The best websites to help you make money – all free!
If you’re looking for ideas on how to make money online, you’re in the right place. I’ve found five ways to make money that will not only start to cash flow fast but you can get started absolutely free.
In this video, I’ll show you exactly how to start and how much you can make. We'll look at why it is getting increasingly important to use these money-making websites, not only to make extra cash but for income insurance. I'll then reveal, step-by-step, how to get started and how to make as much money as possible.
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Why Making Money Online is So Important
So I’ve been nagging a lot lately about getting you online to make money, start a side hustle for extra cash or even that work from home business.
I know, it’s probably more than a little annoying but I want you to feel that same sense of financial freedom I’ve discovered over the last six years.
Flashback to 2003, I was fresh out of college after the Marine Corps and got my first job in corporate finance. Over the next ten years, I had four jobs, couldn’t stand half of them and never got paid enough to really start building that nest egg.
I finally said enough in 2013 and started working online, first as a freelance equity analyst and later building my own assets through websites. I’ve since built it to a six-figure income, I actually enjoy what I do every day and I’ll never have to worry about money again!
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Getting Started Making Money Online
So today I want to give you five ways to make that story your own, five ways to make money online for free and start making money fast. Each of these will be totally free to get started and will actually make you money.
This first one is super easy and I was surprised how much I made when trying it out. Testing websites and apps through sites like UserTesting and WhatUsersDo.
Making Money Online Testing Websites
So companies need to make sure their websites and apps are doing exactly what they should. They need to test out the look, all the pages and the forms. They contract with these testing sites to have people go to the website or the app and basically just use it like a regular visitor.
After signing up on a testing site as a user, which takes all of about five minutes, you download their software so it tracks which tasks you do and records your feedback. Then you get these tasks, whether it’s to go to a website or watch a video or try out an app.
After that, you just talk about the experience, leaving your feedback through voice-recording so there’s very little typing needed here. It’s just giving your opinion on the site or the app.
Requirements are pretty easy here. You need to be 18 years old, have an internet connection and a microphone and the ability to download the usertest software on your computer.
What I love about these sites, UsterTesting and WhatUsersDo, is they are really transparent about how much you can make. We’ve all seen the vague promises with online surveys about making lots of money and then it comes out to like $3 an hour.
UserTesting pays you $10 for every 20-minute video you complete and it ends up being about another 10 minutes to complete the tasks and give your feedback. But that’s still around $20 an hour you can make on these which is really good for something that requires no experience or skills.
WhatUsersDo pays $5 per test which generally takes 10-15 minutes so it comes out about the same on a per hour basis. Both sites pay by PayPal for each task and you usually get paid around seven days after completing each test case.
Making Money Online Creating Websites
So that one’s going to be more like the traditional job working for an established company online. This next one is more entrepreneurial but you can make a whole lot more money.
Now we talk a lot about blogging here on the channel. I’ve owned my own websites for going on six years now and love having those online assets as an income source. But it’s a long game to making money. It was six months before I made any money on my sites and a year before I was making more than a grand a month.
That’s not bad as side hustles go but I’ve got an idea for you that’s going to cash flow immediately.
Small business owners know they need to be online, it’s a connected world and even small local businesses need to be reaching people online. But most are completely lost when it comes to starting or managing a website. Even if they figure it out, there’s no way they have the time to manage a site and their outreach on social media while still running their business.
That’s where you come in. Setting up websites for local business owners and this one is going to work on so many levels.
Now I know a lot of you think you can’t do this one. Maybe you don’t consider yourself a technical person or you don’t know about blogs but I’m telling you, this requires no tech skills at all.
I’m the least technical person you know. Honestly, it’s the one thing I refuse to learn because it’s just so easy and inexpensive to outsource the tech work on my sites so don’t think you need to be a “computer person” to set up websites.
Here’s how this works. You’re going to want to set up your own website first to show what you can do and highlight your services. Then you pitch local businesses on setting up their site or managing it or a bunch of other services I’ll show you next. Not only will you get paid immediately for setting up these websites, a lot of customers are going to pay you monthly for those on-going services.
We’ve got a free five-video series on the channel about setting up a blog, making it easy and the tricks that have grown my four blogs to reach over 200,000 people a month. Check out that five-video series to start your own blog or start creating blogs for others.
What I love about this idea is there are so many income streams here. First you’ve got the fee for setting up a website and the social media pages for the business. That alone can run a couple grand but then you’ve got add-ons and monthly services you can sell as well.
Few business owners are going to have the time to post articles on their blog or even to manage the site so you can offer mini-packages where you just provide articles each month or you can sell a full-service package that includes managing the site, posting articles, building their social following. You can also sell training courses in all of these. This is something that quickly becomes a six-figure business.
Making Money Online with Virtual Conferences
I just saw this next way to make money online this year and was amazed how well it worked.
So I go to a financial media conference every year and absolutely love it. It’s honestly meant the difference for me but ends up being about a $3,000 expense each year between travel and everything else. This year I got invited to speak at two conferences and got a lot of the costs reimbursed but you can see how these things really add up fast.
The solution is organizing virtual conferences. These are just like a traditional conference, you’ve got sessions where experts share their ideas, you’ve got networking so people can connect and you get companies to sponsor the event. The only difference is that it’s all online so there’s no travel costs for your attendees.
I worked with another blogger, Liz Stapleton earlier this year helping to promote her Side Gig Summit and it was really amazing how this thing was put together. Liz made thousands on the summit and the best part is that these things live forever online so you can keep making money even after the live conference.
What you do here is record video sessions through interviews or ask people to record their presentation. These are going to be the meat of your conference, 30-minute videos on a different ideas within the conference topic. You also put together a forum page or a private social media group where people can talk and network. You can offer resource bundles like books and software from presenters or sponsors.
You can use Teachable to host all your videos and a simple blog setup for the rest. I use Teachable to host all my video courses but it can be used for this type of virtual conference and they have a free plan that won’t cost you a dime. Start a free account on Teachable and create your first course!
Once you’ve got everything set up, you market this just like you would an online course and I’ll link in the video description below to a video on how to get your conference to go viral.
Making Money with Amazon Mechanical Turk
Our next way to make money online is a new one I’ve heard a lot about but hadn’t tried it yet, making money through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
Mechanical Turk is a website for jobs that require human intelligence, things AI and computers can’t do like identifying objects in a picture, transcribing and researching details.
Companies sign up and request tasks and most of these take less than five minutes. You sign up to the site and get qualified to do different task categories. Requesters usually have an allotted time frame they need tasks done so you can check the website once a day, get a few tasks for a couple hours a day.
Companies pay for the tasks completed on a monthly basis and submit the payments to Amazon. Amazon takes a percentage from what the company pays and passes the rest on to your account.
Now this one isn’t going to make you rich. Most of the tasks are really basic and the pay is just above online surveys so maybe you make $5 an hour or a little more. Still it’s something you can do an hour or two when you aren’t doing anything and want to make extra cash.
Making Money Online as a Transcriptionist
This next one is kind of a go-to for a lot of people just starting to make money online and it pays a lot better, transcribing audio and video recordings.
You sign up on sites like GoTranscript and TranscribeMe for tasks. These come from all over, video and audio that people need typed out for records or content. I know a lot of podcasters that hire through these sites to have their podcast episodes transcribed for a blog post.
You listen through the audio file or watch the video and type out what you hear, that’s all it is. It helps to type quickly but it’s something you get better at really fast.
The average rate on these is around $0.60 per minute transcribed which comes out to around $15 to $20 an hour depending on how fast you can work through a recording. These are really easy sites to work with and a great way to make extra cash or start a part-time job online.
Making Money Online as a Remote Freelancer
One of the easiest ways to become a remote freelancer today is to sign up as a seller on Fiverr.com. Fiverr is a growing online marketplace that connects buyers and sellers from all around the world.
There are two main parties involved on Fiverr, the buyer, and the seller. The seller is generally a remote freelancer with a specific skill that they are looking to sell to an employer. The seller will sign up for Fiverr to create a profile that will highlight their skillset and ask a certain price for the “gig” they are selling.
If you are a buyer, which means that you are either a small business or a large corporation, check out Fiverr for some of the best remote talent. As a buyer you can utilize the search tool to browse through the millions of seller profiles to ind the one that is best suited to you before placing your order.
These gigs can fall into a variety of categories such as graphic design, blog writing, social media management, voice over, programming, digital marketing, print design, video editing etc. There is truly something for everyone.
To get started making money on Fiverr as a remote freelancer selling your “gig,” You would just follow the following simple steps:
- Sign Up on Fiverr as it is only available to registered users. (Sign up is free)
- Set up a seller profile that would immediately catch someone’s eye.
- Create a gig. (What service you are selling – make this keyword specific)
- Reach out to employers looking to hire people in your skillset
- Sit back, relax, and watch the messages in your inbox come flooding in.
That's just five websites to make money online, all free and all sites you can start on today. Don't forget to join the Let's Talk Money community on YouTube and check out some of those other videos on making extra cash.
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