By Holly Reisem Hanna
Whether you're looking to pay off debt or treat yourself to a new pair of shoes, having a little extra cash is always nice. But besides the usual taking surveys, selling clothes, and babysitting, what can you do to make that cash?
Because technology is constantly evolving new ways to make money are popping up every day. So check out this list which features some surprising, yet simple ways to earn extra money from home.
Created by a team of Harvard computer scientists and blogging die-hards, HelloToken is a new way for bloggers, publishers, and website owners to make money. Different from traditional ad networks, HelloToken works by asking a question to your readers when they access an article. If a reader answers the question, HelloToken will pay you 3 cents. Questions are designed to be simple and clean, so they don't clutter up your website. Payments are made on demand via PayPal anytime your account reaches $50 or more.
Wonder is a new online marketplace where individuals can ask questions and where you can get paid for doing internet research. Researchers set their schedules, choose which requests to work on, and which price points to accept. Top researchers can earn as much as $35+ per hour, and make up to $2K per month. Researchers are paid every other week, via PayPal.
Check out this post for more ways to make money doing internet research.
Do you love shooting video? Now you can get paid for your newsworthy video clips on Newsflare. Create an account for free, shoot your video, and upload it to the Newsflare website. If they sell your clip to a media outlet — you earn money. According to Newsflare, “Some of our members have made thousands, many have made hundreds. We negotiate individual license fees for every single video that take into account how a buyer wants to use your video and where it will be published or broadcast. We work very hard to try and make as much money as we can from every single video uploaded to Newsflare – because it's in everyone's best interests that we do!” Payments are made via PayPal usually within 24 hours of the sale. Newsflare is based in the
UK but is available to global residents who can accept PayPal.
Want to make money being creative? On Zazzy, you can create designs that are turned into sellable swag. Your sketches, words, and 3D designs can be turned into rings, engraved rings, necklaces, cufflinks, keychains, phone cases, and slider bracelets. Once you’ve gone through the design process, you set your price for the item and a goal (how many pieces you’d like to sell). Once those parameters are in place, you can launch your store.
I tested the platform out and made a coffee cup necklace. If I decided to sell this necklace for $10.51 and I set a goal of 20 sales — I could earn $2.08 per sale (if I reached my goal of 20). Zazzy is completely free, and you don’t have to worry about shipping or production costs everything is done for you. Payments are made via PayPal.
Zazzy has been featured on Forbes, Brit + Co, and TechCrunch.
Voxpopme is a new take on paid surveys and smartphone apps. Available for both iPhone and Android users, Voxpopme allows users to browse a feed of questions that are personally targeted to each user. Just pick a question, use the record button on your smartphone and leave your 15 – 60-second response. Build up your earnings by answering multiple questions. You can also earn $1 for each friend that you refer Voxpopme, who submits and approved video response. Payments are made via PayPal. Voxpopme is available to US, UK, Singapore, and Australian residents and has a 4 out of 5-star rating in the app store.
Check out this post for more paid smartphone opportunities.
Dealspotor is an online community where individuals can share deals and coupons with each other. By sharing deals, interacting with brands and other members you can earn karma points which can be traded in for Amazon gift cards. You can earn additional karma points for referring friends to the platform. It takes 10,000 karma points to earn a $10 Amazon gift card. I’m still playing around with this platform myself, so I’m unable to say how quickly you can earn points. If you choose to try it out you can use my referral code: HOLLYHANNA and you’ll receive 5,000 extra karma points.
One other feature Dealspotor has is the Pro Blogger Network which offers additional karma points, enhanced visibility, paid blogging opportunities, and cash rewards — worth checking out. If you want verified influencer access, email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you an access code.
Are you a beauty blogger or subscription box addict? Do you have new skincare, makeup, and beauty samples filling up your bathroom cabinets? Then use the eDivv platform to trade or sell your extra beauty products. Creating an account is completely free. Once you’ve added your products to the platform individuals can contact you to trade or purchase items. Whether you’re trading or selling you will be responsible for shipping your items. Shipping can be done through the eDivv platform, or you can choose your own carrier. When you sell an item on eDivv, they keep 9% of the total sales price. Payments are made once the item has shipped and money is deposited through Stripe. If you refer your friends to the platform, you can earn free shipping credits.
Check out this post for more platforms to sell your stuff for money.
PosterMyWall is a platform that allows creatives to make money from home. Here’s the gist of how it works. You sign up for a free account and using their design tool, create posters for things like bake sales, auto shows, bands, graduation, restaurant promotions, parties, and more. Each time one of your designs sells you earn up to a 60% royalty on each sale. Payouts are every three weeks via PayPal. One of the top designers on the website, Renee Nicole, has sold over 142,000 images — pretty impressive!
On Erli Bird, you can make money by participating in usability tests, beta tests, and virtual focus groups. To become a tester click on the “Join As Tester” title on the top right corner of their website. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll be emailed testing opportunities as they arise. I joined a week ago and in that time, I received one offer to review a children's iPad or iPhone app. The gig paid $20 and required parents to download an educational app on their child’s device. At the end of the test, parents were required to ask their children what they thought of the app as well as give their feedback on the app. App testing took place over three days for 10-minute sessions. For this particular test — payment was made within seven days via PayPal.
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