How to Make Money Online FAST

Want to make money online pretty quickly? You’re not alone. I was initially attracted to the idea of making money online when I was deep in debt and looking for extra income. I didn’t have too many options for childcare and I also didn’t have the energy to clock in at multiple jobs.

I knew I needed to make more money but I wanted to do it flexibly and on my own terms. Given the recent state of events, we’re dealing with a global pandemic and many people’s lives and finances and drastically changing. With traditional job uncertainty looming and along with schools being canceled for weeks, more and more people have been considering their remote working options.

It’s actually a very wise decision. You can make anywhere from a few dollars to thousands online each month and you’ll often have more freedom of your schedule. So how do you get started and narrow down legitimate opportunities? Here’s how to make money online FAST whether you’re looking to supplement your income or develop a consistent new stream of revenue.

Low Impact/Earning Opportunities

Take Surveys

Taking surveys is hands down one of the easiest ways to make money online. You can’t make a ton of money doing this but it’s quick, easy and flexible. You can take surveys on sites like Opinion Outpost, Swagbucks, and Survey Junkie for extra cash. Some sites will even allow you to make money from your phone so you may not even need a computer to take surveys.

If you’re looking for a higher paying survey offer, check out Mindswarms which is a video focus group site that pays you for your opinion.

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Review Websites

User Testing and Userfeel will pay you to review and test out different websites. You’ll generally get paid $10 per 20-minute video you record reviewing the website you visit. It’s important to offer constructive criticism that’s helpful in order to get more jobs.

Sell Your Photos

Do you love taking pictures of people, places, and nature? You may able to sell your images to stock photo sites. If you take quality and interesting pictures, odd are someone may want to buy your images to use them for their business, website, marketing material, etc. Getty Images and iStock buy images to resell to their users but these aren’t the only site.

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Mid Impact/Earning Opportunities

Data Entry Work

Data entry requires updating and transferring information into a database or spreadsheet. This type of work is usually outsourced so if you are looking for a job you can do at the comfort of your own home, data entry may be a great option. You don’t really need to have a specific educational background but it is often required that you have basic typing skills. 

Some top companies that offer home-based data entry opportunities include:

Tutor Students Online

Like teaching and have a subject that you’re pretty good at? Consider tutoring students online if you’re wondering how to make money online fast. You can either make some extra cash or earn a full-time income from home. Two sites worth checking out for this purpose are Chegg Tutors and  Tutor Ocean has a wide variety of subjects to choose from if you want to dive right in and find a subject you’re comfortable with.

You can also check out sites like VIPKid and Education First if you’re looking to start teaching online.

Evaluate Search Engines

This is a work from home job that allows you to earn money by helping the search engines (like Google) do their job better. The role of a search engine evaluator is to improve the search engine’s results so users can find what they’re looking for online easily. After applying, you’ll need to pass an exam in order to work with most companies but this isn’t a super technical job at all.

Companies like The Sykes and Appen hire search engine evaluators. Appen pays $14 per hour.

High Impact/Earning Opportunities

Freelance Writing

If you want to earn more money by working online, consider freelance writing or offering another freelance service. You can charge a flat fee for your work and the key lies in finding clients who you can serve. Narrow down your niche and decide what you want to write about. Then target your ideal client with a pitch that will help serve their needs. For example, a lot of blogs and information sites need freelance writers to create content.

You can always search for work on job boards like ProBlogger, Upwork, and Freelance Writer’s Den.

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Virtual Assistant Work

Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks including things like blog management, social media scheduling, checking emails, scheduling meetings, sending invoices, editing, and so on. 

The great thing about working as a virtual assistant or VA is that you don’t need a ton of experience and you can choose your own niche. Work on projects you love and gain expertise so you can specialize in a particular area and get paid well. VAs who freelance can set their own rates and tend to earn an average of $19 per hour but can make as much as $35+ per hour. 

If you don’t have much experience and are just looking for somewhere to start, you can also join sites like  Zirtual, 99 Dollar Social, Time etc., Indeed, and Fancy Hands  to start finding work.

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Transcriptionists take audio and video clips and turn them into text. If you can type well and efficiently, there are plenty of entry-level transcriptionist jobs to choose from. Most companies will pay you per audio minute and not based on how long it takes you to transcribe the content. For example, if you spend 60 minutes transcribing a 25-minute clip, you may only get paid a rate based on the 25 minutes or audio or video you were given.

 Scribie hires entry-level freelance transcriptionists and pays $0.10 per audio minute. Aberdeen pays transcriptionists $1.00 per audio minute. As your experience grows, you can also consider their Real-Time Captioner position which pays $75 per hour. Rev pays between $0.36 – $0.65 per audio minute for transcription and Birch Creek Communications pays $0.40 to $1.75 per audio minute. 

Another tip would be to reach out to companies or individuals who post video content or produce podcasts and see if they need someone to transcribe their content or turn it into a blog post.

If you want to boost your chances of landing a work from home transcription job, consider taking an online course like Transcribe Anywhere to learn the basics of transcription work and to grow your skills before applying for a position. 


There are so many options and resources when it comes to making money online fast. Start by determining how much money you need and what your interests are. You may want to start with a low-impact income option and work your way up. Or, you can start doing works that more involved so you can get results faster.