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.
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.
I’m doing a yearlong experiment in trying to make money in pajamas without leaving home. (I do have a more “regular” job, so this is not all of my income.) I’ve been making updates to my monthly online earnings for the past couple of months. As stated earlier in the year, I am attempting to earn $5,000 online this year. That adds up to just a little over $400 per month. Through February, I had earned $442.70. Here is a link to my last report.
I continued working toward my goal during March and did a bit better than January.
I did more work as a freelance writer and earned a total of $156.10 on the freelancing site I use.
I also did a bit of work at Amazon’s MTurk at cashed out $6.61. You can sign up at Amazon.com for MTurk to do micro work. (I do not get a referral credit if you do.)
Finally, I received a check from CashCrate for $32.87. (I get referral credit if you sign up using the link. If you do, I thank you.)
This brings my total online earnings for the month to a total of $195.58. My total online earnings for the year are now up to $638.28. Just over $4,300 to go to make my goal.
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.
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 online earning 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 online earning 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 online earning 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.