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How to Earn Extra Money Online

Updated on January 11, 2013

The internet has become a clone of the real world. We can now buy groceries, send messages, attend classes, and even shop for our clothes all on the internet. However, another great thing that is involving is we are also able to make full-time income from the internet along with extra spending money. As always there are tons of scams out there that will only end up costing you money rather than making anything, but have no fear there is legitimate ways that you can earn money online.


When trying to make extra spending money online writers have the upper hand. There are numerous sites that writers can join to earn money; however, that is not the only option. Writers can find themselves private clients which usually will pay you more than regular content mills or they can go off on a whim and write for themselves. It all depends on how much extra money one needs to what route they will end up taking.

Pay Per Task

If you are not good at writing or do not want to solely write then “pay per task” sites will better suit you. These sites offer micro tasks that will not take you long to complete and the pay varies on the type of tasks; however, do not expect to make a full-time income off of them because each task does not pay much, but if you are sitting at home bored it is a good way to make some extra spending money.


A common way many individuals make money on the internet is through online auctions or sale sites, such as eBay, craigslist, and etsy. These sites allow you to post your goods, services on their site for a small fee, which you will end up making anyway when your goods or services sell. This usually requires little to no effort because if people are looking for your goods or services then you will more than likely have a sale. Therefore, you will need to keep your ratings up, so do a good job. In return, you will end up making a name for yourself and have more money rolling in your pockets.

Community Websites

One way to earn some extra spending money is looking at your local community websites. Many people forget about this; I do not know why because they have sections for personal ads, items for sale, and gigs. The best thing about it is you can sell your goods with no fee attached! Plus, no more worrying about shipping, as long as someone in your immediate community buys it from you and not someone from another state. Also the gig section is great if you are looking for quick easy cash, not to mention this gives you a reason to go out into the real world and interact with people face to face.

Making extra spending money online can be a breeze in this day and age. All you have to remember is to stay away from scams that sound way too good to be true and remember to research everything before you start. Other than those few things to keep in mind have fun with your new found freedom of making money from home.


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    • manlalakbay88 profile image

      Jethro 4 years ago from Taguig City, Philippines

      I love reading an article like this! Thanks for showing us ways on how to make money online. Keep writing more. :)

    • lanablackmoor profile image

      lanablackmoor 5 years ago from New England

      Great tips, thanks! I've saved space and made a lot of money by doing online auctions for items that are nice, but not really useful to me anymore. You're right, ratings are extremely important for those sites, even when you are just selling items here and there for extra cash. Voted up!