Earn Money From Home Online-6 Ways To Get Started

Earn Money From Home Online

Get Your Online Business Going From Your Living Room. Learn How To Earn Money From Home Online


Every day we hear about more ways to earn money online from home, weather it is from an online retailer or simply a website or blog or other options. The possibilities are everywhere. The key is to find ways to do this without being scammed or spending a ton of money for little to no value.

We have all seen the “can’t miss deal to make you money online” ad, or something similar. If it involves spending a great deal of money then it is most likely not the direction you want to start out with. Yes some are legit but there are as you know many scammers just trying to get you to pay for something that won’t help you learn what you need to know to be successful.

There are many ways to earn money from home online, some you may not realize and some I am sure you may be aware of. I have assembled a list of a few options for you to look at in considering how you will proceed in your journey to making a living online. This is not the be all end all list of options, but it is a place to start. There are many more creative ways to make a living online, but for now lets start with this list

Drop Shipping

The business model behind a Drop shipping business is as such.

You are the middle man between a buyer and a supplier of retail goods that you offer. The way it works is, someone finds your website that sell lets for example’ sake say Radar Detectors( I use this as an example because I did this myself a few years ago). You have an account with a supplier that gives you a discounted price for “your purchase”. I will explain your purchase in a minute

Say for example one Radar Detector costs you $23.99 from a supplier at a reduced cost. You advertise the same item on a website or blog. Normally you set the price you will sell it for, some suppliers however try to curb the scammers by recommending you keep it reasonable on your prices.

Someone finds your website and see’s that you have listed that same radar detector for $79.00, and they decide to purchase. What happens is, you buy a radar detector from your supplier for $23.99 and they ship it to the customer with your business name or on behalf of your business and you keep the difference from your cost and final sale price.

There are a few catches with this option. As well as a bonus

1. You need to have a relationship or account with a supplier that will ship to your customers for you. Yes you could go the route of having it delivered to you first, but that slows down the process of getting it to the customer which leads to a less than desirable customer experience.

2. You deal with returns or complaints about your items since the sale happen on your website. So you have to know what the return policy is of your supplier and also come up with your own policy. Just as an example part of the policy I used was “I pay for shipping to customer” the customer pays return shipping costs to me, because I have to ship it back to the supplier based on their return policy. Pretty standard return agreement

3. You need to know how to find suppliers for what you want to advertise. There are a few places to try to start with and I suggest you research them first before falling for a less than desirable deal with a supplier that may not be totally legit.

Worldwide Brands This is the one I used for my business. A wholesale directory of Worldwide suppliers for about anything you can think of. There is a cost associated with them. A one time fee of $295 for a lifetime membership

SalehooAnother great option for wholesale retailers- over 8000 verified legit merchants are in the directory with a reasonable membership cost depending on your needs, last time I checked it was $67 a year or $127 Lifetime access paid only once

AliExpress A lower cost option normally but also a bit shaky reputation from customers, so do your homework first, but you can find some good deals here that may save you money.

Doba– Another nice source for finding a supplier and setting up that relationship. They have a few different pricing plans. Check them out and see what works for you. Check out the “useful links” in the website footer for some additional great information

4. You do not need inventory or any overhead costs for warehousing, no need for packing and shipping supplies. You are the go between from the customer to the retailer. The customer only deals with you, not at all with the supplier directly.


You may be proficient at a skill or know how to use a specific program, this could make you money by Freelancing.

The net is full of people and companies looking for help without having to hire employees and pay benefits and so on, instead many online business owners are turning to Freelancers.

For example I used Fiverr a Freelancing site to have a radio commercial created for advertising my website, it turned out great, The guy that did it is radio broadcaster and offered up his skills for people to pay a small fee for and deliver what they need.

The list is endless with the type of Freelancers available. You could be one and show your skills and make a nice side income source from it.

Iwriter– a great site that connects you with writers for hire or you can become one yourself

Appen – a good place to get a nice paying gig online, you can find many great opportunities here

Upwork– Another Freelancing site with some very skilled members

Fiverr –A nice place to get set up with offering your skills to the world or having someone help you out with your latest need

Online Transcription

Just like it sounds and a great way to make income online. Do you have great listening skills and are proficient at typing? Then you are a great candidate for a transcription job online.

Transcription jobs

This is actually a fast growing online income opportunity. With all the work needed to run an effective website online these days it is a great skill to have to offer services as an Online transcriptionist. There is a fantastic website that shares a top 23 list of transcription jobs available online. I recommend you check out Carefulcents.com. Find a nice transcription opportunity and start making money right away.

Website Design

If you do not want to deal with updating content and or buying and selling products online, you could certainly try your hand at designing and setting up other people websites.

Website Design

There is a demand for this since many struggle with the formatting and layouts of a website or
blog. You could use the option above this one to start doing
this by Freelancing on Fiverr.

This can be fun since you create many websites or blogs and can help a customer set up the best user experience for their visitors which will provide a greater chance for success

Retail Website

Then there is the most labor intensive route in my opinion. A retail website. If you like getting your hands on all aspects of buying and selling online, dealing with customers then this is your gig.

You can start with a WordPress site and build it up easily from scratch or try one of the sites. There are a few options that can give you a bit of a push by making it easier for you. The article below lists 5 of the top eCommerce website builders.

Retail website


Here is an article about top retail website builders for you to look into if you choose this option

Affiliate Marketing

I saved the best for last. At least in my opinion it’s the best option. This is the one I use for my business. How does it work? -See A Beginners guide to Affiliate Marketing

In short- Again you are the middle man between a customer and a retailer, You advertise a product or service on your website or blog and when someone clicks on your link it will take them to a retailer website like Amazon or wherever. The customer purchases the item from that retailer site and you the Affiliate Marketer get a commission from the retailer for your efforts,

Affiliate Marketing Diagram

This is different from the drop shipping option at the top. The difference is you don’t buy or sell anything, you just add content to your site and promote as an affiliate for someone else.

There are Thousands of opportunities as an Affiliate on just about any product you can think of, it is a legitimate way to make a nice living.

The benefits?

1. You never need inventory or costly overhead costs of storing products

2. No dealing with shipping or returns of products

3. You do not have to set up a relationship with suppliers for products- You will however set up an Affiliate relationship with your chosen retailer, so You can advertise their product or service.

4. You make money while you sleep (The internet never sleeps)

These benefits help make this a great option because instead of doing all the work of order products and returns from your visitors you can simply focus on researching more information about your Niche market and providing good quality useful content on your website about it. You grow your brand rather than spending your day ordering or shipping

I recommend Wealthy Affiliate for all things Affiliate Marketing- Truly the Holy Grail of online business training in my opinion. See my tabs at the top of this site for more information.

Just so you know, I am a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate and have been since 2016. I have greatly enjoyed the tools and training I have received by using the methods taught by experts and other members. My business is succeeding because of what I have learned at Wealthy Affiliate. I invite you to join me and learn how to make your online business thrive. It is Free to Join

Join Wealthy Affiliate

Any of the options above to make money can be done using their system, but they specialize in Affiliate Marketing


I have listed 5 great options for you to think about for starting your online business. The internet is ever-changing and to get involved now and start building something special is a good idea.

As I said above there are many more ways to make money online but I have given you a list of some options I have tried myself or have a good working knowledge of.

I hope you now understand that there are a variety of ways to earn money online from home. All of these above can be done from your living room.

If you have any experience in an online business or have tried other options or simply have a comment or a question, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. I will respond and others can learn from both of us. Hopefully you find value in this article and can make an informed decision on the direction you would like to go.

If you enjoyed this article please share it. I would appreciate it

What have you tried so far? or you having success?

Thank you for your time


I have been in the online world since 2004 I have the experience to know how to help you succeed. The best decision I ever made is becoming an affiliate marketer as my business is flowing well. I can help you do the same, and get that online business going. Please see my About Todd Page for more information

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22 Responses

  1. Ricardo says:

    I never knew that there were so many different types of ways to earn money online but I did try to do freelancing before but I wasn’t able to find anything that I would be satisfied doing for the amount getting paid so I gave up on it shortly after and then I thought of affiliate marketing from wealthy affiliate which is how I’m here now which this is more interesting and I really I want to try here. Website designing was something I wanted to learn on how to do before but thats going to take a while for me so I’d rather stick with affiliate marketing.

    Just curious but how was your experience with drop shipping and for how long were you doing this?

    • Todd says:


      Freelancing can be fun, but it has to be the right situation. Your choice of Affiliate Marketing is a good one and Wealthy Affiliate is the best in the business so you are on a great path. Stick with the training and you will see progress.

      My drop shipping adventure lasted about a year and a half. I used one of the sites I listed in my article to find a supplier and once I settled on a supplier I started with eBay and had some success but it is hard to compete with all the power sellers who can drastically reduce the price and out sell you. I still did ok with it. I also had a website selling memory foam and latex foam mattresses and toppers. It worked out OK,  but I was doing it while I was laid off from work due to 9/11. I got called back to work and stopped the website. Looking back on it I should have kept it going, I was beginning to make a dent in the market and I probably could have replaced my work income if I just stuck with it.

      I settled on Affiliate Marketing which is what I do now and I really like the freedom it provides, I research and write instead of ordering products and return to supplier. They both work well and it all depends on someone interests.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  2. Samm says:

    Hi Todd

    Very good post on how to earn money online. I really enjoy reading your article since I can get new ideas on how to earn extra money online. I have recently started my own blog and I used affiliate marketing to monetize it. The best thing about affiliate marketing is I don’t have to create my own product and all the payments and product deliveries are handled by owner of the product.

    I’m planning to create another website and try drop shipping since this business model also don’t need me to keep the product. 

    All the best to you Todd!



    • Todd says:


      Glad to see you are already an Affiliate Marketer. Drop shipping is one that needs no on hand inventory but know that it also requires more attention due to you having to order customers products from your supplier and process returns depending on your return policy. As you get busier this could get very time consuming, so you may want to keep that in mind. But it still is a good way to make money. I used eBay and my own website when I did it and was selling regularly.

      You could also do another Affiliate marketing site since you already have experience with it and try a totally different market or niche, some folks like that option because it is still fun to research for more than one niche.

      Let me know how it goes for you, I wish you the best

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  3. Tolu says:

    Another nice piece from you Todd. I have been involved in three of the five online businesses you mentioned. I know little about drop shipping and retail website. I  signed up two years back with a company as an affiliate marketer but didn’t enjoy the experience. I’m into freelance writing, and I can say I recommend this to a good option if you have the gift of writing. I would try affiliate marketing again with Wealthy Affiliates.  

    • Todd says:

      Thanks for the compliment, Freelancing can really be a good option for someone who has skills to share but does not want to deal with a website or blog. I agree with your recommendation. If someone wants to learn Affiliate Marketing why not go to the best in the business

      Thanks for the comment

      Take care


  4. Remy says:

    Hello there Todd,

    Nice article. I have a question to ask you if I may.  Sounds like you have all the experience that I want.

    I have someone convince me a while back that affiliate marketing is a really good strategy for starting out in the online world but is best used as a launchpad or a stepping stone to branch out into multiple strategies. 

    I was also told that having multiple strategies (i.e. affiliate marketing, dropshipping, adwords, direct marketing) all running in parallel is pretty much essential to making a decent fist of it.

    What is your opinion on this topic?  For those of us who don’t magically find the perfect niche or who don’t fit into the upper tiers of technical capability.


    • Todd says:


      Wow, great questions. Having multiple strategies can work but my main concern is that you may find that you have a hard time getting everything done in a way that is still good quality and provides value to a customer.

      Drop shipping and retail websites take constant attention and are time-consuming. This could pull you away from your Affiliate Marketing which could then suffer from a lack of quality, which can hurt your bottom line

      Another option is to pick one or two methods and stick with it, once you start making a good living you can hire people too do much of what you do and your business grows. 

      there is nothing preventing you from trying as many as you like, having a first-hand experience gives you great information you can share with readers. My recommendation would be to stick to a couple or just one and do not stop working at it. You can also open many websites as an Affiliate if your first niche is not working

      Thanks for the comment

      I hope this helps

      Take care


  5. Lee says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have done some drop shipping in the past and found it difficult finding reliable competitive suppliers. Affiliate marketing does seem to best option that you have listed. How can someone make money with affiliate marketing? Is Wealthy Affiliate an MLM? How long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate?  

    • Todd says:


      I had an issue for a while finding a good supplier, but it worked out for the best eventually. 

      Good questions. Making money with Affiliate Marketing happens in multiple ways, social media, blog posts, websites, word of mouth and most importantly follow a training plan that works.

      No Wealthy Affiliate is Not an MLM, The referral levels stop at 1 and they are providing value with all the training and great tools available on the platform. MLM’s just mainly sell memberships, Wealthy Affiliate provides a great opportunity for those who want it as part of a great community and experts that are willing and able to assist in your success

       The time it takes is variable, some make money right away others take months or a year, it depends a lot on your niche and the effort you put into it. Learning step by step what to do in the training really makes it work

      Thanks for the comment and good questions

      Take Care


  6. Seyi says:

    Firstly I would like to say this is a well composed article and this five options you listed above are fantastic choice for any who wants to get into the online business and start making money. For me personally I have tried 2 of the above 5 mentioned. I’m into freelancing and affiliate marketing adn I can tell you it’s a great way to generate income online. Don’t delay in choosing one or 2 for yourself. 

    • Todd says:


      Thanks for the nice words about our post. I do know that even though it is a small list, that the options do work. Freelancing is very popular, there are many very talented individuals out there and a platform that can help showcase certain skills while making income is fabulous. I agree don’t delay, every day there are more people coming online, the opportunities are truly endless.

      Thanks again for the comment

      Take Care


  7. michelle12224 says:

    This website is really informative.It talks about what the people are really interested in and that is online business.A lot of people want to sit at home and make good money form there instead of going to work 9 to 5 and not earning as much as they want.So this niche is helpful because it’s like a tool to help young entrepreneurs start their own online business without going through stress

    • Todd says:


      Making money from home is a dream come true, the ceiling for income at a regular job has a limit, an Online business does not, If you can make it work, you can potentially pass your job’s income level and keep going. 

      Yes, the whole point is to help people get started online If I can make it a bit easier than I am happy to do so.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  8. JJ says:

    Hi Todd, I am glad to see a listing of online businesses I can consider. I have heard of drop shipping and was wondering how it works. Now I know and will look into it. My only concern is dealing with a dissatisfied customer. I know Fiverr works well. The only thing is that, depending on your field, there might be so many people offering the same service so you have to constantly be trying different methods to attract customers. If you can find them, you can make good earnings because you set your price. Affiliate marketing is easy to run once you set it up. This I am going to try. Thank you for your information.

    • Todd says:


      Dealing with customers can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. It became to labor intensive for me so I switched to Affiliate Marketing and have never looked back, that’s not to say Affiliate Marketing is easy because it requires work as well, just a different kind. 

      Yes it can be many people offering the same service on Fiverr, and you can bridge the gap by adding a new approach to your offer.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  9. Etah says:

    Thanks for this list.

    It is was very helpful to me

    I have tried out 2 of these methods of making money online and recently just started on Wealthy Affiliate.

    I am very satisfied with my progress so far and seeing people like you who have been on the platform for a long period of time tells me I made the right choice joining.

    • Todd says:


      I am glad this helped you out, and it sounds like you have some experience with these options. You have made a great choice with Wealthy Affiliate.  Just keep plugging away and before you know it, the Income will flow. I wish you  great success on your online journey

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care 


  10. Chrissie Spurgeon says:

    All of the methods which you have listed would be a good way to go about earning money from home.

    However, in my opinion, Affiliate Marketing is the best way to go, for all the reasons which you have stated.

    But I would agree with you that before you do start Affiliate Marketing, you need to learn the very best way to go about it, and you can find excellent training by experts at Wealthy Affiliate. There you will learn how to do things the correct way, and in the correct order by following the lessons there and fulfilling the tasks associated with each lesson.

    If you do that, you will know exactly how to build a successful Affiliate Marketing business.

    Very many thanks for your good advice.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Todd says:


      You are spot on, Affiliate Marketing is a great business and there is no better place to learn than from the best.

      The folks succeeding with the training are applying what they have learned to there site. I see many people succeeding in the forum regularly. The other options can work also depending on what you are good at or feel a calling for.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  11. Isaac says:

    I want to leave my opinion here, I have tried dropshipping and amazon FBA to ear money from home, but I had no luck in either one of them.

    But my life changed when I tried affiliate marketing! I think everyone should try affiliate marketing first before trying those other models.

    • Todd says:


      Drop shipping is not for everyone. When I started doing it I was making it work but the amount of effort I spent buying items and coordinating it all was a bit time-consuming, I had a full-time Job and the time. You cant take a day off with this model.  That’s why I turned to Affiliate Marketing as my choice and I was right to do so in a big way

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


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