10 ways to make money online you might not know of

Side hustling is big business and an even bigger opportunity for the millions of people out there in need of a bit of extra cash. But what are the best ways to make money online? There seem to be so many options out there, from paid survey sites to random freelance gigs to selling your old stuff on eBay. Landing on something that really brings in the money, month after month, can, however, be a challenge. Here is how to earn an extra $200-$300 a month.

Here, we're going to investigate some of the top ways to make regular money online. None of these ideas are gimmicks. Instead, they're proven ways to add a substantial income to your regular paycheck. Check out our top 10 ways to make money online.

Harris Poll

Harris Poll is one of the most famous survey companies in the world and owned by the Nielsen company. As a result they are one of the premier survey companies to make money online. They have been in business for 50 years and are one of the oldest and original market research and survey companies. You get to use your opinions to influence corporations, governments and even not for profit organizations. You can share your opinions and ideas, but you also get to receive rewards for it. They are always trying to add new rewards and some of the best new rewards on the rewards page. It is a great way to make a good amount of money quickly. They also have some of the best reward partners featuring Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks, ESPN, WSJ.

Opinion Outpost

If you've ever joined a survey website, you'll know how frustrating they can be. One of the biggest gripes is that you're often entered into surveys for which you are ineligible. This wastes precious time and means that the whole process takes a lot longer than it should.

Opinion Outpost, however, is working hard to change all that. They boast a high qualification percentage, meaning that their users are better screened for each survey. They only send out surveys to people who fall into the right demographic, lowering the chance of completing a survey, only to later discover it doesn't apply to you.

Opinion Outpost emails its members once every couple of days with new jobs. Every time you complete a survey, you receive points. Points then can be turned into real cash. The exchange rate between points and real cash is one point per $0.10. What's more, unlike many survey sites, the minimum number of points you can cash out is low at 100, or $10, and all money will be instantly paid into your linked Paypal account.

Swagbucks

Like Opinion Outpost, Swagbucks is a survey site where people can earn money just for filling in online surveys. However, Swagbucks has some advantages over its competitors.

The first is the fact that it gives out $5 to each person who signs up, something that few sites do. Second, it's a lot more user-friendly than the majority of survey sites out there. Not only are there plenty of surveys to complete, but the site also offers additional activities to make money too. So far the site has awarded its members more than £114 million (about $135 million), for everything from taking surveys, to shopping online to watching videos.

Finally, Swagbucks holds regular raffles where it selects lucky members to receive extra points at random which they can then transform into cash. Swagbucks is well known and has been featured on major news outlets like ABC, Time and Fox. Though it sounds like a scam, it's not: it's legal and safe to use.

Start Blogging

Blogging has gone from obscurity to a major marketing vehicle in the space of just a few short years. As a result, companies and blogging agencies are desperate for people who are able to write in engaging and fluent prose. We started with Bluehost because they give you a free domain name and great hosting for only $3.95 a month.

The great thing about many online blogging jobs is that you're able to do them at your own pace. Deadlines are often within a 24-hour period, meaning that there's no obligation to work certain hours of the day. Most blogs can be completed in the evenings, on the weekends or even in the early mornings outside of your regular working hours.

If you decide to go it alone, you can potentially make even more money. Many amateur bloggers who corner a particular niche end up taking home more than $10,000 a month in advertising revenue. Large followings open up advertising deals and sponsorships, jacking your monthly income up even more. Stay focused on your audience, continuously predict the content they want, and dedicate your free time to making it a reality.

It's worth remembering, however, that blogging isn't just about writing. It's also about integrating your blog into wider social media circles. Often, having your own website isn't enough to attract a significant audience. Bloggers need to build a presence on major social media sites, like YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook to really penetrate the market.

Start Teaching Online

If you're a professional looking to make a little money online, you might have wondered whether there are any opportunities to teach. It turns out that thanks to sites like Udemy, there are. Udemy is a platform which connects teachers with students for thousands of different courses. You can either sign up as a teacher on an existing course, or you can create your own. What's more, you're not restricted by any imposed pricing by Udemy themselves. Instead, you can simply charge what you think your services are worth. If you're a world-leading expert in a particular subject matter, you can earn a significant amount of money.

To be successful on sites like Udemy, you'll need to work hard and have a strategy. Thousands of new instructors join the site every year, meaning that it can be difficult to get your course noticed. To really succeed, you need to adopt a business-minded approach, marketing your course on Facebook and offering money-off codes and other incentives. Top Udemy instructors describe the site as a cash machine, but you need to get your marketing right.

Be A TaskRabbit

With the rise of the gig economy, entrepreneurs are slowly waking up to the fact that there's money to be made matching people to jobs. Customers want their houses to be cleaned, their new shelves from IKEA to be installed, and their lawns to be mowed but they don't want to go to the hassle of searching online for the exact person to do it.

This is where TaskRabbit comes in. It's essentially a platform that allows customers to find people to do odd bits of work in their local area through an app. For the people doing the work, the TaskRabbit app informs them of potential jobs nearby, allowing them to select any jobs they'd like to complete, quote a price, and confirm with the client. It's a little bit like the Uber, but for dozens of other services, other than taxis.

There are all sorts of jobs you can do on platforms like TaskRabbit, including helping people move into a new home, working as a personal assistant, being the local handyman or cleaner, or delivering products by courier. The potential list of jobs is virtually endless – great news if you've got a wide range of skills to offer.

Test Websites

Digital technology is the new frontier in businesses, and more companies than ever before recognize that online user experience matters. Because of this, companies are looking for people who can test their websites, find bugs and alert them to any problems before opening up their sites to the general public.

Sites like UserTesting.com are platforms that connect businesses with testers. Companies upload their jobs onto the site, and all you have to do login, accept a job, try out the company's website features and rate it for usability using online apps. Most testing jobs will net you around $10 and take about 20 minutes.

The great thing about website testing is that there is a lot of competition in the market. Dozens of websites offer user testing services, including Enrol, StartUpLift, Testing Time and more. Some platforms, like Testing Time, demand more of your time, but they pay significantly more. 60 to 90 minutes' work can net you more than $50 which is paid into your Paypal account 5 to 10 working days later.

Publish Your Own eBook

Ever since Amazon Kindle first burst onto the scene, authors of all stripes have been able to bypass the regular publishing channels and get their books out into the wild. What many people don't realize, however, is that making big money on Kindle and other online eBook platforms is actually doable, especially if you've got significant expertise in a particular topic. You don't need to write the next Tom Clancy novel or Harry Potter: all you need is a niche idea that can really help people in their personal and professional lives.

Take Nathan Barry, for instance. Barry started out his career as a web designer. But he got sick and tired of his job and decided to quit at the end of 2011. Not knowing what to do next, Barry began considering whether he could make any money selling books on Amazon. He soon realized that people wanted books on subjects like How To Design Web Applications and App Design For Dummies. Before long, he began writing his first ebook, launching it a few weeks later. Within 24 hours, he'd made more than $12,000, thanks to pent-up latent demand. It turned out that people were desperate to learn how to build their own apps, but there were so few reasonably-priced resources out there they could use.

Start Coaching Or Consulting Online

By far one of the most lucrative ways to make money online is to sell consultations. Perhaps the biggest market out there right now for this sort of thing is tuition, with dozens of companies offering opportunities for people to educate others online, using programs like Skype and Zoom. If you target the high end of the market, you can often make more than $100 an hour, especially if you're educated to a post-graduate level.

There are opportunities for people from the professional and business world too. Right now, there's a huge demand for modern skills like web design and programming, and so if you're able to teach others these skills, then you stand to make a lot of money. What's more, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own computer. Consulting calls are paid by the minute by platforms like Clarity.fm.

Become An Ipsos Panel Member

Ipsos is an election polling company which tries to assess the current state of public opinion. During the Brexit campaign and the 2016 US Presidential Election, many of the major polling companies did a bad job, although Ipsos fared a little better.

To get accurate polls, the company needs a broad sample of people to include in its survey. And the good news is that that includes people like you. All you need to do is answer how you're likely to vote, what issues matter to you and so on and you'll get paid by Ipsos for any work you do.

The amount you get paid as a panel member varies considerably depending on the type of survey. The majority of surveys take around 20 minutes and pay out $10 into your Paypal account. Some, however, pay out even more. There are rumors that the longer surveys which take more than an hour to complete pay out more than $95, though actually being entered into one of these is relatively rare.

Ipsos, like Swagbucks, also uses a point system to try and make earning money through its platform more fun. The cool thing about the Ipsos system is that these points can be earned alongside actual money and exchanged for goods and services on partner sites like Amazon and iTunes.

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ATM fees

"Take a bit of extra time to withdraw money from your bank's ATM and save on the cost to withdraw your own cash or if your bank has a mobile app, use it to find an in-network ATM near you."

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Lottery tickets

"According to the Powerball, the odds hitting the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.00, and CNN cites that Americans spent $70.15 billion in 2014. Let's save our hard-earned money."

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Coffee

"A daily cup of joe adds up if you purchase it at places like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Save by brewing at home."

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Credit card interest

"Maintaining a balance on your card usually you to pay interest each month. Try to pay off your credit card balance in full each month or send more than the minimum payment. As always, use your credit cards responsibly."

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Kids meals when dining out

"When you do dine out and if you have kids with you, be sure to take advantage of 'kids eat free' specials. Most restaurants have specific days of the week when they offer free kids meals."

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Gas station food and snacks

"Although it may be convenient, prices are always marked up when compared to other stores. So take the time to shop for food in advance at your grocery store and pack emergency snacks in your car."

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Pumping premium gas

"Some vehicles may not require premium gas, which is the most costly of the gasoline grades. Stop trying to be fancy, check the owner's manual, and save."

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Banking fees

"Don't pay to manage your money at a bank. Find banks that offer free banking or bank online for free like CapitalOne 360. Earn $25 when you open a free checking or high-yield savings account."

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Change-counting machines

"Many of us like to keep our loose change in a jar and let it collect over time. Once it's full, don't pay machines to count it for you, go to your bank to deposit your savings or have it exchange for cash."

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Wasting gas due to low tire pressure

"You may not know this, but having low tire pressure affects your mileage significantly. Save gas and money by improving your gas mileage by simply checking your tire pressure and maintaining it at the proper level."

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Single car washing

"Many car wash places offer a flat monthly rate for unlimited washes, so check with your local car wash to find out if they offer a monthly rate and cash in on a clean car. Or, you can get a discount when you pump your gas."

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Bottled water

"Unless you live in an area where potable water isn't safe, don't waste your money on bottled water. Often times, it's simply bottled tap water. Buy a reusable water bottle or invest in a quality water filter, and save (plus you'll reduce plastic waste)."

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Cigarettes

"It's a tough addiction to beat, but it is a very expensive to purchase cigarettes daily. Aside from causing deadly health effects, according to Time, smoking can cost you $1 to $2 million in a lifetime. Make an effort to better your health and wallet."

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Gift bags and wrapping

"Reuse bags from previous occasions if they are still in good condition. We started doing this last year and no longer have to run out and by $3+ gift bags when we go to events or parties."

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Plastic bags fees

"For those living in an area where stores charge for plastic bags (*cough cough Chicago*), bring your own reusable one. Those cents add up!"

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Utility bill payment fees

"Skip the line at the currency exchange or grocery store and pay online using checking account or debit card. Some companies charge to use a debit card, so schedule e-check payment, which is typically free."

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Travel size toiletries

"For the frequent traveler, you should buy empty travel containers and refill with shampoo, lotion, etc. as needed."

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Paper

"Unless you're a student, you probably don't really need to buy a lot of paper – reuse already printed pages and use both sides."

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Magazine and newspaper subscriptions

"Save money and paper by keeping up with free online news services."

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Paying for premium streaming music services

"In the digital age of music, don't pay for premium services. Streaming companies like SoundCloud and Spotify allow you to listen to music for free."

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Buying books

"If you'd like to truly own a book, then save on the paper and extra cost by purchasing the digital version, or go to your local library and check them out for free."

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Library late fees

"Remember to return all materials on time. It'll save you money and allow for other library patrons to enjoy the material in a timely manner. If you do have library fees, wait for a month when they accept canned goods as a payment method (usually around the holidays)." 

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Brand new video games

"Skip the early release and commotion of having the latest video game. Save major bucks by purchasing a used version of the game online or at stores like Game Stop."

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In-app purchases

"Gaming apps are meant to entertain, and while most of them are free, don't fall for the "purchase bonus lives" trap. In-game purchases add up."

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Greeting cards

"Take some time to make your own personal cards or send an eCard and skip on the expense."

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New phone chargers

"If you forget your charger and your phone needs to be charged, some time you'll be inclined to purchase a new one, but it can be costly or even poor quality. Always keep your charger handy, look for a charging station where you're at, or simply ask to borrow one."

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Expiration dates

"Sometimes, expiration dates may not reflect the true shelf life of a product. Don't waste food (and money) by throwing out a product which may still be fine to consume. Check out Eat By Date and see for yourself the true shelf life of your groceries."

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Stuff on your birthday

"When you're heading out and can't or don't want to drive, consider calling Uber or Lyft instead of calling a cab so you can save money on the ride. You can use my linkto get $20 off your first Uber ride."

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Batteries

"Save on disposable batteries and purchase rechargeable ones. They can last up to two to three years."

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Pens

"Many offices, banks, insurance companies, etc, give them away for free. Save them and skip on the purchase."

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Insurance

"Be sure to get the best rate for your individual needs, whether it is car, health, home or life insurance."

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Garbage bags

"If your area doesn't charge for using plastic bags, reuse the ones you get from shopping as garbage bags. I do this all the time."

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More house than you need

"While some families "grow into" their homes, sometimes less is more. Save on mortgage and the possibility of purchasing more for a larger home. Downsize and save."

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Club/bar full cover charges

"While having a spontaneous night out is fun, if you RSVP when possible, arrive early, or take advantage of online ticket sales, you can skip out on paying in full at your favorite nightlife places."

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Leaky faucets

"If you pay for water utility bill, according to the EPA, fixing leaky faucets saves you 10% on your bill. By ignoring it, you not only lose money every day it goes unfixed, but you also waste clean water, at a rate of 10,000 gallons per year."

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Fast food restaurants

"Improve your health and wallet by not eating fast food often. It may be cheap, but it adds up, especially if you eat out a few times per week. Instead, spend the money and the time to grocery shop and prepare meals."

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Cool drafts

"Save on heating and electric bills by fixing drafts and keep the warmth and cool in your home during the winter and summer."

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Unnecessary data phone plans

"Unless you need unlimited data for work, you should not spend much on your cell phone bill. I save a ton of money on my cell phone bill by using Republic Wireless."

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Pet food

"You may not be able to cut out this expense completely if you have pets, but you can score free cans of pet food with coupons occasionally so you won't have to spend as much."

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Buying lunch

"Sometimes you're running late for work and don't have time to pack a lunch. Buying lunch often costs much more than preparing and bring a meal to work. Spend some time planning, purchasing and preparing meals ahead of time so they're ready to go, even when you're in a hurry."

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Leaving electronics plugged in

"Even though you may not use them often, electronics that are plugged in still consume energy. Unplug appliances you don't you often and keep other electronics on a power strip, turning them off when not in use."

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Prepared grocery store meals

"When you do go grocery shopping, sometimes the already-prepped sub or diced fruits and veggies tempt you to buy them and save time, but you'll be paying top dollar for those products. Plan a list ahead of time and buy the individual food items, then spend the time prepping them yourself in order to save.

If you have trouble making grocery lists and figuring out what you're going to eat each day, I'd highly recommend trying out the $5 Meal Plan so you can receive healthy meal plans and recipes to your inbox."

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Vending machine snacks

"Not only are these snacks typically unhealthy (there goes your healthy habit), they are typically much more expensive than their grocery store counterparts. If you find yourself buying vending machine snacks, try to save the money instead and see how much you have leftover at the end of the month. You can probably invest it."

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Transportation

"When you're heading out and can't or don't want to drive, consider calling Uber or Lyft instead of calling a cab so you can save money on the ride. You can use my link to get $20 off your first Uber ride."

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Brand name items

"Save money by skipping on the brand names, like medicine, toiletries, and certain foods. Remember that healthier options with fewer additives may cost more and in that case they may be worth it. Otherwise, generic is the way to go."

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Buying smaller/single packs

"Save money by skipping on the brand names, like medicine, toiletries, and certain foods. Remember that healthier options with fewer additives may cost more and in that case they may be worth it. Otherwise, generic is the way to go."

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Purchasing paper towels/paper napkins

"You are purchasing these to eventually throw them out. Save on the waste and save money by buying reusable, washable towels and napkins. Your wallet and the environment will thank you."

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Paying extra for night time movie showings

"Primetime showings are typically 2x higher than those during the day. Go to morning matinees or take advantage of weekly specials ($5 movie nights during the week)."

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Movie theater food

"Often times, movie theater food can cost more than the ticket to get in. Try to keep food purchases to a minimum when you can or eat a filling meal before you go see a movie."

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DVDs and On Demand

"Instead of spending money on purchasing the movie, subscribe to streaming services and find an alternative or go to your local library."

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