Isn’t the ultimate dream to just be able to make money without much effort? Sure, we’ve all heard that you have to work hard to earn an income and getting paid to do nothing might seem like a far-fetched idea.
It certainly is if you’re hoping to make millions (unless you’re extremely lucky or some sort of investor) but there are exceptions to the rule.
Over the past year, I’ve scoured online sources for legitimate ways to make a quick side-buck from doing things that don’t take a lot of effort.
My searches have lead me down some pretty weird paths.
But for the most part:
I’ve come across amazing opportunities that pay enough to help someone make ends meet or buy that new thing they’ve been saving up for.
To that effect, here’s a compilation of all of the coolest jobs I’ve found this past year that will let you make money by doing (practically) nothing. I’ve broken them down into categories, so you can quickly find something that fits your needs and lifestyle.
8 Ways to Get Paid to Do Nothing
The internet has made it possible for lots of interesting new industries to pop up.
Some still require hard work, but others are so simple that you wouldn’t believe anyone can get paid to participate.
But they can and do.
The simplicity doesn’t overshadow the brilliance of it all, however. Because there are currently close to 3.9 billion active mobile users on the internet.
That’s a big pool of people who can help a company in various ways, if they know how to use them. And that’s exactly what companies did.
Check out some of the ways you can make money by simply using your phone:
1. Download Apps
If there’s one thing that’s easy to do, it’s downloading apps. And making money by doing almost nothing doesn’t come easier than this.
We use our phones almost every hour of every day anyway (well I do at least), and most of the time, there’s almost no effort involved in making some extra side-cash by just clicking a button.
So I set out to find some companies that will pay people to download their apps.
Sounds too easy, right?
But I always make sure to look into whether these apps are trustworthy and if they really pay out.
Some of the things I found:
If you’re keen on getting paid for doing absolutely nothing, then you download and install Nielsen’s app right now.
They’re a consumer research agency and they will pay you $50 per year for simply downloading the app.
That isn’t your only option, however. There are plenty of ways to make money using a phone.
In this article, I explain the example above in more detail and list 12 more apps that let you make money by doing nothing.
2. Send Texts
Texting has taken over the world. I mean, who makes a phone call these days, right?
If you love chatting over the phone then making money with it will almost be like second nature.
And I’ve got you covered here too.
Most people think that getting paid to text means they will have to resort to flirty texts and talking dirty to strangers. That’s one part of it sure, and if you have no qualms about sending naughty texts to strangers then you can earn a decent income from it.
But as I explain in my easy ways to make money by texting article, there are other great options out there that won’t make you feel uncomfortable.
Along the same lines, sign up with these two reputable companies to start making money immediately.
They’ll notify you when new questions are available and you simply type in your answers.
You don’t even have to get off your couch.
- Vindale Research – Get paid up to $50 for each completed response.
- OpinionOutpost – Receive CASH for providing answers.
We’ve all got to live somewhere, and we all have to sleep. But what if you could get paid to do exactly that?
It might seem crazy, but people are actually getting paid to simply do what they’re already doing.
Over the past year, I’ve scoured the internet and published multiple articles explaining how to make money by doing things like, walking, reading, and sleeping.
Here they are, broken down for you so you can get started on making some extra cash just by living the way you do.
3. Watch People’s Houses
There’s a big market for house sitters right now, and plenty of opportunities all over the world for the right type of person.
People who own multiple properties or those go on vacation a lot usually feel much better having someone take care of their empty house while they’re away.
Just take a look at some of the ways you can get a gig as a house sitter.
I also explain a bit about the industry and how to land your first house sitting job.
4. Walk Around and Earn Money
Okay this one has you actually getting up and moving, but come on, this is as easy as it gets.
Staying fit and getting paid for it?
What dream is this? Well it is real, and I’ve tested some of the best walking and fitness apps that pay, and they really do pay out in either cash or gift cards.
Here’s the whole list.
You won’t be making anything extravagant, but it’s still an extra buck in your pocket that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.
5. Earn Cash While You Sleep
Personally, I’d love to get a little bit more sleep.
But who wouldn’t?
Well, luckily, there is a way and I tried to find out as much as I could about it.
Check out what I found if you’re really in need of more sleep and keen to find a way to get paid to do literally nothing.
But do note that it isn’t a very wide field.
So getting into a paid study to test your sleeping patterns might take some time or it might not happen at all.
But one can dream, right?
6. Get Paid to Listen to Music or Watch TV
What would the world be without entertainment?
The average person spends at least a couple of hours a day either listening to music or watching TV, or both.
And if you’re addicted to binging television shows or can listen to songs for hours on end, then this is perfect for you.
The best part of all?
You really do get paid for doing practically nothing.
I know what it’s like to just get lost in a book for days on end. Escaping reality is wonderful, but unfortunately, it’s always there, waiting for you to get back.
Well, now you can feel a little less guilty about avoiding reality by earning some money while you do it.
These tips will help you start earning money from sitting back and relaxing with a book.
8. Work Now and Keep Getting Paid for it Down the Line
All of the things above are great for if you have some time here and there to make a bit of extra money. But what if you want to work today and keep earning money for it months from now? Well, I’ve got you covered in that department too.
Take a look at some of the best ways to earn a passive income. These are foolproof methods, tested by me and others.
How to Get Free Stuff
While the options below won’t really get you paid, you can get a whole lot of free stuff sent right to your doorstep, if you know where to look, at least.
I’ve tried to find as many ways to get freebies as I could, and divided them into these categories:
- Become a product tester (You could earn an income from that too) Companies will mail you new and upcoming products and you can get paid to try them out.
- Here’s a giant list of freebies you can get by mail or just jump right to Amazon’s product sampling page to get started right away.
- Getting free stuff because it’s your birthday. Here’s a super long list, and a shorter one if you’re in a hurry.
- If you have a little one at home or on the way, you can get a ton of free baby samples and even free kids books by mail. Raising a kid is expensive and these two articles will help offset some of those costs.
Getting Paid to Do Nothing Has Never Been Easier
If you want to get paid to do nothing just know that isn’t some far-fetched dream if you know how to do it. Most of the things listed above won’t pay enough for you to live off of, but they’re great as a side-hustle to get some extra income.
If you’re still looking for even more ways to make extra money, then have a look at these easy ways to earn money from your phone.