How to Earn Money Online for Free (Yes, It Is Possible)

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If you are looking to make money online, you have probably found out that most ways take some investment.

But is it possible to make money online without having to spend a lot of money on something you do not even know if works or if it is a scam?

Let me reveal right away that it is possible. I have done this in many different ways myself – but whether or not it is a good idea depends on your goals and why you want to make money online.

In this article, I will explain how to earn money online for free – and by free, I actually mean that there is a way that is 100% free and always will be.

I will also go into the details about how you find out if it is a good option for you.

What opportunities are there to earn money online for free?

If you have looked on the internet to find ways to make money, you have probably realized that there are many suggestions for how to do this.

There are many places where you will see they say it is free, but when you click a button to move on, you will, in many cases, quickly realize that most of them will take quite a lot of investment or risk.

Investment or risk can be fine and can be the way to go if you find the right way for you. But as this post is about how to make money without investment, I will focus on that part.

There are actually several ways to make money online that are 100% free. But by far, the easiest and fastest is to do paid surveys or by earning on GPT (get-paid-to) sites.

Let me reveal right away that this will not be a way to create a full-time online income and will not make you rich.

But if you want to earn a bit extra without any risk and without having to invest anything at any point, this can be a great way (and probably the only way) to do this.

What are paid surveys and GPT sites, and can they make you money?

Paid surveys are surveys that you can do online through a number of different companies that offers this.

They usually take between 5-25 minutes per survey, and you will have to answer questions about a certain topic. It can be your opinion about a certain product, about politics, about a specific service or company, and similar questions.

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Sharing your opinion can be a great way to earn some extra cash online.

Before starting a survey, you will know what the reward will be, and you can always choose whether you want to participate or not. Depending on the survey site you choose to sign up for, you will earn cash, vouchers, or products.

There are sites that then, in addition to paid surveys, also offer other different earning methods that are completely free. These are called GPT (get-paid-to) sites.

Ways you can earn here vary from site to site, but it can, for example, be by watching videos, taking offers, signing up for contests, downloading apps, playing games, surfing online, and more.

To join both GPT and survey sites is a great combination and will give you the most earning opportunities.

As mentioned above, it is important to know that doing paid surveys and joining GPT sites will not make you rich. If you start doing surveys with this as an expectation, you will be disappointed.

There are some survey sites that promise that you can easily become rich by doing surveys, but those sites are usually scams that will never make you anything, and can instead end up costing you money.

Recommended: See the Best Survey and GPT Sites in Your Country

Are there other ways to make money online – a full-time income?

Yes, there are several other ways to make money online. But if you want to make money online without any investment at all and without any risk at all, then there are not many options. If that is what you want, paid surveys and GPT is the best legit way I am aware of.

But there are, of course, other legit ways to earn money online, and also that can make you a full-time income or more.

If making this kind of money is your goal, be aware that it will NOT happen overnight and will take effort, time, and some investment, depending on the route you want to go.

The best way to pursue this goal is, in my opinion, to build an online business through a website. This can be done by anyone who is determined enough and willing to learn and take action.

You can get started with this for free, but at some point, you will have to make some investment if you want to become really successful.

So there are definitely ways to make money online that can make you a lot more money than surveys and GPT sites if you are willing to invest a bit and do the work it takes.

If you want to do this, be aware that, unfortunately, there are many scammers out there that will try to trick money from you by promising all kinds of unrealistic scenarios and tricks.

Caution – avoid wasting time and money

As mentioned above, there are many online scams, so be cautious when deciding how you want to make money online.

In general, if anybody promises that you can become rich very quickly with minimal or no effort, it is a sign that it could be a scam. If it sounds unrealistic and too good to be true, it might very well be because it is not true.

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Beware of the many online scams to avoid wasting your money.

Surveys and GPT sites are a safe way to make a bit of extra money online without any risk. However, there are also survey scams out there trying to take your money or information.

So it is only safe if you join the best and legit sites, but there are luckily many of these.

It will not make you as much as many other approaches, but it is 100% free and does not take any training. Just be sure to sign up for the legit sites, as there, as mentioned, unfortunately, are survey sites that try to scam you.

If your goal is to be able to make a full-time income online, I would instead suggest looking into how to make money through a website or online business.

There are many programs online that offer information about this. Unfortunately, not all of them live up to the promises they give.

If you want to join any of these programs, make sure you are aware of the exact costs before joining and preferably only sign up for programs that give you a free trial, so you can check out the quality before you pay anything.

Below you can find a link to more information about the approach I recommend if you want to build an online business that can give you a full-time income.

How do you get started earning money online?

The best way to start earning money online really depends on your goals, time frame, and budget.

I recommend doing one of two things depending on your goal. Both of these ways are 100% legit, and I know from personal experience both of them work.

Which one is the best option depends on what you are looking for, so let's shortly go over each of the two options in more detail so you can find the best option for you.

Option 1 – Make money on paid surveys/GPT sites:

The first money I made online was through survey and GPT sites.

It is a great way to earn some extra cash online, and it is 100% free what is unusual about this way of earning is that you can start earning right away.

Depending on the country you live in, it can make you some really nice extra money on the side. You just have to be aware that it will not be able to replace a full-time income or anything near that. So you need to do it with the right expectations.

But as mentioned, if you are looking for a completely free way to earn money online, this is your best option, in my experience.

If you want to start making money on paid surveys and GPT sites, click the link below to see the top paying sites in your country, read the information about each of them, and sign up for the ones that sound most appealing to you.

Option 2 – Build an online full-time income:

If you are willing to put in quite a lot of work and want to be able to make a living by working online, then that is definitely possible to learn – even if you have no online working experience at all.

You just need to be aware that this will NOT happen overnight, and it will require quite a lot of work – the truth is just that there is no automatic and secret method to become rich online overnight, even though many scammers want you to believe this.

But it definitely is possible to create a full-time income online. It is also possible to get started very cheaply compared to starting any other kind of business.

However, I will also be honest with you and make it clear that you can get started with this for free, but if you want to become successful, there will at least be a minimal investment for certain tools and probably also for some training if you have never done it before.

Even though this article is about how to make money online for free, I still want to put this option here as I know many people are looking for a way to make a living online and wonder if surveys are a way.

The reality is just that it is possible to make some money online for free, but if you want to make a living, you have to be willing to make at least a bit of investment.

If this is what you want, then paid surveys and GPT sites can actually be a great way to cover your initial investment into your online business, so you do not have to take any money out of your daily budget.

Final thoughts

Hope that you now have a good idea about how you can earn money online without investment and what the options are for this.

There are actually quite a lot of ways to make money online – just be aware that the majority of offers are from scammers who will be trying to earn by taking your money without giving anything in return.

But there are luckily also some great and legit methods. Which approach is the best for YOU depends on your goals and why you want to make money online.

If you want to make money completely for free, then paid surveys and GPT sites are the best options. You just need to do it with the right expectations and know it will not make you a full-time income.

If your goal is to make a full-time income online, this is definitely possible to create. But you have to be willing to make at least a small investment. Anything else is just simply not realistic. If that is what you want, paid surveys and GPT sites can be a great way to cover your initial investment.

No matter your goals, I hope you now have a good idea about the best ways to start making money online and what is realistic if you want to make money online for free. So choose the option that fits you the best and check out more information through the buttons above.

If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.

6 thoughts on “How to Earn Money Online for Free (Yes, It Is Possible)”

  1. I did a few online surveys at some point and I got paid around ten cents an hour. I cannot get them to stop sending me emails and it is frustrating. I like how your site explains surveys and your site is really clean. I like how you talk about scams cuz we all know they are out there. This is a good site and I enjoyed the read. thanks

    • Hi Peter,

      Sorry to hear about your bad experience with surveys. Sounds like you were unlucky to sign up for a very poor survey site. 10 cents an hour is unusual low, and definitely not a site worth being a member of. Luckily there are many survey sites that pay a lot better, and that will also stop sending you emails, if you decide to leave the site. So if you want to give surveys another try, there are definitely legit and good survey sites that is worth joining. But as I also mention, you just have to be aware that it will not make you rich – but it will definitely make you more than 10 cents an hour:-)


  2. I’ve heard about paid surveys before. I never knew which ones were legitimate. The one thing I was always concerned about was how much time was involved to take an average survey and what the average pay was. Do they charge you to join and which companies are round the longest with the best reputations?

    • Hi Rob,

      Yes there are many survey sites, so it can be a bit of a jungle to find the good ones. Some of the ones I have had the most success with are ClixSense, CashCrate and Toluna. But all the sites on my top 10 list (you can find it in the main menu) are good. Which ones are the best does however depend on where in the world you live. Some sites can be really good if you live in one country, but not give as many opportunities in another.

      No legit survey site will charge you to join. If a survey site charges you to join and do its surveys, you can assume that it is a scam, and you should not join.

      Wish you all the best with trying out surveys, and let me know if you get any questions.


  3. Surveys are an interesting safe way to get some xtra income but you are so right in saying that you should not expect a full time income. Are there any stats about average earnings?

    • Hi Dennis,

      There are many things that comes into play when it comes to how much you can earn. It depends first on all on which sites you sign up for as there can be quite big differences in the potentials. And it also depends a lot on which country you live in, as some survey sites offer more opportunities for some countries than others. Other aspects that comes into play is your age, your interests, your profession, and other demographic criteria, as some surveys are only for specific demographic groups. So very difficult to say how much people make on average, and as far as I am aware, there are no statistics on average earnings.



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