Do you love your job?
I actually really like my job, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have it’s boring moments.
Or that I don’t get frustrated sometimes and I need a break.
Or that I don’t get fed up occasionally.
Maybe your job is perfect, but I’m not betting on it. For me, the bottom line is that my job takes approximately 40% of my brain power. I enjoy it, and the people that I work with, but some days I’m bored, and some days I’m super busy.
I’m also efficient.
I don’t believe that time should ever be wasted, and if I’m stuck at work without any actual work to do, should I find something productive to do?
That’s how I found these 5 ways to make money online (plus a bonus!) – even while you’re at work! Over the course of a year, together, these sites have made me more than $1,000!
Here’s how to make money online while you’re at work:
Search with Swagbucks.com –
Swagbucks.com rewards you for using their search engine. You can also earn by shopping through their cash-back store, or completing surveys, but I like it as a search engine. Plus, if you sign up with this link, Swagbucks & I will reward you with 100 Swagbucks to get you started! And yes, the results are almost exactly the same as Google. 450 points = $5.00 amazon Gift Card Amount Earned/Year: $240.00
Use Bing Rewards –
My workplace blocks Swagbucks, so at work I use Bing as my search engine. It’s simple! For each 2 searches, you earn 1 point, no matter what. Points can be cashed out for merchandise or gift cards. For example, you can receive a $5.00 Amazon gift card for 475 points.* Amount Earned/Year: $75.00
Use Qmee –
One of the things I like about Qmee is that it can be used in conjunction with Bing Rewards and Screenwise Trends panel (We’ll talk about Screenwise Trends Panel Next). Qmee is an browser extension that works with whichever search engine you choose. When you enter your search terms, Qmee pops up with a couple of their results. If you click on them, you are rewarded with a bit of money in your “bank.”* Amount Earned/Year: $50.00
Screenwise Trends Panel –
Also a browser extension, Screenwise Trends Panel pays on a weekly basis based on which devices you have it installed on, up to $2.00 a week. The extension monitors your browsing habits (not specific data) so that advertising companies can learn how to better market their products. You can install it on your computer, phone, and tablet in order to earn money. Screenwise Trends Panel can be used in conjuction with both Bing Rewards and Qmee.* Amount Earned/Year: $104.00
Amazon Mechanical Turk –
Have some down time? Amazon Mechanical Turk is a micro-task engine that allows workers to pick their own tasks and set their own hours. You won’t get rich doing this, but spending a few minutes a day can add up to some really money over the course of a year. Check out this Redditt forum that lists the best paying Hits on Amazon Mechanical Turk, so you can maximize the amount of money you make per hour. Over the course of this year, I’ve made almost $600! Amount Earned/Year: $600.00
This survey site is one of the best-paying that I’ve found. Like Amazon Mechanical Turk, you won’t get rich on Opinion Outpost, but over the course of the year I’ve made $300 while sitting on my couch and taking surveys while watching TV! Click here to learn more about Opinion Outpost. Amount Earned/Year: $300.00
When I bring up the opportunity of making money on sites like these, often what I hear is something like this: “It’s not worth my time.”
And that is absolutely right.
I’m an accountant, so I make decent money. But doing this stuff is still worth my time.
Let’s think of time as a cost. Just like money, you can choose to spend time wisely, or waste it. You can use your time to make more money, or more memories. Or you can squander it simply because you’re stuck at work.
When you’re at work with nothing to do, think of your time as a “sunk cost.” What is a sunk cost?
- A sunk cost is money that has already been spent and cannot be recovered. Sunk costs are also called retrospective costs. Logic dictates that because sunk costs will not change — no matter what actions are taken — they should not play a role in decision-making. Source
Your time at work is a sunk cost because you have to be there. You cannot go home early, or come in late. During work hours, your time is already spent for you, and that will not change.
On top of that, you’re getting paid to be there. Let that sink in for a moment. Anything you earn on the side while at work is pure profit. You don’t have to pay bills with it (hopefully that’s already covered by your work paycheck), and you don’t have to save it (although that would be wise). It’s over and above what you’re already getting paid.
So yes, it’s totally worth your time.
Give it a try!
Have you tried any sites like these to make a little extra money while at work? Or even at home?
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