Most people pay for computers to pay bills, write college papers, and surf the internet to check their Facebook page or check the news. They buy smartphones to stay connected at work or when they are out with friends and to use apps that make life easier in so many ways. Devices like these can be a way to make money, however, and can more than pay for themselves.
The two sources of income that I now have are both online and are heavily dependent on my laptop computer and occasionally my smartphone or tablet, and I have never had such high income with such flexibility and freedom as I have since I started working online from home.
Here are some of the best ways to make money with your devices, whether you’re trying to bring in a few extra bucks each month or turn your device into a career or a second job.
1. Take surveys with Survey Junkie.
There are many sites that reward users for taking surveys, but SurveyJunkie is different. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of spending several minutes answering questions only to find out that you don’t qualify for the survey’s target demographic, this site may be a cut above other survey sites. SurveyJunkie takes user profiles and matches them with surveys that fit those parameters so you don’t waste time.
2. Complete tasks with Fiverr.
Fiverr contains thousands of tasks users can complete to earn $5 for each one. Whether you have a few minutes or longer, you can earn a little extra cash or even turn your expertise in writing, art, web design, or one of many other skill areas into a side job or ongoing freelance gig. You simply set up one or more tasks that you can offer, and people hire you to complete them. You can also search for tasks that people need completed and tailor your offerings to those kinds of tasks.
3. Learn valuable skills with online courses.
While not a direct moneymaker, your device can enable you to learn skills that you can use to make money online when you take courses on sites like learntobeabookkeeper and proofreadanywhere. Skills learned on these and other sites can lead to jobs in these areas, both online and offline in some cases. Those who continue to learn new skills and update existing ones have the advantage in their career opportunities and earning potential, so taking online courses is a worthwhile investment.
4. Get the best deals on new tech.
Shopping online can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year on the things you want to buy, including new tech gadgets when the old ones are past their prime or just don’t do what you need them to anymore. Swappa is a website that offers you gently used smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other tech gear at a great savings and offers you the chance to sell your gently used tech for lower fees than eBay (and fees are added to the sale price and paid by the buyer, not the seller).
5. Start a blog.
A blog with enough page views can put paid ads on the site and can give you a customer base for specialized products like ebooks or online courses that can bring in anything from a side income to thousands of dollars each month. It takes time to build blog readership to be able to monetize it, but a blog can be very lucrative if you put in the time and effort it takes to make it profitable.
Monetized blogs need to be hosted on their own domains, and Bluehost can help you get started inexpensively with low hosting and domain registration fees to keep your costs low while you’re in the building phase.
6. Earn rewards for online shopping.
If you shop online often, you can earn cash back on your items through sites like Ebates and Swagbucks. Once you sign up for an account, the site will prompt you to activate your cash back when you land on a site that offers it. Then you just shop and wait a few days for the site to process your transaction, and the cash back will be available on the site.
Swagbucks uses a point system for rewards that can be redeemed as gift cards or a Paypal cash deposit, while Ebates will pay in cash when you reach a certain level of cash back. Swagbucks also awards points for watching videos, doing surveys, and trying out new products offered on the site. I recently got 2,000 points on Swagbucks, the equivalent of a $20.00 gift card, for trying out Dollar Shave Club for $5, which wasn’t a bad deal at all considering my hubby loved the blades and they are cheaper than store bought ones.
7. Lend money through a peer-to-peer lending site.
Peer-to-peer lending websites allow people to invest cash by lending it to others who need it to pay off higher rate bills, start businesses or for other needs. While peer-to-peer lending is not without risk, it’s a way to make your savings work for you and in most cases is a profitable investment. Upstart is one peer-to-peer lending site that not only can make you money when you invest, but helps others in need to reach their financial goals.
There are tons of ways to make money from your computer or device, so if you have some time to spare, you can definitely find a way that works for you.