15 Best & Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Online Or Earn Gift Cards

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When I was a teen, I always have to ask my parents for some pocket money and I am sure you too have done that.

Nothing wrong in that but it feels quite good when we make our own money. When we work on something and it pays you off. To be honest, that’s one of the best feelings.

Nowadays, being in a digital world, it’s quite easy to make extra cash from the comfort of your home.

You have internet, laptop, and smartphone enough to make hundreds even thousands of dollars a month.

But to reach that level, it takes time and you should know which online business to choose.

However, in this post, it’s all about making extra money whether it be a few dollars or even dollars in three digits.

I have listed 15 best & easy ways to make extra money that is legit and is a great way to boost yours overall income.

Most of these gigs are flexible which can complement your day job.

Easy ways to make money online

15 Good Ways to Make Extra Money Online

1. Make Money For Using The Internet

If you like to make some extra money by sharing your surfing activity, then you can join MobileXpressions & Neilsen Computer Mobile Panel.

Both of them analyze your online activity to learn your internet habits so they can determine the popularity and importance of various mobile web sites and applications. Companies can then use this information for their marketing strategy.

To get started, you first need to sign-up and install their app on your smartphone & PC/Laptop.

You only need to install it on your phone for MobileXpression whereas, for Neilsen, you can install it on other devices as well.

MobileXpression pays $5 bonus gift card for just keeping it active for a week on your phone and you can make $4-$5 a month for doing nothing. (earnings & duration can change anytime).

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

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

2. Take Online Surveys

If you love taking online surveys in your free time, then you can definitely make some good side money every month.

There are many survey sites online that pay well and there are some that don’t.

Usually what I found is if you take surveys from those companies belonging to your country, you will have a better chance to complete it.

It doesn’t mean that other international companies won’t pay you. Sure, they will but you can expect more rejections.

A good solution is to not rely on only one survey site. It’s better if you take a chance and sign up on multiple of them to see which one is working for you.

Following are some legit survey companies you can join if you are from the US:

You can find more browsing through my high paying survey sites list.

3. Deliver Food

If you love driving and won’t mind delivering food from restaurants to customers, then you can try DoorDash.

DoorDash is a company that hires anyone for delivering food. You must have a vehicle (car, a scooter or a bike), driver’s license & insurance to get accepted.

Being a Dasher (Delivery driver), you can make $10-$20 an hour along with 100% customer tips and you have the full freedom to choose your working hours.

You can read my DoorDash Review to know more.

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4. Start Using Swagbucks

Swagbucks is literally my favorite place to get PayPal cash and gift vouchers because it offers a lot of activities that make it easier to reach the minimum payout.

Activities like taking surveys, watching videos, web searching, online shopping are some great ways to earn these points.

You can also get an extra bonus of 300 SB if you earn 300 SB within a month by joining through this link.

5. Submit Your Receipt

If you do a lot of shopping, then you can snap photos of the receipts from grocery stores, restaurants, and local retailers to get rewards.

All you have to do is install ReceiptPal on your smartphone and start taking snaps of your receipt to get points.

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

6. Earn Money With Cash Back Apps

Everybody loves spending money on online shopping. But what if you get a few percentages of your spending as a cashback?

You will be amazed to know how much you can earn back for your usual shopping.

Cashback apps like Ebates, Ibotta, Shopkick are some of the best you can sign up for that will eventually pay you for shopping.

Basically, what happens is when you visit online stores via cashback apps & do shopping, these apps pay a percentage of the total price you spent.

Thus, if you are a shopaholic, you will save a lot of money in a year.

7. Make Money By Web Searching

Though this method won’t make a lot of money but it will surely give you a few bucks every month.

All you have to do is web searching which you normally always do. But here, you need to use the companies search engine instead of your default one.

If you use their search engine, they will pay you a few cents per search. Companies like Microsoft Rewards, Swagbucks, InboxDollar, InstaGC are a few of them.

8. Proofreading

Proofreading means finding and fixing grammatical, spelling & typo errors in documents like a book, articles, essay, etc.

If you are interested in a side hustle where you have to read written documents and fix all these issues, you can start Proofreading as a side job.

There are many companies like Proofreading pal, Proofreading services, etc, that are hiring people for this job.

If you don’t know how to get started or are a complete newbie, you can enroll in this free course.

9. Become a Part Time Transcriptionist

Transcription means converting speech (either live or recorded) into a written or electronic text document.

Usually, you’re given an audio file like an interview recording, lecture or simple diction and then you need to type it down on a software by listening to it.

That’s all you need to do. For this job, you can make $15-$25 an hour but it depends on how quickly you can transcribe a file.

You can take this free course to get started.

If you are interested, you can read the following post to get a more clear idea.

10. Make Money By Doing Workout

Everybody loves staying in shape and wants to join the gym or do workouts at home.

But staying consistent is where most of us fail because of either laziness or no motivation.

That’s why there should be something that can keep you motivated and what’s better than getting paid for completing workout goals?

There are many apps that pays you to exercise and you can literally make extra money every month for staying fit.

Apps like SweatCoin & Healthywage are a great example, to begin with.

11. Make Money By Walking

Yes, you heard it right.

Similar to getting paid to workout, you can also make money just for walking.

There are many apps like Sweatcoins, Runtopia, etc that tracks your steps via GPS and health devices like Fitbit & pays you money or gift cards once you achieve your goals.

This is a really great way to make extra money if you daily walk a lot.

12. Get Paid To Read Books

Have you ever thought that reading books can pay money or help you get free books?

Well, it’s possible but you also need to do one additional work i.e. you should know how to write a short review.

Basically, your job will be to read a book and write an honest review of 250-300 words. It can be a positive or negative review.

You just need to make sure you are honest in your opinion. For this job, you will either get paid or you can keep that book with yourself as a gift.

Companies like Online Book Club pay $5-$60 per review and Women Review of books pays $100 for a review.

13. Become a Website Tester

Before you see any new business/companies website or apps live, all of them go through a user testing process to ensure that it fulfills its main goal and is user friendly.

For this purpose, these companies submit their product at the website testing platform where people like you and I can test them for money.

All you have to do is share your experience using the product while screen recording. This video can be anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes long.

For each successful testing, you can make a $10 and can even make more in a month if you join a multiple of them.

Website testing platforms like User Testing, User Test, Userlytics are a few names.

14. Use Social Media

There are many ways you can use Social media sites to make money online.

If you have a nice following, you can become a social media influencer by joining Linqia.

Linqia is a platform where you can find sponsor post opportunities if you have over 2,500 engaging followers on social media. (only for the US & UK)

The same goes for PayPerPost which is another platform for Instagrammers that doesn’t have any specific requirements to join.

15. Start Blogging

If you don’t have a blog, seriously you are missing a great opportunity to make a side income.

When I started blogging, I knew nothing, and I didn’t even know how to write contents. (I still don’t consider myself a great content writer though)

But I was so madly in love with blogging that I learned all this by taking online classes from sites like Skillshare.

Today, I am making enough from this blog to carry out all my expenses. I have even started 2 more blogs that is in a starting phase.

I think, blogging is one of the most profitable and trusted ways to make money online.

There are many blogging models available and out of them, following is the simplest model.

  • Create a blog by buying a domain name and web host.
  • Write at least 30-50 in-depth content on your favourite niche.
  • Apply for Google Adsense and get accepted.
  • Then, apply for Ezoic once you are getting over 10,000 page views.
  • Make money on autopilot by displaying ads on your blog.

Basically, Adsense won’t pay much but when you use Ezoic which is an A.I ad testing software, it will increase your ad income by at least 50%.

You can also use affiliate marketing along with it to make more money. You can read my blogging guide to know more.

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Ending Note…

So, these are the best & easy ways to make extra money online that will definitely boost your income.

However, please remember that working for only a few days and quitting won’t give you any success.

You need to give it at least a month to see if its working for you.

Always remember that whenever you feel quitting, think about why you have started it?

It’s also important to choose only those gigs that suit your interest and complements your day job or your daily routine.

With that being said, let me know which one are you going to try first?

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