The great thing about earning money online is that you can often get started even if you are completely broke. As long as you can pay your internet bill, you can in fact start working online for no extra cost.
Before I start talking about job opportunities, I have to give you my personal opinion about many of these types of work. You obviously know that most normal jobs also do not require any investment – you get paid to work, right? The thing is, certain companies present these opportunities as the certain road to riches – if you just pay a tiny fee first. Not all of them are dishonest, but some are. Out of the rest, some really do deliver the goods, but you will of course have to break even related to the fee you pay – before you actually make any money. If you are starting from scratch, or if you are having your doubts about this whole online jobs "thing" and do not want to lose any money on it like a fool, then you are right to start out with the truly free options.
One such option is of course freelancing – doing things you already know about. Really, why most people looking to make money online do not just go this way right off the bat, is beyond me. If you have skills in programming, writing, typing or language, then you have a good chance of making decent money from it online. In fact, even if you only manage to work part-time at first, you could soon land a full-time job (or enough individual projects to match that) simply due to the fact that you are out there, have clients and are making connections. As a way to find a real job, this is a lot better than just sitting at home, sending out applications. As a way to build a career, it is as good as any other kind of job.
For those of you with aspirations of writing for a living, there are some very good possibilities out there – in the form of revenue-sharing websites where you can publish articles about most subjects. Any time a visitor to one of these sites click an ad or buy a product through a link in your article, you get a share of that specific revenue. It may sound like a fluke, but there are actually people making thousands every month this way. But please note – it took them a lot of hard work to get there!
"Hard work" is perhaps the most fitting answer to the question of how to make money online. In this respect, the web is no different than any other job market. In other ways, it is very different. The trick is to identify in what way – and take advantage of it.