32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

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So you need a way to make money from home. Hey, join the crowd. Nearly 4 million Americans are working from home these days. That’s more than the population of Oregon, Utah or Iowa.

In other words, there’s an invisible army of us clocking in and sitting down at our keyboards at home. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 37% of Americans have telecommuted in their careers — four times as many as in 1995.

Problem is, we all know the internet is chock full of work-from-home scams. So many ripoffs! Seriously, it’s like the Wild West out there, except there’s no Lone Ranger to put things right.

When you’re working from home, you’re truly on your own. You’ve got to look out for yourself, ’cause no one else will.

How to Make Money From Home

With that in mind, we’re trying to do you a solid.

We’ve scoured through thousands of different ideas to find you 32 unique ways to make money from home. I guarantee there are some in here you’ve never heard of.

The important thing is: These methods are all road-tested. These are all ideas we’ve tried before, so we know they’re real and that you’ll really get paid.

Here are 32 legitimate ways to make money from home:

  1. 1. Get Paid to Give Your Opinion 

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    Surveys aren’t the best way to make money fast. But there’s a certain appeal to clicking a few buttons and earning money when you’d otherwise be doing nothing. Chances are, you’ll qualify for at least one or two surveys on each site a month, and the rewards will add up.

    We’ve tried a lot of paid survey sites, but here are a few of the best we’ve found: 

    • Swagbucks is definitely a reader favorite, probably because of the wide variety of ways to make money beyond taking surveys. Plus, you get a $5 bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.
    • MyPoints: This platform lets you earn gift cards for taking polls, answering surveys and other things you do online — a great way to cash in on long lines or an endless commute. You’ll earn a $5 bonus when you complete your first five surveys.
    • Survey Junkie’s clean look keeps you motivated to take as many surveys as you want. It’s relatively quick to reward you with points once you’ve completed a survey. Once you earn 1,000 points — equal to $10 — you can cash out for gift cards or cash via PayPal. Pro tip: Take all the profile surveys to help you earn an easy 200 points or so up front.
    • VIP Voice surveys are relatively quick to complete and reward you with points you can redeem for cash or gift cards. Plus, you’ll still get points for taking surveys even if you don’t qualify to take the whole survey. Plan to login a few times each week, and you’ll have no trouble earning extra money this month with almost no work.
  2. 2. Stop Deleting Your Emails

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    It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?

    One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

    Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

    Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.

  3. 3. Get Paid to Watch Videos Online

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    Most of you already know about InboxDollars, but did you know that it will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos? Plus, you’ll get a bonus $5 just for signing up.

    You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, so be prepared. InboxDollars lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about a half hour.

    The availability is subject to change, but it’s possible to earn up to $225 a month watching these videos!

  4. 4. Invest in Real Estate (You Don’t Have to Be Rich)

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    Not everyone has “buy a house” kind of money.

    You don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars to get started with Fundrise. You can get started with a minimum investment of just $500, and Fundrise does all the heavy lifting for you.

    Through the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate around the United States.

    This isn’t an obscure investment, though. You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolios — like a set of townhomes in Snoqualmie, Washington, or an apartment building in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    You can earn money through quarterly dividend payments and potential appreciation in the value of your shares, just like a stock. Cash flow typically comes from interest payments and property income (e.g. rent).

    (But remember: Investments come with risk. While Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, dividend and principal payments are never guaranteed.)

    You’ll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee.

  5. 5. Play Free Scratch-off Tickets

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    There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.

    Instead, try scratching for free using an app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s, Sephora and more.

    The app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free. For more info, check out our full review.

  6. 6. Help Small Business Owners

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    Does earning $60 an hour sound appealing? How about the freedom to work from home while helping others succeed?

    Those are the perks of working as a bookkeeper, says Ben Robinson, a certified public accountant and business owner who teaches others to become virtual bookkeepers.

    And no, you don’t have to have a CPA to be successful in this business. In fact, all you really need are decent computer skills and a passion for helping business owners tackle real-world problems.

    It’s a great opportunity for moms who want to work part time, millennials who are just out of college and anyone who wants to bring in real money while working from home.

    We talked to Robinson about what it takes to become a virtual bookkeeper, as well as tips and advice for making this career track work for you. You can read the full interview here, or check out his website for more information.

  7. 7. Get $50 to Invest in Causes You Care About

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    Investing can be a great way to grow your money, but have you carefully considered which companies you’re willing to back? Their morals and values? You probably wouldn’t want to invest in a company that’s destroying our oceans or cheating the system.

    Impact investing is a simple fix. It adds a new layer of transparency to investing. Take Swell Investing, an SEC-registered investment adviser committed to supporting sustainable companies.

    Its Impact 400 portfolio features companies whose products and services align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They consider everything from gender equality to ending poverty to clean energy.

    You can start with just $50 and invest in this or other portfolios committed to clean water, zero waste, renewable energy or disease eradication, to name a few. Plus, you’ll get a $50 bonus with the code PENNY after making your initial investment.

    Swell doesn’t have any trading fees, price tiers or expense ratios. It charges a 0.75% annual fee — that’s about the cost of one coffee ($3.75) per year if you invest $500.

    Disclosure: We have a financial relationship with Swell Investing LLC and will be compensated if consumers apply for an account and/or fund an account with Swell through links in our content. However, the analysis and opinions expressed here are our own.

  8. 8. Earn Cash Back on Groceries, Beauty and More

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    Ibotta is an easy-to-use cash-back app that’s partnered with more than 50 retailers, just about anywhere you’d do any kind of shopping.

    Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the app. Strawberries? Check. An ear of corn? Check. Add each cash-back opportunity to your list in the app.

    Then shop.

    When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.

    Bam. Cash back.

    Some cash-back opportunities we’ve seen include:

    • 25 cents back for any item.
    • 25 cents back on strawberries
    • $1.50 back on Energizer batteries.
    • $2 back on L’Oreal hair color.
    • $3 back on Pampers pull-ups.
    • $5 back on a case of Shiner Bock beer.

    Notice some of those aren’t tied to a brand — just shop for the staples on your list, and earn cash back!

    Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt.

  9. 9. Sell Your Old Clothes, Accessories and More

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    Do you still have a prom outfit from, like, 10 years ago?

    It’s never going to fit — or come into style — again, but something just keeps holding you back from sending it to Goodwill.

    Maybe money could change your mind. Instead of storing clothes indefinitely, try selling them.

    One app we especially like is Letgo.

    You know all those unused frocks, jumpers, peasant tops and jean jackets that are currently raising an army of dust bunnies in your closet? You can literally list them in less than a minute.

  10. 10. Get $5 to Set Your Savings on Autopilot

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    Acorns is a simple savings and investment app that rounds your credit or debit card purchases up to the nearest dollar and invests the digital change.

    You can start small — with $5 — and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets set aside for your Acorns account.

    Plus, you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up and make your first investment!

    Contributor CJ Reid started by accepting roundups of less than $0.50, such as her $3.60 cup of coffee.

    “Rounding up 40 cents here and 25 cents there moves me swiftly enough to $5 so that I can begin investing without putting myself into the red,” she says.

    Once your roundups reach $5, that amount will be transferred from your bank to your Acorns account, and invested into your chosen portfolio.

    “Acorns makes it easy to invest by removing the responsibility of choosing individual investments or worrying about trades,” Reid explains. “You don’t need any previous investment knowledge or history.”

    And once you get the process automated, Acorns investments make your digital change work for you.

    “With a conservative portfolio,” Reid says, “I turned $15 into $19 within a few weeks.”

    Interested in investing your own spare change? Check out our full Acorns guide for the details. 

  11. 11. Invest in the Budding Cannabis Industry

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    You don’t just want to invest. You want to invest in an industry you believe in. One that could take off and make money.

    You want to invest in cannabis, and now you can. You don’t have to have tons of money to invest in the cannabis industry. Using a microinvesting app like Stash, you can invest in increments as little as $5.

    Need a nudge? Right now, The Penny Hoarder is teaming up with Stash to give you an extra $5 after your first investment.

    Stash curates investments from professional fund managers and investors and lets you choose where to put your money. It offers more than 40 exchange-traded funds, including one for those who are already seeing green on the cannabis horizon.

    But it leaves the complicated investment terms out of it. You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests and goals.

    Once you sign up with Stash, take a look at the app’s portfolio options, including one cannabis-related ETF, to find an investment blend that meets your goals. You can be as conservative or aggressive as you need to be.  

  12. 12. Protect Your Free Time by Working From Home

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    For some people, working from home offers the most perfect scenario. Maybe it cuts your one-hour commute down to, well, nothing. Maybe it allows you to see your kids more often.

    Whatever it is (even if it’s that you get to spend more time with your cat — valid reasoning), the most difficult part can be landing that perfect work-from-home job.

    We recommend starting your search with ZipRecruiter.

    When you click here to search, ZipRecruiter sends you to a list of geo-tailored work-from-home job openings. (Because, yes, even some work-from-home job opportunities have location restrictions.)

  13. 13. Let Someone Borrow Your Place for the Night

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    Have a spare room? Might as well list it on Airbnb to try to make some extra money.

    If you’re a good host with a desirable space, you could add hundreds — even thousands — of dollars to your savings account with Airbnb.

    Taking a few simple steps can make the difference between a great experience and a less-than-satisfactory one.

    Here are a few tips:

    • Airbnb covers you with a $1,000,000 host guarantee as well as penalty-free cancellations if you’re uncomfortable with a reservation.
    • Make your space available during high-demand times in your area. Think: concerts, conventions and sporting events.
    • Be a good host and make sure your place is stocked with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels.
    • Be personable. A lot of travelers turn to Airbnb for the personal touch they won’t find at commercial properties.

    (Hosting laws vary from city to city. Please understand the rules and regulations applicable to your city and listing.)

  14. 14. Get Paid to Lose Weight

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    So this is the part where you scratch your head and say, “No way.”

    HealthyWage is a program that allows you to place a bet on your weight-loss goals. The idea is that if nothing else, maybe, just maybe, a cash prize will motivate you.

    It’s worked for many others.

    Take, for example, Angie Richards, who bet herself she’d lose 40 pounds in six months. She ended up losing 52 pounds and winning $1,200.

    Then there’s Katelyn Pincock and her husband, Cort, who each bet $75 per month for six months. They ended up winning $3,000.

    Unfortunately, the program doesn’t come with a magical diet or sweatless workout regimen. But hopefully the potential to win some cash will help you keep your eyes on the prize.

  15. 15. Find Hourly Gigs

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    If you’re looking for hourly gigs, try signing up for ShiftGig. The platform connects workers to gigs in a number of industries, including food service, hospitality, retail and customer service.

    Here’s how it works:

    • Download the app and apply. You’ll talk about yourself, your interests and your experience.
    • The Shiftgig team will review your application, and, if you pass, you’ll be onboarded. (It’ll also perform a background check on you.)
    • If you’re approved, you can start searching through available shifts in your area.
  16. 16. Drive Folks Around Town

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    Need a fun, flexible way to earn money while also meeting lots of new people?

    Try driving with Uber! Demand for ride-sharing has been growing like crazy, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

    As a driver with Uber, you’re an independent contractor. You create your own schedule and drive as much or as little as you want.

    You must be at least 21 years old, have at least one year of licensed driving experience in the U.S. (three years if you’re under 23 years old), have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Also, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and be covered by insurance.

    Because it’s simple to switch between apps, many drivers also sign up with Lyft.

    We talked to Paul Pruce, who’s been driving full-time with Lyft for over a year. He earns $750 a week as a driver.

    Best of all, he does it on his own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you!

    To be eligible, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, pass a background check and own a car made in 2007 or later.

    Right now, Lyft is offering a $300 sign-on bonus to new drivers when you use code EXTRA300.

    Here’s what you need to qualify:

    • You must be approved to drive within 30 days of your application start date.
    • Once you’re in, just complete 100 rides within your first 30 days of being a Lyft driver.

    And just like that, the bonus cash is yours. Easy, right?

  17. 17. Start Investing With Just $10, and Grow Your Money 83 Times Faster

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    Where you stash your money is almost as important as how much you have. Believe it or not, you don’t need to start out with a lot to be a smart investor.

    With a free app called Worthy, you can start investing with just $10.

    No matter how much, that money is yours. You want to grow it safely, right? Your first thought is a savings account, which will earn you an average of 0.06% interest, according to CNN Money. That’s practically stagnant.

    You’ve got to think outside your bank.

    Worthy is a microinvesting app that pays out a fixed 5% annual interest rate — around 83 times more than what you’d get from the bank. And a lot more stable than investing in stocks.

    It invests in bonds that act like a savings account — you can deposit or withdraw money at any time with no fees or penalties. You can even set up a recurring investment or use Worthy’s round-up program to invest your spare change.

  18. 18. Share What’s in Your Fridge

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    Remember the Nielsen company? The one that’s always tracked TV ratings? Well, now it wants to know what’s in your fridge.

    Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, you can either use your smartphone, or the company will send you a free barcode scanner. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the UPC codes on the back of each product and send your data to Nielsen.

    Nielsen will reward you with gift points, which you can redeem for free electronics, jewelry, household items or even toys for the kids.

    The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points toward prizes. You’ll also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include vacations and brand new vehicles.

  19. 19. Get Paid to Rent out Your Car

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    Want to make money with your car… but not keen on playing taxi? Let folks rent your car when you’re not using it.

    OK, that sounds a little scary, but it doesn’t have to be. With the Getaround app, you can safely rent out your car to people in your community and neighborhood. The company insures your car for each trip, offers 24/7 roadside assistance and screens drivers for a safe driving record.

    That’s more assurance than you get when your teenager gets behind the wheel…

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Sign up with your Facebook account to rent out your car here.
    2. Set your own rates and availability.
    3. You’ll get a notification when someone books your car.
    4. Your car will be equipped with a Getaround Connect™, so renters will be able to locate, unlock and lock your car from their mobile phone during the trip period. No need to meet in person to exchange keys.

    Like many side gigs that involve your car, some car owners worry about the costs for things like gas and wear and tear on the vehicle. With Getaround, renters are responsible for refilling the fuel used on the trip.

    We also checked in with the company to see what it’s doing to address car owners’ concerns, and the CEO Sam Zaid told us, “Fortunately, customer feedback is one of the best ways we can learn and grow. We take feedback seriously and prioritize product updates based on our conversations with owners and renters.”

    So don’t be afraid to share your experience to make this an even better platform for car owners and renters.

    Plus, fewer cars on the road means less traffic and less pollution, so kudos!

  20. 20. Get Paid for Window Shopping

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    No extreme physical activity or pulled muscles required for this money-making trick. All you need to do is download the Shopkick app.

    Once you sign up, the app pays you in “kicks” for walking into certain stores (including Walmart, Target, TJMaxx and more). These can be redeemed for gift cards to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora and Best Buy.

    It pays you even more “kicks” for photos of receipts that include qualifying items you purchased in-store with a connected credit or debit card. You can also earn kicks for online purchases. Bonus: You don’t have to do anything; your linked cards will automatically apply your kicks.

    We’ve got an ultimate guide to using Shopkick here.

  21. 21. Hang out With Pups

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    If you’re looking for a flexible, independent way to earn money — and you love hanging out with dogs — Rover might be your perfect gig.

    The online network connects dog walkers and sitters to local dog owners through its 4.9-star-rated app, so you don’t have to staple flyers on every utility pole across town.

    Rover says sitters can earn as much as $1,000 a month.

    Rover dog-sitter requirements vary by location. In general, you must:

    • Be 18 years or older.
    • Pass a background check.
    • Have access to the Rover app (iOS or Android).

    Here’s how it works: You’ll create an online sitter profile where you’ll answer questions about your experience with puppers and your schedule availability.

  22. 22. Rent out Your RV

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    RV owners: When’s the last time you hit the open road?

    If you’re attached to your motorhome but don’t use it as much as you’d like, why not turn it into a money-making machine?

    Rent it out through an online peer-to-peer rental marketplace, like Outdoorsy. Think of it like Airbnb… but for RVs.

    In addition to the nice stream of passive income, other perks to renting your RV out through the marketplace include:

    • Free 24/7 rental roadside assistance, so you don’t have to worry about a renter calling you up for a tow.
    • $1 million in insurance, covering both you the owner and the renter.
    • DMV checks on all potential renters.

    To see how much you could earn each month by renting your camper out, snag a free estimate in just a few minutes. Then snap photos of your RV, upload your insurance and boom — you could be making money.

  23. 23. Sell Your CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games and Electronics

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    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’s even free shipping.

    Plus, enter FREE5 at checkout to get an extra $5 for your trade-ins!

  24. 24. Get the Most out of Your 401(k)

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    You have a 401(k) — kudos for that, but is it doing what you need it to?

    If you’re like most people, you have no idea whether your 401(k) is on pace for your retirement or just sputtering along.

    Chances are, your 401(k) could be doing a lot better. Take control with help from Blooom, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm that can optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you and keep it speeding toward retirement.

    It just takes a few minutes to get a free 401(k) analysis that will show you whether your investments are allocated properly and whether you’re losing money paying hidden investment fees. It’ll even tell you just how much more money your account could earn by the time you want to retire.

    After that, if you sign up, it’s just $10 per month to have Blooom monitor and maximize your 401(k). Bonus: Penny Hoarders get the first month free with the code PNNYHRD.

    Think of Blooom like a mechanic constantly fine-tuning your car’s engine so it gives you the best possible performance and gas mileage. Except it’s your 401(k) — and your future.

  25. 25. Cash in on Your Smartphone Addiction

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    Let’s be real: That phone habit is hard to break. So you might as well make some money while you’re scrolling instead of totally waste your time.

    Download AppKarma, a free rewards app that lets you earn cash and gift cards when you try out gaming apps and watch videos.

    Android users can download the AppKarma app directly through the Google Play Store.

    iPhone users: AppKarma is not in the app store, but you can use it from your mobile browser. Click on the link from your iOS device to access the AppKarma web app. Complete the first offer (and earn 100 points!) to get started.

    Bonus: Penny Hoarders will get 500 extra points when you sign up, plus you’ll get an email shortly after signing up with a special promo code worth another 750 bonus points.

    You can exchange your Karma Points for gift cards to Amazon, PayPal, iTunes, Target, Starbucks and Walmart, among other retailers.

  26. 26. Get a $150 Bonus for Opening a New Credit Card

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    If you’re not using a rewards credit card for everyday purchases, you’re missing out on free money.

    You just have to be sure you don’t get too carried away with those purchases — and that the card is paid off at the end of each billing period.

    Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $150 bonus.

    There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)

    Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.

    *Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.

    The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.

  27. 27. Sell Your Trash

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    Americans throw away approximately 266 million tons of trash every year, and it turns out we might as well be throwing away cash.

    There’s a reason dumpster diving has become so popular in recent years, and it’s because things you think are worth nothing often do have value.

    Anything from your empty wine bottles to old magazines can be sold online. Here’s a full list of the things in your trash that might be worth cash.

  28. 28. Swap Books for Amazon Gift Cards

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    Have old college textbooks taking up valuable shelf space? You could host a garage sale or sell them on Craigslist, but one of the easiest ways to get rid of them is through Amazon.

    With Amazon Trade-In, you can trade in your used textbooks, plus other items, like electronics, in exchange for an Amazon gift card.

    Enter the item’s information on Amazon’s Trade-In page to see how much you could pocket. Shipping is free.

  29. 29. Make Your Own Schedule as a Data-Entry Clerk

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    Data entry isn’t the best-paying online job, but it is one you can do with few skills or previous experience.

    Typically, all you need is a computer and internet connection. Fire up a pot of coffee and find online data-entry jobs through these freelancing sites:

  30. 30. Sign up for a New Credit Card

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    One of the best ways for a Penny Hoarder to make some serious extra cash is to take advantage of credit card sign-up bonuses.

    Of course, to get the most benefit, you should have excellent credit, and pay off your card in full each month so you’re not paying interest.  (After all, every time you pay interest, you’re losing some of the positive effects of the bonuses.)

    For those of you wondering, here’s how opening and closing credit cards affects your credit score (Hint: You can do it without causing too much harm).

  31. 31. Sell Your Smart Phone Photography

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    If you have a smartphone and a photographic eye, making money may have just gotten a lot easier. Oh – you’ll also need access to marketable scenery.

    An app called Foap lets you turn your smartphone photos into cash.

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Download the free app and create an account.
    2. Take a quality photo and upload it to Foap’s marketplace.
    3. Someone buys the license to your photo for $10. You make $5.

    If your photo sells 20 times, you make $5 each time and end up with $100 in your pocket — all for about five minutes of work. Pretty cool, right?

  32. 32. Get Paid to Evaluate the Web

    Search engines use complicated algorithms to determine the results you see — and they don’t always get it right.

    They’re vulnerable to errors, so they need real humans to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevance and usefulness. And those humans can get paid around $12 an hour for the work.

    If you want to get paid to clean up Google’s mess (or Bing’s or Yahoo!’s) apply for a job like this one with Lionbridge. The company is often hiring, so if you don’t see any openings now, keep an eye on The Penny Hoarder Jobs Facebook page for the next one.

    Bonus: This App Ensures the Self-Employed Aren’t Screwed by Taxes

    Whether you’re a freelance writer, designer, realtor, Airbnb host, driver or courier, your focus and energy pores into your business and ultimately your income — but sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of all the numbers.

    With income, expenses, mileage and those quarterly estimated taxes, a spreadsheet doesn’t always cut it. Instead, use Hurdlr, a free app dedicated to helping self-employed entrepreneurs track and streamline their money — and taxes.

    Hurdlr’s easy-to-navigate dashboard clearly showcases your money streams in real time (both before and after taxes), and the tool makes filing taxes actually easy. Seriously!

    You can file your taxes through the app or send your reports directly to your CPA. It’ll also help you maximize your income by identifying all available deductions. Hurdlr reports its users find, on average, more than $5,600 in deductions annually. That’s $5,600 right back into your pocket — or into your business — all thanks to Hurdlr.

    *Fine print from Chase:

Checking offer is not available to existing Chase checking customers, those with fiduciary accounts, or those whose accounts have been closed within 90 days or closed with a negative balance. To receive the $200 checking bonus: 1) Open a new Chase Total Checking account, which is subject to approval; 2) Deposit $25 or more at account opening; AND 3) Have your direct deposit made to this account within 60 days of account opening.  Your direct deposit needs to be an electronic deposit of your paycheck, pension or government benefits (such as Social Security) from your employer or the government. After you have completed all the above requirements, we’ll deposit the bonus in your new account within 10 business days. You can only receive one new checking account-related bonus per calendar year. Bonus is considered interest and will be reported on IRS Form 1099-INT.

Account Closing: If your checking account is closed within six months after opening, we will deduct the bonus amount at closing.

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