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November Earnings Report

November was one of the slower months of the year when it came to my online earnings. I continued to make some money, but the amount was a bit lower than most other months this year. I inched closer to my online earnings goal for the year by earning:

Freelance writing: $268.67

Swagbucks: $50

MTurk: $6.30

These earnings added up to $324.97, and this monthly total has my annual online earnings up to $4777.11, just over $600 short of my annual goal, which is definitely within site based upon some of my previous monthly earnings totals. I’ll be sure to update my earnings one final time before the end of the year to show whether or not I’ve made my goal.

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My October Earnings Report Earning Money Online

We’ve now made it into November, the month with all of the turkeys and stuffing. There’s quite a bit to be thankful for. I’ve been able to successfully earn quite a bit of money online this year. I started the month of October with over $4,100 in online income through a variety of sources. As I have in all of the other months this year, I was able to make some more money in October. So, without further ado, here are my online earnings for the month of October 2014. Some was passive, but most was active. My goal is to increase passive income over time.

Freelance writing: $339.73

CashCrate: $34.01

Swagbucks: $25.00

MTurk: $4.90

TOTAL earnings for October: $403.64. My new total for the year is $4,452.14. I’ve already got some money in the hopper for November, so this total is going to increase. How much is still up in the air, but it should sail over the $5,000 level by the end of the year. My goal is to prove that making money online from home is possible, and I think I’ve done it. I’ve even gone over $1,000 in CashCrate earnings in just over two years.

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Online Earning Report–February 2014

I’m now in my second year of tracking my earnings online to help people see how it can be done. I’ve now earned over $5,000 in the past 14 months. I set a goal of $5,400 for 2014. I started out the year very strongly, earning $597.33 for January. I continued my work during February. This month is the shortest of the year, so it can be difficult to keep up with online earnings. I still did pretty well. Here are my earning streams. Unfortunately, little of it was passive income, although I’m building up some accrued income that’s not been paid out yet and should be in the next month or so.

Freelance writing: $480.33

Swagbucks: $25.00 (sign up for Swagbucks here–I could earn a referral commission)

Bing Rewards: $3.00 (sign up for Bing Rewards here–I could earn a referral)

MTurk: $3.00 (sign up for MTurk here–there is no referral program with MTurk)

My total earnings for February were $511.33. When added with my earnings for January, I’ve earned $1,108.66, which is 20.5 percent of my annual goal with just 16.6667 percent of the year completed. That means I’m ahead of my goal for the year.

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January 2014 Earning Money in Pajamas

Last year, I kept track of my progress monthly to show how close I was getting to my annual goal of $5,000 in online earnings. I was short of this total, and I was only able to earn a little over $4,300. I was not frustrated, though, because that was $4,300 I would not have earned had I not started out with a goal to make money online.

This year, I decided to up the ante, and set a goal of $450 per month for 2014, which comes out to $5,400 for the year. I’m using many of the same income streams that I had before, but I’ll also try to bring in a few more over the course of the year to see how other options work. Without further ado, here is my first earnings report for 2014. In January, I earned from the following sources:

CashCrate: $22.40

Swagbucks: $125.00

Amazon’s MTurk: $5.32

Freelance Writing: $444.61

Total for January 2014: $597.33

Total for 2014: $597.33

Amount remaining before reaching 2014 goal: $4,802.67

This was a much better start to my year than last January, in which I only brought in $187.31. If I can keep up my current rate, I should be able to meet my goal of earning money in pajamas this year.

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Final 2013 Online Earnings

I began 2013 with a goal of earning $5,000 online during the year. I worked hard for much of the year, and made some money each month. Some months, I earned well over $500. Others, I earned less than $200. December was pretty much in the middle. Without further ado, here are my earnings from December:

Freelance writing: $177.14

Bubblews: $25.23

MTurk: $5.15

Total for December $202.52

This income for December, when added to my previous online earnings for the year brings my grand total for 2013 to $4.363.93.

While this was a bit over $600 less than my initial goal, it is nonetheless a nice chunk of change that I was able to make while I was basically sitting at home, many times watching TV. I also should point out that there were some accrued earnings in a few income streams that will have to wait to be realized until 2014.

The question remains, can you earn money by blogging? Yes, you can still earn money blogging. While much of my income came from freelance writing, I was able to capitalize on my blog and actually make a bit of a profit (my estimate is around $500).  I’m going to post on here what my goals for 2014 are going to be. What are your online earning goals looking like?

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Four Ways to Make Money Online for Christmas 2013

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:

1. CashCrate

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.

2. SwagBucks

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.

3. Bubblews

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.

4. MTurk

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.

 

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Making Money from Home–June Earnings Report

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:

Freelance Writing: $512.83

HubPages: $54.45

Bubblews: $25.60

CashCrate: $309.06

MTurk: $7.53

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.

Reminder

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.

If you find this blog to be a great source of information, be sure to sign up to receive automatic updates. You will usually only get between 2 and 5 updates per month, so your inbox will not be flooded from me. 

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Earning Money Online–May Earnings

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:

Freelance Writing: $387.19

Hubpages: $77.41

CashCrate: $81.93

MTurk: $4.80

Total online earnings for May 2013: $551.33

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.

 

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Earning Money in Pajamas with MTurk

I will not earn a commission or referral fee if you sign up for MTurk.

In my series on making money online via various sites, I read about several people earning money through Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk website, more commonly known as MTurk.

MTurk is effectively a site on which people all around the world can get paid to do certain tasks that people need done. These tasks are known as Human Intelligence Tasks, or HITs.

It is necessary for those wanting to use the site to first sign up for MTurk. The process is fairly short and simple. After signing up and getting account approval, you can then start working on tasks. There are usually somewhere between 150,000 and 400,000 tasks that can be chosen at any given time. Fork example, as I am writing this, there were 225,099 HITs available for site users.

The amount of money that each task pays out varies by quite a bit. Many will pay a cent or two, others will pay several dollars. The types of tasks that people can complete are as widely varied as taking surveys, recording information based upon Google searches, writing short articles or blog posts, or transcribing audio files. Most of the more lucrative options are of the transcription variety.

I decided to try out MTurk for a bit, doing a HIT here and there. Most were around $0.10 or $0.20. I earned $6.61, and decided to cash out. It is possible for users to cash out at any time after getting $1.00 in their account. The earnings can then be posted to either an Amazon.com gift card account or a bank account. I opted for depositing the funds into my Amazon account. They showed up immediately.

Is MTurking a great way to make a full-time income from home? Nope. The per hour pay is pretty low, and the marketplace is nearly global in scope because of the Internet. It is possible to do a hit during each commercial break or between pitches, however. These dollars can add up over time and help with bills or Christmas or birthday presents. I have seen some stories that show people making thousands on the MTurk site. I probably won’t, but, apparently, it is possible to do so.

MTurk is another in the plethora of possibilities when it comes to making money online. Those who want to earn money in pajamas without leaving the house are sure to find plenty of opportunity if they are willing to look for it and then work.