You may not be interested in investing 40 hours a week into getting rich online, but you can still make money online in this digital age. You don’t have to work a full-time job online to benefit from all of the possible income sources out there. In fact, this is a list of websites that will actually pay you to do things you’re already doing, like shopping and surfing the web. If you’re already doing it, why not get paid for it?
From watching videos to taking online surveys to playing games, Swagbucks offers many different ways to have fun and put cash in your pocket at the same time. Overall, you can regularly earn $25-$100 per month on Swagbucks just for doing the things you are already doing online. Swagbucks comes first on this list because I have personally made more money with them than the rest, and they seem to have the most options. They also offer cashback shopping in the form of SB points that you can redeem for Free gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, and Paypal.
BestMark is a mystery shopping job. I’ve had much success with them, and they pay quite a bit, depending on your location. You’ll get paid to shop at different places and review the experience. A lot of it will be things like general car maintenance that you’ll already be doing. Not only will they pay you to do it, they will reimburse the cost of the service!
3. User Testing
This website is a lot of fun. After you sign up and complete the test video, you will start to receive email notifications when new website tests are available. They will give you a few tasks to accomplish on a website, while you record your screen and voice the whole time. You get paid for each website you evaluate. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes, and the pay is generally $10-$15 per website.
Perk is growing rapidly and constantly adding new ways to make money. You can download one of their many apps, including their popular Perk TV. Now they even have an app that actually pays you to watch TV in your home.
This website is unique in that it gives you 100% commission when you shop through them. They don’t take a cut. They’re able to do this by allowing businesses to be featured on their homepage. In other words, they are paid by the advertisers, which works out in your favor!
Another website that pays you to watch videos, but they also pay for contests, completing offers, playing games, and much more. Zoombucks will keep you busy earning money.
FushionCash pays you to watch videos, among other things. They’ll even pay you to listen to the radio through a third-party service called RadioLoyalty.
Watching videos, shopping, playing games, winning contests, trying products—these are just some of the ways CashCrate pays. That would explain why they are so popular.
Get paid to watch videos, play games, and shop, among other things. I’ve used InboxDollars for a few years now, and while it won’t make you rich, it will provide you with some extra cash.
This website offers competitive cashback rates for gift cards to different stores, and they are powered by Swagbucks, which means they are another way to earn SB points while getting cashback.
SendEarnings will pay you to watch videos, play games and even shop at different stores to buy the things you’re already buying. That’s just the beginning when it comes to what they will pay you for.
12. Fat Wallet
Yet another great cashback website to use for comparison when shopping. Browse around to see who offers the most cashback for what you’re buying and earn that money.
MyPoints will pay you for watching videos and playing games, like many of the other websites here, but their main thing is cashback on popular websites like Amazon and Groupon.
14. Memo Link
Memo Link also pays for various things, but first and foremost, they are a cashback website. You can shop at all kinds of online retailers though them.
Up to 30% cashback at over 2,000 different stores! You will definitely be able to find a retailer to shop with and get cashback through Extrabux.
16. Shop At Home
This is a cashback website that seems to focus on popular brick and mortar stores like Walmart, Target, Sears, and Macy’s. However, they do offer cashback at more stores and websites, so they’re good for comparing with other websites.
Formerly BigCrumbs, MainStreetSHARES is cashback shopping with an investing twist. You receive cashback by shopping at online stores, but you also have the ability to earn virtual shares (similar to stock shares) as part of their profit sharing program. This is truly unique.
18. Mr. Rebates
This is another great cashback website with most of the major stores to choose from. They offer up to 30% cashback on a few stores, but 5% is standard to see for many of the retailer websites they offer.
19. Second to None
This is another mystery shopper website like BestMark, but the shops are different. BestMark seems to focus more on auto-related purchases, while Second to None focuses more on smaller shops. One of their biggest assignments right now involves compliance on alcohol and tobacco products at select stores. Occasionally, there could be an important assignment (depending on your location) that could pay close to $100 for a few minutes of work.
Most of the cashback websites offer a $3 or $5 bonus for signing up—BeFrugal offers a $10 signup bonus. They offer up to 30% cashback on select stores, and up to 10% cashback on Amazon.
Cashback at all of the major departments stores, electronics stores, and even movie theatres. The app makes it easy to use right on your phone.
22. Coupon Cactus
Yet another great cashback website that makes it really simple for you to find your cashback coupon and go shopping. Coupon Cactus is also great for saving money in other ways. Browse around their website to figure out all of the ways you can earn and save.
IntelliShop is a great mystery shopper website, and it’s easy to sign up and get started. They offer many different types of mystery shopping opportunities from all kinds of different businesses.
This is another great mystery shopping website. They offer fun ways to shop, evaluate companies, and earn money while doing it.
25. Market Force
Market Force is a great mystery shopping company. I like that they not only have plenty of stores to mystery shop at, but you’ll also get paid to eat! Market Force seems to have more restaurants to shop at than the other mystery shopping companies.
You’ll get paid to watch videos, listen to music, shop, and do several other things. They also have a very low minimum cash out—you can get paid after earning a single dollar.
This is same concept as User Testing. Each test takes about 10-15 minutes and pays $10. Analysia works the same way as User Testing—they will email you when a test becomes available.
Just like the two websites above, StartUpLift pays you to answer questions about different websites. The questions vary depending on what the specific client wants, but each one pays a flat $5.
This website pays $10 for 15-20 minutes of website evaluation. You’ll visit the website, and then provide feedback on different aspects that the client is looking for.
These tests fluctuate a little more than the other websites, as far as tasks to complete and pay-per-test, but Enroll is another great option to sign up for and await emails telling you when tests are available.
- Make a separate email account. You can use your personal email if you want, but it’s best to set up a new email account that is specifically dedicated to making money online. This will keep your personal inbox clear and it will make it easier to organize emails from these specific websites.
- Don’t use these websites as a bank. As soon as you reach the minimum for withdrawal, take your money. You never know if and when the website could unexpectedly close. This way, you also won’t have to worry about any errors with funds that you store at the website.
- Don’t forget to pay your taxes. You may be surprised to find that you can easily earn a few thousand dollars over the course of a year. The government will be interested in this new endeavor as well. Make sure to claim the money as income and report it properly on your taxes at the end of the year.
BONUS: Websites That Pay You to Write
- FundsforWriters -The article must pertain to writing, and they pay $50 per accepted post. Must be between 500-600 words.
- Uxbooth – Uxbooth accepts all kinds of topics and articles. They pay $100 per accepted post. Must be between 1,200-1,800 words.
- Listverse – The article must be a list, and they pay $100 per accepted post. There is a 1,500-word minimum.
- TopTenz – TopTenz also only accepts list posts, and they pay $50 per accepted post. There is a 1,500-word minimum.
- A List Apart – You guessed it, it must be a list post. They pay $200 per accepted post, but they publish less often, therefore, they accept less posts. There is a 1,500-word minimum.
- iWriter – iWriter offers many topics and accepts a lot of posts. They pay $15 per accepted post. There are no guidelines on word count.
- Textbroker – The pay is lower, but they have many articles to write. They pay up to $.05 per word. There are no guidelines on word count.
- Matador Network – The pay fluctuates, but they pay up to $60 per accepted post. There is a 1,500-word maximum and no minimum.
This list is a goldmine for you to take advantage of. I’ve used websites like these to make extra cash for years—I’ve even got a free laptop from these types of websites—so they are worth your time. Stay organized, keep track of your earnings, and you’ll be surprised at how much money you can make by doing the things you already do.
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SOURCE: LifeHack.org by Kalen Bruce
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