Are you interested in making money online but don’t want to sell anything? If you are, the good news is that this is totally possible to do. There are actually many legit ways to make money online without selling anything. I actually wrote about the different type of jobs that are available on line on the Work at Home Jobs page. Let’s take a look at some of the jobs and see which one is the best for you.
Let’s start by answering this question:
How Much Money do you want to make online?
If you just want to make a little extra cash each month, then things like online surveys, doing small online tasks (Amazon Turk), becoming an online juror, and even playing games online can earn you some cash.
While all of those jobs don’t require you to sell anything, they will make you very little money. For those of you who are interested, I’ll talk about why these jobs aren’t the best for making money online later in this article.
If you want to make a significant amount of money, even a full time income online, let’s look at the BEST WAYS to make money online without selling anything.
First of all, we have to define what “selling” means. There are many definitions of this word when it comes to business, but for the sake of simplicity, selling means having an actual product that you own and want to exchange it for money.
If you’re like me, you don’t have any of your own products to sell directly nor do you want to sell things to people online. It’s a hassle and a liability to have your own products, and dealing with shipping and customer service can be very difficult.
If you don’t have any of your own products, the hands down best way to make money online is with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is basically getting paid to refer customers to a certain company. It’s pretty much like word-of-mouth advertising, but you’ll be typing out your thoughts instead of saying them. The company will be in charge of the selling, processing, shipping, and customer service. You don’t need to worry about any of that. All you need to do is tell customers about a product.
To do this, you will need to create a website/blog. Before you freak out, let me just say that building a website has never been easier these days. You can easily create one in a few minutes even if you never did it before.
It’s also very cheap to have your own website. In fact, there are ways to build a website for free. I also wrote a step-by-step guide for beginners on how to build a website and make money with it using affiliate marketing. You can check out that guide here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Making Money Online.
With a website, you can choose to write about things you love to do. If you are into sports, you can create a webpage about that. Let’s say you love karate. You can create a website teaching people about the type of karate you do. You can also review different types of equipment that you have used before.
If you become an affiliate of a company like Amazon.com, you’ll be able to put their product links on your page. If someone comes to your page and clicks on any of these links, it will take them to that product’s page on Amazon.com. If that person buys ANYTHING on Amazon.com, you’ll get a cut of their total applicable sales. You can check out affiliate marketing in more detail here.
It is possible to make more money with affiliate marketing than many normal “9-5” jobs. However, it won’t come without putting in the time and work.
How Long with It Take for Me to Make Money with a Website?
Depending on what your website is about, your experience, and how hard you work, it is possible to start making money within a few days to a few weeks. However, if you are just beginning, I would say it will take you a few months before you start to see any money coming in. But once you start making money, affiliate marketing can provide you with income for years and years to come on a pretty consistent basis. There are many people who a full time income with affiliate marketing.
If you are a beginner and get discouraged by this, the question you need to ask yourself is “why?” If you were planning to make money online with little effort and expected to make thousands of dollars in weeks, then you need a reality check. ANY program that has these kinds of claims are SCAMS. If you fall for these scams, you can lose thousands of dollars and end up with nothing to show for it. Believe me, I learned this the hard way.
Making thousands of dollars per month or more is very possible. However, don’t believe any claims that say you can make that kind of money in days or weeks without hard work.
Instead of wasting your time looking for the easiest and quickest way to make money online, TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW and learn more about websites and affiliate marketing. Even if you work on it 10 minutes a day, in a few months you will have learned a lot and on your way to making as much money as you want. Keep learning more every day and moving forward. If you do this, you will be sure to achieve financial success online. If you want to start your journey on the road to success, I suggest checking out the Wealthy Affiliate community where you can get step-by-step training and access to many video tutorials oh now to make money online with a website.
Having your own website will give you control over everything. You can work as fast or as slow as you want. If you keep working at it, even a little at a time, you’ll be glad you did.
Doing freelance work is another option to make money online. It can be difficult to get good freelancing jobs because of the competition though. You will also need to have specialized knowledge and experience to do most freelancing work. There are websites like Elance that lists jobs for freelancers to bid on. If you want more info, check out the freelance work page here.
Other Jobs – Low Commitment and Low Pay
Online surveys might pay a few bucks a month, IF you sign up with multiple companies and work at it daily. I would say it will be very difficult to make more than $10 per month if you do it casually. Check out the “Are Online Surveys a Scam?” page for more details.
Amazon Turk is better than taking online surveys in terms of the amount of money you can earn. Amazon Turk is a site where they post little tasks that you can do for money. These tasks range from simple things like visiting a website and timing how long it takes for you to find their contact page, or more time consuming jobs like audio transcription. As you would expect, the simple jobs that you can finish in a few minutes won’t pay much. They might pay 10 cents or less, even going as low was 1 cent per completed task. However, you can finish these tasks very quickly, so if you did many of them, your pay could add up.
The more time consuming jobs like audio transcription might pay $10-$60 per job or even more. When I last checked, there were some audio transcription jobs that would pay $50 or more. However, the audio file you had to transcribe was over 2 hours long. Unless you’re a professional at doing audio transcription, I am willing to bet that a 2 hour audio file would take the average person many hours to complete.
Playing online games
Playing online games is something that you should do for fun. Just like online surveys, you probably won’t make much money at all. You should play these games because you enjoy them. If you did happen to make a couple of bucks here and there, then it’s just a bonus.
Online Mock Jury
Becoming an online mock juror can earn you anywhere from $5 – $60 per case. However, you will only receive cases that are in your area. If you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of court cases, it is possible that you might never receive a case. Even if you do live in an area that has a lot of online mock trails, they limit the number of people that they will accept for the case. So chances are, you won’t get much money from this option. Just like playing online games, you should check out online mock trails if you have an interest in the law and or justice system.
If you wanted to make more than a few dollars per month, building a website is the way to go. Check out my beginners guide for making money with a website here. As stated previously, my #1 recommendation is Wealthy Affiliate. It is the place where I learned all about websites and affiliate marketing. They offer step-by-step training, video tutorials, and a very active community with members who are very helpful. It’s like having a 24/7 support group.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Bill Blackman that nicely sums up how anyone can become an expert in anything that they choose.
“Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.”
– Bill Blackman