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75 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home



We can’t all get a second or part-time job to make more money.

For those who can, it’s great!

But what about the rest of us?

Pregnant women, stay at home moms/dads, short/long term disabled folks, new and nursing moms, and of course the millions who can’t find a job much less a second one?

The good news is, we have options, too!

Thanks to the internet and technology, you can earn a little side money anytime from almost anywhere – at home on your couch, doctor’s waiting room, airport, while waiting in line… .

Before the days of the Internet, making more money meant doing one of these things:

  • getting a second or a part-time job
  • cutting grass
  • baby sitting
  • waiting tables
  • washing cars
  • cleaning houses
  • etc

Thankfully, today there are a wide variety of ways to make more money.

You know what’s the best part?


The best part is that you already have the skill and knowledge that’s required for most of these opportunities.

Sure, you won’t get rich, but you will make enough money to make it worth your while.

Now, for those who don’t mind going the extra mile, some of these options can lead to earnings that can actually surpass what a teenager may earn working at a traditional fast food job.

Lets get started… 

1. Help Nielsen Make the Internet Smarter

Nielsen (yes, the same company that tracks TV ratings), will actually pay you to install their app on your cell phone or PC. And they’ll pay you for as long as you keep the apps installed.

Why would they pay you for that?

These apps gather data that helps companies better understand how people like you and I use the web both on traditional PCs and Mobile devices. These are things like how long people brows a website, what kind of search term they use to find the site, what time of the day they use the site, etc.

As an active member, you can win up to $1,000 each month! Plus, you can earn more by participating in their surveys.

2. Ditch Google for Bing

Google is the giant when it comes to the search and that means millions of dollars for the company.

That’s why Microsoft is trying to increase the usage of their own search engine, Bing.

And to get more users to search using Bing, Microsoft is now willing to pay you every time you do a search on Bing.

All you have to do is sign up with BingRewards, then simply use Bing to do your daily searches. Each search earns you rewards that can be cashed out for gift cards (including Amazon).

You can sign up with BingRewards here.

3. Watch Videos via Inbox Dollars

If you’re one of the millions who watch online videos almost everyday, this is for you.

InboxDollars pays you for watching videos on their site.

The catch?

The catch is that these videos have ads!

Advertisers pay InboxDollars to put ads in the videos and that’s how ID is able to pay people for watching these videos.

I’m sure you see ads when you watch videos on YouTube, but you don’t get paid, but here you do.

The earning doesn’t end there, there are tons of other ways to make cash on InboxDollars – taking surveys, playing games, shopping, doing offers, and much more.

The best part is that they’ll actually give you $5 free just for signing up.

Sign up here to get your $5 bonus.

4. Make Money Online with Swagbucks

Since you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you’re internet savvy and know your way around.

You probbaly read your emails a few times a day, watch a few videos, visit a few interesting sites, shop…

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get paid for doing these things that you already do anyway?

Well, there is a company that does pay people for doing exactly the things you do everyday online.

It’s called Swagbucks, and millions of people (probably some of your friends and family, too) are already using it to earn some extra cash.

Swagbucks is an online reward site, one of the very few sites in that category that gets an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

They have paid their members $94,247,401 in free online gift cards, to date.

You can make money doing almost anything you do online, including:

  • Searching the web
  • Playing games
  • Shopping (you earn cash back)
  • Taking surveys
  • Doing easy tasks like website testing
  • Answering polls

I’ve been using SB for over 6 years now and I have earned more gift cards that I can count.

It’s an easy and fun way to earn a little money without doing much but the usual stuff you do online already.

By the way, if you join Swagbucks now, you’ll get a $5 sign up bonus.

5. Write an Article or Two for These Sites

Content sites will always on the look out for well-written work, and don’t mind paying good money for them.

Here are a few good sites that’ll pay you decent money.

  1. TopTenz
    They publish “Top 10” style articles–Top 10 Ways to Save Money, Top 10 Cities to Live in, etc. They’ll pay you a minimum of $50 for every article you submit that gets published.
  2. The Dollar Stretcher
    They’ll pay you $50 for a 500 word article. They like articles related to personal finance.
  3. WOW! Women On Writing
    This is a global magazine that is centered around women’s issues. They pay between $50 to $150 for each article you write.
  4. Matador
    Matador is an independent travel publisher, and as you might have imagined, they accept articles related to travel. Their standard pay for a single article is $40, however, longer and more interesting articles are paid way more than $40.
  5. Scary Mommy
    This is a parenting website with tips and guides for parents. You can make up to $100 per article.

6. Earn Cash Buying & Selling Used Books via BookScouter

We all have books we know we are done with. Now you can have your books collect cash for you instead of dust!

BookScouter searches over 40 book buy-back sites to find you the one that pay the most for any given book.

Simply visit the site, enter the ISBN number of the book, and the System will automatically tell you how much your book is worth and which site pays the most.

If you like the number, you’ll send the book to that site via a prepaid envelope, and receive your money a few days later.

You can actually scale this up by finding cheap or even free books from family and friends, garage sales, thrift stores, etc, and selling them for high prices with the help of BookScouter. I know one person who has built a reliable small side business doing exactly that.

7. Sell Your Closet

Well, not literally your closet, but the content of it!

Ok, not ALL the content, just the ones you don’t need or want anymore.

If you’re even remotely like my girlfriend, then you have a closet (in her case, a room designated as one) full of clothes that you no longer wear.

Good thing you can sell them on a site called ThredUp.

They’ll pay you $2-$30 for items from major brands such as Banana Republic, Gap, J.Crew, and many others.

Simply put your clothes in a box, ship the box, and get your cash.

For a faster alternative, you can try local consignment stores such as Plato’s Closet where they’ll pay you cash for your brand name clothes right there on the spot.

8. Take Online Surveys via SurveySavvy

This is arguably one of the most popular ways to make money online.

The popularity of paid surveys should not surprise you as the market is driven by a conventional demand.

Manufacturers and companies are always keen to know how their products and services are doing in the market, and they are ever ready to pay handsome money to research companies to gather this information.

The market research companies, in turn, will pay you for offering such feedback.

The explosion of Internet only serves to expand this market further, and make available paid survey works at a more regular frequency.

And while there are tons of survey companies that will pay you, I prefer a few, mainly because of their higher-paying surveys, faster payments, and their good standing with the BBB.

A few survey sites you can try are:

  1. MySurvey
  2. Ipsos
  3. Valued Opinions

9. Get Paid to Find Coupons

If you’re anything like me, before you buy anything online you open another tab and search for coupons.

That’s great. You save a little money.

But what if I told you not only can you save money, but you can also make money for finding those coupons?

I’m serous!

There is a company called CouponChief  that will actually pay you for sharing your best coupon with other members of the community.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Visit Couponchief.com/pays2share.
  2. Fill out the registration form to become a member (it’s free)
  3. Then, click the “Submit A Coupon” tab on the right side of your dashboard to submit your coupon(s).
  4. For every member that uses your coupon, you earn cash.
  5. Once you have enough cash in your account, ask for a payment.
  6. Receive your cash in your PayPal account.

10. Get Paid to Shop via eBates

If you shop online, you’d be crazy not to use a site that gives you cash back for shopping through them.

I mean, if you’re going to buy something anyway, you might as well go through a channel that gets you some of that money back.

And eBates is by far one of the best cash back reward sites out there.

You can earn cashback on almost anything you purchase, from food and clothes, to electronics, tools, and everything in between.

Signup with eBates here to get a free $10 gift card.

11. Fatten Your Wallet by Slimming Down

We all know that every single year, the top new year resolution is losing weight/getting in shape.

We also know that a few weeks into the new year, most of us have already forgotten about that resolution.

Maybe what we all just need is a little more motivation than just looking awesomely sexy–perhaps some of that green may do.

Well, you’d be happy to know that there are a few companies that’ll actually pay you for getting in shape/losing weight.

HealthyWage and DietBet are two companies that’ll let you place bets and earn cash if you actually do lose weight.

You can sign up for free. Then install their apps and start placing bets. Reach your goal and you earn money (money comes from all of those who didn’t reach their goals).

10. Answer Some Trivia Questions

We all watch TV, but wouldn’t it be great if you could actually make some money from your favorite shows?

It would be great, and whats’ even greater is that there actually is a site that pays you for answering trivia questions about the TV shows you watch.

It’s called RewardTV.

You earn rewards by answering trivia questions about all kinds of TV shows–Game of Thrones, Mad Man, SNL, Vikings, and so on.

If you’re looking for an extra $10-$20 a month while having fun, signup with RewardTV and start earning.

11. Scan Your Groceries

There is a new app from one of the market research industry’s giants, Nielsen, that pays you to scan stuff you buy at the supermarket.

Join the site and install the app. Then you can either request a free scanner that they’ll send you, or you can use your smartphone to scan the barcode off of the grocery items you purchase.

You earn rewards every time you scan. You can then redeem your earnings for all kinds of stuff–electronics, household merchandise, toys, and even jewelry.

Long time participants also earn entries to sweepstakes with prizes that include cash, brand new cars, vacations, and more.

I you like to try it, visit the site first, register yourself for free, then install their app and start scanning and earning.

12. Review Movies

This would the best job for anyone who loves movies. Unfortunately, finding one that can get you consistent gigs is very hard to do.

The closest you can get to being paid for watching movies is through market research companies that conduct studies about movies and TV shows, where you watch a show or a movie (normally just some parts of it), and then answer a few questions about it.

I haven’t been able to find a market research company that is only dedicated to those studies. However, from my experience, SurveySpot is one of the survey panels that conducts the most movie related surveys.

13. Take Pictures on Your Cell

There is an app called Foap that pays you for the pictures you take using your smartphone.

Simply install the app and register yourself with Foap (which is free by the way). Then upload pictures you snap on your phone to Foap’s marketplace.

Every time someones buys one of your pictures, you make $5.

So, a single picture can earn you an unlimited amount of cash, and that’s all passive income. Once you take the picture and upload it to the site, you don’t have to do anything else, but collect your money.

Keep in mind though, your pictures have to be quality and they must get approved by the Foap team before it gets added to the marketplace.

14. Be an at-Home Politician

If you care about social and political issues, you are going to love this.

There are a few sites that offer work at home opportunities that are right up your alley. Two of the most well-known sites are the DDC Advocacy and the Next Wave Advocacy, LLC.

They organize political campaigns related to the day’s issues to raise awareness and push for new laws. They then pay people like you and I to call constituents or advocates who may also be interested in the issues at hand.

You’ll call these people from home and basically help them call or write to Members of Congress.

You’ll be working somewhere between 20 to 25 hours each week and earning between $12 to $15 an hour or so.

15. Listen to & Rate Music

If you are a music lover (who isn’t?), you’ll also love this opportunity.

There are a few sites out there that’ll actually reward you for listening to all kinds of songs and music in a variety of genres, and rating them.

That’s all there is to it!

Needless to say, you won’t much, but it’s a great way to earn a few dollars enjoying music, and best of all, discovering new artists you may have never listened to before.

MusicXRay is one site that you can earn potentially $1 for every song you rate for them.

16. Give Advice

If you are the one in your circle of family and friends who people turn to when they need advice and help with everyday stuff, you could make some extra money by becoming a paid advice giver.

Ammas is a site that pays experts and everyday people with a wide variety of knowledge to share their knowledge and know-how with other people.

17. Get Paid to Tweet

If you’re active on Twitter and have a lot of followers, this the gig for you.

PaidPerTweet is the site that you can sign up with for free and earn money by tweeting messages from their advertisers to your followers.

The pay varies from a few dollars to upwards of thousands of dollars per tweet. Obviously, the more well-known you are and the more reach you have, the more are paid for each tweet.

18. Get Paid to Click

This is one of the oldest and most famous ways of earning pennies online.

I don’t really recommend this since the amount of money you earn for spending so much time clicking on links is just too little to make this worthy of your time. But since this post is about available money making options, I am including it here.

Basically you are paid pennies for clicking on ad links. The page opens up and you keep it open for a few seconds and you earn your cash. Not much work, but not much earning potential either.

If you’re interested, check out Clixsense.

19. Let Your Computer Pay Your Internet Bill

Gomez PEER is a research company that pays users for installing their app. This app, then gathers information as you browse the web. It doesn’t