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21 Legit Ways To Make Money Online That Pays In Dollars


Searching for a genuine and legit way to make money online? You may be a stay-at-home mum, a student, Pregnant women, short/long term disabled folks, new and nursing moms, under-employed workers looking for side hustles, and of course the millions of youth who can’t find a job.

Thanks to the internet, there are many legit ways to make money from home without investments. You can do it anytime and from anywhere – at home on your couch, in the doctor’s office (while you wait), at the airport, while waiting in line somewhere, or any other place where you have a few minutes.

Legit Ways To Make Money Online Without Investments

Lets get started with our list of scam free methods to make money online without investments. They are as follows:

1. Help shape the future of Google

Do you like Google and its products? Do you wants to give them your reviews about their products and features? Do you want to become a participant in Google’s User Experience Research studies?

You earn rewards like gift cards and donations to your favorite charity.

There are a few different kinds of studies you can participate in:

  • Usability study at a Google office: Usually, you’ll meet up with a Google researcher and answer a few questions about a Google product. Needless to say, for this to work, you have to live close to one of Google’s offices.
  • Remote usability study: You can do this one from anywhere in the world. This is done through a screen-sharing session with a researcher. They’ll ask you to visit a site (Google-owned properties like YouTube, Google+, etc) and try different things while browsing.
  • Experiential sampling study: You’ll be using a product and asked to take notes or answer questions. This usually takes over several days
  • Field study: Google researchers will schedule an appointment with you to come to your house or office and conduct the study in person.
  • Surveys: Just like any online survey, you’ll be able to fill out the survey anytime and from anywhere.

Visit and join for free.

2. Watch Videos via InboxDollars

If you’re one of the millions who watch online videos almost every day, this is for you. InboxDollars pays for watching videos  on their site. These videos have ads! Advertisers pay InboxDollars to put ads in the videos and that’s how InboxDollars is able to pay people for watching these videos.

I’m quite sure you see ads when you watch videos on YouTube, but you don’t get paid, but here you do.

It doesn’t end there, there are tons of other ways to make cash on InboxDollars – taking surveys, playing games, shopping, doing offers, and much more. The best part is that they’ll actually give you $5 free just for signing up.

3. Get Paid to Shop via Rakuten

If you shop online, you might be zany not to use a site that gives you cash back for shopping through them.

I want to say, if you’re going to buy something anyway, you might as well go through a channel that gets you some of that money back. And Rakuten is by far one of the best cash back reward sites out there.

You can earn cashback on almost anything you purchase, from food and clothes to electronics, tools, and everything in between. Sign up with Rakuten to get $10 free bonus.

4. Review Movies

This would the best job for anyone who loves movies. Unfortunately, finding one that can get you consistent gigs is very hard to do.

The nearest you can get to being paid for watching movies is through market research companies that conduct studies about movies and TV shows, where you watch a show or a movie (normally just some parts of it), and then answer a few questions about it.

I haven’t been able to find a market research company that is only dedicated to those studies.

So your best bet is join a few top survey sites so when they have those kinds of surveys you can get on board quickly.

5. Get paid to click

This is one of the oldest and most famous ways of earning pennies online.

I don’t really recommend this since the amount of money you earn for spending so much time clicking on links is just too little to make this worthy of your time. But since this post is about available money making options, I am including it here.

Basically, you are paid pennies for clicking on ad links. The page opens up and you keep it open for a few seconds and you earn your cash. Not much work, but not much earning potential either.

6. Turn your pictures into cash

If photography happens to be your thing and you are good at capturing that special moment, you can trade your skills and expertise with a number of stock photography sites. Basically what you do there is to upload the shots that you have taken.

Every time a user takes a fancy about your picture and download it, you will earn a commission on that image.

This moneymaking option is a slight departure from most of the stuff I mentioned here. It is special because it represents one of the few passive income options online.

Remember you just need to do the upload once, and your picture may just bring in the cash repeatedly.

Of course, you’ll need to be good with your camera, and have that peculiar instinct to spot images that are going to appeal to the masses.

7. Answer questions

Answer sites work on the premise that knowledge is not proprietary and they encourage their members to actively share their expert knowledge and understanding of subjects that they are familiar with.

Your job here is to explore which subject area can be interesting and, which you have intimate knowledge of.

By structuring your expertise into some form of answers or advice to people who would like to learn more about the subject, you will get paid.

8. Make money on YouTube

More and more people are finally realizing that they can make money on YouTube

There are tons of people who are making a living on YouTube by creating videos.

You can either focus on one main topic – makeup, workouts, video games, food, etc – or you can have a channel where you talk about everything.

Either way, having an interesting personality will go a long way in helping you develop a loyal fan base.

9. Do graphic design

If you know Photoshop very well, you can make good money doing it. The hardest challenge, especially for beginners is finding paying clients.

Thankfully, with platforms like 99Designs it is much easier to get your foot in the door.

There are loads of design competitions to win prizes, from logos and t-shirts to icons, website designs and more.

10. Domain drop shipping

What this is about is actually the resale of domain registration for big domain registration sites (TuCows for example).

The resale term would allow you to set up your own brand, so there is a chance that you can make it big with the support of the big names in the industry. The interesting thing about this is that you not only just get a commission for every new purchase. You will also be entitled to a cut whenever the customers renew their yearly subscription.

11. CPALead marketing

If you find affiliate marketing tough to handle, then CPA or Cost Per Action may be a more appropriate method of legit earning of money online.

If the person who heads to the merchant’s site through your links commits to a specified action, like agreeing to receive newsletters, opting for email updates, taking a poll or whatsoever the merchant can think of, you will be entitled to a commission.

In that sense, the commission scheme is not solely dependent on sales, so this CPA marketing idea surely has an upside about it.

You no longer have to wait for your prospects to come to a buying decision before you are assured of your commission.

At the same time, the challenge to attract people for their purchase is far greater than getting people to think about whether to opt for free things or not!

Sign up with a few good CPA networks (these are sites that connect advertisers with marketers), find a few good offers to promote and start your journey.

 12. Do micro jobs

Micro jobs are on the rise as companies realize the power of crowdsourcing small, but time-consuming tasks.

These tasks can be anything from transcribing an audio file or rewriting a sentence, to proofreading an article, making a few phone calls, and everything in between.

13. Providing tech support

Are you great with computer related stuff? If you’re a hard-core techie, why not register with Experts Exchange

You will make money by resolving people’s issues on computer hardware, software, programming and whatever related.

 14. Sell old electronics

What good does a pile of old and unused electronics do for you?

Instead of hoarding your old cell phones, sell them for some quick cash on sites like Gazelle, Next Worth, and USell

15. Re-write poorly written ads on eBay

Online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay are full of ads listing all sorts of merchandise. Pick on those big-ticket items like cars and study their ads.

If you are confident of improving their ads, write to them and propose that you will rewrite these ads at a fee. The acceptable going rate now is 1% commission on sales.

16. Upload files

Online sharing is not just restricted to photography.

You can do the same thing with documents and files, as you do with images.

There are some sites that specialize in file sharing and it is entirely up to you as to what files you are willing to share. If your files are deemed useful enough and get downloaded, you will make some commission.

These sites do not specify the kind of format required to be associated with your files.

But in order to broaden the appeal of your files, you may want to output your files in the most popular formats, like Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF, for example.

17. Get a free $10 Amazon gift card

MyPoints is one of the oldest online rewards/cashback sites.

You can earn points for shopping, taking surveys, completing offers and more. The points are redeemable for cash, free gift cards, and other prizes. They also offer $10 free Amazon gift card.

You can get that with your first purchase (of anything) through their cashback platform.

So next time you want to buy something online, instead of visiting the merchant’s site directly, go through MyPoints.

18. Earn money by freelancing

For most people, online freelancing seems like a natural idea when it comes to making money on the Internet. You don’t have to invest any money into it. All you need is your time, talent and commitment.

You don’t even have to go look for clients on your own these days. With platforms like UpWork, it is easier than ever to find paying clients.

To get started, visit UpWork and sign up. Then, create your profile and start browsing for jobs. Send application for the ones you are interested and take it from there.

19. Sell your talent, any kind of talent!

Doesn’t matter what you can do, as long as you can do it well, you can make money on Fiverr.  is a micro freelancing site where you can sell any kind of service, from graphic design and coding to writing, signing, drawing, taking pictures of yourself holding a sign, prank calling someone and so on.

To get started, sign up for free at

Describe the kind of gigs you are offering to your potential clients, be it making breakfast delivery, singing a song to the wedding anniversary, dress up as a Spiderman, or anything else you can imagine.

20. Sell your arts & crafts on Etsy

Have you reached retirement age but still aching for some action?

Are you always attracted to stunning works of art and think of being the creator rather than the admirer?

If the answer to both questions above is a resounding YES, then train yourself with the many online tutorials on how to create artworks and sell them online.

Websites like Etsy make it extremely easy and quick to open up an online storefront for free and start selling your handmade items. Many people are actually making a living on Etsy.

21. Sell your closet

Well, not literally your closet, but the content of it! Not all the content, just the ones you don’t need or want anymore.

If you have a closet full of clothes that you no longer wear . Its a good thing, you can sell them on a site called ThredUp

They’ll pay you $2-$30 for items from major brands such as Banana Republic, Gap, J.Crew, and many others. Simply put your clothes in a box, ship the box, and get your cash.

For a faster alternative, you can try local consignment stores such as Plato’s Closet where they’ll pay you cash for your brand name clothes right there on the spot.


I want to believe that you find this content useful. Choose any of these methods outlined above to start earning in dollars. Please do keep it in mind that until you take actions and do some online work, that you can’t earn any money online.


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