Ways to Make A Few Extra Bucks Online...Legitimately
Sites like Cashcrate, InboxDollars and Mturk provide ways to make money online from home.
Earn Money Online Doing Small Tasks From Home
What's Crowdsourcing Anyway?
Everybody's trying to make extra money these days and crowdsourcing is the wave. Some of us are doing two and three jobs just to get by and make ends meet. Here are a few resources that won't make you wealthy, but could put a few additional bucks in your pocket. In other words, you could pay a bill or two or add to your entertainment fund.
Crowdsourcing refers to a way in which people hire others to do small online tasks for them: article writing, data entry, transcription, surveys, read-aloud recordings and so on. Each task typically takes a few minutes to complete and pay-outs are usually made to Paypal or by check. For some tasks, you'll need to complete a qualifications test, while others you'll just complete the task. I find doing short tasks fun and a way for me to get a break from the comprehensive writing projects I do on a daily basis. Some people play online games, I short-task. Go figure!
Things to Know
A few of these sites like Cashcrate and InboxDollars have offers which will pay you to opt-in to receive free newsletters and what-not. Do yourself a favor and create a separate email box for these sites because you will get a whole lot of mail. These sites also have certain types of offers that you'll need to pay for, so be careful. I don't do anything that requires my credit card info. I only complete free offers of which there are plenty. Other sites are completely task-oriented like Amazon's Mechanical Turk (Mturk). Besides earning by completing tasks and offers, you can increase the amount you earn by referrals. The following are legitimate companies that do pay.
Cashcrate is a fun little site where you can make some extra cash just for watching commercials, reading email, completing offers, signing up for newsletters and surveys. Like I mentioned before, you'll get lots of mail. Be certain that you use real information or you won't get credited and only one account per household is allowed. One of the things I like about this site is that it lets you know which of the offers require you to buy something (shipping and handling for free kits, for example). Payment is by check and $20 is the payment threshold. You get your check the following month for payment requests made by the 20th of the prior month.
With InboxDollars you'll be able to earn money pretty much the same way as Cashcrate, but with InboxDollars you can play online games as well, and complete tasks. Verifying business contact information on web sites and finding Facebook pages are examples of typical tasks on InboxDollars. They pay via check and it can take up to one month to receive. You'll have to make at least $30 to cash out, of which a certain percentage must come from completed offers.
Amazon Mechanical Turk is completely task-oriented and on any given day there will be over 150,000 tasks available. You'll be doing anything from writing short articles, and reviews to surveys and transcription. Most of the offers can be completed in a couple minutes, but some tasks require prior qualification by completing a short test. Data entry and transcription tasks typically require testing, but once you pass them, those tasks open up for you. They pay through Amazon Payments where you can either choose to have your funds transferred to a bank account, or added to an Amazon gift certificate. There is no minimum payout as funds are automatically sent to your Amazon Payments account. People new to Mturk are required to be active for at least 10 days to begin receiving payment.
There are plenty of these sites around the web, but the ones I listed here are a few of the most popular and are solid companies as well.
Earn Money With Residual Writing
Hubpages is an online writing platform offering writers the opportunity to share revenue with the company. Also with Hubpages, writers can earn according to page views. Earnings are also accumulated through Amazon and EBay sales, as well as Adsense. All writers are accepted, but only those who create quality content are featured and invited to participate in their Apprenticeship Program.
Aunice Reed, is a freelance writer whose published content has appeared on such sites as WiseGeek, EHow Health, Walden U and EHow Family.