There are tons of ways to make side money:
You can rent out your stuff like a room in your house, sporting equipment, an extra parking spot and even your car. Sites like Airbnb, flipkey, Gear Spoke, Just Park, Rideshare and Turo (formerly known as RelayRides) are great ways to pull in a few bucks if you want to go this route. But you have to organize your things and deal with people. Do you really want to do that?
Selling your blood (and other bodily fluids…ewww)…well, that only goes so far.
Selling on eBay is a great option. If you have enough junk to get rid of.
And the latest “make fast money” trend: signing up for medical trials. Sure, this one may pay up to a few thousand per test, but do you really want to risk sprouting a tail?
What you really need are super-easy ways to make money ONLINE. Just you and your computer. Rolling in the dough whenever you want.
Here are Some Easy and Legitimate Online Jobs for Side Money
Teach What You Know
Being an online Tutor with Tutor Time and Sylvan is great if you’re a math whiz. But what if the three Rs aren’t your thing? What if you want to get paid to give advice or share your knowledge in other areas of life? Here’s what you do: think about what you do know. What interests you? Are you a gardener? Do you know how to make websites? Were you a business manager in your past life? Can you play the piano? Then check out Udemy, Hourly Nerd, Clarity, and Ether and set up your instructor account and start earning money.
Show off Your Picture-Taking Skills
Do you take great photos? Istock, Shutterstock, Fotilio and Snapwire are great choices for selling your stock photos. For the most part, you are paid a royalty fee for every one of your photos someone else purchases. And, with the great resolution of the better cell phones, you can download the Foap app, and earn a bit of cash with your cellphone images.
Tap Into Your Past Work Duties
Can you type? Do you have a knack for finding specific information online? Does it make you feel good when you accomplish something that helps someone else? Virtual assistance (VA) is a great option if you have previous office experience. And if you have never worked in an office before, don’t worry. There are plenty of VA tasks that you do every day and you probably don’t even know it. Fancy Hands, Zirtual, eaHelp, Time Etc. and Red Butler are reputable companies where you can work as a virtual assistant.
The Ever-Popular Micro Jobs
Amazon Mturk, Crowdsource, Clickworker, and Microworkers are sites where you get paid to do quick little tasks online. Some of the things you might do are easy data entry, quick internet research, or speedy audio transcription. Sure, this is an easy way to make money online but in all honesty you have to do a LOT of little jobs QUICKLY to make it worth your time and effort…unless you know some micro job hacks to give you a leg-up to earn more money faster (hint, hint: mturklist.com)
How much can you make on these micro job sites? It really depends on how much you are able to work and the amount the requester is willing to pay. That said, when I use MTurk I manage to make about 5 cents a minute doing data entry. When I stuck it out for an hour, I earned about $3.00. Yes, $3.00 for an hour of work. I didn’t use any hacks or the mturklist, just my own abilities. So, when it comes to MTurk I now stick to doing the surveys, the ones that pay at least 50 cents per survey – they add up fairly fast.
Get Paid to Review Books
If I earned a buck for every book I read, I’d be a millionaire. Seriously, I used to read a lot (before the internet). But getting paid to read and review books? I never dreamed the day would come. There are some legitimate companies that will pay you to read and review books, provided you are able to do so within their specified time frame. If you’re an avid reader, then this should be no problem. Who are these companies? Online Book Club and Kirkus pay a set rate or a portion of ad revenue for each review you write.
Let Your Cell Phone Make Money For You
Yes, you read that right. You can make money simply by using your cell phone. Download apps. from Field Agent and Gigwalk and earn a few bucks doing simple tasks for other people. You know, the little things they don’t have time for, like making travel arrangements, real estate services, test other phone apps.
There are phone apps that don’t actually make you money but rather earn points that lower your grocery bill. Who doesn’t want a bit of help with their grocery bill ? Check out Ibotta, Checkout51, and Snap by Groupon.
Can You Write…or Not?
When it comes to writing, we all have our own style. A touch of humor, a bit of personal experience, whatever your style you can earn some money sharing it. Pay varies from one company to the other, but generally you can expect to earn $20.00 to $50.00 for a 500-700 well written piece of work.
Participating in a content marketplace, where you submit writings on specific topics and people or businesses purchase your writing, is a great option for earning a few bucks or to boost your writing career. Scripted is one of the better marketplaces to join, with Textbroker a close second. Textbroker, in particular, does not require a whole lot of expertise but the starting pay is pretty low, 0.7 cents per word – not seven cents, 7 tenths of a cent.
You know how to craft a job-getting resume, right? Resume Edge is a well-known services where you are paid to write and edit resumes. You can also join Upwork to get resume writing gigs on a freelance basis or any type of writing jobs for that matter.
Listverse, on the other hand, claims they’ll pay you $100.00 to write a 1500 word article containing 10 list items. You’re bound to come up with some sore of list…perhaps you know of 10 most obnoxious habits of three year olds. Or 15 ways dogs can help people get well faster. You get the idea.
Search and Earn
Ok, so this one doesn’t exactly make money but it’s just as good as cash if you do much online shopping. While you search the internet – and if you’re like me it’s every hour of every day – you earn rewards (also called points) that can be redeemed at places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot…and many more stores.
Bing has their own version of search-and-earn. When you’re logged into your Bing account you search the web (via Bing) and earn credits. They pile up slowly because Bing has a limit of earning 15 credits per day but the nice thing is you can redeem your credits with huge variety of merchants.
Qmee, on the other hand, is a free browser extension you install on Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer and you earn money when you click the ads that show up on the left side of your computer. Qmee works when you search on Google, Bing, yahoo, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and eBay. You can earn up to $1.00 per ad clicked on but not all ads are paid. I’m not sure how Qmee determines this, but I suspect it has to do with their relationships with advertisers. Whatever the case, this is an easy way to make a bit of money on the internet.
Let’s Not Forget Online Surveys
Did I just hear a collective “ugh”? I know, this one has been done to death. You read about surveys EVERYWHERE. They usually pay you with their own monetary system, which is in the form of points and rewards you redeem elsewhere. But I think it’s worth mentioning and I promise I’ll only share the ones I think are worth the time and effort.
My absolute favorite survey site is Amazon’s Mturk. Mturk isn’t just surveys, it’s a general get-paid-to-do-small-tasks platform but I love doing the surveys. The cash income rolls in a bit quicker. Yes, I said cash. There are always a ton of surveys to choose from and if you do the ones that pay $.40 (that’s forty cents) for 15-20 minutes of quick answering, the money comes easy. On occasion I have earned $30.00 bonuses (that’s thirty dollars) for honestly completing a forty cent survey. How do they know I was honest? Well, at the beginning of the survey there were specific instructions that I had to do at the end which proved I actually read the survey instead of just checking one of the multiple choice boxes.
We all know that online surveys that pay cash are rare, and they are becoming more and more elusive every day. But, speaking from personal experience and a great deal of research, Tellwut, Opinion Outpost and iPoll are some of the better, more reputable survey sites.
Sites such as Pollbuzzer and YouGov will send surveys, or invitations to participate in a survey, directly to your email. When you sign up with these companies you answer a series of questions such as your gender, age, and the general location of where you live. This is so they can better match surveys to you based on the answers you provided.
How much can you expect to earn doing surveys? Every survey panel has different payout and point thresholds, but it’s not too uncommon to rake in at least $50.00 a week if you sign up with multiple companies and put in a few hours a day doing them.
What do you think of these ideas? Are you going to give any of them a try?