Who doesn’t need a little spare cash? There are many ways to earn some extra money online in your spare time. You won’t get rich quick, but those small checks in the mailbox can put cash in your pocket or gas in your car when you need it most. So, if you want some extra cash now and then, you’re in the right place! You truly can’t afford to pass this up!
1. Write articles and reviews that pay earnings: You can get paid for writing informative articles, how-to’s, reviews, short stories, blog posts and more. You can write about any topic you want. If you’re a student write about the things you’re learning. Moms, tell us how you manage your home on a budget. Share your computer knowledge. Even books and poetry!
There are different ways of getting paid to write. Some sites, such as HireWriters and iWriter, will pay you outright once your article is approved. Usually sites like this will give you the topic or keyword they want the article to be about. You submit your material and, if accepted, they pay a flat rate. You are under no obligation to keep submitting work…you can write as many or as few articles as you’d like. Other sites, such as revenue sharing sites like HubPages or Zujava, allow you to write about anything you want. They will publish your content and pay you a portion of the revenue from the ads placed in your article. This usually requires multiple works to bring in any money because the percentage they give you is fairly small. You will need to spend some time promoting your articles, as the more views you get the more money you are likely to make. If you like to write and can submit a steady stream of articles, this is a good option.
2. Surveys that DO pay: You answer questions online and get paid for giving your opinion. It’s free to join and you can join as many sites as you want, then they will email you the new surveys. Once you submit your answers, your account will be credited. Most surveys will pay anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars. When you reach a minimum balance in your account, you can cash out. There are a few survey sites that I use, and have been consistently paid from. I spend about an hour a day doing surveys on two of my favorite survey sites, iPoll (and get paid the minimum $10 every couple of weeks) and MySurvey. I also get to try a lot of products that they send and I get to keep (most recently, it was 2 body lotions). All this for taking a few surveys a day. Some other legitimate, paying sites to try are GlobalTestMarket, Toluna and MyView.
3. Sell online to item-specific sites: Sell your cell phones and electronics at sites such as Gazelle. I recently sold my diabetes test strips (when I changed meters) at SellDiabeticTestStrips.org and that netted me about $22. You can also sell video games and consoles at CashforGamers and even computers online. Most places even pay for the shipping, so all you have to do is print up a label and mail your item out.
4. Sell used books: There are sites that will buy books, fiction and non-fiction alike, especially text books. The last text book I sold netted me $53! Most books will fetch a few cents to a few dollars, but if you have a pile to sell, it adds up. At bookscouters, you enter an ISBN number and they will check all the top sites and give you the entire list of who’s buying each book and what they’ll pay. Shipping is free, just print out the label they send you.
5. Sell products online: You can find stuff free or very cheap on craigslist, in your local classifieds, or at yard sales and flea markets, or sell a handcrafted item you make yourself. The internet is overflowing with marketplaces where you can list them for sale. Lots of sites are free, so all you have to do is list your items and wait till they sell. Vintage items found at flea markets and yard sales sell really well. I make beaded coil bracelets and other nice jewelry at home and list them online and on Craigslist in my area. There are also online dollar and wholesale stores that sell items in bulk for dirt cheap-you could re-sell these on any site that offers a free web store or free listings.
6. Do market research studies: Research studies and focus groups are different than surveys in that they aim for people that meet certain criteria. They may need those that work in certain professions or have particular medical conditions, for instance. They are conducted online, by phone and in person and tend to pay extremely well! For example, FocusGroup.com and eJury.com conduct panels which are harder to qualify for but pay anywhere from $50 to $300, and sometimes even more, when you do. The payouts are a lot higher because they are looking for select groups of people. You can find many more studies in your local classifieds or online by searching “Market research studies” or “Focus Groups”. You want to check the available studies often, because they tend to fill up fast. Many of them are conducted by hospitals and businesses, so scan your newspaper and check with your local hospital every now and then, as well.
Now you have a pretty good idea of how to make some extra cash. As was stated before, it’s not steady money, or big money, but those small checks in the mailbox can put cash in your pocket or gas in your car when you need it most!