Even though I have a work at home job (or actually a few jobs), I still love earning extra money. And I guess that’s clear because I do often post ways to earn extra money on this site. However, there are a lot of things that are simply a waste of time, even for extra money. In my opinion, these five opportunities are well worth it (and also fun to use) if “real” extra cash is what you need:
I got active on PostLoop several months ago. This is paid forum posting. I enjoy PostLoop occasionally because the work is fun (I have always liked socializing on forums and this is a way to get paid to do that), the work is easy, and if you need your money today you can get it today if you’re able to accumulate $5. However, I have never been able to make more than $10 in one day on this site, and $5 is more the norm. Most of the forums you can post on have limits on how many paid posts you can do per day, and some of the forums are going to cover subject matter you just don’t have a lot to say about. So this is in no way unlimited money.
Slice the Pie
At Slice the Pie, you rate music you hear and then write short little reviews. I signed up a long time ago and thought it was fun, but I was really busy with other things and didn’t do much with it. I’ve started doing it more and more because it seems as if it’s paying better now (I average around .17 to .19 cents per song). If you’re new to the site, you probably won’t be making that much to start with because the higher your level, the more you can earn. So you’ll have to participate for a bit before your rate per song is that high. But after that, I feel safe in saying that this little site will pay you far more than answering texts on ChaCha.
I used to think Mturk might be a waste of time, but not anymore. It actually is possible to find some tasks on there that are worth doing. In case you aren’t familiar, Mturk is a site powered by Amazon.com where you can sign up as a worker and browse through their massive list of short tasks to do. There is literally everything from transcription to writing, data entry, and everything in between. A lot of stuff you’ll find isn’t worth it, but if you keep looking you’ll almost always find a few that are. Payment is made either to your bank account once you have accumulated $1 or you can just use the money and spend it on Amazon. You only need one dollar to do that.
When Humanatic first appeared on my radar, I was really hopeful that it could be considered an actual income since the work is so much fun! Unfortunately, it is just extra money. But the good news is that this is “real” extra money — not just the change you’ll accumulate from taking paid surveys or playing around on GPT sites. Basically what you are doing is listening to recorded phone conversations and labeling them accordingly. There are different types of tasks you do. For example, on one you just have to determine whether or not the person calling is interested in actually doing business with the company they’re talking to. And keep in mind this is not phone work as you don’t have to talk to anyone yourself, all the conversations are recordings you just listen to. It is necessary to apply to work for this company just as you would any other work at home job, and then you have to wait to be accepted.
BoostCTR is another great little earner. In fact, I think some people are actually able to earn a substantial income from this site but for me it is just something I dabble in here and there for extra money. You are basically writing short little ads for different companies. These are typically Google text ads and only consist of maybe 30 to 40 or so words. It seems overwhelming until you just dive in there and do a few, and after that it’s easy and fun. You don’t necessarily have to be a professional writer to do the work either — just capable of coming up with a good, short text ad. There is a formal application process to go through and you will have to wait to hear back to see if you got in.
You’ll notice that, although I have used surveys and GPT sites in the past myself, I did not list those here. I tried to stick to things where I believe it’s possible to make between $20 and $50 per week (or maybe more — I know that some people who do BoostCTR and Mturk are able to earn a lot more than $50 per week). If you are looking for ways to earn extra cash that pay quickly since a few of the companies listed above only pay weekly, please refer to this post.
So now it’s your turn. What do you do for extra cash that isn’t a waste of time? Do you use any of the sites I listed? Please feel free to share.