5 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in 2021

Written by Zac Johnson
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If you are tired of the drudgery of a 9 to 5 job or if you are simply wanting to make some extra money on the side, there are some easy and cool ways you can do so online.

And even better, with the would now in a much different situation than it was just a few years ago, we are all now more connected than ever before. This also means it’s much easier to start a business online, or even learning how to get your side hustle going in your spare time.

With all of this in mind, today we are going to highlight some of the most interesting, effective and creative ways to use the internet to line your pockets with cold hard cash.

Become A Dropshipper

Everyone is shopping online, and only a small portion of it is actually taking place on Amazon.com. There are millions of well-known brands selling their products online, and even more sellers that have their own dropship ecommerce stores (often powered through Shopify).

Dropshipping has become all the rage these days as a way to make money on online auction or retail sites. If you are really feeling entrepreneurial, you can even open up your own shop and dropship from there.

With so much attention on dropshipping, the need for custom programming and site design is no longer an issue. Most of the sites are now powered through drag and drop platforms, while simply connecting different applications and reporting systems — which talk to each and work directly with different dropshippers throughout the world.

No matter what platform you decide to use, dropshipping is a great way to sell a lot of products without actually having to keep them in stock.

Printing On-Demand

Another great way to make money online is to partner with a print-on-demand service. If you are artistic, you can advertise your designs or artwork and let people order them on virtually any kind of product you can imagine.

Whether it be something as simple as a t-shirt or a coffee mug or something more unusual such as oven mitts or beverage coasters, you can make money with designs that you come up with yourself.

In fact, even Amazon is now in on the POD action, and they are printing and shipping out millions of shirts, books and other items on a daily basis — all while paying out millions of dollars their content and product creators.

The biggest benefit with print on demand, is that there is no inventory to hold — but you will need to spend a decent amount of time, money and effort on the marketing to bring in new customers and sales.

Even if you are not a graphic designer or artist, you can market popular catchphrases that are not trademarked and take advantage of pop culture.

Flipping Classic Cars

Believe it or not, but people are now searching and buying cars through the internet as well! With more customers making their searches and purchases online, this can lead to new business opportunities for anyone looking to get into this industry as well.

If you already have a little bit of money set aside, you can make a little extra flipping classic cars online. The easiest way to do this is to scour through any online car auction and look for classic cars that need a bit of work to be put into them.

This can take some time, work and effort, but if you enjoy the idea of fixing them up to good or great working conditions, you can sell them at a decent  profit. While this online money-making method requires more work than do the others, it also has the potential to make the most money and is definitely something that could be scaled out over time.

If you do not have any skill with repairing cars, you can always part the car out by disassembling the car and selling the parts individually.


The world of blogging is growing daily. There are now more than a billion active websites on the internet today, and more than 300 million of them are blogs, and being powered through the free WordPress CMS platform.

The important thing to know about blogging, is that it’s extremely fast, easy and affordable to get started with. However, it’s also one of the slower methods for making money online, as you will be starting a site from scratch and will need to generate traffic through Google and social media in order to make any real money.

While you won’t directly make money from your writing unless you charge access to it, you can make money via advertising and affiliate links.

For this to work, you simply write about products or services and make recommendations about them. Throughout the blog, you can provide links to the actual things you are writing about and you make a commission for each sale that results from someone following your link.

While each individual commission fee may seem small, they can add up quickly.

Online Videos

Many people have found their calling by posting videos of themselves on online video websites and through the use of social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. Whether they are providing tips on how to beat video games or reviewing movies or video games, people flock to the streaming content.

And if you need a few ideas and examples of what’s possible, just take a look at any of these top IG influencers that are generating millions of views, clicks and shares every month. Even better, some of the top micro-influencers are generating thousands of dollars per social update through the use of sponsored content.

When you achieve a high enough viewership level, you can qualify to have ads played in your video which subsequently earns you money. This works the same as television shows operate. The potential for income can be quite significant.

The Most Creative and Effective Ways to Make Money Online

With billions of people now online and searching for new content and services through Google and social media on a daily basis, it’s no wonder why more people are using the internet to make money from anywhere.

No matter which of the methods above seem most interesting to you, the most important thing for you to do is get started. Take a moment to read through each of the business opportunities above, and then do a little more research on each.

Don’t just go live with your new business idea right away, research it first! It’s extremely important to make sure you have a business model in place to make sure your products, site or services stand out from the crowd and are better than what’s currently out there.

It’s also just as important to have a solid marketing plan in place — whether that be through organic free traffic from Google (SEO), or using paid ads to start attracting new audiences right away.

Billions of dollars are generated weekly through the power of the internet. If you are still sitting on the sidelines, right now is the best time to get started!

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