One of the amazing things about the internet continues to be the sheer number of opportunities it opens up to people all over the world. From an income standpoint, people can now take advantage of several sites designed to provide part-time or contracted work to skilled users (in writing, graphic design, and similar disciplines). However, there are also some simpler ways to make money online that have become popular.
If you’re looking more for a bit of supplemental income here and there, or you don’t have a skill that commands attention at Fiverr or Upwork – or even if you like a touch of entertainment or even risk with your online income opportunities – you might consider some of the following.
Get Paid To Take Surveys
The best part about getting paid to fill out surveys is that although it may not make you rich overnight, it’s something you can do while having your TV on in the background (or multitasking in any number of other ways). There are various legitimate survey sites out there that facilitate this sort of activity, including Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars, Survey Junkie, and more.
There are fair criticisms in some cases about sites requiring heavy time investment for little payout. But if you feel like you may as well be bringing in some cash while you chat with friends online or binge-watch the latest streaming hit, these can still be great options.
Review Music For Money
Another easy way to make money is by reviewing unsigned bands and artists online. Sites like SliceThePie exist specifically to help people give this a shot, and while it can take a while to build your reputation and earn more money, it’s still a fun option that can result in a little bit of income.
Particularly if you happen to love music, it probably won’t even feel like work! And if you stick with it and do a nice job of it, or you happen to review an artist who later becomes relevant, you may even have a nice bullet point or two to add to your CV!
Place Bets Online
While betting sites aren’t accessible everywhere just yet, top-notch gambling platforms from countries like Canada, Great Britain, and Australia are at least fairly widely available. And through these sites – provided the activity is legal where you’re operating – you can place real-money bets on sports, as well as occasional events in entertainment and politics, with the hopes of generating a positive return.
Naturally, there’s the chance you can lose your bets as well, and for that reason, this shouldn’t be considered a job. If you can take a responsible approach though, and you find it fun to gamble on things you’re interested in, there’s at least a chance of getting some side income.
Sell Your Notes
For students (or recent graduates), sites like Nexus Notes and Stuvia actually facilitate sales of notes to other students in need. Handwritten notes can occasionally work, but typed notes uploaded as PDFs are in higher demand. While the sites take a small cut of your profit (as in, what the student pays for the notes), it doesn’t exactly feel unfair given that the sites are marketing the notes in the first place.
Like most of the ideas here, this isn’t a full-fledged job, and it won’t make you rich. But if you have notes that you feel might help someone, and they’re otherwise just sitting there, why not give it a shot?
Get Paid To Search The Web
Finally, you can even earn money just by surfing the web. On websites like Ask Wonder, for example, all you have to do to get paid is select a question on the website, do whatever research may be necessary to get to the bottom of it, and then post the answer on the site when you’re ready.
Other websites like CashCrate even pay you to just use their search bar – which can actually add up for you if you happen to be a heavy internet user (or if you use search functions frequently in your day job!).