Inside: Want to learn how to earn money online for free without spending hours of time for small rewards? Here are some sites that give the most for your time.
What is your time worth? If that isn’t a loaded question, I don’t know what one is. You’ll hear people talk about your worth by calculating your salary in hours or by what you suppose you could be worth one day.
I don’t buy into that mumbo jumbo. That doesn’t factor in the things that matter the most. I’m not giving up $x.xx per hour because I spend it with my family.
It’s time to think differently about your time. We all have pockets of time throughout the day that are going to waste. And I can’t be the only one who glances at Facebook for “just a minute”, only to find that 20 minutes has gone by in a flash.
How can we put those pockets of time to better use? By finding ways to earn money online for free!
How to Earn Money Online for Free
There are many websites out there that are willing to pay you for small tasks. None of these websites are meant to be a full time job. I personally look at these websites as awesome bonuses.
I’m not going to tell you to sit at your computer for an hour each day to complete the tasks on these sites. Instead, I’ll challenge you to skip one round of Angry Birds. Or a session of scrolling through Instagram.
Tips to Remember
Rule One: Don’t pay to make money online. While starting your own business often has some costs, that’s not what we’re talking about today. These small bits of money will add up, but there is no reason to pay. That’s nearly always a sign of a scam.
Rule Two: Remember that this isn’t a full time job. We’re fitting these things in throughout our day. Try these tasks while you are:
- Waiting in the carpool line
- Sitting in a waiting room
- Folding laundry
- Waiting for the coffee to brew
- Watching commercials
Rule Three: I recommend opening a new email address for these accounts. It’s a one stop shop for getting all of these tasks done in your pockets of time. Then you won’t be distracted by an email from your BFF when you need to get a few tasks done.
Ready? Now let’s talk about some sites that can make you money online for free.
I’ve been using Swagbucks for years. I like to use it to earn Amazon gift cards. You can shop for groceries or household necessities with those Amazon dollars, and then put the money you would have spent into your emergency fund or sinking fund instead.
Amazon gift cards are 500 points for $5, 1,000 points for $10, and 2,500 points for $25. (Sometimes the $25 goes “on sale” for 2,200 points.) For this reason, I consider 100 Swagbucks to be worth about $1. That helps you understand if tasks are worth it or not.
To Do List
If you’ve never tried Swagbucks, there are a lot of ways to earn. My favorites are the things you’ll find in the left hand sidebar, called the To Do List.
The daily crave is basically paying you in points to watch tv. This one is perfect for those times I’m doing other chores. Just make sure you click “Like It” or “Not For Me” while you fold laundry. (FYI, I’ve never noticed a difference between either button.)
Click “Keep Craving” to move to the next task that pays in points. You don’t accumulate points by watching entire shows.
Daily watch is similar in that you’re watching shows. This one is less worth your time. I often skip it.
Daily discover gives you points for shopping. Sometimes you can get points for signing up for email lists and freebies. (I prefer Ebates for shopping.)
Attempt a gold survey is their way of giving you points even if you try for a survey and don’t qualify. They tell you how long a survey will take and how many points its worth. So you’ll know if it’s worth trying before you click. If you’re waiting somewhere and have more time, these can be worth it. If you complete a gold survey, you’ll get extra points.
Deal of the day can be tricky. Today they are offering 1,500 SB when you spend $9.99. So you’ll invest $10 of your own real money and get back enough money for $15 in Amazon cards. It looks good on paper, but I’ve been tripped up by deals like this before. Use caution.
Did all of those tasks and still want more points?
Look for the picture of what they call “laptop guy”. It gives you more chances to earn points similar to your daily crave.
Microsoft Rewards (formerly known as Bing Rewards) is a simple rewards program, because they pay you to search the web. While Swagbucks is also a search engine, I haven’t had luck using it as one. With Microsoft Rewards, you can use the powerful Bing search engine and earn points each time you use it. Switch your browser to automatically search Bing to get points for the searching you do naturally.
A $5 Amazon gift card will cost you 5,250 points. The good news is that they offer more points per task. I often earn 10, 50, or more points just for a couple of clicks. This isn’t something that takes longer than 5 minutes per day. Still, it will take longer to get your Amazon money through Bing than through Swagbucks.Use wasted pockets of time to earn money instead. #moneymakerClick To Tweet
Next up is a survey company. I’ve used Opinion Outpost for several years. I like it, because I can often find surveys that I actually qualify for (which means less time wasted trying to qualify). You’ll appreciate the fact that they offer real cash through Paypal.
Recently, a 4 minute survey gained me 5 points. At 100 points I can get $10 cash in Paypal. Don’t want to wait that long? At 50 points I can get a $5 Amazon gift card.
You can choose how often you want to be emailed reminders. If you want to remember to do it more often, get regular emails. Tired of the clutter? Choose occasional emails.
I like this option when I have a long wait ahead of me. I’ll do a survey, and then I can reward myself with a game of Candy Crush afterwards.
Now, you won’t make a ton of money from Mypoints, but it’s so simple that it’s worth mentioning. The way I earn points with this site is by clicking through the emails they send.
You also occasionally get points for signing up for mailing lists or doing a free trial. Always make sure to mark the free trial on your calendar a couple of days before it ends. That way you don’t get stuck paying for things you don’t want.
The points on this site can be slow to add up. It takes 1,590 points to redeem a $10 Amazon gift card. But if you keep up with the emails, you should be able to redeem those points for a gift card in time for Christmas shopping.
Take These Steps:
- Open a new email account to dedicate to small internet work.
- Sign up for the site that best matches your pockets of time.
- Get started!
- Repeat with other sites as you find the time.
- Bank your savings (As needed, use Amazon money instead of cash, then put that cash into your account.)
This was day 15 in the Secure Your Savings and Find Peace in the New Year series. Go to the bottom of this post to find all the money saving and money making posts in this series!
These simple steps will help you make money online free in no time.
These companies are practically giving away free money! And making the most of those wasted pockets of time will help you bring even more value to your time.
Have you used any of these rewards sites before?