Jem F. from Makati City DM'd TP this question via Twitter last night:
"TechPinas, is there such a thing as free money online? If so, where can I get it?"
Online, as in offline, there's NO such thing as free money. One works and makes necessary sacrifices to earn money. Heck, there are even those who'd gladly sell their innards just to make cash. Jem, you can't just sit at home and wait for money to knock on your door. Money is never given without conditions or expectations and as such, any offer that has "FREE MONEY" written on its terms is most likely a scam.
That's how it is -- but don't fret. There's good news.
If you're actually willing to work - if a bit, there are legit online programs and websites you can join to help you earn money. Here are some legit online money making ventures you can engage yourself in and take a chance on [via TP's New Ways to Make Money Online and More New Ways to Make Money Online posts]:
Crowdsourcing is all about tapping people online to do specific tasks. Tasks range from really simple (like sending emails or entering data) to technically-challenging ones (like graphic design work or SEO). Participants would often have to compete to work on a project, which makes it more exciting and challenging. Some popular Crowdsourcing sites include LogoTournament.com and Crowdspring.com for logo design and ShortTask.com for extra little tasks businesses often need to get done.
2. Selling Creative Work Online
Viximo.com is looking for creatives who are willing to sell their graphic work (especially those resembling virtual gifts) via the site. They split the income but you get the bigger slice. Are you a photographer? Find photo buyers at Shutterstock.com.
3. Pay to Click Ads (PTC) Program
It's not really something that could give you enough money for a decent living. But earning a few dollars just by clicking ads isn't such a bad idea. You can even earn more money by being a site affiliate. If you're interested, head on over to Neobux.com
4. Participate in Social Networking Sites for Cash
Believe it or not, there are sites like MyLot.com that actually pay its members just for being well... active! Make money just by uploading photos, sending messages and participating in forums.
5. Suggest a Domain Name, Win Project, Collect Prize!
Are you good at coming up with great domain names given specific site concepts? Why not monetize the talent? Check out PickyDomains.com, where buyers pay you for naming their domains. All you have to do is to suggest a domain name after studying the brief and if the buyer likes it, you win $25. Not bad!
Now, if you're looking for a long-term money making online venture, I suggest you start blogging now. Believe it or not, you can earn money just by writing your thoughts online. Read TP's How to Earn Money from your Blog? and Make Money Blogging Tips and Tools posts for more info.
There you go. Thanks for the inquiry, Jem!