Are you looking for ways to make money from home but don’t know where to start? I get it! Sometimes, it feels like an impossible dream, to be able to reduce or eliminate your commute and have more time with your family. Working online from home or while travelling is possible, especially if you’re prepared to try new things. In fact, there has never been an easier time to earn money online from anywhere in the world. If you’d like to earn an income online, here are some surefire ways to get started, whether you’re in Texas or Taipei.
Since my entire income for the last two years is from making money online from anywhere we were (including New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all the places we travelled in between), I wanted to give you a helpful list of ways to make money online from where ever you are.
A quick note: If you’re in a country with a small economy (like me in New Zealand), think about targeting customers and clients overseas. Even though I make money online from New Zealand, around 60% of my income comes from readers in the United States. Depending on the type of business you offer, you might have more success targeting customers in Australia, the United Kingdom or even the United States.
13 Ways to Make Money Online From Anywhere in the World
1. Virtual assistant
One of the easiest ways to make money from home or abroad is to become a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can offer any number of services, depending on experience. If you’ve worked in administration or as a personal or executive assistant, starting a virtual assistant business could be the easiest way for you to start making money online.
Starting a virtual assistant business is especially great for those of you who have wondered how to make money online without paying anything towards fees or memberships as you can easily promote your virtual assistant services via free platforms such as LinkedIn.
2. International Paid surveys
One of the easiest online money making ideas is taking paid surveys. The best thing about doing surveys online is you can earn money and gift cards while sitting on the couch, or waiting for the kids to finish school. It’s money for jam in my opinion, and although you won’t get rich from surveys, the extra few dollars definitely comes in handy.
If you’re in North America, U.K., Ireland or Australia you can join Swagbucks for free, and get a FREE $5 credit with this link. Read a detailed review of Swagbucks.
I’ve listed some legit international paid survey companies below.
United States Paid Surveys
Canadian Paid Surveys
Irish Paid Surveys
New Zealand Paid Surveys
India Paid Surveys
Indonesian Paid Surveys
What is drop shipping, you ask? Drop shipping is when you sell a product online, without holding inventory. When your customer places an order, that order is then fulfilled by a drop shipper, who holds the stock and organises shipping.
As you can probably imagine, holding stock would be quite limiting if you want to travel the world whilst running your business. Most drop shippers start out by opening a store on eBay, so it can be a very cost-effective business to break into. To be successful as a drop shipper, you’ll need to have a website, a marketing plan and in-depth knowledge of your chosen product. I recommend checking out this super-useful guide to drop shipping from Salehoo, to see if drop shipping will be a good fit for you.
4. Freelance writer
Up until a few months ago, a large portion of the money I earnt online came from freelance writing. Freelance writing is a great way to earn money online from home or when travelling. Writers can make a legit income writing articles for blogs and businesses. Although I didn’t have any formal experience as a freelance writer, I used my blog as a portfolio, set up a profile on Upwork, and within a few weeks, I had my first gig. I have some more tips on how to get started with Upwork here.
5. Service business
Offering a service from home is the simplest way to get started making money online. Are you exceptionally skilled in your industry? Have a skill set that commands a high rate? Could you work remotely? This is exactly what I did when I was first looking for ways to work online from home. I used my professional experience and network to set up marketing business. Former colleagues became clients through word of mouth. I set my hourly rate at something I would be happy with but also provided value to the client. I have never once advertised, and work keeps coming my way.
Some ideas that work well for a service business are website design, bookkeeping, database administration, marketing strategist. Or you could use the skills you’ve acquired throughout your regular working life to build a repertoire of offerings such as appointment making, proposal writing, procurement, travel bookings, personal shopper. The options are limitless, especially if you have a professional network and are well regarded in your field. LinkedIn is a great way to find clients you already have a relationship with.
If you have a lot of time before you need to start making an income, blogging is an excellent way to make money online. How do I know? Well, I make over $1000USD per month from my blog (mainly from affiliate marketing, read about the affiliate marketing course that got me started here) and my income grows every month. Blogging income comes from many different sources including sponsorships, affiliate marketing (read more below), advertising income, course sales and more.
At last count, my blog had 8 income streams which pay me each month. The great thing about a blog is how easy and cheap they are to start off. I have been blogging since 2013 but only started to think about making money from a blog in early 2016. I have invested thousands into courses on blogging and still have loads to learn.
Blogging is definitely a long game, so for that reason, I recommend starting a blog on the side, while focussing on other ways to make money online from home. If you need income right away, blogging is not the answer. BUT, it’s a fun way to connect with people who have the same interests as you and actively practice writing.
7. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is when you promote a product on a website or by social media and receive a commission on any sales made from your referral. It can be a lucrative business to make money through internet marketing but you’ll need to grow an audience of potential purchasers first, which means affiliate marketing can take a long time. Affiliate marketing is how I started to make money from my blog.
Many people also start niche sites based on certain products, aiming to exploit affiliate revenue by providing detailed reviews and information about products. Starting a niche affiliate site is a great way to earn an online income if you have specialist knowledge of certain equipment or products. For example,
8. Etsy or craft business
Are you crafty or creative? If so, you could start a business selling your wares on Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace for crafts, handmade and digital goods. You will need to consider shipping costs for overseas customers, but there is definitely good money to be made. Have a read of this article from Mr Money Mustache about his wife’s soap making business, it’s very informative.
9. Data entry
If you have experience and can type quickly and accurately, data entry jobs from home could be just what you’re looking for. Check out Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer.com as well as local jobs boards in your area.
10. Customer service
CSR’s (Customer Service Representatives) are the most commonly occurring jobs under Seek’s Work From Home listings in New Zealand and Australia. If you’ve got excellent spoken English and experience, working from home as a CSR is one of the simplest transitions to make as most employers will provide you with the full setup from home.
11. User testing
You can earn money from home in NZ or in loads of other countries by testing other people’s website. You’ll earn $10USD per 20-minute test. You’ll need a good internet connection and very clear spoken English. User testers provide valuable feedback to website owners about website navigation and use. Click here to read more about becoming a user tester.
Proofreading is becoming a more popular way to make money from home. If you have an excellent eye for detail, becoming a proofreader is a business you can do from anywhere.
13. Review music
Love music? Record companies and indie publishers appreciate feedback before going to market with new music. Check out slice the pie to be rewarded for sharing your opinions on new music before it hits the charts.
So there you have it, 13 online money-making ideas you can do from anywhere you have an internet connection. Ain’t technology grand?.
This article was written in collaboration with Salehoo. All opinions are my own.