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11 Ways to Make a Side Income Online

11 Ways to Make a Side Income Online

Thank you to LEO for sponsoring this post on how to make a side income online in Canada. As always, all opinions are my own.

Looking for ways on how you can earn a side income online?

In today’s world, it’s important for a lot of people to have multiple income streams.

Whether you’re looking to pay off your debts a bit faster or build up your savings, it’s always great being able to make a little side income.

By no means will anything in this post be a get-rick-quick scheme – it’s all just some helpful ways to earn additional income!

Without further ado, here are ways to make side money online in Canada!


Looking for ways to make extra income through the internet? Here are ways to make a side income online in Canada, to help you get a little extra cash in your pocket for your savings and future!

1. Answer surveys on LEO

Getting paid to share your opinions? That sounds pretty sweet to me.

Leger is the largest Canadian-owned market research company, and anyone can sign up to complete surveys on their LEO app!

LEO is an app that allows you to complete surveys and earn points to redeem rewards, which include:

  • PayPal transfers
  • Air Miles reward miles
  • Tim Hortons or Starbucks gift cards
  • Uber or Uber Eats credits
  • Prepaid Visa cards

The more surveys you complete, the more likely you are to also win LEO’s monthly contests, which feature prizes like IKEA gift cards, Canadian Tire gift cards, and MEC gift cards!

Plus, for every friend you invite to LEO, you can also earn an additional 1,000 points.

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Sign up for LEO using my code “JESSICA” to get 2,000 points when you register! 😉

LEO App
Answer surveys on the LEO app to earn points towards rewards.
LEO App
Share your opinions on literally anything in the Love, Hate, Rate section of the app!
LEO App
Redeem your hard-earned points for sweet, sweet rewards.

2. Start a blog or YouTube channel

Starting a brand from scratch isn’t an easy feat, but you can make a decent side income with even a small platform if you’re willing to put in the work.

With a blog, you can make an income through display ads, affiliate links, and sponsored posts.

It’s the same thing with a YouTube channel, except through video content.

Figure out what you’re passionate about, whether it be fashion styling or home cooking, and get to creating content!

You likely won’t be able to start making an income right away, so this is more of a long-term thing.


3. Search for freelance work

Not much of a front-of-camera type of person?

You can reach out to popular bloggers or YouTubers and offer them virtual assistant (VA) services!

This could pretty much be any role an assistant would do, but online, whether it’s scheduling social media posts or editing videos.

If you’re a great writer, you can also pitch ideas to magazines and blogs and get paid for your articles!

There are all kinds of online freelance gigs you can do from the comfort of your own home – you’ve just gotta dig around for them.


4. Become a social media manager

Got a knack for all things social media?

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The great thing about being a social media manager is that you don’t need a ton of clients to make a decent side income.

You can hunt through Facebook groups to find new clients, or even do it the old-fashioned way and contact small businesses directly!

A lot of small businesses may not have the need or budget to hire an in-house social media manager, but they might be able to hire a freelancer to work a few hours a week.


5. Write an e-book

If you’re an expert in a certain subject, you can write an e-book on it and self-publish it online.

If you’re more of a fiction writer, write a novel or series of short stories and self-publish that!

You can even write a poetry book if that’s what you’re into.

Whatever you write, you’ve just got to write it well and market it well in order to get sales.


6. Create digital products

More of a Photoshop wiz than a word connoisseur?

Similar to producing freelance work, you can create digital products that could work for anyone and everyone.

Some useful digital products you could make are Instagram Story highlight covers and printable planner pages!


7. Sell stock photos

Whether you’re a hobby photographer or a professional one, if you’ve got extra photos, you might want to consider selling them online.

There are plenty of stock photo websites out there, and you can make a great side income selling photos that otherwise would just be sitting on your hard drive!


8. Sell your old clothes online

While you may not consider selling your old clothes as an income, it’s still money you’re making on things you probably would’ve just donated anyway.

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Some people even hunt for clothes at thrift shops and flip them at higher prices online, if that’s something you’re interested in.


9. Become an English tutor

No need to fly off to another country to teach English – you can teach it online at home instead!

You can find plenty of gigs online to teach English to kids overseas.


10. Transcribe texts

Computers aren’t always the most reliable when it comes to transcribing audio, which is why humans are needed for this.

Many businesses and podcasters need their video or audio transcribed, and if you’ve got a knack for understanding even the most muffled sounds, this job is perfect for you!


11. Invest in self-directed TFSAs

As soon as you turn 18 years old in Canada, you can invest in TFSAs, otherwise known as the Tax-Free Savings Account.

Yes, that’s right – your earnings are completely tax-free!

There is a limit to how much you can invest each year, and you also don’t want to just be throwing money away.

If you do your research and find reputable stocks to invest in long-term that also pay dividends, it’s a great way to make passive income!

You can have someone at the bank manage your TFSAs for you, or you can do self-directed and completely manage it yourself via your computer or phone.


Ways to make a side income online in Canada:

  1. Answer surveys on LEO
  2. Start a blog or YouTube channel
  3. Search for freelance work
  4. Become a social media manager
  5. Write an e-book
  6. Create digital products
  7. Sell stock photos
  8. Sell your old clothes online
  9. Become an English tutor
  10. Transcribe texts
  11. Invest in self-directed TFSAs
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Looking for ways to make extra income through the internet? Here are ways to make a side income online in Canada, to help you get a little extra cash in your pocket for your savings and future!
Looking for ways to make extra income through the internet? Here are ways to make a side income online in Canada, to help you get a little extra cash in your pocket for your savings and future!

There are plenty of ways to make a side income online if you search around for opportunities you’re interested in.

If you’re looking for something you can get started on right now, sign up and start answering surveys on the LEO app!

Don’t forget to sign up for LEO using my promo code “JESSICA” to get 2,000 points when you register!

I also have a blog post all about work from home tips if you’re interested!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on lifestyle changes that can help you save money, or any of my other posts on career and finance tips.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Looking for ways to make extra income through the internet? Here are ways to make a side income online in Canada, to help you get a little extra cash in your pocket for your savings and future!