While many money-making opportunities have definitely gotten a bad rap over the years, or have been found to be out-and-out scams, there are still plenty of ways to earn money online. While these methods probably won’t replace your day job for the time being, they can still get you some extra pocket cash or earnings to put in your rainy-day fund. Here are some of the more reliable ways to do this.
Doing online surveys can be a fun way to earn some extra side money. There are reputable companies out there that you can either earn money from or collect points to redeem for either gift cards or prizes. The lengthier surveys are also a good way to have a hand in helping companies develop products which may be of interest to you at a later date.
Legitimate sites such as MTurk offer human workers incredible easy and short tasks that artificial intelligence is not quite up to the level of doing just yet. These tasks include such things as verifying subjects of photos as well as quick data entry jobs. While the tasks are micro, so is the pay, so keep that in mind before delving into it.
One of the draws of penny stocks is their incredible potential to make money. Since they are so cheap, it is very easy to buy a ton of them at once. For example, if you buy 1000 shares at 5-cents each and they raise to 10-cents each, you just doubled your money and you can move to the next. While they are much more volatile than traditional stocks, they are also easier to buy into because of their low initial price point.
This job is exactly what it sounds like. You test websites not only for functionality but for appearance and level of user experience as well. The typical testing session involves taking screenshots and/or videos of the website along with critique and commentary. Follow-up questions are also usually involved.
This method of making money can at least be fun if shopping or trying out new stores and restaurants appeals to you. Mystery shopping works best if you live in or near a larger city since there will be far more opportunities to take advantage of. Typical shopping visits include movie theaters, restaurants, and retail stores. Occasionally, hotels even have mystery shopping offers. You basically use their service just as a regular company would but take notes at the end of your visit, reporting on such things as customer service and location cleanliness. You get paid to perform the shop as well as keep or consume whatever the company has you purchase.
Re-Sell on Auction Sites
Many people have found their calling buying items from thrift stores or garage sales and reselling them on auction sites. Of course, if you do not want to buy things and risk having them not sell, you can always start off by selling things from around your home that you no longer want, need, or use.