The Ultimate Guide to Making Money Online

Remember back in March when we all thought we’d be sipping Mai Tais on the beach by now if we just stayed home for a few weeks? Remember how idealistic we were?

Miss Rona remembers, and it looks like she’s here to stay through summer. (At least.)

With many schools putting out official statements that they won’t reopen until January, several governors threatening noncompliant, mask-hating morons with another statewide shutdown, and the state of the economy basically turning into a steaming pile of shit… can you really afford not to make money online?

I don’t mean to sound like a scary Arbonne Hun — you know, the ones who say things like, “If you can’t afford the $250 sign-on fee, you can’t afford not to do this!” — but it’s  getting really scary out there for a lot of people.

So I’m breaking down legitimate ways to make money online that don’t involve the usual advice. I’m not going to tell you to start a blog or a YouTube channel. I’m not going to advertise my Pinterest course. (Hint: I don’t have one.) Sure, those can be great in the long run, but it takes a whole lot of hard work, even more luck, and there’s no guarantee you’ll make a single penny doing it.

I’m going to give you real, actionable advice on how to make money online without taking a single survey or selling your soul to an MLM.

(No shade to the consultants. I truly believe most of them are victims of the companies they work for. If you’re making bank with an MLM, good for you, but this is a resource for people who don’t want to do that.)

Why should you listen to me? Because I work online. I didn’t start off in an office and transition to working from home during quarantine. I found my job online, and you can do it, too. Let’s get into it.

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Search Legitimate Websites

I know how tempting it is to Google “work at home jobs” and go click-happy with the links. We’ve all been there. It’s because I’ve been there that I wanted to make this guide.

Always consider the source. You wouldn’t look for jobs on a website called Joe’s Plumbing unless you’re looking for a job as a plumber, so why not take your job search to a trusted website?

(Yes, okay, it’s ironic for me to say that considering I’m making a “real online jobs, no scams” guide, but I’ve put a lot of work into it.)

Indeed is free, has an amazing resume template — which is free to use — and allows you to create an alert for jobs in your chosen field. I found one of my jobs (yes, I have more than one job; more on that some other time) on Indeed and have actually had five companies reach out to me since I submitted my resume.

I’ve heard of paid job listing sites, and I’m sure some of them are great, but when you’re strapped for cash and freaking out, the last thing you want to do is pay to look at job listings.

Other sites to consider:

Search Specialized Job Boards for Specialized Jobs

Let’s say you work in tech. Sure, the sites I mentioned above will have some tech jobs just as they’ll have HR jobs and medical billing and coding jobs. To save yourself time, check out a site that caters to jobs in your field.

  1. Fairygodboss: This is a site by women for women. It has everything from female empowerment to job listings, and it’s one of my favorite places on the internet.
  2. Hired: For my tech people, Hired is the place to look for your job. So many listings. So many! Not gonna lie, the salaries kinda made me wish I’d gone into tech.
  3. Behance: This site is for my graphic designers and digital wizards. Check out the jobs section on their navigation bar.
  4. Lawjobs: For my legal ghouls and goblins, look no further than Lawjobs. You can search by location or even legal speciality.
  5. Mediabistro: You’ll find jobs for journalists, PR professionals, and even freelancers here.

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Think Outside the Box

Bear in mind that not all jobs are looking to hire someone full-time, so you may need to take on more than one job. While the 2020 census is still ongoing, results from last year’s census show it’s more common than you think: 13 million Americans work more than one job, a massive uptick from 2018’s figure of 7.8 million.

Consider a side hustle as a web search evaluator if you love working with computers. Speak more than one language? There are loads of jobs out there for translators. Give transcription a go if you have a good ear and a lot of patience.

Web Search Evaluator Jobs

Translation Jobs

Transcription Jobs

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Think Inside the Box… with Wheels

(Sorry, sorry, I couldn’t resist even if it’s peak Dad Humor.) It’s not quite working from home, but if you’re able-bodied, have your own car, a valid driver’s license, and a smartphone, you can pick up extra cash as a delivery driver. Some options are:

  1. Waitr
  2. UberEats
  3. Instacart
  4. DoorDash

Keep Looking

If I haven’t touched on anything that resonates with you, do some research. If you’re a virtual assistant, look for virtual assistant jobs on the jobs listing site of your choice or visit a trusted resource like Virtual Office Temps. Bookkeepers should look into Accounting Department for job listings. You can even look on Craigslist.

Last, but certainly not least, is the power of word-of-mouth referrals. Ask your friends and family if they know someone who’s hiring.

Looking for work is always daunting, especially during this challenging time, so I hope this guide has made it seem a little less scary.

Stay safe, wear your damn mask, and happy job hunting!

If you have any tips or resources you use, feel free to leave them in the comments. Let’s help each other out.


How To Make Money On Things You Already Buy (Without Clipping Coupons!)

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Okay, I admit it. I’m the person nobody wants to stand behind in the checkout aisle: I am the dreaded Coupon Lady. (Insert Jaws theme here).

You know the type, and I’m willing to bet you can spot us from a mile off. We’re usually frantically pressing buttons on our smartphones to make sure we’re getting the best deal, occasionally scanning products, and almost always carrying a tote bag — to house our coupon binder, of course. Because when you’re this dedicated to saving money, you’ve got your coupons sorted by category, all neatly tucked away in their proper folder.

(Okay, I also admit they’re sometimes crammed haphazardly into a pocket in my purse, but, hey, nobody’s perfect).

But the truth of the matter is that couponing takes time, and not everyone can pack that time into their already busy schedules. Watch an episode of Extreme Couponing, and you’ll hear shoppers talk about how it’s a 15-40 hour job, often on top of a full-time job. It blows my mind how they can make it work without losing their minds.

Except I’m not talking about filling your spare bedroom with a stockpile of 500 cans of soup and enough toothpaste to last you through a zombie apocalypse. There are no eight hour shopping hauls that require the assistance of an extended cab F-150. All I’m talking about is making back some of the money you already spend when you stock up on coffee, eggs, bread, and those late-night online trips to Amazon you forget about until the box shows up.

Who doesn’t want that, am I right?

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So, without further adieu, here are a few ways I like to earn a quick buck or two whether I’m at Target or shopping at from home in yoga pants with a glass of wine… Doesn’t everybody do that? A heads up: I’ll make a few bucks if you sign up using my referral code, but it won’t cost you a thing. Plus, when you sign up, you’ll get your own referral code you can give to friends and make extra money. Cool, right?

1.) Ibotta: Everybody’s heard of this one, right? It’s awesome, and I don’t know why I ever bothered to shop without it. Getting some bread? Download the app, sign up using the code giirthl, add your favorite stores, add the deals you want to use, and then scan your receipt when you’re done shopping. Easy peasy. You can also scan some items without having to buy them for extra dough, and they have an online shopping feature that gives you a percentage of what you spend back. So cool.

2.) Swagbucks: This is probably my absolute favorite shopping portal because you can do so much with it. Have a spare twenty minutes? Watch a few videos or take a survey. Play some games! There are so many stores on here including the biggies like Sephora, Ulta, Walmart, and Target. Just search for the store you want under the Shop section, click the link, and they’ll redirect you to the store you want. Boom! You’re on your way to making money. When you reach the cash out level, you can have the money sent to your PayPal account, a Gamestop card, an Amazon gift card… They have so many cash out options it’s crazy. And if you sign up using this link, you’ll automatically get 150 Swagbucks!

3.) Ebates: If surveys and games aren’t your thing, you might want to go for the old standby, Ebates. Straightforward and amazingly easy to use, Ebates does exactly what it says on the tin. Click the store, get redirected, and the money comes rolling in. Well, trickling, but we’re not gonna make a fortune off of Ebates. It is a great way to finance your coffee habit, though. My favorite feature of theirs is the Double Cash Back Stores link right up at the top so you’ll always know where to get the most bang for your buck. They also have a new In Store section so you can make cash back everywhere! Use my referral link to sign up, and you’ll get $10 back after you spend your first $25. How’s that for a nice bonus?

4.) Shopkick: I just found out about Shopkick, which pays you in kicks that add up to points you can use to buy gift cards. You can earn kicks just by walking into the store and checking in, scanning items on the shelf, making a purchase with a credit card linked to the app, scanning your receipts, and more! It’s super fun, super easy, and you’ll get 250 kicks for using the code FREE333709 when you join!

See? Not a single scrap of paper in sight. I recommend playing around with the apps for a while and seeing what works best for you. Maybe you’re not keen on surveys, but you like watching videos. You can also buy magazine subscriptions and use Groupon, so if that’s something you’re already doing, it makes sense to get a few dollars back doing it.

Saving money doesn’t have to be hard or scary. Sometimes all it takes is having a couple of apps on your phone. Get all your kicks in the form of Amazon cards so you don’t have to cut back on your book buying habit. (Ahem). Hoard Swagbucks through the year and cash out right before Christmas. Treat yourself!

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I also recommend checking between Ebates and Swagbucks when shopping. Sometimes Ebates will offer 4% cash back at a store, while Swagbucks will offer 6% at the same store. Just a few clicks can make the difference between a free grande iced coconut milk latte and a free venti. (I’m all about that coffee. Can you tell?)

I have a few posts on saving (and making) money in general in the works, but if you’re looking for a good place to get started, there’s only one person whose name springs to mind: Clark Howard.

I spent twenty years in Atlanta, and like any good Georgia girl, I will sing Clark Howard’s praises until the cows come home. (Is that a saying everywhere, or is it just a southern thing?) Following the September 11 attacks, he joined the Georgia State Defense Force. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, he rushed from my then-hometown to my current hometown to provide help with medical evacuations.

(Nope, he’s not paying me to talk about him. I just love the man).

Back to the money aspect. Check out his site, and you’ll find everything from the best money-saving travel sites to simple things you can do to cut your expenses. Check the Guides page for easy site navigation, or you could just do like I do and spend hours reading as many articles as possible while putting off going to sleep. (Don’t do that. It’s bad).

This brings an end to our brief foray into saving a few bucks, but it’s the first of many. I hope this was helpful, and if you learned nothing else, I hope you learned this: I LOVE YOU, CLARK HOWARD! (And saving money is good!)

If you guys have any tips and tricks, feel free to share them with everybody in the comments!