Category: Extra Income Ideas

14 Lucrative Ways to Make Money Online – NZ Edition!

Looking for ways to make money online from New Zealand? This list of ways to earn money from home in New Zealand is a great start. There are loads of opportunities for make money online NZ, so hop to it!

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 now have a world-class broadband service making internet access faster and easier than ever before.

You might be wondering what’s the best money making online business you can start. And rightly so – now is the time.

Amazon has just opened in Australia bringing entirely new opportunities (and challenges) to those currently in retail businesses, or those wanting to work from home.

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 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.

*This post contains affiliate links*

14 Ways to Make Money Online – NZ Edition!

Since my entire income for the last two 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.

1. Take Paid 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.

My favourites include Valued Opinions followed by Opinion World and Toluna.

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 Digital Voice rewards you for sharing your online activity. The simplest of extra income ideas, Nielsen Digital Voice requires you to install a secure piece of software on your computer.

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.

You must be the owner of any computer you install the software on and over 18 years of age to participate. Join Nielsen Digital Voice today.

3. Scan your groceries

Did you know Neilsen 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 here, you will be sent a handheld scanner in the mail. 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.

Click here to join Neilsen Homescan

4. Get cash back 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 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.

Sweet USD cash back!

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.

Click here to join Ebates today

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.

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.

Click here to read more about becoming a virtual assistant.

11. Proofreading

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. 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.

13. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is when you promote a product on a website or by 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 true passive income.

14. Blogging

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.  If you want to start a blog for profit, check out this guide to choosing a profitable niche: The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Money Making Blog Niche

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?

Boost Your Income by Participating in Focus Groups


A simple and lucrative way for mums to make some extra cash is to participate in focus groups or market research panels.

I attended paid research sessions regularly before I had kids and have recently started to take part in them again.

What is a focus group?

According to Prime ResearchA focus group is an opinion-seeking panel discussion where consumers, just like you, are asked to share their thoughts on new ideas, products, policies, advertising, packaging and other topics.

Focus groups or research panels as they are sometimes called, are more time intensive than online surveys, but they also pay a lot better.

I’ve had offers ranging from $40 for a 40-minute session right up to $180 for a 3-hour session.

The best thing about this way of earning extra income is that you can fit it around your family.

Most sessions I’ve been invited to participate in are run at evenings and weekends, although that varies between companies.

Tip: Ngaire from Reid Research recommends joining all of the panels you can, regardless of location. Panels are held all over the country so you never know when you might be selected.

What’s involved?

You’ll usually be sent an email if you are suitable for a research session. You might then need to submit a form with further information in order to qualify.

Once successful you’ll be given confirmation, including date and time, location and payment details.

Sometimes researchers will even attend your home for the sessions. Each panel varies so make sure you sign up for all of them to have maximum chances of being selected.

How to be successful

Be honest, remember you are being paid to participate and share your opinions. If you are not the type of person who likes to speak up you should look for another way to make extra cash.

Submit complete information. You’ll be selected based on your profile, so give as much detail as you can.

Paid Focus Groups Around New Zealand

If you’re interested in taking part in Kiwi focus groups, I’ve listed the top companies below. Visit the links to register on their websites.

Prime Research

Prime Research run focus groups all over the country (even in the ‘smallest of towns’ according to their GM, Kate).

You can apply to join Prime Research’s panel here 

Reid Research

Reid Research runs panels nationwide also.
You can join their panel here

Opinions Market Research

Opinions is a Christchurch-based research firm. Join their panel here

People 4info

Join here

Dialogue Partners

Join here

Consumer Link

Consumer Link works with Flybuys members. You can join their panel here