Cash in: 12 ways to earn extra money online

If you want to make a little spending money from home or earn a full-time salary, now’s the time — especially if you have a computer. Just going online opens up a host of opportunities. The trick is knowing which businesses are legitimate. Here are my top picks.

Sell your craftsDo you knit? Make jewelry? Sew? If so, there are lots of opportunities to sell handmade wares online. As a member of Etsy (), you’ll have your own online store to showcase your items. It’s free to become an Etsy seller, but you’ll pay a fee of 20¢ to list an item with up to five photos for four months. When the item sells, you pay a 3.5 percent commission to Etsy. There’s no limit to how much you can charge, and what you earn is based on how your crafts sell.

Make money from your talentAt Fiverr (), you can offer services that use your skills — designing a business card, creating a podcast jingle, planning a trip — for five bucks a pop. Fiverr keeps $1 and the seller gets $4 per gig. Stefanie Strobel, 28, of Newport Beach, California, writes people’s messages in the sand at the beach and takes a picture that she then emails to them. “I make about $300 per month and can do about 10 to 15 messages per hour, depending on length and complexity,” says Stefanie.

Be a nurse on call If you’re a registered nurse, consider a company like Fonemed (), which provides phone-based triage and medical information to their customers in Canada and the U.S. These companies contract with medical-related clients, mostly doctor’s offices and especially pediatrician’s offices, to answer questions when the offices are closed (the work hours are typically evenings, nights and weekends). You must be licensed in the state or province where you are located and have at least three years of recent clinical experience with adults and children. Fonemed nurses are paid an hourly minimum plus a fee per call, and are eligible for benefits like health insurance and paid leave. A typical Fonemed nurse makes $27 per hour, according to Fonemed owner Charlene Slaney.

Write, edit, proofreadSites like Demand Studios () and Associated Content () hire experienced freelance writers, editors and filmmakers to work on projects for sites like eHow, and YouTube. At Demand Studios, assignments pay anywhere from $15 to $100; if you meet tenure and activity requirements, you can be eligible for health insurance plans. At Associated Content there are three ways to earn money: Upfront payments for content you write ($2 to $15 per article), assigned articles ($10 to $100 per article) and performance payments ($1.50 for every 1,000 page views of your article if it’s posted online).

Design graphics and websitesElance () works like an online marketplace, setting up designers and computer programmers with companies that need their services. Companies post jobs and freelancers bid on them, listing their experience, portfolio and the price they will charge for the job. If your bid is chosen, you’ll pay Elance a commission of 4 to 6 percent of what you earn.

Tutor kids or adultsIf you have a college degree or are currently enrolled in college and think you have the skills to tutor math, science, English or social studies, tutoring online might fit you perfectly. Check out, where tutors work as independent contractors and earn around $10 to $14 per hour based on the subject and hours worked. Very active tutors can earn anywhere from $800 to $1,600 a month.

Give adviceKnow a lot about medicine or car repairs? JustAnswer () is a paid question-and-answer site that’s growing its community of experts in the medical, legal and financial fields, as well as in other specialties like car repair and home improvement. Registered customers ask a question and then name the price they’re willing to pay (usually from $10 to $40) for an expert answer. The expert usually responds within an hour, and once the customer accepts the answer, keeps from 25 to 50 percent of what the customer pays. How much experts earn depends on how many questions they’ve had accepted by customers. Experts are vetted through a fairly grueling process, with credentials, education and background verified.

Provide customer serviceMany retailers are outsourcing their customer service operations to third-party companies like Alpine Access () and Working Solutions (), who in turn contract with home-based workers. The reps, who typically work 20 to 40 hours a week, take calls for large and small companies. The hourly rate is about $9, but agents can earn up to $13 with incentives and bonuses or up to $30 for special projects. Some companies offer benefits like health and dental insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. LiveOps () is similar, but service reps operate as independent contractors, typically invoicing LiveOps $10 to $15 per hour depending on the type of call and performance. And with LiveOps you can work as many hours as you want. The hiring process is rigorous: Expect a comprehensive written or online application, skills exam, phone interview and background check.

Make a little spending moneyWhen career librarian Rachel Singer Gordon, 40, of Lombard, Illinois, quit her job in 2005 to take care of her children and pursue freelance writing, she knew she’d need to find other sources of income to supplement her writing. She dove headlong into couponing and frugality, and became a wizard at finding ways to earn money online. Soon Rachel was bringing in small amounts of income from lots of sources she calls “multiple profit centers.” “They’re the equivalent of a nice, steady part-time job,” says Rachel. In 2009, she started the blog Mashup Mom () to share all the stuff she was learning. In fewer than two years, the blog has become yet another profit center for Rachel, as has her first book, Point, Click, and Save: Mashup Mom’s Guide to Saving and Making Money Online. Tap into multiple profit centers with Rachel’s favorites.

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  • Give your opinion. At, or, you can sign up to take surveys about products and services and get paid for it. Sites typically pay $2 to $5 per completed survey and will send you a check or deposit to your PayPal account, or gift cards or merchandise once you reach $20 in your survey account. Scam alert! There are lots of survey sites out there, but not all are trustworthy. Avoid participating in anything that charges a fee up front to participate. “I try to take three or four surveys each week while the kids are watching TV, and that brings in $20 to $30 per month,” says Rachel.
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  • Do online tasks. Have a few extra minutes with nothing to do? Companies like’s Mechanical Turk (false

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Not sure about you, but there have been many times in my life when I wanted/needed to make some extra money.

The good news for us today is there are a wide range of ways to make money that weren’t around even a decade ago.

Luckily for many of us, we may already be very skilled in certain areas that could easily translate into a nice side income for us.

So potentially, someone who is willing to work hard could make considerably more than working traditional side jobs like delivering pizza, babysitting, mowing lawns, etc.

So, check out the ideas listed below. Some may not be a good fit, but some of the ideas may be perfect for you!



1Make Money Online With Swagbucks

6 ways to make money with SwagbucksBasically this is a free site that offers you a bunch of ways to earn cash, gift cards, or other rewards.

You can earn money by a variety of methods including:

  • Answering polls
  • Using their search engine
  • Doing simple tasks (like giving feedback about a website)
  • Getting cash back for shopping online
  • Taking surveys
  • Playing games on their site.

I have tried it out and have received multiple payments from them, so I can attest that it is legit. They also offer a $5 bonus!

Oh and they also have an A+ rating with the BBB.

Click to get started!

While you won’t get rich doing this, to me it seems like a great way for internet-lovers to make some money.  Find out more in our Swagbucks review or get started here.


2Get Paid To Watch Videos?

How many online videos do you watch each day?  What if you were getting paid for watching them?

earn by watching videosInboxDollars (for U.S. only) allows you to earn money for watching videos from their website.

So, what’s the catch?

Each video has ads. So in exchange for watching the ads, they can afford to pay us for it.

I tried it out and it definitely isn’t something that will replace your day-job, but if you love watching videos why not get paid something for it!

And right now you can instantly get a $5 bonus just for confirming your email address after signing up.

After signing up, just click “More” in the navigation bar, and then click “Radio” like in the image above.

Try Inbox Dollars for Free!

You can sign up for FREE (and get your $5 bonus) here.

3Start Making Money Scanning Your Groceries

Have you heard of the National Consumer Panel (NCP)?

making money scanning groceriesWell, they pay you to scan your grocery purchases with their Smartphone App.

Basically, as a member of NCP you help manufacturers and retailers make decisions on what products to develop or improve.

How It Works:

  1. Sign up for your free account here
  2. Next NCP will provide you access to use their Smartphone App
  3. Then, you’ll use your phone to scan the barcodes on all products you purchase during any shopping trip.
  4. You record some other information like where you shopped and how much you paid.
  5. Each week you are compensated with points that can be redeemed for CASH.


For More Info, You Can Check Out Their Website Or Sign Up Here.

4Take A Few Surveys On Your Phone

Ipsos i-Say is a survey app that allows you to take surveys, Earn points, and then cash out for PayPal or other rewards.

It is a great user experience and really just a nice site.

In order to try them out you need to sign up here first and then they will send you a link for the app.

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In here are a few other options if you’re wanting to do some surveys:

5Use Bookscouter To Sell Books From Thrift Stores

how to make money using the Bookscouter app at thrift storesOk here is a simple business idea for you.

Start by downloading the BookScouter app on your phone or going to

Go visit garage sales or thrift shops and scan the used book sections to find books that you can sell for higher prices.

Many thrift stores sell all their books for 50 cents or less and some of those books are worth a whole lot more.

As you can see in the image to the right, you just scan the barcode with your phone (or enter the ISBN #) and then the app provides the prices that a bunch of book buyback sites are willing to pay for that particular book.

In this case, we can make $3.60 selling this Dave Ramsey book.  If I can buy it for 50 cents, then that sounds like a nice profit.

Most of the sites offer free shipping as well, so you don’t even have to pay shipping.

6Freebie Trading

A couple years ago I did an interview with a guy who made $28,000 in one year doing this part time. It is work and requires organization skills to do it well, but it is legit.

I tried my hand at it using Project Payday and their training materials to see that it was legit.

Basically companies are willing to pay you to do trial offers for their products. They know that many people who do the trial offer will like their product and continue to be customers, so they are willing to pay people to sign up for trial offers.

So one of the main ways of making money freebie trading is signing up for offers like a Free Netflix trial,, applying for a Discover Card, etc. The key to success seems to be having a calendar where you can keep track of when the trial periods end and make sure to cancel before they end.

If you are interested in learning more I definitely recommend Project Payday as they have a ton of training guides (free if you complete a couple offers) that will greatly simplify the process. Oh and they have a A+ rating with the BBB as well.

7Get Paid For Testing Websites

Many big companies are looking for feedback about the usability of their website.

This is where comes in.  You sign up for free and then answer questions about a particular website, explaining what is good or bad, confusing or clear, etc. and then you get paid.

You have to be accepted into the program and must be 18+, but the payouts are pretty good!  Their current payouts are $10-$15 per test and the tests normally take about 20 minutes.

I found the video below from a tester explaining how it works.


Ok this one it is more of a money saver, but they will send you a check every few months if you use them.

ebatesI have been using them for many years for all of my online purchases.

Basically it works like this…

You visit, then click a link to your favorite online store (they have over 1200 stores like Target, Kohls, Walmart, etc) and make your purchase like normal.

They will then will be paid a referral fee by that retailer and will share the earnings with you. They pay you a percentage (1%-25%) of the purchase price back.

It is completely free to and they even give you a free $5 gift card for signing up.  For more info read my review (what is Ebates?)


9making money renting with AirBNBRent Out Your Home On AirBNB

AirBNB is a site that allows you to rent out your home to other people who may just want to visit where you live.

You can rent it out as little or as much as you want and can list it to rent by the night, week, or month. They offer a $1,000,000 guarantee to protect you from any kind of property damage that was caused by renters.

They also have a renter rating system, so you can choose whether or not you want to rent it out to a particular renter. Check out the video below for more:

If you are interested, find out more at their site.

10Buy And Sell Cars For Profit

earning cash from your carsIf you love cars and aren’t afraid to haggle, you could start a car flipping biz. We have a friend of the family who has done this for years. He scours the classified listings for deals, lands a good deal and then drives the car while trying to sell it for a couple grand more.

Sometimes he sells them quickly, sometimes it takes a little longer, but he gets to drives lots of cars (which he loves) and makes a nice side income as well.

Here is an online course to help you get started.

11Sell Your Closet

If you are anything like my wife, you have a closet full of old clothes that you don’t wear any more.

You can easily sell them on a site like ThredUp, which will pay anywhere from $2-$25 for items from Gap, Banana Republic, J.Crew, etc.  You can click here and then scroll down to the bottom to see what items may sell for.

What I love about them is that all you have to do is pack up your clothes in a box and then just ship it to them – you don’t even have to pay for shipping!

12Work As A Virtual Call Center Agent

One of our writers worked as a virtual call center agent and this is what she had to say

“Live Ops is a company that hires virtual call center agents. You are responsible for paying for your own criminal background check prior to starting work (this costs around $30). You also must have your own dedicated phone line and a quiet workspace.

Once you are all set up, Live Ops has an excellent online training program that teaches you how to handle calls from customers. You will be taking calls for many different companies. When you start working, your phone will ring and a script will pop up on your screen. You simply read the script word for word and input customer information as you go along. If customers have questions, there is a section on your screen with FAQ’s and you are also logged into a virtual chat room should you need to ask for support from a supervisor.

The pay is .25 per minute of talk time. Agents typically make anywhere from $7-$14 per hour. As for the hours, they are totally flexible. You can choose which shifts you want to work each week and the shifts are broken down into half hour increments giving you optimal flexibility. You can even log in and work if you are not scheduled for some impromptu cash.”

4 Websites Absolutely Anyone Can Use to Make Money Online

Guest post from Miranda of

Even you can make money online! Yes, it is true.

There are many legitimate ways to earn extra cash and supplemental income online. Nowadays, anyone can do it.

If you want to bring in some additional income to help with the household bills, save for a vacation or get yourself out of debt, there are many websites online to get you started. You don’t have to be highly experienced or have a long resume to work with any of these four websites to begin making money online.


Textbroker works with people from all over the United States to write very basic articles on a wide variety of topics. For instance, my first Textbroker article was on the topic of how to care for a mattress. I spent a few minutes finding a few articles online as my resource and quickly typed up the short article.

Although Textbroker does have an application process, it is very light and almost everyone who can use proper grammar, lives in the US, and speaks English is quickly accepted.

The greatest benefit of writing for Textbroker is their quick weekly pay to your PayPal account.

2. SliceThePie

SliceThePie has to be one of the coolest websites for making money online! Get paid to listen to a song and then write a brief review to give the artist your feedback.

Although this gig doesn’t pay enough to count as a job, it is something you can do any time, day or night. Additionally, SliceThePie pays to your PayPal account a few days after you withdraw your funds (provided you have reached the minimum $10 cash-out threshold).

There is no application process, just sign up and begin earning money. SliceThePie is a fun way to make some extra cash when you have a few spare moments through the day.

3. Fiverr

Fiverr is making a huge wave with freelancers online. Anyone can make money using Fiverr. Just create an account and begin thinking up things you can do virtually for five bucks!

Whatever your specialty may be, from proofreading articles to giving tips about how to feed an iguana, there is no limit! You can also make things (like a pair of earrings) and sell for five bucks, just add an additional shipping cost that the buyer will be responsible for.

Fiverr is afun way to make money, however, they do keep a portion of your earnings (everyone’s gotta make money). After Fiverr keps their portion and you pay your PayPal fees, you usually see around $3.77 per gig. So, keep that in mind when brainstorming the services you will offer at Fiverr.

4. QuickTate

QuickTate is a general transcription company that mostly deals with transcribing voice mail into text. It is a fun job, listening to other people’s phone’s voice messaging system and typing out what is said.

Unfortunately, QuickTate doesn’t pay much for this work, but their application process is very simple and easy to pass.

Many people use QuickTate as a way to gain some general transcription experience and ease their way into becoming a genuine freelance transcriptionist. Working online at QuickTate is a great way to hone your typing and listening skills.

Anyone can make money online. These are just four of many websites people often use to make a little extra cash or supplemental income. For more ways to make money online and even ways to work full time from home be sure to visit Work at Home Adventures for home based job leads, reviews of companies offering work from home jobs, and tips or advice for surviving the online freelance world.

5 Ways to Make Money Online From Home

It pays to cast your financial net online, where possibilities abound.

Monetizing your expertise — whether in social networking or transcribing — is one way to make money while sitting at your computer at home. But others also are popping up, such as taking online surveys or even predicting election results.

The good part: You don’t have to pay a dime. And with some sites, you can start to make money online immediately. Most of these gigs are small, steady streams of cash. But they can add up to steady earnings over time.

To avoid scams, forget unknown or untested sites with big promises. “Find out if the site is legitimate,” says Nick Mokey, associate editor of “How long has it been around? And what are they asking you to do?”

Also, keep a clock running so you can maximize your income without wasting your time. Follow these rules, and you’ll find the Internet awash in moneymaking opportunities.

Pitch products online

Pitching other people’s products is one of the Internet’s best-paying gigs.

One method is being an affiliate at a mega-site such as, where commissions are up to 25 percent. Anytime anyone buys a product you’re pitching, you get a cut. And you can choose from more than a million products, including gift cards or computers.

At ClickBank, commissions are even higher — up to 75 percent — and there are more than 50,000 products to choose from. Signing up is free.

On the downside, some ClickBank products can be of poor quality, says Bethany Mooradian, owner of So some products are easier to pitch than others. One solution is to buy the product ahead of time to assess its quality, she says.

Dish out answers

If you’re an information junkie, this gig is for you.

There are several to choose from to make money online. At and, you become an expert after taking a brief test. At these websites, a customer asks a question and receives an answer from an “expert.” At kgbanswers, answers come via your smartphone. At JustAnswers, answers come via email or text message. Both offer subscription and per-question alternatives.

Brainiacs are also welcome at ChaCha, which pays you small amounts of money for completing guide tasks. Advice runs the gamut from solving puzzles to answering questions on set subjects. Payouts can be small but steady.

Building a following on ChaCha is the hardest part, though, Mooradian says. The reason: You’re listed along with 62,000 other experts. Also, ChaCha rates are pretty slim, ranging from 1 cent to 20 cents per task. Though savvy experts can make money online, don’t give up your day job.

Perform a microgig

You can offer your services online at task marketplaces such as or At fiverr, workers fulfill tasks starting at $5 per job. offers a similar service. It has launched its first storefront in San Francisco but has workers performing tasks all around the U.S.

Or, even better, head to Amazon Mechanical Turk, or, says Mokey. More than 200,000 tasks are listed there to make money online, with varying pay and work requirements. Once a task is completed, payments are deposited in your Amazon Payments account.

“In the worldwide marketplace of today, your skills can be used for anything, including mapping,” Mokey says. However, you’re also competing against people in developing nations who are willing to work for pennies, he says.

To maximize earnings, evaluate tasks carefully.

Five-minute guide to making easy money with online surveys

You’d be surprised how much you can earn just by answering a few questions. Here are the 10 survey sites that pay the most

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But online surveys get pretty close. You could earn as much as £5 by completing a survey which could take as little as 30 minutes to complete – that’s enough to cover a sandwich.

But sites differ widely both in terms of payments and time and effort involved. We list the best online survey sites below, including the average payments, how they are made, and how to go about signing up.

Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos, which was formed in 1975, is one of the largest market research firms in the world.

The company has an offshoot website called Ipsos i-Say which offers users the chance to earn vouchers for filling out surveys on “anything from global brands to entertainment and more”.

How much does it pay? Users rack up points – most surveys are worth five to 250 points and members get an average of four surveys each month – which can then be cashed in for vouchers at retailers including Amazon and John Lewis.

Amounts vary, but you will usually get a few pounds for each survey.

How much time does it take? A typical survey takes between 15 to 25 minutes.

How do I sign up? Click here.


Swagbucks, which claims to have 10 million members, says it allows web and mobile members to earn virtual currency for doing what they already do online every day: “Watch videos, search the web, play games, participate in market research and shop online.”

How much does it pay? Swagbucks will pay users in “Swag bucks” which can be exchanged for retail gift cards, including Marks & Spencer, Amazon and Starbucks, or via PayPal credits, which are then transferred into cash. The site pays an average 70 Swag bucks per survey, which equates to around 40p.

How much time does it take? A typical survey will take around 20 minutes.

How do I sign up? Go to


Part of the Redshift market research company, Crowdology pays users to take part in surveys covering a range of consumer interests and subjects.

Recent survey subjects include “spending and saving patterns in the credit crunch”, “knowledge of cooking”, “things you can’t live without on holiday”, and the “frustrations of online shopping”.

How much does it pay? You will earn cash for each survey which is paid into a PayPal account upon request. You can earn anything from 40p to £10 per survey. You can claim your money once £4 is accrued in your account.

How much time does it take? Surveys can take between two to 15 minutes.

How do I sign up? Register here.


Mysurvey will reward users with points for completing surveys, which can then be exchanged for vouchers or donations to charities. Surveys typically cover topics like tourism, food, media and electronics.

How much does it pay? Points can be exchanged for retail vouchers, including Amazon and Argos, or you can receive money via PayPal. A typical survey might reward a user with around 100 points. You can get a £3 PayPal payment for 345 points, or a £5 Argos voucher for 550 points.

How much time does it take? An average survey will take between 15 to 20 minutes.

How do I sign up? Click here.


Surveys cover topics including home and travel, to fashion, groceries, entertainment and work. Users will usually have to log into the site to find out about surveys, rather than receive email alerts.

How much does it pay? Payment is based on survey length, but each one typically pays out a couple of pounds. You can only redeem the money once £25 is accrued.

The website pays in cash via a bank transfer.

How much time does it take? Around 20 minutes.

How do I sign up? Register here.


Founded in 2006, this website conducts surveys on celebrity, shopping, parenting, movies, music and travel. The site rewards users with cash, via a bank transfer or PayPal.

How much does it pay? You will earn £2.50 for signing up. Each survey pays between 10p to £1, and users must earn £40 to redeem their money. Members can earn up to £4 for referring a friend to the site.

How much time does it take? Usually less than five minutes.

How do I sign up? Sign up here.


Once a user earns 80,000 points through filling out surveys on Toluna, they can then cash these in for a £15 voucher for retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Boots and Starbucks, among others.

How much does it pay? Each survey generally pays between 1,000 and 50,000 points, depending on its length. Vouchers are either sent in the post or electronically.

How much time does it take? Most of the surveys will last between 15 and 20 minutes.

How do I sign up? Click here.


YouGov’s 400,000 members are offered surveys covering topics such as politics, public affairs, finance and shopping.

Data from YouGov surveys is frequently used by the media, public affairs groups and political campaigns.

How much does it pay? YouGov pays in points which you can either redeem for a £50 payment via bank transfer (once 5,000 points have been earned) or be entered into a monthly prize draw. The 5,000 points can take along time to accrue, as each survey pays around 50p.

How much time does it take? Surveys take no longer than 20 minutes, with most containing between 20 to 30 short questions

How do I sign up? Register here.


Members can choose to complete surveys, write articles and reviews, proof read or research product information, and will be paid according to the job.

How much does it pay? The rewards for completing each of the different jobs varies wildly, from just a few pence to £15. The average pay for a survey is £1. The site will not pay out until you have earned a minimum of £20, which you will then receive via PayPal.

How much time does it take? Surveys generally last between five and 30 minutes.

How do I sign up? Click here.

Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost is popular because of its low payout threshold, at just £2.50. This means members can start redeeming their cash early, with payments sent via PayPal. Survey participants will also be entered into a quarterly prize draw.

How much does it pay? A typical survey pays about 50p

How much time does it take? 15 minutes.

How do I sign up? Join here.

Five key tips to bear in mind when joining survey sites

• Don’t ever pay to register with an online survey site

• If the survey site is not paying you and you’ve already complained to the website, try also complaining through its social media channels

• Always withdraw your payment as soon as it is put into your website account. If the website closes, it could take your money with it

• Use a secondary email address for all of your survey emails. This will stop your primary mailbox from being flooded, and it will mean you are instantly alerted to any new surveys that have been sent out. Make sure your spam filter isn’t blocking any emails from coming through

• Any source of extra income has to be declared to the taxman. Survey earnings are self-employed income, which means registering with the HMRC Helpline for the Newly Self-Employed. Call 08459 15 45 15 or go to for more info.

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9 Websites to Earn Extra Money Online

Pocket a little cash without getting scammed.

It doesn’t take much time to run across someone pitching a “get-rich-quick” scheme online. We’ve all seen them – people who promise to show you how to make thousands at home in your spare time.

Guess what? Like any get-rich-quick scheme, it’s only going to make money for the person running the scheme.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t reputable ways to earn a little bit of money online during your spare time. There are many easy and legal ways to earn a few bucks on the Internet.  Here are nine to try:

Mechanical Turk is a program run by Amazon where anyone can sign up and complete simple tasks – like choosing which of two pictures depicts a bridge – to earn a few cents per task. With some practice, you can earn a few dollars an hour while just sitting on your couch watching television. And with enough focus, you can earn an amount roughly equal to minimum wage.

YouTube allows anyone to post nonexplicit videos on pretty much any topic they desire. Recording a video can be as simple as turning on the camera on your computer and hitting the record button. If you enable advertisements on your videos, you can earn money at a rate of about $1 to $3 per 1,000 video views. The more videos the have, the more views you can accrue, so this option really pays off if you record a lot of videos and build a viewership.

eLance allows people in almost any profession to find freelance work at home in their spare time. While the projects on eLance aren’t going to earn you a ton of money, they do provide a great way to build an independent portfolio to show off your skills while also building a network of clients.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing allows anyone who has written a book on their own to upload it to Amazon to be sold on Amazon Kindle devices. Let’s say you write a novel and want to sell it. If you upload it here and then promote it online through social media or blogs, you can sell copies of your book and earn as much as a 70 percent return on each sale.

Fotolia allows you to sell photos you’ve taken for stock photography usage. For example, if a publisher is looking for a picture of a beach and you uploaded such a picture, the publisher can use Fotolia to purchase the rights to use that picture in its publication and you receive a cut of that money. For a photography hobbyist, this is a great way to earn a few dollars for some of your best photos.

Swagbucks is perhaps the most popular – and most legitimate – of the online survey sites. Swagbucks pays you a small amount for participating in a consumer survey, which companies then use to figure out what kinds of products to make and sell. You can participate in several surveys a day, and Swagbucks earnings can be redeemed for gift cards from Amazon, Target, iTunes and more.

Fiverr is a website where you can make $5 doing almost anything. On the site, people upload jobs that they’re willing to do for $5, like writing Facebook posts for companies. Many of the jobs require creative skills such as graphic design or audio editing, but tasks are things you can easily do on the couch in your spare time.

Skillshare is a website where you can teach an online class and get paid for it. You record series of videos on a topic that you know about – popular subjects include crafts, film, fashion and cooking – and then participate on the Skillshare forums related to your class. In exchange, you receive a cut of the money from the people who take your class. No teaching degree is necessary to get started, and the site says teachers can earn an average of $3,500 a year.

Zirtual is perhaps the most time-consuming, but most rewarding, option. With Zirtual, you sign up to be a Zirtual Assistant to a busy person. The person will send you things to do such as write emails, research a topic and summarize the findings, or personal tasks such as order flowers, manage a personal calendar or write handwritten notes. The starting base pay is $11 an hour, and Zirtual Assistants work weekdays full time.

All of these websites offer great opportunities for anyone to earn some extra money online. It all depends on what you want to bring to the table in terms of time, money and effort.

Make Money Online 30 top paying sites and apps

Most ‘earn cash from home’ ads are cons. Yet if you’ve a computer or smartphone, there’s a host of small ways to boost your coffers. Dedicated MoneySavers can earn £1,000s a year from their sofa, often with no special skill required.

This guide lists 30 (legit) ways to make money online. You can get paid just to watch videos, write, search on Google, make your own YouTube clips and much more.

30 ways to make money online, including…

Making money online – quick tips

Making money online – quick tips

Before you become an online earner, there are a few things worth knowing. The key is while some of these sites pay small amounts, add them all together and it can turn into an annual bonanza of £1,000s.

  • Don’t store cash in online-earning accounts
  • Set up a dedicated email address
  • Don’t expect to be instantly rolling in it
  • Don’t forget the taxman’ll want his share
  • Spend gift vouchers ASAP