7 creative ways to supplement your income online

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Finding money-making opportunities on the internet is a great way to add to your income.

Maybe you want to supplement your paycheck by doing a little extra work in your off hours. Or maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent who wants to boost your family’s income by earning money in your free time.

Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for how to make money online, here are seven creative ideas to get you started.

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Social media marketing

If you already spend a fair amount of time online using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, why not put those skills to work? Companies large and small are increasingly realizing that they need an active social media presence to attract customers.

Job search websites such as Indeed can help you locate these positions. You can also connect with local businesses to see if they might want to hire you to handle their social media on a part-time basis.

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Taking surveys

Websites such as Swagbucks offer users small payouts for taking surveys and polls about various topics. You won’t become a millionaire by taking surveys online—the per-hour rate works out to around $9—but if you have some downtime, it can be a good way to make some bonus cash.

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Virtual personal assistant

Virtual assistant jobs might include any number of administrative tasks, from making phone calls to writing emails to conducting research. These jobs are good for organized people who enjoy performing a diverse set of tasks.

Websites such as FlexJobs or UpWork can help connect you with jobs. Pay generally starts around $10/hour. Once you become experienced, you can set up your own virtual assistant business and connect with clients directly to earn significantly more.

Transcription services

Many professionals, such as doctors and journalists, have audio recordings that need to be transcribed into text documents. If you’re detail-oriented and a fast typist, you may be able to earn as much as $15/hour.

Check out sites such as SpeakWrite or Rev Audio. Medical transcriptionists may earn an even higher wage, but may require some specialized knowledge to get hired. Check out Fast Chart to see if you qualify.

Writing copy

There are many sites out there that will pay you to write an article, list or tutorial. In some cases, you’ll be assigned a topic; in others, you’ll come up with the topic on your own.

Sites such as ListVerse pay between $100 and $200 per approved article of around 1,500 words. (Not every submitted article gets approved.) You may find more success writing about a specific subject that you’re an expert in—for example, International Living seeks stories about international travel.

Selling products

If you’re creative or crafty, you can supplement your income by selling your products online. Popular marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy make it easy to create an online store and connect you with consumers, although they will take a small commission on your sales. Or you can use a website such as Shopify to build your own online store.

Become a YouTube sensation

If you’re looking to make quick cash online, YouTube may not be your best bet. But if you have a strong personality and something you want to share with the world, you gradually could build a fan base to rival Rosanna Pansino, who runs a nerdy YouTube channel on baking and made $6 million in 2016.

One of the big advantages of starting a YouTube channel is the minimal startup costs. All you need is a smartphone or camcorder and some basic editing skills. The revenue comes from advertisements before or after your videos.