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Who couldn’t use more money, especially at this time of year? I am here to tell you that there are ways to earn money from home. However, to be very honest, it is easier to earn gift cards from home; to be even more honest, you could earn a lot more money by picking up a part time job. Still, if you have more time on your hands than money or perhaps you just need to bring more money in at all costs, there are some services that may be for you.

While I certainly have not gotten rich from making money on my computer, I wanted to share some promising companies in case you are interested in making pocket money on the side.

Make Money on Your Smartphone

GigWalk: This is a mobile app (for iPhones) that can earn you money. You accept ‘gigs’ and are paid typically $3-$5 per gig via PayPal for your work (you also incur a Paypal fee to accept the payment). Some of the gigs include taking photos of things (businesses, menus, signs) and recording the inside of businesses. This has rolled out in the last six months and appears to be growing quickly (not sure if they are in Houston yet or not). It is free to sign up.

Field Agent:  This will pay you between $2-$8 for your field work. Payment is made through PayPal, and this company will pay all PayPal fees for you. What types of offers you get depends on a rating system of your past performance; highly scored members will receive better work offers (you begin with a score of 85).

Get Paid to Answer Other People’s Questions Online

ChaCha.com: You can get paid to answer questions from people via your computer (they text the questions in). Guides can earn a set amount per each task completed. Expeditors earn $0.02 cents per completed task and Transcribers earn $0.03 per completed task. Generalists & Specialists earn between $0.10 and $0.20 per completed task, based on the category of the question.

Make Money from Surveys, Reading Emails, and Viewing Ads

MyPoints: I personally use MyPoints and receive CVS giftcards in $10 denominations. But you can cash in your points to a PayPal account as well. 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 $150 in gift cards or $125 in cash to a PayPal account). To prioritize my time, what I do is once a week while watching television I do a search of my email account for “MyPoints” to get all of the emails from the last week. Then one by one I open them up, click on the “read” button, delete the email and immediately go to the next one. I find that clicking on these emails as they show up throughout the week is not worth it because it takes too much time. I never seem to qualify for the surveys so I just delete these offers instead of trying to qualify (though if you click through and do not qualify you still receive 10 points). Also one more word of warning: it takes several weeks for your “pending” points to be redeemable. The great thing is that periodically you will get an offer for something that you wanted to purchase anyway—a win-win situation.

Money Saving Mom Survey Panel: Money Saving Mom is a blog I follow (and highly recommend). You can expect several great deals a week just by checking in everyday! The site owner has her own Survey Panel and if you click on the link above you can see how to earn up to $15 per week by joining.

Another company in this category that will pay cash is YouData. I have not personally tried these, but they are highly regarded in the blogosphere and among readers.

Do you earn money online? Which companies do you go through? How much have you earned and what amount of time was it in?  

18 replies
  1. Andrea @SoOverDebt
    Andrea @SoOverDebt says:

    I have an iPhone app called Thumbspeak – you take super short surveys (usually 1-5 questions) from your phone and earn anywhere from 5-10 cents for each one. I’m up to a little over $2. Definitely won’t make me wealthy, but I’ll take it! My only complaint is that there are often long periods without available surveys.

    Thanks for the list – I’ll have to check out some of these!

  2. 20's Finances
    20's Finances says:

    These seem to be great ways to make a little extra when you can do two things at once. I personally would rather not partake. I was a member of swagbucks for a while before I realized how much time I was wasting for pennies. I’m sure some of these are better, but I just shy away from them myself. (Not to be a downer or anything).

    • Amanda L Grossman
      Amanda L Grossman says:

      Not being a downer! We like all opinions and experiences here:).

      How were you using Swagbucks? I use it as my search engine so it’s no extra work for me (I actually rarely go to Google anymore at home; at work I use it though).

  3. Jeffrey Trull
    Jeffrey Trull says:

    I’m definitely going to check out the smartphone ones! They sound interesting and are hopefully a little more fun than just answering surveys, which I used to do but didn’t feel like I got a good return for my time.

  4. My University Money
    My University Money says:

    I used to write surveys by the dozen in order to make a little extra cash, but eventually I just found they were a very inefficient way to make income as opposed to freelance writing and other, more profitable activities.

  5. vivian
    vivian says:

    Awesome post! I love doing stuff like this and I’ve made quite a lot each month. My favorites are http://www.surveysavvy.com and I get 25 dollars each month from one survey where I must send in my postal junk mail. They’re a bit slow on sending checks but I’ve gotten paid at least 300 dollars last year. I also love http://www.projectpaydayresearch.com. You have the choice to be paid either in amazon gift certificates or actual cash (through Payoneer). I choose the Amazon gift certificates. I also have heard good things about http://www.cashcrate.com. I also just received a $25 Express gift card from erewards.com but that took a lot of time. They give you fake dollars to earn gift cards and the Express one was $75 e-dollars… I can’t wait to try out the sites mentioned. This is how I’ve managed to pay for the majority of Christmas presents this year besides using living social coupons, etc.

  6. JP @ Novel Investor
    JP @ Novel Investor says:

    I did surveys several years ago. Which lasted for about 2 minutes since the time required just wasn’t worth the amount being offered.
    There’s always fiverr.com, never used it but amusing to read through.

  7. Barb Friedberg
    Barb Friedberg says:

    It’s amazing how low some of the payouts are. You usually would be better off with a part time job, but some of these opportunities sound kind of fun and easy!!! There’s some allure working from home.


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