Make Money Online : The sting of inflation may have you
pondering how to make some extra income. If you have the time and energy, you
can put your skills and passions to work with a side hustle.
NerdWallet rounded up 25 real ways to make money at home, online or out and
about. For each potential side job, we list details like what it takes to get
started, age requirements and how fast you can get paid. While most people want
to make money fast, don’t discount the “slow” gigs, as they may pay more in the
How to make money online
Making money online is the sweet spot people look for in the gig economy.
Whether you aspire to be a six-figure social media influencer, or are just
looking to supplement your regular income with some online side jobs, we’ve
found some viable options.
1. Pick up freelance work online
Make money online through websites such as Upwork, Fiverr and
Freelancer.com. These sites offer opportunities to do a variety of freelance
jobs, such as writing, programming, design, marketing, data entry and being a
virtual assistant. Fluent in a second language? Check sites such as Gengo or
Blend Express, or drum up business through a site of your own. No matter what
freelancing you do, keep track of the going rate for the kind of work you
provide so you know what to charge. Learn how to get started on Upwork.
Total time: It can take a while to get your first gig. Setup:
24 hours. How easy to start: Easy, if you have the expertise. How
fast you’ll get paid: Varies by site.
2. Test websites and apps
Another way to make money from home is on sites like UserTesting.com. You
get paid for your thoughts on how well — or not so well — certain websites and
apps work. You’ll have to complete a short test to be accepted, then you’ll be
paid depending on the test type.
Total time: Approval time can vary. Setup:
Less than an hour. How easy to start: Easy, if you have the
tech gear and complete a sample test. Age threshold: 18+. How
fast you’ll get paid: Seven days.
3. Pick up tasks on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
Even in the age of automation, some jobs still require a human touch.
Companies often outsource those jobs to a crowdsourcing marketplace like
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. As a “worker,” the tasks you’ll be assigned can be
tedious — tagging images, transcribing videos, classifying receipts — and can
take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Temporary employers or
“requesters” set the price for each task and approve the finished product
before paying you. That can leave room for scams, so do your research. Online
communities like the Turkkit and Turker Nation subreddits can steer you away
from shifty dealers and give a realistic idea of how much money you can expect
to make. Read more about Mechanical Turk as a way to make money