16 Best Ways to Make Money Online Without Paying Anything


There are plenty of ways to make money online without paying anything. I mean without buying something to sell. You may be having time to make money but limited of resources. Luckily, there are companies and individuals willing to pay you for work done.

Making money online can be done as a side or main hustle. If you identify an area good enough to generate decent income, you’ll never seek formal employment.

If you wish to make money online without paying anything, consider doing one or some of the following things:

  1. Run blog reviews and/or sponsored posts on your free blog.
  2. List extra space in your house on Airbnb.
  3. Transcribe video/audio recordings
  4. Affiliate Marketing.
  5. Become a virtual assistant
  6. Do research online
  7. Review websites and apps
  8. Launch a YouTube channel
  9. Participate in paid online surveys
  10. Become an online travel agent
  11. Start a profitable blog
  12. Sell your products on social media
  13. Freelancing
  14. Academic writing
  15. Online taxi business
  16. Sell old products online
  17. Sell your skills
  18. Run a job board

Run blog reviews and/or sponsored posts on your free blog.

Companies will pay you to review their products and post the content on your blog. Some companies will pay up to $5000 to review their products. For sponsored posts, a normal website will charge $10 to $500 per post.

List extra space in your house on Airbnb.

If you have extra space in your house, list it as Airbnb. You’ll earn extra money without paying anything.

Affiliate Marketing

Another way of making money online without paying anything is affiliate marketing. Most companies will approve your signup even if you don’t own a blog, as long as you own social media pages with good number of subscribers.

Affiliate marketing companies pay commissions for successful sales. There is no single affiliate program that require one to pay any money to get approved.

In order to generate reasonable revenue, you have to create a niche blog or grow your social media pages which have content that blend perfectly with the affiliate programs.

Some programs pay recurring income, such as betting sites and some web hosting companies. A company like Bluehost pays $65 and above per sale.

Launch a YouTube channel

Creating a YouTube channel is free. You’ll then earn money through AdSense. YouTube pays when a channel is more than 12 months hold, has attained 1000 subscribers and over 4000 watch time hours. YouTube pays more than $1 per 1000 views. If your channel gets 1 million views, you’ll earn above $1500.

Academic writing

There are many academic writing companies that allow one to join and get paid whenever they complete a task. Such companies pay more than $1 per page successfully completed.

Academic writing is a booming industry especially for Africans.

One may choose to buy an account and get the jobs directly or get employed by someone with the account.

With academic writing, only your skills are needed.

Participate in paid online surveys

Participate in paid online surveys and get paid airtime, through PayPal, bank, shopping or Bitcoin. Companies pay depending on the number of tasks completed or points accumulated.

Please ensure that the companies you are signing up with are genuine—they don’t ask for any fee.

Start a profitable blog

Blogging is another activity to do online and earn money. The only stage you will pay money is when registering your domain and buying hosting space. Bloggers make money through AdSense, AdSense alternatives, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, stand-alone ads, selling of courses, paid reviews and selling of websites.

Bluehost is one of the best web hosting companies to use to register your domain and buy hosting space.

Online taxi business

If you have a car, register with an online taxi company like Uber, make extra money whenever a client requests for service.

Sell your skills

You can also sell your skills online and get paid by clients. Use social media or your personal blog to market your skills. Doctors, lawyers, counsellors and tutors are some of the professionals who can easily sell their products online.

Sell photos online

Take photos and sell them online. There are plenty of websites that buy photos and sell them to other clients. A photo can fetch even $1000.