Top 5 Places to Work Online and Make Money

Top 5 Places to Work Online and Make Money  

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of ways to make money online.

All of these ways are derivatives of two basic ways, which are selling your own products & services, and selling other people’s products & services. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, and I personally do a little of both. Today’s post is basically to show you a few of my favorite places to work online. I do offer web services and have my own websites to make money as well, but now we will focus on other places I go to make even more money.

Here are the top five places I do a lot of my online work:

1) Microworkers (Paid To Do Short Tasks)

This is a place to make a little bit of money quick. You get paid to do random tasks online like tweeting, blogging, reviewing, signing up, etc. This isn’t a place where you will make a fortune, but you can make an extra $50-$100 a month if you complete most of the tasks available to you. The great thing about Micro Workers is that most of the tasks take between 1 minute and 10 minutes to complete so it’s easy to accumulate cash and you can do it during slow times or when you take a break from your regular activities.

2) Fiverr (Create Five Dollar Gigs)

Fiverr is the marketplace for $5 gigs, basically you get to list things you would do for $5. It’s free to join and list, they get a $1 commission on each one of your sales, so you pocket $4 for each gig you sell. Gigs range from social marketing, web design, audio and video services, to even more complex things, some even weird. If you can find a good balance between a solid gig people will want to pay five bucks for and the amount of time it takes you to do the gig, then you can make some decent cash here.

3) Social Media (Paid to Tweet, Share on Facebook)

You can find people to pay you to tweet to your Twitter followers or share with your Facebook friends, or even easier than that you can just tweet and share affiliate links to different products and collect a commission on each sale. Usually you want to find products that you think your friends or followers will be interested in. The best ways to find affiliate links to make money is to search for stores or e-commerce websites selling items in your field of interest and see if they have an affiliate program. If you want you can join a general affiliate network that gives you access to thousands of different products like Commission Junction, eBay Partner Network, Amazon Associates, e-Junkie or ClickBank to name a few. You can use this on other social networks also, but Twitter and Facebook are the easiest and largest to use.

4) Freelancing (Find Paid Online Work Fast)

If ever you need to find work fast, you’ll want to turn to a freelancing marketplace, where you can literally find thousand of shorts, medium and long term jobs or tasks for you to do and get paid for, from simple data entry to more complex programming jobs, you can find it all. The two major marketplaces for freelancers are eLance and Freelancer. Both have thousands of jobs posted, you pick the ones you like and decide how much you want to charge, and then hope you are the picked freelancer to do the work.

5) Write Articles (Get Paid For Your Writing Skills)

There are hundreds of websites that will pay for your articles, short or long, about anything. What is great about this, is you can write about anything you want, you get paid to write about things of interest to you. Of course the more popular your articles are the more you will get paid, most places will either share the ads publish on your work or share the sale of your work for publishing purposes. The four places I usually write for are eZineArticles, HubPages, Squidoo and Triond.

About Jamie Northrup

I’m a 30 year old Canadian web consultant based in Montreal. I have been working online since 1995 and have experience in web development, web design, e-commerce, eBay, social networking and online marketing. Check out my about me page.

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48 Comments to “Top 5 Places to Work Online and Make Money”

  1. miami bikram

    Apr-20-2011

    10:32 AM

    fiverr is such a great place for social marketing and advertising..you can literally use the same money you make from your gigs to advertise on the site itself and increase your sales by so much.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Apr-20-2011

      11:00 AM

      For sure, I do that with half my earnings, the other half I withdraw.

      Reply
  2. Jay

    Apr-21-2011

    10:28 AM

    What does gritting mean?

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Apr-21-2011

      10:38 AM

      Hi Jay,

      It should actually read “Writing”, it’s a typo, will be corrected shortly, thanks for pointing it out.

      Thanks,
      Jamie

      Reply
  3. Hendrix Vennigsen

    Apr-28-2011

    3:22 AM

    Hmm ilove money.. I like ur article..

    Reply
  4. Sue Henry

    May-01-2011

    6:01 PM

    Jamie, thanks for sharing! A couple of the sites were new to me and I’ll be checking them out, especially Fiverr.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-02-2011

      7:44 AM

      My pleasure Sue, Fiverr really is great, there are a lot of copy cats out there, but I’ve had good experiences buying and selling with Fiverr, plus you can quickly withdraw your money with no hassle.

      Reply
  5. Angie M.

    May-03-2011

    11:24 AM

    Microworker is lame. All the jobs want you to sign up for something or download something. This says “scam” to me! I’m not wiling to jeopardize the health of my computer for $.25.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-03-2011

      11:29 AM

      Hi Angie,

      There are a few that ask to download something, but I never do those tasks, I’ve made over 80$ in the past week by liking stuff on FB, tweeting stuff, writing and putting links online, it’s not for everyone, but it’s pretty easy and quick money. I don’t rely on it for my main stream of income, but I like to have dozens of different income sources so that every day or second day I can withdraw some money.

      Reply
  6. Greg

    May-06-2011

    10:53 PM

    Thank you so much! I just stumbled on this and I am in absolute love! THANK YOU SO MUCH! You seriously just saved a 17-year old hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) THANK YOU!

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-06-2011

      11:07 PM

      My pleasure Greg, glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply
  7. Sebastian

    May-10-2011

    2:04 AM

    I will be trying out some of these ASAP!!

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-10-2011

      7:51 AM

      Glad you enjoyed them Sebastian

      Reply
  8. Melissa

    May-10-2011

    11:07 PM

    My husband, a professional writer, has used eLance for years and has had wonderful successes with it. He’s published online books and articles and always gets excellent ratings and reviews. Just make sure you get all the specifics up front about the job.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-10-2011

      11:09 PM

      Thanks for the comment Melissa, I agree eLance works great, and for sure always get all the info before agreeing to a job.

      Reply
  9. The Sign Guy

    May-11-2011

    4:40 PM

    Maybe a good way to make some extra pocket change but I can’t see how you could create a sustainable income. Feel free to prove me wrong

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-12-2011

      1:40 PM

      I agree that the first 3 are definitely for extra pocket money, but the last 2 you can easily make a living. Thanks for the comment.

      Reply
  10. Christian Entrepreneur

    May-13-2011

    11:00 PM

    Freelancers make money online? Could have fooled me. Perhaps as one stream, but not as a main income.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      May-13-2011

      11:14 PM

      I definitely agree more streams equals better success, I always encourage people to diversify. I know a few people though who freelance to make a living, mostly through writing jobs.

      Reply
  11. Nan

    Jun-20-2011

    1:46 PM

    how will they paid you? through credit card?

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Jun-20-2011

      1:48 PM

      It depends on the sites, they usually have several options, but the most common way to get paid is by PayPal.

      Reply
  12. Nan

    Jun-20-2011

    2:09 PM

    thye paid you through credit card?

    Reply
  13. nan

    Jun-20-2011

    2:10 PM

    sorry I don’t see you comment so I post agn haha sry

    Reply
  14. Octavio

    Jul-13-2011

    11:02 PM

    There are great opportunities today for internet marketers. Having a blog, publishing valuable content and sharing it throgh the social media sites can generate a good income. The most important thing is having a plan in order to increase the chances of success.
    Thank you for introducing this topic.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Jul-15-2011

      4:32 PM

      My pleasure and thanks for the comment Octavio

      Reply
  15. Nishadha

    Jul-19-2011

    2:14 AM

    I don’t like MicroWorkers that much because the payout is too low. Fiverr on the other hand brings much better results

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Jul-20-2011

      10:31 AM

      I used to like MicroWorkers more because they paid for referrals but they stopped that a couple months ago, Fiverr is still great.

      Reply
  16. jorel

    Jul-20-2011

    3:38 AM

    Wow! A nice and timely article on working online!

    Reply
  17. Cassie

    Jul-20-2011

    11:59 AM

    Hi Jamie, thanks for an interesting blog. Out of interest, what percentage of your income comes from Hubpages versus Squidoo? I’ve started hubbing and have only made a few dollars (but early days!). Haven’t monetized Squidoo yet.

    And how do you get paid to write for Ezinearticles? I write for them too but mainly to get my articles distributed more widely and get links to my sites. It would be good to get an idea of % income across the five mentioned, e.g. 70% from hubpages, 20% squidoo etc. Is that possible?

    Thanks, and hope to see you on my blog soon!
    Cassie.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Jul-25-2011

      11:22 AM

      Hi Cassie,

      Soon I will be doing an income report, not sure if it will be monthly or quarterly yet, but it will include percentages of my income from each place ;).

      Thanks,
      Jamie

      Reply
  18. Greg Jeffries

    Aug-18-2011

    8:37 PM

    Thanks for sharing these – I was unaware of some like Microworkers. InfoBarrel is also a great place to write articles online. It’s free to join and you can link your AdSense, Amazon Associates and Chitika accounts to it for passive residual income

    Reply
  19. James

    Aug-22-2011

    5:48 AM

    I think a lot of people that start out to make a living from the internet dream of laying in bed till lunchtime and making money while they sleep. the relaity is like any industry you start at the bottom, work hard, get experiencve and contacts and if you stick at it you get some rewards.

    Great blog, found it via stumbleupon.

    J

    Reply
  20. Charleen Larson

    Aug-27-2011

    10:24 PM

    Jamie, thanks for mentioning Fiverr, my favorite site (outside of my own, that is!)

    Fiverr is a great place to pick up some spare change. I make videos, even send people pages of my entrepreneurial diary and they pay me for it. Amazing.

    Reply
  21. make money on home

    Sep-16-2011

    11:48 AM

    I really like your web site.. really wonderful hues & theme. Did you create this internet site yourself? Plz reply back again as I’m looking to create my own web site and would like to know wheere u obtained this from. many thanks

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Sep-16-2011

      11:51 AM

      Thanks for the comment Xian, used a theme from ThemeForest called Capstan, and modified it myself.

      Reply
  22. Edgar

    Dec-07-2011

    10:23 PM

    I love fiverr. I use them for my logos. most of the people are from India which I dont mind since I am getting a good deal.

    I found your blog thru a comment you left on john chow. Glad I clicked on your link.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Dec-08-2011

      3:41 PM

      I’ve used Fiverr for some logos too, out of 6 I’ve ordered, 2 were incredible, 3 were good, and only one was horrible. I think if even only half are good or better it’s a great deal.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Edgar

      Reply
  23. Odesanya Taiwo

    Jan-21-2012

    3:37 AM

    This are cool places. Am going to check it out. Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  24. Cyza

    Feb-11-2012

    10:20 AM

    Hi,

    It’s my first time here and I have learn quite a few things from this entry of yours. Personally I have not yet tried 1, 3 and 4.
    I have tried #2 but the gigs that I’m offering is quite boring. So, there’s not much income there.
    I also write to ezinearticle but only for myself, my blogs.

    I’ll explore more of your blog now to dig up more tips and info from you.

    Cheers mate.

    Reply
  25. Jaskemann

    Jun-19-2012

    3:00 PM

    Great list I’ve only used freelancing, I’ll have to check out the rest of them, I could always use another source of income to help pay the bills. Thanks for the info.

    Jaske

    Reply
  26. Jena Isle

    Oct-08-2012

    5:40 PM

    Hi Jamie,

    I would like to try Fiver, it seems interesting. I’ve already tried writing.

    Reply
  27. Lee

    Feb-15-2013

    8:57 PM

    Hi Jamie
    Been looking round your site keep finding some really helpful info.
    Like the idea here where you can earn small amounts of money when you have got a spare bit of time then use that money for advertising that way the only cost is your free time.

    Great info thanks lee

    Reply
  28. Steve Gordin

    May-19-2013

    11:57 PM

    Great info!! Keep up the good work!!

    Reply
  29. Nick

    May-28-2013

    7:48 PM

    Great information. I wish there were more forums to interact with other bloggers. Would you recommend any conventions?

    Reply

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