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:
Swagbucks is running another promotion this month through Earn Money in Pajamas. This month, the site is offering a lucky referral who has signed up through this site a $100 e-gift card of their choice.
There are several options available for $100 e-gift cards. Amazon.com is a common choice, but there are also many retailers and restaurants that offer cards on the site. The lucky winner will get their choice from those that are available in the Swagbucks store.
All that is needed to be entered in the contest is to sign up (previous referrals are also eligible) under the referral link on this site that goes to Swagbucks. Any referral who earns at least 100 Swagbucks in addition to the initial signup bonuses before the end of the month is eligible to win. The likelihood of winning is dependent upon the number of people who qualify. This month, if you use the code “earnmoney70” (without the quote marks) when signing up, you will earn 70 additional Swagbucks digital currency that will go toward your first e-gift card.
The best way to earn Swagbucks quickly is by using the site as a search engine. Swagbucks will show up randomly when using the search engine available on the site. I’ve earned between $150-$200 in e-gift cards in less than a year just by searching the web (which I’d do anyway). Again, the first step in qualifying is to sign up for Swagbucks today.
Some people might wonder about the frequency of getting some Swagbucks through searches. It is possible to earn every day of the week. I usually do around five or ten searches and get a few (usually between 6 and 12). This equals up to around a penny a Swagbuck.
There is a day that can be better for those who are searching for Swagbucks, however. Every Friday is actually Mega Swagbucks Day, AKA MSBD. On this day each week, members of the Swagbucks site can earn an increased amount of the virtual currency for their regular searches. 50 Swagbucks for a search is not uncommon. While 50 cents worth of a virtual currency might not seem like a huge amount of money, its 50 cents for doing what you would already be doing anyway. Why not earn some e-gift cards for use at some major retailers like WalMart or Target in the process?
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.
The month of July is over, and SwagBucks let me know that the user who won the $100 e-gift card had the SwagBucks name of gmorgan99. I would invite the winner to contact me and let me know of his choice for the gift card. I will then relay the information to SwagBucks, and he should get your card in relatively short order. Thanks to all who visited this site and participated in this great giveaway. Those who want to get in on future giveaways should sign up to get updates to the blog in the right sidebar.
Starting at midnight tonight, Swagbucks is having a Swag Code Extravaganza that they’re calling Camp Swagsabucksaplenty! There are going to be 9 codes in total, and if you get all of them, you’ll have earned 50 Swag Bucks just from codes! Use this schedule so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!If you haven’t joined Swagbucks yet, this is the way to do it, since these swag codes will get you even closer to earning your first gift card. Swagbucks also rewards you for most of the things you’re already doing online and it’s completely free – I’ve used Swagbucks since 2012 and have earned enough in gift cards to get over $120, and you can too. Sign up now!
Remember, everyone who signs up with me gets an opportunity for a $100 gift card if they earn 100 SwagBucks outside of signup bonuses by July 31.
I hope everyone is having a good week. Swagbucks is offering a free $100 e-gift card that is available in the Swagbucks store to one lucky reader of this blog. The gift card is the winners choice from any of the $100 cards on the site, and some of the great options include cards to Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Marriott,Amazon and even $100 in PayPal cash.
How to Enter
Getting into this promotion is easy. Any person who has ever signed up as my referral will be entered into the drawing as long as they have earned 100 Swagbucks–ever. The bucks can come from anywhere other than signups and bonuses. That means searchesand other paid activities on the site will go toward the 100 Swagbucks minimum. Swagbucks will randomly choose one winner from all those who meet the entry criteria.
How Long Does the Contest Run
This contest will run all through the month of July, so there is plenty of time to get to the 100 Swagbucks limit. Additionally, those who sign up using my referral link will automatically get 30 Swagbucks, but by putting earnmoney70 into the “I have a code” slot while signing up will get 70 bonus bucks that are not normally available to the general public. This codes is available for the whole month of July 2013. These earnings are not applicable to the contest, but they will get you a good start to a $5 e-gift card to one of a number of vendors. Search away to get your chance to win $100.
Want to get updates on future contests? Just give your email address to sign up to get my updates on the right sidebar of this blog.
Disclosure: I will earn up to 1,000 Swagbucks as a match for any bucks you earn from searches only. I thank you for your support. Good luck in the contest.
A few months ago, I posted a review of the site Swagbucks. I also posted that Swagbucks is a great option for teenagers to earn a bit of extra money. American teens who are at least 13 can sign up at any time. The site only works in the US, the UK, and Canada. I just wanted to verify my earlier assessment of this site. Those living in one of the countries listed above can sign up for Swagbucks here.
I spend about five minutes (if that) on the site on most days. The site offers random amounts of digital currency for searches. It is possible to get 20-30 Swagbucks per day just by searching the web. Each Swagbuck is worth about a cent. A cent might not seem like much (and it isn’t), but when cents are added up, they make up dollars.
I have been saving up the Swagbucks for a bit. It is possible to cash in on e-gift cards for between 450 (Amazon.com) and 500 Swagbucks (just about everything else). I decided to cash in at 5,000 Swagbucks. I was able to snag a $50 Walmart gift card. I chose Walmart because they actually allow you to use the certificate in the store. Target and most other retailers require you to use the e-gift card on online purchases.
Those who want straight up cash can sign up for a PayPal account and deposit the funds directly. They can then be transferred into a bank account. The cash can then be spent or saved in any manner that is desired. Swagbucks definitely pays off for those who want to make money in pajamas. Sign up for Swagbucks today by following this link.
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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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 a few 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. When I take advantage of earning money from searching the web, I transfer the funds into PayPal cash.
Earning Money From Searching 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 SBs (basically $1) from a single 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.
Earning Money From Searching With GiftHulk
GiftHulk is another site that allows users to search and earn. You can sign up for GiftHulk here. You’ll earn 4 Hulk Coins (GiftHulk’s digital currency) for your first search each and every hour. A Hulk Coin is only worth 1/10 of a cent or $0.001. Therefore, each win is less valuable than a win on Swagbucks. However, these can also add up over time and pay off in a few bucks here and there.
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. You can do much of this while watching television or doing other things that are just time killers. Some money is better than no money at all.
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