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3 Ways to Make Money from Home for Free

Updated on March 19, 2011

There are a lot of ways to make money on the internet, but a lot of them are either scams or require a lot of effort.  Honestly, I just wanted to find something I could do a couple times a week and make a few extra dollars to put towards bills.  Here's the three easiest ways I've found to earn that extra pocket change.

Get Paid to Read

There are many websites out there that will pay you to visit their advertisers' websites. Cash Crate was the first website I signed up for when I began trying to make money online. I didn't know what to expect, but since it was free, I figured I'd give it a whirl.

Essentially, all I had to do was visit different websites, follow a few instructions and then wait for Cash Crate to approve my task. It was very easy to get started, and I was pleasantly surprised that with minimal effort, I could make a dollar or two each day. They did have some tasks that paid a little higher, but most of them involved signing up for free trials. I decided to just stick with visiting websites.

Get Paid to Write

If you're looking for a way to make money that lets your creative juices flow, this is a great method.  There are a lot of websites that will pay you to write articles.  Hubpages, eHow and Examiner are just a few examples.  Typically, the site will place advertisements around your article, and you'll be paid based on how many clicks those ads get.

The more you write, the more you make.  There are a lot of people who work from home writing articles for a number of different websites.  They make enough to support themselves.  The great thing is, you get what you put into it.  So, if you only want to make a few extra bucks, you don't have to try too hard.

Get Paid to Purge

You could probably make a clean sweep of your home and find at least 10 things that you don't need or want. Chances are, though, someone else in this world does need or want it. That's where eBay comes into play.

You can easily set up an account and start selling your stuff. I just started selling on eBay, and I love it. In fact, you can do it right from your iPhone if you want.  It's such a great feeling when that money shows up in your PayPal account for something that you didn't even want.


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      Darren Peters 6 years ago from Deseronto, Ontario

      I make a small amount on eBay but if your a new seller you are at the buyers mercy. I've been making money on face book not allot but its working.Check my hub here

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      mclaug43 6 years ago

      Thanks for your input, Lynne. I like Cash Crate because it's an easy way to kill time. I agree that eBay has some annoying fees, but it's so easy to use and the number of potential buyers is huge. The writing is my favorite too. You're does take patience and effort, but if you love to write, it doesn't really feel like work! Thanks again!

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      lynnechandler 6 years ago

      Well, I'm glad to see you had success with cash crate but I'm not a fan. As to the writing online, that is my passion and I think you really need to put effort in just to gain a few dollars and those dollars are not instant cash as most sites do have a payout limit. eBay is one of the worst sites for fee extraction from the seller. I've had better luck on other free selling sites and was able to keep all my money earned except for a small percent that PayPal extracts for using their service.

      All in all I think I would say that whatever you do decide to do to earn money online, you really need to do the research and see which one fits you best. Best of luck to you and welcome to HubPages.