I continued in my goal of earning money in pajamas during the month of February. As I noted previously, it is important to set goals when trying to earn funds online. As noted in the previous article, I’ve set a goal of making $5,000 from my online activities during 2013.
Here is the latest earnings report for the month of February. Please note that I have also have additional money that I earned during the month that should come in at a later date. Again, I earned the most money from freelancing.
My earnings from freelancing came to $184.62 for the month.I also earned a total of $70.77 from HubPages.
The total for the month was $255.39.
When the earnings for January are added to this total, I have earned a total of $442.70. The money is starting to add up, and I’m trying to diversify my earning streams. Hopefully, I’ll be able to reach my overall goals. Do you have an earning goal for this year? How is it going? I’d be interested to know.
Most people want to make more money because they want to sock it away or consume it on trivialities that matter little in the long run. Food, clothing, shelter, and transportation are necessities in life, but much of the rest that we buy is superfluous to life. I would say that a computer is a near necessity because it is a great tool for making money. There are two important reasons why people should want to make money according to the Good Book. One of the two is frequently ignored in American society today.
If a Man Won’t Work, He Shouldn’t Eat
Growing up, I frequently heard Bible reading from 2 Thessalonians 3. This passage basically says that if a man won’t work, he should not eat. I see this verse spouted off on message boards and certain televisions stations to bash the poor and those on welfare. This verse is not meant to bash the poor. It is meant to bash the lazy. The two are not necessarily the same thing. Some people are poor because they are lazy. Others are simply poor because they don’t make enough in their work. These people should not be condemned by society, as they often are.
#1 Work to Provide for Yourself/Your Family
The same writer, Paul, wrote this passage in his earlier letter to the same people (I Thessalonians 4):
9Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (ESV)
The first purpose of working hard and making money through a job or online endeavors is to provide. This wins respect and tends to keep those who work from being dependent. The Apostle did not stop at working just to get rich yourself. Jesus said a few things about those who trust in their wealth, and none of these sayings were positive.
#2 Work to Provide for the Needs of Others
Those who work are not just to work for their own benefit. Most people like to stop with the passages mentioned above. However, Paul, who wrote the two letters mentioned specifically above also wrote a letter to his converts in Ephesus. In this passage (Ephesians 4:28), he notes:
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. (ESV)
From this passage, it is evident that those who are able to be successful should use some of their wealth for the benefit of others. There is no qualifier on who should get help, other than those who are in need. While this concept goes against much of what people think it means to be an American, it nonetheless needs to be pointed out.
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:
January was a pretty busy month. I was on the road for the first week of the month, so my online earning capabilities were not as big as they might have otherwise been. Also, I spent quite a bit of time getting my first draft of my dissertation finished, so that took a bit more time. Travel is not in the cards for February, but there will more than likely be some impressive revisions to do on the dissertation. Nevertheless, I was able to make a few bucks on the side during January.
Most of my money actually came from online writing. There are several sites that people can use to make money. Some of them are open to citizens from around the world. Some limit themselves to just American citizens. At times, my earning is limited by the types of jobs that are available. I might look at the board to see what jobs are available and conclude that the instructions are so convoluted that my pay per hour will come out to about $2.50 because of the research and or formatting involved. I tend to look for jobs in areas in which I already have some knowledge so that I can make more money more quickly.
In January, I made $116.79 from a freelance writing site. I also was able to make $70.52 from the online writing site HubPages, which is a Web 2.0 site that allows users to post their own articles and participate in discussions that are in a way like Facebook. HubPages has a large number of users and pays based upon the number of views and click that people get. I was able to earn some more money during January, but I did not make the payout amount necessary to get paid from these sites. I am continually on the lookout for legitimate ways to make money without leaving the house. I will continue to review some of these sites in the future and keep up with my goal of earning $5,000 in 2013 from my internet work. I am at $187.31 so far after one month. My hope is that the money will start to snowball over time.
What are your online earning goals for the year? I’m interested to know.
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.
A common refrain that people will hear is that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. There is a great deal of wisdom in this statement. Many people want lots of stuff, a great job, or money to sock away in retirement. The vast majority fail to get to where they want to be. Why? In a large number of cases, the reason why people do not achieve their goals is because they forget to set goals. Those who want to earn money in pajamas while working online are no different. Here are some tips toward setting online earning goals.
1. Learn about earning money online
The first and probably most important online earning goal that many people forget when actually trying to earn money online is that of learning about the process. Robert Kiyosaki, in his best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, encourages people to work to learn, not to earn. Knowing how to go about earning money is a very important component of earning money. Read extensively. I did this to avoid some of the more common scams. The online earning opportunities that I share on this site, though they are definitely not be get-rich-quick schemes, are methods that I have used myself with varying degrees of success. I always check a number of mediums before trying a new money-making method. This way, I avoid losing money and can concentrate on making additional income online.
2. Start making money online
Reading and learning about making money online will not get anyone anywhere important. Knowledge is useless unless is is put into practice. I would suggest starting one method in your spare time to start earning a few extra bucks. Of course, those who are unemployed or underemployed may have more spare time to start working on making more money. You can sign up for CashCrate, Swagbucks, or any of the other great sites that allow people to make money without spending a dime. You might also want to sign up to get a cash bonus from a bank that wants to earn your business. Once you start earning a bit of money and see the amount of time involved, you can then start to set tangible goals.
3. Set goals that are attainable
Anyone can set a goal of making $1 million in a year. 99.9999 percent of these people will quickly become frustrated when they make a mere $10 in their first day of online work. They will get even more frustrated when they make less than this amount. There are people who make $1 million online, buy they no doubt started small in most instances. It is important when setting goals that you set goals that are attainable. A good goal for this year might be to make $100 per month to supplement your bills, to take a vacation, or to save in a retirement account. You might even choose to set a very modest goal of a dollar a day. Few people truly understand the power of a dollar. Most people will be able to achieve these amount with a bit of work. As you then learn more, you can start to make more in less time. This relatively easy online earning goal can keep you from getting discouraged and giving up on earning money online.
4. Re-assess goals annually
It is still relatively early in the year, so it is still possible to set concrete goals that will help your and/or your family’s budget. If you have a short-term online earning goal of $100 per month, you should check how you did at the end of the year. Perhaps you achieved more than you thought that you would. Perhaps you earned less. Successes should encourage us to attempt to achieve more. At this point, it might be good to set a long-term goal for the next five years. This does not mean that annual online earnings goals become less important. These are the stepping stones on the road map that will get to the ultimate destination.
I personally set a goal of making $5,000 in my part-time online endeavors back in 2013. I didn’t reach it. What did I do, I set it higher for the next year. What are some goals that you have set for yourself?
There are tons of blogs and websites dedicated to the concept of moms working at home. Also known as WAHM, work at home moms are becoming an ever-larger subsection of the population. Some of these WAHM are able to earn a substantial chunk of change while staying home with the kids.
Women are not the only ones who can make money from home in their pajamas. Dads can also spend time working from home to supplement the family income. Even if they have a full-time job, most dads will not be working every minute of every day. Most parents spend some time in the evening relaxing in front of the television. There are several ways that these folks can earn a few bucks during commercials or between plays. There is usually about 45 seconds between plays in football or pitches in baseball.
During the fall, I remember watching a college football game one afternoon. I also made about $4 while watching by doing a few things on Cashcrate while . This may not seem like a huge amount of money, but it is $4 that I would not have had if I had just watched the game without multitasking. Another easy way to earn a few bucks while watching games on the couch is through Swagbucks. A few searches will usually earn some bucks that can be redeemed for merchandize or, more popularly, e-gift cards to retailers like Wal-Mart or Amazon.com or PayPal cash. I have previously given a review of CashCrate and a review of Swagbucks and how you can earn on these sites.
Earning money is not the most important thing in life. Parents should also try to spend time with their children and enjoy each others’ company. However, making a few extra bucks can really help those who have a very tight budget. CashCrate and Swagbucks are just a couple of ways that families can improve their cash flow every month. They are not, by any means, the only way that dads can provide some extra income for their families. There are any number of other sites and methods that fathers can utilize to help out with the family budget.
These methods are fairly entrepreneurial, and they can frequently lead to thinking outside the box. People who begin to think of many ways to achieve their financial goals are usually more successful in meeting them. A 9-5 job is not likely to lead to much financial freedom. Working at home in the evenings and on weekends can provide the income boost needed to improve the level of financial freedom for any family, and dads can take the lead.
One of the easiest ways to earn money in pajamas on the web is through the use of the Get Paid To (GPT) website CashCrate. Users of this site earn cash by completing tasks such as signing up for offers and filling out online surveys. The surveys are 100% free and many of the cash offers are free. There are several ways that people can earn money from using CashCrate. This article will detail ways in which people can earn money in pajamas using CashCrate, how payments are processed by the site, and some cautions that need to be considered when trying to earn with CashCrate.
1. Complete cash offers
There are many cash offers that users of CashCrate can complete. Quite a number of these are free. Some companies just want to send a free sample or send an advertising email, and are more than happy to pay $0.50 to do so. Some of the offers will cost a bit of money and require a credit card, but those who want to make money for spending nothing but free time do not have to do spend a dime and can just refuse to do the offers that cost a fee.
2. Complete daily surveys
Marketing companies love to know about their market. Major corporations pay survey companies to find out what the market wants. There are usually around 6 surveys on CashCrate every day. These pay between $0.50 and $0.80 each. Some members earn about $5 per day just by completing the daily surveys. These can be completed during the commercials on your favorite game or other television show.
3. Check in
There is a check-in button on the CashCrate homepage that pays $0.03 for a click of the mouse. Those who do this every day will earn a $0.50 bonus at the end of the month. You could just about meet the minimum payout just by doing this every day in a year.
4. Install the toolbar
I have personally made quite a bit on this. CashCrate pays $0.50 for every 25 searches. Since they limit users to 10 qualifying searches per day, it takes about 2.5 days to earn the bonus. Those who complete the Check-in and search requirements every day for a year would earn over 80 bucks for very little effort. This would be a great addition for Christmas gifts or taking out that special someone on a date. Please note that this toolbar was discontinued in mid-2013. Now, there is a search bar on the CashCrate homepage. You can only earn money from it on days that you earn $1.00 from the cash offers.
Signing up referrals is the way that many people have made the most money on CashCrate. While some people are able to make between $100 and $200 on the site without referrals, I have seen two people who have made in the neighborhood of $150,000 and another that has made nearly $60,000. Most of this comes from referrals. The top level of referrals gets 30% of their referrals payout on cash offers and 20% of their referrals’ referrals on cash offers. They also get a nickel for every survey or bonus survey that a referral completes. If you sign up for CashCrate under my link, you will earn me money, but you will also be able to get referrals and earn money through them.
How are users paid?
Users are paid by check during each month in which they earn the minimum payout amount, which is currently set at $20. Earnings are carried over each month in which members do not make the minimum. The checks are cut around the 15th and users can expect to get payment from CashCrate in the mail around the 20th. Those who reach higher levels of earnings can begin to get paid on the 1st and there is also a PayPal and weekly pay option for those who reach higher levels of success with the website. As you can see above, people actually get paid by the site.
Considerations before opening an account
Those who sign up for CashCrate are giving out at least their email address to internet marketers. You will get more mail in your inbox. I’ve set up another G-mail account that I give out to these marketers. Many who are members of CashCrate do the same thing. Of course, this is optional, but it is important to remember.
Another consideration is related to offers that require a phone number. I do not give out my phone number to marketing companies, not because they will randomly call at dinner time, but because they will at time “sign you up” for a service you do not want and then you will get a mysterious charge on your next bill. I got this information from the following post on the Christian PF blog. My opinion of the site is much higher than the author of the post, but this is probably because I read his warning.
Some of the cash offers require a credit card number that will be charged after a free trial period for the use of a service. If you like the service and want to keep it, that’s fine, but just remember to cancel any offers that you do not intend to keep after the deadline.
You can make money on CashCrate and it is not a scam
As you can see from the payment proof above, CashCrate is not a scam. You do not have to spend a dime to make money. They do pay out as advertised. Some of the offers will not approve if they are not completed correctly and users will not qualify for some of the surveys. Nevertheless, it is a legitimate way to make money from home. It is possible to make a few extra bucks to well over $100 in your spare time. Anyone over 13 years of age can sign up so it is a great way for teenagers to earn money while doing what they like–playing on the computer. CashCrate will even put $1 in your account to get you started just for signing up. Only $19 more to go.
One of the easiest ways to earn money in pajamas is through the use of the website Swagbucks. If you are like me, you are very skeptical when it comes to online earning options. When I first read about Swagbucks, I did my due diligence to make sure that the site was not a scam. Swagbucks is definitely not a scam. It pays out members in the form of digital dollars known as SBs. Members can earn currency for doing a number of various tasks online. Some of these are common tasks that they would ordinarily do anyway. What are some of these tasks, you might ask?
1. Searching the web
One of the easiest ways for members to earn SBs is through searching the web through the site’s search engine. Users who are signed in will earn random SBs by searching for things that they would normally search for anyway. I’ve personally won anywhere between 7 and 39 bucks for searches, although around 7 to 11 seem to be most common.
2. Answering polls and looking at ads
Each day, users of the Swagbucks site have the opportunity to earn a buck for answering a poll. There is also the chance to earn one digital dollar for completing the Daily Crave, which is involves a couple of videos that usually include ads.
3. Filling out daily surveys
Most of the surveys are similar to those offered on other sites. Generally, those who qualify can earn 50 SBs or more each day for completing surveys.
4. Swagbucks Watch
Swagbucks Watch is an online video streamer that has a variety of options for those who want to watch. Members can watch news, financial markets, entertainment, and other types of videos. Most are fairly short. After watching a predetermined number of videos, a member will usually earn between 1 and 3 SBs. It is possible to start these videos and then leave the room. The site can afford to do this because each video starts with a 15 to 30 second ad that users have to sit through. There are reports that some users get the maximum daily limit of 500 SBs in this manner.
5. Clipping coupons
Many people have been getting into the practice of using online coupon repositories to get discounts on name-brand items at the grocery store. This is a great way to save money. One of the leading vendors of coupons is coupons.com. Swagbucks links to coupons.com and those who redeem the coupons clipped from the Swagbucks site can earn 10 digital bucks for each coupon. It will take a few weeks for this to show up in an account, but I’ve personally seen 30 SBs show up for some coupons my wife used.
6. Referring friends and family
Swagbucks is not a multi-level marketing site, but users can get bonuses for referrals. Each referral can earn the referee 1,000 Swagbucks. Bucks are only earned as a match for searches. There is currently no limit on the number of referrals a member can get. In the spirit of disclosure, if you sign up using my link, I will get the referral bonus. This does not come out of your earnings, but it will help mine. Of course, you can sign up with the regular old link and earn the same amount. I thank those who sign up with my link for Swagbucks.
There are other ways to earn Swagbucks on the site, but these are some of more common. Earning at least 30 Swagbucks a day is possible with a very minimal activity. Just do a few searches in the morning and the evening and you should get around 15 to 20 without doing anything else.
What are Swagbucks worth?
The basic value of each Swagbuck when it comes to redeeming them is usually around $0.01. This may not seem like much, but a person who just spends about two minutes twice a day doing searches is likely to earn well over $100 in a year, all while sitting on the couch or watching TV. When it comes to the end of the year, these rewards will come in handy for buying Christmas presents. I’m now up to more than $1,500 in lifetime earnings through the site.
What can you get with Swagbucks?
There is a wide variety of items that users can earn through redeeming Swagbucks. These include digital accessories and games. Most people seem to redeem their digital currency for gift cards. These redemptions can start at 300 SBs for a $3 e-gift card from Amazon.com. Most gift cards are now about 500 SBs for a $5 e-gift card. Users can save up and get cards in higher denominations, but the cost is still about 100 bucks per dollar. Popular e-gift cards can buy merchandise at retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, as well as several popular restaurants that have included O’Charley’s, Chili’s, and TGI Fridays. Members also have the option to redeem their Swagbucks for PayPal credit. This is basically straight cash into your account. When looking at the effort required, signing up for Swagbucks is a great idea.