17 Legitimate Online Jobs From Home With Little to No Investment
Find out how to Work Online from Home and get Paid!
Because of the advancements in technology today, you can legitimately make money online. I know this because I’m doing it and so are many others.
Making money online has recently become my new OBSESSION!
I was looking for ways to make money from home so I could be a stay-at-home mom, and I stumbled upon blogging.
In the short time that I’ve been blogging I’ve learned some great tips that have helped me gain a pretty good profit while doing what I enjoy and based on today’s technology, I can do it from basically anywhere with an Internet connection.
You can see how I manage to work 8 hours a day with a newborn and a toddler here.
Follow me on Instagram to stay tuned to my journey of keeping my kids engaged, my blog well oiled and my sanity in check!
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, college student, or even working a full or part-time job, there are many ways to make money online.
If you are one of my regular readers, you already know I only post things that actually work.
Hence the name “Tried and True”.
So take a look at how I make money online along with many other ways because I know blogging is just not for everyone. The idea is to get inspired by these tactics, find what works for you, and discover a new way to make money.
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Here are the top 17 Ways to Make Money Online with little to No Investment
- Affiliate Marketing
- Freelance Work
Before I dig deeper into these revenue streams, I do want to preface that blogging takes A LOT of work and it’s really only for the strong at heart.
You will have so many doubters, and YOU will probably be your biggest one.
Once you have made up your mind that this is what you are going to do and you will stop at NOTHING to make it work, well then blogging will work for you.
Getting started does not have to cost a lot, I only paid $84 and that included the theme (website template) and host (a place to host your website). You can see how I started my blog here.
If you don’t know what to blog about Scrivs from Obstacle.co says the 7 top blog niches that gain the most traffic and make the most money are How to Make Money, Personal Finance, Health and Fitness, Food, Beauty and Fashion, Lifestyle, and Personal Development.
You can certainly make money in other niches, but these are just the most popular. I will tell you that it can take several months before you earn money blogging but it can pay off significantly.st money.
I’ve made over $2,000 since I started three months ago and I’m on track to make $2,000 next month, and I plan to see it continue to grow. Many people are making between $1,000-$10,000 a month.
I do plan on doing a free course on How to Start a Blog and Monetize it in the near future, so make sure to join our mailing list.
Many people monetize their websites through ads. When you are just starting out I recommend using Google Adsense, although you won’t get paid much you’ll at least get something.
To make money from ads, you’ll need people to visit your website. You can see how I do that here.
I made VERY little with Google Adsense.
Thankfully, I’ve recently joined Mediavine which pays 5-10X more than Google Adsense!
In just the short time (two weeks) I’ve been with Mediavine I’ve already tripled my ad revenue.
You’ll need a minimum of 25,000 sessions within the last 30 days to apply.
I love the idea of being at the park enjoying my kids or doing whatever and making money while people visit my website.
3. Affiliate Marketing
Most people have never heard of Affiliate Marketing. I had no idea until I started blogging and it’s one of my favorite ways to make money online because it is completely passive income like my ad revenue.
To make it simple, Affiliate Marketing is referring a product or service to a friend/reader and getting paid for it.
I go more in-depth about Affiliate Marketing here.
Companies want to get found in this crowded marketplace (the internet), and they need people to help spread the word about their product/service. So much that they will pay you a commission for referring people to their site that make a purchase.
Perfect example: I am an affiliate of Milotree. You know the pop-up that came across your screen (or it should have) that said follow me on Pinterest? It should have looked like this,
From that post so far 25 people have purchased Milotree and I’ve made $500.
Milotree costs $9 a month, and I get $20 for every person that signs up using my special link, and it’s growing every day.
That’s how Affiliate Marketing is supposed to work.
Promoting a product or service that you’ve actually used or heard great things about.
Affiliate Marketing is great BUT don’t think you’ll get paid right away.
For this particular program, I won’t get paid until two successful payments from the referral which is two months.
I get $65 for every person that signs up using my referral link, and they recently ran a special promotion for a period of time which was $100 for every referral.
You can see my post about Bluehost here.
I’ve only had 6 people sign up for a total of $425; I am continuing to work on this to grow these sales.
I woke up the other day to find an email that said you have just been credited for a new account sign up.
You know how awesome that is?
This is what they mean when they say make money while you sleep.
I’m a part of many other affiliate programs, but these are just some I wanted to highlight. I’m still new at this, and I’m just scratching the surface, there is so much potential to make more.
The more people that visit your website increases your chances to make more affiliate sales. That’s why traffic is so important.
It’s funny, as I was writing this article I received my first email for a sponsorship opportunity. The company approached me about helping promote their new business and asked for my pricing.
I did a little research and proposed $250 for all the things I could do to promote their business, and they accepted! It was the EASIEST $250 I ever made, I wrote the article in about 2 hours, sent it for their approval, and posted it. I shared it with my social media networks, and I promoted it on Pinterest, and it actually went viral.
This reminded me that this is another revenue stream that I haven’t even really tapped into yet. So I will focus on looking for more Sponsored opportunities.
Social Blue Book can help you determine what your rates should be.
5. Freelance Work
I’ve had such great success with my blog in such a short amount of time I wanted to help others and make some more money.
I signed up for Upwork to find freelance opportunities and got the first one I applied to (that’s typically not always the case).
I agreed to help someone grow their traffic by doing what has worked for me, but I will say I should have charged WAYYY more.
I didn’t realize how much time I was going to put into this BUT this is a great learning experience AND a great case study to show others how I helped this person grow traffic from nothing to XX, XXX monthly views.
That should help justify charging much more for my next client.
There are many other things you can do as a freelancer; I recommend checking out Upwork to see if they have something that works for you.
I only apply to jobs on Upwork that have the blue verified payment check and a low amount of proposals sent (5-10). Those are less competitive and increases your chances to win the job.
Timing is also everything. You have to check back every day, multiple times a day, and if you see something that interests you apply for it immediately.
6. Become a Freelance Writer
Are you good at writing? Well, you should start getting paid for it. It’s one of the best ways to make money online.
Ashley Eneriz was kind enough to give us peek into her daily life as a Freelance Writer and how she makes $600 per article.
I have a list of several places to find writing jobs here. Make sure you have an EPIC (I hate that word, but it’s the best I have right now) writing sample to show off your writing skills.
Are you on Social Media and think you would like to post on behalf of businesses, respond to inquiries, messages, and comments (both good and bad) from home or anywhere? Consider becoming a Social Media Manager.
See how Annelise got started and how you can too.
You can make $1,000 to $10,000 a month depending on your experience and how many clients you have.
Online teaching is growing thanks to the advancements in technology, and it’s an excellent way to make money at home if you have teaching experience or knowledge of a specific subject.
You can make anywhere from $10.50-$60 per hour, see the full list of recommended companies hiring here.
Teaching children in China how to speak English is also growing rapidly. Brittney Sutton makes $1,700 a month working for VIPKID in just 2 hours a day! You can see her story here and how to get started.
If you are task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, editing, graphic design, researching, writing, photoshop editing, administrative duties, video editing, or data entry you should consider becoming a Virtual Assistant.
To become your own boss, I highly recommend taking Gina Horkey (now Six-figure VA) course on how to become a Virtual Assistant in 30 days or less.
Or check out the companies hiring from $10-$19 per hour.
This is a great job based on its flexibility and pay. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear.
Skills Required: Typing skills 75 wpm, attention to detail, proofreading, grammar, punctuation and also time management skills.
You can make $7-$21 per hour, see how to get started and for a list of recommended companies hiring here.
11. Become a Proofreader
Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere made $43,000 in her first year proofreading while working part-time and studying abroad.
She realized there was a huge open market for proofreaders, so she designed a course to help others get started.
You can learn the skills you need to start your freelance proofreading hustle here.
Bookkeepers record financial transactions, and it can be done either as a freelancer or for a company remotely. Did you know you could become a bookkeeper without a degree or even previous experience?
The ever-popular Ben’s Bookkeeper Launch course teaches you EVERYTHING you need to know and how to start making $80 per hour.
Although the course is quite pricey ($2,000 but they do offer payment plans), it’s definitely an investment to make more money than you ever have.
Check out his FREE video series to see if the course is right for you and if not…move on.
See how these two moms took the course and found great success after.
Do you know what a Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator does? They basically rate social media ads, and search engines results for relevancy. This job is perfect for moms because it does not require getting on the phone, you make your own schedule, and it does not require any training.
There are many pros to this job, and because of that, there may be lows in available work, but you can check it out here.
You can make $12.50 – $14 per hour, this varies by company, and you can apply here.
14. Online Moderators
The number of forums, blogs, social media pages is continuing to increase, and companies need someone to manage the comments or perhaps cleaning up fights in chat rooms.
To qualify for this job, you’ll want to make sure you are active on the different social media outlets. The Social Element is one of the only companies I could find that offered decent pay and a flexible schedule, but they do prefer experienced moderators.
You can either start at LiveWorld which does not require previous experience (pay is $8 per hour), or you can take the Moderation Gateway training the Social Element recommends to get started with them.
15. Take paid online surveys ($100 or more each month)
Share your opinion to help brands deliver better products and services and get paid in the form of gift cards or through PayPal.
I recommend signing up for Fusion Cash (Best referral program I’ve ever seen), Survey Junkie, Cash Crate, Swagbucks, and Inbox Dollars ($5 sign up bonus with Fushion Cash, Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars once you click on the link and sign up).
The more survey sites you sign up for, the more you’ll make.
You can also get paid for watching videos with Swagbucks.
Tip: Open a separate email account solely for surveys. You’ll start to get inundated with emails and it will be more manageable in a different account.
16. Use Ebates
Do you shop online? Why not make a little money as you spend. I really rack up my Ebates account during Christmas time; you earn cash back rewards for just shopping online. See my January cash back statement, a nice little bonus for shopping online :-).
Better than nothing, right?
Check it out here and earn $10 if you spend at least $25.
Have you ever heard of Honey? You’ll no longer need to search for coupon codes and sales again! Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart
Great way to save money and find deals without doing the work yourself. It’s FREE and you can check it out here.
17. Get paid to test websites
Earn $10 per test with User Testing (tests take no longer than 20 minutes).
You simply visit a pre-selected website or an app, complete a set of tasks, speak your thoughts out loud and get paid $10.
Click here to get started.
Use One Credit Card On EVERYTHING
We had over $500 in cash back rewards last year aka my Christmas shopping money. My husband and I put EVERYTHING on our Chase Freedom credit card and pay our bill off every month in FULL (NEVER pay interest, don’t just give your money away).
This is FREE money!
The more you charge on your card, the more cash back you’ll receive, that’s why I recommend having ONE credit card that you put everything on.
You can even spend your cash back rewards to pay on your credit card balance or however you want. I have $654.14 right now and counting!
Get FREE Oil Changes, Car Repairs & Food as a Secret Shopper
I recently had a GREAT experience as a secret shopper at a restaurant with my family where I had to rate the food, staff, and cleanliness of the restaurant. They actually required that I order coffee, two entrees, and Pie! I’m like, okay :-).
I did the survey on my phone while I was there so I wouldn’t forget anything. I took a picture of my receipt, and they reimbursed me! A full brunch for my family and I for FREE! They have way more opportunities for oil changes and car repairs which is AMAZING!
I’ll do this any day of the week. You can sign up here and see what opportunities are available in your area. I’d love it if you used my referral id as the person who recommended you, it’s IN35543.
Get Cash Back on Groceries
Ibotta allows you to get cash back for items you purchase.
How it Works:
- Download the Ibotta App and before you shop, add offers on great products by completing simple tasks on the app.
- Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don’t forget your receipt!
- Redeem your offers by taking a photo of your receipt. Ibotta will match the items you bought to the offers you selected and give you the cash!
Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.
Start Investing (In Change!)
Acorns is a neat way to start micro-investing. It rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the difference on your behalf.
You can link as many credit or debit cards as you like and put your “change” to work for you in a low-cost ETF. The service costs $1 a month BUT for College students it’s FREE!
I can’t wait to see how much I’ve earned with this; I’ll definitely report back.
Bonus: Sign up with my link and we both get $5 to invest and plant an oak tree to help the world around us grow.
I hope this list gave you some insight on how to make money online and ideas you can put into practice today.
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