5 Ways to Make Extra Money That Aren’t a Waste of Time

Even though I have a work at home job, 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:

1 – Swagbucks

In the vast sea of online reward sites, Swagbucks is always a head above the rest.

They've been around since 2007 and have an excellent reputation. You can log in any time and earn SB (virtual bucks) to answer surveys, fill out offers, search the web, watch videos, and much more.

I have personally been a member of Swagbucks since they started, and I've been paid many times. They have a ton of options to redeem your SB, but you'll generally get the most value by going for the $5 Amazon codes they offer. These can add up fast!

You can use Swagbucks either on desktop or on your mobile phone. It is a super fun site that I've always enjoyed.

2 – 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.Another bonus, Slice the Pie is also a great way for teens to earn money online!

3 – UserTesting

You can sign up with UserTesting and get paid to leave your honest feedback on websites. There are webmasters galore who desperately need outsiders to tell them how user-friendly their sites are.

UserTesting will pay you $10 per test, and each test only takes about 20 minutes to do. Payments are made via Paypal after your tests are submitted and then approved (usually takes a few days).

One minor problem with this one is that tests aren't always available. And when they are, you have to be extremely quick to grab them before they disappear.

4 – Amazon Mturk

I used to think Mturk might be a waste of time, but it's really not that bad if you know which HITs 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.

We wish you lots of good luck if you try any of these.

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7 thoughts on “5 Ways to Make Extra Money That Aren’t a Waste of Time”

  1. For the Boost CTR job for ‘years of copywriting experience’ did you have at least 1 year, and if so how did you get this experience? Can you get in without copywriting experience?

  2. I am signed up with 3 out of 5. I had applied with Humanatic and never heard nothing back. I haven’t really had time with the small gigs lately due to my daughter starting school, phone job & my small b&M demo job with The Pet Firm that is listed here has picked up.

  3. This is a great little list. I had heard of all of them except the last one. I have had luck with MTurk myself in the past. But, lately I have not had the time to drop in and see if there was anything that caught my attention.

  4. I usually just do paid forums for extra earning, but they are by invite only, and pay in Amazon certificates.

  5. I have done mturk, slice the pie (but I am still very new there) and boost. I have yet to try post and I have never been able to get on with Humantic although I would like the chance. So far I like all three, though it can take some time to make some decent money…but you have to just keep at it.

    As far as Humantic I applied months ago, never heard back. I waited and waited for another chance to apply and when it finally opened up again I have had issues with the app. When I try to fill it out again it says I have already registered and to log in, but when I try and log in it does not recognize my e-mail ( I only use 1-2 emails and I have tried both to no evail). when I try and use the “forgot it” link I have to enter my e-mail but it says the e-mail is not in the system…very frustrating because I cannot log in and I do not know who to contact. If anyone has contact infor for Humantic, so maybe I can straighten in out I would appreciate it!

    I also have to say that clickworker can be a decent money maker too, also paid weekly. At first that system confused me and I had no idea how to make any money, but I have made decent money once I figured it out. It is kind of like mturk but there are not as many jobs listed(unless you can pass some assessments) and it can be slim pickings at times(you can also be blocked from certain tasks if your rating is not high enough once you do a few tasks). I have also heard of a few lately that have had their accounts deactivated and they do not know why. I do think they are working on a few glitches in the sytem. However I would say clickworker is definitely one to try.

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