The Best Places to Earn Money Online

Published: June 23, 2014

There are amazing earning opportunities available online if you know where to look. Here are some of my favorite places to go when I need to earn some extra cash. Some are goldmines, others are good for earning an extra dollar every once in a while. If money is tight, and you have free time, these are some places to go!

  1. Mechanical Turk

    Mechanical Turk (or MTurk) is run by Amazon and has a variety of tasks available. Some pay almost nothing for too much work, and others pay a lot for a small amount of work. The challenge is to find tasks that you believe pay you well for the amount of work you're doing. There's everything from transcribing videos to taking academic surveys to writing articles. It's a good place to start. You can get your earnings sent directly to a bank account or get them in the form of an Amazon gift card (no fees apply, so you get the same amount either way).

  2. CrowdSource

    You can actually find CrowdSource tasks on MTurk, but I prefer to use their own website to work. If you go through them and choose to log in with PayPal, they send money directly to your account - usually every day or so, depending on how much work has been approved. They also pay very well, in my opinion. A few seconds of work on some tasks will get you 6 or more cents - that adds up fast! Lately there have been a lot of tasks involving the tagging of clothing (patterns, styles, etc.), searching for keywords online, and categorizing questions. It varies, though, and sometimes has different things each time you log in.

  3. PostLoop

    PostLoop pays you to post on message boards or comment on blogs. While you are limited in which places you can post to, there are many blogs and forums available. There's just about something for every interest, and if you're like me, you have a ton of interests so it's easy! Many of the forums request that you post something substantial and even start new topics. However, this shouldn't be a big deal if you are even remotely interested (or know anything at all) about what's being discussed. The pay isn't consistent (the value of points, which you get for posting, changes) but if you do it often enough, it adds up. Most blogs and forums also limit how much you can post (and still get earnings for) every day.

  4. Textbroker

    This site is solely dedicated to writing articles. The topics vary widely, and there is usually a lot to choose from. When you start, you don't get paid very much and don't have access to the better articles. However, as you write enough consistently good work, you get promoted to different levels - 4 and 5 are the best, as they pay the most and have a lot of work. Some of the articles pay well, others pay not a lot. It depends on who is requesting the article and how much they are willing to pay. There is usually a large amount of work possible. This is best for people who can write about anything as long as they do some brief research beforehand.

  5. TranscribeMe

    I love to transcribe videos (it's one of my favorite things to do on MTurk) and this site is only for that. You get paid $20 per hour transcribed - so if you transcribe 30 minutes of audio, you'd get $10. The clips are usually pretty short, but they can sometimes be hard to understand. If you speak other languages, you might be in desperate need here! They have clients in many languages, so you'll find more work the more languages you know. I still prefer to transcribe on MTurk, but I occasionally log in and do some work with TranscribeMe. The pay is pretty good.

  6. Qmee

    This is a bit different from other things on the list, as it's not exactly "work" you're doing. I have their Chrome extension installed, and on certain Google or Amazon searches, a sidebar pops up with suggested items. If you click on one of them, you get a couple of cents. It's best to not click on things you aren't completely interested in, because it could get you banned or ruin Qmee for everyone because advertisers get annoyed. You won't make much, but my favorite part is that you can cash out to PayPal with no minimum. Many sites have minimums so high you'll never reach them to cash out and get your money - no need to worry about that here.

  7. SliceThePie

    SliceThePie is cool because it pays you to listen to new songs and review them. There are limits on how much you can rate per day, but I believe it gets lifted as you gain their trust with well-written reviews. Pay also goes up as you write more, but it's never exactly the same for each song. That part of the site is a little bit confusing, but it's fun to just get paid at all to listen to music. You do need to actively listen and write a thoughtful review. You can't just say a song is good or bad; that won't cut it.

  8. Fiverr

    Fiverr is a great place to earn money just by doing things you're good at - and everyone has something they can market! Whether you can code websites, draw logos, make marketing videos, craft, use Photoshop or even just review books on Amazon, you can make money. The pay starts off low as you start out ($4, as Fiverr keeps one dollar for every five you earn), but as you establish yourself you can add extras that bring in more cash. People with a lot of skills in need have managed to even quit their day jobs to work solely on Fiverr projects.

  9. Zazzle

    With Zazzle, you can design T-shirts and hundred of other projects and sell them. The material needs to be in the public domain or made by you, so you can't just use any old photo on a postcard or a registered trademark on a T-shirt, but there is still a lot you can do even if you aren't an artist. Just by making simple text graphics in Photoshop and importing public domain photos of things like butterflies, I've made sales on Zazzle. It's taken a while to add up, but I know that the more I add, the more I sell. They have an easy option to use the same design and make hundred of products to sell all at once.

  10. Squidoo

    Squidoo is a place to make and view "lenses," which are basically interactive articles on every subject imaginable. It's hard to monetize them and takes a lot of work, but some people earn a lot just from this site alone. You earn from things like advertisements and links to Amazon or eBay products. Plus, if you have many friends on social networks, you can post your lenses and ask them to share what they find interesting to other friends. It will take time to build up an audience, but it can be done. Squidoo is also just a really fun site to use.

My personal favorites, and the ones I use the most, are Mechanical Turk and CrowdSource. They are my tried-and-true best ways to make money. If you have any free time, spend it on some of these sites and you'll be earning money in no time.