Wouldn't it be nice to make some extra cash on the side each month? Well, making money on the side does not always have to involve a full blown small business. You can very easily make more money by doing things you already do or by doing things you love to do and then you can put those extra funds towards saving, investing or debt repayment - not bad huh?. Here are a few suggestions that I have tried, tested and really like!
"You can very easily make more money by doing things you already do or by doing things you love to do."
1. Do most of your shopping online? Get paid when you do!
If you find that you do most of your shopping online why not get paid when you do? I do most of my own shopping online and one of my favorite ways to get cash back is via eBates.com and via Swagbucks.
eBates: eBates is a website (and app) that gives you a percentage of your purchase back when you shop at one of the over 1,500 stores they are affiliated with. For instance, if you spend $100 at a specific online store affiliated with eBates and they offer 10% cash back, you will get $10 deposited into your eBates accounts.
eBates is set up so that your earnings can accumulate and so every 3 months they send you a check or make a deposit into your Paypal account.
Initially I was a bit skeptical but I did some research and once I tried it, I was hooked. Basically eBates makes deals with retail stores and offers to drive sales to their websites by offering cash back discounts. They make money through commissions earned for each sale the retailer gets.
It's free to setup and when you do you get a $10 bonus. It's definitely a great way to earn some extra cash! They also have a great referral system where you can earn $5 for every person that sign up and uses their account make a purchase ( as long as they make a minimum purcahse of $25).
Click HERE to setup your own eBates account and try it out!
Swagbucks: Swagbucks allows users to earn points through different online activities, including shopping, taking surveys, playing games, and discovering online content, and the points can be redeemed for retail gift cards, PayPal cash, or other rewards. Similar to eBates, Swagbucks partners with major brands like Gap, Target, Walmart etc. Be sure to add Swagbucks and eBates to your browser bookmark, and every time you plan on buying something online compare the discounts from both to decide what will earn you the biggest bonus!
Click HERE to setup your own Swagbucks account and try it out!
2. Get cash back on your grocery shopping!
Similar to eBates/Swagbucks, you can earn cash back on your grocery shopping too by using Ibotta (a website and app too).
Ibotta is specific to grocery / household shopping and is affiliated with over 300 stores that carry groceries and/or pharmacy items in the US e.g. Target, Walmart, RiteAid, your local grocery shop etc.
In order to use it, you'll need to download the Ibotta app and set up your account. Once you've set up your shopping list, login to your account and unlock the rebates on the items you intend to purchase at a qualified store. When you are done shopping, you'll need to scan your product bar codes and take a photo of your receipt to confirm your purchases and then Ibotta will deposit cash into your account within 48 hours that you can withdraw.
Similar to eBates, Ibotta also offers referral earnings of $5.00 per person when you invite other people and if you use the app and set up a group of friends within it, you can collectively earn more from each others shopping.
So far I've saved / earned a good amount of money using this app before I do my grocery shopping!
Click HERE to try it out!
2. Love to write? Start a blog!
I personally love to write and I create a lot of content right here on this blog which has been a great source of income for me. By blogging I'm able to share my expertise, sell my products, work on brand collaborations and get paid to create content on other platforms based on what I create here and you can certainly do the same thing too.
All you need to do is pick a platform and there are free ones like Blogger and Wordpress (You can always upgrade later), determine your blog theme/topics and what you'll be writing about, create some really good content and start sharing your work far and wide often.
Do you use any of these tools? What other ways do you make extra money on the side? Share in the comments!
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