Monica Majithia
2 Sep 2017 . 21 min read

How to earn money online in 15 easy ways

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Until just 10 years ago, earning money online by working from home was unheard of.

Even five years ago, it sounded ‘scammy’ and ‘iffy’. Even today, our most frequently asked question is ‘Is it fake?’ or ‘Is this real?'.

My friends often ask me, "How do you earn money from internet? I also need big money fast".

It's not surprising, since people conjure up visions of working leisurely and getting a steady cash flow. No wonder then that it becomes the preferred prowling ground for scamsters. Some earlier favourites include check-cashing schemes and mystery shopping, as well as the ever-enduring data entry jobs.

Fast forward to 2016 and the present day:

The scammy jobs are still there, but technological advances and the advent of social media have ensured a boost in the quality and status of the work-from-home force. Most at-home jobs require some good basic skills and a can-do attitude.

So my answer to my friends is not to ask "How to earn quick cash?" Instead ask "How to make extra money?"

With that, I offer them this list of

15 ways to earn money online by working from home:

#1. Online Content Writer

More than ever, in this internet era, writers are needed everywhere to create content and come up with creative ideas to fill the pages of nearly every site on the internet.

A number of websites outsource their content and hire freelance writers and content creators. From writing blogs to producing website content, the options are good and varied.

What does a content writer need to know?

Some writing experience is definitely helpful, but what you really require is good grammatical skills, the ability to express yourself, originality and a unique take on the mundane and the ordinary.

Most successful content writers are also good social media managers nowadays.

Do add links to your work in your profile/resume and if you don’t have any, start by writing a blog everyday and try contributing articles. You can also look at internships/volunteering roles to grow on the job. 

#2. Online Customer Service Associate (Often called VAs)

Many businesses need employees who can assist customers, answer calls at different hours, process orders and track deliveries. With more businesses operating online, a large number of jobs are opening up for customer service associates who can work from home through internet.

What does a Virtual Assistant need to know?

Being an at-home customer service representative requires strict adherence to time, good communication skills, a courteous disposition and may require good research skills.

Experience as a virtual assistant and a background in remote jobs will help a lot.

Most of the work-from-home force is unaware of this option. Nevertheless, it is one of the top work-from-home choices. The catch is that most applicants are unaware of the skills required. But this feild is fast growing and now we have VAs in almost every niche of the ways to earn money online.

#3. Online Data Typing

Online typing jobs are perfect for the part-time worker with few or no special skills and good for those who are starting up to earn money online but don't know where to begin and do not have investments to make.

It may include writing articles, copy paste work, filling forms and typing out CAPTCHAs. Follow the instructions and you can get paid for every page you type in MS Word.

What does it take to earn money by data typing ?

Basic computer skills, familiarity with MS Word, typing skills and good typing speed. SHEROES curates and verifies all jobs posted under freelance Jobs tab.

Keeping in view the scams lurking in this space, we have limited the number of jobs though.  

#4. Earn money with Data Entry 

There’s no getting away from this one! On a serious note, a wide range of businesses , including international companies, need workers to enter various data into their systems - whether to track inventory and shipments, create business plans or add measures of performance, etc.

What does it take to become online data entry worker?

Basic knowledge of the computer and good typing skills are most important, as is vigilance on the job. It remains on the most wanted list of jobs and also, one that requires cautious steps, given its high susceptibility towards scams.

#5. Online Teachers

There's a growing demand for teachers in all subjects - especially core subjects like languages, mathematics, history and science - both at school and college levels. Instead of standing in a classroom, you'll teach via Skype or in a pre-recorded session. This is a great option for teachers who are unable to adhere to typical school schedules and for those who have a flair for teaching.

What does it take?

You have to be a qualified teacher with necessary degree and/or expertise and fluency in the subject.

A background and reference check along with interviews are the general norms. Commitment to the required time/schedule and an extensive knowledge of or expertise in the subject are expected. Just an experience in home tuitions won’t do.

6. Online English Trainer

Corporates require spoken English training sessions range from making professional conversations to running a meeting.

Trainers are provided with specifics on how to teach each topic and are also trained before starting the job. Lessons take place either over the phone or live on Skype.

Office experience is helpful since most students work in a corporate environment.

What does it take to make money?

You must have good spoken English and communication skills, you should have an enthusiastic and be articulate, as well as have an affinity for people. If you're bilingual/multilingual, that's a plus.

7. Online Freelance Recruiter

A freelance recruiter gets hired by businesses to help them find the best possible candidates for open positions in their own organisation.

The pay-scale will usually be a percentage of the income earned by the full-time employee that the recruiter places for the company - though, at times, you get a fixed salary. The prime factor is the flexibility to work from anywhere, with no obligation to remain in the same place.

How to make money as a online recruiter?

You must have enough recruiting knowledge and on-the-job experience as a recruiter. Since you will be working independently, you must have the ability to deliver what you promise, on your own. A degree in HR is often a prerequisite.

#8. Online Telecalling Jobs

This requires resolution of callers’ queries, related to that particular industry, and giving plausible answers.

Being a smooth, polite and calm communicator helps. Opt for this only if you can designate a certain suitable time, as this job requires working according to a set schedule.

You may be provided training in resolving queries. Good on-the-job performance is mandatory to stay on.

What does it take to be an online telecaller?

Good communication skills, listening skills, the ability to make a sales pitch, the ability to resolve issues and to be able to work uninterrupted are all plus points.

Besides the jobs listed above, other popular and legitimate work-from-home options include:

#9. Software Developer

#10. Web Developer/UX,UI Designer

#11. Graphic Designer/Web designer

#12. Social Media Manager/Digital Marketer

#13. Travel Blogging

#14. Counsellors &/or Consultants

#15. Instructional Design Specialist

The options will keep increasing as more and more companies discover the ease, potential and possibilities in the ‘flex’ format. There are openings for lawyers, chartered accountants, financial analysts, mobile app developers, cooking experts and interior designers as well.

Working from home is a win-win situation that is coming alive, thanks to technology. However, the bottom line is that you need to research the possibilities and develop the skills required for many of these jobs.

Let me know your experience of working from home or anywhere as a digital nomad and make money online in the comments below.


Monica Majithia
A Life Coach , Psychologist and trained Counselor specializing in Educational and Vocational Counselling. A UGC certified lecturer ,I have researched on gender studies, taught post graduate students and published research articles on women's careers during my Fellowship.I am an active member of an NGO called Bharat Soka Gakkai working in the field of peace ,culture and education .Growth ,Communication and Interaction keep me going and I love to see women work their magic.

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