11 Profitable Skills to Learn to Make Money Online 

profitable skills to learn online

High Paying Skills to Learn

The best way to make a nice amount of money and on your own terms is to learn a skill that others don’t know how to do or want to do. 

That’s why I’ve compiled a list of skills you can learn to make money online. 

Everything on this list has a success story from someone who is doing it today so you’ll know it’s real. Find out how to get started and most importantly how much you can earn!

There won’t be a better time to learn a new skill than right now. Many of the opportunities on this list have a course recommendation that equips you with the proper tools, knowledge, and resources to get started. 

I’ll start this list off with what I do, along with several other ways you can earn an impressive income from home. 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.

Here are 11 Profitable Skills You Can Learn Online

1. Start a Blog

Blogging is #1 on the list because it’s what I do and one of the most flexible jobs you can have. The earning potential is limitless and you learn so many skills when starting a blog.

After reading how bloggers are making between $1,000-$50,000 per MONTH, I instantly thought, well why can’t I do that? And now I am!

I will admit that blogging takes A LOT of work (in the beginning anyway) but I was DESPERATE to find a way to make money from home so I could stay home with my kids. Desperation is a great motivator, it’s what kept me going. This blog HAD to work. And it’s paying off significantly.

Blogging is also a great form of passive income. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads.

I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.

When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income from ads. Here’s a screenshot of one of my earnings from my ad revenue

I made $400 in one day just from ads, and I make even more in Affiliate sales. You can see how I make money blogging here.

You DO NOT need to be an excellent writer to become a blogger, you just write like you talk.

I spent a lot of time working on my blog the first year with a full-time job, busy toddler, pregnant with my second child and also “trying” to be a wonderful wife to my wonderful husband. So, I know if you want this to work…it can. It just depends on you.

I also didn’t make much money my first year, I made $5,000 my first year and the next year I built it into a six-figure business. This is definitely something to consider doing on the side because it does take a while before you can start making money. 

I work VERY part-time on my blog now and I’m making more money than when I was at my corporate job.

If you want to start a blog, I’ve detailed all the steps in my How to Start a WordPress Blog article from scratch! I also mention the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.

The skills you learn when starting a blog are VERY profitable. I can now,

  • Become a Virtual Assistant and help other bloggers charging $25-$100 per hour
  • SEO Auditor – I figured out how to get my articles to rank on Google which is HUGE and can charge up to $300 per hour to help others. You can see how I do it here
  • Pinterest Manager – I get traffic to my website from Pinterest as well and can now help others and charge $300+ per client.
  • Create Website – I just do the front end of the website, I have no idea about how to do the backend of a website I just purchase a template and make it look pretty and charge $1,000 per website.
  • Blog Coach – Now that I know how to start a successful blog I can now help others and charge $50+ per hour. 

I would have never learned how to do ANY of this if I never got started. So try it out if you think this is something you’d like to do and start here

2. Online Writer

Do you like to write? You can make a lot of money as a writer, I know because I interviewed Holly Johnson who earns OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer. I didn’t even know that was possible!

Writing is so ideal because you can work anywhere and choose which projects you want to take on.

How much can I make? Holly Johnson said that she finds it hard for you NOT to earn AT LEAST $40,000 to $50,000 a year working full-time as a writer.

How do I get started? Holly Johnson found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career.

I highly recommend taking her course if you want to work from home writing and follow her path to success. I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs in my How to Become a Freelance Writer article.

3. Virtual Bookkeeper

Are you good with numbers? Are you the one who organizes your bills and makes sure things get paid on time?
If so, you should consider becoming a Virtual Bookkeeper to help small business owners.

interviewed two successful stay-at-home moms who do this and started with no previous experience. One of the moms has NINE kids, homeschools six of them and still has enough time to do this on the side earning $2k+ per month.

Check the interview out in my article How to Become a Virtual Bookkeeper.

How much can I earn? Given the right skills and training, you can charge $60 per hour.

How to get started: Take this free class (same class the moms took) to see if this is right for you and step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

4. Become a Proofreader

Do you find yourself catching spelling errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If so, you might make a great Proofreader.

Proofreaders are NEEDED, I know because I use one myself.

How much can I make? Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 her first year Proofreading PART-TIME!

You can read the full interview in my How to Become a Proofreader article. There are many others making between $1,000-$4,000 per month.

How do I get started? If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle or see if this is the right career for you, check out this FREE introductory workshop.  

5. Virtual Assistant

Are you task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, editing, graphic design, tutoring, researching, writing, administrative duties or data entry? Then becoming a Virtual Assistant may be an excellent choice for you.

How much can I make? You can earn $25-$100 an hour as a Virtual Assistant.

How do I get started? Gina Horkey, a Six-figure Virtual Assistant, I interviewed is offering her Virtual Assistant mini-course (priced at $99) for FREE during this time to help you learn how to become a Virtual Assistant while home.

Click here to access the free course and make sure you use the code: WEGOTTHIS

You will still need to put your credit card/PayPal information in the purchase section because this was the only way she could get it to work in this short time. They will NOT charge your account for anything.

6. Resell Products on Amazon 

If you like shopping and searching for a good deal, you should definitely consider Amazon’s FBA program.

You find good deals on products, preferably online right now for less and resell them on Amazon for a higher price. 

What makes Amazon’s FBA program so great is that THEY ship the products to your customers and handle the customer service! 

How do I get started? I recommend taking this FREE 7 Day Email Course on how to start selling on Amazon from a Mom who makes a full-time living doing this. 

Her husband was able to quit his job to work with her in less than a year of starting! You can see my full interview with Boss Mom Jessica on Selling on Amazon.

How much can I make? This varies significantly and depends on how much work you are willing to put in but Jessica makes six-figures. 

Thanks to Jessica, my sister is doing this and now earns over $2,000 per month on the side with a full-time job.

7. Transcribe

Transcribers listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. If you have patience, the ability to sit for long periods of time and an eye for detail, you should consider transcribing.

How do I get started? Take this Free Mini-Course to find out if this is the right job for you.

How much can I make? $7-$21 per hour from these transcribing companies or much more if you start your own business as a transcriber. Find out how in my article on How to Work from Home as a Transcriber and see how this SAHM does it.

8. Teach Children in China English

If you have a Bachelor’s degree, citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, and teaching experience (tutoring, mentoring, children’s church,etc. are acceptable), then you should definitely consider teaching kids in China English for companies like VIPKID.

How do I get started? See how Brittney does it for VIPKID and Amy for a similar company called Magic Ears. For additional companies hiring to teach online check them out here.

How much can I make? up to $26 per hour, check out the companies hiring here.

9. Get into Real Estate w/out Buying or Selling Anything

I know, sounds a little crazy right? But I met Danielle Pierce who is doing this earning over $400,000 per year WHILE homeschooling her 3 kids!

It’s called Property Preservation or Repairing Foreclosed Homes. Danielle outsources 100% of the work and just does the admin work at home.

How do I get started? Check out my interview with Danielle to see how it all works

How much can I make? It varies but Danielle says it’s very feasible to gross $100k+ or more in revenue within 18 months

10. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops

Rob from the Flea Market Flipper put me on to this. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME mostly reselling on eBay.

You don’t even need a lot of money to get started either. You can start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, you can make $100-$300 and then take some of the profit and do it again.

How do I get started? Rob created a free workshop to help you start a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up. Rob is also offering his ebook Beginner’s Guide To Selling on eBay for free to help you get things moving with your flipping business.

How much can I make? Rob made $42,000 as a side income (10-15 hours per week). When he put more time into it (20-35 hours per week) he made $133,000. You can see the more time you put into it, the more money you can make.

11. Make Printables On Etsy

how to make printables on etsy

Do you consider yourself to be creative? Do you enjoy browsing Pinterest for ideas? If so, you could make a nice passive income with Printables on Etsy. The best part about printables is that you make a printable ONCE and can earn money from it FOREVER!  

It’s important to niche down if you want to make money with printables. Check out this Free 22 page ebook of ideas of seasonal printables for ideas on what to sell online.

How do I get started? Check out my interview with Julie who is doing this as she takes us through the process on how to get started.

How much can I make? You could easily make a passive income of $500-$1000 per month. 

Bonus Tips!

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HealthyWage is a company supported by the Government to incentivize people to lose weight by putting their own money at risk with the potential to earn up to $10,000. It’s the ultimate losing weight challenge.

It works like this:

  • Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose, the timeframe to lose it, and how much you want to bet each month for that period.
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I explain in full detail about HealthyWage here


I hope you enjoyed this article and found something you would like to start working on during these times at home. If you have any questions let me know below in the comment section. I have EVEN more ways to make money from home here, make sure you check it out for more opportunities. 

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