Different Ways to Make Money in Canada – Side Hustle

Want to supplement your income, need a side hustle, or do you want to leave your current job and work from the comfort of your home. It IS possible as long as you are willing to put in the work. I have tried and failed at many different things, but the ones that I have put the most effort into I have been successful. To make money in Canada online you just need to find something you enjoy so you are willing to put in that required effort.

Throughout this post I am going to briefly go over what some options are for Canadians to make money online or at home. I will go into detail on each of them later on but I wanted to give you all a quick summary here.

Affiliate Marketing

The definition of Affiliate marketing is – “a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals”

Wealthy affiliate is a great way to make money online in Canada. It is a large community of over 800K members. It shares a path to success in affiliate marketing, with lessons, videos and member input. Take the guess work out of having to build a website from scratch and provides you with hosting, support and so much more. For more detailed information on this program click here.

Direct Sales

Direct selling usually involves face to face demonstrations of “home parties” by an independent seller or consultant. You do not have a physical brick and mortar store. The nice thing about direct sales is the opportunity and flexibility it provides you can work as little or as much as you want and with this your results will vary.

I am going to talk about a few companies where I know people who are quite successful with the businesses they run. I will get into more details about each of the companies at a later date, but each of these companies offers you an opportunity to make money in Canada.

Thirty one is an example of a Direct Sales company. If you sign up with them you will be selling personalized gifts, anything from purses and wallets to scarfs and large utility totes.

My wife is a consultant and is pretty high up in the company. This did not happen overnight, in fact when she first started she almost quit (thankfully she did not!!!)

I will be writing a post with a more in depth look at this company in the future, but for now if you require more information you can go here and check it out/

Amazon FBA – Retail Arbitrage or Branding

Amazon FBA or “fulfillment by amazon” is a way for you to focus on just selling your product and not having to deal with the shipping side of things, all you do is ship a quality to amazon they store it and ship it out after you sell it, they do all this for a fee of course.

There are a couple of different ways to use this service, one is called Retail Arbitrage. This is basically you going to stores finding great deals on different products and then selling them for a premium on Amazon.

Another way to make money in Canada with Amazon is selling your own brand. This requires a little more work and something I am in the process of testing. You need to find a product you want to sell, find a manufacturer purchase a bulk amount and then promote and have Amazon ship out your sales.

This is just a quick summary and I will go into more details as I explore this on my own in future posts.


What is Shopify? Well its an online store. This is a great way to expand your Amazon FBA business, you can integrate with the two if you want to, or if you don’t want to use amazon anymore and start doing the shipping yourself you can do that as well.

This is just a great tool to use if you selling your own branded product, it has online sales, inventory and other things that will help make your business a success.


These are just a few options for Canadians to make money online. There are many more ways to make money with affiliate programs, there are more direct sales companies, and you should research those as well. I am only giving your my opinion on the programs I have used or that I am using.

As always please feel free to comment or ask any questions, look forward to hearing from you.







  1. Comment: Hi Mike: I am not Canadian, I am Arizonan, but I would like to comment on your post. I found it very well written, well presented and grammatically correct. I hope, even though I am not Canadian, that it pertains to me as well. I feel that the amount of Tupperware sold at a party equals the number of friends of the hostess attending This is not a bad thing, and I have always enjoyed these parties, as long as we did not play games. Thanks for allowing me to comment on your very interesting and well written post, I look forward to more.

  2. Great article Mike. I live in the US but I have found some success in Amazon FBA. I think amazon is great to sell products you find for cheap and sell them higher. I also do internet marketing mainly affiliate marketing I see both as a great way to make money on the side but also potential for starting a business of your own.

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