how to make extra money online

Growing a profitable blog or business can certainly earn you money online, but those options take a ton of time, hard work, and require some sort of upfront cost. I always tell people if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. You might be running a business, growing your blog, going to school, or working full-time at your 9-5 but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn a little extra side income while you juggle your other responsibilities.

I’ve rounded up a few apps and websites that I have personally used or am planning on using to earn some extra cash. These options are completely free to sign up and can be done in your pockets of time. If you have some time to spare — while you’re commuting on public transportation, waiting at the airport, at the doctor’s office, etc. — you can earn a little extra cash pretty easily.

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SwagBucks — This is hands down my absolute favorite way to earn easy side income. I have the app on my phone but also use their website fairly often. Swag Bucks awards you points (known as SB) for shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, and conducting online searches. There are so many ways to earn SB. You can then redeem your points for free gift cards or PayPal cash. It is so easy to use and can actually be pretty fun to complete some of the tasks. You can sign up here and start earning points right away!

Inbox Dollars — I love this app for many reasons. One being that it’s the perfect thing to do when you’re winding down for the night and watching TV. Another being that it is really simple to use. Similar to Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars has you take surveys to earn cash. You have to reach at least $30 though until they pay out, which does take quite a bit of time to get to that point. I usually spend about 30 minutes to an hour taking surveys. You have to qualify for each survey, and most of them earn you anywhere from $0.10 to $0.50. Some will pay up to $5 but I have yet to qualify for one of those higher earning surveys. Some surveys will take you as little as just a few minutes to complete while others will take upwards of 15 minutes. Even when you don’t qualify for a survey you can earn free spins that will allow you to earn some extra change or credit towards bonuses. If you prefer accessing Inbox Dollars through their website, you can watch videos, complete offers and other small tasks in addition to completing surveys. You can use this link to sign up here.

Survey Junkie — This is another company I’ve enjoyed using. It’s similar to Swag Bucks and Inbox Dollars: you complete surveys, earn points, and then redeem them for cash or e-gift cards. Like the others, you can start earning points right away just by completing your user profile and confirming your e-mail address. You can start redeeming your cash once you’ve earned at least $10 (or 1000 points). Again, survey times vary — I’ve seen ones that can take up to 45 minutes but obviously pay out higher points. Some surveys will “fill up” and you won’t be able to participate, but there are plenty of others you can try to complete. You can visit their site to sign up and start earning.

Ebates — I’ve been able to earn a decent amount of cash back through Ebates over the last couple of years. If you purchase anything online, you need this. Even if you’re booking hotels through certain travel websites like Expedia you can earn cash back. Once you sign up, you can search their available offers or you can install their button to your browser and it will alert you of offers when you visit participating websites. I never purchase anything online without checking Ebates first! They also have an app that you can use if you’re on your phone. You won’t be able to collect pay-outs right away though; they send them through PayPal or check every few months. You can sign up through my link here to see their available offers before you shop!

GigWalk — This app gives you a task to complete at a specific location, usually in the form of taking a photo and submitting it and/or completing a survey in relation to the task. Most gigs that I’ve seen pay $5 for completed tasks, but I’ve seen some that pay $15. This does require a bit more leg work on your end, and some of the qualifications for certain gigs are very specific. This could just be dependent upon your location, though. You can download the app or sign up online.

Easy Shift — In the same realm as GigWalk, Easy Shift provides you with tasks based on your location. You’ll visit a store, snap a few photos of displays and earn cash in return. Depending on what your work schedule is like, you could essentially spend a few hours driving around to different locations and earn a decent chunk of cash. They will even notify you when there’s a new shift in your area. Once you reserve a location for your task, you have 24 hours to complete your shift. You can download their app through the App Store or Google Play.

Fiverr — If you’re fairly creative and have a bit more time on your hands, you can sign up to do some freelance work on Fiverr. I personally haven’t tried Fiverr out yet, but I know many people who have loved it and have been pretty successful with it (seriously there are people who do this as their full-time job). You can set up freelance gigs for writing, video editing, voiceovers, and so much more. They have over 100 categories you can browse through to get ideas for what to sell. Once you’re signed up, you’ll create your gig, offer your work, and get paid for it once a customer places an order. You can sign up to start creating gigs on Fiverr here.

While this certainly isn’t a FULL list of all the possible ways to make money online, these are great places to start to earn some extra cash. While companies like Fiverr, Easy Shift and GigWalk require a bit more effort and time, the survey sites are perfect for anyone to start using and earning right away. Of course it will take a bit of time to rack up enough points to meet the minimum payout requirements for some of these companies, but any bit of extra cash can help! I’ll be updating this list as I explore additional options, so if you have any recommendations that you’ve used feel free to let me know!