How To Make Money Doing Nothing In 2020 (15 Easy Ways)

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Are you lazy like me always looking to make money doing nothing?

I know you are. That’s why you are here. Right?

Well, I lied a little. I am not lazy now but I was a lazy guy a few years ago who was always looking to make some easy-peasy money without doing any hard work.

Gladly, I found a few ways that makes money for doing nothing but it won’t make you rich & won’t replace your primary source of income.

I also found some other ways that require a little effort that can also be considered.

So, if you love to make some extra money by doing little to no work, I think the following are some great ways to earn cash in your free time.

Make money doing nothing

15 Ways To Make Money Doing Nothing

1. Get Paid For Using The Internet

If you are ok with installing apps that reads your internet habits to determine the importance of various apps and websites, then you can definitely make money doing nothing.

There are many companies that want to know the internet habits of the users so it can be used to make informed decisions regarding their mobile marketing strategies.

Apps like MobileXpression and Neilsen Computer Mobile Panel does the same thing and pays money or gift cards when you install & keep them active on your smartphone or PC/Laptop.

I know you might think are these apps safe?

Well, they clearly stated that they don’t track any private conversions such as phone calls or voice mail messages. So, you don’t have to worry about it if this is your concern.

How to Get Started?

You need to register on their website and then install their app on your devices.

During registering, they ask several questions related to demographics, devices, etc which you have to answer honestly.

Once done, install the app and use your devices normally.

How Much Money Can You Expect?

MobileXpression pays $5 bonus gift card for just keeping the app active for a week and you can further make $4-$5 a month. (earnings & duration can change anytime).

For India, they reward 300 INR worth Amazon gift cards for keeping it active for 45 days.

Whereas with Neilsen, you can make up to $50 a year for installing it on one or more mobile devices.

2. Earn Cashback On Shopping

The second way to make money doing nothing online is shopping.

Well, I know online shopping means spending money to buy groceries or other things.

This is the activity we already do and will keep on doing. But how does it help you make money?

Well, if you use cashback apps like Ebates for shopping, you can actually earn some money back.

It can be a few percentages of your spending and it may look a little. But trust me, when you calculate all the cashback money at the end of the year, you will realize how much money you saved on shopping within a year.

How to Get Started With Cashback Apps?

First, register yourself on Ebates website and then install their app on your smartphone. You can also use their website.

While browsing on Ebates, select any store from where you like to shop. Then do your normal shopping and the app will automatically pay a few percentages of your spending into your account within a few days or weeks.

Once you reach the minimum payout, you can redeem them via PayPal or check.

How Much Money Can You Expect To Make?

It depends on how frequently you are shopping and how much money you are spending.

3. Use Your Referral Link

If you are using any apps that have a referral program, then ensure to take advantage of it.

There are many apps that will pay you either in points or money for bringing in new users via your referral links.

This gives you a great opportunity to share it with your friends and families to make some extra money.

You can even share it on your social media account or even create a YouTube video with your referral link in the description if you are willing to put some work.

There are many companies like Swagbucks, Vindale Research, etc that are good for referral earnings.

While Swagbucks pays 300 SB (equal to $3) whenever anyone joins through your link and makes 300 SB within a month plus 10% of their earnings for life.

Whereas Vindale Research pays $5 for each new user joins under you.

Other program includes InstaGC that pays 10 points for bringing in new users plus 10% of earnings from all referrals. Once you have at least 100 points, you can redeem it for $1 PayPal cash.

4. Scan Receipts

If you are a shopaholic, then this one is especially for you.

Do you know that you can make money from your shopping receipt?

No matter what receipts it is, whether it can be from grocery stores, restaurant or local retailers, you can actually earn extra cash by using ReceiptPal.

Just register and install this app on your smartphone and upload snaps of your receipts to get points.

Once you have enough points, you can redeem them for gift cards and cash prizes.

You can also connect your Gmail and Amazon accounts to receive points automatically whenever you buy something online.

5. Get Paid to Watch Videos And Playing Games

If you spend a lot of time playing online games and watching videos on YouTube, why not switch the platform to something where you can make money doing the same thing?

There are many online platforms that pay money for these activities. Sites like InboxDollars & Swagbucks are a few of them.

How to Get Started?

First, sign up for InboxDollars and get a bonus of $5. Then, check out the games library where you can play arcade and WorldWinner games.

You can also watch videos, printing coupons, scanning products in-store, taking surveys, and more to boost your earnings.

There is also another platform known as PlaytestCloud that pays money for testing games.

If you are not interested in InboxDollar, you can try this platform instead.

How Much Can You Make?

Well, don’t expect to make lots of money here. If you are ok with a few dollars a month and don’t mind using InboxDollar for a few minutes every day, you are good to go.

However, if you think it will generate a nice side income, then you are wrong.

Just consider it as extra money that you can make in your free time.

With PlaytestCloud, they pay $9 per game for testing and usually you will receive games twice a month so that makes a total of $18 a month.

6. Use Bing Search Engine

If you are ready to use Bing instead of Google for web searching, then you can get gift cards.

As you know, Google is the biggest search engine on the web and its competitor is Bing which is on the second spot.

They obviously have less traffic as compared to Google. So, to attract more users on their search engine, they came up with Microsoft Rewards.

This program pays you +5 points per search for using their platform for web searching.

Once you have enough points, you can redeem them for gift cards, sweepstakes entries, nonprofit donations, and more.

Aside from Bing, Swagbucks will also reward you to search the web as well.

How to Get Started?

To become a part of the reward program, you need to sign-up for a Microsoft account.

Once you have an account, you can then use their search engine normally to get points.

There are other ways to earn points which include shopping, playing games and much more.

How Much Can You Make From Microsoft Rewards?

What I have seen, it takes around 5000-5250 points to redeem $5 worth of gift card.

As Bing search gives +5 points each, it may take a while to reach that level.

So, it’s better that you also use quizzes and polls along with it that pays 10 to 30 points.

If you spend a lot of time on the web doing many web searches, you can easily make 400 points in a day and you can reach the minimum points in 10-12 days.

7. Use Social Media

If you already have good engaging followers on Social media sites like Instagram, then you can sign-up with an influencer platform.

An influencer platform is where you can get sponsored post opportunities from brands and businesses that are ready to pay you to promote their product or service with your followers.

For each sponsored post, you can make a good side income.

How To Get Started?

You can join influencer sites like PayPerPost & Linqia where you can explore these opportunities.

Linqia will only accept you if you have at least 2,500 engaging followers on social media and you must be a resident of the US or UK.

With PayPerPost, they don’t have any specific requirement but ensure you have at least a good number of followers to attract various brands.

8. Make Money Via Ads

Since the digital world has emerged tremendously, businesses and companies are paying more money on ads on social media, search engines, and blogs.

If you already have a running blog with good traffic, you can easily sign-up for Google Adsense to display ads on your blog and get paid for doing nothing.

For those who don’t have one, I know there is a lot of effort in creating a successful blog and it’s not a piece of cake.

But trust me, if you are willing to put some effort, it’s the easiest way to make money on autopilot.

How To Get Started?

If you don’t know how to create a blog, then check out my blogging guide for newbies.

There are some initial investment under $100 which involves buying a domain name and web host, but you can still make money from ads if you create a free blog with Blogspot.

However, I always prefer the paid one because it’s sustainable. Once, you have created your blog; you need to write content on your favorite niche.

If you don’t know how to write content, you can pay freelancers on Fiverr to write content for you.

The more content your blog has, the more potential it has to drive traffic which automatically increases your ad income.

How Much Money Can You Make From Ads?

You can make $10, $100, $1000 and even more. It just depends on how much traffic you are getting.

If you are interested to double or even triple your ad income, you can always use Ezoic to improve your earnings.

However, ensure you are getting at least 10,000 page views before applying to Ezoic.

9. Sell Old books on Amazon

If there are a lot of old books that are of no use, you can sell them online to make some profit.

There are many platforms like eBay, AbeBooks, etc. where you can list them for selling.

However, the best and most-trafficked bookstore in the world is Amazon where you can sell them much faster.

How To Get Started With Amazon?

To sell books on Amazon, you need to create an Individual seller account that gives you the authority to list books.

Then you can categorize them in the “New & Used” section of a book’s Amazon page.

When someone purchases any of your books, you’ll be notified and you can ship it yourself.

For each book sold, Amazon takes a flat $0.99 fee and also pays for a portion of the shipping costs.

How Much Can You Make?

Well, it depends on your sales and how many books you have listed for selling.

10. Sell Your Clothes

If you are thinking of purging some old clothes that you won’t wear, it’s better to sell them on Thredup.

ThredUP is an online consignment store offering to buy your clothing and sell them online.

They accept women’s, children’s clothing (both boys and girls), handbags, shoes, and maternity. The only problem is they don’t take men’s clothing.

If you have a large pile of clothes you are thinking to purge, you can definitely sell them here to make some quick money.

Remember, you won’t make a lot of money but still, you can make a few dollars enough for your personal expenses.

11. Sell Photography On The Web

There are many online businesses and websites that are always looking for stock photos for their content.

As there are free stock photos already available, it is being used millions of times by others.

In such cases, paying a few bucks for photos that are not being used earlier or used only a few times is every business’s choice.

So, if you click great photos and you think it’s worth selling, you can upload them on sites like Shutterstock & iStock.

How To Get Started?

Before joining any of them, ensure to read and follow their guidelines.

Then create an account and upload your high-quality photos including your tags so that people can search it easily.

When someone downloads your photos through them, they’ll pay you a fee. The more sales you get, the more you will make.

12. Use Phone Screen Lock

Do you unlock your phone frequently & won’t mind displaying ads on your screen lock?

Well, you can make extra money for the same activity.

There are many apps like Slidejoy, Fronto, Perk Screen that pays cash for letting them display ads on your screen lock.

All you have to do is use your phone normally after installing them. Each day you will receive a few points for just displaying ads.

Once you reach minimum points, you can redeem them for gift cards and money.

Apart from this, these apps also display the latest news and other stuff when you slide them in certain directions.

13. Answer Questions

If you are a professional expert in a certain field, you can give expertise to others and get paid for it.

JustAnswer.com is a platform that invites people who love sharing their expertise and helping people who want help.

For this activity, you will get paid via PayPal every month.

How To Get Started?

Before applying, you must have a social security number, valid identification, and relevant licenses or certifications.

Once you have all of them, click here and apply for the position to get a background check where they check all your credentials with a third-party verification firm.

Once they find everything ok, you will get a welcome webinar that lets you know everything about your job.

Then, they will provide all the tools you need to start earning cash.

How Much Can You Make?

Well, it depends a lot on how many questions you answer, how frequently you answer, and how many of your answers get accepted by clients.

Usually, a customer pays around $15-$50 for a question that depends on your profession and services you are providing.

Out of the total pay, you start out earning 20% and you can work way up to 50% if your answers get high ratings.

That’s why it’s important to provide thorough and accurate answers to get high ratings.

Also, if you are from the fields of Medicine, Engineering and Teaching, you can expect better pay than others.

14. House Sitting

Imagine you are getting paid for looking after a house for a while.

Sounds easy? Right?

House Sitting is another great gig to make extra money for just taking care of someone’s house or pet while they are away.

You may have to do a few chores, but generally it’ s easy tasks like watering plants, taking out the trash, etc.

Usually, you only have to watch their house for a few hours & chores are not always included, so it’s like doing nothing.

While you are at their home, you can do your usual work like spending time with your phone or do some other work.

This is a great gig to do on weekends but ensure you don’t break things or make their house dirty.

Sites like TrustedHousesitters.comHouseCarers.comMindMyHouse.com, and Nomador.com are a few places where you can look for such opportunities.

15. Play Video Games And Stream It Live

Playing & streaming video games online is another great way to make some bucks.

Because there is a huge audience who loves watching people playing their favorite games.

I know you are going to say that isn’t it’s related to doing something?

Well, you are right but the reason I included it in this list is that playing video games is a fun activity that people can never get bored off.

So, making money doing what you love is like making money doing nothing. Isn’t?

Now, before you begin, you should do a few things so you are really ready to stream online

How to Get Started?

Have you heard about Twitch?

That’s right! This is a video game live streaming platform where you can create an account and set up a donation button via PayPal.

If your viewers like to support you, they can donate via this button. But it should only work if you have an audience and it may take a while building them.

There are other ways like brand partnerships, selling merchandise, subscriptions, virtual cheers and game sales that can add more money into your pocket via Twitch.

Final Thoughts

It’s very difficult to find something that pays money for doing nothing at all. 

However, the listed methods definitely do justice or I would say close to justice.

All of them are genuine ways for earning money in your free time. I have been using a few of them that are rewarding me with gift cards and PayPal cash.

But my favorite is always Swagbucks that helps me to get Flipkart (Indian online shopping site) gift cards every month.

Now, it’s your turn to explore all these methods and decide which one is the most suitable for you.

If you know any more ways to make money doing nothing, then please let me know down in the comment section.

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