I’ve started a new full-time job in the past few weeks, so I’ve not been quite as active in trying to make money online. The goal is to build up residual income over time that will help pay a bill or two without any additional work on my part. In July, I had gotten well over half-way toward my goal of earning $5,000 this year while sitting at home in my pajamas.
During August, I continued working on earning some extra money, although my time available for doing so was much less. I began August with $3,296.79, which was well over half-way toward my ultimate goal. During the month, I earned the following:
Total Amount Earned in Pajamas during August: $457.69. Of this, around $100 was passive income–the best kind of income that there is.
This amount brought my total earnings for the year up to a whopping $3,754.48. With four months left in the year, I’m just over $1,200 from my ultimate online goal of earning $5,000 for the year. I’m hoping I can make it. One of the reasons I want to make more money as I go through the rest of the year is to make some extra money to pay for Christmas presents. I will have more information on my September earnings in short order.
I’ve been working online for the past few months working toward a goal of $5,000 for the year. Much like June, July was a pretty good month when it came to my online earnings. Most was active income, but some of my income was actually extremely passive (i.e., I did no additional work to earn it). That’s the best form of income, in my opinion. Coming into the month, I was up to $2,373.93 for the first six months of the year. I earned some additional funds in July that will bring that total up. Here were my earning streams for July:
This brings my online earnings for July 2013 to a whopping $922.86. If I were to earn this every month, that would be around $11,000 for the year, and when added to my regular job, that would be a great supplement to my income. Of course, as someone in education, the summer is the period that I can actually spend more time working online, so earnings might drop. I can hope that passive income starts to snowball and add up over time.
When added to my previous earnings this year, my July’s earnings bring my annual total up to $3,296.79, just a bit over $1,700 from meeting my goal of $5,000 in my spare time for 2013. This is definitely within reach based upon what I’ve been able to earn throughout the year to this point. Do any of you have a similar goal? How is it coming? Making money online is not easy, but it can be done, and it can bring in a decent amount of income for those who work at it.
Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. People tend to spend more money than they actually have. They don’t have to. Not charging presents can be a great way to cut down on the stress of the holidays. Getting a somewhat early start is very important in building up a cache of cash to pay for the presents. There are several ways to get funds online without leaving home to pay for Christmas presents. Here are four of the easiest:
This site pays users for completing cash offers (most of which are actually free) and online surveys. Most of the surveys pay less than $1, but there are a total of nine that a person could conceivably complete each day. Checking in and watching short videos will also earn a bit of change. Those who can earn $20 in a month get a check. This site also has a great referral program that can add up the earnings even more quickly. I’ve personally earned over $700 from CashCrate in just over a year. You can sign up for CashCrate here. A very similar site that can also pay out is Treasure Trooper, but this site has a referral system that is not nearly as lucrative for those who try to sign other people up. I’ve actually made money on both of these sites.
This site is primarily a search-and-win site. Users sign up for SwagBucks and earn your first 30 in this virtual currency. Redemptions for $5 e-gift cards start at just 450 SwagBucks (most $5 cards are 500 SwagBucks). These gift cards also come in denominations that are up to $100 and above. Those who put in minimal effort should be able to get a couple of the $5 variety each month. Over the course of a year, that’s $120 in e-gift cards. Of course, with the popularity of giving gift cards for Christmas gifts, signing up for SwagBucks is a no-brainer. You can sign up for SwagBucks here.
This site allows users to submit their own content. As long as it follows the Terms of Service on the site, each view will earn a penny. Each comment on one of your posts will earn you a penny. Each like that one of your posts gets will earn you a penny. There is some earning potential here. I’ve done little until the summer and earned over $50. Those who post the maximum allowable number of posts each day tend to get a payout at least every week. Payouts start out at $25 via PayPal. You can sign up for Bubblews here.
An additional site that will allow users to earn some cash for Christmas is Amazon’s MTurk. Users complete short (and usually easy) tasks for a little bit of cash. These tasks add up, and users can cash them out as Amazon credit or transfer them into their bank accounts in amounts as little as $1. There is no referral program for this site, and much of the work is monotonous. Those who have around 15 minutes a day to spare could probably earn a buck or two toward Christmas. You can sign up for MTurk here.
None of these sites is likely to make you rich, although at least one guy has made over $150,000 in about five years through CashCrate (most of it through referrals). By contrast, I’ve made about $700 in one year on the site. While they won’t make you rich, using one or two of them can earn you at least a C-note or two before Christmas, and you can use this money earned in your pajamas toward getting great Christmas presents for your family and friends.
Disclosure: I will possibly get some referral income if you sign up for the first three recommendations in this post. This will not come out of your earnings. You will earn the same amount whether you use my referral link or not, depending upon the time and effort expended. I thank you if you choose to utilize my links. I usually only recommend sites that I’ve actually earned money from, and I’ve definitely earned money from each of the four sites here.
As a teacher, my regular workload can slow down quite a bit over the summer, so I have more of an opportunity to make money online. I ended May with $1,464.46 in online earnings for the year. This was just under $300 per month. My goal for the year is to earn $5,000. June was a busy month for me, and I was able to pick up the online earnings. Here are my various methods of making money online for June 2013:
My total of all online earnings for June was $909.47. When added to my previous total of $1,464.46, I have now made $2,373.93 through various online venues this year. I am nearly half-way to my goal, and I am just one-half into the year. Much of this work was active income, but some of it was actually a result of passive income. My goal is to get several hundred per month in passive income built up over time. Earning money online can take time, but it can be done. Those who are out of work can find ways to make a few bucks. Teenagers with time on their hands can make money online as well.
This month, those who sign up as my referral for the search and win site SwagBucks will be entered into a $100 e-gift card giveaway. The winner will get to choose from one of the $100 gift cards available on the site. SwagBucks is going to choose one lucky winner from all of my referrals past and present who can earn at least 100 SwagBucks (in addition to any bonuses). If you sign up and put earnmoney70 into the “I have a code” box, you will get an additional 70 SwagBucks that will get you closer to a $5 e-gift card. You can sign up for SwagBucks here.
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The first post of the month, as always deals with my monthly earnings. I’ve set a goal of earning $5,000 online via various methods this year. I think the goal is achievable with a little hard work. Through April, I had earned a total of $913.13, which was an average of over $200 per month. May was a better month in terms of online earnings.
In May, I had the following earnings via online methods:
After adding the $913.13 that I’ve earned prior to this month, my total earnings for the year are up to $1,464.46, just over $3,500 short of the ultimate goal.
This was a record for online earnings for a month. I am hoping to eclipse it over the next few months. The goal is to start out with small numbers and then have them snowball over time into some really serious money. The best way to make real money is through passive income. These sources would be sources that continue to pay out over time with minimal work. Of course, there is some hard work necessary in the initial days and months of earning money online.
The next monthly earning results will be posted in the first half of next month. Hopefully, these earnings can inspire others to earn some extra money on the web.
Earning money in pajamas frequently requires using a variety of earning streams. Some will be very similar in some ways. One of the ways that I’ve used to earn money without leaving home over the past few weeks is the site Treasure Trooper. Treasure Trooper is much like CashCrate, which I’ve already reviewed here.
Treasure Trooper is a Get Paid To (GPT) site on which users can complete a number of cash offers or surveys that pay. Many of these are the same options that are available on CashCrate. One of the biggest differences is the email notifications that Treasure Trooper offers for surveys and offers that might be beneficial to certain users.
The image above shows that I have gotten paid by Treasure Trooper. They initially pay users with a check, and these checks can actually be requested at any time that members request it after they have at least $20 in their account. There is a $0.50 fee for requesting the automatic payout. Otherwise, the check will be sent after the 15th of the month in which the member earns $20.
Treasure Trooper also has a number of games that people can play. Therefore, users will earn Dragon Scales, Arrowheads, or other “Treasure” to finish these games. People can get dragon eggs and then hatch them, raise the dragons to maturity, and sell them for amounts that start around $5. I’ve not done much with these games, but I do have a dragon that needs touches.
Treasure Trooper is a fun site in some ways with the games and such, but I’ve been much more active on CashCrate because of the much better referral program. CashCrate offers users a greater percentage of their referrals’ earnings after certain levels are met. The games are more entertaining on Treasure Trooper, but it seems like more time is spent to earn money, in my opinion. I’ve used both and gotten paid by both, so they are definitely not scams. I can say without reservation that Treasure Trooper is not a scam, but rather a legitimate way to earn a few extra dollars from home.
Many people wonder if the online site CashCrate is a scam in which users get absolutely no money whatsoever after spending tons of time. I personally spend very little time on the site, but I got paid. Here is a picture of an actual check:
My latest payment was actually over $32 for very little in the way of work. I do an occasional offer or survey and get paid. Some people who spend lots of time on the site make well over $200 each month. For stay-at-home moms or college students, this can be a big boost to income that can be done in very small chunks.
The first thing to do to make money with the site is to actually sign up with CashCrate. The site has one of the better referral programs on the web, and I’ve actually started to see a little bit trickle in via this method. I’ve read a couple of blogs that show proof that people have made well over $100,000 via this method.
Summer is a great time of the year for kids all over the US. Most students in those districts that have not gone over to year-round schooling get to take nearly three months away from book learning. A great time for teens to go to the local pool, golf course, tennis court, or mall is summer. Of course, all of these things take money. It is not too early to start thinking about the ways that teens make money during summer.
The question then comes about, who should pay? Many parents have enough to fund their kids’ fun during the summer, but with aftereffects of the Great Recession, many families have budgets that are quite tight. There are several ways for teens to make money to pay for their fun and (hopefully) save some money for college, a car, or a home. Here are just five ideas for teens to make money in the summer of 2014:
1. Sign up for a GPT Site or Two
There are many sites up online that will allow any American over 13 to fill out surveys and watch videos to make money online. Most jobs require an employee to be at least 16 or to have parental permission if 14 or 15. These sites can let younger students start to get an entrepreneurial start.
A couple of the more common GPT sites are CashCrate and Treasure Trooper. Both have a long history of paying literally millions to users. Of course, most people will only earn about $50 or $100 per month if they work at these sites, but they pay without having to go out and work for someone else. They can also be used in free time in conjunction with another job.
2. Sign up for SwagBucks or Another Paid to Search Site
Another way that teens earn money during summer (or at least gift cards) is by signing up for SwagBucks or another such site. This site is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old. Users can perform tasks like searching the web through the site and earn virtual currency known as SwagBucks, which can then be used to purchase a number of items including gift cards or actual cash in a PayPal account. I’m currently using my SwagBucks earnings to buy stock via Loyal3. These earnings from Swagbucks should pay off over time.
Gift card redemption options are at great retailers and restaurants. Among the leading options are Amazon.com and WalMart. e-Gift cards from the latter can be used in the stores, so they are just as good as cash. Also, there are options to redeem a few SwagBucks for discounts at local attractions like golf courses. I have a more lengthy review of SwagBucks here.
GiftHulk is another similar site that allows users to earn from searching the web and watching videos, among other things. I’ve earned PayPal cash from this site, and teens make money during summer from this site as long as they’ve reached 13 years of age. You can sign up for GiftHulk here.
3. Get a Part-time Job
This recommendation can sometime be easier said than done. Many businesses have cut back on the traditional summer hires. What are some good part-time opportunities for students? Many local retail outlets or fast food restaurants might be in the process of hiring for summer.
Those who like to play golf or swim might be able to land a job at one of their favorite places of all. These establishments are frequently seasonal, so they hire specifically during the summer. Those with a full-time job are not likely to apply, so students have a great opportunity to land their first paying gig.
4. Start a Business
One of the best ways that teens make money during summer is through doing something that they like and using it to start a business. High school students can start summer jobs and make decent money in the process. Cutting grass and babysitting are two great methods for teens to make money during the summer. Many of the kids who need babysitting only need it during summer months. Make sure to charge the going rate and do a good job so that you can get repeat business.
5. Sell Lightly Worn Toys or Games
Online businesses like Amazon and eBay allow just about anyone to set up an account and sell items to the world. Most teenagers have no need for the toys that they had in their earlier years. People also start to like different types of video games as they get older.
It is very easy to set up an account on an online dealer like Amazon or eBay with a parent and sell these items. While you will not get the full retail price, you can get some money that can go to something more desirable for a teenager.
Lots of Teens Make Money During Summer So Get Started Now
There are tons of ways that teens make money during summer. Some of the options allow people to actually make money in pajamas without leaving home. Some of the opportunities listed above are seasonal. Others, like CashCrate, Treasure Trooper, and SwagBucks can earn some money year-round. The sooner one signs up, the more quickly they can start to earn money.
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Many people wonder if CashCrate is a scam. Just fill out surveys and cash offers to earn money? This seems like one of those too good to be true concepts that will burn people. Can you use CashCrate to earn money in pajamas?
I can personally verify that I’ve already gotten three checks from the company with little in the way of work. I spend maybe 5 or 10 minutes a day on the site, and I’ve now passed the $100 mark in all-time earnings. Below is a picture of one of my checks from the CashCrate.
It is literally very easy to earn money from CashCrate. New users get a $1 bonus just for signing up. People can also make money from using the cash search option. Of course, the bread and butter of the site are the cash offers and the daily surveys. People who are able to complete all of the daily surveys can earn close to $5 per day, and some of the surveys take all of 5 minutes (although some are quite a bit longer).
From time to time, the bonus surveys link will have videos to watch. These will pay out a few cents for about a minute of work. The videos are not up daily, but they are worth checking out.
Those who have friends can make quite a bit of money with the CashCrate referral system. There is the possibility of earning up to 30% of the amount earned on every cash offer completed by first-level referrer. To show that I’ve been able to make over $100 while sitting in my pajamas, check out the banner below that tracks my up-to-date earnings with the site:
Do you make internet searches for free? Most people do. They simply pull up Google or Yahoo! and then type in their search parameters. They do not get paid for this search. They do it for free. You do not have to be like them.
There are several websites that allow users to utilize a search feature to make internet searches while earning either money or points that can be turned in for money or prizes. Using one of these for most searches is a great way to earn a little bit of money while sitting on the couch during commercials. It is possible to make well over $100 per year just by making about 20 searches per day. $100 will not get you rich, but it can go toward Christmas presents, building up a retirement account, or saving for an emergency fund. If you decide to get e-gift cards, you can use proceeds for places like Wal-Mart, Amazon, or a number of other major retailers.
1. Search with Swagbucks
The second search engine that I use is through Swagbucks. You can sign up for Swagbucks here. I’ve found that sometime within the first five or ten searches I do on Swagbucks, I will earn some virtual currency that I can then cash in for real PayPal cash or e-gift cards to major retailers and restaurants. This is as good as cash. At times, I will use this in the morning and the evening because you can win again after a few hours (I’ve actually won as much as five times in a day). The searches will usually pay around 7 to 10 Swagbucks, but you can win as much as 100 on Mega Swagbucks Friday every week. My record is 49 for one search. Each Swagbucks has a redemption value of about $0.01, so if you were to win twice in the day and got 15 Swagbucks per day, you are over $50 in the course of a year. I’ve been turning my Swagbucks into PayPal cash in $25 increments, which I’ve been converting into shares of dividend-paying stocks.
2. I Use The Hawaiian Airlines Toolbar to Earn Miles
I know that this site is about making money in your pajamas so that you do not have to leave home to earn. However, you can earn more than money, and keeping money from leaving your pocket is just as good as earning in many instances. I downloaded the Hawaiian Airlines toolbar to use as a search engine. I only use it after I’ve cashed out on CashCrate and Swagbucks.
I can earn up to 1,000 miles per month. For every three searches, I get a mile. If I can max this out every month (which is unlikely), I can earn enough miles for a free flight to Hawaii in about 3.5 years. This is not the only way that I can use these miles, however. I can trade them in to Hilton Hotels and get 10,000 HHonors points for every 5,000 miles. That’s enough for a free night at many lower tier Hilton properties. I can also use the miles to get flights on partner airlines like Delta, so the redemption level would be less if I only chose to fly domestically.
There are other toolbars and search engines that can earn prizes. I would encourage you to look into the ones that will work best for you. Let me know how you’ve earned money or other benefits by searching the web.
A Word of Advice
I totally urge you to use these methods to search the web so that you can get money or other benefits that save money. However, I will point out that some of the search results at the top of the page will be paid results. It’s important to scroll down a little bit to find the most relevant searches at times. If you can’t find the best results, you can always turn to Google in a pinch. This way, you can find what you are looking for, and make money at the same time. I use them to look up everything, even if I know the address. That way, I’m sure to make as much as possible. Much of this can be done while watching television or doing other things that are just time killers. Some money is better than no money at all.