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We’ve all got a little extra time on our hands, and instead of playing Candy Crush or scrolling through Instagram, you can legitimately impact your monthly budget with these 7 side hustles.
How do you make money on the couch? From testing websites and creating T-shirts to helping name a new company, there’s plenty of opportunity out there. Let’s get you started — but no need to get up from your comfy spot.
1. Turn your extra garage or yard space into about $200 a month with Neighbor Storage.
Got extra space in your garage, basement, spare bedroom, closet, or even your driveway? Basically, any storage area can earn you money with Neighbor Storage.
When you become a Neighbor Storage host, it’s like Airbnb. . . but for storage. You decide what space to offer, how much you’ll charge to rent it, and Neighbor Storage will connect you with someone in your area who wants it.
A Neighbor host on average makes about $200 a month, although what you can earn varies based on many factors, including where you live, the size of your space, and how long you rent it.
Clean up your space, sit back down on the couch, and let the money come to you.
2. Sell $100 worth of digital designs online at CafePress and get a 10% bonus.
If you’ve ever had an idea for a cool or funny T-shirt, you’re gonna want to check out CafePress. You open a shop for free and upload your designs that customers can buy printed on various merchandise like blankets, coffee cups, and clothing. You never have to handle inventory or pay for printing.
You decide your own prices so your monthly earnings can vary, but if you make over $100 a month, you can earn bonus cash:
- $100.01 – $500: 10%
- $500.01 – $1,000: 15%
- $1000.01 – $2,000: 20%
- $2000.01 – $5,000: 25%
- above $5,000.01: 30%
You can either choose to pay nothing up front and have CafePress take 10% (up to $10) of your royalties, or you can prepay $5 – $6.95 per month and they’ll take $0 in royalties.
3. Earn $4 in 5 minutes by evaluating websites and apps with UserTesting.
If you’ve looked at websites or used a mobile app and wished you could change something, here’s your chance. UserTesting pays their contributors to evaluate these things and give feedback (they call the process a test). Here’s what you can earn:
- $4 for a 5-minute test
- $10 for a 20-minute test
- $30 – $120 for live interviews
Payment is sent seven days after completed tests via PayPal. You must apply and take a practice test to become a contributor. You’ll have to submit a W9 tax form.
4. Easily earn $40 per month online with Opinion Outpost.
Simply put, Opinion Outpost pays you for sharing your opinion. Since you likely often do that for free, it’s great to get paid for it too!
Once you sign up, you’ll receive surveys via email. Most are 10-15 questions long and take just a few minutes to complete. Surveys earn you points that you can exchange for freebies. Points are worth $0.10 each, and each survey is worth 10 to 250 points. So, if you complete 10 surveys a week, each worth a buck, you could earn $40 a month.
You can redeem rewards once you reach 1,000 points for cash via PayPal, and 500 points for gift cards (including Amazon, Target, CVS, Domino’s, and The Home Depot).
Best of all, for every survey you take, you get one entry into the quarterly prize drawing to win $10,000.
5. Earn $25 per month doing online tasks for InboxDollars.
InboxDollars shows they’re serious about paying you by giving you $5 just for signing up. They give you six ways to earn:
- Read emails. Just click the link at the bottom of the email to show you read it.
- Take surveys. Earn between $0.50 and $5 per survey.
- Play online games like Mahjong Solitaire, Outspell, and Monkey Bubble Shooter.
- Play GSN casino games to earn 18% cashback with InboxDollars.
- Watch videos. Earn up to six cents for each short video you watch. New videos are posted each week.
- Use coupon cash rewards to save on everyday purchases, and get cash back added to your InboxDollars account with every coupon you redeem.
If you complete 5-10 surveys and watch a few videos per week in addition to reading emails regularly, earning $25/month should be pretty easy to do. Once your account reaches $30, cash out for a gift card or PayPal.
6. Make $12 per month from home with Springboard America.
Maru Springboard America is one of the leading online market research communities in the U.S., giving you the opportunity to participate in surveys and discussions that influence the brands, products, and services we all use every day.
With each online survey, you can earn an entry to a sweepstakes or cash (up to $5), and once you reach the $50 minimum, you can cash out in a few ways like an Amazon gift card or virtual or physical Visa gift card.
I receive about two surveys in my email inbox each week (some of my friends receive even more than that), so cashing out doesn’t take long at all.
7. Name a business online and get paid anywhere from $50 to $500 with Naming Force.
Do you always come up with clever names for things? Try your chance at winning business naming contests and get paid serious cash. Here’s how it works.
Businesses that are looking for a name for their company start a naming contest on sites like NamingForce.com. Namers come up with a name based on the criteria the company is looking for. The chosen name wins however much the contest was worth, which can range from $50 to $500. Contests only last seven days and payments are sent via PayPal.
The top five winners over a 60-day period won:
- Contest wins: 3 Total earnings: $1,200
- Contest wins: 5 Total earnings: $850
- Contest wins: 1 Total earnings: $500
Fourth and fifth place winners won two contests each and walked away with $400 apiece. It’s free to join and doesn’t require much effort other than a creative mind. You’ll have to submit a W9 tax form.
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