The following sites are tried and tested easy ways to make extra money at home or on your own time. I have used many of them myself and been paid. You're not going to break the bank, but I can tell you these little gems certainly come in handy if you have access to them for some extra bucks here and there (and as a bonus they're fun to use, too.
Note these are not in any particular order. I just added things as I thought of them.
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16 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money At Home
If you are going to register yourself with any survey panel, this is one of the best sites to use. They pay out more than other panels with guaranteed potential for $3 per survey you take, and they also are known for sending out really good product tests. They are selective about who they accept, but if you meet the demographic they are currently looking for (which changes) you might make it in.
2 – Inbox Dollars
You get $5 just for signing up with this one. Inbox Dollars is a rewards site that has been around for a long time. Lots of ways to earn money here, including filling out offers, watching videos, opening email, answering surveys, printing coupons, and much more. They mail checks, and you can request one once you've gotten to $30 in your account.
3 – Epoll
Many survey sites can be pretty boring, but most of the surveys at Epoll are about current events, TV, movies and other interesting topics. You're paid in points that you can redeem for gift cards and PayPal cash! This is also a great option for teens because you only have to be 13 or older to join. They're pretty generous with the points so it's not too difficult to hit the cash out threshold. I've been paid here before — got a gift certificate for dinner at Applebee's!
4 – Swagbucks
Get paid for searching the web. You randomly win Swagbucks a few times a day. You can also get the bucks by filling out offers, surveys, videos, and more. You only need 450 Swagbucks to cash out for a $5 Amazon card. Easy to get there, and I've been paid personally several times in gift cards. Sign up here and get a $5 bonus!
5 – HealthyWage
If you're trying to drop some pounds, would you be more likely to succeed if you were going to get paid if you did? That's how HealthyWage works. People are having great success over there with weight loss because they've placed bets to win money if they manage to do it. It's a win-win.
6 – Opinion Outpost
People have great success with this particular survey site. As soon as you hit the cash out threshold, your cash is available through PayPal within minutes of asking for it. It's been around for a while and is very popular and well reviewed.
7 – Drop
Drop is a completely free app that pays cash rewards for your daily spending with your credit/debit cards. All you do is download the Drop app, sign up, and link your debit and credit cards. Then, shop at their favorite places as you normally would, and start earning points to make money.
8 – Ibotta
This is a smartphone app (for Apple or Android users) that will actually pay you back a little money for buying certain things in the store. I used this one today and after my earnings credited, I earned Paypal money instantly. They paid in less than a minute! Payments are made via Paypal once you have $20 and you request it.
9 – Harris Poll
If you hate losing out on points or cash whenever you get disqualified from a survey, consider joining Harris Poll. Even if you're disqualified, you get at least 15 points for participating and the least amount of points you need to cash out is only 100. Harris Poll has been around for a very long time and is a popular survey site, so get in on the action while you can!
10 – Shipt
Sign up to become a personal shopper with Shipt. Not work at home, but you do work on your own time. Download the app, take order as they come in, and deliver the goods to people who need it. The company claims $22 hourly is possible.
11 – Ipsos I-Say Panel
There are many ways to earn points to redeem for rewards at Ipsos I-Say. One of the best things about them is if you redeem your points for e-gift cards, like Amazon or Target, you receive the digital code for them instantly!
12 – Rakuten
Get paid cash back for your purchases. Simply go through the Rakuten site before you buy anything online (at their participating stores) and get money in your Rakuten account. They give a certain percentage based on your total purchase price.
13 – Saving Star
Do you have a grocery store rewards card? Do you use it? If so, you should be using Saving Star! Check their website for their featured grocery items and select them. If you have your rewards card registered with their site, you'll automatically get money into your account when you buy those things. They pay you as soon as you have $5 to either your bank, Paypal, or Amazon funds. You can also donate to charity if you want.
14 – Qmee
This is a browser extension that you can install for just about any browser (Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari). Once installed, just search the web and use the internet as you normally would. Qmee will occasionally show you an unobtrusive ad in your sidebar. If you see one appear, click it and you get paid. The cool thing about Qmee is that they will pay you no matter how much you've earned to Paypal, and the money goes instantly into your Paypal account. This is definitely one of my favorite easy ways to earn extra money at home.
15 – Paid Viewpoint
Short surveys, and you are paid for answering each question. Once you reach the $15 payout threshold, they send you your money usually the same day you request it. You never go through with survey qualification without getting some compensation, which is a huge plus.
16 – Slice the Pie
Get paid to listen to and rate new music. Paypal payments. Great for small amounts of extra change. They pay every Tuesday and Friday if you have at least $10 in your account.
Good luck to you! Keep in mind that none of these could be considered a full-time “job,” but they are all great for the occasional gift card and/or extra money.