Best Ways to Make Money Online

Looking for ways to make money online?

The Internet has not only changed how people work and run home business, it has created entirely new income options. With the Internet, making money at home is easy. That’s not to say that internet-based income is automatic or doesn’t require work. Instead, it provides tools that if used correctly, can have anyone making a good income from home. Here are some of the best online income opportunities for making a living (not just mad money).

Online Jobs

Some people think all work-at-home jobs are done online, but that’s not the case. Fortunately there are many jobs you can do completing online through a computer, tablet or smart phone. Here are WAHS best resources for online jobs:

140 Work At Home Jobs You Can Do 100% Online

27 Work At Home Jobs You Can Do From Your Smartphone or Tablet


Affiliate marketing

This method of making money online is low cost and easy, but it’s highly misunderstood. Affiliate marketing is a way for you to make money promoting other businesses’ products and services. But success in affiliate marketing, as in any business, is in the marketing. People can’t use your affiliate links if they don’t see them. Most successful affiliate marketers use a website or blog to provide information and promote products in a specific niche. I use this method myself, however, over the last year I’ve been moving away from blogging (accept at WAHS) and using a funnel/email system. I like this because while I still have to create content, and marketing is a bit more challenging, in the long run it’s easier to set up and manage.

Check out Work-At-Home Success’ information on affiliate marketing.


Blogging, like many other work-at-home options, makes a lot of money for some, and nothing for others. Successful bloggers are able to writing interesting content other people want to read and market their blog regularly. Blogs are time consuming, which is why there are many abandoned blogs (I have a few myself). However, if you pay attention to how many people are making a good to great living online, you’ll see many of them are bloggers.

Check out WAHS’s information page on blogging for more details and other resources.

Freelance Writing

If you can string words together, there are a host of income options available to you. Businesses are paying writers to create articles, reports, books, ads, sales letters, emails, and blog posts. Many of these companies are posting their jobs online and providing ongoing work for the write writer. Or you can start your own writing business.

To learn more about making a living writing online, check out Freelance Writing.

Virtual Assistance

If you have good office support skills and the needed tools and equipment, virtual assistance work may just be for you. Many businesses are outsourcing tasks they don’t want to do or don’t know how to do. These tasks can include everything from email management, follow up contact with clients, scheduling, website management, ghost writing, web design, research and much more.  Some virtual assistants focus on a target market such as Realtors or authors. Others focus on providing a niche service such as blog management.

My friend, Alicia Jay, has a really great VA Business Starter Summit that can help you get started working online as a virtual assistant.

Freelance Your Skill (Or Build a Service-Based Business)

Both writing and virtual support services can be done as a freelancer or through a service-based business. However, those aren’t your only  options. Just about any skill you have that can be done on a freelance or service-based basis. Some ideas include bookkeeping, graphic and web design, transcription, social media manager, marketing/PR assistant, tutoring/teaching, and so on.

Online Storefront

The success of and eBay indicate that people do a significant amount of shopping online. You can take advantage of this by opening your own online store. Options include selling your home-made items, finding used items to sale, or using wholesalers who will provide you with products that you can resale for profit. You can sell your wares at Amazon, eBay or Etsy, or create your own storefront website.

Check out WAHS’s posts on eBay and Auctions for more information. Also, read the post about GearLaunch, which offers dropship and ecommerce.

Be an Expert

People go online to find information or support. There are a variety of ways you can provide this information and support, and get paid. Virtual tutoring and coaching are expanding fields. Or you can create your own informational products and training materials to sell online. Another option is to get work as a subject expert at a content-based website like DotDash (formerly in which you write articles and blog about your area of expertise.


The Internet has everything you need to create a home-based income. You can find virtual work or create your own virtual business, as well as find a host of free and low cost web-based tools and resources to make it happen.   While nothing will work overnight or run itself, working online can be simple and straightforward. All you need is your imagination, desire, and the willingness to do the work.