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Here you will find a variety of ways to earn side income towards reaching your financial goal.
Earning side income online is the all time favorite and most desired way to earn income. This is especially true for our mamas who get that twitch when they think about leaving their little ones with someone else.
Earning side income online can come in different forms such as: cash, points, gift cards, or earned discounts.
I’m sure for most of us cash is the preferred method of payment.
Don’t forget how important other forms of payment can be such as gift cards that can be used to purchase stuff we need or to allow a little room for splurging on you.
Don’t forget about the old fashion offline methods. These may not be as glamorous but when it comes to trying to reach a goal we do what we need to get the job done.
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Swagbucks is a way to earn gift cards to spend at places like Walmart and Amazon. You earn Swagbucks which is just a cool way to say points for doing stuff like shopping online, watching videos, answering surveys, and even surfing the web.
InboxDollars was established in 2000 and maintains an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. They allow a way to earn cash for watching videos, taking surveys, playing games and shopping. Earn your first $5.00 just for signing up!
Ibotta allows you to earn cash back for shopping in participating stores on deals they have available. These include Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacy and over 300 more. You can link your loyalty store cards. All you have to do is take a photo of your receipt with your phone and ibotta will look for the items you can earn on. You can also earn cash back for shopping with apps such as Ebay, Groupon, and iTunes. Once you get to $20 in your account then you can receive your money through Paypal, Venmo, or gift cards from several retailers. I am not a deal watcher and only use ibotta sparingly so I was surprised to find that I had $32.09 just sitting there waiting for me to take.
Checkout51 is another cash back program similar to ibotta. Yes, you can use the two together. I have sent in receipts to both Checkout51 and ibotta to get double deals. Once you get to $20 then you can request a check.
If you shop online it pays to have the Ebates extension or to go to their site first. They have bookoos of stores listed with cash back. Keep your eye open for double cash back. Click on the store you will shop at and earn the percentage of the sale that is listed for that store. You can get paid by check or Paypal. Now how is that for earning side income?
Earning side income from surveys is possible; however, it may take some patients and quick acting to fill out the good ones. You are not going to earn tons of money or even part-time money from doing surveys but anything is better than nothing when it comes to reaching a financial goal.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Sign up for several survey sites so your chances of filling out surveys is greater.
an email address just for your survey hustle so:
- You can turn on notifications to know when a survey is available. You want to get to it before the limit of survey takers is reached
- If you decide surveys are not for you then you can easily disregard that email address and not have your own email being bombarded with emails.
- Fill out your profile information as accurate and complete as possible.
- Do not get sucked into all the other jazz they try to offer you. Some of the survey sites will offer to sign you up for other offers such as magazines and such. Do yourself a favor and just stay focused on the surveys instead of letting yourself get lost in a rabbit hole. So answer “No” to all those questions unless there is something that you are really itching to say “Yes” to. I warn you saying “Yes” and letting yourself get sucked into a bunch of these will only fill your email up and cause you to become overwhelmed.
There are some sites that seem to do more trying to get you to sign up for offers instead of doing surveys. Many of them will have offers when you first sign up but after that they don’t bug you with them. I have tried to list those that are not full of offers. For instance, I signed up for Panda Research because I expected I would be doing surveys. But this turned out to be an offers site. If you enjoy completing offers then this would be a good one for you.
The following are survey sites that I have personally signed up to, checked out and ok with passing along to you. If something changes I will be letting you know why I have dropped one of these survey sites or why I decided to add another.
Each of these pay out in different ways and typically give options on how to receive your earnings. Such as, online gift cards, payment through Paypal, payment by check, donate to a charity, and even the ability to purchase items like electronics, home appliances, etc.
Go ahead and get started with them all:
7. Test websites
You can sign up to test other folk’s websites so they can receive feedback on your thoughts and experience as you maneuver their site. Most tests will last right around 15 minutes.
Whatusersdo – earn 5 in Euros which converts into $5.90 per test
UserFeel – earn $10 per test
Analysia – earn $10 per test
TrymyUI – earn $10 per test
Usertesting – earn $10 per test
8. Become a transcriptionist
9. Become a virtual assistant
10. Become a bookkeeper
11. Become a freelance writer
12. Become a proofreader
13. Become a graphic designer
14. Become a voiceover actor
15. Become an affiliate marketer
16. Become a customer service rep
17. Create an ebook
18. Start a review site
19. Sell services on Fiverr such as: bookkeeping, logo or website design, voice acting, writing and many, many others.
20. Manage / moderate online platforms
21. Post on social media
22. Help others start websites
23. Edit articles
25. Sell stuff at local markets
There are so many things you can sell at a flea market, yard sale, second hand stores, or craft fairs, just to name a few. Think you don’t have anything to sell or need money to buy something cheap enough to make a profit? Think again. Just start with your own stuff in your home. Set up a yard sale then take the money you made and use it to purchase more items to sell or buy the material you need to start your own DIY journey. Folks love, love, love hand crafted and DIY projects but don’t have the energy or time to do their own. You could even craft one of each DIY project and then ask folks to place orders to build. This way you are not building up inventory that you may not be able to sell.
26. Host a vendor meetup
Do you have a large building or access to a large building? For instance, in our town we have a Lion’s Club building or maybe your church has a community building. Place an ad asking for anyone who would be interested in setting up tables to sell their own products. Figure out how much you would want to charge for each table setup and how many tables you would need to cover your expenses that you would have to spend on the building. Since you are the host you can setup a snack table and also sell snacks yourself or your own product if you have any. You may even want to give something away for free to entice folks to visit such as a door prize.
27. Setup and sell at a vendor meetup
If someone else is hosting a vendor meetup then it may be beneficial for you to setup your own table. These meetups don’t just have to be to sell a product. You can also use them to advertise a service and to build a personal connection with folks.
28. Become a notary
Becoming a notary is a pretty easy process. You can learn all about how to do this by going to your state at National Notary Association. You will want to check with your state on how much you can charge. There are some states who don’t put a limit on how much you can charge but I wouldn’t want to charge an outrageous amount or folks will just go elsewhere and you will get a reputation for being to expensive. National Notary Association also gives you access to a State Notary Fees Chart.
29. Exercise instructor at a gym or other places
30. Chicken farm and sell eggs to local bakeries
31. Run errands locally
32. Caregiving / Babysitting
33. Laundry service
34. Pool cleaning
35. Maintain yards and landscape at homes or businesses
36. Upholstery repair / new
37. Furniture making
38. Repair service for areas such as computers, small appliances, vehicles, furniture, and the list can go on and on.
39. Pet service such as training, grooming, walking, or boarding pets while owners are away. You can advertise yourself on sites such as Rover.com to get a little exposure.
40. Perform home services such as move furniture, wash windows, clean, shovel snow, housesit, paint, and the list can go on. Use sites such as Care.com to let others know what you can do.
41. Handyman / woman to perform small repairs around the home or sewing. Sites such as TaskRabbit can help to connect you to those who need your services.
42. Teach a skill / tutor
43. Event planner
If you have creative flair with a sense of organization then use this to plan events. You may find that you prefer to specialize in a certain area such as weddings, birthdays, or even baby showers. These type of skills are too awesome to keep to yourself. Let them benefit those around you.
44. Create memory video
Folks love memories. Memories are one those things we keep forever and will later down the road watch it and be so grateful that we have those memories. Be that person to give those memories in a way that makes them enjoyable to watch and share. My son played football from 4th grade to 9th grade. Each year I would create a music video of the plays from the season. The parents and kids really appreciated and cherished those videos. I gave them away for free; however, I could have easily earned some nice cash if I sold them to the parents and grandparents. You can do the same.
45. Convert videos to modern player types
46. Vending machines
48. Seasonal work: Amazon at Christmas time
49. Mystery Shopping
If you love to shop and live in or close to a large city you could create a nice little bundle of cash with mystery shopping. Use sites such as BestMark to help you connect to these jobs.
50. Medical research studies
51. Place advertisements on car / home / body
52. Rent your stuff: garage space, parking spot, room, textbook, car
53. Current job: ask for raise, get a promotion, work overtime, earn bonuses
54. Search for better paying job
55. Sell blood, plasma, eggs, breast milk…
56. MLM Sales
58. Enter contests / giveaways
One way you can enter giveaways automatically is by participating in Nielsen Digital Voice. Nielsen Digital Voice will monitor your activities that you normally perform on the internet. For letting them monitor you they will automatically enter you into giveaways for their $10,000 Monthly Sweepstakes. You can also receive opportunities to complete surveys to be entered more often.
59. Help others with resumes
60. Freelancing work
61. Sell photos on sites like Shutterstock
62. Sell stuff on Amazon, Instagram, Craigslist, Ebay, LetGo, Decluttr, and Etsy
63. Rent your home or room on Airbnb
65. Run errands for a company
Now go out there and have success with as many of these methods that your heart desires.
Shoot me an email to let me know how you did it. I may just use your tips (with credit, of course) and story in a future income post.
If you would like this list in a printable format where you can also write notes then head on over to your This Wonderful Mess Vault and print it out under the Money section.
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P.S. One way you can improve your money situation is by planning your budget which I show you step-by-step how to do this over at the Budget Blueprint.