5 Unexpected Ways to Start Making Money Online

The most difficult part of making money is finding ideas. Online money-making hustles are no exception. Although the internet seems vast, thinking of original money-making ideas isn’t that easy. Below is a bit of a random list of things that I found useful while trying to earn at least a monthly $100 from the internet.

5 Unexpected Ways to Start Online Earning

Twitch Streaming

You would need to despise gaming altogether and not want to get paid for playing video games. Twitch has created a system where almost anyone can earn some extra income from streaming their gaming sessions. It’s much easier than it looks.

Twitch streamers need 50 followers and three or more concurrent viewers to qualify for account monetization. When monetized, every viewer can donate directly to the streamer in Twitch bits. One bit is $0.01, so a hundred of them is $1.

Later, you can build exclusive content, gain money from ads, make brand deals, sell merchandise, and so on. The main reason why Twitch is a great way to earn money online is that it isn’t difficult to get your account monetized.

Unlike YouTube, where you need to be already known to be monetized, Twitch can get you to $50 per month with only a dozen concurrent viewers. Add that playing games is generally fun, and you have a good hobby for making side money online.

Unused Bandwidth Sharing

While streaming how your game online is entertaining, it’s still a lot of work. You still have to dedicate your hours sitting in front of a PC and put effort into caring for your audience. If you want more of a passive income source, you can simply start an internet sharing venture.

Your IP address is a unique access point to the internet that has advantages no one else does. You get targeted prices from e-shops for your location, different content on streaming services, access to certain social media accounts, and much more. This value can be translated into money.

Pawns.app, for example, allows people to install an app on their smartphone or computer, which transforms it into a bandwidth-sharing point. Other people can connect to the internet through it and visit websites from your device. It allows them to bypass geo-restrictions, and you earn some money.

The best part is that it’s a completely passive income source. All you have to do is flip a switch on the app and start earning money. If you’re at least a bit tech-savvy, you can start building chains of multiple devices with different IPs. There is no limit for potential earnings that way.

Reselling Used Items

We all know what a pain it is to sell something that you no longer need online. Yes, it’s easy to make a post on Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, or eBay, but then you have to answer messages meet or ship the item yourself. It’s a lot of work, and you ain’t earning much,

It’s one of the reasons why many people are selling unused items at ridiculously low prices. That, or they don’t know what they are actually selling. If you have at least a bit of knowledge of the goods in question, you can use that to buy the items cheaply and sell them for a profit.

That’s it. It’s really all there is to it, but you will need to take on some risk and invest some money buying things. You can lower the risk by thoroughly researching the goods you buy.

I have had some success with perfumes and laptops since I know a thing or two about them. I’m sure you can think of a niche of your own.

E-commerce Websites

Long past are days when creating and hosting a website was difficult, including e-commerce ones. Platforms like Squarespace or Hostinger make it extremely easy and affordable to create a website and start selling stuff online.

Monetizing websites, even with excellent content, is the difficult part. Affiliate marketing, where you promote goods that others sell and get a cut, isn’t that easy anymore. Most of the action these days is on YouTube or other social media channels (well, get to that below).

But e-commerce websites are still standing. If you have unique products and can provide additional services, then your e-commerce website will flourish. Yes, buying stuff on Amazon is convenient, but it won’t give you the best prices, maintenance, or advice.

That’s especially true for high-tech products, such as laptops. TVs, auto parts, construction tools, etc. But it can be applied almost anywhere. If you have good subject-matter knowledge, you can become an authority and sell your goods and services this way.

Online Tutoring

Chegg, Tutor Me, Preply, Udemy, and many other platforms offer anyone the opportunity to earn by becoming a tutor or publishing their courses. Of course, you do need to be an expert in your subject, but the free market forces are at play here as everywhere else.

Instructors with the highest qualifications and professionalism can charge more, but even without qualifications, you can earn. For example, there’s a market for people who are native English speakers. They are not English majors or experts in tutoring; they are simply native speakers.

Those who want to learn English pay money just to chat with someone who speaks their desired language, which is their mother tongue. However, this will ensure just a small income compared to preparing for exams.

If you have skills in math, chemistry, history, or any other school or college subject, you can charge much more for students preparing for exams. Anyone has something to teach, but only the best earn decent money.


It won’t be entirely effortless with any of these five methods. If it were, everybody would be doing it, and then it wouldn’t be profitable. Consider them as roadsigns that show you the way, but you will still need to create your own path. The best part is that each of them can be very rewarding, not just monetarily.

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