Have a full time job but want to explore additional income streams? Thanks to the digital age, nowadays, all you need is a speedy Internet connection and you’re open to an influx of extra money-making opportunities.

The advancement of technology means you can generate income online and enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with it.

If you love the idea of exploring additional income streams but you’re not quite sure where to begin looking, here are four options to consider as a starting point:

1) Offer your skills online

There are increasingly more online and mobile marketplaces now offering people opportunities to browse through available work that others have outsourced.

You can essentially offer your skills as a service with a guaranteed and secure monetary exchange.

The process normally works by you selecting your location and adding in keywords to match your skills. Examples of tasks include transcribing, cleaning, gardening, resume editing, building a website, social media assistant and many more.

Depending on your skills it’s up to you what you chose to and get paid for.

If being somewhere physically is not feasible, pick online-only tasks.

2) Sell old items

If you’re harvesting a cupboard full of random chairs, kitchen appliances or various knick-knacks that you know won’t be used, perhaps it’s time to get rid of them but also make a buck or two.

Selling goods online is nothing new but is a growing space for trading.

All you need is a camera to take a series of images to post either to Ebay, Gum Tree or Facebook. You may not make back what you paid for but at least you’ll get rid of clutter as a bonus.

3) Try online trading 

If you’re good with money and follow international markets you may want to put those skills to good use by engaging in forex trading, the trading of foreign currencies. You can join online trading groups who offer 24-hour support and flexibility, allowing you to trade at all hours as well as ask any questions along the way. In this scenario you can be your own boss but also have virtual assistants.

4) Join online surveys 

It may sound tedious but partaking in online surveys operated by marketing groups is a fast and easy way to make money.

Marketing groups will offer either cash or vouchers for supermarkets in exchange for your time.

These surveys don’t require much brainpower, just your opinion. The beauty of these surveys is that they can be completed at any time of the day. You can also filter your profile so you are sent surveys relevant to you.

5) Type away 

If you have your way with words, why not take up some freelance writing jobs? A lot of brands and companies have in-house blogs and website content they need to update on a regular basis and your services can come in handy as they often outsource content jobs.

Do you have an abundance of knowledge on a niche topic? Why not approach relevant websites and blogs to see if they accept and pay for guest/contributor posts.

The great thing about freelance writing is that all you need is your laptop and the Internet. You can type away and let the income roll in whilst travelling or on the go.

Having an additional income stream can instill more financial stability in your life and generate more disposable income for you. Identify your strengths and weigh up options against your lifestyle and existing commitments before you proceed.

A little creativity and a little research prior can go a long way.

Do you have any other tips to add to this list? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • Online surveys are get for little extras at Christmas time.


  • These are all fantastic ideas. I do surveys and while they can get a little tedious at times, it slowly adds up


  • I love surveys. My favourite site is swagbucks. You accumulate points and you can cash to PayPal at 2500 points which equals $25US. I find that is often converts to almost $35AUD


  • Survey sites don’t pay much at all. It’s pocket money.


  • selling things on line is sometimes extremely time consuming. I often just end up making a trip to the Salvos store and giving it all away!


  • Those online surveys are very attractive but I am worried that they may be scams of some sort just to get your details. I wish I knew which are the legit ones and which are not.


  • Good article. I’d like to earn some extra cash online, so I must look into some of these ideas.


  • I am often looking for ways to pull in a bit of extra income so I may consider some of these.


  • Good article,spare cash is always handy and l like the idea of selling items you don’t need!

    • lol i just donated a whole bunch of stuff that i suppose, in hindsight, would have been great to sell!

      • Good on you for donating – it is good to do too! :)


  • Reading this makes me think I should consider such options way more seriously. I have a few items worth selling online.


  • I love all of these ideas. Was also thinking ‘editing’ or ‘proof reading’ would be a great and easy opportunity.


  • Fantastic ideas. Thank you very much


  • I’m currently thinking about ways to earn a bit extra. It would have been good if you could have given a few examples about some of the places you can go to try and find some of the work.


  • Thanks for your post – worse thing is the best you get is a little bit of pocket money. I know every little helps, but don’t expect to make a fortune.


  • yeah it would be great to get more actual names of the places to check out. where do you start?


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