5 “Easy” Ways to Earn Money Online for Extra Cash

April 15, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More

There are many people who love the idea of earning money online. They’ve heard lots of stories of how “easy” it is to make money on the Web, but when told of what it really takes to create a website, how difficult it is to get the right type of traffic, or how hard to find customers when you sell on Ebay or offer your services on Elance (now Upwork), they then start to back off.

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If you think starting your own online business, or selling on Ebay or Amazon is too hard, too stressful, too time consuming and too involved, you can choose to participate in money-generating schemes that may be “easier” while allowing you to stay at home.

There is, of course, a catch (there is ALWAYS a catch)! While they may be easier to do and jump start, they may only earn you enough for some spare change and pocket money. If you’re lucky, you may even earn enough to buy a cheeseburger in McDonald’s.  They are easy to do, but you won’t  see any 6-figure income from doing any of these things.

Here are some of the “easier” work-at-home opportunities that allow you to earn money online:

1. Website User tester

Big businesses, including government agencies, often test their new websites or new products and offerings before launching and making them live. They want to make sure that there are no bugs, broken links or faulty navigation both in desktop, mobile or tablet versions of their site.

As a website tester, you will be asked to go to a URL, go around the site, and then write a report on your experience. For some tests, you will be provided with test scripts so you know what you are testing and what you need to look out for. Some assignments will be given to you as a result of your demographic profile, as you fit the client’s target audience and they’d like to know your opinions about their new website.

Requirements include computer, Internet connection, and for some tests, mobile devices and webcam. You can sign up at sites such as:

2. Online surveys

There are real market surveys that actually pay, and there are those survey sites that do not offer financial compensation but give you opportunities to win prizes. Read the article Earning Money from Online Surveys.

3. Fiverr

If you are inclined to do smaller “gigs” than full freelance services, check out Fiverr. Fiverr is a global marketplace where you can offer to do tasks and services at $5 per job.

Read the article How to Make Money and Use Fiverr for Your Business.

RELATED: How to Succeed on Elance

4. Be a Q & A guru

You can also earn money online by answering questions. There are sites such as Cha-Cha that hires guides to answer questions from its users. You may be paid as low as $0.10-$0.20 per question, but it adds up the more questions you answer. Cha-cha, however, is currently not recruiting new guides http://becomeaguide.chacha.com/. In the meantime, check out similar sites such as kgbanswers.com and JustAnswer.com.

5. Mechanical Turk

Run by Amazon.com, Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for tasks that computers cannot complete known as HITS or Human Intelligence Tasks. Some of the tasks include extraction of purchased items from a shopping receipt, copying texts from business cards, search ranking of URLs, finding wholesaler contact information, among others. Rewards range from $0.01 to $50 or higher for tasks requiring certifications or master qualifications.

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Jenny Fulbright

Jenny Fulbright

Jenny Fulbright is a writer for PowerHomeBiz.com.

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  1. Mitu says:

    Many people want to make money at home and they want to find a work at home job to do it with. Ultimately what happens is they become frustrated as they search from website to website looking for the right job. This brings up the question, why are work at home jobs so hard to find? In this article we will take an honest look at this problem.

    1. First of all you should know that most of the opportunities to work at home are not actually paid jobs. This is true because most employers do not know you and have no control over the work environment when you do it from the comfort of your own home.

    If you realistically think about this, why would someone pay you an hourly rate when they do not know if you are really working or not? Therefore many of the opportunities to work at home are actually in the form of business opportunities where you work for yourself.

    2. There really are some companies looking for people to work from home. This phenomenon is known as telecommuting and does provide an opportunity for people with legitimate skills to get paid working from home.

    This benefits both the company and the worker because the business does not need to provide a space for you to work from, and as an employee you do not have to get up and drive to work every day.

    Many companies now will offer work at home jobs that include an hourly rate and benefits. These benefits can include paid vacation, retirement plan, and health insurance.

    One such website or you can visit is Tjobs.com. They match employers looking for workers with employees who are looking for opportunities to telecommute. This works out very well for people who have skills such as sales, customer service, website design, and other categories.

    3. Another thing I want to talk about is websites that present themselves as work at home jobs doing data entry, taking paid surveys, and typing at home. Generally these websites are trying to sell you information on how to get involved in this type of work.

    There are companies who will pay you for your opinion, or to do data entry and typing. The websites that are selling you the information deserve to be paid because they have taken the time to develop a list of companies for you to contact.

    In the future work at home jobs will become more readily available. Until that point you need to be conscious and only deal with reputable companies before spending any of your hard earned money.

  2. Jenna says:

    Fiverr is a good option for those that are wondering how to make money in college it brings a lot of opportunities, and it does’nt really matter if you have skills on web development, or web design, the good thing about fiverr is that you can actually make a gig about any skill you possess

  3. related webpage says:

    Do you have an example URL I can look at?

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