You’re here because you're a Christian and you want to learn how to make money online in a real and ethical way. And you’re in the right place.
Just last week I was sitting in a coffee shop with a missionary friend talking about how he could use the internet to support his missions work because here's the thing:
Earning money online isn’t just a pipe dream.
I've been doing it for 5 years and I'm not the only one; there are 10,000s of Christians out there making a full-time income with only a laptop and internet connection.
And here's the good news:
Making money online really is quite simple. Like any business venture, all you need to succeed is a good idea, discipline and time.
Without further ado, here are 7 real and ethical ways Christians can make money online starting today:
1. Build An Affiliate Marketing Empire
If you're looking to start an online business, affiliate marketing is THE WAY to do it and it's where you make money promoting other people's products or services.
The likes of Amazon, Walmart, Apple, Nike and Sony have affiliate programs you can join for free to earn a commission whenever someone clicks through your unique link and makes a purchase.
With more than 6 million products you can promote instantly to over 4 billion potential customers surfing the web, the earning potential is LIMITLESS!
The most successful affiliate marketers follow this simple, yet powerful 4-step process:
This is the exact formula I follow and thanks to affiliate marketing I’ve been able to:
- Kiss my old UK call centre boss goodbye
- Book a one-way ticket to Thailand and serve as a full-time Christian missionary
- Earn $1,200 in a single day
- Make at least $7,000 each and every month
- Achieve Super Affiliate status and get an all-expenses-paid trip to Vegas
WealthyAffiliate.com is by far the best affiliate marketing training platform out there. They give you complete training with expert help and support every step of the way.
Check out my SUPER in-depth Wealthy Affiliate review to find out how they can help you make your dream business a reality.
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2. Create An Online Service Agency
Ever heard of Fiverr.com?
It's the world's biggest marketplace for digital services. With a click of a mouse you can hire someone to design a logo, create a website or edit a video. If you can think of it, Fiverr probably has someone doing it.
So how can you make money?
Most people will tell you to sign up and offer your own services, but what I'm talking about here is starting your own digital service agency where you offer a service and outsource it to someone else.
Step 1: Find people offering a digital service for a really low price. This is where Fiverr comes in; their prices are ridiculously cheap because there's so much competition.
There are a number of ways you could find clients:
- Create a website advertising your services
- Using social media sites
- Google/Facebook ads if you have the budget
- Contact local businesses directly
3. Start An Amazon Arbitrage Business
People shop on Amazon.com because it's easy and convenient, but what most don't realise is they're not always the cheapest.
You can make a lot of money online finding cheaper products elsewhere then reselling them on Amazon.
Let me give you one example:
These Sony Noise Canceling Headphones sell on Amazon for $348 but do a quick search on Google Shopping and they're available for $235:
And I found this example in under 2 minutes. There are 100s if not 1000s of products online cheaper than any you'll find on Amazon right now.
Step 1: Pop down to local Trader Joes or dollar store to source products (this is known as retail arbitrage) or better yet, find cheaper products online from the comfort of your own home.
Step 2: Check CamelCamelCamel.com to find out Amazon's latest prices and see if they're going up or down.
Step 3: Create a seller account on Amazon, buy and send them the products and they will ship them out once they've sold and you keep the profits.
4. Teach English Online
Have you ever considered becoming a tutor and teaching English (or any other language) online?
You get to work from home with no upfront costs, set your own schedule and could make $24 an hour.
Sign up to Preply.com and set your available work hours and with this one, you don't need a Bachelor's degree.
Become an online language tutor with VIPKid and you'll get paid up to $22/hour for teaching English to Chinese kids. All the lessons are preplanned for you too. Check out my full VIPKid review to find out more.
If you're not keen on selling your time for money working for someone else and want to set your own hourly rate, here's a great video on how to create your own website and start a language teaching business:
5: Get Paid To Review Products You Own
This next money making idea is something I have done myself and it's free to start.
Following the affiliate marketing model I mentioned earlier, all you need to do is find products around your home you've already purchased, get your phone out and do a quick review.
You can tell people how the product works, what you like about it then if it's a blog post, include your affiliate link or if it's a YouTube video, include your affiliate link in the description. Whenever anyone clicks that link and buys you earn a commission.
This works well because people always search for reviews before buying and as long as you're not reviewing the latest iPhone you don't need a ton of subscribers to get ranked well in Google and YouTube.
Let's use the Sony Noise Canceling Headphones again as an example. Here's a YouTuber simply giving his opinion about the headphones. This video has had over 3 million views! Notice the Amazon affiliate link underneath:
Another good thing about the Amazon Affiliate Program is if someone goes through and adds products to their cart, you make up to 10% commissions on anything else they buy within 24 hours.
See my Making Money With Amazon Guide to get started.
6. Create Online Courses For Cash
Have special skills or knowledge you'd like to share with others?
Creating online courses is a great way to put the work in once and get paid many times over.
With sites like Udemy and Teachable, you could easily create a course and earn an extra $500 or $1000 a month, sometimes for years, whilst helping people achieve their self-development goals. It's a total win-win.
You want to create courses:
- You’re passionate about
- You can make money with
And don’t worry – you don’t need to be an expert. People are literally creating courses about pretty much any topic you can think of:
- Christian book writing
- Doing daily devotions
- Advanced Biblical theology
- Christian weight loss
- How to play the guitar
- Graphic design
- Church leadership
- Dog training
- And a ton more…
Here's a screenshot of some of the Christian courses available on Udemy right now:
See that first course on Paul and His Letter to the Romans?
That's been sold 1,976 times. At $100 a pop, this course creator has earned himself a whopping $197,600 on this course alone! Now that's not bad for a days' work!
Watch this great step-by-step video on how to get started on Udemy:
7. Launch A Print On Demand Enterprise
This final money making idea is a great way to either build a full-time business or you can just run it as a side hustle because a lot of the work you're not going to have to do yourself.
Print on demand is basically when you create a product and get someone else to print it and ship it for you.
Come up with a design for a product, put it on your website and when someone comes to your website and buys it the product will be sent to the printers who will print and send it to the customer.
It's a great business model you can get started with today. You don't need to invest any money into stock or anything like that because the companies that print them don't take the money until the person has bought it from you.
One of the websites you can do this on is Printify.com. They've got pretty much any kind of product you think of that you can print on:
Maybe you want to launch a Christian clothing brand selling Christian T-shirts and accessories. You buy the shorts from Printify for $8.40. Once you add your interesting design you might want to sell them for $15, $20 or $25.
There are many ways you can find customers but probably the best place is Pinterest.com. Simply upload some interesting Pins and add a link to your store.
Another great way is creating a store on Etsy.com for free. It's not uncommon to see T-shirts selling for $20 plus.
Which Side Hustle Do You Like The Best?
So those are my 7 ways to make money as a Christian online. I hope you enjoyed them. Tell me in the comments below which one you like the most.
If you have any other ideas on ways Christians can make money online let us know, we'd love to hear from you.
Have any questions at all about getting started? Let me know and I'll get right back to you! 🙂
Simon Crowe is the founder of The Make Money Online Blog and is on a mission to help as many people as possible kiss their bosses goodbye.
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