The 7 Best Ways to Make Money Online 2016

Do you always have to think twice when spending money? Well, I had to for most of my life.

I wanted to have a few extra Bucks at the end of the month, but the problem was, that I would have had a very long trip to work and not much time during the week (university).

After quitting my Night/Weekend Job as Barkeeper I looked into how to earn money online without having to spend hours on getting to my workplace. I wanted to be able to work in the evening and on the weekends.

In this article, I will show you My TOP ways to make money from home, so YOU can have that little extra cash at the end of the month.

1. Freelancing

You always think you have no special skills and no one would every pay you to do something. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Just think about what you like doing. I can assure you, there is someone paying you to do it.

– Do you like playing video games? You can test Video Games for bugs or write reviews.
– Do you enjoy writing? Write Blog articles or even books for someone.
– Do you know something about SEO? Offer Website Audits or consulting in general
– Good at painting/designing? Draft Business Logos or Draw Portraits.
– Can you sing either really good or really bad? Offer to sing happy Birthday to someone (I have actually seen many do this. Girls who can sing like Beyonce, some weird guys singing half naked in the jungle and even an old hairy man, singing in the shower for you)

Now you may probably wonder where and how you can start.
It is actually quite easy. There are three platforms that I can personally recommend (I have worked on them and have hired someone from all three of them already).


Just register, fill in everything needed and start promoting you skill.

2. Teach Online Courses

I can’t count how often I have already paid for an online course on a topic, that I was interested in. May it be about SEO, blogging, motivation or sleep improvements.

I have literally thrown hundreds of dollar at my screen to learn new skills. Many of those courses were mediocre, while others were superb.
So why shouldn’t you be able to offer an online course on a topic you like?

I am going to publish 2 courses later this year myself. The first one being about the Google Tag Manager, the second one being about motivation and time management techniques for entrepreneurs.

The creation of such course is rather simple.
Step 1: Find a topic.
Step 2: Write a script
Step 3: Record the video lessons using live examples or a premade powerpoint presentation.
Step 4: Enjoy the “passive income”, as the course will produce income, even after many months have passed.

As a platform, I am going to use Udemy ( They offer all the software you need and can handle all the promotion of your course if you wish so.

3. Start a Blog

This is the one thing I love the most on this list. The whole blogging topic needs an article of its own, so I am keeping it rather short here.
You think of a niche (a small, well-defined segment of a topic), set up a website and start writing about topics in your niche. It’s that simple.

If you don’t know how to start with blogging, I highly suggest checking out That’s the place where My journey began, I wouldn’t be here without them.

To monetize your Blog, the main thing you need are visitors. So, how do you get people to visit your Blog?

The “passive way: You get your visitors from the Search Engines and rank on the first pages with the use of SEO.
The “social” way: Drive Traffic to your Blog with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram etc.
The paid way: You pay for ads to be shown your target audience via Google AdWords, Bing Ads, Facebook Ads etc.

Once you have a few hundred users per month, you have three options how to turn your Blog into a full-time business or a side-hustle.

a.) Ads (Google AdSence,,
b.) Affiliate Links (Someone Clicks on one of your Links and buys a product -> you will earn a commission for that)
c.) Promote your own product (f.e. an eBook or Online Course)

After that is all a matter of scaling. More articles, better SEO, more social interaction … There are many many bloggers earning more than 10.000$/month with their Blogs and you could be one of them!

4. Write and publish an eBook

The positive thing about eBooks is that they are short. Like, really short.
As long as you help the reader solve their problem, around 15-40 Pages are all that you need.

Step 1: Again, find a topic (better, a niche). Think about a problem that you can help solving. Example: “How to get your girlfriend back (in 30 days)”, “How to grow the perfect apple tree”, “How to become a barista in 10 days”
Step 2: Put together a rough outline and start writing.
Step 3: Publish your eBook on or on your own website.
Optional Step 3.5: Promote your product via Facebook Ads or via Clickbank
Step 4: Just like with the Online Course, enjoy your passive income

5. Start a YouTube Channel

YouTube is a phenomenon on its own. I am on YouTube every day, and I bet you are too.

The old rule of thumb was that you earn about 1$/1000 views. So if you publish 10 videos per month and everyone gets 10.000 views in their lifetime (it’s not that much nowadays), you will earn an extra 100$ a month. Nowadays, I heard that you will earn much more, due to ad prices rising year by year.

The best thing is, that you can scale that business really easily and once the subscribers start rolling in, you can make that a full-time business.

Just think of something you love talking about, f.e. playing video games, holding motivational speeches or give makeup tips and have fun!

6. Sell your Photographs

I couldn’t believe what I saw when I started Blogging. The amount a single good picture costs.

It can be a simple Picture of an alley of trees in autumn – there are people paying 5-10$ to be able to use the Licence of that picture.

The easiest way I found to get started earning money with photos, is to use the App from
You can instantly upload the photos from your smartphone as you shoot them and shortly after, they will be open for purchase.

Once you have a respectable amount of photos for sale, you will start to see a steady flow of passive income.

7. Test Websites

Amazing. That is the word that came into my mind as I read about that opportunity last week. There are sites where you get paid to review Websites and offer critique. And they even pay you up to 30$/hour for the easy task, that you can do from your laptop.

The site I discovered is called:

You don’t need any special skills except being able to speak English and have a microphone. Every few hours you get the opportunity to test a website for 15-20 minutes and you will get 10$ for that.
I will write a more detailed review about it, but I can tell you, that I have already earned money with that method and I am super hyped about it because it is so easy.

That’s if for the moment. In this article, I have only spoken about methods that I would 100% recommend to my own family.

So why don’t you just try something from the list out? You can only succeed.

If you have any questions feel free to write a comment down below and I will try my best to help you.
And if you have any success story to share, I would love to read them.

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