As a work-from-home mom, I’m always looking for ways to make extra cash. While I love my job as a freelance writer, stretching my budget and managing my money well is also very important to me.
The internet and smartphone apps provide a great way to make extra money. There are so many opportunities available that pay a few bucks here and there in exchange for a few minutes of your time.
These are NOT methods to rely on for a full-time income and you definitely won’t get rich with any of these ideas. If you want to make good money, you need to put in the hard work. But that’s not the idea here.
These methods will all put some money in your pocket, and that can be very helpful from time to time. There have certainly been times in my life when the extra cash has been a lifesaver for me.
So, if you need to pad your wallet, here are some of the best easy ways to make extra cash.
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Make Extra Cash with Swagbucks
One of the easiest ways to make extra cash is to start an account with Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a platform that rewards you for simply searching the web, taking surveys, watching videos, and even shopping online. As you do these tasks, you’ll accrue points which you can then trade in for gift cards or cash back.
To sign up, use this link and get an extra $3 when you earn at least 300 points in your first month.
Swagbucks isn’t the only place that pays you for your feedback. In fact, there are a number of survey sites that will give you cash just for answering a few questions.
Survey Junkie is my favorite of all the survey sites. Signing up is quick and easy, and the platform is really user-friendly.
Many big brands and companies use these surveys to gauge customer habits or opinions about their products.
The best way to be successful with surveys is to sign up for as many sites as you can. If you’re interested in learning more, check out some of the following:
- Survey Junkie
- Pinecone Research
- American Consumer Opinion
- Inbox Dollars
Earn Rewards on AppKarma
If you’re the kind of person who loves playing games on your smartphone, put your skills to good use with AppKarma.
This app rewards you for playing games or watching videos. After you’ve accumulated enough rewards, you can trade them in for gift cards or cash.
Sell Your Smartphone Photos
Next time you see that perfect photo-op, don’t pass it up. You could get paid for your work!
ClaShot, SnapWire, and Foap are three sites that will pay you for good-looking smartphone pics. These sites use an app, making uploading a breeze after you take the picture.
Review Music and Fashion on SlicethePie
There’s nothing easier than getting paid for listening to music! Slicethepie is a site that looks for user reviews on songs, fashion and accessory items, and commercials.
After you listen to the music or review the fashion pictures, you’re asked to leave feedback. In return, you get paid.
The site is used by artists and designers to determine what’s popular and what’s not.
I just heard about this site myself and signed up to try it out. After listening to a 90-second clip of music and leaving a review, I was paid $.03. This won’t make anyone rich, but it could be fun if you’re bored and looking to kill time.
If you’d like to try it out, sign up here.
Let MobileXpression Track Your Phone’s Usage
MobileXpression is a market research company that tracks what you’re doing when you’re on your smartphone. If you download the app, you’ll get weekly credits which you can later redeem for gift card rewards.
Test Apps and Websites
Many developers will pay you to give feedback and test out their products before putting them out on the market.
In exchange for trying out a new app or giving some new software a test run, you’ll get compensated for your time. If you want to learn more about this kind of user testing, check out User Testing, Userfeel, or WhatUsersDo.
Join Microsoft Rewards
If you’re willing to make the switch from Google to Bing, you could earn some cash.
Microsoft Rewards is a program that gives you reward points for searching the web, playing games online, and making purchases from the Microsoft Store. Once you’ve accumulated enough points you can trade them in for gift cards or movies and games from the Microsoft Store.
Get Paid to Stay Fit with Achievement
If a healthy diet and daily exercise are important to you, you can get rewarded for your hard-earned efforts.
Download the Achievement app to track your nutrition and exercise and then earn rewards for your good habits. Achievement connects with other health devices and apps you may have on your phone, like Fitbit, Garmin, and MyFitnessPal.
In addition to helping you achieve your own goals, you’ll also be helping medical researchers as they study your exercise and nutrition habits.
Trade In Old Gift Cards
Sign up with Field Agent
Field Agent is an app that will ask you to do simple tasks in exchange for payment. These tasks or “missions” could be anything from taking a survey to finding prices for products on store displays.
When you open the app, it will pull up jobs that are local to you. If you accept a task, you generally have less than two hours until your deadline, so only accept things you know you’ll be able to accomplish quickly.
Become a Virtual Juror
Did you know you can get paid for participating in mock trials online? You can!
As a virtual juror (also known as mock juror), you’ll help attorneys who want to test out their court cases before bringing them before an actual jury. This means you’ll be asked to read materials, view video and audio relating to the case, answer questions, and give other feedback.
You must meet certain requirements in order to become a virtual juror, and the work is sporadic, but it’s certainly different. If you’d like to find out more about this money-making opportunity, visit virtualjury.com and ejury.com.
Shop with Rakuten (Ebates)
Rakuten (formally known as Ebates) won’t technically make you any money, but it does keep dollars in your wallet – which is practically the same thing in my book!
If you’re doing any online shopping, first head to the Rakuten site to click through to the store’s link. If the store you’re shopping at participates in the Rakuten network (and many do), you’ll receive a percentage of your purchase back.
To make the whole process easier, you can also install the Chrome browser extension or smartphone app so you can shop on-the-go.
After you make your purchase, the money back you receive will be credited to your Rakuten account. At the end of each quarter, Rakuten transfers your balance to your PayPal account (I think they may also offer a check option). Easy-peasy!
I just logged in to look at my account and I’ve earned $451.89 in cashback since 2010! That’s amazing, especially considering I’m not a big online shopper.
If you want to check it out, you literally have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain!
Click my link here to check it out and for a limited time, receive an automatic $10 in your account after your first shopping trip.
Ibotta is an app that gives you cash back after you shop in-store at your favorite retailers.
Before you head to the store, you’ll open the app and add any offers that interest you for cashback. After you shop, take a photo of your receipt and get cash back for those qualifying offers you purchased.
You can also link your loyalty card from certain participating stores and get your cash back automatically without needing the receipt picture. It’s an easy way to get cash back on the products you were going to buy anyway.
If you’d like to sign up, please do so through my link here and use the referral code: hlsdiim.
Shopkick is another smartphone app that gives you points, called “kicks” for little to no effort. You will need to enable the location services on your app, but after that you can get kicks just by walking into a qualifying store.
You can also earn kicks by scanning barcodes, scanning receipts after purchasing qualified items, making online purchases, or watching videos. Cash in your kicks for gift cards or other fun rewards.
While these are all great ways to make extra cash, you won’t be able to replace your day job with these methods.
If that’s what you’re looking to do, starting your own freelance business is your best bet.