3 legitimate ways to make money online

Every week on my national radio show, someone calls to ask about legitimate work-at-home online jobs. There are some great opportunities, but just like a landing a real job, you need the desire to make things happen. And since these are online opportunities, you also need a decent internet connection along with a smartphone, desktop, laptop or tablet.

Getting started is always the hardest part. To help you, here are ways you can put extra cash in your pocket.

1. Do small jobs in your hometown

TaskRabbit: Ever need a hand getting something done? TaskRabbit puts you in touch with people in your area who need immediate help.

You might get hired to go to a store and shoot or take photos video of a product’s display. You apply to be an agent, find jobs, and get paid using the Field Agent app.

There are people ready to hire you right now if you don’t mind getting out and about.

It’s an online marketplace geared specifically for local professionals looking for new customers. Prospective customers answer a few questions detailing what they need.

2. Sell handmade crafts

Handmade at Amazon: To be considered to sell products on Handmade at Amazon, you have to apply here. Once you’re accepted, there’s no charge to list your products, and Amazon takes 12 percent of your sales. It’s similar to Etsy, but Amazon is a much larger site, which means there’s the potential to be seen by many more customers.

Selling handmade items is a fun way to earn money online.

Etsy: How ‘d you like your own online store for selling your crafts? Etsy makes it easy to create a full product catalog where buyers can view and buy your items. It’s free to create your shop, but Etsy charges a small fee for each item you post and takes a 3.5 percent cut of anything you sell.

3. Get paid to write

Look at sites that pay you to write if you have a way with words.

Write and sell eBooks: You don’t need to write a novel. Click here to learn how to write and sell your own eBook.

WriterAccess: This service connects freelance writers with businesses that need written copy. WriterAccess assigns a star rating to the writer so clients know exactly what they are getting, and prices are adjusted accordingly.

ListVerse: Look online and you’ll see a slew of articles that start with the number 10. ListVerse will pay you for a well written list of any kind.

Bonus: Make and share videos

The next time you catch a once-in-a-lifetime moment or a silly event on camera, share the video online. Amazon Video Direct: While everyone knows about YouTube, Amazon Video Direct is almost a secret. If your video is free to the public, Amazon Video Direct will keep 45 percent of the advertising revenue it generates. If you make a video that’s available for rent or subscription, Amazon will keep 50 percent of advertising revenue. For videos that only Amazon Prime members can watch, Amazon will pay you $0.15 for each hour that someone streams them.

The next time you catch a once-in-a-lifetime moment or a silly event on camera, share the video online. You can still earn money by sharing videos on social media.

YouTube: Whether it’s a short clip of your pet or a fully produced product review, you can make money with it on YouTube– and you don’t need a television studio to create it. Click here to listen to my free podcast for a detailed breakdown on how to make money on YouTube.

Amazon Video Direct: While everyone knows about YouTube, Amazon Video Direct is almost a secret. If your video is free to the public, Amazon Video Direct will keep 45 percent of the advertising revenue it generates.