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Let's Make Money--Just a Few of Many Ways to Earn Online

Updated on June 19, 2013
It's all about the money!
It's all about the money! | Source

Need a Little Money?

Almost everyone could use a couple of extra dollars. We spend our hard-earned money on Internet service every month. Why don't we utilize the Internet to give us money rather than take money from us? There are many avenues available to make money online. The entrepreneur has never had an easier time peddling their wares, tangible or virtual. The important thing about using the Internet to make money is to know which avenues are legitimate and which are fraud. For every legitimate earning opportunity, there are ten or more fraudulent avenues that just want your information, your money, or a convenient patsy for their fraudulent activity.

If it Sounds Too Good to be True.....

'Congratulations, you've just won the El Gordo Lottery. All you need to do is cash this $5000 check and Western Union $2000 to Canada.' Well, I didn't enter the El Gordo Lottery. If I had won the El Gordo Lottery, why would I send money to Canada to get it? You'd think that people would think about things like this logically, but in my line of work, I've seen many a person get hoodwinked into one of these schemes. They think, $$$$Wow! I just got a check for 5000 and then once I send this 2000 out of the country I'm going to receive millions more!!' In all actuality, the check is fraudulent and by cashing it, they've either messed up their bank account or become an accessory to fraud. They are then responsible for this money. The same is true for online mystery shopping. 99% of mystery shopping online is fraud. The masterminds behind this fraud will send you a $5000 check from an existing company. They will have automated phone services answering your questions, The check will come in Fed-Ex envelope. They give you a list of places to 'shop' and then you are to 'shop' a wiring service by sending the money out of the country. This is an attempt at money laundering, and you should avoid it at all costs. Just about any time you are asked to send money by a wiring service in order to fulfill employment duties, it is fraudulent. Be cautious.

Now For the Good Stuff

Fiverr.com is a web service that allows you to showcase your talents. Whether you want to do video testimonials, review products, or write song lyrics, you can do all that and more, for 5 dollars. You get 4 dollars from every sale, and the website receives 1 dollar. You come up with the 'gigs,' the time frame for each of your 'gigs,' and the extras for your 'gig' as well. By using Fiverr, I've written song lyrics for actual artists and gotten the opportunity to review books for aspiring authors. One Fiverr seller, Daniel Green, has made well over 2000 dollars from one gig. I was the first to purchase his gig and I can tell you, it's worth so much more than 5 dollars. You might not get rich with Fiverr, but it adds up, and it's so much fun!

Hubpages allows writers or aspiring writers to write about just about any topic. Publishing 'hubs' can not only earn you money, but can land you freelance journalist jobs, and get you practicing and honing your writing skills, so that you can become the writer you've always dreamed of being. Some people have made well over 1000 dollars per month. Hubpages is open to anyone, and their convenient tools make it easy to earn money. While it does take a while, up to 8 months or so, to see a consistent payout on Hubpages, it is still a viable way to earn money.

Tutor.com allows people to earn money and help educate today's youth all in one go. There are a number of subjects to choose from. Once you've chosen your subjects, you must take a qualifying exam for that subject to be considered for tutoring. If you fail the exam, you can take it again in a couple of days. Tutor.com will then contact you when a tutoring assignment becomes available. Some successful tutors have earned up to 700 dollars a month.

Etsy.com is a virtual shopping mall of handmade, homemade or vintage items. If you have any artistic talent, Etsy is the place for you. People sell their art, make jewelry, or sell candles and soaps. Your store is uniquely your own. You set the prices and the shipping costs. You pay per item to list on Etsy, and they get a small portion of the sales, but you can control how your store is run.

Write an e-book and publish it for Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader site. Even if you sell your book for ninety-nine cents, you can still make a hefty profit.

Create your own company. Create digital book covers, sell items, sell services, take photos, manipulate photos, write a blog and make money from ad space; the sky's the limit. There is no limit on possibilities on the Internet. The world wide web is your oyster!

Daniel Green on Fiverr.com has a very successful 'gig.'

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      JP Banks 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you very much! I think your idea has some merit. I'll ask him and let you know ;)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OK, let's imagine Daniel Green dancing to Fool in the Rain...it could happen??

      Great ideas and a great hub! Voted UP and across the board.