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

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If you’re looking for some trusted ways to make extra money online, you can explore 15 of them in this post right now.

Though they won’t replace your day job, but definitely going to add a few dollars every month.

With the extra money, you can do a lot of things. Like being a student, you can carry out your expenses, & others can use them for shopping. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to get paid online for spending some time.

Now before you explore the list, please note some methods are difficult and need some effort.

These methods will only work if you’re ready to put some time on it. Else, you will be beating around the bush.

The good news is other methods are easy to do, but don’t expect a lot of cash. So, if you are ok with it? Let’s get started.

Easy ways to make money online

16 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 internet habits, you can join MobileXpressions & Neilsen Computer Mobile Panel.

Both analyze your online activity to learn your internet habits to determine which web sites and applications are important to you. These data are then used for marketing.

To get started, you first need to sign-up and install their app on your smartphone or PC/Laptop. Then use your devices normally and get paid for keeping them active.

MobileXpression pays a $5 bonus gift card for keeping it active for a week whereas In India, they reward 300 INR worth Amazon gift cards for keeping it active for 45 days.

The rewards and duration are not permanent and can change anytime.

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

2. Take Online Surveys

Survey sites that pay well usually disqualify you quite often for various reasons. Either they consider you non-targeted or you get disqualified because of your own mistake.

There are a few things you can do to increase your chances to qualify. But it won’t help much in case of high-paying surveys because of their targeted group criteria.

That’s why you should go for low to average paying surveys over high paying because they are easier to get in. But it doesn’t mean you should completely ignore them.

Additionally, if you want to improve your earnings, you can join several survey sites. That’s because when you have access to lots of surveys, you have higher chances to make more money. Depending on only one site will not help you.

To make things easier, check out these survey sites.

3. Sell Old Books On BookScouter

If you have a lot of old books that you don’t need, then you can make some extra money for selling them.

There are many websites where you can list them for selling, but the problem arises when you don’t know what price to set.

That’s when you can use sites like BookScouter. BookScouter lets you sell books for the most money by comparing offers from over 30 book buyback vendors.

With a single search, you can see which vendor is offering the highest price so you can sell them.

Another way to use this website is by buying lots of books from the Thrift Store and then selling them via BookScouter. This way you can make a good profit. 

You can read my full BookScouter review here.

4. Deliver Food

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

It is a food delivery service hiring people who want to make money on weekends or weekdays. Being a Dasher, your job is to drive to the restaurant, pick food packages and deliver it to the customers.

For this job, you can make $10-$20 an hour along with 100% customer tips.

To get started, you should have a vehicle (a car, a scooter or a bike), driver’s license & insurance. They also do a quick background check before hiring you.

Once you’re a Dasher, you have the full freedom to set your schedule & choose your working hours.

You can know more by reading my full DoorDash Review.

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5. Start Using Swagbucks

Swagbucks is my favorite place to receive PayPal cash and gift vouchers. I have been using it for quite some time and redeemed many gift vouchers.

The best thing about Swagbucks is, it offers a lot of activities that make earning SB’s (Swagbuck coins) easier.

Activities such as taking surveys, watching videos, web searching, online shopping, daily polls, etc helps you to reach the minimum payout quite smoothly.

If you think it’s not enough, you can also use their referral program to reach the minimum payout quickly.

For each referral you add, you can make an extra 300 SB when your referral makes 300 SB within one month. Plus, you get 10% of their earnings for a lifetime.

Overall, Swagbucks is the most reputed and legit reward company to join.

6. Submit Your Receipt

If you do a lot of shopping, your receipts can actually reward you.

Many times when we shop, we tend to throw away receipts thinking it’s of no use. But what if they could pay you a few dollars?

That’s right! If you take a snap of your receipt and upload them on ReceiptPal, you can get rewards.

Whether the receipts are from grocery stores, restaurants, and local retailers, you can use them all.

To get started, install the ReceiptPal app on your smartphone, take snaps of your receipt & upload them. This will credit points in your account & you can redeem them when you hit the minimum payout.

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

Join ReceiptPal (Android)

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7. Earn Money With Cash Back Apps

Everybody loves spending money while shopping online. But wouldn’t it be better if you could earn some money back?

That’s exactly what cashback apps do when you shop through them.

You will be amazed knowing how much money you can save from your usual shopping in a year.

There are many users saving hundreds of dollars every year by using such apps. Though your earning might be different if you shop a little, still it’s worth trying.

Cashback apps like Ebates, Ibotta, Shopkick are some of the best you can join.

All you have to do is.

  • Install & open the app.
  • Choose your preferred store.
  • Shop your products & earn a cash back.

The amount gets added to your account within a few days or weeks before redeeming it for your favorite gift, vouchers or cash.

8. Make Money By Web Searching

Though web searching won’t make a lot of money, it will surely give you a few bucks every month.

All you have to do is use certain websites for web searches instead of Google. Websites like Microsoft Rewards, Swagbucks, InboxDollar, InstaGC are a few of them to get started.

When you use their search engine, they credit your account with a few points for each search. Once you hit the minimum payout number, you can redeem those points for gift cards.

9. Proofreading

If you enjoy finding and fixing grammatical, spelling & typo errors in written documents, then Proofreading is the best job. All you have to do is check documents for such errors and fix them.

For this activity, you can make around $10-$50 per hour depending on the turnaround time.

There are many Proofreading companies like Proofreading pal, Proofreading services, etc, ready to hire even beginners. But you need to pass a few tests before getting selected.

If you’re new and want to learn more about proofreading, you can enroll in this free workshop.

10. Become a Part Time Transcriptionist

Transcription is a process where a person listens to a recorded audio and converts it into a written text document by typing.

The job looks quite simple but it’s time consuming. If you have a good listening skill and fast typing speed, you can complete your task much faster.

With Transcription,  you can make $15-$25 an hour but it depends on how many files are your transcribing.

The audio files include speeches, interviews, simple diction, etc having one or more people. Usually, the length varies from a few minutes to over one hour. You have the freedom to choose your files, but longer files pay more.

For this job, you can make $15-$25 an hour but it depends on the company you’re working for, how much work is available, your typing speed and skill level.

If you want to learn more, you can take this free course and read the following posts.

11. Make Money By Doing Workout

Everybody loves staying in shape by going to the gym or doing home workouts.

Even though it looks great, staying consistent is the key. That’s where most of us fail either because of laziness or having no motivation.

In such cases, you need something that can keep you motivated, and what’s better than getting paid?

Getting paid for doing workouts is the best motivation for lazy people like me. Thankfully, apps like DietBet & Healthywage are there to motivate us.

These apps ask you to bet some money on challenges i.e. weight loss goals & you can win back more money when you complete them.

Like you, there are many others who also bet their money & the collected amount is distributed among the winners.

If you love taking such weight loss challenges, you can try these apps.

12. Make Money By Walking

Just like workout apps, you can also get paid for walking as well.

There are many apps like Sweatcoins, Runtopia, etc that track your steps via GPS and health devices like Fitbit.

When you complete your walking goals, you earn virtual coins that can be used to buy in-app products and services.

13. Get Paid To Read Books

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

Well, it’s possible! But you also need to do one more 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. But make sure it’s honest and unbiased.

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.

14. Become a Website Tester

Every business or brand’s websites goes through a user testing process to ensure it fulfills the main goal.

For this, they submit their websites to website testing platforms where people like you and I test them for money.

Being a website tester, your job is to share your experience while using the customer’s website. You need to screen record your activity along with your voice review. 

This helps the customer understand how their website is performing and what needs to be changed.

For each successful testing, you can make $10. If you join several website testing platforms, you can make more money in a month.

I suggest joining User Testing, User Test & Userlytics for getting started.

15. Use Social Media

There are many ways to use Social media sites to make money online. One of them being a Social Media Influencer.

A Social media influencer is someone who has established credibility in a specific industry. They can persuade their huge followers to act based on their recommendations.

Many businesses and brands want to work with them to promote their product & service among their followers. For this job, influencers get a good sum of money.

If you have a good number of engaging followers on social media, you are eligible to become one.

Though you won’t make much compared to other influencers having millions of followers. But you can definitely make some good extra money.

For this, you need to join platforms like Linqia & PayPerPost to get sponsor post opportunities from brands.

Though Linqia has certain requirements, including over 2,500 engaging followers on social media (only for the US & UK),  PayPerPost doesn’t have such requirements.

Moreover, if your account has a blue tick, things will get easier for you.

16. 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 content. (I still don’t consider myself a great content writer though)

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

Today, I am making enough from this blog to carry out all my expenses. I can work on my own schedule and I can do this job from any part of the world as long as I have access to the internet.

Blogging has given me a lot of freedom and in fact, I am making more than my previous day job.

Though blogging is not an easy business, it’s worth giving a shot if you really want to have an online business.

There are many blogging models available. Out of them, the following is the simplest one, especially for beginners.

  • Create a blog by buying a domain name and web host.
  • Write at least 30-50 in-depth content in your favorite niche.
  • Apply for Google Adsense and get accepted to make money on autopilot by displaying ads on your blog.
  • Then apply for Ezoic once you are getting over 10,000 visits. It will increase your ad income by at least 50%.

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

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Final Thought

So, these are the best & easy ways to make extra money online in your free time.

Please remember that some methods need a few days to show results. So ensure you’re not giving up early. 

Other listed ways pay a little, but they’re much easier. So, it’s up to you to decide which one is suitable for you.

If you want to suggest any other method that’s working for you, you can let me know in the comment section.

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