Seasonal Side Hustles! How to Make Extra Cash Online – Blogmas Day 15

I’m always dabbling in different ways to make money online, and while I’m rarely consistent enough to walk away with the big bucks, I’ve always been able to gain some extra pocket money. Whether you’re looking for extra Christmas cash, want to begin investing in a special trip, or have some winter bills to pay, I’ve got you covered! Here are all of the different ways I’ve made money right from the comfort of my own home, listed from most to least successful!

 

Ebates

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I definitely bought into the commercial hype and appeal of Ebates, which is a website that pays you to shop. Essentially, you sign up for an account, get a free $10 gift card to a store of your choice, download the Ebates widget (or add your credit card info for in-store shopping), and then receive some amount of cash back (typically ranging from 1%-5%) for your purchase.

This unfortunately has been my least helpful money tool, because it really only works if you’re online shopping literally every single day or make very expensive online purchases. If this is already your current lifestyle, then this is helpful, otherwise it will take a very long time to make even $20. I still recommend signing up, because it’s free, you’ll get a gift card, and there’s nothing wrong with accumulating money – you just won’t accumulate a lot. If you’re interested in signing up, you can use my invite link for a free $10 gift card (but I’m pretty sure they give you the gift card regardless)!

SurveyMonkey

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I don’t use SurveyMonkey anymore, but I did actually make about $15 or $20 when I did use it. I had the same problem with this site as I did with Ebates, in which I didn’t shop often enough to properly use it. The site has you do small surveys that ask you questions like “Which of the following stores have you shopped at in the past 3 months?” or “When was your last business trip?” They then use this information to see if you qualify for any of their ongoing paid surveys. If you do, they take you to one, you find out within the first 5 questions if you qualify, and 10-30 minutes later you’ve made about $1-5. Unfortunately, there were many surveys I didn’t qualify for, because I wasn’t paying for my own insurance, buying home appliances, and I don’t have kids.

Assuming you do qualify for the surveys, this can be an okay way to make some cash. Personally, I don’t really enjoy taking surveys, because I feel that the questions they ask typically lead to skewed answers (I’ve taken way too many research methods classes). Though if you’re fine with surveys, I totally recommend it.

Amazon Mturk

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Last year I had to pay off about $150-$250 dollars of remaining tuition to start my fall semester at school. This is one of the tools I used to do that. Mturk is a website where you do random tasks for people in exchange for cash. It can be something really small, like copying down the items people bought from their receipts, or something bigger, like writing an article for a website. The amount of money you make really depends on the amount of tasks you can do, how fast you can do the tasks, how much the task you’re doing pays, and the types of tasks you’re qualified for (e.g. can you translate a document from German to English?).

I always hear that other people online make a lot of money – like $100 a week – on this website, but I don’t know how they do it. There are a lot of tasks that are very tedious, but don’t pay much. For example, I used to copy resume information, which paid $0.10 per resume but took me 5 minutes to do. I made the most money doing surveys and creative writing tasks, but I wasn’t always able to find those tasks. That being said, I would still recommend trying this out. I was able to make a little over $100 in 3 or 4 weeks, and I’m sure you can make more than that if you figure out the system.

TranscribeMe

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This is an online transcription website that I used in conjunction with Mturk to pay off my tuition bill. You do have to take a short qualification test where they do some grammar quizzes and a practice transcription, but I didn’t find it to be too difficult. Once you become a member, you go on to their “Workhub,” and they match you with a 3-8 minute audio clip. You type what hear and, if there aren’t too many mistakes, you get paid. Their website says you get paid $0.79 per minute, but that may be slightly lower if you’re new, and you can get paid more if you apply to become the person who reviews the accuracy of other people’s transcripts.

To be honest, I enjoyed TranscribeMe, but it wasn’t the best. You don’t get to choose the audio you describe, so you never know how long your transcription will take or if the audio will even be clear enough to transcribe. Plus, you only get a snippet of the conversation, which means you never have any context to work off of. My other issue was that they often ran out of tasks for days at a time. Aside from these few flaws, it is a great way to make money, especially if you’re a nosy person who loves to hear other people’s conversations.

Rev

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This is the website I currently use and the one that has yielded the best results! It’s essentially like TranscribeMe, but you actually get to choose from a list of audio files that are categorized by length, topic, and pay rate. The best part is that there are a lot of high quality audio tasks and tasks where you get to transcribe videos. It’s all around easier to use than TranscribeMe, and the only time it’s hard for me to find tasks is during the weekend.

This is the site you should definitely be using if you’re looking to make some money quick! I typically do transcriptions that are about 7-40 minutes in length and walk away with about $5-$20 per transcription. If you type fast, hear well, and are pretty good with grammar and sentence structure rules, you’ll be able to do well with Rev.

Have you tried any of these ways to make money online?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!

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