5 Best Ways to Make Quick and Easy Money Online
Need a little extra cash? Or just a few gifts or treats for yourself or others? Or maybe you already have a source of income but you want to supplement it? Below are my suggestions for the 5 best ways to make quick and easy money online. None of the websites require any technical knowledge and all them you can start earning money online within hours and days, rather than weeks and months.
All these online earning methods are completely legit, by the way. They are free to join too, so you might as well give them a try. I certainly did. They won’t make you into a millionaire, but they can potentially earn you hundreds of dollars over a period of time and it is quick and easy money. All you need is a computer and internet access and some time set aside to earn.
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The Bubblews website is a relatively recent addition to earning options. The site basically revolves around writing and posting short pieces of 400 characters or more (known as "bubbles") and social networking with the other users of the site.
You can write on just about any topic. Some people write fairly serious news or factual articles, others write personal commentaries on things that are happening in their lives. There are some basic rules to follow, but overall they give you a lot of freedom and the 400 character minimum (yes, 400 characters, not words!) make it very easy to put something together quickly.
Bubblews give you a dollar just for joining and posting your first bubble. After that, you earn from interactions with the other users: comments, likes, connecting etc., as well as from posting more pieces of writing.
You need to get to $50, however, before you can redeem your earnings. This is not too difficult, if you are prepared to spend some hours on the site, however. Once your redemption request is accepted, the money can be paid to you a variety of ways, including into your PayPal account - the entire process from getting approved to receiving your money can take a week or more, though.
UPDATE December 2014: Bubblews have changed their system. They now just seems to be paying for "likes" and no longer pay for page views too. Consequently earnings have gone down drastically.
#2 Amazon Mechanical Turk aka MTurk
Amazon Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, as it is also known, is an online marketplace for work and there are thousands of jobs on there, usually quick tasks which pay relatively small amounts of money, but it builds up.
You can sign up to the their website and begin online earning straight away. Your online earnings are paid to you within hours or days and collect in your Amazon account. You then either transfer he money to your bank account or convert it to Amazon gift cards and spend it on products at the Amazon website.
It is one of the best ways to make quick and easy money online. Read some of my MTurk tips for more details on maximizing your income.
Microworkers is a rival of MTurk and operates in a generally similar way. It is smaller however which means that there are less jobs. It can also be easier to navigate and find the jobs you want in some ways, however, as MTurk can seem overwhelming.
Another difference is that you get your online earnings paid into a PayPal account with Microworkers. Read my pros and cons of Microworkers for more info.
#4 Inbox Dollars
Inbox Dollars in a website-based rewards club where you earn money for completing surveys, watching videos, reading emails, shopping online etc. They give you $5 as a sign up bonus, which is nice. Plus you get another dollar just for downloading their their toolbar. Read my full review of Inbox Dollars and start to make some easy money online.
Swagbucks has some major similarities with Inbox Dollars. However, instead of being paid in dollars, you are paid in swagbucks, which is a virtual currency. You can then exchange your swagbucks for gifts in their online store, or do what I do and swap your swagbucks for Amazon gift cards or PayPal money.
Other Online Earning Websites
There are many sites that I’ve not included in this list. For instance, I’ve not included sites like HubPages, and Squidoo*, despite the fact that you can earn more with them than you can with some of the sites listed.
They are not included because firstly, it takes a basic amount of writing skill and internet knowledge to make money with it, and secondly, because any profits you make with it, however big they may be, will take weeks and months to materialize, rather than hours and days.
UPDATE: Squidoo has now merged with Hubpages and is no more.
Set up Your own Blog/Website and use Affiliate Advertising
Of course, you could decide to go it alone and set up your own blog/website. You can earn money by using affiliate advertising programs such as Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates.
Although setting up your own site(s) is potentially one of the most lucrative ways to make money using the internet, it couldn't be described as quick and easy, however.
© 2011 Paul Goodman