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40 ways to start making money online in South Africa today

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The world seems bigger online. More people. More things to do. More opportunities.

What do you get when you put those three together? Loads of ways to make money on the internet.

We mean it. There are endless ways to make money online, and we’re going to share forty with you.

That’s right—forty ways to make money from anywhere using the power of the internet.

Let’s get started.


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40 Ways to make money online  in South Africa

  1. Affiliate marketing
  2. E-commerce (or selling local products online) 
  3. Dropshipping
  4. Stock trading
  5. Cryptocurrency trading
  6. Online courses
  7. Online coaching
  8. Social media management
  9. Copywriting
  10. Web design
  11. Graphic design
  12. Content creation
  13. Blogging
  14. Podcasting
  15. Virtual Assistant
  16. Translation services
  17. Online surveys
  18. Virtual event planning
  19. Online jury
  20. Data entry
  21. Online tutoring
  22. Do online research
  23. YouTube channel
  24. Social media influencer
  25. Online bookkeeping
  26. Digital marketing services
  27. Online personal training
  28. Virtual interior design
  29. Online language tutoring
  30. Online nutrition coaching
  31. Virtual therapy
  32. Online tech support
  33. Voiceover Services
  34. Transcription services
  35. Stock photography
  36. Virtual bookkeeping
  37. Online reselling
  38. Virtual resume writing
  39. Proofreading and editing
  40. Virtual event photography


Brilliant, isn’t it? Forty opportunities to make more money online and these are available to anyone. 

Now, we’re going to go ahead and define each of the ways, just in case some don’t ring a bell.

Here we go.

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Affiliate marketing:

Earn a commission on sales by promoting products made by other people.

E-commerce (or selling local products online):

Utilise online platforms such as Takealot, BidorBuy, Gumtree, or even Amazon and eBay, or create your own online store to sell products.


Create an online store that doesn’t require inventory management and get the supplier to ship products directly to customers for you.

Stock Trading:

Generate income by investing in the stock market (this takes practice, try starting with a demo account).

Cryptocurrency trading:

Like stock trading, you could make money buying and selling cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.

Online courses:

Develop and sell online courses on platforms such as Udemy, Teachable, Kajabi, Maven, Skillshare or another platform (there’s room for creativity here).


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Online coaching:

Provide coaching services on topics that you’re an expert in. This could be business, health, or life skills. You name it.

Social media management:

Manage social media accounts for businesses or individuals and improve their online presence.

Copywriting or freelance writing:

Create persuasive written content for businesses and help them to sell their products or services.

Web design:

Design, build, and manage websites for clients (nowadays, you can learn how online).

Graphic design:

Create beautiful logos, graphics, and other visual content for clients to support their branding and marketing.

Content creation:

Generate income by creating and selling digital content, such as ebooks, subscriptions, videos, photos, art, or advertising opportunities if you have a large audience.


Create a blog and monetise it through ads, sponsored posts, or affiliate marketing to earn a passive income.


Join Joe Rogan and hop on air. Podcasts can make a lot of money through ads, sponsorships, subscriptions or merchandise.

Virtual assistant:

Provide administrative and other support services remotely to clients and help them streamline their business operations.


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Translation services:

Fluent in a unique language? Make money online by translating text or speech for businesses or individuals online.

Online surveys:

Take online surveys for market research companies and earn money for your opinions.

Virtual event planning:

Plan and coordinate events for clients online, like webinars or conferences.

Online jury:

Participate in online jury trials, provide feedback, and get paid.

Data entry:

Provide data entry services to businesses or individuals who require assistance entering large volumes of information.

Online tutoring:

Offer online tutoring services in subjects like maths, science, or language to help students improve their grades and do better in school.

Do online research:

Conduct research online for clients who need data or information.

YouTube channel:

Build a subscriber base on YouTube and monetise your channel(s) through ads, sponsorships, or merchandise sales.

Social media influencer:

Build a social media following and earn revenue through sponsored posts or brand partnerships.


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Online bookkeeping:

Provide online bookkeeping services to clients who need assistance managing their finances efficiently and accurately.

Digital Marketing Services:

Help businesses operating in South Africa (or outside the country) by providing digital marketing services like SEO, PPC, or social media marketing to reach more customers.

Online personal training:

Help people get in shape at home by providing online personal training services. The best thing about virtual sessions is that you can do massive groups simultaneously.

Virtual interior design:

Offer virtual interior design services and interior rendering to clients who want to redesign their living or working spaces.

Online language tutoring:

Help people learn a new language by offering online language tutoring services.

Online nutrition coaching:

Help individuals improve their diet by offering online nutrition coaching services.

Virtual therapy:

Assist individuals in enhancing their mental health by providing virtual therapy services.

Online tech support:

Offer online tech support services for people who need help with online tools, apps, or hardware devices.

Voiceover services:

Use your voice to make money online by doing voiceovers for videos or audiobooks.

Transcription services:

Convert audio or video to text by offering transcription services for businesses or individuals.

Stock photography:

Monetise your photography skills by selling your photos on stock photography websites

Virtual bookkeeping:

Help clients manage their finances by offering virtual bookkeeping services.

Online reselling:

Buy and resell products online for a profit.

Virtual resume writing:

Improve job prospects for clients by providing virtual resume-writing services

Proofreading and editing:

Offer remote proofreading and editing services for written content.

Virtual event photography:

Capture the best moments during online events by providing virtual event photography services.


Final thoughts

There you have it. Did this list inspire you? We hope so.

There are a million reasons why anyone would want to make money online. Freedom to work whenever and wherever (for some ways), extra income, bigger markets, or to make up for financial constraints.

If you’re in that last camp, there could be other ways to improve your finances.

Debt review or debt counselling are great ways to reduce your debt burden and give yourself some breathing room.

If you’d like to see if you apply, visit My Debt Hero now.

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