I’m about to come up on the second anniversary of being forced to leave a thriving corporate career and a good paycheck, but you know what? I’ve learned how to mimic that check from home. Like many others before me, I’ve always done little extra things here and there to help scrape by (especially when I was supporting a family of four on a near minimum wage job.) and I’ve finally started working it all into a nice little package. Here are some of my favorite ways to earn money at home. (Disclosure: some of these will have affiliate links to tell the company that I introduced you to them. Sometimes that means that they will give me a little monetary bonus when you start earning your new home income.)
This awesome little site is something I found years ago through a friend. You do little tasks or use them while you’re shopping online and they’re reward you with points that you can turn in. The marketplace for the points includes things like electronics and gift card, but you can also use your points for cash to be delivered right to you via Paypal.
Use Swagbucks to take surveys and polls, check out new products, and watch videos. The videos aren’t just big ads either. I got a ton of points for watching a set of Marc Jacobs runway highlights while I had my coffee the other day. There’s also Martha Stewart TV for you DIY and baking junkies. Earn points and get paid while you learn why her cupcakes are awesome.
You can use your Swagbucks account while you’re shopping online by visiting their shop section and they’ll reward you with points when you shop at places like the Apple Store, Target, Walmart, Kohls, and even Best Buy.
These points accumulate fast, especially if you leave Swagbucks TV on in the background while you’re doing other things. This is a great home money-maker that’s free to use and easy to start.
Surveys and Mobile Rewards
There are so many of these available right now and trying to do them all would be overwhelming, so I’m going to just put out some of them with the greatest potential and best reputations. It’s important when signing up for these to remember that they will many times need to email you, so having a separate email just for them keeps things running very smoothly.
Inbox Dollars has a great reputation for being simple to understand and having a good rate of surveys offered to surveys accepted for. They pay members to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping. Yep, some of them are as easy as just reading the email they send you and hitting a button to acknowledge it. No scam, just awesome. New members also receive $5 just for joining and giving them a try.
Ipsos I-Say for Mothers
I-Say is looking for Moms! We’re always a nice opinionated bunch, aren’t we? It’s nice and simple: take surveys and earn points. The more surveys you complete the more points you earn. The more points you earn, the more you can redeem in their online reward catalog. A unique feature of this one is that they also occasionally like to chip in and offer some great contests & prizes for dedicated members.
Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel
It’s important for stores and brands to know what we purchase and sometimes, they’re willing to pay for that information. Once you become a NCP panel member all you have to do is scan and send them your household purchase information every week with a handheld scanner that they provide. So just scan your groceries as you’re putting them away, and you’ll earn points that you can use in their marketplace for all kinds of rewards. For each week of the month NCP receives your purchase information, you will earn one entry into the Monthly Sweepstakes where you can win a $500 American Express Rewards Card. That’s up to FOUR entries every month! Every month, 25 panel members win! That’s not all… Every quarter an additional 40 panel members win a $500 American Express Rewards card just by sending purchase information in every week of a month.
So imagine for a moment: You’re shopping for your favorite soda and laundry detergent. You get out your phone and check your Jingit app while you shop. Score! You just got a cash rebate for buying that soda and Jingit had an exclusive offer for the laundry detergent you needed that takes a little cost right off the top. Yep, it’s that good. No, it is not a scam or a dream. It is Jingit, a better way to shop! With Jingit you can earn cash instantly online, in-store, and on the go with participating brands. Buy what you love, scan your receipt, and get paid for your loyalty. Sign-up and the app download are completely free, so there’s no reason not to try it and see if the things you already buy could earn you some cash in your pocket!
Run A Monetized Website
The rise of Blogger and the WordPress platform have made it easier than ever to run your own website. Do you have a passion worth writing about? Start a blog about your favorite things. With a little work, money can start to come in. For a blogger, this takes many forms including sponsored posts, paid links, advertisements, or even affiliate work with companies. The money can be great and so can the gifts and “thank yous” from brands that are a part of your day to day life. Diary of a Determined Momma started in 2011 on a free platform, with free graphics, and free hosting. Since then it’s blossomed into my primary form of income and taken care of a lot of family expenses.