How to make money online

Pick up freelance work online

Make money online through websites such as Upwork, Fiverr and These sites offer opportunities to do a variety of freelance jobs, such as writing, programming, design, marketing, data entry and being a virtual assistant. Fluent in a second language? Check sites such as Gengo or Blend Express, or drum up business through a site of your own. No matter what freelancing you do, keep track of the going rate for the kind of work you provide so you know what to charge. Learn how to get started on Upwork.

A recent report from found that creative writing jobs had the fastest growth in listings on its site in the second quarter of 2023, up 58%. Although generative artificial intelligence (AI) is being used more for content creation, it can’t fully do the work of human writers. Companies are looking for writers who know how to edit AI content and who have at least a basic understanding of search engine optimization — learning or beefing up SEO skills could be a lucrative side hustle. Some freelancers are charging $100 an hour or more for their freelance writing services.

Total time: It can take a while to get your first gig.

Setup: 24-48 hours.

How easy to start: Easy, if you have the expertise.

How fast you’ll get paid: Varies by site.

Need to know
  • It takes Upwork up to 48 hours approve your profile. But keep in mind it can take time to land your first freelance gig.

  • Payment varies by site. On Upwork the timeline for receiving earnings depends on the type of payment. Hourly contracts have a weekly billing cycle and you can withdraw funds 10 days later. Fixed-price contracts have a five-day waiting period. Project catalog contracts allow payment withdrawal after five days. And bonus payments also become available after five days. In each case, a client has to review your work. On Fiverr, you’re paid when the work order is complete, but you can’t withdraw funds for 14 days. (The waiting time is shorter for those in the Top Rated Sellers and Fiverr Studio Member ranks.)

  • Upwork and Fivver require users to be at least 18 to sell work. And requires users to be at least 16.

  • Some sites require you to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


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Written by Benedict Felix

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