The Top 5 Ways to Make Money Online in 2017

It’s the dream, isn’t it? Make money online, setting your own hours, and calling your own shots. At least, that’s always been my dream!

Make Money Online

A few years ago, when I started really delving into how to make money online, I came across a lot of ideas and a lot of advice. Some of it was good and some of it was, well…not!

But the point of this is to tell you that if you share the dream to make money online, it is COMPLETELY possible! It happened for me and it can happen for you too!

To this day, I still search fervently for money-making opportunities so that I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket. I really like to have my income sources spread out over 2 or 3 different streams so that when one is slow, I can pick up the slack with another.

Today, I want to share with you several make money online opportunities I’ve found that have worked for me or for other people I know of.

Ready to start earning some dough?

1.    Make Money Online – Freelance Writing

I couldn’t possibly tell anyone about earning online without mentioning my bread and butter. Freelance writing has been extremely lucrative for me and it’s a great way to earn a side income or a full-time income. There are lots of freelance writers out there earning well over 6 figures. Here are just a few:

Elna Cain

This is where I got my start. Elna has a lot of free information on her blog, but she also has an amazing course that will take you step-by-step through the process of getting your own business up and running. Check her out if this is something you’d like to pursue!

Holly Johnson

Holly is the co-owner of the blog Club Thrifty with a new course called Earn More Writing. I took this one recently, too, by the way, when I was looking to level up my biz. What’s cool about Holly is that she walks the talk. This lady earns over $200,000 a year from freelance writing alone!

Click HERE to learn more about Holly and Greg.

Gina Horkey

I can’t say enough about Gina Horkey and her blog, Horkey Handbook. She has several courses available, including a freelance writing course and a VA course, but you will learn so much even just reading her blog.

2.    Virtual Assisting

Becoming a virtual assistant is possibly one of the fastest ways to get started earning online. Bloggers and entrepreneurs need your services and they hire people just like you every day to take care of tasks they no longer want or know how to do. You can get started with Gina Horkey’s VA course to learn how to start your own business, or you can apply to a service like Fancy Hands if you’d like to start out with some micro tasking.

3.    Online Selling

This one isn’t for everyone, but online selling can be extremely profitable. I sold mostly on eBay for about 6 months before I started my freelance writing business, and it was fun for a little while, but the hassle of dealing with packing, shipping and storing merchandise was just too much of a headache for me to do it forever. But if it’s something that interests you, I know of a ton of people who make a killing with it.

4.    Dropshipping

Dropshipping is another form of online selling that doesn’t require you to keep physical inventory. Michael makes the majority of his online income with a dropshipping business and speaks very highly of the experience. He attributes his success to the course The Dropship Lifestyle.

5.    Usability Testing

This is something I’ve just recently started looking into because I’ve read some good things about earning money this way. Basically, you evaluate websites for their ease of use.

You can earn $10-25 for 20 minutes worth of work and most people that do it claim to love it. There isn’t a ton of work from what I understand, but if you are diligent about checking the sites, you should be able to learn a nice little side income. Ashlee at Work from Home Happiness has a thorough list of those types of sites here.

Get to Work!

There you have it – my top 5 work at home income recommendations that I’ve tried or that I know have worked well for others.

I’d love for you to chime in and let me know how you make money online.

This is a guest post from Cheri Read, a single mom, entrepreneur and freelance writer for hire. You can find out more about her or her services over at

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