Last Updated on November 25, 2020 by Ben Adams
During most of my twenties, I would often try to think up ways of how to make money online from home.
The idea of an extra second income alongside my job was, like for most people, very appealing.
I tried many different things and consequently hit many dead ends.
My many failures occurred not necessarily because the ideas were not good, but more because I didn’t follow through when things got difficult.
It’s really easy to start something new, but much harder to stick with it when we’re out the honeymoon period.
It wasn’t until I started matched betting and committed to doing a little bit each day that I would say I actually succeeded at making money online.
I think it certainly helped that I enjoy the process of matched betting.
But it took a long time to get that stage and find something that suited me.
Despite that, I think there is something out there for anybody willing to put in the time and effort.
With that said, I’ve put together a list of ways you can make money online from home.
30 Ways To Make Money Online From Home In 2021
In this list, you’ll find a wide range of real money-making methods.
Some are limited in their earning potential and can make you a small amount.
Whereas others have the potential to earn you a significant second or even a full-time income.
I’m also not suggesting things like selling your stuff on eBay or renting your home out or anything like that.
These are all ways of making money online only, whilst sat on your sofa with your laptop and a cuppa.
Clickworker is a service on the lookout for internet users around the world.
They require people to create, correct texts, participate in surveys or search and categorise data for them.
You only need a computer or mobile phone and an internet connection.
After signing up, you can work as a ‘Clickworker’ free of charge.
You work independently and to a flexible schedule.
You decide when and how much you want to work on a freelance basis.
Where to start: Clickworker.
2. 20 Cogs
20 Cogs is a quick and easy way to make around £150 – £200 as a one-off.
It involves signing up and completing certain competitions, offers, games and surveys.
When you complete one of the offers on 20 Cogs, they earn a commission from advertisers, which they then share with you.
It’s simply a case of following the instructions and completing each offer.
Once you have successfully completed 20 offers, you get paid.
Where to start: 20 Cogs.
Fiverr is the worlds largest marketplace for digital services.
The creation of Fiverr has essentially given anyone a platform to offer a service (Gig) and choose what price they charge for that service.
You might be thinking, “I don’t have a service I can sell!”. However, the range of services in demand on Fiverr are vast.
It’s well worth taking a look through Fiverr to see what services there are.
You might be inspired by some of the ideas on there.
Joel Young, a 35-year-old Dad, made around £300 in his first month using Fiverr and has since made significantly more.
Where to start: Fiverr.
4. Matched Betting
You knew I would slip this one in somewhere!
I do insist that matched betting really is one of the easiest ways to make money online from home.
You’ll need to be a UK resident and be over 18 years old.
Matched betting involves taking advantage of bookmaker’s promotions and incentives to lock in a profit with little to no risk involved.
Even if it doesn’t look like your thing, it’s well worth at least working through the bookmaker’s new account offers.
The new account offers alone can help you earn £500 – £1000 profit with no risk (providing you follow the instructions correctly).
Beyond this, you can use matched betting to earn regular monthly profits if you find that you enjoy it and want to take it further.
Where to start: The Ultimate Matched Betting Guide.
In addition, you can get instant access to my free matched betting eBook that will help you make your first £1000 profit from matched betting below.
5. Print On Demand
You can create designs for white label products to sell with no upfront cost involved.
You can use a print on demand platform such as Teespring.
All of Teespring’s product are produced on-demand, which means you don’t have to source any inventory upfront.
Your products are produced as and when an order is placed.
All you have to do is create great designs and choose which products you want to be displayed in your store.
You can set the price which will determine how much profit you make per sale.
When you make a sale, you keep the profit.
Teespring handles the order production, shipping, and customer support for you.
Sites like Redbubble, Amazon Merch and Teepublic all have a large customer base and operate in a similar way to Teespring.
By uploading to as many popular print on demand sites as possible, more people will see your designs, therefore you’ll have a greater chance of making sales.
6. Start A Blog
Starting a blog around something you enjoy or are passionate about has many benefits.
Not only is it good fun, but it can also make you money.
You can monetize your blog in various ways, the most popular ways are through:
– Selling Products
– Selling a Course or Service
– Affiliate Marketing
I monetize this website through affiliate marketing.
Where to start: How To Start A Blog.
7. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is an ideal way to start monetizing your website or blog.
The idea is very simple, you promote other people’s products or services and earn a commission when someone buys as a result of your marketing.
By promoting products that you use and know are high quality, it’s easy to create natural content that markets them.
The beauty of affiliate marketing is that you don’t need to put in the time, effort and money to create a product or service yourself.
The model of affiliate marketing is beneficial to all parties; the buyer learns about and buys a quality product or service, the marketer earns a commission at no extra cost to the buyer, and the creator makes a sale thanks to the marketer’s efforts.
The process normally works by signing up to an affiliate network.
You then have access to unique tracking links that you can place within your content.
If someone clicks through to the product or service via your unique link and makes a purchase, the sale is credited to you.
Where to start: Learn more at Smart Passive Income.
8. Create Websites For Others
If you don’t want to spend time maintaining and growing your own website, you could create websites for other people.
If you already have some basic web design knowledge and experience using WordPress, you have a big head start.
It’s relatively easy to learn but many people want a ready-made website so they can just focus on content.
9. Domain Name Flipping
If you don’t know, a domain name is the web address for a website.
For example, this websites domain name is bettingdad.co.uk
You can buy domain names for as little as 99p.
Domain flipping means buying and selling Domains for a profit.
Take a look at these Domain names that have been bought and sold in recent years.
Even though these are highly exceptional cases, it is possible to make a decent amount of money if you choose to buy and sell domains as a part-time business opportunity.
The idea is to start with a small budget until you gain experience in the field, then build up accordingly if you see progress.
Where to start: You can buy cheap Domain names from Bluehost.
10. Create YouTube Videos
Similar to starting a blog, you could start creating videos around something you enjoy and are knowledgeable and passionate about.
Although this area is very competitive, if you are comfortable about being on camera and/or enjoy creating video content, you have the potential to make money.
The YouTube Partner Program allows you to earn money by making and uploading videos.
If and when you meet certain criteria, you will be eligible to receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views.
Where to start: Don’t overcomplicate it, start by using your phone. Watch Jeven Dovey explain this clearly here.
11. Edit Videos
If you hate the thought of being in front of a camera but enjoy the editing side of video creation, this one could be for you.
Many Businesses and even YouTubers create plenty of video content and offload to freelance video editors to work their magic on.
With video being most peoples preferred content source, there is plenty of opportunities here.
Where to start: Market your services on Fiverr.
12. Watch Videos
If you don’t want to create or edit videos, you can still make money from watching videos!
You can use sites such as Swagbucks to watch short videos including adverts, news content and viral videos.
The amount you earn from these sites won’t be significant but not bad for relatively little effort.
Alternatively, you can put in a bit more effort and write subtitles for video content.
Working as a freelancer to write subtitles will earn you a bit more in comparison to just watching videos.
13. Create A Podcast
If video isn’t your type of thing, you have an audio alternative.
A podcast is an audio show or series which can be downloaded or listened to online.
You can use websites such as Buzzsprout to start a podcast for free.
Podcasts have become a big deal in recent years and continue to grow in popularity.
Building a listener base requires a lot of effort but as long as it centres around something you enjoy, then it can be a fun and exciting hobby that can make you money.
If you manage to establish your podcast, there are a few ways you can monetize your show.
Sponsored podcasts are the most lucrative option, brands will pay you to mention or endorse their products or service.
Your podcast can also make money from adverts that are played at different intervals during your podcast.
Where to start: Buzzsprout.
14. Freelance Writing
If you enjoy writing, you could consider freelance writing.
Many businesses, bloggers and influencers hire freelance writers to create content for them.
The best thing is that you can choose topics that interest you and enjoy.
If you specialise in a specific area, you have the potential to be hired on a regular basis if your writing is good and you deliver consistently and on time.
15. Write An eBook
Continuing on the writing theme.
Have you ever wanted to write a book?
Thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Store, it’s now possible for anyone to publish an eBook and make money.
Writing an eBook will take a lot of work but if you enjoy writing about a certain topic that offers value to people, it could be a great option for you.
Once your book is published online, you will earn 70% of each sale, forever.
Where to start: You can use free tools like Canva to create eBook covers and pages.
16. Proof Read Content
Calling all teachers out there!
This is perfect for you if you have a good eye for spotting grammatical, punctuation, typographical and formatting errors.
As a proofreader, your task is to spot and correct these mistakes.
You can use tools like Grammarly to help you speed up the process.
So, if you have excellent attention to detail, doing some online work as a proofreader could be ideal for you.
17. Post On Social Media
If you have any sort of following (doesn’t necessarily have to be large) on a social media platform, you could make money by posting content.
Brands are on the lookout for people who meet certain criteria to promote their products or service.
Some brands may be willing to pay (or send you free trials and products) in return for you posting on your social media.
You can also make money from your social media by sending people to content that contains your affiliate links.
If someone buys a service or product through your link, you’ll make a commission.
Where to start: Instagram and Facebook are the most popular social media platforms for this method. You could try reaching out to businesses relevant to your interests.
18. Offer A Graphic Design Service
If you are creative and enjoy designing you could work as a freelance graphic designer.
The demand is high for good looking social media posts, logos, blog banners, social media covers etc.
To create great looking designs, you don’t need to be an expert and you don’t require expensive software.
With tools like Canva you often just need to choose a template and tweak it to suit your client’s needs.
Canva is also super user friendly and easy to use, and best of all has a free version that can do the job.
Where to start: Advertise your services on Fiverr.
19. Sell Your Recipes
Do you have a passion for cooking?
Are your friends and family always asking you for your recipes?
If so, you have the potential to turn your cooking hobby into a money-making opportunity.
You can make money by setting up a free Etsy store to sell your recipes.
I searched for ‘cake recipes’ and found recipes ranging from £0.50 to around £5 with plenty of sales on Etsy.
Where to start: Etsy.
Are you a great photographer?
It’s possible to sell your photos online.
Many individuals, businesses, bloggers, news and media companies are constantly on the lookout for stock imagery to use within their content.
It’s common for them to purchase photos from stock agencies.
By joining a stock agency like Shutterstock, you can upload your photo’s and start earning commissions every time people use your images.
Where to start: Shutterstock.
21. Complete Online Surveys
Many businesses use surveys in order to gain an accurate public opinion to help them with market research.
Businesses will often use third party market research platforms to conduct these surveys.
These platforms such as Swagbucks, allow anybody to sign up and help complete surveys in return for cash, vouchers or other rewards.
Where to start: Swagbucks.
22. Be A Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant, you’ll help businesses run their day-to-day administrative tasks.
It doesn’t matter how big or small a business is, they often need support.
Typical tasks usually involve appointment scheduling, marketing, content creation and writing summaries to name a few.
The benefits of being a virtual assistant are that you can work wherever you want, providing you have an internet connection.
To win clients you might want to set up a website detailing your services and reach out to businesses that interest you.
Alternatively, you could market yourself on a freelance platform.
Where to start: Market your services on Fiverr.
23. Narrate Audio Books
As audiobooks increase in popularity and become evermore practical, there is a demand for narrators and voice over artists.
You essentially only need a decent quality microphone and some professional recording equipment to get started.
You can narrate for self-published eBook authors, ad campaigns or even animated YouTube content.
Where to start: Market your services on Fiverr.
24. Transcribe Audio
Transcribers convert audio into text.
This can be from audio recordings or from videos to use as subtitles.
There are third-party sites such as Casting Words that allow you to sign up for free and take on transcribing work when it suits you.
Where to start: Casting Words.
25. Search The Web
This is another one that is as easy as it sounds and can earn you a small amount of extra money online.
Using a browser add-on like Qmee allows you to earn cash while using popular search engines.
It works by bringing up specific sponsored results.
By clicking on these Qmee sponsored results, you’ll earn a small cash reward.
Where to start: Qmee.
26. Enter Competitions
You know all the hundreds of competitions you see that pop up all over the internet?
Well, some of them are worth it.
There are literally thousands of competitions online every day offering prizes from cash to cars and holidays to hoovers.
Honestly, I’m sure many of them are scams of some sort.
However, you can use competition search sites such as The Prize Finder to help sift out the fake competitions.
The Prize Finder has regularly updated lists of free competitions and will email you the latest opportunities.
Just be sure to check all the terms and conditions of each one you do to make sure they are genuinely free and won’t request a monthly fee when signing up.
Where to start: The Prize Finder.
27. Test Apps
You can earn a bit of extra cash in your spare time by testing apps.
It can be a simple and fun way to make money by using your phone or tablet.
You can sign up to Ubertesters, this third party platform will give you an opportunity to start earning money by simply testing apps and giving your opinion.
Where to start: Ubertesters.
28. Review Apps
Similar to testing apps, you can take some simple training and be eligible to test new apps and/or websites.
Before launching websites or apps, businesses want to ensure they are easy to use and understand.
You can find a variety of products and services to test on websites such as User Testing.
Where to start: User Testing.
29. Review Music
If music is your thing, this is a perfect opportunity for you.
The earnings aren’t too significant but a great little cash boost for doing something you enjoy anyway.
Slicethepie pays users to listen to a range of music and leave reviews.
When signing up, you have the chance to specify what type of music you usually listen to and enjoy.
Where to start: Slicethepie.
30. Amazon FBA
FBA stands for ‘fulfilment by Amazon’.
It involves Amazon looking after all of the seller’s stock.
When a customer places an order, the order goes straight to the FBA warehouse.
Amazon is then responsible for picking out the order and delivering it to the customer.
The seller isn’t part of that process at all.
The FBA model also means Amazon will deal with all the customer service, including returns and refunds.
If you have a product in mind for this model, you can use a market research tool like Jungle Scout to see how well it might perform.
You can then source products to sell from wholesale markets such as Alibaba.
Make Money Online From Home Final Thoughts
I hope this list has opened your eyes to some new online opportunities that you didn’t know existed.
Many of these methods will require you to carry out more research to ensure you understand all the ins and outs.
The most important way to make a success out of any of them is often to stick with them and keep learning.
Try to incorporate something you enjoy into any of the methods.
If you manage to do that, it will make life much easier and way more fun.
Furthermore, you’ll be on your way to making an extra income online from home.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of the above or which ones intrigue you the most, leave a comment below with your thoughts.