While some people try to get out of debt by cutting their spending, others try to earn their way out of a financial hole by trying to make extra money. Making sure that extra money is coming in has the same effect on your balance sheet as spending less. You can earn additional money and not even have to leave your home or hustle to drive Uber or Lyft (although those are always options for you). The internet has become a reliable source for a second income if you know where to look online for a paying second or third job. Here are five different ways that you can earn additional money online to help your financial situation.
Many websites need to know what their user experience is because it will dictate whether the traffic that they need to make money will keep flowing to their site. With that in mind, they are willing to pay people to visit their site and test how the site works and whether it is navigable and friendly. There are companies that run these services for websites and they will pay you at least $10, and possibly up to $60, for each website that you test.
Reviewing and testing a website is not too complicated. All you need to do is visit a website and complete a series of tasks that are given to you. Then, you will record your thoughts and transmit them to the service. This can take as little as 10-20 minutes for each website test.
People have a natural desire to want to give their opinions. To be able to do that for money pays you for what you may ordinarily give away. Large companies hire millions of people each year to test their site. Giving the feedback is easy because you will be speaking it verbally or taking a video of your thoughts. This is a great way to earn a little bit extra even with only a half-hour or an hour of work each day.
User Testing is the largest company in the field and will have the most opportunities. TryMyUI is a company in the field with relatively high pay. There are many additional companies that make for more opportunities to find work.
This will involve leaving your house, but the rewards for this will make your time and energy worthwhile. Let’s face it; we all hate doing our own chores and will do everything we can to avoid it. Some people dislike doing their chores so much that they are willing to pay other people to do them.
This could mean that you go to pick up someone else’s dry cleaning or even assemble furniture for them. Whatever they have that takes the time that they do not have is where you can make money. You can sign up with a service such as Task Rabbit and you will be on a list of people who get notified when an opportunity becomes available. Then, you simply accept the job and do it. You can work as little or as much as you want and can put your extra time to use to earn money.
Chores can include doing someone else’s grocery shopping for them or other odd jobs. Here is where you can be creative and bring your talents to bear to earn a little extra. Even if the job does not seem advanced, you are still turning your time and labor into some extra pocket change that you can use to help get yourself out of debt.
This is a gig that does not take too much effort and pays you little by little. All you have to do is give your opinion and you can make a couple of dollars here and there. The little money adds up to big money. While it will not be full-time money, sometimes all you need is an extra $10-20 in income to make a difference in your situation.
There is a multitude of companies on the market that have a continuous supply of surveys for you to complete. You can literally find dozens of survey companies, each with their own rewards. Some of the companies in the field are Survey Junkie and Swagbucks. If you do a couple per day from each of the companies, you can earn some additional income. All you need to do is share your opinion and answer all of the questions. You can receive sign-up bonuses and qualify for additional rewards the more surveys that you complete. Make sure that you pay close attention that the survey company that you are working with is legitimate. The rule of thumb is that you should never put any money out of your own pocket to complete a survey.
There are numerous websites that will pay you to shop online. This does not mean that you will get paid on an hourly rate as a job (although there are companies that will pay you to test user experiences) but will get bonuses and rewards to shop online. You can redeem coupon codes to save money on shopping for things that you would ordinarily buy at full price. There are also websites that will pay you cashback based on the percentage of your purchases. These websites will have different categories where you can earn even more rewards. Even stores where you would always shop anyway such as Amazon and Walmart are included in these programs, meaning if you buy from Amazon without getting cashback rewards, you are leaving money on the table. If you take all of your shopping online, the cashback rewards will add up and give you several percent back from what you would normally buy.
The internet is exploding with new websites that start every day. These websites do not want to have long interrupted blocks of text because it will hurt search rankings. In addition, they will want to be visually appealing to grab viewers’ attention. The result of this is that websites such as Shutterstock, Alamy and Dreamstime will always have a demand for pictures to post on their sites. However, they simply just cannot go on the internet and take a picture and use it on their site. People own these pictures and have copyright protection.
There are websites that act as a middleman and sell your pictures for you to places that need to buy them. They will pay you for your pictures and you do not even worry about having to sell them directly. This means that your smartphone or mobile device can make you money when you are out and about if you have an eye for something that is visually catchy.
Getting yourself out of debt is not always easy, but you can take steps to help yourself. Every few dollars that you earn can be used to pay back your debt or even to help you get ahead so that you stay out of debt in the future. Opportunities like those mentioned above along with other things in your daily life can make you money.