How to make money online for free? Behold the most awaited money-making-guide on the Internet. This is going to be a game-changer for you. Let’s find out the right way of making money online. It is doable. Many people do that. So, why can’t you too?
Heads Up about what is in this guide 👋
No for online surveys and ad clicks to make money online for free! 👍
I am going to exclude some generic stuff like doing online surveys or clicking on ads to make money online. Come on; no one wants to spend hours making a few cents. So, let’s find the real ways of how to make money online for free.
There is nothing called “FREE” money! WTF? 😲
No one is going to give you money for free. You have to earn it. You have to hustle to make money. That means, either you have to invest your TIME or MONEY to make more money. In this guide, we will discuss how to make money online by investing your TIME, not MONEY.
So, if you try these methods in your spare time, technically you will be making money online for free.
We are not talking about the methods that can make $1000 from day 1 🚫
If you are expecting to find a method that automatically gives you $1000 a day or something, you are reading a wrong guide. BTW, there are no such methods that give you free money. Only the person who is introducing you to these methods will be the one who is making money. Almost all such methods are sort of Ponzi schemes. So, we are not sharing such methods!
Don’t let the competition put you off! 😎
Some of the methods that we are going to discuss here have very high competition. For example, if I say to start a YouTube channel to make money online; You might think, hey Daniel, there are thousands of YouTube channels, So how can I make money with a YouTube channel?
Well, that is the wrong mindset!
Don’t be afraid to compete. For example, you know that there are some great movies ranked on the top of the IMDB rankings. However, there can be a new movie, which can outrank those old movies and move to the top of that list. That is how businesses work.
So, in this guide, we will tell you the secrets of how to outrank the old stuff and start making money online. Are you ready?
How to make money online for free – The top 10
Here are the 10 best ways to make money online
- Sell stuff on eBay
- Become a content writer
- Design logos
- Become a virtual assistant
- Write a blog
- Start a YouTube channel
- Become an Instagram Influencer
- Start a Facebook fan page
- Social media marketing
- Start Dropshipping
What if I tell you that you can make money online for FREE (Yes, totally FREE) with the above methods. Let me tell you how.
Selling stuff on eBay to make money
Woah! How can that be a free way to make money online? What can you sell on eBay? I know that you have so many questions. Don’t worry, let’s find the answers.
In THIS section, we will discuss only the idea. If you would like to go for detail, check this step-by-step guide to selling on eBay. There we have discussed the whole process, including the marketing strategies.
You can create 50 listings per month on eBay for free! This means you don’t have to pay a single penny to eBay until you make an actual sale. They will only take a commission (10%) after you sell something on eBay. Therefore, nothing goes out of your pocket, literally!
However, where can you find stuff to sell on eBay?
It is easy. There are many ways to find free stuff to sell on eBay. The easiest and simplest way is to sell unwanted things, which are lying around your house. Also, you can sell DIY crafts like jewellery too. Actually, starting an online jewellery business is one of the easiest ways to get into eCommerce.
Other than the above methods, nowadays, there is a trend to flip (resell) the stuff from garage sales on eBay. Here, you can buy a good product for a very low price, and resell that on eBay by keeping a profit margin. This is an excellent weekend hustle for anyone ready to start making money online.
Also, you can use dropshipping to resell products from other market platforms. However, when you do so, you have to comply with eBay’s dropshipping guidelines. We’ll discuss this in details little later (when we talk about dropshipping).
Become a content writer to make money online for FREE
Who is a content writer? You know, businesses are launching thousands of websites and publish flyers, ads, and blog posts every single day. However, many small businesses don’t have in-house copywriters, required talent, and time to write the text content for these websites and other publications.
So, they usually hire freelancing professional content writers to get intriguing copies for their publications. Therefore, if you have some excellent writing skills (you can even learn these skills), you can become a content writer and make money online for free. Yes, it needs only your time and skills. So, doing a content writing job is totally free to start.
Where to learn content writing
Now, before you get started, I would highly recommend following a proper course on content writing. Because there are some secret skills in writing a perfect sales copy.
There are some magic words and phrases that you need to use in your texts. It is not as simple as writing an essay for school. You need to intrigue the reader to take action (usually purchase something) by reading the copy.
So, follow an excellent blog, YouTube channel, or a paid course to perfect your content writing skills before you post a gig on a freelancing platform. Don’t worry; this knowledge will never be in vain. Once you have mastered the content writing skills, you can even start your own blog to make money online for free (We’ll talk about this little later).
Where to find content writing jobs?
All right guys, our goal is to make money online for free, not just to learn to Copywrite. So, to make money, you need to find work. Let’s see where you can find copywriting jobs.
The most straightforward way is to post a content writing gig on a freelancing platform like UpWork, Fiverr, or Freelancer. You can post shoulder gigs to write blog posts, sales copies, and website content.
However, you won’t get your first job right after posting a gig on a freelancing platform. It is a competitive market. Clients usually look for positive reviews before offering a job to someone. Since you won’t have any reviews for a new gig, they will not even consider you.
How to get reviews for your content writing gigs?
There are ways to get fake reviews by paying to some people. However, I don’t recommend you to use such services. If the platform finds out that you are using a fake review service, they will ban your gig forever.
So, the safest way is to find clients outside the platform and encourage them to give you the job via the platform. Once you start getting reviews, clients will start reaching you. Give them an outstanding service, and grow your content writing gig to make money online for free.
Designing logos to make a passive income
Logo designing is a unique branch of graphic designing. The reason I have listed logo designing is that it requires less graphic designing skills and more conceptual design skills.
So, if you can conceptualise good logo designs, after learning the basics of graphic designing, you can start making money by designing logos.
Remember, here the critical talent is to come up with an excellent design idea. If you look at the most famous logos, you will see that they are very simple designs. So, actually creating logos won’t be hard after learning how to use a design-software like Adobe Illustrator (It won’t take more than 2 days to learn how to use the software).
Where to find logo designing jobs
You can find logo designing jobs by posting a gig on a freelancing platform like Fiverr, UpWork, or Freelancer. Also, you can try the design competitions (like 99designs) to make money from logo designing.
Remember, when you create accounts or gigs on the above platforms, make sure to include your best work to the portfolios. It can showcase your talent to potential clients.
Learn before you start logo designing
Even though logo designing seems very simple and straightforward, there are many different concepts of logo designing. So, before you start, try to grasp these concepts.
I would highly recommend the 99designs blog to learn such concepts. They teach you everything from avoiding the generic designs to sophisticated colour theories. Also, you can use LinkedIn Learning tutorials and Udemy courses to learn too. There are plenty of free courses available on these platforms (for LinkedIn learning, they offer a 1-month trial period).
I design logos for the 99Designs competitions as a pastime. Usually, I make, on average $100 per month from these competitions. It doesn’t take much effort if you can come up with great concepts for the logos, so that is almost like free money for me.
Additional reading: How to make money as an artist?
Become a virtual assistant to make money online for free
Well, becoming a virtual assistant is one of the best online jobs ever. I did that too. And it paid well. Actually, that is how I made money to start my online businesses.
Being a virtual assistant means, you can help small business owners to do specific tasks like book-keeping, managing their social media accounts, handling the marketing, etc. by working online.
In my case, I worked as a virtual assistant for a local hotel to manage their listings on hotel booking sites. I did all this online and from home. So, that was a great way to make money online for free.
What can you do to make money online for free as a virtual assistant?
There are many virtual assistant gigs available online. As I mentioned earlier, book-keeping, managing social media accounts, and managing the online listings are the most popular gigs.
Also, some businesses hire virtual assistants for content writing, graphic designing, and for analytical jobs. So, you can research and decide what types of virtual assistant jobs that you can do to make money online for free.
Then, list your gig on freelancing marketplaces, and send direct messages and emails for potential businesses to get VA jobs.
The best part of doing a VA job is that almost all such tasks are repeating. So, if you did a good job, your clients will hire you again. So, it will be a consistent way to make money.
Start writing a blog
Some may think that blogging is an outdated way to make money online. The truth is, it is not! Still blogging is a lucrative way of making money. Yes, now it is hard to rank your content, but still, you can make money from blogging.
How do you make money online from blogging?
There are a few ways to make money from blogging. Showing Ads (as I do, on this blog) is the simplest way to do that. So, I can make money when you guys view or click the ads on this blog. And, I use Google Adsense to show ads. Once you get their approval to display advertisements on your blog, it is just a matter of adding a piece of code on your blog.
Other than that, you can also promote affiliate products on your blog. This process is called affiliate marketing. For example, you can write a blog about mattresses, and include affiliate products links from Amazon on your blog. So, if someone clicks on this link and purchases a mattress on Amazon, you can get a commission (usually 8% of the sales value) for making that sale.
Also, you can start an eCommerce section on your blog to sell your own products on your blog too. Let us discuss this in detail when we talk about dropshipping.
How to start a blog
You don’t need to have web development skills to start a blog. Now there are easy to use CMS services like WordPress to build a blog using templates. Please choose a suitable platform and follow their guides to make your blog.
I would recommend using WordPress with a cheap hosting service to get started. Once you get some traction, you can move your site into a better hosting service. For example, I have started this blog with WordPress and using Bluehost as my hosting service. As my traffic grows, I moved the site to Kinsta to improve the performance of the website.
Don’t let all the technical terms to put you off. Trust me; if you have the basic internet and computer skills, you can get your blog up and running in no time. There are plenty of free resources to learn everything from scratch.
Start a YouTube channel to make money online for FREE
If you have the time and skills, becoming a YouTuber is another excellent way to make money online. You can create YouTube videos for any niche. Check this story about how a 7-year-old made $22 million on YouTube.
How to make money on YouTube?
Similar to starting a blog, you can run ads, promote sponsored products, and sell your own products to make money on YouTube.
After you get 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours on your channel, you can apply to get Ads from Google Adsense for YouTube. As your audience grows, businesses will start contacting you asking to promote their products or services on your videos. So, you get paid by doing so.
The other way to make money on YouTube is by promoting your own eCommerce store on your channel. Again, we’ll discuss this method when we talk about dropshipping.
What type of videos should you create?
If you go through the list of top YouTubers, you will see that they are all creating entertaining content. Not educational. Actually, that is one of the secrets of audience building on social networks. People primarily use social networks for entertainment.
However, if humour is not your strong side, do try to force it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to create engaging content. Therefore, select a niche that you are comfortable working with.
For example, a few years ago, I found out that there is a significant audience engagement for those cheesy Facebook pages, where they share posts about love. So, I made a similar FB page to make money online. However, I was not a big fan of the posts that I had to share on this page. So, I couldn’t do well. This means your passion for the content is necessary too.
How to create videos to post on YouTube
Don’t overthink it. You don’t need expensive camera equipment to get started. Use your mobile phone and use a DIY lighting arrangement to start creating your videos. There are plenty of videos to learn how to make such a setup.
Also, there are plenty of free video editing apps that you can use to edit your videos. Follow the tutorials provided on these apps to get started. As your channel grows, you can invest the money you earn from the YouTube channel to buy better equipment. So, start small and grow.
Become an Instagram influencer to make money online
Instagram is another great social media platform that you can use to make money online for free. If you feel like creating YouTube videos is too hard, let’s try Instagram.
If you have time and resources to create and upload engaging photos and short videos to Instagram regularly, you can become an Instagram influencer and make money online from sponsors.
Check this guide about how to make money on Instagram to learn inside out about becoming an Instagram influencer. In this post, we will discuss the basic idea of becoming an Instagram star.
What you can post on Instagram to make money
You can post anything on Instagram unless it goes against their community standards. For example, you can post your workout photos, videos, or you can even upload the pictures of you trying new clothes and makeups.
Apparently, fashion, gym, and entertaining content get the highest engagement on Instagram. And out of those niches, fashion and gym get most of the sponsors. Therefore, carefully decide the niche to build your audience on Instagram. Also, make sure that you can frequently create content (photos and videos) for the chosen niche.
You can use your mobile phone camera, and a free video editing app to get started. Later you can grow your business by investing in better camera equipment.
Start a Facebook fan page
Yes, you can make money online by starting a Facebook page. It is similar to running a YouTube channel or being an Instagram influencer. However, the best thing is that it is much easier to create content for a Facebook page.
From sharing simple memes to creating your own videos, you can post many different things on a Facebook page. And, in most cases, people just re-share the posts from other pages as well. It is a part of the social media eco-system.
How to make money online for free from a Facebook page
Having a Facebook page (with a significant follower base) means that you have access to a very engaging audience. The businesses are usually craving for such audiences. So, as your Facebook page grows, businesses will start contacting you to post sponsored content on your page.
Should you start a niche page or a general page?
Well, there are pros and cons to both types of pages. For example, it is super easy to build a general Facebook page by just sharing memes, funny videos, and stuff like that. However, you can get better sponsored-ads by running a niche page (like a page about makeups, pet care, etc.).
So, it is better to start a Facebook page that you are comfortable working with. There is no point of starting a pet care page unless you can post regularly.
Become social media marketer to make money online
Social media marketing is one of the best trending industries in the world. People live and sleep on social media. So, businesses are pumping more and more money to find better ways to tap into this massive audiences.
However, the small business owners usually don’t have the time and talent to build a successful social media marketing strategies for their businesses. So, they tend to recruit independent social media marketers to handle their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media channels.
That’s where you can come into their help and make money online for free. Yes, it is free, because, all you need is proper knowledge to build a strong social media strategy. So, as a freelancing social media marketer, you can manage social media channels of multiple businesses at the same time, by working from home.
Where to find social media marketing jobs
As a social media marketer, you will have to create posts, reply to the messages, and build content for the social channels of your clients.
So, the easiest way is to list your gigs on a freelancing marketplace like Fiverr, UpWork, or Freelancer. And, as we have mentioned earlier, you won’t get your first job right after posting your gig on a freelancing marketplace. Therefore, try to find clients off the platform, and ask them to give you the job via the platform. So, you can get reviews and get a kickstart for your business.
Start dropshipping to make money online
Running a dropshipping business is a safe and sustainable way to make money online. I own a couple of successful dropshipping stores, and they generate more than 50% of my monthly income.
I must admit that starting a successful dropshipping store was not easy. I failed many times and had to learn from my mistakes. However, now there are better resources to learn and build a successful dropshipping store without a hassle.
I have also created a free guide to learn how to start a dropshipping business from scratch. Check it out, and you can learn the whole process of how to make money online from dropshipping.
What is dropshipping?
Dropshipping is a simple way to fulfil (deliver) the products that you sell on your online store. For example, if you run a normal store, first you have to purchase the products that you are going to sell. So, it needs money to buy this inventory. Then, after making a sale, you have to pack and ship the products to your customers.
However, with dropshipping, you don’t need to purchase an inventory first. All you have to do is listing products from your suppliers on your online store. So, when you make a sale, you can forward that order to your supplier, and they will pack and deliver the product to your clients. In most cases, nothing goes out of your pocket until you make money. That is why I have added dropshipping as a way to make money online for free.
How to build an online store for dropshipping
Starting eCommerce store has never been so cheap and easy. Now there are plenty of built-in solutions to start an eCommerce store in a few hours. For example, services like Shopify, Wordpress+WooCommerce have made the whole process simple and cheaper.
In the above guide, we have explained everything about selling your products on popular marketplaces to building your own store for dropshipping. Check it out.
Do you want to start making money online? Here are some Amazing business ideas to get started
Sell socks online
Starting an online sock business is a simple way to start making money online. By leveraging the power of dropshipping, you can even use this business start making money online for free.
Make and sell candles
Start an online shop to sell candles. It is easy and cheaper to make candles. Also, there are many different marketing opportunities for a candle business.
Sell t-shirts online
Starting an online t-shirt store is another excellent way to make money online. You can use print-on-demand services to design and sell amazing custom-designed t-shirts on your store. Also, you can easily use Facebook ads to get traffic to your store and make sales.
Don’t worry the list doesn’t end here. We have more fantastic business ideas for you to start making money online. Check it out. Also, you can don’t forget to check our A-Z guide about starting a business. It will give you more in-depth insights about getting started.
Now you know how to make money online for free
Trust me; it is doable. I did that. I did freelancing and VA jobs to make money online for free. Then, I reinvested that money to start my online businesses. Today, my stores run almost automatically (I have hired VAs to manage the process). So, technically, I am making money online for free, from these stores.
This process worked for me. And, I am pretty sure that it will work for you too. Give them a try and let me know how that worked.