It’s just a simple fact of life that most of us could use a little (or a lot) more money. Whether you’re just looking for a few extra bucks for essentials or saving up to splurge on a vacation, we’re always looking for new ways to improve our budgets. I’ve written before on how to save money by curbing spending. In this article, I’m going to take the opposite route: how to actively make a hundred bucks a day online. These are relatively simple ways to add some extra income without having to leave the comfort of home, and you can do them all in your spare time.
Be wary of anyone trying to sell you a Get Rich Quick Scheme, which is not what I’m pushing here. You’ll need some practice at most of these before you’re pulling $100 a day, and you’ll probably have to choose more than one to reach that goal. That said, it’s easier than ever to make it happen if you’re willing to put in the effort. Let’s get into it!
Answer questions. Get paid. Can it really be that easy? Why, yes, actually.
Sites like Swagbucks and Survey Junkie ask a few simple questions about you upfront. This info is used to figure out which online surveys are looking for opinions of folks like you. You’d be surprised just how valuable your thoughts are.
If you like watching videos and don’t mind typing, this is a good option for you. There are a number of companies like ASC Services or Aberdeen that have regular openings for people with experience, but if you’re brand new and looking to cut your teeth, Rev may be the site you’re looking for. They even pay weekly via PayPal, so getting set up is a breeze. (Tip: When you’re taking the Rev intro test, make sure you include the music and sound effects, not just the speech!)
3. Amazon mTurk
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) is a website that farms out micro-tasks, called HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks), to anyone willing to do them. They’re generally very short tasks that can’t be handled by a computer and need that human touch. These range from identifying photos to transcribing videos to simple data entry. You’ll need to do a lot of them, but they’re very quick and add up.
The downside to mTurk is that many of the gigs are aimed at people who can survive on a few American dollars a day. That said, being a native English speaker works much to your benefit on the site. Keep your eyes open for the better gigs and watch forums like mTurk Crowd. I was making a killing for a while writing simple, keyword-based paragraphs.
4. Shopping Online
Is your nonsense detector going off? Yes, I just said you can make money shopping online. I’m dead serious, too.
Look, we all buy stuff off the Internet. It only makes sense to get some of it back if all you have to do is sign up with a site like Ebates or MyPoints. Just follow their links to the sites you already buy from and watch the cash back pile up.
5. Searching Online
Again, this is something you already do, probably multiple times a day, so why not get paid to do it? I mentioned Swagbucks in the survey entry. The site also has its own search engine that they’ll actually pay you to use. Yeah, Google rules, but when’s the last time they sent you a check?
6. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff
This one requires you to actually leave the house at some point, but all the deals are set up beforehand via the magic of the Internet. It’s way more efficient than holding a garage sale, and you generally earn more. The obvious places are eBay and craigslist, but you should check out Poshmark. It’s a great site to sell the clothes you aren’t wearing anymore. These days I’m also saving money by buying a fair amount of clothes there, too.
7. Sell Your Photos
Social media has made everyone into a photographer. Why not take it to the next level? You might not think you’re taking shots at a professional level, but don’t underestimate your abilities! Try submitting your best photos to sites like Shutterstock, Adobe, and iStock. You’ll get paid whenever somebody decides they want your shot for their website, poster, or pamphlet.
A lot of us are carrying around skills that we’re not cashing in on. Can you write, put together websites, do customer service or graphic design? Sell those skills! Sites like Upwork, Hubstaff Talent, and Fiverr allow you to list your abilities and let the gigs come to you. The more positive ratings you get from clients, the more gigs you’ll land and the more money you’ll make.
As a blogger, I’m naturally a little biased in favor of blogging. There is a bit of a learning curve, and it takes a while to build up traffic, but it’s genuinely a lot of fun. You get to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, and you can make decent money doing it. If you’ve got a specialized area of expertise (your niche), your words become even more valuable.
My biggest advice would be to not spend much money upfront. Use a free WordPress theme and inexpensive hosting. Post regularly, have fun, and don’t worry too much at first about turning a profit. As you build momentum, start checking out sites like ProBlogger to learn different ways of monetizing your posts.
Maybe you’d like to share your opinions but don’t really want to build a website, maintain it, and type everything out. Or maybe you just really like the idea of being a visible Internet personality. No problem! Running a YouTube channel is a lot like blogging, only they provide the platform. All you need to do is upload videos of yourself cooking, goofing off, or just voicing your opinion. If you can get enough traffic, YouTube will pay you directly without the need to get sponsors on your end. They want you to succeed, too. Check out YouTube’s tutorials on the subject.
With the hectic lives we lead, it’s not always convenient to pick up second and third jobs when we need to earn a few extra bucks. Thankfully, the Internet gives us opportunities without the need to leave the house. Hopefully you’re able to use some of these methods of earning $100 a day online. Let us know in the comments what’s been working for you. If you’ve got other methods, we’d love to hear them!