Earn money online: 12 ingenious tips – serious and fast

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Are you looking for an additional source of money to earn money easily and on the side? Then take full advantage of the possibilities of the Internet! In the following, we will introduce you to several offers, ways, websites and apps with which you can earn money online seriously.

1. answer surveys

The classic way to make money on the Internet. Answering surveys is particularly suitable for beginners. Start-up capital is also not required. On several portals on the Internet such as Swagbugs, Empfohlen.de, Geldumfragen.de or GfK, you can register and take part in surveys for a fee – without prior knowledge or a great deal of time. The surveys are sometimes even sent to you by e-mail and rarely take longer than 5 to 10 minutes.

So the job also works when you’re on the subway, sitting in front of the TV or waiting in line at the supermarket. It’s mostly about market research and your opinion on products or your interests as a potential customer and buyer. As a rule, you are assigned suitable surveys that match your profile, which you stored when you registered. This way you can earn money on the side with just a few clicks.


No qualifications are required to complete and participate in surveys. However, you cannot participate in all surveys – for example, if you do not belong to the target group. Tip: Enter as many interests as possible when registering for the portal. Then you will also be assigned more surveys.

How much can I earn with it?

The turnover and earnings depend heavily on how much time you invest. The bigger and more extensive the survey is, the more you can earn online. For some surveys you get 50 cents, for others up to 10 euros. On average, you can earn between 200 and 400 euros per month with surveys. Tip: Sign up for as many portals and apps as possible to get more surveys and jobs.

2. start a blog

You have a talent for languages, are an expert on a topic and want to share your know-how? Then you can earn money with a blog. With the right reach, a blog can be monetized in many ways through advertising, paid posts or commissions. However, a successful blog involves a lot of work. It will take some time until you achieve significant sales with it. But if you persevere and maintain the blog, you can generate a good passive income permanently.


To earn money online with a blog, you need your own domain (URL) and must host the blog yourself. Otherwise, you will always be bound by the terms and conditions of the website provider. Building your own WordPress blog does not cost much. Exclusive templates for it are available from a one-time 50 euros. A complete programming by an agency costs between 1500 and 3000 euros.

How much can I earn with it?

Again, it depends on how you earn the money. For lucrative advertising revenue, a minimum of 5000 readers per day is required. With this, you can then already earn between 2000 and 3000 euros per month. With sponsored posts or affiliate marketing (see below) you can also make money with fewer readers.

3. writing an e-book

Writing your own book – for many authors this is a dream. Good for you: today you no longer need start-up capital or a publisher to publish a book. You can also publish knowledge or useful tips from your specialist area in an e-book and then offer it for sale or download online.


You should be able to write well and understandably, of course. But in order for the e-book to become a source of income, you should look for a topic that interests others. You tend not to earn anything with poetry. Non-fiction and technical books that offer practical life help are more worthwhile. Niche topics can also be interesting if there is a solvent target group for them.

How much can I earn with it?

You can sell e-books through Amazon, other online retailers (Digistore, Elopage, etc.) or your own website. Again, it depends on the price and the number of copies. A simple example calculation: If your eBook costs 10 Euros and you sell it 100 times, that’s 1000 Euros earned on the side. Not much – compared to the work that goes into a book. That’s why it’s often more lucrative to produce small and inexpensive e-books or e-papers that sell en masse in return. TIP: 70 percent of the sales price should be left over after commissions and taxes to make the bill worthwhile.

4. become a copywriter

With linguistic skills, you can earn money even faster and easier online – as a copywriter from home and for others. There you write then product descriptions, whole blog articles or seal advertisements. Numerous portals offer jobs for this. You are either paid according to the length of the text (per word) or you receive a flat rate for the entire text.


Expression, spelling and grammar should be correct. If you also offer online texts, you should understand something about SEO (“search engine optimization”). This increases the value and price. Otherwise, specialist knowledge is of course an advantage if you do not want to earn money exclusively as a copywriter.

How much can I earn?

Pure copywriters and copywriters on the Internet do not earn too much, ghostwriters for books significantly more. Sometimes they are paid only 4 to 7 cents per word. To make a good side income here, you need to be fast and write a lot of texts. A good average is 1000 words per hour.

5. use affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing (German: Empfehlungsmarketing) is an online sales concept and works via links and commissions. A simple example: If you want to learn about affiliate marketing, you should read the book “Dotcom Secrets” by Russell Brunson. It’s really good and contains a lot of tips – but the link to it is also an Amazon affiliate link, meaning: if you order the book through it, we get a small commission. It’s only a few cents, but can add up if you get a lot of links like that. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online quickly and seriously, some can even get rich doing it.


To affiliate marketing do not even need their own product. You market the goods and services of others and receive (but only if successful) a commission if they are bought through your link. To do this, of course, you need a distribution channel. This can be simple advertising on Facebook or Instagram. You can also use your own online store, blog or social media channels. Instagram and YouTube are particularly popular.

How much can I earn with it?

Successful affiliates sometimes earn more than 100,000 euros a month (!) with commissions. However, this is only possible because you sell high-priced top coachings with commissions of up to 30,000 euros and place corresponding advertisements. As a beginner you should approach slowly. After a few weeks, however, between 1000 and 3000 euros of passive income are already possible.

6. operate dropshipping

Dropshipping means that you purchase goods and products cheaply (mostly in China and at AliExpress.com) and sell them with a markup at Amazon FBA (“Fulfillment by Amazon”) or in your own online stores or social media channels. The big difference with traditional online retail, however, is that you don’t have to buy, store, or ship the goods yourself beforehand. Rather, you set up your store system so that the customer order is forwarded directly to the producer (in Asia), who then ships the products directly to the customer. This way, the profit margin stays with you without much effort. It could hardly be simpler.

What are the requirements?

For dopshipping to work and for you to make money online, you need good products with high demand. This is the real art of finding real bestsellers. You should also steer clear of products that have high return rates – for example, clothes and technology gadgets that don’t fit or don’t work. Simple and useful products for everyday use or the kitchen work best.

How much can I earn with it?

Since dopshipping has become more popular, online stores for it have mushroomed. Means: It is increasingly difficult to earn money with it simply. Most of the time you need between 2000 and 3000 Euro starting capital – also for advertising to make your store known. But once the store is up and running and you have a sure feeling for bestsellers, you can earn an income of up to 5 figures.

7. test websites

A homepage or app should not only look good, but also be easy and intuitive to use. Before a website goes online, it is tested – not only by developers and operators, but also by independent testers who represent normal users with no prior knowledge. Their task is then to click through the website for a fee, try out various functions and then report on what you liked, where there were difficulties and what might not work at all. You will receive an appropriate fee for this.

What are the requirements?

There are no requirements for this job. However, you often have to be part of the target group for the website or app in order to test whether the product is well received by potential customers and users at the same time.

How much can I earn?

The earnings prospects for product or website tests are more in the middle range. On average, between 20 and 50 euros are paid per test. However, it also depends on the scope of the test and subsequent report. Providers for this are among other things testbirds.de, applause.com, rapidusertests.com or usertesting.com.

8. test computer games

Same job, just different product: computer games also need to be thoroughly tested before they are sold. In order to find errors in the game, in the instructions or in the game structure (so-called bugs), testers are regularly sought. Sounds like fun and easy work – but you shouldn’t take the online job lightly. For the manufacturers of computer games and apps, a lot depends on the test. To be able to earn money online with this, you have to be enormously attentive and thoroughly document what you notice.


You should be a good gamer and have already played a few games. Ideally, you know comparable games on the market and can therefore better judge whether the new game is better or where the usability suffers.

How much can I earn?

As a game tester you are usually employed on a project basis and earn between 12 and 15 euros per hour. The salary increases with experience. As a freelancer, the hourly wage is also barely above the minimum wage. In return, you can play new games for free in your free time.

9. become an Influencer

It is now well known that you can earn good money quickly and seriously as a creator and influencer on YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. On YouTube, this is done through advertising that is displayed before, during and after the videos, as well as through product placements. On Instagram and TikTok, you earn money online primarily with recommendations and sponsored posts (which must, however, be marked as “ads”). Income and business model are strongly related to reach and your topic. For fashion, fitness or travel bloggers, there are numerous companies interested in collaborations. The same is true for financial tips or nutrition. However, the nastier your topic, the smaller the potential reach is usually – and thus the sponsors and income sources.


You should definitely be able to produce good videos. Clip quality is getting better and better on video platforms. This means that creative ideas, good camera(s), an excellent microphone and a good editing program are essential. High-quality smartphones already offer a lot of these features. However, their range should also be right: Micro-influencers start with 10,000 followers. Most companies are only really interested in micro-influencers with 100,000 or more followers.

How much can I earn with it?

The more people watch your videos, the greater the sales. Big Youtubers and Instagram influencers earn over a million euros a year. But that’s just the fewest. Realistic, however, are already between 3000 and 5000 euros per month. But you also have to post interesting clips regularly, which are preferred by the algorithm of the platforms.

10 Offer virtual assistance

Many companies afford an assistant – for phone calls, mails, accounting… But they don’t have to sit at a desk in the company office anymore. As a so-called virtual personal assistant (VPA), you can also take over typical office tasks for others and thus earn money online. Making appointments, preparing presentations, making phone calls or answering e-mails – all typical tasks for online work.


The basis is a powerful laptop and a good Internet or stable telephone connection. After that, you can get started. However, prior knowledge and experience in assistance and correspondence are recommended – after all, you usually represent managing directors and should also be able to meet their requirements and business practices.

How much can I earn?

As a virtual assistant, you work independently and also set your own fee. This ultimately depends on the scope and requirements of the job. However, an hourly wage of 20 euros net or more is common.

11. become a clickworker

Especially with cell phones and apps, it is now very easy to earn money – as a so-called clickworker with micro jobs. These are often typical student jobs. Sometimes you have to photograph advertising posters, correct texts, enter data or research addresses. All of these are mostly simple activities that require independent work. You will be placed via appropriate platforms and apps such as clickworker.de.

What are the requirements?

Practically none. Even unskilled workers and those without a high school diploma can earn a few extra euros with these simple online jobs on the Internet.

How much can I earn?

The fees vary greatly. Some providers only pay a few cents for five minutes’ work. In an NDR test, this resulted in an hourly wage of the equivalent of just 2.40 euros. Depending on the job, however, a fee of up to 30 euros per hour is possible. So it pays to compare.

12. giving online courses

Online courses or webinars are in high demand – but are also being offered more and more. The advantage of digital training is that it can be taken anywhere and at any time. Your advantage as a provider: Once produced, you only have to sell the course(s). This also creates passive income again. Of course, as a course provider you should know your subject and be an expert. Otherwise, customers will never come back. In turn, you can offer the courses online via video (see Career Bible Academy), as an email newsletter (like we do here), or as a ready-made PDF for download. Live sessions and mastermind groups are also sought.


In addition to your expertise, you should also have didactic skills – in other words, you should know how to convey knowledge online. If you work with videos, production know-how, design and editing are also helpful.

How much can I earn with it?

How much you earn with online courses depends on demand and your pricing. If you want to sell your course for 500 euros, but your competitors offer the same service for 79 euros, it will be difficult. Tip: Try to offer something that no one can or knows as well as you, but everyone wants to know. Then you are out of the price war.

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