The following is a staff writer post from Amanda L. Grossman at Frugal Confessions. She covers how to live a frugal decadent life where saving and living in the present are both held in high regard.
My husband and I love to travel. It’s one of those priorities that will always be in our budget, because life is much sweeter for us with travel in it. For our honeymoon a few years ago we decided to go all out and plan an 11-day trip to Austria. Because we did not have the thousands of dollars to do so we set a goal in September 2009 to come up with $2500 towards the trip with money sourced from outside of our paychecks. By March 2010, we had accumulated $2100 from other sources, and $252 of this came from extra cash I earned online through surveys and research studies.
It took time to produce this money, and we certainly did not get rich doing so. But without having to apply for a second job or leave my home, I was able to pull in pocket money towards our honeymoon. I wanted to share some promising companies for making a little extra cash online to put towards your own fun goals, whatever they may be.
Make Money on Your Smartphone
If you have a Smartphone, then there are ample opportunities to make extra money using it. Perhaps you could earn while waiting for the bus, instead of perusing Facebook and Pinterest, or while watching television. Each of the following apps is free.
- Tapporo: This app is for Android and iPhone users. You can earn money or rewards by doing things like by watching videos, downloading free apps.
- GigWalk: This iPhone mobile app is used by over 200,000 people to earn money. The types of gigs that are available include photography and data collection, retail audits and mobile app testing. You can earn from $3 all the way up to $90 after you earn “street cred.” You must cover the PayPal fees when you are paid.
- Field Agent: Over 240,000 field agents (i.e. you!) make between $3 and $12 for various types of field work. You might do work like price checks on items or take a survey. Field Agent will handle the PayPal transaction fees for you.
Get Paid to Answer Other People’s Questions Online
Do you enjoy answering questions for people, or possess a specific knowledge set? You can get paid to answer questions using ChaCha.com. You certainly will not get rich: Vetters earn $0.01 cents per completed task, Expeditors earn $0.02 cents per completed task, and Transcribers $0.03 per completed task. Generalists earn between $0.10 and $0.20 per completed task, based on the Category of the question. But you could earn a little on the side.
Make Money from Surveys, Reading Emails, and Viewing Ads
Surveys can be a little frustrating because if you do not fall into the category of the type of person they are collecting information on, then you will not be given many opportunities. However, you should give it a try and see. Everyone can read emails and view ads for extra cash.
- MyPoints: You can cash your earned points in or trade them for gift cards using this website. Points are earned through completing/attempting surveys, opening emails, or purchasing items. To give you an idea of the reward amount, I have been a member since July 12, 2008 and have earned a total of 22,800 points (or approximately $125 in cash to a PayPal account). A good way to prioritize your time when reading emails is to go through all of them once a week. While watching television, I search my email for “MyPoints” and get all of the previous weeks’ emails lined up. Then I click on the “read” button, delete the email and immediately go to the next one. The only real downfall of this website is that it seems to take several weeks for your “pending” points to be redeemable.
- SendEarnings: This website allows you to earn money by reading emails, completing surveys, purchasing things, etc. The number of emails and opportunities you receive is based on your activity level. Active members could receive up to 3 per day, and unactive members may not receive any.
- Companies that I have not personally tried but have heard good reviews about are: Inbox Dollars, Opinion Outpost, SurveySpot, Surveyhead, ClixSense, and YouData.
What are some paid online opportunities you have tried? Were they successful?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!