32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

Below is a guest post by Carolyn Billington at The Penny Hoarder

 

Listen – we all know the internet is full of “make money at home” scams, so we’ve scoured through thousands of different ideas to find you 32 legitimate ones.

These are all ideas that we’ve done before, so we know that they’re real and that you’ll get paid. Plus, I guarantee there are some in here that you’ve never heard of…

 

1. Change Search Engines

If you spend a lot of time searching online, you might want to think about leaving Google/Yahoo and make Bing your default search engine.

Why? Bing wants to pay you for your searches!

You can earn credits through Bing Rewards every time you make a search — credits you can cash in for gift cards to a variety of stores like Amazon, Toys ‘r Us, and Starbucks. I usually only make an extra $5-$10/month, but it all adds up, right?

 

2. Watch YouTube-Like Videos

The folks over at InboxDollars will actually pay you to watch videos! Now, most of them aren’t as entertaining as the Grumpy Cat series, but you’re getting paid – so who cares?

This works because the videos are sponsored by brands who need to get it in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch one of their ads, they’ll credit your account with a little bit of cash.

Here’s a link to signup.

 

3. Rate Your Local Pizza Place

Awww…yeah! Who wouldn’t want $5 and a free large pizza? 🙂

One of the companies that pays me to conduct liquor audits is currently looking for folks to conduct a quick review of their local pizza shop. As part of the assignment you’ve got to time their delivery service and quality of pizza.

It’s pretty easy to do and you can do it several times a year. Just fill out an application with Trendsource here and an Independent Contractor Agreement to get started.

 

4. Sell Your Junk Mail

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of junk mail. My email inbox and my mailbox are both full of crap from different cable providers, credit card offers, car insurance, etc.

If you’ve ever wondered what you could do with all of that junk mail besides recycling it or sending it to your email’s trash folder, SBK Center has the answer. This market research company will happily accept your junk mail and email and, in return, give you Visa prepaid cards, which work just like debit cards.

(The SBK website states that they pay you in gift cards, but I contacted SBK directly and they confirmed that they have switched to Visa prepaid cards. It’s a great move because it means you can spend your hard-earned cash anywhere that accepts debit cards.)

Here’s more information on them.

 

5. Take an Online Survey or Two

Most of you know that I practically despise survey companies because of their low payouts. But, I make an exception to my “no survey” rule when I’m watching TV.

My calculus on this is that I’m not really doing anything anyway, so I might as well make a few extra bucks. I usually pocket an extra $50-$100/month with this method.

Here are my favorites…

Ipsos Panel

SendEarnings (this one gives you $5 just to sign up)

Springboard Panel

Harris Poll

*I usually recommend you join at least two survey sites, so that you have more options to choose from. That way you’ll also be on their list when the high-paying surveys ($10+) come around.

 

6. Download These Apps

There are a number of companies, including Google, that will pay you to install their app on your cell phone. And they’ll pay you for every month you keep them installed.

The apps collect data from your cell phone and help companies better understand web and mobile usage better — such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).

Here are my favorites (install all of them and earn $400/year or more):

Media Insiders Panel – this one pays you $5 a month and you can install it on up to 3 devices, making your total possible earnings up to $200 a year.

Nielsen Mobile Panel – this one is for iPhones/iPads only, but you’ll earn up to $50/year just for downloading the app.

Google Screenwise Panel – Google will give you $8 seven days after you sign up and you’ll get an additional $2 every week after that. The “cash” rewards come in the form of a gift card (you can pick between Walmart, Papa Johns, Barnes & Noble, and a bunch of others…)

MobileExpressions – this one can only be downloaded on any smartphone. After you’ve installed it for 1 week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize (everyone wins something). I won a $25 gift card to Amazon, but some of the other prizes include iPads & Samsung TVs.

 

7. Rent/Sell Your Clothes Online

For some reason my closet is still holding on to the suit I wore to prom nearly 10 years ago. It’s never going to fit again, but some combination of laziness and sentiment has thus far kept it from landing on a Goodwill rack.

If you’re like me and have a closet full of stuff you don’t wear, what would you think about renting or selling your clothes out to strangers?

There are a few sites that make this possible including Tradesy, SnapGoods.com, Loanables.com, and RentNotBuy.com.

 

8. Open a Bank Account

The folks over at Nationwide will give you $200 just to open a checking account. You don’t have to get rid of your current account either; consider this one a useful place to save money for your emergency fund, vacation, new car, etc.

And the Nationwide checking account is pretty awesome. Their interest rate is 3x higher than what most banks will give you, plus you can use any ATM in the world for free (6x a month). Here’s the promo link.

You’ll need to deposit $50 to get started and use the offer code 03110470 (you can withdraw your fifty bucks later)

To get the $200 bonus, you’ll need to set up an automatic monthly direct deposit of at least $200 into your E-Checking account. Your monthly direct deposit of $200 must be received within 60 days of opening the account. The account must remain open for at least 90 days to receive the $200 bonus. The $200 bonus will be deposited into your new account within 2 weeks following the 90 day minimum requirement!

 

9. Fix Google’s Search Results

I’ll make about $700 this month for cleaning up Google’s search engine. And Yahoo’s search engine. And Bing’s.

And the best part? Most of it is done while sitting at home in my pajamas. What am I doing? Let me explain…

Search engines use complicated algorithms to determine the results you see. For example, if you type “Steve Gillman” into a Google search box a half-million possibly-relevant web pages will be narrowed down using various criteria until a second later you see my smiling face. You’ll also see links to my personal website, my blog on the Huffington Post, and LinkedIn profiles for a bunch of guys who share my name.

But the search engines don’t always get it right…

They are full of errors, so they need real humans to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevancy, and usefulness. If you’re interested in this type of work, head over to this article to get more info on how to apply.

 

10. Become a Test Knitter

The knitting scene has changed since the late 90s. It’s no longer a hobby dominated by grandmothers churning out Christmas sweaters for the whole family; knitting is cool again and many young people are picking up the needles.

Lee Meredith of Leethalknits says that she finds most of her test knitters in her group on Ravelry, a site for connecting with fellow knitters and crocheters. Knitters can sign up for her master list of testers and be contacted when she has a new project. She gives her knitters the exact project requirements: the pattern, the size of knitting needles, yarn weight and amount, and any embellishments. As the testers knit, they leave her feedback in a shared Google document.

Knitters who complete the project by the deadline and provide feedback and corrections on the pattern instructions get a finished copy of the pattern plus around $20 credit to her virtual store. Large or complex projects, or those with unusually tight deadlines, earn the knitter additional credit.

 

11. Turn Your Grocery Receipts in For Rebates

You don’t have to cut back at the grocery store if you know the right tricks. Have you heard of rebate apps?

My favorite is the Ibotta app which works by giving you a cash rebate on your grocery store purchases if you take a picture of your receipt with your smartphone.

Many of the rebates are for things like steak, ground beef, bread and eggs. Plus, you can shop at your normal grocery store. There’s no need to run clear across town to save money.

Another good one is Checkout51. Download them both and sometimes you can get two rebates on the same item. 🙂

 

12. Get Paid to Lose Weight

Let’s face – every year we all make the same New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. Well, this year you’ll have a little extra motivation if you’re getting paid for it. We’re fans of both HealthyWage and DietBet, two sites that will allow you to place a wager and earn cash when you successfully lose weight.

And if you’re already in great shape, another great idea is to start a boot camp at your local park a couple of nights week. Start with just a few friends – these camps tend to grow pretty organically once people see a group of people working out. Most boot camps trainers can earn $100/hour or more.

 

13. Sell Your Old Books

We’ve all got way too much extra junk just sitting around. Get rid of some of it and use the extra money for your Christmas shopping.

You could of course have a garage sale or sell some stuff on Craigslist, but one of my favorite ways to get rid of stuff is to use the Bookscouter app.

You scan your book’s barcode with your smartphone and Bookscouter will let you compare the payout of 20+ different buyback companies. Cool, right?

Once you’ve found the buyback company offering the most cash, you just fill out a little information about where you want your payment sent and prepare the books to be shipped. Most of the buyback companies offer prepaid shipping labels too, so there aren’t any costs associated with this.

 

14. Earn Up to $25/Hour as a Transcriptionist

Looking for a flexible job that allows you to work from home, requires little to no prior experience, and doesn’t involve making sales calls?

Yes, this kind of work exists: You could become a transcriptionist. This job gives you the freedom to set your own hours and, in many cases, work as much or as little as you want each week.

Here are a few companies that will hire you.

But, fair warning: the work is quite repetitive. You will have to listen to the same audio over and over again in order to be sure you have transcribed it perfectly. If repetition drives you insane, transcription might not be the line of work for you.

 

15. Test Websites

Like most of us, you’ve probably commented on how some websites are confusing and others excellent. Rather than complaining to your spouse or friend, how would you like to make those comments to the owners of the sites and get paid for playing critic?

I do just that, and you can, too. In fact, you can make $30 per hour as a website tester.

The company is called User Testing. Here’s what the process looks like: you’ll download some software and then when tasks are available, look over a website while your mouse movements, clicks, keystrokes, and spoken comments are all recorded as a video. Afterward there might be a few questions to answer, but the whole process often takes 15 minutes or less. Cool, right?

 

16. Join an Online Focus Group

Ever wonder how the products you see on grocery-store shelves wound up there? Or who thought those TV commercials were a good idea? Somewhere between the concept and the final edits, it’s likely that a focus group was involved.

Focus groups vary in size and type, but most of them provide some sort of compensation — a check in the mail, a PayPal deposit or even a gift card. “The more formal the focus group, the more I expect to be paid,” says Sarah K., who’s participated in focus groups about bridal registries and sports nutrition products in the Los Angeles Area. For a longer session, she expects to make $100 to $200. “I’ll happily participate in a longer focus group if it pays well, is nearby and doesn’t conflict with any of my appointments,” she says.

One of my favorites is ProOpinion which is a focus group for professionals. Click here to visit their site and fill out the short sign up form to get started.

Here’s another great list of legitimate focus group companies.

 

17. Watch More Television

Alright, just hear me out on this one. It’s definitely possible to get paid to watch TV… There’s a new company called “RewardTV” that pays you to answer trivia questions about last night’s TV shows.

Do you know who they killed off on Game of Thrones last week? Tell them about it and they’ll pay you.

Did you know which contestant got kicked off “The Voice” this week? They’ll pay you.

You’re not going to get rich doing this, but it’s a fun way to make an extra $15-$20/month. Pretty cool, right?

 

18. Make an Extra $50/Week Working for Amazon

Have you heard of Amazon Mechanical Turk? Unlike other online sites that look for contract help, the Amazon Mechanical Turk service offers easy to accomplish tasks that can be completed by almost anyone with a computer.

From the articles and advice I’ve read from others completing tasks, the key seems to be just to jump in and quickly accept the next task you are qualified for. Don’t spend time hunting for the perfect task, just do them next, next, next, etc. While basic tasks may only pay $0.10 they are easy and quick to complete. It does not take long to complete a task in less than a minute so in an hour, with little experience, you can make $6 to $10 depending on how fast you are.

Amazon Mechanical Turk is not a get rich quick scam or one of those make massive income in your spare time ripoffs. But, realistically you can make an extra $50 or so each month.

 

19. Tell This Company What’s in Your Fridge

You’ve head of Nielsen, right? Yep, the same company that tracks TV ratings. They’ve got a new app that will pay you to scan the groceries in your fridge.

Once you sign up to become a Nielsen Homescan family, the company will send you a free scanner or you can use your smartphone. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to Nielsen.

If you want to give it a try, you can fill out the application here: Nielsen Homescan Application (you can’t download this one from the app store; you’ll need to visit their website first).

As an active participant, you earn gift points which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items, and even toys for the kids. The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points towards prizes. You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include money, vacations, and brand new vehicles.

 

20. Get Paid $50+ to Write an Article for These Sites

If you like to write, we found a few blogs that will pay you to share your thoughts. And there’s no limit to the number of articles you can submit, so this really is a nice side gig…

TheKrazyCouponLady.com – $50
This site accepts articles on a broad range of topics including style/fashion, couponing, family/parenting, and personal finance. The ladies guarantee that you’ll hear back from them within 7 days and will receive $50 via Paypal if they choose to publish your article. You can read all the details here.

Listverse.com – $100
Listverse publishes nothing but lists. Their posts are all long lists (usually beyond 1,500 words long) containing at least 10 items, with an explanation of why each item deserves its place on the list. Read more details here.

ThePennyHoarder.com – $75
Got a crazy way to make/save extra money? We also pay our readers to submit articles and would love to have you contribute. Read all of our guidelines here.

 

21. Sell Your SmartPhone Photos

If you have a smartphone and a photographic eye, making money may have just gotten a lot easier. Oh yeah – you’ll also need access to marketable scenery.

There’s a new app called Foap that allows you to turn your smartphone photos into cash.

Here’s how it works. You download the free app. You sign up for an account. You take a quality photo. You upload photo to Foap’s marketplace. Someone buys the license to your photo for $10. You make $5.

If your photo sells twenty times, you make $5 each time and end up with $100 in your pocket, all for about 5 minutes of work. Pretty cool, right?

 

22. Fix Apple iPhones from Your Couch

Dreaming of working from home during your terrible commute each day? Here’s a cool opportunity to work from home for a company you probably already love: Apple.

That’s right: You could be the next Apple At Home Advisor — an official Apple employee who offers virtual support for the company’s popular products, including iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, through the customer service program AppleCare. If you’re looking for more flexibility and the ability to work from home, this could be your chance to make that dream a reality!

You don’t need to live in a specific city to be considered for the job, though Apple is advertising through listings on job boards throughout the U.S. Instead, the company is looking for people with technical expertise who can work from home to get the job done to their standards.

Interested in applying? Check out the job listing here.

 

23. Sign Up for Free Gift Card Promotions

Believe it or not, there are sites that will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.

One of my favorites is Ebates, the cash-back shopping site. They’re giving away $10 gift cards if you sign-up as a new member and earn your first cashback rebate. You can choose either a $10 Target, Walmart, Macy’s, or Kohl’s gift card.

You do have to wait 30 days. But, it’s free money so can you really complain?

 

24. Become a Teacher on Udemy & Google Hangouts

When you think about getting paid to teach what you know, what comes to mind? Putting up a poster in a local coffee shop and hoping for the best? Posting an ad on Craigslist?

Lucky for us, we’re no longer limited to our local area when it comes to getting paid to teach our skills. Thanks to online learning platforms like Google Helpouts and Udemy, anyone, anywhere, can teach anything.

If you think you don’t have any skills to teach, think again. Most of us are experts at something, whether it’s putting on makeup, baking brownies, or even making balloon animals!

Drawing a blank on what you could teach or help others with? Here are some ideas:

Music lessons
Photography lessons
Web programming lessons or services
Computer repair lessons or services
Social media consulting
Cooking or baking lessons
Fitness instruction
Nutrition consultations
Academic tutoring
Life coaching
Style consultations
Beauty consultations
Gardening help

You get to set the rate for your lessons (most go for between $25-$50). And some people have been really successful at this – we just found a guy that’s made $500,000 selling his courses on Udemy.

Update 3/24/15: Unfortunately, Google just announced that “Helpouts” will be closing down on April 20, 2015.

 

25. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy

Just because you don’t have a dedicated crafts room like Martha Stewart or Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t mean you can’t become a successful entrepreneur by selling your crafts online.

In the past crafters have had to slug it out at craft fairs and farmer’s markets, often meaning long hours and little profit. All of that has changed in the last few years as a number of online marketplaces, like Etsy, have opened that allow amateur crafters a forum to sell their goods.

In fact, we recently found a mom that’s earning $70,000/month on Etsy! Click here to read her story.

 

26. Sell Your Trash

Americans throw away approximately 266 million tons of trash every year and it turns out we might as well be throwing away cash! There’s a reason dumpster diving has become so popular in recent years and that’s because things that you think are worth nothing often have value.

Anything from your empty wine bottles to old magazines can be sold online. Here’s a full list of the things in your trash that might be worth cash.

 

27. Sell Your Skills for $5 on Fiverr

Earning five bucks at a time may not sound like much, but those little sales can add up to thousands of dollars.

That’s the idea behind Fiverr.com, an online platform where users sell their products and services for $5 each. Fiverr says users create 4,000 new listings, or “gigs,” every day.

Gigs range from the standard data entry and research tasks to the truly out-there. For example, as I write this, sellers in the “Fun and Bizarre” section are offering:

A piece of rare metal that will melt in your hand
A prank phone call to anyone you choose
Three balloons released into the sky with your message in them
Your name written on two grains of rice
A photo of you on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
A video of a woman pretending to be “crazy in love with you” — which has 253 buyers and a 98% positive ratingso far
You can seriously sell almost anything on Fiverr. Here are some more ideas.

 

28. Earn $100 By Helping a Company Name Themselves

Professional branders aren’t going anywhere, but for small businesses that can’t afford the million dollar price tag, there is a new trend called crowdsourcing that allows businesses to outsource the creative process to people like you and I through “naming contests.”

There are hundreds of naming contests on websites like NamingForce.com and SquadHelp.com. The way it works is that nameless businesses list a little information about their company and a prize amount for the person who can come up with the best name. The rewards are anywhere from $50-$500, with the average amount around $100.

For example, one company on SquadHelp lists that they are a company that buys used video games and that they will pay $80 to the person who can come up with the best name. A few of the submissions so far are “Cash 2 Gamers” and “Game Epix.” Think you can do better? Give it a try here.

 

29. Let Someone Borrow Your House/Apartment for the Night

I’ve used Airbnb to both rent out my apartment and stay in many others while traveling, and it’s a fantastic way to put your home to work for you. However, taking a few simple steps can make the difference between a great experience and a less-than-satisfactory one.

Whether you’re renting out a single room or your entire home, make the most of your Airbnb rental by following these tips. If you do it well, you could add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your savings account.

 

30. Become an Online Tutor

Education is one of the world’s leading industries and by the year 2017 the private tutoring market alone is expected to top $100 billion.

Have you ever considered becoming an online tutor to make extra money? Well, if you haven’t, you most certainly should. You can make some serious coin by answering student’s questions, explaining your notes, and uploading tutorials. That’s right, by sharing your knowledge, you can be rewarded handsomely.

Try marketing your services on a site like AceYourCollegeClasses.com where some of the top tutors have earned more than $10,000.

 

31. Become a Dog Masseuse

We’ve talked before about ways to get paid to spend time with cats and dogs, but this is a new one: pet massage.

That’s right: some people earn money for massaging animals. It might sound a little strange, but apparently many cats and dogs enjoy a good massage as much as humans do.

If you like petting your furry friends, why not explore this option? With a bit of training you can make $50 per hour as a pet massage therapist. Here’s how to get started.

 

32. Write Slogans for Major Companies

Can you sum up a product in a sentence? Think of something funny — and not another joke about too many candles — to put on a birthday card? Make a point in few concise words?

If so, you might be able to make money writing slogans.

Companies sometimes need new corporate taglines, advertising slogans and jingles. Bumper sticker and greeting card makers want cute, endearing or funny thoughts to put on their products. When these businesses need help, they sometimes collect submissions from freelance writers or run contests that anyone can enter — including you!

Try one or more of these platforms to get started:

Slogan Slingers helps companies create slogan contests in which their registered writers compete. It’s free to sign up as a writer, and the company claims you can “make up to $999 per contest (minus our small admin fee).”

Get a Slogan is a “crowd-sourcing platform that brings in custom, creative and catchy slogans from a variety of sloganeers.” Companies come to them for help, and writers submit their ideas. It’s free to sign up, but you initially have only “qualifying” status. Once you obtain “qualified” status, you’ll receive $50 for each of your winning slogans.

Freelancer.com has a section devoted to slogan-writing projects, which are sometimes run as contests. For example, at the moment a personal injury law firm is offering $150 for the best “unique and memorable tagline/slogan.”
Your Turn: Would you try any of these methods to make extra money at home?

 

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38 thoughts on “32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

    • Hi ANHA,

      I thought it was an interesting article too with a few ways to earn some money that I never heard of or even thought about like with selling junk mail or even selling your trash. That’s the beauty of the Internet I guess. There’s a business or a way to make money from pretty much anything. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  1. Dang, I didn’t find anything that looked like it would be more fun than retirement. Too bad.

    Seriously, that was an interesting article. My youngest daughter just finished college this week (Bachelor’s degree) and we were discussing the possibility of working from home.
    Thanks!

    • Hi KeithX,

      Ha! I guess no home based business beats the value of being master of your own time (retirement). The reality is that we are living in an age where anyone can make money with a computer and an Internet connection. The possibilities are really endless. All it takes is time, patience and an idea. Have a great weekend… thanks for the comment.

    • Hi Tawcan,

      Just as ANHA commented some options look interesting but not necessarily open to people outside the U.S. Still, a list like this really gets you thinking about what’s possible. I can’t believe that there are opportunities to sell your junk mail or trash and make money that way. The ideas people come up with. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi DD,

      I thought I knew about many ways to make money online but, like you, I was surprised to learn of so many other ways that I never even thought of or heard of. Selling your trash??? Come on. I guess you can make a pretty decent side income if you employ multiple techniques that are mentioned. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi TBDI,

      Every little bit helps. I thought this was a pretty comprehensive list that can generate some cash for seemingly doing trivial stuff. Always nice to earn something for a task that you are already doing. I also signed up for the Bing rewards program. Let’s see what kind of cash/prizes I can generate in the coming months. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi Martin,

      When I first read the post I too had a quizzical look on my face especially when learning about selling your junk mail or trash. I just signed up for the Bing search rewards. I’ll use it for a while and see what kind of rewards it can generate. As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi DGJ,

      Like you, I was surprised at the breadth of this article. Some of the ideas for making money seemed pretty wacky but I guess it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. After all, why not earn a few dollars selling your junk mail or trash? Thanks for the comment.

  2. I love this list. I am going to try a few of these suggestions.

    Keep cranking,

    Robert the DividendDreamer
    AKA — Seeking Dividends

    Follow me on Twitter– Seeking Dividends@DividendDreamer
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    • Hi dividenddreamer,

      I have to agree with you. The list is pretty comprehensive with many ideas and suggestions that I never even heard of nor thought about. I am trying the Bing rewards. We’ll see if that can produce something meaningful. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi DG,

      When I was approached with this idea for a guest blog I thought my readers would find it beneficial and perhaps even get some to try a few of these methods for earning some cash. I mentioned to others already that I signed up for the Bing rewards. We’ll see what it can produce. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi Laura,

      I enjoyed this read as much as you have. I had no idea that there were so many interesting ways to make money online. Typically, we think about the usual Adsense method, eBay selling or affiliate marketing. As I mentioned in other comments I signed up for the Bing rewards. A few bucks here or there without really doing anything extra seems OK with me. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  3. A lot of these are really great ideas. Not all of them (I don’t see myself renting out my clothes or my place for the night), but many of these I’ve never heard of before. Writing slogans for companies? Brilliant!

    I’m glad you didn’t put mystery shopping on here. Mystery shops are a disease, but that’s another conversation altogether.

    Sincerely,
    ARB–Angry Retail Banker
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    • Hi ARB,

      The reality is that there are many ways to generate ‘side hustle income’ and with the Internet it seems like there are literally infinite ways to make some extra cash. Sure, you won’t get rich doing any of these things but you can generate something with little effort. The selling of your trash and junk mail stood out as some wacky ways to earn cash. As always, I appreciate your comment.

  4. Another one you could add – learn to trade shares online. It’s something I’ve been doing part time for a few years now and just starting doing it full time. Not for the risk adverse and I wouldn’t recommend throwing big dollars at it but I’ve managed to make a decent living out of it.

    In saying that I wonder how it would all go during a true market downturn – not great I can imagine! Food for thought though.
    Sam from The Nude Investor recently posted…How I Became Interested In InvestingMy Profile

    • Hi TNI,

      Trading shares is really not for everyone and I would caution about trading too frequently in any case. It seems that the more one trades the worse off the results. Regarding down markets I can tell you that the pain of seeing your entire portfolio deep in the red is very real but you have to have the discipline to continue on your path and invest every month especially if you are a dividend growth investor. I can tell you from real world experience that is what I have done as my entire portfolio dropped during the 2008/9 financial crisis. I simply held onto every stock I owned and simply kept buying every month like I always have in the past. It’s true that many newer investors have not experienced a real downturn in the market nor their portfolios. It will be interesting to read the dividend blogs after the markets drop 20%, 30% or more. As always I thank you for your comment.

      • With regards to “the more one trades the worse the results”, I’d have to disagree. I’ve had far better results trading short to mid term than when I simply held long. That may be because of the market I’m in (Australia) which is heavily resource based and resources have had a torrid time over the past few years.

        I can see the benefits of both strategies and it really comes down to individuals to decide what works for them. I have a very high risk tolerance which impacts my investing/trading strategy.

        • Hi TNI,

          With reference to “the more one trades the worse the results,” it’s widely known that frequent trading often entails increased trading fees and an assumption of people selling out of positions too quickly once they go down only to buy again near a top rather than just holding onto their original buy and riding out any “storm.” Plus, most people can’t really handle short term trading strategies and often get burned when compared to a strategy of just holding and collecting dividends. I appreciate your reply and sharing your experience. I guess, as you mentioned, there are benefits to both strategies. It just comes down to investor aptitude, comfort and tolerance to risk.

  5. I didn’t realize that there were contest for the best slogan/tagline’s. That is something I would love to do. I can think of many different slogans for personal injury lawyers. This is really great. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Johnny,

      Happy to share this post. I think some of these ways to earn extra cash are totally funny and out there but nonetheless are ways to earn some side income. Good luck with those slogans… Hope you can make some pay off. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  6. I did a little research on #9. I’d stay far away from it.

    It turns out that while these companies advertise a by the hour deal, it’s actually a per task per hour deal.

    What this apparently means that if they have a task that THEY say takes 15 minutes, but it takes you 45 minutes to do it, well you just worked 30 minutes for free. Now the issue is that the task that they say takes 15 minutes might in reality take more than 15 minutes because you got to constantly check their 150+ page manual to understand how they want things done.

    Imagine if, at your job, you had to clock out every time you needed to ask your supervisor a question. Imagine if your boss told you that he was docking 15 hours from the 40 you worked because the tasks you were supposed to complete shouldn’t have taken that long (“It only takes 5 minutes to close a sale! It’s not like customers have to be convinced to buy our products! You’re only getting paid for 5 minutes, even if you spent 30 minutes working!”). Pretty bad, huh? This has the result of the ACTUAL pay working out to about $7.50/hour, according to MANY people who have worked there. It’s a lot of unpaid work.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s NOT a scam. Many people have been working and making money. But the company has many unethical practices in regards to how they treat their contractors (not employees) that I would never want to deal with them. If they were more transparent with the way they manage your pay and work, I would go for that in a heartbeat.

    Sincerely,
    ARB–Angry Retail Banker
    ARB recently posted…Just Got A Promotion Today!My Profile

    • Hi ARB,

      I appreciate you digging into this item a little further to explain how payment is really made and calculated. I guess if you decide to take this task on make sure you complete the work in the time that is recommended which you kind of highlight as impossible to do as you have to constantly check the docs to make sure you are doing your task correctly. Thank you for taking the time to delve into how this money making method really works. I appreciate your effort.

  7. Thank you for informing us of this basic and mostly, essential tips on making money at home in this post Carolyn. I will put to mind numbers 18 and 14, I know how to conduct interviews so transcribing them would be an easy job for me. I hope I can get more updates from you in the future. Thanks

    • Hi ES,

      Sorry for the delayed response. DivHut was having hosting issues with GoDaddy.

      Glad you found some usefulness from these tips about how to make some extra income. For now, I am doing the Bing search rewards. It just goes to show that there are so many different ways to make extra cash online or from providing some service. Thank you for commenting.

  8. amazing are so many great options, but one that has seen these days, which is sporting Tranding, meaning investment in sports scholarship, watching a favorite esport, if football is more interesting …
    invest in earnings during the game and before finishing the match already sold the result … it’s to have a good income per month,,, thanks for the tips

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you for sharing yet another way to make some money online. I have never heard of a sport scholarship type investment before but it just goes to show that there are many ways to earn some extra cash besides the traditional methods we all know. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi Carrick,

      Glad you enjoyed this article. Definitely a lot of interesting ways to earn some side income. Thanks for commenting.

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