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Some sites which pay you to work from home.

Updated on April 20, 2012

Online earning - A tricky task...

Trying to earn some money using the internet can be a very tricky task.

Mainly because if you try googling "work from home" or "internet earning", or any similar variation, you get a whole load of get-rich-quick schemes.

They promise you untold wealth but actually end up taking money from you, or taking your time but then not paying you for it!

The difficulty is spotting the genuine moneymaking opportunities amongst all the scams.

My own experience of making money online is reasonably limited, but I've found a few good, genuine sites that pay; - not always much, but every bit counts! There are also some other promising sounding programmes that I'd like to try when I have the time to dedicate to them.

Two of my favourite paying sites are and Hub Pages; I find them both a pleasure to use and they have become so much more than a means to make some money. Here's a brief summary for those who haven't come across them before:

One of my favourite sites that pay is, which rewards you for participating in discussions with other users. There's no big money involved, but there are thousands of varied, interesting and wonderful discussions, and if you're anything like me you'll find yourself becoming hooked very quickly. And when this happens you'll see your earnings increasing without even realising it! The minimum monthly payout is $10, and this is quite easily achievable. (For more detailed information you can check out my hub about my favourite online communities)

Hub Pages

I'm quite new here on Hub Pages, but so far I'm having a great time! It's not yet about the money as I haven't posted many hubs, but I'm enjoying the fact that I can write about whatever subject interests me, I can add pictures or videos to my 'hubs', so that they look just like blog entries, and I can also choose to use several different advertising schemes. As part of the Hub Pages community, our hubs also get more traffic than they would probably have done as regular blog entries.

Some other Sites that Pay

Here are some other paid online ventures that you might like to try. They are all sites that I've tried out myself, and they are guaranteed scam-free. (I'll understand if you don't take my word for it as you shouldn't believe everything you read on the web! However, googling them should hopefully show that they are trustworthy, reputable, honest, genuine and above board!)

Review Stream

Review Stream, as you would guess from the name, is a site that pays you to review. You can review just about anything you lilke, (they even suggest that you might wish to review your partner!)

They accept any review providing it meets their minimum length requirement, which isn't specified, but seems to be around the 250 word mark. If it meets all of their other criteria then they pay you $2 for it, if not then you get the bulk rate, which is currently 40 cents. These "other criteria" are not specified either, although it makes sense that the review should be of a good quality, and for products that their customers want to know about. The Review Stream homepage has details of the types of reviews that are most requested, and also lists special requests that readers have made.

Payout is at $50, and they pay within hours of your payment request, which is excellent! The site is a bit unusual in its layout, and may not be appear too user-friendly at first, although you soon get used to it. One unusual aspect is that you do not set up an account. You fill out your details in a simple form each time you write a review, and your current balance is shown on each review confirmation that you receive.

I made payout in about a month and a half, but if you have some time to spend there, then I'm sure that this can be done much more quickly. I really enjoyed writing reviews for Review Stream; my only difficulty was that after a while, and depending on how creative I was feeling, I sometimes found it difficult to constantly think of new things to review!

Other similar reputable paid review sites I've heard of are Ciao (See Ciao (UK) for UK and European versions) and DooYoo (UK and Europe only).

ipoints or mypoints

ipoints pays you points to answer surveys, shop online at a very wide variety of stores, take short polls, order free magazines, play games, subscribe to things, - and a whole range of other things! It's a very interesting site as there are so many ways to accumulate points, and the points can be converted into gifts and vouchers of different values.

So you can cash in your points early on to receive smaller prizes, like two-for-one restaurant vouchers, download vouchers or videos; or you can save up your points until you can get something really worthwhile, such an ipod or coffee maker, your favourite perfume, or a £30 gift voucher to spend at your favourite store.

Unfortunately ipoints is a UK only site, but there is a US and Canada scheme called MyPoints which seems to work in exactly the same way.

Retail Eyes

Retail Eyes (UK) or Retails Eyes (US and Canada) is a mystery shopping company which pays you to shop, eat in restaurants, visit the gym and go out drinking! Obviously it's not quite as simple as that, you have to do something in return.

In fact you're there undercover; pretending to be a regular customer, when all the time you're checking out whether the company's providing a good customer service and meeting its own standards.

You need to read the assignment information and questionnaire before accepting the job, and familiarise yourself with what you need to look out for before you start. As you have to remain undercover throughout the assignment you can't look at your questions or notes to check things, so you need to have a good memory and be quite a discrete person.

The pay isn't that great; the British site pays around £5 or £10 per assignment, plus they reimbourse the cost of whatever you have to buy to carry out the assignment. But it works best if you choose assignments in the places where you normally go anyway; so in effect, you end up being paid to do the things you would normally do! It's also a very good idea to apply for several jobs in one day, if you can find a few which are quite close together. That way you maximise your earnings, and if they're at different branches of the same outlet then you will only need to learn one set of questions for several jobs!

...and some other online money-making possibilities:


Lots of people make good money selling things on ebay. Whether it's things that they don't need any more, goods that they buy to sell at a profit, or perhaps craft items that they make themselves.

Online Surveys

Personally I haven't had much luck with these, as I find that more often than not I get thrown out of the survey half-way through for not meeting their "target profile". As they already collect your personal information when you register and then, apparently, send you surveys based on this information, to be told that I don't qualify after spending 10 minutes answering questions leaves me rather frustrated to say the least! I've given up on them as they try my patience, and I've lost any hope of ever reaching payout.

However, perhaps my rather bleak experience of online surveys is atypical as I've heard of other people who make money this way.  So maybe you shouldn't let my experiences put you off...

Other paid-to-write sites

Hub Pages is the only paid-to-write site that I've tried so far (and it is no doubt the best!), but other dependable sites that I know of include Squidoo, Associated Content, Triond and Helium.

Freelancing sites

There are several sites which recruit freelancers for online work. I haven't tried this yet, but I am keen to do some freelance work from home when I get some more time. Two sites I'm familiar with who recruit work-at-home freelancers are oDesk and Get A Freelancer.


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      Esther Strong 5 years ago from UK

      The are several sites here which I was not aware of and will be looking into when time permits. Many thanks for sharing as it's always wise not to have all your eggs in one basket!

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      This article is 3 years old. Would you mind updating us with your current status on these site ? I am most curious to know. :)

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      bigzorro 6 years ago from Germany

      I like micro working sites because you always have a great variety of tasks to choose from which can be done very quickly.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Great article and very informative. I am definately going to check out the other sites. I do sell on Ebay and I really love it. Thanks for a great hub. Voting up and sharing.

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      This is a really useful article. I will have to check some of these out.

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment, Brinafr3sh. I still haven't tried oDesk, I hope you have lots of success there. And let me know how you go!

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Great information, I have an account with oDesk, and still waiting to take other tests with them. Thanks

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      earlystar 7 years ago from Germany

      I like your article it is very helpful and educative. I am an online writers. But I am learning new ways of getting my online business on fasttrack through your diary of honest paying website.

      There are too many scams on the internet but your article will help many to locate the good ones

      However, I would like you to write on how one can use facebook to make money. There are a lot of people that are making money online through facebook. So how do I make money on facebook? thank you

    • Moon Daisy profile image

      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment Corvis!

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      Corvis 7 years ago from Florida

      Quite helpful, I've researched this myself and had not found some of the ones you did. Good work.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks a lot for the lovely comment. I hope that the ideas work for you, and that you enjoy using the sites!

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      Clara Ghomes 8 years ago

      Excellent lens full of useful info. You've given me some great ideas and I'll be checking back. 5 stars!

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Thanks very much speedsking.

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      speedsking 9 years ago from Seattle

      Really great hub!

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment, I'm glad that you think it's helpful!

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      MsBabyDolly 9 years ago

      Fantastic Hub Page, lots of helpful information.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Congratulations for this hub. Fantastic job !

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Thanks Louise! Hope you're doing ok.

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      LouiseKnittel 9 years ago from Ohio

      Very nice Hub!

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Thanks pcjunkychick. I enjoyed writing this hub, and I like sharing experiences of different sites!

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      pcjunkychick 9 years ago from OKC

      Great Hub lots of good information

      Thanks :)