I am often asked how to make money online, and although there are many ways to do so, some are easier than others. What I do know, is that there are no get rich quick schemes, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. If you want to make money online, be prepared to put in the time, and in some cases, a fair amount of money.
My best advice is to treat your online endeavour like you’re running your own business. It’s that simple. The good news is that, if you’re not afraid of working hard, you can earn some pretty good money. To help you get inspired, I’ve created the following list, of 60 ways to make money online in Canada.
1. Become a Freelance Writer
If you love to write, there are many websites out there that will pay you to create content. It helps if you have knowledge in a specific area ie. personal finance, travel, parenting etc. The more you write in a particular niche, the more you can establish yourself as a trusted voice. A great way to get noticed is to start a blog, which can act as a resume of sorts.
From there, find work as a freelancer on sites like Upwork, or peruse the job board over at ProBlogger.
2. Sell Homemade Goods on Etsy
If you’re into arts and crafts, there’s money to be made by selling your creations on Etsy, one of the best websites for selling homemade goods. Millions of people browse Etsy, giving you a huge audience that you can sell your products to.
Check out this great post of things to consider before opening an Etsy shop.
3. Rent Out Your Home on AirBnb
Millions of people worldwide are making money by renting out their homes, or even a room in their home, via Airbnb. In fact, some have managed to make Airbnb their full-time business. The beauty of Airbnb is that you choose when to make your home available, and the price you’ll charge.
Find out how to list your property through Airbnb, and turn your property into an income-earning machine.
4. Sell Your Stuff
This is a great way to make money immediately. If you find yourself in a cash crunch or financial emergency of sorts, get rid of stuff you don’t need by selling it online, through sites like Kijiji, Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon. For Canadians, Kijiji is great because it’s free to list things for sale, and the site is very easy to use.
Before you start selling, however, there are some things you’ll need to know. Check out this post for some great tips on how to sell your stuff.
5. Start a Blog
I may sound like I’m contradicting myself when I say that you should NOT start a blog to make money. If money is your motivation, then it probably won’t last. That’s because the income side of a blog can take a long time to develop, so you have to have something else that’s driving you. So, write for enjoyment, and eventually, the money might follow.
Money making bloggers earn income from a wide variety of sources: ad revenue through Google Adsense, or Mediavine (for higher traffic blogs), affiliate marketing ie. Amazon Associates Program, or by selling products such as eBooks, and online courses.
6. Sign Up for Swagbucks
Swagbucks is a website that pays you money to complete simple online tasks. For example, you can earn rewards for watching videos, completing surveys and just searching the web. By making Swagbucks your default search engine (powered by Yahoo), it will keep track of your online activities, and reward you with Swagbucks points, which can be exchanged for gift cards and cash.
Check out my article on how to earn Swagbucks faster, and then head to Swagbucks and sign up!
7. Complete Online Surveys
I’ll begin with a caveat. That is, don’t expect to make much more than pocket change through any survey website. That said, if you have a lot of downtime, and you like voicing your opinion on surveys, you might as well get something in return.
Get started by signing up on a website like Survey Junkie, or Opinion Outpost.
8. Start a Youtube Channel
Making money on YouTube can take a while, but it is definitely possible. The most common way is to earn revenue on ads that are displayed in and around your video content. The more views your videos receive, the more money you can make. You do need to hit a minimum threshold to qualify for YouTube’s Partner Program.
If you can create videos that educate and entertain, the more people will want to watch. Here’s a, you guessed it, YouTube video, that has some great tips on getting started.
9. Record a Podcast
If you have something to say, and you don’t mind sharing it, you may be able to make some money by starting your own podcast. Like blogging, podcasting isn’t going to make you rich overnight. After all, it’ll take time to build an audience. Eventually, you could make money by selling sponsorships to brands who want to reach your audience. Affiliate marketing is another way for podcasters to make money.
10. Web Design
Web design is a skill that can be entirely self-taught. The first step is to build a few websites of your own. Once you get the hang of it, you can offer your services to others. Depending on how developed your skills are, you can charge a decent sum of money. While it is a competitive field, experienced web designers can command thousands of dollars to build a site.
WordPress is the world’s largest website building platform while hosting services like Siteground makes managing your website a breeze.
11. Rent Out Your Motorhome
Owning an RV can be an expensive venture, but thanks to apps like Rvezy, and Outdoorsy, you now have the ability to make money by renting out your motorhome. The nice thing is that you set the price and the time that your RV will be available to rent. It’s not uncommon to make upwards of $200/day. You may even make enough money to cover the costs of your own RV adventures.
12. Sell Concert Tickets on Stubhub
Sites like Stubhub allow you to resell concert or sports tickets for a profit, and it’s all legal. That’s because you’re using their platform, which follows all of the proper legal requirements. But how does one make money flipping tickets? There’s a bit of an art to this, so you really need to do your research. But by snagging tickets on an in-demand event, you’ll have an opportunity to sell at a later date to someone who wasn’t missed out on a sold-out show.
13. Selling Products Through Shopify
If you have products you want to sell online, you can set up the entire process through Shopify. They’ll help you set up an online store, including sorting out payment options and even handle promotion and shopping for you.
14. Become an SEO Consultant
You may be wondering what SEO even stands for? Search Engine Optimization is the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a website, by improving the rank of a site’s pages, on popular search engines, Google being the most common. It takes some experience to learn proper SEO techniques, but it’s something that you can learn, through research, as well as plain old, trial and error.
If you have experience with SEO, you can get paid to consult businesses on their SEO practices, and help them improve their traffic.
15. Sell Your Old Smartphone
We all know how expensive smartphones have become. The upside to that is that they tend to hold their value, providing they’re maintained in good condition. If you’re like most people and cycle through phones every couple of years, chances are you can get a good price on your current iPhone or Android device.
Often, your cell phone provider will offer you a credit when you trade-in your old iPhone or Android device, or you could choose to sell it online.
Orchard and Swappa are two sites dedicated to the selling of used phones, and other electronics.
16. Manage Facebook Ads for Local Businesses
Ever notice the posts marked, ‘sponsored’, that show up on your Facebook feed? Those are ads, paid for by the endless number of companies vying for your attention. Businesses pay good money to place ads on Facebook, but they need someone to help them build the ads, and run the campaigns. You can make good money by providing this service to small businesses in your area. Fitness clubs, coffee shops, even vet clinics or chiropractic offices make for great potential clients.
While you can teach yourself how to run Facebook Ads, I recommend taking an online course, which will not only help you create effective ad campaigns but show you how to land clients.
17. Work for a Company Remotely
There are a large number of companies that hire work from home employees. The types of jobs can vary, but they often involve customer service roles, as well as data analysis and market research.
The best way to locate work from jobs is to visit the careers page on the company’s website, then refine your search using keyword filters, like ‘remote’, and ‘work from home’. Well known brands, such as American Express, Staples, and Google, have all been known to hire work from home employees.
18. Become a Website Tester
If you spend a lot of time surfing the web, there’s a good chance you know what makes a great website. There are companies that will pay you up to $30/hour to browse through website content and document your experience.
Sites like UserTesting, and Userlytics, will let you sign up and get paid to test websites.
19. Write an eBook to Sell on Amazon
Chances are, you have a skill or experience that someone else wants to learn more about. One way to monetize that skill is to create an eBook, and then make it available for sale on a huge marketplace, such as Amazon. Amazon will take their cut, but you maintain the rights to your work and set the price. There is some upfront work involved ie. writing the eBook, but once it’s ready to go, it’s all passive income.
20. Create and Sell Courses Online
If you have a specific skill or have found success in a specific area, there’s a chance you can monetize it by creating a course, and selling it online. In order to make a significant amount of money, it’s a lot easier if have an established audience that you’ve built trust with. One way to grow your fanbase is to start by offering e-books, or mini-courses free of charge, with the objective of adding value.
21. Get Paid to Stay Fit, with Achievement
Want to stay in shape and get paid? There’s an app for that. AchieveMint syncs to your devices, such as Fitbit, and Healthkit, and keeps track of your exercise routines. It will award you points as you go, and convert those points to dollars. It’s not a lucrative money maker, but it’s a great way to make a little extra cash while you’re already doing something you love.
If you’re wondering how AchieveMint makes money, it’s by collecting massive amounts of data from users and then selling that data to companies that can benefit from the information.
22. Sell Your Freelance Services on Upwork or Fiverr
Earlier, I mentioned becoming a freelance writer as a great way to make money online. But there are so many other freelance opportunities out there. Whether you’re an accountant, graphic designer, computer programmer, or an engineer, chances are there is someone out there who will pay you for that skillset. The beauty of freelance work is that you’re working for yourself. You choose what clients you want to work for, with the freedom to set your price. Sites like Upwork and Fiverr provide freelancers with the ability to market their services to a massive audience.
Sign up through Upwork and/or Fiverr and start your freelance career today!
23. Online Travel Agent
This is a great way for travel buffs to make money online. Earn a commission income, by helping travellers with their flight and hotel arrangements, as well as other aspects of vacation planning ie. cruises, excursions.
Career sites like Indeed are great places to start looking for job opportunities, or, for more information, check out this article on becoming an online travel agent.
24. Start an at-Home Daycare
If you’re a parent to young children, this can be a great way to make extra money while caring for your own children. While the work itself isn’t done online, it’s probably the best way to find clients. Simply advertise your service on your communities local Facebook group, and let word of mouth take over.