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Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. There are all kinds of websites that will pay you for various things, such as shopping, taking surveys or testing products. No, I’m not getting paid to promote any of these and no, these websites won’t make you a millionaire, but they are great for earning some extra cash. I’ll leave out the scams.

Here are some legitimate websites that pay:

Swagbucks – Swagbucks is a fantastic way to make some additional money. You can use their search engine or take surveys to earn money, among other things. While you won’t get wealthy, you will make a few dollars. Instead of browsing the web when you have free time, use it to make some extra money.

InboxDollars – Since you’ll be participating in surveys, shopping, and other activities, InboxDollars and Swagbucks are comparable, so if you want to maximize your earnings, join up for both. They also provide a paid search option (similar to Swagbucks), and they give you $5 simply for signing up. I won’t go on to list survey websites one by one, but you should also check out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys, and Survey Club if you want to get paid to do surveys.

Project Payday – One of the websites with testimonies from people who have made thousands of dollars by being paid to accept trial offers is Project Payday. It is legitimate, and you can make some extra money, but I’m not promising you’ll make millions. They figure that by paying you to participate in a free trial, either you’ll like the product and buy it or you’ll forget to terminate the trial and end up being charged. This is a wonderful site for making money if you can keep track of your spending and cancel before you are charged (if you decide against the goods).

User Testing – For testing websites, User Testing pays $10 each submission. A test typically lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. The idea is for the website owner to observe how a visitor who is unfamiliar with the site attempts to use it. Although $10 isn’t a bad payout, the value that the site owner receives from witnessing an actual customer experience is enormous.

Fiverr  – If you need some of the services individuals offer, Fiverr is a terrific place to spend some money or earn some. In essence, everything costs $5. Either $5 is paid or $5 is charged. You can offer your services as you like; they’re called “gigs.” Selling art and being content with selling pieces for $5 each is a gig. Offer a 30-minute gig if you’re a graphic designer and wish to charge $10/hour for your services. They pay you $20, or $10 per hour if they purchase four gigs, for two hours of graphic design.

IZEA – IZEA functions both alone and in conjunction with blogs. You can get paid to tweet, write, snap pictures, and record videos. Since the pay is primarily reliant on your following, increasing your Twitter following is necessary if you want to earn money from your tweets. Similarly, if you want to monetize your blog, you’ll need a lot of blog visitors (more on blogging below).

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is one of the most popular ways to earn money online. Many successful freelancers can earn an average of 50 cents to a dollar per word. Some are earning twice that!

Of course, it doesn’t begin that way. You need to develop your portfolio and resume, and on and on it goes. You are aware of this if writing is something you are interested in. I wouldn’t advise going down this path if you’re not interested in writing if it’s only for the money.

It requires commitment and time, but if it’s what you love, it may be very lucrative. Let’s discuss how to monetize it if that is what you love to do.

Before you decide to start reaching out to all of these freelance writing companies, you need to have a web presence. You need a blog (in my humble blogger opinion, of course).

Or you could just have an online portfolio. Even a LinkedIn profile works to get started. When you’re ready to start, here are 150 resources to help you write better, faster and more persuasively.

If that’s intimidating, just start with these 50 resources.

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for; once you’re ready to actually start making money, here are 10 websites you can start with:

Listverse – Listverse pays $100 for each accepted post. The article must be a list, it must be at least 1,500 words and you must include at least 10 things. Other than that, you can get pretty creative with it.

TopTenz – TopTenz pays $50 for each accepted post. Again, the article has to be in a list format and it must be at least 1,500 words, with few exceptions. They post often so your chances of getting accepted are fairly high.

A List Apart – A List Apart pays $200 for each accepted post. They’re not first on the list, because they tend to publish less articles, which means you have a smaller chance of getting accepted. Same guidelines as above, 1,500 word minimum.

International Living – International Living pays $75 for each accepted post. They are mostly looking for travel experiences from countries you have visited. For this site, it’s more about your experience than your writing ability.

FundsforWriters – FundsforWriters pays $50 for each accepted post. They are looking for articles about writing and making money with it. They only accept articles between 500-600 words, but they want you to make each word count.

Uxbooth – Uxbooth pays $100 for each accepted post. They do tend to take four to eight weeks to accept and post articles, so don’t count on this being a quick money maker. They take so long, because they pair with editors to only publish amazing content.

iWriter – iWriter pays up to $15 for each accepted post. That may seem small, but they aren’t as strict as many of the others above and they also allow you to pick exactly what you write. You can write as many or as few articles as you want.

Textbroker – Textbroker pays up to five cents per word, if you’re a 5-star writer. You’ll start by submitting a short sample article and you will most likely start as a 3-star writer, but you can work your way up by writing more and writing great content.

Matador Network – Matador Network pays up to $60 for each accepted post, but standard pay is around $20-$25. They don’t really focus on a minimum word count, but they have a maximum count of 1,500 words.

The Penny Hoarder – The Penny Hoarder pays up to $800 (rarely), depending upon the number of page views you receive. The pay starts at $100 for 50,000 page views, so this isn’t a guaranteed paid article, but it can potentially be highly rewarding.

There’s no doubt that you can make money with freelance writing, but it’s a process. Once you start building your portfolio and your writing skills, you can start making some serious money. If you’re not an experienced writer, expect to put some time in before you really start to see some dough.

Sell Your Stuff

The industry for online selling has been expanding ever since the concept of online auctions was developed. Many people are curious but unsure about where to begin. Selling online may still be done in a variety of ways, whether you’re buying and selling like a store or simply selling what you already have. Here are some general pointers for selling anything online before we get started:

  • Get a PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you’ll want to get one if you’re doing business online. It’s the standard in online business for receiving payment and paying others.
  • Take good pictures. Some of the options below don’t require you to actually take the picture and sell the product, but for the ones that do, make sure you take a clear picture that makes your product stand out from the others.  If you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, set up a small “studio-like” area in your home with a backdrop and proper lighting to really make your pictures come across as professional. And of course, you’ll want a good camera too.
  • Be honest.  If you’re selling used items, be honest about every dent, scratch, blemish, etc.. This will reduce many issues you could run into and keep your reviews positive.
  • Do good business. Plain and simple. Whether you’re selling on a small site or opening an online store, your customer service matters. You’ll want to get those positive reviews and make a good name for yourself. Respond to questions, concerns and complaints. Offer a guarantee if available. Mint your money!

Follow those guidelines and you will do well in online sales. When you’re ready to start selling, here’s where you go:

Amazon – Do you know what FBA is? It means “Fulfilled by Amazon” and is becoming increasingly well-known. In essence, you purchase goods (buying in bulk is ideal) and ship them to Amazon for storage. When your goods are purchased, Amazon ships them out, packages them, and provides you the money (after taking their cut). Some people use FBA as their primary source of income, while others use it as a side hustle.

CraigsList – Some items are difficult to ship. Selling to someone across the nation could make you uneasy about other things. Craigslist is a terrific option whenever you’re selling a big item or something you simply don’t want to transport. Listing your stuff is easy (again, take decent images!). The interested party can send you a message to your inbox without even knowing your email address if you don’t like the concept of giving up your phone number.

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