Finding genuine ways to make money online without investment can be quite tricky. How many articles have you read suggesting simple methods that can make you “tons” of money online? A lot, I can imagine. However most of these have one thing in common. They all tend to quickly turn from an opportunity that you thought was free into a kind of get rich quick scheme that requires some form of initial investment, many times a large one too.
I created this blog post to show you how, with the right mentality and approach, it is possible to make money online without any investment. Obviously these make me rich overnight schemes that you see not only do not work, but they also waste your time. Your time is precious, so you would be much better off investing it in something legitimate like the examples I am going to show you.
Even though these methods listed below will come at expense of your time, the one thing I can absolutely promise you is that you will not have to pay a penny to do them. If you have anything that you think could add value to the following list, please add it in the comments section below. Here is a quick list of the main ways that you can make money online that feature in this blog post.
- Online micro jobs
- Getting paid to write
- Getting paid to proofread
- Making money clicking on ads
- Captcha entry work
- Copy paste jobs
Online micro jobs
The online micro job world is booming right now. There are many different sites that pay you to do odd jobs online. A site that is probably leading the way in this is OnlineMicroJobs.com (the name kind of suggests it should be). These guys will pay you to do all sorts of random tasks. You could be required to fill out surveys about how to quit smoking, be asked to vote or maybe add comments on a blog or YouTube video. All these examples are obviously dead easy to do, so why not give it a try?
Another very popular online micro jobs site is called ClickChores.com. I love this site as it is very simple and user-friendly. However, it doesn’t seem to have as many jobs available as OnlineMicroJobs.com.
Websites that pay you to write
Earn money writing reviews
Think you know a company relatively well? Why not write them a review? Many companies will pay you to write a review of their products or services to post on their site or around the Internet. If you are going to write reviews you must know and have used the product or service, otherwise you won’t get paid. You will need a blog or some form of website presence for this to work.
Here are a few of the top review sites that you could write for:
- Ciao.co.uk (probably the best in the UK)
- Reviewstream.com (popular in the US)
- SponsoredReviews.com (good, but ugly interface)
- Blogmint.com (mostly for Asia)
Get paid to write articles for magazines
If you consider yourself a bit of wordsmith and writing reviews isn’t really your cup of tea, you could earn money online writing articles for magazines. You can actually earn $500 or more writing articles for magazines for instance. Here are a few of the top ones:
- The Progressive (politics)
- Metro Parent (mums)
- Smashing Magazine (web development and design)
Get paid to write blog posts
Maybe you have expertise in certain areas and would like to earn money writing blog posts for other websites. Income Diary, ListVerse, Women On Writing are a few of the highest-paying blogs that you could start writing for.
On makealivingwriting.com you will see a list of 79 sites that offer $50 and above per post or article. The list is very extensive but it is broken down into different categories to help you find the right website to join.
Online transcription jobs
Perhaps it’s not the easiest way to make money, but it is definitely one of the most interesting. Not to mention that it is one of the highest paying methods! Before getting started, you will probably need to take a couple of assessments just so that you can prove you have the skills that are needed for the job. The most professional online transcribing site I have seen is Transcribe.com. The pay is pretty decent and and the amount of support given is good.
If you are good at transcribing, you can definitely earn a good wage. For example, the top earner on Rev.com actually takes home $1,500 a month, pretty impressive right?
Get paid to proofread
Getting paid to proof read is a dead easy way to make money online without investment. Many top websites are willing to pay us to check for spelling, grammatical or any kind of mistakes in their content. It is essential for them to have perfect content, which is why they pay a lot in return.
The best thing about proofreading is that you don’t need to be creative, you just read and correct. It can also be quite entertaining, especially when you find an article that is quirky and interesting. Of course, the downsides are that you will need a high level of English to do this and a good eye to be able to spot mistakes. Other than that it’s another pretty easy way to make money online, without investment.
The best way to start this would be to create an account on Freelancer or Upwork and search for “proofread”, then just pick the particular job that you fancy.
Make money clicking ads
Hands down the easiest way of making money online without investment is by simply clicking on ads. The great thing about clicking and watching ads is that anyone can do it. You obviously don’t need any specific skills at all to click a button and watch an ad. The only downsides are that you have to sit through a lot of rubbish, and that it’s highly unlikely that you will become a Millionaire by doing it.
A couple of my favourite sites include Traffic Monsoon and ClixSense. You should expect to earn around $0.02 per ad you watch with Traffic Monsoon but you can really earn big money with their Ad Pack system. ClixSense also lets you earn through surveys and even has daily prizes where you can win $10. Personally I prefer Traffic Monsoon because with the Ad Packs you can earn a lot of money without really doing anything for it.
Earn money online without investment by typing
All you need to do is type to earn money, how hard is that? Typing jobs are becoming increasingly prevalent as the Internet continues to get more complex. A couple of the main typing jobs that you could start doing right now are Captcha entry and copying and pasting.
Captcha entry work
As one of the easiest ways to earn money online, Captcha entry work has become a good source of income for people working from home. You have probably seen a lot of Captchas scattered all over the Internet. They are mainly used to stop spammers clogging up inboxes or robots using fake emails and have become an important part of detecting whether or not we are real people when doing stuff online.
The good news is that by simply entering what you see in the Captcha images, you could easily earn a decent daily wage. There are so many different companies offering Captcha work, two of the most common ones are Megatypers or 2Captcha. You are not going to become the next Richard Branson doing this, by any stretch of imagination. But if you are a bit skint, give it a try and you will earn yourself some easy cash.
Copy paste jobs
Everyone knows what copy paste is, but not everyone knows you can earn money from doing it. To do copy paste jobs you should have a good attention to detail a solid understanding of English. You will have to comprehend texts and make sure that what you are pasting actually makes sense.
You could probably earn around $250 and $300 per project, depending on the complexity of course. The best place I would suggest looking for legitimate copy paste jobs would be on Freelancer. If you click on the link, it will take you to their copy paste jobs page where you will see all the current available projects. Just create an account and choose the projects that you want to do.