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Final 2014 Online Earnings Report

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:

Freelance writing: $466.62

Swagbucks: $50.00

Treasure Trooper: $20.27

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.

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Earning Money in Pajamas–August Earnings Report

I’ve started a new full-time job in the past few weeks, so I’ve not been quite as active in trying to make money online. The goal is to build up residual income over time that will help pay a bill or two without any additional work on my part. In July, I had gotten well over half-way toward my goal of earning $5,000 this year while sitting at home in my pajamas.

During August, I continued working on earning some extra money, although my time available for doing so was much less. I began August with $3,296.79, which was well over half-way toward my ultimate goal. During the month, I earned the following:

CashCrate: $74.18

Treasure Trooper: $26.80

Freelance Writing: $356.71

Total Amount Earned in Pajamas during August: $457.69. Of this, around $100 was passive income–the best kind of income that there is.

This amount brought my total earnings for the year up to a whopping $3,754.48. With four months left in the year, I’m just over $1,200 from my ultimate online goal of earning $5,000 for the year. I’m hoping I can make it. One of the reasons I want to make more money as I go through the rest of the year is to make some extra money to pay for Christmas presents. I will have more information on my September earnings in short order.

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Earn Money at Home with Treasure Trooper

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. Treasure Trooper

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.

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Earning Money from Home–April Earnings Report

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):

HubPages: $70.77

Squidoo: $1.43

Freelance Writing: $127.91

Swagbucks: $50

Treasure Trooper: $20.71

MTurk: $4.03

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?

 

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Five Ways That Teens Make Money during Summer

Teens make money during summer via many side hustles online.
Photo Credit: FirmBee via Pixabay (public domain)

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.

You can sign up for CashCrate here. I have a more extensive review of the site here, as well to show how easy it is to make money on CashCrate. You can also sign up for Treasure Trooper here. I have reviewed Treasure Trooper here. Join the blog to get updates.

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.

Teens who make money and save will be more likely to balance their budgets in the future.
Teens who make money and save will find it easier to balance their budgets in adulthood.

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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