Nowadays, there are so many different ways you can make some extra money online that it’s almost overwhelming. You can make money by renting out your gear or car, watching tv, and there’s even an app that will pay you for losing weight.
This is the first part of a larger series that I’m writing on making money online, side hustling and passive income. In fact, side hustling is probably the biggest reason why I started this blog, to share with you exactly how I’m able to support myself through income made online.
It would be so great to have an income from one job that covers all of our expenses. Sadly for the majority of the population, this is just not the case.
A growing percentage of millennials are looking for 2nd and even 3rd jobs and side-gigs. Earning a little money on the side will make life a little easier.
Having a supplemental income in addition to your day job means that you don’t need to live paycheck to paycheck anymore. It will provide you with
- Freedom to start planning your dream vacation
- Earlier retirement
- funds to pay off debt
- $$$ for college
- Investment for passive income
- Padding in between jobs (ehemm, any other freelancers and writers out there?)
1. Take Surveys & Get Paid
Companies are willing to pay money in order to get feedback from consumers. They’re easy to join and free to use.
I’ve compiled a list of legitimate survey sites that pay well and that I’ve been using for over 4 years now. These are all legit, non-scammy options to pad your income. Take it into consideration that if any survey site asks for money upfront – run! I’ve never had to pay any of these sites for money.
I recommend signing up for these two survey sites, Surveyjunkie and Swagbucks first, to see if this is a side hustle you are interested in.This is because each survey company may only send a few surveys your way each month, so the more you sign up for then the more money you may be able to make.
I love love love Survey Junkie! I get gift cards from Survey Junkie all the time and it’s pretty amazing. It’s my favorite site that I get rewarded for giving my opinion and completing surveys. Survey Junkie is a legitimate survey site that has a 4 out of 5 stars review on TrustPilot and an A+ review on BBB (Better Business Bureau is the government entity that rates businesses on their trustworthiness and business practices.)
You can earn $5 just for creating an account and filling out your info. After you create your account there should be a bunch of new surveys available for you to start completing. Different surveys will reward you with different point amounts depending on the length and time required. They typically last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
Here’s the breakdown of how much money you can make by completing a Survey Junkie survey:
- Product testing: $5-$50
- Online focus group: $25-$100
- In-person focus group: $25-$150
- Phone Survey: $5-$100
Once you’re done, points can be deposited directly into your Paypal account (with no transfer fees) or in the form of a gift card (only for US residents). Your survey points have no expiry date and you can keep them for as long as you want before you cash out.
Sign up with Survey Junkie and start earning today
Swagbucks is more lit then a Las Vegas casino. Go visit their website, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Users earn points in exchange for completing tasks and is by far the most reputable survey site that exists online. They’ve been around for a long time, and pay out over 6000 gift cards daily to their members. There are so many ways to make money on Swagbucks.
Ways to make money on Swagbucks
- Use their search engine – Swagbucks has a built-in search engine (like google) and you actually get paid for using it.
- Watching videos – music videos and movie previews. You will have to press the play occasionally, but apart from that it’s pretty passive.
- Playing games
- Downloading games & apps
- Surveys – what they’re known for! They don’t pay as well as Survey Junkie though
Forms of payment: Paypal, gift cards, and prizes. You get an easy $10 as a welcome gift just by confirming your email.
Sign up for free and get $ once you confirm your email
Easy $5 added to your account after watching a couple of videos on how to use InboxDollars once you sign up. Simple to use and the website is easy to maneuver around. I like the TV section. I spend a good hour in the tv section every week while commuting to work.
Click here for a $5 sign-up bonus
Earning Station – earn points by taking surveys, shopping online. Redeem your points for gift card to your favorite stores like Amazon and Walmart. Make $ taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos and signing up for great products.
Sign up for free and get paid
2. Participate in Research Studies (up to $150 an hour)
Respondent.io – I came across an article one day where somebody made $45 dollars just by participating in a research study. I couldn’t believe it so I visited the site and found that I was eligible for a survey that paid $150. The survey took about an hour to complete and by the end of it, I had earned $150 that I deposited directly into my Paypal account. I dug around a bit and found out that some people making $200 a week completing simple surveys on Respondent. It’s super easy to use and new surveys are being submitted daily.
That’s over $1500 I can make THIS WEEK ALONE!!!
Takes only 5 minutes to register and see what surveys you qualify for, I HIGHLY recommend checking them out.
Click here to sign up to Respondent for free
3. Drive People Around
What I like about Lyft and Uber is that you can go out and drive whenever you have some spare time. There are always people that need rides around your city especially if you live in a larger one. Rideshare jobs are a great way to meet new people if you’re new to a city.
- Lyft – Sign up with Lyft today and get an additional $300 after completing 100 rides.
- Uber is also an option. Get a $750 sign up bonus. Earn $2,200 for your first 300 trips, guaranteed!
4. Rent Out Your Extra Room Through Airbnb
If you have an extra room in your house that’s just sitting there empty, you might want to consider renting it out. An extra room is a money pit. Literally. In Los Angeles rent prices in a popular area for a spare room exceed $1200 a month. The best way to rent rooms out is through Airbnb. I like to rent out my room through Airbnb when I go on vacation. Some people have even turned their Airbnb into six-figure businesses. If you’re looking for a longer-term rental you might want to consider Roomster.
5. Get Cash Back When You Shop
Do you shop at stores like Sephora, CVS, or Amazon? What If I told you that you can get 10-15% cash back from shopping at these stores through a website called Rakuten? Groupon had 18% cash back today. I’m getting cash back on top of a huge Groupon discount through Ebates. I love love love this site and it helped me save thousands this year.
Sign up for Rakuten and get a $10 Bonus today
6. Get Paid To Search
Swagbucks has their own search bar similar to Google, only you get ‘swagbucks‘ in return when you search for something.
Get paid to search the internet
7. Test Apps & Websites
Usertesting.com is a relatively new site paying users $10 per website visit via labtop and $15 for every site that you visit on mobile. You don’t need to be super technical for this online job. They just want real people to give honest and constructive feedback for their clients.
8. Become a Freelancer
Becoming a freelancer will not only give you some extra income but could potentially turn into a full-time career. There are so many websites out there where creatives can share their talents and actually get clients, the most well-known are Fiverr and Upwork.
Are you really good at any of these following tasks?
- Graphic & Design – Logo design, illustration, Web & mobile design, Photoshop
- Digital Marketing – SEO, email, social media, e-commerce, influencer marketing
- Writing & Translation – Creative, sales writing, copy writing, & business writing
- Video & Animation – youtube, shorts, films, design, intros & outros
- Music & Audio – sound effects, voice over, singer-songwriter, producer
- Business – virtual assistant, data entry, research
If you can do any of these things why don’t you try uploading some samples onto Fiverr.
9. Rent out your gear
I use Fat Llama to rent out my stuff. Look around your house. Do you have any of these things lying around?
- Camera, lenses, kits, lighting equipment
- Audiovisual equipment (speakers, microphones)
- Projectors, TV Screens
- Computer (labtops, ipads, extra phone)
- Even clothing
There are a lot of people out there that would love the chance to rent out some of your equipment for the weekend. I rent out my Nikon and dual lens set as a kit & it makes $50 per rental. Fat llama also offers an insurance backed guarantee if anything goes wrong.
10. Rent Out Your Car
Want to make some passive income by renting your car? Turo is an app+website where people can book your car for a couple of days.
Great if you find it hard to meet your car payments in addition to all of your other expenses.
Think about it: meeting all of your car payments just by renting it out a couple of days out of the month means that you drive your car for free!
You’re also covered by $1 million in liability insurance and your car is COMPLETELY protected against any physical damage.
I was really hesitant when I first signed up but after the first rental, I felt reassured. The people were really responsive and we corresponded through text the entire time.
Try out Turo and have your car pay for itself
11. Get Paid To Lose Weight
Healthy Wage is an awesome app that is changing people’s life. It works a little like this: you make bets on how much you are going to lose in a time period that you set, usually between 6-18 months. The app matches whatever you bet so depending on what you put in, you stand a fairly good chance at making some serious mula. Participants have been able to win up to $10,000 for achieving their weight loss goals.
12. Start a blog
Starting a blog has changed my life. It’s given me a platform to share my thoughts and positively impact people. Plus you can make a lot of money from it!
Advertisers are willing to pay big $$$ to put ads next to your content. Not to mention selling affiliate products and posting sponsored content from companies can make you big $$$.
Some bloggers are making six figures a month just for blogging about what they’re passionate about! It’s best to start off with a self-hosted platform that comes with WordPress. One of the best hosting programs out there is Hostgator
See my detailed post on how to start a blog today on noblesforum
13. Teach English online
VipKid is a website + app that helps kids in China learn English. If you get accepted as a teacher you get to talk to kids overseas one-on-one. VipKid prepares all of the materials needed for class, you don’t need to communicate with parents, and has developed their own education platform in order to facilitate one-on-one classes. You can earn around $14-$22 an hour. You have to have at least a bachelor’s degree in order to teach, the good news is that you don’t have to have majored in English.
14. Become a virtual assistant
Online business owners are always looking to outsource tasks. There are a million hats that entrepreneurs are required wear in order to keep their business afloat. Some of these tasks include: social media, emailing, accounting, writing, graphic design, and reaching out to sponsors. Remote.co is a good option to check out if you’re considering becoming a virtual assistant.
15. Walk dogs in your neighborhood
Have an extra 20-30 minutes between activities? Rover is a good place to check in here and there to see if there’s a dog nearby that needs walking.
See! there are so many ways that you could make extra money today! You could have just earned over $50 just by signing up for all of the sites above. What are you waiting for