Interested to earn money online? There are lots of websites nowadays that claim to pay you a huge sum of money in exchange for doing a simple task. But there’s always a catch: you have to deposit a sum of money with them before you begin. That should be a big red flag right there when such requirement pops up. This kind of offer is usually a scam but many people still fall for it. Many of us often forget that when something seems too good to be true, there is usually something behind it.
However, there are some legit ways you still can earn money online. As a student myself, I have no certification, or prior work experience whatsoever. So I’ve compiled a list of “tried and tested” ways to earn money online as a student. But, this list is not just meant for students, it can be used by anybody who have some extra free time on their hands and would like to earn some extra spending money.
5 Ways to Earn Money Online
1. Doing Surveys
This is by far the easiest way to earn money online or vouchers for various shopping platforms. Research companies are always looking for people worldwide to offer their opinions and answer surveys. Of course, before you can begin, you will have to create an account and answer some questions so that they can match you with surveys that match your profile.
One thing to remember is when you’re answering those questions, be sure to answer them honestly as they will check to see if you give consistent answers throughout. They are quite good at recognising anomalies in your answers.
Read also: 5 Best Survey Platforms In MALAYSIA 
2. Sell Notes
After all the hard work you’ve put into your notes for your courses, why not earn a little money for your effort? Chances are, there’ll be someone that may be interested in buying your notes. There are websites online where you can just upload your notes and people will buy them. The best thing about this is that you earn based on the number of downloads and there is just no limit to that. So, if your sets of notes are good, this can be a source of income as well.
3. Sell Old Things that You Don’t Use Anymore
Have some old things lying around your house gathering dust? Put them up for sale! For example, if you have a full set of a certain collection, it may fetch for quite a high price. It can be a set of anything, be it a CD collection, toy collection, etc.. Even if you don’t have the full set, chances are that someone may be missing that particular thing from their collection and would be willing to buy it from you.
Why not put your money to work by investing in some unit trusts? These type of investments are best suited for someone who has little knowledge about investing, and do not mind average returns. One platform that I would recommend would be FSMOne if you are that sort of person who has the patience to do your own research and monitoring.
There are many funds available in FSMOne. And if you have a little bit more extra capital, you can also purchase stocks and ETFs from the same platform. FSMOne is quite a comprehensive investment platform. You can even try your hand at buying shares from foreign stock markets, if you have the funds to do so. They have bonds too but that would be out of the question for most students as bonds require a bigger amount of initial investment.
5. Sell Second-hand Course Books
This isn’t much of a way to earn extra money but it is a good way to get back some (or if not all!) of the money that you might have spent on course books. As a student, you might’ve need to purchase course books at some point of your student life. In my experience, the price of course books can go up to over RM200 and if you add up all those course books that you might’ve purchased over the years, it can add up to quite a hefty sum. So selling them will enable you go get back an amount of the total that you have spent.
You can either sell these second-hand course books by word-of-mouth or put them up online on websites like Amazon. But keep in mind these websites do take commissions on books sold.
These ways that I’ve mentioned above may not earn you big bucks, but it can earn you a little more spending money. Know of other ways that I’ve missed? Comment down below!