It used to be if you wanted to live the “American Dream,” you went out and got a full-time job. That dream is changing.
According to a survey by ReportLinker, while 77% of the U.S. working population is full-time, more than 8% of employees have left full-time employment to be their own bosses.
The number of people working online and for themselves is expected to rise exponentially. A study by accounting and tax preparation software company Intuit predicts that the gig economy will climb to 40% by 2020.
Already, 39%-44% of millennials have side jobs.
The main reason why people are willing to leave full-time employment stems from the many ways you can make money online.
Consider the following 31 ways you can make a living virtually.
Make money without leaving home
If you prefer to work from home, you’ll find plenty of online options for doing so. Add to your existing income or strike out on your own with the following online money-makers.
1. Sell your expertise
Fiverr is an online marketplace designed for freelancers to sell services for $5 a project. Earn money from services like digital marketing, graphics and design, programming and tech, writing and translation, video and animation, and music and audio.
2. Create and teach online courses
As online learning becomes more popular, the need is increasing for online courses. Sid Bharath is Vice President of Growth at Thinkific, which helps people create and market their own online courses.
Bharath says, “A popular way of making money online is creating online courses. We’ve helped more than 50,000 people create and sell courses, from ‘How to Hula-hoop,’ to ‘How to Fly Drones.’”
3. Become an online tutor
Are you an expert on a particular topic or topics? For instance, are you a math whiz or expert wordsmith? Sharing your knowledge through online tutoring can earn you a decent income. Check into online tutoring sites like Tutor.com and Homework Tutoring.
4. Teach a language
In our global society, the need to learn various languages continues to increase. If you’re well-versed in one or more languages, there’s work for you online on language instruction sites like Verbling.
5. Take online surveys
Are you opinionated and like to share your views? If so, taking online surveys is an easy way to make some extra cash. Most surveys take 10 to 20 minutes to complete and pays $1-$3. It may not seem like much, but it all adds up.
6. Start blogging
Consider blogging if you’re well-versed in a niche topic and have a lot of wisdom to share. Says Slavik Boyechko, who blogs for Geardads.com, “There are always opportunities for people who can talk about niche topics with some authority and share their real experiences.”
7. Self-publish an e-book
If you’ve been blogging for a while in a specialized topic area, you might have enough material for an e-book. Publish and earn on the various e-book publishing platforms, such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and Kobo.
8. Become a virtual personal assistant
Want to help people organize and improve their life or work? If so, becoming a virtual assistant may be the answer. Sites like Zirtual make it possible for you to lend your assistance to a wide variety of people, including successful business executives.
9. Sell your photos online
In this digital-driven world, the need for images for use on websites is constant. If you’re a good photographer and enjoy sharing your work, consider selling your photos to sites like Alamy, iStock Photo, and Fotolia. You’ll get a royalty when customers purchase your images.
10. Place ads on your website
If you can help website owners get more traffic to their site, you’ll find plenty of work online. Placing relevant ads on your website is a simple way to make money online. You can do this through programs such as Google Adsense and Amazon Associates. This will earn you a steady stream of eager customers.
11. Become a YouTuber
YouTube “stars” with a lot of views make some serious cash on YouTube. Videos monetized through Google Adsense earn you a steady stream of money. If you have something to say that people want to hear, upload videos and watch your views and earnings rise.
12. Design and sell mobile apps
The rise in Smartphone use has led to a constant appetite for new mobile apps. If you have a great idea for an app and the aptitude for creating it, this may be a good fit. Offering apps in the iTunes and Android app stores can make you some serious money.
13. Become a translator
In our increasingly connected, multi-cultural society, if you’re bilingual or multilingual, you’re in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2014-2024, jobs in translating and interpreting will grow by 29%. This is much faster than the average for other occupations. Become an online translator at sites such as Gengo.
14. Get cash back for online purchases
15. Get paid to play games
There are companies that pay you to play online games. In the name of research, have fun while earning for sites like InboxDollars.
16. Be a freelance writer
17. Sell unused CDs and electronics
Electronics and CDs in good shape often have a high resale value. Consider reselling such items on sites like eBay or Decluttr. The latter site has no auction fees and pays quickly.
18. Evaluate search engine results
Sites such as Leapforce pay for qualified independent contractors to evaluate search engine results. With such gigs, you look for and report search engine errors.
19. Sell used items
One man or woman’s trash is truly someone else’s treasure. If you’ve held onto items that you don’t want to toss or donate, try selling them on apps like letgo.
20. Get paid to watch TV
If you enjoy watching television, why not get paid to do so? Sites like HitBliss allow you to get compensated for doing what you enjoy.
21. Buy and sell domain names
Do you have a knack for spotting future internet search trends? Buying and selling domain names may be a good fit for you. For a small fee, you’ll purchase domain names you feel will be in demand at some point. Then, you’ll eventually sell the rights to the domains for a profit.
22. Check websites for errors
You know when you’re searching on a website and see the dreaded “404 page not found”? As a website checker, you get to look for errors like that. Sites like UserTesting.com pay you to evaluate websites and apps.
23. Rent out a room
If you have a spare bedroom and want to earn some regular extra cash, advertise your available real estate on Airbnb. The website makes it easy to rent a room or even your entire house.
24. Lease a vacation home
Companies like VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) enable you to make some money on your vacation home when you’re not using it.
25. Rent your car
While you’re working from home, you probably don’t need your car. So why not rent it out? Online companies like Turo give you the opportunity to earn some cash for the use of your wheels.
Other gigs you’ll find online
You do have to leave the house for the following jobs found online. You’re still your own boss, though, so you still have the freedom to plan your own schedule. So if you want to take a few days off, go for it.
26. Be a pet sitter
If you love animals, you’ll love websites like Rover. This company matches you up with pet owners in need of reliable dog walkers and sitters.
27. Be a mobile masseuse
If you’re a massage therapist and don’t mind traveling, online companies like Zeel will pay you well to do in-home massages.
28. Work as a handyman/woman
29. Provide moving services
Earn good money working for moving companies like Dolly. All you need is the ability to lift and move heavy and fragile items.
30. Drive for a living
Uber and Lyft drivers are paid according to the distance passengers are transported and the time of day. Certain high-demand periods pay more money.
31. Be a delivery driver
If you have a reliable vehicle and a good sense of direction, a delivery job may suit you well. Many online companies provide local deliveries, including:
The items each company deliveries varies—from food to general products. Some companies, like PostMates, allow you to make deliveries on foot or by bike or scooter.
Be your own boss today
With the vast array of exciting online opportunities for making money, it’s easy to quickly earn a substantial amount of cash without even leaving home.
To help you decide which online jobs are right for you, check out SuperMoney’s Side Jobs Reviews page. You can explore the many opportunities for being your own boss.
Julie Bawden-Davis is a widely published journalist specializing in personal finance and small business. She has written 10 books and more than 2,500 articles for a wide variety of national and international publications, including Parade.com, where she has a weekly column. In addition to contributing to SuperMoney, her work has appeared in publications such as American Express OPEN Forum, The Hartford and Forbes.