If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as a safe job.
As we live through the turmoil, people are discovering how much they love working from home and some are wondering how to make money online so they can switch to this lifestyle permanently.
I must admit, earning an income online is pretty great.
I am a mum who makes a full-time living, working from home in school hours only.
I never go into an office or need to answer to anyone but myself.
Committing to finding a way to make money online was the best financial decision I have ever made.
I thought if I share everything I know about different ways to make money online, NZ readers might be able to find a way to earn extra income from anywhere with an internet connection.
If working online interests you – there are so many opportunities.
And there has never been an easier time to earn money online from New Zealand.
With the rise in fibre broadband installations across the country, we have a world-class broadband service making internet access faster and easier than ever before.
Whether you want to make extra money, work from home or become an online entrepreneur, I hope you’ll find something useful here.
16 Ways to Make Money Online – NZ Edition!
Since my entire income for the last four years is from making money online from New Zealand, I wanted to give you a helpful list of ways to make money online (and from home) from Aotearoa.
Note: Just because you’re in New Zealand, doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself to customers here. In fact, I recommend you don’t.
We are a very small country, and depending on the type of business you offer, you might have more success in targeting customers in Australia, the United Kingdom or even the United States.
Over half my income comes from the United States, even though I live in New Zealand.
1. Take paid online surveys
Taking surveys for money is an excellent boost to your online income. You can easily earn over $200 per month if you sign up for multiple NZ survey companies.
If you want to make money from paid surveys, I recommend you join all three to maximise your chances of always having a survey available.
I have written a more in-depth review of some of the best-paid surveys NZ has to offer here.
2. Share your online activity
Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel rewards you for sharing your online activity so they can track internet usage to identify trends and behaviours.
The simplest of extra income ideas, Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel requires you to install a secure piece of software on your computer or an app on your mobile and keep it installed for a minimum of 14 days, although you should keep it installed long term if you want to continue to earn money online in this manner.
Nielsen states the software will not slow down your computer or impact performance in any other ways.
Online surveys and other earning opportunities will then appear on your computer as pop-ups as they come available or you can simply earn by using your device as normal.
You can register multiple devices and will earn more for doing so.
You must be the owner of any computer you install the software on and over 18 years of age to participate. Join Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel today.
3. Scan your groceries
Did you know Nielsen Homescan rewards you for scanning the barcodes of your groceries?
This is an easy way to earn vouchers, redeem for items and win prizes in New Zealand.
Once you’ve completed signup, you will be sent a handheld scanner in the mail or you can download the app.
The information you enter is transmitted weekly.
Then your account is credited with points which you can use to redeem a range of items from a catalogue including electronics, gift cards, toys and household items.
4. Get cashback and free signup bonuses with Ebates
Ok so this isn’t technically a way to make money, more a saving money tip – but I earn a couple of hundred dollars (US dollars at that!) each year by using Ebates for my online purchases.
Since I buy almost all my books from Book Depository and do travel bookings with hotels.com and booking.com – this really adds up.
Two things to be aware of – you’ll need a Paypal account for payment. That’s easy and free to set up here and simple to transfer from Paypal to an NZ bank account so you can actually spend the money.
You’ll also get $10USD free when you make a $25USD qualifying purchase when you join with this link.
Ebates will only pay you once your balance hits $5USD, if it’s under the threshold your balance will roll over to the next quarterly payment period.
I’ve been with them for three years and never had a problem getting paid. Plus, it’s money I was going to spend anyway so I’m in love with Ebates.
5. Start a Service business
Offering a service from home is the simplest way to get started making money online.
You could use the skills you’ve acquired throughout your professional life to build a repertoire of offerings such as appointment making, proposal writing, procurement, travel bookings, personal shopper.
If you are prepared to work away from the computer you could use your skills to do the cleaning, ironing and other tasks for customers.
6. Become a Freelance Writer
Can you string a sentence together? If so, freelance writing is an excellent way to work from home, NZ and overseas businesses always need content for websites, memos, press releases and more.
Freelance writing was how I got my start working online from New Zealand.
I used Upwork to build a profile and wrote for publications in Australia and the U.S. It was a little difficult writing in American English but the money was worth the effort.
I wrote about how to get your first writing job on Upwork here.
7. Data entry
If you have experience and can type quickly and accurately, data entry jobs from home could be just what you’re looking for.
Check out Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer.com as well as Trademe and Seek.
8. Customer service
CSR’s (Customer Service Representatives) are the most commonly occurring jobs under Seek’s Work From Home listings.
If you’ve got experience, working from home as a CSR is one of the simplest transitions to make as most employers will provide you with the full setup from home.
9. Test websites and provide feedback
You can earn money from home in NZ by testing other people’s website.
You’ll earn $10USD per 20-minute test.
You’ll need a good internet connection and very clear spoken English.
User testers provide valuable feedback to website owners about website navigation and use.
Click here to read more about becoming a user tester.
10. Become a Virtual Assistant
If you have experience as a personal assistant, executive assistant or in general office administration, starting a virtual assistant business from New Zealand could be your most profitable route.
A virtual assistant (shortened to VA) is someone who provides services for someone else in exchange for an agreed upon rate of pay. Basically, you do some work, and they pay you for it.
It might sound like any other job out there, but it’s very different. When providing virtual assistance, picking the tasks you do and when you do them is totally up to you.
Setting your own hours to work around your family, school, or other obligations is a real possibility.
Proofreading is becoming a more popular way to make money from home.
If you have an excellent eye for detail, becoming a proofreader is a business you can do from anywhere.
12. Become a transcriptionist with REV
Can you type quickly and accurately? Becoming a REV transcriptionist might be a great way for you to earn extra money from home.
Transcriptionists turn audio files into typed documents using a free online editor developed by Rev. You’ll need to be able to listen closely and type what you hear.
You can earn between $0.36USD and $0.45USD per audio minute of transcription.
You can pick and choose jobs that interest you. Payment is made weekly via Paypal.
Learn more about becoming a Rev transcriptionist here.
13. Review music
Love music? Record companies and indie publishers appreciate feedback before going to market with new music.
Check out slice the pie to be rewarded for sharing your opinions on new music before it hits the charts.
14. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is when you promote a product on a website or social media and receive a commission on any sales made from your referral.
It can be a lucrative business to make money through internet marketing but you’ll need to grow an audience of potential purchasers first, which means affiliate marketing is a long game.
Affiliate marketing is how I started to make money from my blog and now makes up over 60% of my online income, which is great as affiliate marketing can be truly passive income.
Blogging is how I make the bulk of my income online. I run my blog as a business now, but for many years it was just a hobby.
If you have a special interest in a particular topic, blogging can be a great way to get started making money online.
Blogging income comes from many different sources including sponsorships, affiliate marketing, advertising income, course sales and more.
At last count, my blog had 8 income streams which pay me each month.
The great thing about a blog is how easy and cheap they are to start off. Click here to learn more about how to make money blogging.
16. Teach English online
Teaching English online is a relatively new field for Kiwis.
That’s because a lot of countries prefer American English speakers, but there are some companies open to hiring Kiwis with the right experience and qualifications.
You can earn up to $21USD per 40-minute lesson and work as much as suits you.
During the week, lessons are mainly at night (starting 6 pm Beijing time – 11 pm New Zealand time!). On the weekends they are all day long so you can really make a lot of extra cash on top of your Monday-Friday gig if you hustle hard.
You’ll need to be a native English speaker with a bachelor’s degree in any field and some teaching experience.
As you can see there are lots of ways to starting making money from the internet, even in New Zealand. I’ll add to this list as I discover more ways to grow my income online.
Do you make money online? Any tips to share?