What are the legitimate ways to earn money online?

There are several legitimate ways to make money online and I would like to share with you what worked best for me.

I was an engineer before I became a self-employed online earner. I was sick about my 9-to-5 job and I have tried several ways to make money online. Some worked and some not.

#1 Online Survey

When I saw your question, I was about to say taking survey online, but it is almost impossible to make a sustainable income by just filling online surveys. If you are looking for way to make $50 - $100 per month. There are legitimate paid survey sites you can make money.

Below you can find a list of legitimate paid survey sites you can sign up.

  • Pinecone Research
  • PaidViewPoint
  • Opinion Outpost
  • Swagbucks
  • iPoll
  • Vivatic
  • Global Test Market
  • MySurvey
  • iPanel
  • Ipsos

Although it is the simplest and the most straightforward way to make money online as it does not require any special skills and qualification, it is not possible to make a living by filling up surveys. Again, you will not be able to make a sustainable income.

I summarized below the pros and cons of making money through paid survey sites.

  • Pros:
    • Easy and straightforward
    • You do not need any special qualification
    • Free and you do not need to have special tools
    • You can participate and take surveys anywhere you want
    • All you need is a laptop/ smartphone and internet connection
  • Cons:
    • Small rewards from taking surveys. It is possible to make $5 per month if you work extremely hard
    • Easily get screened out in the middle of the survey
    • Lose all rewards after expiration duration
    • It does not allow you to make a sustainable income. You need to constantly participate in taking surveys every day

#2 Freelancing

Freelancer.com is the most popular portal which allows you to bid on projects, there are lots of projects in freelancer. But as high as the projects, there are lots of bidders also which makes freelancer a tough platform to survive, but once you get good reviews its very easy to get projects.

Apart from freelancer, there are other websites where you can do freelancing like Odesk, Elance, Project4Hire, GetaCoder, and ThemeForest.

#3 Affiliate Marketing

Task #1: Understand the Make Money Process

There are MANY different ways that you can earn money online and many different ways in which you can build an entire business. My preferred way is affiliate marketing - an automated (not fully) niche site that generate revenue.

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