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Don’t Overlook These 3 Non-Writing Ways to Make Money Online

Don’t Overlook These 3 Non-Writing Ways to Make Money Online

E veryone knows that there are hundreds of ways for writers to make money online, from ghost blogging to maintaining companies’ social media accounts. But not everyone is a good writer, and not everyone wants to make money by writing for the web. That’s where many non-writing opportunities come in.

It really is possible to earn income via the Internet without writing an original word. Whether you work in the construction industry or at alcohol rehab treatment centers, you can pick up some extra dough with these three relatively little-known approaches.


Become a Transcriber

It’s not really writing if you’re typing someone else’s words. Transcription jobs have become more common now that more web sites are catering to the hearing impaired. Those who serve people with hearing difficulties may hire you to type out a podcast, a video or anything else that appears on the site and is not accessible.

The truth is that these jobs don’t pay much if you’re a slow typist. But if you’re fast and accurate and can fly through them quickly, you can make a nice amount of money on the side. Two great places to look for transcription jobs are eLance and oDesk.


Editing Video and Audio Files

It seems everyone with a blog is getting into vlogging or podcasting, and even some companies are trying their hand with it. The good news is that few people have any experience editing these types of files, and so there’s a big demand for skilled video and audio editors to help them out.

You can go about getting these jobs in several ways. Look up the words “audio”, “video” and “editing” on job sites; post to LinkedIn that you are looking to pick up some jobs in this vein; or reach out to local companies that you notice are starting up podcasts or vlogs. Undoubtedly you’ll hit on some opportunities.


Sell, Sell, Sell

Years ago, Craigslist and eBay were the only games in town for sellers. But these days there are quite a few ways to sell, whether you’re looking to move tangible items or trying to sell your own skill set. Of course, eBay and Craigslist remain the biggest and the most reliable sites for selling products, but you can also list on other sites. Think local parenting magazines, Facebook forums and even on Pinterest.

As for your services, you can sign up with a site like Zaarly that will connect you to people who are looking for your exact skill set. Once you’ve been matched up, you simply deliver on your end of the deal. If you do a good job, more work will come your way.

Guest Post by Katie Elizabeth, a keen freelance writer and content coordinator


  1. Thanks for the suggestions, I believe you can also make a few bucks if you like photography and are willing to let others use your photos.

  2. Etsy is another great place to sell if you are crafty, if not steal some craft ideas off of pintrest. I might look into becoming a transcriber, this would be something interesting to try.

  3. Great job highlighting these lesser known opportunities. However, it should be mentioned that transcription will usually require a bit of money to get started (you’ll likely want to purchase a foot pedal).

    • Great point, but the start up cost is really minimal compared to other opportunities! Thanks for reading!

  4. Ah, I sell EVERYTHING! Anything that I say I will not use in a week, I sell! Money, money, money. Some people do call it a bad habit, however. Would you guys consider it a bad habit? I’ve been doing this for two years…

  5. Thanks for the tip, Prospero! And thanks for reading!

  6. I really like to get a transctiption job. Does anyone know of good web sites where I can find a job opportunity like this? I know you can find all sorts of jobs at Odesk, but I don’t really like their biding system; very time consuming.

    Very nice article, by the way! I’m kinda tired of writing and would love to find a job I don’t need to be writing as much as I do now.

  7. Nice article. Don’t overlook Amazon as a selling venue. I sell second-hand books (among other things) and I check what they’re selling for on both Amazon and eBay before I decide which site to list it on.

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