If you’re interested in starting a side job to generate new income, but you don’t have any money to invest, then you picked the right article to read. Each of the 30 methods below can be put into action by anyone, with no money, and most importantly, with no special skills.
All the methods listed in this article have the potential to be scaled and to produce consistent income. Some have the potential of generating passive income, which in turn, will give you even more freedom to start new ventures.
I have structured all the making money methods in four big categories. You can click on any of them and you’ll get sent directly to that section.
Make Money Freelancing
Freelancing has become a very widely used term nowadays because more and more people and companies alike see the benefits for both parties. For some, it has become a lifestyle (think travelling freelancers) while others have discovered that they work better from the comfort of their own home. Many freelancers (myself included) started by trying to create a side-income or just some extra pocket money, and later on, found themselves able to create incomes that resemble their ideal job’s salary.
1. Proofreading and Editing
If you’re an English native, then you really need to take action and start offering this kind of service. There are thousands upon thousands of people who are not English natives, but still develop websites focusing on the English market because it’s the largest in the world. Many of them create their own content but send it to an editor to proofread it first.
This is just one category of people, there are many more that also desperately need this type of service. Just take a look at Fiverr, you can see a whole category dedicated to editing.
2. Translation services
If you are bilingual, or at least know a second language to a medium+ level, you could easily find small gigs on sites like Fiverr, where you can translate short texts for $5-$10. Or maybe book a larger order and get paid up to $100.
Another easy and no skill involved service that anyone can make money off is the transcription service. Simply put, the client will give you an audio file and you will have to listen to it and write down everything you heard in a file.
Personally, I’ve used this many times and I only provided a Youtube link to a video. Got back an article almost ready to be posted on a blog. *Wink wink* A method to get cheap articles * wink wink*
Don’t think that you need to be the next Shakespeare to be able to provide quality content, because there are so many niches that need to be discovered and many of them just require research and publishing stats.
Just take a look at how many IT product reviews are out there – you just need to create content for the spaces between the product’s specs. And the best part is that, in this day and age, we live in a consumerism era, which gives us an abundance of new products every day.
If you decide to pursuit this line of work you’re in luck because this kind of service is sold everywhere – forums, freelancing platforms, dedicated marketplaces for writers, like iWriter.com, or even on the contact page of some sites where that is a need for more content. Just go and look around.
5. Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant is exactly what you would think of – being the assistant for a client in a long distance setup. Depending on what the client needs you might do a bunch of interesting stuff – send some emails, keep a schedule, outreach to potential partners or clients etc.
My first real gig was as a virtual assistant and it was the best thing for me at that point because I ended up working with a client I learned a lot from and who helped me develop my skills (he was also in the SEO niche).
Again, this kind of service is always needed and you can easily find clients on forums dedicated to online marketing and also on the freelancing platforms like Upwork.com.
6. Telemarketing or Support Person
If you are comfortable with talking to people over the phone, you might consider a telemarketing or support job. It can be a nice side-income if you can make it work around your schedule and do it in your spare time.
There are many companies that need people for this kind of job and it is cheaper and easier to hire a remote person, rather than paying to rent an office.
Have you ever received compliments saying that your voice is beautiful and calming? No? It doesn’t matter, you can still make money by doing voiceovers for presentations or instructional videos.
This kind of services requires you to simply get a mic (you can even use the mic from your webcam) and record yourself reading the script given by the client. After you’re finished, you will send the client the audio file and you get paid. Pretty simple and not time consuming.
Fiverr has an entire category dedicated to Voice Overs.
8. Modelling (you or your pet)
Do you like taking pictures, or having pictures taken of yourself or your pet? Are you ok with them being published online? Well, why not be a model for a company or a website? Get paid to create visuals for clients that need to showcase their products or get your pet famous and let him earn you money, like many people are already doing on Fiverr.com.
9. Web or Graphic Design
If you have any graphic design skills you can easily find a client by doing work for website owners from logos, banners, product covers, retouching photos, and so much more.
You can sell your services almost everywhere – freelancing platforms, Fiverr, internet marking forums, forums dedicated to photography, and almost every kind of forum has a category where people sell and buy services, and graphic design is needed in any niche. There is no shortage of possibilities in this sector.
10. Video Editing
Similar to graphic design is another skill that is a little harder to find but is even better paid – video editing. If you already worked with Sony Vegas, Adobe Premier, or any kind of video editing software for that matter, you need to put yourself out there, because video content is highly sought after.
You can work with clients for intro videos for their companies, video reviews for products, work presentations, do editing for small commercials or movies. You can find all kinds of areas where this skillset is needed and the freelancing platforms are full with projects.
Another place where you can find work is on Youtube. You can browse around and find channels that have potential but the video editing is poor. Contact them and ask if they want to collaborate so you can take care of the video editing. Or, if you really think that the channel has potential, maybe you can partner with them and get a percentage of the channel’s income from now on. This might yield bigger profits in the long run.
Programming equals money this days. Clearly the level of skill and the programming language you’re working with will influence the pay, but money will be made, no matter what. I feel like programming is maybe the only skill with which you can’t go hungry. Ever.
Now, everything is automated or in the progress of becoming automated, so having programming skills can get you work in almost any sector of the market. But as a freelancer, you will find yourself bidding mostly on projects related to websites or apps.
12. Social Media Manager
How about getting paid to do what you already do in your free time? More and more companies are hiring freelancers to take care of their social media accounts, keep them updated, and engage their audience. Since, social media advertising has started receiving a bigger portion of companies’ promotion budgets, it really is a good idea to tap into this market.
Having the ability to schedule posts on each social media account, or use a platform where you can manage all the accounts from the same interface, if you get crafty and put in the work, you can manage multiple clients at the same time. More clients equals a bigger check at the end of the month.
13. Online Tutoring
Have you ever helped someone to learn something? If the answer is yes, than starting doing it for money. There are so many people wanting to be tutored from the comfort of their own home.
There are even sites dedicated to facilitating the process, so things are even easier for both parties. Sites like Tutor.com, You.com, or OKTutor.net can help you find new clients easily, but you can also search the freelancing platforms or maybe even niche forums.
If you are proficient in English, you can tap into huge market of people ready to learn the language by doing 1 on 1 sessions on Skype. You can find many potential clients on the expat forums as well.
If, over the years, you’ve gained knowledge about a certain subject or sector, be aware that there will be people willing to pay for that knowledge. This service is a little harder to sell, because it often needs to be backed by good experience. But if you know how to read a client and offer a little info for free, enough to make it clear that you are the real deal, maybe you can start a nice consulting gig and make money by shareing information and your input.
Make Money With Social Media
As of the third quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.79 billion monthly active users. That’s huge, and it means that there are a lot of people with similar interests that get together in groups. And this is exactly what it can make you money – Facebook Groups.
Find a niche that you’re comfortable with or you really have an interest in and make a Facebook page/group for it. Try to gather people in your group and grow it as much as you can by doing a few things:
- Post new content with nice photos as frequently as you can.
- Join other groups in your niche and try to get involved with the community to gain its trust. Once people start to notice you and you build a bit of presence, find some topics that you can plug in the URL to your Facebook group.
- Find unrelated groups with big member lists and when a subject pertaining to your niche comes up, join the conversation and promote your Facebook group.
- You can find a bunch of Facebook groups that are open to join and the sole purpose of these groups is advertising pages/products/profiles. Because of their nature, I don’t think that you will get many results, even though I’ve heard of people getting some traffic. So give it a try with a couple of big groups and see how it goes.
How you make money:
- Having a big reach means that everything you post will be seen. And this is exactly what many advertisers want for their products – exposure. If you grow your group enough, advertisers will contact you to promote their products on your Facebook group.
- If you want, and you should, you can start promoting products on your own for companies that will pay you an affiliate commission. You can experiment with a few products/services related to your niche and see what performs best.
- Try searching for websites/blogs pertaining to your niche and to contact them to see if they would like to get their website promoted on your group in exchange for a small payment. If their experience is good, you might have clients sending monthly payments to keep their presence alive on your group.
*Investment Tip: If you have $10/month to spend, you can take a look at FPTraffic.com and buy their product so you can manage your Facebook pages more easily. This way you can work on growing multiple pages at the same time.
Recently, Instagram has grown exponentially, especially in North America, but is also slowly getting bigger all over the world. And where there are many people, there are many opportunities. I mean, FuckJerry is an account of just funny photos and memes and they have more than 10 million followers.
Similar to the Facebook Group method, but on Instagram you rely only on a profile. The objective is to grow an account that has as many followers as possible.
What you need to do:
- Pick a niche for your account and preferably would be something with a big reach like travel, modeling, cars, entertainment, etc. These kind of topics are worldwide, and the content is more likely to get likes and give you followers.
- This is not a strict rule, if you have a niche that you’re interested in, you should work with that. A small niche might bring lower numbers of followers, but the advertisers might pay more because the products are pricey or there are not many people working in that niche.
- Post daily and many times a day, until you get your account off the ground and get to a point where the growth is constant and you already benefit from the snowball effect.
- Like photos from other accounts in your niche.
- Get involved with a community and make use of hashtags.
- Cross promote with other accounts.
Anything else that you can do to grow your followers, you should. See what your competitors are doing and try to replicate it.
How you make money:
There are a few ways of getting paid on Instagram but, to be honest, getting paid to make a post and publish it on your account is the easiest. Nonetheless, there can be a lot of money made! Here is a small example of a girl who gets more money from posting a single selfie than doing four days’ work.
- You can get paid by others to promote their products or services, Instagram accounts, or websites.
- Have a website where you promote certain products, redirect the traffic from Instagram through the URL in your account description or by posting a picture with URL on it.
For Twitter, the method is pretty much the same as with Instagram and relies on the fact that you need to start growing your followers until you become interesting for companies and other interested advertisers.
- Pick a niche and make a new account with a nice profile photo (doesn’t need to be your photo) and a header image. Work on thiese two images a little because it has an impact on the visitors’ perspective about the account.
- Start following people interested in your niche. You can do this by following the followers of a big website in your niche or by searching with popular hashtags related to your topic.
- Constantly post new tweets by creating them, re-tweeting, or simply tweet the articles you read on a daily basis. *Every site has a “Tweet this article” button under every post and it makes it very easy to share.
- Like and re-tweet content from different profiles, because this will create an engagement with that person and most likely they will return the favor.
How you make money:
You can get paid by others to do a lot of things:
- Share a tweet with their content
- Re-tweet some of their content
- Start using a certain hashtag
Or you can simply use the account to promote your website.
Pinterest is growing bigger and bigger worldwide, and the amount of traffic that you can get from it in certain niches is huge. But the big thing here is this – Certain niches. On Pinterest, you will see that the content relates a lot on nice pictures and is heavily focused on cooking, fashion, diy & crafts, quotes, infographics, and pretty much anything with a good quality, big picture.
- Create boards for separate sub-niches of your desired topic
- Pin a lot of things in each board by uploading them, using their bookmark addon, or simply re-pin others’ content (easiest option).
- Start following users in your niche and like their pins. Many of them will follow you back.
- Search for Group boards and join them. Some will have the requirements for joining written in the board description, while for others you simply have to follow and like them, and they will send you an invite when they see that you’re in a similar niche.
- Go to Pingroupie.com to search for the biggest boards in your niche.
How you make money:
90% of the times, the revenue is obtained in two ways:
- Try to redirect the traffic to your website/blog and convert it in money there.
- Add affiliate links in every pin you see fit. You can pin products from the site you’re affiliated with and add to it your affiliate link.
Make Money with Your Blog
Having a blog can open the gates to all kinds of revenue streams and has allowed many people to transform blogging into their full time job. Working from home, a café or anywhere you want, putting in the work at whichever hours you want, and still making a full time income is something that many hope to achieve.
The majority of those that played with the idea of blogging are put off by the misconception that you need to be a technical person in order to make and manage your own blog, which is false!
Besides the fact that you can start with a free blogging platform like Blogger.com or WordPress.com, where everything is super easy and user friendly (but with limitations), installing the WordPress.org CMS on your own domain as literally as easy as making an account for a new email address. You can install it in just a few clicks. Plus, there are thousands of tutorials on the web, and video tutorials on Youtube, you just need to follow the basic instructions.
In this section I will talk a little about a few ways you can monetize your blog.
19. Make Money with Adsense
Adsense is a Google advertising program for webmasters, and one of the most convenient ways to monetize your content. All you have to do is to copy and paste some code into your website and they will target and show advertising that will fit the topic of your website. The advertising can be text or media, depending on what you choose and their inventory for your targeted niche.
The best thing is that everything is automated, and you don’t have to worry about searching for advertisers that will fit for each page on your blog or doing all the work of changing the banners and all that. You just put a code on your sidebar (or wherever you want the advertising to appear) and forget about it.
There are other programs similar to Adsense, but after trying a few here and there, I don’t think there is out there anything that can come close to it. That’s why I’m only recommending Google Adsense for now.
20. Make Money with Affiliate Marketing
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a form of performance-based marketing in which a company pays you for referring a customer to their product or service. If the customer you sent them actually buys their product, you will be rewarded with a commission.
How Affiliate Marketing Works on Your Blog?
Whenever you want to promote a product, you will receive a custom link that you will put in your call to action button. A cookie is stored in the visitor’s browser and even if he doesn’t buy in the first session, he will be tracked for a few days and when he buys, you will get the commission.
There are many affiliate marketing programs out there, but I will recommend a few I have worked with:
21. Make Money by Working with Brands
Many companies will pay you to post sponsored articles on your blog, give a shout out on your social media accounts, or maybe pay you to do a giveaway. There are many ways in which you can promote them, but most of the time the companies will have a template for what and how to do.
A few platforms that act like an intermediary between the brands and the bloggers:
22. Working Directly With Clients
The most direct method of making money from your blog is to contact companies or websites that will benefit from the audience of your blog and ask them if they want to collaborate with you. It seems a little awkward at first, but I assure you that everyone is looking to get more clients and if you contact them, you just saved them time and researching work.
If you’re already receiving nice traffic, the situation changes a bit because you will be periodically contacted for all kinds of deals and promotions.
Even More Making Money Methods
There many websites that will pay you to take a survey, a poll, play a game, watch a Youtube video, or simply share on social media. They won’t make you rich but you can easily grow to $100 a month by using 2-3 sites daily. In the long run, you can end up making more than $1,000 per year.
Sign up with the sites from the list below, fill out your profile with all your personal details, and soon you will start having access to all kinds of tasks. Different tasks have different payouts so the daily earnings will change from day to day.
Important – Be sure to check out if you reside in a country that is supported by this sites. Some are accepting people only from USA, Canada, and UK. Other sites allow more country to participate.
24. Testing websites
A website with poor design, non-intuitive structure, or that is hard to navigate, is going to lose many visitors. That’s why many companies are paying people to interact with their website, and complete a survey and leave their feedback. This way the companies can improve their platform and get more out of their website.
There are a few sites that recruit people as testers and pay them an average of $10 to complete a test, which usually takes about 10-20 minutes.
As always, I encourage you to check the FAQ section of each website to learn more about their requirements and to see if you’re in a country supported by them.
Here is the list with the best testing sites:
25. Link Broker
No matter how hard Google pushes the idea that you should focus your time on creating quality content , the truth is that SEO is driven by links. Not only by links of course, but is still the biggest ranking factor.
People pay good money for good links, especially in niches where the competition is fierce and everybody is competing for every long tail keyword in existence. In a niche like Finance, you will easily pay $200-$300 for a medium quality link. And I know that because I’ve been working in it for the past couple of years and paid anywhere from $100 to $2000 for a single link.
The method is pretty simple, because you will be the middle man, offering a service to both parties of the transaction. Here is what you need to do:
- Choose a niche that you want to work in.
- Research and create a huge list of websites and blogs that are active in your niche.
- Start contacting them one by one, and get them to tell you their advertising prices. You can do this by directly introducing yourself as a broker or you can fake a direct interest in advertising on that website.
- Once you have a list with websites and their advertising prices, start checking internet marketing forums for threads where people ask for link building, buying links, and any kind of related question.
- Start brokering you first deal 🙂
- If you want to grow bigger and get more work, start making new lists of contacts for other niches and go over all the steps again.
26. Domain and/or Website Broker
I’m not going to dive in to this because it’s pretty much the same concept as the Link Broker method above. All you have to do is to always keep an eye on people selling sites and know when you find a bargain, so you can be sure that you can place your commission in the final selling price.
Or if you have some money at your disposal, you can try buying a website or domain under-valuated from the multitude of SEO/Internet Marketing forums and re-sell it on Flippa.com for a bigger price tag.
27. Services Broker / Outsourcing
Simple process: Buy a service from a freelancing platform like Upwork or Fiverr, and sell it for a higher price. The complicated part is to find the paying customer that needs something but doesn’t want or know where to go to buy it on his own.
Easier if you already have some clients and upsell them with other services that you outsource.
28. Sell Your Photos
Do you like taking pictures of monuments, mountains, people, or just about anything interesting around you? Has anybody told you that you have a knack for photography? Then why not making some money by selling your pictures?
There are many stock photo sites that will pay you every time someone likes and/or buy you work. The revenue structure is different for each site, so you’ll need to read their info but either way, some money is better than no money.
Here are some of the biggest sites where you can upload your work (but there are many more if you do a quick search on Google):
29. Create a Course
Are you incredibly knowledgeable about a certain topic or did you find yourself ever teaching someone something? If so, why not put all the information in one box, package it, and sell it as an online course?
People love video content and many have attested that they learn better by having both audio and visual information given to them at the same time. I mean, look how well video content is performing, and how big Youtube has grown in the recent years.
Even if you don’t have all the skills needed to create an entire course from scratch, you can outsource or have a friend help you with recordings and such. Or you can simply get software like Camtasia and start recording and editing everything by yourself.
When you have a product semi-ready, you register to the two sites below and prepare to deploy your product to the world though their platforms:
30. Making a Youtube Channel
Having mentioned in the previous method how big Youtube has become, why not taking advantage of that by creating your own channel? There are a lot of people making decent money on Youtube, people that you and I have never heard of them. You don’t have to get huge numbers of subscribers, like many of the big players do. Depending on the content and audience, you might create a side income with just a few thousand subscribers.
If you are ok with showing your face and really interacting with your audience, that will help your popularity because people like to put a face to the voice they are listening to. But if you are shy or want to be more private, you can still create videos by simply recording your voice over the content you want to showcase.
Remember, there are channels with big followings and hundreds of millions of views that only show in game sports footage, or people ranting about anything in their life, or just telling their opinion about the latest news.
In the end, most of these methods won’t earn you a lot of money in the beginning, but are better than wasting time on your couch watching TV. The most important thing to remember is that a small budget can push you a lot further, if you decide to invest it. Maybe you buy a better microphone to provide a better audio quality or advertise your services to a larger audience to start getting more and better clients.
Like everything in life, if you don’t have a short-to-medium plan set up, you are less likely to succeed. Many people don’t really push themselves to create a plan, because the revenue is low in the early stages. But you have to remember that you started out with nothing, zero investment, and this makes things more difficult.
An important tip for everyone starting to provide any kind of service – Try to provide the best quality every time, even if it’s only for a $5 payment, because a lot of the time, people try new services with a small project to test out the provider. If they receive high quality work, they often come back with a bigger order. And if the planets align, you might end up with an ongoing client, resulting an ongoing paycheck.
So, what do you think about the article? Do you know another method to make money zero investment? If you do, please share it with me (comment or email) and will try to add it here.