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How to Make Money Online

Updated on August 18, 2013

Making Money on the Internet: A Guide for the New Online Entrepreneur

With the rough economy and the difficulty many Americans are having finding work in the traditional settings many are interested in finding work on the internet. Some may chose this option as a way to make ends meet until they find a traditional job in their field, while others are finding that the flexibility and convenience working online provides make this choice a better fit in this new pensionless, benefit-less, society we are fast becoming. makes it easy to signup and start applying for jobs in just minutes.

Freelancer allows online job seekers an opportunity to bid on an extensive amount of jobs in many different areas. They also offer contests, where you can submit your project, and the person whose project is chosen receives the listed monetary prize. This option may be good for those who don't have the confidence yet to bid for some of the other jobs offered. They also have a referral program for freelancers who recruit new job seekers.

Elance is another place to seek online employment.


Drop Shipping can provide an At-Home Income.

Doba offers many discounted products for dropshippers.

A friend of my sisters was doing some drop shipping to make some extra money. He really enjoyed it, and while it didn't make him rich, he was glad for the extra income. I havn't tried this personally, but as you don't purchase any inventory in advance there seems to be little risk involved in trying.

Other books available on working online

There are so many books out there on how to make money on the internet. Many of's books have a "look inside" feature. I highly recommend browsing through the available pages to get a feel for the authors style to see if it is a good fit to you before making your purchase. You can also see if the book is available at your local library. You can always purchase the books that you really like after returning them to the library.

Have you had success finding work online? - Tell us what you think.

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      spookseo 3 years ago

      Hello there!

      I have enjoyed reading your lens. Thank you so much for sharing this. Anyway, I think if we really want to make money online then we must visit oDesk for this site offers workers online job opportunities.

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      Alyssa DeBoer 4 years ago

      great ideas

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      dannyfortune 4 years ago

      Another good lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You also can make money by designing websites by free and without any technical skills needed and publish them online. You can earn between 5 and 15 $ for each sales transaction. Check this website it's interested:

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Awesome information. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice Lens!

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      cgeertsc 4 years ago

      Good job on this lens!

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      rafael_htt 4 years ago

      I did get some SEO work on Elance, But working on my own sites is more fun and more rewarding. But the competition is fierce and i have to spend a lot of time online to achieve something as compared to the past.

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      Good ideas for working on line. Enjoyed your lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this informative lens. I earn online thru Smart Media Technologies, it's a revenue sharing program for using net which has both free and paid members options. Free members get points and lucky draw chances while paid members earn points & cash...for more info you may visit or

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good info. Lots of legitimate work at home opportunities out there. So much it's often hard to narrow them down. But I'd rather it be that way than having very few choices. Lots of people can do lots of different things. Just need to find what works for them.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Only on Squidoo so far! I would like to check out some of the links you have provided here. Thank you for posting them. The more opportunities we can find to make a couple of extra bucks, the better I say. Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      hawari252 5 years ago

      Great list!!, I enjoyed to read your post and I want to read more and I will come back to you later. The more blogs you have you will earn some money. I agree with you I think the affiliates nowadays are every where. I think you can make lots of money. Paypal now is best payment process to send money, People like to promote them self in videos (YouTube) that way you may make money more or add your picture on your profile.


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      pixie-dimes 5 years ago

      Yes. Freelancer works. Just get the right employee! :) I also got a long-term job through job portal websites.

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      marketingnaukri 5 years ago

      Making money online has become a very common and popular mode of earning. There are many survey websites that people can sign up and opt for freelancing jobs such as content writing. Other job profiles include Online Editing, SEO consulting, data entry jobs, web content writer jobs, online translator jobs, Online Tutor and the like.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Good information

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      fadhlyashary 5 years ago

      Owhh we have the same niche, you can see this Success Ezine

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Check out some of our eBooks and post some you may have!

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      Starzz30 5 years ago

      I enjoy working online and from the comfort of my own home. I do participate in surveys and have made a fair share of compensation for time and opinion. I enjoyed reading your lens thanks for sharing

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      frugalfinance lm 5 years ago

      Great lens and great tips, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes Creating my website( had earned me a lot

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      sasta10 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing. You may want to add to your list, it's a great site and has great potential to earn money online.

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      Still looking and dabbling in various options so far. Great lens:-)

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      I am making money online too. good lens.

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      TechforFive 5 years ago

      Working online is the best way to make money. You are your own boss and your success depends on you. And you know what you are worth.

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      HarrietC LM 5 years ago

      Useful lens, thanks. =)

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      itravel2004 lm 5 years ago

      Informative lens and I already subscribe to Odesk

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      atsikplornu1 5 years ago

      Trust me, working online is the best so far, I love working online. It is the easiest

      way to make money. Thanks.Regards. atsikplornu1

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      BuildYourMoneyOnline 5 years ago

      Work online is better than go to the job :)

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      iwebmastery 5 years ago

      Yes I have had success online, thanks for the great lens!

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      veemxoxo 5 years ago

      I found an amazing way to make money with Points2Shop. Check out my lens for more information:

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      kglobal 5 years ago

      Thanks, this is a great site.

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      Great lens. Worth my LIKES:). Thank you to stop by to see my lens...

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      Thank you for useful sharing tips. Great lens. I learn few useful tips from your article. Thank you...

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      twing-kewl 5 years ago

      Great points cited and well-presented advice and tips! Thanks for sharing

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      seocomp 5 years ago

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      great lens...very informative

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      FreeMoneyusa 5 years ago

      useful tips we are already making money online and can show you how but it is always good to learn something new we will have to put this to the test asap thanks

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      themoneymakingguide 5 years ago

      Here is a nice little lens for begginers

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      55molly 5 years ago

      It takes time and patience to build an online business its a shame so many online scammers are telling people it can happen over night

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      lindseythomas lm 6 years ago

      You can really make good money selling your skills online. The bidding system in most freelance sites, however, is a very unsettling thing that you have to deal with as some employers haggle over price to save money.

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      bharat01 6 years ago

      Thanks Agalova, For this great info and even i am looking for earning online, I think this will be very helpful info for me, thanks again, great work by you.........:)

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      BlueTrane 6 years ago

      zazzle and cafepress have worked for me...

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      dustintrentin 6 years ago

      The hardest thing is to make your first dollar online. If you make it, you can make easly more.

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      pablina31 6 years ago

      I've been able to earn money online through sites such as Squidoo and Triond. For people who are willing to put the time and effort in, and have patience, almost anybody can earn money online today.

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      Parker512 6 years ago

      Check out this cool lens on the best gpt websites of 2012 that offer surveys

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      Wendy Hughes 6 years ago from Charlotte

      I'm just getting started as a freelance writer.



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      dariusgwyn 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I love to see examples of other lens I could create. Yours has inspired me to create one of my own. Thanks!

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      @JohnMichael2: For some of the surveys, they have you purchase or sign up for a service. I don't like that type of survey myself, because I am likely to forget to unsubscribe and end up paying for something I didn't want. It seems most of the higher paying surveys on some of these sites are like that. I stick to the smaller payout surveys which offer and incentive of a few dollars. That is part of the reason I find that the surveys don't work to make me much money. If you are organized enough to keep the other type strait than perhaps you would have much more success than I. I know myself so I don't sign up for anything that auto renews.

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      JohnMichael2 6 years ago

      I'm confused by the survey link ... it appears that you have to buy something to get paid. Is that the case?

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Nice lens! thanks for sharing!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Thanks! I am not looking for specific work online... yet.

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      LiliLove 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! Thank you for sharing :)!

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      This is very helpful, thank you so much for this information.

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      elijahv 6 years ago

      Keep up the good work!!! Very interesting. ;)

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi agalova,Great sharing..Am also earning money online as a Medical transcriptionist.If you are interested in Medical transcription you can check it here

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      locpicker 6 years ago

      Nice article.

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      onegoodman25 6 years ago

      Great article.

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      banchi87 6 years ago

      gr8t lencs. but i get earn doin nothin chk ma blog -

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      surveys seem to take too much time for the money. I tried several of them.

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      Mia Carter 6 years ago from SW Florida

      Where's the info? Looks like the text modules somehow got eliminated. All I see are ads. :-(

      I can't wait to read it once the lens gets fixed!

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      dnmarket 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Informative!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens on making money online. I have found that to be successful in making money online, you need to have a mentor that you can trust. As they say, don't try and reinvent the wheel. Find someone who is successful, get under their "wings" and learn everything you can about him and his strategies.

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      eliza-belle 6 years ago

      Great advice! I have yet to try many of these, but your page has quite a few helpful options.

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      Yes, affiliate marketing and blogging help me to support my studies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yeah! I want to make money online!

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      WorkitSmart 6 years ago

      Yep! Working for myself.. LOL

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      datablogger 6 years ago

      Yes, thorough blogging I am able to make some cash that I use to pay some of my bills.

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      datablogger 6 years ago

      Yes...through blogging I can pay some of my bills.

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      MoonMaa 6 years ago

      Very nice lens on making money online.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I like to write online to make money. Blogging, writing for various sites, and Squidooing are perfect.

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      @anonymous: Keep writing, and you will see the return. It really takes a bit of time to get started, but once you see some money coming in it gets easier to keep it up.

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      jaredsgirl 6 years ago

      Great lens! Super helpful. I love also how you put this all together. Nice job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. I am favoriting this page so can come back later. Would love to truly make money online. Have made a little but a few eBay sales and a Zazzle store just don't cut it. Squidoo is new for me, but love it so far since it gives an outlet for my writing. Not sure yet if much money can be made here, since I only have 4 lenses to date.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks! I like this article and Dcclarke freelancing is jobs online that you might want to consider taking a look at. People offer money and people bid for the job. Ex: article writing

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      dbcclarke 6 years ago

      hey, thanks for the article! im from the ann arbor area- just fyi! But uh, what exactly is freelancing?

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      mepperly07 6 years ago

      Nice article with some great ideas on alternatives to the "job". I write, sell on ebay and do tarot readings online and on the phone.

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      Jennie Hennesay 6 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Not enough to replace my job, but article writer kind of fell in my lap when e how closed their publishing platform and Demand Media took over. Lots of article titles and categories at various prices.

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      Auntiekatkat 6 years ago

      i have worked completely online for nearly fifteen years.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I haven't looked too hard for real work online, but I've been strongly considering it of late - thanks for these resources!

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      Quennie 6 years ago from London

      odesk is definitely legits, i've worked there since 2008, just stopped now coz i don't have much time and the buyers are starting to charge lower for article writing

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I am going to check out, I haven't heard of it and sounds interesting!