5 Ways to Make Money Online in 2022 (Shopify Edition)

It’s 2022, and if you have an internet connection, you can make money. This might sound too good to be true, but there are multiple ‘lifestyle businesses’ that allow you to generate income from anywhere—while you do whatever you want. The key is having the right knowledge and strategies to turn this dream into a reality. 

These business models don’t require a lot of cash to get started, nor do they need a large team of people to be successful and sustainable. Once you’re aware of these lucrative opportunities, you can start making money sooner than you might think.

Shopify is an incredible online resource that can provide you with multiple profitable business avenues. This article will teach you five ways to make money online in 2022, specifically by using Shopify:

1. Become a Shopify Partner 

This strategy is perfect for people who are just starting their online money-making journey. It’s less intimidating than other methods, and can act as a great segue to other opportunities. 

When you become a Shopify Partner, you’ll essentially be referring people to use the Shopify platform—and you’ll make money doing so. 

One of the main reasons this is a great strategy is because of Shopify’s premier reputation as the best online e-commerce platform in the world. The platform’s reliability and success means that when you refer someone, you can feel 100% confident you’re referring them to high-quality products and an unparalleled customer experience.

Here’s how the process works: 

  • Sign up on Shopify as a partner
  • Receive an individual Shopify partner link for referring others
  • People click on your link, and are offered a free trial
  • After their free trial ends, if they sign up, you’ll receive commissions

The commissions you receive from people signing up for Shopify via your link will vary by which tier/level of Shopify service they choose.


Most people’s main concern with this strategy is figuring out how to get people to click on their Shopify partner link. However, it’s actually easier than you might imagine. Here are a few ideas:

  • Start a YouTube Channel where you review Shopify, create tutorials, etc., and then post the link in the description 
  • Create a blog that outlines your YouTube content
  • Cater to Shopify store owners by promoting and reviewing goods and services they need in your distribution channels

2. Become a Web Designer

This strategy might sound unrealistic, especially in a world that’s filled with web design experts, but it’s actually entirely feasible. It’s important to understand that becoming a web designer for Shopify doesn’t mean building massive websites for huge sums of money. What it does mean is tapping into a basic skill set.

To become a Shopify web designer, all you need is an understanding of how to navigate Shopify themes, basic code edits, store conversion rates, and an eye for design. Being able to package these skills and sell them as a service can translate into a lucrative business. Especially since there are over 3.75 million active Shopify stores.

Whether you want to build a new store from the ground up, or take an existing site and make it better, the possibilities are endless. Of course, you’ll have to offer entry-level rates when you’re first starting out, but you’ll be able to steadily raise them as your customer base increases and you improve your portfolio. 

If you’re wondering how to find potential clients and market your services, here are a few easy methods:

  • Join a Shopify Facebook group
  • Go to Shopify’s forum
  • Make a profile on Upwork
  • Use Reddit’s Shopify subreddits
  • Peruse Craigslist listings

3. Email Marketing

Although there are a huge number of Shopify store owners running businesses, most of them aren’t marketing their services through emails. They aren’t building email lists, sending out promotions, or fostering customer relationships. This is good news if you’re extroverted and willing to reach out to others, or if you have copywriting skills. 

You can make money online by reaching out to Shopify store owners and offering email marketing as a service. There are several models you can use to make this a successful business model:

  • Fixed-Price Services: charging per campaign, email, batch of emails, etc. 
  • Revenue Sharing: using a platform like Klaviyo that tracks revenue generated from your emails, and then receiving a percentage
  • Mixed Structure: combining a fixed-rate fee with additional revenue sharing

You can find store owners who need these services by using a website called builtwith.com. This shows you which store owners are using Shopify to power their sites.

4. Become a Shopify Media Buyer 

There are countless platforms for paid ads on the internet: Facebook, Instagram, Bing, Google, TikTok, etc. However, the vast majority of Shopify store owners aren’t tapping into the potential of paid ad traffic—which is where you can come in and make money.

Another way to make money online to offer paid media as a service where you manage paid ad accounts. The most common way to do this is to offer a fixed-rate package, and then collect an additional percentage of ad spend.

This method helps both you and the Shopify store owner profit, but it does require a more advanced skill set than some of the other methods mentioned above. If you’re going to sell this service, it’s crucial you feel confident you can perform, since you are going to be spending a company’s hard-earned money.

5. Build a Shopify Store Using the Dropship Lifestyle Model 

It’s probably no surprise that this is one of the best ways to build a robust online business. This method entails utilizing all of the skills listed above—and more. The good news is, all of these skills are completely learnable.

Leveraging these skills and turning them into a valuable online asset has the highest potential for pay-off. Not only will a Shopify store generate income for you over and over again, but it can also be sold for a large sum in the future, should you ever choose to do so. Another reason why this is one of the most appealing options is because as a store owner, all of the revenue you generate is yours!

No matter which method you decide to pursue, it’s completely possible to make money online without being tethered to an office or having to work 40 hours a week. Making money online gives you both personal and financial freedom, and using the strategies above can truly be life-changing.

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  • Namiiro Leticia says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing Anton!

    • You’re welcome, Namiiro. Always happy to share 🙂

      And if you like posts like this keep an eye on the blog. I’ve been working on a bunch of new posts designed to help as many people as possible to build highly profitable online businesses. Right now the plan is to release 1 new post each week.

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