15 Ideas to Make Money Online

Can you really make money online? Can you make money online if you live in New Zealand? Well yes, and yes - I've been doing just that for about five years. Now lets get clear, it's hard work. It's tough. There's been time that I would have got a pay rise if I'd got a minimum wage job. Most days though it's awesome. I work at home, in my PJ's, no office politics, no commute.

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There's also no job description, and no National Standard to learn how to make money online. There are also plenty of scammers, but there legitimate opportunities. Here's fifteen to get you started. It's not a comprehensive list, it's a personal list, I've tried almost all of these. I've listed them in approximate order of difficulty - but of course your mileage may vary!

1. Online surveys

I've written before about the opportunities of making money completing surveys online. It's easy - and you don't need qualifications.

2. Selling things on trademe.co.nz

Other sites have tried to copy Trademe - but it's still by far the largest auction site. It's easy to sell items there, is the a New Zealander who hasn't used it get rid of unwanted Christmas presents? Some turn it into a business though. New Zealand allows parallel importing, which means it's entirely legal to buy a brand name item from say China, and then resell it on Trademe.

3. Seling homemade goods on Etsy

Etsy.com is a site for and by crafters. It's an American site, but plenty of New Zealanders sell on it. Items need to be handmade, so if this is your thing, an Etsy store is a logical place to being online.

4. Writing Short Blurbs At BubbleWS

Do you waste a lot of time of Facebook? For free? You can do the same on a new site called bubblews.com - and get paid for it! This is a very new site, which will pay via Paypal once you accumulate $25. To make money you submit very short articles (minimum of 400 characters, not much longer than twitter). You seem to make money by commenting and connecting to others. It's a new idea, and may well fail, but for the moment they are paying, and it's really quite oddly addicting (I warned you!).

5. Writing Articles Online - Revenue Sharing Sites

There are plenty of sites which will allow you to write an article and then pay you a share of the revenue. The advertisers pay for their ads to display and either they or the site pays you a percentage of the revenue. The more views your article gets, the more money you make. To get more view you generally need your article to show up high in the search engine rankings, so these sites tend to come and go in favour depending on their current rankings with Google. Sites like this include: hubpages.com squidoo.com wizzley.com Payout conditions vary some sites will pay via Paypal others require you to have your own affiliate accounts for Adsense and Amazon (see below).

6. Sell Your Articles or Write to Order at Constant Content

There are plenty of ways to freelance online, but I started at constant-content.com Here you can either write articles on spec or write to order of buyers. They pay via Paypal, and accept Kiwis, many buyers are American though, so you may need to learn how to write English (US).

7. Write and Sell Your Book

The eBook revolution has been awesome. You may have heard that it’s terrible for authors that bookshops and publishers are closing in New Zealand and elsewhere. The truth is a little different, it's never been easier or cheaper to publish your book and get it to the largest bookshops of the world: Amazon, iBookstore, Kobo. I'd say right now is the very best time in history to be an author, because now the only thing stopping your book getting published is you. You can publish print copies too via sites like createpace.com. For eBooks start with kdp.amazon.com

8.Selling Photos

Okay, enough with the writing already! You don't have to write, you can sell other things as well. The web is a visual medium, photos are always in demand. A "stock photo" site is one that sells the same photos repeatedly. The prices may be low, but some photos never go out of favour. Many sites allow you to sell photos including Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and iStockPhoto

9. Video content

Moving pictures - anyone with a smartphone can now make a video. Well sort of, to be honest there are far fewer people with the skills to edit video properly. And yes it needs editing! Just like writing, there are revenue sharing websites which will share revenue with you - you have probably heard of the largest one - youtube.com !

10. Develop Your Own Website

I left this to somewhat down the list - but regardless of how you make money online - you'll be wanting your own website, and probably sooner rather than later. It's just not professional anymore not to own yourname.co.nz or yourname.com (if your audience is more global). Putting up a website is no longer requires you to be a geek. Anyone who can use MS Word has the skills to install and update a WordPress website. Even easier is webs.com. Nor is it expensive - you can get free sites, but it looks way more professional if you pay a few dollars and host your own site. Note US based hosting such as hostgator.com is a much cheaper than NZ-based web hosting.

11. Freelance via job boards and similar

Almost any job that can be done remotely, you can find a client for online. Many people start with working via third part job boards. The best of these aren't just places for job ads but also add additional protections such as escrow payments hours worked tracking systems. The biggest are elance.com, odesk.com freelancer.com Skills in demand range from marketing to programming, writing to translation. All will pay Kiwis - usually via direct bank deposit or Paypal.

12. Sell a Local Service: cleaning, dog walking, running errands

How's that making money online? Well you are advertising online for free, compared to spending a fortune advertising your services in local papers that no one reads anymore. To be honest sometimes it's nice to meet up with someone outside of your house too, and not have to always interact on the computer! Also if you have experience doing something like looking after dogs or kids, or decluttering houses, why not write a book and make money by selling it to your real-world clients?

13. Sell a service online to a worldwide audience.

If you have the confidence, cut out the middle-man of the job brokerages and set up your own website and connect with clients directly. New freelancers worry about not being paid, but I've never had an issue. I'm clear about my quotes and my terms, and clients respect that .

14. Make Money from Google Adsense and similar.

I went through a phase of when asked what I did - I said "I work for Google". It was both mis-leading and true. I was predominantly using Google Adsense to run ads (the small classified ones you see all over the Internet) on my websites. Every month Google made a direct deposit to my New Zealand bank account. It's got tougher to be accepted into the program, and the minimum payout a month is US$150, but I still make money, some of it from sites which are years old. Other programs which pay per a click (on an ad) include Chitika.

15. Amazon affiliates

Even people, who claim not to shop online, shop at Amazon! For New Zealanders normally buy books, but Americans can buy everything from groceries to fridges on Amazon. Amazon pays a small percentage when someone buys from my websites which feature Amazon links. The fun bit is that they also pay me for everything else that customer buys that day - I've had commission on items I didn't know existed!

16. ClickBank, Shareasale, HotelsCombined etc etc

There are so many affiliate sites! Whatever niche you are in, if it's at all commercial, there will be an affiliate program you can sign up for. HotelsCombined is great if you are writing about travel. Clickbank and shareasale offer all sorts of electronic products across a wide variety of niches.