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    I’ve been making good money with online jobs for over a decade. My name is Scott and I’ll show you the best online jobs.  Some of these are for fast money while others are great for growing a lucrative career.

    I love the feeling of freedom of making money online while avoiding traffic and a stuffy office.

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    Not only do I work online, but everyone here at The RideShare Guy has an online job!  I want to help you achieve that same level of liberty and satisfaction.

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    Best Online Jobs for Fast Money

    1. Social Media Marketer – earn even more by promoting cash back apps like Rakuten
    2. Take surveys – Swagbucks is a quick and easy way to earn!
    3. Online data entry – try Clickworker or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
    4. Teach / Tutor – Teachable or EF (Education First)
    5. Improve apps
    6. Sell your photos – DepositPhotos pays for photos!
    7. Review new music
    8. Sell Your Stuff – try Gazelle
    9. Sell Gold – try CashforGoldUSA

    Best Online Jobs for a Career

    1. Blog publisher – Bluehost or Hostgator
    2. Freelancer writer – take the Earn More Writing Course
    3. Search Engine Expert
    4. Virtual Assistant
    5. Teacher – EF
    6. Software / App Developer
    7. Web Designer
    8. Bookkeeper
    9. Proofreader
    10. Graphic Designer
    11. Write eBooks
    12. Voiceover Actor – set up your gig on Fiverr
    13. Sell products on Etsy, CafePress, and eBay – Use Etsy to sell crafts or other home-made items
    14. Resume writer
    15. Online marketer
    16. YouTuber

    1) Social Media Marketer

    This online job pays: $25 to $30 per sign-up

    If you’re on social media, you might consider making money from it.  You can post about cash back apps.  You earn money every time one of your friends or followers takes your advice and uses the app!

    We’ve filtered out the subpar apps and here I’ll list only the ones we use personally.

    Tell your social media followers about

    • Rakuten – cash back at online stores and restaurants
    • GetUpside – cash back on fuel
    • Ibotta – cash back at supermarkets

    You can feel good promoting these apps online because they actually do save people money.


    I’ve earned over $400 cash with Rakuten.  It was easy and I tell my friends about it all the time because I want them to save money too!

    Rakuten online job

    Rakuten online job

    Rakuten is a huge company.  Their logo in on the jerseys of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.  This app has millions of happy users – like me.

    Rakuten typically pays you $25 when one of your friends or followers spends $25 through their app.  Think of how many followers you have on all your channels.  If just 4 people take your advice, you’ll earn $100.  And they’ll each earn cash back too!


    You can also promote the GetUpside app to your followers.  They advertise all over radio.

    With this app you save up to 25¢ per gallon of gas, 35% at restaurants, and 15% at grocery stores.  Meelad and Paula on our team especially love this app.


    Earn $5 for each of your followers who makes a qualifying purchase.

    You and your followers will earn cash back from over 300 stores like Target and Walmart. You get a $20 bonus when using our Ibotta promo code, yruqmtu.

    2) Take Online Surveys

    This is fast money from an online job.  It’s not big money though!  But every bit can help when you’ve got some spare time.

    Melissa on our team likes Swagbucks.  She’s made over $150 in the last 3 months using Swagbucks – and she does it very casually and infrequently, so if you have more time, you can earn more.

    earn sb through swagbucks

    Yes, Swagbucks is legit! Some examples of what I cashed out for gifts during the holidays!

    3) Online Data Entry

    When I was younger I did some data entry jobs for money, and boy, was it boring.  But hey, a job is a job when you need it!

    Try Clickworker or Mechanical Turk.

    4) Teach / Tutor

    Teaching or tutoring is a great online job.  I’ve done it, and it feels very rewarding.  If you’re business-minded you can create a video course on a site like teachable.

    Here at The RideShare Guy we use Teachable to host our educational course about how to make more money as an Uber or Lyft driver.  We sell this course, called Maximum Ridesharing Profits.

    You can sell your course about nutrition, your hobby, a language, or anything you know that you think others would want to learn.

    For quick money, you can apply to teach English on a site like Education First (EF).  Or you can list your one-on-one tutoring service on sites like Facebook and Craigslist.  Teach anyone in the world using Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, or Zoom.

    If you’re already a teacher and are looking to make some extra money, consider selling lesson plans or other printables using a site like Teachers Pay Teachers.

    5) Improve Apps

    UserTesting and BetaTesting are places where you find apps that will pay for your opinion.

    App tester online job

    App tester online job

    6) Sell Your Photos Online

    Online stock photography sites like Shutterstock, iStock, DepositPhotos and Adobe Stock pay you when someone uses your photos.

    I haven’t uploaded photos to these sites, but I have paid for these photos.  So basically I paid Shutterstock, which paid a percent to the photographer I chose. I paid for photos of skylines, beautiful landscapes, along with photos of regular things like gas stations.

    You can even take photos of relatively mundane things, like this example stock photo below!

    Sell your photos online for money

    Sell your photos online for money

    7) Review New Music

    Sites like pay you for reviewing new music. No, you won’t get rich doing this.  But it is a fun way to make money online.

    8) Sell Your Stuff

    Try sites like Decluttr and Gazelle to sell your things.  I’ve sold everything from collectibles to my musical instruments when I really needed money. I sold my trumpet online through Craigslist. I know a woman who loves to sell her previously-worn clothes on eBay.

    9) Sell Gold

    Have any gold laying around? If so, you can sell it on sites like Cash for Gold USA.

    More Profitable Work-from-Home Jobs

    1) Blog Publisher

    If you have a lot to say, especially about a specific subject, you can make money online!

    We recommend you start to see how you like it.  Start with buying cheap web hosting from Bluehost or Hostgator.

    Both hosting providers are great. I use Hostgator for one of my sites and it loads fast (very important!) and the customer service is really good. Harry has used Bluehost in the past and found it to be a great host for a beginning site.

    Do not use free hosting.  The last thing you want is a slow site that is under the control of someone else.  Bluehost and Hostgator have cheap hosting (like $3 or $4 per month) and it’s completely worth it.

    Create a blog as an online job

    Create a blog as an online job

    Running a blog is real work but also really fun.  Harry, the founder of this site, began it as a simple blog. Now this site reaches millions of people all around the world!

    You can really jump start your blogging success by taking a course like Earn More Blogging, taught by Greg Johnson of the successful blog Club Thrifty.

    I worked for a previous web site started by a husband and wife team.  They began as a simple WordPress blog and grew it until they were able to hire writers and editors and tech help.

    You can make millions (yes, really) with a blog.  You can also make nothing if you don’t treat it like a real online job!  True, you can work on your blog from anywhere in the world or from home in your pajamas.  But there is real work to be done if you want to make real money.

    Step 1 – sign-up for Bluehost or Hostgator now. Then start writing!

    Step 2 – take a course like Earn More Blogging to kick start your blogging success – and earn more, faster.

    2) Freelance writer

    This is one of my favorite online jobs.  I’ve done it, and I’ve also hired many freelance writers.  The beauty is you can select the writing projects you enjoy and turn down others.  And as you develop a reputation in your field, you can charge more.

    For instance, some writers start at $25 per article, but I know firsthand that some writers command $400 or more per article! In general, you’ll earn more money the more you write, the more difficult your topic is (science, health, technology, etc.) and where you get published.

    If you want to give this a shot without really knowing what you’re doing, you can head over to, FlexJobs, or

    Freelance writer online jobs

    Freelance writer online jobs

    But if you want to really bolt past the competition, I highly recommend Holly Johnson’s Earn More Writing course.  Holly is an expert freelance writer, and I’m kind of shocked she gives away her best secrets to making money online.

    When I was Managing Editor of a big website I hired freelance writers with the following traits:

    • dedicated to accuracy
    • accountable people who respect deadlines
    • open to coaching/learning

    Check out Holly’s course to run instead of crawl in your new online job.

    3) Search Engine Marketer

    Here at The RideShare Guy we have a search engine marketer.  He works online and his job is to help our articles appear at the top of Google search results.

    This online job is a great career for people who are

    • analytical
    • have strong attention to detail
    • dedicated to staying on top of new search engine trends

    You don’t necessarily need a college degree for this online job. You can start working for an online agency and then branch out on your own.

    4) Virtual Assistant

    Here at The RideShare Guy we have a few online virtual assistants.

    Our virtual assistants do everything from tracking information in spreadsheets, to signing-up for programs, to finding information for us.

    When I’ve hired Virtual Assistants I’ve looked for people who are

    • dependable
    • able to follow instructions
    • resourceful
    Work online as a virtual assistant

    Work online as a virtual assistant

    5) Software / App Developer

    If you enjoy building things and are a logical problem-solver, this could be a great career for you.

    Expect to earn an online salary in the range of $75,000 to $140,000 per year.  In this field, the skills pay the bill.  As you up your skill level, you can command higher pay.  Many employers now don’t really care if you have a college degree, they care only that you can prove you can do the job.

    To showcase your skills, you might create a fun project as part of your portfolio to show future employers.  Or you might go the gig economy route and stay independent, charging companies to hire you by the hour or by the app.

    6) Web Designer

    You can work for yourself by listing your services on sites like  Or you can work for a company instead.

    Pay varies widely.  You want to build a portfolio of sites and a roster of satisfied clients then increase your pay rate.

    This online job can pay in the range of $25 to $100 per hour.

    Web designer as an online job

    Web designer as an online job

    7) Online Bookkeeper

    Expect to earn between $15 and $20 per hour in this online job.  Bookkeeping may be a good online job for you if you’re:

    • organized
    • trustworthy
    • willing to learn the company’s bookkeeping software

    8) Author Books

    This is a dream online job for many.  These days you don’t have to be contracted by a major publishing house.  Instead, you can self-publish.  Assuming you can write a great book, the big challenge will be promoting it.

    There are millions of ebooks for sale and you have to really stand out.  Luckily, there are many bloggers who review books and there are communities that enjoy finding new authors.

    You can also first build your reputation by publishing free short stories or articles on your website.  We recommend getting started with Bluehost to get your first website up and running.

    You can publish your ebook on with KDP or CreateSpace. You can also go the traditional publisher route. Not sure which way is best for you? We recommend the book Ideas, Influence and Income to help walk you through the whole process, step by step!

    Selling your books online can be a great source of passive online income.  Once you’ve written your book, people can buy it for years and years.

    9) Proofreader

    Are you that person who gets irritated when you spot a typo? And you always spot typos! Perhaps you even noticed a typo somewhere in this article.

    You can earn about $20 per hour with this online job.  You don’t have to make any major edits.  Your job is to take the final draft and fix capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and formatting.

    The trick to earning good money online as a proofreader is being skilled at attracting more clients. Again, we recommend setting up a website in order to market yourself and direct clients to your portfolio.

    10) Online Marketer

    This is a serious career where you can earn over $100,000 per year working online.  You might also choose to work for yourself as an entrepreneur.

    To do well, you’ll want to master a variety of skills such as copywriting, search engine optimization, social media marketing, email marketing, video marketing, and more.

    Become an online marketer

    Become an online marketer

    11) Graphic Designer

    Many artistic people want this online career. To get ahead of the competition, you’ll want to be great not only design but also at interacting with your clients and co-workers.

    Back in the day, I taught a course on Photoshop at a college. These days you can take an online course and practice from home!

    12) Online Voiceover Actor

    This is a fun online job!  I’ve done this job (I’ve had a lot of jobs!) but back then you were in a professional studio.  Today, you can set-up a home studio at a very reasonable cost.

    You basically need a good microphone (this is a good, basic option), headset, a quiet area, and proper recording software.

    You can find jobs on sites like Voice123 and Voices.

    Then you post your demo and audition for work! Once you have a demo, you can set up shop on Fiverr and start to sell your voice for commercials, YouTube videos and more.

    13) Sell Products Online

    You can create crafts and homemade items and sell them on sites like Etsy, CafePress, and eBay.

    14) Resume Writer

    Want an online job? Help others get a job!

    Post your services on sites like Fiverr, Craigslist, and Upwork. You can also post on local sites like Nextdoor, to see if your neighbors are interested in having their resumes reviewed by a local (just make sure to charge for it and collect testimonials!).

    15) YouTuber

    The pay varies wildly for YouTubers. Getting paid from ads that YouTube places on your videos is the simplest way to get paid. You’ll need hundreds of thousands of video views before you see decent ad revenue.

    However, you can make money online using YouTube even with fewer than 10,000 subscribers. To do so, you’ll need to do more than just accept ads being splashed on your channel.

    See if you can give your audience something valuable that they’re willing to pay for such as

    • paid membership to advanced videos
    • personal one-on-one consulting
    • sell products made by other companies
    • sell your own products
    • promote other YouTubers when they pay you

    Common Questions About Online Jobs…

    Which online jobs are legit?

    In short, you should NOT have to pay to start your online job.  You might want to pay for education to gain skills. But the job itself should be paying you.

    It’s that simple.  Legit online jobs from home include:

    • Social Media Marketer – promote free apps like Rakuten
    • Online Surveys – Swagbucks
    • Blog Publisher – start with Bluehost
    • Freelancer writer – take the Earn More Writing course
    • Online data entry
    • Teaching a class
    • Improving apps
    • Selling your photography
    • Reviewing new music

    What work can I do online?

    You can work online doing everything from freelance writing to software development to proofreading to teaching a class.

    What is the best online job?

    The best online job depends on your abilities and the subjects you enjoy.  Here are some of the best paying online jobs:

    • Freelance writer – jump start success by taking the Earn More Writing course
    • Blog publisher – start with Bluehost
    • Online Marketer
    • Software developer
    • Web designer

    What job can I do online to earn money?

    Online jobs, no experience?

    • Social Media Marketer – promote the Rakuten app
    • Take Surveys – Swagbucks
    • Virtual Assistant
    • Bookkeeper
    • Proofreader

    Drop a comment if you have questions or you have advice for others seeking an online job!

    To give you an idea of how legit online jobs are these days, here at The RideShare Guy we employ

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    Good luck with your online job search! Let us know what you do in the comments below.

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    Scott Lieberman

    Scott Lieberman

    Scott Lieberman has over a decade of successful editing and writing experience, specializing in personal finance, working remotely, credit cards, and travel.