5 Proven Ways of Making Money Online in South Africa


With the Covid19 Pandemic changing the way of doing things in South Africa, and everything moving online now.

Perhaps it’s a good time to start making money online as well.

So I want to show you the most realistic ways you can make money, fast, in South Africa.

Let’s get started.

1. Remote Work

With limited movement and staff members required to be at the office, a lot of companies allowed their employees to permanently work from home.

In fact, companies are now looking for people to work remotely on projects. You must have self-managed skills to keep to the project timeline and deliver on time.

Examples of remote work you can apply for:

  • Graphic designer
  • Web or Software developer
  • Project management
  • Business analyst
  • Security specialist
  • Copywriter
  • SEO Specialist

2. Start a Blog

Right here, you’re reading my blog that makes me over R3,500 per month with advertisements.

Not bad because I’m not really going this full-time.

So, there are multiple ways of starting a blog however choosing to go with WordPress is by far the easiest way if one isn’t technical.

Once set up, you’ll need to start building your audience with amazing content to share with them.

It’s important to note that making online with a blog is going to require a lot of effort to get it working for you. Start driving traffic to your blog and establish value for the site.

That’s how you’re going to make money, with advertisements as well.

3. Sell your Products

If your customers cannot reach your product traditionally or you cannot reach them, maybe your last option is to start selling online.

I know Covid19 introduced the new normal so you must adopt it fast, for your business to survive.

Start an eCommerce store and list your products there for people to buy online. Or list products your customers love so much on the social media marketplace, Gumtree and OLX.

4. Affiliate Marketing

Similar to placing advertisements on your blog, affiliate marketing is another best way of making money online.

The advantage of doing affiliate marketing is that you’ll sell established products that customers have been buying the whole time.

You’ll write content about this product, promote them using affiliate links and earn commission on the sale from those products.

In South Africa, depending on the niche you’re working on, you can make a minimum of R100 per referral or sold product’s commission.

Try these reputable companies that offer high paying affiliate programs:

5. Online Surveys

One easiest way of making money online is with paid surveys.

You’ll assist research companies with data and answers about certain products.

For example, a market research company SwitchedOn.Africa does online surveys for MultiChoice Dstv in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

You can complete one of their online surveys and get paid a minimum of R100 cash per survey.