21. Earn Money Shopping on Amazon
This is such an easy, passive way to rake in an extra $36 a year. ShopTracker, one of the leading public opinion research companies, wants you to share your Amazon purchase history with them. And they’ll pay you for every month you share!
When you sign up for ShopTracker, it keeps your private information, well, private. All it wants to see is your order information, including the order date, product title, category, ISBN number, release date, condition, seller, list price per unit, quantity and other details.
Before you jump in, you need to know:
- This will be a waste of time if you don’t shop on Amazon.
- You must be 18 and live in the U.S.
All good? To earn your first gift card today:
- Sign up, and download the ShopTracker app on your Windows computer and Apple or Android phone. It takes about two minutes. You’ll need to answer a few questions about your Amazon use to qualify.
- Open the app and log in to your Amazon account to automatically share your purchase history. You’ll receive your Visa e-gift card code for $3 via email within 48 hours.
- Take a couple of minutes to share your purchase history to earn another $3 each month.
Your information is securely collected by The Harris Poll, a trusted market research company for more than 20 years. Additionally, ShopTracker removes your name, shipping address and any personal payment information before reporting your purchase history.
22. Get Paid to Shop Online
Believe it or not, some sites will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.One of our favorites is Ebates, a cash back shopping site. It’s giving away $10 gift cards if you sign up as a new member and earn your first cash-back rebate.You can choose a $10 gift card for Walmart or $10 in Ebates cash for your next shopping trip on the site.To earn your gift card:
- Sign up for Ebates here with your email or Facebook account.
- Make your first purchase through the site within 90 days, and spend at least $25.
- Your account will be credited with rewards points you cash in for your $10 gift card.
23. Get Paid to Tutor Kids Online
24. Pick up Babysitting Gigs Whenever You’re Available
Ever overhear your co-workers mumbling about needing a night off from little people at home? You’ll be surprised to learn how hard it is to find a sitter!Keep your eyes and ears peeled, and offer to babysit while friends or co-workers go out for the evening — you could earn $50 to $100 in a nightIf you don’t want to bother the people you already know, sign up with SitterCity.Once you create your profile on the app, you can browse babysitting jobs in your area. Parents post to the app looking for full-time nannies, date-night sitters, last-minute care, and even pet or senior care and housekeeping.Families can review your profile and run a background check before contacting you. Then you’ll meet them over the phone or in person to talk about their needs and your rates.If you like hanging out with kids, babysitting could make a fulfilling full-time job or just a fun way to make extra money in your free time.
You can sign up for SitterCity here.
25. Stop Doing Favors, and Rent Your Truck out Instead
Remember how proud you felt when you bought that truck? You were on top of the world — until your family and friends started asking for favors: Can you help me move this weekend? Make a Home Depot haul for me? Tow that trailer full of trash to the dump?That big, empowering truck you bought has backfired. (Not literally, we hope.)Instead of feeling committed to all these favors for family, friends and friends of friends of friends, why not let someone rent your truck — and pay you per hour?Through the online peer-to-peer truck share marketplace Fluid Market, you can lend your truck to community members. Fluid Market reports earnings on longbed pickup trucks and cargo vans up to $12,000 a year.Here’s how Fluid works:
- List your truck. Be sure to have the VIN and some quality photos available. If you do, the process takes about 10 minutes tops.
- Promote your listing. Use anything and everything — from Facebook community groups to Nextdoor. Fluid says earnings are “notably higher” when someone self-promotes.
- Manage your listing. Opt into the “instabook” setting, where users can automatically book your truck without pending your approval. Set up a lockbox for the keys, and bam. Passive income.
Let’s address some concerns real quick. When you list on Fluid Market, it covers all vehicles with $300,000 in car rental liability insurance as well as coverage against theft and physical damage. You can also feel at ease because each renter’s identity is verified with a DMV background check. Payments come weekly, via direct deposit.
And, hey, no heavy lifting required. Now when everyone flocks to you — err, your truck — nudge them over to your listing on Fluid Market.
26. Serve as a Mock Juror
Fascinated by courtroom drama, but hate wasting the day in jury duty for a measly $40 payout?Serve as an online mock juror to help lawyers prepare for real cases. You can earn $10 to $60 for about an hour of your time.Instead of hearing arguments from both sides of the case, you review evidence, including documents, videos and photos, at your computer.
27. Start Investing (Seriously, You Can Afford This)
If you’re like most of us and wish your money would just take care of itself consider starting an investment account through Acorns.You can start small — with $5 — and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account.Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.The idea is you won’t miss the digital pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. For example, Penny Hoarder Dana Sitar was able to stash $420 away per year.At that rate, you could set aside $1,000 in about two and a half years — without trying.But the beauty is you can set your own pace with Acorns’ features, so if you want — and can afford — to invest $1,000 faster, go for it.
The app is $1 a month for balances under $5,000, and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.
28. Jump on the Class-Action Bandwagon
If you use a product that’s involved in a class-action lawsuit, a little online sleuthing could get you a cash payout.The rules of each settlement are different, but in most cases you’ll have to provide proof of purchase or product use, like a serial number or a receipt. Once you fill out your online claim form, you may have to wait a few weeks or months before receiving your payment.Psst — we regularly post new class-action settlement information, so check in often to make sure you’re not missing a chance to get paid!
29. Optimize Your Credit Card Use
If you’re not using a rewards credit card to pay for your groceries, you’re missing out on free money.(One caveat: This only works if you pay off that credit card balance every month to avoid paying interest.)Credit card rewards programs can be confusing, though, because each card gives you different rewards for different purchases. Managing all your points and rewards can be a challenge, especially if you’re juggling more than one card.To get the most out of your rewards cards at the checkout counter, try using Birch. The free app keeps track of your spending and helps you maximize the rewards you’re getting, whether they’re travel rewards or cash back.Birch plugs into your bank account and credit card accounts (with high security) and analyzes your spending habits. It recommends which cards you should sign up for, and which cards you should use for your most frequent purchases.For example, it might suggest you buy products at your favorite grocery store with a specific card to rack up the most points or cash back.
The average American shopper could be earning $600 in credit card rewards per year, Birch co-founder Alex Cohen says, referring to a Bureau of Labor Statistics finding that the average consumer spends $2,165 a month on groceries, gas and other “credit card eligible” expenses.
Don’t miss out.
30. Work as a Transcriptionist
Are you a good listener — and a good typist? You can make $15 to $25 an hour as a transcriptionist.
You’ll need experience in the medical or legal fields to get transcription assignments in those areas, butplenty of researchers, reporters and Average Joes are willing to pay for someone to type up their recordings.
You get paid per audio hour, so this is a gig that’s perfect for people with great focus. If an hour-long recording takes you four hours to transcribe, you still only get paid for one hour. Listen closely!