My money-making attempts – all the websites I’ve visited and used!


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That’s what came up on our TV the other day..and that’s kind of how I feel about searching the Internet for it’s all some foreign language, but it’s not. I get it all, but it’s rather overwhelming. Sometimes I want to give up. But in this day and age, there HAS to be something out there that I can do, here at home, to bring in just a little more cash! We’re focused on paying down debt and I am determined to do everything I can!

Ok, so I’ve been busy scouring the Internet (as I’ve mentioned before) trying to find legit ways to make a little more money at home. BUT I have a few criteria;

  1. It can’t be a phone job, since children make that almost impossible.
  2. Flexible hours are needed, since I get up super early and would want to hit the “work” at that time and then again during nap time.
  3. I refuse to do anything “shady”. So if it sounds too good to be true? It probably is.
  4. I will review every opportunity I come across that sounds legit. If the reviews say it’s not, then I don’t pursue it.
  5. I can’t work my butt off for basically no pay. If I’m working this hard, sacrificing my precious time, then it needs to pay off.

I think that’s most of the criteria. At least the main ones. Ok, ready for the lists? I’m listing the websites/blogs I’ve been visiting and I’ll give you my opinion of each. Here goes!

A. InboxDollars – This is a survey/email/game website. You earn $5 just for signing up. They award you cash for surveys/emails read/videos watched/games played and the minimum payout is $30. I found that it’s relatively easy to rack up some chump change and so I am using them. Will it bring in significant supplemental income? Not that I’ve found, but it’s a fairly easy way to earn a little extra money when I’m just sitting around (they have an app you can download to your smart phone, even easier to earn some extra cash when you’re stuck at the doctor’s, or some other boring place). I have even done a few things on the site while watching TV in the evening with my husband.

B. Swagbucks – Same thing here, as above (including an app for your phone. Except you have the option here to redeem the points (you’re awarded points, not cash) for either PayPal cash (which can then be deposited to your bank account), or multiple retailer gift cards. The minimum payout for a retailer gift card is 500 points, or $5. If you want PayPal, that’s 2500 points, or $25. This is another one that I use. It’s not that hard to earn the points and if you reach the goal they have set for you daily (1st goal is around 30-40 points per day, if you meet that, they up it to about 100 points for that same day), you earn additional points that day. If you reach your daily goal 7 days in a row, you earn even more additional points. You do this for 14 days in a row, even more points. You do this 21 days = more points. And you guessed it, you do this for an entire month? EVEN MORE POINTS! I’ve been able to earn some chump change on here as well. Again, not an income, just chump change. But anything is something at this point.

C. Opinion Outpost – This is a survey website. No reading emails for points (that I’ve seen). You can choose to donate to charity from your money earned as well. You earn in points and can redeem as early as 100 ($10) for PayPal or 50 ($5) for Amazon. I just got started on this one, but the reviews are positive, hence why I started.

D. Scribie – This is a transcription website. You have to apply, and if you are approved, you then have to take a transcription test. IMPORTANT – when you are selecting which audio file you want to transcribe? Make sure it’s a clear quality file and that you are comfortable with the accents of the person(s) speaking. Once you select the test file that you’ll be transcribing (no more than 6 minutes long), you have 2 hours to transcribe and submit it. It took me approximately 45 minutes to listen and dictate a 6 minute file. HOWEVER, I was a moron and didn’t pay attention to how strong the accent of the speaker was. It was so thick. So I had a really hard time transcribing. I failed that attempt (go figure, I knew I would). BUT you are given 10 attempts at passing. I passed my second time. Now, here’s where it gets a little complicated. It depends on how much time-for-the-money you are willing to put into this. They do not pay that much. Definitely not something that a full-time or even part-time job would pay you. It’s about $1 per audio file (none are more than 6 minutes long) and they could take you 45 minutes or longer to transcribe. You also need to maintain a “rating” of 3.0 for transcription and 3.5 for reviewing (you can review files once you maintain a 3.5 average). There’s also a $5 monthly bonus if you transcribe 3 hours worth of files. This is not 3 hours of time you’ve spent, this is 3 hours of actual files submitted, transcribed. So you would need to submit roughly 30 6 minute files, or about 6 files a week. It’s doable, yes, but you just need to determine if it’s worth your time. 🙂

E. The Penny Hoarder – This is a blog and on this post, the author gives you “21 side jobs that pay you more than $20 an hour”. The list is: freelance, landscaping, graphic design, massage therapist, interpreter, sign language interpreter, tutor, test prep instructor, personal shopper, Etsy seller, app designer, nanny, personal chef, caterer, bartender, personal assistant, server, yoga instructor, fashion consultant, dog walker and makeup artist. If any of those seem to fit the bill for you, head on over and that blog will help you on your way!

F. Seed Time – a Christian finance blog and this post talks about 5 money making-making websites that have an A= rating with the BBB. Inbox Dollars, Swagbucks, NCP (you sign up, they send you a link to download an app to your phone, and you give them all the info on your groceries every time you shop and they provide you with cash – I tried to apply, but the website said NCP is not hiring at this time), Ipsos Isay (another survey company, which I reviewed and people weren’t thrilled with them?), and Ebates – where you shop online and get cash back for shopping at certain retailers. I don’t shop online often enough for this to apply.

G. Seed Time – same blog as above, just a different post. This one was about the top 5 work-from-home jobs. The post claimed to be written from someone who has tried all 5. Here they are: LiveOps (a virtual call center), Fancy Hands (virtual assistant – I applied and was rejected. Not sure why…I’m amazing), YouEye (company that conducts usability tests on websites – I haven’t tried this one, but it looks promising), Leapforce (you basically help search engines – but first there’s a 120 page manual and test to complete).

H. Living Richly on a Budget – another blog (I’m really reading A LOT of them) – this post was titled “10 ways to make money without a job”. I’ve thought about street performing and selling my body (to science! Geez…)……I’m already attempting the blog and I had a yard sale in August….

I. The Busy Budgeter – a blog from a fellow SAHM. She suggests 4 side jobs that help her make $4k a month. Childcare, blogging, user testing and mystery shopping. I do two of the four, but only make money on the one. 😉 Note: I tried mystery shopping years ago and it didn’t pay enough for me for it to be worth it. PLUS, when you have child(ren) around, sometimes the shopping isn’t, well…well, it’s not really the best thing to be trying to do when you’re supposed to be then evaluating things about the store. I spend most of the shopping experience talking to my child. 😉

J. Data Entry – these sites all have data entry jobs;

  1. David Stiles Blog – I reviewed some of the sites he mentions and even applied for a few. The only glitch is that, just like the reviewers claimed, you sit in a holding queue for quite some time waiting for the work. I’ve been registered with VirtualBee and have yet to be given a job. Speakwrite requires a foot pedal (along with a few miscellaneous office equipment, that some people may not have at home), so there are costs involved with working for that company and I am not a fan of having to shell out money, up front, to work for a company.
  2. Real Ways to Earn Money – I looked at a few of the sites listed on here and none matched up to what I was looking for. But they might work for someone else! 🙂

K. Money Making Mommy – this blog talks only about one company – American Express (which only hire in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming). She talks about the Customer Service positions they have available. This won’t work for me because I can’t be on the phone when I have a child(ren) running around, but it’s an option for those who don’t have young children running around.

L. Another one by Real Ways to Earn Money – This post talks about being a free-lance writer (which does have some start-up costs, mentioned in the post). I’ve been looking into this sounds intriguing to me. 🙂

M. Business Insider – this post talks about 10 Realistic Ways to Make Quick Money Online. This article has a few options, but none of which fit the bill for me – except maybe the one about writing articles..

N. The Work at Home Wife – this blog post talks about 5 different six-figure income home jobs that don’t require a fancy degree….Blogging, consulting, travel agent, direct sales and virtual assistant. She gives some helpful links to all of them!

O. Frugal Fanatic – now this blog post is all about 30 SIDE jobs to help you pay down debt or just make extra cash. She has things from babysitting, dog sitting, and being a waitress to selling things on Etsy, mystery shopping and starting your own laundry service (now that I could do…I don’t mind laundry).

P. How Wee Learn – a blog post that talks about the 6 ways the author makes money from home; start a blog, write for someone else’s blog, offer social media services, offer tutoring, refinish furniture and thin out your things and sell them!

Q. Yet another one by Real Ways to Earn Money – this is a “Big List of Work-Whenever-You-Want Jobs From Home..and it’s a big list!

R. And yet again – Real Ways to Earn Money – this one is a list of work-from-home jobs that don’t require a start-up fee. There’s jobs from virtual assisting to political work!

S. Good Financial Cents – this post was just interesting. The author discusses a few different (different from what I had seen up to that point) ways to earn money on the side. From renting out your car/parking spot to being a referee!


Ok, so that’s what I’ve been up to. There have been many more websites that I’ve visited, but these are the ones I saved…it’s a start, right? It’s a lot, I know. It’s mind-numbing and overwhelming. Eventually, I’ll be a billionaire. Or I’ll be in heaven. Either way, I’m a winner. 😉

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