Short term loans are not always the best solution to your cash flow problems, first & foremost you should always be looking at ways to increase your current income, but maybe you don’t have the flexibility to pick up a part-time job. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make some extra money online on the side.
We’re not talking about get-rich-quick schemes. The Internet is full of scams and jobs that aren’t worth your time. In this post, we’ll share our tips for finding legitimate online jobs as well as 13 legitimate ways to make money online in South Africa.
Tips to Make Money Online
From selling your own items to promoting products, there are countless ways to make money online. The problem is that everyone wants to take advantage of the flexibility that online jobs offer. That means competition is high and scams are common.
Working online has its benefits – creating your own schedule, working from home, being your own boss, etc. – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You still have to put in the work.
Here are a few tips for finding online jobs:
Your application should be just as professional as it would be for any other job. Whether it’s your resume or a professional website, make sure your application materials have proper grammar and look nice.
Working online isn’t a way to slack off and make money. An online job is still a real job. You have to narrow your focus and avoid the constant distractions on the Internet.
Check Your Expectations
Understand that you might not make a lot of money right away. In many cases, it takes time to find enough online work to replace your salary. Those who stay with it through the struggle are those who succeed.
With these tips in mind, let’s take a look at 13 ways you can make money online.
13 Ways to Make Money Online
Here are 13 scam-free ways to work online:
1. Win Free Stuff With JustPlay
What better way to make money than to win great prizes for free like cars, exotic holidays & R1000’s in cash.
If you are looking to enter some online competitions be sure to check out JustPlay South Africa’s leading online competition website.
2. Paid Surveys
3. Become a Virtual Assistant
If you have exceptional organization and communication skills, virtual assistance is the right job for you. You can offer virtual assistant several services, such as email management, bookkeeping, and project management, to name a few.
As long as you have some basic technical skills, you can help people around the world succeed in their online business. Meeting deadlines and communicating effectively is key to excelling as a virtual assistant.
4. Sell Photos Online
If photography is your thing, consider selling your work online. Sites like Shutterstock and Unsplash pay for photos so people can use them online.
The competition is high, but if you’re persistent and skilled, then this is a great method for earning passive income. When you sell your photos as stock photography, the website you sell them to does the additional selling.
5. Be a Freelance Writer
Writing is one of the most popular online jobs. Businesses need blog posts, website copy, articles, and several other types of content.
It’s important to have your own website as a portfolio when you’re pitching online writing jobs. Or you can create a LinkedIn profile to use as an online portfolio. Clients will want to see samples of your writing.
6. Sell Your Unwanted Items
Looking to unclutter? Earn money from your unwanted items by selling them on eBay.com. Search through the site to see what kinds of items have sold recently and how much people are selling them for.
7. Create Your Own Blog
Another job for a writer, personal blogging is also a great way to make money online. However, this job requires patience and persistence. You likely won’t see much of an income from the get-go.
Bloggers make money through advertising, selling products, and writing sponsored posts, among other ways.
8. Find a Work-at-Home Company
Some companies are looking for employees to work remote, meaning you can still work for a company and choose where you work from. For example, CrowdSource offers writing and editing jobs.
9. Sell Products on Etsy
If you’re a crafty person, consider selling your DIY projects and crafts on Etsy. You can open at Etsy store for free. Then, post pictures of your products and people can buy them.
You’ll want to get a PayPal account so people have an easy way to pay you. Practice taking good, quality pictures of your products to help them attract buyers. Ensure to use good customer service as well.
10. Find a Website That Pays
Several websites pay people for various things, like shopping, reviewing products, and taking surveys. These websites won’t earn you a ton of money, but they can certainly help you earn some extra cash.
Swagbucks, Project Payday, and User Testing are a few websites to start with. These are great ways to earn cash when you have time to kill. Instead of surfing the web, use that time to make money online.
11. Answer Professional Questions
If you’re an expert in a field, you may be able to make money online by answering questions. On websites like JustAnswer and LivePerson, you’ll be matched up with people looking for your expertise. It depends on your area of expertise as to how much money you can make.
12. Create Video Tutorials on YouTube
This is another gig that if you stick with it long enough, you can see a significant income from your efforts. Create engaging videos that show people how to do something – think baking, hair styling, knitting – and post them on YouTube.
People look up videos to learn how to do something all the time. This is a great way to teach a skill and well as generate income. It depends on how well-received your videos are as to how much money you make from them.
13. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the most popular method of making money online. You get paid to generate sales & leads for various products or companies.
Get to Work!
The Internet is full of ways to earn extra cash, but you can’t trust everything you see. These 13 jobs are excellent, reputable ways to earn money online, so don’t miss out.
BONUS: 67 Old School Ways to Make Money Fast
Sell Your Old Cell Phones & Computers
You can instantly get cash for your goods at a pawnshop like CashCrusaders It won’t be retail but it’s instant money.
Unused Gift Cards
There are billions & billions of unused Rends sitting in gift cards through out the world. Don’t let yours go to waste, sell it to somebody.
Sell Other Peoples Stuff on Gumtree or OLX
Ask your friends & family if they have any items they’d like to get rid off & sell it for them online for a commission.
Flea Markets & Swap Meets
Try out your local Flea markets to sell your products for easy money.
Collect & Sell Scrap Metal
Don’t go and steal drain covers like the idiots who are featured on Carte Blanche. Check your local neighborhoods, building site & junkyards for scrap metal.
Gold, Jewelry & Silverware
Take your gold & jewels to the local gold dealers for some quick money.
Research your old musical instruments, one of them might be a classic and fetch you a ton of money.
Sell Homemade Crafts
If you enjoy making crafts check out Etsy a marketplace for Crafts. Gain access to a world-wide market.
This one is a bit taboo but if somebody bought you something that you really don’t like & were also kind enough to leave you with the receipt you can return it.
Cook Traditional Food
Dish out some traditional meals like Bunny Chows, Samoosa’s & Portuguese peri-peri chicken for your local neighborhood families who don’t have time to cook.
Undesirable Jobs & Tasks
Offer to contract for your company on the tasks & jobs that nobody else wants.
Usually pays 1.5x your usually hourly rate so why not pick up a extra few hours a week.
Companies love hiring A-team players & they pay recruiting companies big fees for this service. If you know of anyone looking for a job refer to them to your company for a kickback.
If you know of any potential customers offer these as leads to the sales staff for a kickback on their commission if they close any commissions.
Brainstorm Amazing Ideas
If the company pays a bonus for revolutionary workable ideas then get busy brainstorming.
We all know somebody who has a kid or two or even three, offer to baby sit them.
If you love animals you have no excuses not to look after peoples pets to earn money. I couldn’t think of anything better than cuddling up with a fur ball for a day.
Some people don’t have kids or pets, but they do have a lovely home. Look after homes while people are travelling on business to earn some extra money.
Temporary Part Time Jobs
Especially great option for those with insomnia get a part time after hours job like bartending at a hip & funk bar.
Refer Sales Leads
If you know of anyone looking to buy a car or house refer them your friends who are real estate agents or car sales man for a % of their commission.
You don’t have to be a personal trainer to instruct people at gym. If you’re any good at spinning, yoga or Zumba you can get some part-time work instructing people at your local gym.
Any Good at Photography
If you have a fancy camera & some photography skills you can easily freelance at special events to make money fast.
If you’re a techie and buy loads of gadgets you can get paid to review products on blogs. Search on google for paid reviews for more information.
Join a Focus Group
Marketing groups & universities will often pay for participants in Focus Groups.
Bartend for an even
Bartenders make a ton of money from tips, check out mobile bar companies like BevBros for available positions.
If your skilled at a musical instrument you’ll be able to get some work as a session musician in band or orchestra.
If you have ever moved homes you know it can be a real hassle. If you don’t mind some hard labor check out Gumtree for people who need help moving.
Ever seen those cars wrapped in advertising, while you can do that to yours too.
In South Africa Garden Services is pretty popular – Start servicing your local neighborhood gardens.
Seasonal Garden Service
Similar to cutting lawns but more involved I.e. weeding flower beds, Raking leave & trimming hedges. More work = More Reward.
Help spring clean houses. Nothing wrong with a little domestic service to make money.
Wash, Dry & Iron
If you live in an apartment block or complex watch out for bachelors who need their clothes washed, dried & ironed.
Once again if you live in an apartment block or complex offer to wash your neighbors cars.
If you know how to paint walls you can easily make R1,000+ painting a couple of rooms for friends & family or even new neighbors.
Clean out gutters for the houses in your neighborhood. Nothing worse than a blocked gutter overflowing.
Pool Cleaning Service
Offer to be the pool cleaning service for your complex or neighborhood. It’s a once-a-week job = easy money.
Holiday decorations are not too popular in South Africa, but maybe you can start a trend & offer to decorate your neighbors houses for the festive season.
This is a really fun way to make some extra money but you need a reliable source of job offers. I’d suggest a bit of research on Google.
If you have co-workers or people who work in your area (or even kids who go-to the same school as your kids) offer to drive them in exchange for money.
If there is a hassle you can charge a few. If you don’t mind the hard labor or you find it enjoyable, offer to clean your friends, families & neighbors carpets to earn some extra money.
Rent Out Storage Space
If you have a shed in your backyard you can rent it out to somebody who needs storage. List it on Gumtree or your local Facebook group.
Rent Out Your Spare Room
Living alone? Find a roomie to split your rent or help cover your bond. You can also do short term letting for 1 night, 1 week, 1 month using Airbnb.
Rent Out Your Garage
Parking in busy CBDS like Cape Town can net you over R1,200 per month.
Sell Your Blood or Sperm
Although the Human Tissue Act prohibits donors from selling semen in South Africa, their are some companies out there that are willing to pay you for your ‘Time’ & ‘Travel Expenses’.
Participating in medical studies seem pretty high-risk, but I’m pretty sure there are those of you who like to live life on the edge.
Cut Your DSTV
Do something productive with your time & save up to R1,000 per month on your DSTV Subscription.
Eat On The Cheap For a Week
If you spend R6,000 per month on Groceries try going on a rice & chicken diet for 1 week of the month. Buy bulk, cook bulk.
The Latte Effect
Are you fan of buying 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day? Have you done the math of how much extra money you could have if you simply saved? R50 per day X 20 days = R1,000
Give Up a SIN For 1 Month
Drink? Smoke? Go gold turkey for a month & see how much money you can save. You can find out more about how to save money with our in-depth guide on saving.
School tutors can easily earn up to R300 per hour, that would get you up to R1,000 in no time.
English is the universal language of the world, offers your skills to help teach those who are illiterate in the language.
Can you play a music instrument? Even if you’re not a professional you could teach some novices the basics.
Love sports? Volunteer at a school or local sports club to earn some extra money.
Teaching Microsoft Office
If you’re fluent with Excel, PowerPoint & Word offer to tutor & install the software for those people who don’t have a clue how to use them.
You don’t have to be a computer expert for this one, help those whom are new to computers with simple task like setting up an e-mail account & downloading anti-virus software.
If you have bookkeeping skills with Sage One for instance which is extremely popular out here in SA, offer to-do the books for your relatives small business ventures.
If you’re a whiz at creating order out of chaos, you may have a chance at organizing & creating efficiency for you friends and relatives offices.
Can you change oil, spark plugs, belts or replace batteries? You can easily make some extra money by offering your services to those who don’t.
You don’t need a degree in Journalism to be a professional editor. If you’re a teacher or writer you may be a perfect candidate. Check out gumtree for editing jobs.
Process Medical Claims
There are tons of paperwork involved with major medical claims, dealing with insurance companies can be a pain. If you’re familiar with those process, put it to use.
Set Up Simple Websites & Blogs
Know how to register a domain, set-up hosting & install wordpress? You can easily make R1,000 a pop.
Submitting Tax Returns to SARS
Filing tax returns can be a real pain, if you’re an expert & know how to save a couple of bucks, than offers your services to your friends & family and you could be making some serious money.
Staging Houses For Sale
If you see any vacant houses for sale in your neighborhood offer to stage them for the owner. Buyers are more inclined to buy a house when it looks like a home.
Enjoy planning events or parties? While loads of people find it a hassle & where there is a hassle their is also an opportunity.
Buy Low & Sell High
If you always have an eye for spotting that really great bargain than start flipping products. Buy a car at an auction for R30k & resell it on the auto trader for R60k.
Prepare Research Papers
Enjoy researching? digging around the web for information? There are plenty businesses & people that could use your services.