How Do People Make Money Without Working?

It's everybody's dream to make money without having to work for it, and some people actually live that dream. Believe it or not, there are lots of ways to get money without having to work at it and without any type of job, but many of those ways involve doing some form of work in the beginning to get the ball rolling.

There's also a lot of ways to make money from the money you already have. But no matter what you do, it's going to require you to be able to think and formulate plans. There's no way that money will simply come in, without you having to do anything at all.

Coming up with ideas and a good plan is crucial and you'll have to do that to get things in motion, to where you won't have to think much after things are set for you.

So in case you're out of ideas and want to do it yourself, or even if you're just curious how other people do it, here's some of the most common ways to make a living without having to work for it.

Online Income

Making money online is not normally easy, but it can be if you work hard at it for a few months. Many people have little knowledge of the internet and still manage to find success by learning how to build websites, selling things on Craigslist or Ebay, making Youtube videos, or any number of other methods there are to make money on the internet.

Anybody can learn how to build a website within about a week if they go online or read a book from the library about it. With so many programs nowadays designed to help you build websites easily, you don't even need to know any coding like HTML or PHP to do it.

Making money online can be great because it's the perfect source of passive income. Once you figure things out and know your way around the business world of the internet, you can definitely have money coming in eventually without doing much.

For example, let's say you build a small website and keep building it every day for 3 months. After you get enough content on your website and gain enough traffic or visitors, you could put a forum or comment section on there to keep things somewhat updated.

This will help keep visitors entertained and returning, which means you can make money every day without doing much. Let the visitors make the money for you, by placing ads on web pages where they will be spending a lot of time.

There are many different ad networks available where you can sign up, register your website with them, and then put the code they give you into your website in order for ads to start showing up.

You can get then get paid when all those visitors on your site click those ads. It sounds easy, and it can be, but you must work hard when you're first getting started to really get things going and gain a regular visitor base.


Investing is probably one of the furthest things from working that there is. To invest wisely, you usually have to do a little homework in the beginning if you don't have a good financial advisor or stock broker.

But after you know where you want to invest your money and how much you need to invest, it should be a piece of cake. The way most investments work is that you put your money into an investment vehicle (stocks, gold, bonds, C.D.'s, savings accounts, currency, real estate, businesses etc.) and then you just sit back and wait for it to pay off.

Some people don't like to wait, so they day trade and invest in things that pay off more quickly. This is always more risky and should only be left to those who are experts or know what they're doing.

When you do invest, the amount of money you invest can make all the difference in most cases. The more money you have, the more money you can possibly make.

If you invest your money in a smart way, it's definitely possible for you to make a living from your investments without ever having to work. Some people buy homes and then rent them out to others, while some people research stocks carefully and build a portfolio of trustworthy and dependable stocks that bring in money every year.

When it comes to investing, it's your choice where you choose to put your money. But if you want to do it as a living without ever having to work, you have to learn about what you're doing and research the investment carefully every few months to make sure you're making the right decision.


Gambling is probably one of the worst ways to try to make money, unless you know what you're doing. Very few people actually know what they are doing, and a lot of times the thing that they're betting on is rigged and they'll lose either way.

But there are people who make money by gambling and betting on different things. It's an extremely risky way of making money, but there are some people who actually do it. In Las Vegas there's many people who make money by betting on sports games at the various casinos and resorts there.

A lot of them actually pay their rent that way and all their bills. But if you're going to do anything regarding business in this world, you need to know the business itself before diving in.

The people who make a living doing things like playing poker or betting on basketball know poker and know basketball teams very well. They probably spend a great deal of time learning about these things in their spare time, which is really no different than learning about anything in school and making money from it.

So in a way, it does require a little work, but watching football games every weekend or learning how to tell if someone is bluffing at the card table wouldn't be labeled as "work" to most people.

Illegal Things

Needless to say, many of those who do illegal things do them for a profit. Bank robbers, drug dealers, and fraudsters all make money sometimes from doing nothing.

It could be viewed as "work" in some ways, because many of them probably have to research what they're doing and calculate their profits, risks, or supplies. But for the most part, it's easier than working a job for those who have no fear of getting caught and who don't feel guilty for what they're doing.

A bank robber could walk away with a couple hundred thousand dollars in a matter of less than 10 minutes.

They could live off that for years, especially if they flee and move to a country where the cost of living is cheap. It might take them a few weeks or months worth of researching the bank, but then again, it may be the result of a tip-off.

They might have a friend who works for the bank who tells them how and when to rob the place.

There's many criminals who make a living by doing illegal things like this, where they know someone on the inside. It's very little work for a very large payout, despite the risks of going to prison or being killed.

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