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9 Unusual Ways of Making Money Online

21st August 2013

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make money using just your computer and without ever having to leave your house? Well actually you can do that, you just have to know how to do it.

There are so many ways to make money online it would be impossible to list them all. Some involve spending money to start up and others require specialist skills or knowledge that not everybody has.

If you’re looking for new ways to make money from the comfort of your own home then read on and find out how the internet could earn you money.

1. Reseller of old stuff

Got some old stuff lying around you don’t use anymore? Are you a collector of rare and strange goods that you’re not sure anyone could possibly want? Well, there’s probably someone out there willing to pay a pretty penny for your rare collection of vintage breakfast cereal boxes. Ebay has become a sizable source of income for many people. In the years since, other sites and services have popped up allowing people to easily sell anything they have lying around and turn a profit. Your creativity is your only limit.

2. The home artisan

Sites like the incredibly popular Etsy have given artists and creative types a new outlet to sell their wares. Whether it’s jewelry or one of a kind, handcrafted mittens, there’s something on here for everyone. These kind of direct seller sites are perfect for people looking to make money and people looking to buy quality items directly from the source.

3. Online commenter for hire

Now this one’s pretty interesting and not too many people know about it, but it’s something that can make you a little money. Take a stroll through Google and you can read about sites that pay people to launch spam comments on other blogs. You know the ones; those seemingly nonsensical comments that randomly appear on posts and don’t seem to have anything to do with the topic at hand. Political groups do this as well. Some people are paid to make disparaging comments on blogs with opposing views. The internet is a strange place sometimes.

4. The live chatter

The live chat has become a staple of a wide variety of businesses. Many service providing businesses have live chats available for troubleshooting. Think GoDaddy or something similar. But what you may not know, is that some sites rely on chats as their business model. There’s really something for everyone out there.

5. Make your photography hobby pay

Photography is a great hobby and whilst you might not have any ambitions to become the next David Bailey that doesn’t mean you couldn’t make a little bit of cash by selling your photographs.

Companies like Shutterstock and iStockphoto are places where you can submit your photos and people will pay to use them when they want a stock image. You probably won’t make millions from this but it could mean a little sum flowing into your account each month.

6. Virtual shops can pay real money

If you’ve ever been involved in online gaming then this probably doesn’t sound as crazy as you thought it would. Believe it or not you really can set up a shop selling virtual products that will earn you money in real life.

You’ll have to find a game that allows to you set up a shop, and pay for the set up, but it could bring you in a nice parcel of cash if your shop is popular with gamers.

7. Twitter pays pounds

If you’re addicted to Twitter it might be time to turn your addiction into cash. You can do this by charging sponsors to tweet their messages to your followers. Just choose how much you want to be paid, which category you want to be in, and which keywords you want to work with.

Then all you need to do is sit back and wait for the sponsors to contact you and you’ll be paid per tweet.

8. Your opinions will pay money

Online surveys are free, only take a few minutes, and although they don’t pay much per survey the pennies soon add up. If you’re looking for a way to get a little bit of money during your lunch break this could be the right option for you.

The longer the survey the more they generally pay so you could find yourself earning a few pounds for one 10 minute survey.

9. It’s time to play a game

Just like with doing a survey, entering online competitions only takes a few minutes and you could be in with the chance of winning everything from cash to brand new cars and luxury holidays.

Taking the time to enter just a few everyday could give you big rewards and all it will have cost you is a couple of minutes of your day.

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