Education logo

How To Make Money Online: Ultimate Guide (2023)

Easy for beginners.

By Sami TechPublished 7 months ago 6 min read
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


Interest in quick ways to make money online from the comfort of our own homes has grown in recent years.

The web is a powerful sales channel, marketing network, and community hub all in one—and so much more. Aside from filling out surveys and selling used goods on marketplaces, there are numerous creative ways to make money fast online.

Some side hustles, however, are better suited to the laptop lifestyle than others. In this idea guide, we'll go over the advantages and disadvantages of 30 of the most popular online money-making opportunities.

5 great ways to make money online.

Online selling of goods

Begin using print-on-demand services.

Begin your freelance career.

Launch a drop-shipping business.

Make personalized products to sell online.

We'll look at several key factors to help you choose the best ways to make money online:

Business type: whether the idea is product-based, service-based, or audience-driven.

Effort: the amount of time, skill, or experience required to implement the idea.

Leverage: how well placed you are to turn the idea into a profitable one that grows in value without requiring your direct attention. A high-leverage idea is not a 1:1 time-for-money exchange.

Startup costs: the money you'll need to get your idea off the ground.

Profit potential: the amount of money you can expect to make from your idea each year.

By Alexander Mils on Unsplash

1. Online selling.

Selling items online is one of the best money-making ideas for quick cash. You can, for example, sell clothes, furniture, and handbags from your home, or you can buy and resell higher-value items such as laptops, televisions, or phones. These items can be purchased online through sites such as Ali Express or at local garage sales and thrift stores—a great way to make money quickly and earn extra cash.

Instead of just one platform or marketplace, try selling your products on several. The more places your products are found, the more likely it is that people will find them. There are hundreds of online selling platforms, each with its own niche and commission fees. Here are a few examples:

Facebook Marketplace eBay

Mercado Libra Va-rage Sale

You have your own online store.

If you enjoy this process, you can launch a legitimate reseller business selling anything from vintage clothing to refurbished electronics.

Time to get started: a few hours.

Start-up effort: Medium.

Time to first payment: varies according to the marketplace where you sell your products.

What you should know:

The more places people can buy your products, the more likely they are to find them.

There are hundreds of online selling sites, each with its own niche.

Each market has its own set of rules and fees. Before you sign up for a marketplace, make sure you understand them.


Products for sale

To sell on a marketplace, you may need to create an account and be verified.

2. On-demand printing.

Print on demand enables sellers to customize white label products with their own designs and sell them only after a customer purchases them, removing the need to stock inventory (which is what makes it a subset of drop-shipping). A print-on-demand company will add your design to the product, fulfill the order, and ship it to the customer after a customer places an order.

The most significant advantage of print on demand over drop-shipping is that you have complete control over the aesthetic of your products—a critical differentiation for product categories where design is the distinguishing factor, such as t-shirts or fan merch.

When it comes to making money online, print-on-demand services can also be used to:

Without the risk of purchasing inventory, you can test online business ideas or new product lines.

Profit from an existing audience, whether it's on YouTube, social media, or a personal blog.

Sell t-shirts, books, shoes, bags, mugs, phone cases, laptop skins, wall art, and other items.

Sell photos online by putting your images on physical products that your fans can buy.

Overall, print on demand allows you to quickly create customized products. Shipping and fulfillment are handled by your suppliers, so you don't have to worry about them. And, because you don't have to worry about inventory, it's a low-risk, low-investment way to make money online.

Startup time: a few hours to set up an e commerce platform, followed by however much time it takes to create your designs.

Start-up effort: Very simple with little e commerce knowledge.

Time to first payment: This varies depending on when your first sale occurs and which e commerce platform you choose, but Shopping's pay periods are five business days.

What you should know:

You can open accounts with e commerce platforms such as Shoplift, which include logistics in their services.

Payments will differ based on how much you sell and your profit margins.

The pay period for Shopify Payments is five days plus the number of days until your payout date.


The majority of e commerce platforms require that you be at least 18 years old. If you are under the age of 18, your parents can open one for you.

State requirements vary, but you must have licenses or permits to sell anything online.

3. Begin freelancing.

Offering freelance services to clients online is a growing home business idea. Freelance writing, graphic design, data entry, digital marketing—virtually any role that an online business would hire for can be done as a freelance service. I've spent years at Shoplift working with writers, illustrators, and designers, the majority of whom make a full-time living from freelancing rather than doing it part-time.

Almost all of these services are best suited to business clients for the same reason that business software is a desirable product: business clients are willing to spend. Most freelancers quickly discover that when they position their work as outcomes rather than deliverables, they have more negotiating power over the price they can charge.

In other words, businesses hire freelance writers to create content that drives traffic and leads, not to hone their writing skills. Sell clients on the outcome and, where possible, back it up with customer evidence such as case studies and testimonials.

The final consideration for these businesses is that they are a direct exchange of time for money. You can make a lot of money with a small number of high-paying clients, but once you stop working, the cash flow stops. You might be able to transform a freelance business into more of an agency by hiring help to handle some client work.

Startup time varies according to service.

Start-up effort: Medium.

The time it takes to receive the first payment varies.

What you should know:

Gather customer evidence cases, studies, and testimonials to aid in your job search.

Because freelancing is a direct money-for-time exchange, you may eventually want to expand your business model to include a standalone asset.

Sell clients on the outcome you can provide, then demonstrate it.

Understand your worth. You have the authority to set your own prices.


Ability to communicate with clients and meet deadlines

A laptop and an internet connection are required.

To work on freelance marketplaces, you must be at least 18 years old.

Learn Even More 25 More Easiest Ways To Make Money Online By Clicking Here

courseshow tolistteacher

About the Creator

Sami Tech

I worked in writing and photography since 2017, After attaining a BA in journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Michigan. Tague is journalism career has led to positions at. the City Michigan journal and several weeklies.

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

Sign in to comment

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2023 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.