A Few Simple Ways to Make a Few Extra Dollars

Updated on October 6, 2017
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Emily is a free spirit who manages her own website, Erratic Ramblings. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics.

Making money online is something many of us wish we could do. More importantly, it's something we wish we could do easily and without much effort. This isn't exactly a great attitude to have when trying to make money, and it's one that won't get you very far. Effort is generally necessary and helps a lot when you're looking to increase the numbers in your bank account. Plus, working for what you earn is much sweeter than being lazy and gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Despite not being able to get rich with little to no effort, it is possible to make some money online. As a bonus, several of the ways to do so are fairly simple and don't require much work on your part. In fact, some of them can be done while you watch TV or do other things. Some of them can even be done right on your smartphone, if you prefer a smaller platform. These are simple ways to make a few extra bucks that won't make you feel like you're working too hard.


Have you been hoping to break into the music industry? Well, here's your chance to do so. No, you're not about to become famous, but you do get to help shape current music trends. Plus, if you're genuinely helpful and reliable, you might have a chance to shape trends in other industries as well.

How is this so? Slicethepie.com is a website that started out as a way for individuals to review up-and-coming music. Since then, it's grown much larger and now encompasses fashion, television, and brands. You can even download the app to your phone and conduct reviews from there, if you don't want to do it on your computer. The main idea is the same, though. You write a review for something and receive compensation for it.

Using Slicethepie is very simple. You click on the area you want to review, fill in the box with as much detail as you can, hit submit, and wait to see if your review was accepted. As long as you were specific and stayed on point regarding what you were reviewing, you should have no problem getting your review approved. Once it is, you'll be told how much the compensation is, and you can move on to the next item.

The amount of money you receive is small - it starts out around $0.01. However, as your rating goes up, so does the amount you get paid per review. The more reviews you write, the more you get paid. Plus, in case you're looking for a little more incentive, there are often opportunities to earn bonus money on your reviews. The program is simple, and it's a very easy way to make a few extra dollars.


If you haven't yet heard of Swagbucks, you're in for a treat. If you have, keep reading, because you might discover something new about it. Swagbucks is a website where people can engage in a number of tasks that and earn points (aka swagbucks). These points can then be redeemed for gift cards, charity, or cash deposits to PayPal.

When it comes to making money online, Swagbucks is a great choice if you're looking for some variety. The website offers quite an array of ways to earn, from shopping at online retailers to watching videos. You can choose to do as much or as little as you'd like, though doing more obviously means earning more.

As far as simple tasks go, Swagbucks offers a pretty decent selection. You can earn points through searching, entering swag codes that you can easily find online, or by spending money on things you were planning on purchasing anyway. Each activity comes with a disclaimer explaining exactly what you must do in order to earn your points, so there shouldn't be any surprises.

One of the simplest ways to earn points, though, is by downloading the EntertaiNow app. Videos will autoplay, and you can go about any other business you have. You could even throw the videos on before you go to sleep. You'll wake up to a nice chunk of points earned that required almost nothing from you.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk, or Mturk as it's more commonly known, is a program that connects businesses with workers. Workers perform HITs (human intelligence tasks) and get paid by the sponsoring company if the HIT is accepted. Payments are usually prompt, but can take up to 21 days depending on the task and the company you performed the HIT for.

HITs range in worth from $0.01 to upwards of $50. The worth depends on what the company is willing to pay, how long the task takes, and how challenging the task is. As a worker, you can choose which tasks you'd like to do, plus you have complete control over when or how often you work. You get more job opportunities and stand to make more money, though, the harder and more often you work.

Unlike with the previous two options, you actually stand a chance of making a good amount of money with Mturk. However, the tasks are generally more challenging than the ones you come across with the other two. Some are fairly simple though, such as taking a survey or adding tags to a photo, and many of them can be done while you watch TV. The amount of money you make will reflect how much effort you're willing to put in.


Qmee isn't the best or fastest way to earn money, but it can be a very easy way. Qmee offers two ways to earn - surveys and searches. While surveys offer higher payouts, they're time-consuming and you don't always (or ever, really) qualify for them. You end up wasting your time and are bound to get frustrated. Searches, on the other hand, are extremely easy to do.

Getting credit for searches is simple if you have the browser extension, and you're doing some online shopping. You type in your search and Qmee comes up with offers from different companies. Clicking on these offers earns you a few cents, and there's no obligation to purchase anything. The program also comes up with better deals and various coupon codes for the products you're interested in. You simply keep doing what you're already doing and watch the pennies pile up.


Crowdtap is a website that brings consumers and brands together. They have over 20 brands that you can choose to connect with, though you're not obligated to connect with any. Of course, the more brands you follow and interact with, the more points you will be able to earn.

Every time you reach 1,000 points (it starts at 500), you earn a $5 Amazon gift card. It might not sound like much, but it adds up quickly. There are almost always tasks to do, which range from answering basic questions to taking pictures with products, and many of them are worth 20 points each. Plus, new tasks are constantly popping up, so it's wise to check back often.

In addition to the online aspects, Crowdtap has product testing opportunities. Receiving a product means you must complete all the tasks associated with it, if you want to receive more products in the future. You usually get 20 points for product testing, and you get to keep whatever you tested.

Crowdtap is excellent about paying its participants. Payments are usually made within 1-3 business days, and they're always on time. The gift card arrives in your email and is simple to redeem. If you use Amazon at all, it's worth checking out Crowdtap.

Explore the Web

The internet is crawling with ways to make extra cash; you just have to know where to look. Hopefully this list gives you a good place to start. If any of the programs I mentioned don't have a link provided, I apologize for the inconvenience. HubPages has certain rules that must be followed and they've deemed certain links unacceptable - namely ones that link to sites where you make money. If you'd like a referral to any of the programs, please let me know. Referrals mean I get a small monetary reward from the programs, which is greatly appreciated, plus they sometimes offer bonuses for the person utilizing the referral (that being you). Now, go make that green!

© 2017 Emily Schultz


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