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If you need some pocket money, look no further than the internet. We found 11 ways to make $1 per day online.
You can definitely make more than $1 per day online. But a lot of people don’t bother trying to make any extra money online because they think it’s just a scam or a waste of time.
There are also so many ways to make money online that people don’t know where to start, which ways are the most lucrative or which jobs they’re most suited for and might enjoy.
So at Frugal For Less, we decided to challenge our readers to choose a handful of these 11 ways to make $1 per day online to find out the answers to those questions for themselves. We set the bar low so you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Your challenge isn’t to get rich quick or pay off your student loans in a week; it’s just to see if by spending a little time on any of these suggestions, you can make just $1.
We still have a few months before the holidays start ramping up and eating into our time so let’s use that time to find out the best way for each of us to make some extra money before the end of the year. And we hope that you’ll find your niche and carry on into the New Year.
1. Survey Sites
Before we get into the details, here’s a quick recap of some of our favorite survey sites:
- Survey Junkie (25 point sign-up bonus with great earnings)
- Vindale Research ($2 sign-up bonus with lots of surveys)
- Pinecone Research (flat $3 per survey)
- Swagbucks ($5 sign-up bonus with other tasks aside from surveys)
- MyPoints ($10 bonus once you earn your first $20)
- Shoptracker ($3 visa gift card upon completing registration)
Survey sites are one of the easiest ways to make money online. The surveys usually just take a few minutes to complete and can be done anywhere you can get online.
I do them when I need to kill time, waiting in line at the bank or post office or waiting to go into an appointment. Sure I could play around on Instagram or read old waiting room magazines, but answering surveys lets me use that otherwise “dead” time more productively.
Not all survey sites are created equal though. Some don’t pay enough to make them worth your time, and some don’t have a cash payout option, just gift cards.
There’s nothing wrong with gift cards as a form of payment, but we promised you ways to make cash, so we’re going to stick to the sites that have a cash payment option.
If you concentrate on taking the surveys with high payouts, you can earn as much as $12-$18 an hour on Survey Junkie. New surveys are added to the site often so you’ll have lots of opportunities to earn money.
There is a minimum payout of $10, and you can have your earnings sent to your PayPal account.
Pinecone Research pays a flat fee of $3 each for most surveys, so it’s easier to calculate how much you’re earning on their site than most others who often use a point system. You can earn $12-$18 an hour with Pinecone.
Pinecone allows users to cash out in increments of $3, $5, and $15 and the money can be sent to your PayPal account, or you can choose to receive a paper check.
At Opinion Outpost, members can earn an average of about $10 an hour. Typically though, this site has fewer surveys available than either Survey Junkie or Pinecone Research. You need just $3 to cash out, and the money can be sent to your PayPal account.
Zap Surveys is one of our favorites. The very first survey you do pays $6.25! Zap is only an App; there is no desktop site, so you’ll need a smartphone or tablet to participate.
The only downside to Zap is the relatively steep threshold to cash out, $25. Once you hit that amount, your money will be sent to your PayPal account.
2. Invest With Acorns – Your First $5 Free With A $1 Investment
When you start an Acorns account and invest just $1, you’ll get $5! When you create your account, you’ll connect your debit and credit cards. Each time you make a transaction, Acorns will round the amount up to the next dollar.
If you’re not investing, you should be. It’s one of the best ways to increase your wealth. Investing is a long-term proposition though so why is it on this list?
If you buy a magazine for $3.50, Acorns will put $0.50 in your account. When the balance of your account reaches $5, Acorns invests the money for you.
3. Cash Back Sites & Apps
Ibotta is a cash back App. Before you go shopping, browse through the offers on the App. Choose the ones for items on your shopping list and they’ll be linked to your account.
When you buy the linked items, upload a photo of your receipt to Ibotta and the cashback will be sent to your account within 48 hours.
The minimum cash out is $20. You can transfer the money from your Ibotta account into your PayPal account. It’s not hard to reach that $20 minimum with Ibotta.
The offers aren’t for things like ten cents off three rolls of paper towels. Some recent ones include $3 back on chips and soda, $0.75 back on milk, and $4 back on dog treats. You can meet that $20 with just one week’s worth of grocery shopping!
Paribus may get you cash back for things you’ve already bought. Many retailers have price protection. If you buy something and the price goes down within a certain period of time, you are entitled to the difference as a refund.
Paribus scans through your emails for messages related to online purchases you’ve made in the past 30 days.
If there is a price drop, you bought a set of sheets for $50 and now they’re on sale for $35 for example, Paribus will contact the retailer and find out if your purchase was eligible for the price protection
If it was, Paribus will do the legwork to get the refund for you. The refund will be credited to the card you made the purchase on or you will be issued a store credit, whatever the retailer’s policy is.
4. Gift Card Sites
Check around the house, do you have some old gift cards laying around that you never used? Check your email too; you might have some old eGift cards floating around. If you do, you can make money by selling them online.
Cardpool is a gift card exchange site. You can sell unwanted gift cards, both physical and digital and store credits for up to 92% of their value.
You can sell gift cards with only partial balances so long as the balance is between $25 and $1,000. If you have a $100 gift card and you spent $25 of it, you can sell the remainder.
Cardpool will pay you by paper check, but if you need cash fast, Cardpool has partnered with places like check-cashing, grocery, and department stores who will give you cash for your gift cards or another gift card right on the spot.
Raise is a similar site, but sellers get to set the sale price for their cards. You can’t sell a physical gift card worth less than $10 or more than $2,000. An eGift card can have a balance between $5-2,000.
You have three options for you payouts from Raise. You can choose to have your money direct deposited; Raise will mail you a paper check (this is the option that takes the longest, up to 14 days), or via PayPal (which can take up to three business days).
Both these sites are great if you’re shopping for gift cards too because they both offer cards at a discount. Something to keep in mind for the upcoming holidays!
5. Your Old Devices
While you’re looking around for old gift cards, keep an eye out for old tech devices. Gazelle buys things like old smartphones and iPods. You can get an offer online, mail your device in and get paid but the process can take several days or even a few weeks.
But there is a shortcut if you need to get money fast.
Gazelle has dozens of kiosks in places like Walmart. You can take your device to a kiosk, get an offer, and if you accept it, you’ll get money on the spot.
I love Gazelle. Not only do they pay you for stuff you aren’t using, but they’re also easy to use, entirely legitimate, and they recycle or properly dispose of items that are dangerous to the environment when dumped into a landfill. Make money and be green at the same time!
Don’t want to use Gazelle? Amazon also has a great trade-in program for old electronics.
6. Sell Your Stuff
We all have too much stuff in our houses, stuff we never use that is just taking up space. Use an online platform to sell some of that stuff.
Selling things on eBay or Amazon takes some effort as you have to set up an account etc. but you can quickly and easily sell items locally using a local Facebook group or posting on Nextdoor and Craig’s List.
Some of the best items to sell on local sites include big, heavy items like furniture, appliances, and tools since there is no shipping involved. Other items that sell well include children’s clothes and toys, shoes, purses, and musical instruments.
All you have to do is upload a photo, description, and price of the item and let the offers come to you. Do keep in mind you might end up “selling” the item more than once.
Buyers from these sites sometimes agree to buy something and then just flake. Don’t be discouraged if that happens, just relist the item and try again.
7. Sell Your Photos
Everyone is a photographer these days thanks to the fancy cameras in our smartphones. It can be a tough living being a professional photographer; there is a lot of competition.
But remember, we’re just trying to make $1 a day. So you’re not going to pitch your work to magazines or betrothed couples, they’re going to hire pros.
But all of you amateur shutterbugs can try your hand at making a little money by selling your photographs on Shutterstock.
The site pays 25 cents every time one of your images is downloaded, with a tiered set of raises to 33 cents, 36 cents and 38 cents per download as you reach the $500, $3,000 and $ 10,000-lifetime earnings milestones.
The site pays via PayPal. Some of my clients use images from Shutterstock on their sites.
While some clients on the site might be looking for moody, arty shots, most of them are looking for stock photos so take and upload lots of mundane stuff like cups of coffee, a hand holding a smartphone, and a laptop with a pair of glasses on the keyboard!
8. Sell Your Lessons
Are you a teacher? If so, this one is for you. Teachers Pay Teachers is an online community where teachers can buy and sell lesson plans. Teachers can set their own prices for their materials and the site pays once a month via PayPal.
Some teachers have been so successful in selling their materials on the site that they’ve quit teaching because it was paying less!
It’s no wonder. It’s been reported that two-thirds of American teachers use the site to buy classroom lessons and materials. If you’re a teacher, this is without question something you should try.
9. Open an Online Bank Account
Currently, PNC Bank is giving away money! When you open a “virtual wallet” which is an online bank account, they will give you $50, $200, or $300, depending on how much you direct deposit into your new account.
When you open an account and set up a direct deposit of at least $500 and pay one bill from the account, you’ll get $50. To get $200, direct deposit at least $2,000 and pay one bill from the account.
If you want that free $300, direct deposit at least $5,000 and pay one bill through the account.
I told you it was possible to make more than $1 per day online!
10. Freelancer Sites
When people think of freelancing, they think of jobs like writing or graphic design but not everyone has those skills. There are dozens of other kinds of jobs available on freelancing sites like Upwork, Fivver, and Guru. You can do everything from research to social media marketing to .subtitling.
It’s free to make an account on all of these sites. To get some work and reviews under your belt, bid low on a few jobs. This will help your profile get more views. I’ve made a lot of money in the past three years on freelancing sites so I know it can be done.
11. Rent Your Home
You can make good money by renting your home on Airbnb. The average host is making almost $1,000 a month! Even if you just rented your home out for one weekend, you’d indeed have more than your $1 a day.
And don’t think that you have to live in a super popular tourist city to make money either. Is there a college near you? Rent your place on game weekends, parent’s weekends, and during graduation. Do you have a big concert venue nearby? Rent your home out when there’s a big act in town.
Even if you live next to the middle of nowhere, somebody’s in-laws live near you, and they don’t want to bunk up with them over the holidays!
I have a friend who made $36,000 a year renting out her home in New Orleans last year, and it’s nowhere near the French Quarter or the race track where Jazz Fest is held but it is near Tulane and Loyola Universities, so I know you can make money outside of your typical touristy areas.
Where will you stay while your home is rented? A cheap hotel or a friend’s couch. It’s worth it to give up your home for a few nights.
A Stepping Stone
We want this little challenge to be a stepping stone. It’s meant to prove that you really can make money online and without investing a lot of time or effort. It’s so important to have a source of income apart from your regular job.
We all need to bring in extra money and doing so is easier than it ever has been because of all the opportunities available online.
Make it your goal to try three or four of these things over the next week or two. See which ones you liked and which made you the most money in the shortest amount of time.
And then start doing whichever task fits that bill with some regularity. You might be surprised at how much money you can earn.
I make a full-time living by writing online, have three close friends who make full-time livings through their websites, and two more who do it by selling clothes online.
None of us intended to make online jobs our full-time careers, we were all working standard 9-5 jobs when we started our online ventures. We were just trying to make a little extra.
But here we are, working full time from home and it took less than five years for all of us to make the transition from a regular job to working full time online.
That’s why I can tell you that it can be done because I’ve done it and know several other people who have done the same. So no more waiting. Start making some money online this week.