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
Opinion Outpost –
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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These are all great ideas! I use Swagbucks occasionally and it is easy to use.
Thanks Michelle – swagbucks is the one that started it all for me!
Great ideas! MyPoints is also easy – especially if you make purchases at work.
Oooh, that’s a good one!
Debt Hater says
I like using a combo of Swagbucks and Bing Rewards, and I’ve heard of Amazon Mechanical Turk. I’ve stayed away from that one as I like how passive Swagbucks and Bing Rewards can be. I’m going to have to check out Qmee though as that seems like another way to make a few extra bucks without doing much!
Yes, I definitely love the passive ones too!
Henrico Ellis says
Great post very sneaky but safe way to do it. Very informative. Michelle I totally agree great ideas.
I’m doing swagbucks for a few weeks now and I’m learning to ropes and now I love it!
Great ideas – I already use Swagbucks, but hadn’t heard of Amazon Mechanical Turk or Opinion Outpost, just goes to show that spending a few minutes here and there being extra productive can really help!
Laura Davenport says
How much junk mail do you accumulate from these websites? I’ve often participated in surveys that are supposed to pay you, but it always leads you to another site to complete another survey. Thus, you’ve wasted 30 minutes of time and you never completed the survey because it was never ending. And you earned no money b/c you didn’t finish the survey. I hate all of the random pop-ups that you get as well. I just want to complete the survey and be done.
I don’t get any, but that’s because I’m very selective about the companies that I work with :-)
Thanks for Information..!!
I love reading your posts about how you’ve made money online! I recently started working from home and quit my day job with your advice and my own research into side hustle jobs.
I have a great website I was introduced to by my mom that actually makes you start earning money within a day. If anyone wants more info just email me or click my link :)
Thank you for the ideas. I am trying to transition to being a work from home mom. Any safe way I can make money from home is great.
I LOVE Swagbucks. It’s how I funded the startup costs for my blog and how we pay for Christmas. It is so easy to use and due to the smartphone apps it can be a way to make passive income.
I love these ideas on how to make money at home! I already use Bing Rewards but I can not wait to try the others! Thank you!! Great Blog:)
I signed up for swagbucks but I was kind of confused at first. I need to just take a few minutes to look at everything.. I have heard a lot of people mentioning it lately .
I suggest just starting with doing searches, the move onto other things if you have time – otherwise it can get confusing and overwhelming!
Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi says
I love swagbucks and I have dabbled in turking! I really need to check out Bing rewards!
Great ideas. I already have swagbucks but I am new to the rest of these. I will check them out! Thanks.
P>S> Great post title
Echota Keller says
I already a, doing some of these, but Qmee and Amazon turk are completely new to me, I hadn’t heard of them before reading this. So thank you for even more ways to earn a little cash!