17 Ways to Earn Money Without a Second Job

By Lance Pierce

Spending most of 2020 in quarantine has meant finding creative ways to keep yourself and loved ones entertained during the pandemic. Though several vaccines are now being distributed, it’s still going to be months until we can go back to some sort of normal; you know – going to concerts and movies, attending parties and large events…the things with which we used to do to fill our spare time. 

Besides robbing us of many of our favorite pastimes, the pandemic has also robbed many of us of income as reports claim almost 900,000 Americans are currently unemployed

So, how can you make the most of your time at home until life gets back to “normal”? 

There are tons of ways to earn extra money without requiring you to get a second job. While some may not offer that much money, some of the suggestions you’ll read below are so easy you can do several of them at one time to earn more income. 

  1. Watch videos 

Watch movie previews, the latest news, celebrity movies and other online videos and get paid for it with InboxDollars. The only catch is that you’ll need to watch all of the videos on the playlist to earn your money. Don’t worry, though, InboxDollars will let you know how long the playlists run—anywhere from five to 30 minutes—before you start watching, so you can plan accordingly. You can potentially earn up to $225 a month!

  1. Get money back via email 

Use Paribus to get refunds on money from purchases you’ve already made. This free tool searches your inbox for receipts from online purchases, tracks the item’s price and alerts you when there’s a price drop. The only caveat is that the retailers must be on Paribus’ monitored list of stores. Also if a guaranteed shipment is late, this tool will help you get compensated for it. 

  1. Get paid to be opinionated

There are a few sites such as Swagbucks, MyPoints, and SurveyJunkie that pay you for taking online surveys. It may not pay much but it’s easy work. 

  1. Earn money for your Google searches

When you type a search query online, Google uses complicated algorithms to give you the results that best match the words you input into the search bar. The problem is the results aren’t always accurate. This is where Google needs your help. You can get paid up to $12 an hour checking the quality, relevance, and usefulness of Google’s search results at places like Lionbridge.

  1. Use a browser extension

 Download a free browser extension like Qmee to earn extra money just by searching online. Each time you conduct a search and click on a result in the sidebar, you get paid. It’s only a few cents but do it enough and it’ll add up. 

  1. Invest in real estate

This method requires $500 up front but the rewards are potentially exponential. DiversyFund is a company that will invest your money in commercial real estate (many of the properties are apartment complexes it owns). Historically, annual returns earn 17% to 18%. 

  1. Become a part-time bookkeeper

If you know your way around a spreadsheet you can earn up to $60 an hour by becoming a virtual bookkeeper. You can take this free class at Bookkeeper Business Launch and learn what it takes to bring in some real income and help business owners better manage their money.  

  1. Shop and earn money

The next time you go to the store, search for the items you’re shopping for with Ibotta. Take photos of your receipts using the app, then scan the items’ barcodes to get paid. A lot of the items don’t have to be particular brands but simply staples on your list. 

  1. Turn those unused diabetic strips into cash.

 If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, Cash for Diabetics will pay you up to $30 for unused diabteic test trips. Just place your unused packages in their free mailing kit and you’ll get a check back in 2 to 8 business days. 

  1. Get gift cards for grocery shopping

Get rewarded for your grocery shopping with the Fetch app Just take a photo of your receipt with the app and earn points. Once you’ve collected enough of them, you can redeem your points for Amazon, Target, and Home Depot gift cards. 

  1. Sell Someone else’s trash for a treasure

If you frequent yard sales or online auction sites such as eBay, you know you can find expensive treasures for incredibly cheap prices if you know what you’re looking for. What you may not know is that you can take this talent and use it to make money online, sometimes earning quite a lot. Learn how to use Fulfillment by Amazon by taking this course. And educate yourself on what to look for when hunting for antiques by signing up for this class

  1. Play video games

That’s right…if you’re a video game enthusiast, this just may be your dream come true; getting paid to play video games. Being a videogame tester is exactly what it sounds like, which is testing new video games to look for as many bugs as possible and provide feedback on the experience  before they go to market. But this isn’t something that’ll just take a few minutes of your time. There’s a real commitment here, which requires hours of your day. You can get started as a game tester with networks like Global Beta Test Network. Pay typically ranges from $20 to $50 an hour, with the potential to earn as much as $20,000 a year for part-time, and more than $50,000 a year as a full-time tester. 

  1. Become a translator

If you are multilingual, you can get paid for your skills by translating online for various companies using general freelance platforms such as Upwork or more translation-specific platforms like ProTranslating and One Hour Translation . If you’re a beginner, you can expect to earn about $10 an hour, while more advanced skills can get you up to $50 an hour. 

  1. Transcribe for pay

If you’re not into translating, you could always become an online transcriber. The medical field is always in need of transcription work. You can find these jobs on Indeed.com or Glassdoor. Keep in mind that while becoming a medical transcriptionist doesn’t require a degree in medicine, it does take some pretty intensive training and can cost a few thousand dollars to enroll in classes. If you’d rather get started transcribing information that ‘s a bit less daunting, Rev.com is an online transcription service that transcribes people’s recordings. All you have to do is take the company’s free online test to measure your typing speed and accuracy and if you pass, you can begin right away. 

  1. Earn money by watching streaming content

If you’re a fan of watching streaming movies and TV shows, Netflix reportedly pays folks to watch and categorize its shows, and pays somewhere around $10 an hour to do it. But these jobs are hard to get. Market research companies like the aforementioned Swagbucks or InboxDollars also pay you for viewing streaming videos, either in gift cards or sometimes cash. 

  1. Get paid to exercise

If you love to exercise, then we have a job for you. Use the app Achievement to track your exercise, meditation and other healthy habits to earn points, which can be redeemed for cash or Amazon gift cards. For every 10,000 points you earn, get $10. And there’s no limits to your earnings. 

  1. Showcase your skills on Fiverr. 

Fiverr, is a freelance services marketplace that offers a variety of services, from voiceovers to copywriting to video and audio editing (and so much more) to professionals who need them. If you’ve got some special skills and you’re looking to make a little extra money, Fiverr is a great way to do freelance work on the side, at your own convenience. 

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