Making money online opens up doors you never thought possible.
With the ability to support your lifestyle without needing to be in one place, you’re free to live anywhere you want in the world, and sometimes even work anytime of the day.
While there are many ways to make money online today, there are proven ways that will increase your likelihood of success. I’m saying this because there are thousands, if not millions of people that are making money online using the careers I’ll outline below to live a life of freedom.
I hope you enjoy and take your first step today to make money online.
1. Teach a Foreign Language Online
Are you a great teacher and know how to teach a foreign language? Maybe you have experience teaching English overseas or you’re already a language teacher in your local city. Even if you don’t have experience teaching, some programs are willing to give you basic teaching instruction and place you with a job teaching in your native tongue to kids and adults around the world. With language lessons going virtual, you can now make thousands of dollars by helping someone learn a language online, while you live anywhere in the world.
2. Design a Website/App For Clients
Got some design chops? Most design jobs don’t require you to be in the same physical location as your clients, especially with the communication tools available today, like inVision. There are dozens of websites and platforms out there that have clients waiting to work with you.
3. Rent Out Your Home on AirBnB
If you have a space that you’re renting or a place that you own, you can put it up for rent and make a premium income. AirBnb also has a feature that allows others to host your place for you, and take a portion of your payment as a fee. This way, you don’t have to take the time to manage and host your place, and it frees you up to be anywhere you want.
Where to do it: AirBnB
4. Write and Sell Ebooks on Amazon
Ebooks sales have now surpassed the total sale volumes of physical books. This opens up new opportunities for authors everywhere in the world to sell directly to audiences and fans online.
Where to do it: Amazon
5. Offer Your Software Developer Skills
Software developers are in big demand in the marketplace, especially with technology companies. Best of all, since developers can communicate with other developers online without needing to work at the same time schedule, it’s more than possible to work with your clients wherever you are.
6. Teach Music Instruments Online
Teaching music can seem tricky, but with the right tools it’s possible to find students around the world. Keep in mind that you’re not restricted to teaching music online, but you’re able to relocate to another location and still find students.
Where to do it: Lesson Face
7. Become a Photographer and Sell Your Photos Online
If you don’t want to limit yourself to client work, why not sell your photos directly online to customers? This could be via your own platform or you can sell it on photography marketplaces.
Where to do it: 500px
8. Sell Sponsorships for Branded Content
John Lee Dumas, who’s the founder of Entrepreneur on Fire generates tens of thousands of dollars selling branded sponsorships on his popular podcast show. He writes about how he does that on his monthly income statement. You certainly don’t need a massive audience to do this, but if you have a niche audience that’s hard for other people to capture, you may be in the perfect position to sell branded content.
Where to do it: WordPress.org or Podcasting
9. Affiliate Marketing (Sell Other People’s Products)
Affiliate marketing is when you sell other people’s products and get a commission based on what terms you agreed on. Amazon is one of the most popular programs you can enroll into, where you’ll earn ~10% on average for each product you sell for them. Other affiliate programs like Rype offer a flat fee ($40) per successful referral.
10. Membership Sites
Hosting membership sites has its pros and cons, but it’s one of the best ways to generate recurring income while living anywhere in the world. Since members pay a monthly fee to gain value from you, it’s stable income coming in. However, you need to provide enough value every month to incentivize members to continue paying you.
11. Be a Virtual Assistant
If you’re currently an assistant or think you’ll be able to be a good one, you don’t have to limit yourself to working in a physical location. There are many marketplaces that allow you to place your services online.
12. Content Writer
Content marketing is one of the most popular ways for organizations to grow today. This is why content writers have been in more demand than ever for freelancing opportunities.
13. Work for a Remote Company
This is still a novel topic for most organizations, but there are more and more companies that are hiring remote workers all around the world. Basecamp, WordPress, Toptal, Rype, and many others are paving the way for talented workers to find careers wherever they live in the world.
Where to do it: Weworkremotely
14. Digital Marketing Consultant
Are you an excellent marketer that knows how to capture people’s attention online? Build up your expertise and share your services online. I wrote a post few years back about how I got 30 consulting offers in 30 days using AngelList.
15. Create and Sell a Product Online
Finally, another great way to make money online is to create or source a product and sell it online. If you don’t want to deal with the headaches of shipping and inventory, you can take advantage of dropshipping services that will do all of the shipping and inventory management for you.
Where to do it: Shopify