Have you been interested in trying to make money online but don’t know where to start, or what websites are actually legitimate? This post lists the methods I’m currently using. You won’t get rich, but they do put extra cash in your pocket without scams.
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Last April I quit my job. I was nearing the end of a complicated pregnancy and we decided it was for the best so I could have less stress as each passing week brought more and more uncertainty. My plan was always to go back to work full time.
A few weeks later, Benjamin was born. He was diagnosed with Achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Due to his medical needs, we decided it was best for me to stop working all together to make sure he is cared for, and handled, properly.
Quitting my job didn’t eliminate any stress though. In fact, it added to it. I was going from being a single parent who provided for my oldest child on my own, to not making a dime and worrying that one income wasn’t going to cover everything this new, 4 person, 1 dog household needed. And, to be honest, it’s been tight. Having a near empty bank account at all times and losing my financial independence was making my head spin with worry. I had to do something about it and started looking into more ways to make money online.
The money making methods I’m going to list below are how I have been able to help us get by the past 9 months and how we were able to afford Christmas this year. It doesn’t come close to my previous income, but it helps.
10 Ways to Make Money Online
Swagbucks: the name is a turn off, I know. It sounds like a scam, or like it’s for teenagers, but it has been my main source of income the last 9 months. In fact, I made around $775 in those 9 months, while taking care of a newborn all day. You do activities to earn swagbucks (a point system) that you exchange for gift cards. The earning potential is much higher than what I make depending on how much time you are willing to spend and which activities you choose to do. Early on I would only get Amazon.com gift cards, but I now also get PayPal cash. There is quite a bit to Swagbucks so I dedicated a whole post to how I use it to make $100-200 a month. See the post: Using Swagbucks to Make Extra Money for a lot more details on this website.
Ebay: setting up and using Ebay to sell your items is not as hard as you may think. The site pretty much walks you through each step, and the mobile app is just as straightforward. You will also need a PayPal account. So what do you sell once you have you account? The sky is the limit! It’s pretty unbelievable what people will buy! I have sold clothes (name brand in new, excellent or good condition sell best), new beauty products (from subscription boxes), coupons (infant formula checks, cigarette and lots of higher value coupons sell great) and more. There is a 25 coupon per month limit now and you can’t sell coupons for free items, but lately I’ve been making around $25/month on just coupons (this varies depending on what i have available of course). The other nice feature about Ebay is how easy they make it to print a shipping label from home and have the item picked up right from your front step.
Ebates: this is one of the easiest ways to make money online! Before I buy anything online I always check Ebates to see if there is a cash back incentive. If you shop often, the rebates you earn will add up fast! Even if you don’t shop online all that often, $5 cash back here or there never hurts right?
Mobile Couponing Apps: mobile couponing apps are basically rebates on specific items. There are several, but I use Ibotta, Checkout 51, and SavingStar the most. Every Thursday I meal plan, check online for coupons, check the mobile couponing apps, and make my grocery list for the next day. To use the apps, you select the items you may want. Sometimes you have to do a short task, like answer a one question survey, to “unlock” the each item, but it takes only seconds. Then, if you buy the item(s) when you’re shopping, you scan or take a photo of your receipt to show you actually bought the right products, and then they deposit the refund into your account. You can transfer the money to a PayPal account or exchange it for gift cards etc. It varies per app. Some weeks I make $10 or so, other weeks it may just be a dollar or two, but it adds up fast! The other nice thing about the mobile apps is that a lot of the time you can combine the app rebate with a coupon. Always read the fine print though, because occasionally it will say that you can’t.
Walmart Savings Catcher: If you shop at Walmart for groceries, you should definitely download their Savings Catcher app! All you have to do is scan your receipt and if there is a better price on anything you’ve bought advertised at another local retailer, they give you the difference! You can let the money accumulate and turn it into a Walmart gift card whenever you want!
Bing Search Engine: Bing actually rewards you for using their search engine! You can earn 15 credits (plus whatever bonus credits they offer each day) on your desktop computer and another 10 on your mobile device, each day. You can then redeem those credits for gift cards! Gift cards start around 525 credits, but after you reach gold status they reduce to 475. To reach and maintain gold status just keep using Bing! It won’t take long.
InboxDollars: I used to use this site a lot years ago, but all I do now is “read” the paid emails they send to my personal email account and maybe once a year I can request a check for $27.00. The website has lots other ways to earn money though, like surveys, coupons, tasks, and for doing web searches through their site.
I-Say Surveys: After just a month using this survey site I have made $35 in Amazon gift cards. This is a survey only site and they will send you the survey invites right to your personal email.
E-Rewards: This is another survey site. They also send invites to your person email. I was using this for frequent flyer miles, but have since switched to gift cards. I earn $25-50 a month if I stay on top of doing the surveys and not let them just accumulate in my inbox!
Hits4Pay: I have been trying this out since July 2015 and as of January 2017, I am $0.06 away from the require $25 to cash out and the offers seem to have stopped…not cool. I would not recommend this site.
And one more!
This Blog!: I learned really quickly there is a lot more to blogging than just writing up some interesting posts, or recipes, and taking some pretty pictures! I do love it though! I’m learning as much as I can as quickly as I can, but this blog may be far from being a significant source of income for me still. However, if you’ve been playing with the idea of starting once yourself, and you’re willing to put in a lot of work, it really can have the potential to be a substantial income. Just be patient 🙂
Of course there are many other websites out there you could make money online from. I’ve only listed the methods I’ve used and have been successful with, with the exception of Hits4Pay, which I am still testing out myself.
I am assuming that if you are reading this, you may be interested in trying to make money online as well! I hope this list helps! If you have any other questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message and I’ll do my best to answer them!