.com get paid $10 via PayPal for every 20-minute video you complete. UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud.

Quick Tip : It takes a little while to get used to taking the tests. Initially you will have no idea what you are doing. The idea is to just keep talking about what you see and what you think about the website you are testing.
After about 3 tests you get used to the program and everything runs smoothly.
You need to be quick about clicking on a new test or someone else will get it. I suggest running the website in the background on the laptop while doing other work. When you hear the notification bell just go to the page and click the new test to take it.

Requirements for this work:

  1. Good command over spoken english
  2. Laptop with internet connection
  3. Microphone to record your voice.


  1. No investment required.
  2. quick sign up
  3. Timely payouts via PayPal


  1. Need to download software from user testing
  2. Testing opportunities are limited as you need to fit the demographic profile the website in looking for.
  3. People have reported getting upto 6 or 7 testing opportunities per month. That translates to 60 or $70 per month.

2) Earn money by running testing gigs on freelancing sites

If you already have a hang of how user testing works, you can set up your own gig on freelancing websites such as fiver.com, glance etc. Start by pricing low and if your work is good you will do better.

The key is the more reviews you get the more work you will get. You can even price your gig more.

3) Get paid on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk is as legitimate as it gets as it is hosted by Amazon. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a website where businesses, researchers, universities and consumer product groups post tasks to be completed by people online.

The tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk are called HITs, or human intelligence tasks, which are posted by people called “requesters.”

Surveys are the most common type of HIT’s on topics ranging from consumer products, personality, finance, ethics, education and more. There are also tasks that comprise of audio/video transcriptions, categorization tasks, excel spreadsheet work, and YouTube video rating, to name a few.

Your potential earnings really depend on how much time you put into it. There’s work available immediately upon signing up, but many of the higher paying requesters require you to complete a certain number of HITs before you can work on their tasks. Qualifications of 100/500/1,000 HITs completed are pretty common to access some of the better work on there

Nick here has reported that he earns $150–300/week and has earned over $21,000 in 2 and 1/2 years from Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Update : Cash payment by amazon is restricted only for people in US & India. All else may have to suffice with payment in gift certificates which can be redeemed on amazon online.

Requirements for this work:

  1. Laptop with internet connection


  1. No investment required.
  2. Timely payouts via PayPal


  1. Need patience. Work on low paying HIT’s for a month or so before you can qualify for high paying work

4) Make money on Transcription Websites

General transcription is something you can do to earn money from home that does not always require experience or an education to get started, In case you’re not familiar with it, transcription basically involves listening to an audio file and typing out what you hear.

Some Things to Know Before You Begin Applying

  • Work may not be steady, so spread yourself around and do work for more than just one company if it looks like you won’t have enough to stay busy.
  • Companies that hire beginners often don’t pay as well as companies that require experience, so the money you earn may end up being just extra cash.
  • The companies listed below will require you to take a skills test before they will accept you to do the work, just to gauge your ability to follow instructions and your typing speed.
  • Update : These websites may be restricted for people in US & Canada
  1. Quicktate
  2. Speakwrite
  3. Scribie
  4. TranscribeMe
  5. AccuTran Global
  6. Rev
  7. Tigerfish

Training & Applying to transcript programs to earn money online

To get in, you have to take a typing test first so they can be sure you type fast enough. You can take this over again as many times as you need to until your score is up to par with what they want. Then you fill out a work history form and confidentiality agreement.
After they accept these things, they let you start training which from what I understand is not super easy to get through. The entire process will probably take at least a few days to finish.

What equipment do you need?

You need a PC (no Macs) as well as high speed internet. If you don’t already have one, you’ll also need a foot pedal.

5) Sell products on Etsy

If you like to create arts and crafts, you can sell them on Etsy.

Perhaps you can make some decor items, scented candles with unique designs, madhubani paintings, bags, jewellery or even homemade soap. Or perhaps if you can source such things from somewhere. Then you can sell these on Etsy.

It’s completely free to open an Etsy store. You simply sign up, post pictures of your creations and starting selling. You can choose your payment option, but PayPal is generally the easiest. Etsy makes it easy to sell and keep track of your inventory. There is a small listing fee and they do take 3.5% of every sale you make.

6) Freelance on OneSpace

Join OneSpace and access a variety of freelance work ranging from simple quality assurance tasks to detailed writing assignments. Work ranges from writing and editing content to data entry and product research.


  1. Daily Payments — Get paid quickly with daily payments for your approved work.
  2. Flexibility — Get the freedom to create you own schedules and can log in to submit work anywhere at any time.
  3. Experience — Enhance your skills and gain resume-building experience by working on projects for some of the world’s largest companies, including Staples, Overstock, Wal-Mart and eBay.

7) Rent your home on AirBnB and earn money online

Rent your entire home or even just a room on AirBnB or even just a bed. This is a simple and effective way to earn money online, especially in the short term. While you won’t get rich doing this, you can generate thousands of dollars per month for the right place. And, if you live in a sought-after vacation destination, or a city that is expensive then you’re certainly in luck.

Priceonomics.com has noted that Airbnb earnings can range drastically, with some hosts making more than $10,000 per month, while others make less than $2001. Depends on your offering and location.

Research other listings in your city on AirBnB and see what the going rate is for a place like yours. You could also just rent out a private room as well or even a bed in a shared room. In fact, that’s how AirBnB got its start. However, you might find it hard in the beginning without reviews, but as long as you take really good care of your guests and provide a lot of value, the reviews will eventually come rolling in.

8) Make money with AirBnB Experiences

If you don’t have a spare room you can still earn money from AirBnb Experiences or Emmersions. Its like being a tourist guide for your city/town. It’s a way for travelers to connect with locals, immerse themselves in the city’s culture and experience something totally new — or even spark up an old hobby.

Experiences last 2 hours of more while Immersions happen over days, something like a 3 day or five day camp.

Once again positive reviews are the key to get more bookings.

9) Look for work from home jobs on Indeed & earn money via online jobs

Indeed Job Portal now has a branch for India. Just search “work from home” in the keyword field to help find the home-based jobs. Or just click here.

10) Answer professional questions

Use you expertise/experience/education to answer professional questions online on sites like justanswer.com and LivePerson.

You can earn money online by simply answering these questions and providing the right information to people based on their individualistic circumstances.

Depending on your area of knowledge, you could either make a lot of money or just a little bit by answering questions professionally.

11) Drive With Uber

If you have a car and free time, it can be a means to earn money. Uber allows you to drive for them at your schedule. Drivers In India, have an average income of $26,000 p.a (approx 17 lakhs p.a.) as Uber drivers. 2

According to Harry Campbell, a writer and entrepreneur at rideshareguy, you need just 2 things to enrol with Uber — smartphone and a newish four-door car.

Harry also notes that Uber requires a car inspection, but that this can be performed easily and cheaply at your local car shop. Other than owning smart phone, a car and getting the car inspected, there are no other actual start-up costs involved.

Update : Uber also conducts a thorough criminal background check. Potential Uber drivers could be eliminated if they have a criminal past or a drunk driving conviction.

To find if your vehicle qualifies to sign up with Uber go here.


These are some ways to earn money online and I hope they have helped you see how online jobs have evolved. This may also help you understand what other people are doing. Keep watching this space as my team is researching even more earning opportunities to add to this blog.

Let me know in the comments what has worked for you & what you would like researched when it comes to earning money online.

Originally published at www.avinashchandra.com on August 2, 2017.

Avinash Chandra

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CEO, BrandLoom ($1m Startup). Digital Marketing Wizard.

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