In this article, we’ll look at how to make money online for beginners. It’s said that you need money to make money and it’s true to an extent, that a bit of startup cash can make everything easier. However, there’s plenty you can do starting with 0 dollars and no credit card!
In order to present to you the best options to make money online for beginners, we have taken into account a few key factors.
Firstly, we have put together activities that require working mainly from home and from your computer. Due to the social restrictions imposed by the pandemic situation, we have excluded obvious options such as TaskRabbit or Uber, for example, because they require social exposure.
Secondly, we have carefully selected only those activities that can realistically be accessed by true beginners. Meaning the barrier to entry had to be really low both for the skillset and the monetary availability required. In other words, we picked ideas that require no initial monetary investment (still they will require your precious time though) and that you can execute without having a prerequisite skillset, besides being able to use a computer.
Finally, you won’t need a credit card to get started but you will need a bank account or a PayPal account to receive payment.
Without further ado, let’s get started with this guide on how to make money online for beginners. Here is a list of all the different activities we’ll be exploring in detail.
Make money without leaving your computer
The first three, money-making ideas for beginners we’ll be exploring are the simplest, you won’t even need to leave your computer! If you have a laptop or a mobile device, you can literally do these from anywhere!
Perfect, let’s see them!
Complete various tasks online
The absolutely easiest method to start making money online straight away is, without a doubt, joining one or several websites, where you can perform simple tasks in exchange for currency.
This can be a non-committal and even fun way to getting your feet wet with earning online as many of these sites asks for relatively simple tasks to complete, such as filling surveys, answering to questionnaires, visiting other websites, or even playing online games!
Sites like Swagbucks.com and GG2U.org, for example, are long-time standing and trustworthy platforms offering a wide range of activities to keep you busy for hours in exchange for some real-world bucks.
Being such an easy point of entry in the world of online money-making, as you can imagine, earning potential is ok but not terrific. With a bit of organization and patience, you can rack a decent amount per hour, particularly if you join several of them. The other thing is, there are hundreds of sites out there that are hell-bent on scamming you and only a handful of reputable ones. Luckily for you, we have created a complete guide to the best ones out there and also showing you absolutely everything you need to know to start making money on these sites.
Make money online for beginners: by testing websites
That’s right, you can earn very respectable amounts (10 – 15$ for 20 minutes of work) online, from the comfort of your computer, by testing other people’s websites. This works because a lot of people are creating new websites for business or for other reasons and want to test the usability, the design, the structure of the website before it goes live, or for improving it.
This is where a few agencies have popped up, offering to mediate between you (the tester) and the person/company who wants their website scrutinized.
This is not quite as easy as the previous option, you might need to have a microphone to record your voice and fill reports at the end of your testing session. It feels more like a job, honestly, even if done remotely, from your laptop. Some websites are great, some are going to be horrible and some you won’t even understand what they are about! But that’s part of the charm!
UserTesting.com is the granddaddy of all but there are other platforms to check such as enrollapp.com or testingtime.com. I’ll put a list with the links below. You’ll have to take a small test yourself in order to join and be accountable to get more gigs but the rewards are there to collect if you can be diligent and do your job professionally.
Here is a list of all the major website-testing platforms for you to try. Each one is slightly different from the others. It’s up to you to test them out and decide the ones that fit your lifestyle.
Set up a print on deman store on Redbubble
If you’ve ever had a dream of running an online store, the option I am going to talk to you about is likely, the absolutely easiest point of entry into this kind of activity.
As you’ll see, it doesn’t require any special skills nor an initial investment. You just need to be armed with the will to succeed and the patience to do your due diligence, researching the marketplace and keeping your store fresh and up-to-date.
I am talking about creating a print on demand store using RedBubble. It’s a long subject and there’s no time to go in-depth here. We have created a very deep guide to be successful with this business model on the site for you to study and use for free. However, the general idea is that you are going to use an existing platform, such as RedBubble, to create and promote your designs on a wide range of print-on-demand products such as t-shirts, mugs and so on.
Don’t worry! You do not even need to come up with your own designs if you do not want to. In the guide, we explain how to research the market, how to outsource designs, or creating simple text-based designs yourself.
The beauty of the model is that there is no upfront barrier for you to enter. The people at RedBubble keep the stock, do the printing, and the fulfilling. You just need to find designs that sell and apply them to their catalog of products. It can be a rewarding and a learning process as well if you have even a spark of creative intuition.
On the plus side, the potential is absolutely there to make thousands per month if not per week! If you are interested, definitely go and check out our in-depth guide and see if it’s for you!
Something a bit more involved
One of the easiest ways to make money online for beginners is to learn how to sell things. If you are not afraid to get your hands a bit dirtier (in a good way mind you!) and moving away from your computer from time to time, there’s no simpler method than selling things on eBay for profit.
In this line of online money-making, you will need to spend time in front of your computer posting items, bidding on low hanging fruits, and studying the market. However, you’ll have to spend also quite some time going out looking for items to sell, packing, and shipping. There’s money to be made for sure, heck, there are people earning full six figures income with this deceptively simple business models. If it sounds like something you’d like to try, read on!
You are probably aware that nowadays eBay has become a very competitive platform, you can’t just post something and expect it to sell. In fact, you are going to struggle to even be found on the platform amidst the millions of auctions that are on at any given moment. The key is finding items that are niche and are in demand at the same time. Things people collect for example or useful items that serve a purpose and people are looking to buy pre-owned.
All this research can and should be done on the site however we also have you covered if you want to give it a go. We have published a lengthy article with a list of proven eBay sellers, products that in our experience and that of other successful sellers, sell consistently on the platform.
You just need to get out there (I know, it’s a bit more difficult, due to the COVID situation) and find them, bring em home, take a few pictures and resell them for profit on eBay.
Wrapping it all up
We think these are the most simple and straightforward ways to make money online for beginners. Most of them require little or no skill to get going and no initial investment. You can start some of them not tomorrow, not in a week’s time but right now! the very moment you finish reading this article!
Let’s give them a try.