12 Creative Ways to Make Money Online Without a Blog
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12 Creative Ways to Make Money Online Without a Blog

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Ever wanted to make money online, but thought you needed your own blog to get started? Well, I’m here with good news! There are plenty of online money-making opportunities that do NOT require a blog.

No matter your background or experience, there’s sure to be a creative idea in here that’ll help you start making money online without blogging–start your new life today!

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12 Creative Ways to Make Money Online Without a Blog

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1. Teach a Language

Are you proficient in at least one language that someone else wants to learn?  Of course you are!  Language skills are always in high demand, and with the advent of video calling services like Skype and Google Hangouts, teaching a language can now be done from anywhere in the world.

Find the perfect remote language teaching job on FlexJobs

2. Sell Stock Photos

If you have a knack for photography, why not try selling your most exceptional work online? Stock photography websites are always looking for new, high-quality content, and many (like Shutterstock) will pay you better rates the more photos you sell. And if editing isn’t your thing, you can even have your images professionally edited.

Check out these 15 sites that pay for stock photography to get started

3. Create and Sell Digital Products

If you have a wealth of knowledge on a particular topic, why not condense it all into one easy-to-consume format, such as an e-book or e-course?  You won’t need a blog or website to host it–all you’d need to get started is a landing page to build your email list or send people to where they can purchase your product. You could even supplement your marketing with social media; create dedicated Facebook and Instagram accounts to build authority on your topic and get the word out.

I sell my e-book on Gumroad, a service which is totally free to use.

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4. Start a Drop Shipping Store

Drop shipping is considered by some to be the easiest way to start an online business! Drop shipping is a way of selling goods online without ever handling the merchandise yourself. Essentially, you receive orders and someone else fulfills it for you–the profit you earn is the difference between what you charge the customer and what the fulfillment center charges you. Find out more about drop shipping and whether it’s the right online business model for you.

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5. Become a Freelance Writer

Businesses are in constant need of great copy for their marketing materials, blogs, and online magazines. Why not use your excellent writing skills to start earning money online as a freelancer? Success stories abound of freelance writers getting their start by listing their services on websites like Upwork and Craigslist. You could be one of them!

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6. Offer VA Services

A VA, or Virtual Assistant, helps business owners with a wide variety of online clerical work, such as organizing and responding to emails, research, data entry, bookkeeping, scheduling, and more. The type of work a VA performs will depend largely on the needs of their employer. Professional bloggers might need their VA to create and curate content for social media, respond to social media followers, or update blog posts in WordPress. Chances are, you’ve already got some skills that an online business owner would find valuable.

Start searching for the perfect Virtual Assistant position on FlexJobs now

7. Manage Social Media Accounts

A Social Media Manager has specialized skills on one or more prominent social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. Online businesses rely on these channels for marketing purposes and will pay good money to someone who can help maximize their efforts. Goals of a Social Media Manager include increasing organic reach, growing a following, developing content strategies, and analyzing results of paid advertising campaigns.

Learn the exact steps I took to become a Pinterest account manager

8. Proofread and Edit

If you have a keen eye for detail and a gift for perfecting others’ prose, perhaps proofreading and editing is the online job for you. If you have little professional experience in this area, it might be a good idea to start building a portfolio of work on sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer. With the right experience, this kind of work can be very lucrative (up to $25 per hour!) while allowing you to work from anywhere in the world.

Find proofreading and editing jobs on FlexJobs

9. Use Cashback and Survey Sites

With sites like Swagbucks, you can earn money for performing simple online tasks like taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, or answering polls. With sites like Ebates, you earn cashback for shopping online at many of the major retailers you likely already frequent. These are two easy ways to make money online by doing things you already do!

Sign up for Swagbucks and Ebates today and start earning instantly

10. Monetize a Social Media Account

You know those Instagrammers you always see posing with bags of potato chips, gummies for hair growth, or lounging in beautiful resort hotels? Many of these digital “influencers” don’t have blogs of their own–they simply leverage their social media following to nab sponsorships and comped travel experiences. While this certainly isn’t the easiest way to make money online, it can be done. Focus on building authentic engagement with a targeted audience, and you’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of “micro-influencers” everywhere.

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11. Start a Consulting Business

Do you have knowledge or experience that could help people solve their problems? Are you an experienced marketer, freelancer, or businessperson in general? Do you know the secrets to online branding? More importantly, do you have some serious moxie? With the right knowledge and the right go-getter attitude, you can start your own consulting business to help others achieve their dreams, improve their businesses, or get their talents noticed. Just make sure you know your worth, are willing to sell yourself, and can handle the occasional cranky client.

Check out this list of 50 online consulting business ideas you can try today

12. Become a Translator

Working as a professional translator is a fantastic location independent job idea and another creative way to make money online–the only caveat being that you must be fluent in multiple languages, of course. If this sounds like an online job that might be up your alley (no blog required), you can try it first as a side hustle while you build up your translation portfolio.

Search for translation jobs on FlexJobs and get started today12 Creative Ways to Make Money Online Without a Blog

Do you have more creative ways to make money online that don’t require a blog? Share your ideas in the comments!

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10 Comments

  • Reply Brittany April 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Hey Leah – great post! I’m wondering, do you have any experience yourself with selling photos to stock sites? I keep hearing so much about it, but yet don’t know anyone who does it. It seems like if its really that easy though, we would all be doing it. We travel. We take nice photos. Why wouldn’t we all make money from it if we could, right? I guess I feel like there is a catch I’m not seeing.
    Thanks!

    • Reply Leah Davis April 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Hey Brittany! I don’t think selling stock photography is as easy as just uploading photos to a site and getting sales. Those sites have pretty high standards and many photography enthusiasts’ work probably isn’t up to snuff, to be honest. For the talented few and for professional photogs, it’s definitely possible to earn some extra money this way. I might give it another go in the future and I will be happy to report back with the results!

  • Reply Mike Lee May 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Everyone is busy trying to make money off blogs that this article really is a breath of fresh air. Not everyone
    needs a blog to make money and selling stock photos is a great option. Wasn’t even aware of the drop
    shipping store option so will explore that and being a VA or proof-reader is something that can easily be
    done on the move. Great list with lots of helpful pointers.

    • Reply Leah Davis June 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Hey thank you Mike! Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  • Reply Rhonda June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Great list. I am a freelancer who is switching gears. Always looking for something new. I’m not a fan of the surveys. I think they have their place, but not profitable. I’m in the VA freelancer/moving into writer space. 🙂

  • Reply AG June 27, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Great info Thanks !
    Personally I tried all kinds of ways to make money online
    What works best for me is koocam
    I teach my hobbies and sell my knowledge
    It’s great !

    • Reply Leah Davis June 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Never heard of it, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Megan July 7, 2017 at 9:19 am

    So many awesome ways to make money- I already do a bit of the Social Media management, but I’d love to check out some other avenues of income in the future. This is a great starting point!

  • Reply Nicole Arnott July 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    These are all great ways to make money online. I dabble in a bit of freelance writing and am also a pinterest account manager on the side. I found most of my work on Upwork and PPH but picked up a few gigs on facebook groups too. I like having something to rely on while I’m travellinh until the day my blog starts making me some money!

  • Reply Pauline July 10, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I’m really thinking about number 3. I’m not sure how much should you know about a topic before you can ride about it? Where can you find number 8. I should have one of these for my important post, since English is my second language and I’m troubled with dyslexia. This is a great post! A bit more than just affiliate links.

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