Quick ways to make some extra money online
Whether you’re in full-time employment or job hunting, a student trying to raise some extra funds around studying or busy keeping your household running, earning some extra money quickly and easily can be tempting.
The internet provides plenty of opportunities to make a little cash, either as part of a routine or just as and when you have the time. Unfortunately, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re going to hit the jackpot and make millions. But every little help, and even a relatively small extra income can feel like a big difference to your finances.
One of the more time and effort intensive options, taking on freelance work around your other commitments can be a flexible way of making use of your skill set. You can set yourself up as an independent freelancer, or make use of an online freelance ‘agency’. After setting up an account and profile, you apply for jobs that match your skills. The type of job can vary widely, but common areas include editing, ghost writing, or voice recordings.
If using an online platform, make sure to check what cut the site itself takes off of your income! Even if you don’t pay to join, the company will usually take a set percentage of your pay per project. They can still be worth using, but it’s worth bearing in mind when you’re looking at projects to apply.
Filling in surveys
Online surveys or studies sometimes offer financial reward for filling them out, or the chance to win in a prize draw. If you have the spare time to click through a few customer research questions, this can be a viable way of adding a little extra spending money to your account. The prize draw option usually has a bigger payoff if you get lucky, but the chances of it happening are much lower. Hence, the best would be to choose the low-pay, but certain options.
Browsing the web
Being paid for spending time on the internet sounds too good to be true, but happily it’s not. There are both separate browsers and add-ons that pay you per web search – at only the cost of a few additional sponsored results or adverts.
Of course, the payment per search is pretty minimal, and it may not be every search, so this isn’t necessarily a reliable source of income. Still, this is probably the easiest way to make a little extra money online, as it can be simply a background aspect of your usual routine with only a minor change.
It might not be a strategy with a net gain, but some sites also offer a financial reward for using their online shopping system. Again, the cash back isn’t for anyone purchase going to revolutionize your bank balance, but over time, it adds up. Like browsing the internet, it’s also a neat way to reap a benefit from something you were going to do, so doesn’t take up any extra time or effort.