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8 Places That Pay You To Live There

If someone offered you free money to relocate, would you do it? Because believe it or not, there are places that pay you to live there.

It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

But places that pay you to move there often have a few good reasons to persuade people to do it.

These locations either have a low or steadily declining population, and an influx of outsiders can help boost their numbers to revive their communities and attract outside investments and businesses as well as government funding.

When businesses come in, jobs are created, people resettle and buy goods, stores open, the economy revives, and the towns flourish again.

So if you’re looking to make a change, and starting a new life somewhere else seems appealing, why not go someplace that really, really, really wants you to move there?

In today’s article, I list down 12 places that pay you to move there, as well as what incentives they’re willing to provide and what requirements they expect from those who want to move there.

12 Places That Pay You To Live There

1. Alaska

Alaskans have probably been asked this question at least once in their life:

“Do you get paid to live in Alaska?”

Alaska has been paying each of its citizens (yup, every man, woman, and child) a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) since 1982.

This dividend comes from a portion of the state’s oil royalties invested in a permanent fund.

Get Paid to Live in Alaska

The actual payout varies as it is based on the number of eligible applicants and the level of income over the past five years.

For example, the PFD for 2018 was $1,600 while the PFD for 2017 was $1,100.

The basic requirements to be eligible for a PFD for the current year include being a resident for the entire previous year, intending to remain an Alaskan resident indefinitely, and having no felony convictions.

Incentive: Cash; amount varies

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Alaska Department of Revenue, Permanent Fund Dividend Division

2. Vermont

Vermont is a beautiful state to live in, with its ski mountains, fall foliage, crystal blue lakes, emerging food and drink scene, and historic small towns.

It almost makes one guilty for getting paid to live here.

Approved in January 2019, Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program aimed to pay 100 people up to $10,000 to move to Vermont in 2019 (and 20 people per year afterward).

To be eligible for the grant, one has to be a Vermont resident employed full time by a business outside of Vermont.

In a nutshell: Vermont wants you to move there and work from home (or from a coworking space) for an employer that’s not from Vermont.

Expenses and fees for relocation, membership to a coworking space, computer software or hardware, and broadband access or upgrade were reimbursable up to $5,000 a year for up to two years.

A New Remote Worker Grant Program will be implemented in February 2022 with added criteria for eligibility, namely, that the applicant’s wage is equal or greater than the livable wage in Vermont (currently $13.39 per hour).

Also, only select relocation expenses can qualify to be reimbursed.

Aside from the Remote Worker Grant Program, Vermont introduced the New Relocating Worker Grant in 2021. This program aims to encourage workers from other states to move to Vermont and work for Vermont employers.

Full-time workers in selected occupations who earn more than Vermont’s livable wage and are hired by employers who were unable to fill their positions with Vermont applicants may apply.

Similar to the remote worker grant, only select relocation expenses are qualified to be reimbursed.

Incentive: Cash, up to $7,500; reimbursement basis

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process:
Relocation Incentives | ThinkVermont
Worker Relocation Grant Program | Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

3. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa Remote is similar to Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program in that it pays remote workers to live in Tulsa.

To be eligible for this program, you’ll need to be 18+ years old, eligible to work in the US, with full-time remote employment or self-employment outside of Tulsa County, and willing to move to Tulsa within 12 months.

Check back on their website or subscribe to their newsletter and get notified when applications open.

Incentive: Cash upfront ($10,000); membership to a coworking space (worth $1,800)

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Tulsa Remote

4. Hamilton, Ohio

Student loans are a pain in the butt.

But if you have more than $10,000 in student loan debt, and you’re willing to move to Hamilton, Ohio, you may be in luck.

Get paid to live Ohio
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The Talent Attraction Program (TAP) Scholarship is known as a “reverse scholarship” because it targets those who have already graduated from college and need help with paying off their student loans.

Eligible candidates must have graduated within the last 7 years from a STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, or Mathematics), not be currently living in targeted urban core areas in Hamilton at the time of application but with plans to live in these target areas, demonstrate current employment within the City of Hamilton or Butler County, and intend to give back to the community.

If you get through the application process, you can receive up to $10,000, paid out over 30 months or 2.5 years (around $300 per month).

The catch is if you cease to be employed or move out of Hamilton before the 30 months are up, you can’t get any more payments.

Incentive: Cash, paid monthly over 30 months ($10,000 total)

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Hamilton Community Foundation, Talent Attraction Program Scholarship

5. Maine

Another place that will pay you to live there is the state of Maine.

As their population is aging, they need to convince new college graduates to stay in Maine.

Get paid to live in Maine

One of the ways they do that is to offer to help pay their student loans.

Since 2008, Opportunity Maine has reimbursed student loan payments for college graduates residing and working in Maine.

Up until recently, however, this has been limited to college graduates who studied in Maine and earned their degree after 2008.

Now, if you’ve earned your Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree after 2015 from any accredited school in the US (i.e., even those outside of Maine), you can now apply to take advantage of this debt assistance in the form of tax credits.

You’re eligible to apply if you’re a Maine resident for the tax year that you’re applying to, you work in Maine regardless of where your employer is located (that is, you pay taxes in Maine), and you didn’t work outside Maine for more than three months.

If you’re qualified, the amount of money you’re paying your student loans annually is subtracted from your state income taxes.

For example, if you pay $1,500 in student loans but you owe the state $2,000 in taxes, then you just pay Maine $500 at tax time.

Incentive: Tax credits; amount varies depending on the amount of student loans and type of degree earned

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Opportunity Maine

6. Albinen, Switzerland

Ever been stuck on a harrowing commute to work and thought to yourself, “That’s it! I’m moving to the mountains where it’s pretty and quiet and relaxing!”

Well, maybe you can actually do it and get paid for your trouble.

Get Paid to live in Switzerland
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The village of Albinen in the Swiss Alps is another place willing to pay people to live there.

They’re offering 25,000 Swiss francs (equivalent to $25,000) per adult and 10,000 Swiss francs (equivalent to $10,000) per child to live in the village.

This offer has strict conditions though; only those who have Swiss passports or foreigners with C residence permits may apply.

Aside from that, you need to commit to living there for at least 10 years, be aged below 45, buy residential property worth at least 200,000 Swiss francs, and have that property be your permanent residence (not a secondary one).

The village population is currently less than 300 residents, so there aren’t a lot of jobs, and the local school is closed down.

But if you don’t mind commuting to a nearby town to work or study, or doing these remotely, living in this vacation town might be a good plan.

The local government aims to bring in around five to ten families, so slots are very limited. If you’re interested, do your research and apply as soon as you can.

Incentive: Cash; $25,000 per adult, $10,000 per child

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Information on the program on the Albinen website is all in German, so you might want to enlist the help of Google Translate or a friend who speaks German. Alternatively, you can call or email them directly using the contact details found on the site.

7. Candela, Italy

If you’d like somewhere a little warmer than the Swiss Alps, why not consider sunny Italy?

Candela, located in the Puglia region in Italy, used to be called “Little Naples” because of its bustling, animated streets. Now, there are less than 3,000 residents.

A few years ago, the mayor introduced a plan to revive the town by offering to pay people to move to their town: €800 to singles, €1,200 to couples, €1,500 to €1,800 for three-member families, and €2,000 for families of four to five people.

To be eligible, you’ll need to be a resident of Candela, rent a house for at least one year, and have a job with a salary of at least €7,500.

Incentive: Cash; amount varies

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: There isn’t a dedicated website for this program, so inquire at the Italian embassy nearest you for information.

8. Kansas

Back stateside, Kansas isn’t lacking for scenery and the simple life.

If you want to move to a place where you can see the buffalo roam from your home on the range, or beautiful sunset views over open fields, Kansas may have what you’re looking for.

Kansas has actually designated 77 counties as Rural Opportunity Zones. Moving into these zones gets you either state income tax waivers or student loan repayments, or both.

For almost all of these Kansas towns, if you’re given land to build a home, you have one year to build it and then you have to stay in it for at least one year.

Lincoln, Kansas is giving away free lots between 12,000 to 36,000 square feet in a subdivision near the business center, with a baseball field, a city park, and a junior-senior high school.

You can download the application form here.

Osborne, Kansas sits along the South Fork Solomon River and is known for various outdoor activities. They’re offering free residential as well as commercial lots to boost population and business growth in their city.

Free residential lots are available to families willing to build a new house with a minimum of 1,400 square feet with a basement (no mobile homes) on the property. Guidelines and instructions on how to apply are on the application form.

For all of you entrepreneurs looking for a commercial lot, free business lots are also available. You’ll need to have business and building plans, agree to sign with a contractor within 6 months of approval of your application and agree to complete construction within 24 months. Guidelines and instructions are on the application form as well.

Topeka, Kansas, the capital of Kansas, is paying people to live there; up to $10,000 to move to their city and rent a home, and $15,000 to move to their city and buy a home.

Further incentives to move to Topeka include the low cost of living, opportunities to some of the biggest businesses in the country.

Marquette, Kansas is a small town that promises a friendly, relaxed, and safe lifestyle. They’re currently offering free building lots located in the Westridge Addition development, near downtown and a short drive away to Kanopolis Lake.

Incentive: Incentives vary per town/city

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process:

9. West Virginia

If you love the outdoors, especially the mountains, West Virginia might just be your dream state.

It sits entirely on the Appalachian Mountains and is blessed with gorgeous scenery, as well as a comparably low cost of living.

Ascend West Virginia aims to promote West Virginia as a destination for remote workers to drum up the economy and tourism.

This program is available for three mountain towns in West Virginia: Lewisburg, Morgantown, and Shepherdstown.

Applicants must be 18 and older, from other US states that have employers that are not based in West Virginia, or self-employed with a business outside of West Virginia (so they’ll be managing the business remotely from West Virginia).

Applications for the first wave of applicants are closed for Lewisburg, but Morgantown and Shepherdstown will soon be opening. Also, Lewisburg and other cities in West Virginia might open up their doors soon, so I suggest subscribing to their mailing list so you can be updated.

Incentives: Cash, $12,000; free outdoor recreation package worth around $2,500 valid for 12 months; free coworking space

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Ascend West Virginia

10. The Shoals, Alabama

Alabama is yet another place that will pay you to live there.

The Shoals is the area including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield, tucked in the corner of Northwest Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River.

This area has plenty of history, culture, and music. In fact, there was a documentary called “Muscle Shoals” that delves into the town’s rich musical history.

Nowadays, The Shoals is getting a tech renaissance; they’re looking for remote workers to live and work there and breathe life in the economy.

You’ll need to be eligible to work in the US (citizen or green card holder), be able to move in The Shoals within 6 months and stay afterwards for a year, work remotely with an employer outside of Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, and have an annual income of at least $52,000.

Incentives: Cash, up to $10,000, given in 3 payments

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Remote Shoals

11. Ireland

It’s not just repopulation that revives a community. Businesses also need to inject capital and create jobs.

Enterprise Ireland is an initiative that offers pioneering entrepreneurs thousands of euros to build their business in Ireland. They offer a wide range of financial and expert consultant support for businesses at different stages of development.

So whether you’re an entrepreneur with an idea, a start-up with a plan, an SME with more than 10 employees, or a large company with more than 250 employees, Enterprise Ireland can help you.

Incentive: Varies with the business development stage.

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Enterprise Ireland

12. Chile

Chile has emerged as one of the best places for entrepreneurs to call home, thanks to a Chilean government program.

Start-Up Chile is a program launched back in 2010 to turn Chile into the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America by attracting the best and the brightest entrepreneurs in the world by providing free funding and a temporary one-year visa to develop their projects.

Aside from the free funding, Start-Up Chile’s programs take your startup to the next level by connecting you to all the best resources an aspiring tycoon can have: mentors, experts, university officials, government agencies, venture capitalists, and company executives.

You also get free and discounted resources to help you work and grow your startup.

You’ll have to stay in Chile for the duration of the program, typically 6 months to a year, or until the grant money is used up.

If your startup is tech-based, innovative, scalable, and has the potential to make a huge impact on people’s lives, seriously consider moving to Chile.

Incentives: Capital; up to $100K depending on the specific program

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Start-Up Chile | Apply

Would you move to a place that paid you to live there?

Moving can be trying and costly, but choosing one of these places that pay you to live there can help ease the transition.

More than getting paid to move, you need to consider whether it will make sense for you (and your family, if you have one) to move.

If you could live and work anywhere and still do your job, wouldn’t you want to live in a place that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of a large urban city?

Would you move to any of the places I named above? Or have you been paid to move to another state or city? Share your opinions or experiences in the comments!

How to Participate in Paid Clinical Trials in 2022

Do you want to make quick cash and don’t want the hassle of a minimum-wage job? Then joining paid clinical trials may be the best option for you.

Today, you’ll learn what clinical trials are, why they may be a good source of side cash, and some things to think about before you sign up for your first clinical trial.

You can also read about the details of my experiences with clinical trials, how much I’ve been paid, and the top 3 reputable sources you should consider (plus additional ones) when looking for clinical trials near you.

Things To Know About Clinical Trials

  • Inpatient vs. outpatient trials
    Inpatient clinical trials require that the subject (meaning you) stay at the facility for the length of the study, sometimes even overnight. Outpatient clinical trials require that the subject appear for the initial screening and trial start and then complete several follow-up visits.
  • Control vs. test group
    Study participants are categorized into control and test groups. The control group is typically not administered the intervention and usually receives the placebo. Participants may also be recruited for the direct purpose of being part of the control group; for example, a study may need participants who do not have diabetes so that their responses can be compared to those participants who do have diabetes.
  • Phase I, II, or III 
    If the clinical trial involves the development of a new drug or medical procedure, that intervention must pass through a series of tests, or phases, before being approved by the FDA. Phase I trials assess the safety of the intervention relative to placebo. Phase II trials assess intervention efficacy (i.e., does it work). Phase III trials fine-tune intervention dosing and confirm efficacy in a larger number of people.

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How Much Can You Earn for Joining Paid Clinical Trials?

The amount a clinical study pays its participants vary depending on multiple factors, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Medical condition studied
  • Length of the study
  • Phase of the study
  • Number of in-person visits required
  • Duration of visits
  • Inpatient or outpatient studies
  • Distance and frequency of travel required
  • Number of phone calls or virtual check-ins required
  • Effort needed to track daily symptoms and insights in a patient diary
  • Number and complexity of examinations required

To give you a better idea, interview-only studies where you’re only required to answer questions and not undergo any medical examinations pay lower than studies that require in-person studies and medical tests.

Generally, Phase I trials pay more than Phase II to IV trials, as Phase I studies demand more time and effort from patients, in terms of longer durations of visits, more detailed symptom tracking, and more sample collections and tests than the latter phases of the study.

The range of payment thus can be between $50 to $500 per day/visit.

Benefits of Paid Clinical Trials

Aside from the money, however, there are some major benefits to participating in clinical trials.

For starters, clinical trials require that the subject undergo a physical examination, often for free.

If it’s been a while since your last physical check-up, this is a good way to find out about your health. Drug trials often require more extensive examinations; you might be required to undergo an EEG, EKG, MRI, or complete blood analysis.

The findings from such normally expensive tests can be invaluable for your personal health.

Assuming you have a condition that is being studied in a clinical trial, that trial can even end up saving your life.

For instance, thousands of cancer patients sign up annually for clinical trials in the hopes that such trials will cure or at least delay their cancer.

However, even if all you have is a simple allergy, it is an annoyance at best and life-threatening at worst. Participating in a clinical trial that attempts to treat your condition can go a long way towards ridding you of this disease.

Finally, there is the humanitarian aspect of participating in clinical trials.

Without human test subjects, many currently successful treatments for HIV and AIDS would not exist.

Likewise, many vaccines on the market today owe their realization to volunteers who willingly underwent testing.

Medicine does not advance without the altruism of human test subjects.

My Personal History With Paid Clinical Trials

Back when I was a struggling graduate student at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), I sought out and participated in a number of clinical trials.

The resource I used to find out about clinical trials was the website ClinicalTrials.gov.

It’s worth mentioning that NIH clinical trials are offered all over the United States and worldwide, not just at its main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

One of the major clinical trials that I participated in was at the National Institute for Mental Health.

There, I underwent a series of fMRI scans as the control (or so they told me) in a gambling study.

This trial was actually quite fun because I got to gamble while lying inside of the scanner. If I placed my bets just right, I actually won money in addition to the pay I was making from the study. I made roughly $100 for every hour I spent inside of the fMRI.

By the time my gambling study was done, I’d accumulated roughly $1550, with $50 of that money coming from my winnings from gambling.

After this study closed, I was asked if I wanted to undergo a PET scan for a Parkinson’s disease drug study.

The only hitch here was that the medication was radioactive. I made sure to ask every question I could think of before agreeing to participate in this study.

When I was done, I had $500 in my pocket.

Once I graduated and moved to Madison, I looked up clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin.

I located a Phase III allergy study and qualified for it once a skin prick test confirmed that I had a ragweed allergy.

For the next six months, I took a daily sublingual dose of ragweed extract in order to desensitize my body to ragweed. I also recorded any allergy symptoms that I experienced.

For this study, I was required to show up at the lab once a month and give an update of my condition (which included an annoying pregnancy test every single time).

At each of these follow-up visits, I was paid $75. By the time the study was complete, I was $675 richer and hopefully allergy-free.

A year later, the UW allergy study coordinator informed me that I had previously been assigned to the placebo group.

This meant that I had not been taking the study medication at all. Although this sounded disappointing, it also qualified me to do the allergy study again.

I agreed to a repeat study and by the end of another 6 months had amassed another $675 (and was truly allergy-free. Maybe).

I also signed up for two clinical trials conducted by Covance (now Labcorp), a company that performs thousands of drug trials for pharmaceutical companies and other labs.

Covance pays extremely well for participation in clinical trials; however, the physical criteria for its studies can be difficult to achieve. Also, because the studies pay so well, there is an overabundance of volunteers. Some people actually earn a good living (up to $60,000/year) by participating in Covance trials.

I signed up for a $4,200 HIV drug trial with Covance and spent nearly a day there getting qualified. In the end, the techs didn’t like the results of my EKG very much and disqualified me. I still made $100 for my time, though.

The second time I showed up at Covance, it was for a $1,700 fat absorption drug study.

This time, I probably would’ve physically qualified; however, due to the large turnout of volunteers, a lottery had to be conducted. Needless to say, I didn’t win—though I did make $50 for my time.

Things to Consider

In the United States, the FDA regulates paid clinical trials through what’s known as its principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) that focus on human subject protection (HSP).

However, some clinical trials still manage to slip under the FDA radar and violate basic GCP principles. Protect yourself from undue harm by doing the following:

  • Always read the research protocol and ask questions. If there is something in the protocol that you don’t understand, don’t be shy about requesting more information. The study coordinator should know the answers to your questions; if not, he should know who to ask for clarification.
  • You have the right to end your participation in the study at any time. If you become uncomfortable continuing with the study, then you have the right to quit it without losing the compensation you have received thus far. Furthermore, a good study coordinator should ask you at every follow-up visit if you wish to continue the study.
  • Remember that not all clinical trials are safe. Clinical trials test drugs and therapies whose side effects are still unknown. Some test medications are dissolved in compounds to which you could have an allergy or other reaction. If your gut tells you that a particular study isn’t safe, don’t do it! There are plenty of other paid clinical trials through which you can participate and make money.

Where to Find Paid Clinical Trials

Trials can impact your life severely, so make sure you stick with the most reputable sources.

1. ClinicalTrials.gov

If you can’t find a clinical trial here, you’re unlikely to find one anywhere.

ClinicalTrials.gov houses the largest database of approved trials around the world, both privately and publicly funded.

As of this posting, there were 357,662 available studies within the database. You can search by symptom, medication, body part, location, etc. Use the search form to find a study that best suits you.

2. National Cancer Institute

NCI publishes its list of cancer-related approved trials directly on their website.

Those at risk, currently treating cancer, or those in remission are the targets for these trials.

Search by location to get the best list nearest you.

3. PhRMA.org

This one requires a little more work.

PhRMA.org publishes its full list of approved pharmaceutical companies. You can click through each member on that list to find available trials.

The list does include location. Your odds of finding an approved clinical trial increase by picking locations nearest you.

4. Labcorp

As I mentioned above, Labcorp, formerly Covance, executes clinical research studies on behalf of the world’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.

They conduct over 100 drug trials every year and have been involved in the development of the top 50 drugs currently on the market.

You can search for ongoing and upcoming clinical trials in the US and in the UK.


IQVIA is another clinical research company that performs paid clinical trials for various pharmaceutical and biochemistry organizations.

Their clinical trials are mostly in the US, though, so if you live outside of the US you might want to look elsewhere.

6. Syneos Health

Syneos Health is a company based in Quebec that hosts clinical trials mostly in Montreal and Quebec.

They mostly look for healthy, non-smoking volunteers, except for their Human Abuse Potential studies that require recreational drug users to participate.

A few of their studies pay up to $5,000. What’s more, if you enroll in their database and complete a study, you’ll be eligible for their referral program, which pays $100 for each new participant and $250 for new participants who meet specific enrollment criteria.

7. Antidote

Antidote.me has a proprietary Smart Match search engine that makes the process of finding paid clinical trials easier for potential participants.

It involves answering a series of questions, including the medical condition you have, age, gender, and how far you’re willing to travel, and it will show you registered clinical trials and what phases they’re in.

8. Meridian

Meridian Clinical Research connects participants to clinical trials to companies and clinical research organizations (CROs).

To find ongoing clinical trials near you, complete the form on their site with your information, and an enrollment specialist with Meridian will contact you so you can review studies that are the right fit for you.

If you yourself aren’t eligible to participate, you can still earn up to $25 for referring someone who is.

9. Clinical Hero

Clinical Hero works with various companies and clinics to recruit patients and volunteers for their clinical research studies.

On their search page, you can easily search for clinical studies by location. You can easily see if they need healthy volunteers or those with existing medical conditions, plus if the researcher chooses to display it, you can see how much they pay.

You can also subscribe to their mailing list to get information about paid clinical trials that you might be eligible for.

The Bottom Line

There are plenty of paid clinical trials are out there if you know where to look.

Stick with reputable sites as this is your health and well-being on the line.

I recommend checking out our guide on how to get paid to sleep. There are some interesting clinical trials described there, including NASA’s famous paid sleep study.

Have you ever participated in a paid clinical trial? If not, are you planning to? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

19 Paid Online Focus Groups to Join and Earn Extra Cash

In one of my more risqué moments of earning side cash (and before the advent of paid online focus groups) while completing my graduate studies, I got to look at market campaign ads for K-Y Jelly.

A group of about 10 women, including me, sat in a small room and commented about which ad appealed to us the most and why.

While we wrote down our responses and discussed them amongst ourselves, we were monitored by observers sitting behind two-way mirrors.

At the end of an hour, we exited the room and collected our $60 checks at the front desk.

I ended up making $120 because I participated in two such ad campaigns.

Later, I participated in a weekly online market research survey that was conducted for Domino’s Pizza.

Each week, I answered five multiple-choice questions about the company and its products. Each answered question earned me a dollar. At the end of the five-week study, I had amassed a tidy $25 that was paid to me via PayPal.

In both cases noted above, I participated in a consumer focus group.

What are consumer focus groups?

Companies that are about to launch a new or improved product typically gather consumer feedback about that product prior to launch.

This helps these companies tweak the product to fit different consumer needs and address relevant concerns. Consumer focus groups typically consist of 8 to 20 members of their target audience for the product in question.

These group members are asked questions by a moderator after reviewing the given product; their responses are recorded and analyzed via hidden third-party observers. For their efforts, focus group members are paid quite well, with some members earning as much as $100/hour.

Paid Online Focus Groups are the New Norm

Consumer focus groups used to operate strictly on-site in big cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

Focus group participants would have to go in person to designated locations and spend anywhere from half an hour to several hours.

Back then, most companies feared that online focus groups, where participants were unobserved, would dilute data quality.

Today, however, many (though not all) companies prefer the online consumer group format, feeling that it encourages a truer response because the participant is not being affected by the act of observation (also known as the observer effect). This is great news for folks who wish to work from home or who reside in rural locations.

How you can get involved in consumer focus groups

There are several well-known market research companies that regularly recruit focus group participants.

I’ve compiled a list of companies below that are actively looking for participants.

Sign up for as many as possible.

Invitations come infrequently, but by signing up with all of the companies below, you will maximize your chances of actually getting to be able to participate and get paid.

19 Paid Online Focus Groups to Join

In some cases, the companies operate both online and in-person focus groups.

Here is a list of companies that you could consider:

1. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost pays users for joining focus groups, as well as answering surveys and testing products.

Their payment model is simple. Complete your profile information when you sign up to get a welcome bonus.

You’ll be asked to complete a more detailed questionnaire afterward, which they use to determine which focus groups and surveys you’re best suited for.

Payment is through PayPal or various gift cards.

2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks allows ANYONE to take part in short, easy focus groups.

They also have daily surveys and poll their users and offer rewards for participating. Quick, easy, free. One of the best. Free $5.00 offer just for signing up.

Don’t pass this one up.

3. Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars

As a Inbox Dollars participant, you will get to evaluate new and upcoming products from some of the world’s biggest brands.

You get paid cash via Paypal or check for sharing your opinions.

This one is a must join.

4. Toluna Influencers

Become a Toluna influencer

You have a voice and companies are paying top dollar to hear what you have to say.

Sign up, confirm your email, and start helping brands shape their products and you will get paid just for sharing your opinions.

5. Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys is one of the top market research companies that work with some of the most respected companies that need insight from their target customers through online focus groups, as well as paid surveys, product reviews, and video testing.

Join the Branded Surveys community and get paid for your honest feedback.

6. 20/20 Panel

This company has been operating since 1986 and pays $50-$150 per focus session, which may be performed through in-person focus groups, one-on-one interviews or online sessions.

The studies can involve a few hours of your time and/or may also be spread out over the course of one to several days.

Prescreening (i.e., filling out a short qualification survey) is required if you wish to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming focus group or product test.

7. Adler Weiner Research

This marketing research company mainly offers in-person focus groups in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas, but they also allow individuals all over the US to participate in paid online focus groups.

The reported pay for 1- to 2-hour focus group participation ranges from $100-$200.

8. Focus Group by Schlesinger

This site pays $75-$150 for each successfully completed survey.

Participants must take an “eligibility screener” before being assigned to any online studies and must later pass four stages of screening.

9. mindswarms

This site has you answer in-home survey questions via a short video, using your computer with a webcam, or via the mindswarms Android or Apple Store app.

The pay can range from $10 to $50 per study/survey, and sometimes even greater than $50 depending on the survey.

10. Plaza Research

This company conducts in-person focus group discussions, telephone and in-home interviews, and online surveys.

The focus group sessions last roughly 1.5 hours and pay a minimum of $35 up to $100+.

11. User Interviews

This company facilitates conversations about products, websites, and services both through in-person and online focus groups.

The pay rates vary depending on the company and the length of the session, but the average is around $50 per hour.

12. Respondent

Respondent is constantly on the lookout for all kinds of business professionals, such as software developers, marketers, business owners, and executives.

This is why the pay is higher than most of the other companies on this list, ranging from $150 per hour to $700 per hour.

13. PingPong

PingPong is a platform where app developers and website developers can connect with testers to help with their user experience (UX) research.

The pay ranges from €20 to €100 per hour, paid via PayPal or TransferWise.

14. American Consumer Opinion

American Consumer Opinion is a big survey company with over 7 million active members.

The pay isn’t normally that high; short surveys pay as low as $0.05. However, if you get selected for longer market research surveys, you can make as much as $50 per survey.

15. Survey Club

Sign up as a member of their research panels and be rewarded for participating in research activities such as online focus groups, surveys, phone interviews, and the occasional daily poll.

Aside from online focus groups, you may be invited to participate in other types of focus groups, such as two-way, moderated, or teleconference focus groups. Participants in these activities are usually paid between $50 and $200 per hour.

16. Nelson Recruiting

This California-based marketing company recruits participants from all over the country to join focus groups for their clients, which are companies from various industries and topics.

As with the other websites on this list, you’ll need to create a profile with as much detail as possible so that they can determine if you are the right fit for their focus groups.

You can subscribe to their email list to get informed if you’ve been selected to participate.

In-house consumer focus groups

Major manufacturers often offer their own market panel opportunities via their corporate websites. Here are just a few companies that you can work with to earn extra cash and receive free products:

17. Johnson & Johnson

This company offers consumers the opportunity to try new products, answer surveys, and participate in focus groups to try out upcoming Johnson & Johnson ideas.

18. Summer Infant

If you have a baby on the way or a newborn at home already, Summer Infant is paying new parents to participate in focus groups and try out some of their new products.

19. Engage

Engage has broken down their research groups into two categories: regular consumers and those in the healthcare industry.

Pay is determined by the company conducting the research, but Engage lists an average rate of anywhere from $50 to $250 to participate in a study.

Online Focus Group Pros and Cons

With online focus groups being more of the norm as opposed to in-person focus groups, you’re less likely to get stuck clearing your schedule for a day and traveling someplace only to find out that you’re not actually eligible for a particular study.

However, because focus groups pay rather well, competition for these opportunities can be stiff.

Thus, it’s best if you sign up with several market research companies and even follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

If you are notified of a focus group opportunity, don’t delay in applying for it as spaces often fill up quickly.

Focus group screenings can take up a significant portion of your time, from filling out your personal information online, to answering questions on the phone, to filling out additional paperwork before you are finally cleared for the study.

Disqualification can result from something as simple as not having the right type of smartphone, so make sure to read all of the requirements carefully before wasting your time.

The Bottom Line

Paid online focus groups aren’t going to replace your full-time income, but they can be an excellent way to make a few bucks in a day.

Companies do care what you think, and your opinions can help shape the future of some worldwide brands.

Plus, you get to see and use cool new products before they ever hit the shelves.

You may also want to look into getting paid to test products and joining online research studies if these side hustles suit you.

Which of these paid online focus groups are you most inclined to join? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

5 Legit Ways You Can Get Paid to be a Friend

True friends are priceless, and yet we live in a time when people can get paid to be a friend for companionship, conversation, or coffee.

Would you ever consider getting paid to be a friend to some stranger?

If you’d like to help out people who don’t like going solo when exploring a new city, attending events, watching movie premieres, visiting art galleries, and so on, you can earn some money doing so by joining a site called RentAFriend.com.

Before I explain how this works, here’s the most important thing you need to know: RentAFriend isn’t an escort service and since the “friend” part means strictly platonic, it isn’t a dating site either.

How Does RentAFriend.com Work?

Those who join RentAFriend fall into one of two categories:

  • Members are those looking for friends. They need to pay $25 to RentAFriend.com to get access to all the “friends” who are willing to get hired.
  • Friends are those looking to get paid to be a friend. They can register for free, work on their profile,s and wait for people to contact them.

In most cases, hobbies, interests, profession, or even age can be the reason why people choose you as a friend, so include as many personal tidbits as possible.

Of course, don’t pretend to like hobbies or interests you don’t really care about just to entice a certain group of people.

For instance, it’s tempting to list down opera as an interest to attract the richer, opera-going set, but if you’re not truly interested in opera, and they invite you to go with them, you’ll get found out pretty quickly.

If a Member sees your Friend profile and is interested, they’ll contact you via RentAFriend.com’s anonymous messaging system.

When you reach this stage, you and your client would be making the arrangements yourselves; from the hourly price, the number of hours, and the details of activities, such as date, time, place, and so on.

Pros of RentAFriend.com: Get Paid to Attend Parties and Other Events

Here are the reasons RentAFriend can be an interesting side gig:

  • You are in control – RentAFriend doesn’t have a pricing table assigned to Friends. You can price your friendship services from $10 an hour to up to $100 per hour or more. Since prices are negotiable, you won’t be forced into a transaction that you didn’t approve of.
  • Paying members only – Not everyone can send you a message. RentAFriend makes sure that only paying members contact you.
  • Choice of communication method – You can choose to be sent a message, called up, or texted instead. You can control this setting on your profile.
  • You can approve or deny any “friendship” as you see fit – As a friend, you are not obligated to accept everybody’s request for companionship. You can reject anyone, or agree to meet with everyone. It’s totally up to you.
  • You keep 100% of payment – RentAFriend doesn’t take a cut from your hourly earnings.

If you’re comfortable meeting new people and socializing, this job wouldn’t feel like a job at all.

And if you were honest about the activities you listed on your profile and attracted members seeking companions for those activities, then there’s a huge chance you’ll have a blast while completing a task.

Cons of RentAFriend

A disadvantage (or injustice) in RentAFriend is that people may hire you (or not) based on your looks.

This can be a blessing to attractive members wanting to get paid to be a friend but might mean quite the opposite for members who aren’t as attractive.

Another factor that RentAFriend is unable to control is the degree that Members get attached to their Friends. Because the meet-up is transactional and involves money, feelings might get hurt when clients expect real, lasting friendships.

I read about a member who was frustrated that her new friend doesn’t text her back without payment being sent first.

Whether you’re a RentAFriend Member or Friend, you should join this community only if you understand that your responsibility with each other starts and ends only within the time discussed.

Other Sites Where You Can Get Paid To Be A Friend

RentAFriend isn’t the only website where you can get paid to be a friend. They work pretty much the same way, but you’re allowed to browse through the member profiles and decide which website to sign up for (or if you’re an independent contractor, maybe you’ll want to sign up for all of them).

Here are four more websites you can get hired to be a friend.

1. RentaCyberFriend

As the name implies, this site connects users with other users who are looking for virtual friends.

You can sign up as a Cyber-Friend and make yourself available for other people to hire you for a service or services that you’re offering.

As a Cyber-Friend, you get to decide what services you want to offer and the hourly rate you expect to be paid for such services.

Examples of services you can offer include teaching someone how to cook, introducing your city (e.g., best places to eat, what to see, where to go, etc.) to someone who’s planning to visit, or simply hanging out and chatting.

You can also offer gigs, which are specific tasks that have a fixed rate, separate from the hourly rate of your friendship services.

Visitors of this site can browse profiles of Cyber-Friends and rent the services of a virtual friend at their hourly rate. Users can also browse Gigs or profiles of Cyber Friends to request a Gig.

A downside to signing up for this site is that they charge membership fees, so you need to factor this in your hourly rates.

2. FriendPC

FriendPC allows their Members to connect to Virtual Friends who offer various services, mainly offering virtual conversations and emotional support through text messages, phone calls, or chat messages on different platforms.

You can also be a virtual gaming partner and play a few sessions with them online, or even be a fake virtual girlfriend/boyfriend to make someone jealous.

FriendPC also allows friendships to go from virtual to real-life, provided of course you follow their safety tips.

If you apply to be a Virtual Friend on their site, you get to set your own pay rates and schedule.

However, you may be charged a small fee to cover your listings. Also, you get to take home 90% to 95% of your earnings from each booking.

3. Rent a Local Friend

Rent a Local Friend provides two types of experiences: Virtual Experiences, where friends provide local advice, “tips and traps” of their local city, and activities related to their local talent and culture, all on a virtual platform.

Local Experiences, on the other hand, involve meeting a Local Friend in person and going through a journey to places where the Local Friend is an expert and the visitor is interested in.

This site works similarly to RentAFriend, but there seems to be more emphasis on promoting local culture to visitors. They often partner with travel bloggers, travel agents, and tourism boards.

The best thing about signing up as a Local Friend member is that you get access to a huge network of other Local Friends in more than 300 cities, and you can get the best local information when you’re traveling.

Note that joining entails paying a contribution fee to be verified.

4. Fiverr

Having Fiverr on this list may be pretty surprising, but this online freelance marketplace offers more than 300 services or gigs on their site, and one of them is a virtual freelance friendship service.

Sign up to Fiverr, create a detailed gig for being a virtual friend, set your price, and start getting offers.

A downside is that it’s a highly competitive platform; the hourly rate starts at $5 (the site is called Fiverr, after all). Your profile needs to stand out so you can get higher rates.

How Much Can You Make?

Because RentAFriend lets you dictate your own hourly price, you can set it for as low as $10 per hour to as high as $50 or $100 per hour.

Of course, your clients will justify your pricing based on what you could offer.

For example, if you’re a fluent English speaker and Chinese-to-English translator based in a hard-to-reach China province and your client is going there, if your company can significantly help the client go about day-to-day tasks, then they would probably be glad to pay you $50 per hour for your service.

The amount you make also depends on how many hours a week you can devote to being a friend.

Some “friends” work only 3 times a week and earn between $500 and $1200 a week, while those who work full time earn as much as $2000 weekly.

Tips to Earn More as a Friend for Hire

Here are some tips to be a great friend, get recurring clients, and get paid more.

  • Include as many details in your profile as you can. If you like music, include specific genres and artists. If you like video games, include which games you’re playing and what platform.
  • Get as much experience as you can. If you can, sign up on different websites and talk to many different people so you can improve your conversational skills.
  • Read up on different things, take up different hobbies, watch recent and popular releases on streaming platforms. You never know what will get someone excited to talk.
  • Listen with genuine interest and empathy. Believe me, your clients will sense if you’re just in this for the money.
  • Learn what makes them laugh. Laughter is a great icebreaker and paves the way for them to be relaxed around you.

Safety Tips When Meeting a Virtual Friend

As you might imagine, talking to someone online carries some risk.

Everyone is a stranger on the site after all.

Remember to not give out your personal information, such as your complete home address, bank information, even your full birth date.

And if you start feeling uncomfortable at any point in your conversations, feel free to block that member and report it to the site owner’s admin.

Some users of these types of sites use different names on the site from their actual name. So if you encounter this, just know that this is a safety precaution and not meant to deceive or defraud anyone.

If you decide to meet someone in person, know that you’re susceptible to danger. The person you meet may end up being a scammer, thief, stalker, or even a serial killer.

There are things you can do to ensure your safety.

  • Set boundaries and expectations before the meet-up.
  • Only meet in public places with plenty of people and exits.
  • Have a friend, loved one, or someone else you trust know where you’re going, what time you’re supposed to be there, and who you’re meeting.
  • Always have a backup plan and a person to call to pick you up in case you feel uncomfortable or something goes wrong.
  • Learn self-defense as a last resort.

Would You Want to Get Paid to be a Friend?

Online companionship jobs like these are not for the faint of heart. They’re not like work-from-home chat jobs either.

As someone who will be selling their time to a stranger, the entire concept can be scary, but if you like meeting other people, there’s a big chance you’d have a blast with the experience.

Although some find this business model questionable and categorize it as escort services in disguise, these sites maintain that they don’t offer escort services or dating sites.

Of course, they can’t really control what their members would do once they’re messaging each other outside of their platform or meet in real life.

But we shouldn’t make sweeping generalizations of people who look for friends on these sites.

Many of them simply have problems making friends with other people; they may be physically disabled, or have social anxiety that prevents them from socializing in the usual settings, or maybe they’re busy with work and have difficulty meeting other people because of lack of time.

Having this mindset should remove the stigma and hesitation about getting paid to be a friend.

Also, be aware that this wouldn’t work as your main income, but a fun gig for raising extra cash on the side.

Would you be okay with getting paid to be a friend? How about your thoughts on people paying strangers to be a friend? Share your insights with us in the comments!

13 Ways You Can Get Paid to Watch TV

With the amount of time I spend watching Netflix, I’d be a millionaire if I could get paid to watch TV.

You may watch TV simply to unwind and vegetate after a long day, or perhaps you’re simply obsessed with the latest reality TV show.

Whatever your level of consumption is, watching TV does take up time that you could be using to make money instead.

What if there was a way to make extra money while watching TV?

Well, there is!

In fact, I found 11 different ways that offer great potential to earn side cash for doing little to nothing except watching the box!

How to Get Paid to Watch TV

I’ve rounded up the 11 best ways you can get paid to watch TV.

Bear in mind that sitting on your butt is one of the easiest jobs there is. Don’t expect to get rich.

1. Watch TV on Swagbucks: $5.00 Bonus

Swagbucks is an online service that will give you points for doing a wide variety of activities, including watching videos on their online TV channel.

Swagbucks can also be used online or you can download their app.

They have one of the fairest points systems online and an incredibly wide range of rewards.

For example, you only need 500 Swagbucks to redeem a $5 Amazon gift card.

There is a wide variety of programs to watch, enough to keep most people interested, and you can get your rewards fairly quickly.

SwagBucks Watch

And if you get bored with the TV, you can also play games, browse the internet, answer surveys, and shop to earn Swagbucks points.

Best of all, you can earn $5.00 immediately just by creating your free account now!

2. Join Nielsen: Easiest Way to Make Money

nielsen logo

You’ve probably heard of Nielsen before. They’re the market research company that assigns ratings to TV shows to determine how popular a show is.

Nielsen pays its users for sharing this data with them and they are always looking for new people to bring on board.

All you need to do is download their app and they will pay you $50 per year. Nielsen will keep track of what you watch. It’s non-invasive and runs quietly in the background.

Nielsen also hosts giveaways each month and you will automatically be entered to have a chance to win $10,000 each month.

Can you imagine?

Ten grand just to watch TV.

Sign up now.

3. Become a TV Critic

Being a TV critic may be a dream job for you if you’re a huge TV fan.

I mean, what could be better than being able to watch your favorite TV shows and share your opinions with the world?

The skillset needed is quite basic: a good grasp of the written language, an eye for detail, great note-taking ability, good memory, and a keen sense of seeing subtle cues that showrunners, directors, and writers may add into their shows (often called “easter eggs”).

However, actually getting hired as a critic isn’t that easy. Competition for available jobs for critics is fierce, especially if you’re just starting to break into the job market.

The best advice here is to do it yourself!

The internet has empowered many people to get the experience they need or build their own businesses in their ideal niche without having to jump through job application hoops.

Start a blog, a podcast, or your own YouTube channel and broadcast your thoughts and opinions on your favorite TV shows and movies to the world.

When you gain traction, you can start getting money through ads and even sponsorships; some prominent television and movie outfits may be interested in paying you to critique their shows and movies.

And if you’re still interested in working as a TV critic for a company, your blog or vlog can be the sample work that you can show prospective employers.

4. Become a Netflix Tagger

This is one of the most sought-after “watching TV to make money” jobs.

It’s also one of the most difficult ones to get.

The basic idea behind tagging is that you sit and watch Netflix media (in your pajamas, in bed, of course!) and to tag each one with one or more keywords, such as “drama” or “sci-fi.”

And you’ll get paid for this!

The downside is you actually need to get employed by Netflix, and this job type comes up quite rarely, so keep your eyes on the Netflix Job Board.

You may also want to check out the job listings for other online streaming companies like Hulu, HBO, Sling.TV etc.

5. Make Money Watching Videos on YouTube

With the amount of time I spend on YouTube, it would be nice to get paid for my efforts.

Sites like MillionFormula and iRazoo pay you to watch YouTube videos. However, they dictate which videos you watch, and you only make pennies for your time.

These sites do pay, so they aren’t scams. But they pay very little in relation to the amount of time that you need to spend on them, so only do this if you have a lot of extra time to kill, don’t mind having a set video playlist to watch, and don’t expect a large payout.

6. Become a Care.com Companion

This is a more unique approach to getting paid to watch TV, but it pays.

Care.com has listings for companion care for senior citizens. Some of them have little to no special needs and are just looking for companions to sit with them during the day and watch TV.

While this job may have more duties than just TV watching, it’s fulfilling work that can lead to more opportunities down the road.

You might even gain a new friend out of it!

7. Work In The TV and Movie Industry

Okay, yes, technically you’ll be watching TV and getting paid for it, but this one requires you to get off your butt and actually work.

There are thousands of jobs available in the TV and movie industry.

You might think that only those involved in the production get paid to watch TV, but it’s not the case at all. Everyone in the company—including those in IT, legal, human resources, administration, creatives, even from food services—has access to entire catalogs.

The purpose is to make sure that everyone in the company is familiar with their body of work.

Take a look through EntertainmentCareers.Net’s job board for open positions in television. They cover all regions of the US and this could put you on the path to a new and exciting career.

8. Become a Professional TV Watcher

It sounds like clickbait, but this is really a thing.

Professional TV watchers get paid to watch TV, but more than just passively absorbing what’s on the screen.

Pro TV watchers scan through different shows and newsreels to find clips for a series, talk show, or news show.

It doesn’t pay very much, sometimes even lower than the minimum wage, but it’s enough for some pocket money.

9. Transcribe Shows For Subtitles

This is another one of those jobs where you’ll have to do a lot more than watching TV.

Being a subtitler involves transcribing and translating TV shows and films, as well as other digital content like video courses and webinars.

Aside from transcribing and translating, you’ll be in charge of formatting, managing the timing and placement, and verifying your transcript against the original script, if available.

If you’re multilingual, you’ll be paid more. Plus, this can open up opportunities for future transcription and translation jobs.

Here is a list of places to search for transcription jobs and a list of places that offer closed captioning jobs, which may also offer subtitling jobs.

10. Be An Entertainment Reporter

If you love watching TV and are obsessed with celebrities, watching their TV shows and video clips so you can write about them seems like a good fit for you.

You do need excellent writing skills plus the speed and flexibility to churn out stories as they happen.

There are a number of job listings in FlexJobs for entertainment reporters, and you can start applying today.

But even if you don’t snag a job through them, the good news is you don’t even have to be employed by a company to begin doing it. You can start a blog and publish your stories there!

Perez Hilton is the best-known example, but find your own unique writing style and angles, and who knows? You may just be the next big gossip blogger.

11. Download TV-TWO on your smartphone and Smart TV.

TV-TWO is an app that will pay you in cryptocurrency for every second you watch videos, shows, and movies on your smartphone or your Samsung or LG Smart TV.

Machine learning enables the TV-TWO app to tailor the content you see to your interests.

Aside from the earnings from watching TV, you can also get paid more if you check out the Boost button, opening up mini-tasks that allow you to earn more cryptocurrency.

12. Download the Media Rewards app

Media Rewards is an app that rewards you for watching TV and listening to music.

When you get approved to join, you’re asked to download the Media Rewards app and run it in the background while you watch TV and listen to the radio like you normally do.

You earn points for each minute the app is in the background, and the points can be exchanged for cash in your PayPal or in gift cards.

They also pay up to $10 for answering their surveys.

13. Monitor news and promotions of streaming services and TV networks

From time to time, some companies select people to binge-watch certain shows or movies for publicity purposes.

For instance, MagellanTV recently offered one candidate $2400 to binge-watch 24 hours of paranormal documentaries.

Last year, CableTV.com paid 5 people $2,000 to watch every episode of every season of their favorite series.

Keep updated with these contests and join. You never know when it’s finally your time to get paid thousands of dollars to watch TV.

Start Getting Paid To Watch TV Today!

Pairing up your love of TV and making money is not going to be easy, but it is possible to make a few extra bucks each month.

You can also check out my list of paid online surveys here as many survey sites have sections for watching videos, movie trailers, or previewing upcoming films. All you have to do is give your opinion and get paid.

The best thing about this is you can get started today!

Other ways to earn money from doing virtually nothing

By now, I hope you believe that it’s possible to earn money from doing mundane things. Here are some ways to make money doing everyday things, and even ways to get paid to do nothing.

Have you tried any of the methods above? Have you ever gotten paid to watch TV? Share your success story in the comments below!

11 Ways to Get Paid to Watch Movies

Since we all do it so much, wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to watch movies?

Look no further, because now we’re going to run through a few ways to earn extra cash by watching movies, trailers, and videos.

From enjoying Netflix on your couch to getting paid to visit movie theaters, the methods below will help you bring in some extra cash doing what you love.

So what’s the catch?

None, really.

The biggest downside is probably that with few exceptions, most of these are only good for side gigs and can’t earn you a living by themselves.

10 Ways to Get Paid to Watch Movies

So without further ado, here are the best ways you can get paid to watch movies.

Side note: My personal favorite is #6.

1. Watch your own movies and get paid by Nielsen

Get paid to watch movies with Nielsen

I’ve saved the best and simplest for first.

Nielsen wants to know what you watch and when, and they’ll pay you $50 per year to do so.

All you need to do is download and install their app.

That’s it.

You get paid $50 and will be entered to win even more cash and prizes every month that the app is installed on your phone.

It’s the easiest way to get started.

2. Be a Movie Mystery Shopper

This is basically the best way you can get paid to watch movies in the theater.

The job is simple:

Go to your local theater, collect various data, watch a movie, and get paid.

It’s a great part-time gig that is also enjoyable, and a dream come true for any movie buff out there.

You’ll even get your movie tickets and concessions reimbursed.

If this sounds too good to be true, let me tell you why this job even exists:

Theaters and movie studios are constantly trying to collect data about moviegoers and later analyze this data to improve movies as well as the viewer experience.

At any given workday, you can have any of these different tasks:

  1. Watch and record all the trailers that appeared on the screen and for how long.
  2. Report the number of people attending a particular movie at a particular show time (for box office information).
  3. Count all patrons who watched a particular movie for all showtimes throughout the day.
  4. Watch and record what advertisements are being shown before the movie.
  5. Watch a sneak preview and collect audience reactions and demographics.
  6. Write reports about the quality of sound and visuals, the prices of the tickets, and the cleanliness of the place.
  7. Evaluate the entire movie-going experience by posing as a movie patron. You’ll be asked to report on everything; from the quality of customer service, concessions, and overall upkeep of the theater, to the placement of movie posters, standees, and other promotional or marketing materials.

Pay varies depending on your assigned task and which company you join, but reported pay is at a minimum of $10 for simple trailer checks, plus reimbursements for tickets and concessions, as I’ve mentioned.

Here are a few companies that offer movie mystery shopping jobs.

Do theater checks to get paid to watch movies

3. Watch Movies and Videos Online

Swagbucks is another rewards-based website that pays you for several different activities. You can get paid to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, and more.

Instead, Swagbucks gives you points that you can then redeem for either gift cards or straight-up cash. The “movies” aren’t really going to be Blockbuster movies, but if you’re getting paid – who even cares, right?

What I usually like to do is I have Netflix playing on my laptop and Swagbucks playing on my phone, so I practically get paid to watch Netflix.

Pro tip: You can also do this at work: open up the videos on a new tab, mute the sound of that tab, and get to work!

4. Get Paid to Write About Movies

If you’re passionate about movies and have a penchant for writing, plenty of sites are on the lookout for quality content on movies and other entertainment.

Keep in mind, though, that many of these will be one-off assignments, and they may even reject your work. Very few will offer you regular writing assignments.

That’s no reason not to submit your best work, though. Read the submission guidelines and do your best to match the website’s tone.

Here are some sites looking for contributing writers.

If you’ve noticed, the primary type of content that these sites are looking for are movie reviews. So if you’re having difficulty submitting your articles and getting them accepted, why not be the next Roger Ebert and get paid to watch movies and write reviews?

You can create your own movie review blog and monetize it through ads or affiliate marketing.

5. Join a Movie Focus Group

Movies cost a small fortune, and sometimes it just takes one flop to bankrupt and close an entire studio.

And so movie studios generally don’t release a movie until it’s been watched by test audiences, also known as movie focus groups, to make sure the movie is received well by their target audience.

Being a member of a movie focus group means you get paid to watch a movie, which may or may not be good, but your feedback and suggestions have a significant impact on the final version that actually gets shown to the public.

Some of the members of the audience also get invited for a moderated and more in-depth discussion, which usually involves extra pay.

Finding movie focus groups to join may be the most difficult part of the process, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here are some websites that you can periodically check or subscribe to so you can get updated on screenings you can join in the area.

6. …Or Join a General Paid Focus Group

Even general paid focus groups run by market research firms sometimes discuss movies.

You might not get a free screening at a movie theater, but they’ll pay you for your time and honest opinions.

Focus group interviews may be held either in-person or virtually, but online focus groups have become more popular in recent years.

Here are some of the best online focus groups you can join.

If you prefer in-person focus groups, you can check out Find Paid Focus Group and look for focus groups in your local area.

7. Sign up for Inbox Dollars

You’ve probably heard of Inbox Dollars before and how you can make money by taking surveys. But did you have any idea that you can get paid to watch movie previews?

But wait, it gets better!

When you sign up, they give you a $5 signup bonus (one of the best ways to get quick money as well!)

The web-based rewards company makes video-watching enjoyable by adding an entire video component.

There you can watch celebrity videos, watch entire playlists, news and it tells you how long a playlist is going to be ahead of time.

You could get paid to watch movie trailers and earn up to $200/per month.

You could also use QuickRewards for the same idea – you get paid to watch movie trailers and videos, as well as play games. And there’s the $5 signup bonus as well.

8. Categorize shows for Netflix

Get paid to watch movies with Netflix

If you want to get paid to watch Netflix, you can do so by signing up as a “movie tagger.” Most of us have a Netflix account (or know someone who does), so making money as a Netflix tagger is a great way to spend even more time on Netflix and get paid for it!

Netflix pretty much pays people to “tag” their movies with one or more keywords, taking into consideration which keywords viewers will use when looking for such movies.

The best part?

You can easily earn up to $300 per week to watch the shows/movies and tag them.

The only downside?

These jobs rarely open up. You’ll need to constantly keep an eye on the Netflix job board.

9. Try SuccessBux

SuccessBux has already paid over $21,000 in rewards in the past 5 years. You can get paid to watch movies, watch ad videos and listen to the radio.

The best thing about Success Bux and the thing that differentiates it from InboxDollars and Swagbucks is the fact that you can request for payout once you’ve earned $1.00.

10. …Or try iRazoo

iRazoo is yet another rewards site that allows you to do simple tasks, including downloading apps, playing games, and, you guessed it, watching videos.

Though you’re not likely to be given a feature-length movie to watch, you may be given movie trailers, short films, advertisements, movie reviews, and more.

You’ll earn points for each task, and when you reach 3,000 points, you can start ordering from their Rewards Store.

11. Work as a closed captioner.

I’m sure you’ve debated with yourself or your movie companion whether or not to turn on subtitles while watching Netflix.

The subtitles didn’t appear there by magic; people actually typed those subtitles.

If you think you have what it takes, consider applying for a job as a closed captioner.

Not all of those will be movies, but at least some of them will be.

Can you still get paid to watch movies in 2020?

Absolutely. As long as movies are still being put out by the studios, you can find ways to get paid to watch them.

If you’re already spending plenty of your time watching movies and trailers, you might as well get paid for that time!

Other ways to get paid for doing mundane tasks

Wouldn’t it be great if you can just go about your everyday tasks and get paid for them?

Worry not; we now live in a time when you can make money watching TV, listening to music, eating, taking a walk, texting, or simply hanging out.

How do you plan to earn from watching movies or videos? Share it with us in the comments!

5 Ways You Can Get Paid to Quit Smoking and Live Longer

If you’ve been a smoker for a long time and have tried every method of smoking cessation to no avail, maybe the idea of getting paid to quit smoking might help you finally give up on cigarettes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 70% of smokers say they want to stop, but only about 6% of them succeed.

The nicotine in cigarettes is so addictive that current statistics show that it can take a smoker up to 30 attempts before they succeed, even if they know the negative consequences to their health and their loved ones’ health.

Having the right support can make all the difference. Smoking cessation programs focus on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), medication, counseling/therapy, or all three.

But a recent study has shown that monetary incentives work. Smokers in the study who received cash rewards were more likely to have stopped smoking compared to those who didn’t.

So, how can you get paid to quit smoking?

5 Ways You Can Get Paid to Quit Smoking

Aside from the money you’ll save by not buying cigarettes anymore, there are additional ways you can also make money on top of kicking this habit.

Here are the 5 best ways to get paid to quit smoking.

1. Join a Paid Clinical Trial

The medical and research industries actually want people to succeed in quitting smoking. They’ve been paying volunteers to participate in clinical trials for years.

These paid clinical trials are offered by the government, non-profit organizations, and private companies. They’re mostly involved in the development of smoking cessation products, such as patches, inhalers, gum, prescription tablets, and other quit smoking aids.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Get free tools — You may receive free patches, meds, training materials, and other tools needed for the study. Sometimes, you also get vouchers, transportation passes, and other extras to make it easier for you to participate in the trial.
  • Get paid after the study — To make sure volunteers participate until the end of the clinical trial, payment is given after the study.
  • Payment amount varies — You can get paid to quit smoking for a couple of hundred dollars for a day or two of clinical trials. The longer the duration of the trial, the higher you can get paid. For example, a study may pay $1,500 for a two-week commitment wherein you’ll need to physically go to a center each morning and get your heart rate checked.

You can find clinical trials in local universities, local hospitals, and research centers.

For example, Duke University’s Center for Smoking Cessation is currently researching whether using electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches can help people stop smoking regular cigarettes.

I keep an updated list of paid clinical studies here, as well as a list of paid online research studies. Check these pages regularly as there may be studies targeting smokers specifically.

The National Institute of Health’s website ClinicalTrials.gov also keeps an up to date list of quit-smoking clinical trials from both government agencies and private organizations.

2. Find a Program From a Private Organization

You can find plenty of support from the private sector. Some pay cash for you to get into a quit-smoking program, while others give away free aids.

  • Kick It California — If you’re a California resident, you may be eligible for a two-week supply of free nicotine patches, sent directly to you. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-300-8086.
  • Quit Partner — Minnesota residents can sign up to receive free quit medications (choose from nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges) along with a customized quit guide. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to sign up.
  • NY SmokeFree — If you’re a resident of New York State, you may be eligible for free nicotine patches. To find out if you qualify, call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487), apply online, or request a call from them.
  • Project Quit — They are a research team based in the Medical University of South Carolina aiming to develop and improve smoking cessation treatments. Join their program and if you qualify, you’ll be paid to participate.

Even your church and other similar organizations have partnered with the federal government in giving support to people who are quitting smoking.

The CDC has a list of faith-based organizations with smoking cessation programs for their community.

3. Let the Government Help You

It has been proven that the government can save 50x more money for every dollar spent on helping people quit smoking.

In fact, California’s tobacco control program saved $134 billion in personal health care expenditures from its start in 1989 to 2008. That’s a whopping ROI of $55 saved for every $1 spent on the program.

As such, both the national and local governments offer plenty of smoking cessation programs.

Probably the most important and significant out of all the U.S. government’s programs come from The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which pays potential quitters with money through Medicare, Traditional Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, or other health insurance plans.

The American Lung Association lists down all health plans and the type of smoking cessation program covered.

4. Ask Your Employer

Employers know that they can save up to $5,000 annually for every employee who quits smoking.

Not only do smoking cessation programs extend the lives of employees, but it also saves the company money from lowered healthcare costs, increased workplace productivity (since there are fewer smoking breaks), and prevented premature deaths.

Aside from participating in clinical studies, some companies also create their own smoking cessation programs.

In 2015, the National Business Group on Health surveyed 121 large companies and discovered that that the average money won by those deciding to quit smoking was $900 every year.

The cash incentive varies from one company to the next. For example:

  • A 200-employee-strong IT company may offer $300 in reimbursements a year to employees buying smoking-cessation aids or meds
  • A 50-employee ad agency may give an employee a $250 check to quit smoking.
  • An architectural firm may pay an employee $300 to get an age-appropriate checkup (with an extra $300 if they take their spouse with them).

Even if most companies pay only up to $500 a year, cash incentives are still effective for some people.

Unfortunately, companies are having trouble going all-in on cash-based smoking cessation programs because non-smokers are finding them unfair.

Non-smokers do have a bigger percentage discount on health insurance, while smokers can pay up to 18% in penalties as long as they continue their smoking habit.

5. Find Extra Money from Quitting

These methods do not actually reward an ex-smoker any money, but these are the ways that your decision to quit smoking will result in extra money in the bank.

These include:

Tax savings from cigarettes

The government increases the taxes for cigarettes and alcoholic drinks regularly in hopes of discouraging people from buying them. Unfortunately, based on government statistics, levying heavy taxes on cigarettes doesn’t seem to inspire people to quit smoking.

The taxes on a single pack of cigarettes range from 17¢ to $5.10, depending on which state you live in.

If you smoke a pack a day in New York (a state which adds $4.35 taxes per pack), you can easily save $130/month or a whopping $1,500/year just by quitting your smoking habit.

That’s money in your pocket instead of ash in your ashtray.

Note that this is only your savings in tax, which is on top of your savings in the actual retail price of the cigarettes.

Health insurance savings

Like the tax savings you get from quitting smoking, the savings you get from your health insurance premiums will be significant enough that you can afford an annual trip, or buy the newest smartphone every year.

Insurance companies are given the right to charge up to 50% higher premiums on health plans for smokers.

It’s written under the Affordable Care Act, too! As such, if you’ve been a smoker for over a decade or so, you could be paying double the amount compared to a regular health plan for a non-smoker and their family.

Translated to its monetary value, that’s more or less $300 to $500 extra premium/year that you’ve been paying as a smoker. Of course, this amount will depend on the insurer, your health plan, and the state where you reside in.

“Get Paid to Quit Smoking” Apps

You can find many awesome quit-smoking apps for both Android and iOS.

Different people can have different motivations to quit smoking, and this selection of apps have been proven to work in different ways. It’s a matter of finding the app that best fits you and your lifestyle.

What these apps have in common is that they track how much money you’ve saved so far from not smoking.

With this information, you can pay yourself that amount of money or keep a jar where you can put in the amount, so you have a more visual reminder of those savings.

At the end of a week, month, or year, buy yourself a reward with the savings. Essentially, you paid yourself to quit smoking.

Time to Kick the Habit and Live a Healthier Lifestyle

I hope you can find one or a few programs from the list above that can help you actually get paid to quit smoking.

While you’re quitting smoking, you may want to change other aspects of your lifestyle to lead a healthier life. Why not get paid to lose weight, get paid to walk, or get paid to eat?

Or if quitting smoking has got you feeling idle and don’t want to do anything, know that you can get paid to do nothing as well.

Are you going to quit smoking today? Share your stories with us and other smokers intending to quit in the comments!

16 Legit Apps that Pay You Real Cash Fast

Looking for ways to earn some apps that pay you side cash, but don’t have time to start a business or even a part-time side hustle?

Don’t fret! You can make some side money through your smartphone.

There are a number of apps you can download that allow you to perform simple tasks for cash.

In today’s blog post, we run down some of the best tasking apps that pay you actual money, through PayPal, Venmo, direct funds transfer to your bank account, digital or physical gift cards to your favorite stores.

Tasking Apps That Pay You Real Money

Tasking apps are those that pay you to do simple tasks.

Some of these tasks can be done on your phone, while others require you to do some minor errands.

They generally don’t ask you to buy something to participate, but in case you are, they compensate you immediately for your purchase aside from paying you.

The amount you can expect to be paid varies depending on the app, how much time you’re willing to dedicate to doing these tasks, and how difficult an individual task is.

Here are our recommended tasking apps that pay you.

1. InboxDollars

The InboxDollars app partners with companies that want crowdsourced insights and pay users of the app for opening and skimming emails, answering surveys, and more.

InboxDollars pays you $5 just for signing up. It’s also one of the rare apps that pay you in real dollars, not in points.

Website: InboxDollars
Examples of tasks you can do: Read emails, answer surveys, watch videos, redeem free food and grocery coupons, play games, get cashback for online purchases
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States

2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is perhaps the most well-known app on this list and is mainly famous for its surveys.

Other tasks you can do include voting in their daily poll, watching videos in their in-house app, and playing games through their app.

This is also one of the few apps that pay you for simply using them for searching on the internet.

Earning points for doing these tasks and you can exchange these points for cash or gift cards.

Website: Swagbucks
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer surveys, set Swagbucks as the default search engine, print and redeem coupons, vote in the daily poll, watch videos through the Swagbucks TV app, play games
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States, most countries in Europe and Asia

3. Field Agent

Field Agent acts as a platform for crowdsourced customer insights.

One of their unique tasks is having workers do a Digital Demo, which involves them buying the product in-store or online, trying out the product at home, answering questions, and rating the products from 1 to 10.

If the products are rated 7 or higher, the answers to the questions are styled into an article by Field Agent’s in-house creative team and are shared on websites that feature curated products.

Website: Field Agent
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer surveys, act as a mystery shopper, take photos of products in stores, create Digital Demos
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ecuador

4. Shopkick

Shopkick allows you to earn reward points called kicks that you can then redeem for free gift cards.

Some tasks simply require you to walk into select retail stores, no purchase necessary. Others require you to make purchases, which pay more.

Website: Shopkick
Examples of tasks you can do: Walk into stores, scan barcodes of select products, make in-store or online purchases, watch in-app videos
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States

5. Streetbees

Streetbees pays their so-called “bees” for sharing insights about products and services they use every day.

They then pass this information on to the businesses that they work with so they can learn about current trends and use that to improve their products and services, make better decisions, and predict future trends.

Website: Streetbees
Examples of tasks you can do: Participate in polls, answer surveys, recruit other ambassadors
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: 87 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom

6. Mobeye

Mobeye makes it easy: open the app, find an available task around you, do the task, and get paid.

Tasks are added weekly, but only a limited number of users can participate at a time, so it pays to regularly check back.

Website: Mobeye
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer surveys, take photos, collect information on products and promotions, check stock levels in-store
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Japan

7. CheckPoints

CheckPoints is a fairly straightforward app, offering various tasks you can do through the app in exchange for rewards points.

You can then exchange these rewards points for gift cards, as well as non-monetary goods such as airline miles, gadgets, and more.

Website: CheckPoints
Examples of tasks you can do: Check-ins at local stores, watch videos, take quizzes, shop online, scan keywords, answer surveys, search for keywords
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States

8. Surveys On The Go®

Surveys On The Go® is a market research tool that asks users to answer surveys and pays them for their opinions.

They typically send out two new surveys every week, and you’ll have options to receive the payment through PayPal, Virtual Visa, Amazon Gift Card, or Starbucks Gift Card.

Website: Surveys On The Go®
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer surveys on products, services, entertainments, sports, technology, and many others
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States

9. Gigwalk

Gigwalk lets you pick Gigs from their app that takes anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours, with varying payouts as well.

The Gigs are designed to provide their partner businesses with as much information as possible on their products, which they use to make marketing and promotion decisions.

Website: Gigwalk
Examples of tasks you can do: Audit retail stores, act as a mystery shopper, test digital apps, spot check customer workflows, answer surveys, collect data
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States and Canada

10. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is a receipt scanning app that lets you earn points for items you were buying anyway.

When you buy your groceries at any grocery store, save the receipt and scan it in the Fetch Rewards app, which automatically determines which products you can earn points for and credits you.

You can exchange the points for gift cards to plenty of retail stores, restaurants, as well as through MasterCard or Visa gift cards.

Website: Fetch Rewards
Examples of tasks you can do: Scan receipts
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States

11. Mobee

Mobee offers mystery shopping assignments (called “Missions”) to its users, who can then accept one of these missions and get reward points.

The amount of your purchase is reimbursed plus some extra, and you can then exchange these points for cash or gift cards.

The app keeps track of whether you’re in the right store through your phone’s GPS, but they sometimes also ask for photos of the store or your timestamped receipts.

Metropolitan areas have more retail stores, and thus have a higher number of missions you can choose from and a lot more earning opportunities.

Website: Mobee
Examples of tasks you can do: Act as a mystery shopper
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States

12. Roamler

Roamler assigns tasks that are geared toward businesses that need help with their market research and promotions.

However, depending on your location, you might need to be sent an invite code to start using the app and doing tasks.

Website: Roamler
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer short questionnaires, take pictures of products in stores, act as a mystery shopper, refill shelves with products, boost promotional displays
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, and Chile

13. EasyShift

EasyShift pays its users to complete quick tasks at your local stores and shops.

Each set of tasks is called a “Shift” and you’ll be required to submit photos, opinions, or survey questions.

Website: EasyShift
Examples of tasks you can do: Take photos of products in-store, check prices and promotions, answer surveys
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States, United Kingdom

14. Make Money

You can’t get any more literal than this; the app is really called “Make Money.”

Like many of the other apps on this list, the tasks on Make Money are online and you can do the tasks inside the app.

Website: Make Money
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer surveys, watch and share videos, play mini-games
Available on: iOS
Countries available: United States

15. MooCash

With thousands of users around the world and the potential to get $250 a month, MooCash is one of the popular apps that pay you in cash (or gift card, bitcoin, and cashback, if you shop online).

Their website actually lists the tasks and how many points you can earn per task, which is refreshingly straightforward.

Website: MooCash
Examples of tasks you can do: Install and review apps, watch videos and ads, post and share on social media, play games, buy online
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and over 100 other countries

16. cashKarma

cashKarma offers Karma Points for answering surveys, completing various offers, watching videos, and other tasks.

What makes them unique is that you still earn rewards even though you’re not qualified for a survey.

They’re also generous in awarding bonus points when you achieve specific milestones in their app.

cashKarma pays through PayPal and gift cards.

Website: Cashkarma
Examples of tasks you can do: Answer surveys, watch videos, sign up for trials, subscribe to services, turn on location (US only)
Available on: iOS, Android
Countries available: Worldwide (except Vietnam)

Final Thoughts

Installing a few apps on your smartphone can turn it into a real moneymaker.

Hopefully, you find one or a few apps that are a good fit for you so you can maximize your income.

Other Apps That Pay You Real Cash

There are plenty of other apps that help you earn some side cash while using your phone.

Here are some of these apps.

Have you tried any of these apps? How was the experience? Can you recommend other apps that pay you? Share your experience with us in the comments.

12 Ways to Make Money Playing Video Games

If you love playing video games, I’m sure you’ve dreamed of the day where you could make money while playing all day.

Even now, I load up a game on the weekends to help burn off some frustration and tension that the past week has built up.

As a kid, I always wondered how I could get a job where I can play games all day. Then of course I grew up a bit and ended up floating around until finally starting my own online business.

Still, sometimes I dream of playing video games for a living…

12 Ways to Make Money Playing Video Games

As luck would have it, it’s now actually possible to make money playing video games!

In fact, there are some Twitch streamers out there pulling over six figures per month!

Granted, you probably have better odds of winning the lottery than hitting those kinds of numbers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any realistic options.

Here are some ways to earn that certainly have potential as moneymakers.

1. Play games at Swagbucks.

Did you know you can play games online and actually make money by doing so?

Swagbucks will pay you to play and it’s completely free to get started. In fact, they’ll give you $10.00 just for signing up.

They’ve paid out over $628 MILLION dollars so far and you can get in on that action just by creating a free account.

Make money playing games at Swagbucks

2. Become a video game tester.

This! This is what I wanted to do as a kid, and I bet most gamers still want to do this, too.

Being a video game tester is the classic way to earn while playing video games, and most of the bigger game studios have openings for video game testers.

I mean, what could be better than getting paid to literally play the latest video games, spot bugs and glitches, and give your suggestions to game developers?

The position isn’t glamorous, though. In fact, just a few years ago, some companies advertised testing jobs in the $50–$100 per hour range, which was actually part of a scam. That gave the entire industry a bad rap.

Video game testers generally don’t earn that much money. Realistically, you can expect something between $10–$17 per hour.

Also, testing video games can become quite dull: you’ll often be asked to play the same section or level of a game over and over, you rarely get to play games you’re actually interested in, and the hunt for bugs is usually a priority than assessing gameplay or whether it’s even fun to play.

That being said, you’re still getting paid to play all day!

3. Farm for gold.

Farming in-game currency and equipment is another way to earn money from playing video games.

Many MMOs have a farmable in-game currency that players can earn within the game. However, this takes a lot of playing time, and players who can afford it would rather exchange real-life currency for in-game currency rather than play for hours.

Aside from currency, you can play for hours to get equipment, or to have your character level up. Again, these items require hours and hours of playing time, and a number of impatient players who can afford it are willing to pay to get these items without playing all those hours.

Most games, such as World of Warcraft (WoW) actively ban this sort of practice, but some games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CO: GO) actively allow and even go so far as to promote it.

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Steam offers an easy way to make money selling items.

Items might be more profitable, often one item can sell for $5 to $20 or more, but getting the drops worth selling takes time and patience. The Steam marketplace makes this sort of item sale very easy indeed.

Games such as Diablo 3 have made it even easier by having the real-life auction system built in the game.

However, quite frankly, it doesn’t pay much. For instance, WoW gold currently sells for pennies per 1,000 gold, which means you would need to farm 300,000 gold to maybe make $100. Maybe.

However, if you’re spending hours playing the game and having fun anyway, this might be a good way to at least get some coins on the side.

4. Create “Let’s Play” videos.

With the rise of YouTube, Twitch, and streaming sites in general, more and more people are watching other people play games.

Let’s Play-style videos can garner hundreds of thousands of views.

You do need to be a talker, though. For instance, Amazon has a rule that you need to be commentating on the video throughout the playtime to be eligible for advertisement earnings. This probably has something to do with the games’ own distribution terms.

Your commentary can be the clincher or deal-breaker. If you’re boring, no one will watch your videos. Be hilarious, exude personality, and people will lap it up and watch you again and again, even if you suck at the game!

To monetize your videos, sign up for advertising networks to earn ad revenue.

Exactly how much can you earn? To give you an idea of the possibilities, Twitch’s top streamers earn over half a million dollars per month.

Of course, you won’t earn that much in the beginning. But streaming your gameplay regularly can become a steady stream of money.

If this seems to be a good fit for you, look no further than our guide on how to make money on Twitch.

Let's Play style videos

5. Make video tutorials.

This option is perfect if you know a game inside and out.

While some gamers like to watch Let’s Play videos, others want to know how to get past a particularly difficult level in a video game, how to uncover secret rewards, how to unlock secret characters, or simply how to play the game from the perspective of a fellow gamer.

Basically, this is everything one couldn’t learn from the official tutorial of the video game.

Gamers want to watch tutorials from another gamer who is not only knowledgeable about the game but also entertaining to watch. Most of all, they’ll listen to someone who genuinely likes the game and enjoys playing it.

To earn money, you can run ads on these videos the same way that you can run ads on your Let’s Play videos.

6. Sell your character.

In MMO’s (that’s massively multiplayer online game for you noobs), building up characters is a large part of the game. Kitting them out in end-game gear takes time, effort, and mad skills.

What do you do, then, when you get bored of the character or just want to make some cash?

Why, sell your character, of course!

Be aware, though, that this is likely to be forbidden by most video games’ terms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it.

Places such as PlayerAuctions, The Game Supply, MMO-GS, MMO Provider, Account Warehouse, and many other sites allow you to offload your character for a profit.

Don’t be dismayed if it backfires on you or if you only get a paltry fee; people only pay for the best of the best when they are gaming the system (pun intended!).

7. Join esports tournaments

The rise in Twitch streaming has brought competitive video gaming into the limelight.

If you want to become famous in the community while bagging some serious, legitimate cash, then playing in esports is the way forward.

The DOTA 2 International 2021 prize pool was a sizable $40 million, while Arena of Valor’s Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2021 had a prize pool of over $7 million.

The great thing about esports is that it’s open to anyone; you simply prove your worth by beating everyone else!

With that in mind, you need to play, and play a lot! You will need to know your game inside and out just to have a shot at the prize money.

That’s a lot of unpaid hours for a mere chance at millions, so competing in esports is unlikely to pay bills unless you can get sponsored.

8. Coach other gamers.

When you know your favorite game inside out, and maybe even joined a tournament or two, why not offer your services as a video game coach?

You’ll want to target gamers who are gunning to be tournament players, so being an established video streamer gives you an advantage, even more so if you have tournament experience.

Having your own website makes it simpler to sell your coaching services, but you can also offer your services on freelancer websites, such as Fiverr, or on esports coaching marketplaces like Challengermode, Gamer Sensei, GamerCoach, and other marketplaces.

Depending on the demand, the difficulty of the game you’re playing, and many other factors, you can charge anywhere from $10 to $50 an hour.

9. Write reviews.

As a marketer, and frankly not that great of a video game player, writing reviews and opinions appeals to me.

The great thing about reviewing games is that you can choose which games to review and talk about, unlike being a video game tester.

Obviously, you still need to play the video game before you can write the review, but at least you can do it at your own pace and style.

Making money from this method is pretty much like any online business: you sell your own products and services, affiliate with places like Amazon so people can buy the games, and sell advertising space on your website.

If you use video as well then there’s the potential for YouTube earnings too.

Unfortunately, writing reviews has a higher barrier to entry, and it will take some time to gain traction in the community so people can find your content and enjoy and share it.

But out of all the other options on this list, this is likely the best way to build a stable, scalable, and profitable business out of playing video games.

10. Be a video game writer.

If you love playing video games AND love writing, why not combine these two passions and be a video game writer?

You can write for video games; that is, you can be involved in developing video games.

On the other hand, you can write about video games; that is, you can write from the perspective of someone who plays the video game or someone interested in people who play the game.

Writing for video games opens doors for you to be part of the video game industry, while writing about video games, including writing reviews (see the previous item), can help you build a career as a video game journalist or reviewer.

Read all about it in our guide to video game writing jobs.

11. Start a video game podcast.

Yes, you’re here to make money playing video games, but you can also make some serious cash by simply talking about them as well.

Come up with a unique angle and dust off your microphone. Launching a podcast is easier than ever before and you can combine your love of reading about, talking about, and playing video games all into one show.

Having a unique angle like Gamers With Jobs or What’s Good Games can help you advance your podcast’s success quickly.

12. Build your own gaming website.

When you start playing a video game, you probably search gaming websites for articles about that game, reviews, tutorials, strategies, and other useful information.

If you’re passionate about gaming and want to contribute to the community while earning some money, why not create your own gaming website?

With the rise of esports as a legitimate sporting event, gaming sites have some of the highest potential traffic.

And when it comes to monetizing a website, more traffic means more earnings.

A word of caution, though: don’t try to create a “video game” website. It’s too general, too wide in scope, and you’ll be competing with large companies with big budgets and you’ll never win in the search results war.

The smart way to go about this is to pick a specific niche in which you have detailed, expert knowledge to share.

For instance, you might want to choose a particular game (e.g., Call of Duty, League of Legends), console (e.g., PlayStation, PC, Xbox), or genre (e.g., RPGs, MMORPGs, fantasy games, horror games) and focus on providing high-quality information on that specific niche.

Another advantage of building your own website is that aside from monetizing your website (e.g., through affiliate marketing, ads, sponsored posts), you can incorporate other ways of making money from video games.

So if you already have a Twitch or a podcast, you can use those to promote your gaming website and vice versa.

Consider Joining the Industry

You can turn your love of playing video games into a full-time career by going to the other side and working in the computer game industry.

Get started by checking out the career pages of some major companies like EA, Valve, and Blizzard.

Job listings at Valve

Most companies do require some college or even a degree. Experience in the industry is also a plus.

You will have to do some digging for an entry-level position. The best way to get your foot in the door would be to start with an internship and work your way up to a full-time job offering.

I also highly suggest looking through all of the remote positions listed at Flexjobs.

There are positions available from all aspects of game design, from writing the stories to actually writing out the code. I even saw a position listed for a video game guide writer. Take a look through and see if there’s anything in there that might catch your eye.

Can you really make money playing video games?

The bottom line is that your desire to play video games can go hand in hand with making money. But if you do decide to earn money this way, bear in mind that playing video games as a job rather than as a hobby can suck all the fun from it.

If you really enjoy spending long stretches on the couch, you may also want to consider reading my guide on how to make money watching TV.

Do you think you can make money playing video games? Or have you already tried? Share your experiences in the comments below!

15 Best Weekend Jobs that Pay Well to Boost Your Income

Do you have debts to pay, a big-ticket purchase you’re saving for, or any other money goal you want to achieve? You might want to supplement your income by working weekend jobs.

You might also want to work a weekend job to pursue other careers you’re interested in but don’t necessarily pay well as a full-time job, especially if you’re just starting.

Fortunately, finding a weekend job that pays well is easier than ever.

Here are a few weekend jobs to help you get an idea of what’s out there. Many of these have the potential to turn into full-time jobs if you ever want to replace your day job.

15 Weekend Jobs to Consider

1. Rideshare Driver

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft are an obvious choice for anyone with a decent car and extra time on their hands. If you have a spotless driving record and a great sense of direction, signing up with one of these companies can be a fantastic way to make side cash and eventually, a living. In fact, many people work as ridesharing drivers full-time.

You can choose which days and how many hours you want to work. It’s precisely the flexibility of this job that makes it perfect as a part-time job or a weekend job.

If you’re an extrovert who doesn’t mind making small talk, you might even genuinely enjoy this job.

2. Food Delivery Driver

If you have a reliable car but you’re not much of a conversationalist, that’s fine. You can sign up as a food delivery driver instead. Food doesn’t talk back!

Sign up with companies like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and the like. They allow their delivery drivers to choose their own hours and schedule. With Uber Eats, you can even cash out your earnings as often as five times a day. This is a great option if you need cash fast.

You don’t even actually need a car for this. If you have a motorcycle, a bike, or a scooter, or if you like walking, you can still sign up.

3. Tax Preparer/Bookkeeper

Most people don’t look forward to doing their taxes. If they can pay someone to do it for them, they gladly would. You don’t need an accounting degree or any certification to help people prepare their tax returns. As long as you know what you’re doing and you have a head for numbers, you’re good to go. Starting a part-time weekend job as a tax preparer requires only a few simple steps.

Work doesn’t necessarily need to stop once tax season is over. You can also get into bookkeeping. It’s one of the most popular jobs to outsource to part-timers.

4. Dog Walker, Pet Sitter, or House Sitter

Pet owners could always use some help with their pets, whether it’s taking their dogs to the park or having someone stay in to look after their precious furbabies while they’re away on vacation. If you love dogs, this might be one of the best weekend jobs you can have!

If not their pets, then maybe you can keep an eye on their homes. House sitting is a pretty great gig. You won’t have to do much except probably some minimal housekeeping. It’s almost like going on a staycation, and getting paid for it!

The best way to find a pet sitting or house sitting job is through referrals. People will be entrusting their homes and their pets to you, they’ll feel better if someone they know can vouch for you. Aside from referrals, you should also check online job boards and social media groups.

5. Babysitter

Parents of young kids hardly have any free time, which is why reliable child care is in such high demand. Babysitting is not just for teenagers anymore. Some parents may even feel better about leaving their kids with someone more mature when they go on a date night or when they need to work on a weekend.

If you’re responsible and you’re good with kids, this could turn into a fairly regular gig. Just make sure you let your clients know that you’re not on-call and that you’re only available on weekends.

6. Renter

There are many reasons why people would want to rent furniture or gadgets instead of buying them. They could be tourists who prefer to travel light or someone looking to save on something they know they will only need for a short time.

In both cases, it makes more sense to rent. Some popular items to rent out are furniture, car seats, strollers, and various electronic equipment.

If you have anything in your home that is gathering dust and you think it could be useful to some people, list it on reputable renting platforms, such as Fat Llama, or on local listing sites such as Craigslist.

Because it all depends on your schedule, you can choose to just work on your listings and contact potential clients during the weekends.

This is a comprehensive guide on how to rent out your stuff to give you some ideas on what to rent out and how to go about doing it.

7. Mobile Bartender

If you have some experience as a mixologist or a bartender, mobile bartending is a pretty good gig. Mobile bars are for parties and private events in locations that don’t have a full-service bar. This can include garden weddings, office parties, and the like.

8. Photographer

Photography is a full-time career for many people and an enjoyable hobby for others. Either way, it requires a considerable investment of both time and money.

If you’re a hobbyist photographer and you’re confident of your skills, you might as well make some money out of it.

You can start a weekend-only photography business. Start by offering photography services to family and friends and tell them to spread the word.

You can do family portraits, glamour and fashion photoshoots, maternity shoots, baby milestone photography, and event coverage for parties.

It all depends on which niche you want to get into. The amount of work you take on is also entirely up to you. This will help hone your skills and build your portfolio.

You won’t be able to command premium rates in the beginning while you’re building up your portfolio, but in time, this can turn into a really lucrative venture. Many professional photographers had similar beginnings.

Here’s a giant list of 18 different ways you can make money with photography.

9. Fitness Instructor

If you love exercising, helping other people meet their fitness goals, and getting paid for it, working as a fitness instructor part-time can be a good fit for you.

Plus, most who are working 9-to-5 jobs have their schedules free on the weekends, making your potential client base larger.

You can contact your local gyms to see if they have available positions.

Because of recent events, working out from home has been the trend. Fitness instructors have taken to holding online classes, either through live sessions or through pre-recorded ones.

An advantage of doing pre-recorded ones is that you can work through the weekend to make the recordings, and then schedule for them to be broadcast during the rest of the week.

10. Tour Guide

If you know your city like the back of your hand and enjoy showing it off to visitors, being a local tour guide can be one of the most enjoyable and profitable weekend jobs for you.

You hardly need any training to be a tour guide; just a wide and detailed knowledge of your city and its history, plus a genuine love for interacting with people.

11. Handyman

Got some home improvement skills? Put them to good use on the weekends and earn from them.

Whether you’re a roofer, landscaper, plumber, woodworker, or any other home worker, you can enjoy helping others with their own home projects while getting paid to do it.

Remote Weekend Jobs

If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home for your weekend job, the internet is full of remote money-making opportunities. These jobs below are only a few examples.

12. Online Tutor

There’s an endless list of possible tutoring gigs out there, depending on your skills or talents.

You don’t need a teaching license for this. You just need a skill that people will pay for you to teach, such as swimming, painting, playing an instrument, or speaking a second language.

It’s not limited to kids either. Many adults are looking to learn new skills, too. The possibilities are endless.

In the internet era, you can now be an online tutor as well. You can start by helping kids with their homework online.

13. Social Media Manager

Many small-to-medium businesses outsource digital marketing, content creation, and social media management. Small operations typically don’t have the in-house manpower for it and other related tasks like graphic design and SEO.

If you’re a digital marketing professional or if you have a track record of successfully managing social media accounts and running campaigns, this is the perfect weekend job for you. Using publishing tools like Hootsuite, you can easily schedule and automate posts that come out the rest of the week during the weekend.

You’ll find a lot of part-time social media marketing jobs on online job boards. Depending on the clients you land, being a social media marketer can be quite lucrative.

14. Search Engine Evaluator

Search engines like Google and Bing are constantly working to improve their accuracy. Search engine evaluators play an important role in this process and this job is usually outsourced to remote workers. To qualify, you’ll have to register on the relevant company’s website and go through an evaluation.

Once accepted, you’re going to start receiving assignments. Your work schedule and your workload are within your control. This is something you can do part-time and only on weekends.

A word of warning here though, be wary of scams and shady “job opportunities”. You should never have to pay to qualify for a job as an evaluator.

15. Survey Respondent

Filling out surveys is not exactly exciting work but it can be a reliable source of extra income and something you can easily do on weekends. You will probably not earn a living wage just by answering surveys but if you have time to kill, wouldn’t you want to earn from it?

Anybody can start filling in surveys as it doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge, and brands are continuously looking for opinions and feedback.

It’s really easy to get started, too. Just sign up on apps or websites like Survey Junkie, Toluna, or Swagbucks and start searching for open surveys. Some surveys are open for everyone while others have demographic requirements.

Aside from surveys, you could also look into signing up for research studies. These will typically require more time and commitment, but they also pay more.

Start one of these weekend jobs soon!

Working on the weekend may not be for everyone.

If you’re the type of person who’s all about the hustle and don’t mind sacrificing some free time to achieve your money goals, then this is

But if you’re the type that easily gets burned out, there’s nothing wrong with keeping your weekends strictly for rest, hobbies, and literally anything but work.

Maybe check out our massive list of side hustles instead so you can get ideas of jobs you can do on weekdays aside from your regular job.

Which of these weekend jobs are you interested in? Got anything to add? Tell us in the comments!

30 Quick Ways To Earn Extra Money for Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us again.

And it’s got most of us thinking about how we can get that Christmas money to spend on fancy meals, get-togethers, trips to see loved ones, and of course, presents.

Others may be thinking of getting extra cash to donate to charity or buy food for food banks.

Whatever the purpose, you’re probably looking to earn some money in these months before the holidays.

Look no further! Here are 30 proven ways to earn extra cash for Christmas this year.

30 Ways To Earn Christmas Money

I’ve broken down the categories into various ways you can make money, both online and off.

Go Online

If you’re looking to score some cash fast, doing quick tasks online may be the simplest way to get started. Here are some suggestions on how to make money for Christmas online.

how to make money for Christmas online

1. Answer surveys.

You can answer surveys in a matter of minutes and get paid within hours; that is, if you choose the right survey sites.

Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, and Inbox Dollars are just a few legit sites you can sign up.

More survey sites to join can be found in this blog post.

2. Complete online microjobs.

Microjobs are those that take minutes to complete.

For example, signing up to websites, sharing Facebook posts or retweeting, or researching topics online.

Some of the reputable sites that offer microjobs include Amazon Mechanical Turk, Clickworker, or Fiverr.

3. Test websites.

Web designers and SEO companies want to ensure that the website they’re building is user-friendly and results in a positive experience.

They pay website-tester companies that in turn recruit and pay website testers to go to their websites, review the on-page elements and pages, and then provide feedback.

Analysia, User Testing, and UserZoom are some of the sites you can check out (you can find more in this list).

The typical pay is $10 for 15 minutes of testing, but the amount and frequency of the payout may vary.

4. Transcribe audio or video.

If you have superb listening skills, fast and accurate typing skills, and impeccable spelling and grammar, there are plenty of transcription companies that could use your services.

The sheer volume of audio and video content being produced by individuals and businesses that need to be converted into text almost guarantees that you’ll find transcription jobs whenever you need them.

Wondering where to start? Websites such as TranscribeMe and Rev require no specialized software and no prior experience; you have to pass an exam, though.

5. Listen to music online.

Listening to music seems too mundane an activity for anyone to ever make money from it.

But you can actually make some Christmas money from listening to new music and giving your ratings and feedback, tuning in to internet radio and getting paid to subscribe and listen to ads, or letting market research companies know what type of music you like.

While you mostly earn cents per song you listen to, it adds up quickly if you’re the type to listen to music all day.

Here are just some of the ways you can get paid to listen to music.

6. Download apps that pay you in cash fast.

If your eyes and fingers are welded to your smartphone like more and more people nowadays, why not download apps on your smartphone that’ll make you some money.

There are apps that allow you to answer surveys, sell pictures, and do other mindless tasks on your phone and earn you some change.

Here are a few of these money-making apps to consider downloading.

Run Errands

A few years ago—okay, fine decades—if I wanted extra cash from my parents aside from my allowance, I had to do extra errands around the house.

The grown-up version of that would be doing errands for other people to make some quick Christmas money.

7. Deliver groceries.

You can do this on a freelance basis for individual clients that will pay you to do their grocery shopping for them, or you can join a company like Instacart, Shipt, or Walmart Grocery and deliver groceries for many different clients in your area.

earn christmas money by delivering food

8. Deliver food.

Food delivery services have been on the rise in recent years, serving those who don’t know how to cook, have a craving for a certain kind of food, or those who simply don’t have the time.

Sign up to deliver food for services like UberEats, DoorDash, and Postmates.

They’re mostly flexible in terms of time and means of transportation, as long as you satisfy your customers’ needs.

9. Deliver drinks.

Parties and get-togethers with adults almost always feature some kind of alcoholic drink, especially around the holidays.

When they run out, that’s when you come in.

Apply to be a delivery driver for services like Drizly or Saucey; they get their drinks without anyone having to do a liquor run, and you get to earn to take the drinks to their party.

10. Drive your car.

In the flurry of activity in the holiday season—parties, shopping trips, and more parties—you can help drive people around by signing up on Uber and Lyft.

11. Take up babysitting or housesitting.

Babysitting is a classic way to earn some extra income, and babysitters become more in demand during the holidays, due to the break when kids are out of school and all the holiday gatherings and errands that the adults have to do.

Housesitting for a family who’s going out of town for the holidays is another way to earn extra income over Christmas. It’s basically a paid temporary relocation.

Here are some places to find paid house sitting jobs.

12. Walk other people’s dogs.

Love spending time with dogs? Why not turn your love of dogs into an opportunity to make some money for Christmas?

Dog walking sounds like a student gig, but it’s a great side cash opportunity for anyone who genuinely loves dogs and has free time.

Advertise your services on Craigslist, or sign up on apps like Rover, Wag!, and Barkly Pets.

Use Your Skills

You likely have some specialized skills that you can use to make some money for the holidays.

Take advantage of these skills.

13. Teach English.

Most online jobs teaching English to non-native speakers require an ESL certification or at least a university teaching degree.

However, there are some mobile apps that only require you to speak excellent English.

Apps to check out include italki, VIPKID, and TeachAway.

14. Write for other people’s blogs.

Plenty of blog owners are willing to pay for your time, experience, and added knowledge, so writing one-off articles for blogs can make you some quick cash.

If you already own a blog, this has the added benefit of promoting your own blog to a new audience.

To start looking for blogs that pay for articles, search for topics you’re interested in writing about and then include “write for us” enclosed in double quotes in your search query. For instance, you can search for [parenting “write for us”] and come up with parenting blogs that accept paid submissions.

15. Wrap presents.

Receiving a present is awesome, but the experience is enhanced when you get a beautifully wrapped one.

But gift wrapping can be tedious and requires skill.

make Christmas money by wrapping gifts

If you have a knack for choosing the right paper and bows, knowing how to treat certain presents differently, and making neat folds and perfectly curled bows, people will pay you to do it.

Retail stores and department stores are likely to be looking for gift wrappers around the holidays.

You can also offer your services yourself as a freelancer.

16. Make and send Christmas cards.

Did you learn calligraphy as a hobby or so you can make your journal pretty?

Why not earn from your calligraphy skills, too?

Create generic holiday cards and gift tags and sell them through Etsy.

You can also offer to make custom-made greeting cards, with your clients letting you know what size, color, and message to write.

17. Take holiday photos.

Holiday portraits are going to be in demand this season for , and you can cash in on this demand if you have the photography skills for it.

Let your friends and network know that you’re doing holiday photoshoots, ask permission to use some of their photos in your portfolio, and advertise your services on your local Craigslist and through social media marketing.

Work A Seasonal Job

The demand for some jobs increases during the holiday season.

Take this opportunity to earn some quick Christmas cash.

18. Pick up a few shifts in local retail stores.

The months leading up to the holidays are a busy time for retail stores, so they may be hiring temporary workers for extra help during busy times.

19. Be a customer service representative.

Plenty of companies hire temporary phone and chat representatives during the holiday season to answer inquiries and input sales for customers over the phone.

You can do this in an actual call center or from home.

20. Work a food service job.

Aside from shopping, people tend to eat out more and (hopefully) tip better. Restaurants tend to hire temporary staff for the holidays to handle the demand, so consider picking up shifts at your local restaurant.

21. Work at a resort.

Depending on where you are in the world, people will be likely to visit ski resorts or beach resorts around the holidays.

If you live near a resort community, or if you won’t mind being relocated for a while, there are plenty of opportunities for short-term work in these resorts.

snowboard instructor

Food and beverage jobs and hospitality jobs are the most obvious ones, but you can also get some work as an instructor, customer service rep, or digital marketing.

22. Host or perform at parties and events.

As the number of parties and events goes up during Christmas, so does the demand for hosts, musicians, and other performers like magicians and comedians rise.

Offer your services to companies for their corporate parties, as well as event venues and restaurants where events are often held.

Sell Your Stuff

The holidays may not be a particularly convenient time to do some Kondo-ing.

But if you can clean out your house and get some Christmas money out of it, then it’s a worthy investment of time and effort.

23. Books

Bookscouter helps you sell your used textbooks and other books to buyback vendors online.

You can also sell books on Amazon, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth.

24. Electronics

Old game consoles and games, DVD players and DVDs, smartphones, and computers can fetch a fair price on Decluttr.

You can also use Best Buy’s Trade-In Program and get Best Buy gift cards in return (which you can then give or use to buy presents).

25. Makeup

Bought the wrong shade, your skin reacted unpleasantly, or do you simply have buyer’s remorse?

Sell your makeup back to MUABS or GlamBot and get a few dollars for makeup you aren’t going to use anyway.

26. Clothes

You may have been giving away your clothes to charity (and don’t get me wrong, the recipients appreciate it), but some of your clothes that are from designer labels or just simply fashionable and in good-as-new condition might make you a profit of a few dollars or even up to tens or hundreds.

Poshmark and thredUP are popular places to sell preloved clothes.

27. Toys

If you have kids, you surely know that young children grow tired of at least some of their toys in a matter of months.

In fact, if they got toys as Christmas presents last year, some of them are probably not being played with by this time.

Toys in good condition can fetch good prices, whether online or in garage sales.

You can try to list them at Swap.com or Toycycle, and don’t hesitate to include old baby clothes and baby gear as well.

28. Collectibles

You may have a neglected baseball card or Pokémon card collection in your attic.

List them on eBay or online card marketplaces so you can make some Christmas money from them.

29. Flipped furniture

Sure, you can sell your own furniture, but if you don’t have any furniture to sell and have at least some money and time to invest, flip furniture instead.

Keep your eyes out for any local garage sales or auctions, or hit up your local thrift shops and flea markets for used but serviceable furniture for you to fix up and sell at a markup.

30. Hair

Some people prefer actual human hair for wigs and extensions to synthetic hair, so there’s actually a demand for long, untreated, healthy hair.

Learn more by reading our guide to selling hair.

Here are some more things to sell to make a quick buck.

Rake in That Christmas Money!

If there’s anything to be learned from today’s blog post, it’s that quick does NOT mean easy.

The good thing is that most of these short-term gigs can go beyond earning you some Christmas money and actually turn into long-term jobs or even your own home-based business.

Need more ideas for quick holiday money? Check out this list of ideas on how to make quick money in one day.

Looking for more long-term ways to earn money from home? Here are some real ways to make money from home.

Which quick jobs will you be trying out? Sound out in the comments!

Get Paid to Test Products: 53 Ways to Become a Product Tester

If you’re a fan of review blogs, you’re probably amazed and maybe a bit jealous of the sheer number of products these bloggers get to use, review, and even keep. While companies automatically send out new products to big-shot bloggers, here’s good news for non-bloggers out there: this isn’t the only way to get paid to test products.

Unboxing videos on YouTube, for example, are a hit because people are smart buyers now and want to check out if the item they want to buy is worth the money or not.

This is a legitimate gig called product testing, which earns the tester either cash, gift certificates, or the actual products to test.

Companies do this as part of their market research, often before launching a product completely into the market.

With paid product testing, companies receive much-needed feedback.

Depending on whether the feedback is mostly good or bad, this helps them make a decision: to go ahead and do a full launch of the product, scale back production, or improve the product first before launch.

I’ve broken down this list of product testing opportunities into two categories:

  • 38 Market Research Firms: These are research companies that will pay you to work with a number of different brands to try new things
  • 15 Companies Offering Free Products: These are big-name companies that give you their products in exchange for answering questions

Sign up for as many of these companies as you can to maximize your earnings.

Join these 38 Product Testing Websites

Only a few companies advertise product testing opportunities. Instead, companies prefer to let market research firms handle the entire process (from finding testers to recording results) for them.

These 38 tried-and-tested product testing websites are the online counterpart to market research firms:

1. Daily Goodie Box

Daily Goodie Box

Daily Goodie Box will send you giant boxes of free stuff and all you have to do is let them know what you think!

You will be working with big companies directly to help them improve their product offerings.

Just fill out their application here, answer a few questions, and start getting tons of free stuff in the mail.

2. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost logo

Opinion Outpost is another highly reputable market research group and they are looking for people to take short surveys on upcoming products.

Payments are made via PayPal (cash), Amazon gift cards, or iTunes gift cards.

Their goal is to keep their surveys as short as possible, maximizing the amount of money you can earn per hour.

3. Toluna Influencers

Become a Toluna influencer

This Paris-based company helps brands that require buzz for their products reach influencers across the world to test products.

Anyone can register a free Toluna account, but you have to apply to test products before you can actually participate.

If you are chosen to test the product, you’ll receive the item/s and complete the job by answering the survey included in the assignment.

Toluna regularly has cosmetics and bathroom products to test. What’s great is that every test assignment includes about 200 to 500 products, which means you have a good chance of participating with these gigs even if testers are chosen randomly.

4. Product Testing USA

Product Testing USA Homepage

Product Testing USA works a little differently than other testing sites.

They offer big-name and expensive products from different categories for free, but you enter your name into the pool to see if you will be randomly selected as a product tester.

Previous testers have been given Dyson Vacuums, Xbox Ones, and even iPad Pros.

You only need to enter your name and email address for a chance to be selected. Follow their Facebook page to see previous and upcoming product testing opportunities.

5. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie

At Survey Junkie, you work with brands directly as an influencer to help them shape their products.

You can also get paid to give feedback on services.

Members earn points for every activity completed. They can then redeem these points for gift cards or straight cash via PayPal.

Survey Junkie is free to join and the points never expire, so it’s worth spending free time here.

6. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research

This market research firm is well-trusted and is one of the oldest ones on this list.

Pinecone Research is known for having the best rates for product testing.

You can get paid to test products such as food, drinks, and beauty products, among others.

Pinecone pays in points, which you can redeem for cash via PayPal or cheque.

7. PINCHme

All you need to do is answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits, and PINCHme will offer samples that fit your lifestyle. You get to pick and choose the ones you want.

PINCHme will then ship out a box of these free samples from tons of big-name companies directly to your door.

Review these products and get new offers the following month.

You don’t actually get paid for the surveys, but you get to keep the products.

8. UserTesting

This website doesn’t have traditional product testing.

Instead, UserTesting is focused on digital businesses, and its members get paid to test websites or apps for money.

There’s no specialization needed to become a tester here. However, you should be good at noticing small details that affect your visit to a particular website. For example, you should be able to take note if the search bar is hard to find, or if the app crashes every time you save data.

Every test takes only 20 minutes with 99% accepted by UserTesting.

Tests pay $10 via PayPal, and payment comes in 7 days after you complete a website or app test.

Unfortunately, you can’t participate in all of them since your demo background should line up with specific test requirements.

9. BetaTesting.com

Similar to UserTesting, BetaTesting is focused on testing apps, websites, and hardware.

It’s been around since 2012 and has over 200k users to date.

While this product testing opportunity may seem hard to regular folks, since some require checking for bugs on sites, these tests do not call for too many requirements.

BetaTesting, however, rewards comprehensive assessment with more work, so those who submit higher quality feedback receive more opportunities.

FYI, you can receive 0 to 5 product tests per month.

Payment for each assessment ranges from $10 to $20 and is sent via PayPal seven days after project completion.

10. BzzAgent

BzzAgent is a younger company, but it’s one of the few that focuses exclusively on product testing. Most of the tasks here include surveys, focus groups, and so on.

Anyone from the USA, Canada, or the UK can join BzzAgent by simply completing a profile and answering a questionnaire with a few surveys to determine your demo, interests, and areas of expertise.

If you are sent a paid product trial gig via e-mail, you are given 8 weeks to test the product, share your results on social media, and submit feedback to BzzAgent.

BzzAgent sends out a wide range of products, including gadgets, toiletries, cosmetics, home equipment, and more.

The company used to pay cash, but now just gives the products that members test out. Those who promote the products on Instagram, Facebook, or other online platforms tend to receive more testing invitations in the future.

11. Influenster

Simply download the Influenster app and complete your profile.

Occasionally, you’ll receive Snaps as notifications on your phone. These are very short questions that you can quickly answer to help Influenster know you better and increase your chances of getting sent monthly VoxBoxes.

Like many of the newer websites, you won’t get paid to test products with cash, but you get to keep all the products that Influenster sends you. And these aren’t your ordinary products, either; the products come from some of the biggest brands in the beauty and food industries.

12. Crowdville

This UK-based company focuses exclusively on apps instead of products.

So anyone who loves checking out new apps should join, review them, and actually get paid to test digital products.

Unlike other product-testing sites that match your demo with the brand’s requirements, Crowdville members have to apply for a “mission” (or the test) to participate.

13–38. Other similar sites worth noting include:

  1. PrizeRebel (surveys for new products or products you already have; pays through PayPal, Amazon gift card, iTunes gift card)
  2. Crowdtap (tasks include surveys, online discussions, polls, sample product testing; 1,000 points = $5 gift card)
  3. The Pink Panel (women aged 18-99+; beauty products and tools, plus gift certificates from $25-$100 at the end of the testing)
  4. Glamour Beauty Club (get beauty products curated by Beauty Club stylists based on your answers to their questionnaire when you register; review required)
  5. Vogue Insiders (from Vogue magazine, receive full-sized beauty products. No need to review after)
  6. InStyle Trendsetters (similar to Glamour Beauty Club and Vogue Insiders, but you earn an entry to a quarterly sweepstakes with a chance to win $25k worth of prizes)
  7. SheSpeaks (for women only; products range from kitchen items to skincare products and cosmetics)
  8. Homeschool.com (apply to join the testing program and receive school supplies if accepted)
  9. Smiley360 (get full-sized toiletries and beauty products)
  10. Sephora (no need to buy anything, but choose 3 beauty products per department)
  11. Survey Club (available for US, Canada, UK, and Australia; pays cash or Amazon gift cards)
  12. ProductReportCard (review kitchen products, bed & bath products, and sports & fitness products for Amazon gift codes or free products)
  13. Bananatic (test games, write reviews, and get paid in virtual bananas and exchange them for Amazon gift cards or gaming-related credits and products)
  14. Valued Opinions (pays you $5 for each completed survey on existing products or to test new products and services)
  15. OneOpinion (another paid product testing and survey site that pays you in points you can redeem for gift cards)
  16. MySoapBox (pays you to test products and services you actually buy and use)
  17. Mindswarms (video feedback needed on products and services you test)
  18. American Consumer Opinion (get paid to test new products and product ideas, as well as existing products)
  19. Social Nature (get paid to test natural products and review them, from both new and established brands; US and Canada only)
  20. LifePoints (complete surveys and get paid in LifePoints you can exchange for e-gift cards or PayPal credits)
  21. PointClub (get paid to answer surveys and share your opinions; $5 signup bonus)
  22. Branded Surveys (complete surveys about products and get paid in cash or gift cards)
  23. Try Products (apply for available product testing opportunities and get the products for free)
  24. Univox (get paid to give feedback on products you use)
  25. Panda Research (share your opinions about products you use and get paid in cash through PayPal)
  26. MomSelect (influencer network specifically for mom influencers where they get paid to test and review products for moms)

15 Specific Companies that Offer Free Product Testing

Compared to the websites above that make testers review different brands, the following companies have their own in-house product testing programs:

39. Brooks Running


Brooks Running

“Wear testers” are given a chance to test running gear, including running shoes and apparel, from Brooks. These “runner insights” are combined with Brooks’ biomechanics studies or “science insights” to create incredible running gear.

Testers must be 18+ years old and live in the US.

40. Nike

Nike product testers

Nike regularly mails out new products, like shoes and apparel, to their product testers.

All you need to do is apply to become a tester, and when you’re selected, you’ll start receiving free stuff in the mail. You’ll be tasked to answer a few questions regarding the products you receive after a few days of testing.

Nike requires you to return the products after you’ve finished testing so that Nike engineers can study these products for wear and tear.

Keep in mind that Nike has a strict confidentiality policy. They can remove you as a product tester if they catch you wearing the products in public events or posting photos of products online without their permission.

41. Reebok

If you’re 18 and from the US, physically active, and more than OK with the sport/activity you volunteer in, then you can apply to try on new Reebok gear.

When you get accepted to the testing program, Reebok will send you test products along with instructions. Test the products for a certain time, submit your feedback via an online questionnaire, and then mail back the products.

42. adidas

adidas product testing

Continuing with our athletic gear theme, up next we have adidas.

Similar to Nike and Reebok, you’ll be testing products over the course of a few weeks and then submit your answers to a survey.

After testing has ended, you’ll be required to send the products back to adidas.

43. Johnson & Johnson

Friends & Neighbors is Johnson & Johnson’s consumer perception program that gathers opinions and ideas from real people to create new products and improve existing products.

Just to show you how big J&J is, here’s a list of brands under Johnsons & Johnsons: Neutrogena, Aveeno, BeBe, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Band-Aid, and a whole lot more.

Imagine how many J&J products you can get if you become a part of its JJ Friends & Neighbors program.

Register on their website and wait for emailed invitations to participate in one of their studies. These studies can be product testing, surveys, discussion groups, and focus groups.

You may even get to test J&J products before launch. Plus, you are paid with Prepaid Visa Gift Cards after finishing the review.

44. McCormick & Company, Inc.

Apply to become a McCormick panelist and get a chance to receive emails about various product testing opportunities.

Get paid to test food products such as seasonings, spices, and other McCormick products.

Most of the home-based testing can take you around an hour to complete and pay $10 to $15 worth of Amazon gift cards. In some studies, you may even get paid up to $30 per hour.

45. Marie Claire

Love cosmetics? Join the Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club and be first to try free makeup like mascara and lipstick, as well as other products like handbags.

Velvet Rope Club members are also given exclusive access to special offers, insider events, sweepstakes, and more.

46. L’Oreal

Here’s another chance to receive and test cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and hair color products.

Get paid to test L’Oreal products as well as products from their other brands like Maybelline, Lancôme, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Cerave, Urban Decay, Garnier, Essie, Biolage, Kerastase, and many more.

47. Summer Infant

Summer Infant produces a wide range of products for moms-to-be and families with children aged 0-3.

You can sign up to become a product tester, participate in focus groups, take surveys, or baby photoshoots. You get to pick and choose what you want to do.

48. Philips

Philips product testers

Philips makes products for every room in your house. You no doubt have a few Philips products at home already.

Sign up to be notified of new tests. If selected, you’ll test out new and upcoming products.

When the test is done, you get to keep whatever Philips sent.

49. Red Robin

Red Robin panel

Red Robin has a specific panel for taste testers and focus groups. You’ll get to try new menu items before they hit the stores.

You are basically getting paid to eat burgers. Tests run for approximately one hour.

50. Snuggle

Snuggles features their Bear Den Community which grants you full access to their upcoming line of products.

Sign up to receive free Snuggle products like fabric softener and air fresheners.

51. Allure

Cosmetic giant Allure is welcoming all beauty enthusiasts to join their testing program.

Their only requirements are that you’re based in the US. If you meet that, you can get new products and samples sent right to you.

52. Roku

Roku offers streaming players as well as TVs and audio equipment, consolidating popular streaming options like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney+, and others into a single device.

They are looking for beta testers who will get paid to test new products, services, and software updates to give detailed feedback.

Apply on their site and if you get accepted, you’ll be asked to sign an NDA.

53. Microsoft

Microsoft and its products don’t need any introduction.

And they’re looking for product testers of all ages (of course, minors need to have their parent’s or guardian’s permission) to join their user research program to test new technology, software, and hardware.

How to Become a Paid Product Tester

In the real world, you’d have to be connected to a marketing firm, so you’d be notified when paid product testing gigs become available.

Online, it’s a totally different ballgame.

Join Product Testing Sites

The first thing you have to do is register with product testing websites.

If you join two or more, it’s better to create a new e-mail address for this purpose since updates and gig emails will quickly fill up your personal e-mail inbox.

Like everything in the make-money-online world, there are scam and legitimate product testing sites in the world.

Note that joining these sites does not automatically mean you’ll receive products for every testing posted. Imagine being one tester among thousands of users and only a dozen dermarolling kits available to test.

Since you provide basic demographic information when signing up, these market research firms group you based on all these personal data.

They Choose You. You Choose the Project.

You’ll receive an e-mail notifying you about any product testing opportunity that fits your demographic (age, gender, product preferences, and so on).

In most cases, you’ll need to answer a qualifying survey when accepting the gig.

If you qualify, you’ll get paid to test products that are sent to your home with instructions.

Use it. Review It.

When you receive the product, make sure you use it within the time period given. You usually have a couple of days to several weeks for testing products.

Check your e-mail for another survey or questionnaire, which you should fill out before the testing period ends.

This is the feedback companies pay you for, so make it count.

You’ll be paid with either cash or rewards, but expect to be able to keep the products you’ve tested (well, at least around 90% of the time).

Get Paid to Test Products: Cash vs. Product-Only

Companies do pay people cash for their opinions about old or new products. I bet you’re interested in how much, though.

The thing is, as you read above, companies pay differently.

Some pay in cash, others only with the products you’re going to test, and some pay in both cash and kind.

Once the product is sent and tested, it’s yours to give away or sell online.

If it’s something you like, then lucky you! You get to keep the product and use it to your heart’s content.

The products you get to test depend largely on which site you joined, but it can be anything under the sun, including:

  • Clothes and shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Makeup and other skin, hair, and beauty items
  • Toiletries
  • Gadgets and other tech products (power banks, phones, and so on)
  • Books

Comparing the pros and cons between hard cash and products isn’t really practical since what’s beneficial to you might not be something another tester would want.

And if the product is more expensive than cash rewards, wouldn’t you want the product instead?

In some cases, companies compensate you for your opinions for vouchers to online stores like Amazon.

Can You Work as a Product Tester Full-Time?

It’s cool that you get paid to test products as a side gig, or whenever you find something you’d like to dip your fingers into.

Even receiving not-yet-launched products can be exciting.

However, joining product testing panels does not guarantee that you’ll be chosen every time.

You also don’t know when new opportunities will come.

As such, make sure you don’t turn this into a full-time job because you’d surely be disappointed, not to mention broke.

The best thing to do about product-testing income is to consider it as extra cash for gifts during Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays (those Amazon gift cards can add up if you do this on the side for several months).

Other Testing Jobs

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Have you gotten paid to test products? Have you applied to any of the market research firms and companies above? Share your experiences and tips with us!