Okay, I know most of you are looking for a full-time work at home job, but I’ve come up with a list of websites that I have tried and now highly recommend that you join to help you earn some money online in your spare time.

Every little bit of extra income does help. I spend maybe a few minutes each day at every one of these sites and I’m averaging between $300 and $400 extra dollars each month. It’s not a ton of money, but I’m having fun and it definitely helps keep the bills paid.

Here are eight different websites that I’m currently a member of. Every single website is FREE to join and I have received a payment from every one of them. I highly recommend you create an account at every website in this list.

Get Paid to Take Surveys

Yes, there are legitimate survey websites out there. You won’t make $25/hr or $100,000 a year, but you can pick up a few dollars here and there for voicing your opinion. You can usually expect to earn between $2-$5 per survey with a possibility of being invited to take special surveys at a much higher rate.

Surveys account for most of the part-time income I pull in. Don’t underestimate the value of online surveys. They do exist and they do pay.

You do have to be invited to take a survey and there’s a chance you won’t qualify, so be sure to join both SurveySavvy and Opinion Outpost to maximize your chances for an invitation. Again, both sites are free to join. Click the links below and register an account at both.

Click here and create an account at SurveySavvy!
Click here and create an account at Opinion Outpost!

Get Paid to Participate in Short Online Polls

Instant Cash Sweepstakes is a market research business that will reward you for taking part in short online polls. Every poll consists of three questions and takes only a few seconds to complete. The polls are a mix between member created questionnaires and polls created by businesses interested in seeing answers from a specific demographic. You can take part in up to 5 polls every three hours.

At the end of each poll you are awarded tickets, coins, or cash.

  • Tickets – Each day there is a $50 raffle and every ticket you have is an entry into the raffle.
  • Coins – Coins can be exchanged for entries into a $2 drawing every few hours. The more coins you enter, the better your chances at winning.
  • Cash – Cold, hard, cash. Not every poll you take will land you money, but every now and then you’ll get a few cents deposited into your account.

There are three main ways to make actual money with Instant Cash Sweepstakes. The first way is through the daily $50 drawing. Every poll you take wins you a random handful of tickets (Bonus tip: the more consistent you are with your polls, the more tickets and coins you can earn) and at the end of the day the tickets are pooled together and a winner is selected. Odds are, you probably aren’t going to win the drawing, but it is always a possibility.

The easiest way to make money is to just keep taking the polls. You can randomly be selected to win a handful of change at the end of each poll. (Another bonus tip: consistency in your answers will also allow you to take more polls per 3-hour block, so be honest!) The polls are fun and they’re a great way to kill some time during the day if you get bored. You just need to log in and remember to take them!

Click here and register at Instant Cash Sweepstakes!

Get Paid to View Ads

Here are two programs I’ve been using for a while now, ClixSense and YouData. They pay you to look at ads and websites. All you have to do is click on a link, look at a website, wait a few seconds, and you’ll get money deposited into your account. Yes, it is really that easy to make money. It’s very simple work, but it can get a bit tedious after awhile.

If you join Clixsense, I highly recommend upgrading to the Premium Level. This will allow you to view hundreds more ads and will quickly pay for itself. Remember to refer your friends and family. This one allows for referrals 8 levels deep. Start building that downline!

Click here and sign up at ClixSense!
Click here and sign up at YouData!

Get Paid to Use a Search Engine

This one is a personal favorite of mine. The company is called SwagBucks and they award you simply for using their search engine. Every time you search, there’s a chance you might win SwagBucks and you can redeem SwagBucks in their marketplace for money, gift certificates, or thousands of other items.

Just think how many times per day you use a search engine like Google or Yahoo. Google.com used to be my home page, but I switched it to Swagbucks after I joined. I’m getting the exact same search results, only now I’m slowly making money by doing so. So far, I’ve been a member for about a month and have earned enough Swag Bucks for four $5 Amazon gift certificates. Basically, I earned $20 by doing nothing differently. Not bad at all.

Click here and sign up for SwagBucks now!

Get Paid to Buy Stuff Online

Okay, well, you’re not really getting paid to shop online exactly, but you can get money back on nearly anything you buy online through a company called BigCrumbs. BigCrumbs has setup an affiliate program with hundreds of different online stores like Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Macys, or even Walmart. You use BigCrumb’s affiliate link just before purchasing and they receive a percentage of your purchase as commission for referring you to the sale. BigCrumbs then will give you a cut of the affiliate commission as a thank you for using their link.

That might sound a bit complicated, so here it is in image form.


Say you spend $75.00 shopping online at Target.com. Since you joined at BigCrumbs and made a purchase through their link, Target.com will give BigCrumbs 10% of your purchase as a referral commission. BigCrumbs will then in turn, give you a percentage of what they received. In this case, that percentage is 63% and you would receive $4.72 in your BigCrumbs account.

You probably don’t think $4.72 is anything to write home about. The point here is that before signing up for BigCrumbs, you spent $75.00 at Target. Now, you only spent $70.28. Catch my drift? It’s not much when it stands alone, but it quickly adds up. Personally, I’ve made $374.74 in the few years I’ve been a member. That money would have otherwise just gone to big retailers, but BigCrumbs put it back in my pocket and for that reason, I love BigCrumbs.

Click here and sign up for BigCrumbs now!

Get Paid to Do All of the Above

Finally, we have a program called CashCrate. Really, it’s a giant compilation of this list rolled into one program. You can get paid for answering surveys, participating in polls, viewing sponsor ads, shopping etc. Instead of rambling on about the features of this one, you really just need to click through and check out the website yourself.

Click here and sign up at CashCrate now!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to these past few months. Like I said in the introduction, my involvement with all of these websites regularly brings in an extra $300-$400 per month. Every site in this list is absolutely free to join and certified legitimate by me.

I highly recommend you create an account at each and every website on this list. I’m sure a few extra hundred dollars per month couldn’t hurt.

If you liked this list, click on the Like button below and share with your friends and family!

READ NEXT: How to build a full-time income online with no experience

Join the Discussion

  • Jakarri Demery
    Jakarri Demery

    I just have a quick question about the blogging for money. With some of those opportunities, don’t you need to have a certain amount of traffic already going to your blog to get paid?

  • Kathy

    I’m doing Swagbucks, Cash Crate and Clixsense. I like them and have made some money even though I don’t have a lot of time to mess with them. I’m getting close to an actual payment! lol. My main advice would be to be careful what info you give out. I made the mistake of putting my phone number on an offer and have been slammed with calls from everyone trying to sell me things. Just an fyi.

  • Tiffany

    I haven’t had much luck with the two surveys that you have listed. Although I do qualify for some surveys, the benefits are just not worth it.

  • Mavis

    I was so excited when I read some of your advice as I find so many so called opportunities are just scams or schemes that pay very, very little. However the instant Cash Sweepstakes is for residents of the USA only. Do you think in your first information you could indicate if it has worldwide members/affiliates as it saves wasting a lot of time. Thanks.

  • Donovan

    I currently do Instant Cash Sweepstakes, InboxDollars, and Mechanical Turk. Out of these, I have cashed out the most from MTurk. It is pretty good and already made over $60 in just a few months playing around on it.

  • Carla

    I think that I’m going to give Big Crumbs a try so that I can blog about another money making opportunity. I’ll let you know how this turns out :)

  • Tiffany

    I’m a member of Instant Cash Sweepstakes. That’s a real great website. If I had allot of referrals I would earn even more! When I win a cash prize, Steve earns it too so I know with all the readers you have that sign up you are making a good profit from it!!!!

  • Gary

    Have you tried pineconeresearch.com ? My wife usually does pretty well there at $3 for each survey for which you are pre-qualified.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *