Does this sound like you?
You fill out uncountable job application, you attend dozens of interview, but, in the end, you fail to get that dream job.
You take a break for a couple of weeks, you repeat the process, but nothing happens.
Take it from me when I tell you that job hunting is difficult and time consuming. Getting one in an area you specialized in at college is even more challenging.
So instead of spending your time on local job boards, filling out application forms, and attending endless interviews that won’t yield you results, turn to online jobs and start making money right away.
Below are 17 ways to make money online without a job.
1. Become a Proofreader
Proofreading is a great way to make money without a day job for two reasons:
- You can set your own working hours and
- You can edit copies based on reasonable hourly rates
And let’s not forget the magnitude of content that companies and individuals produce on a daily basis some of which can’t go live without thorough editing.
While you do need prior copy editing experience to work as a proofreader, some content agencies are more interested in your current performance and skillset. So you might have to do a proofreading test to help them determine if you’re a good fit for the job.
You can even take your proofreading skills to the next level with Proofread Anywhere, which is a great resource to scale your career.
2. Answer Survey Questions Online
Completing survey questions won’t make you a lot of money right off the bat. But it’s a great opportunity for you to make some money without a day job.
For starters, there are many legit survey websites willing to pay you for your opinion, with many of the available tasks taking between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.
Some sites will first screen you to determine if you’re a good fit for a given set of surveys. Others do restrict their membership to certain countries.
When it comes to payments, you can make between $5 and $20 per survey, with some opportunities earning you more.
3. Make Money Converting Speech to Text
If you can convert speech to text, then you don’t have to look for a day job at all. You can join the transcription community and become one of the members that make money only by converting text to speech.
With companies and individuals seemingly interested in hiring transcriptionist, it’s clear that the demand for transcribers is only going hire.
For example, companies such as TranscribeMe and Scribie are open to all new subscribers. And provided you can do an audio test and pass, you’re already halfway to making money online without worrying about a day job.
These transcription job boards pay per audio hour, with many of them paying up to $20 for every audio hour that you convert to text.
4. Write Product Reviews
With businesses and affiliate marketers hunting for product review writers, there’s a very big opportunity for you to build a good business online and never have to worry about local job-hunting again.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to writing product reviews for clients as their needs vary. So once you get an opportunity to work with a client, make sure they provide briefs that are easy to follow and clear SOPs.
Some clients, and especially the ones on budget, will quote their prices. Others will ask you to give them your hourly rates.
So don’t charge too high and don’t go too low either. Instead, pick a price point that both you and the client in question can be comfortable with.
5. Get Paid to Test Products
You can earn some good cash by simply testing products and giving your opinion on them.
It won’t matter if you use your phone or your PC to submit your feedback, as long as you give your genuine opinion on the product in question.
If you would like to get paid to test all sorts of products, from website to mobile apps to cosmetic products, become a User Testing member.
If you would like to test website and mobile applications, join Testing Time and be part of the community that makes the internet a better place.
How much you earn will vary from test to test, although the most common range is between $15 and $40 per test.
6. Sell Items You Don’t Use on Decluttr
Look around your house and count how many times you no longer need. There’s a high chance that they’ve collected enough dust already and it’s about time to dispose them.
Throwing them in the trash isn’t the best solution. Donating them to a friend who may find them useful won’t earn you even a buck.
So sell them on Decluttr and make some money that you can use to buy more important things.
To be clear, Decluttr won’t accept all the items that you no longer use, especially if they’re not in good condition. So you should first figure out if your items are worth selling before considering this option.
7. Start a YouTube Channel
Video blogging is a great way to make money without a job. So start a YouTube channel, post useful, engaging, educational, and/or engaging content and watch your audience grow.
I should warn you:
Thousands of content creators are busy churning out great content on YouTube. So if you want to stand out from the crowd, do even better.
And remember, how fast your channel grows will depend on the value that you provide. If you create good video content, subscribers will come, and they’ll yarn for more.
Your goal should be to earn 1,000 subscribers fast. And as you monetize your channel once you meet the requirements, keep growing your channel by adding high quality content.
8. Create an Online Course
Have you ever thought of converting your college education into an online moneymaking machine?
There’s a high chance you haven’t. And if I’m being brutally honest with you, I strongly believe that you’re sitting on your goldmine.
Take what you learned back in college and convert it into an online course. Don’t a bit (or all) of your firsthand experience to the course and put the material out there.
Pack the course with a lot of value because that’s what people will pay for. And as I’ve said before, if people find your course resourceful, they’ll trust you with their wallets.
9. Publish an eBook
Do you have an engaging story to tell?
Maybe you’ve been working on a healthy recipe book and you want to convert it to cash?
Or maybe you’re a trained life coach and you’d like to teach online since you can’t find a day job in your vertical?
Write an eBook, promote it online, and watch your income grow month after month.
Like an online course, you need to make sure that what you write in the eBook gives value. People won’t trust you with their wallets if you don’t give them the best information.
Price your eBooks well. Again, the cost shouldn’t be too low or too high.
10. Becomes a Virtual Assistant
The best thing about being a VA is that you can set your own work schedule, work at your own time, and make money working from the comfort of your home.
Some companies and clients pay per task others pay hourly rates. So you should choose a payment option that’s suitable for you and stick with it.
Also feel free to work with multiple clients if you can. This will go a long way to boost your earning potential.
11. Offer SEO Services if You Have the Skills
SEO is huge. It’s the industry where people with skills, patience, and wit make a ton of money while those who don’t have the patience exit the industry.
So if you’re the one person that can easily adapt to the current SEO trends and provide valuable service, then you should consider offering SEO services.
Let’s say you’re good with search analysis, for example. You can market yourself as a search intent evaluator and provide keyword research services online.
If you’re good at copywriting and on-site optimization, you should consider becoming an SEO copywriter.
And if you love the technical stuff that can make Google fall in love with a website, you should become an SEO Auditor.
12. Sell Photos Online
If you’re a well-trained and experienced photographer, you can make money by shooting high quality photos and selling them online.
Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, and 500px are just some of the top platforms where you can sell pictures online.
Remember, only the best photos can sell online. So you should invest your time in shooting quality pics that your target audience will love.
You don’t even need a big camera to get started. You can even use your mobile phone provided it can shoot good photos.
How much you earn per photo will depend on the platform that you use. Also, check this guide if you want to sell feet pics online.
13. Make Money by Playing Online Games
If you find yourself playing online games more than you engage in other activities, there’s a high chance you’re more of a gamer. As such, you may want to consider making money by playing online games.
You can start with Mistplay games and find other platforms that offer a similar experience. One disadvantage of the Mistplay platform is that it’s available only to Android users.
14. Become a Freelance Writer
If you can write great content, and you’ve struggled to find a day job to no avail, you should consider becoming a freelance writer.
Freelancing gives you the opportunity to learn about different niches while making money at the same time.
To be clear, you don’t have to be an expert in all niches to become a successful freelance writer. But you do need to have great research and writing skills to write content and blogs that people want to read.
15. Start an Affiliate Marketing Website
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money while you sleep.
To become a successful affiliate marketer, you should choose a niche, create good content, do on-page and off-page SEO, and be patient for at least 6 months to see your traffic grow.
16. Teach English Online
Teaching English online is a good way to make money online without a job.
Chegg is a good platform to start teaching and especially because you can earn up to $18 an hour. You can also create an English course and sell it on Udemy.
17. Sell Gigs on Fiverr
What can you do best to make money online provided you have a laptop and access to the internet?
Can you write great content? Are you passionate about copy editing? Or maybe you’re good at converting speech to text?
Whatever it is you can do online to make money, create a gig for it and promote your services on Fiverr.
One of the best things about this platform is that there’s no limit to what you can promote. And while you can earn just $5 for a start, you can grow the reputation of your profile with time and make more money as days go by.
The best thing about these jobs is you can do many of them at the same time. However, it’s best to pick one that looks more promising, invest enough time on it, and scale up. Except for the option of selling used items on Decluttr, all other opportunities allow for expansion, especially because they don’t exactly have a cap on how much money you can earn.