Making Money Online Isn’t a Scam

At least, not anymore

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I used to think making money online was a scam.

Okay, not always. There were some legitimate options out there. I knew you could do surveys (for pennies) or sell stuff on Kijiji. But whenever a digital entrepreneur would slide across my socials, talking about how they got rich working only 4 hours/week or made big bucks posting affiliate links twice a day, I’ll admit…I usually rolled my eyes.

Earn hundreds of dollars through my laptop? Pfft. Yeah, right.

And no surprise! I was correct. You can’t become a millionaire overnight. Why? Because working online isn’t all that different from working in an office. Both take dedication, energy, and time. Digital and in-person jobs require a certain level of education or at the bare minimum a willingness to learn and grow professionally in one’s chosen career path. Anyone with half a brain knows this. Barring winning the lottery on meme stocks, there’s just no way to earn that much big money online.

And yet…I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was onto something. So, in 2017 I dove deep into researching online side hustle culture. I was tired of the lies. I wanted to know the truth. What were these gurus doing that I wasn’t seeing?

I asked myself the following questions:

  • How do I learn to differentiate between an internet scam and an opportunity?
  • What if there is some realness to this #WFH thing?
  • What online jobs exist?
  • Am I just afraid of failure?

Not gonna’ lie, I went a little crazy. I watched YouTube videos. Read articles. Checked out stacks of books from the library and stalked the threads of Reddit. Slowly, my opinion about making money online began to change. In fact, it changed SO MUCH that I am now coaching people on how to start up an online side hustle of their own.

I even wrote a book about it! * Shameless self-promotion plug * it’s called:

3 Legit Ways to Earn $200/month Online (available on Amazon).

Side Hustles Are a Legit Way to Make $$$

What I discovered was this: online side hustles are a legitimate way to make money. As predicted, it wasn’t easy in the beginning. It took me four years and three jobs to discover which gigs were actually worth the time and effort, and which ones felt too “scammy” to bother pursuing further. I worked anywhere from 5–35 hours per week when employed by the following three freelance companies:

  • Fiverr
  • VIPkid
  • Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

And guess what?


Since beta launching my ghostwriting business a year ago, I have helped a dozen people start earning real dollars, deposited into real bank accounts, via real online side hustles. Personally, I’ve also been able to pay off a good chunk of student debt, cover my phone bill, and treat myself to all-you-can-eat sushi twice a month. My journey into the world of online work has been liberating to say the least. In addition to the confidence boost being my own #boss gives me, I have also connected with other amazing freelancers. My clients keep me busy. I’m writing more (and better) than ever before. And coolest of all? I’ve seen other DIY people who are far smarter than I am build side hustle empires which have totally revolutionized their lives. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy freedom.

Anyone Can Do It

Gone are the days where getting a higher education was the only way to make money. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing schools. Heck no! University was the best time of my life. I think everyone should have the opportunity to explore these avenues, if continued studies is something that interests them. What I mean is, in 2021 a college or university degree doesn’t necessarily guarantee a ticket into sustainable employment. And so, having a backup option or additional income source while you navigate the tight job market isn’t necessarily a bad idea. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the workforce permanently. Now more than ever, people are doing their business online. Shopping, education, banking…you name it.

If you want to evolve with the times, the internet is the place to be.

Thanks to a global pandemic that has rocked the economy and sent millions into joblessness, people are looking for ways to make money that don’t involve leaving the house. Maybe you have childcare issues. Or limited time. Maybe you’re still a student or are retired or are just bored waiting for the world to get back to some form of normal. Whatever the case, you can make $200/month online.

But here’s the thing — you don’t need to buy my (or anyone’s) course or book to learn how to make money online. It’s not secret stuff. There’s a wealth of information available for free on the internet. Online side hustlers tend to be a friendly and supportive group, in my experience. Reach out to them. Join a Facebook group. Follow me here on Medium. We are happy to share our tips and tricks because honestly, the demand for online freelancers has never been higher. Fiverr grew by 77% in 2020. VipKid has more than 500,000 students. And we all know, Amazon is a giant who won’t be going away anytime soon. Kindle Direct Publishing made 35 million in May 2021 alone. That’s just for books!

Simply put, we need more of “us.”

If making a billion dollars from the comfort of your laptop sounds too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. Beware! Scams abound. However, if you want to start small and get your feet wet with a new online side hustle, I can’t recommend these three options highly enough. The companies are real, they pay in actual dollars, and they’re hiring.

Freelance Writer. I blog about books, self-publishing, history, dogs, and the occasional ghost.