Padding Pockets: 10 Legit Ways to Make Money Online Today

With fuel prices at an all-time high, working at a job miles away isn’t cost-effective. Don’t worry. There are many ways you can earn money while sitting at home. Here are several real ways.

1. Sell Your Old Stuff Online

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This first idea is a no-brainer and one of the most accessible methods to earn extra cash. Since yard sales are a thing of the past, start selling furniture items, clothes, shoes, and even old books that are not in use anymore.

You’ll be surprised by how much you make on websites like the Facebook Marketplace and eBay. All you have to do is take some nice pictures and list your item online. It’s quick and easy!

2. Become an Online Tutor

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It’s time to put those grades to good use. Another way to earn is by offering tuition for subjects you find easy. Try teaching middle or high school students if you understand the subject well and price your classes per hour. In this way, you can teach without visiting your students and earn in the comfort of your home.

3. Sell Virtual Assistant Service

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If you spend much time on your computer, why not make an income? It’s straightforward. You can be hired by a company’s website and work as their virtual assistant. This means communicating with clients and connecting them to the company. You can manage public proposals, guide new clients, and engage with them to boost the company’s online presence.

4. Create A Printable On-Demand Etsy Shop

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You have probably seen those printed mugs or embossed keychains with written messages. You could also sell those printed mugs, t-shirts, keychains, and merchandise on an Etsy shop. These are fast-selling items that people love. Just remember to add your flair so that your items are unique compared to others. All it requires is creativity that can be turned into a small business.

5. Pickup Freelance Work 

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You won’t believe how much cash people make by doing jobs on Fiverr or Upwork. This online platform allows you to exhibit your editing, typing, drawing, or reading skills. After setting up a work profile, people can hire you for small tasks like typing essays, reading books for a review, or editing a few pictures. The more jobs you do, the more recommendations you get for new ones.

6. Test Websites/Apps (User Testing)

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Did you know you can be paid to test out websites or apps? These are numerous fitness or schedule apps that require people to test them and give a review. Or games where you are required to test play and report changes or bugs in the game. You can search online for websites requiring people to give their software products a trial run, and you will be paid significantly for your response.

7. Sell Your Gently Used Clothing Online

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In the world of fast fashion, trends are changing every day. You often buy a new hoodie or trendy sneakers that lose popularity when a new product drops. It’s always possible to sell clothing you have barely worn. Instead, list them on Amazon, eBay, or OLX sites and profit off your gently used clothing.

8. Transcription

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This idea does not require any diploma or fancy resume. Transcription is a job where you are given videos or audio of any topic and are only asked to type those sentences down. Note all instructions in your reference audio and type a clear, readable document. This requires very little time and effort. Plus, you can do this job anywhere while traveling on the go.

9. Data Entry

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This last suggestion is another form of typing called data entry. Earn money by entering information like names, customer information, application forms, and lists into organized paperwork. This type of work requires good typing speed, and then you’re good to go. There are multiple tutorials for people who are new to data entry. Learn some beginner skills and get going!

10. Creating and Selling an Online Course

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Websites like Udemy are perfect for you to cash off your outstanding skills. You may be good at painting, writing essays, or even playing an instrument. Start your online course for that skill and upload videos of tutorials. You’ll be surprised to find many people paying to learn your talent or skill. This last suggestion is one of the best ways to earn, and we bet you’ll enjoy doing it.