If you have been racking your brain on how to make money working from home and online in Canada (and the United States), this list of creative side hustles is for you. There are so many real ways to earn additional income when you need to.
Whether you need to make money fast to pay off debt or meet a specific financial need, or you are simply looking for money-making ideas that provide a steady income and can replace your 9-5 day job, there’s something for everyone.
Earning extra money using online and work from home jobs can change your life in so many positive ways. You can:
- Save for retirement
- Pay off debt and stop living paycheck to paycheck
- Choose to become your own boss
- Diversify your income sources, de-stress, and improve your quality of life
- Take a much-needed vacation
- Help others
- Save for your kid’s future college education
- Earn cash anywhere in the world and become location independent
This list is not meant to sell you get-rich-quick schemes. To make extra money, you do not necessarily need previous experience but will have to put in some effort. So, buckle up and come along to see the various ways you can make money working online, from home, and with a part or full-time side gig.
CREATIVE WAYS TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY ONLINE
If you have an internet connection, a laptop/desktop, and can work a mouse, you can take on one or a combination of these legitimate work from home jobs and earn real cash. The online economy is huge and in most cases, the investment required to participate is minimal. You can make money simply by using your phone.
1. START A PROFITABLE BLOG
A blog is one of the easiest ways to reach a large targeted audience or market. Your blog may be structured to provide free information that people are looking for and/or sell them useful products. It is so easy to start a blog these days with web hosting as cheap as $2.95 per month.
I have put together an easy and free step-by-step guide you can follow to set up your blog in 30 minutes.
There are many ways to make money from your blog including from advertisements, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts. You can earn $1,000s per month with your blog and no previous experience is required.
2. PARTICIPATE IN MARKET RESEARCH
Answering online surveys is one way to make money online. While there are many scam surveys on the internet, the best-paid survey sites on my list are worth joining.
Swagbucks: Complete surveys and earn cash. They have paid members more than $330 million to date.
Pinecone Research: You can earn $3 to $5 per survey with this site.
Maru Voice (Canada): Start earning cash today when you sign up. Americans can sign up for the sister-site, Springboard America, here.
Survey Junkie: This survey site is very active and offers members several opportunities to make money.
Daily Rewards (Canada): Earn cash by taking surveys plus a $5 sign up bonus. Americans can sign up for their sister-site, Inbox Dollars.
Ipsos i-Say: Earn rewards when you complete surveys. Join i-Say Canada or i-Say United States.
You can redeem your rewards using PayPal cash or for gift cards of popular retailers like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, and others.
3. MAKE MONEY WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING
Affiliate marketing involves promoting products provided by others and earning a commission when a sale is completed. While most bloggers use their blogs to promote affiliate campaigns, you do not need a blog in order to make money from this online opportunity.
Non-bloggers can use social media like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. to make tons of money promoting products that people need.
Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, shows you how to master the art of affiliate marketing and how she makes $100,000+ every month.
4. SELL SERVICES ON A FREELANCE JOB SITE
Believe me when I say that you have a skill people are willing to pay for. Online sites like Fiverr, Freelancer, 99 designs, and Upwork have thousands of people looking to pay for services such as article writing, data entry, pranks, relationship advice, proofreading, pranks, voice-overs, translation, logo design, resume writing, transcription services, ebook creation, and other gigs.
You can set your own price and the income potential is $5 to $1,000 per project.
5. USE CASH BACK SHOPPING APPS
Use cash back shopping apps to make money whenever you spend on groceries and other items. The best cash back apps can reward you with up to 35% in cash back. They are free and easy to use and all you need is a phone, tablet, or computer.
Checkout 51: Available in Canada and the U.S. New cashback offers are available every week. Cash out when you have a balance of $20 or more. Sign up here and get a $5 welcome bonus. You can also read my full Checkout 51 review here.
KOHO: Earn cash back on all your spending when you pay with debit (cash) using the KOHO app and card. The KOHO app is available to Canadians and pays 0.50% in cash back. Sign up here and enter promo code FREEDOM20 to get up to a $60 bonus.
Drop: Earn cash back automatically when you shop at 5 of your favourite retailers. Available in both Canada and the U.S. plus a $5 bonus. Enter the Drop invite code “SAVVY” if requested.
Ebates: Earn cash back with just a click whenever you shop online at more than 2,000 stores. to get a $10 bonus after your first purchase of $25 or more. You can cash out your earning via PayPal.
TopCashback: Earn cash back when you shop at more than 4,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Other cash back you should check out are Caddle (use promo code ENOCH48192 to get a $1 bonus – Canada), Ibotta, Receipt Hog, and Paribus (U.S.).
6. BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Virtual assistants (VAs) play a big role in the gig economy. Individuals and businesses need people who can complete simple online tasks for them remotely. VAs are paid to provide multiple services including managing social media accounts, bookkeeping, customer service, email management and marketing, creating content, and more.
Gina Horkley who makes thousands of dollars every month as a virtual assistant offers a free list of 150+ services you can offer as a virtual assistant here. The income potential for this gig is $10,000 per month.
7. BECOME A PROOFREADER
Do you have an eye for catching spelling or grammar errors present on any piece of writing? If so, proofreading may be the gig for you.
Caitlyn from Proofreading Anywhere made over $43,000 in one year as a proofreader. Sign up for her free workshop to get started.
8. BECOME AN ENGLISH TUTOR
There are numerous companies that are hiring companies to teach the English Language to children in foreign countries, particularly China. VIPKid pays up to $22 per hour to online English tutors. All you need is a computer that has video capability and an internet connection. You pick your hours and can work from anywhere.
Other companies that employ online tutors are TeachPartTime, MagicEars, and QKid.
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