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5 Legitimate Ways to Make Money From Home

budget, workMorgan Taber10 Comments
Do the words - make money from home make you cringe? Me too, or at least they did. I just imagine people packing doll hair into bags and sending them off to Taiwan. Don't ask. Never fear, there are non-creepy, non-scammy ways to earn a little extra income out there! Read on, my friends.

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to stop working my full time job outside of the house and stay home with my son. My husband's income alone could support us, but things would have been very tight. I don't ask for much, however, I do like my wine and my monthly MMO subscriptions, m'kay. That is when I started looking around for ideas to make some extra cash from home. 
My son is in school now and I work full-time, but I still  love making some extra spending money on the side.
Through trial and error, I found out which companies were worth it, and which were not worth my time. I compiled a list of some of my favorite ways to make extra money. They are certainly not going to make you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, but it's nice to mail out a car payment with money earned by clicking around on the internet in your PJs.



This one is pretty self-explanatory. Answer questions, polls, and surveys-- get paid. You  certainly aren't going to get rich, but if you are persistent you will definitely earn money. Many companies offer points that can be converted to cash or gift cards. I highly recommend making an email just for use with these surveys, because they WILL email you. A lot.



Web Search 

Get rewarded for searching the internet and other simple activities, most of them things we already do on a daily basis.
Many of these companies now also offer other ways to earn including surveys, printing coupons, taking polls and signing up for offers. The line between survey companies and web search rewards is becoming more and more blurred. Inbox Dollars, for instance, pays you for reading their emails. Again, a new email address comes in handy here.
Since 2013, I have earned around $400 in Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks. I usually let them build up and save them to use for holiday shopping. Not a bad racket for searching the internet and the occasional survey if you ask me.



Freelance Writing

Do you like to write? Do you have excellent grammar? If so, you might want to check out freelance writing. You write an article for a set price. These articles can be for blogs, periodicals, eBooks etc. Much of the time, you are ghost writing, meaning you will not be given credit for your writing. The pay normally scales with your writing ability.
I don't have too much experience with many different companies, as I've only done work for Textbroker. I've heard good things about Scripted, so I've included them as well.
And, of course, there are independent gigs out there as well, where you can work directly with a client without going through a "middleman".



Usability Testing

Companies pay to have people like you and me try out their websites and give our honest opinions. A typical test takes between 10 and 20 minutes and pays between $8 and $15 dollars. Just keep calm, speak clearly and give your honest opinion of the site you are viewing. Getting paid to sit in your comfy home and vocalize your opinion is a pretty sweet deal in my opinion. Requires a microphone and sometimes a webcam. Most sites pay via PayPal a few days to a week after the test is completed.



Search Engine Evaluation

An ads quality rater is essentially a human fact-checker for Google’s algorithm or mathematical formula, for determining relevant search engine results. As Google constantly fine tunes its algorithm- as a way to return better search results and also as a way to keep up with the changing ways people use language. It needs actual people to check that the results it returns to users are, in fact what they are actually looking for. 
The job involves analyzing and providing feedback on text, web pages, images and other types of information for Google, using their online tool.
This type of work is quite analytical but pays quite well for completely self-paced work. I can't go into much more detail here, as there are hefty NDAs that go along with this type of work.


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