With so many ads for get-rich-quick schemes on various websites, it can feel like an impossible prospect to make money online. Many opportunities seem too good to be true and turn out to be the web’s version of a pyramid scheme or require an upfront investment from you before you can start working. Others are legitimate opportunities, but they pay so little that your time is not appropriately compensated. However, there are some ways to earn extra money online that do offer legitimate opportunities to grow your income.

Make a second income from home

Sell some of your old items.

Ebay is a very user-friendly site and is a hugely popular way to shop online, making it an excellent way to get visibility for your items. While a yard sale is only viewed by the people who stop by, Ebay attracts millions of online shoppers who are casually browsing or looking for a particular item. Clean your closet, attic, and garage and sell items that are in good condition that you don’t use often. Name brand items and electronics do particularly well on Ebay. If you enjoy this, you can continue to sell items online for a profit by scouring local yard sales and charity shops. These places often have furniture, clothing, and other items that could be sold at a significant price increase. After awhile, this method of making extra money can feel like a fun game, and you will make more money as you learn which items are the most in demand.

Filling out online surveys.

Research companies often offer compensation for people’s feedback on various products and topics. Sites such as Research Now and ValuedOpinions.co.uk offer you the opportunity to answer questions for money. Often, these opportunities can lead to further involvement in market research. These surveys allow you to work as much or as little as you like. In this way, you can control the amount of extra income that you earn each month.

Design contests at designcontest.com

Users post their design needs and you can propose your idea. If your design is chosen, you will be compensated for your work. This is an excellent way to use your creativity, especially if your day job does not allow you to be imaginative.

Don't get greedy though :S

Freelance writing to earn extra income

The Internet has made this even more accessible. Various websites allow writers to claim projects and to take on as much work as they like. Others work exclusively with one writer, allowing you to form ongoing relationships with clients and to expand your earning potential over time.

Turn your extra space into extra income.

There are various established websites that allow you to rent out extra storage space such as an attic or extra room. You can also rent out your driveway or parking space to earn extra money. In this way, you receive regular monthly income without having to do any work.

Moderate for an online message board or review website.

Many companies now have online discussion forums or customer feedback reviews. These need to be reviewed to ensure appropriate and relevant content. Most companies employ freelancers to monitor the submissions for a weekly or monthly commission.

There are various ways to increase your income and improve your financial situation. These suggestions are a great way to get started.

Post contributed by Mark Hobbs, on behalf of DesignContest.com, a crowdsourcing company that uses Logo Design Contests to supply unique and affordable designs.