Want to Pay Off Debt? 45 Honest Ways to Make Extra Money Online
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Not all of us want to be Uber drivers. Nor are we all excited about the idea of trading our plasma for cash, walking dogs around the city all day, or selling our poop.
But if you’re a stay-at-home mom, student or even full-time employee who could use a little extra cash, you’re probably looking for ways to make some money on the side.
And who wouldn’t want to pad that bank account from the comfort of your own couch?
In fact, these online jobs can be done from anywhere in the world. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection.
Here are 45 ways to make money online.
1. Get Paid for Making Regular Purchases
Dosh is a new cash-back app that pays you for making purchases at more than 100,000 hotels, online stores and restaurants — including Starwood Properties, Marriott, Cost Plus World Market, Nike, Target, Chuck E. Cheese’s and many more.
Here’s all you have to do: Download the app and sign up. Securely connect a debit or credit card. Live your life and watch the cash back roll in.
In addition to earning cash back, you collect an immediate $5 bonus for hooking up a card to Dosh.
2. Make an Investment, Then Set It and Forget It
Tucking away money from each paycheck is a tough thing to do — because it’s payday, hey!
The best way to smuggle little chunks of your paycheck into a separate account is to automate the process so you don’t have to think about it. An app like Acorns can help with that.
Acorns is a micro-investing app that allows you to execute a set-it-and-forget-it method. (Kinda like the Ronco Rotisserie.)
Set up your Acorns account so it dumps spare change from your debit or credit card transactions into an account. For example, spend $1.20 at the gas station, and Acorns will stash 80 cents away. Or set up your account so that every two weeks, it saves $20.
The best part is that Acorns invests the money for you, so it’s not just sitting there idly, collecting dust.
Also: You’ll snag a $5 sign-up bonus!
3. Be in a Game Show (and Win Money)
If you’re one of those people who can pull useless pieces of knowledge from out of nowhere, you’ll want to download this app.
It’s called HQ Trivia. With at times more than a million players logging on at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. (EST) each day to play, you might’ve heard of it.
“Quiz Daddy” Scott Rogowski is the game’s main host. He asks 12 questions. You’ve got three multiple-choice options and 10 seconds to answer. If you get all 12 questions correct, you’ll split the grand prize (around $2,000 lately, though up to $12,000 on randomly chosen special occasions) amongst the other winners.
At the time we wrote this, the all-time leader had banked $6,000. And hey, even Dan Rather is playing — and winning.
Pro tip: Share your personalized referral code with friends and family to get an extra life. Trust us, you’ll want it.
4. Scratch Off Virtual Lottery Tickets
Love scratch-offs but don't want to spend money on them? Download Lucktastic.
It’s a free app that offers an assortment of digital scratch-off tickets each day. Lucktastic says you can win anything from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens, enter contests and play games.
5. Get Paid to Open Emails and Complete Tasks
You’re going to check some emails anyway, so why not make money online in the process?
FusionCash is a site that pays you for doing a number of tasks, like watching videos, taking surveys — even opening emails.
You’ve got mail — now get paid!
6. Join Focus Groups
If you have a webcam, you’re probably eligible for focus groups that host online research panels. Focus groups vary in size and type, but most of them provide some sort of compensation — a check in the mail, a PayPal deposit or even a gift card.
We know you’re not going to get rich joining focus groups, but I’ve been able to pocket an extra $10-$20 a month this way, and that adds up.
Our of our favorite groups is Vip Voice (it’s rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau).
7. Help a Business Professional Organize Their Day
If you have a knack for organization and communication, there are people who will pay you to help organize their day!
You don’t have to be the busy corporate assistant you see in old movies or TV — now you can be a virtual assistant right from your couch. VA gigs vary in pay, hours and workload.
You might help people and businesses with data entry, social media management, website maintenance, research and customer service. And you could earn up to $60 an hour doing it!
Find virtual assistant jobs through these sites:
8. Sell Your Dusty Old Electronics, CDs and DVDs
Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!
Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.
One user, Gil Flores, sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs and made $275 — an average of $1.57 each.
Just download the app and start scanning the barcodes on your media to get immediate quotes. It’s completely free to use, there are no listing or seller fees, payment is super fast and there is even free shipping.
Plus, enter FREE5 at checkout to get an extra $5 for your trade-in!
9. Get Cash Back for Those Online Purchases
Believe it or not, there are sites that will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them. One of my favorites is Ebates, the cash-back shopping site. It's giving away $10 gift cards if you sign up as a new member and earn your first cash-back rebate.
You can choose a $10 gift card from Target, Walmart, Macy’s or Kohl’s. You do have to wait 30 days, but it’s free money, so can you really complain?
10. Sell Junk You Find on the Curb
If you’re always spotting half-decent used furniture or other household items tossed out on trash night, grab them to sell on Letgo.
You can sell just about anything on this intuitive app.
You’ll need space to store your finds — and time to scour the streets — before you’ll start to profit. Don’t forget the time you might spend cleaning or repairing an item so you can get top dollar for it when it’s time to sell.
You’ll never look at the trash out on the curb the same way again!
11. Proofread Documents
If you’ve got a keen eye for grammar and formatting, freelance proofreading could be your next great gig for making money online — one that pays about $17 an hour.
The average rate per page for proofreading is 35 cents, so your earnings depend on how efficiently you work. It’s not a great moneymaker for procrastinators!
12. Look at Ads on Your Smartphone
Don’t mind seeing advertisements every time you pick up your phone? Install Slidejoy on your Android phone and you can earn money every month — up to $60 per year!
This app is only available to U.S.-based Android users. When it’s time to get paid, you can choose to receive cash or gift cards to retailers like CVS, Target, Sephora and more.
13. Sign Up for a New Bank Account
You’ll need to make sure you’ll actually use a new bank account before signing up online. But a few minutes and smart spending could net you a bonus of $50 to $250, depending on the bank.
For example, right now Chase is offering $350 when you open a new bank account and make a direct deposit within the first 60 days.
14. Serve as a Mock Juror
Fascinated by courtroom drama, but hate wasting the day in jury duty for a measly $4 payout?
Serve as an online mock juror to help lawyers prepare for real cases. You can earn $10 to $60 for about an hour of your time.
Instead of hearing arguments from both sides of the case, you review evidence, like documents, videos and photos, at your computer.
15. Test Websites
Sign up to help companies determine how customers use their websites.
16. Jump on the Class-Action Bandwagon
If you use a product that’s involved in a class-action lawsuit, a little online legwork could get you a cash payout.
The rules of each settlement are different, but in most cases you’ll have to provide proof of purchase or product use, like a serial number or a receipt.
Once you fill out your online claim form, you may have to wait a few weeks or months before receiving your payment.
Psst — we regularly post new class-action settlement information, so check in often to make sure you’re not missing a chance to get paid!
17. Find Your Missing Money
Search online to find unclaimed money from retirement accounts you’ve forgotten, old security deposits and more.
Check the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators website to find out how to search in your home state.
This strategy can only help you find your own misplaced money. If you keep good track of your cash already, you may not find anything.
18. Re-Sell Domain Names
Love predicting the next big hashtag, catchphrase or business name? Scoop up domain names for cheap, and re-sell them to the highest bidder on sites like Flippa.
You can also make money by buying and selling active websites, instead of domain names.
If a blogger doesn’t want to update their site anymore, but is still making money from advertisers, it could be worth spending a few pennies to take over that property.
Remember, .com URLS are still cooler than .nets and .orgs!
19. Create YouTube Videos
It may take time to build that audience that turns views into dollars. The average revenue per 1,000 YouTube views is just over $6. But with enough videos for fans to scroll through, those views can add up over time.
20. Write Letters to Legislators
If you’re a good writer or editor, you can make $12 to $15 an hour writing letters to members of Congress. You’ll be able to learn more about the issues available before committing to writing a letter, so if you want to stick with your own political views, it’s easy to pick and choose.
Before you apply, make sure you have the required computer equipment. For example, I can’t do this job because the software the companies use doesn’t work on Macs.
21. Work as a Transcriptionist
Are you a good listener — and a good typist? You can make $15 to $25 an hour as a transcriptionist.
You’ll need experience in the medical or legal fields to get those transcription assignments, but plenty of researchers, reporters and Average Joes are willing to pay for someone to type up their recordings.
You get paid per audio hour, so this is another task that’s perfect for people with great focus. If an hour-long recording takes you four hours to transcribe, you still only get paid for one hour. Listen closely!
Here’s a free 7-day course to get you started.
22. Sell Your Gift Cards
Received a gift card to a retailer you’ll never visit? Sell your gift cards online and earn money.
EBay auctions won’t net you much of the gift card’s original value — especially once you deduct the seller fees — but sites like Raise can help you earn 80-90% of the amount on the card.
Be sure to “shop” around before choosing where to turn in your gift cards!
23. Sell Your Books Online
Everyone has about a dozen books too many, right?
Use Bookscouter to see which buyback company will pay the most for yours.
Make sure the books you want to sell are in good condition before shipping them off to a reseller. Try buying and selling college textbooks (the giant, 101-level books that everyone needs and hates spending $100 bucks for) to maximize your profit.
24. Tutor Chess Players
Love to play chess? Tutor other chess players online to make $35 to $50 per hour.
Tutoring sites like WyzAnt can take a big cut (40% until you hit 20 hours of tutoring!), but you’ll get practice (and get paid) without leaving the house.
Even if you’re a lower-rated player, you can charge $20 per hour to work with beginners.
25. Rent Your Clothing
If you’ve got lots of special-occasion or high-end clothes, you could practically be running your own Rent the Runway from your closet!
Make sure to read the fine print on rental sites. Some don’t charge any fees to the buyers and sellers, but some charge a rental commission of 3% to 5% per order. You’ll need to price your wares accordingly to account for any commission handed over to the company!
26. Sell Your Clothes and Accessories
Not using that expensive handbag you received as a gift from a terrible ex-boyfriend? Know you’ll never wear that prom dress again? Sell it!
When you’re ready to send your items to their next homes, use an online consignment store like Cash in My Bag or a Facebook garage sale group. And don’t underestimate social media — Facebook groups are a great option.
If you price your used items fairly — probably half off the retail price, if your stuff’s in great condition — you will probably see interested buyers (and extra cash in your pocket!).
27. Sell Your Coupons
What can you do with the extra coupons you won’t use from your newspaper each week? Sell them on eBay.
You’ll have to pay seller fees, but you might be surprised at how much a single coupon can net you — some bring in $300! People are dedicated to getting 10% off at Sears or Target with the right coupon.
Are you dedicated enough to spot a sales opportunity when you see it next to the funny pages?
28. Sell Your Tweets
Love hanging out on Twitter? Here’s how to get extra cash while doing it.
Your devoted following could mean extra cash. Marketing companies that work with major brands can pay $25 per tweet or more for you to promote a product, though you’ll probably need to have a pretty big audience for this to work.
Sites like PaidPerTweet allow you to set your own price, which means companies come to you when there’s a good fit available. But the more you participate, the more you can charge to send promoted tweets.
29. Sell Your Crafts
Do friends always ask you to knit them a hat or hand-letter their invitations?
Take your crafty side to Etsy and sell your services or finished products. Etsy takes a 3.5% cut of every sale, but the platform is super easy to use.
You’ll need a digital camera or a recent smartphone to photograph your wares. Great photos and plenty of detail shots are crucial for convincing shoppers to put down their hard-earned cash for a carefully made craft.
30. Create an Online Course
Have a skill to share? Teaching through Udemy or Skillshare could bring in big bucks.
Higher education might be super expensive, but many people will pay $50 or $100 (at least!) to learn something new from an expert.
You’ll have to invest your time planning your curriculum and recording the videos that will accompany your course. But a high-quality presentation will seem all the more valuable to your potential students.
31. Sign Up for Mechanical Turk
This program from Amazon pays real people to do tasks computers can’t do, like choosing the best photo from a set or taking online surveys.
The downside: Some tasks pay very little for your time.
Here’s a smart workaround: Use Reddit threads to find the tasks that pay the most and/or require the least work so you can make the most money online in the least time.
With some careful searching and task-choosing, you could earn an extra $100 a week — or more!
32. Sell Your Snapshots
Kristy Gaunt – The Penny Hoarder
Upload your smartphone photos to Foap and let people buy a license to use them.
You get $5 every time one of your photos sells. Your photo can even sell more than once, so that $5 for a beautiful landscape shot could turn into $20, $50, or $100 if enough people want to buy it.
Unfortunately, your Instagram feed is ineligible. So snap a picture before you upload it to Instagram, and send the unedited and uncropped version to Foap.
33. Perform Quick Tasks on Fiverr
Don’t mind doing the small tasks that other people hate?
Offer your services on Fiverr for $5 per gig. Check our post on Fiverr to brainstorm services you can offer, from the practical to the fun and bizarre!
Just make sure it’s worth your time to perform tasks for $5 apiece. Anything that takes more than 15 minutes probably isn’t worth the effort.
34. Enter Naming Contests
Sign up for sites that host contests to name new companies or websites. You can earn $100 — but only if your suggestion is the winner.
Luckily, there are a bunch of naming sites out there. And once you’re a member, you can enter any of the thousands of contests to your heart’s content.
If you’re creative enough, you could earn money from several contests each year.
35. Write and Sell an Ebook
Are you an expert with advice to share? Create an ebook and then you'll be making money online each time it sells for years to come!
Make sure to set aside time to write an ebook people will be willing to pay for, though; you’re probably not going to knock this one out in an afternoon.
If you have a blog or have written extensively about a topic, see whether you could compile those past articles into a book At the very least, those posts can give you a foundation for your book, and a great head-start on your word count goals.
36. Resell Concert Tickets
Kristy Gaunt – The Penny Hoarder
Think you know which games and shows are going to sell out?
Buy a few tickets, and flip them once the box office is out. On sites like StubHub, you’re not a scalper — you’re a reseller! StubHub guarantees ticket authenticity for the buyer, which weeds out a lot of the seedy guys selling fakes.
StubHub takes a 15% commission on every sale, so price your tickets accordingly.
37. Sell Private-Label Products on Amazon
Have the initiative to create labels and packaging? Turn a generic product into a private-label item that could make you thousands on Amazon.
But this isn’t a quick moneymaker: You’ll need to do plenty of research and find a supplier before you start slapping on labels and actually making money. One TPH contributor made more than $1,000 a month, even after paying for Amazon to fulfill his orders.
How’s that for passive income?
38. Get Paid to Open Emails and Complete Tasks
You’re going to check some emails anyway, so why not turn it into a paid habit?
Hear me out.
FusionCash is a site that pays you for doing a number of tasks, like watching videos, taking online surveys — even opening emails.
You’ve got mail!
39. Clean Up Search Engines
The web is so full of information, search engines like Google need real humans to help keep it tidy. The work can be tedious, but pays about $12 per hour.
Companies offering this kind of work typically pay once a month, so it’s not a way to make quick cash.
But if you have time on your hands — maybe between jobs or seasonal gigs — you can put in some serious hours whenever the mood strikes.
40. Find Virtual Odd Jobs on TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit helps you connect with regular people who need help getting things done — everything from picking up dry cleaning to calling customer service and tolerating the hold music.
Keep an eye out for virtual tasks, which are mostly centered around personal assistance, administrative work or research help.
Last year, TaskRabbit established a pricing floor of $14 for its Taskers. You can rest assured that you won’t be getting paid pennies to solve someone’s Excel woes.
41. Start a Patreon
Have a cool new project, but can’t figure out how to finance it? Ask people to fund your new book, album or podcast by subscribing to support you on Patreon.
Participants pledge to your Patreon each month. So even if you only have a few proud supporters, their support is recurring — indefinitely!
42. Make Money with Old Newspapers and Magazines
Wondering what to do with that stash of daily papers you found in the attic?
You’d be surprised by what people will pay for a news item or magazine advertisement that means something special to them.
List them on eBay to earn extra cash! Make sure to have your buyers pay for shipping, so you make the most per newspaper page sold.
43. Create and Sell Paper Crafts
Those DIY instructions look easy, but plenty of people just can’t turn a pile of paper into the beautiful craft they envisioned.
Sell your paper crafts on Etsy or eBay for baby showers, weddings, birthday parties and more.
Be sure to check Craigslist, eBay and those Facebook yard sale groups to snag supplies at a big discount for your online business.
44. Write Slogans
Can you write stellar slogans quicker than Don Draper? Enter your ideas on slogan contest websites.
If your slogan for a company or product beats the competition, you could get $50 — or a few hundred dollars — for some contests.
If you’re feeling particularly heartfelt, search around for opportunities to enter submissions for greeting card sayings.
45. Write for Your Favorite Blogs
While blogging is often a part-time job, it’s still a big business. You can earn $50, $100, or more by contributing to one of your favorite blogs.
These are just our favorite ways to make money online. The internet’s constantly cooking up new money-making opportunities, so keep your eyes open!