Best Online Jobs To Make Legit Money
We all know that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For a lot of people, working from home seems too good to be true.
Immediately, they feel skeptical about the prospect and decide it’s impossible to make real money in an online job.
But this line of thinking made no sense even before Covid-19 changed our perceptions of office life. For decades, many office jobs have revolved around doing tasks on a computer. Why couldn’t you get paid to do the same thing from home?
Now, in the wake of Covid-19, even more companies offer remote work to employees or contractors who will never step foot in the office.
Online Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere
Here are the 37 best online jobs to make legit money in 2021:
- Virtual Assistant
- Take Surveys Online
- Complete Small Micro-Tasks
- Online Proofreading
- Become A Blogger
- Become A Medium Writer
- Freelance Writing
- E-book Publisher
- Start A Facebook Ads Business
- Create A Niche Website
- Become A Lead Generator
- SEO Consulting
- Social Media Manager
- Marketing Automation Consultant
- Become A YouTuber or Podcaster
- Social Media Influencer
- Graphic Designer
- Website Designer
- Voiceover Artist
- Video Editor
- Online Researcher
- English Teacher
- Become A Tutor
- Create A Course
- Product Tester
- Website or App Tester
- Search Engine Evaluator
- Quora Partner Program
- Online Juror
- Call Center or Data Entry
- Etsy Store Owner
- Amazon Arbitrage
- Foreign Currency or Cryptocurrency Trader
Simple Online Service Jobs
Here are the best online job opportunities for simple services that anyone can do:
1. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is job almost anyone can do. As a virtual assistant, you will work for a business or an office and perform basic tasks such as scheduling, customer support, and administration.
To learn more, check out our detailed post on how to become a virtual assistant. If you want to jump right in, I highly recommend my friend Gina’s 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success Course.
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2. Take Surveys Online
While it won’t become your full-time job, downloading a survey app and completing surveys in your free time is a simple remote job that could earn you some extra money. The surveys are easy, and they cover a broad array of topics.
Most of the surveys serve as market research so you’ll answer questions about products or services you use or know.
Your per-hour rate would depend on how quickly you find and complete surveys. Here’s our list of the best survey sites, but the best ones are Survey Junkie and Swagbucks.
Check out my Swagbucks review or sign up below.
Transcribing audio or video files is a work-from-home job that still must be performed by humans since robots are unreliable.
Companies often outsource transcription jobs because they require a lot of attention to detail and can be difficult. The likelihood of you earning a decent hourly wage by transcribing depends on how quickly you can type and who your client is.
Your earning potential will increase over time, but it’s still not a very lucrative remote job. However, if you’re willing to build a clientele, transcribing may be the perfect job for you.
There are a few sites anybody can join. One is Scribie where you have to pass an online test. Scribie recruiters claim you can earn between $5 and $25 an hour – however, the reality may be as low as $3 an hour if you’re not fast enough.
Another option is Transcribe Me which claims to have ‘the industry’s best rates’ — between $15 and $22 an hour. However, your wage is likely to be much lower unless you’re super fast.
Don’t despair yet – there are some better-paying transcriptionist sites, but they can be competitive to get into.
For instance, Rev offers $0.36 to $0.65 per audio minute for transcriptions. If you know a foreign language, you can earn even more – between $1.50 and $3 per minute. The average transcriber on Rev makes between $8 and $15 an hour.
Only 10% of applicants get accepted. To get in, you’ll be tested on your typing skills and grammar, and then you’ll have to pass a transcription test.
Another option is Go Transcript, where you can earn up to $0.60 per minute. Again, you must pass an assessment to get a job.
Finally, Speechpad offers $0.25 to $2.50 per minute, which works out at least $15 an hour. However, they demand high quality and experienced transcribers – you’re unlikely to get accepted unless you start on another platform first.
A transcriptionist position works best as a side hustle rather than a full-time job, but it’s possible to turn transcribing into a career if you’re prepared to specialize within a well-paying industry.
Editing transcripts for court reporters is called scoping; instead of transcribing audio, scoping involves turning shorthand from court reports into legible writing. You can expect to earn between $20 and $30 an hour
Medical transcribing is another option, although this requires a certificate approved the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity to work in the USA. The earning potential is similar to scoping.
4. Complete Small Micro-Tasks
Completing micro-tasks is a work at home job that’s about as accessible as they come. Almost anybody with a computer and some basic skills can do this work.
A micro-task is a small task a gig worker completes for a company. Typical jobs include photo tagging and captioning, surveys, keyword searches, data entry, and short editing.
Although not very lucrative, micro-tasks are incredibly flexible, and you can complete them from anywhere in the world. They’re ideal for college students or other people with fluid schedules.
This could be worth considering if you want to make some extra money on the side here and there, or if you only want a part-time job as a temporary fix rather than a long-term solution.
One of the most popular websites is Mechanical Turk (also known as M Turk), a site started by Amazon for independent contractors who want to complete micro-tasks.
Some micro-jobs last a few minutes; others last indefinitely. Some require zero qualifications, while others demand more specific skills or even a bachelor’s degree. Although the median hourly wage is only about $2 an hour, it’s possible to make up to $10 an hour by being selective about the work you choose and quick to snatch up the best-paying gigs.
Another option is Clickworker which works like M Turk. According to other accounts, it’s possible to make up to $20 an hour once you hit your stride, but it may take some practice to get there.
Finally, The Smart Crowd claims to be ‘the world’s largest provider of online work.’ It focuses almost entirely on data entry. The wage is expected to work out at between $5 and $6 an hour.
But it’s possible to make a more significant amount of money if you specialize in one specific area instead of completing all kinds of random tasks.
Online Writing & Editing Jobs
Below are the best writing and editing gigs online:
Proofreading could be a better choice if you have great grammar skills but would prefer not to write content from scratch. It’s also an easy remote job you can scale – meaning you can spend your time getting clients and then hire other proofreaders to do the work.
As well as offering your services on freelancing websites, you could check job boards such as JournalismJobs and MediaBistro.
Check out our detailed post on the 37 places to find the best online proofreading jobs.
To learn more about proofreading, I highly recommend the Proofread Anywhere Course where my friend Caitlin will teach you how to build a proofreading business from scratch.
6. Become a Blogger
Becoming a blogger can be a lot more lucrative than most people realize. Here’s a detailed post on how to make money blogging. It’s not all about advertising. You can make money through affiliate marketing and by selling digital products (such as online courses) or services (such as one-on-one coaching).
If you start a blog that gains traction and popularity, the earning potential is almost limitless. It’s possible to earn a six-figure salary from your blog, even if you stop creating new posts.
However, you can’t expect to make this much money when you start out. You’d need at least six months of writing regularly (at least two posts a week and preferably more). It may take years. There’s also no guarantee your blog will ever become popular, and a six-figure salary is certainly no guarantee.
However, if you love your topic and can create a profitable niche, — and if you’re not desperate to start making money immediately — blogging could be a great option.
To learn more about starting a profitable blog sign up for my Free 7 Day Start a Blog Email Course, where I’ll walk you step by step through starting and growing a blog.
After you’ve taken the free online course, I recommend you check out the blogging for profit course where I contributed an SEO interview. It’s a great course that walks you step by step, in great detail, all the exact steps to follow to launch a profitable blog.
7. Become A Medium Writer
As a Medium writer, you can start earning money straight away. Medium writing is an attractive option if you can’t afford to spend months or years writing on a blog without making a profit.
Anyone can write a story on Medium, and writers get paid according to the number of reads and interactions their stories get.
The top writers on the platform make $10,000 or more a month, but the majority make less than $100. If you want to be a top earner, post one or more articles every day over a long period. The more articles you write and the more popular they are, the more money you’ll make.
An advantage of Medium: It gives you a chance to develop your voice over time instead of choosing a niche straightaway.
You could start writing on Medium and create a blog later, once you find your sweet spot of reader interest and personal interest. You could also use the same content for your blog and Medium site, but be careful not to ruin your SEO when doing this. If possible, always post your writing on your blog first and then repost on Medium, linking back to your original blog post.
8. Freelance Writing
Freelance writers can work from home or anywhere else. You could pursue content writing, ghostwriting, copywriting, or technical writing.
For best results you’ll need a niche as this will make you more knowledgeable about your subject and able to craft a more convincing pitch.
Content writing involves writing blog posts and web content for companies or websites. There is lots of work available in this domain. Many companies want to implement a content marketing strategy or rank their site higher on Google.
It’s also an excellent side hustle for anyone who has a blog, as you can use your blog posts as samples to show prospective clients.
Ghostwriting involves writing for somebody else, who publishes the content in their name. A lot of books have ghostwriters but bloggers, politicians, and students also need writing help. You can earn a lot ghostwriting, especially if you add measurable value.
Copywriting has earning potential too. When you’re writing copy, you’re helping a company sell its products, whether through a sales email, a product description, an advertisement, or some other method.
One of the most profitable niches is technical writing, which involves writing owner’s manuals, user guides, and other documentation. Not many people have both the technical knowledge and the writing skills necessary to do this successfully, so if you’re a good fit, then you have a great way to make money.
There are a few different routes you can take to find freelance writing jobs. One way is to create a profile on a freelancing website such as Fiverr, Upwork, Guru, or Freelancer. You could also search for postings on job boards such as FlexJobs, BloggingPro, and ProBlogger.
Expect to earn anything from $0.01 per word to over $1 per word.
9. Ebook Publisher
If you’re confident in your writing skills and your ability to market yourself, you might want to consider cutting out the middleman and becoming an Ebook publisher.
Even some established writers are coming around to eBook publishing because selling a book directly to readers on Amazon means writers keep a lot more of the profit.
Although it’s possible to upload a Word document straight onto the Amazon Mobi generator, this doesn’t always result in the correct format. It’s a good idea to learn how to use the software required to get your book into the proper form for Kindle. Kindlepreneur is an excellent resource if you’re interested in learning more.
You also need an attractive cover, even in eBook form. Unless you have some graphic design skills yourself, you may need to hire a freelancer to design your cover which will add some cost.
Ebook writing isn’t a good option for anybody who needs to make money right away; it takes time to write a book, and unless you have a large following, it’s unlikely you’ll sell hundreds of copies overnight. However, eBook publishing can be a great passive income source.
Online Marketing & Social Media Jobs
Here are the best online jobs for social media & marketing professionals:
10. Start a Facebook Ads Business
Over 2 billion people use Facebook, making it one of the world’s most effective marketing platforms. You can market on Facebook from anywhere, and it’s not hard to learn how.
My friend Bobby has a Facebook Side Hustle Course that teaches not only how to run Facebook ads, but also how to build a Facebook business, get clients and has a community group to help you learn and grow a business.
11. Create A Niche Website
A niche website could help you generate money within a specialized sector of the retail marketplace. For example, you could create a camera review website where you write about cameras, and you could make money every time someone clicks through your review and buys a camera.
You can make money selling anything in any niche, but it’s important to pick a niche you know well and care about so you can create compelling content that gets people to your website and then convinces them to buy the products you’re promoting.
To see what products you can promote, check out our list of the best affiliate programs.
Once you set up your website, you’ll have to rank it on Google using SEO (search engine optimization). To learn more about SEO, check out my post on the best SEO tips.
If you’re able to rank on Google, you’re likely to get hundreds of visits to your site every day, and this could generate passive income through affiliate links.
Niche websites can be a good option if you’re already knowledgeable about a niche and already know SEO — or you’re willing to learn.
12. Become A Lead Generator
If you’re Internet savvy, then working as a lead generator could be a perfect choice. You can contact small businesses with no online presence and help them establish one.
Get started by phoning companies in this position and offering your services. One of my first side hustles was doing lead generation for a law firm.
13. Become An SEO Consultant
SEO (search engine optimization) is the art and science of optimizing websites to rank on Google. SEO optimization has become super important but remains relatively easy to master.
When you know SEO you have a useful skillset for a full-time or part-time job or a side hustle. Pay is generally about $30 an hour.
If you’re detailed oriented, good with computers, and you like a challenge, then SEO might be a great remote job for you.
If you want to learn the fundamentals of SEO quickly, I recommend the SEO for Writers course, which is the best foundational SEO course I’ve personally taken.
14. Social Media Manager
Social media managers focus solely on (you guessed it!) social media, so you’ll be working with companies that already have an online presence but need help running their accounts properly.
Many businesses have created social media accounts but find it too overwhelming to maintain an active presence — never mind use them to attract potential clients.
They may even struggle to reply to messages on time, which is often part of a social media manager’s job. Pay is generally between $15 and $40 an hour.
15. Marketing Automation Consultant
You could also specialize in marketing automation. Email marketing has become essential for many companies, but it can seem daunting and complicated.
With a little bit of practice, marketing automation will soon become second nature to you, and you can offer valuable services to companies.
Learning the fundamentals of software such as Hubspot, Ontraport, Aweber, Convertkit, and Mailchimp will take you a long way.
16. Become a YouTuber or Podcaster
Becoming a YouTuber may sound like a pipe dream, but it is still possible to make money on YouTube. Here’s how much money YouTubers make.
You have to put in a lot of work to make money on YouTube, and it will probably take you a while. You’ll need to pass a minimum level of views and subscribers to start making money, and it’s hard to stand out in such a saturated market – but if you’re patient and produce quality content, you could make it worthwhile.
Side hustles such as YouTubing are most effective when combined with other platforms. For instance, having a YouTube channel that links to your blog and vice versa could double your potential audience on both platforms.
To expand your reach even further, you could also create a podcast with the same content and make it available for Spotify, Apple, and Android.
17. Social Media Influencer
Working as a social media influencer may sound far-fetched, but again, it’s possible. Social media influencers can get a bad reputation in certain crowds, but these are fast becoming the remote jobs of the future.
If you manage to build a considerable following on any of the major social media platforms – above all Instagram and Facebook – then it’s only a matter of time before brands start approaching you to market their items for either money or free products.
You could make thousands of dollars from a single post. Brands reach out to me all the time.
However, influencers need to be transparent about their advertisements. You also need to be careful not to appear like a ‘sell-out.’
An alternative way to earn an income is to set up a Patreon account and leave a link in your bio, which can appear more authentic if you’re not pushing it in the faces of your subscribers.
Online Jobs for Specialized Skills
Do you have a special skill? These are the best remote jobs for specialized professionals:
18. Graphic Designer
Most people who don’t have a graphic design degree or an in-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud dismiss the idea of a career as a graphic designer. But in truth, you don’t always need a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level job.
Not all companies need fancy logos created by skilled graphic designers – some need graphics created on basic websites such as Canva and PicMonkey. Creating and managing online images takes time, so many companies need outside help.
If you have the basic digital skills, you could provide these services. You could master Canva in a couple hours. Graphic design is one of my future-proof skills worth learning — no matter what career you have or which remote job you plan to do.
As is the case for other types of freelancing, you can sell your services on popular freelancing sites: Fiverr, Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer. Mechanical Turk has graphic design job postings too.
Of course, working as a graphic designer generates more income for highly skilled artists. The most talented designers could earn $100 an hour. With more basic work you’d earn a lot less. To learn more about how to start a graphic design business, you should check out the Freelance Tool Kit course.
13. Budgeter / Bookkeeper
Working a budgeter or bookkeeper job from home is a solid choice if you stay organized and have a good head for numbers. You can offer this service to either individuals or companies by contacting them directly or advertising your services on a freelancing website.
You can also find job postings on freelancing sites. Expect to earn between $20 and $60 an hour.
Making money as a photographer is now easier than ever. Due to the high quality of some smartphone cameras, you might not even need a professional camera.
Just upload your images to a stock image websites such as Shutterstock or Getty Images.
You won’t earn much money for a while. You’d need a tremendous volume of approved photos and a knack for knowing which photos will sell.
But if you already enjoy taking pictures and have a large album of high-quality images sitting on your computer, monetizing those photos is a no-brainer.
Here’s a detailed post on how to make money with photography.
21. Website Designer
Working as a website designer might sound impossible if you don’t know how to code, but this isn’t true anymore. It’s never been easier to build websites, and all businesses need them.
Many companies will pay someone to use a drag-and-drop site creator since this cheaper service creates results for much less money than a coder would cost.
Drag-and-drop tools such as Squarespace and Wix are intuitive and easy to get the hang of. Once you master these, you could quickly become a specialist. If you’re interested in great work-from-home opportunities, learning how to build websites is an extremely valuable skill.
It’s also worth checking out WordPress, which is a popular content management system widely used to build websites and blogs. Here’s a tutorial on how to start a website with Bluehost, where I break down step-by-step how to design a website quickly.
22. Voiceover Artist
If you’re often complimented for how well you speak, you might want to consider becoming a voiceover artist. As a voiceover artist, you’ll read a script and provide a vocal recording for audiobooks, videos, and film.
The demand for this service is growing as the importance of using videos for marketing purposes increases. There are two ways to launch your career as a voiceover artist. You could set up a profile and sell your services on a freelancing website.
Alternatively, you can join one of the multiple sites set up for voiceover artists. Some of these sites include Voice Bunny, Voices.com, and Voice123. Snap Recordings is a site specializing in telephone greetings.
23. Video Editor
As the use of video marketing increases, good work-from-home video editors are also in high demand. Editing videos may sound daunting, but once you get the hang of using one piece of software, you can quickly become a specialist.
HitFilm Express is a great free video editing software, or you could try Premiere Pro (not free) or iMovie (only for Mac users).
The hourly wage starts from around $25 an hour.
24. Online Researcher
If you have an academic background or pride yourself on your stellar research skills, a role as an online researcher could be perfect for you. Wonder is a service that describes itself as a ‘personal research assistant,’ and you could be the one providing that research.
To get hired, you first need to pass a reading comprehension test – only 85% of applicants pass the test. If you’re successful in this, the next stage is to complete a practice assignment.
You can then go on to attend ‘Wonder camp’ and receive $50, then finally progress on to the role, where you’ll get paid $8 to $35 per question you answer.
Online Teaching Jobs
Here are the best online jobs for good instructors:
25. English Teacher
Working as an online English teacher can be an easy remote job for any native English speaker with an Internet connection.
Plenty of websites can connect you with pupils willing to pay to talk to you. iTalki allows you to choose your rates as a ‘community tutor,’ and this platform is typically for adults instead of children.
Magic Ears is for teaching young children (ages 4-12), and you can earn from $20 to $26 an hour. VIPKid lets you to teach English online to Chinese children and make up to $22 an hour.
26. Become A Tutor
Another potentially lucrative option for work-from-home teachers: Become a tutor in a subject other than English. If you are highly educated – bachelor’s degree or above – then this could be a great option.
Chegg facilitates online tutoring via video call in a wide range of subjects, and pay starts at $20 an hour.
Studypool focuses on homework help – students post questions they need help with and offer a price, which will vary depending on time and difficulty. Studypool claims on its website that you could make up to $7,500 a month.
If you happen to be a certified teacher, you can also take online gigs, especially for teachers, such as GigEd.
27. Create A Course – Monetize Your Skills
If you know a topic well, you should consider building an online course. I have friends who make over $1 million a year from the online courses they’ve created.
Teachable is my favorite course building platform and the one I’ve used to build all of my courses. Udemy is another popular course-building platform, but it doesn’t have as many features as Teachable. Udemy specializes in technology-related subjects. The amount you make depends on how many people buy your course.
Another option is Skillshare which allows you to teach a broader spectrum of skills. You’re paid by how many people watch your videos.
The advantage of creating a course, as opposed to teaching, is that online courses create a passive income stream — you could earn money each time your course sells and not only when you’re teaching.
Miscellaneous Online Jobs
Here are some of the best miscellaneous job opportunities online:
28. Product Tester
Looking for a part-time job that doesn’t require a lot of hands-on work? Become a product tester.
While you shouldn’t expect to make much more than $10 an hour, product testing can generate extra money during your free time.
29. Website or Application Tester
You could make extra money as a website or application tester. You’d be responsible for usability testing, which means you assess the usefulness of an app or site.
If you don’t consider yourself tech-savvy, this could be an advantage, as companies want to check their software suits people like you.
UserTesting claims you can earn up to $60 per test, while UTest and UserFeel both offer $10 per test.
30. Search Engine Evaluator
More skilled computer users could become a search engine evaluator. A company will give you guidelines to evaluate search results and tell you which keywords to search.
You’d need to be quick with a computer and you’d need knowledge about the way search engines work. But this isn’t a high-skills tech job.
Some sites that frequently have openings are Appen, Lionbridge, and iSoftStone. Earnings tend to range from $12 to $15 an hour.
31. Quora Partner Program
A little-known gem is the Quora Partner Program. Not many people know about this program because Quora invites contributors rather than posting openings.
But if you use Quora and “upvote” other contributors’ answers to questions and answer questions yourself, you could get an invitation to become a partner.
As a partner, you earn money by asking questions that attract a lot of attention. It’s a strange and unpredictable income source, but if a question you ask or answer happens to go viral, it’s possible to earn hundreds of dollars.
However, you’ll probably waste time asking multiple low-value questions before you hit the jackpot.
32. Online Juror
An online juror for mock trials is another little-known job. You’ll be helping attorneys prepare for the real trial by providing feedback.
You could earn between $10 to $60 an hour, but it can be challenging to get jobs. Being an online juror is only for U.S. citizens.
There are a few websites to find jobs: eJury, Online Verdict, and Resolution Research.
33. Call Center or Data Entry
Covid-19 has prompted a lot of companies to send their call center employees home. High-speed Internet lets the employees continue taking calls and accessing files as if they were sitting in a cubicle.
If you’d like a full-time work from home job, a call center or data entry job may be your thing. Most require a high school diploma and a basic computer skills test. You’ll also need to become familiar with your company’s policies and procedures.
Customer service representatives tend to earn anywhere from $8 to $14 an hour. Search sites like Indeed, Snagajob, and Flexjobs to find opportunities.
Online Selling Jobs
If you have a knack for selling, these are the best online jobs for sellers:
34. Etsy Store Owner
If you want to create the items you sell, check out Etsy. Becoming an Etsy store owner could be a good option. Etsy is most often associated with selling homemade crafts, but you could also create and sell digital products like Etsy printables.
Because you’re selling via a third party, Etsy takes its cut from the profit, but if you’re spending nothing, or very little, on the raw materials, then this could be profitable for you.
One of the easiest online jobs is launching an Esty printables business. To learn how to launch a printable business, check out this course, which outlines step by step how you can start an easy online job.
Dropshipping allows you to sell goods without physically touching the stock you’re offering. A third party like Shopify handles the products, the deliveries, and even gives you space online to list your products. It’s an easy way to get into e-commerce.
Of course, Shopify takes its cut of the profits.
Shopify has a great dropshipping guide explaining the process. The amount of money you can earn depends on the value of your items, what you charge, and the scale of your operation.
36. Amazon Arbitrage
Amazon Arbitrage provides another sales opportunity online. You can find discounted products in stores and sell them on Amazon to make a profit.
It can be time-consuming and difficult to make a profit, but if you’re the type of person who enjoys searching for a bargain — or if you go shopping regularly anyway — then you might be able to slide this into your routine easily and make a little extra money.
37. Foreign Currency or Cryptocurrency Trader
Foreign currency or cryptocurrency trading is legit, and it generates a lot of money for some people. But proceed with caution.
Trading crypto or foreign currencies is a high-risk online job where you can lose a lot of money. If you’re looking for an easy way to make a few extra bucks online, this probably isn’t it.
A lot of people want to sell you a course or become your coach — for a fee, of course. Unfortunately most “teachers” and “coaches” just want to exploit the lure of “winning big.”
If you lack the interest and knowledge to start trading without a course, it probably isn’t a good way for you to earn money.
Which Online Jobs Are Legit?
Despite the prevalence of remote jobs and the increasing number of people who work this way, many people remain wary about giving their time and personal details to a client they just met or a website they’d never heard of until just now. They’re worried they’re being scammed or conned.
Although there are plenty of scams and illegitimate jobs out there, you can avoid them by using a little common sense.
How To Spot a Scam
If you’re considering a company that seems interested in hiring you for remote work, do a quick Google search of the company. You should be able to find reviews from Glassdoor, Trustpilot, or some other forum. This will give you a good idea whether the organization is legit.
If you’re dealing with a potential client directly and you’re worried the client may not pay, ask for a 50% payment upfront instead of waiting until you’ve sent in the work to ask for payment.
If you freelance and use a third-party site to match you with clients, never agree to leave the platform unless you have a good relationship with the client. It may be annoying that the third-party takes a cut of the profits, but they’re also guaranteeing your safety and payment.
Online jobs tend to fit into two categories:
- those that require low effort with a low reward.
- those that require a lot of effort with a bigger reward.
If you’re providing an easy service anyone could do, you can’t expect to get paid a lot. If you find a gig offering you more money than you would expect for the required work, proceed with caution.
And never share your credit card, bank account, or Social Security numbers unless you’re sure it’s the real deal.
How Do You Get Paid from Online Jobs?
As an online contract worker you will generally get paid through PayPal or Venmo. For larger jobs, a company may insight on mailing you a check or transferring the money directly to your bank account. Sometimes you’ll be able to choose the payment method yourself.
The payment process depends on the type of work. If you’re offering your services via a third-party website, such as Upwork, the third party will take a small percentage of your earnings since it is brokering the deal.
If you’re dealing with clients directly, it’s your responsibility to invoice your clients and arrange payment with them. When possible, I always request payment via PayPal since it’s easy and secure.
If you’re offering your services to a website in return for payment, the site will typically pay you directly. You will either be paid weekly, monthly, at specified project milestones, or after the job has been completed.
You may only be able to ‘withdraw’ your funds once your ‘balance’ has reached a specific amount.
Carrying a balance is common when you get paid in small amounts, like on stock photography or survey websites. Always check the payment process before you agree to complete a job.
Amazon’s M Turk often pays workers with Amazon gift cards.
What Online Job Works Best For You?
The online jobs you pick should depend on your skill set and how much money you want to make.
Do you need to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible, whatever the cost? Or can you afford to build something that will be unprofitable at first but could result in a powerful passive income stream in the future?
Do you see an online job as a means to an end and a temporary fix? Or do you want to build a new way of life? Are you willing to combine multiple online side hustles?
These are essential questions to consider when choosing between low-reward/low-effort jobs and high-reward/high-effort jobs.
However, you can be sure not online jobs are scams. You should be suspicious of anything that seems to offers a high reward with a little or no effort. There are plenty of legit online jobs you can start today without any money.
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