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I didn’t know about side hustles before when a full-time job took up all my time, but now, I love finding easy and simple ways to make money. A lot of these things can be done in just a few minutes, sitting at home. Here are my top 7 easy ways to make money at home
I was really surprised how easy it is to make money using Ebates. Honestly, at first I thought it sounded like a scam but once I looked into it a little more, I realized it’s not! I bought a Groupon for a few people to go white-water rafting, and suddenly there was $8 in my Ebates account, plus a $10 initial bonus! So, I made money just by shopping online in my regular way. Ebates has an easy browser extension that turns on your cash back rebate on when you visit particular websites, so there’s not much you have to do to set it up. I think everyone should use Ebates if they want to make easy money while shopping online.
Swagbucks lets you participate in surveys, watch videos, play games shop online and surf the web in return for getting Swagbucks. Eventually, when you build up enough of a Swagbucks stash, you can turn it in for an Amazon gift card. Super easy way to make money, especially if you’re just sitting around watching TV in your living room. Might as well complete a few surveys while you’re at it and make a little chump change.
I recently bought a simple signature logo for $6 using Fiverr, which is where graphic artists, writers, techies and digital marketers sell their services for cheap. If you’re a super fast worker and can design a logo or write something up in a few minutes, it may be worth it to try to use Fiverr. You can set your own rates and work on your own schedule, which is especially nice either if you’re a home a lot, or lead more of a nomad lifestyle. I’m going to try to sell some writing gigs on there, since I’m a super fast writer!
This one is a little bit silly but I still find it fun. With Ibotta, you can choose rebates before you shop, then upload your receipt and get cash back. With their $10 sign-up bonus I’ve already gotten a $15 payment into my bank account. It only takes a few minutes and the dollar here and there really adds up! Plus, it’s fun discovering new products. There are even cash back rebates on wine! Can’t go wrong with that.
So far, I’ve earned $10 by just installing the Smart App on my phone. This app anonymously tracks how you use your phone, including how many times you go to social media per day, how often you use the web, etc. This info is used by tech companies to make your device, apps and features better. This is basically a no brainer. I make money without having to do anything at all.
If you’re worried about privacy, this is what Smart Panel says about it: “The Smart App does not collect any passwords or usernames, and it can’t access your pictures, text messages, or other content in your apps. The application encrypts data before sending the encrypted log files from the device via a secured internet connection to the Smart Panel server. The Smart App also uses a VPN to ensure that your data is transmitted safely and securely.”
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User Testing is an easy thing to do if you don’t mine testing out a website and talking out loud as you do it. This is a way for companies and bloggers to get honest feedback on their web design, and developers use it to improve their mobile apps. All you have to do is install a recording software on your phone, and record your thoughts and follow instructions to review a website or app. The last time I did this it took me 5 minutes and then I had $10 deposited into my PayPal account. Easy money!
So, this isn’t something you do at home, but it is something simple to do at someone else’s home. In fact, I made $800 my first month petsitting using Rover, and it’s been a pretty good experience so far. You just sign up, figure out your rates, and wait for people in your neighborhood to contact you about house and petsitting, or dog walking. It’s a great way for me to break up my time being on the sailboat.
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