10 Creative Ways To Make Money Online

10 Creative Ways To Make Money Online

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How To Make Money Online

If you’d claimed it was possible for the average guy on the street to make millions of dollars online just a decade ago, the chances are good you’d have heard nothing but laughter in response. Today, though, there are countless Internet millionaires who turned a great idea into obscene profit, used the power of the web to promote their offline business or simply worked their butt off to sell their skills online.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll ever earn enough to buy your own private island, there’s nothing to stop you from using your skills to make a comfortable living online. In fact, while the media would have you believe that online success stories are limited to just a few lucky, hard working people who stumbled on a great idea that went on to make millions, the reality is that there are tens of thousands of people who make a living exclusively online. Here are just ten ways you can join them.


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1. Sell Stock Photography

Sell Stock Photos OnlineThe Internet has caused an explosion in the demand for stock photography. As the number of media and commercial outlets has increased dramatically with the growth of online media there’s an enormous need for high quality stock photos.

Yuri Arcurs is the man everyone turns to for their stock photo needs. As the world’s top selling stock photographer he sells an image every 8 seconds, 24 hours a day (that works out to over 4 million images each year). Arcurs makes millions of dollars each year simply by being the best at what he does. There are lots of great photographers in the world and the barrier to entry is as low as ownership of a camera, but Arcurs has managed to build a reputation online for consistent, high quality and imaginative images.

If you’re a professional photographer (or even just a hobbyist) you should consider the possibilities of selling stock images online.


2. Tweet For Sponsors

Sponsored TweetsSponsoredTweets.com is an online platform that allows you to make money on Twitter by charging sponsors for communicating their advertising messages to your followers. You set the amount you want to get paid for every tweet you make, choose a category and select keywords you want to work with. You then wait for advertisers to contact you and take you up on your offer, paying you the amount you specified for each tweet that you make.

All throughout the process, the tweeter has full control over his or her account, and may choose the wordings of the tweets, or may choose to reject the tweet altogether.


3. Blog for Ad Revenues

Google Adsense Money OnlineIf, however, you already have a blog with a devoted following it should be easy for you to leverage your readers into hard cash. Ad networks such as Google AdSense pay big money to place their ads on your site, and you’ll receive a payment every time a reader clicks one. While it’s easy to go overboard and fill every spare pixel, if you place your ads well it’s possible to make a comfortable income from your site.

One of the most successful bloggers around today is John Chow, a Canadian blogger who makes more than $40,000 a month through ad sales and other revenue streams. Ironically, his blog is about ways to make money online.


4. Sell Affiliate Products

Affiliate marketing money onlineIf you have a flair for sales copy you could try your hand at selling products for affiliates. While many people take the seedy route of selling diet pills and penis enlargement products, if you want to keep your conscience clear you’ll find that Amazon runs a very successful affiliate program that allows you to make money advertising any of the products for sale on their site. eBay also have a pretty good affiliate setup, with their top affiliates earning $1.3 Million a month, WOW!



5. Write an e Book

make money sell ebook onlineIn recent years the self-publishing world has exploded online to the point at which you don’t even have to run your own site in order to promote a book. Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo are just a few of the sites on which you could self-publish today, with commission rates of around 70% available on every sale.

The number of eBooks on Amazon reached 8 million last year, and Amazon stated that eBooks are outselling hard backs 2 to 1, 62% of ebook sales fell into the Thriller and Mystery genre, so if you feel that you could pull this style of genre off then you will be in for a good chance of sales.

26 year old self published author, Amanda Hocking from Minnesota makes more than $2 Million a year from her ebook sales. Amanda Hocking’s stories about, trolls, vampires and zombies and  ‘supernatural teen romances’ sell for $2.99 or for as little as $.99.


6. Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual AssistantEvery small businessman would love to hire a full time assistant to take care of the little things, but many simply can’t afford one. Thanks to the Internet, though, they can now hire part time assistants who work for a whole host of clients, and all at a much lower cost than a full time staff member.

If you work from home this may be a perfect opportunity to make a consistent income. Virtual assistants can earn $20 an hour in return for booking travel tickets, interacting with clients and dealing with the daily needs of small businesses.


7. Lease Your Skills

make money online outsourceMost people have at least one skill that carries a market value, though until now that skill may have been impossible to monetize in the traditional job market.

Sites such as 99Designs, Elance, Freelancer and iWriter allow people to hire out their skills as writers, coders, designers, translators and lots more on a contract basis. Freelancing sites are a great way to boost your income in your free time, and with enough motivation and hard work you could find yourself earning a comfortable full time income from them.


8. Selling on eBay

Make Money On eBayeBay is a great way to turn your unwanted things into a little spending money, but it isn’t just a place to sell your old Star Wars action figures. In fact, eBay’s global marketplace can offer a great way for canny traders to buy and sell their way to profit. By buying wholesale you can sell anything with a mark up. Even better, if you have the skills to make things people want to buy you could start your own home-based craft business, selling to customers around the world.

Matt & Amanda Clarkson are a successful couple who so far have managed to make over $8 Million in eBay sales.


9. Become A Mobile App Tester

test iphone appsPeople that are rather uncertain of their application development potential can still make some money through the usage of iPhone apps.

People that have the time and desire to test iPhone apps and discover bugs can be rewarded payments for their efforts. uTest is one such application. Individuals that have signed up will also build some reputation on the basis of the testing they have done so far.

Better reputation signifies access to more profitable app testing opportunities.


10. Designing T-Shirts

design tshirt make moneyFinally, if you have something of an artistic streak you could kick off the next viral sensation with your own range of funky, arty t-shirts. Sites such as CafePress allow users to upload their own t-shirt designs and sell them on their personal online store.

You can also contact distributors such as threadless.com or designbyhumans.com to release your t-shirt designs to the masses.

If your designs catch the eye you could be looking at enormous profits when they take off in a big way.

Checkout our article The Top 10 Tips On Starting Your Own Successful Clothing Line, this should give you an idea on how to kick things off.



As you can see, to make money online you don’t have to be particularly skilled with computers. You don’t need to be know how to build your own website from the ground up, and you don’t have to be a mogul with millions of dollars to invest in success. If you have any kind of artistic skills, creativity or business savvy you can turn it into profit.

In short, you should understand that the online world is just like real life. The same opportunities are there for the taking, but instead of drawing your customers from just your home town you can reach out with your great ideas to the far reaches of the earth.

So why not start today?


  1. I am most intrigued about stock photography – I think it is something I may try because I need a break from constantly writing and working on my online income streams. Thank you for the list – it’s great!

  2. There was a great TV article recently talking about Instagram saying that this website is destined to make more new age millionaires than anything else.
    Amateur photographers are able to list their best snaps online and name their price, whilst customers are able to choose their favorite images and with the click of a few buttons order a blown up print on canvas and it be framed and delivered to their home to be hung up as art! Your photographs, favorite holiday destinations and memories can now be shared across the world. Awesome huh!

  3. This is an excellent article to make some extra cash online. I feel that more and more as we move forward with the Digital age, we will find ourselves being virtual in every aspect of business. I like the idea of the freelance and virtual assistant!

    Thanks for the article!

  4. @Darius, I know dude, these are old school!

    Well, this article isn’t bad per se, but you could write 1 EPIC article for EACH of these methods, rather than a “meh” article that grazed over these methods…know what I’m sayin’?

  5. I really impressed by reading this article. In future, you should be giving information about it more. I must have to admire you for this extra ordinary section of work.

  6. Another way you missed mentioning here is forex trading. The forex market works 24/7 and the potential to make money from it is enormous. However, there is certain risk factor involved in this trade as well. If you plan to get into Forex trading, then make sure to understand how things work in this market. If you can do so, you can make a good amount of money while sitting at the comfort of your house.

  7. Haha

    The article is pretty good to cover the most popular ways to monetize e-business. And even from this perspective few pretty big ones were skipped.


    How are these CREATIVE ways? Well, 5 years ago or so, maybe those were the creative ones..

  8. Joel, I have been loving your website for about a year now. You do great work inspiring others. But this post is incomplete. How could you in good conscience leave out starting a home-based business? It is an industry that has been advocated my many well-respected public figures (like Robert & Kim Kiyosaki that you have listed in the power couple post), featured in various publications like the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine, and is even taught in a professional course of study at the University of Illinois at Chicago by a Harvard PhD.

    It is a remarkable industry where any ordinary person with no special skills or education has the opportunity to completely change their future starting out with a few extra hundred dollars a month. Which by the way, a lot of people that filed for bankruptcy have said that an extra $300/month could have saved them from it all.

    Now, maybe I missed it, and you can direct me to the link if you did, but I would love to see you share with others about the home-based business industry.

    Awesome good vibes your way!


  9. Hi Keith

    A great article thanks.

    There’s also an industry of people who make money trading foreign exchange from home with just a computer and an internet connection.

    Cheers Rach

  10. In reference to idea #7, another great site is Fiverr.com. Ultimately after Fiverr takes their 20%, you’ll earn $4 per “Gig” or job. If these jobs are small enough though or even automated, they can add up very quickly. There are Fiverr members that have completed over 20,000 gigs and exceeded $80,000 in income over the course of a year or two! Hope this helps as well. – Ryan Ridgway, Founder of WeeklyHustle.com

  11. Great post. I do affiliate marketing and suggest that your readers check out clickbank. Most of their advertisers pay more than Amazon and supply you with the graphics. Lots to pick and choose from.

  12. I wouold love to hear more about making money on line by tweeting I am at the computer 24/7 please contact me to let me know the hows to

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