Everybody wants to make more money these days, amirite? I totally get it, and I’m in the same boat with you! We just bought our first house and found out we’re pregnant, so we definitely understand being a little tight financially! 😉 There’s soooo much information on the Internet these days about making extra money, and a lot of that centers around blogging. That’s great, but most of us aren’t going to make a six-figure income off our blogs (let’s just be real). But, never fear! There are other ways! Today, I’ve got 6 simple ways to earn extra money online!
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I wrote a full post about Rev a few months back (check it out here), and it’s still my most popular post! I’ll give you a quick rundown of what Rev is here, but be sure to check out the post for all the details! 🙂 Rev is a transcription service. Business, lawyers, and filmmakers, to name a few, upload their recordings to Rev. Transcriptionists (such as myself) listen to the recordings and type the dialogue. Pay usually ranges from $0.45-$0.65 per minute, so you won’t become a millionaire off this, but for homemakers, stay-at-home moms or dads, or just people with a few extra hours a week, you can make a nice little profit. I make enough each month to pay for my family’s groceries! 🙂 To apply for Rev, click here!
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I signed up for Swagbucks in college and didn’t do much with it, but I picked it back up a few months ago and I love it! There are so many things you can do to earn points, which they call “Swagbucks.” You can take surveys, watch videos, discover new content, search the Internet, sign up for websites, complete tasks (my personal favorite), and even get points for doing online shopping! Once you’ve earned a minimum of 300 Swagbucks, you can redeem them for gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and the list goes on. You can even deposit the money straight into PayPal! Again, this site won’t bring in thousands of dollars every month, but I’ve made around $50 in the past 4 months using it on and off (hello, Christmas gifts!). To me, it’s one of the best sites to use, because you can earn a few Swagbucks even if you only have 5 or 10 minutes to spend on the site. Plus, they have an app, and it’s so easy to use! 🙂 Those Swagbucks add up, and before you know it, you’re ready to redeem for a gift card! 🙂 To sign up for Swagbucks, click here or on the banner below!
#3: Affiliate Programs
This one is geared more towards bloggers, but anyone with a strong online presence could benefit from it! Affiliate programs allow you to link to their products. Then, if someone clicks on and buys that product, you get a percentage of the amount they spent. For example, I can share a link to my favorite book, and when my awesome readers go buy it (because they really need to), I make a little bit of extra money! (See what I did there?) 😉 Affiliate programs are great, because they are essentially passive income! Once you share and promote the link, people are free to buy and you make money! Win, win! 🙂 Skimlinks and ShopStyle Collective are two popular affiliate programs, but my absolute favorite, by far, is Amazon Associates. I mean, it’s AMAZON! They have everything! What more could you ask for?? 🙂 To sign up for Amazon Associates, click here!
#4: Teachers Pay Teachers
This option is again geared toward a specific audience, but you might actually be in that audience without knowing it! If you have ever been a teacher, a homeschool mom, or saw your kids’ homework and thought “I could come up with something better than that,” then this is for you! Teachers Pay Teachers is a site where sellers can upload assignments, projects, posters, etc. for teachers to use in their classrooms. Products range from kindergarten clip charts to high school English finals to instructional technology evaluations. There is so much available, and teachers are willing to pay a few dollars for something they didn’t have to come up with themselves. So if you have any eye for good curriculum and you think you can design something (or have designed something) that other people would like to use, go for it! Sign up, get it on there, and see how it does. Listings are free, so you’ve literally got nothing to lose! 🙂 To sign up for TPT, click here! (And check out my store while you’re at it!) 🙂
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Etsy is great if you have even an ounce of creativity in you! 😉 Etsy is an online marketplace where you can sell digital or physical products. My husband, brother-in-law, and I run an Etsy shop, and we sell unique woodworking products! Unlike Teachers Pay Teachers, it does cost to list items on Etsy, but that cost will quickly be covered once you start selling products. The possibilities for what you can sell on Etsy are endless. People sell prints, photographs, crafts, art, project kits, and so much more. If you can think of it, it’s probably being sold, so why don’t you jump on the bandwagon?? 🙂 I definitely recommend Etsy for the crafters and DIYers out there. You’ve got talent, and people want what you’re making, I guarantee it! 🙂 To sign up for Etsy, click here! (And check out my store while you’re at it!) 🙂
#6: Online Garage Sales
My final suggestion is simply a modern update on a classic idea: online garage sales! For years and years, people have been holding garage sales to fund their vacations, pay for Christmas gifts, or just bring in a little extra cash. However, to hold a garage sale, you have to accumulate a LOT of items and pray for good weather on your chosen Saturday. Not anymore! With the advent of online garage sales on Facebook, anybody can sell anything at any time! All you have to do is search Facebook for sale groups in your area, and I bet you’ll find more than one (we have 2 in my town of 600 people). If you have excess clothes, shoes, furniture, jewelry, etc., all you have to do is list it, and people will see it right away! Of course, no one may show interest in your item, but it’s worth a try! Spring cleaning can bring you a pretty penny if you sell your excess items on online garage sales. 🙂 To sign up for online garage sales, search Facebook for sale groups in your area.
I love these 6 simple ways to earn extra money online, and I use every single one of them! After our wedding, we sold some our decorations on online garage sales and made a nice little profit! I have stores on Etsy and TPT, I use Rev and Amazon Associates daily, and I earn Swagbucks every chance I get! They are all 100% legitimate and trusted sources, and they all pay according to their guidelines. Check them out and see what works for you! Once you find your niche, you’ll bringing in some extra cash in no time! 🙂
Now it’s your turn! What would you add to this list? Have you had success making extra money online?