Write a Blog
I've been blogging for just about 2 years now (my beauty blog, Peek & Ponder) and I would consider it the best decision I've made. I've received a lot of free products, been paid for assignments/campaigns, and earned money through ad revenue, not to mention connected with some awesome people!
You can start a blog for free on a few different sites. I use Blogger for my blogs. Then run ads (you can sign up for Google Adsense right from your blog) and start earning money from clicks and impressions.
Blogging is a great creative outlet and will bring lots of cool opportunities if you put in the work. Don't expect to get great opportunities from the start though. It takes a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication, but it can be very rewarding if you stick with it.
If you have a Twitter account you can sign up for Sponsored Tweets. It's a site that connects you to sponsors who pay you to tweet about them. Sponsors will pay you based on your follower count.
Sell Your Crafts
Start an Etsy shop to sell your items that are handmade, vintage, or supplies. Signing up for a shop is free. For handmade items, you can sell all kinds of things: greeting cards, graphic designs, patterns, furniture, art, jewelry, and the list keeps going. You pay $ 0.20 per listing and a small percentage when an item sells. I've had my Etsy shop, Sparkleknit (check it out here), for a year and a half and have sold quite a bit there.
If you want to start a shop but don't know where to start, take a look at the site and the forums. There's lots of great info on everything you need to know like SEO, pricing, shipping, and photograhpy. I started out knowing very little about running a shop and learned along the way.
Sell on Ebay
Everyone knows this method, but I had to include it! I use Ebay from time to time to sell things I don't want or need anymore. I've already started on some Spring cleaning and have a few items to list. It's pretty easy and a great way of making money on things you already have. I recently sold some printer ink from an old printer. Dig through your drawers and look through your closet - I bet you'll find something you could sell.
Get Paid to Shop!
Online shopping is huge, almost everyone does it. Sometimes you just don't have the time or energy to go out and shop or maybe you're into browsing online for fun. If you do shop online, you could be getting cash back on your purchases!
With Ebates you get cash back when you shop online. There are different percentages for each store/site and over 1500 stores to choose from. Sometimes you'll even get double cash back. You just log into your Ebates account, choose the store you want to shop, you'll be redirected to the store's site, and then you can shop as you normally would. You'll get credit for your purchase after a day or two. You also get bonuses for referring people and you'll be paid quarterly. I just got paid $31.00 that I made from my online Christmas purchases.
You may or may not have heard about making money through taking online surveys and you're probably thinking it sounds too good to be true. It's not! You can sign up for sites, take surveys/do others tasks, and earn rewards like gifts cards or cash! There are tons of sites out there but here are the ones I'm using right now.
I just got into this one this month. You can earn Swagbucks by taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, searching the web, shopping, and doing various tasks. Swagbucks are super easy to earn and you can earn Swagbucks from your referrals too. It's a really fun site!
Vindale is a survey site that pays cash for various evaluations, surveys, videos, and reward mail. You can earn $5-75 per evaluation. You also earn $5 for every friend you refer. Get $5 for signing up.
With Inbox Dollars, you get paid for taking surverys, playing games, shopping online, searching the web, and redeeming coupons. Once you reach $30 you can cash out and when you refer your friends you'll get 10% of their qualified earnings. You also get a $5 signup bonus.
Take surveys, shop, and get easy points to redeem for cash and gift cards. You also get 50 points for every referral and 10% of their shopping points for a year.
Hits4Pay is a little different.You make money just by viewing ads. It's so easy! You just have to keep the ad open until you're credited. You'll make $0.02 per ad, which doesn't seem like much but they send a handful a day. You earn more with referrals too.
Earn cash for completing offers, taking surveys, doing tasks, etc. Your referrals earn you 20% of whatever they make and 10% of whatever their referrals make. Also you get a $3.00 bonus when your referrals make their first $10.00.
I decided that I might make a monthly update on how much I've made from these survery sites. Is that something you'd like to see? I'll make my first update at the end of this month.
There are tons of ways to make money online - these ideas are only a small percentage of opportunities out there. I hope I've introduced to you some new methods of earning. If you haven't tried any, I recommend that you pick at least one from the list to try. You might be surprised by how rewarding it is!
What are some ways you earn online?
Update: Check out my earnings from Surveys in one month!