The original title of this post was “How to Make Money at Home; Ways to Make an Extra $1000 Each Month”, but I always say that there’s no such thing as “extra” money (at least in my world anyway; there’s always something to spend it on), so I renamed it “How to Make Money at Home; Easy Ways to Make an Additional $1000 Each Month” 🙂
They say that “money can’t buy happiness”, but the things that money CAN buy have the ability to make us happy. We have to admit that we’d rather be flush with cash than struggling every month. Someone has to pay the bills, and if money is tight and you’re stretched to your limit every month, it can also cause stress. Financial stress is one of the worst kinds of stress.
That said, I’ve put together a list of ways that you can easily make some extra dough when you’re feeling the pinch. Some are so easy that you can do them from your phone!
These are the ways that I’ve found are the easiest to make some additional cash.
GET PAID TO TEST APPS
Yup! That’s what I said. You really can get paid to test apps for companies who are launching new apps to the marketplace, and it’s super simple to do. You just choose an app from their selection, write a review of your experience, and get paid! Voila!
Click Here to sign up to test apps for money.
I know that there are a TON of fake survey sites out there, and to be honest, I was more than a little hesitant to try surveys. But there are also a lot legit survey companies out there, and you can make some real money doing them.
The one piece of advice I’d offer you with regard to doing surveys, is to turn on the email notifications on your phone, because this is how you’ll get notification of new surveys. Some have a limit on how many people they need for a particular survey, so the quicker you respond, the better your chances of being included.
Let’s start with one of my favorites, Panel Place. This company knows that it’s time consuming to search for good paid opportunities, whether it’s you’re paid for a job or attending an online course, so they’ve done it all for you. After you sign up, they notify you whenever a new opportunity is available, keeping you informed before the best offers run out (this is where your email notification is extremely valuable).
You can also have your opportunities specially filtered and personalized to match your profile and interests, and those are neatly organized in your account.
American Consumer Opinion
American Consumer Opinion is one of the most trusted survey companies in the country.
How it Works:
- Membership in American Consumer Opinion® is free. You will never have to pay any money to be a member. Your participation in our surveys is the only “cost” of membership.
- As a panel member, you will typically participate in several surveys a year. The average survey will take 10 minutes or so to complete, and the questions are usually easy to answer.
When you take a short survey, called a screener, which is usually just a few minutes in length, you will either be paid between 5-50 points, or you will be entered into a drawing for electronic gift cards. For the follow-up survey, which can take 5 minutes or longer to complete, you will always receive Points. These Points will accumulate in your Member Account, and they can be redeemed when you have fulfilled all of the terms of their Agreement.
Sound good? Ready to make money?
As one of Canada’s leading providers of consumer information for more than 30 years, Shopper’s Voice carefully gathers opinions, preferences and insights from shoppers like us around the country through their online consumer opinion survey. We (consumers) play a key role in shaping how our favourite brands, products and services are developed and improved.
By connecting with these companies, they reward you with free samples, coupons and special offers tailored to you – and Shopper’s Voice rewards you with instant flash savings plus a chance to win in free survey sweepstakes!
Open a New Bank Account
When’s the last time that a bank gave you money?
I hate banking headaches. I can’t remember the last time I spoke to an actual human being about my money. That said, Tangerine is a little different from your ‘average’ bank, and right now, when you open a new account with Tangerine using “Orange Key” number 14158061S1, you’ll get a $50 bonus 🙂
If you’re like me (and you do all you banking online), Tangerine will be perfect for you because it isn’t like a typical bank. They don’t have expensive brick-and-mortar branches, which means that they pass those savings on to us! One way they do this is by paying you more interest on your money without charging you ridiculous fees, and they offer higher than ‘normal’ interest rates for your money 🙂
(Don’t forget to use Orange Key 14158061S1 to get your $50 bucks!)
I know…start a blog, blah blah blah. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but building a blog really IS a great way to make some really good money. Yes…it’s a lot of work. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s easy, because it isn’t. I can’t, in any kind of good conscience tell you that building a blog is easy. Building this blog actually made me want to rip my hair out at times, and yours will too. But once it’s up and you’ve written the first few posts, you’ll be SO HAPPY that you did it!
I’m not a particularly ’employee minded’ person (anyone who knows me would agree), I can’t work for someone else. That’s how this ‘blogging thing’ started for me. I lost my job and the thought of doing the awful job hunt totally made me cringe. So it was time to build a blog.
If there’s something that you’re passionate about, that’s what you could write about. But if you’re like me, and you can’t pinpoint one thing that you’re crazy about (because that was really my problem), don’t despair, you’ve probably noticed that this blog doesn’t focus on any ONE topic, but it does fairly well 🙂
The first step to setting up your soon-to-be money making blog, is getting your blog name and hosting.
Bluehost is one of the easiest blog hosting providers out there, with one of the most cost-efficient way of setting up a new blog. With one click WordPress installation, you’ll be up and running in NO time flat 🙂 You don’t need to be any type of ‘tech savvy’ with Bluehost 🙂 In addition, your blog hosting is only $3.95 a month AND you get a free domain name when you sign up!
What’re you waiting for???
Proofread for Extra Cash
If you’re good at catching mistakes in text or content, you definitely want to consider doing some proofreading for some additional monthly cash.
Join a direct sales company
Direct sales is a great way to make some extra cash when times are tight. If you’re the type of person who likes to network and be social, direct sales can help you bridge the gap between paying rent, and not. Stella & Dot is one of the many direct sales companies that you can work with if you happen to like jewelry.
Manage Social Media for Small Business
If you’re a social media Maven or Master, you could manage social media for small businesses.
Lots of small businesses need a social media management and just don’t have the time or the know how to manage their social media on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat or Twitter. Why not help them out? Contact local businesses and offer up your services for a contracted monthly fee. This is a super easy way to make money no matter where you live.
Have a Garage Sale
A few years back, I found myself strapped for cash and went poking around in my garage to find enough stuff to hold a garage sale that netted me about $1300+. And it only took a day to unload it all.
We’ve all got stuff around the house or in the garage that someone else would pay good dough to have. Get into your garage, spare room or crawl space and start emptying it out!
Write Freelance Articles
If you have a passion for writing, you could help out other bloggers or even become a ghost writer for a well-known author. Use sites like Freelancer, Upwork and others to advertise your services.