6 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Money Online (That AREN’T Blogging!)

September 15, 2016

There’s so much information on the Internet these days about making extra money, and a lot of that centers around blogging. That’s great, and obviously I enjoy blogging, but most of us aren’t going to make a six-figure income off our blogs. So if blogging isn’t your thing, try one of these other ways to make some extra cash online!

Looking for ways to earn extra money online? Look no further! I've got 6 sure-fire ways for you to earn some extra cash!

(This post may contain affiliate links. For my full disclosure policy, click here.)

These are my favorite ways to earn extra money online, and I use or have used every single one of them! 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 be bringing in some extra cash in no time!

#1: Rev

I’ve written extensively about Rev in the past (you can read all about it here), but I’ll give you a quick rundown of what it is here.

Rev is a transcription service. Business, lawyers, filmmakers, and many others 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 of recording, so longer transcriptions will earn you more money.

You won’t earn a lot in the beginning, but the more you work, the higher you rank. For homemakers, stay-at-home moms or dads, or just people with a few extra hours a week, this is a great way to bring in one or two hundred extra dollars each month! To apply for Rev, click here!

#2: Swagbucks

I’ve been a member of Swagbucks for years and I love it! This is perfect for those of you who only have a few minutes here or there throughout the day.

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!

This site won’t provide an income by any means, but I made $50 in 4 months, which paid for our Christmas gifts one year. It’s one of my favorite, 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 super easy to use! 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 these essential oils, and when someone clicks on it and buys it, I make a little bit of extra money!

Affiliate programs are great, because they are essentially passive income. Once you share and promote the link, people are free to buy what you recommend and you make money. Win, win! 🙂

CJ and Shareasale are two popular affiliate programs, but the favorite is Amazon Associates. Not only does Amazon have everything you could want or need, but free shipping is a big deal, too! 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.

If you have an 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!) 🙂

#5: Etsy

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 can almost guarantee it! To sign up for Etsy, click here!

#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., simply list it and people will see it right away! 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. 

BONUS WAY: Join My Team!

If none of those ways work for you, I’ve got a bonus option. If you need some extra income, this is for you. If you have motivation, drive, and the desire to succeed, this is for you. If you are an entrepreneur and want to be your own boss, this is for you. If you want to see God bless you exponentially, this is for you. If you care about natural products and bringing joy to people, this is for you. Bottom line, this is for you!

I’m a part of the number one hair care line in the industry, which just so happens to have the most natural and most effective products. I share these products with friends and family, and I help provide for my family while I’m doing it.

I am not a natural salesperson. I’m an introvert and I don’t want to make people uncomfortable, but this opportunity was too good to pass up! God is blessing my company and my team, and it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of it!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, you can read more here or email at abbey@smalltownsoul.net with the subject line “Bonus opportunity!” 🙂

What would you add to this list? Have you had success making extra money online? Tell me how in the comments!

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  • melanie

    September 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Great ideas! I need to look into swagbucks a little more. That sounds like something I’d be interested in 🙂

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Melanie! I love Swagbucks because they’re just little things that add up to big points! 🙂 I hope it works out great for you!

  • Tayler

    September 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I love using Teachers Pay Teachers! I taught for three years and put a lot of my lesson/unit plans on. It’s a great way to make a passive (pocket-change worth) income.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

      That’s awesome, Tayler! I taught for two years and I’m just now working on uploading my lessons! 🙂

  • Wendy

    September 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’m definitely going to check out REV. I’m in the UK so it will be interesting to see if people hear can use this service. I thnk this would be an ideal option for clients who are just starting out in business.

    Affiliate marketing is definitely a great way to boost your income.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

      That’s great, Wendy! As far as I know, you should be able to be a part of Rev in the UK! 🙂

  • Becky @ Disney in your Day

    September 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I’ll have to look into Rev! I’ve had Swagbucks for awhile but haven’t figured out a way to make much off of it.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

      I hope Rev works out for you, Becky! I don’t make a lot of money with Swagbucks, but I’ve earned quite a few Amazon gift cards! 🙂

  • Marette @ Floradise

    September 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    These are great ideas!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thanks so much, Marette!

  • Kelsie

    September 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on your baby!! When are you due? We are expecting our first in March! So exciting. I think we’re going to take the leap to Etsy, and your post about getting paid to type out transcripts is super interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:56 am

      We’re due in April! Yay! That’s awesome, Kelsie! 🙂 I hoping Etsy will take off and really be a good source for us! I know y’all can do it, too! 🙂

  • Kristin

    September 16, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I definitely am going to check out Rev! I use Swagbucks but I need to use it more.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Yes, definitely check out Rev, Kristin! It’s great! 🙂 Swagbucks can be a pretty good way to earn a few gift cards! 🙂

  • Zoom

    September 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I love SwagBucks! In fact, I’m doing it right now in the background LOVE IT! You might also want to check out “Mechanical Turk” – I do that every morning 🙂

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 10:01 am

      That looks really interesting! I’ll check it out! 🙂

  • Brittany

    September 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    These are great ideas! I have good luck with Swagbucks whenever I put the time into it. I make most of my money online through freelance writing but I also do a little bit of teaching through VIPKID and it’s good money as well!

  • Sarah

    September 17, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I recently learned about Rev and want to apply. I would also UserTesting too. You can review websites and give feedback on your experience, and they pay you $10 for a 15-20 recording of you participating. I’ve made a few hundred dollars the past few months with it.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Rev is awesome! I hope it works out for you, Sarah! I’ll have to look into UserTesting! 🙂

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  • Farrah

    September 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Rev sounds right up my alley! I type fairly quickly, so this would be pretty cool to help supplement my livelihood if I have a little spare time! Thank you for this post! 😀

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      That’s wonderful, Farrah! I hope it’s a perfect fit! 🙂

  • Rachel

    October 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Great tips Abbey! I haven’t tried any of these yet (well I’ve been an affiliate on a few things, but definitely have a lot more to learn and try!) so will definitely have to check out!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, Rachel! 🙂 You should definitely check out Swagbucks first! 🙂

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    October 14, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Really good stuff! I have so many mom friends that are so crafty and talented – I have no idea why they don’t sell their goodies on Etsy!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks, Chrissa! They should definitely go for it on Etsy! 🙂

  • Rebekah

    October 14, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Great post! Id never heard of Rev! Going to check it out 🙂

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Thanks, Rebekah! I hope it’s the perfect fit for you! 🙂

  • Adriana Renee

    October 14, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Swagbucks sounds like such a fun way to make money! Like surveys and watching videos? Yes, sign me up!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Go for it, girl! It’s awesome!

  • Trish

    October 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Great ideas! I am an Etsy person and want to look into your other suggestions, too. Thank you!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Awesome, Trish! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Kendra

    October 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Im definitely going to be checking out some of those items you have listed!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      No problem, Kendra! 🙂 I hope they work out for you! Swagbucks is one of my favorites! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    October 14, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Such a great post! I have never heard of Rev. I’ll have to check it out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Rev has been great supplemental income for our family! 🙂

  • Angela

    October 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Rev sounds awesome!! One day I’ll be able to check it out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I sure love it! Hope it works for you when you get a chance! 🙂

  • adriana

    October 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    These are great ideas! Etsy is HUGE! Love this!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Absolutely! Thanks, Adriana! 🙂

  • Bridget

    October 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank God, a realistic post on making a little extra cash. If I read one more post about blogging about something for money, I might scream. This list actually has things I can do without writing blogs to no one (because no one would read my blogs). Thanks for the tips!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Haha, no problem, Bridget! 🙂 Blogging can make money, but there are definitely lots and lots of other options, and some of them are even better! 🙂

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    January 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I love Swagbucks and have been using it since 2009! TPT is also fantastic! Thanks for sharing these 🙂

    1. Abbey

      February 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

      No problem, Amanda! Swagbucks is so great! 🙂

  • Andrea Shannon

    March 20, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Hey! So I actually just sent in my application for Rev! I’m hoping I can get it!
    Thanks for the heads up on this!

    Andrea Shannon <3

  • Royvia

    September 13, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Great post.

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