Joining the ranks of the 9-to-5 employees isn’t the only way to earn a decent wage. From tutoring and transcription to walking dogs and watching movies, there are plenty of routes by which you can make money sans the cubicle.
Whether you want to quit your full-time gig or pick up a side job and make a few bucks, check out these 101 ideas to increase your income.
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1. Take Online Surveys
Taking online surveys is one of the easiest ways to earn extra money. And plenty of companies are looking for consumer feedback to improve their products or develop new ones.
Brands hire survey sites to conduct online questionnaires on their behalf, gaining access to precious customer feedback. The sites in turn pay you for participating in their surveys. If you really want to rake in the cash, join several survey sites to maximize access to opportunities. SurveySavvy, GlobalTestMarket and American Consumer Opinion are just a few of the sites that will pay you to share your thoughts.
2. Test Websites
Many businesses pay people to visit their sites and test functionality and user friendliness. Fortunately, getting into website testing is relatively easy. Simply sign up for free on sites like StartUpLift, TryMyUI or UserTesting, which pays a $10 flat rate for each completed test.
3. Participate in Mock Trials
You don’t need to know insider lawyer secrets or have a law degree to make money in the legal sector. Websites such as eJury and OnlineVerdict pay users to participate in mock trials for their clients, who are mainly lawyers.
Online juries give lawyers the chance to “pre-try” their cases before presenting them in court. The lawyers gain experience, and you earn a little something for your effort: eJury pays $5 to $10 depending on the length of the case.
4. Get Paid to Search
Services such as Microsoft Rewards offer incentives to users who search and browse the web with Microsoft. You can then redeem the points for rewards like movies, games, gift cards and apps.
Another site where you can earn points while you search, shop and watch is Swagbucks, which has paid out over $280 million to its members to date.
5. Install Software
You need your own website to take advantage of this nontraditional job opportunity. However, installing software is one of the easier ways to use technology to make money.
Sites such as PerInstallCash offer money to users in exchange for hosting software on their pages. You get paid when visitors download and install the software from you.
6. Become a Beta
In the digital world, feedback is a valuable asset. Before computer products are commercially released, beta testers offer a final round of evaluation, trying out a range of unfinished products before paying customers do.
To get in on the beta action, explore sites and services such as Erli Bird, uTest and VMC’s Global Beta Test Network. You can sign up to become a beta tester for free and start making some green.
7. Participate in Clinical Trials
Most people have spent money on healthcare, but few of us have had the experience of earning cash off the industry. However, medical clinics, hospitals and universities are regularly in search of people to participate in their studies in exchange for payment.
Test subjects must sign release forms accepting the consequences of their trials, so do your homework to find out what you’re getting into. Sites like ClinicalTrials.gov and CenterWatch allow you to search and connect with thousands of clinical studies across the U.S.
8. Enter Contests
Perhaps the easiest way to make money fast is to win it. To get started, check out websites like Contestgirl to find out what contests and sweepstakes are available.
You can treat entering contests like a job by getting organized and spending hours each day submitting forms; however, it’s important to know that you’re unlikely to be chosen as the winner of a contest that will set you up for life. Additionally, you will have to pay taxes on your winnings, so be sure to take that into account before spending all your “free money.”
9. Enter Competitions
If you have time and a special skill, consider entering a competition with a cash prize. At worst, you participate, fail and wind up with a good story to tell. If you win, the prizes can be substantial.
10. Get Paid to Watch Movie Previews
You don’t have to be a film critic to get paid for watching videos. Sites such as Swagbucks ask you to watch specific videos and “like” them. In the process, you earn Swagbucks, which you can redeem for gift cards.
11. Install Mobile Apps That Collect Your Data
Market research involves collecting feedback on shopping trends and patterns. Check out apps such as ShopTracker, SavvyConnect and MobileXpression, and score rewards for sharing data on your purchase history and mobile data usage.