I’ve spent the past couple of years writing this blog, with the first post coming nearly two years to the day prior to this one. In these two years, I’ve set online earnings goals. The first year, I came up short of my $5,000 goal. I set a goal of $450 per month in 2014. That was a total of $5,400 for the year. I came very close to meeting this goal during the year.
I started out the month of December with $4,777.11 in online earnings for the year. This is money that I’ve won while sitting in my recliner, while I’ve been in a foreign country doing short-term mission work, and while I’ve been sitting in a hotel room on vacation. This is over and above my regular paid work. I continued earning money in December. I earned through a few income streams. Here is the money I earned in pajamas during December:
This brought my total earnings for December up to $536.89, which was over my monthly earning goal by just over $86. When I combine this money with the more than $4700 I’d earned through November, my final earnings for 2014 were exactly $5,314. This was just $86 less than my goal for the entire year, which was not terribly shabby, if you ask me. If I am able to keep this up for the next 15 to 20 years, it will definitely add to my retirement funds.
I am not planning to keep a diary of my online earnings after this point, but I think that I’ve at least partially been able to show that, yes, it is quite possible to make some money on the Internet without leaving home. While few people would be able to live on what I’ve made as a main income, this money definitely provides a nice supplement to my main job. I will continue to post other ideas for making money in the future.
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.
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.
I’ve been keeping up with monthly earnings reports for the past year and a half on this site, but alas, I have dropped the ball over the past month. Last month, I was away from home more than I was home, and my busyness kept me from posting a monthly report. Therefore, I’ve decided to combine the past two months into a single report that covers May and June. In case you haven’t read my previous updates, I’d earned $2,201.51 over the first four months of the year as I worked toward my ultimate goal of $450 a month ($5,400 for the year.)
So, here are my earnings from the past two months combined:
Total earnings for the first half of 2014: $2,904.95. I am nearly 54% of the way toward my goal of $5,400 in online earnings over the course of this year. I would point out that I’ve written about Bing Rewards on this site before. I continue to use this site, earning around 26 points per day through easy searches. I’ve been using the earnings for Swagbucks that can be transferred into PayPal cash and frequent flyer miles to keep my accounts current so that I don’t lose any miles. You won’t get rich on Bing Rewards or Swagbucks quickly, but they can definitely add a few bucks to your monthly income. My hope is to make a few more bucks on here for July than the past few months to get ever closer to proving that I could fully fund an IRA on side Internet work. Summer is still in full swing, so find out how to earn some money on the side during summer here.
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.
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.
NOTE: Bing Rewards is now Microsoft Rewards. I still use them and earn Amazon gift cards with them, but there is no referral program as there was before. They no longer allow users to get Swagbucks as a reward–hence my use of Amazon gift cards.
One of the first things that I wonder when I find out about another money-making site is whether or not its a scam. I’ve been seeing ads for Bing Rewards for quite some time on Swagbucks (you can sign up for Swagbucks here), and I wondered if Bing Rewards is a scam. I must confess that I just signed up for Bing Rewards because there was a limited-time offer of a 100 Swagbuck (basically $1) sign up bonus.
Earning Bing Rewards Points
The BIng Rewards program works like many of the other search and earn sites. It is run by Microsoft’s search platform. You perform searches, and you get one point for every two searches that you make through Bing. Unlike a site like Swagbucks, you’re basically limited to 15 points for searching each day until you get to 750 points and Gold status. Then your earning ability goes up to 20 search points per day.
Cashing in Bing Rewards
Rewards range from discount online coupons to the e-gift cards that are familiar with Swagbucks. I don’t usually post a review on this site until I’ve actually been paid by the program under review. This review is the same. I was able to cash out for a $3 Amazon gift card, which I promptly applied to my account. My gift card balance went up by $3, and I used it promptly to buy a book that I was planning to get anyway.
Unlike Swagbucks you cannot get PayPal cash directly from Bing Rewards. The $3 Amazon card that I cashed out required 340 points. After you’ve cashed out a reward and earned 750 points on the site, you are bumped up to Gold Status (the highest available at this point), and you can then get a discount on all of your redemptions. The $3 Amazon card drops from 340 points to 330 points. I’ll have Gold Status by that point and will have to pay only 475 points, rather than the normal 525.
Maxing out Bing Rewards Quickly Every Day
So, to answer the question, is Bing Rewards a scam, no, it is not. It is a legitimate way to make some side income online. It may seem like a very time consuming way to make cash, but it really only takes about a minute a day. When you perform your first search, the site posts some related searches on the right-hand side of the page. You may have to scroll down a bit for these, but they are frequently on the top right of the page. Clicking one of these one after the other will cause the meter to go up very quickly.
BIng Rewards Is NOT a Scam
Bing Rewards can be a very good way to earn a reward of $5 toward Amazon gift cards each month. You can sign up for Bing Rewards here. Please note that I am eligible for a referral bonus should you use my link. I thank you should you choose to do so. You can still earn by signing up on your own. I have used this site, and will continue regardless. If you want to read up on Swagbucks you can read my Swagbucks review here.
Good luck as you continue to earn 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:
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.
Back in January, as noted on this site, I set a goal to earn $5,000 via various online means without leaving home during 2013. We are now done with four months of the year. As of the end of March, I reported a total of $638 and some change for the first three months of the year. I actually understated this amount, because I forgot to include the money that I earned from HubPages during the month. These earnings will be included below.
I did pretty well on some accounts during the month of April, considering that I was finishing up a major project for grad school. My goal is to get passive income that starts to snowball over time. I seem to be making close a buck a day from work I’ve already done. The goal is to turn that into $2, then into $5, then into…you get the idea. Passive income is the best kind of income. But, I digress. Without further ado, this is what I was able to make over the course of April (please note that these earnings do not include accrued earnings that will be paid out later):
My total earnings for the month totaled $274.85. This brings my total earnings for the year up to $913.13. With what I have already earned this month, I’m already over $1,000. What kind of earnings goals have you set this year?
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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